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 was a key part of The Press winning the North Dakota Newspaper Association's General Excellence and Sweepstakes awards in 2009 and 2012, and oversaw The Press' Sweepstakes and General Excellence wins 2014. As the newspaper's editor, he writes an occassional Sunday column, contributes feature stories and breaking news, designs pages, and oversees the day-to-day operations of the newsroom and editorial staff.
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Katelyn Steffan had a monster night and Brittany Ridl was tough on the perimeter as Dickinson High held off a feisty Bismarck St. Mary's team Tuesday. Steffan had 27 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and five blocks while Ridl hit four 3-pointers en route to a season-high 19 points. The duo helped the Midgets secure a 67-49 West Region girls basketball victory at Dickinson High gymnasium. The two stepped up as St.
Brandon Bishop-Parise, the Dickinson State football team's starting quarterback from last season, will not return to the Blue Hawks this fall. The 23-year-old is attending college at University of Nevada in his hometown of Reno this semester - he's taking a full load of classes and plans on graduating with a marketing degree in May - and has been invited to tryout for the Arena League's Colorado Crush in July. Bishop-Parise said he benefited from his semester at DSU and playing football for the Blue Hawks, but felt the conservative style of offense the team runs wasn't compatible with his at
Though Dickinson High goalie Grant Kovacs continues to pave the way, penalties are proving to be a road block for the Midgets. Despite another solid performance from Kovacs, Williston escaped the Dickinson Recreation Center with 2-2 tie Saturday. After stopping 38 shots in a 2-1 loss to Bismarck on Friday, Kovacs was it again, collecting 39 saves in a spectacular effort that saw Kovacs stretch, glove, stick and block almost everything that came his way. The exceptions? A pair of third period power-play goals by Williston.
At first the play was rough, then things got downright sloppy as Mayville State pulled away against Dickinson State on Saturday night. "I personally like it that way," Mayville State senior Matthew Stenehjem said.
Laura Big Crow knew someone on Mayville State's women's basketball team needed to take over if it wanted to stop Dickinson State on Saturday afternoon. So who better than one of the Dakota Athletic Conference's top offensive threats? Just when it looked like the Blue Hawks were going to take over in the second half, Big Crow snuffed out an eight-point DSU run with five straight points in a 30-second span. "You've just got to get out there, step up, be a leader and play to your role," Big Crow said.
Dakota State built big leads and Dickinson State tore them down. Yet the Blue Hawks couldn't break through the Trojans' walls Friday night at Scott Gymnasium. Dakota withstood Dickinson comebacks in both the first and second half and held on for a 64-58 victory over the Blue Hawks in Dakota Athletic Conference women's basketball at Scott Gymnasium. "We laid down for a little while," Dakota junior Laura Tewes said. "We relaxed and they took advantage. ...
Cameron Rowland's knee must be fine. The Dickinson State senior blocked Dakota State freshman Brian Bolin's shot underneath the basket just before time expired to secure a 70-68 win Friday night in Dakota Athletic Conference men's basketball at Scott Gymnasium. The Trojans had the ball beneath the basket with three seconds remaining but couldn't get the ball to junior Joe Backus, who was hotter than a pistol in the second half. The second option was Bolin, who was the screener for Backus.
Nash named Gatorade POTY Dickinson High senior Paige Nash was named the Gatorade North Dakota volleyball player of the year on Wednesday. Nash's 421 kills was second in Class A and she had 266 digs and 69 aces for the Midgets, who finished 38-4 and won their second consecutive state championship in November. The outside hitter had a team-high 18 kills in Dickinson's win over Bismarck Century in the state title match. Nash is the second winner from Dickinson High. Katelynn Stiefel won the award in 2003. Nash will attend the University of Montana in the fall.
Atkins training for World Championships Derrick Atkins broke the Bahamas national record in the 100-meter run last July. But he's already begun training to break his mark of 10.08 seconds. Atkins, the former Dickinson State track star who still holds school records in the 100 and 200, is at the University of Florida in Gainesville training for next summer's International Association of Athletics Federations track and field World Championships in Osaka, Japan. "It's fun. It has its down side when you have off days and stuff like that," Atkins said.
First there was Dennis Rodman and his colorful afros. Then came Scot Pollard's bleach-blond locks. Now Dickinson State junior Nigel Sims is sporting hairstyles that stack up with some of basketball's most outrageous players. "Sometimes I get bored," said Sims, currently sporting a close-cropped look with a dyed-blond streak down the middle. "It's just hair. It grows back." When Sims arrived at DSU after transferring from North Seattle Community College, he had hair that reached his shoulders.