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While the ground in Mid-Missouri may be frozen and not-so-green, the boys are summer are about to get back at it in Florida and Arizona.
The Jefferson City Lady Jays can scratch one off their bucket list.
Up by four points heading into the fourth quarter, the Helias Lady Crusaders needed to concentrate on two things with eight minutes to play Tuesday night against the St. Joseph’s Academy Angels.
The biggest player on the floor had the biggest impact on the game.
Playing offense is fun, playing defense wins games. The Jefferson City Lady Jays are having fun winning games.
Thursday night’s dual between the Jefferson City Jays and the C.B.C. Cadets had more than its share of 50/50 matches. With their three-plus season regular-season dual winning streak on the line, the Jays made sure the coin flips went their way in a surprising 42-16 victory against the Cadets at Fleming Fieldhouse.
The Jefferson City Jays handed the C.B.C. Cadets a 57-22 loss in a wrestling dual last January at Fleming Fieldhouse. The Cadets are coming back for another shot.
Phil Pitts is ready to embrace the next challenge. And that challenge is at St. Joseph Central High School.
The beat goes on for the Jefferson City Jays.
Up by double digits early in the fourth quarter, things could have been comfortable for the Jefferson City Lady Jays.
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When there are messages on Twitter saying at least the Tigers were able to string together a few good possessions in a row, you know things aren’t going so well.
For the past three-plus years, consistency has been the calling card for the Jefferson City Jays on the wrestling mat.
They’re looking to finish off the sweep. The senior class of wrestlers for the Jefferson City Jays has never lost to the Helias Crusaders in the annual crosstown dual and they look to go 4-for-4 tonight when the latest edition of the rivalry is held at Rackers Fieldhouse.
The Jefferson City Jays were sitting in second place heading into the third-place match at 220 pounds. Tekoah Sage of the Jays was facing Devon Byrd of Holt, which was in third.
Helias freshman Evan Winder wrestled his way into the title match Saturday night at 106 in the Capital City Invitational at Fleming Fieldhouse where he met Kelvin Eblen of Park Hill.
The Helias Crusaders are seeing progress on the wrestling mats.
The competition was tough on the opening night of the Capital City Invitational.
One of the pieces of advice Phil Pitts received when he left Helias to become a coach at the University of Missouri was not to change the lifestyle of his family for the first year. College coaching can be a volatile profession. It was sage advice.
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The Chiefs exorcised some of the demons from the past 22 years Saturday afternoon when they rolled to a 30-0 victory against the Houston Texans in an AFC wild-card playoff game.
Eddie Horn wasn’t looking for a new job in 1990. But then Jefferson City High School came calling. And 26 years and nearly 600 victories later, so has the Missouri High School Soccer Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame. Horn was one of four inductees Saturday at a ceremony in Columbia.
Annual event brings top boys teams to Jefferson City
In the late 1990s, Eddie Horn was looking to strengthen the schedule for the Jefferson City Jays boys soccer team. And so the Art Firley Shootout was born.
Eddie Horn was one of four men inducted Saturday into the Missouri High School Soccer Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame in Columbia.
It was a learning experience for the Helias Crusaders.
The Jefferson City Jays are ready for a break.
Coming off a tough two days at The Clash XIV in Rochester, Minn., Phil Cagle was a bit concerned.
Winning may truly be contagious. Coming off an unexpectedly good performance last week at the Kinloch Classic in Springfield, the Helias Crusaders swept duals from the Rock Bridge Bruins and Camdenton Lakers on Tuesday night at Rackers Fieldhouse.
Good shooting, excellent passing, hard work on the offensive boards — the Jefferson City Lady Jays did it all Monday night.
The decision to go wasn’t quickly made. But the Jefferson City Jays decided they wanted to test themselves against some of the top wrestling teams in the country Friday and Saturday in The Clash XIV in Rochester, Minn.
In their first two games of the Holiday Hoops Invitational, the Jefferson City Lady Jays struggled to score. Things changed Wednesday night.
In girls basketball action
The Lebanon Lady Jackets held Alton, Ill., scoreless in the final 2:45 of the game Wednesday to take a 48-42 decision from the Lady Redbirds in the fifth-place game of the Holiday Hoops Invitational at Rackers Fieldhouse.
The Blue Springs South Lady Jaguars closed the third quarter with a 10-2 run and went on to post a 69-61 win Wednesday afternoon against the Eureka Lady Wildcats in the seventh-place game of the Holiday Hoops Invitational at Rackers Fieldhouse.
For two quarters, the Jefferson City Lady Jays and St. Joseph Benton Lady Cardinals circled each other like a pair of prize fighters waiting to pounce if the other made a mistake.
LaJarvia Brown is one of the top prep triple jumpers in the country.
The Lebanon Lady Jackets closed the second quarter on a 10-0 run Tuesday afternoon in their way to a 63-47 victory against the Blue Springs South Lady Jaguars in a loser’s bracket semifinal of the State Farm Holiday Hoops Invitational at Rackers Fieldhouse.
The St. Joseph Benton Lady Cardinals have become a fixture through the years at the State Farm Holiday Hoops Invitational.
It was the Ny’jah White Show.
The Helias Crusaders are ready to get back to seeing someone else on the wrestling mats.
The beginning of the game was good for the Jefferson City Lady Jays. The ending wasn’t bad.
Having a full wrestling lineup can be a luxury at the Class 1 level.
The California Lady Pintos and Owensville Dutchgirls were both getting the shots they wanted early in Saturday’s game in the Capital City Shootout.
If it was truly the last game in St. Louis for the Rams, it was memorable. And yellow. Really, really yellow.
It looks like it should be a pretty good matchup when the California Lady Pintos and the Owensville Dutchgirls meet this afternoon in the Capital City Shootout.
The pressure got to the Helias Lady Crusaders.
Growing up, Sarah Luebbert would go to Missouri women’s soccer matches and get autographs from the Tiger players.
Phil Cagle had a message. The championship dual at the Missouri Duals was a little more than halfway competed when the Jefferson City head wrestling coach motioned Gavin DeWitt over for a quick chat.
Last year, the Jefferson City Jays advanced to the title round of the Missouri Duals.
The Jefferson City Lady Jays and Helias Lady Crusaders are no strangers to playing in town during the Christmas holidays. But for first-year coaches Brad Conway at Jefferson City and Sarah Eagan at Helias, it will be their first experiences with the State Farm Holiday Hoops Invitational.
The atmosphere was different. And so were the final results.
Ready or not, the wrestling season is here for the Helias Crusaders.
The final numbers were relatively even. Except for one, and that proved to be the difference.