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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For just about any other North Dakota high school gymnastics program, winning six of seven meets would be a tremendous start to any season. But when it comes to the three-time defending state champions, it's less about the end result and more about their collective performance With less than a month remaining in the 2018-19 campaign, the Dickinson High gymnastics team has stood atop the podium at the end of six meets this year, but not every team victory is created equally as the Midgets have struggled to find consistency.
Powered by three individual champions, the Bowman County-Beach wrestling team had a strong performance at the inaugural Badlands Classic. On Saturday, Jan. 19, the Buccadawgs placed first in the event with a team score of 184.5 points, 30.5 points ahead of runner-up Killdeer, who hosted the tournament. While acknowledging his wrestlers' efforts, head coach Jeff Boynton immediately turned the page as the team will travel this weekend to New Salem and participate at the East-West Tournament, which includes seven squads from Region 4.
Through the first 33 minutes of a non-conference matchup against Mandan, the Dickinson High girls hockey team were left skating on their heels as the visitors thoroughly controlled the pace on the ice. As she has done from the first game of the season, Midgets junior defender Taia Klaman rose to the occasion. After scoring the game-tying goal late in the second period, Klaman, the state's top goal-scorer, produced the go-ahead goal early in the third, lifting Dickinson to a 2-1 victory on Tuesday, Jan. 22, from the West River Ice Center.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — In what head coach Kent Van Ells described as the “best meet of the year,” the Dickinson High gymnastics team earned the top prize at the Rapid City Gym-O-Rama on Saturday, Jan. 19, from the Rapid City High School Annex Gym. With an overall score of 149.200, the Midgets finished ahead of runner-up Pierre, who totaled a mark of 135.025.
In a match-up between programs undefeated in Region 7 play, the Dickinson Trinity boys basketball team hosted Beach without a pair of key players. After suffering an ankle injury against Heart River on Jan. 10, senior post Isaac Fridrich was sidelined for the third straight game, while sophomore guard Cole Fitterer was out of action as he was under the weather. Without two of its starters on parents night, the home team looked elsewhere for production.
The Beach girls basketball team excels at a frenetic pace. During a Region 7 contest at Dickinson Trinity on Saturday, Jan. 19, that style was on full display, particularly in the first half. Regardless of what a Titans' shot attempt resulted in, the 'Running Bucs' hurried down the floor before the defense could get set, hoisting a shot from the outside or driving to the basket within 10 seconds of shot clock.
Gage Swanson, a junior forward for the Beach boys basketball team, average 29.6 points per game through three Buccaneer victories during the second week of January. Swanson had his strongest game during Beach's 70-57 road victory over Richardton-Taylor on Tuesday, Jan. 8, scoring 36 points, including a pair of makes from three-point territory. On Friday, Jan. 11, the 6-foot-1 forward put up 30 points during a 73-59 triumph over Trenton. He followed that performance with a 23-point effort during the Bucs 53-39 win over Wibaux (Mont.).
If there is one word to describe Aanen Moody's approach through the first year and a half of his collegiate basketball career, it might be refinement. Relative to his legendary high school career though, some may ask how could he get any better. A two-time North Dakota Gatorade Boys Basketball Player of the Year award winner, Moody ended his playing days at Dickinson High in 2017 as Class A's all-time scoring leader, earning Class A Senior Athlete of the Year honors and the North Dakota Mr. Basketball award.
When sophomore forward Connor Entzi knocked down a free-throw line jumper, the Valley City State men's basketball team went up 77-66 over Dickinson State with just under three minutes to go in the game. Leading nearly wire-to-wire, the Vikings pushed their advantage to double figures just about every time the Blue Hawks appeared poised to make a run. In order to capture road win in front of a boisterous DSU crowd, Valley City State had to hold off one more charge.
The Heart River girls basketball team and its defense keyed in on Dickinson Trinity sophomore Abbey Kubas. During one possession in the second quarter, the Cougars were denying entry passes into the 5-foot-11 forward, collapsing to the post and defending with their arms extended. At one point, Kubas delivered a two-handed volleyball pass to senior Bre Tessier as she had little time to catch and gather against a swarming opponent.