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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After Dickinson State senior guard Josh McLeod went on an 11-0 run by himself early in the second half to help his team tie Minot State, Beavers coach Mike Hultz saw how good his men's basketball team could be. "We had that during his run," Hultz said. Minot State bounced back from McLeod's outburst with one of its own, knocking down four 3-pointers in a span of 3 minutes, 30 seconds to build an 11-point lead it wouldn't give up. The Beavers shot 62 percent from beyond the 3-point line at Scott Gymnasium, knocking down 13 treys to seal an 86-73 Dakota Athletic Conference victory on Thursday
It has been eight seasons since Dickinson High last went to the North Dakota state boys hockey tournament. It was also the last time the Midgets ended the season with a winning record until this year. Their regular-season finish provides a silver lining for Midgets co-coach Dave Hanneman as the team enters the West Region Tournament. "This is our best chance I've ever had as a coach and our team has ever had to go to state," Hanneman said.
Injuries have worn on Matt Michaelson. Three concussions in two years - two of them separated by only three weeks during his freshman season at the University of Mary - forced him to rethink his athletic career. "When they happen pretty close, then you've got something to worry about," Michaelson said. After U-Mary doctors wouldn't clear Michaelson to wrestle, the Dickinson High graduate looked home to Dickinson State - the school he'd nearly decided to wrestle for straight out of high school - for an answer. Blue Hawks coach Thadd O'Donnell responded with open arms. "We said the door's a
RICHARDTON -- A good old fashioned halftime chewing by Richardton-Taylor coach Dan Glasser was enough to inspire Raiders senior Devin Rummel. "He yelled at us for not taking open shots," Rummel said. "That's what we did in the second half." Rummel sparked the Raiders' eight-point run to start the third quarter and scored all 12 of his points in the eight minutes. The outburst helped Richardton-Taylor build a lead on Glen Ullin-Hebron after trailing at halftime.
Improving Hawks set to battle Beavers The Dickinson State men's basketball team isn't fighting for what it hoped it'd would be at this point in the season. But the Blue Hawks plan to put up a fight nonetheless. DSU and Minot State compete for the fifth and sixth spots in the Dakota Athletic Confernce tournament on Thursday night at Scott Gymnasium.
BOWMAN - Allison Hanson admits she was a little over energetic in the Bowman County locker room before the District 13 girls basketball championship game. "I just couldn't stop moving," Hanson said. "I was just going off of everyone else's energy. ... I knew it was a big game." The sophomore took her emotions out on Mott-Regent on Monday night at Solberg Gymnasium, scoring 15 points and grabbing seven rebounds to lead the Bulldogs to a 45-30 victory. Hanson has started every game for the third-ranked Bulldogs, but is far from their star player.
The Dickinson State men's basketball team ran out of the locker room and into Scott Gymnasium to the tune of Jay-Z and Linkin Park's hit song "Numb Encore." Unbeknownst to DSU senior Josh McLeod, the first song on his warm-up compact disc not only loosened up the Blue Hawks, but set the theme for their loss to South Dakota Tech on Saturday night. The Blue Hawks put on an encore of Friday night's win over Black Hills State with another high-octane performance. Unfortunately, the sensation of another possible Dakota Athletic Conference men's basketball win was numbed as the hot-handed Hardroc
South Dakota Tech capitalized on Dickinson State's suddenly cold shooting late in the second half by making almost all of its free throws. The Blue Hawks had used 3-pointers and pinpoint shooting most of the second half to climb back within two points, but couldn't get anything to fall in the final minutes. Tech came away with a 83-74 Dakota Athletic Conference women's basketball victory on Saturday afternoon at Scott Gymnasium. Tech shot 33 of 37 from the free-throw line. The Hardrockers were 22 of 24 in the second half.
Dickinson State junior forward Ervin Belton rose above expectations in the closing minutes and Black Hills State coach Paul Sather's gaffe came back to haunt him. Belton seemed out of the loop for most of the Dakota Athletic Conference men's basketball game Friday night. Then with six minutes remaining, he erupted. Belton scored 12 of his team-high 17 points in that span and helped the Blue Hawks defeat Black Hills State 73-72 at Scott Gymnasium. "We needed it for the team," Belton said. "They were making their run.
While Dickinson State went outside, Black Hills State preferred the paint. In the end, the bunnies spelled a victory for the Yellow Jackets, as they built a second-half lead with easy buckets in the post and used the same technique in the closing minutes to beat DSU 78-68 in Dakota Athletic Conference women's basketball on Friday night at Scott Gymnasium. "We had a size advantage on them in the post," BHSU junior center Lacey Haughian said. "I knew I had to step up for the team and do some damage." For the first 11 minutes of the second half, Haughian was a one-woman wrecking crew.