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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DSU splits into three factions for weekend The Dickinson State track and field team is splitting up like a search party. The Blue Hawks will travel to three different meets this weekend, including the prestigious Kansas Relays. "It's a busy time for our team," Stanton said. Seven DSU athletes began competition at the University of Kansas on Thursday and will be there through the weekend.
Luis Avila thrives in doubleheaders. When the Dickinson State baseball team plays two games in a day, it typically means Avila will follow Dan Morari in the rotation and pitch the second game. When he gets that opportunity, the junior takes time out of the first game to strategize with Blue Hawks catcher Paulo Contreras. "We study the hitters for the second game," Avila said. "We know what they threw the first game. How they got out. What pitches we threw to them.
SOUTH HEART -- It was windy, chilly and frustrating day for most of the boys golfers at the South Heart/Belfield Invitational on Tuesday. But to Jacob Wheeling, Pheasant Country Golf Course was paradise. "I'm pretty used to playing in wind because our course (Medicine Hole Golf Course) is up on a hill and the wind is 30-miles-per-hour everyday when we play, so our kids are pretty used to it," Wheeling said. "Wind doesn't affect me that much anymore.
Dickinson had a lead, but wasn't assured of a win going into its doubles matches against Mandan on Tuesday. Midgets coach Kristal Fields watched as Mandan defeated the Dickinson's Nos. 2 and 3 doubles teams and put the entire match in the hands of No.
The great wood-bat experiment began with a whimper Monday at Southside Municipal Ballpark. The Dickinson and Bismarck High baseball teams each had just two meaningless hits in their first game playing with wood bats, a new rule implemented this season by the North Dakota High School Activities Association. In the end, defense was the deciding factor.
Ed Warren is accustomed to being a minority - especially on a baseball field. Dickinson State's senior center fielder is the only African-American baseball player on his team and one of only five black players in the Dakota Athletic Conference. "If I see another black guy playing baseball, it's like, 'Whoa!
Dana Dunsmore's level of play goes hand in hand with her personality. When Dunsmore arrived at Dickinson State to play softball her junior season, she was the girl most likely to stand in the background of a group photo - and not just because at 5-foot-10, she was the tallest player on the Blue Hawks' roster. Dunsmore was nervous around her teammates and coaches. Her shy, soft-spoken attitude often reflected in her numbers on the field. "It was a lot more frustrating at the start," Dunsmore said. "I felt like I dwelled too much on it.
The South Heart and Belfield school boards have unanimously agreed to send their application for a boys basketball cooperative agreement and team name change to the North Dakota High School Activities Association. Although the boards both collectively approved the co-op, South Heart principal Curt Pierce said only a few community members voiced their disapproval of the proposed merger. "It hasn't been a major or real controversy," Pierce said. "We haven't heard a lot of people against it.
A motley crew of Dickinson Trinity boys golfers sat on a bench inside Dickinson's National Guard Armory with apathetic looks on their faces. After an hour of chipping wiffle balls off a carpet in a gymnasium, senior Brett Lefor's indifference seemed contagious. "You can't really practice your full swing, it's mainly short game," Lefor said. "And it's hitting off carpet so it's not really ...
Lyndsey Kent had the third-best fall season on Dickinson State women's golf team. She also had the fifth best season the Dakota Athletic Conference. Kent, a Dickinson High graduate, will team with Megan Fisher, Leah Grinsteiner and Megan Jones to form the top-returning team in the DAC when the conference season resumes on Sunday at the two-day South Dakota School of Mines Tournament. "It'll be fun to start playing," Kent said.