Jeff Wald started as a Web Producer at WCCO-TV in April of 2011. Before that, he was a freelance Web Producer at KARE-TV in Golden Valley.
Jeff spent six years covering high school and college sports as the Northfield News Sports Editor from 2004-2010. That position also included blogging and writing online content.
Jeff attended the University of St. Thomas from 2000 to 2004, where he earned a degree in Print Journalism along with a minor in Communications. Jeff also covered St. Thomas athletics and interned in sports at both KARE-TV and Fox 9 during that time.
He grew up in Golden Valley and attended Totino-Grace High School. Jeff is an avid golfer who also has a passion for high school football and a wide range of sports. Jeff started the “Prep Blog” in August of 2011 with an emphasis on covering high school football around Minnesota. He also will blog about St. Thomas football as Tommie football can be heard in the fall on WCCO Radio 830 AM.
St. Thomas football coach Glenn Caruso got a glimpse into his immediate future last weekend as his squad hosted its annual spring game. St. Thomas was actually the first Division III program to host a spring football game back in 2009, ahead of a foreign trip to Canada. It’s a contest that’s scored, but bears absolutely zero meaning as far as winning, and gives die-hard program followers a chance to see what’s ahead for the future of the program.
For the first time since 2004, the team with the best chance to get the No. 1 overall pick got it. It’s the first time in franchise history the Timberwolves have the top pick, and it comes at a time when the talent for the incoming draft class is one of the best in recent memory. There are really two players the Timberwolves have to choose from, but here’s up to five that they could take at No. 1 on June 25.
You don’t have to go very far to find entertaining, competitive and intense match-ups on the high school sports scene. The spring prep sports landscape will take shape over the next few weeks as we’ll have playoffs underway, if not decided, in lacrosse, softball, baseball and tennis.
After a dreadful 1-6 start which included an ugly opening series at Detroit and an even worse home opener, the Twins have made quite the bounce back. They’ve gone 17-8 since and are 18-14 heading into this week’s series at Detroit and Tampa Bay.
After a brief stint with some rough spring weather, the state’s high school spring sports have been back in action lately as we get ready to head to the postseason. The prep baseball, softball and golf seasons are all taking shape with a few weeks to go before we have playoff brackets and sectional play. Here’s a look at some of the big games Friday on the high school sports scene.
Here’s a look at the 10 players the Vikings selected at the NFL Draft in Chicago. Some could compete for starting spots this year, while others will battle just to make the 53-man roster.
This time last year, Jones was preparing to graduate and had already signed a letter of intent to attend Duke and play basketball. I’m sure many people thought Jones would have success immediately at Duke, but nobody could have predicted what he would accomplish in his freshman season with the Blue Devils.
Minnesota Vikings fans should expect to hear and read about several rumors over the next week as the NFL Draft approaches. It should be interesting to see what transpires over the next week in the build-up to the NFL Draft. With that said, here are 10 possibilities for when the Vikings are on the clock with the No. 11 pick in the first round of the draft.
It’s a little early to predict who will be the best of the best in various high school sports around the Twin Cities, but it should be a competitive spring when you look at last year’s spring state champions and what they bring back this year.
The NFL Draft is just a few weeks away, and Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson’s fate with the NFL and the Minnesota Vikings is still up in the air. Will the Vikings trade Peterson? Will they wait until the draft to see if any teams will make an offer Minnesota can’t refuse? Here are eight reasons the Vikings won’t trade Adrian Peterson and why they shouldn’t.
Can the Twins be a team that contends for a playoff spot or will it be another long, frustrating summer at Target Field? It’s too early to tell, but most that know the game well don’t have high expectations for the Twins in 2015. Here’s nine reasons why it will probably be another losing season in Minnesota.
There are plenty of story lines for each squad as Kentucky, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Duke head to Indianapolis for the Final Four. Duke and Michigan State face off first Saturday night, then we get Kentucky against Wisconsin for a night cap. The winners meet Monday night for the national championship. So which team will be celebrating when it’s all over?
It’s transition time in Minnesota’s prep sports scene. The winter season is over and the champions have been crowned. While we have the time, let’s look back on an eventful winter season and reflect on the teams and games that gave us excitement and allowed us to appreciate high schools sports for what they are: Fun, competitive and entertaining.
The Minnesota Wild is the hottest team in the NHL right now. With eight regular season games remaining, the team is all but guaranteed to be in the Stanley Cup Playoffs when they start in a few weeks. But how did they get there? The team was left for dead in late January.
The Champlin Park boys basketball team had a chance to cap off a perfect season with a state championship lat weekend, but Apple Valley and its sense of unfinished business coming in was too much for the Rebels.
Minnesota is not in this year’s NCAA Tournament, but there are plenty of Minnesota connections in March Madness. Here are 11 local connections to the tournament.
Every year in the NCAA Tournament, we see great games, finishes, a few upsets and some dramatic moments. But which teams should we keep an eye on that likely survive the first weekend? Who will get to the Final Four, and which smaller school has the best chance to pull off an upset? Here are 10 teams to keep an eye on as we head to Selection Sunday.
The St. Thomas men’s basketball team savored the moment after beating Bethel 66-63 in the title game of the MIAC Playoffs Sunday, but there wasn’t a ton of time to celebrate after cutting down the nets.
It’s a tough time to be a baseball fan in Minnesota. The Twins have had four straight seasons of at least 90 losses, have been at the bottom of the American League Central Division and there has been little hope that things will change any time soon. But as the Twins reported to Spring Training last week, optimism seemed to be everywhere.
It’s poised to be an intense and emotional week in St. Paul and around the Twin Cities as the best boys hockey teams in the state hit Xcel Energy Center for one of the best state tournaments around. That, and state tournament bids get handed out for next week’s boys state basketball tournament at Target Center.
We’re sprinting towards the end of February, but March Madness is already in full effect on the Minnesota high school sports scene. Our top match-ups this week feature two Friday hockey games with state tournament bids at stake, a top-five match-up in girls basketball and a couple of interesting games in the boys basketball playoffs.
Most college basketball teams are fighting for their playoff lives at this point in the season. But for John Tauer and St. Thomas, this week is business as usual. When a team wins as many MIAC titles as Tauer’s Tommies have, expectations are higher than just hoping for a chance. You’re expected to win.
The St. Thomas men’s basketball team had reason to celebrate Monday night. The Tommies, ranked No. 3 in Division III, used a suffocating defense and balanced scoring to dominate No. 19-ranked St. Olaf 66-49.
The state’s best ski teams, both downhill and cross country, are at Giant’s Ridge in Biwabik this week for their perspective state tournaments. This weekend, the best dance teams in Minnesota hit Target Center in Minneapolis to determine the best high kick and jazz programs in three classes in the state..
In what’s been an otherwise lost season for the Minnesota Timberwolves, it’s their young talent that’s offering a glimmer of hope for the future.