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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The Luverne Cardinals varsity volleyball team is 8-2. You can throw out the team’s latest loss, which happened Thursday in Marshall, because, well, the Tigers beat everybody. Fact is, Luverne has a pretty good outfit this fall after posting a 13-12-2 record in 2016. And head coach Susie Bork is a familiar commodity, having moved just a few miles down the road after heading the Hills-Beaver Creek program for the previous three years.
WORTHINGTON -- It wasn’t an overwhelming performance, but it was good enough against a team that thrives on defense. The Worthington High School boys soccer team outscored New Ulm 4-1 in the first half Thursday night at Trojan Field -- with three goals by senior Edwin Hernandez -- and held on for a 4-1 win. Though the scoring didn’t come in bunches, and no goals were scored in the entire second half, the Trojans moved to 9-0 on the season while dropping the Eagles to 2-3-3.
SLAYTON -- Murray County Central surprised a lot of people last year in reaching Minnesota’s Class A state football tournament, and Zach Aanenson was a major reason why. Now a senior running back/linebacker/defensive end on the 2017 Rebel team, Aanenson continues to be both a major contributor and a leader.
WORTHINGTON -- Look out! The Marshall Tigers are coming to town. The Worthington Trojans football team will find itself a distinct underdog on Friday when it hosts the Marshall Tigers, who are once again -- as they were last year -- a southwest Minnesota powerhouse. Marshall is 2-0 with a 70-0 victory over Albert Lea and a 58-0 win over Belle Plaine.
WORTHINGTON -- The bottom line: It was there, so the Bluejays took it.
NEW ULM -- For the second game out of two, first-half blues hit the Worthington Trojans varsity football team Friday night. The Trojans, one week after falling behind host Jordan 44-0 in the first half en route to a 51-21 loss in their season-opener, succumbed to the host New Ulm Eagles 44-16 after falling behind 25-0 before the first two quarters elapsed in New Ulm.
WORTHINGTON -- After the Minnesota West Bluejays football team lost 28-12 to Central Lakes in their season and home opener last Saturday, players were nevertheless convinced they had the makings of a competitive outfit. Now comes the next step: winning a game.
WORTHINGTON -- Neither team was at its best, but Windom Area was better Thursday night in Worthington in a 3-0 high school volleyball sweep of the host Trojans. The Eagles won on scores of 25-16, 25-9 and 25-23.
LAKE PARK, Iowa -- The Harris-Lake Park Wolves weren’t at all surprised by the outstanding football season they enjoyed in 2016, but no doubt they might have been pinching themselves with every impressive victory. It’s a small rural school district tucked away in the far northwest corner of Iowa, and rendezvous with greatness don’t come around often here. And yet, the Wolves blew away most of their football opponents last year en route to second place in the Iowa state 8-Man tournament.
WORTHINGTON -- For the Worthington Trojans and the New Ulm Eagles, Friday’s high school football game in New Ulm presents the opportunity for one of the two programs to take a big step forward. Both teams were routed in their openers less than a week ago. Worthington was outscored 44-0 in the first half en route to a 51-21 loss in Jordan, and New Ulm was tripped up 46-14 on the road in Waseca.