Patrick Bernadeau is a sports reporter for the Dickinson Press. He can be reached at his office number (701) 456-1211 or email him at email@example.com. Joining the Dickinson Press in July 2017, he was previously a freelance sports writer for Treasure Coast Newspapers (TCPalm.com) in Stuart, FL as well as carrying bylines from the Associated Press, Miami Herald, Orlando Sentinel, Florida Today and Naples Daily News. Prior to his move to Dickinson, he resided in Port St. Lucie, FL, earning a Bachelor's Degree from Florida Atlantic University. Patrick was born and raised in Brockton, Mass and is an avid Boston sports fan. Born to Haitian parents, Patrick's favorite meal is Griot with Banana Peze, Pikliz (Fried pork with smashed plaintains and a spicy vegetable relish) and a tall glass of Cherry Coke.
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RAPID CITY (S.D) — Different meet, different state, same story for the Dickinson High girls gymnastics team. In a meet against five teams from South Dakota, the Lady Midgets won the 2018 Gym-O-Rama on Saturday, Jan. 20 from Rapid City Central High School (S.D.) with a team score of 146.875. It is the seventh victory in as many meets this season.
BEACH — Outscoring Beach in each of the first three quarters, the Dickinson Trinity girls basketball team picked up a much needed victory, defeating the Buccaneers 54-35 on Saturday, Jan. 20 from Beach High School. The win snapped a three-game losing streak.
BEACH — In a battle of two teams undefeated against regional opponents, the Dickinson Trinity boys basketball team lead throughout the second half, defeating Beach 54-47 on Saturday, Jan. 20 from Beach High School. Snapping the Buccaneers six-game winning streak, Trinity is now 5-0 in Region 7 play, with four of those wins coming on the road.
Despite a lead and 10-5 shots on goal advantage, Dickinson boys hockey head coach Dallas Kuntz went into the first intermission knowing he needed to send a strong message to avoid a letdown against a pesky Braves squad. Following a four-goal second period, it's safe to say Kuntz' message was duly noted. Sophomore forward Joseph Pavek and junior forward Cody Shepard each had two goals and an assist as the Midgets defeated Bottineau-Rugby 7-1 on Saturday, Jan. 20 from the West River Ice Center.
Enjoying a comfortable cushion midway through the second half, the Dickinson High boys basketball team hung on in the final moments against Turtle Mountain Community High School, defeating the Braves 63-61 on Friday, Jan. 19 from DHS gym. Off of 56 percent shooting in the first half, the Midgets led 32-19 entering the halftime break and had a 14-point lead, the largest advantage of the game, with more than 11 minutes left in regulation before the hard-charging Braves rallied.
JAMESTOWN — The Dickinson State women’s basketball team simply couldn’t compete with Jamestown, who is 8-0 against North Star Athletic Association opponents. The Jimmies broke out into a rhythm immediately, putting up 21 points in the opening frame. The Blue Hawks only mustered seven points in the first quarter, but improved on that effort, scoring 9, 10 and 11 points in the next three quarters.
The Heart River girls basketball team entered its contest against region opponent Dickinson Trinity on a hot streak. After winning six of their last seven games, it took performances from a pair of Cougars seniors to let the good times roll. Behind the play of guard/forward Bailey Olson and forward/center Ashlyn Privratsky, Heart River defeated the Titans 48-39 on Thursday, Jan. 18 from Belfield High School. The duo combined for 30 of the Cougars 48 points.
What a difference a year can make. The Beach boys basketball have long been buried in the doldrums of their conference. Over the years, wins have been few, far between, and in last year's case, singular, as the team survived a one-win season. Through the first 10 games of the 2017-18 campaign, life as a Buccaneer has been golden. Currently sitting with the best record in Region 7, Beach is 9-1. Alongside Dickinson Trinity and Beulah, the team is undefeated against region opponents.
The Dickinson High boys basketball team could not hold a halftime lead, falling on the road to Bismarck St. Mary’s 71-61 on Tuesday, Jan 16. The Midgets entered the break up 34-28, but were outscored by 16 in the second half. Mistakes and fouls hurt Dickinson all night, as they committed nine more turnovers than the Saints and out-fouled Bismarck St. Mary’s 27-11. The Saints shot 31 free throws compared to just three for the Midgets.
Junior forward Ryan Bren and sophomore defender Jaren Hugelen each had a pair of goals as the Dickinson High boys hockey team defeated Jamestown on the road 5-3 on Tuesday, Jan. 16.