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" are being distributed through a national publisher.
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I don’t begrudge today’s best professional athletes earning multi-million dollar contracts. We’ve come a long way since Joe DiMaggio reached the first $100,000 contract in 1949. If you can get it, more power to ya. I’m a great believer in the law of supply and demand.
WORTHINGTON -- It’s hard to remember a time when head-to-head gymnastics meets between Jackson County Central (or just Jackson) and Worthington weren’t must-see high school athletic events. This year’s JCC/WHS encounter once again brings together two of southwest Minnesota’s top tumbling programs, and it happens tonight (Thursday, Feb. 9) in Worthington’s old armory building. The junior varsity squads begin at 6 p.m., with the varsity to follow.
JACKSON -- Once the Jackson County Central Huskies got their game going, they never looked back. The Huskies, fresh off a thrilling come-from-behind win over Redwood Valley the night before, thumped visiting Worthington 86-65 Tuesday in a boys high school basketball matchup at the Jackson gymnasium. Building a 28-point lead that they took into intermission, the Huskies kept the Trojans at bay throughout the second half.
ELLSWORTH -- Pick-up basketball games at the farm were serious competitions when Curt, Cody and Casey Schilling were learning to play. It was a real family affair, those head-to-head encounters. Sometimes mom (Carla) and dad (Clayton) played, too. With the boys, the action got physical. Rules were basically modeled according to the law of the jungle.
WORTHINGTON -- The Nobles County Speedway will be back for another year of racing in 2017, and with a new set of promoters aiming to put more customers in the seats.
WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington High School girls basketball team operates on a defensive principle predicated on pressure and thievery. On Saturday in a narrow victory over visiting Jordan, the principle hinged on physicality -- a relentlessly aggressive approach that resulted in plenty of bumps and bruises. On Tuesday, again in the friendly confines of the WHS gym, the pressure was less physical, but every bit as successful.
I have a computer football game at home where, if I wanted to, I could fudge the numbers to a degree that the Minnesota Vikings would be good enough to play in the 2017 Super Bowl. With a few clicks, I could make the Vikings’ defense always perform as it did through the first five games of this season. It would take a little extra time to get the offensive line to perform as a passable unit, but with just a little effort and a lot of imagination I could make the Vikings nearly invincible.
WORTHINGTON -- On Monday, Josh Anderson finally got his guys. Anderson, head football coach at Dakota State University in Madison, S.D., had been actively aware of Sibley-Ocheyedan High School’s Houston Coleman and Edgerton/Ellsworth’s Tyler Kurrasch since their high school days. Finally, two years after they left the preps, Coleman and Kurrasch agreed to play for the Trojans during a short signing ceremony at Minnesota West Community and Technical College.
WORTHINGTON -- A block here, a tackle there, and maybe a forearm shiver or two, and it added up to an important 59-54 victory for the Worthington High School girls basketball team Saturday afternoon. “Oh, my God, it’s football,” remarked Trojans head coach Eric Lindner. He wasn’t far off. The Trojans, who always pride themselves on being aggressive, pushed the needle to high as Section 2AAA rival Jordan came to town.
WORTHINGTON -- It’s going to be a tall order today (Saturday, Jan. 28) for the Worthington High School gymnastics team to climb to the top at the Class A True Team tournament. But one thing’s for sure: The Trojans are well situated coming off their best meet performance in school history.