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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Four years away from a football field finally got the best of James Macey. After playing just one season at San Joaquin Delta College in his hometown of Stockton, Calif., a thumb injury and subsequent surgery put what he believed was an end to his playing career. So, he decided to quit college and move out of California with the hopes of finding a job. He landed in Las Vegas. "I decided I was going to quit playing football," Macey said.
Tyler Steffan wants to become more involved in the Dickinson High football team's offense. The receiver just has trouble getting around secondaries that tend to flock toward him every time he splits out wide. "It doesn't matter," Steffan said.
Galen Morton remembers the moment he first caught a glimpse of Sergio Campos Jimenez. Jimenez's entire freshman class at John Marshall High School in Los Angeles had to run a mile to complete a physical education course. Having never competed in track or cross country, the diminutive Jimenez dominated the race. "I'll never forget it," Morton said with a laugh.
Dickinson State senior kicker Shawn O'Brien had one of the worst games of his collegiate career last Saturday against Dakota State. On Monday, O'Brien was back at Whitney Stadium, going through his regimen, looking forward to Saturday's game against South Dakota Mines. "You've got to bounce back," O'Brien said. "You're going to win some and lose some." O'Brien battled a tricky crosswind and lost, missing three fourth-quarter field goals and an extra point in DSU's 14-12 loss to the Trojans.
NEW ENGLAND -- Jodi Jung thanked her players for the victory, and then for the headache it caused her. "It's stressful," said Jung, New England's volleyball coach.
Dickinson State volleyball coach Dave Moody probably would not have minded if Jamestown College would have forced a fifth game Saturday afternoon. That would have driven home the point he was trying to make to his team after the Blue Hawks claimed their second consecutive Dakota Athletic Conference victory with a 30-21, 30-23, 28-30, 30-23 win over the Jimmies at Scott Gymnasium. "Our defense was dismal to pathetic at times," Moody said.
With the onslaught of injuries Lico Sifuentes has suffered in his football career, it is no wonder several of his best friends continually tell the Dickisnon State linebacker he's made of glass. "Sometimes I think I am," Sifuentes said. The pain began during his sophomore year of high school with, arguably, the worst injury of his career. Sifuentes blew apart his right Anterior Cruciate Ligament and tore meniscus in his right knee as a 16-year-old high school sophomore.
The Dickinson State football team has its starting quarterback. Now, the Blue Hawks hope to answer some other nagging questions. Junior quarterback Caleb Midura, who has thrown for 172 yards and two touchdowns in two losses so far this season, will start his second game when the Blue Hawks face Dakota State in Madison, S.D., at 12:30 p.m.
Dickinson State's first home volleyball match of the season wasn't pretty, but the sixth-ranked Blue Hawks got the job done. Sophomore Judith Boel had a match-high 14 kills, including five during a crucial 9-0 run in the third game, to help the Blue Hawks claim a 30-26, 30-19, 30-15 Dakota Athletic Conference victory on Friday night at Scott Gymnasium. Boel, a junior college transfer, said getting used to the home fans was awkward.
Freshman TE Pauley sparks Hawks' offense Freshman tight end Derek Pauley is finding success while learning on the fly during his transition into one of the Dickinson State football team's most crucial spots. Pauley is trying to tweak his blocking schemes for a struggling Blue Hawk rushing game, while stepping into the spotlight as a leading receiver. He has the DSU football team's only touchdowns this season. "You're called on to do a lot of things," Pauley said.