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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Entering the 47th annual Roughrider Tournament as the two-time defending champion, the Dickinson Trinity boys basketball team is certainly among the favorites in its quest for a three-peat. If their first game is any indication, that status appears warranted. Carried by their defense in the first half, the Titans made a statement in the tournament opener, crushing Richardton-Taylor 76-33 on Tuesday, Dec. 12 from the Knights of Columbus Activities Center.
In his first year as the head coach of Richardton-Taylor boys basketball team, Shawn Alder guided the Raiders to an underwhelming 6-17 record during the 2016-17 season. Despite the losing, past disappointment has changed the player's beliefs.
Dominating through the first three periods, Glen Ullin-Hebron survived a furious fourth quarter comeback to defeat Heart River 65-61 on Tuesday, Dec. 12 during the quarterfinal round of the Roughrider Tournament held at the Knight of Columbus Activities Center. Clutch free-throws from Bearcats freshman guard Grant Gerving sealed the victory in the final moments.
BISMARCK — The Dickinson Trinity boys basketball team opened their season against Shiloh Christian in a game so close that it went into overtime. The two teams battled through four quarters and ended tied at 45. The Skyhawks (1-0) bested the Titans (0-1) by one point in an extra period, winning the matchup 51-50 on Saturday, Dec. 9.
MINOT — Coming off of its first victory of the season the night before, the Dickinson High boys basketball team was hampered by a poor second half performance, dropping a road contest against Minot 80-42 on Saturday, Dec. 9. Entering the halftime break with only a seven-point deficit, the Midgets were held to 31 percent shooting in the second half. Minot outscored Dickinson 50-19 as the Magicians knocked down 57 percent of their field goal attempts, including 5-9 shooting from downtown.
In a game where both teams combined to rack up 13 penalties, the Dickinson High girls hockey team was finally able to crack the win column this season. Third periods goals from junior forward Kennedy Kuntz and sophomore defender Taia Klaman broke open a tight game as the Midgets defeated Devils Lake 3-0 on Saturday, Dec. 9 from the West River Ice Center. Dickinson has now won the last nine meetings against the Firebirds, outscoring them 66-12 with four shutouts.
Over the last two seasons, the Dickinson High boys hockey team has been a distant fourth in the West Region behind Minot, Bismarck Century and Bismarck High. If Friday night's contest against the Patriots gave us any indication, the Midgets have some more work to reach the region's elite. Jump-started by a five-minute major penalty against Dickinson junior forward Ryan Bren, the Patriots blitzed the Midgets 11-3 Friday, Dec. 8 from the West River Ice Center. It was the first loss for Dickinson this season.
Last week during the Milo Dullum High School Invitational, Dickinson High head coach Kent Van Ells was impressed with the team's overall score given that it was the opening meet. At Friday's Dickinson Invitational, the girls surpassed that performance. Amassing a score of 149.675, the Midgets gymnastics team finished first in the overall team results, besting Jamestown's 139.725. Third place was Grand Forks with a score of 133.025, followed by Fargo Davies' 127.225 and Fargo High's score of 92.100.
While the gap between the Dickinson Trinity's last football game and the first official boys basketball practice was approximately three weeks, the two sports can interfere with one another when it involves players participating in both. If a football team is on a long playoff run, it likely takes away some of the time needed to get better on the hardwood. And there's always the dreaded possibility of injuries on the gridiron costing an athlete his entire basketball season.
The 2017-18 Mott-Regent boys basketball team will be without three major pieces that helped carried them to a 18-7 record and a fourth place finish in the regional tournament for a second consecutive year. The trio that graduated in 2017 include thousand-point scorer Brady Wegh. The guard/forward was selected to the All-Region team and won co-senior athlete of the year, alongside Dickinson Trinity forward Shawn Stoltz.