Monte Dufault, a 1988 graduate of Waseca High School and a 1993 graduate of Mankato State University, is the youngest member of the inaugural Waseca High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
Monte was a sensational, all-around three sport athlete in high school, earning eight letters, three in basketball, three in baseball and two in football. Monte earned all-conference honors six times, three in basketball, two in football and one in baseball. He was all-area seven times, three in basketball and twice each in football and baseball. Monte helped lead his teams to five conference championships, three in basketball and one each in baseball and football.
In basketball, Monte was named to the all-state team and the all-state academic team. He was Waseca’s basketball MVP his senior year and became the all-time leading scorer in Waseca basketball history with nearly 1500 points and he still ranks second all-time. He was also the South Central Conference Basketball MVP in his senior season. Twice, in 1987 and 1988 the Bluejays basketball team participated in the State Tournament, placing fifth and sixth with Monte as one of the key performers.
In baseball, Monte was also named to the all-state team, as well as all-district and all-region, as he helped lead the Bluejays to two state tournaments, placing third in 1987 and second in 1988, losing the title game in extra innings. It was his inside the park homerun in the bottom of the 11th inning at the Metrodome that gave the Bluejays a win over Windom for third place. Monte also played in the high school all-star baseball game.
Monte finished his high school career by being named the outstanding Scholar/Athlete of the Year and continued that tradition in college when he was named Mankato State University Senior Male Athlete of the year for 1992-1993.
After graduating from high school, Monte attended Mankato State University where he was a two-sport participant, lettering four years in basketball and two in baseball. Monte would have earned more letters in baseball, but he signed a professional baseball contract with the Minnesota Twins after his junior year season and played three seasons in the organization.
Monte was an outstanding basketball player at Mankato State where he was a four year starter. In his freshman year he was voted Team Most Improved Player and was named to the All-Conference Freshman Team. He was honorable mention all-conference player his sophomore and junior year and first team all-conference his senior year.
He was named conference Defensive Player of the Year his senior season and was the team MVP that year. He was also the team captain his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. Monte scored over 1000 points in his college career and holds nine Mankato State University records.
Monte and his wife, Leslie, have three children, Nicholas, Alison and Ryan, and they reside in Waseca where he is a Registered Rep for Farm Bureau Financial Services.