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The Quick Hitter: Huskies' Gassman impresses in return

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Bridgewater-Emery's Cole Gassman makes a move past Gregory's Max Klundt on Saturday at the Corn Palace. (Ryan Deal / Republic)2 / 2

I'll never doubt Bridgewater-Emery senior Cole Gassman again.

Gassman suffered a devastating knee injury in September that halted his senior football season. The Daily Republic was in Madison that night he sustained the torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee.

Not long after that, I did the math in my head and figured his senior basketball season was also in serious jeopardy. By most accounts, ACL recoveries take 9-12 months.

Heading into the basketball season, those surrounding the Bridgewater-Emery program said all indications were that Gassman was going to return this season.

I was pessimistic and figured no way.

Gassman proved me wrong.

One-hundred and forty-eight (148!) days after tearing his knee, the point guard made his basketball season debut last Saturday at the Corn Palace against Gregory.

He admitted to me after the game he had butterflies and was nervous when he checked into the game. He shook off the nerves and any rust by converting a steal for a layup less than one minute into the game.

He finished with eight points (two 3-pointers), one rebound, one assist and one steal in No. 1 Bridgewater-Emery's 63-40 win over the Gorillas. Gassman added five points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals as the Huskies defeated Canton 80-52 on Monday.

Gassman is just another weapon to the stacked-Huskies, who are 13-3 and play No. 4 White River at the Dakota Wesleyan University Classic on Saturday at the Corn Palace.

Bridgewater-Emery coach Scott Schultz said he's not sure if Gassman will continue coming off the bench or will be inserted back into the starting lineup.

"He looks like he's definitely back to the form he had last year," Schultz said.

I don't doubt it.

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