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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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.
Moses Chepkwony was just doing what college students do. It wasn't uncommon for Chepkwony to stay up late and eat a fourth meal around 11 p.m. However, after a meeting with his cross country coaches, the sophomore soon realized his eating habits were hurting his running ability. "I was working out and I felt heavy," Chepkwony said.
If Brenner Flaten is the bark and Lico Sifuentes is the bite, what exactly is senior linebacker Philip Russell's role in the cast of characters that make up the Dickinson State defense? Russell considers himself the growl - with a little bark and bite mixed in. "I just like hitting people," he said. Russell has quietly emerged as a strong inside linebacker for the Blue Hawks this season. He's second on the team with 41 tackles and has done so without much fanfare. "That's kind of the way he is," Dickinson State coach Hank Biesiot said. "Quiet is a real good word to describe him.
Sam Herauf said he'll always remember the strangest play of his first varsity football game. The Dickinson High sophomore center had snapped the ball to his cousin, junior quarterback Ben Herauf, on one of the first plays of the game against Fargo North. Then, Ben made a minor mental error and put a nervous Sam into the first panic of his high school career. Ben called for the snap faster than Sam could get in his stance.
When J.R. Foreman came off the field, he felt like his heart was about ready to explode. "I felt like my heart was just jumping out of my chest," Foreman said. "It was just racing." Dickinson State's All-American senior left tackle left the Blue Hawks' game against Valley City State two weeks ago in the first quarter after complaining of a rapid heartbeat. It was later discovered in the sideline ambulance that his heart rate was far above normal levels. "Nothing else was going on," Foreman said. "I could breathe and everything fine.
The first distressing blow to the Dickinson State women's basketball team's season came less than two minutes into its first public scrimmage. Cristina Velazquez, a junior transfer who was one of seven players first-year coach Guy Fridley was hoping would fight for a starting spot, went down with a potential season-ending knee injury while setting a pick only 1:53 into the Blue Hawks' intersquad scrimmage Sunday. "Losing Cristina is going to hurt us," Dickinson State coach Guy Fridley said. The Dickinson State women had an average scrimmage, making mistakes (lots of traveling calls early) w
After 27 lead changes and countless ties, Kayla Boespflug's ace was a fairly effortless conclusion to an exhausting, seesaw match that seemed like it would never end. Boespflug had 10 kills, two blocks and seven aces, the last of which was the game-winner for Dickinson Trinity in its 25-23, 19-25, 25-27, 25-20, 17-15 victory over Belfield-South Heart on Monday at Knights of Columbus Activities Center. "That was probably the most interesting match I've ever played," Boespflug said.
Once again, the Dickinson State defense set 'em up and the offense knocked 'em down. Dickinson State's offense started several drives inside Mayville State territory Saturday and used the field position as ground cover for an all-out assault of the Comets defense.