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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The Southwest Speedway track belonged to Jerry Praus on Saturday night. The Pure Stocks racer from South Heart simply dominated his class, sweeping the night with wins in his heat, the trophy dash and feature races. However, it was the trophy dash Praus found most interesting. Starting in the back of the pack, Praus seized a hole on the first lap and drove to the win. "I didn't expect to win in the trophy dash," said Praus, racing for the first time this season. "I was like, 'I'll take the hole.
Jake Bauer hoped for a little more toward the end of the boys golf season, but he's content with the outcome. Bauer and Dickinson High broke into the Class A state tournament for the first time since 2003 with a sixth-place finish at the West Region tournament earlier this week. After a three-year absence from the state tournament, one would imagine the Midgets would be pleased with the outcome. Think again. "We actually thought we were going to place a little bit better," said Bauer, a junior. Dickinson shot a 346 at the tournament and finished sixth, beating Jamestown by just four strok
Josh Olheiser's first night behind the wheel at the Southwest Speedway could have been better. However, the 28-year-old rookie racer from Dickinson knows there's a lot of things that didn't go wrong that easily could have. "I was pretty sick before the first race," said Olheiser, who races WISSOTA Street Stocks. "It's pretty different behind the helmet. It looks easy from the stands but you get out there and cars are moving around all over the place. You feel things in the car you don't see in the stands.
Radio Today KDIX, 1230 AM High school baseball: Dickinson vs. Williston, 3:30 p.m. KLTC, 1460 AM Pro baseball: Minnesota at Oakland, 8 p.m. Saturday KDIX, 1230 AM High school baseball: Dickinson vs. TBA Talk show: ESPN Radio, 6 p.m. (if Dickinson is not playing) Sunday KDIX, 1230 AM Talk show: ESPN Radio, 6 p.m. Calendar Today Class A state tournament at Jamestown Dickinson vs.
Everyone in the Dickinson baseball team's clubhouse knows which bat belongs to Cole Frenzel. While the stick is no Wonder Boy, the sophomore's maple is tough to miss. Frenzel's name is painted on the burgundy and black barrel, which has been kind to him in the team's full season using wood bats. "I like my Sam Bats," Frenzel said with a laugh. "I tried using it this year.
Jacob Wheeling had a disastrous first day at the Class B state boys' golf tournament last season. While Wheeling picked himself up enough on the second day to finish tied for ninth place, he still wasn't pleased. "Last year going into the state, I actually thought I had a shot at winning it," Wheeling said.
Kyle Schroeder just wanted a base hit. The Dickinson senior got a triple. Schroeder cleared the loaded bases in the top of the 10th inning to break a tie that had lasted two innings and give the Midgets the boost they needed to claim a victory over Minot High in the West Region championship game on Saturday night at Southside Municipal Ballpark. "Unexplainable," Schroeder said. "... It's hard to describe what it is.
Alex Koppinger stepped up and led the Dickinson baseball team to another victory on Friday night. The senior catcher's double to left field drove in three runs in the third inning and helped the Midgets get the ball rolling in a three-run sixth inning to seal their victory over Bismarck High in the semifinals of the West Region tournament at Southside Municipal Ballpark. "It's like I've been saying, I was just going up there looking for something to hit, regardless of the situation," Koppinger said. Jamie Ollila came through on the mound for the Midgets, tossing six innings and giving up ju
Minot High senior pitcher Shane Gathman was still so nervous after he led the Magicians past Bismarck Century that he had to find the nearest wood to knock on in the team's dugout at Southside Municipal Ballpark. "It's getting pretty late in the season," Gathman said.
BISMARCK -- Dickinson High senior Luke Leno competed at the North Dakota Class A state track and field meet the same way he competed during the regular season - start off slow, build momentum and finish strong. Leno threw the discus a personal-best 152 feet, 3 inches to take home third-place honors Friday at the Bismarck Community Bowl. Leno bested his previous mark of 150-07 on his final throw after struggling with his first toss. Bismarck High senior A.J.