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ABERDEEN—It felt like the end, but also the beginning. When Bridgewater-Emery seniors Sawyer Schultz, Jamin Arend and Carter Dye walked off the Wachs Arena floor one last time Saturday, it capped off a remarkable three-year run for the Huskies. The trio led Bridgewater-Emery to 69 wins compared to just nine losses, including a 7-2 mark in the state tournament. They won the 2017 state championship with a 26-0 record, while capturing back-to-back third-place finishes at the State B boys basketball tournament. They went 22-4 as juniors and 21-5 as seniors.
ABERDEEN—The Bridgewater-Emery Huskies went out with one last victory. The Huskies capped a spectacular three-year run with a 65-54 win over Viborg-Hurley in the third-place game at the State B boys basketball tournament on Saturday at Wachs Arena. Bridgewater-Emery, which won the state championship in 2017 and took third last year, ended with a 69-9 record over the past three seasons. The Huskies also went 7-2 at the state tournament.
ABERDEEN—For the second straight season, Clark/Willow Lake halted Bridgewater-Emery's state title aspirations. The Huskies fell to the Cyclones 56-55 in a semifinal thriller at the State B boys basketball tournament on Friday at an electric Wachs Arena. Clark/Willow Lake, which now plays De Smet in the state title game, knocked off Bridgewater-Emery in last year's semifinals on its way to a runner-up finish.
ABERDEEN -- The Bridgewater-Emery Huskies weathered a storm on Thursday. No. 7 seed Bridgewater-Emery nearly gave up a 16-point lead, but held off No. 2 Timber Lake 55-54 in the opening round of the State B boys basketball tournament at Wachs Arena. “Even though they are the two seed and we are the seven seed, it was a heck of a game,” Sawyer Schultz said. “That just shows how the depth in this tournament is phenomenal.”
EMERY -- Scott Schultz’s 400 career coaching wins have been at one stop. The Bridgewater-Emery boys basketball coach recorded his 400th career coaching win on Feb. 26 in the Huskies’ Region 5B win over Freeman Academy/Marion. Schultz is in his 29th season as a head boys basketball coach, first for Emery and later Bridgewater-Emery when the school districts consolidated.
EMERY—An experienced Bridgewater-Emery boys basketball team is back in the State B's. The Huskies will make their third straight Class B state boys basketball tourney appearance on Thursday at Wachs Arena in Aberdeen. The No. 7 seeded Huskies (19-4) will play No. 2 Timber Lake (18-2) at 6 p.m. on Thursday in the opening round. Bridgewater-Emery is one of three teams that has qualified for the last three State B boys basketball tournaments. Perennial powers White River and Sully Buttes are also making their third straight trip to state.
HURON—The Doug and Shelly Osthus family have taken March Madness to another level. The De Smet parents have all three children—Rylie, Rynn and Rett—playing in a state or national tournament in March.
SIOUX FALLS -- The Dakota Wesleyan University men’s basketball team put a scare into No. 1 Indiana Wesleyan on Friday, but the Wildcats prevailed in a heart-pounding battle at the Sanford Pentagon in the NAIA Division II men’s basketball tournament. The Tigers battled back from a 13-point halftime deficit and took a late lead, but Kyle Mangas drilled a 3-pointer with 2 seconds left to lift No. 1 Indiana Wesleyan to a 87-86 win over DWU on Friday at the Sanford Pentagon.
SIOUX FALLS—After passing its first national-tournament test, the Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball team will face another tough assignment today. The Tigers will play No. 1 overall seed and defending national champion Indiana Wesleyan University. DWU (23-9) will play the Wildcats (29-5) at noon today at the Sanford Pentagon in the second round of the NAIA Division II national tournament.
HURON—Early offense by Avery Broughton and some late defense propelled the Corsica-Stickney girls basketball team into the Class B state tournament semifinals. The Jaguars overcame a slow start and rolled past Ipswich 61-32 in the opening round of the state tourney on Thursday at the Huron Arena. Corsica-Stickney (22-2) will now play De Smet (22-1) at 7:45 p.m. today in the championship semifinals.