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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Another state championship weekend has arrived on the North Dakota high school gymnastics landscape and, as has been the case through much of his tenure, Kent Van Ells heads a team that is believed to be the favorite. On Friday, Feb. 22, at Jamestown High School, the Dickinson High gymnastics team enters this year's state tournament as the No. 1 seed with a season team score average of 149.605.
With a chance to go to state on the line, the two best players on the floor took the opening tap of the Region 7 Tournament Championship game. What's impressive, and also scary for the competition, about Hettinger-Scranton sophomore forward Sam Oase and Dickinson Trinity sophomore forward Abbey Kubas, is that each player already plays the game so smoothly, yet will have two more years to refine their talent. It's only fitting that the two were involved in the game-deciding play.
Since clinching its second consecutive berth into the state hockey tournament with a 3-0 victory at Jamestown on Feb. 8, the Dickinson High girls hockey team was essentially locked into the No. 6 seed, waiting nearly two weeks to play in a contest with some stakes attached. Following a 3-0 loss to Bismarck in their regular-season finale, the Midgets had seven days of rest and practice to prepare, but now that the postseason is upon them, the girls in orange and black are ready to hit the ice again in their encore state performance.
When junior guard Quinn Mellmer drained a corner 3-pointer to open a Region 7 Tournament semifinal against No. 4 New England, the Hettinger-Scranton players ran back on defense amid a massive roar of applause from their supporters in the stands. Following a defensive stop on New England's first possession, it was the Night Hawk players turn to display some emotion, as junior guard Alyssa Andress screamed to the top of her lungs after watching her shot-attempt while being fouled drop through the net.
BISMARCK — In what served to be a playoff preview, the Dickinson High boys basketball team fell on the road to Bismarck St. Mary’s 57-49 on Tuesday, Feb. 19, from the Bismarck St. Mary’s High School Gym.
BISMARCK — Without the services of junior forward Audrey Rodakowski, the Dickinson High girls basketball team entered halftime against Bismarck St. Mary’s with a 25-15 advantage. However, bit by the turnover bug, the Midgets could not hold on, falling in their regular-season finale to the Saints 56-42 on Tuesday, Feb. 19, from the Bismarck St. Mary’s High School Gym.
Beulah guard Erin Walcker was in an early groove. Those are words any opposing team hates to hear, and for No. 2 Bowman County, those words were very much a reality as the 5-foot-10 senior scored 12 first-half points in a battle on Monday, Feb. 18. The No. 10 Miners, the only squad that earned an upset in the opening round of the Region 7 Tournament, had as much as a six-point lead before entering halftime tied 19-19 with the favored Bulldogs.
Ten days removed from its regular-season finale, the top-seeded Hettinger-Scranton girls basketball team appeared sluggish in the early moments of its Region 7 Tournament opener against No. 8 Mott-Regent.
MINOT — Falling 9-0 to top-seeded Bismarck High in the semifinals of the West Region Tournament on Friday, Feb. 15, the Dickinson High boys hockey team would have to defeat No. 6 Mandan less than 24 hours later if it wanted to advance to state for the fourth straight season. During the regular season, the No. 5 Midgets clobbered the Braves, winning three games by a combined margin of 15-2. As favorable as the match-up appeared on paper, Dickinson didn't have to look too far back to know that nothing is a sure bet in the postseason.
In front of her home crowd for the final time in a regular-season contest, senior guard Gabby Jung led a second-half comeback on Friday, Feb. 15, as the Dickinson High girls basketball team earned a 56-46 win from the Dickinson High Gym. Taking victory over the Majettes on Dec. 7, the Midgets swept the regular-season series this year, and have won four of its last five games against Minot.