Rachel Blount | Star Tribune
Reporter/Columnist | Sports

An Iowa native, Blount is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. She has won numerous state and national writing awards. Her favorite stories to tell are those that convey the emotion and humanity of sports. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Pat Borzi, who also is a sportswriter.


U volleyball continues to roll in Big Ten, dominating No. 7 Illini

The Gophers opened a homestand with another victory over a top opponent.


Parise, Boudreau press for solutions to Wild's sluggish start

The Wild was outshot 82-51 in a loss at Colorado and shootout loss to Las Vegas.


'Incredible' packed house sees Whitecaps win first NWHL game 4-0

Former Minnesota Duluth forward Katie McGovern scored the Whitecaps' first goal on a power play, much to the delight of a 1,200-fan sellout.


Woodbury 15-year-old finishes sixth in Twin Cities Marathon

Tierney Wolfgram, the two-time defending Class 1A cross-country champion, was the youngest woman in the top 25 by eight years, and one of two Minnesota teens to finish in the top 50.


TC 10 Mile winner Shadrack Kipchirchir pushes himself to add an extra $10,000

Faced with a classic dilemma — and with little time to consider his choices — Shadrack Kipchirchir asked himself: Should I stay, or should I go?


Photo-finishers in TC 10 Mile all returning

Shadrack Kipchirchir, Leonard Korir and Sara Hall hit the finish line almost simultaneously at last October's TC 10 Mile. All will be back on Sunday morning.


Shoot more, score more: Coyle gets boost from players summit

This summer, Charlie Coyle some intensive study in the art of creating more quality chances — and putting them in the net


Wild's Eriksson Ek ready for 'big-sized jump' this season

Knowing what to expect in the NHL has allowed the young Wild forward to think only about showing he is ready to make a significant leap.


Put him in, coach: Bartkowski hopes to stick with Wild

Veteran defenseman Matt Bartkowski has remained positive despite some idle times while playing for NHL teams.


No. 7 Gophers sweep No. 4 Penn State in Big Ten volleyball opener

In a loaded conference — seven Big Ten teams are ranked in the top 18 in the country — this match was just as fierce and thrilling as coach Hugh McCutcheon expected.