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Courtesy Photo by Lenny Gemar Dickinson State junior Kyrstin Gemar has settled into both the designated player and clean-up hitter roles as the season has progressed. She leads the Blue Hawks with a .516 batting average and has hit seven home runs while developing into a threat every time she steps to the plate.

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Kyrstin Gemar just wanted to play a role on the Dickinson State softball team. The junior never expected to emerge as one of the team's go-to hitters.


After the beginning the season in a pinch-hitter role, Gemar has batted her way into the team's designated player role -- softball's equivalent of a designated hitter -- and the clean-up hitter spot in the lineup.

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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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