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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Ashley Sickler almost put a damper on Jennifer Schnaidt's day. Almost. Schnaidt, a Dickinson High senior, outlasted Sickler, a Dickinson Trinity sophomore, in the final leg of the girls 1,600-meter relay at the Coca-Cola Classic track and field meet Tuesday at Whitney Stadium. Schnaidt's late kick gave the Midgets the win in the relay and gave the plucky senior her fourth victory on the day. "I try to kick at the last 150 (meters)," Schnaidt said. "I didn't know if she was going to kick.
Weston Luetz will run any event Bismarck Century coach Tim Jacobsen tells him to. But when the coach gives the star senior a break from an event, Luetz isn't going to argue. After setting a Coca-Cola Classic track and field meet record in the 110-meter hurdles, anchoring the Patriots to a win in the 800 relay and crushing the competition in the 100, Luetz finally got a breather. Jacobsen didn't put the senior in the 1,600 relay, the final event Tuesday at Whitney Stadium. "Coach didn't put me down," Luetz said with a sound of relief in his voice. "He just decided not to put me in this one.
One of Ty Orton's favorite players from his time at McCook Community College is coming with him to Dickinson State. Diminutive shooting guard Jeremy Mallard was one of two players who signed national letters of intent to play men's basketball for the Blue Hawks on Monday. Although Mallard is just 5-foot-6, he was one of Orton's leaders at McCook and left the school as its fifth all-time leading 3-point shooter. "I know I'm not going up there to be the man," Mallard said.
Ty Orton is so busy these days that preparing his house in McCook, Neb., for the real estate market is a few notches down on his list of priorities. At the top of the list is Orton's obligation to rebuild the Dickinson State men's basketball program. When Orton was hired March 24, the foundation for improvement was put in place. On Monday, the new head coach will lay the first bricks when he signs his initial batch of recruits. "I'm taking my time and making sure I pick the right type of kid," Orton said. He plans to sign three players to national letters of intent Monday and add more pla
DSU splits into three factions for weekend The Dickinson State track and field team is splitting up like a search party. The Blue Hawks will travel to three different meets this weekend, including the prestigious Kansas Relays. "It's a busy time for our team," Stanton said. Seven DSU athletes began competition at the University of Kansas on Thursday and will be there through the weekend.
Luis Avila thrives in doubleheaders. When the Dickinson State baseball team plays two games in a day, it typically means Avila will follow Dan Morari in the rotation and pitch the second game. When he gets that opportunity, the junior takes time out of the first game to strategize with Blue Hawks catcher Paulo Contreras. "We study the hitters for the second game," Avila said. "We know what they threw the first game. How they got out. What pitches we threw to them.
SOUTH HEART -- It was windy, chilly and frustrating day for most of the boys golfers at the South Heart/Belfield Invitational on Tuesday. But to Jacob Wheeling, Pheasant Country Golf Course was paradise. "I'm pretty used to playing in wind because our course (Medicine Hole Golf Course) is up on a hill and the wind is 30-miles-per-hour everyday when we play, so our kids are pretty used to it," Wheeling said. "Wind doesn't affect me that much anymore.
Dickinson had a lead, but wasn't assured of a win going into its doubles matches against Mandan on Tuesday. Midgets coach Kristal Fields watched as Mandan defeated the Dickinson's Nos. 2 and 3 doubles teams and put the entire match in the hands of No.
The great wood-bat experiment began with a whimper Monday at Southside Municipal Ballpark. The Dickinson and Bismarck High baseball teams each had just two meaningless hits in their first game playing with wood bats, a new rule implemented this season by the North Dakota High School Activities Association. In the end, defense was the deciding factor.
Ed Warren is accustomed to being a minority - especially on a baseball field. Dickinson State's senior center fielder is the only African-American baseball player on his team and one of only five black players in the Dakota Athletic Conference. "If I see another black guy playing baseball, it's like, 'Whoa!