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 the span of three short seasons, the Heart River girls softball team have gone from toiling upstart to state contender. After struggling to a winless season in their debut campaign in 2015, the Cougars qualified for the 2017 Class B state tournament, winning their final two games to capture a fifth place.
Capping their senior seasons on the hardwood in style, Beulah guard Derek Ferebee and Hettinger-Scranton guard Isaiah Kludt were each voted to the Class B All-State basketball second team. Selected as the Region 7 senior athlete of the year, Ferebee led the Miners to their first state tournament appearance since 2014, en route to a fifth-place finish. The 6-foot-2 guard averaged 20.8 points per game this season, ending his career with 1,335 points. He also dished out five assists, pulling down 3.7 rebounds and collecting 2.1 steals per game during his senior campaign.
WILLISTON — Competing against six other schools, the Dickinson High boys and girls track and field squads picked up resounded team victories in the season opener of the 2018 campaign at Williston High School. The Lady Midgets placed atop the leaderboard with a team score of 168 points, more than 100 points better than runner-up Stanley High. The Blue Jays collected 67 points while Watford City followed with 56 points. Minot, the next highest WDA school, finished fourth with 54 points.
FARGO — Four Dickinson High gymnasts qualified for the USA Gymnastics Region 4 Championships following strong performances at the North Dakota USA Gymnastics Meet held last weekend. Qualifying at Level 8, seventh-graders Teghan Hoff, Amy Fridley and Brooklyn Deguzman, along with Midgets junior Dacia Rambousek will head to the Gangelhoff Center in St. Paul, Minn. on April 13-15.
Last season, after returning eight state qualifiers from the year before, the Dickinson High girls track and field team earned ninth placed at the state meet. With 12 state qualifiers returning to the fold in 2018, Midgets girls track and field head coach Greg Jung is happy with the wealth of options he'll have in various events.
BISMARCK — Walking onto the big stage for the first time in four years, the Beulah boys basketball team jockeyed through a trio of tight knit contests in the 2018 Class B state tournament. When the final buzzer sounded on their season, the Miners walked out of the Bismarck Civic Center taking fifth place honors. Beulah lost 55-50 to eventual state champion Hillsboro-Central Valley before a 57-52 victory over Stanley and a 50-47 triumph in the fifth-place game over Shiloh-Christian on Saturday, March 17.
Weeks after being selected to the West Region All-Conference team, a pair of players from the Dickinson High girls hockey team received state-wide recognition. Midgets junior goaltender Baylee Kram and sophomore defender Taia Klaman were voted on to the 2018 all-state team. Klaman led the team in scoring, nabbing 20 goals and eight assists. Her 28 points were good enough for the third highest total amongst defenders in the state this season.
BISMARCK — Less than 24 hours removed from hard-fought defeat to the defending state champions, the Beulah High boys basketball team tasted victory. Building a 13-point lead in the second half during a consolation semifinal against Stanley High, the Miners held on late capturing 57-52 on Friday, March 16 during the 2018 Class B state tournament at the Bismarck Event Center. Despite falling 55-50 to Hillsboro-Central Valley in the tournament quarterfinals, Beulah bounced back.
Moments after receiving the Region 7 trophy on Saturday, March 10 following an emotionally draining 74-71 over Dickinson Trinity, the Beulah boys basketball team were swarmed on the court by fellow students, fans and family. The hardwood at Bison Arena was a sea of blue and gold as the euphoria of finally getting over the Dickinson Trinity hump was written all over the players' faces.
Following riveting weeks of action and drama, the season of Region 7 basketball has come to an end. The Killdeer girls basketball team capped off its most successful season in program history, completing the year with a runner-up finish at the Class B state tournament on Saturday, March 3. Fresh off of emotional victory over Dickinson Trinity in the Region 7 Final on Saturday, March 10, the Beulah boys basketball team will be in Bismarck on Thursday to compete in the Class B state tournament for first time since 2014.