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Helias was tested Tuesday night. The Crusaders passed, beating the Fulton Hornets 3-2 at the 179 Soccer Park.
Helias senior running back Brock Gerstner was finishing the Crusaders’ walk-through for Friday’s game against Quincy (Ill.) Notre Dame when a teammate accidently fell into him, breaking one of Gerstner’s legs.
The Helias Crusaders could do little wrong in the first half of Friday’s game against Quincy (Ill.) Notre Dame. The Crusaders scored six first-half touchdowns and routed Quincy (Ill.) Notre Dame 51-12 on Friday night.
In Game 1, it was a brand of old-man football. Last week, it was kicked up into the 21st century. The Quincy (Ill.) Notre Dame Raiders have shown both ends of the offensive spectrum early this season. And it’s up to the Helias Crusaders to prepare for both for Friday night’s game in Quincy.
The scoreboard said one thing, the head coach said another. “We had some moments where we did some nice things, but there were moments where we didn’t look all that sharp,” Jays coach Eddie Horn said Tuesday night after Jefferson City blanked Hickman 5-0 at the 179 Soccer Park. “It was just our second game, I know that, but I think we could have played a little better.”
The Helias Crusaders had a little more than a week to think about it. Saturday night, they did something about it.
When attempting to come up with a lineup for today’s opening cross country meet, Helias coach Mary Haskamp has used a pencil. With a big eraser.
With just a handful of starters returning, the Helias Crusaders went to what has worked before — start in the back with the defense, then worry about getting some offense. The defense has done its part in the first week of the soccer season. And the offense has more than held up its end of the bargain. “We didn’t know how well we’d play at the start,” Helias coach Chuck Register said after the Crusaders posted their second 2-0 victory in three days at the 179 Soccer Park, this one against the Camdenton Lakers. “But to win 2-0 in both games, I’m pretty pleased.
After last year’s one-point loss to Harrisonville to open the season, Helias rebounded with a resounding victory against Sedalia Smith-Cotton. With the Crusaders hosting the Tigers on Saturday night at Adkins Stadium, Helias is looking for history to repeat itself for a second straight week.
It was just about all the Helias Crusaders could have expected from their soccer season opener. Especially on the scoreboard. Gage West scored once in each half Tuesday night at the 179 Soccer Park and the Helias defense did a great job of limiting Kirksville’s scoring chances as the Crusaders posted a 2-0 victory.
The Helias Crusaders feel like they’re ahead of the game.
The talent is there for a successful season.
After a Harrisonville touchdown pulled the Wildcats to within a point of Helias at 21-20 with a little more than three minutes remaining Friday night, it faced a decision. Go for the tie and kick the extra point or try for two and potentially win it. “We knew what they were going to do it,” Helias coach Phil Pitts said. But the Crusaders couldn’t stop it. Wildcats quarterback Zach Davidson ran for the 2-point conversion as Harrisonville posted a 22-21 victory against Helias at Adkins Stadium.
The Helias Crusaders have been to the football state championship game five times in the past 15 seasons, including three of the last five. Last year’s loss to Webb City in the Class 4 title game was the sixth straight season Helias has had its season ended by the eventual state champion. Those are signs of a good program, a very good program. But that’s not what the Crusaders are striving for.
The Helias Lady Crusaders are jumping right into the deep end at the start of the golf season. The Lady Crusaders will open the season today, playing in the Camdenton Invitational at the tough Old Kinderhook Golf Course.
If you’re buying what he’s selling, you need to keep better tabs on your wallet. Ryan Braun issued a statement Thursday about his being suspended 65 games by Major League Baseball for use of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs).
It was almost a perfect Jamboree for the Helias Crusaders. The Crusaders did give up a touchdown while scoring six times against their three opponents Friday night. And their end zone camera didn’t work. Plus the Jamboree got started 15 minutes late when one team finally arrived after first going to a different high school. In a city nearly 45 miles away.
Only one player has the responsibility to know what each and every one of his teammates is expected to do. That’s the quarterback. Wyatt Porter, a senior, is entering his second season as a starter for Helias.
It must have looked like a scene reminiscent of a 1970s gangster movie. The heads of college football’s five families — the Southeastern Conference, the Big XII, the Big Ten, the Pac-12 and Atlantic Coast Conference — were holding a BCS members only meeting.
The No. 37 was prominently displayed on a board adjacent to the field Wednesday night.
When Phil Pressey announced he was making himself available for the NBA Draft, one thought crossed the minds of Missouri Tiger basketball fans. Huh?
The numbers were outstanding this week for the Helias girls basketball camp. So was the talent.
It’s been less than a month since Jacob Wadley took over as head wrestling coach at Helias. So it’s understandable if he is still working out some of the kinks that come with the position.
Eddie Horn, the longtime head coach for the Jays who was the first coach in history of the Jefferson City girls program, will return to the Lady Jays’ sideline next spring.
No. 5 is back in the dugout for the Kansas City Royals. It’s enough to warm the heart of Royals fans, nostalgic for the days when Kansas City was a consistent winner.
It may have taken awhile, perhaps longer than they would like.
The little things added up Saturday night as the Lady Jays fell 3-1 to the Nixa Lady Eagles in a Class 3 quarterfinal contest at the 179 Soccer Park.
Saturday’s loss to Nixa not only ended the season for Jefferson City — it was the final game for Lady Jays head coach Matt Stacey.
It would be special for the Jefferson City Lady Jays to advance to the Class 3 soccer Final Four. But Lady Jays coach Matt Stacey doesn’t think his team needs to do anything special today to get there. “We just need to keep playing the way we’ve been playing,” Stacey said as Jefferson City prepares to host the Nixa Lady Eagles in a quarterfinal contest at 5:30 p.m. today at the 179 Soccer Park.
Will Fife was looking to break his Helias shot put record Friday at the Missouri State High School Activities Association Class 3 Track and Field Championships. He didn’t. But Fife did pick up a nice consolation prize — the state championship medal hanging around his neck.
It was an easy choice.
The Jefferson City Lady Jays entered the soccer season wanting to leave their mark in the history of the program. So far, they have. And there are still goals ahead, starting tonight when Jefferson City travels to face the Blue Springs South Jaguars in a Class 3 sectional contest.
Jacob Wadley thought it was a job he wanted. And now, he’s got it. “It was always in the back of my mind,” Wadley said Tuesday after he was announced as the new wrestling coach at Helias High School. “I’ve always loved the program, being raised in such a successful program, you always have pride about it. “I feel like this is God’s will for my life.”
It looked like a typical Helias ball game.
The Helias Lady Crusaders did everything they could in overtime, dominating play in the two 10-minute sessions. They did everything except get the win. The Hickman Kewpies outscored the Lady Crusaders 3-1 in the penalty-kick phase in taking a 2-1 victory Wednesday night at the 179 Soccer Park.
Pitching and defense can take you a long way in baseball. On Tuesday, it took the Helias Crusaders to the win column.
It’s a good news-bad news situation. The good? The Jefferson City Lady Jays have made a habit of scoring first in recent games. Taking the lead is never a bad thing in soccer. The bad? Things seem to slow down after that. “It’s got me worried,” Lady Jays coach Matt Stacey said after Jefferson City topped the Kickapoo Lady Chiefs 2-1 on Monday at the 179 Soccer Park. “We score, then we seem to step back and put things on cruise control.”
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A double play is a pitcher’s best friend. On Wednesday, it was particularly chummy with the Helias Crusaders. “Especially after five hit batters and a walk,” Helias coach Chris Wyrick said after the Crusaders dispatched the Pacific Tigers 13-3 in 4 1/2 innings on Senior Day at the American Legion Sports Complex.
They could really put on a show in tonight’s edition of the crosstown showdown. With the talented squads the Jefferson City Lady Jays and Helias Lady Crusaders bring into the game, it promises to be a high-level contest at the 179 Soccer Park.
Two quick goals may have taken a bit of the edge off for the Helias Lady Crusaders. Not that it showed up on the scoreboard. “We got a little stagnant, but we still controlled the game,” Helias coach Brad Dempsey said Monday night after the Lady Crusaders blanked the Warrensburg Lady Tigers 3-0 at the 179 Soccer Park.
At Capital City Invitational
Jaycie Johnson made her presence felt early. And often.
A few years ago, Mike Jeffries was on a trip to Springfield. Jeffries, who was the president of the Missouri Wrestling Coaches Association, decided to take a tour of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame with his wife, Patti. And after going through the facility, he had a question. “We walked around and I wondered where wrestling was,” Jeffries. the longtime head coach at Helias High School, asked. Well, it’s there now as the Helias wrestling program was inducted Sunday night into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Capitol Plaza Hotel.
Ray Hentges thought his time in the spotlight had passed. But there was one more honor for the much-honored former Helias football and golf coach. It was a call from the Hall. “It’s humbling,” Hentges said Sunday prior to his induction into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame at the Capitol Plaza Hotel. “Words kind of fall short right now, but I’m very proud to be a member of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.”
Those little things escaped Helias in its first game Saturday before things turned around in the second game, as the Crusaders salvaged a split in a doubleheader against foes from Lee’s Summit.
It wasn’t Sarah Luebbert’s coming out party, it was just a continuation. The talented Jefferson City freshman scored two first-half goals and added an assist Thursday night as the Jefferson City Lady Jays blanked the Camdenton Lady Lakers 4-0 at the 179 Soccer Park.
Baseball comes down to hitting, pitching and defense. On Tuesday, the Crusaders did one of those very well. And while one out of three isn’t great, it was more than enough as Helias downed the Moberly Spartans 14-4 in five innings at the American Legion Sports Complex.
There is only one person to call first. When Travis Reinsch stepped down as Helias wrestling coach to take a position in the school’s administration last week, I took a couple of minutes to run potential candidates as his replacement through my mind.
At Capital City Invitational
Three Helias starting pitchers — Trevor Schnieders, Matt Rehagen and Cole Distler — worked a combined 20 innings for the Crusaders in the Capital City Invitational. And the trio allowed a combined two earned runs.
Matt Rehagen probably didn’t break 70 miles per hour on the radar gun Friday night. But you don’t need to throw hard to be successful on the mound. The Helias junior, who found out he was going to get the start just an hour before the game, hurled a three-hitter to lead the Crusaders to a 3-1 victory against the Rockhurst Hawklets in the semifinals of the Capital City Invitational at Vivion Field.