Reporter/Columnist | Sports

Rachel Blount is a sports reporter for the Star Tribune who covers a variety of topics, including the Olympics, Wild, college sports and horse racing. She has written extensively about Minnesota's Olympic athletes and has covered pro and college hockey since joining the staff in 1990. 

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.


Summit League aids St. Thomas in school's quest to move into Division I

The commissioner of the Summit League said it would be an advocate for the University of St. Thomas as the school tries to become the first to move directly from Division III into Division I.


Dubnyk, recovered from Tuesday collision, practices with Wild

It's uncertain whether Devan Dubnyk will be cleared to play Saturday against Los Angeles.


'Mentor, friend, teacher.' Players mourn coach who made U volleyball big

Mike Hebert led the U to three Final Four appearances and made the NCAA tournament 14 times in 15 seasons before retiring in 2010. "He wasn't just a coach," a former player said.


Diminutive defenseman Hunt leads Wild in scoring

For a scoring-starved team, though, the compact defenseman with the lethal shot has been indispensable.


Brotherly love? Not when these Tommies and Johnnies siblings clash

The rivalry between St. Thomas and St. John's often plays out like a brawl between brothers. It's not often, though, that actual brothers are on opposite sidelines. Meet the Borgesons.


Bullied as a kid, U volleyball star Pittman finds herself helping others

Volleyball didn't come into Regan Pittman's life until eighth grade. It provided a "safe space," she said, for an awkward girl who was picked on by bullies and felt she didn't fit in.


'Iowa's best player' makes his way up I-35 for Wild's road trip

Former Ferris State standout Gerald Mayhew is expected to make his NHL debut on the Wild's upcoming Canadian road trip, which begins Monday afternoon.


Whitecaps begin NWHL title defense, with boycotting stars absent

The Whitecaps began their second season in the NWHL without Lee Stecklein, Hannah Brandt and Kendall Coyne Schofield, the three U.S. Olympians who gave them star power last year.


Winless Wild continues to focus on positives going into home opener

A day before the Wild's home opener against Pittsburgh, coach Bruce Boudreau continued to focus on the good things his team has done, declining to exercise the raging, fuming option after three road losses.


St. Paul's Lee falls to eighth as Biles rolls to more gymnastics gold

Sunisa Lee's mastery on the uneven bars helped vault the St. Paul gymnast to international prominence this year. Thursday, her bars routine tripped her up at the world championships.