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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HAZEN — For the Beulah boys basketball team, the path had to be like this. Two years of frustration. Two years of wondering whether it was ever meant to be. And when the day came to exact some measure of revenge against Dickinson Trinity, the team that has ended their last two seasons, the Miners needed to sweat through 40 minutes of basketball to do it. In a game that featured momentum swings, big plays from veterans and seldom-used role players, and multiple chances for each team to end it, poetically, Beulah finally got the monkey off of its back.
HAZEN — With under a minute to play in the fourth quarter and the Dickinson Trinity boys basketball team clinging to a three-point lead, an unlikely hero emerged to save the night. Anticipating the ball rotating to the top of the key, sophomore guard Matthew Stafford tipped away a Hettinger-Scranton pass, managed to control his dribble and calmly made a layup.
HAZEN — Playing its first game in nearly two weeks, the Beulah High boys basketball team was eager to shake off any possible rust. The Miners shot lights out in the first half and withstood a late rally, capturing a 67-59 victory over Mott-Regent in the opening game of the Region 7 tournament on Thursday, March 8 from Bison Arena. After the tournament was postponed three days due to weather, the top-seeded Miners jumpedout of the gate, shooting 63 percent from the field in the first half.
HAZEN — With the scored tied and 96 seconds remaining in fourth quarter, the Dickinson Trinity boys basketball team executed when it most needed to. Following a timeout, Trinity senior forward Easton Walby broke free for the game-deciding 3-pointer near the top of the key. Despite a poor night at the foul line, free throws from Titans seniors Jacob Kubas, Alec Sickler and junior Aric Knopik closed out a 48-40 quarterfinal victory over Killdeer during the Region 7 Tournament on Thursday, March 8 from Bison Arena.
After four Midgets qualified in 2015 and 2016, the Dickinson High boys swim and dive team has seen its state participants increase in successive seasons. Following seven qualifiers in 2017, eight made the trip to the Hulbert Aquatic Center in West Fargo this past weekend. Collecting a team score of 41, the boys finished 13th.
Weeks after the Dickinson High gymnastics team collected its 12th state championship in program history, several Midgets received recognition for their performance throughout the season. Four Midgets were selected to the All-State team. Ayanna Fossum was the only Dickinson gymnast named to the first team while seventh-grader Teghan Hoff, junior Meghan Ackerman and senior Faith Beck earned spots on the second team.
Falling just nine points short of completing a dream season, the Killdeer girls basketball team were all understandably heartbroken. The Cowboys battled down to the wire, but were ultimately toppled by Grant County 53-44 in the Class B Girls Basketball State Final on Saturday, Mar. 3 from the Minot State Dome.
MINOT — The path taken by the Killdeer girls basketball team through the 2017-18 season has been nothing short of a roller-coaster. Entering as favorites following an undefeated regular season in regional play, the Cowboys survived and advanced through the Region 7 tournament gauntlet. Qualifying for the state tournament for just the second time in program history (2005), Killdeer faced a pair of seeded teams.
MINOT — Missed free throws, allowing a second half surge, and easy baskets trickling painfully off of rim all appeared to doom the Killdeer girls basketball team and its chances at a title. But as they've shown throughout the season, the Cowboys' resilience in critical moments is as strong as it gets. Killdeer will play in its first State Final in school history after defeating Thompson High 48-47 in the Class B State Tournament Semifinal on Friday, March 2 from the Minot State Dome.
BISMARCK — Standing toe-to-toe in two regular season contests against the top squad in the region, the Dickinson High boys basketball team entered its matchup with Bismarck Century Thursday afternoon looking for an upset. The Patriots, looking to repeat as region champions, quickly wiped away any chances of that happening. Plagued by sloppy giveaways against a stingy Bismarck Century defense, the eighth-seeded Midgets fell 70-47 in the West Region tournament opener from the Bismarck Event Center.