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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WORTHINGTON -- Any baseball fan who says summer is the same as spring probably hasn’t played in both seasons. High school baseball players have to juggle a lot of balls -- the game itself, and teachers, homework, maybe a part-time job -- and in most cases, steeper demands -- a mindset that places a greater emphasis on winning, a kind of unspoken pressure to perform at a high level for school pride. Summer ball is more laid-back. Fun.
WORTHINGTON -- So you’re watching a Minnesota West Community and Technical College sporting event, enjoying the level of competition that college athletics provides. And yet, you’re a little disappointed, too. The roster is thin. There should be more players on the team. There should be more local players, especially. CJ Nelson, programs director at the Worthington Area YMCA and a devoted fan of Minnesota West sports, knows the feeling. But now he can do something about it.
WORTHINGTON -- About a month remains before the Minnesota West Community and Technical College football team holds its first practice for 2018. But anticipation for the upcoming season is building. Veteran head coach Jeff Linder ended the 2017 campaign with 42 players in camp. Thus far in the summer there are 63-plus players with their paperwork signed.
WORTHINGTON -- Fishing isn’t just a pastime. For the members of the Worthington High School Bass Fishing League, it’s a competitive sport. Throughout the summer, local teen-age fishermen have been baiting hooks for team glory, soaking up everything they can learn on how to tackle particular Minnesota lakes, and hoping for a chance to go to the state tournament.
BY DOUG WOLTER email@example.com WORTHINGTON -- On a Thursday night that started on a very hot and humid note, the local Post 5 American Legion baseball team wilted early, and Pipestone used a 3-0 first-inning lead to start on a 7-2 victory at the Worthington middle school field.
WORTHINGTON -- Soccer is known by many names throughout the world, but some still call it “the beautiful game.” The nuance, the precision -- the way the players move in competitive coordination so well-ordered. The passes, the kicks. Beautiful. Fans of the Worthington Trojans boys soccer team were given a good glimpse of the beauty of the sport last fall, when the team displayed its athleticism regularly in a state tournament year.
READING -- Justin Luinenburg is three years removed from 2015, when he became the first Minnesotan ever to win the hobby stock national championship. Today his life is pretty much back to normal, which includes touring the area speedway circuit and -- of course -- continuing to win events. Luinenburg, his wife Tracie, and their two children Blake and Annalee are devoted racing fans. Blake, in fact, is just getting started with his own serious racing career at the age of 14.
LAKEFIELD -- In the area amateur baseball ranks, the Lakefield Horned Frogs have rarely factored in as a team to reckon with. Until this year, at least, players and fans have had to content themselves with the nickname -- one of the coolest in a sport known for unique monikers. But now, in 2018, the Frogs have gotten off to a great start. Even with Sunday’s 8-3 loss to Jackson, the team owns an 8-3 mark, which places it right on top of the First Nite League standings along with Fairmont and Windom.
WORTHINGTON -- Post 3958 baseball coach TD Hostikka likes to put Reynaldo Paniagua in the outfield. “He thinks he’s an infielder,” he confided to a reporter. After Monday night’s VFW game in Worthington, however, Paniagua seemed ready to switch. In the fourth inning of the game, the WHS junior-to-be threw out a runner at the plate to squelch a Slayton scoring opportunity.
WORTHINGTON -- Most of the players on the local 18U soccer team have grown accustomed to winning. But they also love a challenge. And that’s why they’ve chosen not to participate this year in the summer state tournament.