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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PIPESTONE -- It can be embarrassing for an athlete to be reminded, over and over again, how gifted he is -- how natural are his movements, how gracefully he appears to move and succeed where others struggle like mere mortals. It’s something most of us never have to deal with. But for Pipestone Area Arrows senior Tyl Woelber, it’s something he has learned to take in stride.
WORTHINGTON -- Ah, the benefits of winning. What a time to be the head coach of the Minnesota West Lady Jays basketball program, coming off an MCAC Southern Division championship while playing host to the 2018 Region 13 tournament. High school seniors are probably wearing out a path to play for the 2018-19 West edition, right? Uh, not exactly.
This is a column about random thoughts. Trapped here, as I am, in the dead of winter, I have only my imagination to keep me company as I dream of green grass and the sound of baseball bats striking pitched balls on ball fields. That crisp echo, I remember from happier days, is among the most satisfying on the planet.
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BY DOUG WOLTER firstname.lastname@example.org WORTHINGTON -- Jeff Linder may be the only sports coach who sees a silver lining in this year’s snowy, cold spring.
WORTHINGTON -- At the beginning of the 2018 spring baseball season, Minnesota West head coach TD Hostikka, speaking about freshman Easton Sauerbrei, told his interviewer that no matter what else happens, the former Worthington High School standout can always be counted upon to hit well. Ironically, Sauerbrei hasn’t always been a good hitter. It’s something he’s had to work at. That, and taking criticism, too.
LUVERNE -- Kendall Buss, Maranda Thier and Hannah Henning decided quickly when their skating instructor, Cathy Shearer, asked if they wanted to go to Alaska. “I’m like, I’m down, let’s go,” said Kendall. “I didn’t think it was true,” said Maranda. “I thought it was going to be crazy that we’re doing it,” said Hannah.
WORTHINGTON -- Mental toughness is a key ingredient for a successful high school baseball team, says Worthington Trojans head coach Stacy Sauerbrei. That may be especially true when it’s springtime in Minnesota. The weather, which is often cold, sometimes wet and windy, too, forces athletes not only to battle opponents but also to maintain their focus when two layers of clothing aren’t enough to keep out the chills.
WESTBROOK -- Carter Ross, head golf coach at Westbrook-Walnut Grove, has four core linksters returning for the 2018 spring season. The same foursome were key players on W-WG football and boys basketball seasons that ended -- according to Chargers fans -- too soon. So naturally, after qualifying for the Minnesota Class A state golf tournament for the first time ever in 2017, the returnees would like to play a few rounds in the showcase event for a second time.
Worthington area youths Caden Van Briesen, Spenser Nickel and Colby Nickel skated on hallowed ground (ice, actually) during a recent expedition to Lake Placid, N.Y. In late March, Caden and Spenser were members of a select Pee Wee hockey team that glided on the rink made famous by the “Miracle on Ice” men’s Winter Olympics team of 1980. Colby skated on the same ice a week later with a Midget squad. What’s more, they all earned first-place gold medals.