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Press Photo by Dustin Monke Montana Western guard Brandon Brown, right, pressures Dickinson State forward Jarek Hansen on Nov. 25 during a men's basketball game at Scott Gymnasium. The DSU men's basketball team had a 2-8 record against Frontier Conference teams, like Montana Western, in the 2011-12 season. Coaches and administrators agree that DSU can compete when it moves the Frontier. Winning consistently, however, may be more difficult than it was in the Dakota Athletic Conference.

Money aside, DSU must strive for more athletically

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Dickinson State's athletic expectations are decidedly tempered as it prepares to move into the Frontier Conference.

There is an overwhelming consensus among DSU coaches that the Blue Hawks can be competitive in their new league. But, many say contending for conference championships will take some time.


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Dustin Monke
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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