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 -- Softballs being hit by aluminum bats, the pop of leather in a game of catch, and coaches barking orders made welcome spring-like sounds within the cavernous MC Fitness sports facility this week in Worthington. That was where the Worthington High School girls fast-pitch team practiced because, of course, the landscape outside remained partially covered by snow. Though spring practice has been compromised for the Trojans, optimism for the 2018 season has not.
WORTHINGTON -- The mental part of tennis is often talked about, but rarely over-emphasized. Many a capable player has looked good on the court without much to show for strong serves and smooth ground strokes. The inner game -- confidence -- is the statistic that doesn’t show up on the scorecard.
WORTHINGTON -- Ask any fan of the Minnesota West Community and Technical College women’s basketball team and they’ll tell you that the varied personalities of the players were fun to watch this winter.
Spring is here! You can ask the calendar. Go ahead. It will tell you that spring has arrived. The robins know it. Many of them were spotted hopping happily on our lawns last week. They’re still here, too. Except that now they’re hopping around to avoid lots of wet, dirty snow.
The Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove Falcons rolled through spring baseball’s regular season and played in the Minnesota state Class A tournament last summer, but graduation has hit the team hard as it gets ready for the 2018 campaign. The Luverne Cardinals went through a few ups and downs in 2017, but in the end they narrowly missed out on a state Class AA tourney berth, losing to New London-Spicer one win short of The Show.
I can certainly understand why the Minnesota Vikings are extra sensitive these days. The recent signing of free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins caused a sensation on the sports channels, with expert after expert saying that Cousins represents “the missing piece,” and that it’s Super Bowl or bust. If the Vikings don’t kick open the door and win the Super Bowl now, they will be both a disappointment and a failure.
WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Stingrays swim team is drip-dry serious when it comes to trimming race times and qualifying for big meets. But if you think the Rays don’t also find time for fun, well, then you’re all wet.
EDGERTON -- Another girls high school fast-pitch softball season looms, and here we are again attending to the prospects for Edgerton/Southwest Christian and Pipestone Area.
WORTHINGTON -- Everyone talks about the “intangibles” needed for a winning athletic program. But few people ever talk about personality. How does personality rate alongside competitiveness, intelligence, diligence and unselfishness? Well, that’s hard to say. But it’s still important. And it could seriously be said that no one has provided a more welcome personality quotient on the Minnesota West women’s basketball and softball teams than Ashlynn Wabeke.