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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The Hadley Buttermakers remembered how to play defense and rediscovered their pitching prowess, too, on Sunday to secure a 2017 state amateur baseball berth. Hadley defeated Windom two games to one in their best-of-three Region 13C series, shutting out the Pirates 4-0 on Sunday in Hadley. On Saturday, Windom evened the series with a 13-3 seven-inning victory in a game that saw the Buttermakers -- normally a sharp defensive unit -- commit several errors.
B. Jay Boom, the Ellsworth High School graduate now entrusted to help provide leadership for a Sioux Falls, S.D., Little League baseball team about to embark on the experience of a lifetime, already knows his players are wise beyond their years. “With all the success we’ve had, it doesn’t seem like they think, ‘We’re better than this team.’ They are believing that everyone we play is just as good as we are, or else they wouldn’t be there,” Boom said.
WORTHINGTON -- The Minnesota fall high school athletic season begins on Monday as practices for football, volleyball, boys and girls soccer, cross country and girls tennis get under way. But preparations really began in the summer, and in some respects, well before then.
It’s an uneventful afternoon here at The Globe headquarters in Worthington. It can be like that in early August, with summer sports petering out and high school fall sports not yet emerging. So naturally, my mind wanders. Here are a few thoughts that meandered through the empty spaces today:
WORTHINGTON -- A well-known professional coach once said, “Don’t become a coach unless you’re prepared for a lifetime of disappointment.” Ron Vorwald, who coached boys basketball at Worthington High School from 1989 to 2013, listened to the quote. He shook his head, smiling. “I don’t believe it,” he said.
I have a funny little rule regarding on-field football celebrations: If high school kids shouldn’t do it, then NFL players shouldn’t either. You know how it is in high school. Spontaneous celebrations are fine, but attempts to draw attention to one’s self are another thing entirely. I’m one of those stick-in-the-muds who believe that spiking the ball in the end zone is cool, but gyrating the hips while doing it is going too far. Call me old-fashioned. I admit it.
WORTHINGTON -- Emily Ahlquist describes herself as a very competitive person. But upon taking over the Worthington Trojans varsity girls soccer program five years ago, she soon learned that in order to be a successful coach she’d have to learn to curb her lofty ambitions. The Trojan soccer girls don’t measure success on the basis of wins and losses. If they did, they’d be miserable.
LUVERNE -- Several players on the 2017 Luverne VFW baseball team believe they have something to prove next week at the state tournament. And their head coach, Mike Wenninger, is behind them all the way -- pushing them to be the best they can be. “When you have a good play, he’ll give you a head nod. But even if you make the right play, he’ll keep riding you until it’s perfect. It’s actually a good thing,” said one of the team’s top players, Ben Serie.
Every time I drive past Oxford Bowl on my way to and from work, I give it a glance. And I think about how disappointing it is that it no longer does business. In a few months, Worthington will embark on another winter without bowling. And when I see today the empty Oxford Bowl forlornly looking out onto the city’s main thoroughfare running east and west across the community, I remember better times.
WINDOM -- Whenever ace right-hander Collin Lovell takes the mound in a Windom Pirates game, confidence oozes out from him to the rest of the team. “When he’s on the mound, we believe we can beat anyone,” says player-coach Nick Kulseth. The tall, angular Lovell was a solid pitcher during his high school days at Windom. What he’s learned at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, S.D., however, has taken him to a new level.