Stories by Tom
The Jefferson City Jays were hungry for a goal and a win. They got one of each Thursday night.
The numbers have been crunched. The Helias Crusaders will know what they need to do to improve their Class 4 District 6 seed as they start Saturday night’s game against the Hannibal Pirates at Adkins Stadium.
The Jefferson City Jays need something to shake themselves from their funk.
The Helias Lady Crusaders could be excused if their focus was a little off for Monday night’s volleyball match with the Camdenton Lady Lakers at Rackers Fieldhouse. But they kept things together long enough to get the win.
While it wasn’t a winning weekend, it was a productive one for the Jefferson City Jays.
For nearly two quarters, the Helias Crusaders stood toe-to-toe with the C.B.C. Cadets, the top-ranked team in Class 6.
Weaknesses will definitely be exploited this weekend.
The Helias Crusaders learned the lesson the hard way against Rock Bridge when the Bruins used their speed to score three touchdowns on plays of 50 yards or more.
The Jefferson City Jays had three goals Monday night. They hit the trifecta.
Bragging rights are fine. But there’s more than that on the line tonight when the Jefferson City Jays and Helias Crusaders square off at the 179 Soccer Park.
Two weeks ago, a rash of injuries at the running back spot for the Helias Crusaders left the coaching staff searching through the roster for someone to play the position. They found Griff McCurren.
The first was the worst. In Friday’s Class 4 District 9 Tournament title game, the Jefferson City Lady Jays went down in order on three grounders back to the pitcher in the top of the first inning.
The Helias Crusaders had a couple of goals in mind Thursday night. First and foremost, get a win against the Mexico Bulldogs at the 179 Soccer Park. But the Crusaders also wanted to use the competitive environment to work on a few things as the season starts to come to a close.
The Helias Crusaders walked off the field last Friday night disappointed after a 35-6 loss at Rock Bridge. Things got a little better after watching the game tape.
Marcus Woodruff made the most of his time away.
Nobody has really cooled off Marcus Woodruff this season. Except maybe his Jefferson City Jays teammates.
The Helias Crusaders had the answer for the answer.
The skill of the skill position players was on full display.
Fall in soccer to Rolla
This one hurt. The momentum appeared to be firmly in the possession of the Helias Crusaders. Chris Westermann’s goal with a little less than three minutes left Thursday night pulled Helias into a tie at 3 with the Rolla Bulldogs at the 179 Soccer Park.
The Helias Crusaders aren’t afraid to play up. They just need to use it to its full advantage.
The Jefferson City Jays are averaging five goals in their eight wins. That’s very good.
The Helias Crusaders had an exciting soccer sandwich Saturday afternoon. Helias wrapped up its play in the Capital City Invitational with a contest against Holt at the 179 Soccer Park.
Woodruff has 10 goals
The Jefferson City Jays wrapped up a 4-0 performance in this weekend’s Capital City Invitational with a win Saturday afternoon against the Joplin Eagles at the 179 Soccer Park.
Try to make sense of the MSHSAA district football points system.
The Helias Crusaders could have scored 100 points if they wanted.
It doesn’t take that vivid of an imagination to see a 4-0 start for the Helias Crusaders.
Understandably, most people get caught up watching the scoreboard. On the other hand, coaches see the little things that turn into the numbers on the board.
Jefferson City posted a 25-19, 25-18 victory.
Game film shows the Hickman Kewpies had 12 defensive players on the field Friday night for the final two offensive plays for the Helias Crusaders.
This one got away. Down throughout the game Friday night, the Helias Crusaders were poised to pull into a tie with the Hickman Kewpies as the clock wound down inside the final minute.
It’s a simple, but so far winning formula, for the Hickman Kewpies. Score early, then let their defense take over.
Any lingering questions were answered for the Helias Crusaders on Saturday afternoon.
The final result wasn’t what they wanted.
After struggling both defensively and in the run game in their opener against Harrisonville, the Helias Crusaders showed great improvement in both areas last Friday in a win against the Sedalia Smith-Cotton Tigers.
It will be a true team effort this season for the Helias Lady Crusaders.
It was worth the effort. “You put in a lot of time to get wins like this one,” Helias coach Phil Pitts said after the Crusaders’ 35-6 win in the rain Friday night over the Sedalia Smith-Cotton Tigers.
This one definitely was an attention-getter. But it was just one game.
The Helias Crusaders got a taste of the soccer Final Four last season.
It’s an annual tradition. The Jefferson City Jays usually enter the soccer season comfortable with their defense, but wonder where the scoring will come from.
On Thursday, cycling great Lance Armstrong said he was not going to enter arbitration in regard to his alleged use of banned substances during his record seven Tour de France titles run.
HARRISONVILLE — This round went the grinders.
It will be an early report card tonight for the Helias Crusaders. The Crusaders, ranked No. 2 in the Class 4 preseason poll, will travel to Harrisonville to take on the third-ranked Wildcats at 7 p.m.
There wasn’t a need to make many introductions on the opening day of practice for the Jefferson City Lady Jays golf team.
If there’s one sure thing about the Helias Lady Crusaders golf team this season, it’s that there are very few sure things.
For the Helias Crusaders, there were some good moments, some bad moments and some teachable moments.
The idea is to get a little better each day. From Friday to Tuesday, the Helias Crusaders got a little better.
Monday, the practice atmosphere will be amped up as the Helias Crusaders prepare for the Jamboree on Friday at St. Clair.
Plan comes together
The plan was to make Helias’ football scrimmage as fair as possible to both teams. It worked.
Clock winding down on Missouri’s start in ‘the big leagues’
I don’t know if you’ve noticed recently, but the girls are prettier, the air’s sweeter and evidentially, the toilet paper is thicker. That’s what T.J. Moe said earlier this month, anyway.
It wasn’t their best effort of the season. But it was more than good enough to win the title. “It can be hard to stay focused,” Post 5 manager Denny Hughes said after Jefferson City claimed the crown with a 13-4 victory Thursday night. “Taking nothing away from Fulton, they played hard to the end, we tried to, but it’s tough.”