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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MARSHALL -- Sydney Lanoue’s hitting can be mesmerizing. The 5-9 senior All-State outside hitter drives the ball low and hard and consistently from anywhere on the court, even in the back row.
WORTHINGTON -- On Halloween Night, it looked as if someone put a hex on the Windom Area Eagles. After the Eagles’ big hitter, Porsha Porath, drilled two impressive ace hits to start the team’s South Section 3A volleyball semifinal against Murray County Central, they struggled for most of the first set. Why? Head coach Ron Wendorff didn’t know.
WORTHINGTON -- Adam Koller needed a grand strategy to transform himself from an also-ran into a state meet cross country performer. There wasn’t any secret to it. Hard work and dedication was at the core. “I think the biggest thing for me is I really do all the little things, like diet, sleep, stretching, strategy within the race,” he said.
JACKSON -- After having qualified for the state football tournament in 2015 and 2016, the Jackson County Central Huskies were due for a “down” year in 2017. Most of their stars graduated following the 2016 campaign. This year’s Huskies came in young and experienced.
Somebody’s going to the Minnesota state football tournament. But who? And that, of course, is the fun part. Section championships will be determined in five classes Thursday and Friday involving southwest Minnesota high school football teams. On to the matchups:
ADRIAN -- One of the oddest things about the 2017 Minnesota high school football regular season was that the Adrian Dragons finished it with a 1-7 record. Always used to winning, the Dragons’ rough start surprised many. Now, however, the playoff season is here. And the Dragons appear rejuvenated.
PIPESTONE -- The Trojans proved tenacious, but the Arrows proved themselves resilient. And so it was Pipestone Area which defeated Worthington 3-0 Thursday night to move on in the first round of the Section 3AA volleyball tournament. Scores were 26-24, 25-15 and 25-23.
FARMINGTON -- Christian Babo could feel it. At the start of the first overtime period in Tuesday’s Minnesota State Class A boys soccer tournament game between his Orono Spartans and the Worthington Trojans, the rugged senior midfielder figured it was only a matter of time. “We knew it was coming,” he said.
BY DOUG WOLTER firstname.lastname@example.org ELY -- An exciting yet uneven season ended for the Minnesota West Community and Technical College football team on Saturday. Vermilion emerged from a 16-13 halftime deficit to beat the Bluejays 37-29. The loss finished the Jays at 2-6 on the 2017 season. They were 1-4 in the MCAC Western Conference.
NEW PRAGUE -- The first half ended in a 0-0 tie, but the Worthington Trojans boys soccer team wasn’t worried. Why would it be? The Trojans compiled a 17-0-1 record and the No. 1 seed on the way to Thursday’s Section 2A championship at New Prague High School, and they weren’t going to let a third-seeded team like Mankato East stand in the way of the school’s first Minnesota state soccer berth ever.