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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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.
It’s obvious, isn’t it? The 2017 National Football League season is going to be another season filled not just with football, but politics. I recently blogged that I’m so sick of hearing that national-anthem protester Colin Kaepernick “must” be offered a job because the right of protest ought to be encouraged, etc., etc., etc. And of course some people agreed with my screed and others didn’t. That’s OK. That’s America, at least the America I’m familiar with outside your typical college campus.
The Hadley Buttermakers remembered how to play defense and rediscovered their pitching prowess, too, on Sunday to secure a 2017 state amateur baseball berth. Hadley defeated Windom two games to one in their best-of-three Region 13C series, shutting out the Pirates 4-0 on Sunday in Hadley. On Saturday, Windom evened the series with a 13-3 seven-inning victory in a game that saw the Buttermakers -- normally a sharp defensive unit -- commit several errors.
B. Jay Boom, the Ellsworth High School graduate now entrusted to help provide leadership for a Sioux Falls, S.D., Little League baseball team about to embark on the experience of a lifetime, already knows his players are wise beyond their years. “With all the success we’ve had, it doesn’t seem like they think, ‘We’re better than this team.’ They are believing that everyone we play is just as good as we are, or else they wouldn’t be there,” Boom said.
WORTHINGTON -- The Minnesota fall high school athletic season begins on Monday as practices for football, volleyball, boys and girls soccer, cross country and girls tennis get under way. But preparations really began in the summer, and in some respects, well before then.
It’s an uneventful afternoon here at The Globe headquarters in Worthington. It can be like that in early August, with summer sports petering out and high school fall sports not yet emerging. So naturally, my mind wanders. Here are a few thoughts that meandered through the empty spaces today:
WORTHINGTON -- A well-known professional coach once said, “Don’t become a coach unless you’re prepared for a lifetime of disappointment.” Ron Vorwald, who coached boys basketball at Worthington High School from 1989 to 2013, listened to the quote. He shook his head, smiling. “I don’t believe it,” he said.