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Patrick Reusse

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New head coach Derrin Lamker took a celebratory shower on the field after Augsburg’s victory over Martin Luther on Sunday.

Reusse: Long-suffering Augsburg wins game, declares itself 'MIAC champions'

Augsburg's football team won only one conference games in 2018 and 2019. So beating tiny Martin Luther over the weekend called for an outsized celebration.
Gophers baseball coach John Anderson partially attributes his team’s 4-20 record to a “COVID Crash,” limiting games played leading up to the Big

Reusse: Last-place Gophers baseball team falls victim to 'COVID crash'

The Gophers have lost a half-dozen games by outrageous scores, including 21-5 to Michigan on Friday, and are currently last in the Big Ten.
Minnesota Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin

Reusse: Wild stalwart Brodin plays on and on, and ever so gracefully

Only 27, talented Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin is nearing 600 games played in the NHL.
Rocco Baldelli

Reusse: Caution would have made Baldelli a great doctor, but ... he's a manager

A lament about the Twins manager giving his players a lot of "time off their feet," and the problems that Rocco Baldelli has created by being so cautious.
Maybe Alex Rodriguez can help bring some new energy to Minnesota and our local sports.

Reusse: Maybe Alex Rodriguez, of all people, can help restore Minnesota pride

Awful week, awful year. A-Rod? Awful past, but it's time we tried something new.
The St. John’s baseball field in 1923. By then, the Johnnies and Tommies baseball teams had been playing each other for more than a decade.

Reusse: Baseball field might be the final chapter in St. John's-St. Thomas rivalry

These schools could play again in the conference tournament, but if not, don't expect another Johnnies-Tommies competition in any sport any time soon.
Twins Byron Buxton celebrated after hitting a homer in the fifth inning.

Reusse: Morneau knows what he's seeing in Buxton

Former Twins standout Justin Morneau sees confidence, clarity in current Twins standout Byron Buxton. "He looks like a hitter with full confidence," Morneau said.
Twins pitcher Jose Berrios delivered a pitch in the third inning during the Twins home opener against the Seattle Mariners

Reusse: Economics, pitching. So much change since 1st home opener

Owner Calvin Griffith celebrated the first Twins opener 60 years ago by saying he was "disappointed by the size of the crowd." The $4 tickets were a bit much for some.
Don Brose holds Minnesota State’s 1980 NCAA Division II men’s hockey trophy with captain Steve Forliti (left) and Steve Loomis (right).

Reusse: Old, outdoor rivalry between St. Cloud State, Mankato returns at Frozen Four

The Huskies and Mavericks will meet Thursday in Pittsburgh in the NCAA semifinals, continuing a rivalry that dates to outdoor rinks in the 1970s.
The Twins received top bill in the next day’s paper after knocking off the Yankees in dramatic fashion on July 11, 1965

Reusse: Radio calls can capture Twins' memorable moments

The turnstile count at Met Stadium on July 11, 1965 was 35,253. And you know what the rest of baseball-loving Midwesterners did that afternoon? We listened on the radio.
Mountain Iron-Buhl reached the Class A final at the state tournament in 2017.

Reusse: Small-town tales. Mountain Iron-Buhl, Sleepy Eye St. Mary's make state

The Iron Range school has the same coach for its boys' and girls' teams; the one from southern Minnesota is sending its boys and girls to state despite a tiny enrollment.
Former Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau

Reusse: Pitino got a pass that Thibodeau and Childress didn't

The kindness shown toward Richard Pitino's departure was quite a contrast to the treatment received by a couple of coaches who actually improved their teams.
Derek Falvey backs development unique to each player.

Year 5 under Falvey, Twins keep breaking norms to develop talent

Using the 40-man roster, revamping minor-league operations and employees with new job titles and responsibilities are a big part of what Derek Falvey has brought to the Twins.
Jhoan Duran is one of several young Twins pitching prospects the club needs to start claiming roster spots.

Reusse: Time for Twins to develop young pitchers instead of acquiring old ones

The Twins have made a habit of bringing in older pitchers to fill out their rotation, and it's time for them to commit to a different tactic.
Lori, Yevette, Clem, Clemette and Brent Haskins all got their arms around the Big Ten trophy during a home celebration before the Gophers’ final hom

Reusse: Past Gophers basketball teams deserve to be celebrated by today's standards

What better way to ring in the future under Ben Johnson than by embracing the NCAA-ignored past?
The Twins’ Mitch Garver says the reason many teams are splitting catching duties in equal hunks than in the past goes well beyond the physical wear.

Mental strain leading teams to split catching duties, Garver says

"Catching is so much harder, more complicated, than in the past,'' Mitch Garver said. "We are using so many more pitchers and the stuff they are throwing is so much better."
A.J. Pierzynski is feeling fine at age 44: “I could get in the catcher’s gear and play a baseball game right now.”

Reusse: Twins in no hurry to bring back the days of the ironman catcher

Not so long ago, A.J. Pierzynski started 131 games for the Twins. This season, they might have two backstops reach half that total.
The now-departed pool for the Ascension Swim club in north Minneapolis had four lanes and was 20 yards in length.

Reusse: DeLaSalle's ascension to state swim title began at Ascension

Four of the five swimmers on the 1979 Islanders developed at the Ascension Swim Club in a little pool in north Minneapolis.
Matt Canterino, drafted by the Twins out of Rice in the second round in 2019, is 23 and has pitched just 25 official innings as a pro.

Reusse: Twins' pitching prospects show they put in work during lost season

Despite no games in the minor leagues last season because of the pandemic, some took advantage of the shutdown period to work on pitches and get stronger.
Mitch Garver takes a swing during a spring training game.

Reusse: Garver's descent from Silver Slugger to season that 'didn't happen'

What happened that took Mitch Garver from the best hitting catcher in the American League to a .167 average and two homers in 2020? Can he regain his swagger?
Richard Pitino spent some time with his father, Richard, after a Gophers game in 2013 at Williams Arena.

Reusse: Rick Pitino long ago set in motion his son's demise at the U

The real blight on Richard Pitino's coaching in his last season was allowing a team that couldn't shoot to fire away on three-pointers, as if he was a 4-year-old watching his father's teams.
Twins outfielders’ gloves sat on the grass during spring training in Fort Myers, Fla.

Reusse: Canterino and Winder show their stuff

Minor leaguers have lively batting practice session
Fans left the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif., after the Pelicans-Kings game on March 11, 2020 was postponed at the last minute over an “abund

Reusse: A year after shutdown, rays of light creeping in

We can finally see the finish line after a most unsettling year.
Wild forward Kirill Kaprizov skated against Arizona in a mostly empty Xcel Energy Center on Friday night. Soon fans in Minnesota can witness the elect

Reusse: As fans return to seats, so does giddy anticipation

After an anguished year, Minnesota's pro sports teams look so much better in person.
Patrick Reusse says the Twins should do right by their older fans and be able to purchase vaccines for their players so that fans, especially “shut-

Reusse: Baseball should get vaccines for its players, for Sid's sake

The time is here for MLB to be allowed to purchase 7,500 doses – 250 per team – and greatly increase the chances of a season that starts April 1 and proceeds with minimal disruptions.
JT Riddle has played 246 big league games and could add much needed infield depth for a Twins roster that is thin behind Josh Donaldson and Andrelton

Reusse: Riddle could solve Twins' search for infield depth

The 29-year-old lefthanded hitter has 246 games in the big leagues, most with Miami, the team that drafted him in 2013, and 23 with Pittsburgh last season.
New Twin Kyle Garlick has 42 games of major league experience with the Dodgers and Phillies.

Garlick's power might be strong enough to convince Twins brainiacs

The Twins' true interest in outfielder Kyle Garlick will be clear when they are looking for spots on the 40-man roster in order to add a couple of spring training invitees to the Opening Day 26.
The annual preseason rush is upon Stan Steuter at the Golf Club Hospital in Minneapolis. He has been the owner since 1982.

Reusse: Stan Steuter, the golf club doctor, is always in

A farm kid, Stan Steuter was always good with tools. He took to fixing golf clubs and by the early 1980s he bought The Golf Club Hospital on 43rd and Bryant, where it still is today.
Mark Pavelich, in 1987.

Reusse: Teammates' memories of Pavelich date to Iron Range, UMD and Olympics

"This is tough for all of us," said Buzz Schneider, an Olympic linemate of Mark Pavelich, the former hockey star who was found dead Thursday at a mental health treatment center.
JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Fla.

Reusse: Twins aren't playing Astros in Cocoa any more, Dorothy

Gene Mauch would lobby for more innings in exhibitions. Rocco Baldelli wrangled for five innings Saturday, and was happy with two.
Any attempt to explain Miguel Sano’s alarming decline as a 27-year-old in the virus-shortened season of 2020 must start with his timing on handling

Reusse: It's early, but Twins need to check Sano's timing on fastballs

Any attempt to explain Miguel Sano's alarming decline in the virus-shortened 2020 season must start with an understanding the four-seam fastball.
Todd Hoffner

Reusse: MSU Mankato's 'Friendship League' filling D-II football void

Mavericks football coach Todd Hoffner talked with the Northern Sun about the possibility of spring games. Any competition had to be arranged among schools, and thus a plan was hatched.
Richard Pitino’s days as Gophers head coach could be numbered. He’s made it through difficult seasons before, but Thursday’s ugly home loss to N

Reusse: Pitino needs to go, regardless of how Gophers finish season

The athletic department's financial troubles and the pandemic complications should not stand in the way of Richard Pitino's dismissal
Betty Gibson, second from left

From International Falls to the Gophers, Betty Gibson had a passion for hockey

The longtime fan of the Minnesota program died Sunday in Rochester at age 89. Her roots go back to when high school hockey first came to the border community.
Khris Middleton of the Bucks tried to drive past Timberwolves guard Jordan McLaughlin on Tuesday night in Milwaukee.

Reusse: NBA stacked against 'always building' teams like the Wolves

It's cold and depressing as a lowly member of the ABA — the Always Building Association — but it seems to be the Timberwolves' destiny in the most-unforgiving of pro sports leagues.
Graig Nettles, who got his start with the Twins, became a star third baseman in New York.

Reusse: Twins' trade of Nettles ranks near top of franchise mistakes

David "Big Papi" Ortiz is No. 1 for a Twins batter blunder, no question, but a nominee for No. 2 is Graig Nettles.
Trevor Plouffe, left, and Brian Dozier had some good times, and some tough ones, together with the Twins.

Reusse: Why modern baseball is unkind to thirty-somethings like Dozier, Plouffe

A player who would have been signing a contract extension in the spring of 2018 to stick around into the next decade at sizable dollars appears to face two unfortunate options in 2021.
Andrew Albers, in 2016

Reusse: Albers joining Twins for third time — if he can get out of Canada

Coming off three seasons in Japan, lefty Andrew Albers will be heading for Fort Myers as soon as pandemic travel issues allow him to leave Saskatchewan.
Just three games this season for the Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda Coyotes will be played in Fulda.

Reusse: In Fulda, the Raiders happily take a partner and a new name

As family farms continue toward extinction and small town populations further age, civic determination keeps the doors open to schools that carry the hometown name.
Gophers coach Richard Pitino

Reusse: Gophers could fire and rehire Pitino, and sell it as a reboot

Gophers basketball has been the same product for years, no matter the coach.
The Gophers’ Stephanie Samedy (10) was selected as the National Player of the Week on Wednesday.

Reusse: Samedy is latest bright star among many in U volleyball history

Honors have been constant since Stephanie Samedy arrived in 2017 as one of the nation's top recruits. The senior is now trying to influence the next generation of Gophers.
Orono basketball coach Barry Wohler with players Isaiah Hagen and Connor Chappell.

Reusse: Barry Wohler's journey from three-sport U recruit to prep coach

The athletic standout from Bird Island was recruited by the Gophers, got drafted by the Dodgers and is now the long-time boys' basketball coach at Orono.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive tackle Joe Haeg.

Reusse: Stolski on Haeg, Nanne on McCoy, and a few books

Here's reading material for Super Sunday, and beyond.
Fans watched the Toronto Blue Jays take on the Twins at Hammond Stadium prior to last year’s spring training being shut down.

Reusse: Modern baseball devoid of any of the game's past charm

A despondent baseball lifer looks at the modern game and the people in charge of it and shakes his head at the product being produced.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, arguing with umpire Hunter Wendelstedt, gave up the aggravations of being a baseball manager. Now son Toby is following

Reusse: Gardenhire said 'I'm done' but he's found lots to do

Ron Gardenhire announced his retirement Sept. 19, eight games before the end of the Tigers season. He might be done managing baseball but he won't be far from a diamond.
When Caleb Truax topped James DeGale for the IBF World Super Middleweight Championship in 2017, it was the biggest upset of the year. On Saturday, on

Reusse: Osseo boxer Caleb Truax has another shot to shock the world

The University of Minnesota grad knows a thing or two about being a long shot in a title fight, and coming out on top.
To La Velle E. Neal III from Uncle Pat: Being a columnist is easy, if you follow this advice

To La Velle E. Neal III from Uncle Pat: Being a columnist is easy, if you follow this advice

The longtime Twin Cities sports columnist has gathered more than a few tricks of the trade over the years, and the time has come to pass them on to the newest member of the fraternity.
Lou Gelfand, former Star Tribune’s Reader Representative.

Reusse: NFL needs its Lou Gelfand to call out blunders

The media can't get head coaches to admit to grievous errors, so the time has come for a fan's representative to insist on it.
New York Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau

Reusse: Thibs is doing his thing with the Knicks in New York

Former Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau, as usual, is riding with high-minutes from his best players in New York. And the Knicks are winning.
Wild left wing Kirill Kaprizov made a nifty move between his legs toward the net in the third period Friday night.

Reusse: With late burst, Kaprizov offers glimpse of what could come for Wild

Kirill Kaprizov did not have a shot on goal through two periods Friday night at Xcel Energy Center. Then came the fun.
Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley (5) intercepted a third quarter pass intended for Orlando center Nikola Vucevic (9), who was defended by Timberwolves

Reusse: Amid the loneliness, Wolves steal a magical defeat

Victory was so certain that Alan Horton was relied on to carry it home. The Rosas-ians failed him again.
Flags representing people unable to attend the presidential inauguration of Joe Biden on the National Mall in Washington on Inauguration Day, Wednesda

Reusse: Like America, sports world also needs a good dose of healing

There was a fresh start Wednesday in Washington, and there should be a desire for this to carry over to sports, which kicked off this week with more embarrassment.
August 2, 1977: Minnesota‘s Butch Wynegar

Reusse: The day Elvis died, that was just part of the story in Baltimore

August 16, 1977 might be remembered for the death of a rock and roll legend, but followers of the Minnesota Twins might remember there was more.
Goalkeeper Geoff Barnett during a game for the Kicks in 1978.

Former Kicks goalkeeper and coach Geoff Barnett dies at 74

The native of England was part of the original NASL powerhouse in 1976.
Gophers  defenseman Jackson LaCombe (2) celebrated with teammates after scoring a goal during the first period Friday.

Reusse: Resurgent Gophers hockey quieting many anxious voices

Friday night's home-ice hiccup aside, Bob Motzko and chief recruiter Garrett Raboin have heard many fewer voices second-guessing Gophers hockey than was the case a decade ago.
Fred Roufs (center) with Minnesota State Mankato wrestlers Paul Selman and Malcolm Allen at a fundraising golf tournament for the university a couple

Fred Roufs, president of Minnesota Baseball Association, dies

Roufs, 73, became the MBA president in May as amateur baseball was facing a shutdown due to the state's COVID-19 restrictions.
Josh Allen celebrated with Stefon Diggs after a touchdown connection against Indianapolis last Saturday.

Reusse: Can 'Josh Allen Experience' rescue Buffalo from Vikings-like futility?

The Bills and the Vikings have ardent fan bases and 0-4 Super Bowl records. The Buffalo zealots have a bit more of an edge to them.
Tony and Gordette Oliva, an unlikely pairing when they met in 1964, celebrated 53 years of marriage at their home in Bloomington last week.

Reusse: Class trip brings Tony and Gordette Oliva together, 53 years and counting

A group of South Dakota high school students came to the Twin Cities for a senior trip.
The Gophers celebrated a point during the NCAA volleyball quarterfinals against Louisville last season.

Reusse: Gophers volleyball returns to action and it's the best show in town

You know what makes top-level college volleyball great? It's the brand of volleyball the University of Minnesota has been playing for the last 25 years.
Hall of Famer Hank Aaron sat for a portrait after receiving his COVID-19 vaccination on Tuesday at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. Aaron

Reusse: Will America ever get all the way around the bases?

"This isn't really us," we kept hearing Wednesday about the violent mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol. But is that really so?
Hall of Famer Hank Aaron sat for a portrait after receiving his COVID-19 vaccination on Tuesday at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. Aaron

Reusse: Will America ever get around the bases?

Week of triumph in the South for the Hank Aarons of the world was shortlived.
Vikings kicker Dan Bailey during a Dec. 6 game against Jacksonville.

Reusse: NFL's 'fire coordinator' scam now covers special teams

Did the Vikings' Marwan Maalouf not tell Dan Bailey to make more kicks, or K.J. Osborn to stop bobbling punts?
Cutting the cord. Star Tribune illustration.

Reusse: Trying to keep up with local sports via streaming was a failure

FSN has disappeared from YouTubeTV and Hulu, meaning cord-cutters of all ages are unable to watch their favorite teams. This columnist has had it.
Marcus Carr,  the Gophers point guard, benefited from siting out a season as a transfer.

Reusse: Immediate eligibility for college hoops transfers not necessarily a good move

When transfer players are forced to sit out a year, their skills, maturity and comfort level within the new program are enhanced.
Reusse: The state of Minnesota football in 2020 was doubly brutal

Reusse: The state of Minnesota football in 2020 was doubly brutal

A decade ago, there was optimism within Gophers and Vikings football. This year, it was a large helping of embarrassment.
It’s Patrick Reusse’s 55th anniversary as a sportswriter.

Reusse: Sportswriting career of 55 years has outdistanced first pay cut

My first shift as a sportswriter was on Dec. 28, 1965. Fifty-five years as a sportswriter, as of Monday.
Gophers football players celebrated their decisive 27-10 victory over No. 1 Iowa on Nov. 5, 1960. The Gophers earned the national championship and a b

Reusse: 1960 was a most impactful year for Minnesota sports

COVID-19 might have canceled the 60-year celebrations of some momentous events here, but those events still deserve tribute.
D’Angelo Russell (left) and Malik Beasley provided competent three-point shooting against the Pistons, something often missing last season.

Reusse: Wolves stray from reputation by recovering from rocky start

The Wolves got off to a slow start with D'Angelo Russell benched after being late for a COVID test and finished by taking advantage of a Detroit rookie's mistakes.
Fans packed the Metrodome when the Timberwolves were born and played inside that beautiful bubble in 1989.

Reusse: How the Wolves went from first to worst in creating fan appetite

Attendance hit bottom, and then a pandemic hit. Where do these Wolves go from here?
Emily Shilson, in 2018

Reusse: Wrestling star Shilson keeps mom quiet by dominating on the mat

A below-radar phenomenon during the past decade has been the growth in girls' and women's wrestling. In 2019-20, Augsburg's Emily Shilson was the NCAA, WCWA (all colleges), Junior Nationals and USA Wrestling Under-23 champion at 109/110 pounds.
Amy Olson, far left, and husband Grant (to Amy’s left) were very close with Lee Olson, in the blue Wayzata football sweatshirt.

Reusse: LPGA's Olson was close to 'The General,' a dear father-in-law

We were rooting for Amy Olson as she tried to win the U.S. Women's Open after the weekend death of father-in-law Lee Olson, a well-known figure in Wayzata's youth sports community.
Mike Veeck, the man behind the Minnie Minoso “travesty,” is now more connected to the majors than ever..

Reusse: Veeck's brand expands with official affiliation with Twins

The St. Paul Saints are ending nearly three decades of existence as an independent, alternative entity.
George Tsamis’ status is up in the air, but his success with independent baseball, including an 18-year-run with the Saints, can’t be denied.

New Class AAA affiliation leaves Saints' George Tsamis on outside

George Tsamis pitched in 41 games as a lefthanded reliever for the 1993 Twins. That was his only big-league time in a pro career lasting…
Minnie and Paul on the current Twins logo.

Reusse: Twins, Saints bridge what once was a bitter baseball divide

Sports boosters in Minneapolis and St. Paul haven't always gotten along, but the teams' new arrangement seems to benefit both sides.
Aug. 11, 1976: Alan Merrick, captain of the Minnesota Kicks, hoisted his son, Adam, 4 years old, for a victory wave after the Kicks stomped the Los An

Reusse: Sorrow in Seattle? Minnesota soccer fans have been there

Seattle is the location where dreams of glory for Minnesota soccer fans become nightmares. The Loons loss wasn't the first chapter of disappointment.