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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NEW ENGLAND -- Most athletes who have lost loved ones tend to use sports to help mend broken hearts. Shannon Roller doesn't believe she should be lumped into that group, even though she's having a standout volleyball season just months after her mother's tragic death. The New England High School senior was with her mother, Diana Roller, when she died in a tragic and bizarre automobile accident less than 10 months ago. According to Roller, the emotional wounds from that night have healed and volleyball has done its part to speed up the process. "I just try and do my best," Roller said.
RAPID CITY, S.D. -- For the first time since 2002, the Dickinson State volleyball team got the best of National American. The seventh-ranked Blue Hawks outlasted the fifth-ranked Mavericks 30-15, 33-31, 22-30, 34-32 on Saturday night in a key NAIA Region III match. "It feels nice to win for a change," DSU coach Dave Moody said.
Today's game against Minot State is about as crucial as it gets for the Dickinson State football team. A win keeps the Blue Hawks in the running for a Dakota Athletic Conference title and could serve as a shot in the arm for the remaining five games of the regular season. A loss means DSU will finish the season without a winning record for the first time since 1977 - coach Hank Biesiot's second year at the helm. "It doesn't do you any good to feel sorry for yourself," Biesiot said. Biesiot believes a big factor in today's outcome is putting points on the scoreboard early and often.
BEACH -- Beach left no question to whether it was capable of clinching a playoff spot or not. Jake Tescher threw three touchdown passes - all in the first half - and the Buccaneers rushed for 195 yards and two touchdowns in their 40-0 Class A, Region 4 victory over Grant County-Flasher on Friday night at Beach High School Stadium. Buccaneers coach Mike Zier called the victory the biggest in his two years in the position. "Anytime you can clinch a playoff spot, especially when it's the third time in school history, it's a big deal," Zier said.
Dickinson State assistant men's basketball coach Tim Daniel looked out the window of his office in the athletic department on Tuesday afternoon and saw senior football player Jeff Chapman by himself on the team's practice field. The 6-foot-4, 235-pound defensive tackle was doing cone drills and running sprints. Daniel promptly walked to the neighboring office of DSU defensive coordinator Pete Stanton and asked if Chapman hadn't been getting enough practice. Chapman's positive work ethic was instilled early during his career at DSU.
Paul Rudolph has had ups and downs in his first season as Minot State's head football coach. The ups have been more frequent lately. "We've made some progress, but we've hit some hurdles," said Rudolph, a MSU alumnus who was hired last fall to succeed Mike Sivertson. The Beavers began the season 0-3 but rebounded at the onset of their Dakota Athletic Conference schedule. MSU has back-to-back wins over Black Hills State and South Dakota Mines.
Dave Moody knew Nancy Nyongesa was a great athlete. Watching her at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, he stayed on the level, only hoping the 5-foot-11 Kenyan had the tools to become one of the best volleyball players in Dickinson State history. "You have greater expectations that are sometimes achievable because of the athleticism you see," Moody said. "You have to be careful a bit." Fast forward four years and Nyongesa is in the midst of wrapping up an outstanding career with the Blue Hawks. The senior leads the seventh-ranked Blue Hawks (17-1) with 261 kills and 216 digs.
Runners gain strength at Colorado meet Last Saturday's cross country race in Boulder, Colo., gave DSU cross country coach Thadd O'Donnell a chance to see what his team could do against NCAA Division I competition. "They get to get out and have a lot of people in the race and have a lot of fast guys go out a lot faster than we want to," O'Donnell said. On the women's side, junior Rose Jepkirui kept pace on the rocky terrain, finishing 12th at 22 minutes, 40 seconds.
NEW ENGLAND -- The match didn't count toward the District 13 standings, but it sure felt like it did Tuesday night at the New England High School gymnasium. A match between Hettinger County rivals and the top two competitors for the district tournament's top seed was everything fans hoped for and more, as New England outlasted Mott-Regent 25-16, 19-25, 25-14, 16-25, 15-11. "These guys are probably our biggest rivals," said New England senior Dana Kuhn, who led her team with 18 kills.
Olivia Wellenstein watched as her best golfer walked up and down the driving range, giving swing tips to underclassmen. The Dickinson girls golf coach stayed out of the way and soaked up the final days her team would benefit from the leadership of senior Chivas Beaudoin. "Chivas will just, out of the blue, walk down there and look at somebody else's swing and start having them swing for her," Wellenstein said. However, the coach does not have many opportunities remaining to watch Beaudoin provide a positive influence.