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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Dickinson Trinity had struggled to get even a standout kill in Game 3 of their District 14 volleyball match against Glen Ullin-Hebron on Tuesday. But, Breanna Messer's match-winner was smooth enough to lift the Titans to a 3-0 victory over the Bearcats at Knights of Columbus Activities Center. With Trinity ahead 24-23, Messer leaped like she was going to spike the ball with three Glen Ullin-Hebron defenders waiting on the other side of the net.
The Dickinson State golf teams battled cold, rain and wind all weekend, but the Blue Hawk women pulled off a victory on Monday in the Jamestown College Invitational. "Absoluteley atrocious golfing weather," Blue Hawks coach Tim Daniel said. "It was just a brutal weekend." The Dickinson State women were behind by nine strokes to host Jamestown College entering Day 2. However, the Blue Hawks regrouped and shot a 371 to gain the win. The Blue Hawks had three of its women golfers finish second, third, and fourth.
Hank Biesiot knew the Dickinson State football team had to get rolling early if it wanted to get its first victory of the season against South Dakota Tech. The Blue Hawks didn't waste any time getting on the board, scoring three touchdowns in the first half on their way to a 33-7 victory over the Hardrockers on Saturday night at Whitney Stadium. "Coming out and establishing, you want to do it every game," Biesiot said. "But the way we've been starting, it was imperative tonight.
A little bit of rain and some cold early morning conditions didn't stop the Dickinson High boys tennis team from beating Minot High 5-4 on Saturday. The win - only Dickinson's second all-time victory over Minot - earned the Midgets the No. 3 seed in the West Region tournament and will face Mandan on Thursday. "It was pretty intense," Dickinson coach Clayton Johnsen said. The teams split the six singles matches and it was up to the Midgets' No. 2 and 3 doubles teams to stake Dickinson to a victory after falling behind 4-3.
Nancy Nyongesa had 21 kills and 10 digs to help lead the Dickinson State volleyball team past a Jamestown College 30-27, 31-33, 30-20, 30-20 on Saturday in Dakota Athletic Conference volleyball. "Jamestown played us real tough," Dickinson State coach Dave Moody said. "We made life a little difficult on ourselves." Dickinson State had a big lead and a big momentum early in the first match, but Jamestown kept chipping away, allowing the Blue Hawks a narrow escape in Game 1. The Jimmies then won Game 2. "We just weren't passing the ball very well," Moody said.
Taylor Braunberger raced to a fourth-place finish in 15 minutes, 13 seconds and the Dickinson boys and girls cross country teams both finished in fourth place on Saturday at the Mandan Kiwanis meet. Bismarck won the boys meet with 59 points. The Midgets had 116. Minot took top honors in the girls meet with 43 points. Dickinson had 89 points. "Taylor ran really well," Dickinson coach Jerry Schwartz said. "She was really happy with her race. She really had an exceptional race." Jake Braunberger had the best time for the Dickinson boys with an 11th place finish in 17:18.
In its first two games, the Dickinson State football team has been unable to get on the board early and coach Hank Biesiot said it's beginning to become a problem. Biesiot knows if DSU has a chance of beating South Dakota Tech today, the Blue Hawks (0-2) need to either jump on the board early, or set the pace of the game in the first quarter. "We've got to do some things in the first half that give us a chance to be in it," Biesiot said.
The Dickinson State volleyball team played one of its strongest matches of the season on Friday night, beating Dakota State 3-0 at Memorial Fieldhouse in Madison, S.D. "It was one of our most complete matches of the season," DSU coach Dave Moody said. Nancy Nyongesa had 17 kills, 12 digs and five blocks in the Blue Hawks' 30-17, 30-10, 30-16 victory. Elizabeth Rodriguez added 11 kills, eight digs and five blocks for DSU. Moody was impressed with the play of several Blue Hawks, including senior Toni Alvarez, who took the place of injured starter Elizabeth Castillo and had seven kills, six d
Minot High senior running back Tyson Schatz had room to move in between tackles all night and he capitalized on it. Schatz had 194 yards rushing, a touchdown and 10 first downs on 36 carries to lead Minot to a 17-6 victory over Dickinson High on Friday in West Region football at Whitney Stadium. "Even when they stopped us, we managed some first downs and ate a lot of clock," Minot coach Barry Holmen. Dickinson couldn't get its offense going, and the gradual pounding of Schatz and Minot's rushing game kept the Midgets defense on the field for 30 of the game's 48 minutes.
If Mother Nature cooperates, the Dickinson State football team could see its biggest fan turnout of the season on Saturday night against South Dakota Tech. The Blue Hawks opened last season in front of an estimated crowd of 3,700, who attended Dickinson State's night game against Black Hills State. Because the game was well received by fans, Dickinson State athletic director Roger Ternes decided to schedule another night game. "We had an overflow crowd," Ternes said of the opening game last season. "We couldn't put enough seats out. We were pleasantly surprised, very pleased.