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The Blair Oaks Falcons didn’t get the end result they wanted in the Capital City Invitational. But they’re still happy where they sit 12 games into the season, despite a 7-6 loss to Hickman in the third-place game Saturday afternoon at Vivion Field.
Call it a walk-off umpire’s reversal.
Call it a walk-off umpire's reversal.
Becky Roberts has been a goal-scoring machine for the Helias Lady Crusaders this season. So it wasn’t a surprise the senior scored the game-winning goal in Helias’ 2-1 win Wednesday night against Rock Bridge at the 179 Soccer Park.
Dempsey to take position
It didn’t take Brad Dempsey long to climb the ladder at Helias. In just his third year associated with the high school, Dempsey was named the new activities director Tuesday afternoon.
The Jefferson City Jays are going for degree of difficulty when it comes to the 2014 football season.
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SPORTS COMMENTARY: I’ve loved every second I’ve worked here. It doesn’t get much better than covering sports for a living, and I’ve had the privilege of doing something I absolutely love. And I’ve had the opportunity to do so in a great community with great sports teams.
Track season really boils down to what happens at the state meet.
The Helias Lady Crusaders are scoring goals at an alarming rate. A formation change has proven to be the final piece of the puzzle.
In big-time soccer battle
The high-profile tilt between defending Class 2 state runner-up Helias against two-time defending Illinois champion Quincy Notre Dame didn’t disappoint.
Season starts for steady Cardinals, improving Royals
The World Series doesn’t start for more than six months. But I’m here to tell you who the winner will be.
Bryce Pritchett tossed six scoreless innings, aided by three terrific defensive plays behind him, as Blair Oaks defeated Eldon 10-0 on Friday evening at the Falcon Athletic Complex.
Brad Dempsey wants the Helias Lady Crusaders to be more dangerous on the offensive end in 2014.
All the lofty talk of a state championship can wait. There’s a long way to go until then. So while the Helias Lady Crusaders return eight starters from the 2013 team that finished as the state runner-up in Class 2, head coach Brad Dempsey is keeping the focus on the present.
Three games into the season, Blair Oaks boasts double digits in the runs column each time out. The bats continued to stay hot despite snow flurries Monday, as the Falcons defeated New Bloomfield 11-4 in a not-so-tidy 2 hours, 26 minutes at the Falcon Athletic Complex.
The sting of missing the NCAA Tournament has worn off. Now the Missouri Tigers are focused on making it to New York.
A batch of fresh talent will look to carry on the torch for the Blair Oaks’ baseball team after the Falcons graduated seven starters from last season’s 17-6 squad that lost in the district championship to eventual Class 3 state champion Fatima.
Danny Feldmann finally got his chance. The seldom-used Missouri forward took full advantage.
Helias grad Feldmann notches his first points of the season
Jabari Brown scored 30 points and Earnest Ross added 16 to help Missouri hold off Davidson 85-77 in the opening round of the National Invitation Tournament on Tuesday night.
Former Jefferson Lady Jay Napheesa Collier delivered a dominant performance to lead the nationally ranked Incarnate Word Red Knights to a 66-20 victory against the Lady Crusaders in a Class 4 state quarterfinal Saturday afternoon at Francis Howell High School.
Adam Bax knifed through the St. Charles’ defense for the game-winning layup as time expired to give the Helias Crusaders a 57-56 victory in a Class 4 sectional game at Troy Buchanan High School.
With one more loss leaving Missouri without any more opportunities to add to its NCAA Tournament resume, the eighth-seeded Tigers need to get back to winning when they take on the ninth-seeded Texas A&M Aggies in the second round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament at noon today.
Jabari Brown and Jordan Clarkson have made up one of the best guard duos in college basketball this season. They’re also the highest-scoring tandem for any team in a major conference.
Missouri Tiger football is back.
Missouri senior Tony Criswell is up to his old tricks, so he won’t be traveling to the Southeastern Conference Tournament that begins this week in Atlanta, Ga.
It’s a game better suited for a state championship. Instead, the top-ranked Eugene Eagles (26-1) and second-ranked Cardinal Ritter Lions (23-6) will do battle in a Class 3 state quarterfinal game at 7:45 p.m. today at Moberly Area Community College.
There’s no sense in denying it. The stakes are extremely high. A pair of bubble teams desperately fighting for a spot in the NCAA Tournament meet at 3 p.m. today as Missouri (21-9, 19-8 Southeastern Conference) travels to take on Tennessee (19-11, 10-7 SEC) in Knoxville, Tenn. (ESPN-TV).
It’s tough enough to beat a high-school basketball team that boasts two future NCAA Division I players. It’s even harder when those two are playing to the best of their abilities.
Gary Pinkel is going to be around for awhile.
It was a great night to be Cody Shaw. Barely. The Eugene senior scored 33 points, broke the school’s career scoring record and, more importantly, helped the Eagles withstand a furious late rally from Palmyra to hold on for a heart-pounding 73-69 overtime victory in a Class 3 sectional game Wednesday night.
Four-year seniors have become a luxury in NCAA Division I college basketball, thanks in part to a steady rise in transfers, early departures to the NBA and the influx of one-and-done players that jet to the NBA after just one year in college.
It could get a little ugly tonight at Mizzou Arena. Regardless of whether Missouri wins or loses. That’s because the Texas A&M Aggies (17-12, 8-8 Southeastern Conference) are coming to town for a 7 p.m. tipoff (no local TV). A former Big 12 rival of Missouri (20-9, 8-8 SEC), the Aggies don’t exactly play the most exciting brand of basketball.
Basketball postseason gets off to an exciting start
SPORTS COMMENTARY: What a wild, wacky and, most importantly, fun week it’s been for district basketball. Almost on par with the food at the Blair Oaks hospitality room.
Keanau Post has always had potential. The junior-college transfer finally unleashed it Saturday afternoon.
Frank Haith doesn’t think the bubble has burst quite yet.
It just wasn’t Blair Oaks’ night. Boonville proved to be too much to handle, as the top-seeded Lady Pirates won the Class 3 District 8 Tournament title with a 55-33 victory Friday night.
Jabari Brown and Jordan Clarkson have lit up the scoreboard for the Missouri Tigers this season, as the junior duo has combined to score 52 percent of Missouri’s points.
In boys basketball
The Eugene Eagles aren’t used to playing low-scoring games. A high-powered offense that averages nearly 77 points per game has been the driving force behind their 24-1 record and No. 3 ranking in Class 3.
A great mid-Missouri rivalry lost some of its luster due to the California Lady Pintos being forced to play without three injured starters. The Blair Oaks Lady Falcons were able to take full advantage. Third-seeded Blair Oaks rolled to a 48-21 victory against second-seeded California in a Class 3 District 8 Tournament semifinal Wednesday night.
Craig Engelbrecht is in his 24th season as the head coach of the Eugene Eagles. He’s even had a team reach the Final Four. But he’s never had a team that can shoot the ball as well as this one.
Lebanon kept knocking on the door. Helias just wouldn’t let it open. Helias held off repeated Lebanon threats to pick up a 54-48 victory Tuesday night at Rackers Fieldhouse.
Frank Haith didn’t have to say much. Two words were all he needed for one answer.
With the sixth-seeded Hallsville Lady Indians focusing their attention on LeeAnn Polowy, a Missouri State signee, it was the rest of the third-seeded Blair Oaks Lady Falcons who picked up the scoring slack en route to a 55-27 victory Monday night in the first round of the Class 3 District 8 Tournament.
Jabari Brown is certainly in the conversation for Southeastern Conference Player of the Year. Despite his 10-point performance during Missouri’s 67-64 win against Vanderbilt on Wednesday, the junior guard still averages 20.1 points per game, good for second in the league. So don’t expect Brown to stay down as Missouri (19-7, 7-6 SEC) hits the road to take on Alabama (10-16, 4-9 SEC) at 7 p.m. today (ESPN2-TV) in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Mai Nienhueser couldn’t be stopped. The Helias sophomore poured in a game-high 28 points on 10-of-16 from the field and 8-of-10 from the foul line. She scored 19 of Helias’ 22 second-half points and pulled down nine rebounds. It just wasn’t enough.
Jordan Clarkson scored 21 points, including all 11 free throw attempts, as Missouri held off Vanderbilt 67-64 on Wednesday.
Frank Haith doesn’t want to see a repeat. Not the process, certainly not the result.
In girls basketball
LeeAnn Polowy wasn’t going to let her team lose. No matter what, the Blair Oaks senior guard was going to find a way to win on Senior Night.
Frank Haith is no magician. The third-year Missouri head coach didn’t just flip a switch that prompted the Tigers’ frontcourt to go off for 29 points during Saturday’s 75-70 win against Tennessee, the third-highest total of the season for the big men.
Win and they’re in. That’s Missouri head coach Frank Haith’s mindset heading into the final stretch of the 2013-14 season. With six Southeastern Conference games left on the docket, Haith understands winning is paramount if the Tigers are going to reach the NCAA Tournament.