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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RICHARDTON — Standing with a 9-1 record, the Hettinger-Scranton girls basketball team are on a roll, and at this point of the season at least, there appears to be little that can slow it down. The Night Hawks continued their winning ways with their largest scoring output of the season, defeating Richardton-Taylor 84-47 on Thursday, Jan. 10, from the Richardton-Taylor High School Gym. Improving to 5-0 in Region 7 competition, the road team put up 59 points in the first half and by the end of the game, 10 of its players entered the scoring column.
The Beach girls basketball team started off the season on fire. One year removed from a seven-win season, the team needed just the first seven games of the 2018-19 campaign to match that total. Currently sitting with a 7-1 record, the Buccaneers are on pace to have the team's best season since a third-place finish in the Region 7 tournament in 2016.
It all hasn't yet sunk in for Levi Jordheim. When North Dakota State senior quarterback Easton Stick took a knee at Toyota Stadium to run out the clock, the redshirt senior linebacker raced onto the field with the rest of his team as the Bison again reigned atop college football following a 38-24 victory over Eastern Washington during the FCS National Championship Game on Saturday, Jan. 5.
In its first home game of 2019, the Dickinson High girls basketball team played even through much of its contest with Bismarck St. Mary's on Tuesday, Jan. 8. However, with scoring droughts in both the first and second half, the Midgets came up short when the final buzzer sounded, falling to the Saints 66-43 from the Dickinson High gym. For the first time since their season-opening loss to Bismarck Century, the Midgets' record dipped below the .500 mark at 4-5.
Dickinson High junior guard Kobe Krenz is the arguably the team's best shooter, and against Bismarck St. Mary's, his featherly touch from the outside was on full display. However, it was a seldom-used reserve that clinched the Midgets' first victory of 2019. Freshman guard Luke Mavity scored two key baskets in the final minutes, as Dickinson held on for a 60-57 victory over the Saints on Tuesday, Jan. 8, from the Dickinson High Gym.
Midway through the third quarter of her teams contest against Mott-Regent, Dickinson Trinity senior forward Alexa Walby leaped high in the air to pull down a long offensive rebound after a miss from the perimeter. Keeping the possession alive, Walby shortly cashed in from the outside, sinking a 3-pointer after the team worked the ball around with quality ball-movement. Her shot gave the Titans their biggest lead of the game at 30-16, an advantage they would not relinquish.
WILLISTON — Hours removed from competing in a dual at home against Jamestown, the Dickinson High boys swim and dive team traveled to Williston to take part in the Coyotes Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 5, from the Sea Lions Swim Club. With a score of 290 points, the Midgets finished fifth as Minot, the defending state champions, were first with a mark of 738 points. The Blue Jays were second, while Williston and Bismarck Legacy were tied for third.
WATERTOWN, Minn — For the first time in 686 days, the Dickinson High gymnastics team did not finish a meet on top of the leaderboard. With a score of 142.050, the Midgets took home second place at the Watertown-Mayer Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 5, from the Watertown-Mayer High School Gym. Watertown-Mayer-Mound Westonka (Minn.), the host of the invitational, finished first with a score of 143.750.
BISMARCK — Competing against 30 other teams, the Dickinson High wrestling team finished among the top quarter of participants at the two-day Bismarck Rotary, which concluded on Saturday, Jan. 5, from the Bismarck Civic Center. With seven placers, the Midgets earned a team score of 109.5 points, good enough for eighth overall. Sidney (Mont.) won the meet with 213, just one point ahead of runner-up Bismarck High.
JAMESTOWN — Without its second-leading scorer, the Dickinson High girls basketball struggled to keep up with Jamestown, tumbling to a 75-39 defeat on Saturday, Jan. 5 at Jamestown High School. Midgets junior forward Peyton Selle sat out the contest against the Blue Jays with a high-ankle sprain.