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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JAMESTOWN — After shooting a personal best round in the season opener three days earlier, Lola Homiston topped the Dickinson High girls golf contingent on the first day of the East-West Classic at the Jamestown Country Club on Monday, Aug. 13.
For all five days of the Central Plains Regional Tournament, Dubuque County (Iowa) Post 137 head coach Rob Hoerner planted himself at the front of his dugout, seated on a bucket as solidly as a rock. But as his team, which traveled roughly 800 miles to compete in this tourney, closed in on a championship, the skipper couldn't contain himself.
One of the toughest challenges when competing in a double elimination tournament is conquering a team twice. After defeating Rapid City (S.D.) Post 22 on the first day of the Central Plains Regional Tournament, Dubuque County (Iowa) Post 137 was faced with that task, but the second showdown was with elimination at stake. The Iowa state champions jumped on Post 22 in the early going and tacked on runs over the course of the game, earning a 8-4 triumph on Saturday, Aug. 11, from the Dakota Community Bank & Trust Ballpark.
DUNSEITH — The Class A girls golf season got underway with the Turtle Mountain Invitational from the Garden Gate Golf Course on Friday, Aug. 10. Fielding three golfers in the first event, the Dickinson High School girls golf team was led by freshman Lola Homiston, who shot a personal-best round of 100. Junior team captain Shelby Steier with a score of 111 while Midgets eighth-grader Hazel Emter followed with a mark of 125.
GERING, Neb. — In the first game of the inaugural Expedition League Championship Series, the Badlands Big Sticks could not hold an early lead against Western Nebraska. The Pioneers scored four in the bottom of the fourth inning and tacked on another three in the eighth en route to an 11-5 triumph in the opener of a best-of-three series on Friday, Aug. 10 from Oregon Trail Park Stadium.
In any elimination game, the difference between moving on and going home can be minuscule. Tri-City Red (Minn.) was mere inches away from ending three separate innings. Instead, Omaha Burke Black (Neb.) scored all six of its runs with two outs in support of starting pitcher Zach Munson. The right-hander escaped from trouble in the later innings, going the distance in a 6-0 victory during the Central Plains Regional Tournament on Friday, Aug. 10, from the Dakota Community Bank & Trust Ballpark.
In the day two finale of the Central Plains Regional Tournament, Dubuque County Post 137 (Iowa) was the beneficiary of a pair of home runs and a pair of terrific defensive plays. Each aspect, however, took a supporting role to a sparkling performance from starting pitcher Dylan Gotto. Gotto went the distance, relinquishing just one run on five hits and two walks during a 12-1 triumph over Omaha Burke Black (Neb.) on Thursday, August 9 from the Dakota Community Bank & Trust Ballpark.
During the middle innings of its Central Plains Regional Tournament elimination game against Rapid City (S.D.) Post 22, the host Dickinson Roughriders played even with the South Dakota state champion. But after a crippling first inning and a rougher top of the sixth, the Roughriders' 2018 campaign has come to an end. The Hardhats racked up five runs before recording an out in the opening frame and brought 12 batters to the plate before one was retired in the sixth, capturing a 16-3 victory in six innings on Thursday, August 9 from the Dakota Community Bank & Trust Ballpark.
Dubuque County (Iowa) starting pitcher Samuel Goodman had a less-than-ideal beginning to his time on the mound against Rapid City (S.D.) Post 22 Hardhats. Giving up a leadoff extra base hit, the Post 137 right-hander stared down a 1-0 deficit after only facing three batters. Soon thereafter, Goodman found his groove, ripping back control of the game in five-plus innings of work.
For the second consecutive season, the Dickinson Roughriders played in the nightcap as host during the opening day of the Central Plains Regional Tournament. However, compared to the 2017 team, the Roughriders enter the tournament this season as one of the youngest teams. And between the pageantry and bright lights shining down on the Dakota Community Bank & Trust Ballpark, their youth and inexperience showed.