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Brent Foster

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After successful season, Lady Jays golf aims higher

The Jefferson City Lady Jays golf team got a taste of success last year. Now their coach wants to take the next step. After reaching sectionals last season, Jefferson City head coach Randy Bickel said he believes this year’s squad could get to the state meet as a team.

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Missouri free from serious injuries heading into season opener

Something was missing when Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel met with the media Monday: There was no injury report.

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Josey hopes to be same player after recovering from severe knee injury

Missouri running back Henry Josey is back. And he doesn’t care who knows it. So excited to get back into game action, Josey shaved “I’m Back” into the back of his head for the beginning of fall camp earlier this month.

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Marcantonio improves during Jefferson City scrimmage

At this time of year, all any coach can ask for is improvement from play to play. During Jefferson City’s Red and Black Scrimmage on Friday at Adkins Stadium, that’s exactly what they saw out of quarterback Gabe Marcantonio. The first-year starter settled in as the scrimmage went on, seeming to grow more comfortable.

Mauk could take snaps for Tigers this season

Missouri’s quarterback competition officially closed last week when head coach Gary Pinkel named senior quarterback James Franklin the starter. But that doesn’t mean backup Maty Mauk won’t see the field.

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Jays football players show mothers what it’s like to be on the team

Jefferson City Jays football players on Tuesday evening handed over their jerseys to their mothers to take part in Mom’s Night at Adkins Stadium, a nice distraction as the season opener on Aug. 31 looms.

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Jays looking for Strobel to be catalyst on defense

There was a time last season when Jefferson City football coach Ted LePage wasn’t sure what he had in linebacker Hayden Strobel. But in the fifth game of the season against DeSmet, LePage saw it all click ....

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Franklin named starting quarterback for Tigers (VIDEO)

In an announcement that had long been anticpated, Missouri coach Gary Pinkel announced he had decided to name James Franklin as the starting quarterback for the Tigers.

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Missouri hopes talented group of receivers pays off this season

Missouri’s receiving corps showed two sides in Saturday’s first scrimmage of fall camp. Marcus Lucas and Jaleel Clark each hauled in touchdowns of more than 65 yards, showing the group’s deep-threat potential. But Missouri’s receivers were plagued by several dropped passes and they made a few mistakes in route running. For an offense that struggled to find any rhythm last year, the Tigers need as many positive moments as possible from its experienced group of receivers.

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MU senior Davis continues tradition from Lake area

Coach Pinkel holds football walk-ons in high regard

When former School of the Osage Indian Ryan Edwards first arrived to play football as a walk-on at Missouri, one might say things were a little exclusionary.

Tigers' starting QB battle to be decided soon

Franklin gets most first-team snaps in Saturday’s scrimmage

Missouri’s first scrimmage of fall practice came and went with the battle for the starting quarterback remaining unsettled. Although there are hints the competition may be nearing its conclusion.

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Franklin feels support of his Missouri teammates

Missouri quarterback James Franklin hasn’t won the starting quarterback job. But he’s won over his teammates, including one competing for his job. After a rough season full of injuries that saw Franklin take a lot of criticism from fans, his teammates seem to be behind the senior 100 percent.

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Last year’s struggles could bode well for MU offensive line

COLUMBIA — For all the trouble Missouri had with its offensive line a year ago, there is a silver lining: Experience gained.

Mizzou holds annual Fan Day

Once August hits, it’s all business for members of the Missouri football team.

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Tigers do away with two-a-days

Hope move helps keep them fresh

Known as someone who can be very set in his ways, Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel called an audible during the offseason. As a way to try and stay fresh and avoid the injury bug that has haunted the Tigers in the last two seasons, the coach decided to change up his team’s practice routine.

This may be season Mid-Missouri teams break through with title

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A few Mid-Missouri high school football teams came close to breaking a drought last season. And there’s reason to think a few of those teams could finish the job this year.

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Missouri football team looking for respect

When Missouri opened fall football camp last year, the coaching staff adorned shirts emblazoned with “Respect” on the back.

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Football Tigers set to open fall practice today

How will Missouri respond to its first losing season since 2004? Is Gary Pinkel on the hot seat? Will James Franklin start the entire season at quarterback? Will the offense look any different under new coordinator Josh Henson?

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Caballero hopes to bring success as new JCHS activities director

New Jefferson City High School activities director Mark Caballero is no stranger to success. He comes to Jefferson City High School after a successful stint at Ozark High School where winning became the norm.

Silent owner holds the key to Rams’ future in St. Louis

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The end of the 2014 NFL season is just more than 17 months away. In other words, the St. Louis Rams may be the St. Louis Rams for only 17 more months.

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Jays focus on fundamentals at camp

While meeting with his team after the first day of summer camp, Jefferson City wrestling coach Phil Cagle had a clear message for his squad. It was a message especially important for a young team that will include just two seniors this season.

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Truman State moves from MIAA to GLVC

After more than 100 years of competition in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, a founding member has moved on. Monday marked the official first day in the Great Lakes Valley Conference for Truman State.

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McGurk proud of progress made in his time at JCHS

It’s inevitable that with time comes change.

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Polowy commits to Missouri State

LeeAnn Polowy was hoping to commit to a college before the rush of the fall and high-school ball started back up. She did just that Wednesday as the Blair Oaks senior committed to play basketball at Missouri State.

MU’s basketball schedule a step in the right direction

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The reason isn’t as important as the fact. The University of Missouri has appeared to make a concerted effort to ramp up its non-conference home basketball schedule.

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Lady Falcons host summer camp

WARDSVILLE — When the Blair Oaks’ girls basketball team takes the floor next season, it won’t come as much of a secret the team will be smaller and less experienced inside.

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After short break, Jay baseball players begin summer schedule

The high school baseball season wrapped up one week ago with the final state championship games. But it’s already back to work for the Jefferson City Jays.

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Lady Jays stressing fundamentals at team camp

If the Jefferson City volleyball team learned something last season, it’s that defense does matter. Ozark showed the Lady Jays just how much it mattered in the state quarterfinals. So as the Lady Jays held summer camp this week at Fleming Fieldhouse, it was no surprise head coach Christine Meyer made sure defense was on the mind of her players.

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Competition strong for football Jays

It isn’t hard to find the theme of Jefferson City’s offseason activities: Competition. After seven Jays signed to play college football on signing day (and more are likely to find a spot on college rosters), summer has been a chance to see who will step into new positions.

Comets work a long Friday

To say there was uncertainty Friday for the Fatima Comets would be an understatement.

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Familiar formula leads Fatima to Class 3 state baseball crown

The Fatima baseball team used clutch hitting and strong starting pitching to reach the Final Four. It was only fitting that combination ended up leading the Comets to a state championship.

Fatima baseball team reaches state title game

Fourteen hours after he started it, Seth Lehmen finished it.

Fatima game suspended by rain

Fatima sure knew how to make its first Final Four in 17 years exciting. Or, at least the weather did.

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Camp starts summer activities for basketball Jays

There’s little doubt the Jefferson City basketball team is going to be busy this summer.

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Burkett overcomes injury, ready to defend in pole vault

Joey Burkett is hoping to save his best for the very last minute.

One and done rule not good for NCAA basketball

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Because the NBA requires players to be at least 19-years old and one year removed from high school before becoming eligible to be drafted, many of the elite high school players see college as nothing more than a one-year finishing school.

Delayed victory for Linn’s Rush

Races to title in spite of incorrect lap counter

Linn senior Tyler Rush was on his way to his first career state track title. Or at least that’s what he thought.

Rudroff a quick learner at long jump

Takes Class 2 state title

South Callaway’s Garner Rudroff had not competed in the long jump prior to this year. But he said he’s always been good at jumping.

South Callaway relay team wins title in first time together

The Class 1 and 2 Missouri State High School Activities Association Track and Field Championships at Dwight T. Reed Stadium was the first time the South Callaway 4x100-meter relay team had run together this year.

Russellville bests Linn for district baseball crown

The Russellville Indians did almost everything right in Wednesday night’s Class 2 District 8 title game against Linn. That is except for the postgame celebration. Russellville coach Lucas Branson was a little too quick when his team tried to give him a bath of water after the game.

Area golfers prepare for one last tournament

It was a season of firsts for the Blair Oaks golf team.

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Recent woes carry over to district opener for Jays

With an early 5-2 lead against Camdenton, the Jefferson City baseball team appeared like it might have broken out of the late-season funk that had plagued it for the last two weeks.

Jefferson City handles Quincy 8-0

The Jays pounced on the Blue Devils for six runs in the first inning. That was more than enough for senior Cameron Carroll, who tossed a complete-game shutout as the Jays rolled to an 8-0 victory at Vivion Field on Senior Night.

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Jays fail to close innings in loss to Rock Bridge

Rock Bridge scored seven runs with two outs and knocked off Jefferson City 9-3 in an important battle of top-five teams at Vivion Field.

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Hennessy hurls Jays past Bulldogs

Jefferson City pitcher Travis Hennessy spent this week of practice working to develop a more consistent changeup. He did that and more Thursday night. Hennessy pitched a two-hit shutout as the Jays downed South Callaway 6-0.

Green-Beckham ready to live up to the hype for Tigers

No one ever said Missouri receiver Dorial Green-Beckham was an ordinary football recruit. His presence on campus was anticipated more than any player in recent memory. He was shielded from the media as much as possible and had immediate expectations placed on him few players, if any, likely could have lived up to. So after a freshman season in which the receiver made more headlines off the field than on, the former top-ranked recruit is confident he’s made strides to become a better receiver.

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Franklin shines in MU spring game

In battle for starting QB job

Missouri quarterback James Franklin has been in this situation before. Entering the 2011 Black and Gold Game, Franklin — then a sophomore with zero career starts — was battling for the starting quarterback job with fellow sophomore Tyler Gabbert.

Spring football doesn’t mean a whole lot

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It’s a chance for fans to get together, strike up the grills and tell their comrades how good or bad their favorite team is going to be. But spring games offer little in the way of meaningful football, if that’s what someone is looking for.

Dennis and Roberta Licklider named to Hall

It’s not very often a husband and wife get to coach alongside each other. It’s even more rare to do so while having an unparalleled level of success spanning decades. Meet the Lickliders. Longtime Jefferson City High School track and field coaches Roberta and Dennis Licklider were inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Sunday night at the Capitol Plaza Hotel.

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Pete Adkins named Missouri Sports Legend

Former Jefferson City High School football coach Pete Adkins is not short by any stretch of the imagination when it comes to accomplishments. He won 405 games, owns a 71-game winning streak and captured nine state football championships during his 43 years as a head coach. He was even the subject of a Melissa Etheridge music video (which was shown during the ceremony) honoring his accomplishments. All of that only scratches the surface. But when he learned he was going to be named a Missouri Sports Legend by the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, he knew he had something he could put up there with all the other highlights in his career.