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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At the start of its preparation for the undefeated No. 1 team in the state, the Dickinson High football team was fairly loose on Monday during practice. As the players started their pre-practice stretching, head coach John Tuchscherer made laps around them in his golf cart. With a football in hand, senior starting quarterback Morgan Wardner fired passes toward the moving cart. Wardner's throws were on target, but Tuchscherer dropped two before getting his mitts around the ball, securing the third.
BOWMAN — Powered by four rushing touchdowns by senior running back Adam Powell, the Bowman County football team completed an undefeated regular season, earning the Region 4 title following a 28-20 Homecoming night victory over Beulah on Friday, Oct. 12, from Bowman County Stadium-Reinhiller Field.
KILLDEER — The Bowman County boys and girls cross country teams had strong showings at the Class B West Region Meet, as both squads earned second-place on Saturday, Oct. 13, from the Medicine Hole Golf Course in Killdeer. The Bulldog boys earned 83 points, outscoring all programs but New Town, who took the win with a score of 26. Meanwhile, the girls collected a mark of 88, 25 points behind an Eagles program that swept the event.
BISMARCK — Setting a personal and course record in the process, Dickinson High sophomore Brady Yoder won the WDA Regional Meet on Saturday, Oct. 13 from McDowell Dam. Yoder completed the course in 15 minutes, 45.31 seconds, breaking his personal record by two seconds to win his sixth event in as many races this season. Junior Aiden Jung followed with fifth top-10 finish of the year, taking ninth place with a time of 16:37.59.
JAMESTOWN — For the first time since breaking away from a co-op with Williston, the Dickinson High girls swim and dive team stood alone at the top at an invitational. With 534 team points, the Midgets were victorious at the Jamestown Invite on Saturday, Oct. 13. Bismarck Legacy finished second with 463 points while host Jamestown followed with 446 points.
RICHARDTON — Players for the Richardton-Taylor-Hebron football team appeared nervous early during their 9-Man State Playoff first-round game against Divide County. Following the opening kickoff, the Maroons drove down the field in 13 plays, collecting three first downs in the process before stalling just outside of the Raiders 10-yard line. The defense earned a fourth-down stop, but the Richardton-Taylor-Hebron offense gave the ball right back after a three-and-out.
BELFIELD — With a 6-0 lead against Southern McLean and the ball on the opponent's 6-yard line late in the first half, Heart River head coach Jamie Wyant initially called for his special teams unit to attempt what would have been a 23-yard field goal. But in the matter seconds, with a little convincing from one of his assistant coaches, Wyant had a change of heart, calling a timeout and sending his offense back onto the field.
Morgan Wardner, a senior quarterback for the Dickinson High football team, led the Midgets to their first win of the season. Wardner had two passing touchdowns, a pair of rushing touchdowns and a 29-yard interception return score during Dickinson's 34-28 victory over Williston on Friday, Oct. 5 from the Biesiot Activities Center. DP: What was the key to victory against Williston? MW: "The key to victory was playing as a team and focusing and never giving up. The whole game, we kept grinding till the end of the game."
After a year absence, the Richardton-Taylor-Hebron football team is back in the postseason. Finishing third in the Region 5 standings, the Raiders will host Divide County on Saturday, Oct. 13, from John H. Gengler Field in the opening round of the state 9-man playoffs. Under second-year head coach Seth Forster, Richardton-Taylor-Hebron enjoyed a four-game regular season turnaround, improving to 5-3 in 2018 after going just 1-7 during its 2017 campaign.
For the third consecutive season, the Dickinson High football team will not advance into the Class AAA state postseason. Shutout for the first time this season, the Midgets were eliminated from playoff contention following a 33-0 loss against Minot on Thursday, Oct. 11, from the Duane Carlson Stadium. A 3-yard run by junior running back Payton Philion midway through the first quarter got the scoring going for the Magicians.