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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BISMARCK -- The Dickinson High School boys hockey team gave up two power play goals in the final period, falling 4-1 to Bismarck High on Friday at the VFW Sports Center. "All of the goals (in the game) were on power plays," Dickinson coach Dave Hanneman said. "In the third, we took too many costly penalties." The Demons (2-1) jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a pair of goals by Andrew Seeberg. Dickinson (2-1) put its hat in the ring when freshman Cole Reisenauer scored off a rebound on a shot by teammate Blake Reis.
MANDAN -- Sturgis (S.D). High leads the Mandan Lions wrestling tournament with 95½ team points after three rounds Friday. Hettinger is in fourth place with 62 points and Dickinson High sits in sixth with 56. Four Dickinson wrestlers had flawless days. Damian Berger, a 125-pound sophomore, won all three of his matches. Berger took a decision against Bismarck High sophomore Trevor Johnson, who is ranked third in the state at 125. "Overall, we looked pretty good," Dickinson coach Cody Wolf said. Seniors Luke Mellmer (145) and Dusty Yates (140) also won all three of their matches.
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The Dickinson State University volleyball team bounced back from a sluggish five-game loss on Wednesday to sweep both of its opponents on Thursday, earning a trip to the quarterfinals of the NAIA national tournament. The Blue Hawks topped Savannah (Ga.) Art and Design in the early match by scores of 30-27, 30-28 and 30-16. DSU followed that up with another sweep, this time crushing Madonna (Mich.) University 30-28, 30-23 and 30-20. DSU will play Concordia (Calif.) University tonight at 7:30 p.m.
SOUTH HEART -- All Watford City needed to do to build an insurmountable lead over South Heart-Belfield was to run two minutes of full-court trap. "We handled it for the most part alright, except for that two-minute spurt in the second quarter," Eagles girls basketball coach Dan Pender said. Watford City controlled the final 2:25 of the second quarter, built a big halftime lead, watched the Eagles come back to within one point, and held on for a 58-53 victory on Thursday night at the South Heart High School Gymnasium. The Wolves went on an 11-4 run to end the second quarter with a 39-28 lead
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Dickinson State had fate in its hands and couldn't do anything with it. College of St. Mary (Neb.) defeated the Blue Hawks 30-24, 27-30, 30-22, 21-30, 16-14 on Wednesday in Pool E action at the NAIA national volleyball championships. With the score tied 14-14 in the final game, the Blue Hawks committed two swinging errors. One ball went out of bounds and a DSU player hit the next into the net to give St. Mary the victory. "At least we got a say in the match," DSU coach Dave Moody said. The teams bounced back and forth throughout the match, with St.
Brittany Jones and Rachel Roylance both know they're not considered the stars of the Dickinson State volleyball team. Although they've both quietly made names for themselves during the Blue Hawks' run to the NAIA national tournament, Jones and Roylance don't display the memorable power-hitting of teammates Elizabeth Castillo, Nancy Nyongesa or Elizabeth Rodriguez. "There's reasons why they get the spotlight," Jones said. It's not as if either player has given much thought to the fact, however. "All I'm caring about is how my team is doing," Jones said.
During their final practice before heading to the NAIA national tournament, Dickinson State volleyball coach Dave Moody decided to have some fun with his players. But when he playfully bounced a ball off junior Elizabeth Castillo's head, Moody's fun was taken out of context. The veteran coach later sat down with Castillo - one of DSU's stars - and while apologizing, found out her mind was focused intensely on the upcoming national tournament. Moody took it as a positive sign. "We'll do whatever possible to win the championship," Castillo said after the practice. Moody believed Castillo ha
Steffes, six other Bison earn first team honors Dickinson native and North Dakota State senior running back Kyle Steffes earned his third consecutive spot on the Great West Football Conference first team. He is the only player to earn the honor in each of the three years the league has been in operation. Steffes rushed for a league-high 1,250 yards while the Bison raced to a 10-1 record. Quarterback Steve Walker, offensive lineman Nate Safe, defensive tackle Justin Frick, linebacker Joe Mays, defensive back Craig Dahl and punter Mike Dragosavich all earned first team honors for NDSU.
BUTTE, Mont. -- Carroll College remained undefeated Sunday afternoon, beating the Dickinson State women's basketball team 76-57 at the Montana Tech Classic. The Saints, who were led by Sophi Forney's 18 points, improved to 13-0 in early season nonconference games. Laci High had 15 points and seven rebounds. Andrea Staley and Brittany Mesa each had 12 points to lead the Blue Hawks. Dana Johnson added 10 points. Johnson and Mesa each had four assists to lead DSU, which fell to 2-5 with the loss. The Saints are ranked No. 15 in the NAIA Division I preseason poll.
MINOT -- Cody Wolf's first event as Dickinson High's head wrestling coach went off without a hitch as the Midgets won three weight class championships at the Minot Early Bird Invitational on Saturday. Returning state champion Luke Mellmer won the 152-pound 'B' bracket, Ben Brown took top honors at 130 and Dusty Yates won 140. "They all stepped up and wrestled pretty good matches," Wolf said. Mellmer won with a 17-6 major decision over Minot High's Tully Garberg. Brown took a 5-4 decision against Belcourt's Shaun Hall.