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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.

Soccer Jays cruise to 4-0 victory against Crusaders

The Jefferson City Jays entered Monday night with wins in 11 of their last 12 games. The Helias Crusaders came in with an uncharacteristic sub-.500 record.

Helias tops Rock Bridge 36-14

Helias quarterback Alex Faddoul hit the trifecta Friday night.

A different kind of rivalry for Helias

Against Rock Bridge

If the Hannibal Pirates are Helias’ No. 1 rival in football, then the Rock Bridge Bruins are No. 1A.

Crusaders remain perfect

With victory over St. James Academy

ROELAND PARK, Kan. - It wasn't perfect. But it was good enough to keep the Helias Crusaders perfect so far this season.

Lady Crusaders fall to Boonville in softball

It wasn’t the beginning to the game the Helias Lady Crusaders wanted.

Helias hits the road to face St. James Academy

Crusaders focused on doing things right

The Helias Crusaders will be putting an extra emphasis on doing things right tonight. The St. James Academy Thunder have the potential to make them pay if they don’t.

Helias rallies to beat Tolton in soccer

Just three minutes into Tuesday’s game, everything was great for the Helias Crusaders.

Lady Falcons amass 15 hits in 11-1 win

The Blair Oaks Lady Falcons hit it. And hit it hard.

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Helias fights past Battle, 29-14

It wasn’t the best performance of the season for the Helias Crusaders. But a win is a win.

Davis touchdowns help Helias beat Battle

The Helias Crusaders defeated the Battle Spartans 29-14 behind three touchdown runs by Malik Davis.

Helias ties with Poplar Bluff in Capital City Invitational

It must have been one heck of an inspirational halftime talk.

Jays post another soccer shutout

Beat Joplin 3-0

Goals are nice. Shutouts are nicer.

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Hentges presented with Under Armour All-Star jersey

In ceremony Thursday at Helias

Hale Hentges’ athletic gifts are on display weekly in the fall on the football field and on the basketball court in the winter. But people don’t see the Helias senior standout away from athletic competition, where he shines just as brightly.

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Quick work on PK sends Fatima past Helias

At the 179 Soccer Park

Evan Schulte didn’t want to wait too long.

Helias set to host Battle

Crusaders looking for better starts to games

The Helias Crusaders have gotten off to a handful of slow starts this season. But they seem to end with a rush.

Jays, Helias have different goals

In Capital City Soccer Invitational

Traditionally, the Jefferson City Jays like to use the Capital City Soccer Invitational as a measuring stick. But that will be a little difficult, since this year’s Invitational comes just five games into the season.

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Lady Crusaders get back on court, claim win against Blue Devils

When it was time to focus, the Helias Lady Crusaders were all business.

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Helias soccer misses on chances in loss to Washington

The chances were there Saturday afternoon for the Helias Crusaders. They just couldn’t convert on them.

Press Box: NFL needs to clean house

News Tribune Sports Commentary

SPORTS COMMENTARY: Somebody should get fired. It just a matter of whom. And when. And how many.

Helias beats down Hickman

Hickman has had Helias’ number in recent years, taking the last three games in the series against the Crusaders.

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Helias trying to clear the Hickman hurdle

Crusaders looking to snap skid against Kewpies

The Helias Crusaders have put together a potent offensive attack during the past several seasons. Except when they meet Hickman. The Kewpies seem to be the Crusaders’ kryptonite.

Good glove work leads Blair Oaks to win

In softball against Helias

When a team makes the routine plays, good results usually follow. But when you toss in a handful of outstanding ones as well, you’re ahead of the game. And odds are you’ve gone a long way toward winning it.

Helias wins in decisive fashion

After getting onto the scoreboard for the first time Saturday night, the Bishop Althoff Crusaders thought they had a chance. Two plays later, no chance.

Helias cross country endures long preseason

The Helias Crusaders and Lady Crusaders will start the cross country season this morning.

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Helias travels to Illinois to face Bishop Althoff

Both the Helias Crusaders and the Bishop Althoff Crusaders entered the season with inexperienced teams.

Opportunistic Jays make most of chances in victory

The opportunities were few and far between Thursday for the Jefferson City Jays.

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Hentges breaks Helias receptions mark held by his uncle

Hale Hentges broke the Helias career record for receptions with a catch on the first drive of the game Saturday night as the Crusaders went on to a 52-14 victory against the Hannibal Pirates at Adkins Stadium.

With an eye on October, Helias to host Hannibal

No, your calendar isn’t wrong. It’s late August, not late October.

Seven-run fourth sends Helias past Rolla

Through three innings Thursday, the Helias Lady Crusaders had left seven runners on base against the Rolla Lady Bulldogs.

Helias fielding young soccer team this season

With the loss of a talented senior class, the Helias Crusaders will feature a new look this soccer season.

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Plenty of competition on Lady Crusaders golf team

Competition is a nice problem to have.

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Helias sticks with it, beats Nixa

The Helias Crusaders must be fast learners. They improved from the first quarter to the second quarter Saturday night in posting a 27-2 victory against the Nixa Eagles at Adkins Stadium.

New faces have key roles for soccer Jays

Some coaches like to refer to it as reloading instead of rebuilding.

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Lady Jays golf team features veterans, newcomers

It’s an interesting mix of veterans and youth.

Helias ready for another run at Class 4 state title

The ultimate goal for any football team is to win a championship.

Helias football opener will not be televised

When Phil Pitts got the phone call earlier this week, there was one emotion on his end of the conversation.

Good and bad for Helias in Jamboree

There were good things and bad things Friday night for the Helias Crusaders.

Helias counting on veteran line

If things truly start up front in football, the Helias Crusaders should have a leg up on their opponents this season.

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Netanyahu: Be ready for 'prolonged' Gaza war

Signaling an escalation of Israel’s Gaza operation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israelis Monday to be ready for a “prolonged” war, and the military warned Palestinians in three large neighborhoods to leave their homes and head immediately for Gaza City.

Press Box: Tick, tick tick, tick ...

Local sports about to start

SPORTS COMMENTARY: The first day of practice for fall sports in Missouri is Monday, Aug. 4. In just eight days, it’s time for football, boys soccer, volleyball, girls tennis and golf and cross country to officially begin their preparations for their respective seasons.

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Mudd signs to wrestle at Missouri

2014 graduate of Blair Oaks

WARDSVILLE — It didn’t take long for Logan Mudd to find his sport.

Press Box: Does success mean U.S. ready to embrace soccer?

It seems the United States has a big case of World Cup fever. And why not? The boys in red, white and blue defied many of the experts by advancing out of the “Group of Death” last week in Brazil.

Team camp next step in Lady Falcons’ rebuilding effort

There’s no time like the present to get started working on the future.

Soccer success becoming the norm

For teams in the Capital City

All of a sudden, the Capital City soccer scene has entered a golden age.