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.
What are professional athletes like when they’re away from the playing field? Are they in the community and do they generally enjoy interacting with fans who spend big bucks to watch them play on a daily basis? Here are seven Minnesota athletes who by all accounts are also good dudes.
Don’t look now, but we are already in state tournament time for the winter sports seasons. The State Alpine and Nordic Ski Championships were held this week at Giant’s Ridge in Biwabik. This weekend, dancers take center stage at Target Center for the annual High-Kick and Jazz competitions among the top programs in the state.
What almost got lost in the hoopla of Super Bowl Sunday was one of the greatest individual performances in the history of college basketball. It came from University of Minnesota senior Rachel Banham.
St. Thomas is rolling yet again this season. After cruising to an 87-72 win Wednesday night over Gustavus, the Tommies are 18-1 on the regular season and 13-1 in MIAC play with six games to go. They’re on the verge of clinching a playoff spot with a four-game lead in the league and should secure the No. 1 seed for the MIAC Playoffs.
There is nothing better than the postseason when it comes to high school sports. For many programs, it’s about proving the resume that was built over the course of the regular season. This week, we feature two hockey playoff games and top match-ups in boys hockey and boys basketball.
In Minnesota, Vikings fans are probably still bitter about Blair Walsh’s missed field goal against the Seahawks. But we might as well shake it off, because who knows who far they would’ve after Seattle? If you’re looking for Minnesota connections to the biggest game in sports this week, they’re actually not that hard to find.
We have four huge match-ups on Friday across the state in basketball and hockey, and virtually all are top-10 teams squaring off. A big win can give a team momentum heading into the playoffs, and while nobody likes to lose, it can serve as a gauge for where your team needs to get better.
If it seems like the NFL Pro Bowl gets a little more ridiculous, you’re not alone in your thinking. Here are four Vikings players, plus an extra, that make us shake our heads even as loyal fans when we hear they were picked for the Pro Bowl.
It’s a big weekend for many high school basketball teams as conference races around the Twin Cities are heating up. There are some big games Friday night with conference implications featuring highly-ranked teams facing each other across the Twin Cities both in boys and girls basketball.
Just as we all got our hopes up as Minnesota sports fans, things got back to reality for many of our local teams as the calendar changed to January 2016. Here are four reasons why the Minnesota sports scene is currently “Loserville USA.” To make a long story short, Minnesota’s three professional winter teams and the Gophers men’s basketball team are a combined 4-22 in January.
For the second time in four years, Glenn Caruso led the St. Thomas football program to the pinnacle of Division III football, the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl. Caruso was named the Division III National Coach of the Year on Monday by the American Football Coaches Association.
We’re getting a break, albeit brief, from the subzero temperatures that become the norm with winter in Minnesota. But just as the bitter cold returns to Minnesota, things will be heating up inside gyms and hockey arenas this weekend as several top teams are facing each other.
Fans endured subzero temperatures and worse wind chills in what became the coldest game in Vikings history. It’s a memory, but they would prefer to leave TCF Bank Stadium with a victory and a trip to Arizona this week for the NFC Divisional Playoffs. Here are four takeaways from Sunday’s playoff loss.
It might be early January and our winter weather is finally turning frigid after a mild start, but conference races in the winter high school sports are starting to heat up and take shape.
The Minnesota Vikings finally did it Sunday. They knocked off the Green Bay Packers for the NFC North Division title. The reward: A home game against the two-time NFC champions, the Seattle Seahawks.
Minnesota doesn’t seem to lack anything in having big sports stories over the course of a year, and 2015 was no exception. Here’s a look back at the crazy year that was Minnesota sports.
Many of the state’s top winter teams are in action this weekend before taking a break for the holidays. Here are some of Friday’s top match-ups in basketball and hockey.
St. Thomas is back in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl against Mount Union after beating Linfield 38-17 in the national semifinals on Saturday. The Wildcats, from Oregon, came to St. Paul ranked No. 2 in the country. It’s the Tommies second appearance in the Division III national championship in four years.
The Vikings (8-5) host the Chicago Bears on Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium. A victory can all but guarantee them a playoff spot and at the same time, eliminate the Bears. The Vikings are one game behind the Green Bay Packers, who play at Oakland Sunday. The NFC North title is still very much up for grabs with three games left.
The No. 4-ranked St. Thomas football team is one victory away from playing for a national championship. And they get the chance to earn that right on their home field Saturday.
The sky was falling yet again as Minnesota Vikings fans headed back to work or their daily routines on Monday. Yet another opportunity to emerge on a national stage turned into a complete embarrassment.
It’s always fun to beat your rival, but it feels even better to do it twice in a season. And when you do it to advance in the NCAA Playoffs, it’s that much more special. The St. Thomas football team, ranked No. 4 nationally, beat rival St. John’s 38-19 on Saturday to advance to the NCAA Division III Quarterfinals.
The No. 4-ranked St. Thomas football team knew what was at stake Saturday if it beat La Verne (CA) in its first round NCAA Playoff game. First of all, a victory guaranteed another week of football. It also most likely meant a rematch with their biggest MIAC rival. That’s exactly the stage this week after the Tommies routed the Leopards 57-14 to improve to 11-0 on the season.
The stage was set Sunday for the Minnesota Vikings to take advantage of a huge opportunity. With a one game lead in the NFC North, they could take control of the division with a victory over their hated division rivals. Instead, what transpired was easily the Vikings’ worst performance of the season since losing at San Francisco in Week 1.
The No. 4-ranked St. Thomas football team ended its regular season Saturday with another dominating victory to finish a perfect 10-0. The St. Thomas football team got together Sunday night for the NCAA Selection Show, already knowing it was automatically in the 32 team field. It didn’t take long for the Tommies to learn their fate.