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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Amber Sickler, a senior pitcher on the Dickinson High School softball team, was 2-1 in the Class A State Softball Tournament, aiding the Midgets to a runner-up finish. Through her 18 innings on the mound during the tournament, she allowed seven runs (six earned) on 17 hits and four walks, while striking out 18 batters. She also competed in the SCHEELS Softball All-Star Series as a member of the West All-Star team. Sickler combined to give up two runs on six hits in seven innings pitched over both games. She struck out four without relinquishing a walk.
SOUTH HEART — An estimated attendance of more than 100 people enjoyed cheeseburgers, hot dogs and brownies during the Lions Club Burgers in the Park event celebrating the 2018 Class B State Champion Heart River girls golf team on Monday, June 18 from the South Heart Lions Pavilion. The championship plaque was on display as members of the team posed for pictures and signed autographs for the public.
Filled with physical, hard-hitting action from the opening kickoff, the Silver Anniversary of the Badlands Bowl was a slugfest throughout the first half. But soon after the two teams exited the locker rooms for the start of the third quarter, Montana left little doubt who was the better squad on the field. Trailing 7-0 at the halftime, the Montana All-Stars scored eight unanswered touchdowns, running away with a 55-7 victory over North Dakota on Saturday, June 16 from the Biesiot Activities Center.
The 2017 edition of the Badlands Bowl emphatically punctuated a theme over the last few years: Montana has the upperhand. In the largest landslide in the event's history, Montana's 63-0 rout marked the third time North Dakota has been shutout since this All-Star Game began in 1994. Winners of the last three All-Star match-ups by a combined margin of 139-32, Montana holds an 18-6 series lead. But the beauty of this annual clash between Great Plains neighbors is that every year brings a fresh crop of high school seniors eager to represent their respective state.
The Dickinson Roughriders were competitive during the middle portion an afternoon doubleheader against one of the better American Legion teams in the state. Finishing on the wrong side of a two-game sweep against Minot, the Roughriders were halted by both a sloppy start and undesirable finish.
After his team suffered a three-game sweep against Rapid City two days earlier, Dickinson Roughriders head coach Stephen Greenwood noted how his squad needed to learn how to win. His players took that message to heart in the second game of a doubleheader against Mandan, adding insurance runs in the top of the seventh inning en route to a 7-2 victory, snapping a five-game losing streak.
BELFIELD — The South Heart and Belfield areas have waited nearly a half-century to take part in Legion baseball. Making their Expedition League debut on Friday, June 8, the Belfield-South Heart Post 144 Knights wasted little time putting runs on the scoreboard. Highlighted by an eight-run third inning, the Knights defeated the New Salem Naturals 12-1 in five innings during game one of a doubleheader held at John J. Steiner American Legion Ballpark. Post 144 captured the nightcap 13-1, collecting the two-game sweep.
MINOT — A walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning from first basemen Justin Glover propelled Souris Valley to a 4-3 victory over the Badlands Big Sticks on Thursday, June 7 from Corbett Field. The Big Sticks had their nine-game winning streak snapped.
BELFIELD — The South Heart-Belfield area has been without Legion baseball for more than 40 years. But through the sudden growth of the Little League and Babe Ruth programs, kids in the area now have a destination to strap on their helmets and pound their gloves once their Babe Ruth career ends. The Belfield-South Heart Post 144 Knights are set to begin their inaugural season this summer.
DICKINSON — Over the past two years at the state tournament, Grand Forks Red River's Adam Van Raden has been painstakingly close to tasting victory. In 2016, Van Raden closed day one tied for the lead before falling one shot short of the win. Last year, he stood alone on the leaderboard after the first round only to accept defeat again, this time by two strokes.