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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I hardly ever read any articles in the Minnesota State High School League Bulletin when it crosses my desk. Bulletin writers are always pounding the same themes -- participation, sportsmanship, responsibility, teamwork -- that kind of stuff. It’s not that I don’t believe in those concepts, of course. They’re just not always so thrilling to read about.
WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Trojans boys basketball took care of business Tuesday night at the local gym, winning its fourth consecutive game with a 58-50 victory over the New Ulm Eagles. And though the game was not the most exciting one this year for the home team, it was solid. The Trojans advanced to 9-5 on the 2016-17 season by playing within themselves -- by never giving the Eagles anything easy, and by getting sturdy offensive games, after a slow start, by senior Zach Boever and junior Tyler Linder.
WORTHINGTON -- Protecting leads hasn’t been easy for the Minnesota West men’s basketball team this season, but on Saturday the Bluejays handled the job wonderfully in a 92-79 win over visiting MState-Fergus Falls. Leading 49-44 at halftime, the Jays allowed the Spartans to make short inroads at various times in the second half. But each time, they reasserted themselves to stay in front while improving to 4-10 on the season and evening their division record at 1-1.
ADRIAN -- When the final seconds ticked off … 5, 4, 3 … Hills-Beaver Creek guard Preston Wilhelmi was backing up, under intense pressure. With 2.5 seconds showing on the game clock, his head was down, and to the crowd it appeared as if he wasn’t going to get a shot off in time. He was a long way from the basket -- surely farther away than he wished to be -- maybe as much as six feet beyond the 3-point arc at the top of the key.
WORTHINGTON -- Better late than never. The 2016-17 Minnesota West Community and Technical College wrestling season was virtually non-existent in late 2016, but plans are in place to give it a go in the new year. Veteran head coach Bob Purcell will have two matmen competing Saturday at the Ridgewater Open in Willmar, and On Jan. 21 the big event -- the Worthington Open -- gets under way on the Bluejays’ own mats.
Two unbeaten girls high school basketball teams will square up in Edgerton tonight, and although neither head coach is making a prediction on how it’ll turn out, they both expect an outstanding battle. “I think it’ll be an up-tempo, fast basketball game. I think we both like to transition and play good basketball,” said Southwest Minnesota Christian coach Denise Nerem.
Spencer Erwin, like a lot of second-grade boys, has energy to burn. His mother, Laurie, explains, “He’s always been kind of a daredevil.” Spencer was popping wheelies on his bicycle almost the moment he got his training wheels off. He likes to run, to jump, to flip -- all that stuff. “He’s the kind of kid who always was interested in being upside-down. He likes handstands and all that,” said his mom.
WORTHINGTON -- It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. “They wanted it a little bit more in the first half,” Jackson County Central senior post Nico Feroni said of Worthington. “They just wanted it more than us,” said Worthington head coach Clint Meyer about the second half.
WORTHINGTON -- Frustration gave way to satisfaction for the Sibley East Wolverines Friday in the third-place game of the Daily Globe-Trojan Holiday Classic. In Thursday’s first-round game against Mankato West, good shots were hard to come by in a 69-39 loss. One day later, however, the Wolverines found lots of good shots against the smaller Hutchinson Tigers. They made a bunch of them. Mid-range jumpers, short lay-ins, and -- increasingly during a fast-breaking second half -- driving layups.
WORTHINGTON -- The Mankato West Scarlets have enjoyed a lot of success recently in the Trojan Holiday Classic boys basketball tournament. The West varsity team has won the last two championships, beating Perham 60-52 for the 2013 title and Perham again, 69-46, for the 2014 crown. No championship game was played last year; the tournament was organized differently with five teams competing.