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 -- There are no other high school sports like gymnastics. The moves and the grace that exemplify gym don’t easily translate into other sports because leaping and tumbling to music, flying through the air launched from a vaulting apparatus, twirling around in circles on uneven parallel bars, and performing somersaults on a thin beam are unique to one sport only.
WORTHINGTON -- So young, so spritely. But the Worthington Trojans gymnastics team has shown an inner toughness that comes out in meets big and small. The Trojans, under head coach Joni Reitmeier, have qualified for the state team tournament for three consecutive seasons. And with a veteran unit coming back for 2017-18, there’s no reason to think it might not happen again. Not that the girls are thinking that far ahead. That’s not how they roll.
MINNEAPOLIS — Owen King tied a Prep Bowl record with six touchdowns and the Caledonia defense throttled Pipestone Area through four quarters in a 57-6 victory Friday afternoon in the Minnesota Class AA football championship game at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. In the home of the Minnesota Vikings, not even the Vikings on their best defensive day could have matched the Warriors in their domination of the Arrows.
WORTHINGTON -- Bailey Kruse is a tough kid. She hunts, she fishes, she plays rough sports. She’s a hockey player for the Worthington Trojans, and she’s the goalkeeper besides. Years of action in the net has taken a toll physically, but she keeps coming back year after year because of, she freely admits, “the love of the game.”
PIPESTONE -- To be prepared in football, it’s always a good idea to study your opponent. Unfortunately for the Pipestone Area Arrows, everything they’re learning about the Caledonia Warriors this week may cause them to wince. Caledonia is … well, how might one put this delicately … very, very good. The Warriors own a 12-0 record heading into Friday’s 1 p.m. Minnesota Class AA championship game against PA at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
WORTHINGTON -- They’ve been in these situations before, and lost. But this time, the Minnesota West Community and Technical College men’s basketball team saw a lead disappear late, and they grabbed it back, topping Northeast Community College of Norfolk, Neb., 73-70, Monday night in Worthington.
FIRST TEAM Porsha Porath Senior outside hitter Windom Area
MINNEAPOLIS -- The main event at U.S. Bank Stadium on Friday was Minnesota state high school football. But one game -- the Class AA semifinal game between Pipestone Area and Moose Lake/Willow River -- featured something extra. Moose Lake/Willow River 16-year-old Danny Lilya, confined to a wheelchair for most of his life because of a congenital spinal defect, suited up for action as he always does on Friday, readying himself to hold for field goals and extra points.
When I walked through the doors of the old armory building in Worthington Wednesday afternoon, about 3:30 p.m., I saw ahead of me a whole bunch of Trojan gymnasts leaping in place to limber up for practice. Head coach Joni Reitmeier was seated nearby, next to her devoted associate, the inimitable Roger Geertsema.
WORTHINGTON -- Watching her perform, one of the first things fans notice about Minnesota West Community and Technical College athlete Andrea Hinkeldey is that she’s a good athlete. Tall athletes (Hinkeldey is 6-foot) are not always so graceful. The Heron Lake-Okabena High School product was a key volleyball and basketball ingredient during her prep career, and at West she is helping the Lady Jays to more success.