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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Bowman County breathed a sigh of relief when Hazen freshman Stef Bohrer air balled her last-second 3-point attempt, giving the Bulldogs a close victory in the Region 7 girls basketball tournament quarterfinals. The shot capped a hectic final minute when Bowman County, the top seed from District 13, had chances to widen its lead and Hazen had opportunities to take back the game it saw slip away late in the half. However, the third-ranked Bulldogs kept their heads above water long enough to earn a 42-41 victory at Knights of Columbus Activities Center on Monday night. "At this point, they don
Richardton-Taylor had shut down South Heart-Belfield post Michelle Kubas for much of its Region 7 tournament quarterfinals game Monday night. But Kubas picked the opportune moment to execute the ideal post move. The junior's textbook turnaround jumper in the paint with 49 seconds left in the fourth quarter gave the Eagles the lead for good and they held on for a 43-39 victory at Knights of Columbus Activities Center. Kubas had a game-high 15 points and had 13 rebounds to lead the Eagles, who like the Raiders, appeared flustered from the beginning of the game. "Nerves took a toll on it," So
The NAIA North Region wrestling tournament was bittersweet for Dickinson State. The Blue Hawks captured a region-best four individual tournament titles, but fell to NAIA defending national champion Dana College in the team points on Saturday at Scott Gymnasium. "They did a good job getting bonus points, getting pins," said DSU junior Justin Schlecht, the 197-pound champion. "We need to work on those things." Dana used early-round pins as a springboard and had several of its wrestlers step up in the late rounds to finish with 175.5 points.
Bo James' strut to the locker room at the end of the second quarter echoed the Watford City boys basketball team's poise against rival Dickinson Trinity Friday night. James held his head high and had a bounce in his step after blocking Brian Marsh's 3-point attempt as time expired in the first half, sending the ball into the Trinity student section. "It was adrenaline," said James, who blocked four shots. "It's Trinity.
After Dickinson State senior guard Josh McLeod went on an 11-0 run by himself early in the second half to help his team tie Minot State, Beavers coach Mike Hultz saw how good his men's basketball team could be. "We had that during his run," Hultz said. Minot State bounced back from McLeod's outburst with one of its own, knocking down four 3-pointers in a span of 3 minutes, 30 seconds to build an 11-point lead it wouldn't give up. The Beavers shot 62 percent from beyond the 3-point line at Scott Gymnasium, knocking down 13 treys to seal an 86-73 Dakota Athletic Conference victory on Thursday
While the result wasn't as grandiose as the first time the teams met in early December, it didn't look like much had changed for the Dickinson State women's basketball team since it last played Minot State. The Beavers controlled the tempo early and Kendra Meyer sparked a 14-1 run at the outset of the second half - one of a series of Minot State outbursts throughout the game - to gain the upper hand as they cruised to a 64-45 Dakota Athletic Conference victory Thursday night at Scott Gymnasium. "We knew we had to come out in the second half and get a good gap," Meyer said. Meyer led the Bea
It has been eight seasons since Dickinson High last went to the North Dakota state boys hockey tournament. It was also the last time the Midgets ended the season with a winning record until this year. Their regular-season finish provides a silver lining for Midgets co-coach Dave Hanneman as the team enters the West Region Tournament. "This is our best chance I've ever had as a coach and our team has ever had to go to state," Hanneman said.
RICHARDTON -- A good old fashioned halftime chewing by Richardton-Taylor coach Dan Glasser was enough to inspire Raiders senior Devin Rummel. "He yelled at us for not taking open shots," Rummel said. "That's what we did in the second half." Rummel sparked the Raiders' eight-point run to start the third quarter and scored all 12 of his points in the eight minutes. The outburst helped Richardton-Taylor build a lead on Glen Ullin-Hebron after trailing at halftime.
Injuries have worn on Matt Michaelson. Three concussions in two years - two of them separated by only three weeks during his freshman season at the University of Mary - forced him to rethink his athletic career. "When they happen pretty close, then you've got something to worry about," Michaelson said. After U-Mary doctors wouldn't clear Michaelson to wrestle, the Dickinson High graduate looked home to Dickinson State - the school he'd nearly decided to wrestle for straight out of high school - for an answer. Blue Hawks coach Thadd O'Donnell responded with open arms. "We said the door's a
Improving Hawks set to battle Beavers The Dickinson State men's basketball team isn't fighting for what it hoped it'd would be at this point in the season. But the Blue Hawks plan to put up a fight nonetheless. DSU and Minot State compete for the fifth and sixth spots in the Dakota Athletic Confernce tournament on Thursday night at Scott Gymnasium.