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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Dickinson Trinity head coach Gregg Grinsteinner always has to remind himself that he has a young team. And it's true. Fielding a roster of only three seniors — two of which are starters, the Titans will be reliant on their talented, but youthful core this season. During the Roughrider Tournament championship game against Bowman County, sophomore guard Cole Fitterer and junior guard Matthew Stafford had their moments from their places in the starting lineup, but it was a guard in his fourth varsity game that emerged in the critical stages.
One year removed from a turnaround season that ended with a first-round bye in the Region 7 Tournament, the Beach boys basketball team is off to a bumpy start this year. Allowing 71 points in losses to both Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter on Dec. 8, and Strasburg-Zeeland on Dec. 9, during the Linton Tournament, the Buccaneers started their season with back-to-back losses. After a week's worth of work, Beach bussed down to Lemmon (S.D.) on Friday, Dec. 14, where they allowed 62 points, but only put up 53, dropping to 0-3.
The Bismarck Legacy and Dickinson High boys basketball teams combined to commit 55 fouls. Fifty. Five. In a game that was called incredibly close, the Midgets did not lose because of the referees. They lost because of their costly errors. With both teams deadlocked at 36 at halftime, Dickinson turned the ball over 11 times in the second half and 20 times overall, falling to the Sabers 76-68 on Friday, Dec. 14, from the Dickinson High Gym. Dickinson's record drops to 1-4 early this season.
Weeks into the 2018-19 school year, the Heart River boys basketball team was in search of a head coach. After a decade with the program, Greg Pruitt left the Cougars to accept the head coaching position at Glen Ullin-Hebron. Erik Klein answered the call, taking over the team with little time to prepare after being hired in late August. Heart River opened its season on Tuesday, Dec. 11, during the 2018 Roughrider Tournament. While every coach walking the sidelines would like to win, Klein's primary focus is to see where his team presently stands against its region foes.
If once you don't succeed, try, try and try again. Early in the first quarter against Mott-Regent, Dickinson Trinity junior guard Matt Stafford fired a three-point shot that bounced high off the back rim. Swarming like a predator and the basketball serving as their prey, three Titans players raced into the paint to collect the rebound.
In the first game of the Roughrider Tournament's second day of action, New England sophomore guard Aidan Rebel was firing on all cylinders. As Rebel cooled off, Tigers junior guard Gabe Sorenson picked up the slack. The duo combined for 48 of the team's points in a 59-42 victory over Killdeer on Thursday, Dec. 13, from the Knights of Columbus Activities Center.
WILLISTON — Two duals down and two tallies in the win column for the Dickinson High wrestling team early in the season. Dropping one match due to an open weight class, the Midgets were victorious in all but two matches against the Coyotes, earning a 66-12 win on Thursday, Dec 13, from the Williston High School Gym.
After watching his players perform in their first game of the season, first-year Richardton-Taylor head coach Bryan Floberg believes the scoreboard doesn't tell the entire story. The Raiders were on the wrong side of runs at the end of the second quarter and the middle of the fourth against Bowman County, but remained competitive in other portions of an 83-59 defeat during the first round of the Roughrider Tournament on Tuesday, Dec. 11, from the Knights of Columbus Activities Center. Even with the lopsided loss, Floberg was encouraged with his team's efforts.
In the offseason, the Mott-Regent boys basketball team introduced a new head coach in the name of Pat Perkins. He replaced Nate Zachmann, who guided the team to a 63-54 record over his five years on the bench. Perkins' previous coaching experience includes stints as an assistant at the high school level and he has worked with this current crop of Wildfire seniors as their coach in middle school.
In his first varsity basketball game, Bowman County sophomore Caleb Duffield put on a show. The 5-foot-10 guard contributed in a multitude of ways, piling up 35 points on 14-for-19 shooting from the field and 5 of 8 from beyond the arc while snatching five steals during a 83-59 victory over Richardton-Taylor during the first night of the 2018 Roughrider Tournament on Tuesday, Dec. 11, from the Knights of Columbus Activities Center.