Stories by Tom
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.
At Class 1 state championships
Prior to the sectional golf tournament, Helias coach Dan Mathes had a simple message for the Lady Crusaders.
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.
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.
The Rockhurst Hawklets started at a different speed than the Helias Crusaders.
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.
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 quarterback Alex Faddoul hit the trifecta Friday night.
Against Rock Bridge
If the Hannibal Pirates are Helias’ No. 1 rival in football, then the Rock Bridge Bruins are No. 1A.
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.
It wasn’t the beginning to the game the Helias Lady Crusaders wanted.
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.
Just three minutes into Tuesday’s game, everything was great for the Helias Crusaders.
The Blair Oaks Lady Falcons hit it. And hit it hard.
It wasn’t the best performance of the season for the Helias Crusaders. But a win is a win.
The Helias Crusaders defeated the Battle Spartans 29-14 behind three touchdown runs by Malik Davis.
It must have been one heck of an inspirational halftime talk.
Beat Joplin 3-0
Goals are nice. Shutouts are nicer.
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.
At the 179 Soccer Park
Evan Schulte didn’t want to wait too long.
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.
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.
When it was time to focus, the Helias Lady Crusaders were all business.
The chances were there Saturday afternoon for the Helias Crusaders. They just couldn’t convert on them.
News Tribune Sports Commentary
SPORTS COMMENTARY: Somebody should get fired. It just a matter of whom. And when. And how many.
Hickman has had Helias’ number in recent years, taking the last three games in the series against the Crusaders.
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.
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.
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.
The Helias Crusaders and Lady Crusaders will start the cross country season this morning.
Both the Helias Crusaders and the Bishop Althoff Crusaders entered the season with inexperienced teams.
The opportunities were few and far between Thursday for the Jefferson City Jays.
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.
No, your calendar isn’t wrong. It’s late August, not late October.
Through three innings Thursday, the Helias Lady Crusaders had left seven runners on base against the Rolla Lady Bulldogs.
With the loss of a talented senior class, the Helias Crusaders will feature a new look this soccer season.
Competition is a nice problem to have.
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.
Some coaches like to refer to it as reloading instead of rebuilding.
It’s an interesting mix of veterans and youth.
The ultimate goal for any football team is to win a championship.
When Phil Pitts got the phone call earlier this week, there was one emotion on his end of the conversation.
There were good things and bad things Friday night for the Helias Crusaders.
If things truly start up front in football, the Helias Crusaders should have a leg up on their opponents this season.
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.
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.
2014 graduate of Blair Oaks
WARDSVILLE — It didn’t take long for Logan Mudd to find his sport.
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.
There’s no time like the present to get started working on the future.
For teams in the Capital City
All of a sudden, the Capital City soccer scene has entered a golden age.