THIS OR THAT
David McCoy joined the WCCO-TV team in 2013 as a sports reporter and producer.
It was a return to WCCO for David, who was an intern in the sports department while earning a journalism degree at the University of Minnesota.
He wears several hats in the sports department, primarily working as a reporter in the field but also as a fill-in anchor and occasional photojournalist. He also produces Rosen’s Sports Sunday on Sunday nights. (Yes, that’s him choosing the excellent bumper music.) David says the highlight of his time at the station is a tie between covering the MLB All-Star Game at Target Field and a trip to cover the Vikings’ game in London in 2013. Since coming to WCCO, David’s work has been honored with two regional Emmy awards, for Best Sports Reporter and Best Sports News Series.
Before coming to WCCO, David spent three years as the weekend sports anchor at WSBT in South Bend, Indiana, where he covered Notre Dame’s appearance in the BCS national title game, followed Irish linebacker Manti Te’o to New York City for the Heisman Trophy ceremony, and repeatedly slammed his head into his desk while covering the Te’o Fake Girlfriend Hoax. The Sheboygan, Wisconsin native started his career at KELO in Sioux Falls and also worked at KTIV in Sioux City.
David and his wife have two daughters and live in Minneapolis. When he’s not at work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, reading good journalism, playing softball and hockey, watching movies, and going to the ballpark.
David loves the big games as much as the next sports guy, but says his favorite part of his job is telling stories about athletes you might not otherwise hear about. If you know of a great story idea, please send it to email@example.com.
It had been exactly a month since Kevin Garnett last spoke to the media. In that time, the Wolves lost 14 out of 16 games.
It’s a Sunday afternoon and Jeff Isaacson is in his element. Not just because he’s teaching, but because this is his classroom: The gleaming new Chaska Curling Center, a $26 million complex complete with its own restaurant, is practically so shiny you could see your reflection.
Participation at the youngest level — age 8-and-under — has surged in the last three years. And this year, Minnesota set a new record, surpassing more than 17,000 kids age 8-and-under for the first time ever.
Six in a row. Ten of their last 11. Eighteen of their last 22. That is a lot of losing. “Yeah, definitely it’s hard,” Wolves forward Shabazz Muhammad said. “It’s the NBA, and everybody’s trying to step on your throat. Especially us, [because] we have a lot of young talent on our team.”
It instantly enters the pantheon of Vikings playoff gut-punches, right on par with some of the all-timers. Kind of par for the course for this franchise. Classic Vikings.
We love our pro, college and high school sports, don’t we? But the truth is, right now, youth sports in America is really struggling. According to a study by the Sports Fitness Industry Association, participation among kids age 6 to 17 has declined more than 9 percent in the last five years.
The Vikings have a once-in-a-generation running back in Adrian Peterson. It’s not his fault their playoff appearances have been almost as rare. So as Minnesota prepares for its first postseason game since 2012 and only its second since 2009, Peterson’s perspective on the playoffs is an interesting one.
You could see it on the players’ faces. For veterans like Chad Greenway, Adrian Peterson and Brian Robison, this one meant a whole lot. The Vikings beat the Packers Sunday night to win the NFC North Division title and earn a home playoff game.
After three days off, the Minnesota Wild get back to work tonight at home against Pittsburgh. And the key is shaking off the rust.
After playing their best game of the year Sunday, the Vikings control their own playoff destiny. If they win either of their final two games, they’re in.
Minnetonka boys basketball head coach Chris Carr has been placed on administrative leave while the school investigates an alleged physical altercation with a male high school student. A source told WCCO the incident occurred Tuesday at school after Carr’s high school-aged daughter told him she had been involved in a fight with the boy.
It’s the pinnacle of college sports, and the Gophers are headed there. The University of Minnesota volleyball team is headed to the Final Four. Six of the Gophers’ top nine players in their rotation are from Minnesota.
Erik Beckler has started a new league called CoreHoops, which makes priority number one using basketball to teach life skills to develop good people, instead of just focusing on developing good athletes.
Eight months before the Vikings open up their new place to play — U.S. Bank Stadium — the Vikings and U.S. Bank are teaming up to provide places to play for kids as well.
Facing the Blackhawks in Chicago Tuesday night is not exactly the ideal spot to break through the slump the Minnesota Wild is going through. Unfortunately, we’ve seen this same story line this time of year, again and again.
They’re far enough apart in age to be father and son. Instead, they’re teammates. They’re the oldest and the youngest players on the Timberwolves. Tyus Jones and Andre Miller are separated by 20 years of life on this earth.
“Dear, Mr. Zimmer,” the letter read. “Thanks for letting me watch your practice last Saturday, it was fun. The players were nice and signed my Viking helmet. My grandpa said to expect good luck for you because you have used up all of your bad luck already. ALEX.”
When Lindsey Horejsi jumped in the pool Thursday afternoon, racing for a record was part of the plan. “Not even a question, yeah,” the senior swimmer from Albert Lea said. “I just kept visualizing at night which splits I had to go out, so I knew I had to go out fast. So I just went for it.”
Research shows that kids who play sports are healthier, get better grades and four times more likely to go to college. That’s why experts are so concerned about this: Fewer and fewer kids are playing team sports.
Minnesota Vikings players often get the day off the Monday following a win. Not this week. Mike Zimmer called them into work.
Some travelers are changing their flight plans to get in a round of golf at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. MSP just opened a new, 12,000-square-foot golf facility, complete with a pro shop, a restaurant, a bar and lounge, a putting green and, of course, golf simulators.
This time last year, Minnesota already under several inches of snow. That unseasonably warm weekend is great for golf courses like Columbia Golf Club, where the parking lot is full and doesn’t need to be plowed.
It is a feeling every parent can relate to watching their kid. Gretchen Orr can relate more than most, with two kids on the Eagan High School’s varsity volleyball team. “It is very nerve-wracking,” Gretchen said. “Twice as much can go wrong! The serving makes me so nervous (laughs)!”
Steph Curry is coming to Minnesota. No, it’s not a do-over of the 2009 draft when the Timberwolves passed on him for Jonny Flynn. Curry’s Golden State Warriors come to Target Center tonight for one of the most exciting November games we’ve had in a while.
The state cross country meet was held Saturday at St. Olaf, with the biggest question mark surrounding the girls Double-A race. It was a showdown between two twin sisters from Alexandria, years in the making.