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 -- It’s great to be a basketball fan of the Minnesota West Community and Technical College Lady Jays. One of the pleasures last year and this year is getting to watch former Hills-Beaver Creek High School standout Avery Van Roekel. Sometimes your eyes might need a rest, however. You’re likely to wince when you see her crashing into walls, going down hard to the floor while being tangled up by a rival for a rebound, and getting caught in other dangerous situations.
WORTHINGTON -- High school gymnastics practice in the downtown Worthington armory building went on Monday afternoon in the usual way. It was the first official practice of the 2018-19 season, but in some ways, it was different. In the offseason, work proceeded on a new facility on the west side of town, but weather delays have pushed back the original January finish date.
WORTHINGTON -- A year ago, it took half a dozen games before the Minnesota West men’s basketball team learned how to win close games. This year, it may have only taken two. The Bluejays went three overtimes to defeat Dordt JV 102-94 Saturday night at the 15th Annual Sanford Worthington Basketball Classic. It was the first win ever for head coach Taylor Lupton, who worked as an assistant coach in 2017-18 when the Jays qualified for a national tournament berth.
WORTHINGTON -- The wrestling room at Minnesota West Community and Technical College is more crowded this year. And that’s the best news yet for the Bluejays, who are bringing the numbers back under second-year head coach Bryan Cowdin. In recent seasons, depth has been a problem for the Jays, and that included last season when the numbers fell to single digits. This year there are 14 wrestlers on hand -- all freshmen.
JACKSON -- A dependable performer on the Jackson County Central Huskies football team this fall, Zachary Neal was also one of the team’s most identifiable players. Built compact, he is listed at 5-7 and 190 pounds. To see him suited up on the sidelines, you’d think of him as a linebacker. And that is, of course, the defensive position he played this year as a senior. He has a nickname. It seems to fit: “SpongeBob SquarePants.”
WORTHINGTON -- It’s been nearly eight months since the Minnesota West women’s basketball team has been on the court. But the sting of the double-overtime loss in the region final is not forgotten. “I’ll probably never forget that game,” MW sophomore M’Kayla Mike said. “Everytime we have a recruit come in, we tell them about it, how we lost by four points in double overtime. Hopefully this year we get to change that. Hopefully we have a different end result.”
NEW PRAGUE -- It was vintage Worthington Trojans soccer. Speed, quick feet. Efficient passing. Relentlessness. And a victory in the most important match of the season.
There are two seasons in high school football. First, the regular season. Next, the playoff season. For the teams that finished Minnesota’s regular season on a high note, or a low note, it matters not today. Everybody begins the playoff season with a 0-0 record.
WASECA -- In a high school football game that got out of hand early, the Waseca Bluejays broke for a 28-0 first quarter lead that became 48-0 at halftime en route to a 62-0 victory Wednesday night over the visiting Worthington Trojans. In the final regular season game for both teams, the Bluejays (6-2) assured themselves of heading into the playoff season on a high while the Trojans fall to 3-5.
HILLS -- Garrett Raymon has been a starter with the Hills-Beaver Creek football team for so many years now, that some fans might wonder if he’ll ever leave.