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Tom Rackers

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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.

Helias set for state cross country championships

Coming off 'perfect' district performance

Perfection is a goal easy to shoot for, but hard to achieve. But after seeing the results for the Helias Crusaders and Lady Crusaders at the Class 3 District 5 cross country championships last Saturday in Moberly, Helias head coach Mary Haskamp saw just that.

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Helias methodically tops Moberly

Will face Mexico for district title on Friday night

The Crusaders rolled to a 43-0 victory against the Moberly Spartans in a Class 4 District 7 semifinal contest at Adkins Stadium.

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Hot start for Falcons in semifinal win

Less than 20 plays into Friday night’s game, the Blair Oaks Falcons had scored 21 points.

Helias to face Moberly for first time in a decade

In addition to their usual preparation, the Helias Crusaders have gotten a history lesson this week.

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Helias rolls to 83-12 district football win

“You don’t ever want to run it up on anybody,” Helias coach Phil Pitts said after the Crusaders rolled to an 83-12 victory Saturday afternoon against the Wentzville Liberty Eagles at Adkins Stadium.

Helias handles Liberty in district football opener

Helias downed the Wentzville Liberty Eagles 83-12 on Saturday in the Class 4 District 7 high school football opener.

With neither team knowing what to expect, Eagles post win against Jays in soccer

Neither coach knew quite what to expect Monday night.

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Chaminade rallies to beat Jays in soccer

Chaminade closed the game with four unanswered goals to take a 4-2 victory.

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Remmert ties mark in Helias soccer win

It’s a sibling rivalry. But it’s a good one for the Helias Crusaders. “In means a lot because it’s my big brother’s record,” Braden Remmert said Saturday after he tied his brother’s career assist mark in the Helias’ 3-2 win against Carthage in the Helias Shootout at the 179 Soccer Park.

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Helias shuts down Sullivan, 56-3

Running between the tackles against the Helias Crusaders is probably not the best idea.

Helias ready to get back on football field

Hosting Sullivan for Homecoming

The Helias Crusaders have had a little more than a week to think about it. Now they’re hungry to do something about it.

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Helias golfers look to play their game

At Class 1 state championships

Prior to the sectional golf tournament, Helias coach Dan Mathes had a simple message for the Lady Crusaders.

Press Box: Gurley’s suspension nothing new

News Tribune Sports Commentary

Todd Gurley was placed on indefinite suspension last week after it was revealed he was paid for signing items for an autograph dealer. My first thought after I heard about the reason for Gurley’s suspension was … what does Johnny Manziel think about all of this? No it wasn’t.

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A little too close for California

Pintos hold off Indians after big early lead

CALIFORNIA — Up by 30 points just before halftime Friday night, things looked pretty good for the California Pintos. Up by seven with five minutes remaining, things were getting a little too interesting for the Pintos.

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Slow start dooms Helias in loss to Rockhurst

The Rockhurst Hawklets started at a different speed than the Helias Crusaders.

Helias set to take on Rockhurst

In football tonight

The Helias Crusaders have forced a turnover in 33 straight games. In their six victories this season, the Rockhurst Hawklets have turned the ball over a total of two times.