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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SOUTH HEART — There wasn't a single person present at the Pheasant Country Golf Course on Friday, May 18 that would disagree with the following: the conditions to play golf were less than ideal. With mother nature as their main obstacle, 29 tough and strong-willed girls battled through continuous freezing rain and wind to compete in the Region 5 Tournament. Heart River took home its fourth straight region crown with a combined score 366. Cougars junior Katie Keator earned medalist honors, shooting a low-mark of 83, besting the rest of the field by seven strokes.
BISMARCK — Lexi Jordheim's year-long odyssey has come full circle. Last season at the West Region meet, Jordheim suffered a severely fractured ankle after she fell into the pit while competing in the pole vault. Three-hundred and sixty-five days later, the Dickinson High senior returned to regional meet
MANDAN — After splitting six singles matches against Mandan, the Dickinson High girls tennis team dropped two of the three doubles contests, falling to the Braves 5-4. The Midgets (2-7, WDA 1-6) have lost their last six matchups to WDA opponents. Dickinson seventh-grader Malayna Schneider and freshman Emma Dazell each picked up straight-set victories while junior Lauren Jorda defeated Mandan freshman Elizabeth Allan in three sets, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.
BEULAH — In just four short years, the Heart River girls softball team has transformed from stumbling its way through its debut season to becoming a state powerhouse. After qualifying for the Class B state tournament last season, the Cougars took one step closer to repeating that feat, defeating Watford City 4-2 in the inaugural Southwest Sub-Regional Championship Game on Thursday, May 17 from the Wolf Softball Complex. Aided by early run support, sophomore starter Abby Kessel pitched a complete game three-hitter as the Cougars sit with an unblemished record of 16-0.
WILLISTON — In the second-to-last road trip of the season, the Dickinson High boys baseball team earned a split in a doubleheader against Williston on Tuesday, May 15 from the Ardean Aafedt Stadium. After collecting 15 base hits, the Midgets took the opener by a score of 6-3. The Coyotes were victorious in the nightcap, doubling up DHS 10-5.
BEULAH — Beulah’s Michael Schmidt is the latest addition out of the Region 5 golf ranks to qualify for the state meet on Tuesday, May 15. In a individual state qualifier held at the Black Sands Golf Course, Schmidt was on top of the leaderboard with a low score of 72.
FAYETTE (Mo.) — The Dickinson State University women’s softball season came to an end on Tuesday, May 15 after suffering a pair of losses in the opening round of the 2018 NAIA Softball National Championship. In their tournament opener, the No. 4 seeded Blue Hawks scored first, but dropped a 5-1 contest to Hope International (Calif.). In their next match-up against bracket host Central Methodist, DSU again fell 5-1 at the Cox Softball Complex and were eliminated from the tournament.
Richardton-Taylor senior Nathan Schwartz was anxious to see if he reached his season's goal. Pacing on the football field inside of the Biesiot Activities Center, Schwartz spent more than 20 minutes waiting for the times from the 200-meter dash to be announced. Previously qualifying for the 400, he won the 200 event, but he just didn't know whether or not his performance was good enough for a state-qualifying mark.
Two of the best teams in the WDA faced off on Tuesday, May 15 from the North Softball Complex. The Dickinson High girls softball team entered with 16-game winning streak, while Jamestown were winners of their last eight contests. At night's end, the Midgets utilized early offense to continue their dominance over the West Region, taking the senior night doubleheader by the scores of 7-3 and 14-0 in five innings.
WEST FARGO — Dickinson High freshman Emma Dazell and junior Lauren Jorda captured third place in the doubles competition as the Midgets girls tennis team finished 11th out of 19 teams at the West Fargo-Sheyenne Tournament on Saturday, May 12 from the Sheyenne High School tennis courts. The Midgets earned three team points. Host West Fargo-Sheyenne won the team competition with 29 team points, while Minot took second place with a team score of 25 points.