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 -- Worthington High School wrestling coach Mark Prunty won’t come right out and say he’s tired of being reminded of it. But suffice to say that since his Trojans saw defeat snatched from the jaws of victory last year in the Section 3AA team tournament finals, people have made it impossible for him to forget. “There probably hasn’t been more than a week or two that somebody hasn’t asked me about that,” he said Wednesday afternoon.
LAMBERTON -- Rivalry games are always tense. When both teams are state-ranked, they’re even tenser. So when the boys basketball showdown between the Springfield and Red Rock Central finally ended Tuesday night 60-53 in the Tigers’ favor, 6-1 freshman Decker Scheffler finally was able to smile and breathe easy.
JACKSON -- Drifting through Jackson County Central High School after class can be dangerous. Randy Baker sat on a corridor bench one afternoon this week as winter sports practices began. An unsuspecting underclassman ran up on his left, began climbing the stairs, but stopped short when Baker spotted him. “When are you going out for wrestling again. Next year?” the longtime JCC coach called out to him.
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton girls basketball coach Derek Ashbaugh cautions fans against making assumptions after Saturday’s 54-42 victory over Pipestone Area. “It was a grind. Both teams played the night before. I think there were some moments where it got kind of sloppy. I still think we’re two evenly-matched teams,” he said.
WORTHINGTON -- There was no reason to think the Worthington Trojans girls basketball team might be upset Monday night at the WHS gym -- not with a 1-22 Redwood Valley team coming to town. The greater risk was whether the Trojans might struggle somewhat from an over-abundance of confidence. At times, they appeared to. The occasional sloppiness didn’t diminish, however, some excellent defensive play, and some solid individual performances offensively.
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.