Post Bulletin Reporter Pat Ruff

Pat Ruff

Sports Reporter

Pat Ruff has been a Post Bulletin sports reporter since 1994. He covers Rochester John Marshall football, as well as a variety of other southeastern Minnesota football teams. Among his other southeastern Minnesota high school beats are girls basketball, boys and girls tennis, boys and girls track and field, high school and American Legion baseball, volleyball, University of Minnesota sports (on occasion) and the Timberwolves (on occasion).

Pat is married and the father of three boys and a girl. His favorite pastimes are playing tennis, reading, watching sports and movies, and playing my guitar and singing (he's part of a fantastic group of five guys who get together monthly and sing and plays songs better than the Eagles ever did!). Seriously.

Readers can reach Pat at 507-285-7723 or

In August, Rochester man Georg von Bormann ran 62 miles, the trail taking him through the Alps. Von Bormann did it against long odds.
Kylie Verthein tore her ACL at the beginning of her sophomore basketball season at Lewiston-Altura. Now finally healthy, the senior is expected to be one of the better players in the Three Rivers Conference.
No. 1-ranked Chatfield turned the ball over five times and lost 35-20 to Barnesville in the Class AA Prep Bowl.
After finishing 3-5 last season, the Spring Grove football team went to work like never before. Now, the Lions find themselves playing for a state championship.
Chatfield takes on fellow powerhouse Barnesville on Friday in a Prep Bowl title game matching unbeaten teams.
Rochester will have two women represented in Thursday's big-time college basketball showdown between No. 6-ranked University of North Carolina and No. 5 Indiana University. Alyssa Ustby is a junior standout for North Carolina, while Lilly Meister is a freshman for Indiana.
The Mayo football team's season finished with a final-seconds loss to No. 1 ranked Mankato West in the state quarterfinals. Emotional pain lingers from that game, but there was a beautiful thing that happened two days later.
Southeastern Minnesota has a bevy of girls basketball talent once again. Goodhue has a tandem that figures to be among the best around. Here is a look at 15 of the top non-Rochester players in the area.
Senior Abigail O'Reilly put up big numbers last season for Plainview-Elgin-Millville. The 6-foot-1 forward is ready to take another step now.
Mayo, Century, Lourdes all bring back experience and talent from a year ago and figure to take another step this girls basketball season. And John Marshall might have the most intriguing player of all of them. She's an eighth-grader.