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Tom Rackers

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Gerstner goes distance as Helias blanks Eldon

Kale Gestner was hoping to make it back. Gerstner, a senior at Helias, tore an ACL in Week 9 of the football season last fall. After surgery, he missed the entire basketball season and the start of the baseball season while rehabbing the injury.

LePage, Lochhead combine for early goal as Lady Jays beat Lady Tigers

The chemistry is strong on the field between Jefferson City teammates Tayler LePage and Mackenzie Lochhead.

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Helias holds off Father Tolton

Helias allowed at least two Father Tolton baserunners in each of the final four innings Saturday.

Lady Jays soccer rolls to win against Springfield Central

After the first five minutes Wednesday afternoon, the outcome really wasn’t in doubt.

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Helias baseball holds off Marshall

Up by four runs, the Helias Crusaders needed just three outs to finish off a win Thursday against the Marshall Owls.

Press Box: There’s some panic going on in St. Louis

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Any early struggles can be attributed to it being so early. And what do you know? Things have changed for the better.

Alum to lead Jays soccer

Jefferson City didn’t have far to look to find its new boys soccer coach.

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Jordan’s save, pass help Lady Jays post win

The ball was destined to go out of bounds.

Reserves propel Helias soccer to win against Kirksville

Something was a little off.

Press Box: One week is far too short for long-term judgments

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The first seven days of the Major League Baseball season are officially in the books. Have you hit the panic button yet?

Haskamp stepping down as Helias cross country coach

The Helias Crusaders and Lady Crusaders captured several state trophies during Mary Haskamp’s time as head coach of the cross country and track teams.

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Injuries fail to slow Lady Jays in win

The Jefferson City Lady Jays were without their starting goalkeeper and leading goal-scorer Thursday night.

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Crusaders use suicide squeeze to beat Kewpies 3-2

Wyrick honored for coaching milestone

The squeeze was on, suicide-style. With the game tied at 2, the Helias Crusaders had runners at second and third with one out Wednesday against the Hickman Kewpies at the American Legion Post 5 Sports Complex. Alex Werner laid down a perfect bunt and Parker Schnieders sprinted across the plate with the game-winning run as Helias defeated Hickman 3-2.

Lady Jays execute in soccer win against Gremlins

The Jefferson City Lady Jays had a plan. There was a pretty good chance Monday night’s game against the Sedalia Sacred Heart Gremlins was going to be a bit of a mismatch. So the Lady Jays got specific about things they wanted to work on during a game situation.

Lady Crusaders earn soccer victory against Spartans

It wasn’t Helias’ best effort. But more important, it was a winning one.

Jays golfers set to start season today

Practice makes perfect. Penalizing in practice hopefully does as well.

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Yanskey's OT goal sends Helias to soccer win

With time winding down inside the final minute of the second overtime Wednesday night, the assistant coaches for Helias Lady Crusaders had the list of players ready to go for the upcoming round of penalty kicks.

Lady Crusaders finally capitalize after several scoring chances

The scoring chances kept coming Tuesday night for the Helias Lady Crusaders.

Top-ranked Helias looks to improve every day

The baseball season is a series of small steps for the Helias Crusaders. “We want to be better tomorrow than we are today,” Helias coach Chris Wyrick said. “We’re working to improve each time we’re on the field, whether it’s practice or a game.

Helias brings veteran team into golf season

The Helias Crusaders were knocking on the door last season. They want to go through it this season.

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Lady Crusaders, Crusaders ready to start track season

The Helias Crusaders and Lady Crusaders are realistic, they have a pretty good idea of what the team scores are going to look like for today’s season opening trak and field dual against the Jefferson City Jays and Lady Jays.

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Lady Jays open soccer season with loss to Ursuline

It wasn’t the result the Jefferson City Lady Jays were looking to get in their soccer season opener. But Saturday afternoon’s 1-0 loss to the Ursuline Academy Bears at the 179 Soccer Park may pay dividends down the road.

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Guinn, Lady Jays start season today

Tom Guinn has been playing catch-up. When Guinn joined the Jefferson City soccer staff last fall, he figured he would spend the school year as an assistant for the boys and girls teams.

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Wins not the focus for Helias

The Helias Crusaders were happy to get some work in.

Guinn, Lady Jays capture two wins in Jamboree

The Jefferson City Lady Jays and new head coach Tom Guinn haven’t had a lot of time to get acquainted with each other quite yet.

Press Box: Making a racket about brackets

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It’s Bracket Sunday, where people who couldn’t name 10 players in the entire tournament somehow have a hot take Monday morning around the office coffee pot telling you which No. 13 seed is going to the Sweet 16.

Scoreless spell ends Lady Crusaders' season

The defense did its job Tuesday night for the Helias Lady Crusaders.

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Defending Diestelkamp focus for Lady Crusaders in sectional

From the time she steps off the bus today in Rolla, the Helias Lady Crusaders will have an eye on Owensville’s Hailey Diestelkamp.

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Helias girls edge Osage for district crown

On Saturday, the Helias Lady Crusaders and School of the Osage Lady Indians played a good game that was close for the Class 4 District 10 title at Rackers Fieldhouse.

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Nienhueser leads Helias girls past Marshfield

In a battle of players wearing No. 21, the Marshfield Lady Jays won the scoring battle. The Helias Lady Crusaders won the war.

Osage girls beat Salem in semifinals

Up by five points at halftime Thursday, things were looking good for the School of the Osage Lady Indians.

Slow starts prove costly for Osage, Eldon boys

Slow starts meant quick ends Monday in the Class 4 District 10 Tournament for the School of the Osage Indians and the Eldon Mustangs.

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Hickman edges Lady Jays on late play

It came down to who was going to make a play at the end. In the end, it was Hickman.

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Jays' Moriarity takes home state title

Logan Moriarity finally busted his bracket.

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Jays wrestlers take second in state

‘Better than third’

It wasn’t quite the finish the Jefferson City Jays were looking for this wrestling season. But they’ll take it.

Helias' Winder takes sixth at state wrestling

While the season didn’t end quite the way Evan Winder wanted it to end, it was a successful one for the Helias freshman.

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Jays' goals still in reach at state wrestling

It wasn’t a great night Thursday for the Jefferson City Jays at the MSHSAA Class 4 state wrestling championships.

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Winder wins opener at state wrestling

Evan Winder didn’t spend the practice time leading up to the Class 3 state wrestling championships trying to add anything.

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Talented senior class looks to lead Jays to wrestling state trophy

The senior class of wrestlers for the Jefferson City Jays has left its mark on the program.

Press Box: Winter is over because spring training is starting

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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.

Lady Jays break through with win vs. Rock Bridge

The Jefferson City Lady Jays can scratch one off their bucket list.

Helias girls basketball downs St. Joseph’s Academy

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.

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Nienhueser leads Helias past California in Shootout

The biggest player on the floor had the biggest impact on the game.

Lady Jays extend win streak to 10

Playing offense is fun, playing defense wins games. The Jefferson City Lady Jays are having fun winning games.

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Jays top Cadets for 41st straight regular-season dual win

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.

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No. 3 Jays to host No. 4 Cadets in wrestling dual

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.

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Pitts takes over St. Joseph Central football program

Phil Pitts is ready to embrace the next challenge. And that challenge is at St. Joseph Central High School.

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Jays top Hickman for 40th straight victory

The beat goes on for the Jefferson City Jays.

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Lady Jays down Lady Crusaders

Up by double digits early in the fourth quarter, things could have been comfortable for the Jefferson City Lady Jays.

Press Box: Despite struggles, Missouri needs to keep Anderson

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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.