Posted On: 12/3/18 9:00 AM

The 2018-2019 South Dakota High School Basketball season kicks off this week.  We take a look at the preseason rankings for the Top 10 teams in each class.  Defending champs Yankton lead AA, Tea leads class A and Bridgewater-Emery leads class B.

Class AA:

The Class AA defending champions claim your preseason #1 spot.  Brandon Valley looks to be very competitive this year.  SF Roosevelt has gotten older and more experienced.  Huron and Watertown look to leave their marks as newcomers to the Top 10. (Inside the Rankings:

RankTeamRecordW's of NoteL's of NoteLast Week
1SF O'Gorman15-5YanktonBrandon Valley2
2SF Lincoln16-2BV, YanktonTea1
3Yankton15-5BVWatertown, 3
4Brandon Valley15-5SF Roosy, O'G, John Marshall (MN)SF Lincoln, Huron, Watertwon4
5SF Roosevelt12-7YanktonBV5
6Rapid City Stevens14-6SF Roosy6
7Watertown11-9BV, Huron, Yankton7
9Harrisburg11-9STM, SFC8
10Huron11-9BVWatertown, Yankton, SF Lincoln9


Class A:

Tea is coming off a 2018 runner-up finish after wining in 2017; they claim the #1 spot.  Sioux Falls Christian will be tough once again as will St. Thomas More.  2018 defending champion Madison checks in at #10. (Inside the Rankings:

RankTeamRecord W's of NoteL's of NoteLast Week
1Tea19-1Lennox, SF Lincoln, SFC, STM, Dak Valley, C/WL1
2Sioux Falls Christian17-2Harrisburg, STM, Lennox, West CentralTea, SC East2
3St. Thomas More16-4HarrisburgYankton, BV, Tea, SFC3
4Pine Ridge16-3Red Cloud, White RiverB-E, Red Cloud, White River4
5Dakota Valley14-6Lennox, VermillionMadison, Tea, SFC8
6Lennox15-5Madison, DRDV, SFC, Tea5
7Parker16-4Bridgewater-Emery, Sioux ValleyCanistota6
9Sioux Valley15-5Tiospa Zina10
9Tiospa Zina17-3Sioux ValleyNR


Class B:

Bridgewater-Emery is #1 to start the year coming of a 3rd place finish in 2018 and a 2017 championship.  Clark/Willow Lake, White River, Timber Lake, Sully Buttes and Canistota all finished top 6 at the state tourney last year, and this year and they start all in the top 6 again.  Look out for much improved Viborg-Hurley. (Inside the Rankings:

RankTeamRecordW's of NoteL's of NoteLast Week
1White River17-2B-E, Pine RidgeCanistota, Pine Ridge1
2Clark/Willow Lake17-2Timber LakeFlandreau, Tea2
3Bridgewater-Emery16-4V-H, Aberdeen ChristianVermillion, White River, Parker3
4DeSmet18-3Hanson, Sioux Valley, DR ST MaryC/WL, Hamlin4
5Viborg-Hurley18-2Parker, Cansitota, Aberdeen ChristianB-E5
6Timber Lake15-2Sully Buttes, C/WL6
7Sully Buttes 16-3Timber LakeJones County, Winner, Warner7
8Northwestern15-3Aberdeen Christian8
9Canistota13-6White River, ParkerHanson, I-W9
10Hanson16-4Canistota, ParkerDeSmet10