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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NORTH MANKATO -- Section 3 champions Pipestone Area and Edgerton/Southwest Christian were impressive in the first round of Minnesota state tournament softball play on Thursday, and both teams advanced to semifinal action later Thursday night. Pipestone Area, behind a strong pitching performance by Shelby Bloemendaal, defeated Esko 4-1 in the Class AA tourney. Edgerton/Southwest Christian blasted Sebeka 14-0 in five innings in its Class A opener as pitcher Sierra Van Dyke tossed a no-hitter. Caswell Park in North Mankato is the home of the entire tournament.
WORTHINGTON -- In track and field, most successful hurdlers are taller than the average person. Obang Ojulu of Worthington High School is an exception to that rule. Ojulu, who was listed at 5-8 on the 2017-18 WHS boys basketball roster, overcomes his lack of height with technique -- and explosion.
It would have been a surprise to nearly everyone last week had the Wabasso Rabbits defeated Edgerton/Southwest Christian in the Section 3A high school fast-pitch softball championship. And it might have happened, too, had Flying Dutchmen catcher Jasmine Jensen not gotten the game-winning hit in the sixth inning of a 4-3 win. E/SWC head coach Andrew Fleischman, however, preaches the one-game-at-a-time philosophy. And his players have learned never to assume anything.
NEW ULM -- Runs were hard to come by for the Worthington Trojans on Saturday, and they dropped their Section 2AAA baseball contest against Marshall by a 4-0 score. The Trojans needed to win that game, then win twice more to secure a berth in the section championship. However, they managed just three hits against Tigers pitcher Caleb Welvaert, who went the distance, walking just two and striking out six.
ST. PETER -- Obang Ojulu didn’t endear himself to track and field officials on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College on Friday. But what he did to hurdles, he made up for in the eyes of his fans.
WORTHINGTON -- Blaine Doeden is a state tennis qualifier. It’s something his older brothers Ben and Bryan, who were also exceptional players on the Worthington High School boys’ team, had never done. But there’s no doubt that Ben and Bryan share in the glory. And Blaine, a junior, would be the first to admit it.
COTTONWOOD -- The score was 3-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning. That was too close for comfort for the Edgerton/Southwest Christian girls softball team, which needed to beat Wabasso Thursday afternoon to secure its fifth consecutive trip to the Minnesota Class A state tournament.
WORTHINGTON -- There was a decided purple and gray hue at the GreatLIFE Worthington golf course on Wednesday. Golfers wearing the colors of the Murray County Central Rebels stepped up to the leaderboards repeatedly at the conclusion of the Section 3A tournament to have ribboned medals lifted over their heads and team trophies placed in their hands.
WORTHINGTON -- Ben Koepsell is a newly-minted graduate of Worthington High School, but though he’s still a teen-ager he’s already a veteran golfer. In fact, he’s been playing golf almost as long as he was able to walk. “I started playing golf when I was in diapers, so I don’t remember the exact day. But I guess there are videotapes of me swinging clubs in my diapers,” he recalled recently.
WINDOM -- In the bottom of the sixth inning, a hard line drive single by Collin Steuber snapped a 2-2 tie and led Fairmont to a 4-2 victory over Windom Area Tuesday night in the Section 3AA baseball tournament. Windom Area, which lost a tough 1-0 game on Saturday to Luverne (the top seed from the South) could not hold a 2-0 lead through three and a half innings on Tuesday at home, and their season ended while Fairmont’s goes on.