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Helias wrestling falls to Rock Bridge

It may not have shown up in the final score, but Helias wrestling coach Jacob Wadley saw the progress the Crusaders made in the practice room in the nearly one month since their last dual.

Helias holds off Eureka in fifth-place game

The Helias Lady Crusaders weren’t going to let this win slip away. Problems against the press? No problem. Foul trouble? No trouble.

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Lady Jays lose to Blue Springs South

At the State Farm Holiday Hoops Invitational

The Lady Jays fell 44-31 to the Blue Springs South Lady Jaguars Saturday night in the semifinals of the State Farm Holiday Hoops Invitational at Rackers Fieldhouse.

Lady Crusaders blast Southeast, 67-35

At the State Farm Holiday Hoops Invitational

In the first 14 minutes Saturday, the Lady Crusaders scored 38 points and then rolled to a 67-35 victory in a loser’s bracket contest against the Southeast Lady Spartans at Rackers Fieldhouse.

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Blue Springs South beats Helias, 54-39

The Helias Lady Crusaders went a little more than 14 game minutes without scoring a point Friday in dropping a 54-39 decision to the Blue Springs South Lady Jaguars in the opening round of the State Farm Holiday Hoops Invitational at Rackers Fieldhouse.

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Lady Jays top Southeast

The Jefferson City Lady Jays entered the State Farm Holiday Hoops Invitational with one immediate goal — move to the right side of the bracket. That’s the winning side. “This is a big deal for us,” Lady Jays coach Shane Meyer said after Jefferson City stopped Southeast High School of Oklahoma City, Okla., 54-28 in the opening round of the Invitational on Friday night at

Lady Jays still learning system as Invitational starts

The Jefferson City Lady Jays enter the State Farm Holiday Hoops Invitational with as many wins as they compiled all of last season.

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Deeken’s 3-pointer propels California past Harrisburg

Up by three points, it wasn’t the ideal shot to take. Until it went in. The California Lady Pintos, who led from the opening minute, saw their advantage cut to 46-43 midway through the fourth quarter Saturday afternoon against the Harrisburg Lady Bulldogs.

California girls look to shake injury bug

It’s been one step up, then one step back because of injuries so far this season for the California Lady Pintos.

Jays wrestling tops Fox

The Jefferson City Jays picked up bonus points in each of their eight victories Tuesday night in rolling to a 56-18 wrestling dual victory against the Fox Warriors at Fleming Fieldhouse.

Helias pulls away late for 40-29 victory against Battle

The offense of the Helias Lady Crusaders is often at its best when it goes from the inside-out.

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Crusaders finish Duals, get set for intense period of practice

Helias’ deep run in the football playoffs meant nearly half of the wrestling team had just a handful of practices before the season began. But after Saturday’s conclusion of the Missouri Duals, the Crusaders get nearly a month off from competition.

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Helias splits at Missouri Duals

The Helias Crusaders were in full support of their teammate. Nick Feely of the Crusaders was wrestling Grant Maledy of Rock Bridge at 220 pounds Friday night in the Missouri Duals at Rackers Fieldhouse. And when Feely picked up the win by fall, essentially clinching the dual win for Helias, the Crusaders went into full celebration mode.

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Fatima uses its speed to turn back Helias

The Fatima Lady Comets had a plan. Heading into Thursday night’s game against Helias, the Lady Comets wanted to dictate the speed of the contest. They did that and defeated the Lady Crusaders 53-38.

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Jays' Horn to coach in All-America Game

It will be a busy weekend for Eddie Horn. Busy, but fun. Horn, the head soccer coach of the Jefferson City Jays and Lady Jays, will serve as one of the coaches at this weekend’s National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Boys High School All-America Game on the campus of Rutgers University in Camden, N.J.

Helias shows improvement at Kickoff Classic

Crusaders stay competitive in some of their wrestling matches

Helias, which dropped a 68-4 decision Friday to Warrensburg, went 0-5 in Saturday’s duals. But the Crusaders did put out some better efforts, including one against the Kirksville Tigers. KIrksville won 60-21, but several of the matches were very competitive.

Warrensburg manhandles Helias, 68-4

There’s a reason the “pains” part is tacked onto the end of “growing pains.” Sometimes they hurt.

Lady Pintos back at National Guard Shootout

The Calfornia Lady Pintos are becoming regular participants in the Missouri National Guard Shootout. And they’d like to keep it that way.

Holiday Hoops Invitational features another strong field

One of the main goals of a basketball tournament is putting together a competitive field for the event. Organizers believe they’ve accomplished that for the annual holiday events in Jefferson City later this month.

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Young Jefferson City team takes dual from Lebanon

An inexperienced Jefferson City Jays wrestling team took to the mat for the first time Wednesday night. Nine new starters had Jays coach Phil Cagle wondering how the team would perform under the pressure of varsity competition. He needn’t have worried.

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Jays enter season with plenty of positives

The Jefferson City Jays enter the wrestling season with a little bit of everything. There will be experience, with five starters returning. There will be youth, with eight starters being either freshmen or sophomores. And there will be talent, up and down the lineup.

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Helias wrestling gets fresh start under Wadley

There’s a new attitude surrounding Helias wrestling.

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Helias falls to Webb City 28-14 in Class 4 title game

The Helias Crusaders had it, they just couldn’t keep it. “It” was momentum in Friday afternoon’s Class 4 state championship game against the Webb City Cardinals at the Edward Jones Dome. Each time it looked like the Crusaders had momentum, the Cardinals came back to quickly snatch it away as they went on to post a 28-14 victory to claim their fourth straight state title and 12th overall.

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Helias falls short in Class 4 state championship

Finishes in second place against Webb City

Update: Webb City downs Helias 28-14 for the Class 4 state championship.

Lady Jays open season with improvement in mind

It wasn’t the best of basketball seasons for the Jefferson City Lady Jays. They’re doing their best to not go through anything like last season again.

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Baird sends Helias past Mexico, 41-26

Once the Helias Lady Crusaders got one thing going, others followed. Getting the ball inside to Darcy Baird keyed a 13-0 mid-second quarter run as the Lady Crusaders opened the season Monday night with a 41-26 victory against the Mexico Lady Bulldogs at Rackers Fieldhouse.

Lady Crusaders counting on everyone

It will be a true team effort this basketball season for the Helias Lady Crusaders.

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Helias going back to title game after dropping Liberty North

Trent Dudenhoeffer scored a touchdown on offense and defense Saturday as Helias defeated Liberty North 26-14 in the semifinals at Adkins Stadium. With the win, the Crusaders (12-2, ranked No. 3) advance to Friday’s title game against three-time defending champion Webb City (13-1, ranked No. 1).

Press Box: What's in a word?

So much for 'major' news

SPORTS COMMENTARY: To quote Princess Bride, I don’t think that word means what you think it means. On Thursday, the Royals let it be known the team would have a “major” announcement later in the afternoon.

Lady Crusaders show progress at Jamboree

Things got progressively better Friday night for the Helias Lady Crusaders. After an opening loss, the Lady Crusaders rebounded to close with a pair of victories in Jamboree action at Helias.

Lady Jays have highs and lows

Opening night was a mixed bag for the Jefferson City Lady Jays. “Some good, some bad, some you really don’t want to talk about,” Jefferson City coach Shane Meyer said after the Lady Jays finished 1-2 in three games Friday night in a Jamboree at Helias.

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Helias hosts Liberty North in Class 4 semifinal (with PODCAST)

The Helias Crusaders and Liberty North Eagles have taken similiar roads to the same desitination — the Class 4 football semifinals. “They schedule really hard in the regular season, they face some adversity in the regular season to learn what they can and what they can’t do and fix it,” Helias coach Phil Pitts said as the Crusaders (11-2, ranked No. 3) prepare to host the unranked Eagles (9-4) at 1:30 p.m. today at Adkins Stadium.

Michael Weiner, head of MLB players’ union, dies at 51

Michael Weiner, the plain-speaking, ever-positive labor lawyer who took over as head of the powerful baseball players’ union four years ago and smoothed its perennially contentious relationship with management, died Thursday, 15 months after announcing he had been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. He was 51.

Helias tops St. Charles West, 44-21

In Missouri Class 4 football quarterfinal

The Helias Crusaders held a 17-7 lead at the half against the St. Charles West Warriors in Saturday afternoon’s Class 4 quarterfinal at Steve Stahl Stadium. And the Crusaders had just one thought when it came to offense when they got the ball in the third quarter.

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Contrasting styles meet as Helias battles St. Charles West (with PODCAST)

It’s old vs. new. Very old vs. new.

Helias soccer back in state playoffs

The Helias Crusaders were hungry to get back into the state soccer playoffs.

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Helias tops Hannibal for district title

Winning a district football title may seem to be old hat for the Helias Crusaders.

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Helias, Hannibal meet once more, this time with district title on line

In this case, familiarity breeds respect.

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Helias’ Shea reaches some of her cross country goals

Kaitlyn Shea achieved half of her goals for the state cross country championships.

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Helias girls figure to be in trophy hunt

The fight figures to be for 2-4.

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Helias eases past Kirksville

The Helias Crusaders wanted to take care of business early.

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Past doesn’t matter to Helias against Kirksville (with PODCAST)

Last year, Helias opened district play with a 54-7 victory against Kirksville. Earlier this season, Kirksville lost 33-32 to Marshall. That’s the same Marshall team Helias romped past 69-14 last Thursday. Helias is ignoring all of that as the Crusaders prepare to take on the Kirksville Tigers in the Class 4 District 6 semifinals tonight at Adkins Stadium.

Press Box: Just keep it to yourself

Attacks on Baggett by “fans” were way out of line

Missouri kicker Andrew Baggett banged a field goal attempt off the upright to end the first half of Saturday night’s game against Tennessee at Faurot Field. It’s time to break out the Twitter muscles again.

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Helias rolls past Marshall in playoff opener

The Helias Crusaders had three goals Thursday night.

Helias to open the postseason at home against Marshall (with PODCAST)

The Helias Crusaders worked hard to gain the No. 1 seed in the district. Tonight, it’s time for that hard work to start paying off. “This is what we do everything for and the kids are very excited.” Helias coach Phil Pitts said as the Crusaders (7-2, ranked No. 3) host the Marshall Owls (2-7) in the District 6 opener at Adkins Stadium.

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Jays top Waynesville

When it’s said and done, the result is the important thing. “We did enough to get by,” Jays coach Eddie Horn said after Jefferson City blanked Waynesville 3-0 on Monday night at the 179 Soccer Park. “It was not our best performance at all. We’ll just try to take the positives from this.”

Helias beats Hannibal 36-10 to clinch No. 1 spot

Helias clinched the top seed in Class 4 District 6 with a 36-10 thrashing of Hannibal Friday night.

Helias can wrap up top seed with win against Hannibal (with PODCAST)

Helias (6-2, ranked No. 4 in Class 4) can wrap up the District 6 title Friday night with a win against the Hannibal Pirates (6-2) in Hannibal. There are tangible benefits that go along with that championship, such as not having to leave the friendly confines of Adkins Stadium for potentially half the playoffs.

Helias uses late score to top Hickman, 3-2

Coming off perhaps their best performance of the season Saturday, the Helias Crusaders battled to match that standard Tuesday night.

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Defense shines as Helias rallies past C.B.C.

The Helias Crusaders entered Saturday afternoon’s game averaging nearly 48 points per contest. That average will go down. The win total, however, went up.