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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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.
SOUTH HEART — It is that time of the year again for the Heart River boys and girls golf teams. Accompanied by clear, sunny skies and a slight breeze serving as a helpful aid against the rising temperatures, the two squads practiced at the driving range on Friday, May 25 as the final preparations before their respective state meets. Beginning on Tuesday, May 29 and concluding on Wednesday, May 30, the boys will compete at the Maple River Golf Club in Mapleton, while the girls are headed to Dakota Winds Golf Course in Hankinson.
MANDAN — For the second time in as many days, the Dickinson High girls softball team found itself in a late-inning battle during the West Region Tournament. But unlike their heroics the day before, the Midgets were on the wrong side of a chest-pounding comeback on Friday.
As has been the case each of the last three seasons, eyes from fellow athletes, schools and spectators alike will be glued to the Hazen girls track and field team. Entering this weekend's Class B State Meet as strong favorites, the Lady Bison will be looking for its fourth consecutive team crown at the MDU Resources Community Bowl in Bismarck.
MANDAN — The Dickinson High girls softball team, the top-ranked team in the state, survived quite a scare in the opener of the West Region Tournament. Falling behind on two separate occasions, the top-seeded Midgets mounted multiple comebacks, escaping with a 13-12 walk-off victory over No. 8 Bismarck Legacy on Thursday, May 24, from the Fort Lincoln Elementary School softball diamond. Trailing 12-8 entering the bottom of the sixth inning, Dickinson scored four runs, highlighted by a two-out, three-run home run from senior catcher Jordie McNeilly.
SOUTH HEART — One season after competing in the Region 7 championship game, the Heart River girls volleyball team will be under new leadership. Tessa Sian was hired by Heart River athletic director Scott Jung as the Cougars head coach last week. Hailing from Pompeys Pillar, Mont., Sian graduated from Dickinson State University in 2017 and played volleyball for the Blue Hawks from 2014-16. Entering the high school coaching ranks for the first time after graduation, she led Richardton-Taylor to a 7-14 record last season as the team's head coach.
TURTLE LAKE — Walking through the confines of Lyle Lawrence Field in Jamestown at the 2017 Class B softball tournament, Heart River head coach Kendra Schillo jokingly admitted her team did not know how to come out for starting-lineup introductions. But after a pair of wins during the 2018 West Region tournament, Schillo and the Cougar players will again have a chance to acclimate to their surroundings.
WILLISTON — The Dickinson High girls tennis team had it’s 2018 campaign come to an end on Monday, May 21 following a 3-2 defeat to Williston during the WDA Play-In Match from Bollinger Courts. In her first year on varsity, seventh-grader Malayna Schneider finished the season 11-1 in singles competition. Schneider battled past Coyotes freshman Chesni Strand, 6-0, 6-7 (7-4), 6-2.
The Dickinson High girls softball team closed the 2018 regular season with a pair of non-conference victories over Brandon (MB) on Saturday, May 19 from the North Softball Complex. The Midgets blanked Brandon 11-0 in game one before earning a 9-3 win in game two. In the opener, Dickinson rode the arm of pitcher Amber Sickler. The senior right-hander shutdown the visitors, striking out six while not allowing a walk during a three-hit shutout.