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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Dickinson High senior Jennifer Schnaidt believes she'll enjoy the new playoff setup in North Dakota high school girls hockey. The West and East Region tournaments are out and a system where every game in the regular season counts toward a team's playoff spot is in. The teams with the best eight records at the end of the season will advance to the state tournament. It's the same formula the sport used when it began in the state five years ago.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Dickinson State's first team trip back to the NAIA cross country national championships wasn't outstanding, but it wasn't bad either. Battling a rain-soaked course Saturday, the Blue Hawks men finished 22nd out of 28 teams. Junior John Kungu was 25th overall with a time of 25 minutes, 46.95 seconds. More than 3 inches of rain had fallen in the Louisville area in the past week.
MOORHEAD, Minn. -- Two Dickinson State wrestlers defeated William Penn wrestlers to win their respective weight class championships at the Concordia College Open on Saturday. Two other Blue Hawks earned second-place finishes and three more got third place. Marky Johnston took a 10-8 decision over William Penn's Shamar Hayes at 125 pounds. Shane Bennett defeated Marty Usman at 165 by a 7-4 decision. DSU's Brett Mathern lost to William Penn's Chauncey Coleman 6-0 in the heavyweight championships.
MINOT -- It wasn't quite the finish Dickinson Trinity volleyball coach Brad Foss was looking for, but it will have to do. Tioga bounced back from a Game 1 loss to beat the Titans 3-1 in the Class B state volleyball tournament's third-place match Saturday at the Minot State University Dome. Trinity won the first match 25-22 before succumbing to Tioga's powerful offensive attack. The Pirates won the match by taking the next three games 25-15, 25-15 and 15-18. "I credit them," Foss said.
No matter how hard Dickinson State junior Nancy Nyongesa tried, unbeaten National American wasn't going to give up a game. The Mavericks, who have been ranked No. 1 in NAIA all season, made quick and easy work of the Blue Hawks, winning the championship match of the Region III volleyball tournament 30-20, 30-14, 31-29 on Saturday at Scott Gymnasium. "Sometimes we let teams hang around," National American coach Todd Lowery said. "We weren't going to do that today." The Mavericks improved to 37-0.
HELENA, Mont. -- Roger Russaw had 23 points to lead Dickinson State to a 92-73 victory over Bethany University (Calif.) on Friday night at the Carroll College Classic. Cam Rowland added 18 points on 7 of 8 shooting and had seven assists. Donny English scored 10 points, but added a game-high 13 assists and five rebounds. The Blue Hawks shot 68 percent from field-goal range. They hit 40 of 59 shots. However, they were only 6 of 14 from the free-throw line. They were 6 of 7 from 3-point range.
Brittany Jones wiped away tears of joy and looked at the Scott Gymnasium court in astonishment after Dickinson State's comeback victory over Hastings College on Friday. "I'm shaking," Jones said. "I can't feel anything." With the Blue Hawks facing match point, Jones had two consecutive blocks to give DSU a 33-31 victory in Game 3. The blocks turned the NAIA Region III semifinals match on its head. The second-seeded Blue Hawks controlled the next two games and hung on to win the match 27-30, 15-30, 33-31, 30-20, 15-13.
Another showdown with unbeaten National American University and a bid in the NAIA national volleyball tournament awaits Dickinson State. But the sixth-ranked Blue Hawks know better than to overlook 12th-ranked Hastings (Neb.) College tonight in the NAIA Region III tournament. The Blue Hawks, who enter the tournament as the second seed, and third-seeded Broncos open the tournament semifinals at 6 p.m. at Scott Gymnasium. "We have to respect them and everyone else we play from here on," Blue Hawks senior Brittany Jones said.
MINOT -- The Dickinson High volleyball team started its quest for a second consecutive state championship with style. The Midgets crushed West Fargo 25-18, 25-13, 25-11 in the quarterfinals of the North Dakota Class A state volleyball tournament on Thursday at the Minot State University Dome. With the win, the defending state champions advance to the semifinals, where they'll meet West Region champion Williston at 8 p.m. Central Time today. "We'll take this one," Dickinson coach Jay Schobinger said. "We picked it up defensively.
MINOT -- Trailing 14-10 in the fifth game, the Dickinson Trinity volleyball team needed everything to go its way. With thoughts of last year's first-round loss lingering in their heads, the Titans made a remarkable run, scoring five consecutive points and outlasting Langdon 20-18 to advance to the semifinals of the North Dakota Class B state volleyball tournament on Thursday at the Minot State University Dome. Trinity plays Kenmare at 6 p.m. today for the right to play in the championship match.