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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My personal experience with Hall of Fame major league baseball pitcher Jack Morris goes all the way back to 1984, on Opening Day at the Minneapolis Metrodome. I’d followed his career with the Detroit Tigers since he was a rookie. I still remember watching him on a 1979 Saturday afternoon TV Game of the Week telecast and hearing the broadcaster say the St. Paul native had a promising career ahead of him.
WORTHINGTON -- Adam Rients is looking forward to today’s (Saturday, Jan. 19) renewal of the Worthington Open wrestling tournament. Why not? He’s finally healthy again. Rients, a freshman from Waterville, is coming off a sixth-place finish at last weekend’s Ridgewater Open. He tore his MCL early in his first tournament this season, and though he considers himself “not quite” back to 100 percent, he’s hoping for another top-six performance in Worthington.
WORTHINGTON -- Anyone wanting to qualify for the Minnesota state Class AA team wrestling tournament from Section 3 will have to go through Fairmont/Martin County West. That won’t be easy. Further evidence of the Red Bulls’ mat prowess was secured Thursday night at Worthington High School as the Bulls -- ranked fifth in the state and armed with no less than 10 state-ranked individuals -- beat the Worthington Trojans 56-9.
WORTHINGTON -- Ashton Fogelman is a relaxed 10th-grader with sparkling eyes and a ready smile, and she can score hockey goals in bunches. So when she tells you that she struggles sometimes with confidence and consistency, you begin to wonder how. Already this year, the Worthington High School forward has scored a total of 10 goals in three consecutive games -- as if a couple of hat tricks weren’t enough, she scored four goals in the other one.
WORTHINGTON -- Everyone familiar with Jack Morris’ Hall of Fame pitching career associates him with one undeniable trait: toughness. But on Tuesday night at the Worthington Event Center, a sizable crowd of Minnesota Twins fans learned how skillfully and humorously he could work an audience.
WORTHINGTON -- It’s a signal of a good team that it not only holds onto a lead, but that it actually increases a lead. The Worthington Trojans boys basketball team led Hutchinson by a single point at halftime Saturday afternoon at the local gym, then pulled away in the second half for an impressive 76-59 victory.
WORTHINGTON -- Twin brothers Kent and Tom Lais are still learning how to win varsity wrestling matches consistently. But they both took big strides Thursday night as the Worthington Trojans split a pair of bouts at the local high school. Kent had trailed Marshall freshman Coltyn Marcy at 138 pounds in Worthington’s first match of the triangular, but he rallied to flip his opponent onto his back, using a whizzer, at the edge of the mat to win in a fall in 1:41.
WORTHINGTON -- Emmanuel Tor knows that he’s undersized for his role. But he also knows that you can’t measure the true size of a basketball player until you measure his heart.
WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington High School boys basketball season has resembled a roller coaster ride, of sorts, thus far in the 2018-19 campaign. But one thing’s for sure -- it’s exciting. And hard to predict. Usually, though, you’re going to get an aggressive offensive effort from 6-0 senior guard Karasharo Ojulu, who opened the season like gangbusters and continues to be a threat to score big every time he takes the floor.
WORTHINGTON -- With 2:25 to go in Tuesday’s high school boys basketball game between Jackson County Central and Worthington, the score was deadlocked. But the Huskies outscored the Trojans 12-6 the rest of the way and beat the home team in an exciting, well-played game, 68-62. Six-four junior Andrew Hesebeck used his muscle, and the free throw line, down the stretch and finished with 26 points for JCC. And 6-3 junior guard Rudy Voss scored his 1,000th career point in the first half en route to 18 points.