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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We are headlong into summer now. But before we get too far, there are just a few things I want to say about the spring high school sports season -- and a few other things I want to get off my chest. First, a whine.
BY DOUG WOLTER email@example.com WORTHINGTON -- In an impressive comeback, the Worthington VFW baseball team defeated visiting Tracy Thursday night after trailing 8-4 in the seventh inning.
BY DOUG WOLTER firstname.lastname@example.org WORTHINGTON -- Just like the good team they hope to be this year, the Worthington Cubs turned on the juice when they needed to Wednesday night against the Tracy Engineers.
WORTHINGTON -- Andy Garcia has just finished his sophomore year at Worthington High School, but his community spirit and articulate way of speaking indicate a young man who’s mature beyond his years. A soccer player and a member of the school track and field team, Garcia also coaches youth soccer for the local YMCA. He’s an officer in BPA (Business Professionals of America), and it’s difficult to determine what he loves the most -- soccer, as a game, or simply his community.
BY DOUG WOLTER email@example.com WORTHINGTON -- Learning opportunities are everywhere in summer VFW baseball, so in Monday’s doubleheader with Pipestone, Worthington coach TD Hostikka reminded his players regularly that little things matter.
ST. PAUL -- When the Luverne girls 4x800-meter relay team captured first place Saturday in the Minnesota state Class A track and field meet, the giddiness -- the crying -- the shock of being at the top of the pecking order -- was almost too much. “I’ve wanted this ever since I started (in track),” said junior Jadyn Anderson, who had run the 4x800 at state three times before. “I was bawling. I’m sure there are some ugly pictures of me,” she said after stepping off the medal stand.
NORTH MANKATO -- If you’re an Edgerton/Southwest Christian fan, there’s every reason to believe that your Flying Dutchmen didn’t lose the Minnesota state Class A championship Friday afternoon. Rather, they just ran out of innings.
NORTH MANKATO -- The score was 0-0, it was the bottom of the eighth inning. Two were out. The bases were loaded. And Pipestone Area senior catcher Logan Winter stepped to the plate in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. A moment earlier, Annandale pitcher Sarah Johnson walked the Arrows’ best hitter, Mandi Miller, intentionally to get to the cleanup hitter, Winter. That was a big mistake.
WORTHINGTON -- If you’re a high school athlete, you’ve gotta to work at being exceptional. Maybe especially if you’re a golfer. You might do just fine in most sports if you’re physically gifted, but every golfer knows it takes practice, and more practice, to be outstanding on the links. Members of the 2018 Worthington Trojans boys golf team are well aware of the need to practice. They’ve learned it early in their careers. And now they’re headed to state.
NORTH MANKATO -- The Maple Lake Irish came into the 2018 Minnesota state Class AA softball tournament with a reputation for power hitting. The Irish demonstrated why Thursday in their semifinal game against Pipestone Area, banging a two-run home run in the second inning at Caswell Park in North Mankato and adding a grand slam in a seven-run third inning.