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 Daily Globe sports editor I suspect that when District 518 Superintendent John Landgaard said last weekend that if a new facility for the Worthington High School gymnastics program isn’t found, it will be cut, he meant to scare people into action. If so, it had better work.
WORTHINGTON -- Their short games helped Worthington’s Nathoe Vorasane and Adrian’s Alexia Kemper to medalist rounds Tuesday at the Worthington Country Club. Vorasane shot a 37, two strokes better than teammate Jacob Prunty’s 39, to win the boys’ three-team competition. Kemper carded a 39 in the girls’ meet, easily better than runner-up Anneke Weg of Worthington, who shot a 46.
WORTHINGTON -- It was an easy choice for Ahmitara Alwal to choose Rochester Community and Technical College as her next academic location. She has lots of family in the area. She loves the town. And the college women’s basketball program appears to be a perfect fit. “The coach, he’s more defensive-minded. And I love defense, and that’s a perfect setting for me,” said Alwal, who on Tuesday at the Worthington High School media center signed on to play for the school while her parents, high school teammates, and Rochester head coach Steve Hucke looked on.
WORTHINGTON -- If only they’d managed a clutch hit in the opener, the Minnesota West softball team might have swept visiting Riverland Tuesday in the Lady Jays’ first games of the 2017 season. As it turned out, the home-standing Jays settled for a split, winning the second game 6-4 behind a solid Brooklyn Barnett pitching performance after getting eclipsed in the first game 3-2. All in all, a good day for a team consisting of only 10 players against a Riverland team that had already played half a dozen games this spring.
The new pitch count rule is going to change the way every high school baseball team maneuvers through the spring season. Teams with deep pitching staffs will be better prepared than those without, and teams without pitching depth will need to develop new pitchers fast. Kevin Nowotny, the veteran Adrian baseball coach who led the Dragons to the state Class A tournament in 2016, is now retired. Count him a critic of the new rule.
AARON HAGEN Daily Globe WORTHINGTON -- Strong pitching performances carried the Minnesota West baseball team to a 3-1 record during Saturday and Sunday’s John Spiegelhoff Memorial Classic.
Hello, everyone. Today I am going to tell you how the Minnesota Twins can shock the baseball world in 2017 and not only win the American League Central division but also play in the World Series. Nothing is impossible in the first week of April. Everybody has a chance. All it takes is for everything to fall in place.
WORTHINGTON -- With only 10 players in camp, the Minnesota West Community and Technical College fast-pitch softball team probably won’t scare too many opponents this spring. But Tanner Gunnink smiles when she considers the situation. “I think we’re going to surprise some people,” she said Thursday after a cool afternoon practice at the local field.
ADRIAN -- First-year Adrian High School head baseball coach Joe Kruger says he’s not planning any radical tactical changes for his Dragons, and for a very simple reason. “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it. Nowotny’s taught them pretty well,” he said this week.
EDGERTON -- Good sports teams don’t win by standing in place. So when Edgerton/Southwest Christian girls softball coach Andrew Fleischman was told by a reporter that there’s no way his Flying Dutchmen can improve on 2016, he was having none of it. “We’ve got all kinds of ways to improve,” he said. One thing the Flying Dutchmen cannot improve upon is their first-place finish. Last June, the team earned a Minnesota state Class A championship by beating three opponents in North Mankato -- by scores of 11-0, 12-2 and 12-0.