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.
This year’s high school sports seasons brought plenty of drama and exciting finishes. Here is a look back at some of the top teams and champions from the winter season in high school sports.
It’s another important year in the NFL Draft for the Minnesota Vikings. The team is coming off winning an NFC North Division title, but the Vikings are looking to take another step after a crushing loss in the divisional playoffs.
St. Thomas beat Augustana to advanced to its third NCAA Division III Final Four in six seasons. The Tommies face No. 4-ranked Christopher Newport Friday night.
The Gophers aren’t a part of March Madness, but there are enough Minnesota connections to the Big Dance to keep local fans engaged in the action if your brackets aren’t enough.
There have been several buzzer-beaters in Minnesota games this year, including a few that made national headlines. Here are six of the best among high school, college and yes, even the Timberwolves.
St. Thomas and coach John Tauer learned Monday that the season’s body of work was not only enough for an at-large bid, the Tommies will host a regional this weekend in the NCAA Division III Tournament.
What a week it is to be a follower of high school sports in Minnesota. State Tournament action is in full swing. The state’s best wrestlers took to the mats at Xcel Energy Center over the weekend, but this week it’s all about hockey and one the best state tournaments around.
It’s another huge week in the Minnesota high school sports landscape as hundreds of the state’s top wrestlers are taking over Xcel Energy Center. The team tournament took place Thursday, and individuals chase dreams of state championships Friday and Saturday.
The St. Thomas men’s basketball team enters the MIAC Playoffs Friday night all but guaranteed a spot in the postseason, regardless of how its own tournament goes. The Tommies won their 11th straight regular season title this year. They’ve won eight of the past 10 titles in the MIAC Playoffs.
The Twins, coming off an 83-79 season in Paul Molitor’s first season as manager, open the 2016 regular season at Baltimore on Monday, April 4. A lot can happen between now and then, but here are seven things to keep an eye on in Spring Training.
The St. Thomas football program, coming off its second national title game appearance in four years, released its 2016 football schedule late last week. They’ll be on the road to start the regular season, and their bye week is finally a little later in the fall.
It’s officially state tournament time on the Minnesota high school sports landscape. Champions were crowned last week in the State Dance Competition, and this week, girls hockey takes center stage at Xcel Energy Center.
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.