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Tom Rackers

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Differing feelings for Lady Jays

After 2-0 start in Invitational

The results were the same. The feelings afterward were completely different.

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Faddoul makes his presence felt

Powers Helias to win against Marshall

It was tough for Alex Faddoul to watch. Faddoul, a sophomore, missed a month of the Helias baseball season with lingering effects of an ankle injury suffered late in the football season.

Helias to face Rockhurst on football field

The Helias Crusaders will have back-to-back shots at breaking off a piece of the Rock.

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Crusaders give ‘uninspired effort’ in loss to Bruins

Seven walks plus six errors plus three hit-batters equals nothing good.

Press Box: Haith’s departure as mysterious as his arrival

News Tribune sports commentary

SPORTS COMMENTARY: When Frank Haith came to Columbia three years ago from Miami as the new head men’s basketball coach, it was met with a resounding “Who?” The moment he stepped on that plane Thursday afternoon at Columbia Regional Airport headed for Tulsa, it was met with a resounding “What?”

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Vance leads Lady Jays to soccer win

It was the kind of game that might spark a player.

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Helias overcomes tired legs

In girls soccer win against Hannibal

The spirit was willing. The legs, understandably, were a little weak.

Lady Crusaders keep scoreboard operator occupied in win

The Helias Lady Crusaders tallied a goal in the first minute, then tallied another in the final minute.

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Fatima scores in double digits in pair of wins

Will Robertson’s three-run home run lifted the Fatima Comets to an 11-0 win in five innings against the Lutheran: St. Charles Cougars in the fifth-place game of the Capital City Invitational at Vivion Field.

Fatima drops pair in Invitational

In their first game, the Fatima Comets could muster little offense. In their second, they put some runs on the board.

Fatima falls to Hickman

In Capital City Invitational opener

The Fatima Comets had their opportunities against the Hickman Kewpies in their Capital City Invitational opener Friday afternoon. But they just couldn’t pick up the big hit when they needed it.

Lady Jays slip past Blue Devils, 1-0

In a game that featured more fouls than total shots, it was almost fitting the final decision came down to a penalty kick.

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Lee sends Helias past Hickman in seventh

Hayden Lee stepped to the plate determined to come through. The Helias senior designated hitter entered the batters box with Wednesday’s game against Hickman tied at 6 with one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Postseason football changes for Helias

The district field looks just about the same for the Helias Crusaders. The road to the Dome, that’s another story.

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Lady Jays hold 35-1 edge in shots in 6-1 victory against Moberly

The learning process continues for the Jefferson City Lady Jays. But it looks like they are starting to put some things together.

Strong 1-2 punch for Blair Oaks

As Falcons start golf season

The Blair Oaks Falcons enter the golf season with as potent a 1-2 punch as you’ll find in the area. Any potential team success this season will be finding players behind the duo of Kory Franks and Tanner Elder.

Jays open golf season today

The golf season starts today for the Jefferson City Jays. Who will be where in the lineup once postseason play starts is a question that won’t be answered until later.

Helias kicks off golf season

Working on short game

The short game is always the last thing to come around in golf. The Helias Crusaders saw that in the preseason and they saw it again as they opened the season Wednesday.

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Helias changes its track schedule

Last year, the Helias Crusaders and Lady Crusaders went to every track and field meet they could put on the schedule.

Light to step down as A.D. at Helias

Sometimes, a change is welcomed. “I was just ready to do something different,” Doug Light said Monday afternoon after it was announced by the school he was stepping away from his duties as athletic director at Helias at the end of the school year.

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Lady Jays fall to Ursuline Academy

KO’d in PKs

Jefferson City dropped a 1-0 decision in penalty kicks to Ursuline Academy at the 179 Soccer Park.

Crusaders short-handed to begin baseball season

The Helias Crusaders enter the baseball season with more than few questions to be answered.

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Lady Jays blank Troy

It was a great way to start the season.

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Horn bringing changes to Lady Jays

The Jefferson City Lady Jays return 10 starters and another handful of letterwinners from a team that advanced to the Class 3 soccer quarterfinals last season. But that was last year. With Eddie Horn taking over as head coach, there are changes on the way.

Press Box: Can’t have nice things

Uninspired Tigers just playing out the string

No one can tell a tale of woe like a Missouri Tiger sports fan. And the current one is a doozy.

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Linn plays strong second half in loss to Father Tolton

A big Linn crowd didn’t have a lot to cheer about in the first two quarters Wednesday night. The Wildcats got them on their feet in the final two periods. Down by 19 at the half to Father Tolton in a Class 2 sectional game at Fleming Fieldhouse, the Wildcats got things together in the final two quarters in a 69-49 loss to the Trailblazers.

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Despite mounting injuries, Lady Pintos get district win

Already down two starters, the California Lady Pintos probably didn’t think it could get any worse. Well, maybe it could.

Jays earn four medals

Saturday at state wrestling

The better days may indeed be ahead for the Jefferson City Jays wrestling program. But the last three have been pretty good.

Helias builds character during difficult season

Wrestling lessons learned

The Helias Crusaders had just two wrestlers qualify for the Class 3 state tournament. But Nick Gaines and Jacob Schulte didn’t go through preparations alone last week.

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Schulte stays alive for Helias during first day of state wrestling tournament

Jacob Schulte did exactly what he needed to do.

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Rollercoaster ride for Jays on first day of state wrestling tournament

It was an up-and-down opening day for the Jefferson City Jays. The ups were four Jays advanced to the quarterfinals with first-round victories Thursday night in the Class 4 state wrestling championships at Mizzou Arena. The downs were the other four Jays state qualifiers finished 0-2 and were eliminated from the tournament.

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Jays sticking with the plan

At Class 4 state wrestling tournament

If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. This week’s Class 4 state tournament will bring a conclusion to one of the best seasons in the history of the Jefferson City Jays wrestling program. So don’t expect to see much different from the eight Jays qualifiers when the tournament starts today at 5 p.m. at Mizzou Arena.

Crusaders to take one match at a time

Helias has two in Class 3 state wrestling tournament

Nick Gaines and Jacob Schulte just need to focus on what’s in front of them.

Pre-practice activity key to Jays’ wrestling success

A piece of advice if you ever have the opportunity to walk into the Jefferson City Jays wrestling room before practice. Keep your head on a swivel.

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Sam's play will do the talking

Sam is seen, not heard in aftermath of announcement

SPORTS COMMENTARY: Heard enough about Michael Sam? Sorry, that story is not going away anytime soon.

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Jays fall to Rock Bridge in overtime

In boys basketball

“We let another team get out of here with a win in overtime,” Jefferson City coach Blair Thompson said after the Jays dropped a 73-72 decision Saturday afternoon to the Rock Bridge Bruins.

Lady Jays show some fight in falling to No. 1 Rock Bridge

The results were similar. The post-game attitudes were 180 degrees different. On Tuesday, the Jefferson City Lady Jays fell 55-19 at home to the Hickman Kewpies. Thursday night, the Lady Jays dropped a 61-23 decision to Rock Bridge at Fleming Fieldhouse.

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Hickman too much for Lady Jays

You have to look long and hard to find any potential weaknesses for the Hickman Kewpies.

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Helias rolls by Soldan

Helias hit its first four 3-pointers to take an eight-point lead after one quarter and cruised to a 74-46 victory against the Soldan Tigers at Rackers Fieldhouse.

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Helias' Fife signs with Missouri for track and field

Will Fife had three good reasons in selecting the University of Missouri to continue his track and field career.

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Lady Jays fall to Ozark

Big fourth quarter for Lady Tigers

It was back and forth. Until the fourth. The Ozark Lady Tigers used a 13-0 run in the fourth quarter Monday night to defeat the Jefferson City Lady Jays 46-39 at Fleming Fieldhouse.

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St. Joseph’s pressure defense leads Angels past Helias

The St. Joseph’s Academy Angels jumped into a pressure defense midway through the first quarter of Wednesday night’s game against the Helias Lady Crusaders at Rackers Fieldhouse. That keyed a strong 12-minute stretch for the Angels, who defeated the Lady Crusaders 59-43.

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Jays romp past Hickman on Senior Night

Alec Bise was the lone senior in the starting lineup on Senior Night for the Jefferson City Jays. Extra pressure? Not that you could tell.

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Second-quarter surge sends Helias past Jefferson City

On a cold night, the Jefferson City Lady Jays picked a bad time to go cold. The Helias Lady Crusaders were there to take advantage. Helias outscored Jefferson City 12-1 in the second quarter Monday night on its way to a 44-29 victory at Fleming Fieldhouse.

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Lady Jays, Lady Crusaders renew basketball rivalry tonight

After taking a break last season, the girls basketball version of the crosstown showdown is back.

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Waynesville tops Lady Jays

Jefferson City Lady Jays coach Dan Ridgeway had a simple explanation of what happened Saturday afternoon. “They did exactly what we thought they would do and we didn’t do a very good job of stopping them from doing what they wanted to do,” Ridgeway said after Jefferson City dropped a 54-44 decision to the Waynesville Lady Tigers at Fleming Fieldhouse.

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Jays nab eight pins en route to 68-4 win against Helias

The final score was lopsided — getting maximum points in the nine of the 14 matches will do that. But you could see a little bit of competitive life returning to the crosstown wrestling showdown.

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Lady Jays drop contest with Nixa, 34-25

The defense played well enough to win. On the other side, the offense had its problems.

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Jays feature two champions, take third at C.C. Invitational

It was a very good Capital City Wrestling Invitational for the Jefferson City Jays. Now it’s time to go back to work.

Jays pick up plenty of bonus points during first day of C.C. Invitational

The Jefferson City Jays had a little something extra Friday. The Jays picked up bonus points in 15 of their 24 victories on the first day of the Capital City Wrestling Invitational at Fleming Fieldhouse.