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Helias' Weaver waves off rough start of Jamboree

Published Aug. 24 2019

WARDSVILLE — Jacob Weaver's first pass attempt Friday night was intercepted. "I could have come out a little better," Weaver,...

Crusaders work to build depth at scrimmage

Published Aug. 18 2019

There were a lot of good things that came out of Helias' football scrimmage Saturday morning at the Crusader Athletic...

Press Box: Amphibian encounters provide a needed diversion following loss of a colleague

Published Aug. 11 2019

Having pets in the workplace is generally frowned upon. And despite the occasional plea for a dog or a cat...

Renegades drop series opener against Joplin

Published Jul. 18 2019

The Jefferson City Renegades battled to the end, but the deficit was too big to overcome. The Joplin Outlaws scored eight...

Renegades drop DH at home to Generals

Published Jul. 17 2019

The Jefferson City Renegades made the MINK League playoffs in each of their first two seasons.

Press Box: Cardinals just need a winning streak, while Royals look to the future

Published Jul. 7 2019

One is almost inexplicably still in the baseball postseason hunt. The other is quite explicable.

Renegades strand 13 on base, lose 5-3 to Bombers

Published Jul. 6 2019

The Jefferson City Renegades didn't have a lot of problems getting men on base Friday night. It was getting them around...

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...