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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Dickinson Trinity senior Brian Marsh had never competed in the long jump at any point during his track and field career until Tuesday at the Trinity Last Chance meet. So, less than 20 minutes after running a leg in the Titans' 800-meter relay team, Marsh set out to conquer an event he had never tried at a meet, let alone practiced a normal amount. "I never really got a chance and can't do them at regionals unless I do them here," Marsh said.
Ty Orton may have found a freshman who could have instant impact for the Dickinson State men's basketball team. The men's basketball coach announced that four players, including two Montana high school standouts, signed letters of intent on Monday. Nathan Lebsock, a 6-foot-2 shooting guard from Frenchtown, Mont., averaged 21.2 points, 5 assists, and 4.5 rebounds per game last season. He'll be joined by his brother, Brian Lebsock, a point guard who will transfer from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., and has three years of eligibility remaining. "It'll be nice to have some family member
Tiffany Saatzer knows if Dickinson State takes anything from the NAIA national softball tournament, it'll be finding out how good they really are. The Blue Hawks have a tough draw in pool play. DSU is the fourth-seeded team in Pool A, a group of five teams that includes No. 1-ranked California Baptist and defending national champion Mobile (Ala.) University. "I was pretty surprised when I found out," Saatzer said. "I think it's cool that we're playing the best teams in the nation to see how well we really compare.
When all was said and done at the Dickinson Trinity Town Crier boys track and field meet, Hazen stood just four points ahead of the Titans in one of the tightest team races of the season. Despite Trinity's dominate finish in the 1,600-meter relay, the Bison prevailed with 118 points despite winning only two events. Trinity had 114 and won four events Saturday at Whitney Stadium. "You've got to take the points where you can get them," Hazen coach Randy Johnson said.
Bowman County freshman Anne Duletski was the star of the day, but Dickinson Trinity still walked away with the win. Sparked by two wins from sophomore Breanna Messer, Trinity hold off the Bulldogs for a team win Saturday at the Trinity Town Crier girls track and field meet. "All the way around the track, we had a lot of performances that were better," Trinity coach Craig Kovash said.
Not even the Dickinson State players expected to come back in this one. After falling behind on a grand slam by Morningside second baseman Jenna Jurrens, the Blue Hawks chipped away at the lead and scored three unanswered runs in the seventh and eighth innings to secure the win and the NAIA Region III softball championship Friday afternoon at Gress Complex. "It feels good," DSU senior catcher Courtney Blanleil said.
Guy Fridley wrapped up the exciting first chapter of his coaching career Friday afternoon at Gress Complex. Five years after taking over a struggling softball program that couldn't break the double-digit mark for wins in a season, the 30-year-old charismatic head coach has led the first Dickinson State softball team to the NAIA national tournament. To get a grip on the turnaround this team has made since Fridley took over, all one has to do is look at only numbers that matter - wins and losses. Fridley took over a six-win team in 2003 and turned them into a 13-win club.
Morningside threw the haymakers, but Dickinson State won with a series of jabs. While Morningside made its noise with home runs, the Blue Hawks countered with timely hitting and blazing line drives en route to an 8-5 victory on Thursday afternoon in the semifinals of the NAIA Region III softball tournament at Gress Complex. "That's a team that we've been watching, coaching and playing with all year - the timely hitting and good hitting, the solid hitting we've been having all year long," DSU coach Guy Fridley said. The Blue Hawks advanced to today's championship game, where they'll again fa
Eight players on Dickinson State's baseball team have more at bats than first baseman Rory Tycoles - one player has twice as many plate appearances.
After starting the season with a five consecutive victories, two loses in a row are haunting the Dickinson High girls tennis team with visions of the past. The Midgets, who had perennially struggled until last season and turned things around early this spring, lost their second consecutive match today as Williston used singles play to get a lead on Dickinson and hold on for a 5-4 victory. "We've never noticed it before," Tiffany Reisenauer said.