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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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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Batterymates Jordie McNeilly and Amber Sickler, two seniors from the Dickinson High softball team, were selected to the West All-Star roster for the 2018 SCHEELS Softball All-Star Series. Game one of the series will be held in Fargo on Monday, June 4. Game two will take place on Tuesday, June 5 and will be preceded with a skills competition.
In their final games at home in Dickinson Midgets baseball uniforms, starting hurlers Dawson Dutchak and Chris Zubke pitched gems. In the opener against Bismarck High, Zubke was credited with the victory after pitching six strong innings in the Midgets 6-4 comeback win. Dutchak tossed a four-hitter in game two as Dickinson completed the senior night sweep with a 8-1 triumph on Tuesday, May 8 from the Dakota Community Bank & Trust Ballpark. After a 1-7 start, Dickinson has now won five of their last eight games.
MANDAN — Two days after participating at Williston, the Dickinson High boys track and field team competed at the Mandan MAR Meet on Saturday, May 5. Tallying 63 team points, the Midgets finished sixth out of seven teams. Minot topped the charts with 162 points, followed by host Mandan with 151 points.
WILLISTON — The Dickinson High boys and girls track and field teams outdueled the rest of their competition the Knutson Outdoor Invite on Thursday, May 3 from Williston High School. The DHS boys snagged the victory after pulling in 215.5 points, defeating Minot and host Williston who collected 198 and 158.5 points, respectively.
Activity in the local Class B track and field ranks has ramped up following a pair of meets during the first week of May. The Dickinson Trinity boys and girls teams each collected team victories at the Badlands Conference meet held at Killdeer on Thursday, May 3.
MINOT — Winless on the road, the Dickinson High girls tennis team dropped to 2-4 this season after losing in convincing fashion the top ranked squad in the WDA Minot defeated the Lady Midgets 9-0 on Thursday, May 3, capturing each victory in singles and double action in straight sets.
BISMARCK — The Dickinson High boys golf finished in the middle of the pack in two separate invitationals held in Bismarck. On Friday, May 4, the Midgets took sixth place, shooting a team score of 332 at the Century-Legacy Invitational held at the Tom O’Leary Golf Course. Host Bismarck Century won the event in a tiebreaker against Minot High after each team completed the course with a score of 297.
The Heart River girls basketball team will be under new leadership next winter. Ronnie Stewart was hired as the new Cougars head coach following the resignation of Gary Ballard, who led the program the previous two seasons. Stewart was previously the boys basketball head coach at Tongue River High School in Wyoming, where the Eagles carried an 18-28 overall record in two seasons under his tutelage.
SOUTH HEART — Braving the varying winds and a brief rain shower, players from 10 Region 5 boys golf teams gathered at the Pheasant Country Golf Course on Thursday, May 3 for a chance to individually qualify for the Class B state tournament. Following 18 holes, five golfers punched their ticket to Mapleton after finishing below the seven-over cutline on the Par-71 course. Heart River junior Jett Mattson won the qualifier, defeating senior teammate Trace Jacobson in a playoff after the duo shot a low score of 72.
In a rematch against the team that dealt the Dickinson High girls softball team its only loss, the Midgets understood the importance of tacking on runs against Bismarck Century. Despite trailing in the middle innings of the nightcap, the Midgets scored runs in each of the last four frames en route to a 16-9 victory. Dickinson took the first game 15-5 in five innings, sweeping the Patriots on Tuesday, May 1 from the North Softball Complex.