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Tom Rackers

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Jays wrestling makes it 39 straight with win against Helias

For the past three-plus years, consistency has been the calling card for the Jefferson City Jays on the wrestling mat.

Jays, Crusaders to meet on the wrestling mat tonight

They’re looking to finish off the sweep. The senior class of wrestlers for the Jefferson City Jays has never lost to the Helias Crusaders in the annual crosstown dual and they look to go 4-for-4 tonight when the latest edition of the rivalry is held at Rackers Fieldhouse.

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Jays win final match of day to finish 2nd at Invitational

The Jefferson City Jays were sitting in second place heading into the third-place match at 220 pounds. Tekoah Sage of the Jays was facing Devon Byrd of Holt, which was in third.

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Winder’s finish highlight of Helias effort at C.C. Invitational

Helias freshman Evan Winder wrestled his way into the title match Saturday night at 106 in the Capital City Invitational at Fleming Fieldhouse where he met Kelvin Eblen of Park Hill.

Helias battles through first night of Invitational

The Helias Crusaders are seeing progress on the wrestling mats.

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Seven Jays unbeaten at Invitational

The competition was tough on the opening night of the Capital City Invitational.

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Pitts not returning to football staff at Missouri

One of the pieces of advice Phil Pitts received when he left Helias to become a coach at the University of Missouri was not to change the lifestyle of his family for the first year. College coaching can be a volatile profession. It was sage advice.

Press Box: Sigh of relief heard around Central Missouri

News Tribune Sports Commentary

The Chiefs exorcised some of the demons from the past 22 years Saturday afternoon when they rolled to a 30-0 victory against the Houston Texans in an AFC wild-card playoff game.

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Longtime Jefferson City soccer coach Eddie Horn honored

Eddie Horn wasn’t looking for a new job in 1990. But then Jefferson City High School came calling. And 26 years and nearly 600 victories later, so has the Missouri High School Soccer Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame. Horn was one of four inductees Saturday at a ceremony in Columbia.

Firley Shootout has become fixture under Horn

Annual event brings top boys teams to Jefferson City

In the late 1990s, Eddie Horn was looking to strengthen the schedule for the Jefferson City Jays boys soccer team. And so the Art Firley Shootout was born.

Sedalia connections run deep for soccer hall inductees

Eddie Horn was one of four men inducted Saturday into the Missouri High School Soccer Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame in Columbia.

Helias drops wrestling duals to Nixa, Ozark

It was a learning experience for the Helias Crusaders.

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Jays roll to two wrestling dual victories

The Jefferson City Jays are ready for a break.

Jays wrestling rebounds with defeat of Rolla

Coming off a tough two days at The Clash XIV in Rochester, Minn., Phil Cagle was a bit concerned.

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Crusaders build on good weekend by notching two dual wins

Winning may truly be contagious. Coming off an unexpectedly good performance last week at the Kinloch Classic in Springfield, the Helias Crusaders swept duals from the Rock Bridge Bruins and Camdenton Lakers on Tuesday night at Rackers Fieldhouse.

Lady Jays roll to victory against Waynesville

Good shooting, excellent passing, hard work on the offensive boards — the Jefferson City Lady Jays did it all Monday night.

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Jays wrestlers head north for The Clash XIV

The decision to go wasn’t quickly made. But the Jefferson City Jays decided they wanted to test themselves against some of the top wrestling teams in the country Friday and Saturday in The Clash XIV in Rochester, Minn.

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Lady Jays beat Lady Crusaders in third-place game

In their first two games of the Holiday Hoops Invitational, the Jefferson City Lady Jays struggled to score. Things changed Wednesday night.

Lebanon finishes fifth in Holiday Hoops Invitational

In girls basketball action

The Lebanon Lady Jackets held Alton, Ill., scoreless in the final 2:45 of the game Wednesday to take a 48-42 decision from the Lady Redbirds in the fifth-place game of the Holiday Hoops Invitational at Rackers Fieldhouse.

Girls Basketball: Blue Springs South takes seventh

The Blue Springs South Lady Jaguars closed the third quarter with a 10-2 run and went on to post a 69-61 win Wednesday afternoon against the Eureka Lady Wildcats in the seventh-place game of the Holiday Hoops Invitational at Rackers Fieldhouse.

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Lady Jays fall to Benton in Holiday Hoops Invitational

For two quarters, the Jefferson City Lady Jays and St. Joseph Benton Lady Cardinals circled each other like a pair of prize fighters waiting to pounce if the other made a mistake.

Alton defeats Eureka in Holiday Hoops Invitational

LaJarvia Brown is one of the top prep triple jumpers in the country.

Lebanon holds off Blue Springs South in Holiday Hoops Invitational

The Lebanon Lady Jackets closed the second quarter on a 10-0 run Tuesday afternoon in their way to a 63-47 victory against the Blue Springs South Lady Jaguars in a loser’s bracket semifinal of the State Farm Holiday Hoops Invitational at Rackers Fieldhouse.

Girls Basketball: Benton handles Eureka

The St. Joseph Benton Lady Cardinals have become a fixture through the years at the State Farm Holiday Hoops Invitational.

Girls Basketball: Hickman bounces Lebanon

It was the Ny’jah White Show.

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Helias to wrestle at Kinloch Tournament

The Helias Crusaders are ready to get back to seeing someone else on the wrestling mats.

Girls Basketball: Lady Jays top Alton

The beginning of the game was good for the Jefferson City Lady Jays. The ending wasn’t bad.

Blair Oaks wrestling sweeps tri-dual

Having a full wrestling lineup can be a luxury at the Class 1 level.

Capital City Shootout: California girls fall to Owensville

The California Lady Pintos and Owensville Dutchgirls were both getting the shots they wanted early in Saturday’s game in the Capital City Shootout.

Press Box: St. Louis doing all the right things to keep NFL

If it was truly the last game in St. Louis for the Rams, it was memorable. And yellow. Really, really yellow.

Capital City Shootout: California girls to take on Owensville

It looks like it should be a pretty good matchup when the California Lady Pintos and the Owensville Dutchgirls meet this afternoon in the Capital City Shootout.

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Helias girls fall to Battle

The pressure got to the Helias Lady Crusaders.

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Luebbert signs to play soccer at Missouri

Growing up, Sarah Luebbert would go to Missouri women’s soccer matches and get autographs from the Tiger players.

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DeWitt’s victory leads Jays to team title at Missouri Duals

Phil Cagle had a message. The championship dual at the Missouri Duals was a little more than halfway competed when the Jefferson City head wrestling coach motioned Gavin DeWitt over for a quick chat.

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Jays have successful first day at Missouri Duals

Last year, the Jefferson City Jays advanced to the title round of the Missouri Duals.

Lady Jays, Helias set for State Farm Holiday Hoops Invitational

The Jefferson City Lady Jays and Helias Lady Crusaders are no strangers to playing in town during the Christmas holidays. But for first-year coaches Brad Conway at Jefferson City and Sarah Eagan at Helias, it will be their first experiences with the State Farm Holiday Hoops Invitational.

Crusaders post dual wins against Spartans, Kewpies

The atmosphere was different. And so were the final results.

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Prep Wrestling: Crusaders anxious to get season started

Ready or not, the wrestling season is here for the Helias Crusaders.

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Girls Basketball: Strong third quarter sends Kickapoo past Jefferson City

The final numbers were relatively even. Except for one, and that proved to be the difference.

Prep Wrestling: Jays down Lebanon

The Jefferson City bench sprung up almost as one. During the 182-pound match in Monday night’s wrestling dual at Fleming Fieldhouse, Rashaun Woods of Jefferson City finished a throw to put Adrian Palmer of Lebanon on his back.

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Jays to open wrestling season today with dual against Lebanon

The calendar is about to turn to December.

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Falcons use big fourth quarter to dispatch Panthers

The Blair Oaks Falcons had the Centralia Panthers right where they wanted them.

Press Box: Weighing in on some aspects of Missouri’s odd week

News Tribune Sports Commentary

I’m not going to go through a total rehash of all of the events of the last seven days. But there are a few things I want to address.

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Martin to play basketball at Southern Illinois

It’s going to be a Martin family reunion at Southern Illinois University.

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Roberson commits to Southern Illinois for track and field

It felt just like home for Alexis Roberson. Roberson, a senior at Jefferson City High School, was undecided about where she wanted to attend college. So about a month ago, the track and field standout decided to visit Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill.

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Cross Country: Yanskey, Knernschield earn all-state honors for Helias

Helias teammates Kayla Yanskey and Elliot Knernschield did what they expected Saturday in the Class 3 state cross country championships at the Oak Hills Golf Center.

Cross Country: Helias girls look to improve after finishing third last season

The Helias Lady Crusaders are looking to climb the ladder. Last year, the Lady Crusaders finished third in the Class 3 state cross country championships. Even though there aren’t many rungs left to climb, the opportunity is there today at the Oak Hills Golf Center.

Friday Night Recap: Helias falls behind early in loss to Hannibal

The Helias Crusaders wanted to get off to a fast start Friday night. Or at least quicker than they did the first time they played the Hannibal Pirates this season, when they fell behind 35-0 at the half.

Helias football's season comes to an end in Hannibal

The Hannibal Pirates scored the first four times they had the football Friday night in a 35-14 win against the Helias Crusaders.

Prep Football: Helias wants to turn tables on Hannibal

The first time Helias played at Hannibal this season, the Crusaders got off to a good start.