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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No one expected Dickinson Trinity to win its third consecutive Region 7 volleyball tournament. The Titans open the Class B state tournament quarterfinals at noon Thursday against Langdon at the Minot State Dome. "I don't think it's really sunk in yet that we're going to state because no one really expected us to do anything," senior Noel Lynch said. After all, Lynch and seniors Kayla Boespflug and Katie Gordon were the only players who got their names in last year's state tournament statistic book. None of them played on the 2004 state tournament team that finished third.
University of Great Falls senior Rashaun Puryear knew somebody had to come through in the clutch Saturday afternoon against Dickinson State. "We needed something big just to keep us on the positive side of the game," Puryear said. Great Falls defeated Dickinson State 75-70 at Scott Gymnasium after Puryear's late 3-pointer gave the Argonauts a late boost. Great Falls pulled ahead 72-68 with 31 seconds remaining when Puryear hit a 3-pointer from the left baseline. "It came down to a one-possession game and some nights you miss (the shot), some nights you make it," Great Falls coach Steve Sil
MITCHELL, S.D. -- The Dickinson State wrestling team started its season on a high note, crowning four champions and placing 14 grapplers in the top eight at the Dakota Wesleyan tournament on Saturday. "I thought we came out and wrestled very aggressive and finished matches," Dickinson State coach Thadd O'Donnell said. Eli Zuniga (133), Shane Bennett (165), Justin Schlecht (197) and Clay Rogers (heavyweight) each took home top honors to start the season. All four wins came on decisions. Zuniga topped William Penn's Nick Cucciniello 14-8.
Andrea Staley is only six months removed from a surgery that repaired the torn Anterior and Medial Cruciate Ligaments in her right knee. However, Staley didn't look much like a player coming off major knee surgery in Dickinson State's 72-55 victory over the University of Great Falls on Saturday afternoon in the women's basketball team's home opener. Staley came off the bench and scored 14 points to help the Blue Hawks get their second win of the season.
MINOT -- Those who thought Dickinson High would come out slow Saturday after being upended in Friday's semifinal match were proven wrong early in Game 1. The Midgets took control of the first game and never looked back as they swept Mandan 25-15, 25-17, 28-26 in a state qualifier match at the West Region volleyball tournament at the Minot Municipal Auditorium. "As a coach, you always worry about something like that," Dickinson coach Jay Schobinger said.
It seemed simple enough, but Black Hills State couldn't figure out Elizabeth Castillo's serve. "I just tried to serve it hard," Castillo said. Dickinson State (26-7) earned its 11th consecutive conference championship after beating the Yellowjackets 30-25, 30-23, 30-21 in the Dakota Athletic Conference tournament championship match Saturday at Scott Gymnasium. The Blue Hawks first won the North Dakota Collegiate Athletic Conference in 1996. It hasn't lost a conference tournament title match since. "She (Castillo) had a great run," Dickinson State coach Dave Moody said.
MANDAN -- Bailey Bolinske won the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1 minute, 7.39 seconds and Williston took fourth place with 221 points at the North Dakota state swimming and diving meet Saturday at the Community Center. Alexis Klug, one of several Dickinson High students who compete for Williston, took sixth in the 100 breaststroke at 1:10.04. Klug also took sixth in the 200 individual medley (2:22.12). Minot star Dagny Knutson broke her own state record in the event with a time of 2:03.24.
GRAND FORKS -- Fred Fridley had a smile on his face from the time the clock expired until he left the Alerus Center floor. The longtime Watford City football coach won the eighth North Dakota state championship of his career Friday afternoon when the Wolves defeated Dickinson Trinity 20-14 in the Class AA title game. "Every one gets sweeter," Fridley said. "It feels good. But more than anything, I'm happy for my players." The Wolves intercepted three passes, returned one for a touchdown and kept Trinity's offense out of scoring position most of the game.
Thadd O'Donnell wants the Dickinson State wrestling team to have nothing left undone by the end of the season. "Don't have any regrets," said O'Donnell, who enters his 12th season as Blue Hawks coach. "I don't want to hear you say, 'I wish I would have.' " After piling up the accomplishments last season, O'Donnell has set the bar fairly high for a team that lost four All-Americans, took the maximum amount of wrestlers to the NAIA national tournament and placed fourth, finished the season ranked No.
Ask any Dickinson Trinity football player why the Titans are in the Class AA state championship football game today and they'll all point to one group - the offensive line. It makes sense. The group of mostly seniors and some juniors came into the season with no starting experience and hardly any playing time under their belts. It showed in the Titans' first few games too. "At the beginning of the year we didn't really know what each other could do," senior left guard Evan Krebs said. "I think that led to a lack of trust in each other.