Number one De Smet faces another big challenge from White River this Saturday

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MITCHELL, S.D. ( — A dream Class B matchup is happening this Saturday night at the Hanson Classic as number one De Smet will face off against number two White River.

The Bulldogs are no stranger to big games the past three years. They fell in the 2019 Class B Championship game to Clark/Willow Lake, they were a favorite to win the B in 2020 but COVID-19 wiped out the tournament and reached the Class B summit in 2021 with a championship win over Aberdeen Christian. This year’s version of the Bulldogs are a tight-knit group says Coach Jeff Gruenhagen:

In addition to South Dakota State commit Kalen Garry, the Bulldogs feature a senior starting five of Tory Holland, Rett Osthus, Blake Van Regenmorter, and 6’9″ Damon Wilkinson.  Coach Gruenhagen says having an experienced squad and a true post in Wilkinson makes this team different than years past:

The next test for De Smet is against White River at the Hanson Classic.  These two teams last met on February 13, 2021, with the Bulldogs coming away victorious 76-63.  Coach Gruenhagen says there going to be watching out for the Tiger’s Joe Sayler:

8:30 p.m. tip.