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 -- “Pickleball,” according to legend, was created in 1965 in Washington state. Three fathers, the story goes, invented the game for their kids who’d become bored with typical summertime sports. Today the sport is big-time all over the country, and in other countries, too. Here in Worthington, there are three popular places to play it -- at outdoor courts next to Centennial Field, at the Worthington Area YMCA, and at the old YMCA building now known as the Center for Active Living. Wanna know how pickleball came to be known as pickleball?
WORTHINGTON -- Summer girls softball is hot in southwest Minnesota, and especially in the Worthington area. The Worthington Area Girls Softball Association oversees four youth traveling fast-pitch teams featuring players under age 10 all the way up to 18. Worthington Storm outfits are divided into 10U (10 and under), 12U, 14U and 18U, and there’s a 19-and-older team, too, though it’s not technically a part of the association.
LUVERNE -- Some things never change. Summer’s always hot. And the Hadley Buttermakers and Luverne Redbirds win at amateur baseball. The Buttermakers have participated in the last three Minnesota Class C tournaments. The Redbirds’ last state tournament trip was three seasons ago -- which, for them, must seem like an eternity.
I’m old enough now to wax poetically about how great it used to be in “the good ol’ days.” But I’m slowly figuring out that what worked in the 1960s doesn’t necessarily work so well in the 20-teens.
We are headlong into summer now. But before we get too far, there are just a few things I want to say about the spring high school sports season -- and a few other things I want to get off my chest. First, a whine.
BY DOUG WOLTER firstname.lastname@example.org WORTHINGTON -- In an impressive comeback, the Worthington VFW baseball team defeated visiting Tracy Thursday night after trailing 8-4 in the seventh inning.
BY DOUG WOLTER email@example.com WORTHINGTON -- Just like the good team they hope to be this year, the Worthington Cubs turned on the juice when they needed to Wednesday night against the Tracy Engineers.
WORTHINGTON -- Andy Garcia has just finished his sophomore year at Worthington High School, but his community spirit and articulate way of speaking indicate a young man who’s mature beyond his years. A soccer player and a member of the school track and field team, Garcia also coaches youth soccer for the local YMCA. He’s an officer in BPA (Business Professionals of America), and it’s difficult to determine what he loves the most -- soccer, as a game, or simply his community.
BY DOUG WOLTER firstname.lastname@example.org WORTHINGTON -- Learning opportunities are everywhere in summer VFW baseball, so in Monday’s doubleheader with Pipestone, Worthington coach TD Hostikka reminded his players regularly that little things matter.
ST. PAUL -- When the Luverne girls 4x800-meter relay team captured first place Saturday in the Minnesota state Class A track and field meet, the giddiness -- the crying -- the shock of being at the top of the pecking order -- was almost too much. “I’ve wanted this ever since I started (in track),” said junior Jadyn Anderson, who had run the 4x800 at state three times before. “I was bawling. I’m sure there are some ugly pictures of me,” she said after stepping off the medal stand.