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 2014. As the newspaper's editor, he writes an occassional Sunday column, contributes feature stories and breaking news, designs pages, and oversees the day-to-day operations of the newsroom and editorial staff.
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KILLDEER -- Dickinson Trinity fought off a bad shooting night and came away with a District 14 girls basketball victory over Killdeer on Thursday. Kaylee Schank scored 11 points and had four rebounds while Katie Gordon had 10 points and four rebounds to lead the Titans to a 43-35 victory. "Our guards shot the ball well from the outside," Trinity coach Alysia Hugret said. "Kaylee Schank had some good shots at crucial times.
BELFIELD -- Patience is a virtue and the South Heart boys basketball team exercised it with its offense Thursday night against Belfield. The Eagles took a 58-36 District 13 victory to win the Feather Bowl. "There was a little more patience in our offense," Eagles coach Curt Pierce said. "And with that, good things happen." The Bantams may have been the first one on the scoreboard, but a pair of free throws from South Heart senior guard Daniel Kessel sparked a seven-point run to secure the Eagles a permanent lead in the game. "We came out okay," Bantams coach Dan Conner said.
HAZEN -- One of the two top-ranked teams in Class B had to budge and Hazen made sure it didn't. Killdeer held a three-point edge after the first quarter, but Hazen found ways to dominate the rest of the game en route to a 75-62 victory. "It was exhausting, it's hard to even get words to talk about it," Hazen coach Randy Johnson said. Hazen sophomore forward Chad Marshall and junior point guard Jacob Erhardt each posted double-doubles and the top-ranked Bison (8-0) held a 43-17 advantage on the boards in each team's District 14 boys basketball opener. Marshall scored 20 points and had 13 re
GLEN ULLIN -- Dickinson Trinity got out to a big first-quarter lead and never looked back. The Titans cruised to a 64-28 victory over Glen Ullin-Hebron on Tuesday in each team's District 14 boys basketball opener. "We really played well, had a good team effort tonight," Trinity coach Gregg Grinsteinner said. "That's the way we want to start the district off." Jordan Rising led the Titans with 17 points, 11 rebounds and four assists. However, it was senior forward Brian Marsh who got the Titans rolling as he hit three 3-pointers in the first half.
Rich Dufault was lucky enough to watch the top two teams in the Class B boys basketball poll play on Saturday. First, the Killdeer coach watched Watford City upset top-ranked Beulah and then drove to Hazen to watch the second-ranked Bison dismantle Mott-Regent. On the way to Hazen, Dufault told told his wife: "What we really don't want to have happen is we don't want to see both of them lose." Dufault, who's Cowboys were ranked third in the state at the time, got his wish. That means today, when the Cowboys travel to Hazen (7-0) for their District 14 opener, the newly selected first- and s
The University of Minnesota-Crookston will announce Wednesday whether its athletics programs will stay in NCAA Division II or go back to the NAIA, where it would join the Dakota Athletic Conference. UMC sports information director Mitch Bakken said the school will hold a press conference that morning to announce its decision. While DAC commissioner Lavern Jessen said he'd like to see UMC join the conference, he believes it's unlikely they'll make the move. "We're not very optimistic that they'll be coming this direction," Jessen said. UMC was a member of the now defunct North Dakota Colleg
BISMARCK -- While Dickinson High didn't have enough to take down top-ranked Bismarck Century on Saturday, Midgets coach Greg Jung wasn't displeased with the team's 65-52 loss. "We're happy that we competed with a team like Century," he said. According to Jung, the win came down to Century's ability to dominate the paint as Courtney Fettig had 18 points and 19 rebounds. Century (8-0, 5-0 West) out-rebounded the Midgets 43-28. "The one thing that sticks out in my mind is how physical they were," Jung said. "We couldn't keep them off the offensive boards. They were just so physical with us.
BISMARCK -- It was a tough championship day, though a great overall tournament for the Dickinson High wrestling team. Dickinson senior Luke Mellmer took home top honors at the 145-pound weight classs at the Bismarck Rotary wrestling tournament Saturday at the Bismarck Civic Center. Three of Dickinson's four wrestlers competing on the final day lost. Mellmer topped Frazee (Minn.) grappler Andrew Lockrem by 4-2 decision. "We didn't cut him loose," Dickinson coach Cody Wolf said.
FARGO -- Fargo South's Chelsea Preston was tough, but she couldn't beat the entire Dickinson High gymnastics team on Saturday. The Midgets won the Fargo North Invitational with a score of 142.650 - their second highest total of the year. Preston, the 2005 state champion, had a 37.900 to earn all-around honors. Preston won the uneven parallel bars, the vault and the floor exercise. "She's an animal - in a good way," Dickinson coach Kent Van Ells said. "She's quite an athlete." Dickinson's Brogan Burwick was third with a 35.825.
BISMARCK -- The Dickinson Trinity girls basketball team defeated Minot Our Redeemer's 55-44 to win the Shiloh Christian New Years Invitational tournament Saturday night. Senior forward Mary Brooke led the Titans with 12 points. "You could tell this was our third game (of the tournament)," Titans coach Alysia Hugret said. "We looked a little tired tonight." Despite the lag, Trinity pulled together to come out on top at the tournament. "Our bench play tonight was excellent," Hugret said. "There was big team effort and very balanced scoring."