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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Last playing a game on Dec. 12, the Dickinson High girls hockey team was a step behind its opponent all night long. Struggling to create any scoring chances, the Midgets were shutout by Bismarck High 4-0 on Tuesday, Jan. 2 from the West River Ice Center. Dickinson was outshot by a 44-9 margin. Some of the shots attempted were well behind the offensive zone and easily tapped away by Blizzard sophomore goaltender Lauren Watkins.
MINOT — After a four-game winning streak, the Dickinson Trinity boys basketball team lost its last two contests. The Titans fell on the road, losing to Four Winds-Minnewaukan 52-43 on Saturday, Dec. 30 from the Minot Auditorium. Tied at 33 after three quarters, the Titans were outscored 16-7 in the final period and held to 34.8 percent shooting for the game.
After hitting nothing but net on back-to-back three-pointers late in the third period, Dickinson Trinity senior guard Josie Glaser launched a heat-check. As her three-point attempt from the top of the arc bounced off of the rim, Trinity girls basketball head coach Carter Fong implored patience when the Titans gobbled up the offensive rebound. He marched up the sideline, shouting out "let's get a better shot" and called for the offensive set "Titan."
In front of their home crowd for first time this season, the Dickinson High girls basketball team dug itself a hole it couldn't climb out of. Going more than five minutes without a basket to open the game, the Midgets were trounced in their home opener, falling to Rapid City Central (S.D.) 77-48 on Friday, Dec. 29 at DHS gymnasium.
For the first two games of the Border Battle High School Holiday Tournament, the Dickinson boys hockey team got off to sluggish starts. The tournament finale was a different story. Powered by four goals in the second period, the Midgets defeated Pierre-Oahe (S.D.) 7-4 on Friday, Dec. 29 from the West River Ice Center. Dickinson finishes the tournament 2-1 after outshooting the Capitals 20-4 in the second period and by a 43-19 margin for the game.
Following a loss to Rapid City (S.D.) on Wednesday where his team trailed the entire game, Dickinson High boys hockey head coach Dallas Kuntz questioned his squad's mental toughness. However, after a comeback victory Thursday night, Kuntz got the response he was looking for. Trailing 2-0 well past the midway point of the game, the Midgets rallied off the strength of three third period goals, defeating Watertown (S.D.) 4-3 on Dec. 28 during the Border Battle High School Holiday Tournament from the West River Ice Center.
Trailing throughout the contest, the Dickinson High boys hockey team fought tooth and nail with Rapid City (S.D.), but when given the opportunity to equalize, the Midgets couldn't find the mark. The Rushmore Thunder pulled away late with the aid of three third period goals, defeating the Midgets 5-2 on Wednesday, Dec. 27 during the opening night of the 2017 Border Battle High School Holiday Tournament from the West River Ice Center.
Days after gifts were unwrapped, carols were sung and eggnog comforted taste buds, the Dickinson High boys and girls hockey teams will return to the ice, placing a bow on the 2017 calendar year. The Lady Midgets will travel to South Dakota to participate in the Aberdeen Tournament from Dec. 29-31 while the boys will host the Dickinson Tournament on Dec. 27-29 from the West River Ice Center.
Without their star senior guard/forward Bailey Olson, other Cougar seniors carried the load in her place. Behind the performances of guard Bailey Krance, forward Bailey Boltz, and forward/center Ashlyn Privratsky, the Heart River girls basketball team carried a large lead into halftime and never looked back, defeating Beulah 55-40 on Thursday, Dec. 21 from Belfield High School. With Olson, an All-Region 7 selection last year, out with the flu, the remaining senior trio combined to score 42 of the Cougars 55 points.
Titans freshman forward Abbey Kubas' career on the Dickinson Trinity girls basketball team is just seven games old. She is a starter playing meaningful minutes as the Titans' presence in the middle. With her significant role, it'd be understandable if she felt weight on her shoulders at any point during her rookie varsity season. But if questions were to arise, Kubas has the perfect person right around the corner ready to answer those concerns: her older brother Jacob.