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 -- They lost the game. But they found something out about themselves, and it was good. The Minnesota West Bluejays took on Central Lakes, the No. 1-ranked team in Minnesota two-year college football, on a hot Saturday afternoon at Trojan Field. Central Lakes won, 28-12, but it was an even game at halftime and head coach Jeff Linder liked what he saw from his freshman-laden outfit.
JORDAN -- Hope springs eternal at the start of every high school football season, but the Worthington Trojans will have to go back to the drawing board after Friday’s 51-21 season-opening loss on the road to the Jordan Hubmen. Jordan, led by the five-touchdown passing of senior quarterback Jonathan Draheim and a stifling defense, put 24 points on the board in the first half and 20 more in the second for a 44-0 halftime lead. That was too much for the Trojans to overcome.
WORTHINGTON -- If “communication” isn’t Jessica Hogan’s favorite word during the volleyball season, it’s close.
WINDOM -- Tracy-Milroy-Balaton played quite well for its first match of the season. Windom Area didn’t play quite as well, and the result was a 3-1 high school volleyball victory for the Panthers Tuesday night -- and more frustration for the Eagles.
WORTHINGTON -- The seniors on the 2016 Worthington Trojans football team were good leaders. The seniors on the 2017 team are expected to be good leaders, too. “We have pretty high expectations for them. We’ve kind of put that on them, too, that we expect good things from them,” said WHS head coach Gene Lais. “One of the things we’re doing is to get them out of their comfort zone. We want them to work harder and push themselves more than they did last year. Be willing to try new things. Be aggressive.”
WORTHINGTON -- You think it’s easy for supremely talented teams like the 2017 Worthington High School boys soccer squad? Not when you’ve got Smitty Ektnitphong as your coach. For the second time in two early-season games Saturday afternoon at Trojan Field, the Trojans easily defeated an opponent. But the 10-4 win over Mankato Loyola didn’t sit too well with the hard-driving coach.
All across the landscape, from sea to shining sea, football teams in the modern age are learning that nothing excites fans more than aerial assaults. But in southwest Minnesota, some successful coaches still believe in three yards and a cloud of dust. Even new coaches.
LAKE PARK, Iowa -- A quick glance at the roster of the 2017 Harris-Lake Park high school football team is all you need to determine that, after a remarkable 2016 campaign, the cupboard has not been rendered bare. That’s the way it is sometimes with great teams: many of them are dominated by seniors, and after hugely successful seasons most of the exceptional ones tend to graduate.
JACKSON -- It’s the sign of a good program that the Jackson County Central High School volleyball team rarely, if ever, takes a season off.
WORTHINGTON -- After a disappointing 2016 season, the Minnesota West Community and Technical College football team is optimistic for 2017. The Bluejays are not alone in their optimism. The head coaches of the Minnesota College Athletic Conference (MCAC) have placed the team tenth in its preseason poll. Central Lakes, who Minnesota West will host in its season opener on Sept. 2 (2:30 p.m. at Trojan Field) is ranked No. 1. The Raiders are No. 13 nationally.