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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Less than a week ago, Tyler Steffan finished one batter shy of his first career no-hitter. Instead of capping an incredible afternoon with a pair of zeros on the opposing team's scoreline, the Dickinson Roughriders' pitcher settled for a one-hitter after Wahpeton's Kory Braun popped a fly ball into right field. Steffan watched as teammate Zach Keller made a heroic diving attempt to catch the ball, but languished after Keller fell just short and watched the ball bounce harmlessly in the outfield grass. "That's probably the best I'm going to do," Steffan said with a laugh.
Dean Winczewski already knows what University of Mary men's basketball coach Juno Pintar has in store for the future. Winczewski, who coached Dickinson High to a Class A state championship this spring, has four future Marauders on his Lions Class A all-star team - two of whom are former Dickinson standouts. The coach is going to make sure all four are on the Bismarck Civic Center floor together sometime during tonight's North Dakota Lions all-star boys basketball game, which tips off at 8 p.m. "It'll be a preview of what the people in Bismarck have to look forward too," Winczewski said. Fo
Ross Kovacs doesn't know if hockey is his future. He has almost three years to figure that out. However, the Dickinson High student may begin inching toward a decision sooner than he expected. At the end of July and beginning of August, Kovacs will attend the invitation-only USA Hockey 15-year-old select Player Development Camp in St. Cloud, Minn. "I don't know if hockey is going to be the thing," Kovacs said.
It has been a busy summer for current and former Dickinson State track and field stars. So much so that Blue Hawks coach Pete Stanton makes sure he's never too far away from a computer with e-mail access. "We stay in touch, I give those guys workouts and they follow them," Stanton said. One athlete who Stanton remains in contact with is hurdler Allan Ayala. Ayala, who will be a sophomore at DSU this fall, is trying to make a name for himself at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Ayala will be running the 400-meter hurdles for his native country of Guatemala on July 25.
Cory Hansen had been waiting for the Dickinson Roughriders to play a game like this one. The reserved coach had something to smile about after his team's 9-0 victory over Wahpeton Post 20 in the opening game of an American Legion baseball doubleheader on Thursday night at Southside Municipal Ballpark. Jamie Ollila and Ben Herauf each had home runs and the Roughriders' defense backed up Tyler Steffan's one-hitter with an error-free game. "It's what we've been preaching," Hansen said.
Once Steve Arpin got a chance to break free and race, there was no stopping him. The 23-year-old driver from Fort Francis, Ontario, swung around Turn 3 and took the lead in the Lap 9 of the 30-lap A-Main Feature of the Dakota Classic Modified Tour. He then held off the hard-charging Mike Hanson down the stretch keep him alone in the tour's victory lane. Arpin has now won all three feature races on the tour after Wednesday night's triumph in front of an estimated 1,700 race fans at the Southwest Speedway. "That was fun," Aprin said.
Jeff Decker hadn't been to the Southwest Speedway since the ill-fated first race of the year. The night of May 19, Decker was disqualified for having an illegal break rotor. After some arguments with track officials, coupled with the rising cost of running both his IMCA Modified car and his son, Justin Decker's WISSOTA Street Stocks car, the veteran driver opted to stay away from the track for a while. However, he returned Wednesday as the fourth-ranked racer along the five-race DCMT. "I decided to take a little break from here for a while," Decker said.
Ben Herauf looked at the scoreboard and laughed. "It was a softball game," he said. The Roughriders crushed three home runs - including a three-run bomb by Herauf in the first inning - and created breathing room with a six-run second inning to prevent the Bismarck Governors from coming back. Dickinson held on for a 14-8 American Legion Western Division baseball victory Tuesday afternoon at Southside Municipal Ballpark. Herauf, Travis Tooley and Dan Berg each hit home runs, but none came in the mammoth second inning when Bismarck pitcher Matt Loomis loaded the bases, only to walk home Steph
Randy LaJoie believes the death of Dale Earnhardt Sr., could have been prevented with a little attention to what was happening. LaJoie points to the deaths of Kenny Irwin, Tony Roper and Adam Petty - all of whom died in crashes the year before Earnhardt - as a reason why one of the sport's most popular drivers didn't have to die from head injuries after crashing into a wall on the final turn of the Daytona 500 in 2001. The death of his friends - all from nearly the same injuries - provoked LaJoie, a two-time NASCAR Busch Series champion, into action. "I think his (Earnhardt's) legacy is goi
When Cory Hansen took over as head coach of the Dickinson Roughriders American Legion baseball team, he immediately began looking at his roster for players who could easily slide into several positions - including pitcher. He's found that in Dan Berg. "We're kind of a demanding crew," Hansen said.