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David Owen

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Longhorns tell their version of story

Texas A&M could have been a partner with Texas in a lucrative television network but wasn’t interested in joining the Longhorns when the idea was hatched, Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds said Thursday.

Jays former head coach Cole back to pump up defense

No matter how much things change over the years, some things remain the same. Ron Cole knows that all too well. It’s been a decade since the former Jefferson City head coach retired, but he has returned to the sideline.

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Jays ready to get the season started

There’s an excitement in the air at Adkins Stadium that’s ready to explode.

British Open lives up to title with plenty of names taking aim at Claret Jug

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You have to love the British Open. It’s the history. It’s the weather. And it’s been wide open from the start.

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Winning in grand fashion: Geist’s slam helps Post 5 take opener

A home run can change a game, but a grand slam can blow it wide open.

Blair Oaks scores two runs in seventh, downs Centralia 8-7

The Blair Oaks Falcons had a little more fight in them Thursday night against one of their fiercest rivals.

Rory’s roaring: Northern Irishman seems destined for major breakthrough

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It seems like it was only yesterday. Before all the tweeting pictures of a public figure became the headlines and even funnier punchlines. Before Tiger Woods announced he would miss his first U.S. Open since 1994.

Lady Jays not resting on past accomplishments

When you’ve won back-to-back district title and have four starters coming back, it’s a bit of a luxury.

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Thompson getting first look at Jays

The talent is there. Now it’s just a matter of harnessing it, helping it reach its full potential and taking it to the next level.

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Jays, Lady Jays wrap up Class 4 championships

It wasn’t the best final day of the state track and field meet for Jefferson City. But it’s something to build on.

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Martin gives best effort on final attempt, takes second in long jump

Kezia Martin had a goal of jumping 18 feet in the long jump.

Jays, Lady Jays hope for strong showing at State Track Meet

The state meet isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s about staring down the best of the best and hoping to make it to the medal stand.

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Hard work pays off at Class 1 & 2 state track meet

Vienna’s Meier wins two titles, Lady Eagles finish second

Katlyn Meier put in the work and it paid off. The Vienna senior grabbed state titles in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles and finished second and third in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, respectively, to help the Lady Eagles to a second-place finish Saturday at the Class 1 State Track and Field Championships.

An extra boost may be on the way for student athletes

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Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany announced last week the conference will starting looking into providing its student-athletes scholarships that will cover cost-of-living expenses. With the cost of everything rising every year and the problems with agents, certified or not, and boosters, it seems like the right thing to do.

Jays, Lady Jays focused on getting out of sectional

Jefferson City’s track and field teams have one main goal at today’s Class 4 sectional meet at West Plains.

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Top-seeded Jays to face Waynesville

Being the top seed in a district tournament has its advantages. But not so much in the Class 4 District 10 tournament.

Helias senior Huber bidding for state golf honors in Class 3

Belle, Linn, Tipton, Eugene seek trophies

Michael Huber is on a quest. The Helias senior is hoping to become an all-state golfer.

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Jays set sights on another district title

The Jefferson City Lady Jays have been winning district titles for the last 15 years.

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One bad frame costs Jays in loss to Indians

One bad inning is all it takes. The second inning was that inning for the Jefferson City Jays.

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Indians strike first, hold on for win

By the time the Helias Crusader offense woke up, it was too little too late.

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Jefferson City scores 15 runs following lengthy layoff

WESTPHALIA — A lengthy layoff can be detrimental to a baseball team.

Fatima gets Shelled

A lengthy layoff can be detrimental to a baseball team.

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Thompson returns to familiar surroundings as Jays’ new coach

Blair Thompson is back home.

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Jays baseball squad downs Bulldogs

Michael Washington knows how to set the tone.

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Helias shuts out Lady Jays 1-0

Helias didn’t need any extra time. The Jefferson City Lady Jays could’ve used some.

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Jefferson City, Helias to see where they stand in today’s C.C. Relays

With a little more than a month left before the state championships, the Jefferson City and Helias track and field teams want to see just where they stand.

Changes coming to Missouri high school football playoff format

Change is on the way again for the state’s high school football teams. The Missouri State High School Activities Association board of directors unanimously voted April 2 to change the football playoff format, beginning in 2012.

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Jays post win, loss on first day of tourney

If you had to assess the Jefferson City Jays’ opening day of the Capital City Invitational, you could say it went well.

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Big first lifts Spartans past Jays

The Jefferson City Jays came into Wednesday’s game against Francis Howell Central riding a six-game winning streak, including a Willard Tournament title.

Blair Oaks coasts past Southern Boone

ASHLAND — The last time the Blair Oaks Falcons took the field, they had trouble capitalizing on their chances.

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Falcons fall 3-1 to Thunderbirds

The North Callaway Thunderbirds came into their game against Blair Oaks scoring 60 runs in their first four games.

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Jays cruise to victory in home opener against Quincy

Since opening the season two weeks ago, the Jefferson City Jays had been waiting to get back on the field.

Helias golf team in rebuilding mode

The Helias Crusaders are entering unfamiliar territory as the golf season is set to begin — they’re rebuilding.

Competition stiff for varsity positions on Jays golf team

The Jefferson City Jays know exactly how difficult their journey getting to state is going to be.

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Blair Oaks slated to open season today at Iberia

The Blair Oaks baseball team had plenty of talent last year. But the Falcons finished the season with an early exit in the district tournament.

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Fox stepping down as Jays coach

The Jefferson City Jays are doing something they haven’t done in a while.

Jays, Lady Jays relying on youth this season

The Jefferson City Lady Jays spent the better part of the last decade hoisting team trophies.

Falcons, Lady Falcons have sights set on strong season

After a 10th-place finish at last year’s state track and field championships, the Blair Oaks Lady Falcons are setting the bar higher.

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Helias posts OT victory over Lebanon

It may have gone on longer than Helias wanted it, but the Lady Crusaders will take the win to start the season.

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Jays set to hit the ground running today against Glendale

The Jefferson City Jays didn’t have the best season last year under first-year head coach Brian Ash.

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Strafford edges Blair Oaks in Class 3 quarterfinals

The road to the Final Four came to an emotional end for the Blair Oaks Falcons.

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Falcons, Indians put winning streaks on the line in quarterfinals

Winning is nothing new to Blair Oaks or Strafford.

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Falcons advance to quarterfinals with sectional win over Dixon

Four years of sectional heartbreaks were washed away Wednesday night when the Blair Oaks Falcons busted through the sectional barrier with a win over Dixon in their Class 3 sectional game at Missouri S&T.

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Falcons set to clash with fast-paced Bulldogs

The Blair Oaks Falcons already have achieved so much this season.

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Helias boys fall to St. Francis Borgia

The St. Francis Borgia Knights took care the ball, shot it well and defended relentlessly Wednesday night.

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Helias girls go cold in season-ending loss

The Helias Lady Crusaders had St. Francis Borgia right where they wanted them.

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Falcons set their sights on another district title

The Blair Oaks Falcons may have a big bulls-eye on their backs, but they’re sure not playing like it.

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Lady Falcons facing stiff competition at districts

The Blair Oaks Lady Falcons know the road to the state playoffs is going to be a tough one.

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Bruins cash in on late turnovers

The Jefferson City Jays’ roller coaster ride of a season came to a sudden end Friday night.

Falcons’ winning streak reaches 16

The Blair Oaks Falcons’ winning streak reached 16 games Tuesday night with a thrashing of California.