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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BY DOUG WOLTER firstname.lastname@example.org WORTHINGTON -- Action in the southwest Minnesota amateur baseball ranks doesn’t really heat up until the weather heats up -- that is, in June. It is now mid-May, and the Worthington Cubs have played just one game -- a one-sided loss to Milroy. There is reason for much optimism, however.
WORTHINGTON -- They’ve got the record, they’ve got the seed, and beginning today (Thursday, May 18) the Minnesota West Bluejays will see if they’ve got the moxie. The Jays open Region 13 Tournament baseball action this afternoon in St. Cloud as the No. 2 seed. They are the MCAC Southern Division champions with a 14-2 record (27-18 overall) and during one marvelous stretch they’ve won 17 straight games.
WORTHINGTON -- As the lowering sun dipped into the Worthington treeline at the Trojan Relays Tuesday night, Luverne pole vaulter Matthew Hup made his first attempt at 14 feet. The pole vault competition began at a little after 4 p.m. A little after 8 p.m., Hup was still trying to better his season’s best, a 13-9 vault accomplished earlier this month at the prestigious Howard Wood Relays in Sioux Falls, S.D.
WORTHINGTON -- The Trojan Relays has been a big track and field event for as long as anyone can remember. It certainly looms large on the Worthington calendar as a day to pull out all the stops in front of a large and anticipatory home crowd. At the annual running of the Relays, timing is key. The event occurs each year at a moment in springtime where the most important meets of the season are bunching up.
MANKATO -- The day belonged to Mankato East. But it was a good day, nonetheless, for the Worthington Trojans track and field team Tuesday at the Section 2AA True Team meet. While East captured both the boys and girls team championships, the Trojans saw some outstanding competition that should help them with the Big South Conference meet scheduled for Saturday in Fairmont and Worthington’s own Trojan Relays set for Tuesday.
WORTHINGTON -- As a college baseball doubleheader, it had everything. Hits, walks, errors, arguments, runs -- a lot of runs! Quality, however, was not in abundance. The first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader at Worthington’s college field between the Riverland Blue Devils and the Minnesota West Bluejays featured 39 runs and plenty of everything else -- much of it not good. And it ended in a somewhat surprising Minnesota West victory, 20-19. The second game was won by Riverland 17-5 in five innings, as West committed seven errors.
PIPESTONE -- It was just another of those regular season showdowns between two of the best prep softball teams in the state. And just like last year, the Pipestone Area Arrows beat the Edgerton/Southwest Christian Flying Dutchmen twice on Monday -- the first game easily, 12-3, and the second game in come-from behind fashion, 5-2. Pipestone Area, the second-ranked team in Minnesota Class AA, improved to 15-0 on the spring season as they sunk E/SWC, the second-ranked team in Class A, to 12-3.
WORTHINGTON -- Sully Merrigan played well and won. Kyle Janssen played well and lost. Two of the three Worthington High School doubles teams played well and won, too. But the difference in the Trojans’ 4-3 boys tennis victory over visiting Redwood Valley was a Cardinals forfeit at No. 4 singles. “It helped,” said WHS assistant coach Matt Fletcher. Indeed it did. But win or lose, Fletcher was happy to see some of the Trojan players make notable personal improvements on a warm, sunny afternoon.
WORTHINGTON -- Winning has become a habit for the Minnesota West Community and Technical College baseball Bluejays. And deficits don’t bother them. The Jays won their 14th straight game at home on Saturday, but they had to come from behind in Game 2 to do it. Anoka-Ramsey held a 7-3 advantage in the fifth inning before the home team scored two runs in the bottom of the inning and added four in the sixth for a 9-7 victory. MW won the first game, 9-4.
WORTHINGTON -- A wrestling coach has to have a tough side. He needs to be a disciplinarian in a sport populated with rough characters who can only become successful in their craft by beating up the other guy. Bob Purcell, as nice a guy as you’d ever want to meet, has dealt with more than his share of tough characters during his 20 years of coaching at Minnesota West Technical and Community College. And more than a few of the stories he has accumulated deal with the abrasive side of wrestling.