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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After years and years of losing basketball, the Glen Ullin-Hebron boys basketball team appears to be on an upward trajectory. Falling to Dickinson Trinity last year in the regional quarterfinals, the Bearcats finished the season with a record of 11-11. For the first time since 2005-06, the Bearcats did not have a losing season. As for the progress made by this program over the years, it didn't just appear out of thin air. The players have taken the initiative, putting in the work during the summer months.
With the game beginning to tighten in the latter stages, a pair of Titans helped snatch victory out of the arms of defeat. A key late-game sequence spurred by senior forward Jordie McNeilly and freshman forward Abbey Kubas doubled the Dickinson Trinity lead, propelling the Titans to a 54-46 win over Watford City on Friday, Dec. 14 from the Knight of Columbus Activities Center.
The Beach boys basketball team has fallen on hard times over the years. The graduating class of 2018 has only collected seven total wins over a three-year span, including just one triumph last season. However, with how the Buccaneers have jumped out of the gate to begin the 2017-18 campaign, maybe their fortune is changing. Beach has already tripled their win total from a year ago and is off to a 3-0 start after victories over Napolean-Gackle-Streeter on Friday Dec. 8, Strasburg-Zeeland on Friday Dec. 9, and Wibaux (Mont.) on Tuesday, Dec. 12.
The Dickinson High wrestling team enters the 2017-18 season with the same questions that lingered had the year before. Solidified at some the lighter weight classes, can the Midgets fill the holes left by some of the bigger wrestlers gone from last year?
After a 43-point victory in the tournament opener, Dickinson Trinity boys basketball coach Greg Grinsteinner was more concerned with what his team didn't do well rather than what went right. His mood didn't get better after a sluggish practice the day after. But once his Titans tipped off against Mott-Regent, he was absolutely pleased with how they responded.
Leading wire-to-wire, the New England boys basketball team captured their second win of the season, defeating Richardton-Taylor 69-59 in day two of the 2017 Roughrider Tournament on Thursday, Dec. 14 from the Knights of Columbus Activities Center.
As was the case in the season opener, the Bowman County boys basketball team's chances to reverse a disappointing 2016-17 campaign are influenced by the play of senior guard Dylan Scott. Scott scored a game-high 19 points, leading the Bulldogs to a season opening victory over Killdeer 61-50 on Tuesday, Dec. 12 during the quarterfinal round of the 2017 Roughrider Tournament. A four-year varsity starter, Scott has eclipsed 1,000 points in his career. Last season, he was selected to the All-Region 7 team while averaging close to 23 points per game.
Entering the 47th annual Roughrider Tournament as the two-time defending champion, the Dickinson Trinity boys basketball team is certainly among the favorites in its quest for a three-peat. If their first game is any indication, that status appears warranted. Carried by their defense in the first half, the Titans made a statement in the tournament opener, crushing Richardton-Taylor 76-33 on Tuesday, Dec. 12 from the Knights of Columbus Activities Center.
In his first year as the head coach of Richardton-Taylor boys basketball team, Shawn Alder guided the Raiders to an underwhelming 6-17 record during the 2016-17 season. Despite the losing, past disappointment has changed the player's beliefs.
Dominating through the first three periods, Glen Ullin-Hebron survived a furious fourth quarter comeback to defeat Heart River 65-61 on Tuesday, Dec. 12 during the quarterfinal round of the Roughrider Tournament held at the Knight of Columbus Activities Center. Clutch free-throws from Bearcats freshman guard Grant Gerving sealed the victory in the final moments.