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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MAYVILLE -- Nancy Nyongesa had 14 kills and 14 digs to lead the Dickinson State volleyball team to a 30-22, 30-21, 30-15 victory over Mayville State on Saturday in Dakota Athletic Conference action. "We tightned the screws," Dickinson State coach Dave Moody said. "Every game we played a little better." Elizabeth Castillo led the Blue Hawks with 16 kills. She had a .576 hitting efficiency. The Blue Hawks hit .481 as a team. "Castillo and Nyongesa had good matches at the net," Moody said.
HAZEN -- Five different Hazen players rushed for a touchdown as the Bison took a 42-12 victory over Hatton-Northwood on Saturday in the Class AA football quarterfinals. Aaron Berger led the Bison with 150 yards rushing on nine carries. He wrapped up Hazen's scoring with a 77-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Brian Sorenson added 87 yards rushing on seven carries. "We just kind of took what they gave us," Hazen coach Rick Philion said.
Mott-Regent football coach Ron Benson knew he had one of the top running backs in the state in Tyler Grosz. He also knew Turtle Lake-Mercer halfback Eddie Cullum was no pushover. The Trojans senior proved why he can't be taken lightly in Saturday's nine-man quarterfinal. Cullum rushed for 284 yards and two touchdowns to lead Turtle Lake-Mercer to a 34-28 victory over the No.
MOTT -- District 13's Cinderella story came to an end Saturday night. Top-seeded New England used talent and team play to rally numerous times in its thrilling 21-25, 25-21, 25-13, 25-27, 15-10 victory over popular underdog Belfield-South Heart in the championship match of the District 13 volleyball tournament at the National Guard Armory. With the win, New England successfully defended its district championship and enters the Region 7 tournament as the top seed from District 13. "We felt that we had to prove that last year wasn't a fluke," New England coach Jodi Jung said.
MINOT -- Paige Nash and Katelyn Steffan each had 12 kills to lead Dickinson High past Minot High 25-11, 25-20, 25-23 on Saturday in West Region volleyball. With the victory the Midgets improved to 29-3 overall and 11-1 in the West Region. "Overall, I'm very pleased to come out of Minot with a 3-0 win," Dickinson coach Jay Schobinger said. The Midgets must beat Bismarck High at home on Thursday and sweep Williston at home on Friday if they have any chance at winning the West Region regular-season title.
BILLINGS, Mont. -- The Dickinson State men's cross country team had a near-perfect Saturday with its first-place finish at the Montana State-Billings Invitational. The Blue Hawks had the top four finishers to take home first place with a 16-point day. John Kungu's time of 26 minutes, 23 seconds won the race. Bismark Cheruiyot nearly caught his teammate at 26:26. Moses Chepkwony was third at 26:31. Sergio Campos was fourth at 27:11. Shane Grever and Bryant Harvey also had strong days for the Blue Hawks, finishing seventh and eighth overall.
During Hank Biesiot's conversations with coaches who have already seen Dakota State's defense, the Dickinson State football coach realized the Blue Hawks may be in for more of a fight than they originally thought. "They get after it," Biesiot said of the Trojans. "Everybody we've talked to in the league that has played them has really liked their defense." The Blue Hawks travel to Madison, S.D., to face the Trojans at 12:30 p.m.
The Dickinson State football team has to win today at Dakota State and next Saturday at South Dakota Tech if it has any chance of sharing a Dakota Athletic Conference championship. The Blue Hawks also need a little help. Black Hills State is 5-0 in the conference, but hosts Valley City State today and Minot State next Saturday. If Minot State (4-4 overall, 4-1 DAC) beats Jamestown College today, the Beavers have a chance at either sharing or winning the DAC title when they play Black Hills State next week. If the Yellowjackets win today, they clinch a share of the title.
MOTT -- Mott-Regent football coach Ron Benson doesn't care where he has to take the Wildfire for playoff games, as long as they're still playing. Because of the nine-man playoff schedule, set up by the North Dakota High School Activities Association, the No. 1-ranked Wildfire must go on the road to play Turtle Lake-Mercer at 1:30 p.m. CDT today in the state quarterfinals. Ironically, the Wildfire have a better record than the Trojans and won their previous meeting 26-6 in Turtle Lake. "We don't mind going up there and playing," Benson said.
MOTT -- When Bowman outside hitter Allison Hanson had room to hit from the left side, Hettinger and most of the fans at the National Guard Armory, knew what was coming next. There just wasn't anything the Black Devils could do to stop it. Hanson had seven of her match-high 16 kills in Game 3 of the Bulldogs' 25-22, 25-17, 25-21 victory over Hettinger on Thursday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the District 13 volleyball tournament. "I did not want to lose because I was dying," Hanson said of the decisive Game 3.