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.


U Board of Regents to ponder alcohol sponsorships at school venues

The University of Minnesota's Board of Regents will consider allowing the school to sign licensing and sponsorship deals with alcoholic beverage manufacturers, which could introduce a new revenue source.


U women vs. Badgers called off; series with Mankato added

This weekend's Gophers-Badgers series has been called off and Minnesota has added a home-and-home series next week against Minnesota State.


Graduate transfer Bench fulfilling childhood dream as Gophers goalie

Former Bemidji State netminder Lauren Bench is playing exceptionally well for the No. 3-rated Gophers women's hockey team.


Gophers-Ohio State women's hockey series postponed

The Gophers' women's hockey team will not play at Ohio State on Dec. 11-12 because the Buckeyes will not have enough players, according to the WCHA.


Regan Smith, Lakeville's world-record holder, returns to water in Iowa

With her training schedule back to normal, the U.S. Open will give Smith a chance to check her progress and get back into racing mode.


Gophers gymnast Wiskus leaving state, moving to Colorado Springs to train

With no assurance he could keep training at on-campus Cooke Hall next spring, and no teammates to work out with, Shane Wiskus has faced a sudden, sorrowful choice.


Canterbury Park proposes 65-day meet for 2021, return of Sunday races

The schedule, which must be approved by the Minnesota Racing Commission, reintroduces Sunday afternoon racing after a one-year hiatus.


St. Olaf joins Carleton in canceling winter sports due to pandemic

The MIAC still plans to have competition.


Big-time moves: St. Thomas signs first D-I athletes, expanding staff

The step from Division III has already brought new hirings, new fundraising efforts and newly endowed scholarships to St. Thomas.


Bodenheimer gives Canterbury trainer another try at Breeders' Cup

Valorie Lund likes to take a patient approach with her young racehorses, allowing them to develop at their own pace. With Bodenheimer, she didn't have to wait.