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Uninspired Tigers just playing out the string
No one can tell a tale of woe like a Missouri Tiger sports fan. And the current one is a doozy.
A big Linn crowd didn’t have a lot to cheer about in the first two quarters Wednesday night. The Wildcats got them on their feet in the final two periods. Down by 19 at the half to Father Tolton in a Class 2 sectional game at Fleming Fieldhouse, the Wildcats got things together in the final two quarters in a 69-49 loss to the Trailblazers.
Already down two starters, the California Lady Pintos probably didn’t think it could get any worse. Well, maybe it could.
Saturday at state wrestling
The better days may indeed be ahead for the Jefferson City Jays wrestling program. But the last three have been pretty good.
Wrestling lessons learned
The Helias Crusaders had just two wrestlers qualify for the Class 3 state tournament. But Nick Gaines and Jacob Schulte didn’t go through preparations alone last week.
Jacob Schulte did exactly what he needed to do.
It was an up-and-down opening day for the Jefferson City Jays. The ups were four Jays advanced to the quarterfinals with first-round victories Thursday night in the Class 4 state wrestling championships at Mizzou Arena. The downs were the other four Jays state qualifiers finished 0-2 and were eliminated from the tournament.
At Class 4 state wrestling tournament
If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. This week’s Class 4 state tournament will bring a conclusion to one of the best seasons in the history of the Jefferson City Jays wrestling program. So don’t expect to see much different from the eight Jays qualifiers when the tournament starts today at 5 p.m. at Mizzou Arena.
Helias has two in Class 3 state wrestling tournament
Nick Gaines and Jacob Schulte just need to focus on what’s in front of them.
A piece of advice if you ever have the opportunity to walk into the Jefferson City Jays wrestling room before practice. Keep your head on a swivel.
Sam is seen, not heard in aftermath of announcement
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In boys basketball
“We let another team get out of here with a win in overtime,” Jefferson City coach Blair Thompson said after the Jays dropped a 73-72 decision Saturday afternoon to the Rock Bridge Bruins.
The results were similar. The post-game attitudes were 180 degrees different. On Tuesday, the Jefferson City Lady Jays fell 55-19 at home to the Hickman Kewpies. Thursday night, the Lady Jays dropped a 61-23 decision to Rock Bridge at Fleming Fieldhouse.
You have to look long and hard to find any potential weaknesses for the Hickman Kewpies.
Helias hit its first four 3-pointers to take an eight-point lead after one quarter and cruised to a 74-46 victory against the Soldan Tigers at Rackers Fieldhouse.
Will Fife had three good reasons in selecting the University of Missouri to continue his track and field career.
Big fourth quarter for Lady Tigers
It was back and forth. Until the fourth. The Ozark Lady Tigers used a 13-0 run in the fourth quarter Monday night to defeat the Jefferson City Lady Jays 46-39 at Fleming Fieldhouse.
The St. Joseph’s Academy Angels jumped into a pressure defense midway through the first quarter of Wednesday night’s game against the Helias Lady Crusaders at Rackers Fieldhouse. That keyed a strong 12-minute stretch for the Angels, who defeated the Lady Crusaders 59-43.
Alec Bise was the lone senior in the starting lineup on Senior Night for the Jefferson City Jays. Extra pressure? Not that you could tell.
On a cold night, the Jefferson City Lady Jays picked a bad time to go cold. The Helias Lady Crusaders were there to take advantage. Helias outscored Jefferson City 12-1 in the second quarter Monday night on its way to a 44-29 victory at Fleming Fieldhouse.
After taking a break last season, the girls basketball version of the crosstown showdown is back.
Jefferson City Lady Jays coach Dan Ridgeway had a simple explanation of what happened Saturday afternoon. “They did exactly what we thought they would do and we didn’t do a very good job of stopping them from doing what they wanted to do,” Ridgeway said after Jefferson City dropped a 54-44 decision to the Waynesville Lady Tigers at Fleming Fieldhouse.
The final score was lopsided — getting maximum points in the nine of the 14 matches will do that. But you could see a little bit of competitive life returning to the crosstown wrestling showdown.
The defense played well enough to win. On the other side, the offense had its problems.
It was a very good Capital City Wrestling Invitational for the Jefferson City Jays. Now it’s time to go back to work.
The Jefferson City Jays had a little something extra Friday. The Jays picked up bonus points in 15 of their 24 victories on the first day of the Capital City Wrestling Invitational at Fleming Fieldhouse.
Overachieving has been the calling card of the wrestling season so far for the Jefferson City Jays. They will have a chance to continue that run this weekend when they host the Capital City Invitational at Fleming Fieldhouse.
Takes football position at Georgia Southern
Shane Meyer has stepped down as head basketball coach of the Jefferson City Lady Jays to take a position with the football program at Georgia Southern University.
The Jefferson City Jays are taking overachieving to a new level. Without a senior in the starting lineup Tuesday night, Jefferson City remained undefeated in duals this season with victories against Rockhurst (35-33) and Rock Bridge (45-25) at Fleming Fieldhouse.
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Halftime was a good time to “coach ‘em up.”
It may not have shown up in the final score, but Helias wrestling coach Jacob Wadley saw the progress the Crusaders made in the practice room in the nearly one month since their last dual.
The Helias Lady Crusaders weren’t going to let this win slip away. Problems against the press? No problem. Foul trouble? No trouble.
At the State Farm Holiday Hoops Invitational
The Lady Jays fell 44-31 to the Blue Springs South Lady Jaguars Saturday night in the semifinals of the State Farm Holiday Hoops Invitational at Rackers Fieldhouse.
At the State Farm Holiday Hoops Invitational
In the first 14 minutes Saturday, the Lady Crusaders scored 38 points and then rolled to a 67-35 victory in a loser’s bracket contest against the Southeast Lady Spartans at Rackers Fieldhouse.
The Helias Lady Crusaders went a little more than 14 game minutes without scoring a point Friday in dropping a 54-39 decision to the Blue Springs South Lady Jaguars in the opening round of the State Farm Holiday Hoops Invitational at Rackers Fieldhouse.
The Jefferson City Lady Jays entered the State Farm Holiday Hoops Invitational with one immediate goal — move to the right side of the bracket. That’s the winning side. “This is a big deal for us,” Lady Jays coach Shane Meyer said after Jefferson City stopped Southeast High School of Oklahoma City, Okla., 54-28 in the opening round of the Invitational on Friday night at
The Jefferson City Lady Jays enter the State Farm Holiday Hoops Invitational with as many wins as they compiled all of last season.
Up by three points, it wasn’t the ideal shot to take. Until it went in. The California Lady Pintos, who led from the opening minute, saw their advantage cut to 46-43 midway through the fourth quarter Saturday afternoon against the Harrisburg Lady Bulldogs.
It’s been one step up, then one step back because of injuries so far this season for the California Lady Pintos.
The Jefferson City Jays picked up bonus points in each of their eight victories Tuesday night in rolling to a 56-18 wrestling dual victory against the Fox Warriors at Fleming Fieldhouse.
The offense of the Helias Lady Crusaders is often at its best when it goes from the inside-out.
Helias’ deep run in the football playoffs meant nearly half of the wrestling team had just a handful of practices before the season began. But after Saturday’s conclusion of the Missouri Duals, the Crusaders get nearly a month off from competition.
The Helias Crusaders were in full support of their teammate. Nick Feely of the Crusaders was wrestling Grant Maledy of Rock Bridge at 220 pounds Friday night in the Missouri Duals at Rackers Fieldhouse. And when Feely picked up the win by fall, essentially clinching the dual win for Helias, the Crusaders went into full celebration mode.
The Fatima Lady Comets had a plan. Heading into Thursday night’s game against Helias, the Lady Comets wanted to dictate the speed of the contest. They did that and defeated the Lady Crusaders 53-38.
It will be a busy weekend for Eddie Horn. Busy, but fun. Horn, the head soccer coach of the Jefferson City Jays and Lady Jays, will serve as one of the coaches at this weekend’s National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Boys High School All-America Game on the campus of Rutgers University in Camden, N.J.
Crusaders stay competitive in some of their wrestling matches
Helias, which dropped a 68-4 decision Friday to Warrensburg, went 0-5 in Saturday’s duals. But the Crusaders did put out some better efforts, including one against the Kirksville Tigers. KIrksville won 60-21, but several of the matches were very competitive.
There’s a reason the “pains” part is tacked onto the end of “growing pains.” Sometimes they hurt.
The Calfornia Lady Pintos are becoming regular participants in the Missouri National Guard Shootout. And they’d like to keep it that way.
One of the main goals of a basketball tournament is putting together a competitive field for the event. Organizers believe they’ve accomplished that for the annual holiday events in Jefferson City later this month.