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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I’m not sure I know what to make of the drop in football participation among Minnesota high schools, but who can help but be encouraged at the increase in girls sports participation? According to a report by the National Federation of State High School Associations, Minnesota has the highest per capita girls high school sports participation in the nation.
WORTHINGTON -- When Scott Barber was approached to do The Drill, he initially balked. But with a little prodding, he said he’d talk to his family about it. Barber, longtime football defensive coordinator at Minnesota West Community and Technical College and later at Worthington High School, shuns the spotlight. Getting him to talk about himself is like attempting to get a cat to jump into a lake.
WINDOM -- It doesn’t always happen that a baseball team -- any baseball team -- can win a best-of-three game series while scoring a total of just two runs.
WINDOM -- It’s the end of an era, the beginning of another in Windom. For as long as anyone can remember, the Island Park baseball/football complex has been a pleasure to behold, especially in the summer. As millions of motorists drove into Windom on Highway 60, they instinctively looked left and saw the ballpark, with its immaculately manicured grass, its well-kept infield, and its outfield fence coated with painted signs representing local businesses.
Pipestone A’s draftee Brandan Alfson cooled off the Jackson Bulls Wednesday night, and the Hadley Buttermakers head into Game 2 of their best-of-three amateur baseball series today with a 1-0 lead.
WORTHINGTON -- This is the time to daydream if you’re a Worthington Trojans football fan. The 2018 season is weeks away. A one-week July training camp is on the books. What’s gonna happen when the team dons pads for real? Gene Lais, in his third year as the WHS football head coach, is hoping to improve on last year’s 2-7 record. But he’ll have to do it without graduated All-Big South Conference selections Tyler Linder, Nathan Boneschans and Marcos Herrera.
BRAINERD -- The Luverne VFW baseball team made an early exit Thursday in the 2018 Minnesota state VFW baseball tournament. The team, playing in its third consecutive state tourney, lost its opener 5-2 to Litchfield, then lost 10-2 to Winona later in the day. All tournament games are being played in Brainerd. Errors killed Luverne in the first game, played at 10 a.m. Walks were the culprit in the 6 p.m. second game.
WORTHINGTON -- Bob Wethor, grounds superintendent at GreatLIFE Worthington golf course, says you can’t learn much about course management just from watching “Caddyshack.” Managing a golf course requires a whole lot of knowledge and a whole lot of physical work, especially if you’re the person in charge of the Worthington 18-holer, widely considered one of the gems in southwest Minnesota.
Major league baseball’s tinkering with the rules has, in most cases, cheapened the experience. I refer, of course, to instant replay and to the outlawing of runner-catcher collisions. In keeping with trends, then, it is only logical to assume that sometime in the near future MLB will ban the defensive shift.
LUVERNE -- Brainerd is a long way to go for a baseball tournament, but it’s never too far if it’s a state tournament. The Luverne VFW baseball team will begin state tourney play in Brainerd on Thursday. After a long practice on Monday, and a shorter practice on Tuesday, the team will head north early this morning and arrive in time for a pre-tournament banquet. Then at 10 a.m. Thursday, Luverne will take on Litchfield.