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Tom Rackers

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Blair Oaks looks for Class 2 golf honors

It’s the final competition for Kory Franks at Blair Oaks High School.

Lady Jays open district soccer with decisive win

“I did not expect the score to be as lopsided as it was,” Lady Jays coach Eddie Horn said after Jefferson City opened Class 4 District 11 Tournament play with a 7-1 victory against the Sedalia Smith-Cotton Lady Tigers at the 179 Soccer Park.

Lady Crusaders blank Lady Lakers in soccer

The Helias Lady Crusaders are figuring things out.

Lady Jays soccer edges Kickapoo 1-0

Playing games is the fun part. Practice sometimes can be a necessary evil.

Lady Crusaders score early in OT, beat Blue Devils

“We feel like we were better team, it was nice that we came through and got the goal,” Helias coach Brad Dempsey said after the Lady Crusaders defeated the Quincy (Ill.) Blue Devils 1-0 in overtime on a rainy Saturday afternoon at the 179 Soccer Park.

Press Box: Dizzying amount of coaching changes hit central Missouri

News Tribune Sports Commentary

I’ve been at this job for a lot of years and I don’t remember anything like the slew of coaching changes we’ve seen in just the past few months.

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Lady Jays ease to crosstown soccer win

The crosstown soccer showdowns are usually tight affairs and Wednesday night’s edition between the Jefferson City Lady Jays and Helias Lady Crusaders was expected to be no different.

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Helias gets past Blair Oaks in baseball

The Helias Crusaders and Blair Oaks Falcons have been brothers in the tough-luck club for much of this season.

Inconsistent Helias falls to Visitation Academy

In practice, they see it. It’s just not showing up on game day.

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Metzger named Helias boys soccer head coach

Mike Metzger has been a fan of the game of soccer for his entire life. Now the 34-year-old will get the opportunity to pass along that passion, as he is the new head coach of the Helias boys program.

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Lady Jays stick to plan in 2-0 defeat of Broncos

The plan is simple. The execution isn’t.

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Lady Crusaders earn comeback win in soccer

The Helias Lady Crusaders kept knocking on the door until they finally broke it down.

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Lady Jays top Hickman 2-1 in soccer

For 50 minutes, the Jefferson City Lady Jays had things their way.

Helias soccer falls 2-1 to Duchesne

The Helias Lady Crusaders gave up goals in the first two minutes and the last two minutes Saturday and dropped a 2-1 decision to the Duchesne Pioneers at the 179 Soccer Park.

Press Box: New media clashes with baseball’s unwritten rules

News Tribune Sports Commentary

I’ve seen more than a handful of no-hitters through the years. I mostly cover Helias in baseball and the Crusaders have been blessed with some pretty good pitchers in that time. But a perfect game?

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Just enough on offense for Lady Jays

In soccer win against Battle

The Jefferson City Lady Jays spent so much time in the Battle end of the field Thursday night, the Spartans should have charged them rent.

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Shea signs to run at SEMO

Kaitlyn Shea knew almost immediately it was where she wanted to go to college.

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Multiple-run innings propel Helias to win

The Helias Crusaders hung crooked numbers on the scoreboard in three different innings Tuesday on their way to an 11-1 victory against the Moberly Spartans at the American Legion Post 5 Sports Complex.

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Blair Oaks baseball falls behind early, drops 11-2 decision to Fulton

Digging out of an hole is no fun.

Weather brings end to Helias-Rolla game

The Helias Lady Crusaders and the Rolla Lady Bulldogs tried to beat Mother Nature on Wednesday.

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Helias’ Dempsey not worried after loss to St. Dominic

It’s early April, not the middle of May. Wins and losses don’t really matter right now.

Andy Pitts leaves Helias for job in Minnesota

Andy Pitts, who has served as defensive coordinator for the Helias football team for the past four years, has accepted a position as an assistant coach at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn.

Press Box: Missouri basketball looking for someone to sit next to Anderson

News Tribune Sports Commentary

While we’ve been watching the best of the best play in college basketball, some of the rest are trying to catch up. The Missouri Tigers are one of the rest.

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Crusaders fail to capitalize in 3-2 loss to Pirates

Missed opportunities

The Helias Crusaders pushed across a run in the bottom of the fourth inning Thursday to take a 2-1 lead against the Boonville Pirates. But they also left two runners in scoring position in the inning. Then left the bases loaded in the fifth and sixth. And the Pirates took advantage.

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Jays golfers ahead of schedule

Normally, it can take some time for a team to hit its stride. This is not a normal year for the Jefferson City Jays golf team.

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Weather halts Helias-Fatima contest; game reverts to tie

After pushing across a run in the top of the ninth inning to take a 2-1 lead, the Fatima Comets were just three outs from a win Tuesday against the Helias Crusaders.

Crusaders a close group on golf course

It’s a good problem to have. In preseason golf practice, the Helias Crusaders have had five players average within 1.5 strokes of each other. Now it’s a matter of getting them all to improve a little more.

Helias track teams focused on long-term goals

Until May rolls around, the Helias Crusaders and Lady Crusaders are treating the track and field season as an extended practice.

Helias poised for strong baseball season

The pieces appear to be there for the Helias Crusaders.

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Blair Oaks figures to contend for top honors in golf again this season

What’s better than a 1-2 punch?

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Lady Jays looking to improve on last season’s third-place finish

A healthy number of starters returning, most at key positions, from a Final Four team should mean continued success this season.

Missouri to face South Carolina today in SEC tourney

Kim Anderson likes to split basketball seasons into four portions — non-conference, conference, conference tournament and the postseason.

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Helias job too good for Rulo to pass up

Tim Rulo wasn’t in any hurry to leave South Callaway High School.

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Rulo named football coach at Helias

Comes from South Callaway

Tim Rulo was named head football coach at Helias High School on Monday afternoon.

Press Box: Offseason will provide Anderson opportunity to regroup

News Tribune Sports Commentary

One more, two at the most. Then Kim Anderson can take a deep breath, step back and really begin to put his touch on the Missouri men’s basketball program.

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Linn boys struggle on offense in loss to Salisbury

The Linn Wildcats had a plan on what they wanted to do offensively Wednesday night.

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Missouri to face Auburn on Senior Night

Keith Shamburger and Keanau Post likely won’t be remembered as top players in Missouri basketball history.

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Bruins run away from Lady Crusaders down the stretch

For 21/2 quarters Thursday night, the Helias Lady Crusaders hung with the Rock Bridge Bruins.

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Martin falls in title match; Jays finish seventh at state

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.

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Good first day at state for Jays wrestling

It wasn’t a perfect opening day for the Jefferson City Jays at the Class 4 state wrestling championships.

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Crusaders advance in state wrestling

The Helias Crusaders achieved their No. 1 goal Thursday — staying alive.

Jays wrestle at state today

The Jefferson City Jays will face several tough opponents in today’s opening round of the Class 4 state wrestling championships today.

Gaines and Schulte return to state for Helias

They return to the state championships as the final qualifiers in their weight classes from their district tournament.

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Strong start pays off for Helias girls

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.

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Jays win district; will send 10 wrestlers to state

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.

Press Box: Dwelling on things like the state of Tiger Woods’ career, less-than-fun flights

News Tribune Sports Commentary

As I was standing around the other day, waiting for my glutes to activate, some thoughts crossed my mind. Tiger Woods is done. Almost.

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Jays put 11 wrestlers in contention for state berths

Today’s semifinals of the Class 4 District 3 Wrestling Tournament will look a lot like a Jefferson City home dual.

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Lady Crusaders shut out Mexico in two quarters en route to win

It would be like trying to pick your favorite child.

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Hentges makes it official, will play football for Crimson Tide

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.

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Free throws send Statesmen past Lady Jays

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.