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South Dakota high school soccer players named to TopDrawerSoccer All-America Watch List

Today, we were thrilled to discover yet another benefit for South Dakota players who are now playing sanctioned high school soccer. Players are now eligible for consideration for TopDrawerSoccer’s High School

Nominations sought for Young Referee of the Year

An Open Letter to the South Dakota Soccer Community from Chad Landis, SD State Youth Referee Administrator   Greetings Soccer Community – It is almost that time of the year

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Key matchups early this year.

One of the complaints shared by almost every high school coach this time of year is the lack of time to prepare their team for the season. With tryouts starting

South Dakota High School Soccer 2014 Pre-Season Rankings

Soccer605 has released their third annual preseason rankings for the 2014 South Dakota high school soccer season. With all teams playing under the umbrella of the South Dakota High School

South Dakota high school soccer players named to TopDrawerSoccer All-America Watch List

High School Soccer

Today, we were thrilled to discover yet another benefit for South Dakota players who are now playing sanctioned high school soccer. Players are now eligible for consideration for TopDrawerSoccer’s High School All-America Watch List.  

TopDrawerSoccer offers an All-America Watch List of more than 250 boys and 250 girls soccer players for the fall high school season. According to their press release, “This kick-off list is dominated by players who received high state, regional or national honors last fall and/or players who have verbally committed to college programs.”

TDS further notes, “This will be an evolving list as the fall high school season plays out over the next four months. Each Thursday, we will add new names to the list. Players will be removed from the this ONLY if they are no longer playing high school soccer (either by choice or injury).”

The purpose of TopDrawerSoccer’s All America Watch List is to track players who will be eligible for their fall-season state, region and All-America teams, which will be announced in late December or early January.

Sioux Falls Lincoln Goalkeeper Maggie Smither in the Spearfish match - August 23,  2013

Sioux Falls Lincoln Goalkeeper Maggie Smither’s dropkick form is well-known across the state as seen in this August 2013 photo, courtesy of Mark Smither.

We are thrilled to note that TWO South Dakota female high school soccer players have been named to this exclusive list! Congratulations to Maggie Smither, a senior at Sioux Falls Lincoln and Soccer605′s 2013 Large Program Girls’ Elite Eleven Goalkeeper, and to Kylie “KJ” Medler, a senior at St. Thomas More, as well as Soccer605′s 2013 Small Program Girls’ Elite Eleven Player of the Year and South Dakota’s first Gatorade Player of the Year for high school soccer.

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KJ Medler battles for the ball during a high school match last season against Groton.

Overall, the feedback we have been receiving at Soccer605 about this first season of fully sanctioned high school soccer has been nothing short of fantastic! Sure, there has been a little confusion here and there – transition always presents some challenges – but it seems that everyone is stepping up and doing their part, for the kids and the good of the game.

We have heard that the numbers in the younger high school ages have been VERY high for some schools, and as we expected, players showed up for tryouts that hadn’t been seen at other soccer tryouts. There’s just something about not having to pay to play that has that effect. We will gather more info about the impact of sanctioning on participation numbers to share with you a little later.

For now, we are simply thrilled and again want to congratulate KJ Medler and Maggie Smither – to our knowledge, the first South Dakota high school soccer players to break into the prestigious TopDrawerSoccer Fall High School All-American Watch List!

Nominations sought for Young Referee of the Year

young referee of the yearAn Open Letter to the South Dakota Soccer Community from Chad Landis, SD State Youth Referee Administrator
 

Greetings Soccer Community -

It is almost that time of the year where SDSSA and the SD Soccer Referee Committee announce the Male and Female “YOUNG REFEREE OF THE YEAR”. This award is presented annually at the AGM, this year to be held in Sioux Falls.

We are looking for nominations you may have from your Member Organization. As South Dakota is somewhat rural, there may be a referee that is doing an outstanding job within their community that has not popped onto the radar. This individual must be 18 years of age or younger. We need to have a written recommendation for this person. It needs to include:

  • Who the nominee is 
  • Why they are being nominated
  • Anything they do OUTSIDE the soccer community (example honors student, volunteers with 4-H, organized a food drive, etc.)

This nomination can come from a parent, a coach, a Soccer board member, a fan, ANYONE!!!

Please email your nominee to Chad Landis at rapidcitysoccerrefs@gmail.com. Deadline is October 1st.

Thank you and look forward to seeing you on the pitch.

Chad Landis, SD State Youth Referee Administrator

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Key matchups early this year.

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One of the complaints shared by almost every high school coach this time of year is the lack of time to prepare their team for the season.

With tryouts starting on August 7th and first games on August 19th, twelve days may not seem like enough time.  And, in most cases it isn’t.  But with all teams under the same time frame, at least there is somewhat a level playing field.

Opening weekend pits some of the state’s top-ranked preseason sides against each other. 

Many of the ranked team clashes are in Class AA but we’re looking forward to a triangular of legitimate battles in the A Girls division as Groton Area (3) face Belle Fourche (2) Friday night in Belle Fourche and St. Thomas More (1) in Rapid City.  These are three very good A Girls sides that want to establish themselves early as the power in their division.

Friday, the Rapid City public school teams travel to Sioux Falls to get what could be their stiffest challenges of the entire season.

Both the Lincoln Boys (3) and Lincoln Girls (1) sides host Rapid City Stevens Boys (4) and Stevens Girls (5).

The Lincoln Girls get a double test Saturday morning when the go against Rapid City Central (2) who should put Lincoln’s defense to the test with their speed and tactics.

Rapid City Stevens Boys get a second test Saturday as they visit Sioux Falls Washington (2).

In other Top Five AA action: 

Sioux Falls O’Gorman Girls (3) host Sturgis Friday and Spearfish Saturday.

Roosevelt Girls (4) host Spearfish Friday and Sturgis Saturday.

Aberdeen Central Girls (5) travel to Harrisburg Saturday after hosting Groton Area Tuesday.

Roosevelt Boys (1) host Spearfish Friday and Sturgis Saturday.

Washington Boys (2) host Rapid City Central Friday and Rapid City Stevens (4) Saturday.

Pierre Boys (5 Tie) travel to Brookings Saturday after hosting Mitchell Tuesday.

Yankton Boys (5 Tie)  Host Huron Friday after visiting Watertown Tuesday.

Class A 

Groton Boys (1) travel to meet Belle Fourche Friday and St. Thomas More (5) Saturday after opening at Aberdeen Central Tuesday.

Sioux Falls Christian Boys (2) travel to meet St. Thomas More (5) Friday and Belle Fourche Saturday.

James Valley Christian (3) open at Mitchell Christian Friday and host Tea Area (4) Saturday.

St. Thomas More Girls (1) open at home against Sioux Falls Christian and host Groton Area (3) Saturday.

Belle Fourche (2) open with Groton Area (3) at home Friday and host Sioux Falls Christian Saturday.

West Central (4) is off after opening Tuesday night at Tea Area and visiting Vermillion (5) Thursday.

Vermillion (5) are off after opening at home against West Central (4) Thursday.

There is plenty of action around the state this weekend.  All the Schedules and Results can be found at www.highschoolsoccer605.com.  It’s on your Smartphone!

South Dakota High School Soccer 2014 Pre-Season Rankings

2014 Preseason Rankings ArtworkSoccer605 has released their third annual preseason rankings for the 2014 South Dakota high school soccer season. With all teams playing under the umbrella of the South Dakota High School Activities Association this fall, several teams will once again play each other for the first time in two years. Unlike the first two years of sanctioned high school soccer in South Dakota, this year teams will be playing in either the A or AA division that corresponds with their high school basketball – moving Sturgis and Mitchell from A to AA. These changes have made pre-season rankings more of a challenge this year, so we have simply ranked the top 5 teams in each division.

The following rankings are the result of input from high school soccer coaches across the state, and an analysis of each team’s previous season results. Roster changes, including impact players who have graduated, were a consideration, as well as strength of competition in the 2014 schedule.

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Click on the links below for the preseason rankings and a brief overview of all teams in each division.

AA Boys Preseason Rankings & Overview

AA Girls Preseason Rankings & Overview

A Boys Preseason Rankings & Overview

A Girls Preseason Rankings & Overview