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 2014. As the newspaper's editor, he writes an occassional Sunday column, contributes feature stories and breaking news, designs pages, and oversees the day-to-day operations of the newsroom and editorial staff.
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It was free admission night for the Dickinson High boys hockey team's season opener at the Dickinson Recreation Center on Friday. But even if the crowd would have shelled out the dollars, they would have gotten their money's worth. Dickinson junior forward Jeff Kaiser scored his first career hat trick and the Midgets' green line led a scoring barrage in their 8-2 West Region victory over Mandan. "As soon as they (the Braves) started to let down, we bounced back and scored. Many times," Kaiser said. Kaiser scored the first two goals in the first period.
GRAND FORKS -- The outcome never was in doubt. The only suspense centered on UND's effort, which has been up and down this season against overmatched opponents. The suspense, however, didn't last long. Neither did Dickinson State. The Sioux were sharp in all phases in rolling past DSU 97-49 on Friday night in the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center, a nonconference win before 1,781 fans that improved UND's record to 11-1. "We had a good team effort," UND coach Gene Roebuck said.
With the Dickinson State wrestling team ranked as high as it has ever been, you'd think coach Thadd O'Donnell would be smiling from ear to ear. Think again. "Personally, I think we're a little overrated," O'Donnell said. The NAIA's first regular season wrestling poll came out Friday and the Blue Hawks sitting in the No. 2 spot. Lindenwood (Mo.) University is the top-ranked team. But O'Donnell said he's not deceived by the generous early-season ranking. "Right now we're wrestling like a top-six type," O'Donnell said. "I think we have the potential to be a top two.
BISMARCK -- It was a nice way to start the state title defense for Dickinson Trinity boys basketball coach Gregg Grinsteinner and the Titans. Trinity (1-0) trailed in the first half, but led by as many as 13 in the fourth quarter and hung on to beat Shiloh Christian 63-57 in their season opener on Friday. "It was a game of runs," Grinsteinner said. Trinity, the defending state champion, had a 22-15 lead in the second quarter until Shiloh Christian ran off 11 straight points to close out the first half. Trinity came back and led 44-41 at the half.
MINOT -- The Dickinson Trinity girls basketball team remains winless on the season after taking a 55-42 setback to Bottineau at the Shootout on the Prairie on Friday at the Minot Municipal Auditorium. Despite pulling within six late in the fourth quarter, the Titans (0-2) were unable to complete the comeback as the Stars hit key free throws down the stretch to stave off Trinity's rally. Trinity played well for three quarters, but never recovered from a dismal second quarter when the Titans were outscored 14-5. "The second quarter is what hurt us," Trinity coach Alysia Hugret said.
Thursday was a night of firsts at Dickinson High during the boys basketball team's season opener. Not only was it the first Midgets game played with 18-minute half's.
MINOT -- Minot State erased any thought of a let down in the first nine minutes. MSU went on runs of 16-0, and 8-2 to take a 30-11 lead and never let Dickinson State back in the game. "It is a credit to the kids," MSU coach Sheila Green Gerding said.
WILLISTON -- Dickinson High never let up, even after the Midgets were awarded forfeits in four of their top weight classes during Thursday's West Region wrestling dual with Williston. Four Midgets earned pins, three others won close matches on points and Alex Brown earned a technical fall in the sixth minute at 103 pounds as Dickinson beat Williston 62-12. "Really good efforts. We expected the efforts we got out of the older guys," Dickinson coach Cody Wolf said. Dickinson's Luke Mellmer (152) earned a pin over Nevada Moe in 49 seconds.
MINOT -- Pat Beck started the comeback and Jordan Cooper and Andy Leraas finished it off. Minot State hit 12 3-pointers, including six by Cooper and three by Leraas, as the Beavers rallied from an early deficit to defeat Dickinson State 98-82 in the Dakota Athletic Conference opener for both teams Thursday at the MSU Dome. "We struggled to get back in transition and they carved us up at times early," MSU coach Mike Hultz said. "But we were scoring during that time. We figured some things out, thought.
GLENDIVE, Mont. -- Dickinson High senior center Katelyn Steffan scored 27 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Midgets to 62-40 victory over Dawson County on Thursday in their season opener. "We haven't really won too many season openers in the past," Dickinson coach Greg Jung said. "Our kids just had incredible energy tonight." Jung said the Midgets gave the Red Devils trouble with their full court, man-to-man defense. "We really caused them a lot of problems with our defense," Jung said. The Midgets had 13 steals in the first half and ended up with 18 in the game.