Doug Wolter is the Daily Globe sports editor. He served as sports reporter, then sports editor, news editor and finally managing editor at the Daily Globe for 22 years before leaving for seven years to work as night news editor at the Mankato Free Press in Mankato. Doug now lives in Worthington with his wife, Sandy. They have three children and seven grandchildren. Doug, retired after a lengthy career in fast-pitch softball, enjoys reading, strumming his acoustic guitar and hanging around his grandchildren. He also writes books on fiction. Two of his stories, "The Genuine One" and "The Old Man in Section 129" have been distributed through a national publisher.
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WORTHINGTON -- Smitty Ektnitphong, the colorful, hard-charging head coach of the Worthington Trojans boys soccer team, is stepping down after 16 years of coaching the sport. Always one to wear his passions on his sleeve -- never one to sugar-coat his personal outlook on things -- Ektnitphong told The Globe in his own unimitable way this week that he’s calling it a career.
WORTHINGTON -- It is the best of times, it is the worst of times. Well, actually, it’s the worst of times for spring sport athletes. But local coaches are doing what they can to keep their kids interested while April blizzards blow by, oh, every four days or so.
WORTHINGTON -- As exciting as the Worthington Community and Technical College men’s basketball team was last winter, the Bluejays are putting more pieces in place to excite the local fans again in 2018-19. Head coach Aaron Poor Bear looks ready to retain most of the freshman players who helped lead the Jays to the NJCAA national tournament in New York, and at least three new recruits are signed to provide support.
BY DOUG WOLTER The Globe sports editor In 2007 I wrote a sports column for the Mankato Free Press saying that the Minnesota Vikings should consider drafting Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn with the seventh selection of the NFL draft. The column was picked up by the widely-read Pro Football Talk online site, greatly enhancing the number of hits.
ADRIAN -- Wrestling is a sport that has been associated with the Rogers family in Adrian for many decades. But so is baseball. And Lance Rogers’ sons, Logan and Landon, are baseball players all the way.
WORTHINGTON -- They were two-way players in high school. But one will be devoted to defense, the other to offense when the 2018 Minnesota West Community and Technical College football season gets under way in the fall. Nathan Boneschans, whose biggest role in high school emanated from the offensive line, looks to be plugged in at defensive end at the next level. Tyler Linder, who played offensive and defensive end as a prep, will spend most of his time as a tight end.
WORTHINGTON -- This time last year, local golfers had already been enjoying the GreatLIFE Worthington golf course for more than a month. Ah, those were the days. Today, the 18-hole course is under snow. Again. The beginning of the 2018 season has been pushed further back due to a late and persistent winter.
WORTHINGTON -- Practicing, recruiting, spending hours on the phone coordinating a messy early start to the 2018 spring baseball season -- and scrambling to cheat Mother Nature -- Minnesota West’s TD Hostikka is making the best of an impossible situation. A late winter dotted with April snowstorms has wiped out weeks of the southwest Minnesota high school schedule. But Hostikka, the college Bluejays’ head coach, has managed to keep his head above water.
LUVERNE -- Worthington High School co-head track coach Doug Brands wanted to tamp down expectations for the Trojans for Thursday’s Cardinal Relays. “I told the kids yesterday at practice, it’s a glorified practice,” Brands said as he watched his team compete in Luverne in the squad’s first real meet of the season. “We’ve only been on our track this spring for four actual practices.”
WORTHINGTON -- Told that he’ll be expected to speak to a crowd of more than a thousand people, Joel Krekelberg wants to be ready. He says he knows what he wants to say on April 29 when he’s recognized at the 11th annual Minnesota Football Honors at U.S. Bank Stadium. “I’m terribly nervous. What I’m finding out more than anything is what a humbling thing it is,” he said this week as he discussed receiving the Fred Zamberletti Award at the home of the Minnesota Vikings.