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 -- The Minnesota West Community and Technical College women’s athletic programs are restocking players, and the basketball program secured three signings, with an option on a fourth, on Wednesday. Ashlyn Rosenberg of Worthington, Emily Schroer of Fulda, Kiana Leighty of Heron Lake-Okabena and Lexie Ramsey of Central Lyon signed on to play for the Lady Jays.
LUVERNE -- There are a lot of stars on the Luverne High School track and field team. And that’s not remarkable. In fact, it’s normal. The Cardinals have fielded outstanding teams for as long as most people can remember, and their girls squad has been beyond outstanding -- in fact, it’s been more than remarkable.
WORTHINGTON -- One day after playing and winning a four-hour match in Fairmont, 7-6, 6-7, 7-5, Worthington High School tennis players Cade Lindner and Kipton Jenson eased past their opponents 6-0, 6-0 Tuesday in Worthington. The result helped the Trojans to a 7-0 team victory over Blue Earth Area.
Thanks to its new sports pairing with Heron Lake-Okabena, Fulda High School now fields spring baseball and softball teams -- sports that it hadn’t had in previous years. That’s a good thing, not only for Fulda, but also for HL-O, said first-year head softball coach Janae Kazemba, who played softball at HL-O before graduating in 2012.
WORTHINGTON -- Smitty Ektnitphong, the colorful, hard-charging head coach of the Worthington Trojans boys soccer team, is stepping down after 16 years of coaching the sport. Always one to wear his passions on his sleeve -- never one to sugar-coat his personal outlook on things -- Ektnitphong told The Globe in his own unimitable way this week that he’s calling it a career.
WORTHINGTON -- It is the best of times, it is the worst of times. Well, actually, it’s the worst of times for spring sport athletes. But local coaches are doing what they can to keep their kids interested while April blizzards blow by, oh, every four days or so.
WORTHINGTON -- As exciting as the Worthington Community and Technical College men’s basketball team was last winter, the Bluejays are putting more pieces in place to excite the local fans again in 2018-19. Head coach Aaron Poor Bear looks ready to retain most of the freshman players who helped lead the Jays to the NJCAA national tournament in New York, and at least three new recruits are signed to provide support.
BY DOUG WOLTER The Globe sports editor In 2007 I wrote a sports column for the Mankato Free Press saying that the Minnesota Vikings should consider drafting Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn with the seventh selection of the NFL draft. The column was picked up by the widely-read Pro Football Talk online site, greatly enhancing the number of hits.
ADRIAN -- Wrestling is a sport that has been associated with the Rogers family in Adrian for many decades. But so is baseball. And Lance Rogers’ sons, Logan and Landon, are baseball players all the way.
WORTHINGTON -- They were two-way players in high school. But one will be devoted to defense, the other to offense when the 2018 Minnesota West Community and Technical College football season gets under way in the fall. Nathan Boneschans, whose biggest role in high school emanated from the offensive line, looks to be plugged in at defensive end at the next level. Tyler Linder, who played offensive and defensive end as a prep, will spend most of his time as a tight end.