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 has been a key member of The Press winning the North Dakota Newspaper Association's General Excellence and Sweepstakes awards in 2009 and 2012, as well as the Press' Sweepstakes win in 2013. As the newspaper's editor, he writes a Sunday column, contributes feature stories, designs pages and oversees the day-to-day operations of the newsroom and editorial staff.
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It was a huge Saturday night for the Decker family during the Southwest Speedway's season championship. First, 18-year-old Justin Decker held off several cautions and accidents to finish sixth place in the Pure Stocks feature and win his first season championship. "It feels really great," Decker said. Then, in the final race of the night, Justin's father, Jeff Decker, won his first Modifieds feature of the season. Jeff was in second place in the season standings, but even with the win, failed to catch Underwood driver Marlyn Seidler for the season championship. Justin survived rub attempt
It didn't take a psychic to predict the end result between West Region power Dickinson High School and bottom-feeder Minot Ryan in boys tennis action Friday at the Dickinson High School tennis courts. The Midgets lost just six games in singles play en route to a 9-0 victory over Ryan in both teams' season opener. "It was fine for a first match," Dickinson assistant coach Larry Dockter said. "We're one of the stronger teams in the West Region and they're one of the weaker teams." Varsity newcomer Kyle Rummel was impressive in his debut.
Five years ago, Kyle Steffes was part of the North Dakota State football team's practice squad. Today, he's embracing his role as one of the Bison's most seasoned veterans - and he's loving it. "Just being a senior, trying to take more of a leadership role this year," Steffes said. "Taking the younger guys under my wing and showing them the ropes of being a Bison football player." The former Dickinson Trinity standout is an ideal role model for younger players on the Bison roster. He's stayed relatively constant throughout his career.
JAMESTOWN -- Chivas Beaudoin shot a 71 on her second day to help the Dickinson High girls golf team to a victory at the East-West Classic on Tuesday at the Jamestown Country Club. Beaudoin took top honors with a 148 after two rounds. She shot a 77 on Monday. "Just unreal," Dickinson coach Olivia Wellenstein said. "She played just a super solid game today, really focused." The Midgets shot a 687 to beat Fargo Shanley by five strokes. Fargo North shot a 709 and Minot had a 716. The meet, the first of its kind this early in the season, featured every North Dakota Class A team.
Adam Eckert was inches away from realizing his dream - twice. This summer, the former Dickinson State All-American receiver began his second season on the Montreal Alouettes' developmental and practice squad. He'd waited a whole season just for the opportunity to put on a uniform and be a part of the team in a regular-season Canadian Football League game. Eckert dressed for the first two games of the season, replacing an injured player. But, he didn't get on the field. The Alouettes, despite winning both games, failed to put big numbers between themselves and their opponents.
Dickinson High senior Whitney Wellenstein has found a way to balance her commitment to the Midgets' defending state champion volleyball team and the girls golf team, which her mother coaches. Although Wellenstein knows neither sport could outweigh the other, she's confident she can find a way to delicately balance the two. "I've done it forever, since seventh grade, so it's not that hard anymore," Wellenstein said. "You just get used to it." One thing Wellenstein is used to is winning.
The races for the Southwest Speedway season championships took a much-awaited turn after last Saturday's final regular-season race. A new rule - instituted this season on a trial basis - in the Speedway's points standings forces each driver to drop his or her worst performance of the season when totaling their season points. For some, this is a tremendous boost to their title hopes.
Dan Mortensen realized his love for rodeo when he was only a boy. Although he enjoyed wrestling and playing baseball, Mortensen always knew rodeo was destined to be his best sport. "My heroes were always the cowboys," Mortensen said. The six-time Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association saddle bronc champion will be a hero for the charity benefited by the 50th annual Champions Ride Saddle Bronc Match today at Home on the Range near Sentinel Butte.
The NFL season is here. Although there aren't any games for more than a month, both the attractive and hideous faces of the sport have reered their heads - oddly enough, they're both quarterbacks. First there's Brett Favre. Bless his heart. The savvy veteran said Monday he can already tell this is one of the best Green Bay Packers teams he has been a part of. "I really feel like this is, as far as talent is concerned, the most talented team that I've been a part of as a whole," Favre told reporters at training camp. Wow!
Josh Standing Elk couldn't believe what had happened. With two outs, the bases loaded and the Bismarck Governors trailing the top-seeded Minot Vistas by a run in the top of the ninth inning of the American Legion West Division baseball championship game, Standing Elk snagged a blooper that would give the Governors a 5-4 victory. However, when the baseball fell to the ground, no one could have expected what would happen next. The ball hit the lip of the infield grass and bounced high in the air over Minot second baseman Teddy Anderson and into right field.