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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WORTHINGTON -- This time last year, local golfers had already been enjoying the GreatLIFE Worthington golf course for more than a month. Ah, those were the days. Today, the 18-hole course is under snow. Again. The beginning of the 2018 season has been pushed further back due to a late and persistent winter.
WORTHINGTON -- Practicing, recruiting, spending hours on the phone coordinating a messy early start to the 2018 spring baseball season -- and scrambling to cheat Mother Nature -- Minnesota West’s TD Hostikka is making the best of an impossible situation. A late winter dotted with April snowstorms has wiped out weeks of the southwest Minnesota high school schedule. But Hostikka, the college Bluejays’ head coach, has managed to keep his head above water.
LUVERNE -- Worthington High School co-head track coach Doug Brands wanted to tamp down expectations for the Trojans for Thursday’s Cardinal Relays. “I told the kids yesterday at practice, it’s a glorified practice,” Brands said as he watched his team compete in Luverne in the squad’s first real meet of the season. “We’ve only been on our track this spring for four actual practices.”
WORTHINGTON -- Told that he’ll be expected to speak to a crowd of more than a thousand people, Joel Krekelberg wants to be ready. He says he knows what he wants to say on April 29 when he’s recognized at the 11th annual Minnesota Football Honors at U.S. Bank Stadium. “I’m terribly nervous. What I’m finding out more than anything is what a humbling thing it is,” he said this week as he discussed receiving the Fred Zamberletti Award at the home of the Minnesota Vikings.
PIPESTONE -- It can be embarrassing for an athlete to be reminded, over and over again, how gifted he is -- how natural are his movements, how gracefully he appears to move and succeed where others struggle like mere mortals. It’s something most of us never have to deal with. But for Pipestone Area Arrows senior Tyl Woelber, it’s something he has learned to take in stride.
WORTHINGTON -- Ah, the benefits of winning. What a time to be the head coach of the Minnesota West Lady Jays basketball program, coming off an MCAC Southern Division championship while playing host to the 2018 Region 13 tournament. High school seniors are probably wearing out a path to play for the 2018-19 West edition, right? Uh, not exactly.
This is a column about random thoughts. Trapped here, as I am, in the dead of winter, I have only my imagination to keep me company as I dream of green grass and the sound of baseball bats striking pitched balls on ball fields. That crisp echo, I remember from happier days, is among the most satisfying on the planet.
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BY DOUG WOLTER firstname.lastname@example.org WORTHINGTON -- Jeff Linder may be the only sports coach who sees a silver lining in this year’s snowy, cold spring.
WORTHINGTON -- At the beginning of the 2018 spring baseball season, Minnesota West head coach TD Hostikka, speaking about freshman Easton Sauerbrei, told his interviewer that no matter what else happens, the former Worthington High School standout can always be counted upon to hit well. Ironically, Sauerbrei hasn’t always been a good hitter. It’s something he’s had to work at. That, and taking criticism, too.