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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You don't have to tell Beulah boys basketball coach Doug Olson what the atmosphere in coal country will be like when his team plays Hazen tonight. Olson has seen it before, even though it's been a while. "You never know sometimes in a rivalry game what's going to happen," Olson said. "It'll be good for the communities I'm sure." The fifth-ranked Miners (8-1), who had been the No. 1-ranked team in Class B before losing to Watford City less than two weeks ago, host the now top-ranked Bison (9-0) at 7 p.m.
Dana Johnson knew if Dickinson State wanted to beat Jamestown College, it needed to make the Jimmies play at its tempo as quickly as possible. While it took the majority of the first half to accomplish, the Blue Hawks finally set the pace and rolled to a 59-43 Dakota Athletic Conference women's basketball victory over the Jimmies on Saturday at Scott Gymnasium. "That's the thing coach (Guy Fridley) told us was to set the tempo of the game," Johnson said. "I think we got them out of their style of playing and into ours and it worked for us.
Donny English made a 180-degree turnaround from Friday night in Dickinson State's victory over Jamestown College on Saturday. English made the game his own and scored six of his team's 14 points in overtime. The 6-foot-3 senior finished with a team-high 26 points to help the Blue Hawks edge the Jimmies 92-87 in Dakota Athletic Conference men's basketball at Scott Gymnasium. "I definitely felt like I have to be the one to step up," English said.
Brady Ernst has struggled playing at Dickinson State for two years. Consider that skid over. The former Dickinson Trinity standout scored a team-high 14 points and was 6 of 9 from the field to lead Valley City State to a 76-48 Dakota Athletic Conference men's basketball victory over the Blue Hawks on Saturday. "It's about time I finally have a decent game coming back here," Ernst said. Ernst and former Cando standout Jonathon Lindahl each scored 10 points in the first half and gradually led VCSU to an insurmountable lead. "It's always important, on the road, to get out to a good start," V
It took Valley City State less than four minutes to destroy everything Dickinson State had accomplished in the first half. The Vikings hit their first three 3-pointers of the second half, made their free throws down the stretch and held on for a 77-66 victory over the Blue Hawks on Friday in Dakota Athletic Conference women's basketball. DSU led 30-27 at halftime, but by the 16:16 mark of the second half, the Vikings were in the midst of a 17-2 run. "The first five minutes we hit some shots," VCSU coach Jill DeVries said. Vikings senior Mallory Undlin and Molly Schultz capped the sudden su
Kyle Iverson's career at Jamestown College didn't begin exactly the way he thought it would. Iverson was recruited by Brad Huse, the coach who led the Jimmies to three straight conference championships and several team records while Iverson was still in high school. But the summer before Iverson joined the Jimmies men's basketball team, Huse bolted for an assistant coaching job at NCAA Division I Montana. "We (Iverson and other then incoming freshmen) were kind of torn by it," Iverson said.
BELFIELD -- Patience is a virtue and the South Heart boys basketball team exercised it with its offense Thursday night against Belfield. The Eagles took a 58-36 District 13 victory to win the Feather Bowl. "There was a little more patience in our offense," Eagles coach Curt Pierce said. "And with that, good things happen." The Bantams may have been the first one on the scoreboard, but a pair of free throws from South Heart senior guard Daniel Kessel sparked a seven-point run to secure the Eagles a permanent lead in the game. "We came out okay," Bantams coach Dan Conner said.
KILLDEER -- Dickinson Trinity fought off a bad shooting night and came away with a District 14 girls basketball victory over Killdeer on Thursday. Kaylee Schank scored 11 points and had four rebounds while Katie Gordon had 10 points and four rebounds to lead the Titans to a 43-35 victory. "Our guards shot the ball well from the outside," Trinity coach Alysia Hugret said. "Kaylee Schank had some good shots at crucial times.
Donny English has played battered and broken this season. Last Saturday, he even got a little bloody. With time winding down in Dickinson State's victory over Black Hills State, English deflected a ball and collided with Blue Hawks guard Josh McLeod. English wound up with a cut on his nose, some swelling on his cheek and a black eye. However, English just shrugged off the latest bump on a fast-growing list of injuries. "I should be fine. I iced it," English said.
WILLISTON -- Two players scored hat tricks to lift Williston to a win over Dickinson in girls hockey Thursday. Alissa Kyllo had a natural hat trick - scoring three consecutive goals in the first period - and Rachel Hennessy scored another three goals in the first and second periods to lift the Coyotes to an 8-0 victory. The Midgets, playing without all-state senior forward Jennifer Schnaidt and forward Amity Lantz, struggled to keep up with the Coyotes. "There wasn't a whole lot of cohesion," Dickinson coach Ryan Love said.