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 six grandchildren. Doug, retired after a lengthy career in fast-pitch softball, enjoys reading, strumming his acoustic guitar and hanging around his grandchildren. He self-publishes short stories in his spare time. One of his stories, "The Genuine One," is being distributed by a national publisher.
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WORTHINGTON -- He may have been Worthington's foremost supporter of local athletics. He was undoubtedly an outstanding businessman and a tireless volunteer in his community. Robert "Swede" Lundgren died Saturday at Crossroads Care Center in Worthington at the age of 90. He left behind a legacy that, according to his countless friends, might be difficult to fit into a book.
NEW ULM -- In the end, it was a close play at the plate that turned Post 5's bid for a Division I, District 2 American Legion district baseball championship into a runner-up finish. Worthington catcher Blake Rogers blocked the plate while receiving a perfect one-hop throw from rightfielder Aaron Pavelko as the potential game-winning run charged down the line in the bottom of the ninth inning. The sliding New Ulm Gold runner, Tanner Kluis, crossed the plate in a cloud of dust as Rogers gamely applied the tag. The umpire waved his arms wildly from side to side. Kluis was safe.
NEW ULM -- After failing to capitalize on several chances against Sleepy Eye Friday morning, Worthington's American Legion baseball team went on the attack early against Fairmont Friday night in New Ulm, and as a result Post 5 stayed alive to compete again today in the Division I, District 2 tournament. Worthington, frustrated after a 3-2 setback against Sleepy Eye in which 13 of its runners were left stranded, swung the bats early and well against Fairmont, earning a 7-5 victory.
WORTHINGTON -- Determined not to look too far ahead, yet acknowledging that one solid performance isn't going to be enough to win the VFW District 3 baseball tournament, Worthington Post 3958 coach T.D. Hostikka is lining up his chess pieces for this weekend's action. "We have the ability to do some things. We have to maintain focus and show up the whole time," Hostikka said.
NEW ULM -- Advancing past the first round of the Division I, District 2 American Legion baseball tournament couldn't have been any easier for Worthington Post 5. The scheduled opponent, St. Peter, forfeited Thursday's game due to a lack of players. Just how the non-game will affect Post 5, however, remains to be seen. "I know the boys were a little upset about it. They wanted to play today," coach Todd Rogers said.
WORTHINGTON — Determined not to look too far ahead, yet acknowledging that one solid performance isn’t going to be enough to win the VFW District 3 baseball tournament, Worthington Post...
LUVERNE — Barry Shelton, who coaches the Luverne American Legion baseball team, says he’s confident his outfit can bounce back from last Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Blue Earth and capture...
WORTHINGTON -- Fans of youth boys soccer in Worthington won't know where to turn this weekend. Three teams will be competing in state tournaments. The U12 team, coached by father-and-daughter duo Smitty and Nicole Ektnitphong, take on Northfield at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in Lakeville. The squad will compete again in a 5 p.m. game Tuesday against Chippewa State, with a possible state championship game set for Thursday.
JACKSON —Winners are not chosen on paper. Only favorites. Surely, the Jackson Bulls are favored to dispatch Minneota in the first round of the amateur baseball playoffs, but it was...
WORTHINGTON — The Worthington American Legion baseball team is seeded No. 2 in the double-elimination postseason tournament set to begin next week. Worthington Post 5 will open in a 4...