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Lady Jays finish strong on both ends of court, beat Helias 63-43

Published Jan. 23 2018

The Jefferson City Lady Jays checked all the boxes Monday night against the Helias Lady Crusaders.

Helias' Wyrick enters MHSBCA HOF

Published Jan. 21 2018

When he first heard the news last October, Chris Wyrick decided to keep it mostly to himself. "I told my family,...

Helias wrestling sweeps home quadrangular

Published Jan. 19 2018

The atmosphere at Rackers Fieldhouse was a little different 24 hours later. But the result wasn't. Helias upended Jefferson City 32-28...

Helias' lineup adjustment pays off in 32-28 win against Jays

Published Jan. 18 2018

In the days leading up to Wednesday's crosstown dual against Jefferson City, Helias coach Bryant Gaines ran through the numbers...

Guinn named activities director at Helias

Published Jan. 17 2018

It's an opportunity for Tom Guinn to do something he's always wanted. "This has been a goal of mine for a...

Helias to host Jays in wrestling dual

Published Jan. 17 2018

This one has the potential to be a little closer than in recent years. The Jefferson City Jays have won 13...

Lady Crusaders beat Southern Boone for 10th victory

Published Jan. 16 2018

The Helias Lady Crusaders ended last basketball season with 10 wins. They already have 10 this season. And it sure doesn't...

Press Box: Picking the Chiefs in the postseason a losing proposition again

Published Jan. 14 2018

I didn't listen to myself. Way back in Week 6 of the season in the News Tribune Picks, I said the...

Jays finish fifth in Capital City Invitational

Published Jan. 14 2018

With three opens in the lineup, capturing any team honors this weekend was going to be a tall task for...

The time is right for Hentges to return as Helias football coach

Published Jan. 12 2018

The timing isn't ideal. But it is the right time for Chris Hentges to return for a second stint as head...

Helias girls hold off St. James

Published Jan. 10 2018

CALIFORNIA — The St. James Lady Tigers wouldn't give up. The Helias Lady Crusaders wouldn't give in.

California girls dominate Fulton

Published Jan. 10 2018

The California Lady Pintos put on a clinic on both ends of the floor in the first quarter Tuesday.

Lady Crusaders beat Moberly 53-51 on shot at buzzer

Published Jan. 6 2018

With a little more than a second remaining Friday night, the Helias Lady Crusaders were 94 feet from a potential...

Benton's defense too much for Lady Jays

Published Dec. 31 2017

There are two things you can count on at the end of the year. One, you can't forget to...

Helias girls hold off Hickman for third place

Published Dec. 31 2017

Up by seven points with 2:37 left in the fourth quarter Saturday afternoon, it looked like the Helias Lady Crusaders...

Lady Crusaders struggle to score in loss to Benton

Published Dec. 30 2017

Defense wins games, defense wins championships. But

Holiday Hoops Invitational: Blue Springs South 55, Quincy 40

Published Dec. 30 2017

The Blue Springs South Lady Jaguars dominated for about three minutes Friday afternoon. That was enough.

Defensive spurt leads Lady Jays past Quincy

Published Dec. 29 2017

The Jefferson City Lady Jays held a comfortable lead against the Quincy Blue Devils heading into the final two minutes...

Jays, Crusaders set for wrestling tournaments

Published Dec. 29 2017

The Jefferson City Jays and Helias Crusaders wrestling teams will be heading south for the remainder of their holidays.

Holiday Hoops Invite: Hickman 41, Blue Springs South 30

Published Dec. 29 2017

The Hickman Kewpies didn't get the ball to Emma Chapman much in the first quarter Thursday and it showed on...