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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MAPLE LAKE -- The winning run crossed the plate on a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth inning, and Wilmont's state Class C amateur baseball tournament run was over Friday after just one game. Clear Lake defeated the Cardinals 6-5 at Irish Stadium in Maple Lake, ending the southwest Minnesota team's season. "We definitely had our chances," said Wilmont starting pitcher Justin Saufley. "That's why it stings a little more than in the past."
LUVERNE -- For two Southwest Conference girls tennis teams, the time has come to shake off the summer dust and step into the fall. The Luverne Cardinals begin their 2013 season Saturday at home against Lac qui Parle Valley and United South Central. Pipestone Area will open Monday in Luverne in a triangular with Yellow Medicine East and the LHS Cards.
ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa -- Toby Lorenzen has no worries that when his high school football team plays its first game of the 2013 season Aug. 29, his players will be mugging for television. Fans, maybe, but not the players. When Lorenzen, head coach of the Central Lyon/George-Little Rock Lions, was asked if he's preparing his team slightly differently in the knowledge that the opener (at Rock Rapids) will be broadcast by the Iowa High School Sports Network, he said he wasn't at all. "We're just glad we're getting the exposure," he said this week.
WILMONT -- It's been working so far. Why change it? Justin Saufley will be on the pitcher's mound Friday when the Wilmont Cardinals play their first state amateur baseball tournament game against Clear Lake. Saufley's appearance on center stage is one reason for Cardinal fans to be confident. He's 7-2 for a team that's 21-7 on the season. But there are other reasons to be hopeful.
WORTHINGTON -- It's far too early to make predictions. The 2013 Minnesota West football team hasn't even gotten all its players into camp yet. But since practice began on Friday, head coach Jeff Linder believes he's found reason for a positive outlook. "I'm excited about what I've seen on the field so far," he said Tuesday. The Bluejays have 55 players in camp -- up about 10 from last year -- and more will be coming in the next few days. "We could be up to 60 pretty easily," Linder said.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Jacob Laverman arrives at his job at 6:30 every morning and works until about 11 o'clock every night. And he loves every minute of it. Laverman, 21, of Ocheyedan, Iowa, is an athletic training student at Iowa State University. He's spending his summer interning with the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League. So, Jacob, what can you tell us about those big, powerful, prima donna athletes that those of us living in the real world would be surprised to learn?
The Minnesota State High School League, in its ongoing effort to build character among its athletes, promotes a “Be a Good Sport” manual on its Team Up For Sportsmanship web...
JACKSON — Zero hour is coming quickly for a few area high school football teams. Whereas most squads await Aug. 29 or Aug. 30 season openers, a select few will...
WILMONT -- Timing is everything in baseball. Pitchers win by disrupting the timing of hitters. Hitters win by not allowing themselves to be disrupted. For a team, the worst timing of all is to be in a scoring slump during the playoff season. The Wilmont Cardinals are in such a mini-slump, and they'll need to recover quickly in order to gain entry into the amateur baseball state tournament.
WORTHINGTON — Typically, the YMCA Fun Run is an emotional affair. Laughing kids, smiling parents. That kind of emotional release. But this year, the 31st annual Fun Run introduced a...