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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WINDOM -- As section volleyball finals go, there was not a lot of drama. But there was a lot of impressive athleticism in Jackson County Central’s 3-0 victory over Pipestone Area Thursday night in the Section 3AA South championship -- some of it demonstrated by a plucky but overmatched Arrows squad, and more of it by a deep, versatile and determined Huskies team that allowed no doubters.
WORTHINGTON -- Cold outside shooting and a physical opponent doomed the Minnesota West men’s basketball team Tuesday night in its season opener. The Bluejays fell to Cedar Valley College, Texas, 102-79, at the Center for Health and Wellness. “We came out and shot poorly early in the game,” said first-year head coach Kris Babler. “We were 3-for-15 with our 3-pointers in the first half, and with the pace that we play, it hurt.”
WORTHINGTON -- Kris Babler doesn’t sound like the typical first-year head coach of a basketball team. Though in person he’s as respectful and humble as you’d expect a newcomer to be, he doesn’t beat around the bush when it comes to expectations. You might expect a first-year coach to hold back a little bit; to be cautious, to be careful not to encourage fans to expect more than his players can give.
WORTHINGTON -- They didn’t go out with a win, but they went out in style. The Minnesota West Lady Jays volleyball squad was beaten in four sets by visiting St. Cloud Tech Friday night in their final match of the 2016 season, and it put their record at 2-17. Even so, they played with emotion and aggressiveness from beginning to end, and were competitive in all four games. That’s what head coach Marie Johnson wanted to see.
LAKE PARK, Iowa -- The Audubon Wheelers are in a bad mood. The Iowa high school football team would have hosted its first game of the postseason today (Friday, Oct. 28), but their 34-28 loss to Ar-We-Va Westside in the final game of the regular season forced them to go on the road. So tonight, at 7 o’clock, the 8-1 Wheelers will be in Lake Park to play the 9-0 Harris-Lake Park Wolves in the first round of the state 8-player tournament.
The George-Little Rock/Central Lyon boys cross country team will be well-represented at the Iowa state meet on Saturday. The Mustangs finished third in the Class 2A state qualifying meet last week in Orange City with 72 points, earning the right to join Unity Christian (55) and Western Christian (65) in the team portion of the state tournament at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course in Fort Dodge, Iowa.
The Sibley East Wolverines proved something to Worthington football fans Tuesday night: They’re better mudders than the Trojans. The start of the Section 3AAA opener between the Trojans and the Wolverines was delayed by more than a half hour due to lightning sightings. When the game finally got under way, rain continued to fall -- sometimes lightly, sometimes hard. The ball was slippery, the grass was slippery too, and the field turned muddy. Sibley East’s offensive line seemed to enjoy it all.
WORTHINGTON -- It’s the sign of a happy, confident football team that it’s pleased with what it’s accomplished during the regular season but still not satisfied. The Worthington Trojans are 4-4. Somehow, 4-4 doesn’t seem good enough. “When we started out the season, we might have said we’d be OK with four and four,” said first-year head coach Gene Lais on Monday. “But as the season went, 4-4 doesn’t feel quite as good as it could have been.”
NEW PRAGUE -- History, said Worthington Trojans boys soccer coach Smitty Ektnitphong on Wednesday, favors the Mankato West Scarlets in today’s (Thursday, Oct. 20) Section 2A final. In past meetings between the two programs, West has gotten the better of most. And that makes Ektnitphong embrace the role of underdog in the 7:30 p.m. matchup at New Prague High School. “I think it keeps us grounded a little bit,” he said.
WORTHINGTON -- The brutal part of the 2016 football schedule is behind the Worthington Trojans, and now with their final regular season game at Trojan Field, they have New Ulm. A victory over the 2-5 Eagles will clinch a home game in the postseason. Time to relax? Not at all. WHS head coach Gene Lais says his team can’t take anyone lightly; not with the Trojans’ record (3-4) and not with what’s at stake.