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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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
Dickinson State's tradition of signing athletes who plan to compete in multiple sports dates back to when the school first began organized athletics. The legacy appears in tact after Blue Hawks track and field coach Pete Stanton released his initial recruit signing list on Tuesday. The list is chock full of athletes who will be playing two sports, especially on the men's side. Of the 16 men and nine women on the track and field recruits list, 13 of the men will participate in either football or cross country.
Alex Koppinger's reasons behind his choice further his education and play baseball at Dickinson State are simple. "Its home you know, it's a lot easier," Koppinger said. However, the Blue Hawks baseball team did its share to persuade Koppinger to continue his playing days at the friendly confines of Southside Municipal Ballpark. "I probably would have went out of town somewhere," Koppinger said.
Dickinson State Track and field recruits Men Nakoa Baker, Dickinson High Adam Bleken, Butte, Mont. Richard Brumbaugh, Libby, Mont. Eli Cisneros, Custer, S.D. Robert Hernandez, L.A. Trade Tech College (transfer) Alex Kosgei, Western State and Kenya (transfer) Shaun Lambert, Gresham, Ore. Joey Larkin, Noxon, Mont. Logan Meiers, Glendive, Mont. Logan Polkow, Billings, Mont. Frank Ruiz, L.A.
Give the University of Mary athletic department credit.
BISMARCK -- Chivas Beaudoin beat the heat and some very good competition in the first round of the North Dakota Women's Golf Association stroke play championship on Monday morning. Beaudoin, a Dickinson Trinity senior and 2005 North Dakota state girls golf champion for Dickinson High, shot a 2-under par 70 at Apple Creek Country Club to take the lead going into today's second and final round. Beaudoin eagled the par-5 No.
Jamie Ollila hadn't pitched since the beginning of June. That didn't matter on a wickedly hot Saturday afternoon as the Dickinson Roughriders' veteran right hander threw a solid seven innings against Sturgis (S.D.) Titans and received excellent backup from his offense as the Roughriders cruised to an 12-1 American Legion baseball victory in a eight-inning game ended by the 10-run rule at Southside Municipal Ballpark. The coaches decided prior the game to play a nine-inning game instead of the scheduled doubleheader as temperatures hit a record high of 101 degrees Saturday afternoon. Ollila,
Randy Meyer proved why he's at the top of the Southwest Speedway's WISSOTA Street Stocks point standings. The Bismarck racer held his own through four cautions - some of them nasty - and secured a feature race victory Saturday night. The Street Stocks hadn't raced since June 30 thanks to the Dakota Classic Modified Tour pushing their class out of the lineup on July 11. Meyer started near the front of the pack and bided his time while several leaders came and went through the first 10 laps. He finally took the lead after a 10-car accident.
When a group of friends gets together, jokes usually fly. Not so much when a bull rider is preparing to break out of the chute. However, when the two are mixed, Killdeer High School bull rider Nathan Schaper just can't help himself. "We have a friend who's always talking about cheeseburgers," said Abe Dillman, Schaper's neighbor and life-long friend. "So Nathan is putting his rope on the bull and while he's in the chute, he's like, 'God I could use a cheeseburger.' " Keeping the mood light is what happens when Schaper, Dillman and Layne Carson get together.
Adrenaline hooked Dale Burwick. In his first-ever race at the Southwest Speedway last season, the Dickinson man won the eight-lap Pit Man's race using his cousin, Dwight Burwick's Modified race car. The enjoyment Burwick received after the short time behind the wheel convinced him to pursue his own IMCA Modified ride for the 2007 season. "It's the adrenaline I guess," said Burwick, who left his cousin's pit crew after last season. "You climb out of the car and for three, four hours you're still ... you're pumped." In the Pit Man's race, Burwick had little to no idea what he was doing.