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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In another week, maybe two, the players on Minnesota West men’s basketball team may be able to sit back and smile at what they accomplished during the 2017-18 season. Maybe it’s already happening.
Another glorious major league baseball season is approaching fast, and to prepare myself I’ve been reading Tom Stanton’s book, “The Road to Cooperstown.” This delightful first-person account of Stanton’s pilgrimage to the Hall of Fame, taken with his elderly father and older brother, is a love letter to baseball and, more specifically, to that iconic reservoir of baseball lore that the Hall represents for baseball disciples everywhere.
WORTHINGTON -- Contemplating goals for the 2018 baseball season this week, Minnesota West head coach TD Hostikka seemed a little bit unsure whether to temper his enthusiasm with caution. “It’s tough, ‘cuz I think we’re going to have this big target on our back,” he said. A year ago, the Bluejays turned their program around with a 29-17 overall win-loss record that included a first-place 14-2 division record. Opponents surely remember.
MARSHALL -- The Minnewaska Area Lakers have been down before. So when they trailed Pipestone Area 21-10 midway in the first half of their Section 3AA championship boys basketball game Thursday night, they didn’t panic.
WORTHINGTON -- The Bluejays’ ship is sailing. To New York. “At the beginning of the season,” said Minnesota West men’s basketball team head coach Aaron Poor Bear, “the first meeting we had, I drew one line and asked them what they saw. Then I drew another line. Nobody knew what it was, until a few lines later someone said, ‘It’s a ship.’” It was indeed a ship. A ship that rides the waves.
MARSHALL -- Westin Kirk, a 6-1 senior forward and the main inside presence on a Russell-Tyler-Ruthton boys basketball team lacking in height, spent all but 3:33 of the second half on the bench during Saturday’s Section 3A South championship against Southwest Christian. With 40 seconds to go in the first half at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, he drew his third personal foul.
MARSHALL -- Lydia Sussner scored 34 points and the Minneota Vikings held off a determined Southwest Christian comeback attempt Friday night to win the Section 3A girls basketball championship at Southwest Minnesota State University. The Vikings, top seeded in the North bracket, led throughout against the Eagles, who were top seeded in the South bracket, but they had to withstand a tight full-court pressure to prevail, 82-74, and earn a berth in next week’s state Class A tournament.
WORTHINGTON -- Former Minnesota West head wrestling coach Bob Purcell, now the school’s men’s athletic director, said getting inducted recently into the NJCAA Wrestling Hall of Fame was hard for him to fathom. “I didn’t tell a lot of people that I was getting it. Because it just seemed kind of surreal to me,” he said.
WORTHINGTON -- Two state-ranked teams played in the semifinals of the Section 3A South boys basketball tournament Thursday night. Only one will play in the finals. Russell-Tyler-Ruthton, No. 3 in Minnesota Class A, survived a shaky start to thwart Murray County Central 59-40 in the first semifinal contest at the Worthington High School gym. In the late game, Southwest Christian upended No. 6 Westbrook-Walnut Grove 92-76, avenging an 82-80 loss to the Chargers in Westbrook on Jan. 30.
WORTHINGTON -- Kyle Janssen, a senior at Worthington High School, likes to spend time with friends and family -- and maybe get in a little studying -- when he’s got free time. The thing is, however, he doesn’t get a lot of free time.