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 -- Six-ten senior forward Justin Balcome made his presence known early, and teammates Carter Stockert and Trey Hoepner rained 3’s on the Sibley East Wolverines Friday night, helping Alexandria to a convincing 77-47 victory in the first round of The Globe-Trojan Holiday Classic.
MARSHALL -- For years, Worthington High School girls basketball coach Eric Lindner and a host of fans have let their frustration boil during tournament seeding time. Why? Because despite the Trojans posting impressive win-loss records, they have continued to get seeded lower than other section teams with less impressive records. Well … on Thursday the Trojans did something that might just force seeders to take them more seriously.
BLUE EARTH -- They can score in bunches. And they can take the ball away in bunches, too. The Jackson County Central Huskies, who rivals hoped might fall a little ways back to earth this season after graduating two all-conference players following back-to-back state boys basketball tournament trips, are still flying high.
WORTHINGTON -- They start swimmers young on the Worthington Stingrays. Jamie Newman, now an established leader on the team in her senior year of high school, was far from it seven years ago when she joined the team.
WORTHINGTON -- The 2017 The Globe Trojan Holiday Classic boys basketball tournament gets under way at Worthington High School Friday, with championships scheduled for Saturday. The action is with varsity and junior varsity teams featuring Alexandria, Mankato West, Sibley East and host Worthington.
So I’m sitting behind the scoring table at a girls high school basketball game last week and there’s a person behind me who’s displaying such a total lack of sportsmanship that I almost want to laugh. Except I don’t laugh. The fan accuses the refs of bias and complains so loudly that I fear it’s about to give me a headache.
WORTHINGTON -- It didn’t really matter Thursday night that the Worthington Trojans gave up nine 3-point shots and had just two of their own against visiting Fulda. No, that doesn’t matter when they can score so well around the basket. Worthington hit 53 percent of its field goals in a 92-64 boys basketball win over the Raiders. The passing was sharp and the shots fell all around.
WORTHINGTON -- Nyamer Diew celebrated her 16th birthday on Tuesday, and on Tuesday night she celebrated it in style. The 6-0 sophomore scored 15 points with 10 rebounds as the Worthington Trojans defeated the Jackson County Central girls basketball team 71-62, rolling up a 40-18 lead early in the second half and holding on as the Huskies whittled it down to 63-57 with 2:18 to go.
The Southwest Christian boys basketball team is off to a great start, but it’s hard to know what’s more important to their early success -- their physical abilities or their team spirit. On the court, their quickness elevates a defensive game that relies on pressure. Spirit-wise, they’re hard-working and unselfish.
WORTHINGTON -- When Kuol Chol entered Minnesota West Community and Technical College as a freshman, he was regarded as a remarkable talent, albeit still somewhat raw. He played well, positioning himself nicely in his sophomore year to be a real force with the Bluejays. Shortly before the 2017-18 campaign began, however, Chol had a decision to make. His coach, Kris Babler, left the school suddenly. What was he to do?