SD Preseason Media Polls Released, Season Kicks Off Thursday


St. Thomas More of Rapid City was the only southwest South Dakota team inside any of the preseason top 5 media football polls that were released on Monday.

The Cavaliers were slotted 4th in the 11B poll. STM made it to the 2nd round of the playoffs in 2020, falling in the quarterfinals to Mobridge-Pollock.

A handful of area teams were just on the outside receiving votes in their respective polls.

Custer received one vote in 11A,, Sturgis garnered 4 votes in 11AA, Wall was the first one out of the 9A rankings with 19 votes while one of the breakthrough teams of 2020, Kadoka Area, received one vote in 9A.

South Dakota kicks off the season this weekend with games scattered across Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Hot Springs is hosting 11B newcomer Hill City. Aberdeen Roncalli is at St. Thomas More, and Lead-Deadwood hosts Bennett County.

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