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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During the last week of March, kids from grades one through four across the area packed the Dickinson Middle School gymnasium as part of a youth camp for the Dickinson Dream basketball program. Youngsters donned black, white and lime green jerseys, taking part in various exercises spread throughout the two-court gym.
MAPLETON — Dickinson Trinity eighth-grader Tyler Brusseau finished tied for 16th place following the first day of the East-West Classic on Friday, May 11 from the Maple River Golf Club. Brusseau shot an opening day score of 82 as the Titans sit seventh out of 10 teams with a team score of 352. Oak Grove’s Scott Boehning paces the field after shooting a low score of 72. The Grovers are on top of the team scoreboard with a mark of 303.
Golfers from the West Region battled through shivering temperatures, 20-mile per hour gusts, and sporadic sprinkles during the Dickinson Invite individual state qualifier held at the Heart River Golf Course on Thursday, May 10. After a suspension of play for approximately 90 minutes due to sleet, 11 golfers earned spots in the Class A state tournament, which will be held at the same course in early June. Dickinson High senior Hunter Myran was the lone Midget to make the cut, edging into the state field following a score of 81.
With more than two weeks remaining before the Class B state track and field meet, teams in the southwest region are prepping for the home stretch. One of the teams that has emerged in recent meets is Bowman County. On Tuesday, May 8, the boys and girls teams each claimed the top spot at the Bowman County Invite. The boys team scored 184 points while the girls scored 192 points. The meet did not feature some of the area's track and field powerhouses, serving as an opportunity for Bowman County to rest some of its featured athletes and showcase others.
Batterymates Jordie McNeilly and Amber Sickler, two seniors from the Dickinson High softball team, were selected to the West All-Star roster for the 2018 SCHEELS Softball All-Star Series. Game one of the series will be held in Fargo on Monday, June 4. Game two will take place on Tuesday, June 5 and will be preceded with a skills competition.
MANDAN — Two days after participating at Williston, the Dickinson High boys track and field team competed at the Mandan MAR Meet on Saturday, May 5. Tallying 63 team points, the Midgets finished sixth out of seven teams. Minot topped the charts with 162 points, followed by host Mandan with 151 points.
WILLISTON — The Dickinson High boys and girls track and field teams outdueled the rest of their competition the Knutson Outdoor Invite on Thursday, May 3 from Williston High School. The DHS boys snagged the victory after pulling in 215.5 points, defeating Minot and host Williston who collected 198 and 158.5 points, respectively.
Activity in the local Class B track and field ranks has ramped up following a pair of meets during the first week of May. The Dickinson Trinity boys and girls teams each collected team victories at the Badlands Conference meet held at Killdeer on Thursday, May 3.
MINOT — Winless on the road, the Dickinson High girls tennis team dropped to 2-4 this season after losing in convincing fashion the top ranked squad in the WDA Minot defeated the Lady Midgets 9-0 on Thursday, May 3, capturing each victory in singles and double action in straight sets.
BISMARCK — The Dickinson High boys golf finished in the middle of the pack in two separate invitationals held in Bismarck. On Friday, May 4, the Midgets took sixth place, shooting a team score of 332 at the Century-Legacy Invitational held at the Tom O’Leary Golf Course. Host Bismarck Century won the event in a tiebreaker against Minot High after each team completed the course with a score of 297.