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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Every year, it always seems to be the same. The Worthington Trojans girls basketball team doesn’t get the seeding its record appears to deserve. Tonight, WHS will open the Section 2AAA tournament against a 21-5 New Ulm team seeded No. 2 in an eight-team field. Worthington is 16-8 and seeded No. 7.
MINNEAPOLIS -- For every state individual gymnastics tournament, there is an individual story. For first-timer Gracia Elias of the Worthington Trojans, Saturday was about shaking off the butterflies and having fun. For Jackson County Central’s Abby Schneekloth, it was about shaking off illness and putting on a brave face.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The classic saying is that when you fall off the horse, you gotta dust yourself off and get right back on. The Worthington High School gymnastics team paid homage to the rule Friday at the Minnesota state Class A team competition. After the Trojans’ scores dipped in their two middle events -- the uneven parallel bars and the balance beam -- the girls put smiles back on their faces and performed a solid floor exercise.
WORTHINGTON -- At this time of year, Worthington High School head gymnastics coach Joni Reitmeier likes to refer to her Trojans as “the hicks from the sticks.” It’s true, southwest Minnesota is no hotbed of gymnastics greatness as far as most Minnesotans are concerned. But On Friday, the Trojans will make their third consecutive appearance in the state Class A meet, and if they keep this up, before long everybody might know who they are.
The strength of the Section 3A and the Section 3AA girls basketball field may be evidenced in the fact that the No. 2 seeds in the south might easily be No. 1 seeds anywhere else. Pipestone Area, the second seed in 3AA, owns a 23-1 record. Southwest Christian, the second seed in 3A, qualified for the Minnesota state tournament last year and takes a 21-3 record with a No. 10 state ranking into the 2017 postseason.
WORTHINGTON -- Team basketball looms large in the Worthington Trojans girls basketball program, but in the team’s last regular season game of the 2016-17 season Tuesday night, individual plays helped WHS subdue a plucky Martin County West team in a non-conference affair.
This is the greatest time to be a high school sports fan. In February and March, there are so many champions being named, and in so many sports, that mark the culmination of years of training, practice and ardent determination. I find myself meditating on this championship fervor. What truly makes a champion? How much of it comes from inside the competitor? And how much of it can be attributed a remarkable person in a young man or woman’s life?
PIPESTONE -- Brian Bos’ history with the Pipestone Area wrestling program has taken many twists and turns. On Saturday, it took the best turn ever as the Arrows defeated Minneota 33-29 for the Section 3A championship. It marks the first time ever that a Pipestone team qualified for a Minnesota state wrestling tournament, and Bos has been there for the last 21 years. “It’s just a culmination of a lot of hard work,” said the veteran coach.
WINDOM -- In high school gymnastics, final results are tabulated by committee. It can be several minutes before official scores are announced. In Saturday’s Section 3A tournament, the delay was excruciating. Anxious gymnasts, coaches and fans waited at the Windom Area High School gymnasium for about 45 minutes before a remarkably tight finish was sorted out. The end result: Worthington 142.575 points, runner-up Jackson County Central 142.5.
WORTHINGTON -- High school seniors Nathan Johnson and Madison Neuberger just want to enjoy their final state swim meet as members of the Worthington Stingrays. Sure, they’d like to do well. But as Neuberger said this week, she’s not quite as concerned with her times and finishes as she is to appreciate what might be her last opportunity at the University of Minnesota pool.