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Tom Rackers

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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.

Press Box: Alden’s departure a head-scratcher

Mike Alden owes no one a complete and definitive explanation about his decision to step down as athletic director at University of Missouri. But it was just odd.

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News Tribune Super Bowl picks

The News Tribune sports writers pick their Super Bowl winners and explain why.

Field takes two in Helias win

Mason Field took the long road, then the short road, to the same result Tuesday night for the Helias Crusaders.

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Lady Jays continue hot streak with win against Helias

The Jefferson City Lady Jays are starting to put things together.

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Pitts bids farewell to Helias

When word spread Tuesday morning Phil Pitts was leaving as Helias’ head football coach to accept a job at the collegiate level, a lot of those people reached out to him.

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Helias girls battle past Fulton

On Friday night

The Fulton Lady Hornets just wouldn’t go away until the Helias Lady Crusaders finally found a way to put them away.

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Jays roll in win against Helias

Maybe the biggest surprise was there were no surprises.

Now official: Missouri names Pitts defensive analyst

The worst kept secret during the past couple of days is a secret no longer.

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Pitts stepping down at Helias (with audio interview)

To take job in college

It was an emotional day for Phil Pitts. Emotional and exciting.

Wrestling Falcons maturing, win two duals Tuesday

WARDSVILLE — The young Blair Oaks Falcons are growing up.

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Pitts stepping down as head football coach at Helias

To take position at collegiate level

Helias head football coach Phil Pitts announced this morning he will be stepping down from his position.

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Helias' Schulte takes second at C.C. Invitational

Jacob Schulte of Helias worked his way through a tough field into the championship match at 152 pounds Saturday at the Capital City Wrestling Invitational.

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Stronger second day for Jays at C.C. Invitational

The Jefferson City Jays weren’t pleased with their performance Friday at the Capital City Wrestling Invitational. Saturday, they did something about it.

Jays have good first day at C.C. Invitational

It was a good, not a great, first day for the Jefferson City Jays.

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Crusaders edge Falcons in first wrestling meeting

You can’t have a rivalry after one meeting.

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Missouri to take on Kentucky

With top-ranked Kentucky coming off a pair of overtime victories, this may not be the best time to be playing the Wildcats.

Lady Jays top Notre Dame de Sion

In girls basketball Friday

These aren’t the Jefferson City Lady Jays of the past few seasons.

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Lady Crusaders roll past Smith-Cotton

There was little time to fret about Monday night’s struggles for the Helias Lady Crusaders.

Helias offense struggles in loss to Cuba

When the ball is going through the basket, the game looks easy.

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Big second quarter leads Lady Jays to win

Trailing by three points to Parkview after the first quarter Saturday afternoon, Jefferson City pieced together an 11-0 run early in the second and cruised to a 59-33 against the Lady Vikings at Fleming Fieldhouse.

Lady Jays top Eureka

Early foul trouble and a short bench meant some anxious moments Monday afternoon for the Jefferson City Lady Jays.

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Helias girls take third with win against Blue Springs South

Doug Light trusted his gut. It was right.

Hickman girls shut down Helias

The Helias Lady Crusaders like to use a pressure defense to fluster their opponents.

Helias girls hold off Eureka in Holiday Hoops

The Lady Crusaders edged the Eureka Lady Wildcats 52-50 in the opening round of the State Farm Holiday Hoops Invitational at Rackers Fieldhouse.

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California girls down Hermann

At Missouri National Guard Shootout

California held Hermann scoreless in the second quarter Saturday on its way to a 49-39 win in the Missouri National Guard Shootout at Fleming Fieldhouse.

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Lady Crusaders bounce Lady Bulldogs, 43-13

The Helias Lady Crusaders made their first shot Friday night, then missed missed their next 15 the remainder of the first quarter.

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Register steps down as Helias boys soccer coach

Chuck Register, who started the boys and girls soccer programs at Helias in the late 1990s and led both to multiple Final Four appearances during his tenure, stepped down last week as head coach of the Crusaders.

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Four Jays undefeated as team takes second

At Missouri Duals

The Neosho Wildcats may have taught the Jefferson City Jays a lesson. After the two teams romped through their respective pools Saturday in the Missouri Duals, they squared off for the overall team title in the final round.

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Helias rebounds with strong second day

At Missouri Duals

After a tough opening day Friday in the Missouri Duals, the Helias Crusaders were looking to make things tough on their opponents Saturday.

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Wrestling: Helias falls to three tough opponents

At Missouri Duals

It was a test inside a test. The Helias Crusaders knew they would have their hands full this weekend in the Missouri Duals at Rackers Fieldhouse. So why not face your potentially toughest opponent first?

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Fatima girls get past Helias in overtime

At the end of regulation Thursday night, there were opposite feelings on opposite ends of the floor.

Blair Oaks, New Bloomfield, California girls ready for Shootout

For many schools, the Missouri National Guard Shootout is an opportunity to play an unfamiliar opponent in an out-of-town venue. Leroy Bernskoetter’s team will have the advantage of familiarity.

Lady Jays, Helias and Fatima excited about Invitational

The Jefferson City Lady Jays are veterans of the State Farm Holiday Hoops Invitational.

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Focused Jays wrestlers manhandle Lakers, 60-12

The Jefferson City Jays didn’t know quite what to expect in Tuesday night’s wrestling dual against the Camdenton Lakers.

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Lady Comets ride defense to win against Lady Hornets

It wasn’t the best night offensively for the Fatima Lady Comets.

Press Box: College Football Playoff at the perfect number

News Tribune Sports Commentary

At 11:45 a.m. today, college football will have its Final Four as the College Football Playoff selection committee will release its top four teams that will advance to the first-ever postseason bracket.

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Optimism abounds as Helias starts wrestling season

The Helias Crusaders took some lumps last season. This season, the Crusaders are looking to turn those lessons into success on the wrestling mat.

Jays to open wrestling season tonight at Lebanon

Expectations are high for the Jefferson City Jays wrestling team this season.

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Girls Basketball: Jefferson City adjusts to press, rips Rolla

When they started beating the press, the Jefferson City Lady Jays starting taking it to the Rolla Lady Bulldogs.

Depth a strength for Helias girls basketball

The parts are there for the Helias Lady Crusaders.

Lady Jays basketball team looks to mesh talents

The Jefferson City Lady Jays bring a veteran group in to the basketball season. Kristie Douglas-Wiley, new to the Jefferson City program, is a veteran coach.

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Lady Jays go 1-0-2 for new coach in Jamboree

The Jefferson City Lady Jays are still working things out under new head coach Kristie Douglas-Wiley.

Lady Crusaders benefit from facing other teams in Jamboree

It was a night for learning.

Kearney slips past Helias, 23-20

KEARNEY — The fourth-ranked Kearney Bulldogs got a field goal in overtime to slip past the second-ranked Helias Crusaders by a 23-20 score in a Class 4 quarterfinal thriller on Friday night.

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Line of scrimmage key as Helias faces Kearney

The team that controls the line of scrimmage will win the football game.

Press Box: Prep playoffs could stand a few changes

News Tribune Sports Commentary

We are down to eight football teams in Classes 1-5, down to four in Class 6. But is the current system fair when it comes to post-district play? In my opinion, a definite maybe. There is a tweak or two I think would make it better.

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Crusaders beat Mexico 47-0 to win district title

After two series, it looked like a football game.