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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BUTTE, Mont. -- Rebecca Gimeno scored 28 points to lead Montana Tech to a 84-74 overtime victory over the Dickinson State women's basketball team on Friday at the Montana Tech Classic. Tech outscored DSU 15-5 in overtime. "We had to battled so hard all the way back, we just didn't have enough steam," DSU coach Guy Fridley said. LaDonna Downs scored 19 points and 11 rebounds.
Tyler Palmer said it really doesn't matter who steps up for the University of Montana-Western men's basketball team as long as someone does. Friday night, it was Palmer's turn. The 6-foot senior guard scored 32 points and made all three of his 3-pointers in the second half to lead the Bulldogs to an 85-66 victory over Dickinson State at the Sam Milanovich Classic at Scott Gymnasium. "I was put in a position where I could excel," Palmer said. "Some nights it's somebody else, it just depends.
The two home games the Dickinson State men's basketball team will play during this weekend's Sam Milanovich Classic will be its last until the middle of January. "I think its February, isn't it," DSU coach Scott Berry said with a laugh before practice on Tuesday. Starting Dec. 1, the Blue Hawks play eight consecutive road games.
Last year, Dickinson High's boys hockey team got the majority of its offensive production from three players in its first two lines. With those three players gone, that offensive philosophy is bound to change this season. "By the end of the third period, we were running one or two lines and they were tired," said senior forward Brian Lee, the Midgets' assistant captain. Midgets co-coach Dave Hanneman said he expects three strong lines to step up this season. "They're all lines who can go out there on any shift," said Hanneman, who co-coaches with Tom Folske. The change could give the Midg
Dickinson High senior Jennifer Schnaidt believes she'll enjoy the new playoff setup in North Dakota high school girls hockey. The West and East Region tournaments are out and a system where every game in the regular season counts toward a team's playoff spot is in. The teams with the best eight records at the end of the season will advance to the state tournament. It's the same formula the sport used when it began in the state five years ago.
MOORHEAD, Minn. -- Two Dickinson State wrestlers defeated William Penn wrestlers to win their respective weight class championships at the Concordia College Open on Saturday. Two other Blue Hawks earned second-place finishes and three more got third place. Marky Johnston took a 10-8 decision over William Penn's Shamar Hayes at 125 pounds. Shane Bennett defeated Marty Usman at 165 by a 7-4 decision. DSU's Brett Mathern lost to William Penn's Chauncey Coleman 6-0 in the heavyweight championships.
MINOT -- It wasn't quite the finish Dickinson Trinity volleyball coach Brad Foss was looking for, but it will have to do. Tioga bounced back from a Game 1 loss to beat the Titans 3-1 in the Class B state volleyball tournament's third-place match Saturday at the Minot State University Dome. Trinity won the first match 25-22 before succumbing to Tioga's powerful offensive attack. The Pirates won the match by taking the next three games 25-15, 25-15 and 15-18. "I credit them," Foss said.
No matter how hard Dickinson State junior Nancy Nyongesa tried, unbeaten National American wasn't going to give up a game. The Mavericks, who have been ranked No. 1 in NAIA all season, made quick and easy work of the Blue Hawks, winning the championship match of the Region III volleyball tournament 30-20, 30-14, 31-29 on Saturday at Scott Gymnasium. "Sometimes we let teams hang around," National American coach Todd Lowery said. "We weren't going to do that today." The Mavericks improved to 37-0.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Dickinson State's first team trip back to the NAIA cross country national championships wasn't outstanding, but it wasn't bad either. Battling a rain-soaked course Saturday, the Blue Hawks men finished 22nd out of 28 teams. Junior John Kungu was 25th overall with a time of 25 minutes, 46.95 seconds. More than 3 inches of rain had fallen in the Louisville area in the past week.
Brittany Jones wiped away tears of joy and looked at the Scott Gymnasium court in astonishment after Dickinson State's comeback victory over Hastings College on Friday. "I'm shaking," Jones said. "I can't feel anything." With the Blue Hawks facing match point, Jones had two consecutive blocks to give DSU a 33-31 victory in Game 3. The blocks turned the NAIA Region III semifinals match on its head. The second-seeded Blue Hawks controlled the next two games and hung on to win the match 27-30, 15-30, 33-31, 30-20, 15-13.