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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Four years away from a football field finally got the best of James Macey. After playing just one season at San Joaquin Delta College in his hometown of Stockton, Calif., a thumb injury and subsequent surgery put what he believed was an end to his playing career. So, he decided to quit college and move out of California with the hopes of finding a job. He landed in Las Vegas. "I decided I was going to quit playing football," Macey said.
The top two reasons suggested for the Dickinson State football team's 0-3 record to start to the season are its inexperience and inconsistency. The Blue Hawks start just three seniors - all of them defense. Two seniors are injured and three others play mostly on special teams or in backup duty. Compound inexperience with DSU's inability to lock down a starting quarterback and it has produced a staggering start to a season.
The duel between Chivas Beaudoin and Laura Kraft on the back nine was an epic, attention-drawing battle to the finish. Maybe that's why Mickayla Nagel came out on top. "I was just having fun," Nagel said. "I wasn't even hitting that great. It was kind of ridiculous." Nagel, a Minot High sophomore, played with little fanfare two holes behind the lead group and finished one stroke ahead of both of the West Region's leading girls golfers Friday at Heart River Golf Course. Nagel's 81 secured her first career victory at the Western Dakota Association tournament.
Tyler Steffan wants to become more involved in the Dickinson High football team's offense. The receiver just has trouble getting around secondaries that tend to flock toward him every time he splits out wide. "It doesn't matter," Steffan said.
Dickinson State senior kicker Shawn O'Brien had one of the worst games of his collegiate career last Saturday against Dakota State. On Monday, O'Brien was back at Whitney Stadium, going through his regimen, looking forward to Saturday's game against South Dakota Mines. "You've got to bounce back," O'Brien said. "You're going to win some and lose some." O'Brien battled a tricky crosswind and lost, missing three fourth-quarter field goals and an extra point in DSU's 14-12 loss to the Trojans.
Galen Morton remembers the moment he first caught a glimpse of Sergio Campos Jimenez. Jimenez's entire freshman class at John Marshall High School in Los Angeles had to run a mile to complete a physical education course. Having never competed in track or cross country, the diminutive Jimenez dominated the race. "I'll never forget it," Morton said with a laugh.
NEW ENGLAND -- Jodi Jung thanked her players for the victory, and then for the headache it caused her. "It's stressful," said Jung, New England's volleyball coach.
Dickinson State volleyball coach Dave Moody probably would not have minded if Jamestown College would have forced a fifth game Saturday afternoon. That would have driven home the point he was trying to make to his team after the Blue Hawks claimed their second consecutive Dakota Athletic Conference victory with a 30-21, 30-23, 28-30, 30-23 win over the Jimmies at Scott Gymnasium. "Our defense was dismal to pathetic at times," Moody said.
With the onslaught of injuries Lico Sifuentes has suffered in his football career, it is no wonder several of his best friends continually tell the Dickisnon State linebacker he's made of glass. "Sometimes I think I am," Sifuentes said. The pain began during his sophomore year of high school with, arguably, the worst injury of his career. Sifuentes blew apart his right Anterior Cruciate Ligament and tore meniscus in his right knee as a 16-year-old high school sophomore.
The Dickinson State football team has its starting quarterback. Now, the Blue Hawks hope to answer some other nagging questions. Junior quarterback Caleb Midura, who has thrown for 172 yards and two touchdowns in two losses so far this season, will start his second game when the Blue Hawks face Dakota State in Madison, S.D., at 12:30 p.m.