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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DICKINSON — Over the past two years at the state tournament, Grand Forks Red River's Adam Van Raden has been painstakingly close to tasting victory. In 2016, Van Raden closed day one tied for the lead before falling one shot short of the win. Last year, he stood alone on the leaderboard after the first round only to accept defeat again, this time by two strokes.
DICKINSON — Adam Van Raden has had better days—physically that is. Under the weather battling a sore throat, the Grand Forks Red River senior showed no ill effects on the golf course. Backed by a blistering performance on the back nine, Van Raden fired a first-round score of 69, sitting alone atop the individual leaderboard of the Class A Boys Golf State Tournament at the Heart River Golf Course on Tuesday, June 5.
JAMESTOWN — After a pair of difficult losses to begin the Class B State Softball Tournament, the Heart River girls softball team ended their season in the win column, defeating Watford City 6-3 in the seventh-place game on Saturday, June 4, from Trapper Field.
Already selected onto the All-State team and named the Class A Senior Athlete of the Year over the weekend, Dickinson High senior catcher Jordie McNeilly added to her accolades on Monday, June 4, as she received Gatorade Player of the Year honors. McNeilly batted .515 with five home runs and 48 runs batted in through 29 games. She also added nine doubles and two triples while walking 13 times and scoring 52 runs.
HANKINSON — In 2013, the Heart River girls golf team qualified for the state tournament for the first time ever. With talented golfer after talented golfer passing through the program, the Cougars have earned top-five state finishes each of the last three seasons. Five years after the debut appearance, Heart River's journey to the top has finally come full circle.
Dominant throughout a near-perfect regular season, the Dickinson High girls softball team clawed its way through this past weekend's West Region Tournament. After outscoring teams by a 311-88 margin through 24 regular season contests, the Midgets were held to a plus-two advantage through three regional tournament games. Ecking out victories over Bismarck Legacy on Thursday, May 24 and Mandan on Saturday, May 26, Dickinson earned the right to compete for a state championship, but as the postseason ramps up, it is giving the team a bit of a reality check.
MAPLETON — Jett Mattson, a junior on the Heart River boys golf team, is tied atop the individual leaderboard after day one of the Class B boys state golf tournament from the Maple River Golf Course on Tuesday, May 29. Mattson and Kindred sophomore Parker Bartles will enter the final round as co-leaders after both shooting a first-day score of 75.
Prior to the season, the Dickinson High boys golf team understood the advantages that lay ahead as the regional and state tournaments were scheduled to be played in their backyard. However, the Midgets' chances on qualifying for state was not a guarantee after a poor performance on May 10 at the same course, finishing ninth out of 10 teams. With much better weather conditions to work with on Tuesday, May 29, Dickinson made the most of its mulligan.
MANDAN — In a game featuring 24 combined base hits, 15 coming from the Dickinson High girls softball team, it was the Midgets' defense that kept their state-title dreams alive. With the go-ahead run at the plate, Midgets sophomore infielder Ali Lafond made a backpedaling grab on a flare off of the bat of Mandan senior Lizi Leingang for the game's final out. Dickinson turned in several other run-saving defensive gems, holding off Mandan 7-4 in a West Region state-qualifier on Saturday, May 26 from Fort Lincoln Elementary School.
MINOT — The Dickinson High duo junior Lauren Jorda and freshman Emma Dazell will play for the chance to compete at the Class A state doubles tournament after collecting a victory in the consolation bracket on Friday, May 25 from Hammond Park. After getting past Williston seniors Miranda Barraza and Sophia Rose in three sets, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, Jorda and Dazell defeated junior teammates Halie Karlen and Alexa Cofer 6-1, 6-1.