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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Dakota State built big leads and Dickinson State tore them down. Yet the Blue Hawks couldn't break through the Trojans' walls Friday night at Scott Gymnasium. Dakota withstood Dickinson comebacks in both the first and second half and held on for a 64-58 victory over the Blue Hawks in Dakota Athletic Conference women's basketball at Scott Gymnasium. "We laid down for a little while," Dakota junior Laura Tewes said. "We relaxed and they took advantage. ...
Cameron Rowland's knee must be fine. The Dickinson State senior blocked Dakota State freshman Brian Bolin's shot underneath the basket just before time expired to secure a 70-68 win Friday night in Dakota Athletic Conference men's basketball at Scott Gymnasium. The Trojans had the ball beneath the basket with three seconds remaining but couldn't get the ball to junior Joe Backus, who was hotter than a pistol in the second half. The second option was Bolin, who was the screener for Backus.
Atkins training for World Championships Derrick Atkins broke the Bahamas national record in the 100-meter run last July. But he's already begun training to break his mark of 10.08 seconds. Atkins, the former Dickinson State track star who still holds school records in the 100 and 200, is at the University of Florida in Gainesville training for next summer's International Association of Athletics Federations track and field World Championships in Osaka, Japan. "It's fun. It has its down side when you have off days and stuff like that," Atkins said.
First there was Dennis Rodman and his colorful afros. Then came Scot Pollard's bleach-blond locks. Now Dickinson State junior Nigel Sims is sporting hairstyles that stack up with some of basketball's most outrageous players. "Sometimes I get bored," said Sims, currently sporting a close-cropped look with a dyed-blond streak down the middle. "It's just hair. It grows back." When Sims arrived at DSU after transferring from North Seattle Community College, he had hair that reached his shoulders.
Nash named Gatorade POTY Dickinson High senior Paige Nash was named the Gatorade North Dakota volleyball player of the year on Wednesday. Nash's 421 kills was second in Class A and she had 266 digs and 69 aces for the Midgets, who finished 38-4 and won their second consecutive state championship in November. The outside hitter had a team-high 18 kills in Dickinson's win over Bismarck Century in the state title match. Nash is the second winner from Dickinson High. Katelynn Stiefel won the award in 2003. Nash will attend the University of Montana in the fall.
After three games in three days, the depleted Dickinson Trinity boys basketball team may need a 12-day break, simply to recuperate. The Titans host Richardton-Taylor tonight, travel to Hazen on Friday night and then play Beach at home on Saturday afternoon. "It's going to be a long weekend," Trinity senior Jordan Rising said. Especially without senior point guard Mark Keithley, who will miss the weekend with illness. Senior forward Brian Marsh sprained his ankle last Saturday against Standing Rock, but could be back in the lineup sometime during the next three games.
Matt Klug may have led Dickinson Trinity in points Tuesday night. But he also may have been the most modest Titan in the locker room. Klug scored 10 of his game-high 12 points in the first quarter as the Titans steamrolled South Heart 45-30 in Region 7 boys basketball at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center. However the 5-foot-9 junior guard wasn't impressed by his team's performance as the game wore on. "We came out hard the first quarter and we just didn't start playing team ball," Klug said.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Saturday was a great day for the Dickinson State wrestling team. Sunday was a different story. The Blue Hawks got tangled up on the mats Sunday afternoon at the NAIA National Duals and had to drive through a snowstorm to get home. Top-ranked Lindenwood defeated DSU 26-7 in the semifinals and then second-ranked Emery-Riddle beat the fourth-ranked Blue Hawks 25-18 in the for third place. "I thought we wrestled real well," DSU coach Thadd O'Donnell said.
You don't have to tell Beulah boys basketball coach Doug Olson what the atmosphere in coal country will be like when his team plays Hazen tonight. Olson has seen it before, even though it's been a while. "You never know sometimes in a rivalry game what's going to happen," Olson said. "It'll be good for the communities I'm sure." The fifth-ranked Miners (8-1), who had been the No. 1-ranked team in Class B before losing to Watford City less than two weeks ago, host the now top-ranked Bison (9-0) at 7 p.m.
Dana Johnson knew if Dickinson State wanted to beat Jamestown College, it needed to make the Jimmies play at its tempo as quickly as possible. While it took the majority of the first half to accomplish, the Blue Hawks finally set the pace and rolled to a 59-43 Dakota Athletic Conference women's basketball victory over the Jimmies on Saturday at Scott Gymnasium. "That's the thing coach (Guy Fridley) told us was to set the tempo of the game," Johnson said. "I think we got them out of their style of playing and into ours and it worked for us.