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 -- Protecting leads hasn’t been easy for the Minnesota West men’s basketball team this season, but on Saturday the Bluejays handled the job wonderfully in a 92-79 win over visiting MState-Fergus Falls. Leading 49-44 at halftime, the Jays allowed the Spartans to make short inroads at various times in the second half. But each time, they reasserted themselves to stay in front while improving to 4-10 on the season and evening their division record at 1-1.
ADRIAN -- When the final seconds ticked off … 5, 4, 3 … Hills-Beaver Creek guard Preston Wilhelmi was backing up, under intense pressure. With 2.5 seconds showing on the game clock, his head was down, and to the crowd it appeared as if he wasn’t going to get a shot off in time. He was a long way from the basket -- surely farther away than he wished to be -- maybe as much as six feet beyond the 3-point arc at the top of the key.
WORTHINGTON -- Better late than never. The 2016-17 Minnesota West Community and Technical College wrestling season was virtually non-existent in late 2016, but plans are in place to give it a go in the new year. Veteran head coach Bob Purcell will have two matmen competing Saturday at the Ridgewater Open in Willmar, and On Jan. 21 the big event -- the Worthington Open -- gets under way on the Bluejays’ own mats.
Two unbeaten girls high school basketball teams will square up in Edgerton tonight, and although neither head coach is making a prediction on how it’ll turn out, they both expect an outstanding battle. “I think it’ll be an up-tempo, fast basketball game. I think we both like to transition and play good basketball,” said Southwest Minnesota Christian coach Denise Nerem.
Spencer Erwin, like a lot of second-grade boys, has energy to burn. His mother, Laurie, explains, “He’s always been kind of a daredevil.” Spencer was popping wheelies on his bicycle almost the moment he got his training wheels off. He likes to run, to jump, to flip -- all that stuff. “He’s the kind of kid who always was interested in being upside-down. He likes handstands and all that,” said his mom.
WORTHINGTON -- It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. “They wanted it a little bit more in the first half,” Jackson County Central senior post Nico Feroni said of Worthington. “They just wanted it more than us,” said Worthington head coach Clint Meyer about the second half.
WORTHINGTON -- Frustration gave way to satisfaction for the Sibley East Wolverines Friday in the third-place game of the Daily Globe-Trojan Holiday Classic. In Thursday’s first-round game against Mankato West, good shots were hard to come by in a 69-39 loss. One day later, however, the Wolverines found lots of good shots against the smaller Hutchinson Tigers. They made a bunch of them. Mid-range jumpers, short lay-ins, and -- increasingly during a fast-breaking second half -- driving layups.
WORTHINGTON -- The Mankato West Scarlets have enjoyed a lot of success recently in the Trojan Holiday Classic boys basketball tournament. The West varsity team has won the last two championships, beating Perham 60-52 for the 2013 title and Perham again, 69-46, for the 2014 crown. No championship game was played last year; the tournament was organized differently with five teams competing.
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.