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 -- Three-point field goals were flying Saturday night at Worthington High School. Both the Trojans and visiting Windom Area netted their share, but in a one-sided contest the home team swept the regular season series with its Big South Conference rival in an 80-63 result.
Some of us can’t follow the current exploits of the Fulda boys and girls basketball teams without remembering better years. And there were lots of them. The Raider boys played in their last state tournament in 1975, but there have been many solid seasons since then. The Raider girls played in state tournaments in 2002 and 2003 and won state titles in 2006 and 2007. In all the sports, year-round, in fact, Fulda boasts of a remarkable history.
WORTHINGTON -- Payton Sauerbrei said her team may have turned a corner Thursday night in the Worthington Trojans’ 56-46 girls basketball victory over visiting Jackson County Central. Head coach Eric Lindner wasn’t ready to claim as much, but a win is a win, and wins haven’t been very easy to come by this year. Thursday’s triumph moved the Trojans to 5-11 on the season and it avenged an 83-79 overtime loss to JCC on Jan. 8 in Jackson.
WORTHINGTON -- Chances are that there very few long-time athletes in the Worthington area who haven’t met CJ Nelson. It might have been from his 18 years at the Worthington Area YMCA. Nelson, who grew up in the Worthington area and participated in football, basketball and track and field for WHS, began his work at the Y working with the day camp program. He worked his way up to become program director.
WORTHINGTON -- Leighton Gehl arrived about a half-hour late for Minnesota West men’s basketball practice on Monday. Not a problem, however. The 5-11 freshman guard from Fulda attends classes in Jackson, where he’s studying to become an electrician. He usually arrives while his teammates are already on the Worthington court. He just slips on his practice gear and joins right in.
WORTHINGTON -- The key performer in Worthington High School’s golden years of soccer, Jon Keodouangsy led the Trojans to consecutive state tournament berths in his junior and senior seasons. Now, he’s moving on to the next step. The swift, sure-footed, high-scoring forward will play next year at Iowa Lakes Community College, based in Estherville, Iowa, and the Lakers are thrilled to have him.
Another NFL game, another officiating controversy. This is getting old. But what is the NFL to do? By now everybody knows that the Los Angeles Rams will face the New England Patriots in this year’s Super Bowl, and you probably also know that the Rams almost surely got there because of an egregiously bad non-call on a pass interference penalty late in the NFC title game.
WORTHINGTON -- Worthington High School wrestling coaches tell their athletes to push, pull and lean on their counterparts early in matches to see for themselves if they can beat ‘em. Despite giving up the first takedown in his match with Pipestone Area’s Nick Colvin, the Trojans’ Cole Hennings quickly gained confidence in his 182-pound bout Thursday night at the WHS gym. He won, 7-4.
WORTHINGTON -- It was a game the Minnesota West men’s basketball team needed to win. And it went right down to the wire Wednesday night in Worthington. But it was Riverland that came away with the victory in a spirited Southern Division clash. There were 27 fouls in the first half and 51 in the game. Sixty-one free throws were attempted.
LUVERNE -- Life as the hunter has its ups and downs. A year ago, the Luverne High School boys hockey team was the hunted. They were expected to do well, and they did. They were favored to beat Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato in the Section 3A finals, but they were beaten instead, 4-1.