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From off-the-radar season, Huskies move into Class B crosshairs

EMERY--In 2016-17, Bridgewater-Emery went from unranked to undefeated. The Huskies became the third team in Class B boys basketball to go undefeated in the last 13 seasons. Warner went undefeated last season and before that Dell Rapids St. Mary i...

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Bridgewater-Emery's Cole Gassman (4) shoots over Wolsey-Wessington's Riley Gohn (11) during the Class B state championship on Saturday in Aberdeen. (Matt Gade / Republic)

EMERY-In 2016-17, Bridgewater-Emery went from unranked to undefeated.

The Huskies became the third team in Class B boys basketball to go undefeated in the last 13 seasons. Warner went undefeated last season and before that Dell Rapids St. Mary in 2003-04 was the last team to go perfect.

Bridgewater-Emery recently capped off its perfect season at 26-0 with a 63-58 win over Wolsey-Wessington in the state championship game.

Not bad for a team that began the season receiving only one point in the preseason South Dakota Sportswriters Association Class B boys basketball poll.

B-E coach Scott Schultz knows the Huskies won't sneak up on anybody next season. B-E will bring back its top scorers in sophomores Sawyer Schultz (15.3 points per game) and Jamin Arend (13.5). Junior Cole Gassman (7.3) is also a returning starter. Key reserves Carter Dye, a sophomore, and Duot VanSickle, a junior, will also be back.

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"The expectations obviously are going to be quite high for them," coach Schultz said. "They understand what it takes to get there. They understand the hard work and the little bit of luck that you have to have and everything involved in it."

But Schultz expects the Huskies to handle that pressure after experiencing the rigors of making a deep run this season.

"They understand the difficulty of it from doing it this time and how they do get everybody's best game just because of if you are ranked No. 1 or if you are undefeated or whatever, you always get their best shot," coach Schultz said. "They have kind of learned how to react to that and how to play like that."

B-E took a tough road to get to the state tournament, playing region foe Chester Area twice and sweeping a pair of games at the Mike Miller Classic. They knocked down Warner at the Hanson Classic and defeated Corsica-Stickney at the DWU Classic when the Huskies were No. 1 and the Jaguars were No. 2.

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