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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The Dickinson High volleyball team had little problem earning its 10th sweep of the season Thursday against Bismarck High. Still, Midgets coach Jay Schobinger saw things the team needs to work on during their 25-13, 25-22, 25-20 West Region victory at Dickinson High gymnasium.
In 1977, the Dickinson State football team had its only losing season under head coach Hank Biesiot.
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 Tyler Greff walked onto Dickinson State's campus for his freshman year, football coach Hank Biesiot gave him a choice. The veteran coach told the 6-foot-5 athlete he could either play wide receiver or outside linebacker for the Blue Hawks. While Greff was an all-conference linebacker in high school, he'd rarely seen time at receiver thanks to his high school team's conservative rushing offense. "I probably lined up there (at receiver) a handful of times, just for certain plays," Greff said.
Injuries to key players have grounded the Dickinson State men's basketball team the past two seasons. "The last two years has been incredible," Dickinson State coach Scott Berry said.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.