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 -- With the focus of the Worthington Trojans wrestling team now solely turned to the Section 3AA individual tournament, head coach Ben DeRynck reiterated, in a nutshell, just how unpredictable the 2018-19 season has been for his charges.
Who has the best chance to beat Worthington this year in the Section 3A gymnastics meet? Depending on who you talk to, perhaps no one. Jackson County Central head coach Ellen VonOhlen said this week that the Trojans are not just the team to beat, but that probably neither the Huskies or anyone else can overtake them. “If you would have asked me last year, I’d say yes,” she said. We’re not quite as strong this year.”
WORTHINGTON -- For several weeks now, the Minnesota West Bluejays men’s basketball team couldn’t seem to catch a break. Until Wednesday night. Amid a flurry of action in the final moments of West’s home game with Western Tech, West earned a 67-66 win to snap an eight-game losing streak. It was a game that could’ve gone either way. The fact that it went the Bluejays’ way gave them a jolt of confidence just when they needed it.
WORTHINGTON -- It has always been a challenge to be a Boever. Worthington High School senior Lucas Boever comes from a long line of exceptional athletes in his family, and naturally Trojans fans expect him to carry on his share of the tradition.
There are two clear favorites in the upcoming Section 3 team wrestling tournaments, but at least one of the coaches is playing his cards close to the vest. “We’re not looking at this like it’s a done deal,” said Tracy-Milroy-Balaton/Westbrook-Walnut Grove head mentor Karl Campbell this week.
Blake Freking’s interest in sled dogs and mushing started innocently enough. But as a youth growing up in a place like Heron Lake, the fascination confused his parents Rich and Diane -- at least at first. “I don’t know where it came from, coming from southwestern Minnesota,” Rich said, looking back. “At first we thought, ‘What is he doing?’ The more we heard about it, the better it was.”
WORTHINGTON -- The downtown Worthington armory building. The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. The similarities are striking. No, really. The armory building, home of Worthington High School gymnastics since 1996, is a dark and dank place. The Metrodome was once described precisely that way.
WORTHINGTON -- Minnesota West wrestlers vying for a national tournament berth won’t have to travel far to get it this year. The Region XIII Tournament will be fought Sunday at the local college. The tournament, which begins at 10 a.m., will bring 40 to 50 competitors to the Center for Health and Wellness on Worthington campus. For each one, the goal is to get to Council Bluffs, Iowa, for the NJCAA Nationals March 1 and 2.
JACKSON -- Hailey Handevidt is involved in just about everything worthwhile at Jackson County Central High School. But it will be her involvement in something else next year at college that has some people scratching their heads. Although JCC doesn’t have a varsity swim program, Handevidt -- who participates in volleyball, gymnastics and track and field for the Huskies -- signed a national letter of intent in November to swim for Augustana University in Sioux Falls, S.D.
WORTHINGTON -- Sisters Maya Scheitel-Taylor and Brooklyn Scheitel-Taylor scored all of their combined 19 points in the second half. Evelyn Othow had 13 rebounds to go along with her 15 points. Payton Sauerbrei hit 10 of 14 free throws, including nine of them in the second half. And the Worthington Trojans turned back the Windom Area Eagles 74-65 Monday night in high school girls basketball.