Stories by Tom
For 21/2 quarters Thursday night, the Helias Lady Crusaders hung with the Rock Bridge Bruins.
Jalen Martin gave it all he had and that’s all anyone could ask. Martin, a Jefferson City junior, took on undefeated Chance Cooper of Timberland for the title at 195 pounds in the Class 4 state wrestling championships Saturday night at Mizzou Arena.
It wasn’t a perfect opening day for the Jefferson City Jays at the Class 4 state wrestling championships.
The Helias Crusaders achieved their No. 1 goal Thursday — staying alive.
The Jefferson City Jays will face several tough opponents in today’s opening round of the Class 4 state wrestling championships today.
They return to the state championships as the final qualifiers in their weight classes from their district tournament.
In 48-33 win against Father Tolton
For one half, it was the one of the best performances of the season for the Helias Lady Crusaders.
The Jefferson City Jays claimed three individual titles Saturday on their way to capturing team honors in the Class 4 District 3 Tournament at Fleming Fieldhouse.
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As I was standing around the other day, waiting for my glutes to activate, some thoughts crossed my mind. Tiger Woods is done. Almost.
Today’s semifinals of the Class 4 District 3 Wrestling Tournament will look a lot like a Jefferson City home dual.
It would be like trying to pick your favorite child.
Signs with Alabama Wednesday
Last May, Hale Hentges believed Alabama was the place he wanted to continue his football career. Wednesday morning, he made it official, signing a national letter of intent with the Crimson Tide during a ceremony at Helias High School.
The Webster Groves Statesmen needed to make their free throws to maintain the lead. The Jefferson City Lady Jays needed to make their free throws to cut into the deficit.
Mike Alden owes no one a complete and definitive explanation about his decision to step down as athletic director at University of Missouri. But it was just odd.
The News Tribune sports writers pick their Super Bowl winners and explain why.
Mason Field took the long road, then the short road, to the same result Tuesday night for the Helias Crusaders.
The Jefferson City Lady Jays are starting to put things together.
When word spread Tuesday morning Phil Pitts was leaving as Helias’ head football coach to accept a job at the collegiate level, a lot of those people reached out to him.
On Friday night
The Fulton Lady Hornets just wouldn’t go away until the Helias Lady Crusaders finally found a way to put them away.
Maybe the biggest surprise was there were no surprises.
The worst kept secret during the past couple of days is a secret no longer.
To take job in college
It was an emotional day for Phil Pitts. Emotional and exciting.
WARDSVILLE — The young Blair Oaks Falcons are growing up.
To take position at collegiate level
Helias head football coach Phil Pitts announced this morning he will be stepping down from his position.
Jacob Schulte of Helias worked his way through a tough field into the championship match at 152 pounds Saturday at the Capital City Wrestling Invitational.
The Jefferson City Jays weren’t pleased with their performance Friday at the Capital City Wrestling Invitational. Saturday, they did something about it.
It was a good, not a great, first day for the Jefferson City Jays.
You can’t have a rivalry after one meeting.
With top-ranked Kentucky coming off a pair of overtime victories, this may not be the best time to be playing the Wildcats.
In girls basketball Friday
These aren’t the Jefferson City Lady Jays of the past few seasons.
There was little time to fret about Monday night’s struggles for the Helias Lady Crusaders.
When the ball is going through the basket, the game looks easy.
Trailing by three points to Parkview after the first quarter Saturday afternoon, Jefferson City pieced together an 11-0 run early in the second and cruised to a 59-33 against the Lady Vikings at Fleming Fieldhouse.
Early foul trouble and a short bench meant some anxious moments Monday afternoon for the Jefferson City Lady Jays.
Doug Light trusted his gut. It was right.
The Helias Lady Crusaders like to use a pressure defense to fluster their opponents.
The Lady Crusaders edged the Eureka Lady Wildcats 52-50 in the opening round of the State Farm Holiday Hoops Invitational at Rackers Fieldhouse.
At Missouri National Guard Shootout
California held Hermann scoreless in the second quarter Saturday on its way to a 49-39 win in the Missouri National Guard Shootout at Fleming Fieldhouse.
The Helias Lady Crusaders made their first shot Friday night, then missed missed their next 15 the remainder of the first quarter.
Chuck Register, who started the boys and girls soccer programs at Helias in the late 1990s and led both to multiple Final Four appearances during his tenure, stepped down last week as head coach of the Crusaders.
At Missouri Duals
The Neosho Wildcats may have taught the Jefferson City Jays a lesson. After the two teams romped through their respective pools Saturday in the Missouri Duals, they squared off for the overall team title in the final round.
At Missouri Duals
After a tough opening day Friday in the Missouri Duals, the Helias Crusaders were looking to make things tough on their opponents Saturday.
At Missouri Duals
It was a test inside a test. The Helias Crusaders knew they would have their hands full this weekend in the Missouri Duals at Rackers Fieldhouse. So why not face your potentially toughest opponent first?
At the end of regulation Thursday night, there were opposite feelings on opposite ends of the floor.
For many schools, the Missouri National Guard Shootout is an opportunity to play an unfamiliar opponent in an out-of-town venue. Leroy Bernskoetter’s team will have the advantage of familiarity.
The Jefferson City Lady Jays are veterans of the State Farm Holiday Hoops Invitational.
The Jefferson City Jays didn’t know quite what to expect in Tuesday night’s wrestling dual against the Camdenton Lakers.
It wasn’t the best night offensively for the Fatima Lady Comets.
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At 11:45 a.m. today, college football will have its Final Four as the College Football Playoff selection committee will release its top four teams that will advance to the first-ever postseason bracket.
The Helias Crusaders took some lumps last season. This season, the Crusaders are looking to turn those lessons into success on the wrestling mat.