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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The two home games the Dickinson State men's basketball team will play during this weekend's Sam Milanovich Classic will be its last until the middle of January. "I think its February, isn't it," DSU coach Scott Berry said with a laugh before practice on Tuesday. Starting Dec. 1, the Blue Hawks play eight consecutive road games.
Last year, Dickinson High's boys hockey team got the majority of its offensive production from three players in its first two lines. With those three players gone, that offensive philosophy is bound to change this season. "By the end of the third period, we were running one or two lines and they were tired," said senior forward Brian Lee, the Midgets' assistant captain. Midgets co-coach Dave Hanneman said he expects three strong lines to step up this season. "They're all lines who can go out there on any shift," said Hanneman, who co-coaches with Tom Folske. The change could give the Midg
Dickinson High senior Jennifer Schnaidt believes she'll enjoy the new playoff setup in North Dakota high school girls hockey. The West and East Region tournaments are out and a system where every game in the regular season counts toward a team's playoff spot is in. The teams with the best eight records at the end of the season will advance to the state tournament. It's the same formula the sport used when it began in the state five years ago.
No matter how hard Dickinson State junior Nancy Nyongesa tried, unbeaten National American wasn't going to give up a game. The Mavericks, who have been ranked No. 1 in NAIA all season, made quick and easy work of the Blue Hawks, winning the championship match of the Region III volleyball tournament 30-20, 30-14, 31-29 on Saturday at Scott Gymnasium. "Sometimes we let teams hang around," National American coach Todd Lowery said. "We weren't going to do that today." The Mavericks improved to 37-0.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Dickinson State's first team trip back to the NAIA cross country national championships wasn't outstanding, but it wasn't bad either. Battling a rain-soaked course Saturday, the Blue Hawks men finished 22nd out of 28 teams. Junior John Kungu was 25th overall with a time of 25 minutes, 46.95 seconds. More than 3 inches of rain had fallen in the Louisville area in the past week.
MOORHEAD, Minn. -- Two Dickinson State wrestlers defeated William Penn wrestlers to win their respective weight class championships at the Concordia College Open on Saturday. Two other Blue Hawks earned second-place finishes and three more got third place. Marky Johnston took a 10-8 decision over William Penn's Shamar Hayes at 125 pounds. Shane Bennett defeated Marty Usman at 165 by a 7-4 decision. DSU's Brett Mathern lost to William Penn's Chauncey Coleman 6-0 in the heavyweight championships.
MINOT -- It wasn't quite the finish Dickinson Trinity volleyball coach Brad Foss was looking for, but it will have to do. Tioga bounced back from a Game 1 loss to beat the Titans 3-1 in the Class B state volleyball tournament's third-place match Saturday at the Minot State University Dome. Trinity won the first match 25-22 before succumbing to Tioga's powerful offensive attack. The Pirates won the match by taking the next three games 25-15, 25-15 and 15-18. "I credit them," Foss said.
Brittany Jones wiped away tears of joy and looked at the Scott Gymnasium court in astonishment after Dickinson State's comeback victory over Hastings College on Friday. "I'm shaking," Jones said. "I can't feel anything." With the Blue Hawks facing match point, Jones had two consecutive blocks to give DSU a 33-31 victory in Game 3. The blocks turned the NAIA Region III semifinals match on its head. The second-seeded Blue Hawks controlled the next two games and hung on to win the match 27-30, 15-30, 33-31, 30-20, 15-13.
HELENA, Mont. -- Roger Russaw had 23 points to lead Dickinson State to a 92-73 victory over Bethany University (Calif.) on Friday night at the Carroll College Classic. Cam Rowland added 18 points on 7 of 8 shooting and had seven assists. Donny English scored 10 points, but added a game-high 13 assists and five rebounds. The Blue Hawks shot 68 percent from field-goal range. They hit 40 of 59 shots. However, they were only 6 of 14 from the free-throw line. They were 6 of 7 from 3-point range.
Another showdown with unbeaten National American University and a bid in the NAIA national volleyball tournament awaits Dickinson State. But the sixth-ranked Blue Hawks know better than to overlook 12th-ranked Hastings (Neb.) College tonight in the NAIA Region III tournament. The Blue Hawks, who enter the tournament as the second seed, and third-seeded Broncos open the tournament semifinals at 6 p.m. at Scott Gymnasium. "We have to respect them and everyone else we play from here on," Blue Hawks senior Brittany Jones said.