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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Ty Orton speaks for himself and doesn't let his resume do much of the talking. After helping tiny McCook (Neb.) Community College climb out of the bottom of its region, Orton felt the manner in which he ran the junior college program would help him when he applied for the vacant Dickinson State head men's basketball coach position. "Our two-year program is run like it's a four-year college," said Orton, who was in Dickinson on Wednesday to interview for the coaching position. McCook Community College, located in a small town the size of Valley City, offers no scholarships to its men's baske
When Chris Johnson was an assistant men's basketball coach at Minot State, the one thing that intrigued him about playing in Scott Gymnasium was the atmosphere Dickinson State's fans provided. "The one thing I really liked, looking from the outside in, was how much the community supports the school," Johnson said. "I've been at other schools where that wasn't the case. Here you can really notice it." That support for Dickinson State initially drew Johnson to pursue the Blue Hawks' head men's basketball coach position.
Not much changed in Dickinson State football coach Hank Biesiot's recruiting philosophy with his latest batch of recruits. If you want to go big, stay home. Biesiot announced the signing of 15 student-athletes to national letters of intent on Tuesday. Of the recruits, five are from North Dakota, seven are from Montana and there's one each from South Dakota, Wyoming and Wisconsin. "As a group, we're very excited," Biesiot said.
The search for the next Dickinson State University men's basketball coach is in the final stages as DSU Athletic Director Roger Ternes said Monday the school is interviewing two candidates for the job this week. Chris Johnson, an assistant men's basketball coach at the University of North Dakota, is having a closed interview today. Ty Orton, the head men's basketball coach at McCook (Neb.) Community College, is interviewing Wednesday. Neither coach has ties to DSU. "You didn't have to have necessarily a relationship with Dickinson State," Ternes said.
Danielle Abrahamson's first home run at Dickinson State was impressive, but the junior thought it was a little more than that. "It was actually pretty spectacular," Abrahamson said. Abrahamson's three-run shot in the fifth inning gave DSU a 5-3 lead and helped the 19th-ranked Blue Hawks begin to close the door on Jamestown College in Game 1 of their doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Gress Complex. The Blue Hawks added an insurance run in the sixth inning and the Jimmies never again challenged the lead as DSU held on for a 6-3 Dakota Athletic Conference softball victory. It was the first D
If Brad Foss is power walking around the Dickinson Trinity High School Knights of Columbus Activities Center, it usually means some minor detail needs to get taken care of - and fast. Who knows what's going through Foss' mind while he's jetting around the arena. But it's fairly obvious the first-year Trinity athletic director is hard at work if he has a determined look in his eyes and begins scurrying from one end of the arena to another. "Something goes wrong that you have to take care of immediately - we've had that," Foss said.
On his fourth try, Dickinson State starting pitcher Dan Morari finally got into the win column ... and he did it with dominance. After starting the year with three no-decisions, the sophomore right-hander picked up his first win, firing a complete-game two-hit shutout while striking out 11 in a 1-0 victory over Jamestown College in the Blue Hawks' Dakota Athletic Conference home opener Saturday at Southside Municipal Ballpark. "I was just trying to throw the ball hard," Morari said.
Jake Fladeland played the final hole at Heart River Golf Course through the rumble of engines and a cold wind Thursday afternoon. It didn't seem to bother the Dickinson State golfer though.
Killdeer junior Austin Dufault spent countless hours working on his basketball skills last summer. It sure was time well spent. Dufault was the only underclassmen selected to the Class B boys all-state basketball first team.
Ternes sets a time table for coach search Dickinson State could have a new men's basketball coach by end of the month Athletic Director Roger Ternes said Thursday. "Our search committee is reviewing resumes (Friday)," Ternes said.