Stories by Adam
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.
Miller Career Academy senior Malik Brown blocked O.G. Anunoby’s shot at the buzzer to preserve a 55-53 win Friday night at Fleming Fieldhouse, spoiling Jefferson City’s Senior Night.
The California Lady Pintos appeared well on their way to a fifth straight Tri-County Conference basketball championship.
Dylan Gish and Isiah Sykes combined for 37 points as the Crusaders breezed to a 63-30 victory against Father Tolton at Rackers Fieldhouse.
After coughing up a 14-point fourth-quarter lead, Helias ended the game on a 10-2 run to escape with a 53-45 victory against St. James on Saturday evening at Rackers Fieldhouse.
While the final score might not suggest it, Helias had a real chance against the state’s top-ranked team. The Crusaders hung with Class 5 No. 1 Hickman for the most part Friday night. An 8-minute, 46-second scoring drought was just too much to overcome for Helias, as it fell 57-36 at Rackers Fieldhouse.
Honorees include Helias wrestling program and Ray Hentges
Former Jefferson City Jays football coach Pete Adkins will be named the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame’s 25th Missouri Sports Legend. Other honorees to the Hall include the Helias wrestling program and football coach Ray Hentges.
Lincoln’s senior guard put on a brilliant performance with 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting, nine rebounds and four assists. But it wasn’t enough, as Lincoln dropped a 77-67 decision Wednesday night to No. 11 Central Missouri at Jason Gym.
The Mules looked every bit like a potential conference champion with a 111-72 victory against Lincoln on Wednesday night at Jason Gym.
Arriana Walker is a jack of all trades.
It didn’t take long for Cedric Ridle Jr. to reach his big milestone Saturday afternoon.
It’s been a problem for the Lincoln women all season. When the Blue Tigers aren’t turning teams over and getting points in transition, they struggle scoring in the halfcourt offense.
What a dream start. A strong 7-for-9 from the field, a perfect 5-of-5 from 3-point range. Ten points for Cedric Ridle Jr. and a 19-6 lead for Lincoln just more than five minutes into the game.
It was a bizarre, sickening and twisted week in sports. Between the Manti Te’o fake dead girlfriend hoax and the too little too late Lance Armstrong confession, it’s a little much to handle.
Sometimes all a team needs is a steadying presence, someone to calm things down. Rarely, if ever, does it come from freshmen.
Lions’ freshman scores 24 points in victory against Blue Tigers
You wouldn’t imagine Missouri Southern’s Austin Wright garnered much attention when Lincoln went over the pregame scouting report. He’s a freshman guard who only averages 2.9 points per game.
As one streak ends, another begins. Neither are what Lincoln wants to see. With Lincoln’s 67-55 loss Saturday afternoon to Missouri Southern at Jason Gym, that’s exactly what happened.
Lincoln stopped Pittsburg State’s freshman phenom. It just couldn’t stop the Gorillas’ senior stars.
There’s a reason Pittsburg State is a nationally ranked team. Actually, there’s a plethora of reasons.
Blue Tigers use 14-0 run in second half to get MIAA victory
The Lincoln women forced Southwest Baptist into a stretch of 6:10 without a point and 7:35 without field goals in the second half Saturday afternoon, using a 14-0 run during that span to turn a three-point deficit into an 11-point lead.
Cedric Ridle Jr. did everything in his power to keep Lincoln in the game. His teammates took the Blue Tigers out of it.
Beau Monson's effort propelled Calvary to a 59-36 victory against the St. Paul Concordia JV team Friday night in the first round of the Calvary Lutheran Tournament at the Trinity Lutheran gym.
It wasn’t exactly the walk in the park you’d expect when a varsity team faces off against a junior varsity squad. It was much tougher than that.
Rock Bridge’s Nick Norton completed a three-point play with 4.7 seconds left and Jefferson City missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer as the Jays fell in the fifth-place game of the Joe Machens Great 8 Classic on Saturday afternoon at Fleming Fieldhouse.
The fact Jefferson City still had a chance was stunning. After trailing by 20 points at halftime, the Jays rallied to cut the lead to 4 with 2:46 to play. That’s when Jefferson City ran out of gas.
In boys basketball action Saturday
You won’t see many better defensive efforts in boys varsity basketball than what Chamois did Saturday afternoon.
In girls basketball action Saturday
It was closer than expected. That may not be much of a shock, though, considering Chamois is the No. 6 team in the state for Class 1.
I’m going to play Santa Claus for a little bit. Or better yet, Stillman Claus! Here’s a little of who’s been nice, who’s been naughty and then I’ll add in what would be the perfect present for your favorite team.
Lincoln’s best came from its bench Wednesday night. But despite a strong effort from four reserves, the Blue Tigers fell a missed 3-pointer short in a 75-72 loss to Maryville at Jason Gym.
Eleven days after No. 5 Hickman blasted Jefferson City by 27 points, the Jays made a game of it Tuesday night.
The Lincoln men’s basketball team came rolling out of the gate. The Blue Tigers then stumbled the rest of the way.
The St. Elizabeth Lady Hornets used a big effort from the free-throw line to rack up a 47-26 win over the New Bloomfield Lady Wildcats on Monday night.
Nicole Collier and Katie Vaughn shared the same bench for the three seasons previous to this one at Lincoln, with Collier as an assistant under Vaughn.
The hole was too big to dig out of. The Calvary Lutheran Lions allowed 15 straight first-quarter points and trailed by 14 after eight minutes of play.
It’s a tough task to compete in varsity basketball without any substitutes. It’s just about impossible when your starting five includes three freshmen.
Blair Oaks took advantage of Russellville’s guard shortage, using fullcourt pressure and halfcourt traps to force 28 turnovers en route to a 63-36 victory.