Bulldogs B title defense will wait another year

WATERTOWN, S.D. (GoWatertown.net) — De Smet were the defending champions heading into the 2020 Girls State B Basketball Tournament. The Bulldogs had amassed a 16-4 regular season record, defeated James Valley Christian, Estelline/Hendricks and White River in the playoffs. Doug Osthus’ squad was seeded number six and upset the three seed Faulkton 50-45 on day one of the tournament. The tournament was postponed the next day due to the COVID19 pandemic.

Coach Osthus talks the day the tournament was postponed:

The South Dakota High School Activities Association brought forth proposals at their March meetings to restart the Girls B tournament in June. Coach Osthus says his girls were still optimistic about defending their title:

The SDHSAA officially cancelled the Girls State B Tournament April 6th due to the coronavirus pandemic, ending the Bulldogs season with a record of 20-4.

De Smet will graduate four seniors, Emily Martens, Michelle Weise, Reyna Beck and Autumn Wilkinson.  Coach Osthus talks about his seniors:

To hear the full interview with De Smet Girls Basketball Coach Doug Osthus, click the player below


(Brent Nathaniel, Watertown Radio Sports)