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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Midway through the third quarter with her team enjoying a comfortable lead, Dickinson Trinity sophomore guard Kara Wanner picked the pocket of Wilton-Wing senior forward Erin Thompson. Dribbling from one end of the floor to the other, Wanner calmly banked in a breakaway lay-up, giving the Titans a 26-15 advantage before Miners head coach Lisa Jenkins signaled for timeout.
WILLISTON — The Dickinson High boys swimming and diving team kicked off its 2018-19 campaign by finishing fifth at the Williston Sprint Meet on Saturday, Dec. 8, from the Williston Area Recreation and Wellness Center. The Midgets collected 147 points while Bismarck Century topped all teams with 512 points.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Five wrestlers from the Dickinson High wrestling team placed during the two-day Rapid City Invitational concluding on Saturday, Dec. 8, from the Barnett Arena at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. Fielding 12 grapplers ranging from the 106- to 182-pound weight classes, the Midgets were eighth overall with a team-score of 115.5. Rapid City Stevens (S.D.) won the event, topping the leaderboard with a mark of 204.5.
Scoring goals in four of her team’s first five games, Dickinson High junior Taia Klaman entered the Midgets’ Saturday matinee with Devils Lake on a roll. Just one night before, the smooth-skating defender collected three goals in a losing effort against Grand Forks. Facing the Firebirds the next day on Dec. 1, Klaman repeated her exploits, capturing her third hat trick of the season during a 4-2 victory from the West River Ice Center.
MINOT — In a game where all of the scoring came in the first period, the Dickinson High boys hockey team fell in an early hole, ultimately dropping a 3-1 contest to Minot on Saturday, Dec. 8, from the Pepsi Rink at the Maysa Arena. With goals from senior forward Mason Diehl and sophomore forward Aiden Morelli, the Magicians jumped out to a 2-0 lead just three minutes and 24 seconds into the game.
MINOT — Behind the scoring of senior guard Gabby Jung and junior forward Audrey Rodakowski, the Dickinson High girls basketball team picked up its second victory in as many nights following a 56-46 triumph over Minot on Saturday, Dec. 8, from the Magic City Campus gym. Jung had 13 of her team-high 18 points in the first half. Knocking down a pair of 3-pointers, the senior accounted for more than half of her team’s points, aiding the Midgets to a 25-20 advantage at the half.
MINOT — Unable to slow its opponent’s attack, the Dickinson High boys basketball team remained winless through the early portion of the 2018-19 season following a 96-58 blowout against Minot on Saturday, Dec. 8, from the Magic City Campus gym. As a result of 57 percent shooting from the floor, the Magicians outscored the Midgets by 19 points in each half. Minot was particularly lethal from three-point range, draining 10 of 23 shots from behind the arc.
Late in the first quarter and early in the second half, the Dickinson Trinity girls basketball team trailed by double-figures against Region 5 favorite Shiloh Christian, only to gradually chip into those deficits. Through much of the final frame, the teams were separated by two to four points, but as the minutes clicked off the clock, the Titans could not find the magic in the final moments, falling in their home opener 43-33 on Saturday, Dec. 8, from the Knights of Columbus Activities Center.
Sam Oase, a sophomore forward for the Hettinger-Scranton girls basketball team, scored 14 points in the Night Hawks' 65-36 victory over Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter on Friday, Dec. 1. One day later, in a 59-56 loss to Linton-HMB, Oase poured in an early season-high of 23 points. DP: What have been the keys to your early success this season? SO: "The keys to my early success in the season has just been working with my teammates, and especially the coaches, too. They've been coaching us hard. Just showing up to practice everyday, improving."
Gregg Grinsteinner has seen it all while on the sidelines for the Dickinson Trinity boys basketball team. Since his tenure as head coach got underway in 1994, Grinsteinner has won 464 games, delivering the program two Class B state championships, 12 regional titles and 13 Roughrider tournament titles. This past summer, he was inducted into North Dakota High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame.