• Jeff Voshell

    Jeff Voshell graduated from Waseca High School in 1990 and from the University of Wisconsin in 1997 with a degree in Landscape Architecture.

    Jeff was one of Waseca’s best all-around athletes, participating in football, basketball and baseball.  He was an excellent team member with a strong desire to win, a quiet leader who led by example and made those around him play at a higher level.  He was always humble and appreciative of all his teammates who allowed him to have individual success. 

    A two year letter winner in football, Jeff was the Jays’ top defensive back.  His senior year he intercepted four passes, recovered two fumbles, and was in on 29 tackles, many of which were touchdown saving tackles.  A two year starter at defensive back, Voshell was also the holder for extra point conversions.  He threw one touchdown and one PAT conversion from there.  He was selected to the SCC All-Conference Football Team in his senior year.

    Jeff lettered his junior and senior year in basketball and was a big part of the Bluejays success as they were District 4A Champions both years.  He was an excellent ball handler with a nice jump shot.  Known for his hounding defense, Jeff was usually assigned to guard the opposition’s best scorer.

    Jeff is most remembered by Bluejay fans for his success in baseball.  He lettered two years as pitcher/outfielder.  Voshell had the distinction of picking up the win and the save in the same game.  Jeff started the game and left leading 10-3 with only an inning remaining.  The opponent, however, scored five runs in the top of the seventh and had the tying run on base when Voshell reentered.  He recorded the final three outs to save the game he was entitled to win.   Jeff holds six Bluejay pitching records: most shutouts in a season (6), most wins in a season (16), most consecutive wins (14), best win-loss ratio in a season (16-1), career (19-1) and most walks in a season (54).  Voshell also set a Minnesota State High School League pitching record for most wins in a season (16) that nobody has matched since that time.  Jeff’s personal awards in 1990 include; Lions Baseball All Star, SCC All Conference Baseball Team, All District Baseball Team, All Region Baseball Team, All Area Baseball Team, All Area Baseball Player of the Year and Waseca High School Athlete of the year.  Jeff Voshell was the key contributor to Waseca High School Baseball’s first, and only, State Championship in 1990.  As a left handed pitcher, he had one of the most remarkable seasons that a high school pitcher has had in state high school league history.  He finished the season with an astounding 16-1 record.  His performance at the state tournament was simply remarkable.  He won all three games in the state tournament, winning two on the last day of the tournament, pitching all 14 innings.  Reporters who covered the state Class A final were surprised to see Voshell on the mound for Waseca because he had just pitched a few hours earlier in the semifinals.  But Voshell’s durable arm held up, and with it Waseca grabbed its first state championship in Tink Larson’s 23 years as coach.  Jeff won his last 14 games in a row and all eight of the Bluejays’ playoffs games. 

    Jeff is employed as a landscape designer by The Nature Group in Minneapolis.  Jeff and his wife Jeannine have a daughter, Nora and reside in St. Paul.