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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In a match between two adjacent teams in the West Region standings, the Dickinson High volleyball team welcomed Jamestown into its friendly confines for a rare Wednesday contest on Oct. 17. With the Blue Jays holding down the sixth spot and the Midgets sitting right behind in seventh, the action on the floor at the start of their match seemed to suggest the two teams were not too different from one another from a competitive standpoint. However as the match wore on, it became clear that Dickinson still has a ways to go before reaching Jamestown's tier in the WDA.
Minutes before the Dickinson High volleyball team hit the floor for pre-match warmups against Mandan at home on Sept. 13, senior setter Lauren Jorda was at a loss for words. As the players sat in the locker room in preparation for the match, Jorda was asked to go into the training room for a moment. When she returned to the locker room, her teammates were wearing teal T-shirts with "Her battle is our battle LJ" printed on the front and the Psalm 46:5 Bible verse "God is within her, she will not fall" on the back. Surprised, Jorda was near tears.
At the start of its preparation for the undefeated No. 1 team in the state, the Dickinson High football team was fairly loose on Monday during practice. As the players started their pre-practice stretching, head coach John Tuchscherer made laps around them in his golf cart. With a football in hand, senior starting quarterback Morgan Wardner fired passes toward the moving cart. Wardner's throws were on target, but Tuchscherer dropped two before getting his mitts around the ball, securing the third.
BOWMAN — Powered by four rushing touchdowns by senior running back Adam Powell, the Bowman County football team completed an undefeated regular season, earning the Region 4 title following a 28-20 Homecoming night victory over Beulah on Friday, Oct. 12, from Bowman County Stadium-Reinhiller Field.
KILLDEER — The Bowman County boys and girls cross country teams had strong showings at the Class B West Region Meet, as both squads earned second-place on Saturday, Oct. 13, from the Medicine Hole Golf Course in Killdeer. The Bulldog boys earned 83 points, outscoring all programs but New Town, who took the win with a score of 26. Meanwhile, the girls collected a mark of 88, 25 points behind an Eagles program that swept the event.
BISMARCK — Setting a personal and course record in the process, Dickinson High sophomore Brady Yoder won the WDA Regional Meet on Saturday, Oct. 13 from McDowell Dam. Yoder completed the course in 15 minutes, 45.31 seconds, breaking his personal record by two seconds to win his sixth event in as many races this season. Junior Aiden Jung followed with fifth top-10 finish of the year, taking ninth place with a time of 16:37.59.
JAMESTOWN — For the first time since breaking away from a co-op with Williston, the Dickinson High girls swim and dive team stood alone at the top at an invitational. With 534 team points, the Midgets were victorious at the Jamestown Invite on Saturday, Oct. 13. Bismarck Legacy finished second with 463 points while host Jamestown followed with 446 points.
RICHARDTON — Players for the Richardton-Taylor-Hebron football team appeared nervous early during their 9-Man State Playoff first-round game against Divide County. Following the opening kickoff, the Maroons drove down the field in 13 plays, collecting three first downs in the process before stalling just outside of the Raiders 10-yard line. The defense earned a fourth-down stop, but the Richardton-Taylor-Hebron offense gave the ball right back after a three-and-out.
BELFIELD — With a 6-0 lead against Southern McLean and the ball on the opponent's 6-yard line late in the first half, Heart River head coach Jamie Wyant initially called for his special teams unit to attempt what would have been a 23-yard field goal. But in the matter seconds, with a little convincing from one of his assistant coaches, Wyant had a change of heart, calling a timeout and sending his offense back onto the field.
Morgan Wardner, a senior quarterback for the Dickinson High football team, led the Midgets to their first win of the season. Wardner had two passing touchdowns, a pair of rushing touchdowns and a 29-yard interception return score during Dickinson's 34-28 victory over Williston on Friday, Oct. 5 from the Biesiot Activities Center. DP: What was the key to victory against Williston? MW: "The key to victory was playing as a team and focusing and never giving up. The whole game, we kept grinding till the end of the game."