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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MINOT -- Trailing 14-10 in the fifth game, the Dickinson Trinity volleyball team needed everything to go its way. With thoughts of last year's first-round loss lingering in their heads, the Titans made a remarkable run, scoring five consecutive points and outlasting Langdon 20-18 to advance to the semifinals of the North Dakota Class B state volleyball tournament on Thursday at the Minot State University Dome. Trinity plays Kenmare at 6 p.m. today for the right to play in the championship match.
Dickinson High and Dickinson Trinity both know their way around the North Dakota state volleyball tournament. This will be the eighth consecutive trip for the DHS Midgets and the third for the Trinity Titans. Dickinson enters the tourney as the defending Class A state champs. The Midgets match up at 8 p.m. today against West Fargo, the East Region's second seed. Dickinson earned the No.
Brittney Ridl found Dickinson State and new women's basketball coach Guy Fridley's new system so appealing she decided she wanted to continue her career there. Ridl, a senior at Dickinson High, signed a national letter of intent to play women's basketball for the Blue Hawks on Tuesday. "I like to be by my family and I like the way that Guy runs his program so I thought it'd be fun to play for him here," Ridl said. Ridl averaged seven points per game and made 37 3-pointers as a starter last season.
When Dickinson Trinity senior setter Chelsea Roshau gets an ace, she makes her excitement known. Roshau's customary celebration of an ace calls for a jump in the air, yelling a triumphant phrase at the top of her lungs and celebrating with her teammates. "Aces usually get the whole team pumped up so you get a lot of enthusiasm put into it," Roshau said. "I jump pretty high. It's pretty fun." Aces have been a cause for many in-game celebrations for Trinity this season. Roshau is one of several Titans who are serving off the charts.
Everyone knows what coaches believe about good defense. But what about on the teams whose offense stands out? With the offensive proficiency of senior hitters Katelyn Steffan and Paige Nash driving the Dickinson High volleyball team, most spectator eyes are drawn toward the two tall front-row hitters and away from the back-row defensive specialists. "I don't feel we're being looked at any less," said Jaineen Anderson, one of Dickinson's two senior liberos. "When Kate and Paige or the other hitters hit it down that's what you really remember.
Dickinson High volleyball coach Jay Schobinger admits his mistake. His team says it's time to move on. Schobinger made an illegal substitution late in the Midgets' second game against Bismarck Century in the West Region tournament semifinals. The coach was called out on the mistake by Century coaches after Dickinson had won the game. "It's done and it's over, we can't change it," Schobinger said. "We go on. It's just the way the ball bounces once in awhile." After discussing the illegal move, the officials decided to restart the second game from the point of the infraction.
No one expected Dickinson Trinity to win its third consecutive Region 7 volleyball tournament. The Titans open the Class B state tournament quarterfinals at noon Thursday against Langdon at the Minot State Dome. "I don't think it's really sunk in yet that we're going to state because no one really expected us to do anything," senior Noel Lynch said. After all, Lynch and seniors Kayla Boespflug and Katie Gordon were the only players who got their names in last year's state tournament statistic book. None of them played on the 2004 state tournament team that finished third.
MANDAN -- Bailey Bolinske won the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1 minute, 7.39 seconds and Williston took fourth place with 221 points at the North Dakota state swimming and diving meet Saturday at the Community Center. Alexis Klug, one of several Dickinson High students who compete for Williston, took sixth in the 100 breaststroke at 1:10.04. Klug also took sixth in the 200 individual medley (2:22.12). Minot star Dagny Knutson broke her own state record in the event with a time of 2:03.24.
University of Great Falls senior Rashaun Puryear knew somebody had to come through in the clutch Saturday afternoon against Dickinson State. "We needed something big just to keep us on the positive side of the game," Puryear said. Great Falls defeated Dickinson State 75-70 at Scott Gymnasium after Puryear's late 3-pointer gave the Argonauts a late boost. Great Falls pulled ahead 72-68 with 31 seconds remaining when Puryear hit a 3-pointer from the left baseline. "It came down to a one-possession game and some nights you miss (the shot), some nights you make it," Great Falls coach Steve Sil
Andrea Staley is only six months removed from a surgery that repaired the torn Anterior and Medial Cruciate Ligaments in her right knee. However, Staley didn't look much like a player coming off major knee surgery in Dickinson State's 72-55 victory over the University of Great Falls on Saturday afternoon in the women's basketball team's home opener. Staley came off the bench and scored 14 points to help the Blue Hawks get their second win of the season.