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 -- It’s a numbers game now. It’s Wednesday (Oct. 18), the final day of the high school football regular season across southern Minnesota. Teams are thinking ahead to the playoffs, thinking about tweaking their numbers -- more specifically their QRF ratings -- to get the desired seeds and matchups for postseason play.
WESTBROOK -- Members of the 2017 Westbrook-Walnut Grove football team may be too young to fully understand how much excellence passed before them on the same Westbrook football field they have trod this fall.
NEW LONDON -- An 11-yard pass with 3:10 remaining secured a come-from-behind 39-36 college football win for Ridgewater over Minnesota West Community College Saturday afternoon in a game that the Bluejays needed for their postseason hopes.
ALBERT LEA -- Austin Svalland scored a touchdown by running, and Tyler Linder scored another through the air, and the Worthington Trojans high school football team earned its second win of the 2017 season Friday night with a 14-0 road victory over Albert Lea. Worthington, 2-5, kept Albert Lea (0-7) winless on the fall campaign by using a sturdy defense that kept the host Tigers out of the end zone despite seven WHS turnovers.
WORTHINGTON -- Last Saturday’s amazing come-from-behind 48-47 victory over Northland did a lot of things for the Minnesota West Community College football team. Most importantly, perhaps, it kept the Bluejays alive for a playoff berth. Secondly, it proved what a group of football players -- refusing to wilt against the odds -- can do together when the chips are down.
WORTHINGTON -- Thursday’s 4-1 victory over Mankato Loyola in the quarterfinals of the Section 2A boys soccer tournament didn’t thrill the crowd assembled at Buss Field. But it was good enough to propel WHS into Tuesday’s semifinals. “A win is a win,” said Trojans head coach Smitty Ektnitphong. “I didn’t like a lot of it. The passing was poor. I like the energy, but we had to beat this team three times this year. They had five or six guys back all the time.”
WORTHINGTON -- Potential is just a word. Nothing is guaranteed. Many an outstanding athletic team has done everything right and failed to win it all. Head coach Smitty Ektnitphong and the Worthington Trojans boys soccer players know this. But they also know this: By being ready, by being at their optimum best, their chances are greatly enhanced.
BY DOUG WOLTER firstname.lastname@example.org WORTHINGTON -- Gene Lais, head coach of the Worthington Trojans high school football team, has a ready answer for anyone predicting an easy victory for the team on Friday. “With one win, we can’t be overconfident,” he said.
WORTHINGTON -- High school soccer followers from all over Minnesota have heard about Worthington’s Jon Keodouangsy because of his goal-scoring ability. The Trojan junior finished the 2017 regular season sitting atop the Class A boys soccer scoring rankings.
WORTHINGTON -- Trailing by 13 points with less than three minutes to play, the Minnesota West Community and Technical College Bluejays seemed destined to lose a free-wheeling football contest to visiting Northland Saturday afternoon at Trojan Field. Not only were the Bluejays trailing by two touchdowns; they were on defense.