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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Jamie Ollila hadn't pitched since the beginning of June. That didn't matter on a wickedly hot Saturday afternoon as the Dickinson Roughriders' veteran right hander threw a solid seven innings against Sturgis (S.D.) Titans and received excellent backup from his offense as the Roughriders cruised to an 12-1 American Legion baseball victory in a eight-inning game ended by the 10-run rule at Southside Municipal Ballpark. The coaches decided prior the game to play a nine-inning game instead of the scheduled doubleheader as temperatures hit a record high of 101 degrees Saturday afternoon. Ollila,
When a group of friends gets together, jokes usually fly. Not so much when a bull rider is preparing to break out of the chute. However, when the two are mixed, Killdeer High School bull rider Nathan Schaper just can't help himself. "We have a friend who's always talking about cheeseburgers," said Abe Dillman, Schaper's neighbor and life-long friend. "So Nathan is putting his rope on the bull and while he's in the chute, he's like, 'God I could use a cheeseburger.' " Keeping the mood light is what happens when Schaper, Dillman and Layne Carson get together.
Michael Cooper is learning everything he can about Tyler Grosz on the football field now so the two will have a leg up on the competition when they don the blue and gray of Dickinson State. Cooper, a quarterback from Westhope-Newburg, and Grosz, a running back from Mott-Regent, are two of DSU's top recruits. Today, the backfield duo will show if they have an on-field connection when they suit up for the Shrine Bowl's West nine-man all-star football team. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m.
Adrenaline hooked Dale Burwick. In his first-ever race at the Southwest Speedway last season, the Dickinson man won the eight-lap Pit Man's race using his cousin, Dwight Burwick's Modified race car. The enjoyment Burwick received after the short time behind the wheel convinced him to pursue his own IMCA Modified ride for the 2007 season. "It's the adrenaline I guess," said Burwick, who left his cousin's pit crew after last season. "You climb out of the car and for three, four hours you're still ... you're pumped." In the Pit Man's race, Burwick had little to no idea what he was doing.
Neither lightning nor rain could stop Minot pitcher Jordan Martinson. Martinson threw 10 strikeouts and gave up just four hits - two of them solo home runs - as the Vistas defeated the Dickinson Roughriders 6-2 in a muggy and wet Tuesday afternoon American Legion Western Division baseball game at Southside Municipal Ballpark. The Vistas overcame a 40-minute rain and lightning delay in the top of the fourth inning to solidify their victory.
Dean Winczewski already knows what University of Mary men's basketball coach Juno Pintar has in store for the future. Winczewski, who coached Dickinson High to a Class A state championship this spring, has four future Marauders on his Lions Class A all-star team - two of whom are former Dickinson standouts. The coach is going to make sure all four are on the Bismarck Civic Center floor together sometime during tonight's North Dakota Lions all-star boys basketball game, which tips off at 8 p.m. "It'll be a preview of what the people in Bismarck have to look forward too," Winczewski said. Fo
Less than a week ago, Tyler Steffan finished one batter shy of his first career no-hitter. Instead of capping an incredible afternoon with a pair of zeros on the opposing team's scoreline, the Dickinson Roughriders' pitcher settled for a one-hitter after Wahpeton's Kory Braun popped a fly ball into right field. Steffan watched as teammate Zach Keller made a heroic diving attempt to catch the ball, but languished after Keller fell just short and watched the ball bounce harmlessly in the outfield grass. "That's probably the best I'm going to do," Steffan said with a laugh.
It has been a busy summer for current and former Dickinson State track and field stars. So much so that Blue Hawks coach Pete Stanton makes sure he's never too far away from a computer with e-mail access. "We stay in touch, I give those guys workouts and they follow them," Stanton said. One athlete who Stanton remains in contact with is hurdler Allan Ayala. Ayala, who will be a sophomore at DSU this fall, is trying to make a name for himself at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Ayala will be running the 400-meter hurdles for his native country of Guatemala on July 25.
Ross Kovacs doesn't know if hockey is his future. He has almost three years to figure that out. However, the Dickinson High student may begin inching toward a decision sooner than he expected. At the end of July and beginning of August, Kovacs will attend the invitation-only USA Hockey 15-year-old select Player Development Camp in St. Cloud, Minn. "I don't know if hockey is going to be the thing," Kovacs said.
Cory Hansen had been waiting for the Dickinson Roughriders to play a game like this one. The reserved coach had something to smile about after his team's 9-0 victory over Wahpeton Post 20 in the opening game of an American Legion baseball doubleheader on Thursday night at Southside Municipal Ballpark. Jamie Ollila and Ben Herauf each had home runs and the Roughriders' defense backed up Tyler Steffan's one-hitter with an error-free game. "It's what we've been preaching," Hansen said.