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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BY DOUG WOLTER email@example.com WORTHINGTON -- The Luverne Cardinals girls girls basketball team is a pretty good 3-point shooting outfit. They showed that right off the bat in Thursday night’s game with the Big South Conference rival Worthington Trojans. Five-six junior guard Mackenzie Petersen’s 3-point shot gave LHS an early 3-0 lead.
WORTHINGTON -- In practice, the Minnesota West Bluejays run “suicides” -- ladder sprints up and down the gymnasium floor. But they’re glad to do it, says 6-5 sophomore guard Kuol Chol. The Jays are an up-tempo team, with no exceptions, and they know that they need extra conditioning to keep their pace going.
WORTHINGTON -- Worthington High School girls basketball coach Eric Lindner is a guy who demands his teams play aggressively. So there he was again Tuesday night shouting repeatedly from the bench the moment his Trojans grabbed a rebound: “Go … Go … Go!” he said. And the Trojans, as they always do, did exactly as he asked.
Last week it was easy for Minnesota Vikings fans to worry about all the things that could go wrong. Today … optimism comes much easier. After Sunday’s amazing, ridiculous, unbelievable, stunning, simply miraculous last-play 29-24 playoff victory over the New Orleans Saints, I couldn’t help but wonder how those two die-hard Purple and Gold rooters that I’d quoted in a column prior to the game felt on Monday.
WORTHINGTON -- Winning, according to the Worthington Trojans girls hockey team, can get addictive. The Trojans won their fifth game of the season on Thursday, a 6-2 triumph over Fairmont at the local arena, and freshman forward Ashton Fogelman secured her hat trick with exactly one second remaining in the second period. Other goals were scored by Delayne Kuhl, Aubree Pederson and Kya Nickel.
GEORGE, Iowa -- For the Sibley-Ocheyedan Generals, Friday night’s boys basketball game was a chance to show George-Little Rock fans how far the Generals had come since losing to the Mustangs 82-52 in the first game of the season. But Friday’s showdown between the two Siouxland Conference rivals didn’t go much better than the first meeting. George-Little Rock took a quick 7-0 lead and never looked back en route to a 72-51 win in George.
Fate seems to favor the Minnesota Vikings this year. It’s as if Nature itself has conspired to clear the decks of all opposition as the NFC Central champions begin their drive toward the Super Bowl. But can it be too perfect to be true? Vikings fans, who are numbingly familiar with having their dreams dashed to smithereens at the very height of expectation, have got to be worried right now.
WORTHINGTON -- Aggressiveness, power, conditioning. They were all on display Tuesday night as the Worthington Trojans wrestling team defeated St. James Area 40-22 in a dual meet at the WHS gym. Trojans Erik Artiga (126 pounds), Jacob Prunty (132), Lay K Paw (138), Ethan Pavelko (145), Mason Byrne (182), Jacob Neuberger (195) and Adam Russell (220) powered through their opponents. And Damon Schultz got things started off right with a slim but smartly-wrestled 3-2 victory at 106 pounds.
JACKSON -- Abby Schneekloth was 6, maybe 7, years old when she first began to dabble in gymnastics. Like any youngster, she struggled with the skills at first, and found it difficult to endure the long practices. But she knew she had ability. “It came naturally to me,” she says today as a state tournament veteran for the Jackson County Central Huskies.
BY DOUG WOLTER firstname.lastname@example.org WORTHINGTON -- Six-two post Ashtyn Verbeek, who will be playing her basketball next year at the University of Nebraska, scored 44 points to lead the powerful Hull-Western Christian girls basketball team to a 72-67 victory Saturday against a determined Worthington outfit in a girl-boy varsity doubleheader.