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 City of Dickinson, with the help of the Dickinson Convention and Visitors Bureau, will host the North Dakota Tournament Association state singles pool championships on January 5-7 at the Days Inn Grand Dakota Lodge. More than 400 pool players from around the state will attend the tournament, which has the potential to generate more than $180,000 for the City of Dickinson over the three days. "These tournaments have proven to be such as success with all of the great hospitality services we work with, which make it easy to bring these tournaments to Dickinson time and time again," said Phi
BELCOURT -- Brittney Ridl had been looking for her groove during Dickinson High's first three games. She found it in the fourth game. The senior guard scored 14 points and had game-highs of nine rebounds, six assists and three steals to lead the Midgets to a 67-44 victory over Belcourt on Friday. "It's a pretty good day at the office kind of stat line," Dickinson coach Greg Jung said. Dickinson senior center Katelyn Steffan scored her 1,000th point of her career on a free throw late in the second half. Steffan led the No.
BELCOURT -- With six seconds remaining in the second half, Dickinson High senior forward Tate Kick finished off a spin move in the lane with a layup and gave the Midgets a 58-56 victory over Belcourt in West Region boys basketball on Friday night. "It was a heck of a game," Midgets coach Dean Winczewski said. Kick finished with 22 points and 15 assists. The No. 4-ranked Midgets (3-1) nearly had to deal with another upset. Dickinson was beaten by Williston 82-58 on Dec.
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.
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. ...
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.