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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If pitching comes around and the bats crack as often as they did last season, expect more than just another season at Southside Ballpark for the Dickinson State baseball team. The Blue Hawks return two All-Americans and four regular position starters from last season's Dakota Atheltic Conference championship team. "We've got a good nucelus coming back with our position players and we've got some solid guys in other spots," DSU coach Duane Monlux said. Leading the way for the Blue Hawks is senior outfielder Ed Warren and senior shortstop Adam Hurlbert, both of whom earned NAIA All-American h
BISMARCK -- Dickinson High junior Whitley Abrahamson didn't know what was so special about the spot just beyond the 3-point line on the left wing. All she knew was that when she shot it from there, it was going to go in. "I don't even know," Abrahamson said.
Coach search has only begun Dickinson State Athletic Director Roger Ternes said he's impressed with the number of applications the school has received for the vacant men's basketball coach position. "We probably had between 30 and 40 e-mails, phone calls, faxes," Ternes said. The advertisement for the position was put on the Internet immediately after Scott Berry resigned Feb.
There's a chance - however slight it may be - that Dickinson State senior heavyweights Joe Espejo and Clay Rodgers will wrestle for the NAIA National Championship on Saturday. But if that would happen, don't expect Espejo to act very excited about to it. "Honestly, I didn't want to wrestle (Rodgers) because we wrestle each other every day," Espejo said. "We've been in that situation before. ... I know what he's going to do and he knows what I'm going to do.
Seven years into its co-op, Mott-Regent finally got through the District 13 boys basketball tournament unscathed. The Wildfire never trailed after the game's second minute and junior guard Brade Schweitzer sealed the win with back-to-back 3-pointers midway through the fourth quarter. Mott-Regent also survived a late Beach comeback to win its first district championship 57-52 on Tuesday night at Knights of Columbus Activities Center. "It feels good," Schweitzer said.
As Hettinger coach Adam Hill walked past Beach coach Larry Helvik after the Black Devils' third-place game against South Heart, Hill felt compelled to apologize. "I'm sorry we took so long," Hill said with a laugh as he slapped Helvik, who was walking to the bench to coach the District 13 championship game, on the back. The Black Devils outlasted South Heart in a foul-filled second half and walked away with a 60-55 victory Tuesday night at Knights of Columbus Activities Center. The two teams combined for 43 fouls, all but eight in the second half, which vastly slowed down the Hettinger-cont
Drew Nash and Jerad Jacobson took the ball to the basket in different ways Monday night at the District 13 boys basketball tournament. The results, however, were the same for the Hettinger sophomores. Nash - a bruising center - and Jacobson - a smooth guard - each scored 14 points, many of them in the paint, for the fourth-seeded Black Devils. Hettinger moved on to the Region 7 tournament with a 51-42 victory over third-seeded Bowman County in a regional-qualifier game at Knights of Columbus Activities Center. The Black Devils will play South Heart in the third-place game at 5:30 p.m.
Derek Weinreis was a flash of blue and gold when he was driving the lane and a picture of composure at the free-throw line at Knights of Columbus Activities Center. "He just works hard," Beach coach Larry Helvik said. "Sometimes he makes a mistake, an aggressive mistake.
Beach fought for second-chance points against Hettinger throughout its entire quarterfinals game Friday. They finally paid off as the Buccaneers' big men crashed the boards and made interior shots late to beat the Black Devils 50-44 during the District 13 boys basketball tournament at Knights of Columbus Activities Center. "Our boards are what helped us the most," said Beach senior center Travis Weinreis, who finished with 14 points and six rebounds. Beach held a 41-23 edge on the boards and led by a margin of seven on second-chance points. Weinreis scored eight of his points in the fourth
With less than four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter of the Region 7 girls basketball tournament's championship game, Bowman County junior Abby Nasset looked at teammate Brittney Anderson from the free-throw line and began celebrating. "I looked at her and we knew it," Nasset said. The Bulldogs pulled away from Beulah early in the third quarter, turning a second-quarter deficit into an insurmountable lead as they cruised to a 55-40 victory on Thursday night at Knights of Columbus Activities Center. The win sent third-ranked Bowman County to its third Class B state tournament this dec