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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BISMARCK — Walking onto the big stage for the first time in four years, the Beulah boys basketball team jockeyed through a trio of tight knit contests in the 2018 Class B state tournament. When the final buzzer sounded on their season, the Miners walked out of the Bismarck Civic Center taking fifth place honors. Beulah lost 55-50 to eventual state champion Hillsboro-Central Valley before a 57-52 victory over Stanley and a 50-47 triumph in the fifth-place game over Shiloh-Christian on Saturday, March 17.
Weeks after being selected to the West Region All-Conference team, a pair of players from the Dickinson High girls hockey team received state-wide recognition. Midgets junior goaltender Baylee Kram and sophomore defender Taia Klaman were voted on to the 2018 all-state team. Klaman led the team in scoring, nabbing 20 goals and eight assists. Her 28 points were good enough for the third highest total amongst defenders in the state this season.
BISMARCK — Less than 24 hours removed from hard-fought defeat to the defending state champions, the Beulah High boys basketball team tasted victory. Building a 13-point lead in the second half during a consolation semifinal against Stanley High, the Miners held on late capturing 57-52 on Friday, March 16 during the 2018 Class B state tournament at the Bismarck Event Center. Despite falling 55-50 to Hillsboro-Central Valley in the tournament quarterfinals, Beulah bounced back.
Moments after receiving the Region 7 trophy on Saturday, March 10 following an emotionally draining 74-71 over Dickinson Trinity, the Beulah boys basketball team were swarmed on the court by fellow students, fans and family. The hardwood at Bison Arena was a sea of blue and gold as the euphoria of finally getting over the Dickinson Trinity hump was written all over the players' faces.
Following riveting weeks of action and drama, the season of Region 7 basketball has come to an end. The Killdeer girls basketball team capped off its most successful season in program history, completing the year with a runner-up finish at the Class B state tournament on Saturday, March 3. Fresh off of emotional victory over Dickinson Trinity in the Region 7 Final on Saturday, March 10, the Beulah boys basketball team will be in Bismarck on Thursday to compete in the Class B state tournament for first time since 2014.
HAZEN — For the Beulah boys basketball team, the path had to be like this. Two years of frustration. Two years of wondering whether it was ever meant to be. And when the day came to exact some measure of revenge against Dickinson Trinity, the team that has ended their last two seasons, the Miners needed to sweat through 40 minutes of basketball to do it. In a game that featured momentum swings, big plays from veterans and seldom-used role players, and multiple chances for each team to end it, poetically, Beulah finally got the monkey off of its back.
HAZEN — With under a minute to play in the fourth quarter and the Dickinson Trinity boys basketball team clinging to a three-point lead, an unlikely hero emerged to save the night. Anticipating the ball rotating to the top of the key, sophomore guard Matthew Stafford tipped away a Hettinger-Scranton pass, managed to control his dribble and calmly made a layup.
HAZEN — Playing its first game in nearly two weeks, the Beulah High boys basketball team was eager to shake off any possible rust. The Miners shot lights out in the first half and withstood a late rally, capturing a 67-59 victory over Mott-Regent in the opening game of the Region 7 tournament on Thursday, March 8 from Bison Arena. After the tournament was postponed three days due to weather, the top-seeded Miners jumpedout of the gate, shooting 63 percent from the field in the first half.
HAZEN — With the scored tied and 96 seconds remaining in fourth quarter, the Dickinson Trinity boys basketball team executed when it most needed to. Following a timeout, Trinity senior forward Easton Walby broke free for the game-deciding 3-pointer near the top of the key. Despite a poor night at the foul line, free throws from Titans seniors Jacob Kubas, Alec Sickler and junior Aric Knopik closed out a 48-40 quarterfinal victory over Killdeer during the Region 7 Tournament on Thursday, March 8 from Bison Arena.
After four Midgets qualified in 2015 and 2016, the Dickinson High boys swim and dive team has seen its state participants increase in successive seasons. Following seven qualifiers in 2017, eight made the trip to the Hulbert Aquatic Center in West Fargo this past weekend. Collecting a team score of 41, the boys finished 13th.