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 opened its home schedule Saturday with a convincing 51-7 victory over UW-La Crosse. The Tommies led 23-0 at the half and scored the game’s first 30 points.
It’s another huge week in high school football across Minnesota, and it’s hard to believe we’re already halfway through the regular season. There are a ton of big games this week and some big rivalry games are being renewed.
Football season finally arrived for Minnesota Vikings fans late Monday night in the team’s regular season opener at San Francisco. The only problem: The players never bothered to show up. In one of the more disappointing and embarrassing performances in recent memory, the Vikings looked like they weren’t ready to play on the national stage. Here are seven takeaways from Monday night’s loss at San Francisco.
The St. Thomas football team entered the 2015 season ranked No. 18 in the country in Division III, coming off an 8-3 season and returning several starters. The Tommies lived up to that billing, and then some, in their season opener at UW-Eau Claire last Saturday night.
School just got started for everyone across Minnesota, but the high school football season is already well underway. After this week’s action, the season will be half over. It’s Week 4 in prep football and several teams are looking to stay undefeated as we head towards the second half of the season.
The NFL season is finally here. It feels like it took forever, especially for Vikings fans with the team playing an extra preseason game. Most games are played Sunday, but the Vikings have to wait until Monday night at San Francisco to kick off their regular season.
The St. Thomas football team is looking to build off an 8-3 season in 2014 that included a trip to the NCAA Division III Playoffs. The journey for the Tommies starts Saturday night across the border in Wisconsin as they face a team that won just one game last year.
There are several big games on the schedule this week, many that have undefeated teams meeting each other. There are even a few rivalry games, which tend to mean just a little bit more than others in the course of a season. Every game is big, but it’s that much more important to beat a familiar team that’s always a good test, that always gives you trouble.
There must be a reason why traditions never die. One hundred years ago, John H. Keenan developed the “Tunnel of Love” that’s now become a traditional centerpiece of the Minnesota State Fair. The attraction, located on the southwest corner of Carnes and Underwood on the State Fairgrounds, is as nostalgic as it is popular.
The University of Minnesota has an unbelievable opportunity in front of a national audience Thursday night against the No. 2-ranked team in the country. The Gophers host TCU on national television at TCF Bank Stadium, and a sell-out crowd will be in attendance to see what should be considered Minnesota’s biggest home game in school history.
It’s already feeling like fall around the state this week, with only some of that having to do with the cooler temperatures and wind. Over in St. Paul, coaches and 134 players with the St. Thomas football program reported for fall camp on Aug. 18. They’ve already been working out and holding practices for about a week. The season opener is just around the corner as the Tommies travel to UW-Eau Claire on Saturday, Sept. 5.
It’s Week 2 in high school football and pretty much every team around the state is back in action Friday night after last week’s unusual Saturday start. We’re now back to Friday night action under the lights, what every high school football player dreams of when they put the pads on for fall practice.
High school football is back. There isn’t a much better concept for football fans than watching their favorite prep teams under the lights on Friday nights. Except this week, it all starts on Saturday night. Here are four of this week’s top match-ups, with a couple other quality games on the side.
If nothing else, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has one thing going for him right now: He’s a career 6-0 in preseason games. Minnesota beat Tampa Bay 26-16 Saturday night in the Vikings’ first of two preseason games at TCF Bank Stadium. There are still three more preseason games left and plenty can change in the next month, but here are seven takeaways from Saturday’s preseason victory.
We’ve previewed the 2014 state tournament teams from Class 6A and Class 5A. This week, it’s Class 4A’s turn and it’s a group led by defending state champion Becker. The Bulldogs were somewhat of a surprise to win the Prep Bowl last year after Hutchinson had won state championships the two years prior.
The Minnesota Vikings kicked off their preseason schedule Sunday night with the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, against the Pittsburgh Steelers. While it was a positive that the Vikings came away with a 14-3 victory, there was one thing that stood above all others: There were no reports of major injuries after the game.
Last year in Class 5A, Mankato West returned to the top, beating Simley in the Prep Bowl as the Scarlets made their ninth state tournament appearance. It was their fourth championship. So out of last year’s state tournament teams, which has the best chance to be holding the championship trophy at the Prep Bowl? Here is a look at what’s head in Class 5A, based on last year’s state tournament teams.
Minnesota will open its 2015 season with a night game on Thursday, Sept. 3, against TCU. The Horned Frogs enter the season ranked No. 2 in the country in most national polls. Here are 10 reasons why Gophers fans should be excited about the upcoming season.
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.