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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Maybe it was the Homecoming atmosphere or the crowd of nearly 3,000 at Whitney Stadium. Whatever the case, the Dickinson High football team found a rhythm and rocked it. Derek Hoyt and Mitch Kudrna each ran back a kickoff for a touchdown and quarterback Ben Herauf hooked up with receiver Travis Tooley for two touchdowns as the Midgets outlasted Bismarck Century 35-32 on Friday in Class AAA, West Region football. "It was a crazy battle," Herauf said.
The Dickinson High volleyball team proved it doesn't always need Katelyn Steffan and Paige Nash if it wants to dominate matches. Steffan and Nash each sat out a game in the Midgets' 25-9, 25-7, 30-28 victory over Bismarck St. Mary's in a West Region match on Thursday at Dickinson High School gymnasium. "It shows that even if we don't have them, we can still bring each other up and work hard, no matter what," Dickinson senior Kellie Marsh said. Dickinson rolled through the first game thanks to big hitting from both Steffan and Nash. However, Nash sat out Game 2 and much of Game 3.
Dickinson State sophomore quarterback Matt Gittings never knows exactly when he's going to get on the field in a football game. But he knows sooner or later, he'll have a chance to take control of the Blue Hawks' offense. In all four of Dickinson State's games this season, Gittings has seen time in place of starter Brandon Bishop-Parise. It's not just mop-up duty either. Gittings routinely enters the game near the end of the first quarter or early in the second quarter to help shake things up for the Blue Hawks' offense. "It's what we have to do," Gittings said.
Jon Meier grew up watching the Dickinson State football team on Saturday's. Now the Mott-Regent graduate will have a chance to play against them, although it happened much sooner than he thought it would. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound redshirt freshman is set to start quarterback for Minot State when the Beavers visit the Blue Hawks at 1:30 p.m.
A coach always hopes their team can swing momentum after a crucial time out. But Dickinson Trinity volleyball coach Brad Foss probably wasn't thinking the Titans would take his words to heart the way they did when he took an early time out midway through Game 1 of Trinity's 3-0 victory against Beulah on Tuesday.
Even after she pulled ahead of the pack on Saturday, Kristal Wolf found a running partner. Dickinson State cross country coach Thadd O'Donnell, who is also the Blue Hawks' wrestling coach, put several of his wrestlers in the women's race to help pacing because of lack of participation. Wolf said she liked picking on freshman wrestler Arturo Fragaso, who stayed in the race lead through the second mile.
Jordan Mork may not have had a top-eight finish on Saturday at the Williston Invitational swimming and diving meet. But the Dickinson High junior was extremely pleased with the chance to swim in front of a home crowd at Dickinson's West River Community Center. Mork is one of several swimmers who go to school in Dickinson but compete for Williston High. Mork said competing in front of a home crowd and in the pool she swims in nearly every day was enough for her not to worry about her finishes. "I always do better when I know people are there rooting for me," Mork said.
After playing in miserable wet and cold conditions at Riverwood Golf Course on Friday, the Dickinson High girls golf team welcomed sunny, seasonable weather Saturday during the West Region finals at the same course. Junior Chivas Beaudoin shot a 78 and the Midgets finished with a 337 as both took first-place honors. "It turned out to be a pretty good day," Dickinson coach Olivia Wellenstein said of both her team's performance and the temperate conditions. Beaudoin entered the back nine trailing Jamestown eighth grader Laura Kraft by two strokes, but pulled together down the stretch. "She (
When Dickinson Trinity got the ball in the first quarter, the Titans turned to running back Dan Carr to move the ball up and down the field. However, fullback Brian Marsh ended up finding the end zone more often than his backfield counterpart. Marsh rushed for two touchdowns and caught another as the Titans rolled to a 52-0 victory over Bottineau on Friday in Class 2A, West Region football. "We've been a little frustrated, a little stressed out," Trinity coach Randy Gordon said.
Eight teams won all of their matches on Friday in the eight different pools at the Dickinson High volleyball invitational. Dickinson defeated Williston Trinity Christian 25-4, 25-14, 25-12, Miles City 25-17, 25-17, 25-27 and Hettinger 25-15, 25-9, 25-9. Williston, Mandan, Bismarck Century, Minot, Rapid City (S.D.) Central and Billings (Mont.) Skyview and Billings West all left pool play unbeaten and head to the Gold Division tournament today.