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Jacob Wadley thought it was a job he wanted. And now, he’s got it. “It was always in the back of my mind,” Wadley said Tuesday after he was announced as the new wrestling coach at Helias High School. “I’ve always loved the program, being raised in such a successful program, you always have pride about it. “I feel like this is God’s will for my life.”
It looked like a typical Helias ball game.
The Helias Lady Crusaders did everything they could in overtime, dominating play in the two 10-minute sessions. They did everything except get the win. The Hickman Kewpies outscored the Lady Crusaders 3-1 in the penalty-kick phase in taking a 2-1 victory Wednesday night at the 179 Soccer Park.
Pitching and defense can take you a long way in baseball. On Tuesday, it took the Helias Crusaders to the win column.
It’s a good news-bad news situation. The good? The Jefferson City Lady Jays have made a habit of scoring first in recent games. Taking the lead is never a bad thing in soccer. The bad? Things seem to slow down after that. “It’s got me worried,” Lady Jays coach Matt Stacey said after Jefferson City topped the Kickapoo Lady Chiefs 2-1 on Monday at the 179 Soccer Park. “We score, then we seem to step back and put things on cruise control.”
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A double play is a pitcher’s best friend. On Wednesday, it was particularly chummy with the Helias Crusaders. “Especially after five hit batters and a walk,” Helias coach Chris Wyrick said after the Crusaders dispatched the Pacific Tigers 13-3 in 4 1/2 innings on Senior Day at the American Legion Sports Complex.
They could really put on a show in tonight’s edition of the crosstown showdown. With the talented squads the Jefferson City Lady Jays and Helias Lady Crusaders bring into the game, it promises to be a high-level contest at the 179 Soccer Park.
Two quick goals may have taken a bit of the edge off for the Helias Lady Crusaders. Not that it showed up on the scoreboard. “We got a little stagnant, but we still controlled the game,” Helias coach Brad Dempsey said Monday night after the Lady Crusaders blanked the Warrensburg Lady Tigers 3-0 at the 179 Soccer Park.
At Capital City Invitational
Jaycie Johnson made her presence felt early. And often.
A few years ago, Mike Jeffries was on a trip to Springfield. Jeffries, who was the president of the Missouri Wrestling Coaches Association, decided to take a tour of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame with his wife, Patti. And after going through the facility, he had a question. “We walked around and I wondered where wrestling was,” Jeffries. the longtime head coach at Helias High School, asked. Well, it’s there now as the Helias wrestling program was inducted Sunday night into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Capitol Plaza Hotel.
Ray Hentges thought his time in the spotlight had passed. But there was one more honor for the much-honored former Helias football and golf coach. It was a call from the Hall. “It’s humbling,” Hentges said Sunday prior to his induction into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame at the Capitol Plaza Hotel. “Words kind of fall short right now, but I’m very proud to be a member of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.”
Those little things escaped Helias in its first game Saturday before things turned around in the second game, as the Crusaders salvaged a split in a doubleheader against foes from Lee’s Summit.
It wasn’t Sarah Luebbert’s coming out party, it was just a continuation. The talented Jefferson City freshman scored two first-half goals and added an assist Thursday night as the Jefferson City Lady Jays blanked the Camdenton Lady Lakers 4-0 at the 179 Soccer Park.
Baseball comes down to hitting, pitching and defense. On Tuesday, the Crusaders did one of those very well. And while one out of three isn’t great, it was more than enough as Helias downed the Moberly Spartans 14-4 in five innings at the American Legion Sports Complex.
There is only one person to call first. When Travis Reinsch stepped down as Helias wrestling coach to take a position in the school’s administration last week, I took a couple of minutes to run potential candidates as his replacement through my mind.
At Capital City Invitational
Three Helias starting pitchers — Trevor Schnieders, Matt Rehagen and Cole Distler — worked a combined 20 innings for the Crusaders in the Capital City Invitational. And the trio allowed a combined two earned runs.
Matt Rehagen probably didn’t break 70 miles per hour on the radar gun Friday night. But you don’t need to throw hard to be successful on the mound. The Helias junior, who found out he was going to get the start just an hour before the game, hurled a three-hitter to lead the Crusaders to a 3-1 victory against the Rockhurst Hawklets in the semifinals of the Capital City Invitational at Vivion Field.
Trevor Schnieders of Helias pitched the first six innings Friday afternoon to get the win in a 10-5 decision against Blue Springs in the opening round of the Capital City Invitational.
For nearly 30 years, wrestling has been a big part of Travis Reinsch’s life.
The first three shots on goal for Jefferson City were right at the Lebanon keeper. Nos. 4 and 5 found the back of the net. Eight others followed as the Lady Jays posted a 10-0 victory Tuesday night against the Lady Jackets at the 179 Soccer Park.
It’s a winning habit, but one Helias coach Chris Wyrick would like the Crusaders to get past.
Girls soccer teams across the state have had to spend a majority of their practice time inside. The Jefferson City Lady Jays are no different. What is different is the Lady Jays, who open the season today at Moberly, are trying to get their work in with nine underclassmen as projected starters. Time outside would have been invaluable to the young squad.
Brad Dempsey is not trying to reinvent the wheel. The new Helias girls head soccer coach knows a good thing when he sees it. “I’m not trying to change everything,” Dempsey said as Helias prepares to start the season today at Waynesville. “This has been a pretty successful program.” The Lady Crusaders return a handful of starters from last year’s squad that finished third in the Class 2 state championships under Chuck Register.
Snow, what snow?
The first 7 1/2 innings were a series of jabs between the Jefferson City Jays and Helias Crusaders. In the bottom of the eighth Saturday, Brenden Ogletree finally got the knockout blow.
Mid-Missouri’s recent bout with snow had the Helias Crusaders improvising to find places for baseball practice. Not one of them has been an actual baseball field. “We’ve been on the parking lot, we’ve been out at 63 Sports Complex, where we can a least get some space for things like working on cutoffs and things like that,” Helias coach Chris Wyrick said as the Crusaders prepared to open the season with a doubleheader today against Springfield Glendale and Jefferson City at Vivion Field.
If you thought Missouri, which has had a frustrating up and down season, turned a corner after Tuesday night’s win against Arkansas ... nope. They’re still exactly who we thought they were.
Lady Pirates use team effort to down Mercer
Nobody knows more than her Chamois teammates how talented Miranda Brandt is on the basketball floor.
The Fatima Comets are known for their prolific outside shooting game.
When the Helias Lady Crusaders hit the court tonight, it will be their first game in more than two weeks.
Salisbury, ranked No. 2 in the final regular-season state poll, outscored Russellville 48-16 in the final two quarters of Wednesday night’s Class 2 sectional on its way to a 77-47 victory at Fleming Fieldhouse.
The Jefferson City Lady Jays have been regular participants in district basketball tournament championship games in recent seasons.
Missouri men’s head basketball coach Frank Haith won’t be charged by the NCAA with unethical conduct during his time at Miami.
In a lot of years, John Carter would have won the Class 4 state wrestling title at 285 pounds.
For state wrestling championship
Dylan Linsenbardt figured he had to catch Jaret Singh in a mistake to win the state title. He almost did.
Dylan Linsenbardt has advanced to Saturday in his first two trips to the Class 3 state wrestling tournament.
Napheesa Collier had the opportunity to see some old friends Tuesday night. And dominate a basketball game. Collier finished a rebound short of a triple-double in her return to Fleming Fieldhouse, totaling 28 points, 11 steals and nine boards to lead the Incarnate Word Academy Red Knights to an 80-18 victory against the Jefferson City Lady Jays.
Jefferson City finished with four state tournament qualifiers in the Class 4 District 3 Tournament at Fleming Fieldhouse.
It is the ideal combination of athletics and academics for Griff McCurren. McCurren, a Helias High School senior, said it was an easy decision to sign a letter of intent for track and field with Saint Louis University.
The 113-pound weight class figures to be one of the most competitive in the Class 3 District 4 wrestling tournament.
The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame righted a wrong last week. Actually, a lot of them. In one big swoop.
The Jefferson City Lady Jays had a plan.
They’ve taken different career roads to Super Bowl, but it’s safe to say Justin Smith and Aldon Smith both made the right decisions as the San Francisco 49ers teammates prepare for Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens.
Lose to Webster Groves
The Jefferson City Lady Jays might have survived one or the other. But the inside 1-2 punch by Webster Groves was too much to overcome.
WARDSVILLE — Following a tough opening act, the Lady Falcons didn’t disappoint in the closer.
Missouri head basketball coach Frank Haith will be accused of unethical conduct and failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance during his time as coach at the University of Miami, according to published reports Monday.
The Helias Lady Crusaders did a little bit of everything well in the first quarter of Friday night’s game against Fulton and checked out to a 62-29 victory at Rackers Fieldhouse.
At Capital City Wrestling Invitational
It was a message received. On Thursday night, Dylan Linsenbardt of Helias scored a win by fall in the Crusaders’ wrestling dual at Rock Bridge. But there can be a story behind every win.
The Helias Lady Crusaders needed to step it up before it was too late.