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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The Heart River girls basketball team will be under new leadership next winter. Ronnie Stewart was hired as the new Cougars head coach following the resignation of Gary Ballard, who led the program the previous two seasons. Stewart was previously the boys basketball head coach at Tongue River High School in Wyoming, where the Eagles carried an 18-28 overall record in two seasons under his tutelage.
SOUTH HEART — Braving the varying winds and a brief rain shower, players from 10 Region 5 boys golf teams gathered at the Pheasant Country Golf Course on Thursday, May 3 for a chance to individually qualify for the Class B state tournament. Following 18 holes, five golfers punched their ticket to Mapleton after finishing below the seven-over cutline on the Par-71 course. Heart River junior Jett Mattson won the qualifier, defeating senior teammate Trace Jacobson in a playoff after the duo shot a low score of 72.
In a rematch against the team that dealt the Dickinson High girls softball team its only loss, the Midgets understood the importance of tacking on runs against Bismarck Century. Despite trailing in the middle innings of the nightcap, the Midgets scored runs in each of the last four frames en route to a 16-9 victory. Dickinson took the first game 15-5 in five innings, sweeping the Patriots on Tuesday, May 1 from the North Softball Complex.
FARGO — With a day-two score of 770, the Dickinson High boys golf team finished 17th out of 19 teams in the East-West Classic held at the Edgewood Golf Course on Saturday, April 28. The Midgets were without seniors Hunter Myran, Dylan Pokorny, Aidan Levorsen and Robert Currie as the foursome missed day two of the event due to prom.
BISMARCK — Dickinson Trinity senior Faith Beck and junior Kaden Kuntz each earned four top-seven finishes during the Charlie Denton Relays on Saturday, April 28 from the Bismarck Community Bowl. The Titans took sixth place in the boys competition with a team score of 44 while the Lady Titans finished eighth with 32 points. The Bismarck High boys team was victorious, topping the charts with 162.5 points while Fargo Davies was triumphant in the girls competition with 234.5 points.
SOUTH HEART — Battling Beulah and blustery conditions on Saturday, April 28, the Heart River girls softball team moved to 6-0 early in its 2018 campaign. The Cougars scored 12 runs in the bottom of the second inning, en route to a 19-5 win over the Miners in five innings from Adamski Park. "It was pretty good to see them deal with these 25-mile per hour winds. We've played in worse weather," Heart River assistant coach Greta Klinnert said. "This wasn't new to us, but they played just as well as do they do in calmer weather."
On Friday, April 27, the Dickinson High boys baseball team displayed both signs of growth and mishaps that have plagued them during the early portion of the season. But by night's end, its players were running onto Astoria Field in celebration. Entering the game as a pinch runner, freshman Logan Bentz scored the game-winning run as the Midgets walked-off with a wild 4-3 victory in five innings during the back-half of a non-conference doubleheader against Williston. The Coyotes took game one by a 7-4 margin at Dakota Community Bank & Trust Ballpark.
NEW SALEM — The Dickinson Trinity boys golf team collected a third-place finish with a team score of 368 at the Red Trail Links Golf Course on Friday, April 28. “It was a windy day that showed we haven't got to practice much yet, but we’re excited for the future meets,” Titans head coach Jake Selinger said via text.
In a pair of contests that were decided in completely different fashions, the Dickinson High girls softball team earned wins in a doubleheader against Bismarck High on Thursday, April 26 from the North Softball Complex. The Midgets' offense was a smash-unit, slugging their way to a 25-12 victory to begin the afternoon. In game two, DHS extended a late-game lead by way of the bunt and turned a critical double play, taking the nightcap 11-9.
Records are meant to broken is the old cliche. And on Tuesday, April 24, the Dickinson Trinity junior Aric Knopik helped rewrite the Titans record books. Racing in the 110-meter hurdles during the DHS Pankratz Invite from the Biesiot Activities Center, Knopik was victorious with a state-qualifying time of 14.98 seconds. Not only was he the class of the field, but he broke the school record in the event in the process.