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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The 2018 Killdeer football team features nine seniors on its roster; many of them were on the squad during the Cowboys' last long march through the state playoffs. Back in 2015, Killdeer made its second consecutive appearance in the Class A state championship game. Years removed from that accomplishment, the players who were freshman during that run now carry a leadership role and would like to recapture the magic before their days on the high school gridiron are over. "Our freshman year was a lot different than this," senior defensive back Riley Reiss said.
Less than 24 hours removed from competing in the Williston Invitational, the Dickinson High girls golf team returned to the links, this time on its home course. Slicing 19 strokes off of their team score from yesterday, the Midgets combined for 461 at the Dickinson Invitational on Tuesday, Aug. 21, from the Heart River Golf Course. DHS freshman Lola Homiston paced the team with a low score of 92, followed by junior team captain Shelby Steier, who shot a 100. Eighth-graders Hazel Emter and Halle Keithley rounded out the squad with marks of 120 and 149, respectively.
The opening weeks of fall football practice gives coaches the opportunity to teach, improve and fine tune. With day-after-day of two-a-days, players on a given roster go through grueling sessions, often battling each other for playing time on the field. However, competition amongst teammates pales in comparison to lining up against someone in different colors and different uniforms. Scrimmages provide programs the chance before the start of the regular season to break the monotony and test how far a team has come along.
The heart and soul of every football team comes from within the trenches. Whether it's the offensive line creating daylight for a speedy running back or the defensive line mounting pressure on an opposing quarterback, the difference between success and failure often is determined by who wins the battle at the line of scrimmage. Coming off of a one-win campaign, the Heart River football team and its depth on the line may be a key ingredient for success during the 2018 season.
The Richardton-Taylor-Hebron boys football team could not have gotten off to a rougher start in the 2017 season. Losers of their first seven games by an average margin of 20 points, the Raiders failed to qualify for the 9-man state postseason for the first time since 2011. Despite capturing a 58-46 victory in the season finale on the road against Hettinger-Scranton, the team had its fair share of struggles on both sides of the ball, ranking second-to-last in Region 5 in points scored (19.8) and points allowed (35.8) while sitting dead last in point differential (minus 16).
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.