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Winner is unanimous No. 1 in Class 11B preseason football poll

The preseason South Dakota Prep Media football polls have been announced, with a number of area teams among the ranked teams.

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Winner's Kaden Keiser tries to break a Sioux Valley tackle during a Class 11B semifinal football game last season in Winner. (Jeremy Karll / Republic)

The preseason South Dakota Prep Media football polls have been announced, with a number of area teams among the ranked teams.

The high school football season begins Friday for Class 11B and nine-man schools. The 11AAA-11A classes will start on Aug. 27.

In Class 11B, Winner and Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan are first and second, respectively. Winner defeated BEE, 18-14, in last year’s state championship. In the preseason poll, Winner received all 16 first-place votes and 80 total points. BEE garnered 58 total points.

Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central received 20 points and is No. 5 in the Class 11B poll. McCook Central/Montrose received one point and is honorable mention.

Mitchell received seven total points and was honorable mention in the Class 11AA poll. Pierre received 13 first-place votes and 76 total points to earn the No. 1 spot.

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In Class 9AA, Platte-Geddes, Canistota/Freeman and Hanson are first-through-third, respectively. The Black Panthers, who won last year’s Class 9AA state title, amassed 11 first-place votes and 75 total points. Canistota/Freeman, which won its third straight Class 9A state title last season, finished with five first-place votes and 60 total points.

Hanson finished with 37 total points to check in at the No. 3 spot. Parkston earned one point and is honorable mention in the poll.

In Class 9A, Howard received 43 total points and earned the No. 3 ranking. Wolsey-Wessington, which won last year’s Class 9B state title, is No. 1 in the Class 9A poll. The Warbirds garnered 12 first-place votes and 66 total points. Gregory is honorable mention in the preseason poll.

In Class 9B, Corsica-Stickney is No. 5 in the preseason rankings with 17 total points. Last year’s Class 9B runner-up Dell Rapids St. Mary is No. 1 with 66 total points and seven first-place votes. Colome is honorable mention with five points.

Harrisburg is No. 1 in Class 11AAA and Canton is No. 1 in Class 11A.

The preseason South Dakota Prep Media Football Poll is listed below, ranking the top-five teams, the team’s record, points received and ranking in the previous poll. First-place votes are listed in parentheses.

Class 11AAA

1. Harrisburg (8) 72

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2. Brandon Valley (7) 69

3. Roosevelt (1) 45

4. O’Gorman 30

5. Jefferson 10

Receiving votes: Washington 8, Lincoln 6.

Class 11AA

1. Pierre (13) 76

2. Brookings (2) 48

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3. Yankton 39

4. Tea Area (1) 37

5. Watertown 14

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

Class 11A

1. Canton (9) 71

2. Dell Rapids (6) 61

3. Madison (1) 48

4. West Central 31

5. Dakota Valley 15

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

Class 11B

1. Winner (16) 80

2. Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan 58

3. Sioux Valley 52

4. St. Thomas More 21

5. Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central 20

Receiving votes: Elk Point-Jefferson 5, Mobridge-Pollock 3, McCook Central/Montrose 1.

Class 9AA

1. Platte-Geddes (11) 75

2. Canistota/Freeman (5) 60

3. Hanson 37

4. Hamlin 31

5. Viborg-Hurley 26

Receiving votes: Timber Lake 3, Lemmon-McIntosh 3, Florence-Henry 2, Chester Area 2, Parkston 1.

Class 9A

1. Wolsey-Wessington (12) 66

2. De Smet (1) 45

3. Howard 43

4. Herreid/Selby Area 29

5. Warner (2) 23

Receiving votes: Wall 19, Colman-Egan (1) 5, Gregory 5, Britton-Hecla 2, Castlewood 1, Irene-Wakonda 1, Kadoka Area 1.

Class 9B

1. Dell Rapids St. Mary (7) 66

2. Harding County (6) 60

3. Faulkton Area (2) 45

4. Alcester-Hudson 27

5. Corsica-Stickney 17

Receiving votes: Sully Buttes 7, Langford Area 6, Faith 5, Colome (1) 5, Potter County 2.

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