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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Dickinson had a lead, but wasn't assured of a win going into its doubles matches against Mandan on Tuesday. Midgets coach Kristal Fields watched as Mandan defeated the Dickinson's Nos. 2 and 3 doubles teams and put the entire match in the hands of No.
The great wood-bat experiment began with a whimper Monday at Southside Municipal Ballpark. The Dickinson and Bismarck High baseball teams each had just two meaningless hits in their first game playing with wood bats, a new rule implemented this season by the North Dakota High School Activities Association. In the end, defense was the deciding factor.
Ed Warren is accustomed to being a minority - especially on a baseball field. Dickinson State's senior center fielder is the only African-American baseball player on his team and one of only five black players in the Dakota Athletic Conference. "If I see another black guy playing baseball, it's like, 'Whoa!
The South Heart and Belfield school boards have unanimously agreed to send their application for a boys basketball cooperative agreement and team name change to the North Dakota High School Activities Association. Although the boards both collectively approved the co-op, South Heart principal Curt Pierce said only a few community members voiced their disapproval of the proposed merger. "It hasn't been a major or real controversy," Pierce said. "We haven't heard a lot of people against it.
Dana Dunsmore's level of play goes hand in hand with her personality. When Dunsmore arrived at Dickinson State to play softball her junior season, she was the girl most likely to stand in the background of a group photo - and not just because at 5-foot-10, she was the tallest player on the Blue Hawks' roster. Dunsmore was nervous around her teammates and coaches. Her shy, soft-spoken attitude often reflected in her numbers on the field. "It was a lot more frustrating at the start," Dunsmore said. "I felt like I dwelled too much on it.
Lyndsey Kent had the third-best fall season on Dickinson State women's golf team. She also had the fifth best season the Dakota Athletic Conference. Kent, a Dickinson High graduate, will team with Megan Fisher, Leah Grinsteiner and Megan Jones to form the top-returning team in the DAC when the conference season resumes on Sunday at the two-day South Dakota School of Mines Tournament. "It'll be fun to start playing," Kent said.
A motley crew of Dickinson Trinity boys golfers sat on a bench inside Dickinson's National Guard Armory with apathetic looks on their faces. After an hour of chipping wiffle balls off a carpet in a gymnasium, senior Brett Lefor's indifference seemed contagious. "You can't really practice your full swing, it's mainly short game," Lefor said. "And it's hitting off carpet so it's not really ...
The Western Dakota Association Activities Directors spring meeting couldn't come at a more opportune time. With weather postponing nearly every outdoor athletic event the past three weeks, Dickinson High Activities Director Calvin Dean said the meeting will likely be used to devise ways to hold certain events. "We're going to brainstorm ideas on how to make up everything," Dean said. The past weeks have been boring as far as athletics, but in Dean's world - and those of most other activities directors - the stress is constant. Dean said when the weather warms up things will get even hairie
Guy Fridley is the first to admit that his job is often a little too easy. Especially when the Dickinson State softball team's bats are pinging with the force they have so far this season. "I just sit down at third base and wave my arm around and around," Fridley said. "It's all that I do." Despite playing only 14 games this season, the 18th-ranked Blue Hawks are off to a strong start.
Maurice Eleazar Staley could be a great athlete one day. But don't expect his mom and dad to push the football field or the track on their first-born son.