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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In the last set of home games in their inaugural season, the Belfield-South Heart Post 144 Knights tussled with the Hazen Post 189 Astros, entertaining the crowd in attendance at the John J. Steiner American Legion Ballpark with two nail-biters on Friday, July 13. The two teams each came away with a victory in the doubleheader, as Hazen won game one 4-3 while Belfield-South Heart captured the nightcap 7-6. Standing at 5-foot-8, Knights slender outfielder Toby Wolf was instrumental in the outcome of each contest.
In the first game of an American Legion doubleheader against the Glendive Blue Devils, the Dickinson Roughriders created their own opportunities while capitalizing on their opponent's mishaps. Dickinson made the visitors from Montana pay for committing several errors, capturing an 8-2 victory. Runs were not at a premium in the nightcap as the two teams traded runs of a back and forth, high-scoring affair. The Roughriders scored at least two runs in every inning, collecting the sweep following a 17-12 win on Tuesday, July 10 from the Dakota Community Bank and Trust.
For nearly as long as Kaden Kuntz can remember, football has been a part of his life. Introduced to the sport when he was 3 years old and playing tackle football since the fourth grade, Kuntz had hopes of competing on the big stage. Two months prior to the start of his senior season, the Dickinson Trinity wide receiver took one step closer to reaching that goal, committing to North Dakota State University.
BILLINGS, Mont. — Down to its final three outs facing a two-run deficit, the Dickinson Roughriders American Legion baseball team threatened to pull out a victory during the last day of the Goldsmith Gallery Legion Against Cancer Tournament. Dickinson outfielder Nathaniel Jilek singled to lead off the top of the seventh. Catcher Tristen Brunk and shortstop Joey Pavek later walked, loading the bases with only one down.
BELFIELD — In a pair of contests that were moved up three hours due to impending inclement weather, the Belfield-South Heart Post 144 Knights were outscored by 16 runs over 11 1/2 innings of baseball on Friday, June 22. However, the margins of defeat do not fully encapsulate how competitive the two games were.
BILLINGS, Mont. — In drastically different contests, the Dickinson Roughriders American Legion baseball team split a pair of games during day two of the Goldsmith Gallery Legion Against Cancer Tournament. Riding the right arm of starting pitcher Sam England, Dickinson collected a 6-1 victory over the Casper Oilers. England was unable to finish off the shutout as Casper scored an unearned run in the seventh, but he retired the final three batters in order for the complete game. He allowed seven hits and a walk while striking out five.
BILLINGS, Mont. — Completing the first day of action of the Goldsmith Gallery Legion Against Cancer Tournament, the Dickinson Roughriders surrendered runs in the first four innings as the Billings Scarlets mashed their way to 12-2 victory in an abbreviated nightcap on Wednesday, June 20 from Dehler Park. The Scarlets matched their run total by collecting 12 base hits, including five extra-hits.
The Dickinson Roughriders American Legion baseball team will hit the road during the morning of Wednesday, June 20, and head west to compete in the Goldsmith Gallery Legion Against Cancer Tournament in Billings, Mont. Opening against the Billings Scarlets Wednesday evening, Dickinson is looking to reverse its course, having dropped nine of the first 11 games of the season. Critical pieces to a possible turnaround are two players who have performed consistently throughout the early portion of the season: Joey Pavek and Sam England.
At the conclusion of the Badlands Bowl on Saturday, June 16, I walked onto Fisher Field at the Biesiot Activities Center set to interview North Dakota All-Star team head coach Jay Gibson. After our interview, Gibson asked, "How long have you been here and what brought you to North Dakota?" Well accustomed to these questions at this point, I gave him the answer I've given everyone who has asked: I'm here for work. But as I write this nearing the anniversary of being offered a reporting job with the Dickinson Press, Lord knows the truth is so much more complex than that.
Amber Sickler, a senior pitcher on the Dickinson High School softball team, was 2-1 in the Class A State Softball Tournament, aiding the Midgets to a runner-up finish. Through her 18 innings on the mound during the tournament, she allowed seven runs (six earned) on 17 hits and four walks, while striking out 18 batters. She also competed in the SCHEELS Softball All-Star Series as a member of the West All-Star team. Sickler combined to give up two runs on six hits in seven innings pitched over both games. She struck out four without relinquishing a walk.