High School Basketball Power Rankings- North Dakota and South Dakota


1. Huron       (9-1)

2. RC Stevens       (10-1)

3. SF Roosevelt       (5-1)

4. Pierre       (7-2)

5. SF Washington       (6-4)


Huron passed one of their biggest tests of the year with a huge road win over Pierre on Tuesday. Justin Decker showed his stuff with a 32 point outburst in that game. Roosevelt is looking at a stretch with four games in six days against some good competition including the orange-hot Washington Warriors on Thursday night.



1. Madison       (10-0)

2. Sioux Valley       (11-0)

3. Pine Ridge       (7-1)

4. Roncalli       (8-1)

5. Clark/Willow Lake       (8-2)


Madison is currently on a 21-game winning streak and most games haven’t been close. Sioux Valley gets a tough test in the Hanson Classic on Saturday against St. Thomas More. Sioux Valley coach Bill Vincent thinks the experience of this year’s team has been an advantage,

“We Feel like we are a deep and experienced team.  We have been pleased with the amount of energy and effort that our team is playing with.  We do a nice job of sharing the ball.  We are a great rebounding team, maybe the best rebounding team I have had.  St. Thomas More has a lot of pride in their program and will always compete at a high level.  They are possibly the best defensive team in the State.  We will need to contain their scorers, Henderson & Laurenti.  We will need to be able to apply some pressure to their point guard, Friedel.”

Sioux Valley Stats

Tayt Vincent       17.5 ppg 7.2 rpg

Spencer Hanson 12.3 ppg 6.7 rpg

Collin Kramer      9.0 ppg

Jake Larson         8.0 ppg

Trevor Lundin     6.3 ppg




1. Langford       (8-1)

2. White River       (10-1)

3. James Valley Christian        (8-1)

4. Wolsey-Wessington       (6-1)

5. Sully Buttes       (6-1)


Despite a loss Tuesday night I kept Langford at number one. Coach Paul Raasch knows these tough games will test his Lions,

“We have been playing better defense lately than we did to start the season, but will get tested this week with Clark-WL, Castlewood, and JVC.  Offensively we have played well at time but need to find a little more consistency. We have shot the ball well from 3-point range all season.  Our rebounding is not where we want it to be yet but getting there.”


Langford will play against James Valley Christian in the Hanson Classic night cap. JVC head Coach Darwin Hofer is excited about their experience,

“We have had 3 different players lead us in scoring this season and 6 different players score in double figures.  Our returning seniors have been on Varsity for four years and seen two state tournaments.  Nothing beats experience!”

Langford Stats

Bo Fries  20.0 ppg / 6.8 rpg  /  5.2 apg

Drew Planteen  16.4 ppg / 8.9 rpg

Zach Punt  9.6 ppg

Chase Larson(just back from injury) 3.5 ppg

Brian Anderson 6.5 ppg

Donte Blanchard 1.8 pp / 1.8 rpg


James Valley Christian Stats

Nathan Wedel - 23.5ppg / 7.9rpg / 4.0spg / 3.8apg

Andrew Ulvestad - 19.3ppg / 10.0rpg / 4.5apg

Alex Waldner - 12.9ppg / 2.9rpg / 3.4 apg / 1.6spg

Tim Wager - 5.9ppg / 2.8spg

Jayden Waldner - 5.1ppg - 2.0rpg

Cole Glanzer - 5.0ppg / 2.8apg


1. Washington       (11-0)

2. Mitchell       (10-1)

3. O’Gorman       (7-3)

4. Roosevelt       (5-5)

5. Lincoln        (6-4)


Roosevelt vaults into the top five not coincidentally with Iowa commit Tagyn Larson back from injury. The Riders have won two in a row after a 3-5 start. They start a four-game home stand that ends with a January 31st match with #1 Washington which will be a Midco Sports Network HD Game of the week.




1. St. Thomas More       (10-1)

2. Winner       (11-0)

3. Elk Point-Jefferson       (9-1)

4. Pine Ridge       (11-1)

5. Tri-Valley       (9-1)


Winner and Pine Ridge meet on Friday night in a top five matchup. Winner is eager to prove they belong among the top teams. Their closest game in the first half of their season was a 17 point win against Bon Homme on January 3. They average 72.6 points per game under Coach Larry Aaker and their defense has been just as good with 20 steals per game.



1. De Smet       (11-0)

2. Sully Buttes       (10-1)

3. Warner       (8-2)

4. Sanborn Central/Woonsocket       (8-1)

5. Hanson       (11-1)


Chaos reigned at the Hanson Classic when four previously unbeaten teams lost for the first time. De Smet slowed the game down against Sully Buttes to notch 34-28 win last Saturday vaulting them up my power rankings to number one.


ND Boys A

1. Century       (10-0)

2. St. Mary       (8-1)

3. Fargo Davies        (8-1)

4. Bismarck        (6-3)

5. Minot        (8-2)


Bismarck Century and St. Mary are about as close as you can get to being equal competitors. Century came out ahead last Monday on a last second shot to win by two. So for now they reign at number one.


ND Class B Boys

1. Milnor        (14-0)

2. Rugby        (11-0)

3. Cavalier       (12-1)

4. Des Lacs-Burlington       (11-1)

5. Four Winds/Minnewaukan       (13-1)


Briton Bussman lit it up last week scoring over thirty points three games in a row.

Briton Bussman

32 v Kindred       1/14,

38 v Farimount.Campbell-Tintah 1/17

31 vs. North Sargent 1/18


ND Class A Girls

1. Century       (10-0)

2. West Fargo       (9-0)

3. Bismarck       (8-1)

4. Fargo Shanley       (8-2)

5. Fargo Davies       (8-2)


Bit game coming up in this class between WDA powers Century and Bismarck. Neither team has lost in the conference and are using this game as a measuring stick in the middle of the season.

Coach Ron Metz comments on the keys to the game.

“The key to Thursday’s game is to just keep the situation in focus.  It is a big game because both teams are unbeaten in our league at this point.  They are also are cross town rivals so we cannot let the game control us in how we play and perform.  They are a very athletic team and we will need to stop them in transition and to do that we will need to control or maintain the rebounding to an even pace with them.  We also need to keep turnovers to a minimum and not allow turnovers to turn into easy baskets for them.”

Dallas Hinderer has the BHS girls playing great. They haven’t had much close competition yet so they’re looking forward to the challenge on Thursday.
“Slowing down the Patriots is never an easy task. We do feel that in order to accomplish this goal, we will need to be solid defensively. To do this, we need to be stay focused on our individual assignments, as well as our team defense. Taking care of the basketball and maintaining our individual box out assignments will also be very critical to our success on Thursday.”


Century Girls Stats

Jordyn Jossart     15.0 PPG         3.8 RPG

Macy  Lynch         14.5 PPG         5.4 RPG

Alaina Furcht          8.3 PPG         4.8  RPG

Jen Benz                  5.7 PPG         1.8 RPG

Cassidy Wilhelm   5.3 PPG          2.8 RPG

Katie Scherr            3.9 PPG         3.2 RPG


Bismarck Girls Stats

Courtney Trolliey              14.7 PPG        6.6 RPG

Keisha Englehardt             16.9  PPG       10.0 RPG

Kenzie Kiefer                      13.3 PPG        3.3  RPG

Kylee Leingang                    7.4  PPG         2.5 RPG

Ashlee Hilzendeger            7.2 PPG          4.2 RPG



ND Class B Girls

1. Bishop Ryan       (10-0)

2. Thompson       (9-1)

3. Shiloh Christian       (9-1)

4. North Star       (10-0)

5. Central Cass          (7-1)


Hannah Stewart keeps putting up big numbers for the Bishop Ryan girls. She scored 33, 33 and 27 in her last three games against Surrey, Beulah and ORCS respectively.

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