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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.
In today's soccer semifinal
The Jefferson City Lady Jays enter today’s Class 3 soccer semifinal with one number in mind — 20. Because getting to 20 would mean something very good has happened.
Finish 10th at MSHSAA Class 3 Track and Field Championships
The Helias Crusaders earned medals in all four of their final events Saturday.
The timing was just right.
In Class 3 track championships
A slight misstep can prove costly in relay events.
LePage's goal key in sectional win against Hickman
Entering Tuesday night, Tayler LePage had scored one goal through Jefferson City’s first 25 games. Make it two in 26.
Happy with choice of Alabama
Hale Hentges is sure about two things. One, the Helias High School standout wants to play football at Alabama. Two, he’s glad his recruiting process has come to an end.
College start recruiting younger players
Thirty years ago, Chris Hentges was about to enter his senior football season at Helias High School. He accepted a scholarship to play at Iowa State. Fifteen years ago, Phil Pitts was heading into his senior season at Helias. He later received a scholarship at Missouri.
There’s no secret to success for the Jefferson City Lady Jays tonight.
Crusaders football standout to play for Crimson Tide
Hale Hentges, who will be a senior this fall at Helias High School and is one of the top college football recruits heading into the 2014 season, has orally committed to the University of Alabama.
Losing TV series was best for Sam, the football player
The feel-good story was taking a turn late last week. And then, thankfully, it didn’t.
Helias beats Smith-Cotton to end regular season
The Helias Crusaders start Class 5 District 9 Tournament play today in Columbia. They’re going into it with a positive feeling.
In a recent vote, the member schools of the Missouri State High School Activities Association decided to add a fourth class to boys and girls soccer starting with the 2014-15 season.
At 179 Soccer Park on Saturday
Helias outshot St. Francis Borgia 28-4, including a 15-4 advantage in those on goal. Helias finished with a 13-2 edge in corner kicks.
The Jefferson City Lady Jays almost certainly wrapped up the No. 1 seed in the Class 3 District Soccer Tournament with their win Friday night against the Waynesville Lady Tigers.
The Helias Lady Crusaders were hungry for a result against a quality opponent. Beating the No. 4 team in Class 3 should help ease that feeling a little bit.
Two of the state's best set to clash
It’s a postseason-type game featuring two teams with realistic chances of making deep postseason runs. And then there’s the whole rivalry thing when the Helias Lady Crusaders (12-7-1, No. 5 in Class 2) and Jefferson City Lady Jays (16-3-1, No. 4 in Class 3) will square off tonight in a battle of top-five teams at the 179 Soccer Park.
On a night where Jefferson City didn’t have “it,” they still had enough of it.
With every senior either starting or seeing extended playing time, Helias pounded out 14 hits in a 15-0 blanking of the Owensville Dutchmen in five innings.
The Jefferson City Lady Jays changed their playing style this season.
It’s a streak the Blair Oaks Falcons would be more than happy to break.
It's been a wacky week
SPORTS COMMENTARY: In a week full of the three I’s — interest, intrigue and idiocy — this one took the cake. The only pieces of real news during the week came from short statements from coaches who weren’t going to take the job.
The Lady Crusaders scored two goals in each half Saturday in a 4-0 victory against the Rock Bridge Bruins in the Capital City Invitational at the 179 Soccer Park.
At Capital City Invitational
The Helias Lady Crusaders ended the opening day of the Capital City Invitational on an up note.
After 2-0 start in Invitational
The results were the same. The feelings afterward were completely different.
Powers Helias to win against Marshall
It was tough for Alex Faddoul to watch. Faddoul, a sophomore, missed a month of the Helias baseball season with lingering effects of an ankle injury suffered late in the football season.
The Helias Crusaders will have back-to-back shots at breaking off a piece of the Rock.
Seven walks plus six errors plus three hit-batters equals nothing good.
News Tribune sports commentary
SPORTS COMMENTARY: When Frank Haith came to Columbia three years ago from Miami as the new head men’s basketball coach, it was met with a resounding “Who?” The moment he stepped on that plane Thursday afternoon at Columbia Regional Airport headed for Tulsa, it was met with a resounding “What?”
It was the kind of game that might spark a player.
In girls soccer win against Hannibal
The spirit was willing. The legs, understandably, were a little weak.
The Helias Lady Crusaders tallied a goal in the first minute, then tallied another in the final minute.
Will Robertson’s three-run home run lifted the Fatima Comets to an 11-0 win in five innings against the Lutheran: St. Charles Cougars in the fifth-place game of the Capital City Invitational at Vivion Field.
In their first game, the Fatima Comets could muster little offense. In their second, they put some runs on the board.
In Capital City Invitational opener
The Fatima Comets had their opportunities against the Hickman Kewpies in their Capital City Invitational opener Friday afternoon. But they just couldn’t pick up the big hit when they needed it.
In a game that featured more fouls than total shots, it was almost fitting the final decision came down to a penalty kick.
Hayden Lee stepped to the plate determined to come through. The Helias senior designated hitter entered the batters box with Wednesday’s game against Hickman tied at 6 with one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning.
The district field looks just about the same for the Helias Crusaders. The road to the Dome, that’s another story.
The learning process continues for the Jefferson City Lady Jays. But it looks like they are starting to put some things together.
As Falcons start golf season
The Blair Oaks Falcons enter the golf season with as potent a 1-2 punch as you’ll find in the area. Any potential team success this season will be finding players behind the duo of Kory Franks and Tanner Elder.
The golf season starts today for the Jefferson City Jays. Who will be where in the lineup once postseason play starts is a question that won’t be answered until later.
Working on short game
The short game is always the last thing to come around in golf. The Helias Crusaders saw that in the preseason and they saw it again as they opened the season Wednesday.
Last year, the Helias Crusaders and Lady Crusaders went to every track and field meet they could put on the schedule.
Sometimes, a change is welcomed. “I was just ready to do something different,” Doug Light said Monday afternoon after it was announced by the school he was stepping away from his duties as athletic director at Helias at the end of the school year.
KO’d in PKs
Jefferson City dropped a 1-0 decision in penalty kicks to Ursuline Academy at the 179 Soccer Park.
The Helias Crusaders enter the baseball season with more than few questions to be answered.