Staff Directory 10644451

Rachel Blount

Reporter/Columnist | Sports
phone: 612-673-4389
Rachel Blount is a sports and general assignment reporter, with a particular emphasis on Olympic sports.
Recent content from Rachel Blount
U volleyball coasts into regional semifinal by routing Hawaii

U volleyball coasts into regional semifinal by routing Hawaii

The Gophers have to refocus after an injury to Hawaiian star disrupts flow.
U makes quick work of Fighting Hawks to open NCAA volleyball

U makes quick work of Fighting Hawks to open NCAA volleyball

The Gophers steamrolled their way past North Dakota to win their 32nd consecutive home match.
Gophers volleyball star Wilhite learns to unleash her inner beast

Gophers volleyball star Wilhite learns to unleash her inner beast

The once-shy Gophers star accepted a challenge to be a dominant force. It's working.
Florida State overpowers Gophers women at both ends of court

Florida State overpowers Gophers women at both ends of court

After starting the season 4-0, the Gophers dropped their third straight game as they couldn't keep up with No. 8-ranked Florida State.
Gophers volleyball team named No. 2 overall seed for NCAA tournament

Gophers volleyball team named No. 2 overall seed for NCAA tournament

The Gophers played North Dakota on Sept. 16, their first-round opponent at home Friday, beating the Fighting Hawks 3-1 in their first home match of the season. They have gone 13-0 at the Sports Pavilion, extending their home unbeaten streak to two full seasons.
Wagner, newcomers combine to lead Gophers over Harvard

Wagner, newcomers combine to lead Gophers over Harvard

Carlie Wagner was one of six Gophers to finish in double figures during the 103-87 rout over the Crimson.
New Gophers women's basketball lineup still taking shape

New Gophers women's basketball lineup still taking shape

Junior guard Carlie Wagner is the only player assured of a place in the starting lineup. The rest, coach Marlene Stollings hopes, will be spread equitably among a fast group.
More roster roulette: 4 new players join Wild for road trip

More roster roulette: 4 new players join Wild for road trip

Reinforcements came four deep Wednesday, and their presence was enough to brighten coach Bruce Boudreau's mood, even while star Zach Parise remains sidelined.
Gophers' team effort too much for North Dakota in 2-0 victory

Gophers' team effort too much for North Dakota in 2-0 victory

With a superb all-around effort Saturday — anchored by the goaltending of Eric Schierhorn — the No. 13 Gophers beat No. 3 North Dakota 2-0 in a tense matchup fitting for the two teams.
Nothing separates Gophers North Dakota in 5-5 tie

Nothing separates Gophers North Dakota in 5-5 tie

The Gophers fell behind North Dakota by two goals in the first eight minutes, then rallied repeatedly to record only the 16th tie in a series that has spanned 292 games.
'We know what's at stake': Gophers-North Dakota hockey rivalry resumes

'We know what's at stake': Gophers-North Dakota hockey rivalry resumes

Friday, the Gophers and North Dakota will open their first regular-season series since conference realignment drove them apart in 2013.
Wild rookie Eriksson Ek slow to smile, quick to score

Wild rookie Eriksson Ek slow to smile, quick to score

Serious and focused, rookie Joel Eriksson Ek already is proving to be a quick study. Now about those goal celebrations ...
Coach says Lynx not too old to keep winning next season

Coach says Lynx not too old to keep winning next season

But age questions already being raised for 2017.
Sparks survive furious finish to beat Lynx for WNBA championship

Sparks survive furious finish to beat Lynx for WNBA championship

The Lynx led by six at halftime in a head-spinning game that featured 24 lead changes and 11 ties in front of a crowd of 19,423 The lead changed hands four times in the final 23.4 seconds before Nneka Ogwumike's game-winning basket.
Lynx coach rips officials for simple blunders

Lynx coach rips officials for simple blunders

Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve unloaded on WNBA officials after her team's 77-76 loss in Game 5, criticizing them for not calling a shot clock violation on Los Angeles with 1 minute, 12 seconds left in the game.
Lynx looking to take their place with WNBA's greatest dynasty

Lynx looking to take their place with WNBA's greatest dynasty

With a victory over Los Angeles in Game 5 of the WNBA Finals, the Lynx can join the Houston Comets as the only teams to win four titles. "They were my favorite team," Maya Moore said.
Sparks hopeful Game 4 loss vs. Lynx will prove a growing experience

Sparks hopeful Game 4 loss vs. Lynx will prove a growing experience

Sunday's 85-79 loss, Los Angeles coach Brian Agler said, gave the inexperienced team a taste of what to expect in the deciding game at Target Center.
'Maya just makes plays:' Moore unfazed by high stakes of finals

'Maya just makes plays:' Moore unfazed by high stakes of finals

Coach Cheryl Reeve joked that the only thing that rattles Moore is when she gets taken out of the game. Not even a handful of mistakes could slow her in Game 4.
Lynx survive frantic final minutes in Los Angeles, force Game 5 in WNBA Finals

Lynx survive frantic final minutes in Los Angeles, force Game 5 in WNBA Finals

The Lynx reversed form completely from their lackluster Game 3, giving themselves a chance to play for a second consecutive WNBA title Thursday at Target Center.
Lynx know what to do to survive, and push WNBA Finals to Game 5

Lynx know what to do to survive, and push WNBA Finals to Game 5

To push the series to a Game 5 at Target Center — and give themselves a shot at a second consecutive league title — the Lynx must take a deep breath and move forward.
Lynx's bid for repeat hits a wall after 'soft' performance in loss to L.A.

Lynx's bid for repeat hits a wall after 'soft' performance in loss to L.A.

The reigning champion Lynx were forced to battle uphill all of Game 3 after a big first quarter gave the Sparks control in Los Angeles, and a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series.
Lynx reserves could be pivotal for remainder of WNBA Finals

Lynx reserves could be pivotal for remainder of WNBA Finals

To win on the road, the Lynx need much more from Natasha Howard, Renee Montgomery, Jia Perkins, Janel McCarville and Anna Cruz.
Board crashers: Lynx's rebounding edge could swing WNBA Finals

Board crashers: Lynx's rebounding edge could swing WNBA Finals

Strength on the boards was part of an overall defensive effort by the Lynx that evened the best-of-five series, which resumes Friday in Los Angeles.
Lynx rediscover winning ways in Game 2 over LA

Lynx rediscover winning ways in Game 2 over LA

The Lynx got the victory they desperately needed behind Maya Moore's 21 points, evening the WNBA Finals series 1-1 with Los Angeles.
Lynx must avoid mistakes in Game 2 that doomed them in finals opener

Lynx must avoid mistakes in Game 2 that doomed them in finals opener

Coach Cheryl Reeve already had seen an encore performance of a game she called "a head-scratcher,'' looking at the video to catalog the shortcomings that gave the Sparks a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series.
Lynx lose Game 1 on buzzer-beater; Reeve cites 'bad plays that cost us'

Lynx lose Game 1 on buzzer-beater; Reeve cites 'bad plays that cost us'

Before Alana Beard's game-winning shot, silencing most in the crowd of 12,113 for Game 1 of the WNBA finals, the Lynx were undone by turnovers and defensive miscues,
Sparks hold Lynx's Moore scoreless in first half

Sparks hold Lynx's Moore scoreless in first half

Moore entered the game averaging 25.7 points in the playoffs, and she averaged 18.7 against the Sparks in three regular-season games. Sunday, the Sparks held her without a basket on four first-half shots before Moore hit seven of 10 in the second, finishing with 18 points.
This season already unforgettable to Lynx players

This season already unforgettable to Lynx players

The Lynx set a franchise record with 28 regular-season victories and a WNBA mark by starting 13-0.
Lynx coach Reeve says WNBA Finals could turn on little things

Lynx coach Reeve says WNBA Finals could turn on little things

Both teams are so evenly matched and know each other so well that games are likely to be decided by details such as free throws or execution out of a timeout.
Strong message sent: Graovac waived

Strong message sent: Graovac waived

Coach Bruce Boudreau shows he isn't afraid to move underperformers.
Sweeping Phoenix: Lynx take another step toward a big goal

Sweeping Phoenix: Lynx take another step toward a big goal

The Lynx' mastery over talent-rich Phoenix made them the first WNBA team to make the finals five times, with all five appearances coming in the past six years.
Moore relishes challenge of sweeping Phoenix in WNBA semifinals

Moore relishes challenge of sweeping Phoenix in WNBA semifinals

Despite a pair of double-digit triumphs at Xcel Energy Center, the Lynx understand how tough it is to deliver the knockout blow
Firmed-up defense leads Lynx to brink of WNBA finals

Firmed-up defense leads Lynx to brink of WNBA finals

Minnesota defeated Phoenix 96-86 to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five semifinals at the Xcel Energy Center.
Lynx honored: Cheryl Reeve, Sylvia Fowles win top WNBA awards

Lynx honored: Cheryl Reeve, Sylvia Fowles win top WNBA awards

Reeve was named WNBA coach of the year for the second time and 6-foot-6 center Sylvia Fowles was named the top defensive player for the third time in her career.
Well-rested Lynx demolish Phoenix in Game 1 with 113-point outburst

Well-rested Lynx demolish Phoenix in Game 1 with 113-point outburst

Over the past 10 days, Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve kept shooting down speculation that the long break before starting the playoffs could somehow be bad for her team in the WNBA semifinals.
Wait is over as Lynx open WNBA semifinals against surging Phoenix

Wait is over as Lynx open WNBA semifinals against surging Phoenix

While the Lynx rested and practiced, the Mercury roared through road victories over Indiana and New York, starting the playoffs on a powerful note after a rocky regular season.
Lynx get a new home to open playoffs

Lynx get a new home to open playoffs

Their first two games in the semifinals will be at the transformed X.
New Johnnies quarterback getting first taste of bitter St. Thomas rivalry

New Johnnies quarterback getting first taste of bitter St. Thomas rivalry

Though he's only been at St. John's for nine months, Jackson Erdmann knows all about the craziness that engulfs the campus when the Johnnies play St. Thomas.
Lynx center Fowles doesn't let criticism from Reeve get to her

Lynx center Fowles doesn't let criticism from Reeve get to her

Under the prodding of head Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve, Sylvia Fowles won the league's top defensive player award again.
Lynx finish regular season with victory and record

Lynx finish regular season with victory and record

Their postseason opener isn't until Sept. 28, but they will keep busy until then.
Canterbury live racing handle goes up, but misses goals for 2016

Canterbury live racing handle goes up, but misses goals for 2016

The track lowers its take, but a bump in betting on live racing disappoints.
National TV viewers will get their own U.S. Bank Stadium experience

National TV viewers will get their own U.S. Bank Stadium experience

U.S. Bank Stadium was built with its wider audience in mind. NBC's "Sunday Night Football" plans to make it one big showcase this weekend.
Refusing to give up, Eagan's Weggemann on her way to Paralympics

Refusing to give up, Eagan's Weggemann on her way to Paralympics

For five months, she was out of the water—where she found strength after she was paralyzed n 2008—and nearly out of hope that her swimming career could continue.
Final ceremony in rain fails to douse Rio's Olympic flame

Final ceremony in rain fails to douse Rio's Olympic flame

The joyful Closing Ceremony crowd at Maracana Stadium radiated pride in Rio's ability to pull off the Games.
St. Paul's Gwen Jorgensen wins Olympic triathlon

St. Paul's Gwen Jorgensen wins Olympic triathlon

After a year of complete focus on the Rio Games, Gwen Jorgensen of St. Paul made sure the Olympic triathlon played out exactly as she wanted. She won the gold medal in her usual fashion: by dusting the field with her devastating run.
Hassan Mead slips to 11th in men's 5,000 meters final in Rio; Mo Farah has double-double

Hassan Mead slips to 11th in men's 5,000 meters final in Rio; Mo Farah has double-double

Former Gophers runner Hassan Mead made a move with four laps to go. But when the bell rang signaling the final lap he appeared to labor.
Blankenship 8th in 1,500; Centrowitz grabs historic gold for America

Blankenship 8th in 1,500; Centrowitz grabs historic gold for America

The former U runner took eighth in the 1,500 meters.
Four focused years prepared Jorgensen for Olympic triathlon

Four focused years prepared Jorgensen for Olympic triathlon

Gwen Jorgensen didn't balk at training for one more Olympic run after 2012 setback in London. The triathlete from St. Paul has eyes on gold for Saturday's race.
St. Cloud's Alise Post wins silver medal in BMX racing at Rio

St. Cloud's Alise Post wins silver medal in BMX racing at Rio

While not her desired result, St. Cloud's Alise Post is happy with second

St. Francis native led her family on quite the journey to Rio

Kiana Eide moved from St. Francis to suburban Chicago and trained eight hours a day. She will receive the ultimate payoff Saturday, when she competes for the U.S. in rhythmic gymnastics.
Three Lynx in double figures as U.S. women advance to gold medal game

Three Lynx in double figures as U.S. women advance to gold medal game

Seimone Augustus started in place of injured Sue Bird, and the Americans overcame another slow start to move into Saturday's gold medal game against Spain.
Walsh Jennings goes out a winner with bronze medal

Walsh Jennings goes out a winner with bronze medal

Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross rebounded Wednesday, beating the Brazilian team of Larissa and Talita 2-1 to claim the bronze medal in beach volleyball.
Americans show passion in men's volleyball sweep of Poland

Americans show passion in men's volleyball sweep of Poland

Confidence, heart are booming as team enters semifinal round.
Close at the half: Moore's 19 points leads US women to 46-point win

Close at the half: Moore's 19 points leads US women to 46-point win

Lynx star Maya Moore scored 19 points as Japan made it a game against the U.S. women's basketball team until the Americans found their groove.
St. Cloud BMX rider holds close to her mom's spirit in Rio

St. Cloud BMX rider holds close to her mom's spirit in Rio

St. Cloud native Alise Post has high hopes for an Olympic medal in BMX, and rides to honor her late mother.
Former Gophers runner Blankenship qualifies for 1,500-meter semifinals

Former Gophers runner Blankenship qualifies for 1,500-meter semifinals

The last time the track world gathered for the Olympics, Blankenship was enduring a year filled with injuries.
U.S. women's water polo earns battle scars on way to semifinals

U.S. women's water polo earns battle scars on way to semifinals

The U.S. women have charged through the Olympic tournament, going 4-0 and outscoring their opponents 47-17. They weren't bothered by another ill-mannered Brazilian crowd — "We enjoyed their booing,'' Makenzie Fischer said — or by the rough play.
Chaska's Andy Bisek ousted after Greco-Roman quarterfinals

Chaska's Andy Bisek ousted after Greco-Roman quarterfinals

The Chaska wrestler went 1-1, and opponent's next loss ended his tourney.
Crime, doping, long lines, vacant seats: Welcome to Rio's first week

Crime, doping, long lines, vacant seats: Welcome to Rio's first week

Several problems spotlighted before the Olympics - and a few new ones - have stubbornly refused to yield the stage during the first week in Rio.
Chaska's Bisek prepared and confident as Olympic bout nears

Chaska's Bisek prepared and confident as Olympic bout nears

Andy Bisek, the two-time world championships bronze medalist, ranked No. 5 in the world in the Greco-Roman 75-kilogram weight class, opens against Yurisandi Hernandez Rios of Cuba.
Arden Hills' Kelly Catlin and U.S. pursuit team take cycling silver medal

Arden Hills' Kelly Catlin and U.S. pursuit team take cycling silver medal

Britain posts a world record in taking gold from Arden Hills' Catlin and Co.
Arden Hills' Catlin is conditioned for the chase in team pursuit

Arden Hills' Catlin is conditioned for the chase in team pursuit

Adren Hills' Kelly Catlin, a newcomer to U.S. pursuit team, is up to gold medal challenge
Arden Hills' Catlin, teammates briefly set world record in women's pursuit prelim

Arden Hills' Catlin, teammates briefly set world record in women's pursuit prelim

For about five minutes Saturday morning, the U.S. held the world record in women’s team pursuit. Kelly Catlin of Arden Hills and teammates Sarah Hammer,…
David Plummer's swim puts him line for medley relay medal

David Plummer's swim puts him line for medley relay medal

Plymouth's David Plummer could wind up with a gold to go with his bronze after helping the U.S. into the 4x100-meter medley relay finals.
Biles rises above for gymnastics all-around gold

Biles rises above for gymnastics all-around gold

Simone Biles lived up to the expectations by taking top honors in the women's all-around while teammate Aly Raisman got some redemption by grabbing silver.
Heptathlete Heather Miller-Koch is used to doing it all in track and life

Heptathlete Heather Miller-Koch is used to doing it all in track and life

Heptathlete Heather Miller-Koch has juggled jobs, sports looking for edge
Auriemma sticks up for victories as U.S. rolls again

Auriemma sticks up for victories as U.S. rolls again

As the U.S. shoots for a sixth consecutive gold medal in women's basketball the question was (again) raised: Is a team this good ultimately bad for the game?
Prediction becomes reality: Obanana living dream in Rio Olympics

Prediction becomes reality: Obanana living dream in Rio Olympics

Paula Lynn Obanana never gave up on her goal - and by making the Olympics she made a decade-old prediction come true.
Kalmoe hoping to win gold in final rowing race Thursday morning

Kalmoe hoping to win gold in final rowing race Thursday morning

Minneapolis native Megan Kalmoe, who helped the U.S. capture the world title in France last summer, is part of a foursome that will make a run at Olympic supremacy Wednesday.
A day after bronze, David Plummer soaks it all in

A day after bronze, David Plummer soaks it all in

The interviews, congratulations and celebration haven't stopped since Plummer became the first Gophers swimmer to win an Olympic medal for the U.S.
'Final Five' almost flawless in bringing home the gymnastics gold

'Final Five' almost flawless in bringing home the gymnastics gold

The American women were as dominant as expected in Tuesday's team competition, blowing past runner-up Russia by more than eight points to take their second consecutive team gold at the Summer Games.
'A long hard road': Plummer wins bronze in 100 backstroke

'A long hard road': Plummer wins bronze in 100 backstroke

At age 30, David Plummer was the oldest first-time Olympian on the U.S. men's swim team since 1904. He also was the first Gophers swimmer to make it in 52 years.
Martha Karolyi to leave U.S. gymnastics program in good shape

Martha Karolyi to leave U.S. gymnastics program in good shape

The star quality Martha Karolyi infused into the U.S. program won't fade when she steps away.
Minnesotan Plummer brings 2nd-fastest time to tonight's backstroke final

Minnesotan Plummer brings 2nd-fastest time to tonight's backstroke final

As a 30-year-old Olympic rookie, Plummer has become a favorite story line on the U.S. men's swim team. He swims for the gold medal Monday night.
U.S. fencer wants to be an 'image' for black Muslim women in 'tough political environment'

U.S. fencer wants to be an 'image' for black Muslim women in 'tough political environment'

In her teens, Muhammad was mostly interested in using fencing as a path to an elite college. She began to see a more universal goal as she rose up the national ranks.
Read our comment standards

StarTribune.com welcomes and encourages readers to comment and engage in substantive, mutually respectful exchanges over news topics. Commenters must follow our Terms of Use.

  1. Keep it civil and stay on topic.
  2. No profanity, vulgarity, racial slurs or personal attacks.
  3. Comments with web links are not permitted.
  4. Comments that violate the above will be removed. Repeat violators may lose their commenting privileges on StarTribune.com.

Comments will be reviewed before being published.

More from Star Tribune