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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Some late spring recruiting is paying off for the Mayville State football team. The majority of their offensive line - which happens to weigh an average of 341 pounds - is helping the Comets be more productive this season. Second-year head coach Jody Ford gives credit to Comets offensive coordinator Nathan Chin, who went west in May and found center Rick Manka and left guard Antwan Coles. "He found some guys who were still looking for a home," Ford said.
If one Dickinson State football player is emerging as a force to be reckoned with this season, it's junior running back James Macey. The 5-foot-11, 215-pound junior rushed for 163 yards and a touchdown in last week's loss to Valley City State. He carried the ball 36 times for 163 yards - both season bests - while playing with a left hip flexor. Macey admitted the hip still bothers him, but it is improving. "Every day I just go day by day, hoping to feel better," he said. On the season, Macey has 532 yards rushing and 89 receiving yards.
Derek Pauley has learned to live with and manage his diabetes. However, last Saturday at Valley City State, the tight end was caught in a pickle. "I forgot my kit, so I had to do a guessing game," Pauley said. "I didn't know what my blood was.
Kerry Washburn spent a year away from cross country with a stress fracture in her left foot. The Black Hills State sophomore made up for time lost on Friday. Washburn was at the top of her game as she sprinted past Dickinson State junior Rose Jepkirui to claim the Dakota Athletic Conference women's cross country championship at the Heart River Golf Course. "It's good to finally get back to racing, to where I was before and actually even better than I was before," Washburn said. BHSU's Wendy O'Lexey and Alicia Verhulst finished third and fourth, respectively, to help the 13th-ranked Yellow
North Dakota State football fans in Dickinson who do not subscribe to DIRECTV, but still want to watch the Bison take on the University of Minnesota on Saturday morning are in luck. If they're more than 21 years old that is. Army's West and Champs Sports Bar are Dickinson's only establishments offering the game on the Big Ten Network, which is only available on DIRECTV.
Men's cross country takes huge leap in poll The Dickinson State men's cross country team couldn't ask to be in a better position entering today's Dakota Athletic Conference championships. The Blue Hawks leaped 10 places in the NAIA national poll after a dominant performance at the Mount Marty Invitational last Saturday. "That's our highest we've ever been," DSU coach Thadd O'Donnell said. Led by the second-place finish of Sergio Campos Jimenez, the Blue Hawks logged 54 points and a six-point victory over Concordia University (Neb.).
There were times last fall when Rayel McPeters had to will her legs to run. A traumatic leg injury during the winter of McPeters' senior year of high school set up a stressful freshman year at Dickinson State. "Last year, I could tell my knee was hurting," said McPeters, who came into her freshman season a prized cross country and track recruit. "Before every race it was a little sore, and some practices I wasn't even able to practice. I had to bike or go swimming or something." McPeters' best time in 2006 came during the Region III cross country meet in Sioux Falls, S.D.
The Dickinson State men's basketball team will need to find the right combination quickly if it is going to accomplish anything this season. While the Blue Hawks showed flashes of athleticism, they needed a full half to figure out each other's tendencies during a scrimmage against Dawson Community College on Wednesday at Scott Gymnasium. After trailing 22-17 after one half, DSU threw together different combinations and transitioned better.
What a way to clinch a playoff spot. Dickinson Trinity senior running back Kyle Kudrna had three touchdowns on four touches to set the pace in the first quarter of Tuesday's 64-0 victory against Standing Rock. Kudrna had a 47-yard touchdown on the Titans' third play of the game, added an 11-yard score up the middle on Trinity's third series and followed that up by going untouched down the left sideline for a 40-yard punt return midway through the quarter. "It feels good to get our confidence back," said Kudrna, who had three carries for 65 yards rushing. The Titans won their final two regu
REGENT -- When Matthew Mueller saw Richard Petty walking through the Cannonball Saloon on Sunday afternoon, his jaw dropped. No one had any problem knowing what the 31-year-old mentally disabled man, who has difficulty with motor functions and expressing his words, was thinking as a look of amazement filled his eyes when the NASCAR legend knelt down and spoke to him. "That was something I will remember for a lifetime and something I'm sure he (Matthew) will too," Sherry Mueller, Matthew's mother, said of the experience.