Must see high school basketball games for 2021-22

SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) – The high school basketball season is underway as the first week of action has been played. Many teams were due to open their seasons on Friday, but the winter weather postponed many of those games.

All teams will kick off their season this weekend or early next week with hundreds of games played over the next few months.

It’s almost impossible to highlight all the great games that will be played this season, but here’s a look at some of the must-have games from all six classes.

CLASS AA BOYS

# 1 Roosevelt vs. # 2 O’Gorman – December 14 @ Sanford Pentagon

This should be one of the best games in the entire state to watch as it is a rematch of the “AA” class state championship a year ago. It’s also a battle between the top ranked teams as No.1 Roosevelt takes on No.2 O’Gorman.

Other must-see games

  • Brookings in Watertown – December 11, 2021
  • # 1 Roosevelt in Jefferson – December 11, 2021
  • # 4 Aberdeen Central @ Brandon Valley – January 22, 2022
  • # 3 Washington @ # 4 Lincoln – January 27, 2022
  • Rapid City Stevens vs. Rapid City Central – January 29, 2022
  • # 4 Aberdeen Central @ Mitchell – February 8, 2022
  • # 1 Roosevelt @ # 4 Aberdeen Central – February 22, 2022

# 4 Lincoln @ Mitchell January 29, 2022

Another must-see contest has to be Lincoln to Mitchell which is slated for late January. This game will feature two talented teams, as well as two of the best players to watch in the state.

Lincoln’s JT Rock and Mitchell’s Caden Hinker are two of the best players in the entire state and they will meet in this game.


CLASS “AA” GIRLS

# 2 O’Gorman at # 1 Washington – January 10, 2022

One of the best games to watch this season will be a rematch of the state semifinals as O’Gorman meets Washington. It’s also a # 1 vs. # 2 battle.

Washington and O’Gorman enter the season as favorites to meet for the title in the ‘AA’ girls. Their regular season game will help give some idea of ​​what to expect down the road.

Other must-see games

  • Roosevelt @ Jefferson – December 11, 2021
  • Brandon Valley @ Tea Area – December 28, 2021
  • Harrisburg @ Mitchell – January 4, 2022
  • Brandon Valley @ Aberdeen Central – January 22, 2022
  • Lincoln @ Washington – January 25, 2022
  • O’Gorman @ Rapid City Stevens – February 4, 2022
  • Washington @ Rapid City Stevens – February 25, 2022

# 3 Brandon Valley at # 1 Washington – February 8, 2022

Another game to watch has to be Brandon Valley in Washington. As well as being a battle between two of the top five teams, there will also be two talented teams and a pair of the state’s top players.

Washington’s Ndjakalenga Mwenentanda and Brandon Valley’s Hilary Behrens are certainly two fun players to watch each other on the field.


CLASS ‘A’ BOYS

# 2 Sioux Valley to # 1 Sioux Falls Christian – February 19, 2022

One of the biggest games to watch in Class “A” will be Sioux Valley vs. Sioux Falls Christian in February. It’s a rematch of last year’s State Championship and a # 1 vs. # 2 battle.

This year’s game between the two is sure to be another big match between the Chargers and the Coassacks.

Other must-see games

  • # 2 Sioux Valley vs. Class ‘B’ # 1 De Smet – December 31, 2021 – Entringer Classic at Brookings
  • Belle Fourche at # 4 St. Thomas More – January 4, 2022
  • Tea space in Madison – January 7, 2022
  • # 1 Sioux Falls Christian at # 5 Dell Rapids – January 11, 2022
  • Winner at Mt. Vernon / Plankinton – January 28, 2022
  • Flandreau at # 2 Sioux Valley – February 3, 2022
  • Flandreau at ‘B’ # 1 De Smet – February 8, 2022
  • Lennox at the Tea Area – February 11, 2022

# 1 Sioux Falls Christian at # 5 Dell Rapids – January 11, 2022

Another one-to-one class ‘A’ clash is set for January as two region three rivals cross paths. It’s a rematch of last year’s semifinals as Dell Rapids and Sioux Falls Christian intersect.

CLASS ‘A’ GIRLS

Winner # 1 vs. St. Thomas # 2 Plus – February 4, 2022

The winner and St. Thomas More each reached the Class ‘A’ semifinals a year ago, but failed to reach the state championship.

Fast forward a year and now the Warriors and Cavaliers are looking to reach the title game. They will meet on February 4 in what is expected to be one of the best games in Class “A”.

Other must-see games

  • Tea Area in Dakota Valley – December 10 (postponed)
  • # 4 West Central to # 1 Winner – December 17th
  • # 4 West Central at Tea Area – January 6, 2022
  • # 4 West Central in Dakota Valley – January 11, 2022
  • ‘B’ # 2 Corsica-Stickney to # 1 Winner – January 13, 2022
  • ‘B’ # 1 Aberdeen Roncalli at # 3 Hamlin – January 25, 2022
  • Winner # 1 at Mt. Vernon / Plankinton – January 28, 2022

# 3 Hamlin to # 5 Flandreau – December 14, 2021

Hamlin and Flandreau are two of the top five teams in the ‘A’ class as they are both expected to have very successful seasons. They’ll be crossing paths in week two of the season, which will give us a taste of what the Chargers and Fliers will look like.


CLASS ‘B’ BOYS

# 2 White River vs. # 3 Aberdeen Christian – December 28, 2021 – Hoop City Classic in Mitchell

One of the biggest games to watch in Class “B” boys’ basketball has to be the Hoop City Classic. It’s a battle between two of the state’s top-ranked teams as the Knights and Tigers intersect.

It will be a big game as three talented players take the stage, including Joe Sayler of White River and the talented duo of Malek Wieker and Ethan Russell of Aberdeen Christian.

Other must-see games

  • Canistota at Bridgewater-Emery – December 21, 2021
  • ‘A’ # 2 Sioux Valley vs # 1 De Smet – December 31 – Entringer Classic at Brookings
  • Grégoire at Wagner’s – January 11, 2022
  • # 1 From Smet to Canistota – January 15, 2022
  • Flandreau at # 1 De Smet – February 6, 2022
  • Aberdeen Roncalli at # 3 Aberdeen Christian – February 17, 2022
  • Viborg-Hurley to Howard – February 17, 2022

# 1 De Smet to # 4 Dell Rapids St. Mary – December 20, 2021

Another fun game to watch will feature two of the top four ranked teams in Class ‘B’ as De Smet crosses paths with Dell Rapids St. Mary. The top-ranked Bulldogs will head to Dell Rapids while the Cardinals have their hands full.


CLASS ‘B’ GIRLS

# 5 Castlewood in Colman-Egan – January 25, 2022

One of the best games to watch would have to be Castlewood and Colman-Egan. Both teams are expected to qualify for Class “B” this season and their January clash should show us exactly what the Hawks and Warriors are all about.

Other must-see games

  • Faulkton sector in Herreid / Selby – January 6, 2022
  • ‘A’ Wagner at # 1 Corse-Stickney – January 8, 2022
  • # 1 Aberdeen Roncalli in the Faulkton area – January 11, 2022
  • De Smet at # 5 Castlewood – January 20, 2022
  • Bridgewater-Emery at # 1 Corse-Stickney – January 24, 2022
  • # 1 Aberdeen Roncalli at ‘A’ # 3 Hamlin – January 25, 2022
  • # 2 Corsica-Stickney at ‘A’ # 1 Winner – February 4, 2022
  • # 1 Aberdeen Roncalli to Aberdeen Christian – February 17, 2022
  • Viborg-Hurley to Howard – February 17, 2022

KELOLAND SportsZone

The first KELOLAND SportsZone of the winter season will be a bit different as many games have been canceled due to the snowstorm.

Despite the changes, the first SportsZone will air at 10:20 p.m. on KELO-TV on Friday, December 10.


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