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Helias hopes tough schedule pays off in districts

Published Oct. 21 2018

The run through the gauntlet came to an end Friday night for the Helias Crusaders. A regular season that saw the...

Crusaders outclassed by De Smet at home

Published Oct. 20 2018

Size matters. "They are so big up front on both sides of the ball," Helias coach Chris Hentges said Friday...

Helias looks to improve in regular-season finale as it hosts De Smet

Published Oct. 19 2018

The schedule doesn't get any easier for the Helias Crusaders. The goals haven't changed either.

Jays soccer blanks Springfield Central on Senior Night

Published Oct. 19 2018

"Those goals were fighting goals," Jays coach Scott Blake said Thursday night after Jefferson City blanked Springfield Central 2-0 on...

Rock Bridge takes advantage of opportunities, tops Jays 2-0

Published Oct. 18 2018

"When Rock Bridge is on, they are really on and can score in droves," Blake said after the Jays dropped...

Helias blanks Kansas City East

Published Oct. 16 2018

It turned out to be the fourth shutout of the season for Helias. But the Kansas City East Bears made...

Mexico belts four HRs in win against Helias

Published Oct. 14 2018

ASHLAND — It was a powerful performance by the Mexico Lady Bulldogs.

Friday Football: Helias plays better in loss to Rock Bridge

Published Oct. 14 2018

COLUMBIA — It was going about as well as the Helias Crusaders could expect. Helias trailed state-ranked Rock Bridge just 3-0...

Explosive third quarter powers Rock Bridge past Helias

Published Oct. 13 2018

COLUMBIA — For two quarters, the Helias Crusaders did a pretty good job of slowing down Rock Bridge Bruins senior...

Helias opts for one-way starters as it prepares to take on Rock Bridge

Published Oct. 12 2018

One big decision came out of staff meeting for the Helias coaches last Sunday night.

Helias blanks Marshall in soccer

Published Oct. 12 2018

One stat tells the story — the Helias Crusaders scored more goals than the Marshall Owls had shots.

Crusaders stay perfect in OT games with 2-1 win against Father Tolton

Published Oct. 11 2018

Wednesday night, the Crusaders went to overtime for the fourth time this season. And for the fourth time, they won...

Blake's penalty kick gives Jays 1-0 victory against Helias

Published Oct. 9 2018

The numbers said he should shoot it. So Jefferson City Jays coach Scott Blake followed the numbers after Ethan Blake...

Press Box: Lincoln football program gets the bad part of MIAA's swap of LUs

Published Oct. 7 2018

On Thursday, Lindenwood University announced it was leaving the MIAA conference after this school year. That left a hole in...

Friday Football: Helias struggles to stop wing-T of Monroe City

Published Oct. 7 2018

The Helias Crusaders worked all week to prepare for the wing-T offense of the Monroe City Panthers. Turns out a...

Monroe City beats Helias as time expires

Published Oct. 6 2018

The Helias Crusaders got some defensive stops in the second half. But not the last one.

Helias goes back to basics to prep for wing-T offense of Monroe City

Published Oct. 5 2018

The Father Tolton Trailblazers threw 23 passes in the first half in last Saturday night's game against the Helias Crusaders....

Slow start leads to 2-0 defeat for Jays against Father Tolton

Published Oct. 5 2018

Jefferson City coach Scott Blake didn't like what he saw, especially when the slow start turned into a pair of...

Covington, Veltrop lead Helias to 57-28 Homecoming win vs. Father Tolton

Published Sep. 30 2018

It was a dash of outside and a heavy serving of inside. The recipe added up for a victory.

Helias looks to snap three-game skid Saturday against Tolton

Published Sep. 28 2018

It was back to the basics in practice this week for the Helias Crusaders. A three-game losing streak can do...