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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WORTHINGTON -- Maria Contreras says she’s working on her smile, doing her best to show that she really does like performing. Sometimes, it has been hard to tell for sure. So determined, so focused, sometimes she has forgotten to let her joy show while leaping, twisting, twirling and dancing to the crowd.
An extended football season, which culminated in a Minnesota state Class AA championship game at U.S. Bank Stadium, might mean the Pipestone Area wrestling program could start slowly this year. But not to worry: The Arrows are still mighty dangerous. “I think it’s going to take a while to get our bearings and get our lineups set. But I think by the end of the year we’ll be hard to beat,” said PA head coach Brian Bos, who led the 2016-17 squad to a state Class A team tournament berth.
WORTHINGTON -- It was only the first game of the season. But when it was over, the Windom Area Eagles hoped it was an example of what’s to come. The Worthington Trojans, not so much.
WORTHINGTON -- The 2017-18 Worthington Trojans boys basketball team is intent on improving on last year’s winning record, says head coach Clint Meyer. And to that end, senior Logan Huisman points to balance and depth. “We have a lot of quick guys on our team. And we also have a lot of big guys. If we can’t get the shooting going, we can get it going inside. And the other way around, too,” he said this week during pre-season practice.
If the Westbrook-Walnut Grove Chargers do very well in boys basketball this season, no one will be surprised. In other words, they won’t sneak up on anybody. “That won’t be the case. We know that won’t be the case. So we know we’ve got to be prepared,” said W-WG head coach Derrick Jenniges in assessing the 2017-18 campaign. And pressure? The Chargers didn’t have it last year. This year, expectations are high.
WORTHINGTON -- There are no other high school sports like gymnastics. The moves and the grace that exemplify gym don’t easily translate into other sports because leaping and tumbling to music, flying through the air launched from a vaulting apparatus, twirling around in circles on uneven parallel bars, and performing somersaults on a thin beam are unique to one sport only.
WORTHINGTON -- So young, so spritely. But the Worthington Trojans gymnastics team has shown an inner toughness that comes out in meets big and small. The Trojans, under head coach Joni Reitmeier, have qualified for the state team tournament for three consecutive seasons. And with a veteran unit coming back for 2017-18, there’s no reason to think it might not happen again. Not that the girls are thinking that far ahead. That’s not how they roll.
MINNEAPOLIS — Owen King tied a Prep Bowl record with six touchdowns and the Caledonia defense throttled Pipestone Area through four quarters in a 57-6 victory Friday afternoon in the Minnesota Class AA football championship game at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. In the home of the Minnesota Vikings, not even the Vikings on their best defensive day could have matched the Warriors in their domination of the Arrows.
WORTHINGTON -- Bailey Kruse is a tough kid. She hunts, she fishes, she plays rough sports. She’s a hockey player for the Worthington Trojans, and she’s the goalkeeper besides. Years of action in the net has taken a toll physically, but she keeps coming back year after year because of, she freely admits, “the love of the game.”
PIPESTONE -- To be prepared in football, it’s always a good idea to study your opponent. Unfortunately for the Pipestone Area Arrows, everything they’re learning about the Caledonia Warriors this week may cause them to wince. Caledonia is … well, how might one put this delicately … very, very good. The Warriors own a 12-0 record heading into Friday’s 1 p.m. Minnesota Class AA championship game against PA at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.