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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BUTTE, Mont. -- Angela Gimeno scored 17 points and was 8 of 8 from the free-throw line to lead Montana Tech to a 76-50 victory over Dickinson State on Friday night in nonconference women's basketball. The Blue Hawks played the majority of the game without three of their regular starters. Senior point guard Hennessy Rodriguez sat out after undergoing surgery, senior center LaDonna Downs has a minor knee injury. Junior power forward Brittany Mesa played only 10 minutes, but scored a team-high 16 points.
The Roughrider Racing Associations meeting, which was scheduled for Dec. 6, has been cancelled. The next meeting will be held in late January and the date will be published in The Dickinson Press and on the Web site, www.southwestspeedway.com .
FARGO -- Savanna Sauvageau notched a hat trick and Fargo South killed off nine Dickinson High power plays to take a 6-3 victory on Friday at Southwest Arena. "We struggled terribly on the power play," Dickinson coach Ryan Love said.
BISMARCK -- The Dickinson High School boys hockey team gave up two power play goals in the final period, falling 4-1 to Bismarck High on Friday at the VFW Sports Center. "All of the goals (in the game) were on power plays," Dickinson coach Dave Hanneman said. "In the third, we took too many costly penalties." The Demons (2-1) jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a pair of goals by Andrew Seeberg. Dickinson (2-1) put its hat in the ring when freshman Cole Reisenauer scored off a rebound on a shot by teammate Blake Reis.
MANDAN -- Sturgis (S.D). High leads the Mandan Lions wrestling tournament with 95½ team points after three rounds Friday. Hettinger is in fourth place with 62 points and Dickinson High sits in sixth with 56. Four Dickinson wrestlers had flawless days. Damian Berger, a 125-pound sophomore, won all three of his matches. Berger took a decision against Bismarck High sophomore Trevor Johnson, who is ranked third in the state at 125. "Overall, we looked pretty good," Dickinson coach Cody Wolf said. Seniors Luke Mellmer (145) and Dusty Yates (140) also won all three of their matches.
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The Dickinson State University volleyball team bounced back from a sluggish five-game loss on Wednesday to sweep both of its opponents on Thursday, earning a trip to the quarterfinals of the NAIA national tournament. The Blue Hawks topped Savannah (Ga.) Art and Design in the early match by scores of 30-27, 30-28 and 30-16. DSU followed that up with another sweep, this time crushing Madonna (Mich.) University 30-28, 30-23 and 30-20. DSU will play Concordia (Calif.) University tonight at 7:30 p.m.
SOUTH HEART -- All Watford City needed to do to build an insurmountable lead over South Heart-Belfield was to run two minutes of full-court trap. "We handled it for the most part alright, except for that two-minute spurt in the second quarter," Eagles girls basketball coach Dan Pender said. Watford City controlled the final 2:25 of the second quarter, built a big halftime lead, watched the Eagles come back to within one point, and held on for a 58-53 victory on Thursday night at the South Heart High School Gymnasium. The Wolves went on an 11-4 run to end the second quarter with a 39-28 lead
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Dickinson State had fate in its hands and couldn't do anything with it. College of St. Mary (Neb.) defeated the Blue Hawks 30-24, 27-30, 30-22, 21-30, 16-14 on Wednesday in Pool E action at the NAIA national volleyball championships. With the score tied 14-14 in the final game, the Blue Hawks committed two swinging errors. One ball went out of bounds and a DSU player hit the next into the net to give St. Mary the victory. "At least we got a say in the match," DSU coach Dave Moody said. The teams bounced back and forth throughout the match, with St.