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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WILLISTON -- The Williston-Dickinson girls swimming and diving team finished second at the West Region meet Saturday. Bailey Bolinske took first in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.94 seconds and the 100 breaststroke at 1:08.12. Aleina Weisz won the 100 freestyle at 56.34 seconds. The Coyotes won the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:54.37. They edged West Region champion Minot by sixth-tenths of the a second in the race. Bolinske, Weisz, Alexis Klug and Sadie Miller made up the team. Williston-Dickinson coach Cathy Kruse won coach of the year for the region.
RAPID CITY, S.D. -- The Dickinson State football team closed out its season with a 35-0 win over South Dakota Tech in Dakota Athletic Conference action at O'Harra Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Hardrockers gained 179 yards and 15 first downs on offense, while also forcing four Blue Hawk turnovers. However, Tech had a couple key plays that were the difference.
HAZEN -- When Dan Carr busted off an 88-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter, Dickinson Trinity got the game-changing play it needed to beat Hazen. "We knew it was going to be a game of momentum," Carr said.
GREAT FALLS, Mont. -- The Dickinson State women's basketball team got its first victory of the season Saturday with a 75-71 win over the University of Great Falls. It was also the first win as a head coach for Guy Fridley. "It's been exciting," Fridley said. "All the ladies worked hard. I give all the credit to them." Dickinson State posts Brittany Mesa and LaDonna Downs both had solid nights. Mesa had 18 points and seven rebounds while Downs had a game-high 19 points and five rebounds in only 20 minutes.
Elizabeth Rodriguez and Elizabeth Castillo each had 14 kills to help the Dickinson State volleyball team finish its Dakota Athletic Conference season unbeaten with a 30-25, 30-26, 30-26 victory over South Dakota Tech on Saturday at Scott Gymnasium. The Blue Hawks finished 14-0 in the DAC and wrapped up its regular season 23-7 overall. Brittany Jones added 11 kills and 2Zc blocks. Nancy Nyongesa had 12 kills. Katelynn Steifel and Silvia Vigier split setting duties.
The Dickinson State men's cross country team took an important step toward qualifying for the NAIA national championships on Saturday. The Blue Hawks finished fourth overall and had three runners finish in the top 15 individually at the Region III meet in Sioux Falls, S.D. "Time wise, they ran unbelievable," Dickinson State coach Thadd O'Donnell said. John Kungu finished fourth for the Blue Hawks with a time of 25 minutes, 10.23 seconds.
If Belfield-South Heart has a chance to beat Dickinson Trinity, this is it. "I think that it should be pretty intense," Belfield-South Heart coach Craig Pool said. The Bantams and Titans open the Region 7 volleyball tournament quarterfinals at 1 p.m.
It's been more than 30 years since Dickinson State has sent a men's cross country team to the NAIA national meet. Today, that drought could end. The No. 23-ranked Blue Hawks are in Sioux Falls, S.D., to compete in the Region III Championships. "The pressure is on ... and they know it," Dickinson State coach Thadd O'Donnell said. "We just have to go and do what we've been doing." If the Blue Hawks run like they have the past month, it shouldn't take much for them to receive a bid to nationals. To qualify for nationals, a team must either win its region or be ranked in the top 25.
The last time the Dickinson State and South Dakota Tech football teams played it was mid- September and the weather was horrendous. Today, conditions call for temperatures in the upper 50s with little to no wind when the team's kickoff at 2 p.m. in a Dakota Athletic Conference game at O'Harra Stadium in Rapid City, S.D. Keep in mind, it's now November. Still, with the improved conditions, the Blue Hawks aren't taking any chances - even against a team it already beat 33-7 this season. "You want to start slow," Dickinson State coach Hank Biesiot said.
With senior night on the agenda and Dakota Athletic Conference second place Black Hills State in town, Dickinson State had little trouble motivating itself. However, the Blue Hawks still earned a sweep with a 30-21, 30-16, 30-25 victory Friday at Scott Gymnasium. "I was nervous at the outset because we took off Thursday after the NAU match on Wednesday," Dickinson State coach Dave Moody said.