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Tom Rackers

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Crusaders fail to capitalize in 3-2 loss to Pirates

Missed opportunities

The Helias Crusaders pushed across a run in the bottom of the fourth inning Thursday to take a 2-1 lead against the Boonville Pirates. But they also left two runners in scoring position in the inning. Then left the bases loaded in the fifth and sixth. And the Pirates took advantage.

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Jays golfers ahead of schedule

Normally, it can take some time for a team to hit its stride. This is not a normal year for the Jefferson City Jays golf team.

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Weather halts Helias-Fatima contest; game reverts to tie

After pushing across a run in the top of the ninth inning to take a 2-1 lead, the Fatima Comets were just three outs from a win Tuesday against the Helias Crusaders.

Crusaders a close group on golf course

It’s a good problem to have. In preseason golf practice, the Helias Crusaders have had five players average within 1.5 strokes of each other. Now it’s a matter of getting them all to improve a little more.

Helias poised for strong baseball season

The pieces appear to be there for the Helias Crusaders.

Helias track teams focused on long-term goals

Until May rolls around, the Helias Crusaders and Lady Crusaders are treating the track and field season as an extended practice.

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Blair Oaks figures to contend for top honors in golf again this season

What’s better than a 1-2 punch?

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Lady Jays looking to improve on last season’s third-place finish

A healthy number of starters returning, most at key positions, from a Final Four team should mean continued success this season.

Missouri to face South Carolina today in SEC tourney

Kim Anderson likes to split basketball seasons into four portions — non-conference, conference, conference tournament and the postseason.

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Helias job too good for Rulo to pass up

Tim Rulo wasn’t in any hurry to leave South Callaway High School.

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Rulo named football coach at Helias

Comes from South Callaway

Tim Rulo was named head football coach at Helias High School on Monday afternoon.

Press Box: Offseason will provide Anderson opportunity to regroup

News Tribune Sports Commentary

One more, two at the most. Then Kim Anderson can take a deep breath, step back and really begin to put his touch on the Missouri men’s basketball program.

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Linn boys struggle on offense in loss to Salisbury

The Linn Wildcats had a plan on what they wanted to do offensively Wednesday night.

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Missouri to face Auburn on Senior Night

Keith Shamburger and Keanau Post likely won’t be remembered as top players in Missouri basketball history.

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Bruins run away from Lady Crusaders down the stretch

For 21/2 quarters Thursday night, the Helias Lady Crusaders hung with the Rock Bridge Bruins.

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Martin falls in title match; Jays finish seventh at state

Jalen Martin gave it all he had and that’s all anyone could ask. Martin, a Jefferson City junior, took on undefeated Chance Cooper of Timberland for the title at 195 pounds in the Class 4 state wrestling championships Saturday night at Mizzou Arena.

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Good first day at state for Jays wrestling

It wasn’t a perfect opening day for the Jefferson City Jays at the Class 4 state wrestling championships.

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Crusaders advance in state wrestling

The Helias Crusaders achieved their No. 1 goal Thursday — staying alive.

Jays wrestle at state today

The Jefferson City Jays will face several tough opponents in today’s opening round of the Class 4 state wrestling championships today.

Gaines and Schulte return to state for Helias

They return to the state championships as the final qualifiers in their weight classes from their district tournament.

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Strong start pays off for Helias girls

In 48-33 win against Father Tolton

For one half, it was the one of the best performances of the season for the Helias Lady Crusaders.

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Jays win district; will send 10 wrestlers to state

The Jefferson City Jays claimed three individual titles Saturday on their way to capturing team honors in the Class 4 District 3 Tournament at Fleming Fieldhouse.

Press Box: Dwelling on things like the state of Tiger Woods’ career, less-than-fun flights

News Tribune Sports Commentary

As I was standing around the other day, waiting for my glutes to activate, some thoughts crossed my mind. Tiger Woods is done. Almost.

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Jays put 11 wrestlers in contention for state berths

Today’s semifinals of the Class 4 District 3 Wrestling Tournament will look a lot like a Jefferson City home dual.

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Lady Crusaders shut out Mexico in two quarters en route to win

It would be like trying to pick your favorite child.

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Hentges makes it official, will play football for Crimson Tide

Signs with Alabama Wednesday

Last May, Hale Hentges believed Alabama was the place he wanted to continue his football career. Wednesday morning, he made it official, signing a national letter of intent with the Crimson Tide during a ceremony at Helias High School.

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Free throws send Statesmen past Lady Jays

The Webster Groves Statesmen needed to make their free throws to maintain the lead. The Jefferson City Lady Jays needed to make their free throws to cut into the deficit.

Press Box: Alden’s departure a head-scratcher

Mike Alden owes no one a complete and definitive explanation about his decision to step down as athletic director at University of Missouri. But it was just odd.

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News Tribune Super Bowl picks

The News Tribune sports writers pick their Super Bowl winners and explain why.

Field takes two in Helias win

Mason Field took the long road, then the short road, to the same result Tuesday night for the Helias Crusaders.

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Lady Jays continue hot streak with win against Helias

The Jefferson City Lady Jays are starting to put things together.

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Pitts bids farewell to Helias

When word spread Tuesday morning Phil Pitts was leaving as Helias’ head football coach to accept a job at the collegiate level, a lot of those people reached out to him.

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Helias girls battle past Fulton

On Friday night

The Fulton Lady Hornets just wouldn’t go away until the Helias Lady Crusaders finally found a way to put them away.

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Jays roll in win against Helias

Maybe the biggest surprise was there were no surprises.

Now official: Missouri names Pitts defensive analyst

The worst kept secret during the past couple of days is a secret no longer.

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Pitts stepping down at Helias (with audio interview)

To take job in college

It was an emotional day for Phil Pitts. Emotional and exciting.

Wrestling Falcons maturing, win two duals Tuesday

WARDSVILLE — The young Blair Oaks Falcons are growing up.

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Pitts stepping down as head football coach at Helias

To take position at collegiate level

Helias head football coach Phil Pitts announced this morning he will be stepping down from his position.

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Helias' Schulte takes second at C.C. Invitational

Jacob Schulte of Helias worked his way through a tough field into the championship match at 152 pounds Saturday at the Capital City Wrestling Invitational.

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Stronger second day for Jays at C.C. Invitational

The Jefferson City Jays weren’t pleased with their performance Friday at the Capital City Wrestling Invitational. Saturday, they did something about it.

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.