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Press Photo by Dustin Monke Heart River senior guard Seth Ewoniuk, left, checks behind him to see Hettinger-Scranton senior Chandler Miller, back left, and junior Kye Erickson while going in for a layup attempt on Tuesday night during a District 13 boys basketball game at the South Heart High School gymnasium. Ewoniuk was fouled on the play and made both free throws.

Shut-down defense: Cougars force turnovers and makes easy work of cold-shooting Hettinger-Scranton


It's no secret that the Heart River boys basketball team is centered around defense.

The Cougars fly to the ball, play pressure zones and consistently trap teams into turnovers.

They put on a defensive showcase Tuesday night at the South Heart High School gymnasium, limiting Hettinger-Scranton to a 21-percent shooting effort from the field and forcing 25 turnovers en route to an unexpectedly easy 57-20 District 13 victory.

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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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