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 -- Shortly before Minnesota West’s first game of the 2016-17 men’s basketball season, first-year head coach Kris Babler said his freshman class could stack up as one of the best in the state. Eyebrows were raised after the Bluejays lost their first five games -- some of them by big margins as players struggled mightily to find the basket.
The Minnesota State High School League, in its indisputable wisdom, has decreed that the state tournament experience is too awesome to be offered only to a select few. This is why those bygone days of single-class state tournaments has become a thing of the past -- remembered only by your grandfather -- and there are a bunch of classes now, so that as many student-athletes as possible can see for themselves what all the excitement is about.
WORTHINGTON -- Mariah Aukes and the Luverne Cardinals girls hockey team spent the entire first period deadlocked 0-0 with the Worthington Trojans on Thursday. That didn’t sit well with head coach Tony Sandbulte. “I was honest with them,” Sandbulte admitted. “I just said we’re a better hockey team than this.” When the Cardinals bolted out of their locker room to start the second period, they were, indeed. They outscored the host Trojans 3-0 en route to a 4-0 victory.
WORTHINGTON -- Being on a YMCA swim team is like being part of one big family. Think about it. When young athletes join the local basketball or football teams, they participate within their own age group. Yes, football players often describe themselves as being part of a “family.” But think of your own family. If you have younger brothers or sisters, or older ones, that’s your real-life family. The Worthington Stingrays swim team sort of feels like that, too.
WORTHINGTON -- One of the ironic things about Minnesota high school wrestling is that the matches start at 106 pounds, and it is often the youngest and sometimes most inexperienced wrestlers who get to set the tone. Damon Schutz is young but not inexperienced, and on Tuesday the eighth-grader looked very sharp in beating New Ulm Area freshman Jackson Bode 10-2 to start his Worthington Trojans off right.
Circumstances being what they are, head coach Denise Nerem of the Southwest Minnesota Christian girls basketball team compensates by pushing her girls basketball team harder than she needs to. It’s...
WORTHINGTON -- Coaches who’ve seen Abbi Mulder perform on a volleyball floor are in agreement that, as good as she is now, much potential remains. “Abbi’s just been a joy...
In the middle of December, it’s late enough to recognize the fast starts -- and too soon to predict what will happen after teams return to action from their Christmas...
WORTHINGTON -- After starting the season with a pair of victories, the Worthington Trojans boys basketball team sustained a pair of tough losses to Marshall and Waseca. On Tuesday, just...
WORTHINGTON -- The simplest rule in basketball thwarted the Worthington Trojans girls basketball team Saturday afternoon. You’ve gotta be able to put the ball in the basket to win. And...