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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Katelyn Steffan and Paige Nash looked at the clock and checked the time. At 4:07 p.m. Wednesday, the Dickinson High volleyball players signed their letters of intent to play NCAA Division I volleyball. "After you get all three papers done it becomes all real," said Steffan, who will play at Colorado State. Nash, who is headed to the University of Montana, was relieved to finalize her commitment. "It's all in writing now," Nash said. "It's final.
With a relatively young, but talented group, coach Sonja Dutchuk can look forward to the swimmers of Dickinson High having success. With no seniors, one junior, four sophomores, four freshmen and a seventh-grader, it might not look like Dutchuk has a lot to work with.
Tyler Barth almost had to give up his starting quarterback job midway through the regular season. When a series of injuries depleted Dickinson Trinity's linebackers, Barth - one of the only Titans with experience at the position - was called on to fill the void. "They told me I was going to play defense and if just defense worked out for me, that's what it was going to be," Barth said. Barth, a first-year senior starter, was also taking his lumps and senior Matt Sisson, a former quarterback at New England, had looked solid in the few snaps he'd taken. "Being a brand new quarterback and exp
Dickinson State's men's cross country team is headed to the NAIA national meet for the first time in more than 21 years. "After the way we ran ... we thought we had a pretty good chance," Dickinson State coach Thadd O'Donnell said. The Blue Hawks were ranked No. 18 in the final regular season poll. They received the 10th of 14 at-large national-qualifier bids. The meet is on Nov. 18 in Louisville, Ky. It was previously believed the last time the Blue Hawks sent a team to nationals was in 1972.
KILLDEER -- The Dickinson Trinity volleyball team is heading back to the Class B state tournament. The Titans endured hardships, but played a near-perfect Game 4 to top Beulah 25-19, 18-25, 25-13, 25-16 in the Region 7 championship Tuesday at the Killdeer High School gymnasium. With the win, Trinity advances to the state tournament in Minot next weekend where it will face Langdon on Thursday at noon. It is the third straight trip for the Titans. "This is three in a row," Trinity coach Brad Foss said. "It's kind of nice.
When Beulah needed something big, they turned to Courtney McKinzie. The junior outside hitter had 11 kills to lead Beulah to a 25-22, 25-20, 25-22 victory over New England in the late semifinal game. Beulah got out to big leads in all three games, but New England fought back and kept things close in each. "They talked it out," Beulah coach Lou Hansana said. "They worked it out." Beulah stormed out to a 15-0 lead in Game 1 thanks to pinpoint serving from sophomore libero Erica Duewel and New England's defensive confusion.
KILLDEER - Moments after her team's match against Hazen, Dickinson Trinity senior Kayla Boespflug just smiled and laughed. "We're on cloud nine right now," Boespflug said. In a game of long rallies and countless momentum swings, Trinity did what only a handful of team accomplished this season. The Titans used big kills and several point-saving digs to earn a 20-25, 25-17, 25-16, 25-18 victory over the Bison on Saturday in the Region 7 semifinals.
Elizabeth Rodriguez and Elizabeth Castillo each had 14 kills to help the Dickinson State volleyball team finish its Dakota Athletic Conference season unbeaten with a 30-25, 30-26, 30-26 victory over South Dakota Tech on Saturday at Scott Gymnasium. The Blue Hawks finished 14-0 in the DAC and wrapped up its regular season 23-7 overall. Brittany Jones added 11 kills and 2Zc blocks. Nancy Nyongesa had 12 kills. Katelynn Steifel and Silvia Vigier split setting duties.
The Dickinson State men's cross country team took an important step toward qualifying for the NAIA national championships on Saturday. The Blue Hawks finished fourth overall and had three runners finish in the top 15 individually at the Region III meet in Sioux Falls, S.D. "Time wise, they ran unbelievable," Dickinson State coach Thadd O'Donnell said. John Kungu finished fourth for the Blue Hawks with a time of 25 minutes, 10.23 seconds.
WILLISTON -- The Williston-Dickinson girls swimming and diving team finished second at the West Region meet Saturday. Bailey Bolinske took first in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.94 seconds and the 100 breaststroke at 1:08.12. Aleina Weisz won the 100 freestyle at 56.34 seconds. The Coyotes won the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:54.37. They edged West Region champion Minot by sixth-tenths of the a second in the race. Bolinske, Weisz, Alexis Klug and Sadie Miller made up the team. Williston-Dickinson coach Cathy Kruse won coach of the year for the region.