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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.

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Prep Football: Helias dominates Wentzville Liberty

Helias dominated on both sides of the football Saturday and rolled to a 45-0 win against the Wentzville Liberty Eagles at Adkins Stadium.

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Prep Football: Helias to face Wentzville: Liberty

It’s time to put the battles of the regular season to good use.

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Helias prepared for Class 3 softball Final Four

The Helias Lady Crusaders enter the Class 3 softball Final Four with nine losses, the most of any of the four teams. But you don’t get anything for a great record, everybody’s 0-0.

Jays record 4-1 win against Tigers in soccer

The final score might look like it was a bit of a laugher.

Press Box: Petition to ban Buck from broadcast is comical

News Tribune Sports Commentary

A great time to be a Royals fan! Surely they don’t have a care in the world? If you believe that, you don’t know the Internet, the bastion of false outrage and nonsensical action.

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Helias rolls past Logan-Rogersville, 18-7

Advances to Class 3 softball final four

The Helias Lady Crusaders kept the line going Saturday. And now the line is on its way to the Class 3 softball Final Four.

Friday Night Recap: Offensive line helps Helias top Sullivan

There might have been no group more frustrated at halftime Friday night than the offensive line of the Helias Crusaders.

Final US Airways flight completes journey, lands in Philly

The final US Airways flight has landed in Philadelphia, completing the last leg of its roundtrip journey.

Prep Football: Helias wins defensive struggle at Sullivan 14-7

The defenses ruled in the first half Friday night. It was going to come down to making the right adjustments in the final two quarters. And making a big play or two.

Jays soccer defeats Southern Boone after strong first half

The Jefferson City Jays and Southern Boone Eagles both played one good half and one bad half Thursday night.

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Prep Football: Helias treating tonight’s game at Sullivan as start of the postseason

The district playoffs don’t start for another week.

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Jays use new strategy to defeat Rock Bridge

The strategy worked even better than hoped. The Jefferson City Jays switched things up offensively at the start of Tuesday night’s action against the Rock Bridge Bruins at the 179 Soccer Park, beginning the game by starting their forwards out near the the opposing wide backs.

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Girls Golf: Helias looks to improve on fourth-place finish at state

Don’t be surprised if the top teams at the Class 1 girls state golf tournament look a lot like last year. The Helias Lady Crusaders were among that group in 2014, taking fourth. They are looking to climb the ladder this year as the tournament starts today at Twin Hills Country Club in Joplin.

Lineup adjustment helps Jays in soccer win against Oakville

After a sluggish first half Saturday afternoon, it was time for a shakeup of the lineup for the Jefferson City Jays.

Friday Night Recap: Strategy almost pays off for Helias

In loss to Rockhurst

They can’t score if they don’t have the ball. That was the strategy Friday night for the Helias Crusaders as they took on the Rockhurst Hawklets. And for the most part, it worked.

Crusaders come up short in loss to Rockhurst

The Helias Crusaders battled to the end. Helias stayed with Rockhurst for four quarters Friday night before falling 35-25 to the Hawklets.

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Prep Football: Helias heading to Rockhurst to take on storied Hawklets

Heading into the season, Tim Rulo pointed to this week.

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Jays edge Helias in boys soccer

As crosstown showdowns go, it had the feel of a regular Monday night game.

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Prep Football: Helias edges Rock Bridge 10-7

The Helias Crusaders totaled 10 points on their first two drives Saturday afternoon and made them stand up for a 10-7 victory against the Rock Bridge Bruins at Adkins Stadium.

Fatima softball shuts out Helias

Great pitching, solid defense and timely hitting — the Fatima Lady Comets had those things covered.

Prep Football: Helias, Rock Bridge have injuries at quarterback

It’s uncertain times for the Helias Crusaders and Rock Bridge Bruins.

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Jays soccer gets win despite uneven performance against Battle

The Jefferson City Jays and Battle Spartans played the full 80 minutes Tuesday night at the 179 Soccer Park.

Rock Bridge rallies past Helias in softball

Maybe the Rock Bridge Bruins got some inspiration from its junior varsity.

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St. James Academy holds on to beat Helias, 28-24

Leading 28-24 as time wound down Saturday night at Adkins Stadium, St. James Academy was facing a third-and-5 at the Helias 29.

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Prep Football: Helias takes on St. James Academy Saturday

The little things could add up to something big Saturday night.

Helias downs Hickman in volleyball

When the Helias Lady Crusaders needed their focus, they found it.

Press Box: A pat on the back

Our work gets recognized by Missouri Press Association

Last Saturday, the News Tribune won several Missouri Press Association awards in a ceremony in Columbia. The sports department received three of them and I wanted to make mention of it.

Friday Night Recap: Helias comes up short against Battle

“The outcome of the game did not come down to that play, there were a lot of things we could have done better,” Helias coach Tim Rulo said after the Crusaders dropped a 28-27 decision Friday night to the Battle Spartans.

Helias football falls 28-27 to Battle

The final nine minutes of fourth quarter were a roller-coaster ride. Unfortunately, the ride ended a few yards short for the Helias Crusaders. The Crusaders were stopped on the final play of Friday night’s game against Battle, falling 28-27 to the Spartans.

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Prep Football: Crusaders get back to work, prepare for Battle

The Helias Crusaders came back to work.

Helias surges past North Callaway in softball

For the first three innings, the Helias Lady Crusaders got runners in scoring position. They just couldn’t complete the scoring part. But good things can come to those who wait, as the Lady Crusaders broke through with four runs in the fourth Monday night on their way to a 7-5 victory against the North Callaway Lady Thunderbirds at Duensing Field.

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Crusaders dominate in 39-6 win over Hickman

Excitement or relief? “Excitement, we got the chip off our shoulder,” Helias senior wide receiver/linebacker Adam Bax said Saturday night after the Crusaders picked up their first win of the season with a 39-6 decision against the Hickman Kewpies at Adkins Stadium.

Jays pick up 2-0 victory against Rolla in soccer

The Jefferson City Jays have had a couple of measuring-stick games to start the soccer season.

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Prep Football: Helias looks for first win of the season Saturday against Hickman

It isn’t the start to the season the Helias Crusaders wanted.

Bishop Althoff rolls past Helias

The Helias Crusaders thought they were ready.

Helias cross country kicks off season

With five runners returning on each of the state-qualifying boys and girls teams, optimism is high for cross country this season at Helias.

Helias football falls to 0-3

Bishop Althoff racked up more than 700 yards of offense Friday night in rolling to a 54-38 victory against Helias in a battle of Crusaders at Adkins Stadium. Althoff ran for 347 yards, while throwing for another 366 to improve to 2-0 on the season. Helias falls to 0-3.

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Prep Football: Helias looks to carry momentum into game against Bishop Althoff

It was something to build on.

Kewpies edge Jays in PKs

It’s something that was still on the to-do list. The Jefferson City Jays and Hickman Kewpies were tied at 1 after regulation Tuesday night at the 179 Soccer Park. They were still tied after the two 10-minute overtime periods, meaning the contest was going to be decided in penalty kicks.

Lineup shift pays off for Helias soccer in 4-3 win over Moberly

There were more important things than the score Tuesday night for the Helias Crusaders. Matthew Schulte’s goal in the final minute of the first half gave Helias a 2-1 lead at intermission against the Moberly Spartans at the 179 Soccer Park.

Helias puts together better second half in loss to Hannibal

Down 35-0 at the half Friday night, the final result was all but decided. The Helias Crusaders didn’t want anything remotely similar to occur in the final two quarters.

Helias football's comeback falls short

HANNIBAL — Except for the final score, it was all but decided at halftime.