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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Dana Dunsmore's level of play goes hand in hand with her personality. When Dunsmore arrived at Dickinson State to play softball her junior season, she was the girl most likely to stand in the background of a group photo - and not just because at 5-foot-10, she was the tallest player on the Blue Hawks' roster. Dunsmore was nervous around her teammates and coaches. Her shy, soft-spoken attitude often reflected in her numbers on the field. "It was a lot more frustrating at the start," Dunsmore said. "I felt like I dwelled too much on it.
The South Heart and Belfield school boards have unanimously agreed to send their application for a boys basketball cooperative agreement and team name change to the North Dakota High School Activities Association. Although the boards both collectively approved the co-op, South Heart principal Curt Pierce said only a few community members voiced their disapproval of the proposed merger. "It hasn't been a major or real controversy," Pierce said. "We haven't heard a lot of people against it.
Lyndsey Kent had the third-best fall season on Dickinson State women's golf team. She also had the fifth best season the Dakota Athletic Conference. Kent, a Dickinson High graduate, will team with Megan Fisher, Leah Grinsteiner and Megan Jones to form the top-returning team in the DAC when the conference season resumes on Sunday at the two-day South Dakota School of Mines Tournament. "It'll be fun to start playing," Kent said.
A motley crew of Dickinson Trinity boys golfers sat on a bench inside Dickinson's National Guard Armory with apathetic looks on their faces. After an hour of chipping wiffle balls off a carpet in a gymnasium, senior Brett Lefor's indifference seemed contagious. "You can't really practice your full swing, it's mainly short game," Lefor said. "And it's hitting off carpet so it's not really ...
The Western Dakota Association Activities Directors spring meeting couldn't come at a more opportune time. With weather postponing nearly every outdoor athletic event the past three weeks, Dickinson High Activities Director Calvin Dean said the meeting will likely be used to devise ways to hold certain events. "We're going to brainstorm ideas on how to make up everything," Dean said. The past weeks have been boring as far as athletics, but in Dean's world - and those of most other activities directors - the stress is constant. Dean said when the weather warms up things will get even hairie
Guy Fridley is the first to admit that his job is often a little too easy. Especially when the Dickinson State softball team's bats are pinging with the force they have so far this season. "I just sit down at third base and wave my arm around and around," Fridley said. "It's all that I do." Despite playing only 14 games this season, the 18th-ranked Blue Hawks are off to a strong start.
Maurice Eleazar Staley could be a great athlete one day. But don't expect his mom and dad to push the football field or the track on their first-born son.
Ramon Miller doesn't detail his training schedule these days. The Dickinson State sophomore runner and Bahamas native knows the North Dakota weather all too well. "It's very odd. One day it's 70 and the next day it's 30 degrees," Miller said. "You'll be home thinking, 'Oh yeah!
Dickinson Trinity will need to add another bus to its caravan when traveling to track and field meets. On Thursday morning, the North Dakota High School Activities Association approved three new athletic co-ops between Dickinson Trinity and New England High Schools, including boys and girls track and field. "When you put junior high and senior high together, we're going to have somewhere between 140 and 150 kids," Trinity track and field coach Craig Kovash said. The schools will also co-op in boys golf - a sport in which New England brings only two student-athletes to the Trinity program.
Say goodbye to the South Heart Eagles and Belfield Bantams. Give a warm welcome to the Heart River Cougars. This could be the new reality in Belfield and South Heart if the two school boards approve a move that would combine all of their athletic teams. Currently, the schools only compete separately in boys basketball. The schools already co-op in girls basketball, football, golf, track and field and volleyball. "Right now we're working through the preliminary details," Belfield High School Principal Jeff Lamprecht said.