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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For the past week, the Dakota Wizards have been trying to figure things out in practice.
Brett Bauer loves reminding Troy Ott why he moved from high school wide receiver to college tight end. "I get a kick out of it at times," said Bauer, a senior right tackle for the University of North Dakota football team. "He (Ott) was a little skinnier in high school. Now he's gotten a little bigger and he's down on the line with me." Not that Bauer should be one to talk. At 6-foot-7, 312 pounds, the three-year starter is the tallest player and fourth heaviest player on the Sioux roster. Moreover, the size difference has paid off for Ott.
Terry Kadrmas isn't one to brag, but he believes he may have started the University of North Dakota football team's recruiting pipeline to Dickinson. "As far back as I can remember, I was the first person from Dickinson to play at UND," said Kadrmas, a Dickinson Trinity graduate and member of the Sioux football team from 1978-80. As a junior in 1979, Kadrmas was a captain for a defensive unit that helped UND finish 10-1.
Aggressiveness is the strategy for DSU The Dickinson State volleyball team is in prime position to claim its first NAIA Region III championship since 2000 - the same year the Blue Hawks won the national championship. The Blue Hawks enter today's tournament with the No. 1 seed, a position that's not lost on coach Dave Moody "It's been a long time since we've been the one seed," Moody said. Yet now the seventh-ranked Blue Hawks must capitalize on the position. DSU (29-3) opens the tournament at 1 p.m. today in Sioux Falls, S.D., against 19th-ranked Dordt College of Iowa (31-8).
The dream of making an NBA roster was at Kevin Lyde's fingertips. Unfortunately for the minor-league veteran, fate kept him from establishing a firm grasp. "You can't look at it in a negative way," Lyde said. "If you look at in a negative way, it holds you down, it holds you back." Lyde had played four seasons in the NBA Development League before the Utah Jazz decided to include him on their preseason roster in October. The former Temple University star played in three preseason games for the Jazz, averaging 1.3 points and 3.3 rebounds while playing an average of 6.7 minutes.
The Kenyan athletic culture John Kungu grew up in is far different from the one his American teammates know. "Growing up, you want to be a top athlete, just like here," Kungu said. "Some guys want to be like Tom Brady. It's the same thing with us." Only for the 23-year-old Kungu, his athletic idol throughout his teen and collegiate years has been Bernard Lagat. Forgive yourself for not recognizing the name.
Rod Benson isn't your typical professional basketball player. That is, if typical doesn't mean using your spare time to host and post on a blog that regularly receives between 5,000 to 10,000 unique visitors a day. "We had two practices today and I've still got nine hours of free time," Benson said. "I just have to motivate myself to write.
That was almost too easy. Every time South Dakota Mines made a comeback, Dickinson State was there to shut it down. Every time the Hardrockers concocted a brilliant play, the Blue Hawks did them one better. "It was a rough night," South Dakota Mines coach Beth Honaker said.
Dickinson State used stifling defense to set up huge scoring runs in both the first and second halves, building an advantage from which University of Great Falls could not recover. The Blue Hawks went on an 18-0 run in the first six and a half minutes of the game and put together a 21-4 spurt in a 6-minute span late in the second half to help seal a 79-51 nonconference men's basketball victory in its home opener Saturday afternoon at Scott Gymnasium. "They stepped up on the defensive side and set the standard," DSU first-year coach Ty Orton said.
Jennie Malone is one of only two seniors on the South Dakota Mines volleyball team that hadn't defeated Black Hills State for five seasons. On Friday night, Malone finally got the win she's been looking for her entire collegiate career. "It's nice that on my very last chance we finally pull together and get it done," Malone said.