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 Trinity senior Mary Brooke barely played in the second quarter. But when the 5-foot-9 forward got in the game in the third quarter, she made up for lost time. Brooke scored 10 points in the third and led the Titans on a huge run as they cruised to a 66-18 victory over Hebron-Glen Ullin on Monday night in the District 14 girls basketball opener at Knights of Columbus Activities Center. "Mary really led our offensive spark," Trinity coach Alysia Hugret said.
The Dickinson State football and volleyball teams each set one new Dakota Athletic Conference record last fall. The Blue Hawks volleyball team improved upon their own conference hitting percentage record. The football team broke the DAC record for fewest passing touchdowns allowed in a season. The volleyball team hit .330 this season, surpassing its own record of .321, set in the 2000 season. The Blue Hawks won their only NAIA national championship that year. "We were as physical as we ever have been for sure.
With the Fern Pokorny Gymnastics Invitational as close as it was going into the final rotation, Dickinson High gymnasts and coaches could hardly stand to watch while Rapid City (S.D.) Stevens senior Kassie Mckie's floor exercise score was shown at Dickinson High's Old Gymnasium. Mckie was the final gymnast to do her floor routine Saturday afternoon, and she nearly nailed it, scoring a 9.525 - the highest individual score in any event at the meet. But the Midgets got a final burst of energy from two of their youngest gymnasts just when it looked like Mckie had helped Stevens overtake Dickinso
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.