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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My grandchildren are at the age where they’re beginning not just to play sports, but also notice the professional stars of the sports they’re playing. The other day I caught myself wondering which superstar they’ll want to emulate -- which role model they’ll nuzzle up to. I attended last Saturday’s major league game between the Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers in Minneapolis. My grandson, Jake, who is 7, was with us as the Twins celebrated the 30th anniversary of their 1987 World Series championship.
WORTHINGTON -- On Thursday morning, 10-year-old Moe Erdman made his first attempt at rock climbing at the Worthington Area YMCA. He is a natural. Without a stumble, he made it all the way to the top, and when he finished even talked to a reporter about it. “What I like about climbing is that you gotta work your muscles and take your time,” he said, sounding like a pro.
Progress is in the eye of the beholder, and I think that’s the proper way to appraise the Minnesota Vikings’ decision to move their training camp from Mankato to Eagan beginning in 2018.
WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington VFW baseball team split a pair of games with Tracy this summer, but Tracy won the most recent meeting, 7-6, in a conference matchup. Because of that, Tracy will go into today’s District 3 tournament game as the No. 4 seed while Worthington is No. 5. Game time is 6 p.m. in Tracy.
To Avery Wysong, a vital member of the 16U South Dakota Renegades, fast-pitch softball is more than just a game. “Our team has a motto, that ‘Nobody said it’d be easy, they just said it’d be worth it.’ … I kind of look at softball as my second family,” said the Hills-Beaver Creek High School student-athlete, who will be a senior in the fall.
Baseball is many things. And enjoyability is a major element. The Windom Pirates amateur team is feeling pretty good right now. That’ll happen when you’re 7-2 and riding a five-game winning streak. “We’re having fun. We’ve got a nice group of young guys playing well together,” said player-coach Nick Kulseth on Thursday. “They’re hustling. Things are just clicking this year.”
I went to the Minnesota state girls softball tournament in North Mankato last week, and on the following Saturday followed that up with an appearance at the state track and field meet in St. Paul. I thought it was interesting that, before each tournament began, a statement was broadcast in support of a Minnesota State High School League initiative to foster good feelings. “Sportsmanship and fair play is WHY WE PLAY,” fans were reminded.
WORTHINGTON -- The Hadley Buttermakers made cream of the Worthington Cubs amateur baseball team Wednesday night at the local middle school field, scoring 15 runs in the first inning and cruising to a 32-4 seven-inning victory.
BECKER -- Playing without his Murray County Central teammates at the Minnesota state Class A golf tournament, said Tyler Groves on Wednesday, was a little weird. “It was definitely different,” he admitted.
SLAYTON -- Tall, angular, athletic, Tyler Groves has become a fixture at the Minnesota state high school golf tournament. This week the Murray County Central junior is competing in his fifth state tourney. That’s five. And he’s still just a junior.