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Patrick Reusse

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Reusse: Battle for Stearns County football supremacy shows St. John's the victor

The Johnnies remain a college football force while St. Cloud State has decided to pack up the program.
(From left) Host Lea B. Olson, Lindsay Whalen, Willard Ikola, Jim Gagliardi, John Randle, Randall McDaniel, host Anthony LaPanta and Star Tribune spor

Reusse: Hall of Fame class driven differently to same successful end

There was a quality beyond the norm to be found in all of this year's six people who were inducted in the Minnesota Sports Hall of Fame on Wednesday night.
Alex Goettl is one of 12 finalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy, which will be awarded Tuesday night in New York City.

Mankato linebacker finalist for college football's 'Academic Heisman'

MSU-Mankato linebacker Alex Goettl has a 3.93 grade-point average, and scored on an interception after figuring out an opponent's trick play during Saturday's Division II quarterfinals.
Hopkins guard Paige Bueckers, shown last season, is the No. 1 recruit in the country and bound for UConn.

Reusse: Hopkins guard Bueckers shows she's the real deal

Much like the Miller twins, Coco and Kelly, from Rochester Mayo two decades ago, Hopkins' Paige Bueckers is on another level.
Minnesota State Mankato coach Mike Hastings is in his eighth season with the Mavericks and has a contract that runs through 2027.

Reusse: One big thing still missing in Mankato's hockey turnaround

Minnesota State Mankato carries the No. 1 ranking in both men's college hockey polls but still has yet to win an NCAA tournament game. The Mavericks are 0-6 all time.
Reusse: MSU Mankato quarterbacks share the job — and team's success

Reusse: MSU Mankato quarterbacks share the job — and team's success

You've heard it a lot: "If you have two quarterbacks, you don't have one." Minnesota State thinks it has proof otherwise, as well as one of the nation's best Division II teams.
Dick Roe said of the Shelby Cobra wide-body: “They made 29 total and only two had the wide fenders — my VIN number was 2557, and the other was 255

Reusse: Ford joined life in fast lane in 1960s

The Shelby Ford started a rivalry with General Motors' Corvette in Sports Car Club of America racing in the United States, featured in the current movie "Ford vs. Ferrari," and also in "24 Hour War," from 2016.
Chicago Bears tight end Jesper Horsted, defended by Detroit Lions defensive back Will Harris, catches an 18-yard pass for a touchdown

Reusse: Roseville not surprised by Horsted's play with Bears

Jesper Horsted made an over-his-helmet, 18-yard touchdown reception Thursday.
Caledonia players continued the bleached blonde mohawk tradition as they cruised to a fourth consecutive Class 2A football championship last November.

Reusse: Caledonia's 67-game streak features a style more than hair

Traditions within Caledonia's football team run deep, from early mornings to tough practices to blond dye-jobs.
Turkeys on a Minnesota turkey farm.

Patrick Reusse's 2019 Turkey of the Year

A tradition since 1978: Here is Patrick Reusse's Thanksgiving Day column.
The Wild's Jordan Greenway celebrated his second-period goal, his second of the season, in a 3-2 victory over the Avalanche at Xcel Energy Center on T

Reusse: Enthusiastic fans? Determined skaters? Wild still has both

The sellout streak is over and the announced attendance of 17,574 was padded perhaps by a couple of thousand. But the alleged decline in interest in this team was not felt at the X.
Jazz forward Bojan Bogdanovic hit a fourth-quarter three-point shot, a welcome sight in this current NBA.

Reusse: In era of chucking threes, pure NBA shooters hard to find

There's a growing number of NBA players who are firing away from three-point range based on the analytical arithmetic, not on outside shooting skill.
Jim Beattie of St. Paul, left, boxed Charles Smith of Minneapolis in the Upper Midwest Golden Glove competition in 1960.

Reusse: All because Jim Beattie answered a boxing ad

Jim Beattie, who recently died at 77, was a 6-foot-9 heavyweight who had one of the most interesting stories you will find among Minnesota's home-state athletes.
Kelly Pfeifer, John Higgins and Eric Curry worked a game in Sioux Falls.

Reusse: A ref, a coach and a columnist walk into an arena ...

Patrick Reusse kicked off the college basketball season with a 475-mile round trip through threatening weather with veteran Division I official Eric Curry. Here's how it went.

Reusse: LeClair took on a bear; the result is in dispute

In 1974, Jim LeClair, a young linebacker with the Bengals from St. Paul, was convinced to accept the challenge to take on a wrestling bear.
Gophers defensive backs Antoine Winfield Jr. (11) and Chris Williamson were jubilant following their 52-10 victory over Maryland.

Reusse: Gophers football is latest target for 'Prove It' sect of fans

Do you need more evidence of Gophers and Vikings progress? Perhaps you're a member of the Prove-It-To-Me sect of Minnesota fans, who came into prominence during the Twins' season.

Reusse: St. Thomas football bids Northfield a 56-7 adieu

St. Olaf's major accomplishment was a touchdown at the end of the third quarter that ended a streak of being outscored 221-0 by the Tommies.

Reusse: The one that got away lives on in memories in Cambridge

The Minnesota prep football playoffs started in 1972. Conference champions were rated by a computer. And 45 years later, 60-year-old men from Cambridge still wonder about the process.
Hutchinson's head coach Andy Rostberg, in 2014

Reusse: Hutchinson football makes long-awaited return trip to state

Hutchinson and Marshall were both 8-0 in the regular season. Hutch was rated No. 1 in the final 4A ratings and Marshall at No. 8.
Defensive specialist Rachel Kilkelly, left, and libero CC McGraw collided while going for a dig in the first set against Indiana last month.

Reusse: Meet Gophers volleyball's newest leader: CC McGraw

Former Prior Lake star CC McGraw was 13 years old and competed with older players well enough to be offered a scholarship by the Gophers while she was still a ninth-grader.
Rutgers holder Cole Murphy pretended to shine the shoes of Scarlet Knights place kicker Justin Davidovicz on Saturday but it's hardly been fin and gam

Reusse: Delany's Rutgers/Big Ten idea was bad then and is worse now

Commissioner Jim Delany recruited Maryland and Rutgers to give the Big Ten an East Coast presence. Maryland brought a tolerable résumé. Rutgers seemed silly then and is a farce now.
Minneapolis Washburn players carried coach George Wemeier on the field at Met Stadium after winning the first high school football state championship

Reusse: Faith in players, keen mind carried Wemeier to prep football greatness

George Wemeier, whose Minneapolis Washburn teams went unbeaten for 60 games in the late 1960s and early '70s, died this week.
Disdaining the midrange jumper is now a requirement for Wolves coach Ryan Saunders, surrounded as he is by assistants he didn’t hire, in order to ri

Reusse: Wolves have new style and staff, but not the players to win

During the exhibition seasons, the Wolves showed themselves to be a collection of sub-mediocre shooters denting rims in Scottsdale, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Indianapolis and Milwaukee.
A member of the grounds crew striped the outfield at CHS Field in May

Reusse: MLB wants to downsize minors; is St. Paul a new option?

A report in Baseball America states MLB's aggressive proposal to the minor leagues calls for a reduction in affiliates from 160 to 120 and that St. Paul is one spot where MLB wants to place minor league affiliates.
St. John's quarterback Jackson Erdmann drove through St. Thomas' defense in the second quarter.

Reusse: St. John's O-line paves the way to victory

What led to Saturday's second-half domination was the manner in which the Johnnies offensive line destroyed the Tommies' pass rush.
March 19, 1939: Senators' President Clark Griffith (left).

Reusse: Griffiths got to enjoy only one championship in nation's capital

The only World Series title for the franchise had come in 1924, beating John McGraw's New York Giants 4-3 in 12 innings in the seventh game at Washington's Griffith Stadium.
St. John's fans waited for the game clock to run out before rushing onto the field after the Johnnies topped the Tommies 40-20 last fall. The football

Reusse: Most upset about St. Thomas leaving MIAC? It's the Johnnies

Since the drama started last spring that resulted in St. Thomas being asked to leave the conference, St. John's fans are feeling more angst than their Tommies counterparts.
Twins 'opener' Randy Dobnak started ALDS Game 2 against the Yankees.

Reusse: Idea for Twins rotation: four starters, one 'pairing'

One factor making this strategy viable is the move to a 26-player roster in 2020. That makes it basically a given that teams will have 13 pitchers from Opening Day through Aug. 31.
Dana Williams, left, and daughter Taylor are cheer and spirit squad pioneers.

Reusse: Good cheer was a process at the U

Gophers cheerleaders and dancers are letter-winning athletes with fully-staffed squads that perform at games and compete nationally. It was not always this way.
Stacey Green and Steve Frenzel take a selfie with Homer Hankies on their heads as fans prepared for Game 3.

Reusse: Despite playoff sweep, Twins brought relevance to long summer

In the Age of the Internet, there are people who watch baseball as if they are watching football, where every blip is a crisis. That's not how the 2019 Twins should be judged.
Certainly Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez and the Twins’ Miguel Sano had differing emotions Monday as they gazed into the sky to find Sano’s infield

Reusse: There is no Yankees jinx over Twins, just Yankees superiority

Even when the Twins proved plenty worthy by making the playoffs, the Yankees were simply a better ballclub.
Twins manager Rocco Baldelli talked with designated hitter Nelson Cruz, right, during the Twins workout on Sunday.

Reusse: Even a playoff flop would reflect positively on Baldelli

Rocco Baldelli's qualities as a manager don't appear to be enough to stop this Yankees lineup. But they assisted greatly in winning 101 games.
Yankees designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion has hit 17 home runs at Target Field — with five of those coming in his first four games at the then-new

Right at home: Encarnacion always enjoys hitting at Target Field

Yankees veteran slugger Edwin Encarnacion shares the lead for visiting home runs at the Twins ballpark.
Twins relief pitcher Randy Dobnak

Reusse: Game 2 starter Dobnak had big-league material well before joining Twins

A consistent release point has enabled rookie righthander Randy Dobnak to command his excellent sinker.
Wild owner Craig Leipold, left, hired Bill Guerin as the team’s general manager in August, but it’s not a move that will excite fans. Wins will.

Reusse: Wild needs to win more, score more to bring back buzz

Add dull to another season of subpar results by the Wild and that will put an end to the passion of the team's fans, even in the State of Hockey.
Jacque Jones (11) got a little recognition from his teammates after scoring in Game 4 of the 2002 American League Division Series against the Oakland

Reusse: As Twins reach playoffs, it's time to remember feisty 2002 club

As Rocco Baldelli's improbable sluggers prepare for a best-of-five division series vs. the Yankees, the '02 Twins remain the franchise's last to win a postseason series.
Michael Pineda

Reusse: Pineda's absence fits in with Twins playoff lore

Michael Pineda throwing the starting pitching options into disarray with a 60-game suspension for use of a banned substance has continued a Twins postseason tradition.
Luis Arraez became a fan-favorite in May when he hit .375 during a 10-game stretch.

Reusse: Did Twins' big surprise Arraez come out of nowhere? (No, Iowa)

It's hard to overstate what rookie Luis Arraez has meant to the Twins' lineup during this playoffs-bound season.
Hassani Dotson (31) of Minnesota United celebrated with teammates after scoring the winning goal.

Reusse: Loons join Minnesota's phenomenal summer playoff parade

A phenomenal summer on the Twin Cities sports scene got brighter Wednesday night at Allianz Field when Minnesota United earned its first-ever MLS playoff berth.
Taylor Rogers on Tuesday.

Lefty Taylor Rogers takes up where others in Twins history left off

He is following in the same steps as other Twins lefthanded closers.
University of Minnesota hockey player Jaxon Nelson was a budding star for Luverne in 2016.

Reusse: They grow college hockey players on the prairie now?

The results — namely, Jaxon Nelson and Chaz Smedsrud — of hockey fever hitting far southwestern Minnesota two decades ago are now appearing on college rosters.
Twins starting pitcher Kyle Gibson.

Reusse: Twins need Gibson at his best, but he's battling more than hitters

Kyle Gibson has yet to fully recover from E. coli he picked up last winter, which likely is tied to the colitis he was diagnosed with after the All-Star break.
Green Bay Packers fans stand near statues of Vince Lombardi, left, and Curly Lambeau in 2011

Reusse: Was Curly Lambeau a 'miserable' coach?

A least one former Packers player from the 1940s was no fan of the legendary coach.

Reusse: What if the Vikings, not Raiders, went to the AFL?

Sixty years ago, Minneapolis-St. Paul was among six franchises announced for the AFL before ultimately backing out and waiting out an invite to the NFL in 1961. But what if?
Willians Astudillo hit an RBI single during the second inning against the Royals in April.

Reusse: Celebrating a full year of free-swinging 'La Tortuga'

Willians Astudillo lives to swing the bat. He will play most anywhere on a diamond, anywhere that he's wanted, to get his hacks. Last September, he became a folk hero in Minnesota.
Jason Castro congratulated fellow catcher Mitch Garver after a game earlier this season.

Reusse: Twins catchers keep contributing, and give Baldelli credit

The catcher position has never been handled better than it has been by Rocco Baldelli and his staff. Garver has looked fresh and strong, and so has Castro, coming off a season when he had knee surgery.

Reusse: Winning Super Bowl would ruin Vikings fans' sweet angst

Winning when your fans have relied on angst for so long is dangerous stuff.
Twins relief pitcher Taylor Rogers

Reusse: The relief route is quicker path to majors for Twins pitching prospects

Pitchers are groomed to be starters, but after the rotation is set, "you're either a reliever or in the minors."
Reusse: For seasons of improbable success, Twins compare to '09 Vikings

Reusse: For seasons of improbable success, Twins compare to '09 Vikings

Aging players coming through in the clutch. Dynamic rookies. Emerging veterans. Injuries on defense. Does this sound familiar to you?
Vikings assistant head coach Gary Kubiak.

Reusse: Vikings needed help, and Kubiak was perfect for the job

Mike Zimmer and Rick Spielman needed to get real help for new offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski. Enter Gary Kubiak into a situation where jobs are on the line.
At first, most fans were skeptical about South Dakota State moving from Division II to Division I athletics. But the school has seen success and buolt

Reusse: Jackrabbits bringing 'Big Ten commitment' to battle with Gophers

South Dakota State made the move to Division I and along with that came the kind of facilities, including a $65 million football stadium, that you'd expect to see at a bigger-name school.
Twins third baseman Miguel Sano hit a solo home run on Friday, opening night of Players Weekend.

Reusse: Players Weekend uniforms latest example of overrated sports cuteness

The uniforms worn by big league players this weekend put a cap on an epidemic of cute that has taken over the Twin Cities sports market.
Twins starter Jose Berrios

Reusse: Berrios' failures are growing intolerable

August has been subpar for Twins ace Jose Berrios in the past, but this season it's been worse. The earned run average for this month is 8.44, but he hasn't pitched that well.
Taylor Reiss was the NCAA Division II athlete of the year.

Reusse: Minnesota volleyball player's drive leads to top Division II award

Growing up in rural Minnesota, Taylor Reiss established herself as a volleyball star who took on the role of much bigger players in college. "She was over-the-top in wanting to win," one of her coaches said.
Cuban boxer David Morrell Jr., now fighting out of the Circle Of Discipline gym in Minneapolis, waited 14 months for a visa to travel to the United St

Reusse: Has Minneapolis become the home of Cuba's best boxer ever

Ask David Morrell Jr. about his last tough fight and he'll tell you, "The only tough fight I've ever had was waiting 14 months in Mexico, waiting for the chance to live my dream." That's a title dream.
Cologne Hollanders manager Craig Pexa and Spring Hill's Gordon Barten settled a tie game by seeing who could shotgun a beer first. But there was a con

Reusse: Townball tradition rewarded amid tales of beer and cheese curds

The Cologne Hollanders townball team has rewarded its faithful followers in ways that set them apart from rivals and from baseball's mainstream. Their success is worth a look.
Yvette Woell, with assistant coach Bill Seifert, is a constant presence at Totino-Grace football practices and games. Her late daughter, Rachel, was a

Reusse: Clipboard-toting mom directs Totino-Grace football 'family' with daughter's devotion

Yvette Woell remains close to the Eagles program nearly five years after daughter Rachel's death.
When the Loons (top) and Saints are playing on the same night, as they did Wednesday night, there's an extra 30,000 or so fans spending money at or ne

Reusse: St. Paul's thriving summer sports scene all about a good time

It's a 35-minute train ride from the stop for Allianz Field to the last stop on the Green Line near CHS Field. And nobody's mad at the home teams who play in those stadiums.
Gophers coach P.J. Fleck answered questions during Big Ten football media days last month in Chicago.

Reusse: There's good reason for Gophers football's enthusiasm

When the No. 1 issue is deciding which terrific running back should get the most carries, it's an offensive show that should be enough to fill TCF Bank Stadium.
Twins starting pitcher Devin Smeltzer was pulled by manager Rocco Baldelli in the fifth inning Friday

Reusse: Baldelli is facing first crisis as Twins manager

Injuries to key players and an evaporated lead in the AL Central are testing the Twins' first-year manager.
Like Harmon Killebrew in 1964, Nelson Cruz is blasting his way into the Twins home run record books.

Reusse: Twins' power prowess is historic, so savor the blasts, fans

As the Twins close in on a team home run record, do we appreciate what's going on up here on the prairie with a history-shattering power display?
Cory Otterdahl with his sons Payton, Trevor, and Max

Reusse: Shot put or discus, three Otterdahl brothers let it fly

Brothers Payton, Trevor and Max Otterdahl starred at Rosemount and have moved on to promising careers in weight throwing.
Twins pitcher Sergio Romo celebrated the final out, giving the Twins a 11-9 victory over the Royals.

Reusse: Cruz, Romo pick up slack where newcomer Dyson fails

Veteran players Nelson Cruz and Sergio Romo produced an antidote for newcomer-created angst by Sam Dyson.
Reusse: A 135-mile run that goes 8,639 feet up

Reusse: A 135-mile run that goes 8,639 feet up

Eric Tadt had been a cross-country and distance runner at Janesville (Wis.) Parker when he enrolled at the University of Wisconsin in 2005. The quality…
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer made his way onto the field for a walk-thru during the first full day of practice on Friday.

Reusse: Vikings' 2018 failure doesn't leave fans disenchanted with Zimmer

The opening of a new training camp begged this question to fans gathered in Eagan: Does Mike Zimmer still have your confidence as the Vikings coach?
Devin Smeltzer, called up from Rochester on Wednesday, gave the Twins five admirable innings to save an exhausted bullpen

Reusse: Past seven games a grinding diamond drama for Twins

There have been other dramatic home stretches for the Twins, indoors and outdoors, but this is a whole new era when it comes to wear-and-tear. The end of this homestand proved that.
Former Twins batterymates Liam Hendriks and Chris Herrmann met after the Athletics won at Target Field 5-3 on Friday night.

Patrick Plus: A's Hendriks wants status as 100 mph man validated

It's been a long road for the Aussie, from Twins prospect to All-Star reliever.
Twins outfielders Eddie Rosario and Jake Cave collided during a game with the Red Sox last month.

Reusse: Twins' Rosario a remarkable hitter who can make head-scratching plays

For fans of a certain age, it's like this: Eddie Rosario is part Rod Carew, part Dan Ford.
Wilson Ramos was traded away by the Twins in 2010, and is still making an MLB impact in 2019.

Reusse: Twins fans demanding trade should remember loss of Ramos

If you're among the Twins fans clamoring for the team to make a drastic move to help the bullpen, a reminder that things often don't turn out in the long run.
Duckpin bowling is a variation of the more popular 10-pin bowling, with smaller pins and a ball slightly larger than a softball.

Reusse: Duckpin bowling provides a diversion for traveler in D.C.

What's left of duckpin can be found in Maryland, Connecticut and Rhode Island. In the early 1960s, there were 450 duckpin centers on the East Coast, and that number is now 40 and declining.
Competing in an ARCA race Saturday at Elko Speedway is another career step for 17-year-old Hailie Deegan.

Reusse: Racing prodigy Hailie Deegan shuns the soft pedal

Hailie Deegan, 17, will be running in the ARCA Menards Series race at Elko Speedway, a 250-lap feature that is the Twin Cities short track's event of the season.
Harmon Killebrew took a big swing during the final weeks of the 1967 American League pennant race, when four teams battled to the final days of the se

Reusse: Baseball killed the 'Pennant Race' to serve the modern fan

Major League Baseball traded midsummer's pennant race for a wild-card race in baseball lexicon. It's a trade that had to be made to serve the modern sports consumer.
Bob Rosburg in 1959.

Patrick Plus: One week in 1959 changed Minnesota's sports life

The PGA Championship was not the only significant event in these parts that final week of July 1959.

Reusse: Golf grabbed Twin Cities spotlight in the summer of '59

Golf fans in 1959 were treated to the PGA Championship at Minneapolis Golf Club on July 30-Aug. 2, followed by the Trans-Mississippi Amateur at Woodhill Country Club on Aug. 17-22.

Reusse: Twins' pitching needs trickle downstream

The Twins have already used 23 pitchers this season. Sounds like chaos, although it's not by current big-league standards.