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.

Once a prisoner of pressure, Regan Smith is swimming free at last

The Lakeville swimmer, now 22, takes aim at the Paris Games at U.S. trials, competing without fear after expectations wore down her confidence during the last Olympic cycle.

How to watch Regan Smith at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials

A three-time medalist at the Tokyo Olympics, Lakeville's Regan Smith will swim four events in her quest to qualify for the Paris Games: the 100 and 200 butterfly and the 100 and 200 backstroke.

PWHL draft hits St. Paul, where there's anger over Darwitz's ouster as GM

PWHL Minnesota coach Ken Klee made the team's draft selections, taking Canadian defender Claire Thompson with the No. 3 overall pick.

PWHL: Darwitz's removal as GM came after monthslong evaluation

Jayna Hefford, the league's senior vice president of hockey operations, said it was clear "there wasn't a path forward" without a change.

Darwitz out as PWHL Minnesota's GM after clash with head coach

Natalie Darwitz built PWHL Minnesota into a champion but is out as GM after a clash with the team's head coach, according to a league source.

First PWHL season enters the books as a bigger success than anyone expected

League executives said they were wowed by the fan response, with almost half a million people attending 85 games over the full season.

Bringing Walter Cup home helps PWHL Minnesota savor the journey

Celebrating with fans at Xcel Energy Center was one of the last few days the championship team will have together before a bittersweet offseason.

PWHL Minnesota's celebration includes captain's speech atop a bar

The inaugural season included many twists and turns for the eventual Walter Cup champions. Emotions came pouring out after the team shut out Boston for the title.

PWHL Minnesota lifts Walter Cup as league's first champion with Game 5 win over Boston

After a championship-winning goal was overturned in Game 4, Minnesota beat Boston 3-0 in the deciding game to bring the first Walter Cup to the State of Hockey.

'Ripped away.' Can Minnesota recover and take PWHL title tonight?

Taylor Heise knows how cruel hockey gods can be. But the PWHL Minnesota forward never felt that sting as sharply as she did in Game 4 of the Walter Cup series, which will be decided tonight.