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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When you're a first-year head coach and your conference's preseason poll has your team finishing dead last, there's only one thing that gets you by - optimism. "We're very optimistic in what we see so far," said Guy Fridley, Dickinson State's first-year women's basketball coach. Fridley takes over a team that finished seventh in the Dakota Athletic Conference last season under coach Tara Kreklau, whose contract wasn't renewed. It won't take much for Fridley to improve upon last season's finish.
When it came down to it, Hazen fell back on Alison Christian. The 5-foot-11 senior had five of Hazen's final six points in Game 4 of their 25-11, 25-20, 19-25, 25-22 victory over Beulah in the District 14 volleyball tournament's championship match on Tuesday at Knights of Columbus Activities Center. "We need Alison to do that," Hazen coach Kim Wolf said. "She needs to be our leader out there.
Beulah senior Kayla Schmidt admitted she was a nervous going into the decisive Game 5 against Dickinson Trinity. But Schmidt got rid of her nerves quickly and helped the third-seeded Miners secure a victory over the second-seeded Titans 14-25, 25-19, 25-20, 20-25, 15-13 on Monday in the semifinals of the District 14 volleyball tournament at Knights of Columbus Activities Center. "We all had to swallow our stomachs, but we played calm and controlled," Schmidt said. Schmidt's kill set up match point and junior Hannah Zimmerman's block on a kill attempt by Trinity's Breanna Messer to secure th
Two Dickinson State athletes were named Dakota Athletic Conference players of the week. Brandon Bishop-Parise, a junior quarterback from Reno, Nev., earned his first football offensive player of the week honors after throwing for 151 yards and three touchdowns on 9 of 13 completions against Dakota State on Saturday. Elizabeth Castillo, earned volleyball player of the week honors with 27 kills, a .407 hitting percentage, 24 digs, four aces and two blocks as the Blue Hawks swept Valley City State and Mayville State to clinch the DAC regular-season championship.
HAZEN -- Five different Hazen players rushed for a touchdown as the Bison took a 42-12 victory over Hatton-Northwood on Saturday in the Class AA football quarterfinals. Aaron Berger led the Bison with 150 yards rushing on nine carries. He wrapped up Hazen's scoring with a 77-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Brian Sorenson added 87 yards rushing on seven carries. "We just kind of took what they gave us," Hazen coach Rick Philion said.
WATFORD CITY -- Scott Samuelson rushed for 126 yards and two touchdowns to lead Watford City to a 14-12 victory over Lisbon on Saturday in the Class AA quarterfinals. Samuelson got the Wolves ahead 14-0 early with a 35-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and a 3-yard plunge in the second quarter. Lisbon's Spencer Mairs cut Watford City's lead to 14-6 at halftime and had a chance to tie the game in the fourth quarter. While Patrick Dougherty's 3-yard touchdown run put the Broncos within two, the run on the two-point conversion failed and Watford City held on for the win.
MAYVILLE -- Nancy Nyongesa had 14 kills and 14 digs to lead the Dickinson State volleyball team to a 30-22, 30-21, 30-15 victory over Mayville State on Saturday in Dakota Athletic Conference action. "We tightned the screws," Dickinson State coach Dave Moody said. "Every game we played a little better." Elizabeth Castillo led the Blue Hawks with 16 kills. She had a .576 hitting efficiency. The Blue Hawks hit .481 as a team. "Castillo and Nyongesa had good matches at the net," Moody said.
Brandon Bishop-Parise got Dickinson State out to a fast start and the Blue Hawks never looked back. The junior quarterback threw three touchdowns and had 151 yards passing to lead Dickinson State to a 24-14 victory over Dakota State on Saturday in Dakota Athletic Conference football at Trojan Field in Madison, S.D. "I think he put it on the money and I thought our receivers played well too," Blue Hawks coach Hank Biesiot said. Bishop-Parise led two long drives to put the Blue Hawks up 17-0 early in the second quarter. His first touchdown pass, a 25-yarder to redshirt freshman Clint Grosz w
Mott-Regent football coach Ron Benson knew he had one of the top running backs in the state in Tyler Grosz. He also knew Turtle Lake-Mercer halfback Eddie Cullum was no pushover. The Trojans senior proved why he can't be taken lightly in Saturday's nine-man quarterfinal. Cullum rushed for 284 yards and two touchdowns to lead Turtle Lake-Mercer to a 34-28 victory over the No.
MOTT -- District 13's Cinderella story came to an end Saturday night. Top-seeded New England used talent and team play to rally numerous times in its thrilling 21-25, 25-21, 25-13, 25-27, 15-10 victory over popular underdog Belfield-South Heart in the championship match of the District 13 volleyball tournament at the National Guard Armory. With the win, New England successfully defended its district championship and enters the Region 7 tournament as the top seed from District 13. "We felt that we had to prove that last year wasn't a fluke," New England coach Jodi Jung said.