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 2014. As the newspaper's editor, he writes an occassional Sunday column, contributes feature stories and breaking news, designs pages, and oversees the day-to-day operations of the newsroom and editorial staff.
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FARGO - Dickinson High answered a question that has plagued it all season Friday afternoon at the Fargodome. Can the Midgets succeed without senior Tate Kick on the floor? Taylor Bruhschwein answered the question with an exclamation point, hitting five 3-pointers - three in a hectic 79-second span midway through the second half. Bruhschwein's effort helped the Midgets roll into the Class A boys basketball state championship game with a 65-48 victory over Minot High in the semifinals.
Eventually, Dickinson High boys basketball coach Dean Winczewski just told his players to get the basketball to Tate Kick. And why not? The senior had game highs of 32 points and 13 rebounds as the Midgets opened the Class A state tournament with a 66-53 quarterfinals victory over West Fargo at the Fargodome. "Coach did a good job getting me the ball early and getting us started early," Kick said. "Everything just fell into place." All egocentric tones aside, it was hard for the normally reserved standout to be humble after his performance Thursday.
Juliet Masei said she prefers shorts to long pants. The California junior college star might need to invest in some slacks after signing her national letter of intent to play women's basketball for Dickinson State on Monday. "I'm definitely going to buy some pants," Masei said. "I don't think I own one pair of long pants." Masei, a 5-foot-7 guard, was a California junior college all-state player for Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, Calif., last season.
Dickinson State usually enters the NAIA national indoor track and field meet hoping to come out with a solid finish that will help it make an easy transition into the outdoor season. Lately though, that attitude has started to change. After last season's school-best third-place finish at the national indoor meet, the Blue Hawks came close to the kind of success they had with their three consecutive outdoor national championships. At this weekend's indoor national championships, the Blue Hawks again have a chance to go where the outdoor team has gone so often, yet the indoor team has only ta
There wasn't much Beach could do to stop Chad Marshall on Tuesday night. The Hazen sophomore went to work underneath the basket and put the Bison on his shoulders, leading them into the Region 7 boys basketball tournament championship game with a memorable performance. Marshall had game highs of 35 points and 18 rebounds as Hazen cruised to a 70-44 victory over Beach in the semifinals at Knights of Columbus Activities Center. Marshall helped stake the Bison to an 11-0 lead and Hazen held Beach scoreless in the game's first 4 minutes. "Everyone helped everybody else get open," Marshall said
In the last seven years, few teams have come as close to knocking Dickinson Trinity out of the Region 7 Tournament as Mott-Regent did Tuesday night. However, Titans senior guard Mark Keithley wasn't going to let his team down in the clutch.
Travis Weinreis had been cold all afternoon. Then the Beach senior made the redeeming shot that sent the crowd at the first quarterfinals game of the Region 7 boys basketball tournament into a frenzy and the Buccaneers on an unlikely trip into the semifinals. Weinreis rebounded a missed shot by Beach center Nate Zachmann with 3 seconds remaining and his putback shot trickled in as time expired to give District 13's second seed a 57-55 victory Monday at Knights of Columbus Activities Center. "I wasn't thinking about it on the last one there," said Weinreis, who scored just nine points and wa
In the end, everything that Jacob Wheeling and Austin Dufault did wasn't enough to get past Mott-Regent. The Killdeer duo combined for all but four of their team's points, but the Cowboys couldn't get a shot to fall in the final seconds and the Wildfire found themselves in the Region 7 boys basketball tournament semifinals. Devan Laufer scored 21 points, had nine rebounds, and hit Mott-Regent's final field goal in overtime on a put back in the paint to lead the District 13 champion Wildfire to a 56-55 victory on Monday night at Knights of Columbus Activities Center. "I've got kids with hear
Hazen set the tone against South Heart with its first offensive possession and the Bison never looked back Monday afternoon. The Bison got the rebound and Jacob Erhardt tore down court for a fast-break layup on a possession that lasted just four seconds. Hazen allowed just two South Heart points in the first quarter and built a 20-point lead by the sixth minute of the second quarter as it cruised to a 65-36 victory in the quarterfinals of the Region 7 boys basketball tournament at Knights of Columbus Activities Center. "We were looking to get out and run with the ball, use the defense to se
Whichever team comes out of the Region 7 boys basketball tournament with the championship trophy raised above their heads on Thursday night should be prepared to face whatever comes at them in the Class B state tournament. "I look for the semifinals and that finals night to be like a mini-state tournament," said South Heart coach Curt Pierce, whose team has District 13's fourth seed and will play District 14 champion Hazen in the quarterfinals Monday afternoon. Call it whatever you want, this year's region tournament could be one etched in the minds of area basketball fans for years by the t