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 girls basketball coach Greg Jung won't be forgetting this one anytime soon. Jung switched his defense from zone to man-to-man in the second half, helping Dickinson rattle off a 23-0 run, erasing a 13-point deficit and leading the Midgets to a stunning 57-55 win over Custer County (Mont.) Saturday at the Dickinson High School gymnasium. "This is one of the better wins I've ever been a part of," Jung said. "We didn't know anything about them." Custer County was Montana's Class A state runner-up last season.
WILLISTON -- Joey Skaare's first goal of the season was memorable. The Williston junior forward broke a scoreless tie with 12 seconds remaining in the third period to lift the Coyotes to a 1-0 victory over Dickinson High on Saturday in West Region boys hockey. Skaare put the puck past Dickinson goaltender Grant Kovacs' stick side after a scrum in front of the net with four skaters from each side on the ice after offsetting penalties.
Yates, Mellmer win in Fargo By The Press Staff FARGO -- Luke Mellmer and Dusty Yates won their weight classes at their second straight tournament and led Dickinson High to a fifth-place finish at the Fargo Invitational on Saturday. Yates pinned Bismarck St. Mary's Micah Goebel in 2 minutes, 41 seconds to secure the 140-pound championship. Mellmer earned a 17-4 major decision over Adam Luberts of New London-Spicer (Minn.) in the 145-pound title match.
MILES CITY, Mont. -- Marcus Fridley scored 14 points, had five steals and four assists as Dickinson High beat Custer County 77-34 on Saturday in boys basketball. "We had a little bit of a slow start, but we kept battling thoughout the first half," Dickinson coach Dean Winczewski said. "We came out in the second half and built on it right away." Tate Kick led the Midgets with 20 points. Jake Bauer added 11 points off the bench. The Midgets improved to 2-0 and will host Williston at 5:45 p.m. Thursday in their West Region opener.
MINOT -- Dickinson Trinity defeated Velva 47-29 in the Shoot-out on the Prairie on Saturday afternoon. It was Trinity's first win of the season. The Titans improved to 1-2. "We started out the game with very good defensive pressure," Titans coach Alysia Hugret said. "When we have good defensive pressure our offensive game usually flows well for us." Mary Brooke and Noelle Steiner led the Titans with 12 points each. "Brooke shot about 70 percent from the field," Hugret said. "She kinda led our offensive spark for us throughout the game."
It was free admission night for the Dickinson High boys hockey team's season opener at the Dickinson Recreation Center on Friday. But even if the crowd would have shelled out the dollars, they would have gotten their money's worth. Dickinson junior forward Jeff Kaiser scored his first career hat trick and the Midgets' green line led a scoring barrage in their 8-2 West Region victory over Mandan. "As soon as they (the Braves) started to let down, we bounced back and scored. Many times," Kaiser said. Kaiser scored the first two goals in the first period.
GRAND FORKS -- The outcome never was in doubt. The only suspense centered on UND's effort, which has been up and down this season against overmatched opponents. The suspense, however, didn't last long. Neither did Dickinson State. The Sioux were sharp in all phases in rolling past DSU 97-49 on Friday night in the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center, a nonconference win before 1,781 fans that improved UND's record to 11-1. "We had a good team effort," UND coach Gene Roebuck said.
GRAND FORKS - With less than 30 seconds to play, Harry Boyce flipped a behind-the-back pass to Emmanuel Little while the two UND players were in transition. Little caught the pass and threw down a one-handed dunk. It was the finishing touch on an impressive UND performance. Little's dunk capped UND's 90-75 win against Dickinson State on Friday night before 1,853 Betty Engelstad Sioux Center fans. The Sioux, who shot 69 percent, won their fourth straight and improved to 6-4. "That was a little icing on the cake," Little said of the dunk.
With the Dickinson State wrestling team ranked as high as it has ever been, you'd think coach Thadd O'Donnell would be smiling from ear to ear. Think again. "Personally, I think we're a little overrated," O'Donnell said. The NAIA's first regular season wrestling poll came out Friday and the Blue Hawks sitting in the No. 2 spot. Lindenwood (Mo.) University is the top-ranked team. But O'Donnell said he's not deceived by the generous early-season ranking. "Right now we're wrestling like a top-six type," O'Donnell said. "I think we have the potential to be a top two.
BISMARCK -- It was a nice way to start the state title defense for Dickinson Trinity boys basketball coach Gregg Grinsteinner and the Titans. Trinity (1-0) trailed in the first half, but led by as many as 13 in the fourth quarter and hung on to beat Shiloh Christian 63-57 in their season opener on Friday. "It was a game of runs," Grinsteinner said. Trinity, the defending state champion, had a 22-15 lead in the second quarter until Shiloh Christian ran off 11 straight points to close out the first half. Trinity came back and led 44-41 at the half.