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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FAYETTE (Mo.) — The Dickinson State University women’s softball season came to an end on Tuesday, May 15 after suffering a pair of losses in the opening round of the 2018 NAIA Softball National Championship. In their tournament opener, the No. 4 seeded Blue Hawks scored first, but dropped a 5-1 contest to Hope International (Calif.). In their next match-up against bracket host Central Methodist, DSU again fell 5-1 at the Cox Softball Complex and were eliminated from the tournament.
Richardton-Taylor senior Nathan Schwartz was anxious to see if he reached his season's goal. Pacing on the football field inside of the Biesiot Activities Center, Schwartz spent more than 20 minutes waiting for the times from the 200-meter dash to be announced. Previously qualifying for the 400, he won the 200 event, but he just didn't know whether or not his performance was good enough for a state-qualifying mark.
Two of the best teams in the WDA faced off on Tuesday, May 15 from the North Softball Complex. The Dickinson High girls softball team entered with 16-game winning streak, while Jamestown were winners of their last eight contests. At night's end, the Midgets utilized early offense to continue their dominance over the West Region, taking the senior night doubleheader by the scores of 7-3 and 14-0 in five innings.
WEST FARGO — Dickinson High freshman Emma Dazell and junior Lauren Jorda captured third place in the doubles competition as the Midgets girls tennis team finished 11th out of 19 teams at the West Fargo-Sheyenne Tournament on Saturday, May 12 from the Sheyenne High School tennis courts. The Midgets earned three team points. Host West Fargo-Sheyenne won the team competition with 29 team points, while Minot took second place with a team score of 25 points.
MAPLETON — The Heart River boys golf team placed three individuals in the top ten, en route to a third-place finish in the East-West Classic from the Maple River Golf Course on Saturday, May 12. The Cougars shot a two-day score of 647, 16 shots behind tournament winner Kindred. Oak Grove took the runner-up spot, just one shot off of the pace.
MANDAN — The Dickinson High girls track and field team took fourth place at the Mandan Kiwanis on Saturday, May 12 from Faris Field. The Midgets earned 99 points. Bismarck Century won the event with a team score of 155 points.
MINOT — The Dickinson High boys golf team earned two fourth-place finishes in three days. On Saturday, May 12 from the Jamestown Country Club, the Midgets combined for team score of 338 during the Jamestown Invitational, 32 strokes behind winner Bismarck Century. Midgets senior Hunter Myran secured a fifth-place finish after notching a score of 77. Minot senior Kessler Heilman won the medalist award, firing a low score of 72.
BEACH — The Dickinson Trinity boys and girls track field teams each were victorious at the Beach booster meet on Saturday, May 12 from Beach High School. The boys collected 236 points, more than three times as much as runner-up Richardton-Taylor, who finished with 78 team points. Separated by just three points, New England, Mott-Regent and Bowman County rounded out the top five.
FAYETTE (Mo.) — The Dickinson State University women’s softball team will have to wait an extra day before competing in the 2018 NAIA National Softball Tournament. Scheduled to take on the top-seeded Hope International (Calif.), the Blue Hawks, the fourth seed in the Fayette bracket, had their opening round contested postponed due to inclement weather on Monday, May 14.
BISMARCK — Decided in two distinctly different fashions, the Dickinson High girls softball team won a pair of 7-2 contests against Bismarck Legacy on Monday, May 14 from the Clem Kelley Softball Complex. The senior class of Bailey Jahner, Kayla Friske, Amber Sickler and Jordie McNeilly along with head coach Amanda Mickey earned their 100th victory as a part of the Midgets program.