A handful of Mitchell area teams were among those ranked in the preseason edition of the South Dakota Prep Media volleyball poll.

In Class A, Winner claimed the No. 3 ranking position, behind No. 1 Sioux Falls Christian and No. 2 Dakota Valley. In Class B, Bridgewater-Emery was fourth, and Burke was fifth. The Huskies were state tournament qualifiers in 2020, while Burke has become one of the most consistent teams in Class B.

The defending champions in each division — Sioux Falls O'Gorman in Class AA, Sioux Falls Christian in Class A and Northwestern in Class B — were all ranked No. 1 in the preseason survey of the media, which was released Monday, Aug. 23.

South Dakota's first day for matches is Tuesday.

Here is the South Dakota Prep Media preseason volleyball poll for the 2021 season. Teams are listed with first place votes in parenthesis, total points and final 2020 ranking. Final 2020 poll was taken at the end of the regular season.

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CLASS AA

1. O'Gorman (12) 60 1

2. S.F. Washington 47 2

3. S.F. Roosevelt 31 RV

4. Harrisburg 20 NR

5. Brandon Valley 13 5

RECEIVING VOTES: R.C. Stevens 3; Huron 2; Watertown 2; S.F. Lincoln 2

CLASS A

1. S.F. Christian (12) 60 1

2. Dakota Valley 47 3

3. Winner 31 5

4. Madison 16 2

5. R.C. Christian 13 RV

RECEIVING VOTES: Parker 11; Hill City 1; Hamlin 1

CLASS B

1. Northwestern (11) 59 1

2. Warner (1) 49 2

3. Chester Area 36 3

4. Bridgewater-Emery 20 4

5. Burke 8 NR

RECEIVING VOTES: Faulkton Area 2; Aberdeen Roncalli 2; Arlington 1; Kimball-White Lake 1; Philip 1; Colman-Egan 1

Football: Howard climbs to No. 2 in 9A

The South Dakota Prep Media football polls for the Week of Aug. 23 are listed below, ranking the top-five teams in each class. First-place votes received are indicated in parentheses. (Note: The Class 11AAA, 11AA and 11A polls remain unchanged from the preseason edition.)

Class 11AAA

1. Harrisburg (8) 0-0 72

2. Brandon Valley (7) 0-0 69

3. Roosevelt (1) 0-0 45

4. O’Gorman 0-0 30

5. Jefferson 0-0 10

Receiving votes: Washington 8, Lincoln 6

Class 11AA

1. Pierre (13) 0-0 76

2. Brookings (2) 0-0 48

3. Yankton 0-0 39

4. Tea Area (1) 0-0 37

5. Watertown 0-0 14

Receiving votes: Aberdeen Central 12, Mitchell 7, Sturgis 4, Huron 3.

Class 11A

1. Canton (9) 0-0 71

2. Dell Rapids (6) 0-0 61

3. Madison (1) 0-0 48

4. West Central 0-0 31

5. Dakota Valley 0-0 15

Receiving votes: Sioux Falls Christian 9, Milbank 4, Custer 1.

Class 11B

1. Winner (18) 1-0 90 1

2. Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan 1-0 72 2

3. Sioux Valley 0-1 49 3

4. Woon./Wess. Springs/SC 0-0 26 5

5. Elk Point-Jefferson 1-0 22 RV

Receiving votes: McCook Central/Montrose 5, Aberdeen Roncalli 3, Mobridge-Pollock 1

Class 9AA

1. Platte-Geddes (18) 1-0 90 1

2. Canistota/Freeman 0-1 58 2

3. Hanson 1-0 57 3

4. Hamlin 1-0 43 4

5. Garretson1-0 11 NR

Receiving votes: Timber Lake 7, Viborg-Hurley 2, Chester Area 2.

Class 9A

1. De Smet (18) 1-0 90 2

2. Howard 1-0 63 3

3. Wolsey-Wessington 0-1 53 1

4. Herreid/Selby Area 1-0 44 4

5. Wall 1-0 9 RV

Receiving votes: Castlewood 8, Kimball/White Lake 3, Kadoka Area 1, Warner 1.

Class 9B

1. Harding Co./Bison (11) 1-0 82 2

2. Faulkton Area (6) 1-0 75 3

3. Alcester-Hudson 0-0 42 4

4. Sully Buttes 1-0 30 RV

5. Gayville-Volin (1) 1-0 28 NR

Receiving votes: Dell Rapids St. Mary 5, Avon 4, Faith 2, Hitchcock-Tulare 1, Potter County 1.