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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Tom Appleyard couldn't contain his excitement about being back in Dickinson to take on the Roughriders American Legion baseball team. Appleyard, the coach of Las Vegas Durango Post 76, has been to Dickinson numerous times - mostly for the Terry Jablonsky Wood Bat Classic - and is bringing a new batch of players through for a nine-inning game at 7:30 p.m.
Ty Orton had a list of players who he believed could be "difference makers," when he began recruiting in April. Now, Dickinson State's first-year head men's basketball coach has landed one of those players. DSU announced the signing of four players, including 6-foot-11 Brazilian center Fred Scheltinga to letters of intent on Monday. Scheltinga played for Eastern Wyoming College last season and, according to the current rosters of other Dakota Athletic Conference teams, would be the tallest player in the DAC when he puts on a DSU uniform. "We're extremely happy about signing Fred," Orton sa
Paige Nash played setter when she was a freshman in high school.
Welcome to Sports Illustrated Dickinson High! Well, at least welcome to the Web site of the renowned sports magazine. After winning a school-record four state championships and having a fair amount of success in other sports this season, the Midgets were named North Dakota's most successful high school athletic program of 2006-07 in SI.com's 'Best In State' article published June 19. When one of the reporters at The Dickinson Press showed me the page he ran across on the Sports Illustrated Web site, I was kind of shocked.
Rick Schmidt had never watched a drag race in his life until he visited the Interstate Dragways outside of Moorhead, Minn., in 1991. The next summer, Schmidt was racing his own dragster he had built.
Dickinson Roughriders catcher Alex Koppinger is no longer weak in the knees. Maybe that's why he has such a willingness to carry a hefty leadership role. Koppinger has been one of Dickinson's most consistent players in the young season and is doing his best to take care of the Roughriders' inexperienced pitching staff according to Dickinson American Legion baseball coach Cory Hansen. "He's a good leader," Hansen said. "He has good presence on the field.
The Dickinson baseball alumni game is scheduled for 7:45 p.m. on Sunday, July 1, immediately following the completion of the Terry Jablonsky Wood Bat Classic.
Dusty Yates is going back to Disney World. For the second consecutive summer, the state champion wrestler from Dickinson High will be a member of Team North Dakota during the Amateur Athletic Union's Scholastic Duals at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla. "It's a nice warm up to get ready (for college), maintain your weight and stay in shape," said Yates, who will wrestle for Dickinson State next season. "When the college season comes around, you're not dragging it.
Troy Kittler put the rubber from his No. 2K car on the dirt at the Southwest Speedway last Saturday, he didn't expect to win - but he did. Kittler won the IMCA Modified feature race in his first visit to the Speedway this season. The same thing happened the previous Saturday when Bismarck racer Shawn Strand took the checkered flag in the Modifieds feature on his first visit to the track this summer. "I like the track," said Kittler, a Turtle Lake racer.
Terry Zastoupil is content with the old-man status bestowed upon him in the Southwest Speedway's Pure Stocks racing class. "People will call me the old man and it doesn't bother me," said Zastoupil, a 44-year-old mechanic and self-proclaimed motorhead. Zastoupil has gained respect while racing near the top of the Pure Stocks class for nearly a decade, on and off, and climbed ahead of the South Heart racing team of Jerry and Cal Praus in the points standings last Saturday. Zastoupil and the Prauses have already traded the point lead twice.