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 2014. As the newspaper's editor, he writes an occassional Sunday column, contributes feature stories and breaking news, designs pages, and oversees the day-to-day operations of the newsroom and editorial staff.
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KILLDEER -- The Dickinson Trinity volleyball team is heading back to the Class B state tournament. The Titans endured hardships, but played a near-perfect Game 4 to top Beulah 25-19, 18-25, 25-13, 25-16 in the Region 7 championship Tuesday at the Killdeer High School gymnasium. With the win, Trinity advances to the state tournament in Minot next weekend where it will face Langdon on Thursday at noon. It is the third straight trip for the Titans. "This is three in a row," Trinity coach Brad Foss said. "It's kind of nice.
When Beulah needed something big, they turned to Courtney McKinzie. The junior outside hitter had 11 kills to lead Beulah to a 25-22, 25-20, 25-22 victory over New England in the late semifinal game. Beulah got out to big leads in all three games, but New England fought back and kept things close in each. "They talked it out," Beulah coach Lou Hansana said. "They worked it out." Beulah stormed out to a 15-0 lead in Game 1 thanks to pinpoint serving from sophomore libero Erica Duewel and New England's defensive confusion.
KILLDEER - Moments after her team's match against Hazen, Dickinson Trinity senior Kayla Boespflug just smiled and laughed. "We're on cloud nine right now," Boespflug said. In a game of long rallies and countless momentum swings, Trinity did what only a handful of team accomplished this season. The Titans used big kills and several point-saving digs to earn a 20-25, 25-17, 25-16, 25-18 victory over the Bison on Saturday in the Region 7 semifinals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.