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Undefeated Lady Jays to host Incarnate Word

Published Feb. 19 2019

It's a test before the start of the basketball postseason for the Jefferson City Lady Jays. A really tough test.

Careaga takes second in Class 3 at 152, Helias finishes 10th as team at state

Published Feb. 17 2019

COLUMBIA — Jackson Careaga knew exactly what he faced heading into his championship match.

Backues breaks through to take fifth for Jays

Published Feb. 17 2019

COLUMBIA — Brandon Backues burst his bubble. The past two years, the Jefferson City junior had qualified for the Class...

Laux takes second in Class 1 at 120 pounds for Fatima

Published Feb. 17 2019

COLUMBIA — You could see it on his face, you could hear it in his voice. Lucas Laux was frustrated.

Helias goes 5-for-5 to open Class 3 state tournament

Published Feb. 15 2019

COLUMBIA — It was down to the final :11 of regulation. Helias junior Aleksey Salaz had just been whistled for a...

Jays advance three to Class 4 quarterfinals

Published Feb. 15 2019

COLUMBIA — There were some pretty good wins and some tough defeats. It was an opening round of extremes Thursday night...

Seven Jays set for state wrestling tournament

Published Feb. 14 2019

The Jefferson City Jays are ready to take that final step. "It's been a fun year, we've had dual success and...

Five Crusaders take medal hopes to state

Published Feb. 14 2019

It's like Christmas morning for wrestling coaches. The state tournament brackets were released Monday and coaches from around the state anxiously...

Quick start leads Lady Jays past Lady Crusaders

Published Feb. 13 2019

It was a slow down on offense, make them play defense strategy. But for it to work, at some point, you...

Helias ends Osage's 12-game win streak on Senior Night

Published Feb. 7 2019

It's always nice to win on Senior Night. And while it won't be known for a little more than a week,...

Helias girls hang on to beat Gateway

Published Feb. 6 2019

The Helias Lady Crusaders scored the first basket of the fourth quarter Tuesday night to take an 18-point lead against...

Effort on defense propels Lady Jays to Shootout win

Published Feb. 3 2019

The Jefferson City Lady Jays dedicated time at practice during recent days to defense. It was time well spent.

Helias girls fall to Cardinal Ritter in Shootout

Published Feb. 3 2019

It's a habit the Helias Lady Crusaders would like to break.

Helias wins two duals on Senior Night

Published Jan. 30 2019

It was all you could ask from a Senior Night — no fuss, no stress and two dual wins.

Helias girls fall to Rolla in state-ranked battle

Published Jan. 29 2019

The Rolla Lady Bulldogs weren't perfect in the first half Monday night. But they were pretty darned close.

Press Box: Puryear has given more than he's gotten at Missouri

Published Jan. 27 2019

He always wanted to be a Missouri Tiger.

Jays drop decision to Rolla, 66-55

Published Jan. 23 2019

The Jefferson City Jays made their shots Tuesday night. They just didn't get enough of them. Jefferson City finished minus-10 in...

Lady Jays use third-quarter run to pull past Helias

Published Jan. 22 2019

The Helias Lady Crusaders played their style in the first half and kept it close. The Jefferson City Lady Jays played...

Jays avenge last year's dual loss with 41-28 win vs. Helias

Published Jan. 17 2019

The Jefferson City Jays and the Helias Crusaders entered Wednesday night's wrestling dual each having decided advantages. The Crusaders are...

Jays wrestling defeats Eldon, Battle in double dual

Published Jan. 10 2019

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