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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The other day, a colleague of mine showed me video footage of an immensely-talented NBA player standing around on defense while a game was going on all around him. You would’ve thought he’d put forth at least a minimal amount of effort, such as a raised arm or a half-hearted move toward the ball-handler who was only a couple of feet away from him. But no. That would require too much effort.
COON RAPIDS -- For three quarters, in spite of everything, the Minnesota West Community and Technical College women’s basketball team fought Anoka-Ramsey to a standstill. Then the fourth quarter happened, and the Golden Rams outscored the Lady Jays 25-15 to secure an 85-75 victory in the first round of the Minnesota College Athletic Conference Region 13A tournament on Saturday.
ST. PAUL -- To be the best, you’ve gotta beat the best. A healthy contingent of southwest Minnesota high school wrestlers will test their mettle against the best the state has to offer this week at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. It all starts this morning with the team tournament for area standouts Worthington and Pipestone Area.
DOUG WOLTER email@example.com WORTHINGTON -- Mismatches may loom large in Saturday’s Region 13A college women’s basketball game between Minnesota West and Anoka-Ramsey. And the mismatches will go both ways.
NEW ULM -- They got the start they wanted. But suddenly, the Worthington Trojans felt the full brunt of a high-powered New Ulm offense Tuesday night in a first-round Section 2AAA girls basketball game. Playing good defense in the half-court and looking for the fast-break, the Trojans led the Eagles 5-0 early in the first half. Then the Eagles, led by super-shooter Meleah Reinhart, scored the next 16 points. Worthington played from a deficit for the rest of the contest and was held to just 10 points in the entire second half.
Every year, it always seems to be the same. The Worthington Trojans girls basketball team doesn’t get the seeding its record appears to deserve. Tonight, WHS will open the Section 2AAA tournament against a 21-5 New Ulm team seeded No. 2 in an eight-team field. Worthington is 16-8 and seeded No. 7.
MINNEAPOLIS -- For every state individual gymnastics tournament, there is an individual story. For first-timer Gracia Elias of the Worthington Trojans, Saturday was about shaking off the butterflies and having fun. For Jackson County Central’s Abby Schneekloth, it was about shaking off illness and putting on a brave face.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The classic saying is that when you fall off the horse, you gotta dust yourself off and get right back on. The Worthington High School gymnastics team paid homage to the rule Friday at the Minnesota state Class A team competition. After the Trojans’ scores dipped in their two middle events -- the uneven parallel bars and the balance beam -- the girls put smiles back on their faces and performed a solid floor exercise.
WORTHINGTON -- At this time of year, Worthington High School head gymnastics coach Joni Reitmeier likes to refer to her Trojans as “the hicks from the sticks.” It’s true, southwest Minnesota is no hotbed of gymnastics greatness as far as most Minnesotans are concerned. But On Friday, the Trojans will make their third consecutive appearance in the state Class A meet, and if they keep this up, before long everybody might know who they are.
The strength of the Section 3A and the Section 3AA girls basketball field may be evidenced in the fact that the No. 2 seeds in the south might easily be No. 1 seeds anywhere else. Pipestone Area, the second seed in 3AA, owns a 23-1 record. Southwest Christian, the second seed in 3A, qualified for the Minnesota state tournament last year and takes a 21-3 record with a No. 10 state ranking into the 2017 postseason.