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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The Dickinson State men's basketball team is struggling to say the least. The Blue Hawks are on an eight-game losing skid, have lost those games by an average of 17.6 points and are giving up 89 points per game, which is second-worst in the nation. "We haven't really got to the point where we want to be yet," DSU senior guard Roger Russaw said. DSU can get back on track tonight when it travels to Rapid City, S.D., to play South Dakota Tech in the opening game of its first Dakota Athletic Conference doubleheader at 7:30 p.m.
Basketball tournaments just won't be the same this March without Johnny Leiss in the stands. Johnny, who died last week at age 62 after a six-week battle with pancreatic cancer, was known as one of the biggest sports fans in the state - if not the biggest. Johnny wasn't supposed to live past age 40. Born at the height of World War II, he was a forceps baby who suffered brain damage at birth.
Guy Fridley knows where Dickinson State needs to improve. But it's easier said than done. "We're getting great looks," Fridley said. "There's no reason for us to change offensively. We've got to convert on our shots." The Blue Hawks women's basketball team shot a combined 36 of 110 (32.7 percent) from the field in losses to Rocky Mountain College and Montana State-Northern last week.
For nearly two periods Tuesday, the Dickinson High and Hazen-Beulah girls hockey teams did their best to keep up with each other. But in the span of eight seconds late in the second period, all that changed. Amity Lantz and Jennifer Schnaidt scored back-to-back goals to help the Midgets take a two-goal lead into the intermission.
Sometimes you watch something and you know you're seeing history in the making. While I sat in my living room watching Boise State do the improbable and beat Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl on Monday night, I realized two things: It was one of the best college football games I'd ever seen and this was a story that'll may one day be known as 'The Game' that finally brought the Bowl Championship Series' tyrannical reign to an end. That is if the college president's finally find it in their cold hearts to retire the BCS in favor of some kind of a playoff system so that teams from small, 'non-BCS' c
Guy Fridley has been preaching the importance of playing a full game all season. The Dickinson State women's basketball coach will have to wait to see if his team can put the words of wisdom to good use. The Blue Hawks got ahead early in the first half, but gave up a big run to Montana State-Northern in the final three minutes of the half and fell apart in the second half. The Skylights cruised to a 61-47 nonconference victory after outscoring DSU 44-14 in the last 23 minutes of the game on Friday night at Scott Gymnasium. "I've been saying it all year," Fridley said.
BILLINGS, Mont. - The Dickinson State men's basketball team never got going and fell to Carroll College 101-59 on Friday at the Fortin Center during the Rocky Mountain College Classic. The shellacking started in the first half as Carroll College built a 55-28 lead going into halftime. The Saints received 37 points from their bench and got 24 points off DSU turnovers. Carroll dominated the Blue Hawks defensively, drilling eight 3-pointers including five from Dallas Leslie, who had a game-high 28 points.
Aspiring rodeo athletes are getting a chance to learn tips and tricks from the sport's professionals this weekend at Rodeo School in Bowman. More than 30 athletes from four states - some as young as nine years old - are attending the school, which began Thursday and wraps up today at Bowman's new Multi-Purpose Arena.
SILVER BAY, Minn. -- Dickinson High cranked up its offense and got a great performance from goaltender Grant Kovacs to clinch another win on the final day of the Silver Bay/Cook County Tournament. Eric Pankowski and Ross Kovacs scored their first career goals and the Midgets' leading scorers, Jeff Kaiser and Cole Frenzel, each added a goal to lead the Midgets to a 4-1 victory over Minneapolis West on Friday. Grant Kovacs had 31 saves for the Midgets, who improved to 7-4-1 and took third place in the round robin.
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