Who will be left standing after East River vs. West River CLASH

By Rich Winter

Well, well, well - Friday and Saturday at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center some of those east river vs. west river questions are going to be answered.

Aberdeen Roncalli and Madison head west to tangle with St. Thomas More and Belle Fourche in both boys and girls action from the Civic Center. While there is some fun in dancing around the who is better question - East or WEST, for these coaches and these programs, Friday and Saturday is an absolute litmus test to see where these teams are.

Check out some of the sparkling records….

Aberdeen Roncalli Boys - 4-0

Aberdeen Roncalli girls 4-0

Madison boys 2-1 - (Only loss was 67-68 to Lennox)

Madison girls: 1-4

Belle Fouche boys: 4-2

Belle Fourche girls: 5-0

St. Thomas More boys - 3-0

St. Thomas More girls - 3-0

Roncalli girls: Thus far, Derek Larson’s Aberdeen Roncalli squad has been dominant in Region 1A. A state tournament team a year ago, Larson’s crew has been relatively untested with wins over Northwestern, MOPO, Milbank and Deuel…(Those teams have a combined 7-13 record with the Milbank game being the closest, Cavaliers 57-39)

Roncalli boys: Brian Dolan’s squad is off to a 4-0 start with wins over MOPO, Milbank, Deuel and Oak Grove, ND….all wins have come pretty handily. Feel like Roncalli will get the win over 4-2 Belle Fouche, BUT, that contest with Dave Hollenbeck’s STM Cavaliers on Saturday will tell us if EITHER of these teams is for real.

Belle Fourche girls: Bill Burr’s Lady Broncs lost some talented players a year ago but this PROGRAM seems to be taking off out west as the Broncs are 5-0 on the season. Hard to judge some of the Belle Fourche competition with games against Wyoming schools, BUT, that 51-48 win over 5-1 Sturgis, IN STURGIS, suggests this team is for real.

St. Thomas More girls: Is it just me or is it becoming hard to fathom the kind of run the STM Lady Cavaliers are on?

Has it really been five consecutive Class A state titles for Brandon Kandolin’s Lady Cavaliers?

Kind of a slow uninspiring start for STM with two wins over Nebraska schools and a 48-37 win over a 3-3 Hill City team, in Hill City.

The Madison girls look a little down this year, but that Aberdeen Roncalli game on Saturday night from the Civic Center….that should be a good one.

Madison boys: Boy, I’ll tell ya, Jeff Larsen runs as solid of program as you will find in the Class A ranks. So many great players graduated from that state championship team from a year ago, BUT, we look up and Larsen’s crew has just the one loss to Lennox.

A lot of seniors on that roster that have been sitting, learning and WAITING for their opportunity.

Should be some great games tomorrow…Bragging rights aside, let’s see who is still standing by Sunday morning and then start looking ahead.

Good luck to all involved.