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 self-publishes original fiction in his spare time. Two of his stories, "The Genuine One" and "The Old Man in Section 129" were distributed through a national publisher.
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WORTHINGTON -- If the game of baseball were played on paper, with dice and read-out cards, the Worthington Trojans’ 2017 potential might appear assured. But of course, baseball is played on real grass, by real people. Dice rolls don’t count. On a warm afternoon this week at Junior High Field, where the Trojans will play out their spring season, it was hoped that the team can improve on its 14-10 performance from 2016. Fourteen-and-ten. “It should have been better,” said WHS head coach Stacy Sauerbrei, remembering.
PIPESTONE -- For the most talented high school track and field athletes, it can be frustrating to realize that the clock can work against you even when you’re standing still. Pipestone Area’s Tyl Woelber was a super sophomore last year at the Minnesota state Class A meet -- but he almost spread himself too thin. Entered in three running events at Hamline University in St. Paul (besides the 4x400-meter relay), his schedule gave him little room for error. He literally had to sprint from the tent area to compete in one of his events.
WORTHINGTON -- Moist and muddy on Saturday, gray and cold on Sunday, it was typical late-March weather for the Minnesota West baseball team as it hosted Rainy River for four weekend contests at the local college field. It’s never easy to be sharp so early in the season. But the Bluejays managed to win all four games of their first 2017 series in Worthington. “We really hit the ball well this weekend. We had 40 hits in the four games. We ran the bases really hard. We even had some pop. And our pitchers did things we expect them to do,” said head coach TD Hostikka.
ST. PAUL -- The Jackson County Central Huskies always operate under the principle that sluggish starts don’t worry them. They believe that by applying constant pressure offensively and defensively, they will find a rhythm that will wear down their opponents, get them out of their comfort zone, and lead to victory.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Jarod Wilken converted four free throws in the final 34.7 seconds to lift Annandale to a thrilling 66-61 victory over Jackson County Central Wednesday night in the first-round of the Minnesota state Class AA boys basketball tournament at Target Center in Minneapolis.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Few teams have proven able to compensate for height disadvantages like the Jackson County Central Huskies in 2016-17. Without a starter taller than 6-3, the Huskies have used quickness, depth and sheer relentlessness to produce a 26-4 record heading into the Minnesota state Class AA boys basketball tournament. Their strategy is always the same: play fast, play aggressive, open up the floor, and never take it easy no matter what the score.
Three Worthington Trojans and three Pipestone Arrows have been named to the 2017 All-Big South Conference West Division girls basketball team. Here are the selections for the East and West divisions, including honorable mentions, teams and grades: EAST DIVISION Blue Earth Area -- Caitlin Rorman (10) Fairmont -- Taylor Crissinger (10)
DOUG WOLTER email@example.com WORTHINGTON -- One of Worthington’s most enduring family affairs will get under way this weekend in gymnasiums all over town. It’s the annual Wild Turkey Shootout, a boys basketball extravaganza.
Central Minnesota Christian had to be very excited -- and relieved -- last Saturday night at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall. The Bluejays survived a big scare against Russell-Tyler-Ruthton to win the Section 3A North boys basketball title, 57-56. It was an exciting night for Westbrook-Walnut Grove, too. Moments after the Bluejays left the floor, the Chargers took it and, in a mild upset, knocked off Red Rock Central, the No. 1 seed of Section 3A South, 57-49.
EDGERTON -- Athletes and coaches will often use such words as “togetherness” and “teamwork” to account for their success. At Edgerton Southwest Christian High School, accountability goes beyond mere words. On Wednesdays, the varsity girls basketball team has its devotion time. This year’s theme is how to be authentic.