Stories by Tom
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.
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.
There’s a new attitude surrounding Helias wrestling.
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.
Finishes in second place against Webb City
Update: Webb City downs Helias 28-14 for the Class 4 state championship.
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.
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.
It will be a true team effort this basketball season for the Helias Lady Crusaders.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
It’s old vs. new. Very old vs. new.
The Helias Crusaders were hungry to get back into the state soccer playoffs.
Winning a district football title may seem to be old hat for the Helias Crusaders.
In this case, familiarity breeds respect.
Kaitlyn Shea achieved half of her goals for the state cross country championships.
The fight figures to be for 2-4.
The Helias Crusaders wanted to take care of business early.
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.
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.
The Helias Crusaders had three goals Thursday night.
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.
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 clinched the top seed in Class 4 District 6 with a 36-10 thrashing of Hannibal Friday night.
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.
Coming off perhaps their best performance of the season Saturday, the Helias Crusaders battled to match that standard Tuesday night.
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.
There was a definite sense something was brewing. The Jefferson City Jays and the Chaminade Red Devils were tied at 1 at the half Friday afternoon in the first game of the Art Firley Shootout at the 179 Soccer Park. But the Red Devils were pressuring the defense of the Jays in the opening 10 minutes of the second half.
Crusaders pick up 'team win' in soccer
The effort was the big thing. The result on Senior Night was the icing on the cake.
C.B.C. quarterback Tyler Creath went down with a knee injury in the second half of the Cadets’ 14-11 victory against DeSmet last week. And while published reports state the senior is not expected to play Saturday afternoon against Helias at Adkins Stadium, the Crusaders won’t let it alter their preparations.
Big players come up big in big games. That’s a lot of bigs. But the bigs did the job Monday night for the Jefferson City Jays. Jefferson City scored in the first three minutes against Helias, then added three more goals in the second half in taking a 4-0 decision at the 179 Soccer Park.
Motivation won’t be a problem tonight at the 179 Soccer Park.
It was their best overall performance in years. And they want more. “When I met with the kids on Monday morning, they were ready to go,” Helias coach Phil Pitts said as the Crusaders (4-2, ranked No. 4 in Class 4) prepare to take on the MICDS Rams (3-3) on Saturday afternoon in St. Louis. “They saw that it was a lot of fun on Saturday night and they’re ready to do it again.”
A long few days may have caught up with the Helias Crusaders. It was Homecoming weekend at Helias and then the Crusaders went to Moberly on Monday night and posted a 2-1 victory in overtime against the Spartans.
There’s a first time for everything. In his 20-plus years as a head coach, Eddie Horn has never had a team win by 10 goals to bring an early end to a game. But Tuesday was the day, as the Jefferson City Jays scored four times in the first 20 minutes on their way to a 10-0 victory against the Battle Spartans at the 179 Soccer Park.
Helias blasted a state-ranked Class 6 squad with a 59-21 victory against No. 5 Rock Bridge on Saturday night at Adkins Stadium.
Homecoming is a time for parades, dances and an easy victory against an overmatched opponent on the football field. Helias has the parade and dance covered. The overmatched opponent part ... “It’s not like we have a lot of easy games on our home schedule,” Helias coach Phil Pitts said as the Crusaders (3-2, No. 5 in Class 4) prepares to face the Rock Bridge Bruins (4-1, No. 5 in Class 6) at 7 p.m. Saturday at Adkins Stadium.
Everything was going their way.
The Rock Bridge Bruins didn’t see a strike they didn’t like.
When Todd Buschjost of Helias scored on a 2-yard run on the opening play of the second quarter Saturday afternoon against Vashon, there was 11:49 on the scoreboard clock.
A scrambling quarterback gave the Helias Crusaders fits last Friday night. They’re going to get another opportunity to face one Saturday afternoon when the Crusaders (2-2, ranked No. 5 in Class 4) travel to St. Louis to take on the Vashon Wolverines (3-1) at Gateway Tech High School.
You could feel the sense of relief.
It might be time to get behind APU. And it has nothing to do with slow sales at the Kwik-E-Mart.
Heading into the soccer season, the Jefferson City Jays saw an early three-game stretch that would be a good test to see what kind of team they were.
By definition, halves are equal. But in football, they aren’t. At least they weren’t Friday night as the Helias Crusaders saw a 17-0 halftime lead evaporate in a 27-17 loss to the Hickman Kewpies at Adkins Stadium.
The final on the scoreboard looked awfully familiar.