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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Circumstances being what they are, head coach Denise Nerem of the Southwest Minnesota Christian girls basketball team compensates by pushing her girls basketball team harder than she needs to. It’s how Nerem believes the Eagles will become tournament-tough in time for the tournament season.
WORTHINGTON -- Coaches who’ve seen Abbi Mulder perform on a volleyball floor are in agreement that, as good as she is now, much potential remains. “Abbi’s just been a joy to coach. A hard worker, and she’s just really gotten better year after year. I think the sky’s the limit for her. I think she’s got a lot of potential to get even better,” said her high school mentor, Jessica Hogan, on Friday afternoon.
In the middle of December, it’s late enough to recognize the fast starts -- and too soon to predict what will happen after teams return to action from their Christmas breaks. Today, however, it’s hats-off time to the Adrian Dragons boys basketball team and the Sibley-Ocheyedan wrestling squad. The Dragons are surprising some with their 4-0 start to the 2016-17 campaign. The Generals are probably surprising no one with how well they’ve gotten out of the gate.
WORTHINGTON -- After starting the season with a pair of victories, the Worthington Trojans boys basketball team sustained a pair of tough losses to Marshall and Waseca. On Tuesday, just three days after the Waseca setback, they decided it was time to reassert themselves. Mission accomplished.
WORTHINGTON -- The simplest rule in basketball thwarted the Worthington Trojans girls basketball team Saturday afternoon. You’ve gotta be able to put the ball in the basket to win. And the Trojans didn’t do that nearly well enough in a 54-32 loss to Waseca in the front end of a girl-boy doubleheader at the WHS gymnasium.
WORTHINGTON -- Team basketball is a thing of beauty when it happens, and on Tuesday the Worthington Trojans put on a display in their 70-42 boys basketball triumph over Luverne. The Trojans showed depth, teamwork and energy in winning their second game of the 2016-17 season in as many tries, and even a scoreless first half from their leader didn’t slow the Trojans down.
The psychology of the sports fanatic is a fascinating subject, and if I were to put Minnesota Vikings fans on the couch I’m sure I could spend countless hours of study contemplating their dizzying descent from visions of grandeur, to frustration, to utter despair.
WORTHINGTON -- The LeSueur-Henderson/St. Peter/Tri-City United/Cleveland Bulldogs scored nine goals Saturday afternoon in their boys hockey game against Worthington. One for every letter of their particular alphabet. For short, the Bulldogs are officially called LSHSPTCUC. Nine letters. Eight consonants. Not an easy mouthful to say. The Bulldogs came to Worthington Saturday and shut out the Trojans 9-0.
The Sibley-Ocheyedan High School wrestlers don’t shy away from expectations, nor do they settle. “Our goals are never going to change,” said assistant coach Doyle Naig when assessing the 2016-17 Generals. “We want to be state champs. That’s always going to be our goal as a team. And individuals, that’s what these guys want, too. They’re never satisfied with anything we do.”
WORTHINGTON -- Zach Boever and Tyler Linder, leaders on the Worthington High School boys basketball team, are determined to show the way in 2016-17. “We’ll try to lead by example. I think the goal this year is to get all five guys to play together,” Boever said. “We expect ourselves to work hard. And we expect the other guys to work just as hard -- to even out-work us,” said Linder.