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" were distributed through a national publisher.
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Central Minnesota Christian had to be very excited -- and relieved -- last Saturday night at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall. The Bluejays survived a big scare against Russell-Tyler-Ruthton to win the Section 3A North boys basketball title, 57-56. It was an exciting night for Westbrook-Walnut Grove, too. Moments after the Bluejays left the floor, the Chargers took it and, in a mild upset, knocked off Red Rock Central, the No. 1 seed of Section 3A South, 57-49.
EDGERTON -- Athletes and coaches will often use such words as “togetherness” and “teamwork” to account for their success. At Edgerton Southwest Christian High School, accountability goes beyond mere words. On Wednesdays, the varsity girls basketball team has its devotion time. This year’s theme is how to be authentic.
WORTHINGTON -- Conspiracy theories are afoot in southwest Minnesota. I don’t normally buy into such things, but now I’m thinking … well … can we really be so sure? About a week ago I traveled to Luverne to speak to members of the Cardinals boys hockey team just before they were to take off for the Twin Cities to participate in the Class A tournament. One of the fine young men I interviewed, Andrew Reisch, said something that I disregarded. And I didn’t include it in my preview story.
MARSHALL -- The Westbrook-Walnut Grove Chargers upset Red Rock Central 57-49 Saturday night at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall to win the Section 3A South boys basketball title. W-WG, seeded second in the south, had lost to top-seeded Red Rock Conference rival RRC twice during the regular season, but in the third meeting the Chargers led for most of the game en route to their eight-point victory margin.
LUVERNE -- When a Luverne High School hockey team competes in a state tournament, the Cardinals don’t just play for themselves. They play for the whole southwest corner of Minnesota. Section 3 still doesn’t get a lot of respect around the state. Luverne, which has become a real hockey hotbed in recent years, wants to see that change, and the best way that will happen will be to not only get to the state tournament, but to win there.
MANKATO -- Angling for an upset, the Worthington Trojans boys basketball team couldn’t make it happen Tuesday night in the first round of the Section 2AAA tournament, falling to a big, fast Mankato East squad 81-53 at Mankato East High School. Using a full court press through most of the first half, and employing their well-muscled 6-4 junior forward Damani Hayes like a sledgehammer through the lanes, the Cougars took it to the Trojans early and in a sustained fashion to forge a 45-19 halftime lead. The deficit proved too much for the Worthington squad to overcome.
The other day, a colleague of mine showed me video footage of an immensely-talented NBA player standing around on defense while a game was going on all around him. You would’ve thought he’d put forth at least a minimal amount of effort, such as a raised arm or a half-hearted move toward the ball-handler who was only a couple of feet away from him. But no. That would require too much effort.
COON RAPIDS -- For three quarters, in spite of everything, the Minnesota West Community and Technical College women’s basketball team fought Anoka-Ramsey to a standstill. Then the fourth quarter happened, and the Golden Rams outscored the Lady Jays 25-15 to secure an 85-75 victory in the first round of the Minnesota College Athletic Conference Region 13A tournament on Saturday.
ST. PAUL -- To be the best, you’ve gotta beat the best. A healthy contingent of southwest Minnesota high school wrestlers will test their mettle against the best the state has to offer this week at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. It all starts this morning with the team tournament for area standouts Worthington and Pipestone Area.
DOUG WOLTER email@example.com WORTHINGTON -- Mismatches may loom large in Saturday’s Region 13A college women’s basketball game between Minnesota West and Anoka-Ramsey. And the mismatches will go both ways.