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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Blue Hawks ready for rematches The Dickinson State men's and women's basketball teams will both face a bit of déj? vu on Saturday when the University of Great Falls comes to Scott Gymnasium. Both teams played their previous game at UGF last Saturday.
Coming off the best finish in school history, the Dickinson State wrestling team wants to keep improving. However, Blue Hawks coach Thadd O'Donnell knows that if his team does better than last season's third-place finish at the NAIA national championships, its best bet is improving little-by-little. "We focus more on every step, every day, what did you do to make yourself one percent better?" O'Donnell said. With three All-Americans - including 197-pound back-to-back national champion and NAIA wrestler of the year Justin Schlecht - and four national qualifiers back in the mix, the Blue Hawk
MOTT -- Brock Gion just can't seem to catch a break. After sitting out his entire junior season with a hip injury, the Mott-Regent senior standout will again be standing on the sidelines.
Katie Zent fell into her groove at the perfect moment. After leading the Richardton-Taylor volleyball team back from the brink of elimination in Game 4, Zent served up four aces to help the Raiders get out to a 7-0 lead in Game 5. "For four games, her serve didn't hurt us bad," Hazen coach Kim Wolf said. "...
The 2007 season was about as uncommon as it gets for the Dickinson State football team. However, finishing 3-7 - the worst record for the team since finishing 2-7 under coach Bob Lasater in the 1972 season - wasn't as bad as it appeared. After looking deeper into the season - one which will likely go down as an anomaly and not the start of a trend - it's plain to see the Blue Hawks really didn't do that bad.
Dickinson State's demoralizing season ended with a win and a few consolation prizes Saturday afternoon at Whitney Stadium. The Blue Hawks' defense held its ground, while its offense and special teams overcame their mistakes to end the season with a 19-10 Dakota Athletic Conference victory over Dakota State. Dickinson State running back James Macey's legs kept chugging to the tune of 182 yards, quarterback Matt Gittings found ways to make plays - including scrambling for 87 yards and throwing two touchdown passes in the second half - and Shawn O'Brien finally set the career field-goal record
Shawn O'Brien considers his career at Dickinson State successful, even if the journey has taken some unexpected turns. While most kickers hang their hats on game winners, the Blue Hawks' senior placekicker has never kicked a walk-off field goal. The closest he ever came to accomplishing that feat was last season against Minot State when his 39-yarder early in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference as the Blue Hawks went on to win 3-0. Instead, O'Brien has conducted his business almost entirely under the radar.
Throughout the week, seniors on the Dickinson State football team have discussed what they've gone through in their careers. The highs and lows, the expectations and, of course, their turbulent senior season. But the item that boggled the minds of most of the upperclassmen was how a redshirt class of nearly 40 players turned into a group of just six fifth-year seniors. So many players - several with great potential - left so quickly they may as well have walked through a turnstile door. Two other seniors transferred to DSU early in their career while senior kicker Shawn O'Brien is in his f
Dakota State has stumbled upon the same woes Dickinson State has since their meeting earlier this year. A banner September in which the Trojans finished 3-1 and beat the Blue Hawks for the first time in school history is now nothing but a pleasant memory in tough times. October was hell for the Trojans, who opened the month with a 28-14 loss at Jamestown College. The same day, they lost standout junior quarterback Donald Strand to a broken left tibia. Strand, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound two-way threat, was enjoying an all-conference season.
The word rebuilding is taboo around the Dickinson State men's basketball office. "We don't want to sit back and say, 'Oh this is a rebuilding year.' That's not what we're here for," Blue Hawks first-year head coach Ty Orton said. "... We're not a team that's going to be looking toward next year.