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.
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.
TCF Bank Stadium hosted the Prep Bowl last weekend, marking the end of the 2015 high school football season in Minnesota. There were 14 teams playing for trophies over the course of two days. When it was all over, one team was celebrating and the other was devastated. Here are storylines from each match-up in the Prep Bowl.
After coming from behind to beat the Heat in Miami Tuesday night, the Timberwolves are 5-6 on the season. All five of those wins have come on the road. Minnesota is 0-5 at home. The Timberwolves next opportunity to get that first win in front of their home fans is Friday against the Detroit Pistons. It could be another tough year in the win-loss department, but here are four reasons to stick with the Timberwolves this season.
The St. Thomas football team clinched an NCAA bid after beating Carleton 80-3 on Saturday in its final regular season home game. The Tommies also moved up to No. 4 in the D3football.com national poll.
The 14 teams that are left among seven classes this week are gearing up for Prep Bowl XXXIV. Among the state title games, there are defending champions in three of them. That means we’ll have at least four new state champions when the clock hits zero at games Friday and Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium.
The Minnesota Vikings are somewhat in uncharted territory. At the halfway point of their season, not only are they above.500 but they’ve put themselves into playoff contention. Here are four reasons why the Vikings are a playoff team, and why they can’t be ruled out to win the NFC North.
We’re less than two weeks away from determining state champions in high school football, and we know this much: There will be a new winner in Class 6A. It’s now state semifinal week in high school football. The winners advance to the Prep Bowl for the right to play for a state championship. In the state’s seven classes, there is a chance for a repeat state champion in four of them.
Don’t look now, but the Minnesota Vikings are officially on a winning streak. Since losing a tight contest 23-20 at Denver before their bye week, the Vikings have won three straight games. Here are four takeaways from Sunday’s win at Chicago.
Glenn Caruso and the St. Thomas football program will never admit it publicly, but the Tommies can start to sense that something special is happening this season. With three regular season games left, the No. 6-ranked Tommies have put themselves in the driver’s seat in the race for the MIAC championship.
You know we’re in the heart of the fall season when it’s the end of October and we’ve already seen our first snow fall. It wasn’t significant Wednesday, but at least a few flakes fell around most of the state. Between that and the state football tournament taking shape, it’s a great time of the year to be a prep sports fan.
Minnesota sports fans were devastated Sunday afternoon, and it had nothing to do with the Vikings slow start against the Detroit Lions. The Timberwolves announced on social media that Flip Saunders, a beloved head coach and president of basketball operations, had died after a four-month battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Practice should be intense for the No. 7-ranked St. Thomas football team as it prepares for its biggest game of the season so far Saturday afternoon. The Tommies improved to 6-0 on the season and 4-0 in MIAC play after a 78-7 win over Hamline on Saturday in their Homecoming game.
It’s section championship weekend in high school football. Across the state Friday and Saturday, state tournament bids are on the line as teams battle to become one of the eight left battling for a championship among the seven classes in the state.
Minnesota is the “State of Hockey.” Pretty much every sports fan in the state has some connection to ice hockey. And if you had any interest in the game as a kid, you’ve seen the movie “The Mighty Ducks.” It’s a classic sports movie, filmed right in the heart of the Twin Cities.
The Kansas City game was the first of a five-game stretch for the Vikings that feature very beatable opponents. This week, they are in Detroit, which just got its first win of the season. Here are four takeaways from Sunday’s victory
After winning at Augsburg 55-6 on Saturday, the No. 9-ranked St. Thomas football team is back home this week, hosting Hamline for Homecoming. The Pipers are winless in MIAC play (0-3) after getting off to a 2-0 start.
It’s mid-October, the air is crisp and it’s time to win or go home on the Minnesota high school football season. The prep football playoffs actually got started with several games Tuesday and Wednesday night. Those games helped set up what should be an exciting Friday and Saturday of high school football.
Have you ever wanted to do a group workout, but were afraid of being judged or didn’t think you could do certain movements? Think you’ll slow everybody else down or won’t be able to commit to a regular schedule? For those that have that mentality, there’s one word: CrossFit.
There are two unbeaten teams left after three weeks of MIAC play and if your choices were St. Thomas and Gustavus, there is a bet to be won somewhere. St. Thomas shouldn’t be a huge surprise at 2-0 in league play, but the Gusties have been piling up points as they’ve gotten league victories over Hamline, Augsburg and Carleton.
It doesn’t seem right that this week already marks the end of the regular season in high school football. It feels like fans just got comfortable in their seats, and district races just started to take shape. But the reality is Week 8 is here. After this week, every prep football team in Minnesota is guaranteed only one more game.
It could’ve been one of the most fun and exciting weekends in Minnesota sports in some time, but it all came crashing down. Literally every team that could’ve lost did. But that doesn’t mean all is lost among those teams. Here are eight silver linings from a rough weekend in Minnesota sports.