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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BISMARCK -- After finishing the first round of the North Dakota Class A state girls golf meet, several members of the Dickinson High team went directly to the practice greens and the driving range of Riverwood Golf Course. The Midgets found themselves 27 strokes out of first place after the end of the first round Tuesday and now know something needs to change quickly if they want to reach their ultimate goal of a state title. "Everyone kind of has their own thing they needed to work on," Dickinson senior Whitney Wellenstein said. Fargo Shanley shot a 319, Minot High had a 331 and Dickinson
Deep inside the red zone with 1 minute, 11 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Minot State looked like it would score its first points of the game on a dagger touchdown and beat Dickinson State. Then the Blue Hawks' defense did something they'd done all day: Held their ground. Defensive back Jamal Guy forced Minot State quarterback Jon Meier to fumble at the 3-yard-line and safety Trevor Grueb recovered the football at the 4-yard-line to help the Blue Hawks secure a 3-0 victory over the Beavers on Saturday in a offensively stagnant and defensively dominated Dakota Athletic Conference
To lighten the mood at girls golf practice on Thursday, senior Whitney Wellenstein began balancing the handle of her driver on one finger. Soon Shaynna Mann and Chelsea Galipeau were attempting the same trick and the rest of the team was watching and laughing hysterically. Did her daughter's antics to put some humor into practice upset Dickinson High girls golf coach Olivia Wellenstein? Hardly. "They feed off of each other," Olivia said.
Maybe it was the Homecoming atmosphere or the crowd of nearly 3,000 at Whitney Stadium. Whatever the case, the Dickinson High football team found a rhythm and rocked it. Derek Hoyt and Mitch Kudrna each ran back a kickoff for a touchdown and quarterback Ben Herauf hooked up with receiver Travis Tooley for two touchdowns as the Midgets outlasted Bismarck Century 35-32 on Friday in Class AAA, West Region football. "It was a crazy battle," Herauf said.
Dickinson State football coach Hank Biesiot shakes his head in disappointment when a few unpleasant statistics are rattled off about his team. The veteran coach knows changes must be made when a team loses three games by eight or less points and is outscored a combined 39-0 in the first quarter of those losses. Biesiot also knows if the Blue Hawks want to be successful today against Minot State, they need to get on the board early. "We're going to have to use the first quarter," Biesiot said.
The Dickinson High volleyball team proved it doesn't always need Katelyn Steffan and Paige Nash if it wants to dominate matches. Steffan and Nash each sat out a game in the Midgets' 25-9, 25-7, 30-28 victory over Bismarck St. Mary's in a West Region match on Thursday at Dickinson High School gymnasium. "It shows that even if we don't have them, we can still bring each other up and work hard, no matter what," Dickinson senior Kellie Marsh said. Dickinson rolled through the first game thanks to big hitting from both Steffan and Nash. However, Nash sat out Game 2 and much of Game 3.
Dickinson State sophomore quarterback Matt Gittings never knows exactly when he's going to get on the field in a football game. But he knows sooner or later, he'll have a chance to take control of the Blue Hawks' offense. In all four of Dickinson State's games this season, Gittings has seen time in place of starter Brandon Bishop-Parise. It's not just mop-up duty either. Gittings routinely enters the game near the end of the first quarter or early in the second quarter to help shake things up for the Blue Hawks' offense. "It's what we have to do," Gittings said.
Jon Meier grew up watching the Dickinson State football team on Saturday's. Now the Mott-Regent graduate will have a chance to play against them, although it happened much sooner than he thought it would. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound redshirt freshman is set to start quarterback for Minot State when the Beavers visit the Blue Hawks at 1:30 p.m.
A coach always hopes their team can swing momentum after a crucial time out. But Dickinson Trinity volleyball coach Brad Foss probably wasn't thinking the Titans would take his words to heart the way they did when he took an early time out midway through Game 1 of Trinity's 3-0 victory against Beulah on Tuesday.
Jordan Mork may not have had a top-eight finish on Saturday at the Williston Invitational swimming and diving meet. But the Dickinson High junior was extremely pleased with the chance to swim in front of a home crowd at Dickinson's West River Community Center. Mork is one of several swimmers who go to school in Dickinson but compete for Williston High. Mork said competing in front of a home crowd and in the pool she swims in nearly every day was enough for her not to worry about her finishes. "I always do better when I know people are there rooting for me," Mork said.