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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Seventeen seniors from the Dickinson High School football team stepped onto Fisher Field at the Biesiot Activities Center for the final time in their black and orange uniforms on Friday, Oct. 5. On a night where Midgets put up their best offensive performance in more than two years, one senior took center stage. Dickinson senior quarterback Morgan Wardner accounted for all five Midgets scores as the home team captured its first win of the season in a 34-28 thriller over Williston on Senior Night.
Dickinson High senior setter Lauren Jorda thought her season was over. Jorda, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer on Sept. 6, played what was thought to be her final match on Sept. 18 at home against Bismarck Century. However, 30 minutes prior to the opening serve against Turtle Mountain on Thursday, Oct. 4, Jorda was back in uniform, racing onto the floor with her teammates by her side for pre-game warmups.
The Dickinson Trinity football team will make the familiar trek up to Beulah on Friday, Oct. 5, facing the rival Miners in a Region 4 tilt with postseason implications. Each team will enter their yearly matchup with one blemish on its record, as the fight for home-field advantage in the opening round of the Class A playoffs is still up for grabs.
If history is an indicator, the Dickinson High School football team should like its chances to pick up its first victory of the season on Friday, Oct. 5, when Williston rolls into town. The Midgets have emerged victorious in their last six contests against the Coyotes, including a 29-13 win on the road last season. During that stretch, Dickinson's average margin of victory is 25.3 points.
A summer's worth of lifting weights, a fall's worth of practices and weeks of in-season preparation all comes down to a single game for the Beach football team. After a slow start to their 2018 campaign, the Buccaneers have rattled off two consecutive wins leading into the final week of the regular season. A 42-26 road triumph over Mott-Regent-New England on Sept. 21 and a 54-40 shootout victory at home over Grant County-Flasher a week later has pushed Beach's 9-man Region 5 record to 3-3 and into a tie with Central McLean in the standings.
After collecting a couple of kills early in the first set against New England, Dickinson Trinity sophomore rear hitter Abbey Kubas tested her skill. Elevating for an attack from the right side of the net, Kubas smacked a cross-court shot that fell just out of bounds. The attempt generated applause and a slight smile from Titans head coach Breanna Sisson.
DES LACS — For the third consecutive weekend, the Dickinson Trinity volleyball team tested its skills in a tournament, competing in the Des Lacs-Burlington Invitational from Des Lacs-Burlington High School. After dropping their first match to Langdon in gold division play, the Titans earned a pair of wins in the consolation bracket on Saturday, Sept. 29.
MANDAN — Dickinson High senior Brianna Ashworth out-swam her competition in the 100-yard breaststroke, aiding the Midgets girls swim and dive team to third place overall at the Mandan Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 29 from the Mandan Aquatics Center. Ashworth completed the event in 1 minute, 13:29 seconds, just a blink ahead of Bismarck Century sophomore Paige Keller, who took second with a time of 1:13.5.
FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn — Ranked as the No. 1 boys cross country runner in Class A, Dickinson High sophomore Brady Yoder has topped the individual leaderboard in all five races he’s participated in. However, compared to his other victories in 2018, Yoder’s latest triumph on Saturday, Sept. 29 was on a grander stage.
The Dickinson Trinity football team is entering the stretch run of its 2018 campaign. Locked in a chase for playoff positioning, the Titans are aiming for a deep run well into the fall calendar. But once a week, understanding that he is playing a part of grooming boys into young men, head coach John Odermann takes a moment to remind his players that life is greater than football.