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Pat Ruff

Sports Reporter

I've been a Post Bulletin sport reporter since 1994. I cover Rochester John Marshall football, as well as a variety of other southeastern Minnesota football teams. Among my 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).

I am married and the father of three boys and a girl, two in college, one in high school and another in high school next year. My favorite pastimes are playing tennis, reading, watching sports and movies, and playing my guitar and singing (I'm part of a fantastic group of five guys who get together monthly and sing and plays songs better than the Eagles ever did!). Seriously.

Email: pruff@postbulletin.com

Phone: (507) 285-7723

Athletes leaving their high schools early in order to get special training in their sport elsewhere used to be reserved mostly for hockey. But it has now seeped into boys basketball.
Dover-Eyota graduate Brady Williams is shaping up as one of Minnesota State, Mankato's top players in this, his sophomore basketball season.
Brian Baum's Chatfield basketball team beat Rushford-Peterson on Thursday. That gave the coach 400 career girls basketball wins.
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Mayo gymnast Mia Tiede is regarded as likely the top Rochester prospect to advance to the state meet this season. But getting healthy and staying that way will be key.
A look at southeastern Minnesota girls basketball scoring leaders.
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The Rochester Community and Technical College women's basketball team, ranked No. 2 in the country, showed why on Wednesday as it rolled past No. 15 Riverland.
Rochester Mayo graduate Anna Miller has been a sweet fit as a freshman basketball player at Drake University.
Natalie Bremer and Mya Shones both had big games as Lake City eased to a 60-43 win over Lourdes.
Hayfield is now the only southeastern Minnesota girls basketball team still unbeaten. Austin finally lost.
Goodhue, ranked No. 5 in the state, enhanced its status across the state by beating No. 3 St. Croix Lutheran last weekend.