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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DILLON, Mont. -- The University of Montana-Western used its 3-point shooting to pull away in the first half and fought off a Dickinson State comeback in the second half to secure a 114-108 victory on Saturday in nonconference men's basketball at Straugh Gymnasium. Dickinson State also got hot from behind the 3-point line, hitting 10 of 17 off the strength of senior guard Josh McLeod, who made 7 of his 8 3-point attempts.
DILLON, Mont. -- A hot-shooting University of Montana-Western women's basketball team was too much for Dickinson State to handle Saturday, as the Bulldogs remained unbeaten with a 65-48 victory at Straugh Gymnasium. It was the fifth consecutive loss for the Blue Hawks (2-8). They have lost to teams with a combined record of 36-5. Western (12-0), the sixth-ranked team in NAIA Divison I, shot 52 percent in the first half, en route to a 40-16 halftime lead. However, Western went cold in the second half, shooting only 22 percent from the field.
FARGO -- Fargo North-West Fargo eighth grader Maddie Hieb scored two goals to lift the Spartans to a 5-0 victory over Dickinson High on Saturday afternoon in girls hockey. Midgets coach Ryan Love said it was a disappointing loss after the team's strong defensive effort against Fargo South on Friday night. "Last night, we felt pretty good," Love said. "We expected to have a tight game with North today." The Spartans pounded the net while Midgets goaltender Ashley Ludwig stopped 37 shots.
PRIMM, Nev. -- Dickinson State's 165-pound wrestler Shane Bennett made it to the round of 16 at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational before dropping an 11-3 major decision to Michigan's Eric Tannenbaum. Bennett made it further than any other Blue Hawk wrestler at the super-meet. "We had some tougher draws," DSU coach Thadd O'Donnell said.
MANDAN -- Three area wrestlers took home top honors Saturday at the Mandan Lions wrestling meet. Dickinson High's Luke Mellmer (145 pounds) Dusty Yates (140) and Hettinger's Cole Miller (189) all won their respective weight classes. "We had a lot of nice individual efforts," Dickinson coach Cody Wolf said. Mellmer, a returning state champion, earned an 8-3 decision against Sturgis (S.D.) High's Cody Wilson, who has been the top-ranked 145-pounder in his state.
MOORHEAD, Minn. -- Dickinson State heavyweight Clay Rodgers won his weight class Sunday at the Minnesota State Moorhead Dragon Open at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse. Rodgers took an 8-3 decision against Jamestown College's Sam Sand in the title match. Sand was ranked No. 1 in the NAIA entering the match. Rodgers also defeated Augsberg College's Andrew Neumann with a 6-4 decision in the semifinals. Unattached wrestler Seth Flodeen, who had competed for Augsburg in previous seasons, edged DSU's Cory Johnston with a 6-5 decision in the 125-pound championship match.
KILLDEER -- The Mott-Regent used a rally to play catch-up in the third quarter and nearly let Killdeer do the same in the end. The Wildfire led by as many as nine points in the third quarter before letting Killdeer back into it, hanging on for a 64-58 victory over the Cowboys in Region 7 girls basketball on Friday at the Killdeer High School gymnasium. "We knew we'd be in for a battle," Mott-Regent coach Rod Meier said. Mott-Regent had an eight-point lead with less than five minutes to play, but lost focus and committed costly turnovers, which led to key buckets by the Cowboys. "We had som
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