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.
It’s a new year in Minnesota high school football with scheduling. Conferences are gone, and now schedules are done regionally. It’s a combined effort to keep games competitive but at the same time, limit traveling expenses for schools. So instead of previewing districts this year, here is a look at how Class 6A could shake out based on last year’s state tournament teams.
Football season is here. If the scene in Mankato last weekend was any indication, Vikings fans are starving for some football. It also means fantasy football drafts are just around the corner. It’s an industry that took off in the last 10 years and is only getting bigger every year. If you’re not in at least one fantasy league this year, you’re in the minority.
A recent study done by two professors at Emory University has ranked all the fan bases in the NFL. The top fan base isn’t all that surprising, but where the Vikings land in their Purple Pride might be considered disappointing locally.
It’s the middle of July, but the football season is officially just around the corner. The Minnesota Vikings report to the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato, on Saturday for training camp. So what should we keep an eye on as the team practices in Mankato?
The Twins enter the second half of the season at 49-40, 4.5 games behind Kansas City for first place in the American League Central Division. If they can’t catch the Royals, they’re in position to grab one of two Wild Card spots for the playoffs, but that’s a ways down the road. Here are six reasons the Twins will remain in position for a playoff spot this season.
It happens every year in Major League Baseball right before the sport takes a break for the All-Star Game. Somebody that deserves to play in the Summer Classic doesn’t get in, while others that might not be as deserving are chosen.
The Minnesota sports fan is a rare breed: One that hopes for the best but expects the worst, yet still somehow still manages to be devastated at the end of the day. But when a Minnesota athlete has a chance to come home and play for a team, we salivate like sharks that smell blood. Especially if it’s a professional athlete.
The St. Thomas football program has returned from its nearly two-week trip to Italy to play football and take part in community service. It didn’t take long for the first “way too early” poll to come out ahead of the 2015 season. A poll released by The Sporting News Magazine has the Tommies ranked No. 18 nationally in Division III.
School is out, the sun is out and summer is here. It officially starts on Father’s Day, but for high school athletes, the spring came to an end both late last week and on Monday as the state’s spring champions were crowned across various sports.
We’re less than two weeks away from the NBA Draft. It’s a night where the dreams of playing in the NBA for many college kids and some overseas players come true. Here are five players who have been taken with the No. 1 overall pick who have been absolute slam dunks.
Frustration boiled over for Torii Hunter and the Minnesota Twins Wednesday night in a 7-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals at Target Field. Did Hunter go too far in his tirade?
It’s starting to feel like summer with the sun out and daily highs getting into the 80s. That also translates to perfect baseball weather. It couldn’t come at a better time as the state’s top high school teams travel across various sites in Minnesota for their perspective state tournaments.
State tournaments are in action in boys tennis and girls softball. Add the boys and girls state track and field meet at Hamline University this weekend to the mix. Next week, baseball, boys and girls golf and lacrosse take center stage across the state.
After the Twins beat Toronto on Sunday, they finished one of their better months in franchise history. They lead the American League Central Division and have the second-best record in the AL. Since a 1-6 start, the Twins are 29-13. So what gives? Here are 10 reasons why the Twins are off to a hot start, and hopefully why it will last this year.
We have a state tournament field set in boys tennis for both teams and individuals in Class A and AA. The next tournament to be figured it will be in baseball, where section playoffs are well underway and state teams will be decided across Minnesota by next weekend if the weather allows.
The soccer world took a major hit Wednesday after it was discovered several officials had been arrested in a probe of corruption involving the locations of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. It sparks the question, what are the top sports scandals in history?
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.