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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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.
Softball transfers boost DSU The rich seem to get richer every season. Three players from rival Dakota Athletic Conference schools have transferred to Dickinson State to play for the nationally ranked softball team. Blue Hawks coach Guy Fridley opened the doors for Jamestown College transfers Nicole Marcoux and Jody Lantz and Mayville State transfer Jamie McIntyre when fall semester began last week. "It's totally unexpected, granted they have common friendships on our team," Fridley said. All three players are Canadian and played throughout the summer with several Blue Hawks player
Dickinson State volleyball coach Dave Moody wouldn't mind if Sarah San Nichols works a little magic this season. He's hoping San Nichols' year is so magical that whenever the senior is on the floor, she's invisible. Whether San Nichols' pass sets up an attack or her dig keeps a rally alive, the 5-foot-10 outside hitter has a chance to play a vital role for the Blue Hawks. "We hope that her play goes a little bit unnoticed," Moody said. "... That will tell us she's doing a good job." Last season was supposed to be San Nichols' senior year.
RICHARDTON -- Katie Zent got to the front row exactly when Richardton-Taylor needed her to on Tuesday night. The Raiders' senior unknotted the fifth game, tied 14-14, with a devastating kill and then blocked on Heart River's Kayla Jilek to lift R-T to a 20-25, 25-21, 25-20, 25-18, 16-14, victory. Zent had been in the back row most of Game 5, but moved to the front after Heart River, leading 14-13, failed to complete an attack. "That's just the way it goes sometimes," said Zent, who finished with 23 kills and 36 digs.
Sherry Wolf and Mary Rice of Dickinson won first place at the fifth annual Women on Water fishing tournament at McKenzie Bay on Aug. 11. Second place went to Amber Forsberg and Angie Moor of Williston.
BELFIELD -- Jimmy Smith is loving nine-man football. Smith, a 165-pound junior quarterback, threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more touchdowns to lead Heart River to a 36-16 victory over Center-Stanton in its opener. Heart River moved from 11-man Class A to nine-man this season. Saturday night proved that the Cougars' transition period might not be so rough. "We're still getting used to it," Smith said. "Tonight showed we're improving. I definitely like the nine-man scheme." Smith hooked up with junior tight end James Duletski to open and close the scoring.
If I know one thing about basketball, it's that 6-foot-8 shooting guards do not come along that often. Especially in North Dakota and definitely not in this part of the state. That's why any self-respecting southwest North Dakota basketball fan should find themselves watching Killdeer and senior Austin Dufault as often as possible this winter. Dufault is a once-in-a-decade talent in this area.
Matt Gittings split out at wide receiver and caught a pass from Jared Tuma directly in the numbers. Was it a quarterback-to-quarterback pass or was it simply a Dickinson State quarterback finding the team's newest receiver? No one knows the answer to that question yet.
Immediately after Ty Orton proclaimed his group the winner of a team-building exercise, 6-foot-11 Fred Scheltinga looked for a teammate to high five. "Good job guys," Scheltinga said with a smile on his face. The Brazilian recruit's reaction was exactly what Orton was looking for. "The biggest thing I look at for an athlete is a heart," said Orton, Dickinson State's first-year men's basketball coach.
Greg Jung, the Dickinson High football team's offensive coordinator, wears the navy blue band around his left wrist so often he usually forgets to take it off in the shower. Jung's wristband reads, 'Pray For Coach Stanton.' It is a tribute to his college buddy, Dan Stanton, the head football coach at Custer County High School in Miles City, Mont. Earlier this summer, Stanton learned he had a tumor the size of an egg in his brain. Today, he will stand on the sidelines as an observer as his Cowboys host the Midgets at 7 p.m.