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Press Box: Building a brand

Published Jun. 16 2019

It's just common sense. If you're opening a business, you need a logo. If you're starting a conference, you need one...

Renegades pitching shines in 6-5 win against Nevada

Published Jun. 4 2019

The Jefferson City Renegades needed some relief Monday night. Colton Hoelscher and Peyton Leeper provided it as they combined to...

Helias no-hit by Borgia in semifinal, finishes third in Class 4

Published May. 31 2019

O'FALLON — When they met April 1, the Helias Crusaders scratched out a 2-0 win against Joe Schmidt and the...

St. Elizabeth wins 2-1 vs. La Plata to claim Class 1 state championship

Published May. 30 2019

O'FALLON — Things were a little tense. The St. Elizabeth Hornets were just three outs away from the Class 1...

Helias baseball back in Final Four after long drought

Published May. 30 2019

In 2004, the Helias Crusaders dropped a pair of one-run decisions to finish fourth in the Class 4 baseball Final...

Class 4 Final Four team capsules

Published May. 30 2019

Here is a look at the four baseball teams playing today in the Class 4 Final Four at O'Fallon. Record: 21-7. Ranking:...

St. Elizabeth advances to Class 1 title game with 6-1 win vs. Cooter

Published May. 29 2019

The St. Elizabeth Hornets scored four times in the top of the first inning in Tuesday afternoon's Class 1 semifinal....

St. Elizabeth looks to improve on last year's finish at state

Published May. 28 2019

The St. Elizabeth Hornets made it to the Class 1 state baseball championship game last season. This year, they want...

Crull wins 800-meter run state title for Helias

Published May. 26 2019

Jack Crull of Helias didn't reach his goal in his favorite race. He more than made up for it in...

Pitching, defense lead Fatima to Class 3 baseball Final Four

Published May. 26 2019

Pitching and defense. Together, they've been the backbone of successful baseball for a long time. The Fatima Comets have used the...

Crull running the distance threesome

Published May. 25 2019

It was all Jack Crull's idea. "I've put in a lot more work to where I can handle all of them,"...

Five-run seventh inning propels Helias to 7-6 victory against Marshfield

Published May. 23 2019

Things were looking pretty bleak. The Helias Crusaders headed to the bottom of the seventh inning Wednesday trailing the Marshfield Bluejays...

Lady Jays soccer falls to Lee's Summit West 7-0 in sectional

Published May. 22 2019

It wasn't the ending of the soccer season they were looking for. But that doesn't take anything away from the...

Troesser hurls Fatima past Houston in Class 3 sectionals

Published May. 21 2019

WESTPHALIA — The Fatima Comets kept grinding Monday. Austin Troesser made sure that effort paid off.

Press Box: Starting in 2020, get ready for some CMAC-tion

Published May. 19 2019

The worst kept secret in local high school sports is no longer a secret — the CMAC is coming starting...

Lady Jays blank Smith-Cotton for district soccer title

Published May. 17 2019

It's hard to win when you don't score. On the flip side, there are titles to be won when you keep...

St. Elizabeth routs Pilot Grove 11-1 to win district championship

Published May. 16 2019

ST. ELIZABETH — St. Elizabeth starting pitcher Aaron Blomberg was blunt in his assessment of his first inning performance Wednesday. "A...

Davidson hurls Helias to fourth straight district title

Published May. 15 2019

It wasn't Helias' last game. Davidson made sure of that, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning as the Crusaders...

Helias' Schaefer, Haley team to blank Marshall

Published May. 14 2019

ASHLAND — Sometimes the last 90 feet can be the hardest to get.

Helias set for Class 3 state golf championships

Published May. 13 2019

The fairways at Columbia Country Club can be a little tight. The competition at the Class 3 state golf championships, to...