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 -- Conspiracy theories are afoot in southwest Minnesota. I don’t normally buy into such things, but now I’m thinking … well … can we really be so sure? About a week ago I traveled to Luverne to speak to members of the Cardinals boys hockey team just before they were to take off for the Twin Cities to participate in the Class A tournament. One of the fine young men I interviewed, Andrew Reisch, said something that I disregarded. And I didn’t include it in my preview story.
MARSHALL -- The Westbrook-Walnut Grove Chargers upset Red Rock Central 57-49 Saturday night at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall to win the Section 3A South boys basketball title. W-WG, seeded second in the south, had lost to top-seeded Red Rock Conference rival RRC twice during the regular season, but in the third meeting the Chargers led for most of the game en route to their eight-point victory margin.
LUVERNE -- When a Luverne High School hockey team competes in a state tournament, the Cardinals don’t just play for themselves. They play for the whole southwest corner of Minnesota. Section 3 still doesn’t get a lot of respect around the state. Luverne, which has become a real hockey hotbed in recent years, wants to see that change, and the best way that will happen will be to not only get to the state tournament, but to win there.
MANKATO -- Angling for an upset, the Worthington Trojans boys basketball team couldn’t make it happen Tuesday night in the first round of the Section 2AAA tournament, falling to a big, fast Mankato East squad 81-53 at Mankato East High School. Using a full court press through most of the first half, and employing their well-muscled 6-4 junior forward Damani Hayes like a sledgehammer through the lanes, the Cougars took it to the Trojans early and in a sustained fashion to forge a 45-19 halftime lead. The deficit proved too much for the Worthington squad to overcome.
The other day, a colleague of mine showed me video footage of an immensely-talented NBA player standing around on defense while a game was going on all around him. You would’ve thought he’d put forth at least a minimal amount of effort, such as a raised arm or a half-hearted move toward the ball-handler who was only a couple of feet away from him. But no. That would require too much effort.
COON RAPIDS -- For three quarters, in spite of everything, the Minnesota West Community and Technical College women’s basketball team fought Anoka-Ramsey to a standstill. Then the fourth quarter happened, and the Golden Rams outscored the Lady Jays 25-15 to secure an 85-75 victory in the first round of the Minnesota College Athletic Conference Region 13A tournament on Saturday.
ST. PAUL -- To be the best, you’ve gotta beat the best. A healthy contingent of southwest Minnesota high school wrestlers will test their mettle against the best the state has to offer this week at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. It all starts this morning with the team tournament for area standouts Worthington and Pipestone Area.
DOUG WOLTER firstname.lastname@example.org WORTHINGTON -- Mismatches may loom large in Saturday’s Region 13A college women’s basketball game between Minnesota West and Anoka-Ramsey. And the mismatches will go both ways.
NEW ULM -- They got the start they wanted. But suddenly, the Worthington Trojans felt the full brunt of a high-powered New Ulm offense Tuesday night in a first-round Section 2AAA girls basketball game. Playing good defense in the half-court and looking for the fast-break, the Trojans led the Eagles 5-0 early in the first half. Then the Eagles, led by super-shooter Meleah Reinhart, scored the next 16 points. Worthington played from a deficit for the rest of the contest and was held to just 10 points in the entire second half.
Every year, it always seems to be the same. The Worthington Trojans girls basketball team doesn’t get the seeding its record appears to deserve. Tonight, WHS will open the Section 2AAA tournament against a 21-5 New Ulm team seeded No. 2 in an eight-team field. Worthington is 16-8 and seeded No. 7.