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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Teryl Norton decided to surprise Dickinson State women's basketball coach Guy Fridley by mailing him her national letter of intent Wednesday. When Fridley got the letter Thursday, he was surprised, happy and a little relieved. "She's that type of kid, where she wants it to be a surprise," Fridley said. Norton had a feeling the letter would shock the coach. "I wasn't going to tell him," she said. "I thought it'd be more fun just to send it to him.
Elizabeth Rodriguez and Elizabeth Castillo both loved Miami, but they were always disappointed in the fan turnout for their volleyball matches at Miami Dade College. "We were the best team in the nation and nobody would come," Rodriguez said. Dickinson State volleyball coach Dave Moody assured the duo they wouldn't have to go through that again if they decided to play for the Blue Hawks, who have an average attendance of more than 700 people for home matches this season. "I like when people come to watch the game," Rodriguez said.
NEW ENGLAND -- New England was pumped up, but Dickinson Trinity was ready to play. The Titans fed off 19 New England errors in Game 1 and rolled to a 25-8, 25-20, 25-23 victory on Tuesday in a match between two of the top volleyball teams in Region 7 at the New England High School Tiger Den. "We knew we had to come out hard right away," Trinity senior Noelle Steiner said. "We had to set the tone of the game." Trinity jumped out to a 14-2 lead in the first game and never looked back. "We thought we were ready to play," New England coach Jodi Jung said.
What's the Mott-Regent football team's postseason prize for remaining unbeaten and holding the North Dakota nine-man No. 1 ranking throughout the regular season? Well for starters, a wonderful trip to Turtle Lake for the state quarterfinals. If the Wildfire win there, they'll be rewarded with another road trip to either Crosby or Rolla.
Dickinson State's impressive last-minute, fourth-quarter drive had a devastating ending.Shawn O'Brien's 31-yard field goal attempt with 3.5 seconds remaining barely got off the ground and Jamestown College defenders smothered the ball as time expired to seal their 10-8 victory over the Blue Hawks on Saturday afternoon in a Dakota Athletic Conference football game at Whitney Stadium. "I think we had to try it at the end," Dickinson State coach Hank Biesiot said. Dickinson State junior quarterback Brandon Bishop-Parise completed 4 of 4 passes as the Blue Hawks drove the ball from their own 28-
As impressive as Dickinson State's defense has been the past three games, it hasn't done much to compare with Jamestown College. The Jimmies have allowed opposing offenses only 184 yards per game this season, and are ranked first in the Dakota Athletic Conference in both rushing and passing defense.
The Dickinson State men's cross country team put itself in position to qualify for the national meet with a strong showing at Friday's Dakota Athletic Conference meet. Now the Blue Hawks wait. John Kungu finished 1.3 seconds behind first-place James Hansen of Black Hills State and the Blue Hawk men took second place at their final conference meet of the season at Minot's Souris Valley Golf Course. Kungu led most of the race, but lost the final sprint to Hansen, who was named the DAC's most valuable runner and finished the race in 25:42.67.
MOTT -- Lee Jahner is known among Mott-Regent football players as "the battering ram." "That's his nickname," Wildfire junior Brock Gion said. "He runs over guys." While Mott-Regent running back Tyler Grosz has racked up 1,359 yards rushing, Jahner has quietly helped pave the way. He's also rushed for 571 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the unbeaten Wildfire, who were ranked No.
RICHARDTON -- Five weeks ago, the Richardton-Taylor-Hebron football team had a 1-3 record and had been counted out of the nine-man playoff race. Then, Raiders coach Travis Olson made his players believe in what most area teams thought was unbelievable. "He made us know that we could beat Hettinger," senior quarterback Devin Rummel said. "He's been doing that this week. We all know we can win." R-T-H had to beat Hettinger by 14 points last Friday and needed No. 1-ranked Mott-Regent to stay unbeaten and beat New Salem.
Dylan Koch waited until his junior season to join the Grant County-Flasher football team. Now he's one of the Storm's offensive leaders as they enter their first Class A, 11-man playoff game since the team moved up from nine-man two years ago. When Koch was a junior, Storm coach Jamie Krenz put him at receiver. But last summer, the 5-foot-9, 160-pound athlete improved his awareness and earned the Storm's starting quarterback job at fall practice. "Last year, I was the JV (junior varsity) quarterback," Koch said. "I didn't do too great.