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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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.
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.
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.).
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
Austin Dufault couldn't pass up an opportunity to play for one of college basketball's fastest rising coaches. The 6-foot-8 senior from Killdeer said Monday he has verbally committed to play men's basketball for the University of Colorado in the 2008-09 season. Colorado coach Jeff Bzdelik, who guided Air Force to a 50-16 record the past two seasons, is in his first season with the Buffaloes. He coached the Denver Nuggets between 2002 and 2004 and was an NBA assistant for 12 years prior to that. "There's not a lot of things he hasn't seen," Dufault said.
When Richardton-Taylor-Hebron football coach Travis Olson looked at his team's rushing statistics, he was amazed at the similarities between his top three running backs. "We've got three guys that have almost the exact same carries and yards," Olson said. Senior Brandon Myran and juniors Jadon Messer and Scott Remington all have different rushing styles. However, in eight games this season, the three have eerily comparable numbers. Messer, an elusive and quick runner, leads the way with 481 yards rushing and eight touchdowns.
If you see a 5-foot-5 woman running circles around Dickinson High boys basketball coach Dean Winczewski on Tuesday night, don't be surprised. T'Neisha "Lil' T" Turner leads the Harlem Ambassadors, a non-profit basketball entertainment group, onto the floor at Dickinson High gymnasium at 7 p.m.