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Jays wrestling defeats Eldon, Battle in double dual

Published Jan. 10 2019

The Jefferson City Jays closed Wednesday night's double dual in style.

Jays wrestling wins duals vs. Ozark, Nixa

Published Jan. 4 2019

The first one was easy, the second got a little tense. But both turned out to be victories.

Helias wrestling opens 2019 with pair of wins

Published Jan. 3 2019

More often than not, the Helias Crusaders enter wrestling duals shorthanded. Unable to fill out a full 14-wrestler lineup, the...

Lady Jays win defensive battle for Holiday Hoops Invitational championship

Published Dec. 30 2018

Looking at the bracket, the Jefferson City Lady Jays and St. Joseph Benton Lady Cardinals appeared to be on a...

Lady Crusaders use second-half runs to pull past Hickman

Published Dec. 30 2018

The Helias Lady Crusaders scored the first 12 points of the third quarter Saturday to turn a six-point lead into...

Blair Oaks girls top Blue Springs South for fifth place

Published Dec. 30 2018

"It was important for us to score first in overtime," Blair Oaks coach Darren Heckman said after the Lady Falcons'...

Press Box: It's December, time to fret about Chiefs and playoffs

Published Dec. 30 2018

If you're a Chiefs fan, you woke up last Monday morning with a sense of an all-to-familiar sense of dread....

Lady Jays romp past Hickman, 68-20

Published Dec. 29 2018

The Jefferson City Lady Jays closed the first quarter with a 9-0 run.

Lady Crusaders drop 43-29 decision to Benton

Published Dec. 29 2018

Down by 15 after one quarter, the Helias Lady Crusaders were going to need to piece together a scoring run...

Big fourth quarter sends Hickman past Poplar Bluff

Published Dec. 28 2018

Emma Chapman's layup with :27.1 remaining proved to be the difference Thursday night as the Hickman Kewpies edged the Poplar...

Blair Oaks girls fall to St. Joseph Benton

Published Dec. 28 2018

The St. Joseph Benton Lady Cardinals used an 8-0 spurt midway through the second quarter Thursday night to push their...

Conway and Anderson have been strong duo for Lady Jays

Published Dec. 26 2018

They arrived together at Jefferson City High School 3 1/2 years ago.

Anderson reaches 1,000 points, Conway 500 wins in Lady Jays' victory vs. Smith-Cotton

Published Dec. 20 2018

It was a night for career milestones. Caitlin Anderson found out she was close to reaching hers just a few days...

Lady Jays cruise to 58-24 win in Shootout

Published Dec. 16 2018

The Jefferson City Lady Jays had a size advantage in Saturday's game against the Miller Career Academy Phoenix. A definite size...

California girls wear down S. Callaway for 55-39 win

Published Dec. 16 2018

In a game of runs, the California Lady Pintos had the final one for the win. The Lady Pintos used a...

Helias defeats Borgia, Pacific in wrestling

Published Dec. 13 2018

With Borgia and Pacific not having full lineups Wednesday night, the Helias Crusaders were almost assured of picking up a...

Jays wrestling finishes third at Missouri Duals

Published Dec. 9 2018

The Jefferson City Jays went 5-2 and took third place in the Missouri Duals. That's good. The fact they did...

Helias wrestling falls to Jays in third-place dual

Published Dec. 9 2018

Weston Keleher got his first taste of the Helias-Jefferson City wrestling rivalry Saturday. What did he think?

Helias beats Tolton, falls to Neosho at Missouri Duals

Published Dec. 8 2018

The scoreboard doesn't always tell the story. "Win or lose, I want to see the kids compete and push the pace,"...

Jays open Missouri Duals with 2-1 start

Published Dec. 8 2018

Maximizing your wins is important. But sometimes, so is minimizing your losses. "All of our duals are going to be close...