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 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.
WESTBROOK -- When you watch Andrew Quade play, and even when you just listen to him talk, it’s easy to assume that the Westbrook-Walnut Grove senior is never at a loss for energy. “High energy” is his middle name. Well, not really. But throughout his high school career participating at a high level in football, basketball and golf, he exudes energy of the kind that you can’t teach. In basketball, he says he likes to see himself as the “floor general.”
WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Trojans will be getting a little extra support in Friday’s homecoming football game against St. Peter. All former WHS players and coaches are invited to become part of the pregame ceremonies. All will be given a T-shirt (to be distributed near the fieldhouse before 6:30 p.m.) and they will line up by the field prior to the 7 p.m. kickoff. It’s a way to let them and current players know how important the Trojan “family” is to team success, said current head coach Gene Lais.
WORTHINGTON -- Even at 9 a.m. on Saturday, when King Turkey Day 10K runners toed the starting line on Seventh and 10th Street and received their instructions to take off, it was hot in downtown Worthington. And not just hot. The humidity was high. Amy Feit of Luverne, who finished second overall among the women entrants, may have summed it up best. “I melt like a candle in this heat,” she said.
MARSHALL -- On a night where the temperature at kickoff was 86 degrees, the Marshall Tigers heated up quickly and held on for a 62-6 football victory Friday night against the visiting Worthington Trojans.
WORTHINGTON -- After two long road trips to start the season, the Minnesota West football team plays its home opener today (Saturday, Sept. 15) against MState-Fergus Falls. The Bluejays opened in eye-opening fashion, beating Central Lakes 36-12. Next came a 28-25 overtime loss to Mesabi Range.
WORTHINGTON -- Participants, organizers and volunteers associated with the King Turkey Day 10K race are called upon to be early birds this year. The 10K and 5K races and the 5K walk will all start at the same time, and earlier. “We’re excited about it,” said Andy Johnson, YMCA Director and CEO. “We keep trying to do different things that will create more interest. And one of the things the runners requested was an earlier start.”
WORTHINGTON -- There have been times this season when the Worthington Trojans girls soccer team has played one pretty good half out of two. On Thursday, the Trojans lost the first half 5-0 and the second half 3-0 to visiting New Ulm in an 8-0 result. But in actuality, neither half was all that terrible, said WHS head coach Emily Ahlquist. Some of her players were playing out of position. Some of them had good games despite the score.