Monke came to The Dickinson Press in July 2006 as the newspaper's sports editor and was hired as its managing editor in March 2013. During his tenure at The Press, Monke has won multiple awards for sports reporting, feature reporting, column writing, page design and photography. He has been a key member of The Press winning the North Dakota Newspaper Association's General Excellence and Sweepstakes awards in 2009 and 2012, as well as the Press' Sweepstakes win in 2013. As the newspaper's editor, he writes a Sunday column, contributes feature stories, designs pages and oversees the day-to-day operations of the newsroom and editorial staff.
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While Dickinson High junior Ben Brown tried to maneuver himself into a dominate position and stay in the lead against Bryan Overton of Baker, Mont., his younger brothers watched from the edge of the mat, standing as close as they could to the match. Justin Brown, a freshman, yelled encouraging statements at Ben while eighth-grader Alex Brown watched with a silent intensity, absorbing everything his oldest brother was doing right and noting all he did wrong. "We try to make it every single match," Justin said.
Former Dickinson State football star Tony Biesiot and current Blue Hawks assistant coach Pete Stanton are among the 51 applicants for Minot State's vacant head football coach position. Biesiot, an All-American linebacker for the Blue Hawks in the late 1990s, is the son of current DSU football coach Hank Biesiot and is currently an assistant coach at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He was the defensive line coach at Minot State during the 2003 season. The Dickinson native also worked as a graduate assistant at Chadron (Neb.) State, was the offensive line coach at Sacramento (Calif.) City
BILLINGS, Mont. -- The Dickinson State women's basketball team survived a back-and-forth battle with Rocky Mountain College on Thursday night and held on for a 53-51 nonconference victory, snapping an eight-game losing streak. DSU coach Guy Fridley credited his defense with strong play down the stretch. "We showed tonight what type of defensive team we could be," Fridley said. Brittany Mesa led a revamped Blue Hawks starting lineup with 14 points.
Dickinson High girls basketball coach Greg Jung said he doesn't know how much longer he'll be able to live through his cardiac kids. "They're going to give me a heart attack," Jung said, jokingly. The fifth-ranked Midgets trailed 26-10 with more than six minutes remaining in the first half, but responded with a 23-4 run before the end of the half en route to a 71-42 win over Williston in West Region play Thursday at the Dickinson High School gymnasium. Dickinson failed to generate any kind of consistent offense for the first 13 minutes of the game.
Rich Dufault wasn't overly enthusiastic about the Killdeer boys basketball team's performance in the Roughrider Tournament semifinals on Thursday at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center at Dickinson Trinity. But, the coach just shook his head and smiled after the Cowboys' 68-59 victory over Richardton-Taylor, which put Killdeer in its first Roughrider championship game since 1998. "We didn't shoot real well, but we shot well enough to win," Dufault said. Senior guard Jacob Wheeling hit his free throws down the stretch and junior guard Austin Dufault finished off several fast breaks for
Williston senior guard Brad Johnson drove through the lane and threw up a shot.
The Richardton-Taylor boys basketball team knew it has a tough road to travel if it wants to reach the Region 7 tournament in March. Of the six teams in District 14, the Raiders are already a team some prognosticators have put on the proverbial chopping block. However, the Raiders proved Tuesday in the quarterfinals of the Roughrider Tournament why they should be taken as seriously as any other team in their district with a 56-44 victory over Bowman at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center at Dickinson Trinity. "These kids, they have a lot to prove this year," Richardton-Taylor first-ye
The Dickinson State football and volleyball teams each set one new Dakota Athletic Conference record last fall. The Blue Hawks volleyball team improved upon their own conference hitting percentage record. The football team broke the DAC record for fewest passing touchdowns allowed in a season. The volleyball team hit .330 this season, surpassing its own record of .321, set in the 2000 season. The Blue Hawks won their only NAIA national championship that year. "We were as physical as we ever have been for sure.
Dickinson Trinity senior Mary Brooke barely played in the second quarter. But when the 5-foot-9 forward got in the game in the third quarter, she made up for lost time. Brooke scored 10 points in the third and led the Titans on a huge run as they cruised to a 66-18 victory over Hebron-Glen Ullin on Monday night in the District 14 girls basketball opener at Knights of Columbus Activities Center. "Mary really led our offensive spark," Trinity coach Alysia Hugret said.
With the Fern Pokorny Gymnastics Invitational as close as it was going into the final rotation, Dickinson High gymnasts and coaches could hardly stand to watch while Rapid City (S.D.) Stevens senior Kassie Mckie's floor exercise score was shown at Dickinson High's Old Gymnasium. Mckie was the final gymnast to do her floor routine Saturday afternoon, and she nearly nailed it, scoring a 9.525 - the highest individual score in any event at the meet. But the Midgets got a final burst of energy from two of their youngest gymnasts just when it looked like Mckie had helped Stevens overtake Dickinso