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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DICKINSON — Behind the play of junior forward Cody Perkins and freshman guard Caleb Candrian, the Mott-Regent boys basketball team cruised to a 66-47 victory over Glen Ullin-Hebron on Saturday, Dec. 16 in the third-place game of the 2017 Roughrider Tournament held at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center.
Leaving his stamp on both sides of the floor, senior guard Noah Sickler set the tone from the opening tip as the Dickinson Trinity boys basketball team knocked off Bowman County 67-40 on Saturday, Dec. 16 from the Knights of Columbus Activities Center, capturing their fourth consecutive Roughrider Tournament crown. When the final buzzer sounded Saturday night, arguably the best performer all tournament long led the Dickinson Trinity boys basketball team to yet another Roughrider Tournament title. Sickler finished with game highs of 26 points, nine rebounds and three steals.
On the verge of completing a weekend sweep against Billings (Mont.), the Dickinson High boys hockey team probably wishes it could have the final minutes of the third period back. Trailing by two, the Bulls scored a pair of goals on the power play before Billings forward Duke Cherpeski ended it in overtime as the Midgets fell 4-3 on Saturday, Dec. 16 from the West River Ice Center. Dickinson defeated the Bulls 5-3 the night before, but squandered an opportunity to sweep the two-game set.
After years and years of losing basketball, the Glen Ullin-Hebron boys basketball team appears to be on an upward trajectory. Falling to Dickinson Trinity last year in the regional quarterfinals, the Bearcats finished the season with a record of 11-11. For the first time since 2005-06, the Bearcats did not have a losing season. As for the progress made by this program over the years, it didn't just appear out of thin air. The players have taken the initiative, putting in the work during the summer months.
With the game beginning to tighten in the latter stages, a pair of Titans helped snatch victory out of the arms of defeat. A key late-game sequence spurred by senior forward Jordie McNeilly and freshman forward Abbey Kubas doubled the Dickinson Trinity lead, propelling the Titans to a 54-46 win over Watford City on Friday, Dec. 14 from the Knight of Columbus Activities Center.
The Beach boys basketball team has fallen on hard times over the years. The graduating class of 2018 has only collected seven total wins over a three-year span, including just one triumph last season. However, with how the Buccaneers have jumped out of the gate to begin the 2017-18 campaign, maybe their fortune is changing. Beach has already tripled their win total from a year ago and is off to a 3-0 start after victories over Napolean-Gackle-Streeter on Friday Dec. 8, Strasburg-Zeeland on Friday Dec. 9, and Wibaux (Mont.) on Tuesday, Dec. 12.
The Dickinson High wrestling team enters the 2017-18 season with the same questions that lingered had the year before. Solidified at some the lighter weight classes, can the Midgets fill the holes left by some of the bigger wrestlers gone from last year?
After a 43-point victory in the tournament opener, Dickinson Trinity boys basketball coach Greg Grinsteinner was more concerned with what his team didn't do well rather than what went right. His mood didn't get better after a sluggish practice the day after. But once his Titans tipped off against Mott-Regent, he was absolutely pleased with how they responded.
Leading wire-to-wire, the New England boys basketball team captured their second win of the season, defeating Richardton-Taylor 69-59 in day two of the 2017 Roughrider Tournament on Thursday, Dec. 14 from the Knights of Columbus Activities Center.
As was the case in the season opener, the Bowman County boys basketball team's chances to reverse a disappointing 2016-17 campaign are influenced by the play of senior guard Dylan Scott. Scott scored a game-high 19 points, leading the Bulldogs to a season opening victory over Killdeer 61-50 on Tuesday, Dec. 12 during the quarterfinal round of the 2017 Roughrider Tournament. A four-year varsity starter, Scott has eclipsed 1,000 points in his career. Last season, he was selected to the All-Region 7 team while averaging close to 23 points per game.