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 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.
The St. Thomas football team controlled both sides of the line of scrimmage in front of a record crowd of more than 17,000 to claim a 35-14 win over rival St. Johns.
October is a great month for the high school sports scene. Every game is big in every sport, and on the Friday night football fields, the sun is down before kickoff. And the playoffs are right around the corner.
The Minnesota Vikings had a quality 26-16 win over the Detroit Lions in Week 2 after a clunker at San Francisco to open the season. So which Vikings team would show up against the Chargers Sunday? The one that struggled in its first game, or the one that punished the Lions?
One of the great rivalries in small-college football takes center stage on Saturday as No. 8-ranked St. John’s hosts No. 12-ranked St. Thomas at Clemens Stadium in Collegeville. And for both programs, it’s a game that can go a long way in determining the outcome of the league champion at the end of the year.
It’s another huge week in high school football as after Friday night’s action, there are just two weeks left in the regular season. That means the focus for many teams has shifted to the playoffs. The primary focus is still the Friday night opponent every week, but teams are now looking at where they might be headed for the postseason.
For whatever reason, the Minnesota Vikings were sleep walking during most of their season opener at San Francisco Monday night. The light bulb apparently turned back on Sunday. Maybe it was being at home, maybe the Vikings players were fired up after Monday’s pitiful performance. Maybe the Week 1 loss was just a clunker that happens every season and that fans just need to forget ever happened.
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.