Lady Bulldogs welcomed home after 2nd place finish

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The De Smet Lady Bulldogs received a warm welcome back to town Sunday 

afternoon.  The team brought home the runner-up trophy from the State B high school girl’s basketball tournament in Huron.


Coach Doug Osthus thanked his wife and children for all the support and sacrifices they make during basketball season, his parents for handling the family business, his in-laws for their support, bus driver Andy Todd, De Smet High School secretary Melody Perry and basketball and football coach Tom Hoek. He thanked all the fans of the “Bulldog Nation” for their incredible support.  He thanked  “Turbo Tammy” (Albrecht), statisticians, Cylie Pastian and Amanda Gehm and his assistant coach, Jeff Gruenhagen. Osthus said the three graduating seniors, Shelace Albrecht, AmandaPoppen and Kayla Anderson, were freshman when they started with him. “I want you to know, I’m going to miss you very much,” he said. “We played fantastic basketball to get us where we got,” Osthus said.


“We can play defense, that’s for sure. We are absolutely tenacious. I credit the girls for their hard work and dedication,” he said.


“As parents, we are very proud of you,” Tammy Albrecht, mother of senior team 

member Shelace Albrecht, told the team. “You were amazing and we really do appreciate it,” she told the fans. Albrecht gave the team members each two candy bars, a Whatchamacallit and a PayDay because, Albrecht said, “You worked your “whatchamacallit” off and you got your pay day.”


De Smet High School art teacher and yearbook adviser, April Rusche, presented a slideshow of photographs from all three games of the tournament.


Athletic director Marv McCune and assistant coach Jeff Gruenhagen both said they heard compliments on how well the De Smet team and fans acted at the tournament. “It took a hold when you see one whole side of the arena is filled with De Smet Bulldog fans,” Gruenhagen said. “It’s been a great experience and hopefully we can do it again next year.”


Donna Palmlund

Staff Writer

The De Smet News


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