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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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.
NORTH MANKATO -- For the second straight year, the Pipestone Area girls fast-pitch softball team lost its state tournament opener, won its second game, and will play for a consolation championship today in Class AA. The Arrows, bringing a 24-1 record into their first-round contest at Caswell Park in North Mankato against Section 7 champion Esko, ran into a hot pitcher and fell, 4-0. In the consolation bracket, however, PA rallied for an 11-1 triumph over St. Agnes.
WINDOM -- An eight-run second inning put Luverne in command, and the Cardinals never relinquished it Tuesday night in an 11-1 victory over Jackson County Central in a Section 3AA baseball contest advancing them to the section championship game. Luverne will need to beat New London-Spicer twice on Thursday, in Granite Falls, for the right to represent the section in the state tournament. Game One is at 5 p.m. Game Two, if needed, follows.
NORTH MANKATO -- One year removed from their memorable state tournament experiences of 2016, the Edgerton/Southwest Christian Flying Dutchmen and the Pipestone Area Arrows are back again -- fully comprehending that anything can happen. The Dutchmen were dominant in Class A last year, outscoring three opponents 35-2 en route to the championship.
WESTBROOK -- The Westbrook-Walnut Grove Chargers have fielded good boys golf teams for a number of years. But there’s nothing like qualifying for a first-ever state tournament to get people to really stand up and take notice. W-WG shot a two-day total of 725 strokes at the Worthington Country Club to make state for the first time in school history. But the Chargers have been close before -- they were second last year, in fact.
Two teams down the road a piece on Interstate 90, Luverne and Adrian, weren’t the teams most fans thought of as state baseball tournament contenders this year, despite the fact that both programs enjoy a winning tradition. The Cardinals are very young. The Dragons graduated some very important players last year after competing in the 2016 Class A state tourney. Yet, here they are still alive for state berths deep in their section tournaments.