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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WATFORD CITY — It wasn’t the prettiest played at the Rough Rider Center, as both the Dickinson and Watford City boys basketball teams shot under 40 percent from the field, but behind the play of junior guard Jaiden Wright, the Midgets emerged victorious with a 65-56 road win on Thursday, Jan. 15. Despite taking the most shots of any player on the court, Wright was one of the most efficient, scoring 28 points on 9-for-15 shooting from the floor, including 5 of 7 from three-point range.
Through 37 matches, Hettinger-Scranton's Kyle Burwick is closing in on his second consecutive undefeated season. At 126 pounds, the senior is in search of his fifth straight state championship to cap his magnificent high school career. As Burwick's dominance continues, it's the younger grapplers on the Night Hawks wrestling team who are picking up their work on the mat as of late.
Compared to other team sports, basketball is the one game where its players have the greatest influence. While sports such as football, baseball, hockey and volleyball feature at least a dozen competitors on the playing surface at one time, basketball features only 10. Coaching matters too, of course. Inside of Region 7 this season, there hasn't been a more impactful person than first-year Glen Ullin-Hebron boys basketball head coach Greg Pruitt.
The Mandan girls basketball team started its road contest against Dickinson High ice cold from the perimeter, allowing the Midgets to race out to a double-figure lead early in the half. However, once the ball began falling through the net from deep, there was little the home team could do to slow the high-octane Braves down. On the strength of the three-point shot, No.2-ranked Mandan ended the first half with a 21-point turnaround en route to a 73-52 victory on Tuesday, Jan. 15, from the Dickinson High Gym.
After splitting a pair of free throws during the second half against Dickinson, Mandan center Elijah Klein lurked in the backcourt as the Midgets struggled to secure the rebound. Midgets guard Jaiden Wright, with the ball in hand, whipped a pass from his precarious position on the sideline. Klein intercepted the pass and walked into a two-handed slam. The Braves 6-foot-7 forward dominated the first half, and despite limited touches in the second, provided the game's biggest highlight as Mandan dropped the Midgets 68-63 on Tuesday, Jan. 15, from the Dickinson High Gym.
During second-half action against Viterbo (Wis), Dickinson State junior guard Michael Vandall set a screen on the perimeter for sophomore guard Travon Hamilton, who then passed the ball to Vandall after he rolled to the left corner. A nanosecond after making the catch, Vandall fired a pass to Melvin Collins cutting into the lane. Ending a beautiful sequence of team-basketball, the junior forward found junior guard Kenny Jackson, who knocked down a wide-open 3-pointer from the right corner.
Holding a 1-0 lead early in the second period against Minot, the Dickinson High girls hockey team faced its first real test when junior forward Ali Lafond was sent to the penalty box for body checking. With a 16-10 shots-on-goal advantage to that point, the Majettes appeared on their way to add to that margin, but instead, the action remained on the other side of the ice, as the Midgets possessed the puck by skating to corners or wheeling around the net through much of the penalty kill.
Collin Kuntz, a senior forward for the Richardton-Taylor boys basketball team, scored 18 points as the Raiders earned a 59-44 victory over Max during the McLean County Shootout on Saturday, Jan. 5, from the Garrison High School Gym. One day earlier, Kuntz scored 33 points during a 80-69 defeat to Standing Rock. DP: What have been your keys to success this season? CK: "My keys to my success this season is probably my teammates really getting me the ball down low and expecting me to make it." DP: What are you most looking forward to this season?
The Dickinson State University women's basketball team led throughout its home conference match-up with Waldorf (Iowa) until the visitors made a late charge. Entering the fourth quarter down 57-53, the Warriors poured in 10 of the frame's first 14 points, capped by a 3-pointer from senior guard Michaela Graffunder, which gave Waldorf its first lead since the scoreboard read 4-2 early in the first. The teams seesawed a bit from there, as the game was tied on three different occasions until another guard took over when it mattered most.
BISMARCK — The Dickinson High girls basketball team dropped its fourth consecutive game after falling to Bismarck High 58-48 on Thursday, Jan. 10, from Karlgaard Gym. However, the story for the Midgets was Gabby Jung. Knocking down five 3-pointers, the senior guard scored a season-high 34 points, which included a 7-for-8 performance from the free-throw line.