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 -- 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.
MINOT -- The Dickinson Trinity girls basketball team remains winless on the season after taking a 55-42 setback to Bottineau at the Shootout on the Prairie on Friday at the Minot Municipal Auditorium. Despite pulling within six late in the fourth quarter, the Titans (0-2) were unable to complete the comeback as the Stars hit key free throws down the stretch to stave off Trinity's rally. Trinity played well for three quarters, but never recovered from a dismal second quarter when the Titans were outscored 14-5. "The second quarter is what hurt us," Trinity coach Alysia Hugret said.
GLENDIVE, Mont. -- Dickinson High senior center Katelyn Steffan scored 27 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Midgets to 62-40 victory over Dawson County on Thursday in their season opener. "We haven't really won too many season openers in the past," Dickinson coach Greg Jung said. "Our kids just had incredible energy tonight." Jung said the Midgets gave the Red Devils trouble with their full court, man-to-man defense. "We really caused them a lot of problems with our defense," Jung said. The Midgets had 13 steals in the first half and ended up with 18 in the game.
WILLISTON -- Dickinson High never let up, even after the Midgets were awarded forfeits in four of their top weight classes during Thursday's West Region wrestling dual with Williston. Four Midgets earned pins, three others won close matches on points and Alex Brown earned a technical fall in the sixth minute at 103 pounds as Dickinson beat Williston 62-12. "Really good efforts. We expected the efforts we got out of the older guys," Dickinson coach Cody Wolf said. Dickinson's Luke Mellmer (152) earned a pin over Nevada Moe in 49 seconds.
Thursday was a night of firsts at Dickinson High during the boys basketball team's season opener. Not only was it the first Midgets game played with 18-minute half's.
MINOT -- Minot State erased any thought of a let down in the first nine minutes. MSU went on runs of 16-0, and 8-2 to take a 30-11 lead and never let Dickinson State back in the game. "It is a credit to the kids," MSU coach Sheila Green Gerding said.
MINOT -- Pat Beck started the comeback and Jordan Cooper and Andy Leraas finished it off. Minot State hit 12 3-pointers, including six by Cooper and three by Leraas, as the Beavers rallied from an early deficit to defeat Dickinson State 98-82 in the Dakota Athletic Conference opener for both teams Thursday at the MSU Dome. "We struggled to get back in transition and they carved us up at times early," MSU coach Mike Hultz said. "But we were scoring during that time. We figured some things out, thought.
Steve Berry thought he was dialing Denise Williams' phone number last July when he got Brittany Mesa's voice mail. The Dickinson State women's basketball assistant coach left a message, believing he had reached Williams' phone. Meanwhile, a confused Mesa was in San Jose, Calif., wondering why an assistant coach in North Dakota had called looking for her junior college teammate. She'd later find out San Jose City College coach Terri Oberg had given Berry the wrong number. She politely called Berry back and gave him Williams' phone number.
Roger Russaw spent last summer selling women's shoes and perfecting his jump shot. That he found a way to balance the two has helped him become the Dickinson State University men's basketball team's biggest surprise. Russaw, a senior guard, worked at a Nordstrom shoe store in the Seattle suburb of Lynnwood, Wash., with his best friend and Blue Hawks teammate Cam Rowland. The duo would usually get off work at 9 p.m. and make their way to 24 Hour Fitness so they could work on their games. But they didn't just play pick-up ball.
The good news is that the Dickinson State volleyball team had three players named to this season's NAIA All-America team late Tuesday night. The better news is that they all return next season. "We're excited about next year," DSU coach Dave Moody said.