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 self-publishes original fiction in his spare time. Two of his stories, "The Genuine One" and "The Old Man in Section 129" were distributed through a national publisher.
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WORTHINGTON -- A wrestling coach has to have a tough side. He needs to be a disciplinarian in a sport populated with rough characters who can only become successful in their craft by beating up the other guy. Bob Purcell, as nice a guy as you’d ever want to meet, has dealt with more than his share of tough characters during his 20 years of coaching at Minnesota West Technical and Community College. And more than a few of the stories he has accumulated deal with the abrasive side of wrestling.
WORTHINGTON -- TD Hostikka laughs now when he recalls the time, a couple of years ago, when a potential recruit laughed in his face and hung up the phone upon getting a call from the Minnesota West baseball coach. Today, that same kid might be looking for Hostikka’s number.
WORTHINGTON -- The threat of impending rain didn’t stop Worthington Trojans Kyle Janssen and Cade Lindner from coming from behind to defeat Fairmont doubles rivals Tony Joseph and Blake Haugen Monday. But the rain did.
WORTHINGTON -- Fans of the Minnesota West Community and Technical College men’s basketball team see him as a one-dimensional figure. Trevoris Waugh, a 6-6 black man from Miami, Fla., moves his big, physical frame up and down the court swatting down shots and sorting out uniformed obstacles on the way to rebounds. But there is more to Trevoris Waugh than basketball. He is a writer, a thinker of deep thoughts. He sees, he feels, he shares his feelings … with the world.
WORTHINGTON -- It goes in the books as a split -- one well-played game won by Minnesota West and another one that got out of the barn early and roamed free all over the countryside. One day after dropping two at home to MState-Fergus Falls 13-5 and 5-2, the Lady Jays fast-pitch softball team defeated visiting Ridgewater 7-3 in Game 1 Saturday at the local college field, then lost Game 2 by a 20-1 score in five innings.
There are a lot of grownups who don’t understand Twitter. But Rafe York, track and field coach at Jackson County Central High School, has it down. And because he’s willing to push the envelope a bit, he’s making the sport more fun for his athletes. Here’s a sample:
WORTHINGTON -- For their first softball doubleheader of the season, the Worthington Trojans learned that they need to work on their staying-power. Marshall came to town on Tuesday and swept the Trojans, 5-3 in seven innings and 15-0 in four. The first game was well-played. The second game, not so much. Head coach Rosalie Hayenga-Hostikka chalked it up, partially at least, the length of the Trojans’ afternoon. They started at 4:30 and finished at 7:30, and it appeared after falling behind in the second game that the players lost their focus at times.
WINDOM -- Softball’s loss is track and field’s gain. Windom Area eighth-grader Delaney Smith was lured away from softball and into the track and field sphere prior to her seventh-grade year. It turned out alright for her -- she placed fifth in the section in the shot put. A year later, Smith is enjoying track and winning shot put and discus events, all the while hoping to reach the next rung of the ladder before she enters high school.
WORTHINGTON -- From 35 years working as a coach at Worthington High School, Rich Liapis has stored away a treasure-trove of memories. One of his favorites happened when he was assisting the girls basketball team under Don Kuiper. The Trojans were struggling through a particularly troublesome first half in Pipestone, and the coaches were frustrated at the girls’ effort. Kuiper, whose demeanor was usually calm in these situations, turned to his assistants and asked a question.
WORTHINGTON -- Minnesota West coaches were smiling broadly Thursday, and for good reason. An installment of incoming athletes was introduced in the commons area of the Worthington campus, representing baseball, football and women’s basketball. And they were all from the area.