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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For the first time since 1985, the Wildfire sidelines will be without a familiar face. Shortly after the end of the 2017 Mott-Regent-New England football campaign, Ron Benson stepped down from his head coaching position after 32 seasons at the helm. Taking his place is someone who has been groomed under Benson's tutelage in recent years. Nate Zachmann has been a member of Benson's staff as the offensive coordinator before becoming the co-head coach two years ago. Now, he takes over the reins. "It's been different without him; it really has. We really miss him out here," Zachmann said.
Ron Benson remembers one of his earliest lessons learned during his time as a head coach like it was yesterday, . Benson, who took charge of the Mott football program in 1986, flashed back to a moment in his first season when he was upset with one of his players over running the wrong play. Benson called timeout, walked onto the field and let his player know, with some choice words, of the mistake that he had made. "I cussed the kid out. I said 'what the hell are you doing?'" Benson recalled. "I looked at him, he looked up and he was crying, he was in tears.
Hettinger-Scranton head coach Randy Burwick needed to get his message across. On Tuesday, Aug. 14, after conducting a two-hour practice that concluded with the players running up and down the length of the field twice, Burwick gathered the group and told them that their effort and focus was subpar, especially with the season opener just three days away. Holding every Night Hawk in pads accountable, from freshmen to seniors, he implored his team to approach every practice from here on out with heightened intensity.
When the clock struck midnight on Monday, Aug. 8, the nine-man fall football season was officially underway. The Beach boys football team got an early start on preparations for the new year, walking onto the field for the team's first practice at 12:01 a.m. The players and coaches had an uninvited guest, though.
JAMESTOWN — After shooting a personal best round in the season opener three days earlier, Lola Homiston topped the Dickinson High girls golf contingent on the first day of the East-West Classic at the Jamestown Country Club on Monday, Aug. 13.
For all five days of the Central Plains Regional Tournament, Dubuque County (Iowa) Post 137 head coach Rob Hoerner planted himself at the front of his dugout, seated on a bucket as solidly as a rock. But as his team, which traveled roughly 800 miles to compete in this tourney, closed in on a championship, the skipper couldn't contain himself.
One of the toughest challenges when competing in a double elimination tournament is conquering a team twice. After defeating Rapid City (S.D.) Post 22 on the first day of the Central Plains Regional Tournament, Dubuque County (Iowa) Post 137 was faced with that task, but the second showdown was with elimination at stake. The Iowa state champions jumped on Post 22 in the early going and tacked on runs over the course of the game, earning a 8-4 triumph on Saturday, Aug. 11, from the Dakota Community Bank & Trust Ballpark.
DUNSEITH — The Class A girls golf season got underway with the Turtle Mountain Invitational from the Garden Gate Golf Course on Friday, Aug. 10. Fielding three golfers in the first event, the Dickinson High School girls golf team was led by freshman Lola Homiston, who shot a personal-best round of 100. Junior team captain Shelby Steier with a score of 111 while Midgets eighth-grader Hazel Emter followed with a mark of 125.
GERING, Neb. — In the first game of the inaugural Expedition League Championship Series, the Badlands Big Sticks could not hold an early lead against Western Nebraska. The Pioneers scored four in the bottom of the fourth inning and tacked on another three in the eighth en route to an 11-5 triumph in the opener of a best-of-three series on Friday, Aug. 10 from Oregon Trail Park Stadium.
In any elimination game, the difference between moving on and going home can be minuscule. Tri-City Red (Minn.) was mere inches away from ending three separate innings. Instead, Omaha Burke Black (Neb.) scored all six of its runs with two outs in support of starting pitcher Zach Munson. The right-hander escaped from trouble in the later innings, going the distance in a 6-0 victory during the Central Plains Regional Tournament on Friday, Aug. 10, from the Dakota Community Bank & Trust Ballpark.