Stories by Adam
Patrick Schnieders has his priorities straight on the baseball diamond. Among the laundry list of individual feats accomplished Tuesday night by the Fatima senior, none of them were at the top. Not Joe Crede’s school single-season hits record he broke. Not the three-hit, one-RBI effort at the plate. Not the complete-game shutout of the state’s No. 2-ranked team. No. 1 in his mind? The win.
The Helias soccer team has seen its fair share of prolific goal-scorers this season. How the Lady Crusaders have fared against them has been a mixed bag. Helias will get a shot at another one as the Lady Crusaders travel to take on Union in a Class 2 sectional game at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Union Middle School.
Tyler Rush thought he had it. Another state title, and his first track title. But the Linn senior was caught on the final lap of the 1,600-meter run by College Heights Christian’s Ryan Beaver, instead taking second place in the Class 2 event at the Missouri State High School Activities Association Class 1-2 Track and Field Championships on Friday at Dwight T. Reed Stadium.
Allie Heckemeyer is the Class 1 triple jump state champion.
Alison Mehmert won the Class 1 high jump in the Missouri State High School Activities Association Class 1-2 Track and Field Championships at Dwight T. Reed Stadium.
Patrick Schnieders pitched a complete-game shutout to lead Fatima past Blair Oaks 3-0 in the Class 3 District 13 Tournament championship at the Falcon Athletic Complex, delivering the Comets their first district baseball title since 2002.
The rubber match went to Blair Oaks.
Seth Lehmen picked up the slack.
At Class 3 District 13 Tournament
The second-seeded Falcons scored seven runs in the first inning en route to a 15-0, five-inning victory over seventh-seeded Versailles in the first round of the Class 3 District 13 Tournament on Saturday afternoon at the Falcon Athletic Complex.
In Class 3 District 13 first-round game
Southern Boone was cruising. The Eagles held a 6-1 lead and starting pitcher Brice Mueller was tossing a one-hit gem through five innings.
I’m a spoiled sports fan. Very spoiled. I’ve seen the St. Louis Cardinals win two World Series in my lifetime, win countless playoff series and remain a must-watch into September pretty much every year that I can remember.
A big crooked number has become the norm for Blair Oaks lately. A five-run inning in an April 30 win against Warsaw. A six-run frame in Tuesday’s win against School of the Osage. A seven-run inning later Tuesday in a win against California. The Falcons topped all of those with an eight-run frame Wednesday in a 10-0 victory in six innings against North Callaway on Senior Night at the Falcon Athletic Complex.
In a preview of the potential Class 2 District 10 title game between top-seeded Rolla and second-seeded Helias, the Lady Crusaders made a statement with a 3-0 victory Tuesday night at the 179 Soccer Park.
Strong defensive play and counterattacking soccer led Jefferson City to a 2-1 victory against Helias in the crosstown showdown at the 179 Soccer Park.
Dick Vermeil knows a thing or two about transforming struggling football teams into winners. The former NFL head coach did just that with the Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs. At each stop, Vermeil took over teams with losing records and led them to the playoffs in his third season at the helm.
Blair Oaks tallied five runs in the fifth and four more in the sixth to turn a nailbiter into a blowout, as the Falcons topped Warsaw 9-0 on Tuesday night at the Falcon Athletic Complex.
It’s become a familiar phrase for Harv Antle. The team that makes the fewer mistakes is going to come out on top. “That’s pretty much a standard or principle in high school baseball,” the Blair Oaks head coach said following his team’s 6-2 loss to Boonville on Monday night at the Falcon Athletic Complex. The Falcons were the team making the mistakes Monday night, committing six errors and allowing five unearned runs.
A big night was surely in the cards for Blair Oaks. After a four-run first inning saw the Falcons send 10 batters to the plate, Blair Oaks appeared on its way to a blowout victory. Then the bats went cold.
The Lincoln Blue Tiger Quarterback Club’s “Blue Tie Casino Night and Poker Tournament” has been moved up a day to Wednesday. Special guests Dick Vermeil and Trent Green will highlight a night featuring dinner and evening gaming on the Lincoln football field at Dwight T. Reed Stadium.
Coach to players: 'Stay healthy'
One concern rose above the rest for Lincoln head football coach Mike Jones. “Stay healthy,” the second-year head man said following the Blue Tigers’ annual spring game Saturday.
Helias smothered Sedalia Smith-Cotton 3-0 on Wednesday night at the Falcon Athletic Complex.
The circumstances weren’t exactly ideal.
Keith Weber, one of the greatest pitchers in NCAA Division I history, was posthumously inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame on Sunday at the Capitol Plaza Hotel.
Like father, like son. Dr. Chris Leslie joined his father, Dr. James T. Leslie, in the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, as the former was inducted Sunday at the Capitol Plaza Hotel.
Dennis Higgins lived his dream. He went from Jefferson City to baseball’s major leagues. For that, Higgins was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame on Sunday at the Capitol Plaza Hotel.
Struggling to find offense, Helias moved an extra forward up top, switching from a 4-4-2 alignment to a 3-4-3. The move paid off.
Iberia giftwrapped a win for Blair Oaks. Tied at 3 in the sixth inning, the Falcons scored a pair of runs on three errors, a hit batter and a wild pitch, all without a hit, to escape with a 5-3 victory Friday at the Falcon Athletic Complex.
This was the type of performance Blair Oaks sorely needed. After a weekend that saw the Falcons allow 45 runs, commit 16 errors and use eight different pitchers during three losses, senior Jacob Koelling delivered a spectacular outing at just the right time, pitching Blair Oaks to a 5-2 victory over Fulton on Monday at the Falcon Athletic Complex.
At Capital City Invitational
Fifteen hits, nine defensive errors, three hit batters and three walks all worked to the Comets’ advantage, as Fatima cruised to a 17-9 win against Blair Oaks in the seventh-place game of the Capital City Invitational.
Baseball can be a cruel game sometimes. After Blair Oaks battled back from a six-run deficit to knot the game, a two-out error eventually led to a pair of runs for Blue Springs. Those two turned out to be the difference as the Falcons dropped a 9-7 decision Friday night at Legion Field in a loser’s bracket semifinal of the Capital City Invitational.
Any notion of a repeat Capital City Invitational champion quickly went by the wayside. Blair Oaks, the 2012 tournament winner, fell victim to a 19-3 drubbing in five innings at the hands of Rockhurst in the first round Friday afternoon at Vivion Field.
Fifteen days after originally scheduled, the Blair Oaks baseball team finally opened its season. During that same span, Southern Boone got in six games during a trip to Vero Beach, Fla. So while it expectedly took the Blair Oaks hitters some time to adjust to Southern Boone pitching, Falcons ace Jacob Koelling was miles ahead of Eagles hitters Tuesday night in a 4-1 Blair Oaks victory at the Falcon Athletic Complex.
On paper, St. Dominic looks like the team to beat this season in Class 2.
For Missouri’s seniors, it’s one last chance for elusive glory. For the rest of the Tigers, it’s a special opportunity not to be taken for granted.
The question was posed to Missouri head coach Frank Haith in a multitude of ways Sunday evening. It wasn’t much of a surprise. In fact, it was even inevitable. What can the Tigers learn from their early exit in last year’s NCAA Tournament?
The challenge just got a little bit tougher. The Blair Oaks track and field teams are making the jump up to Class 3. For a Lady Falcons team that has earned third- and second-place team finishes the past two seasons at the Class 2 level, respectively, the odds of capturing a team trophy this year become a little bit longer.
The Blair Oaks baseball team wants to take the next step.
There was no fanfare, no extravagant watch party at Mizzou Arena.
It’s not easy being a Missouri Tiger supporter. In fact, it’s downright hard.
There was no storybook ending for the Chamois Lady Pirates.
To be the best, you must beat the best. That’s the position the Chamois Lady Pirates find themselves in when they take on the top-ranked team in Class 1 in the state championship game at 8:40 p.m. today at Mizzou Arena. Walnut Grove (29-2) is the team that has been perched atop the rankings all season long.
Marty Gerloff’s eyes lit up. Miranda Brandt’s did too. Then Brandt went off.
The Chamois Lady Pirates and Mercer Lady Cardinals will be stepping into rarefied air tonight.
Chamois’ Miranda Brandt was too much for a Class 1 opponent to handle. The 5-foot-11 Southern Illinois-Edwardsville signee was too big and tall for a guard to cover, and too quick and adept a ballhandler for a post to check.
The Chamois Lady Pirates are one win away from their first trip to the Final Four. The Norborne Lady Pirates (25-2), ranked No. 4 in Class 1, stand in Chamois’ way in a 2:45 p.m. state quarterfinal today at Truman State. Chamois is ranked seventh with a 21-7 record.
Jefferson City’s tough road in the Class 5 District 9 Tournament just got a little bit easier.
Russellville shot just 10 percent (2-for-20) in the first half and managed just five points by halftime. The Lady Indians sat at just seven points midway through the third quarter and didn’t break the double-digit barrier until 1:57 was left in the the third. The 16-point hole at that juncture was too big for Russellville to climb out of, as the Lady Indians dropped a 51-36 decision.
In girls district basketball semifinal
ASHLAND — California dialed it up a notch.
In girls basketball semifinal victory
ASHLAND — It was Darian Werdehausen’s night to shine.
There are many things that can go wrong over the course of a high-school basketball season. So when I see a pair of area teams finish the regular season with one or two losses, consider me among those extremely impressed.