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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NEW ENGLAND -- The match didn't count toward the District 13 standings, but it sure felt like it did Tuesday night at the New England High School gymnasium. A match between Hettinger County rivals and the top two competitors for the district tournament's top seed was everything fans hoped for and more, as New England outlasted Mott-Regent 25-16, 19-25, 25-14, 16-25, 15-11. "These guys are probably our biggest rivals," said New England senior Dana Kuhn, who led her team with 18 kills.
Olivia Wellenstein watched as her best golfer walked up and down the driving range, giving swing tips to underclassmen. The Dickinson girls golf coach stayed out of the way and soaked up the final days her team would benefit from the leadership of senior Chivas Beaudoin. "Chivas will just, out of the blue, walk down there and look at somebody else's swing and start having them swing for her," Wellenstein said. However, the coach does not have many opportunities remaining to watch Beaudoin provide a positive influence.
Even though three of its senior defensive starters missed Saturday's trip, Black Hills State didn't miss a beat. The Yellow Jackets sacked Dickinson State junior quarterback Caleb Midura six times, intercepted him twice and held DSU out of the end zone en route to a 23-3 victory in front of an estimated 2,400 DSU homecoming fans at Whitney Stadium. "We wanted to really swarm to the ball today, fly to the ball and hit them in the mouth - that's what our game plan was," said BHSU junior linebacker Tyler Tetrault, who had a sack and four tackles for a loss. The win gave BHSU its first Dakota A
By Game 3 Friday night, Nancy Nyongesa had South Dakota Mines guessing. The Dickinson State senior had the Hardrockers scared before then though. Nyongesa proved her prowess with her 19th kill of the sixth-ranked Blue Hawks' 30-26, 30-20, 30-23 Dakota Athletic Conference victory at Scott Gymnasium. Late in the third game, the 5-foot-11 outside hitter skied high, swung hard and adjusted slightly to lightly tip a kill past Mines junior Alena Ori, who cautiously ducked out of the way to avoid what she thought would be face-to-ball contact. "I think it's her jump.
Black Hills State football coach John Scott knows how important today's game against Dickinson State is to his team's season. He also knows how important it is to the Blue Hawks' season. "It's a very pivotal game for both of us," Scott said. "With the conference schedule the way it is, to be 2-0 in (DSU's) case can make those first three weeks nonexistent." The Yellow Jackets and DSU are both 1-3.
Dickinson State football coach Hank Biesiot made sure his team remained grounded this week after earning its first victory of the season against South Dakota Mines last Saturday. "The game was a little bit closer than the final score," Biesiot said. After beginning its season 0-3 for the first time in 40 years, the Blue Hawks responded with a 24-3 victory at home in their first Dakota Athletic Conference game of the season against the Hardrockers. While DSU put up its most consistent offensive numbers of the season, it was hard to miss the fact that Mines hung around as long as possible, tr
Caleb Midura knows how to adapt to new offenses quickly. After all, Dickinson State is Midura's fifth team in five years. "I've been to five schools with five different offenses," said Midura, the Blue Hawks' junior starting quarterback. Although he's been with DSU for only seven weeks, Midura is steadily establishing himself as the Blue Hawks' field general. "Every game is a good game to prove yourself," Midura said.
Six former stars, two football teams earn HOF honors Six former Dickinson State athletes as well as the 1991 and 1992 Blue Hawk football teams will be inducted into the DSU athletic hall of fame during a social and banquet at 5:30 p.m. today at the Elks Lodge. The former athletes are: E Dennis Johnson, Bismarck: A four-year letterwinner in both football and track and a three-year letterwinner in wrestling, Johnson was a two-time conference pole vault champion.
There was a time when Derrick Atkins didn't know if he was ready to compete in the international spotlight. He didn't know if the rewards that come with racing at the international level were worth being away from his girlfriend and daughter for months at a time. Atkins only knew he was prepared to hold his own against the fastest athletes on Earth. "The emotional side of it, the mental approach, it takes a lot out of you," Atkins said. "Midway in the season, I felt it.
Hank Biesiot maintains that if Dickinson State's rushing attack can open up its passing game, the Blue Hawks' football team can win some games. While DSU perfected its coach's philosophy on Saturday afternoon at Whitney Stadium, South Dakota Mines did its share to hand the Blue Hawks a 24-3 victory. It was DSU's first win of the season. The Hardrockers had eight fumbles, including seven on shotgun snaps and one on a punt snap in the end zone. Mines also threw an interception and lost a pair of fumbles. "The defense has always played great," DSU sophomore running back Derek Beadle said.