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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BELLE PLAINE -- A 21-yard field goal by junior Reynaldo Paniagua with just three seconds remaining in the game lifted the Worthington Trojans to a 31-28 victory over host Belle Plaine Friday night in an exciting back-and-forth high school football contest. Paniagua turned out to be an unlikely hero. The Trojans’ regular kicker is Robert Ortiz, but Ortiz was ill on Friday. In walked Paniagua to break a 28-28 deadlock.
I write this column five hours before the Minnesota Vikings are to play the Los Angeles Rams in a Thursday night NFL game. I could wait until the game’s over before I do this thing, but it really doesn’t matter. On one of the national sports websites today, I saw a list of what is called the “most miserable fan bases in pro sports.” Now it’s hard to rate these things, and of course I disagreed with where the experts pegged many of the teams appearing there.
WORTHINGTON -- After an impressive 36-12 road victory over Central Lakes College to kick off the college football season, the Minnesota West Bluejays have been spotty. But things are not as bad as they may seem after last weekend’s 28-7 road loss to North Dakota State College of Science. The Jays are 2-2, they’ve already gotten past three of their four regular season road games, and they’re home Saturday (Sept. 29) for their next contest against Dakota College.
MARSHALL -- The Tigers-Huskies high school volleyball game Thursday night forced both teams to trot out all they could muster. Marshall trotted out just a little more in a five-set match between two of southwest Minnesota’s top teams. It was a match of runs and counter-runs, and just when you thought one team was faltering, it climbed back to the forefront through grit and determination.
WORTHINGTON -- Reginald Colson III says he’s been playing sports since he was 3 years old. And now, as a sophomore at Minnesota West Community and Technical College, he says sports is his life. Football is at the top. What does he like to do in his spare time? He thinks a lot, he says. He contemplates football, and how he can become better at it.
SLAYTON -- Injuries to two key players before the start of the 2018 high school football season seemed especially cruel to Murray County Central, which was expecting big things this fall. Nonetheless, head coach Patrick Freeman predicted a good year for the Rebels. So far, he appears to be correct. MCC is 4-0 with victories over Canby 19-6, Springfield 30-14, Sleepy Eye 36-22 and New Ulm Cathedral 34-20. On Friday, the Rebels host 3-1 Dawson-Boyd.
WORTHINGTON -- The minutes were ticking down. The Worthington Trojans and the Fairmont Cardinals were playing toward a scoreless finish until, with 13:22 remaining in the second half, the deadlock was broken. On a corner kick, the ball curved to the middle. Worthington sophomore Eric Knuckles positioned himself under the ball as it came down. He leaped, caught the ball perfectly on a header, and it sailed into the low left corner for a clean goal.
I believe it was Joe Garagiola who once said, “Baseball is a funny game.” He was talking about real baseball, of course, but he could just as well have been talking about statistical simulation baseball of the kind played by grown-up kids like me and my friends at The Globe.
WORTHINGTON -- Jeff Linder, head coach of the Minnesota West Community and Technical College football team, is preaching to his team this week. His message: Play two halves.
WORTHINGTON -- Volleyball is a hit-and-miss sport. One moment, a team is “on.” Another moment, the momentum slips. But the Pipestone Arrows played an almost perfect second game Thursday night in a 3-0 sweep of the host Worthington Trojans. After winning the first game 25-19, they ran through the second game like butter in a 25-6 win. They became mortals again in the third game, though they won that one, too, 25-17.