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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FARGO -- Ben Herauf isn't just a home run hitter, he's an insurance man. The Dickinson first baseman drove in three of his team's last four runs in the seventh and ninth innings to assure the Roughriders' 8-5 victory over the Williston Keybirds Thursday night in the second round of the Class A American Legion baseball state tournament at Jack Williams Stadium. Herauf came up big for his team a night after going 0-for-4 at the plate. "I got into some managed counts and took advantage," Herauf said.
Cory Hansen tells his younger pitchers to keep one eye on Kyle Schroeder when the reliable right hander is on the mound. The Dickinson Roughriders American Legion baseball coach makes sure the novices keep their other eye on Schroeder's breaking ball. "He has command of his pitches, which makes him one of the upper echelon guys in the state," Hansen said. "That's what we're trying to develop with our younger guys." Schroeder doesn't mind his coach putting him on a pedestal either. In fact, he takes pride in the position. "I look at it more as a leader," Schroeder said.
Growing up around rodeo in southwest North Dakota has shown Dusty Hausauer how significant the Champions Ride is to professional saddle bronc riders. "You talk to every bronc rider through the last how many decades and every great bronc rider has been to Sentinel Butte," Hausauer said. "It's something you want to be a part of. It's a pretty big honor just to get invited to it." Hausauer, a 25-year-old Dickinson native, has ridden broncs at the Champions Ride the past three years and has won a go round for two consecutive years. He hopes to expand on that success at today's rodeo.
After moving from Texas to North Dakota, Haley Butterfield was faced with the possibility that there was no place for fastpitch softball in her future. But thanks to the efforts of her father, Bill Butterfield, and several other area parents, 11-year-old Haley and nearly 80 other Dickinson area girls are searching for a future in a sport whose popularity is rising faster than a Jennie Finch pitch. When Bill and Jean Butterfield, both southwest North Dakota natives, moved to a ranch north of Richardton, they knew no options existed for their daughter to play fastpitch softball. "I didn't rea
T.C. Shelhamer couldn't stop smiling Saturday night at the Southwest Speedway. The Plevna, Mont., racer won his first WISSOTA Street Stocks feature race, took home top honors in his heat and even won the Points Fund money drawing in the pits. "When a guy has a groove, a guy has a groove," Shelhamer said with a laugh while cooling down his No. 81 car. Shelhamer took the pole in the feature and held off Street Stocks points leader Randy Meyer the entire 20 laps.
Allan Frederick thought he was done with auto racing.
Ben Herauf is a man of many nicknames. Herauf has so many different monikers, no player on the Dick-inson Roughriders American Legion baseball team knows what to shout when they're respectably heckling him from the dugout. "We have a lot of fun with him," Dickinson catcher Alex Koppinger said. "Ben's one of those kids you can just mess around with." However, it doesn't matter if it's 'Dark Helmet', 'Big Bird', 'Clock' or the obvious, 'Big Ben,' the 6-foot-4, 220-pound first baseman doesn't give too much thought to the nicknames these days.
With tendonitis bothering his right elbow, Jamie Ollila wondered if his days at the pitcher's mound were numbered. Almost as a backup, the Dickinson Roughriders' veteran began concentrating on improving his production at the plate and his defense at second base. "With my elbow being how it is, I was just starting to focus on defense and hitting the ball," Ollila said.
By Dustin Monke firstname.lastname@example.org Cory Hansen wasn't used to the quick turnaround between the North Dakota high school and American Legion baseball seasons. Two practices after from watching the Dickinson Midgets win the Class A state championship, the Dickinson Roughriders American Legion team hit the ground running. With three new coaches - Hansen, Andy Emerd and Brian Smith - at the helm, team philosophies and mannerisms changed rapidly. "The kids were overwhelmed at the beginning and everything was so new," said Hansen, who, along with his coaching staff moved to Dickinson
Who would have thought a game between the Dickinson and Williston American Legion baseball teams would turn into a pitchers' dual? The high-scoring, hard-hitting teams were no match for their opposing pitchers on Friday evening in Game 1 of a Western Division doubleheader at Southside Municipal Ballpark. Williston right hander Jeff Skadeland tossed a three-hitter and Dickinson righty Stephen Laylock threw 11 strikeouts, but gave up the game's only run in the third inning that gave the Keybirds a 1-0 victory. "I'm just really excited to get that game over with," said Skadeland, who also scor