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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To Avery Wysong, a vital member of the 16U South Dakota Renegades, fast-pitch softball is more than just a game. “Our team has a motto, that ‘Nobody said it’d be easy, they just said it’d be worth it.’ … I kind of look at softball as my second family,” said the Hills-Beaver Creek High School student-athlete, who will be a senior in the fall.
Baseball is many things. And enjoyability is a major element. The Windom Pirates amateur team is feeling pretty good right now. That’ll happen when you’re 7-2 and riding a five-game winning streak. “We’re having fun. We’ve got a nice group of young guys playing well together,” said player-coach Nick Kulseth on Thursday. “They’re hustling. Things are just clicking this year.”
I went to the Minnesota state girls softball tournament in North Mankato last week, and on the following Saturday followed that up with an appearance at the state track and field meet in St. Paul. I thought it was interesting that, before each tournament began, a statement was broadcast in support of a Minnesota State High School League initiative to foster good feelings. “Sportsmanship and fair play is WHY WE PLAY,” fans were reminded.
WORTHINGTON -- The Hadley Buttermakers made cream of the Worthington Cubs amateur baseball team Wednesday night at the local middle school field, scoring 15 runs in the first inning and cruising to a 32-4 seven-inning victory.
BECKER -- Playing without his Murray County Central teammates at the Minnesota state Class A golf tournament, said Tyler Groves on Wednesday, was a little weird. “It was definitely different,” he admitted.
SLAYTON -- Tall, angular, athletic, Tyler Groves has become a fixture at the Minnesota state high school golf tournament. This week the Murray County Central junior is competing in his fifth state tourney. That’s five. And he’s still just a junior.
JORDAN -- Sometimes the best way to judge a sports team’s talents is to talk to opposing coaches. And if the Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove Falcons are really as good as rivals say they are, their chances at this week’s state Class A baseball tournament appear quite sound. “They’re first and foremost a very well-coached team. Derrick (Jenniges) does a nice job. Obviously very good senior leadership,” said Murray County Central head coach Derek Lieser.
WORTHINGTON -- The 2016-17 Minnesota West Community and Technical College men’s basketball team gave off flashes of brilliance, but wins were not plentiful. In 2017-18, second-year head coach Kris Babler says he’ll field a team that’s bigger and stronger, with more versatility, and it’ll be a team that knows how to develop the teamwork mentality. “Bigger through the roster. Better athletes through the roster,” Babler said this week in his office at the school’s Center for Health and Wellness. “We’ve got an interesting team. Very interchangeable parts this year.”
ST. PAUL -- Ever since he watched his sister, Bree, win state track and field championships before she graduated in 2011, younger brother Tyl Woelber dreamed about winning state titles of his own. On a hot and breezy Saturday at Hamline University in St. Paul, Tyl did it.
NORTH MANKATO -- Unlike last year, the Edgerton/Southwest Christian fast-pitch softball team didn’t have smooth sailing to the Class A championship game Thursday in the first round of the state tournament. But all that means, said head coach Andrew Fleischman, is that final victory -- if it comes -- will be even sweeter.