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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For the third consecutive season, the Dickinson High football team will not advance into the Class AAA state postseason. Shutout for the first time this season, the Midgets were eliminated from playoff contention following a 33-0 loss against Minot on Thursday, Oct. 11, from the Duane Carlson Stadium. A 3-yard run by junior running back Payton Philion midway through the first quarter got the scoring going for the Magicians.
Slotted into the top two seeds of the Region 4 postseason bracket, the Bowman County and Dickinson Trinity football programs likely slept well this week knowing that they'll have playoff football to prepare for next week. On the other end of the spectrum, a good night of shut-eye was probably a more arduous task for the Hazen, Beulah and Killdeer coaches and players, as one team will be left on the outside looking in during the Class A state postseason.
The Dickinson High football team couldn't afford to bask in the glory of its first victory of 2018 for too long. Coming off an exhilarating 34-28 triumph over Williston, the Midgets had a short week of practice, as they will travel to Minot to face the Magicians on Thursday, Oct. 11. "I think the guys enjoyed the win over the weekend, but starting on Monday, it's all about Minot," Dickinson head coach John Tuchscherer said. "It's a short week, so we had a lot of work to do in three days to get ourselves prepared to go up there on Thursday."
Fans packed inside of the Knights of Columbus Activities Center rose to their feet prior to the much anticipated contest between Dickinson Trinity and Hettinger-Scranton, but had to wait a couple of moments before the match could get underway. There were some technical difficulties with playing of the national anthem. However, after two minutes of silence, the crowd in unison performed a wonderful rendition of the anthem, culminating with loud applause that energized the building.
BEULAH — For the first time since 2010, the Dickinson Trinity football team has collected a victory in Beulah, handley defeating the Miners 24-6 on a cold and slippery night Friday, Oct. 5 from Beulah Riverside Park. With the victory, the Titans secured the No. 2 seed in Region 4 and home-field advantage in the first round of the Class A postseason.
KILLDEER — Heart River sophomore quarterback Nick Fagerberg connected with sophomore wide receiver Tanner Jarrett for a 7-yard touchdown reception with three seconds remaining in the game. However, senior place kicker Anton Krebs had his potential game-tying extra-point attempt blocked in the final seconds, allowing the Killdeer football team to escape with a 34-33 victory over the Cougars on Senior Night from Killdeer Cowboy Sports Complex.
BEACH — With a slot in the 9-man state postseason on the line, the Beach football team come up short, falling to Central McLean 33-0 on Friday, Oct. 5 from Beach High School. The two teams entered Friday’s tilt tied in the Region 5 standings at 3-3, but with the Cougars win, the Buccaneers’ season ended.
MOTT — The Mott-Regent-New England football team were held off the scoreboard in their regular season finale, falling to Grant County-Flasher 18-0 on Friday, Oct. 5 from Mott-Regent High School. The Storm scored all of their points in the first half, beginning with a long, 63-yard rushing touchdown from junior running back Joseph Leingang. Later in the period, sophomore running back Connor Ottmar added to the tally with a 51-yard rushing touchdown.
Four teams gathered into the Knights of Columbus Activities Center on Saturday, Oct. 6, for the Dickinson Trinity Volleyball Jamboree. Flasher, the lone squad from out of the area, was joined by New England, Heart River and host Dickinson Trinity. Each team played a pair of matches and by day's end, only the Cougars and Titans walked away with victories. Heart River opened the day with a late-morning sweep over the Tigers. After comfortably winning the first set 25-21, the Cougars survived the next two closely contested frames 25-22 and 25-21, taking the match.
Leading the Beach High School football team to a 54-40 victory over Grant County-Flasher on Friday, Sept. 28 from Beach High School, senior fullback Clay Mattern and sophomore running back Tyson Mattern combined to score seven touchdowns against the Storm. Clay Mattern accumulated 154 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 20 carries while Tyson Mattern rushed the ball 19 carries, racking up 201 yards on the ground and reaching the end zone three times. DP: What has been the biggest keys to the team's victories over the last couple of weeks?