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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FULDA -- It is a true reward to see a high school athlete accomplish more than one truly exceptional season. Often-times, top performers don’t begin to dominate the field until their senior campaigns. Sometimes it happens that an athlete dominates for two years, maybe even three. Usually when they do, you can pick them out in a lineup as the exceptional athlete in the bunch.
WORTHINGTON -- The 2018 Worthington Trojans football team has talent on both sides of the ball. Does it have enough of it? And will the team step up into the smart, physical play that head coach Gene Lais desires? Well, we’ll know soon enough. The Trojans begin the regular season on Friday. Their first two games will be played in front of their home fans -- Friday against Jordan, and on Sept. 7 against New Ulm.
PIPESTONE -- Athletes. Gotta have ‘em if you’re going to make a late-season run in high school football. Depth. Can’t go without it. Football is a team game consisting of many parts. So when judging the merits of southwest Minnesota’s prep grid teams this season, one naturally goes to Pipestone, where the Pipestone Area Arrows are coming off a 2017 campaign that ended at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis in the finals of the state Class AA tournament.
As area high school volleyball coaches contemplate what may happen in 2018, there are some who are cautious. There are others who talk confidently. Two of the latter types hail from Murray County Central and Jackson County Central.
WORTHINGTON -- The Heron Lake-Okabena High School volleyball team got off to a good start in its season opener on Thursday night, showing the Worthington Trojans that they still have much work to do. The Wildcats swept the home-standing Trojans 25-14, 25-15 and 25-20.
WORTHINGTON -- Ivy Jenson and Neveah Schreiber are neighbors. They literally live next door to each other. Good friends, too. So, naturally, they communicate very well on the tennis court. The two Worthington Trojans needed to communicate well on Thursday in a dual girls tennis match with visiting New Ulm. They won a tight match at No. 2 doubles against the Eagles’ Bethany Janssen and Gabby Sammons, 6-4, 7-5.
WINDOM -- A three-sport athlete who’s proficient in every season, Alex Borsgard especially loves the fall. Fall is football season, and Borsgard is a solid contributor as a running back and linebacker with the Windom Area Eagles. The WAHS senior plays baseball in the spring as well, and also in the summer as a member of the Windom Pirates amateur team. But he has achieved his most success as a high school wrestler.
WORTHINGTON -- Cynthia Souksavath wasn’t having a particularly good day with her calf muscles. But that didn’t stop her from beating Waseca’s Alexis Allen 7-6, 7-5 in her No. 3 tennis singles match Tuesday at the middle school courts -- the only Worthington victory in a 6-1 season-opening loss to the Bluejays.
WORTHINGTON -- Just like you don’t have to be tall to be talented in basketball, you don’t have to hover over the net to be successful in volleyball. The Worthington Trojans are banking on that as they prepare for the 2018 volleyball campaign, which gets under way in earnest on Thursday with a home match against Heron Lake-Okabena.
LAKE PARK, Iowa -- It’s a reality that every high school sports team has to face. Good players graduate, and sometimes a program enters the next season with an experience deficit. It’s going to happen to the Harris-Lake Park Wolves this year for football. “It’ll be a big adjustment,” veteran head coach Lane Gunderson said this week. “We lost a really good group of guys who’ve been leaders.”