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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Meghan Ackerman, a senior on the Dickinson High gymnastics team, won two events during the Fern Pokorny Invite as the Midgets earn an overall score of 151.725, their highest team score for an individual meet in program history on Saturday, Jan. 26, from the Dickinson High Gym. Boosted by cleanly landing a front handspring, front tuck on the vault, Ackerman won the event with a score of 9.750. Closing the day with a high mark of 9.300 on the uneven bars, the senior was second in the all-around behind junior teammate Ayanna Fossum.
MINOT — One week removed from producing the highest team score in program history, the Dickinson High gymnastics team traveled to Minot to compete in the Kim Lupo Memorial Invite. With the team mark of 144.25, the Midgets won its fourth straight meet on Friday, Feb. 1, from the Magic City Campus. The three-time defending state champions were followed by Jamestown and Grand Forks Red River-Grand Forks Central, who placed second and third, respectively.
LA CROSSE, WIS. — Fouled on a three-point shot midway through the fourth quarter against Viterbo (Wis.), Blue Hawks senior guard Riley Helmick drilled her three attempts from the free-throw line, pushing the Dickinson State women’s basketball team to a 57-47 advantage with four minutes and 30 seconds left in the game.
LA CROSSE, WIS. — Down by nine points with seven minutes and six seconds remaining in a contest against Viterbo (Wis.), the Dickinson State men’s basketball staged a comeback, scoring 21 of the game’s last 30 points en route to a 75-72 victory on Friday, Feb. 1, from the R.W. Beggs Sr. Gymnasium.
While the start of the Region 7 boys basketball tournament is less than four weeks away, whenever Beulah and Dickinson Trinity clash, the atmosphere inside of the gymnasium is nothing short of postseason-like intensity, as was the case on Thursday, Jan. 31, from a jammed-packed Knights of Columbus Activities Center. The Miners controlled the action in the first half, but thanks to the work of junior guards Matthew Stafford, Bryant Merry and a smothering defense, the Titans outscored their opponent by 21 points in the second half en route to a 58-46 victory.
On Saturday, Dec. 1, the Hettinger-Scranton girls basketball team dropped a 59-56 contest to Linton-HMB during Linton Shootout. Nearly two months later, that loss remains the lone blemish on the Night Hawks' resume as the ladies in blue have reeled off 14 consecutive victories, seven against Region 7 opponents. No. 10-ranked Hettinger-Scranton has kept its winning streak intact heading into the month of February, and has streamrolled its opponents in the process, defeating them by an average of 27 points per game during that stretch
While the temperatures outside were well below zero degrees on Tuesday, Jan. 29, the action inside of the Knights of Columbus Activities Center sizzled, as the Dickinson Trinity and Killdeer girls basketball teams collided for a whale of a Region 7 regular season contest. Played within a six-point margin in the second half, the game wasn't decided until the final second, as the Titans captured their fourth victory in a row with a 53-51 triumph over the Cowboys.
Belle Fourche, S.D. — In its final tournament of the regular season, the Dickinson High wrestling team emerged on top of the overall leaderboard at the Belle Fourche Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 26, from the Ed Petranek Armory. In a meet that came down to the wire, the Midgets outpointed Rapid City Stevens (S.D.) 287-285 in team scores to take home the tournament crown.
DEVILS LAKE — Entering the final period against Devils Lake tied 1-1, Dickinson High senior forward Grace Kraiter and senior forward Kennedy Kuntz each collected goals in the third, giving the Midgets a 3-1 victory of Saturday, Jan. 26, from Burdick Arena. Seven minutes and 18 seconds into the frame, Kraiter punched in the go-ahead score by Firebirds sophomore goaltender Molly Black. After assisting on Kraiter’s goal, Kuntz put Dickinson up 3-1 on an unassisted goal with 6:52 remaining in the game.
On the second pass of her floor routine during the Fern Pokorny Memorial Invitational, Dickinson High's Meghan Ackerman carried too much speed and stumbled out of bounds on her aerial attempt. She recovered and posted a solid number of 9.350 and was embraced by her teammates, the Midgets senior stood bent over with her hands on her knees in an effort to compose herself. As an answer, Ackerman followed her performance on the floor by completing a feat she has spent the past two years trying to accomplish.