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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Don’t look now, but the way the Hills-Beaver Creek girls basketball team is performing these days, last year’s 21-win season could be surpassed well before the Section 3A tournament begins.
WORTHINGTON -- Freshman forward Mehki Collins scored 19 points and sophomore guard Mason Ellwein added 18 to lead the Mankato West Scarlets to a 67-59 victory over Worthington Saturday in The Globe/Trojan Holiday Classic basketball tournament.
WORTHINGTON -- Early in the first quarter it appeared that the Mankato West Scarlets were a little quicker and a tad more aggressive on defense as they got out to a 6-1 lead Friday night on the Alexandria Cardinals. But it was early in the second half when the Cards really put the hammer down. Already leading 33-27 at halftime, Alexandria went on a 14-2 run to start the second half and coasted to an 82-62 victory at The Globe/Trojan Holiday Classic boys basketball tournament.
I can remember back to my high school days, back to the 1970s when it was a major insult to be called a geek. So we tried to be tough. We went around hitting each other on the forearm muscle so we could watch the bump form, and it was considered manly fun. We didn’t have video games back then, which is probably good. Without that distraction, I was able to graduate on time.
WORTHINGTON -- Even by his own description, Brayden Donkersloot is kind of a laid-back guy. He takes things in stride. He doesn’t get angered easily. But even a guy like Brayden can become frustrated when events don’t go according to the plan. That happened late in the 2017-18 high school wrestling season when the Worthington Trojan sustained a concussion in the section tournament, messing up his bid for a state tournament berth.
GEORGE, Iowa -- Even a team as talented as the George-Little Rock boys basketball Mustangs have to re-learn, once in a while, that in order to be successful, teamwork must be applied. The Mustangs, who participated in the 2018 Iowa state Class 1A tournament last year and are determined to qualify again in 2019, played a game against Sheldon this season in which they led at one point, 32-10. Amazingly, the Orabs took a lead later on, and the Mustangs had to scramble to win it at the end.
WORTHINGTON -- Two teams that played in state tournaments last season. A host team that outscored its first three opponents 272-158 in its first three games. Last year’s tournament champion and runner-up. It’s all there this week in the 2018 The Globe-Trojan Holiday Classic, an annual boys basketball event taking place at Worthington High School.
I pretty much got what I wanted to get for Christmas. When you reach my age, you’re really not asking for a lot -- just health, a special holiday time with the family, and peace on earth. This year I expanded my Christmas list a little bit. Normally, all I can come up with is a request for a Barnes and Noble gift card. But I managed to think of four wishes, and I got all four.
WORTHINGTON -- In a game that either team could have won, and both teams at times seemed anxious to lose, the Worthington Trojans girls basketball team prevailed over Pipestone Area Thursday night, 45-44. It wasn’t pretty. But for the Trojans, it was a win and they’ll take it.
SLAYTON -- Notwithstanding his fear of creepy, crawly eight-legged things, Murray County Central boys basketball player Nate Everson is a leader for the Rebels, capable of getting his team through a lot of tight spots.