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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As far as the media members voting in the latest Class B state boys basketball poll are concerned, District 14 is the best in the state. Three teams from the district are ranked in the top five, including top-ranked Beulah. The Miners stayed on the top of the poll with a 2-0 record while Hazen finished second in the voting and Killdeer fifth. After the third week of voting, Beulah hasn't fallen out of the top spot.
Hennessy Rodriguez couldn't have been more scared. A CT scan had just revealed a mass on her right ovary. Rodriguez instantly experienced the same fear-provoking thought millions have had to face. "I was terrified," Rodriguez said. "When they (the doctors) first said they saw the mass on my ovary, I automatically thought I had ovarian cancer." The image the doctors showed Rodriguez didn't do anything to settle her fears either. "You could see the mass," she said. "Your ovary is only about the circumference of your ring finger.
War can change a man. It may affect him violently and physically, or it can come at him slowly, setting him on a path that will alter the way he lives out the rest of his days. In Justin Schlecht's case, it was a little of both. After Schlecht returned home from the war in Iraq, the Dickinson State wrestler had an epiphany. Schlecht knew then that he needed to start living for the big picture and relax the rigid stance he once had for his wrestling career. "It (wrestling) wasn't going to change the world," Schlecht said. "It wasn't going to have an effect on the world if I lost the match.
Dickinson High junior Chase Hanson looked more like a professional wrestler the way he bounced around the mat before his match against Bismarck St.
BELCOURT -- With six seconds remaining in the second half, Dickinson High senior forward Tate Kick finished off a spin move in the lane with a layup and gave the Midgets a 58-56 victory over Belcourt in West Region boys basketball on Friday night. "It was a heck of a game," Midgets coach Dean Winczewski said. Kick finished with 22 points and 15 assists. The No. 4-ranked Midgets (3-1) nearly had to deal with another upset. Dickinson was beaten by Williston 82-58 on Dec.
BELCOURT -- Brittney Ridl had been looking for her groove during Dickinson High's first three games. She found it in the fourth game. The senior guard scored 14 points and had game-highs of nine rebounds, six assists and three steals to lead the Midgets to a 67-44 victory over Belcourt on Friday. "It's a pretty good day at the office kind of stat line," Dickinson coach Greg Jung said. Dickinson senior center Katelyn Steffan scored her 1,000th point of her career on a free throw late in the second half. Steffan led the No.
The City of Dickinson, with the help of the Dickinson Convention and Visitors Bureau, will host the North Dakota Tournament Association state singles pool championships on January 5-7 at the Days Inn Grand Dakota Lodge. More than 400 pool players from around the state will attend the tournament, which has the potential to generate more than $180,000 for the City of Dickinson over the three days. "These tournaments have proven to be such as success with all of the great hospitality services we work with, which make it easy to bring these tournaments to Dickinson time and time again," said Phi
HETTINGER -- Mark Keithley scored 27 points and had four rebounds to lead the Dickinson Trinity boys basketball team to a 46-41 victory over the Hettinger Black Devils on Thursday night. The 10th-ranked Titans improved to 4-1 with the victory and played without head coach Gregg Grinsteinner, who was away on personal business. Assistant coach Tim Daniel was at the helm for the Titans and was impressed with Keithley's performance. "He did a good job taking the ball to the hole and scoring and when he didn't score, he got fouled a lot of times," Daniel said. Jerad Jacobson led the Black Devil
BISMARCK -- It wasn't pretty, but Dickinson High will take it. Grant Kovacs had 35 saves as the Midgets tied Bismarck Century 2-2 in West Region boys hockey on Thursday night. Dickinson goes into the Christmas break on a three-game unbeaten streak. "We were unorganized and our goaltender stepped up and played out of his mind for us to get a tie out of it," Dickinson coach Dave Hanneman said. The teams traded goals in the second and third periods.
Dickinson native Tony Biesiot is one of four finalists for the Minot State head football coach position. He interviews for the position today in Minot. The other three finalists are Paul Rudoplh, a former Minot State quarterback and current offensive coordinator for St. Cloud State; Joseph Austin, the offensive coordinator at the University of Dubuque (Iowa) and Robert Barnhill, the athletic director and offensive coordinator at Concordia (Wis.) University. "We're pretty pleased with the candidates we have here," Minot State coach Rick Hedberg said.