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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BISMARCK -- The Dickinson Trinity girls basketball team blew away Fargo Oak Grove on Friday at the Shiloh Christian New Years Invitational. Senior forward Mary Brooke led the Titans with 24 points and junior forward Noelle Steiner had 15 as the Titans rolled to a 83-40 victory. "We did a pretty good job defensively," Titans coach Alysia Hugret said. "We attacked the hoop very well. It was a complete team effort." The Titans' defense nearly shut out the Grovers in the second quarter allowing just two points. Meanwhile Trinity's offense rocketed ahead with 28 points.
More often than not, Clay Rodgers feels akward sitting in a chair designed for first graders. However, the Dickinson State senior heavyweight wrestler admits one of the high points of his season has been sitting in those undersized chairs and reading books with Dickinson first and second graders. While the children often give the 275-pounder wide-eyed looks and pound him with questions about his size, Rodgers just smiles and leads the kids through "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie," a book the Blue Hawks wrestling team gives to every child they read to. "I'm always the biggest guy, so they're a
The Dickinson State men's basketball team is struggling to say the least. The Blue Hawks are on an eight-game losing skid, have lost those games by an average of 17.6 points and are giving up 89 points per game, which is second-worst in the nation. "We haven't really got to the point where we want to be yet," DSU senior guard Roger Russaw said. DSU can get back on track tonight when it travels to Rapid City, S.D., to play South Dakota Tech in the opening game of its first Dakota Athletic Conference doubleheader at 7:30 p.m.
Basketball tournaments just won't be the same this March without Johnny Leiss in the stands. Johnny, who died last week at age 62 after a six-week battle with pancreatic cancer, was known as one of the biggest sports fans in the state - if not the biggest. Johnny wasn't supposed to live past age 40. Born at the height of World War II, he was a forceps baby who suffered brain damage at birth.
Guy Fridley knows where Dickinson State needs to improve. But it's easier said than done. "We're getting great looks," Fridley said. "There's no reason for us to change offensively. We've got to convert on our shots." The Blue Hawks women's basketball team shot a combined 36 of 110 (32.7 percent) from the field in losses to Rocky Mountain College and Montana State-Northern last week.
Sometimes you watch something and you know you're seeing history in the making. While I sat in my living room watching Boise State do the improbable and beat Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl on Monday night, I realized two things: It was one of the best college football games I'd ever seen and this was a story that'll may one day be known as 'The Game' that finally brought the Bowl Championship Series' tyrannical reign to an end. That is if the college president's finally find it in their cold hearts to retire the BCS in favor of some kind of a playoff system so that teams from small, 'non-BCS' c
For nearly two periods Tuesday, the Dickinson High and Hazen-Beulah girls hockey teams did their best to keep up with each other. But in the span of eight seconds late in the second period, all that changed. Amity Lantz and Jennifer Schnaidt scored back-to-back goals to help the Midgets take a two-goal lead into the intermission.
BILLINGS, Mont. - The Dickinson State men's basketball team never got going and fell to Carroll College 101-59 on Friday at the Fortin Center during the Rocky Mountain College Classic. The shellacking started in the first half as Carroll College built a 55-28 lead going into halftime. The Saints received 37 points from their bench and got 24 points off DSU turnovers. Carroll dominated the Blue Hawks defensively, drilling eight 3-pointers including five from Dallas Leslie, who had a game-high 28 points.
SILVER BAY, Minn. -- Dickinson High cranked up its offense and got a great performance from goaltender Grant Kovacs to clinch another win on the final day of the Silver Bay/Cook County Tournament. Eric Pankowski and Ross Kovacs scored their first career goals and the Midgets' leading scorers, Jeff Kaiser and Cole Frenzel, each added a goal to lead the Midgets to a 4-1 victory over Minneapolis West on Friday. Grant Kovacs had 31 saves for the Midgets, who improved to 7-4-1 and took third place in the round robin.
Aspiring rodeo athletes are getting a chance to learn tips and tricks from the sport's professionals this weekend at Rodeo School in Bowman. More than 30 athletes from four states - some as young as nine years old - are attending the school, which began Thursday and wraps up today at Bowman's new Multi-Purpose Arena.