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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Morningside threw the haymakers, but Dickinson State won with a series of jabs. While Morningside made its noise with home runs, the Blue Hawks countered with timely hitting and blazing line drives en route to an 8-5 victory on Thursday afternoon in the semifinals of the NAIA Region III softball tournament at Gress Complex. "That's a team that we've been watching, coaching and playing with all year - the timely hitting and good hitting, the solid hitting we've been having all year long," DSU coach Guy Fridley said. The Blue Hawks advanced to today's championship game, where they'll again fa
After starting the season with a five consecutive victories, two loses in a row are haunting the Dickinson High girls tennis team with visions of the past. The Midgets, who had perennially struggled until last season and turned things around early this spring, lost their second consecutive match today as Williston used singles play to get a lead on Dickinson and hold on for a 5-4 victory. "We've never noticed it before," Tiffany Reisenauer said.
Dave Pearce liked what he saw in Mehgan Shaw during Dickinson State's softball practice on Monday afternoon. Pearce, a Canadian national team softball coach who specializes in pitching, watched DSU practice and gave coach Guy Fridley and his pitchers tips and tricks on how to improve their form. "I'm learning I need to fix a few things," said Shaw, DSU's top pitcher. "I've got little tweaks I need to fix up. Hopefully that'll help me. I've got to get going by regionals." The Blue Hawks need Shaw's best today when they open the NAIA Region III tournament against Midland Lutheran at 11 a.m.
Dickinson High senior Mitch Kudrna couldn't help what he did after the 400-meter sprint. The tightly contested race was exhausting and Tuesday morning's rapidly increasing heat wasn't helping. "I wasn't ready for the heat and I had a little bit too much water before I ran," Kudrna said.
Eight players on Dickinson State's baseball team have more at bats than first baseman Rory Tycoles - one player has twice as many plate appearances.
Lee Dunford just wanted to win the bareback riding in the short-go round at the Blue Hawk Stampede rodeo and then get inside as quick as possible. Unfortunately, Dunford's plan wiped out any chance he would have at watching some of his teammates. "I didn't get to watch much because I was kind of hiding from the rain," Dunford said. However, when he was on the dirt at the DSU Outdoor Arena, Dunford excelled for the second day in a row. The Blue Hawks senior won the bareback riding short go with a 74, which also gave him a two-day average victory with a total score of 153. Dunford's win hel
A bid to provide race car drivers and their pit crews with better insurance may have a long-lasting impact on the quality of racing at the Southwest Speedway. This season, the Roughrider Racing Association sanctioned its Modified races with the International Motor Contest Association (IMCA) and its Street Stocks with WISSOTA. "We just felt it would be a feather in our cap for the track and the drivers," said Dale Burwick, who helped spearhead the sanctioning of the Modifieds by the IMCA. "I don't know of anybody who's not proud of this facility. And we want to see it grow.
So close, yet so far away. Dickinson State came as close as it ever has to winning a Dakota Athletic Conference women's track and field championship. But in its way stood Black Hills State - again "We are right there," DSU coach Pete Stanton said.
No one - including Pete Stanton - would have believed that Dickinson State's fourth consecutive Dakota Athletic Conference men's track and field championship would be this fantastic. DSU won 13 individual events and set a school record with 309 team points as it cruised to the DAC title. Black Hills State was second with 196.5 points. "We were just solid all the way around," DSU coach Pete Stanton said.
For Seth Murphy, home was where his heart was. It was also where he saw himself settling in the future. So after spending two mildly successful seasons rodeoing at Southwestern Oklahoma State, Murphy decided it was best to move back to North Dakota and begin planning for life after college. "It just came time to where I had to start building for the future," said Murphy, a Killdeer High School graduate. "Down there, I was just going to college and getting by.