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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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.
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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.
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.
For a couple minutes early in the second half, Dickinson State looked like it had found its footing. Then, with one swish of a wide-open 3-pointer, Rocky Mountain College got hot and DSU fell apart. With less than 15 minutes remaining in the half, Bears junior guard Keri Siewert hit a wide-open 3-pointer and started Rocky Mountain on a 22-1 run. The burst helped the Bears seal a 58-45 victory in nonconference women's basketball Thursday night at Scott Gymnasium. "Basketball is such a game of runs," Rocky Mountain coach Brian Henderson said.
SILVER BAY, Minn. -- Jeff Kaiser is quickly emerging as Dickinson High's go-to goal scorer. The junior forward had his second hat trick of the season to lead the Midgets to a 5-1 victory over Silver Bay/Cook County in the home team's own boys hockey tournament on Thursday at Frank Rukavina Arena. Kaiser opened the scoring just 35 seconds into the first period and added two more in the second period. He also assisted on Cole Reisenauer's third-period goal. "Jeff's a talented kid.
BILLINGS, Mont. -- Devin Uskoski has become a menace to the Dickinson State men's basketball team. The Rocky Mountain College forward scored 27 points and had 11 rebounds as the Bears cruised to a 83-68 victory on Thursday at the Rocky Mountain Classic at Fortin Center. Ervin Belton had 12 points and five rebounds to lead the Blue Hawks. Josh McLeod came off the bench and added 12 more points. Ryan Bogner had 10 points and four rebounds. The Bears used their size to get past the Blue Hawks, scoring 52 of their points in the paint. "There was some good stuff," Berry said.
It has been 47 days since the Dickinson State women's basketball team last played a game at Scott Gymnasium. That last month and a half hasn't been easy either. During the eight-game road stand, the Blue Hawks lost seven consecutive games before squeaking by with a 53-51 victory at Rocky Mountain in their final game before Christmas break. "I don't think at all during the year we lost our confidence," DSU coach Guy Fridley said. "Our confidence may have been shaken, but we never lost it." DSU (3-9) can win its second consecutive game against Rocky Mountain when they meet at 7 p.m.
SILVER BAY, Minn. -- Ben Schultz scored a power-play goal on back-door play just 21 seconds into the third period to give Robbinsdale Cooper a two-goal lead it wouldn't relinquish. The Hawks held on for a 2-0 victory over Dickinson High on Wednesday night on the opening day of the Silver Bay/Cook County boys hockey tournament at Frank Rukavina Arena. Cooper's Adam Cook scored an unassisted goal with 12:37 remaining in the first period to give his team an early lead. "The first period was just horrible," Dickinson coach Dave Hanneman said.
MOOSE LAKE, Minn. -- Jackie Granfors scored two twice, including the go-ahead goal in the second period to lift Moose Lake Area to a 3-1 victory over Dickinson High at the Moose Lake Tournament on Wednesday. Dickinson senior captain Katie Krogh tied the game with the Midgets' only goal with 7 minutes, 56 seconds left in the second period.