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 self-publishes original fiction in his spare time. Two of his stories, "The Genuine One" and "The Old Man in Section 129" were distributed through a national publisher.
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WORTHINGTON -- Team basketball looms large in the Worthington Trojans girls basketball program, but in the team’s last regular season game of the 2016-17 season Tuesday night, individual plays helped WHS subdue a plucky Martin County West team in a non-conference affair.
This is the greatest time to be a high school sports fan. In February and March, there are so many champions being named, and in so many sports, that mark the culmination of years of training, practice and ardent determination. I find myself meditating on this championship fervor. What truly makes a champion? How much of it comes from inside the competitor? And how much of it can be attributed a remarkable person in a young man or woman’s life?
PIPESTONE -- Brian Bos’ history with the Pipestone Area wrestling program has taken many twists and turns. On Saturday, it took the best turn ever as the Arrows defeated Minneota 33-29 for the Section 3A championship. It marks the first time ever that a Pipestone team qualified for a Minnesota state wrestling tournament, and Bos has been there for the last 21 years. “It’s just a culmination of a lot of hard work,” said the veteran coach.
WINDOM -- In high school gymnastics, final results are tabulated by committee. It can be several minutes before official scores are announced. In Saturday’s Section 3A tournament, the delay was excruciating. Anxious gymnasts, coaches and fans waited at the Windom Area High School gymnasium for about 45 minutes before a remarkably tight finish was sorted out. The end result: Worthington 142.575 points, runner-up Jackson County Central 142.5.
WORTHINGTON -- High school seniors Nathan Johnson and Madison Neuberger just want to enjoy their final state swim meet as members of the Worthington Stingrays. Sure, they’d like to do well. But as Neuberger said this week, she’s not quite as concerned with her times and finishes as she is to appreciate what might be her last opportunity at the University of Minnesota pool.
WORTHINGTON -- They established a new school record 144.325 points, they represented the section in the state True Team meet, they beat arch-rival Jackson County Central on their home floor only a week ago, and now the Worthington Trojans have their sights set on the Section 3A tournament.
WORTHINGTON -- Worthington High School wrestling coach Mark Prunty won’t come right out and say he’s tired of being reminded of it. But suffice to say that since his Trojans saw defeat snatched from the jaws of victory last year in the Section 3AA team tournament finals, people have made it impossible for him to forget. “There probably hasn’t been more than a week or two that somebody hasn’t asked me about that,” he said Wednesday afternoon.
LAMBERTON -- Rivalry games are always tense. When both teams are state-ranked, they’re even tenser. So when the boys basketball showdown between the Springfield and Red Rock Central finally ended Tuesday night 60-53 in the Tigers’ favor, 6-1 freshman Decker Scheffler finally was able to smile and breathe easy.
JACKSON -- Drifting through Jackson County Central High School after class can be dangerous. Randy Baker sat on a corridor bench one afternoon this week as winter sports practices began. An unsuspecting underclassman ran up on his left, began climbing the stairs, but stopped short when Baker spotted him. “When are you going out for wrestling again. Next year?” the longtime JCC coach called out to him.
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton girls basketball coach Derek Ashbaugh cautions fans against making assumptions after Saturday’s 54-42 victory over Pipestone Area. “It was a grind. Both teams played the night before. I think there were some moments where it got kind of sloppy. I still think we’re two evenly-matched teams,” he said.