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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The unwritten rule of sports is that teams should refuse to speak about their national championship hopes early in the season, opting instead to proclaim a nearsighted, wait-and-see outlook on the season. Dickinson State's volleyball team is ignoring that rule. "Our expectation is to win, win every match," DSU senior Elizabeth Castillo said. "Our objective is to win the nationals, so we are preparing for that." With what the Blue Hawks have returning, winning an NAIA national championship isn't a pipe dream.
HETTINGER -- Cole Miller put his head down and punished Heart River as he led Hettinger to a victory in its nine-man football season opener Tuesday night at Erling Dahl Sports Complex. Miller, a 200-pound senior running back, had 158 rushing yards and a touchdown on 30 carries and caught a screen pass in the first quarter that resulted in a 70-yard touchdown as the Black Devils earned a 27-8 Region 6 victory over the Cougars. "He's our horse," Hettinger coach Randy Burwick said.
MINOT -- A change to the Dickinson boys tennis team's doubles format paid dividends Monday afternoon. After winning four of the five singles matches, the Midgets No. 1 doubles team of Taylor Bruhschwein and Kyle Rummel defeated Jamestown's Nathan Fix and Reid Manson 6-3, 6-3 to secure a 5-4 match victory for Dickinson. "We really want Bruhschwein to go get a win in doubles with whoever he's paired up with," Dickinson co-coach Carter Fong said. "Rummel's strength is not necessarily in doubles, but today he played well with Taylor." Bruhschwein defeated Eric Watne 6-2, 7-6, 7-3 at No.
MANDAN -- Even though senior leader Chivas Beaudoin struggled to find a groove, the Dickinson girls golf team managed a 27-stroke victory on Monday at the Mandan Invitational at Prairie West Golf Course. Dickinson senior Shaynna Mann finished with a 79 to lead the Midgets. Beaudoin shot an 80. Dickinson finished with a 341, beating second-place Minot High, which had a 368 Still, Dickinson coach Olivia Wellenstein said struggles on the greens showed that the team still has much work to do. "Overall, I hate to criticize any of them," Wellenstein said.
After finding what they say is an illegal crankshaft in the engine of Terry Zastoupil's Pure Stocks race car, officials at the Southwest Speedway disqualified the Dickinson racer from Saturday night's Season Championship races, nullifying the season title he had secured earlier that night. However, Zastoupil has contested the Speedway's findings, saying he has proof the part wasn't illegal. A Southwest Speedway board meeting is scheduled for Thursday to discuss Zastoupil's challenge.
Mott-Regent football coach Ron Benson has seen his players wear their jersey's on game day for years. He never thought he would see them on the first day of school though. "It's a first," said Benson Mott-Regent is one of four area teams from nine-man's Region 6 opening their regular season tonight. Today is Mott-Regent first day of school this year. The Wildfire visit Central McLean, Heart River travels to Hettinger and Washburn hosts Richardton-Taylor-Hebron. All games are scheduled to start at 7 p.m.
Eric Paul was always a step ahead of Bill Miller on Saturday night at the Southwest Speedway. Paul took the lead on lap 14 of the 20-lap WISSOTA Street Stocks feature race and survived Miller's challenge in the final two laps to win the feature race and clinch the Season Championship in the process. "It's just my lucky day I guess," said Paul, a Dickinson racer who previously won Season Championships in 2001 and 2002. Miller, who had trailed Paul by just one point heading into the night, fell about a car length short of beating Paul for the feature and the season title.
Austin Dufault says he is gaining respect from college basketball coaches when they ask him why he chose to play football his senior season. Dufault, a 6-foot-8 senior from Killdeer High School has been offered full scholarships to play basketball for several NCAA Division I teams. Still, he couldn't imagine saving himself for just one sport and ditching the three other seniors on the Cowboys' football team. Dufault said several coaches he has spoken with believe that speaks significantly of his character. "They think it's a good thing I'm going out for football," Dufault said.
Southwest Speedway promoter Bob Steier kept his eyes on the weather and his mind on the track Friday afternoon. While the Dickinson area received stints of rain, Steier had a smile on his face, thinking about today's Season Championship races. "This won't slow us down, this is just what we needed," Steier said. The rain may have been the final ingredient in the perfect storm of championship auto racing.
Karter Kleeman rumbled around the hallways of the Dickinson State athletic department with two knee braces causing a slight hobble in his step. Despite his physical hindrance, the senior defensive lineman's attitude was flawless. Kleeman smiled, laughed and joked with other members of the Blue Hawk football team on Monday afternoon as more than 100 players reported to the first day of fall two-a-day practices. Coaches taught freshmen and first-year players drills while upperclassmen went though the motions and regained a sense of teamwork at the pad-less practices. "(There is) a lot of stu