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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The Dickinson High girls softball team has qualified for the Class A state softball tournament in each of the last seven years. With the team coming off an appearance in last season's state title game, there was little reason to believe why the Midgets couldn't punch their ticket to the tournament for an eighth straight time.
In the first game of a doubleheader against Mandan, Dickinson High senior Kennedy Kuntz made a defensive play that her head coach called "one of the greatest catches I ever seen anybody make in my life."
Emy Personne, a junior centerfielder for the Dickinson High girls softball team, went 6-for-12 with a home run, three doubles, five RBIs and five runs scored during a five-game stretch between Tuesday, April 9 and Saturday, April 13. Helping the Midgets to a 3-2 record during that period, Personne did not commit any errors in her five chances in the outfield, while pacing the team with a 1.000 slugging percentage and a 1.563 OPS. DP: What is your biggest softball strength?
Dickinson State senior pitcher Abi Brooks maintained a 2-1 advantage during the back end of a doubleheader against Dakota State (S.D.) before running into a bit of trouble in the top of the fourth inning. Trojans sophomore infielder Xitlali Lopez and senior outfielder Tatum Ronke each fell behind during their at-bats before delivering singles with two strikes. Following a sharp line out to short from freshman infielder player Sarah Torres, senior infielder Taylor Poe loaded the bases for the road team when lunged at a two-strike pitch, dropping in single.
BELFIELD — It's not very often that you see a ball, yet along multiple balls, sky over the outfield fence for a home run during a high school baseball contest, but on Thursday, April 18, the Hettinger-Scranton baseball team put on a memorable display of power that defied the norm. In the words of NBA superstar LeBron James, the Night Hawks hit not one, not two, not three, not four, not five, but six long balls against Heart River, capturing a game one 12-3 road victory from the John J. Steiner American Legion Ball Park.
The Heart River boys golf team have finished no lower than third at the Class B state tournament over the last four years.
The 2018 Heart River girls golf team will forever live in the hearts of the Belfield and South Heart communities. Last season, the Cougars earned the areas first high school state championship in any sport after the squad shot a two-day, tournament-low score of 727. Following a year of celebration, Heart River is back on the links in hopes of an encore performance for the 2019 season. One thing is for sure though, the defending state champs know that with last year's accomplishment, they are going to get everyone's best shot.
Following a successful showing during the season-opening weekend in Minot, the Dickinson High girls tennis team began its home schedule against Williston on Tuesday, April 16. While many of the Midgets have had the opportunity to shake the rust off of their game, one particular player made her season debut. Lauren Jorda, Dickinson's No. 2 tennis player, had her first competitive match of the 2019 season in a battle versus Coyotes junior Ellie Schmit.
SOUTH HEART — Starting on the pitcher's circle against Stanley, Heart River's Meg Silbernagel had early troubles with her control. After walking Blue Jays sophomore infielder Sierra McCloskey to lead off the top of the second inning, Cougars head coach Kendra Schillo strolled over to the mound to have a chat with the freshman hurler. With one hand on Silbernagel's shoulder, the skipper offered her hurler some words of direction and encouragement before walking back into the dugout.
Taya Hopfauf, a freshman catcher for the Dickinson High girls softball team, was the Midgets' best hitter during two games against Bismarck Century on Tuesday, April 2, and a pair of contests against Valley City on Saturday, April 2. Blasting home runs in three of the four games, Hopfauf had her strongest performance during a 12-2 victory against the Hi-Liners, as she went 4-for-4 with two home runs, six RBI and three runs scored. Over the course of those four games, Hopfauf went 10-for-14, with four homers, 10 RBI, two doubles and crossed home plate 11 times.