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 has been a key member of The Press winning the North Dakota Newspaper Association's General Excellence and Sweepstakes awards in 2009 and 2012, as well as the Press' Sweepstakes win in 2013. As the newspaper's editor, he writes a Sunday column, contributes feature stories, designs pages and oversees the day-to-day operations of the newsroom and editorial staff.
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The Dickinson State wrestling team has been idle since Dec. 2 and it paid for it in the latest NAIA national rankings. The previously second-ranked Blue Hawks fell two spots in the poll to No. 4. "It definitely hurts you," DSU coach Thadd O'Donnell said of the team's time off. The Blue Hawks last wrestled at the Cliff Keen Invitational in Nevada on Dec. 1-2 and at the Minnesota State Moorhead Open on Dec. 2. DSU is off until the Blue Hawks Classic, which it hosts Jan. 6. O'Donnell said the team usually takes most of December off so the wrestlers can prepare for final exams.
Dickinson native Tony Biesiot is one of four finalists for the Minot State head football coach position. He interviews for the position today in Minot. The other three finalists are Paul Rudoplh, a former Minot State quarterback and current offensive coordinator for St. Cloud State; Joseph Austin, the offensive coordinator at the University of Dubuque (Iowa) and Robert Barnhill, the athletic director and offensive coordinator at Concordia (Wis.) University. "We're pretty pleased with the candidates we have here," Minot State coach Rick Hedberg said.
HETTINGER -- Mark Keithley scored 27 points and had four rebounds to lead the Dickinson Trinity boys basketball team to a 46-41 victory over the Hettinger Black Devils on Thursday night. The 10th-ranked Titans improved to 4-1 with the victory and played without head coach Gregg Grinsteinner, who was away on personal business. Assistant coach Tim Daniel was at the helm for the Titans and was impressed with Keithley's performance. "He did a good job taking the ball to the hole and scoring and when he didn't score, he got fouled a lot of times," Daniel said. Jerad Jacobson led the Black Devil
BISMARCK -- It wasn't pretty, but Dickinson High will take it. Grant Kovacs had 35 saves as the Midgets tied Bismarck Century 2-2 in West Region boys hockey on Thursday night. Dickinson goes into the Christmas break on a three-game unbeaten streak. "We were unorganized and our goaltender stepped up and played out of his mind for us to get a tie out of it," Dickinson coach Dave Hanneman said. The teams traded goals in the second and third periods.
Jeff Kaiser didn't even notice that his name wasn't announced after he scored Dickinson High's first goal against Hazen-Beulah. It didn't matter to him either. "A goal is a goal," Kaiser said.
NEW ENGLAND -- Jason Jung didn't expect the kind of game he got from his New England girls basketball team on Monday night. The Tigers used its half-court pressure defense to feed their offense and help secure a 55-39 victory over Grant County at New England High School's Gymnasium. "Things go well on both ends of the floor when the defense is playing well," said Jung, New England's head coach. The Tigers had only eight steals, but drove the lane all night and created easy layups and draw fouls. New England finished 17 of 25 from the free-throw line, a mark Jung said was impressive after t
A good husband, father, friend and coach. It's difficult to find a person whose life former Hazen-Beulah coach Jeff Gustafson didn't touch. Gustafson lost his battle with cancer at age 35, succumbing to the illness on Nov. 26 after four hard-fought years. Beloved by the Hazen and Beulah communities, Gustafson was instrumental in helping the North Stars' program to two state tournaments in his six years of coaching.
Pete Stanton won't be leaving Dickinson State for one of its biggest rivals after all. Stanton decided to turn down a chance to visit Minot State and interview face-to-face for the vacant head football coach position. "I'm going to be staying," Stanton said Monday. "I decided to withdraw. ...
Dickinson senior Luke Mellmer may not have been expecting his Dickinson Classic 145-pound championship match against Vince Pallotta of Minot to be so competitive in the first period Saturday at Dickinson High School. Pallotta wrestled Mellmer to a scoreless tie after one period, but couldn't hang on as Mellmer stepped into Pallotta, toppled him and pinned him 35 seconds into the second period. "I had trouble getting him to open up (in the first period)," Mellmer said.
The atmosphere at the Roughrider Tournament championship game between Dickinson Trinity and Killdeer felt a little like another kind of title game. Killdeer coach Rick Dufault said he got the same feeling from the sidelines as the Cowboys pulled away for the 51-42 victory over the Titans on Saturday night before an estimated crowd of more than 1,300 people at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center. "The wind came up, the weather was winter-like, the snow was blowing around.