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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In a game where both teams shot poorly from the field, the Dickinson High boys basketball team wishes it could have two critical stretches back. Allowing runs at the end of the first half and during the midway point of the second, the Midgets came up short, losing to Bismarck Legacy 58-49 on Thursday, Feb. 1 from DHS Gym. In an otherwise close game, Saber surges were the difference.
Slow out of the gates, the Dickinson High girls basketball team dug a hole it couldn't get out of. Falling behind by double digits early on, the Midgets struggled to get much offense going in a 82-53 defeat to Bismarck Legacy on Thursday, Feb. 1 from DHS Gym. "It got away pretty early from us," Dickinson head coach James Hayden said. "Their defensive intensity, it was great. They were up in our face the entire game and really slowed us down offensively. Hats off to Legacy, they come out and executed their game plan really well.
Coming off of a 58-42 home victory over Hazen the day before, the Killdeer girls basketball team returned to its home floor Wednesday afternoon for an abbreviated practice session. The Cowboys worked on various shooting exercises, pick and roll drills, and a number of counters within their half-court sets. When the final buzzer sounded signifying the end of practice, the team gathered at midcourt as head coach Ashlee Viveros voiced her approval over her players' practice approach.
Six weeks earlier in the same gym, the Bowman County boys basketball team suffered a 27-point loss against Dickinson Trinity in the championship game of the Roughrider Tournament. But with their play as of late, the Bulldogs entered the rematch confident they'd be able to exact some revenge. Leading for much of the second half, the Bulldogs survived a furious Titans rally to come away with a 70-64 victory on Tuesday, Jan. 30 at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center.
Facing the team sitting atop the West Region standing, the Dickinson High boys hockey team struggled generating chances all night long, being outshot by Bismarck High 32-9 and falling 6-1 on Tuesday, Jan. 30 from the West River Ice Center.
Attacking the basket with force from the start, the Dickinson High boys basketball team's road to victory featured many opportunities from within five feet. Living in the paint, the Midgets looked to operate as close to the rim as basket, efficiently scoring the basketball inside en route to a 82-60 victory against Watford City on Monday, Jan. 29 from the DHS Gym. The Midgets shot nearly 58 percent from the field, most of which came from in close.
Against an opponent with only eight players dressed, the Dickinson High girls basketball team controlled the action from the opening tip, leading wire-to-wire en route to a 76-47 victory over Watford City on Monday, Jan. 29 from DHS Gym. Only bested by a 78-29 home victory over Turtle Mountain on Jan. 19, the 76-point output is the second-most points scored, while the 29-point victory is the second largest margin of victory this season.
As the season heads for the stretch run, the Dickinson High girls hockey team traveled east for a pair of games on the road. After dropping a closely contested 3-1 matchup at Grand Forks on Friday, Jan. 26, the Midgets bounced back the next day, eking out a 1-0 victory at Devils Lake on Saturday, Jan. 27. On Friday, following a scoreless opening period, Grand Forks scored back to back goals in a blink, early in the second period.
For the first time in seven weeks, the Dickinson High girls gymnastics team performed in front of its home crowd. In that time, the Midgets competed in various parts of the state while also traveling to Rapid City, S.D. for a meet. But regardless if they were at home or hit the road, it hasn't matter, the results to this point have remained spectacular.
Down by six points with 77 seconds remaining in regulation, the Dickinson State men's basketball team was in need of a near-miracle. But as the fans who were in attendance at the Scott Gymnasium can attest to, a number of things can happen in 77 seconds. The benefactor of lucky bounces, mental lapses and clutch shooting, the Blue Hawks ended the game on a 9-0 surge, storming back to defeat Dakota State University (S.D.) 80-77 on Saturday, Jan. 28 in front of a rawkus and energized crowd.