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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Blake Eggl's performance solidified Minot Ryan coach Bryan Kramer's run-first philosophy Friday night. Eggl rushed for 147 yards and three touchdowns to help the Lions defeat Dickinson Trinity 26-7 in a Class AA, West Region football game at Whitney Stadium. "Our game is running the football and keeping the ball away from our opponents," Kramer said.
A little more than three months of fun at the Southwest Speedway comes to a close this weekend with the Harvest Shootout. The two-night even tonight and Sunday afternoon signifies the end to the summer and the start of a long offseason for local racing enthusiasts. Tonight's races begin at 6 p.m.
Cross country coach Thadd O'Donnell is not putting too much stock into his men's team's national ranking. Not yet. Coming into the season, the Blue Hawks are ranked No. 21 in the NAIA and fourth in Region III. "That preseason ranking, it's like any type of subjective ranking," O'Donnell said. "It's all going off last year and going off whose returning. It really doesn't say how much they've been working and that type of thing." The Blue Hawks' offseason paid off on Thursday.
Allan Ayala never gave a second thought to signing autographs before this summer. Then he threw on his Guatemalan team jacket and walked outside during the Pan-American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Osaka, Japan. "Until this year, I've never had to give any autographs," said Ayala, a Dickinson State sophomore. Ayala doesn't have to worry about autographs in the United States. Not yet, anyway.
What you are looking at and reading is a baby step. The best is yet to come. Today, The Dickinson Press launches its five-day-a-week sports section, aimed at bringing you additional local coverage, as well as enhanced reports from national and regional events. And yes, we have added sports in color! On all days except Tuesday, the Press will include a three- to four-page sports section with a color cover and back page. Sometimes, the inside pages will also be in color. The addition of this section means larger pictures and expanded coverage of several events.
In a tournament named after an American holiday, a Canadian golfer had the last laugh. Ray Johnson's chip-in attempt bounced off the flag and dropped in the hole on No. 13. From then on out, there wasn't much Jim Engh could do to outshine the Saskatchewan golfer. Johnson watched as Engh's putt on a second playoff hole rolled off the lip of the cup, giving him a 1-up victory in the championship flight of the Labor Day golf tournament Monday at Heart River Golf Course. It was the first Labor Day tournament victory for Johnson.
For most football officials, working games in stadiums with more than 100,000 fans ready to pounce on every unfavorable call you make can be intimidating. However, Hebron native Tim Schlenvogt finds the experience rewarding. "It's kind of intriguing," said Schlenvogt, a football official for the NCAA Division I Mountain West Conference. Set to enter his 25th year as a football official, the 56-year-old former middle school administrator has found a retirement hobby he loves.
Hank Biesiot credits his wife, Sue, for his career as Dickinson State's head football coach. "When I came here as an assistant (in 1972), I thought I'd be here two to four years," Biesiot said. "Then my wife wouldn't leave town after four years." After three decades and six presidential administrations, the 62-year-old Biesiot shows no signs of slowing down. Entering his 32nd season, Biesiot is the longest active NAIA head football coach and eighth among all NCAA and NAIA coaches.
Hank Biesiot can not recall a year when the Dickinson State football team was faced with choosing between three quarterbacks. "I don't think we've been in this with a three guys," Biesiot said. "We've been in it with two guys a number of times." Matt Gittings, Jared Tuma and Caleb Midrua are all juniors with different styles and abilities.
Heads of the coaching class Longest active college football coaches Coach, College Years Division 1, John Gagliardi, St. John's (Minn.) 59 NCAA D-III 2 (tie), Joe Paterno, Penn State 42 NCAA D-I 2 (tie), Bobby Bowden, Florida State 42 NCAA D-I 4, Frank Girardi, Lycoming (Pa.) 36 NCAA D-III 5, Bob Ford, Albany (N.Y.) 34 NCAA D-I AA 6 (tie), Denny Douds, East Stroudsburg (Pa.) 33 NCAA D-II 6 (tie), Willard Bailey, St.