Reporter | Pro Sports

Kent Youngblood has covered sports for the Star Tribune for more than 20 years.

Youngblood covered the Vikings in two NFC title games, Gophers football in two bowl games, both the Wild and Wolves in conference championship series and three Lynx WNBA champions.He has been writing about sports for nearly three decades, including several years in Wisconsin covering the Green Bay Packers, including two trips to the Super Bowl.


Timberwolves' glimmer of promise in 1997 never was fully realized

This week in Minnesota sports history: In the 651st game in franchise history, the Wolves clinched their first playoff berth. It was the start of eight consecutive playoff appearances, but success didn't stick.


Cubs, White Sox used Twin Cities to gear up for 1917 season

This week in Minnesota Sports: The White Sox and the Cubs came to town on April 7, 1917 for a weekend of exhibition baseball against the Minneapolis Millers and the St. Paul Saints.


WNBA announces start of season postponed because of pandemic

The Lynx were scheduled to open the WNBA season on May 15. The league's draft is still on as scheduled for later this month.


Finances doomed Minnesota Fillies in 1981 after three seasons

This week in Minnesota sports history: The Fillies last game in the Women's Professional Basketball League, a 122-61 loss at San Francisco, was played 39 years ago this week.


1989 NCAA hockey title was snatched away from Skarda, Gophers

This week in Minnesota sports: In front of 15,861 fans at the St. Paul Civic Center, Harvard beat Randy Skarda's Gophers 4-3 in overtime of the 1989 NCAA hockey national title game.


Stint with ABA's Minnesota Muskies opened doors for Erv Inniger

This week in Minnesota sports: In April 1968, the American Basketball Association teams with the best records faced off in the Eastern Conference finals: The Pittsburgh Pipers vs. the Minnesota Muskies


Broten's week: From 1981 NCAA final with Gophers to NHL debut

This Week in Minnesota Sports: Three days after his last game as a Gopher, Neal Broten was playing for the North Stars, another example of his charmed hockey life.


What about the kids? Shutdown making impact on youth sports

The shutdown is usually discussed in terms of pro teams and college athletes. But in many Minnesota homes, the focus is on youth players of all abilities and ages.


Pro wrestling champion Verne Gagne never forgot his amateur roots

This week in Minnesota sports: Successive NCAA championships defined Verne Gagne, even after he entered pro ranks


Passage of time lends perspective to perfect season for U women's hockey

This Week in Minnesota Sports: In 2013, the Gophers women's hockey team ended its season 41-0 and outscored its opponents 216-36. Players made it look easier than it was.