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 in 2014, as well as its national first-place honors for Community Leadership in the Inland Daily Press Association and contributed to the first-place Inland award for Investigative Reporting. As the newspaper's editor, he writes an occasional Sunday column, is a member of The Press' Editorial Board, contributes feature stories and breaking news, designs pages, and oversees the day-to-day operations of the newsroom and editorial staff. In his free time, he enjoys watching sports and action movies, exercises whenever his schedule allows, and spends every minute he can with his wife and son.
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With junior left tackle Rob Borr and sophomore right guard Tyler LeClaire sidelined, the Blue Hawks had several question marks on the offensive heading into last Saturday's game against Mayville State. Instead, the DSU offensive line turned to a pair of freshmen and a senior in his first year at the position to infuse new life into the offense. What resulted was the line's best performances of the season.
Interception opportunities had come Phil Leck's direction all season. Unfortunately, the Dickinson State strong safety never seemed to seal the deal when fortune called his name. It happened again last week against Mayville State, when Leck overplayed what could have been an interception early in the game. Then, with one play, Leck turned a possible Blue Hawks victory into a sure thing and washed away a season's worth of bad luck for himself. "I don't even think he saw me," Leck said of Comets quarterback Dustin Hagans.
Rodriguez returns, but Nyongesa stays put in middle Elizabeth Rodriguez had just six total kills in two matches last weekend. Still, those six kills were extremely relieving for Dickinson State volleyball coach Dave Moody. "Slow but sure is probably the theme there," Moody said. "It takes a while to integrate even a former starter back into the lineup." Rodriguez, who had missed eight matches with a badly sprained ankle, returned to action last weekend.
The Dakota Wizards will have a few firsts in their only preseason game. It will be the first time the team - with new head coach Duane Ticknor at the helm - plays a game as the NBA Development League's reigning champions. What's more is for the first time ever, they'll be playing in Dickinson. The Wizards announced during a Thursday morning press conference that they are playing their only preseason game against the Sioux Falls Skyforce at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov.
Just like any other year, the Dickinson Trinity football team is relying on its running game to pave the way to wins. The difference this season, however, is that the Titans are finally in the place they want to be.
Don't be surprised if the Dickinson State women's basketball team throws up about 1,000 3-pointers this season. And don't be surprised if several of them fall through the hoop. "We have more of a scoring punch," DSU head coach Guy Fridley said. "This year, we might take a little bit more 3s than I really care to, but that's the makeup of team we have." Fresh off a 5-23 season in his first year as head coach, Fridley is hoping for a drastic turnaround.
Everything seems rosy for the New England volleyball team entering the District 13 tournament. The Tigers are the two-time defending district champions and have a bye in the opening round of this year's tournament, which they happen to host. That doesn't mean New England is in safe harbor though. "This is going to be one of those (tournaments) where you have New England being a little bit of a favorite, but with this, there's probably going to be some upsets," Heart River coach Craig Pool said.
Mike Zier had the spread offense in mind when he took over as Beach's head football coach prior to the 2006 season. He just didn't know how to go about implementing it. "When I took over, I knew I was either going to bunch people up or have to spread them out," Zier said. Enter history teacher Josh Heinemeyer, a Wisconsin native who played college football for a team that utilized a spread formation. "It was as simple as this, 'Come up with something you'd like to see as a package,' " Zier said.
On air: Listen to the game on both KDIX, 1230 AM and KLTC, 1460 AM at 6 p.m. MDT. If there was ever a time for the Dickinson High football team to get some payback, this is it. Just six days removed from Jamestown's come-from-behind victory in both team's regular-season finale at Whitney Stadium, the burgeoning Class AAA, West Region rivals meet again. This time, however, the game is on the Blue Jays' turf, and there's much more at stake. "We're definitely looking for revenge," said Midgets senior left guard Mike Lupo.
The smiles, hugs and handshakes illustrated the relief Dickinson State football players and coaches felt Saturday afternoon after ending their three-game losing skid and winning just their second game of the season. Paced by a pair of Caleb Midura first-half touchdown passes and a 47-yard interception return for a touchdown by Phil Leck in the third quarter, the Blue Hawks claimed a 31-7 Dakota Athletic Conference victory over Mayville State at Whitney Stadium. "We just wanted to play with a lot of high intensity," Leck said.