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Helias beats Hannibal 36-10 to clinch No. 1 spot

Helias clinched the top seed in Class 4 District 6 with a 36-10 thrashing of Hannibal Friday night.

Helias can wrap up top seed with win against Hannibal (with PODCAST)

Helias (6-2, ranked No. 4 in Class 4) can wrap up the District 6 title Friday night with a win against the Hannibal Pirates (6-2) in Hannibal. There are tangible benefits that go along with that championship, such as not having to leave the friendly confines of Adkins Stadium for potentially half the playoffs.

Helias uses late score to top Hickman, 3-2

Coming off perhaps their best performance of the season Saturday, the Helias Crusaders battled to match that standard Tuesday night.

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Defense shines as Helias rallies past C.B.C.

The Helias Crusaders entered Saturday afternoon’s game averaging nearly 48 points per contest. That average will go down. The win total, however, went up.

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Red Devils top Jays in boys soccer

There was a definite sense something was brewing. The Jefferson City Jays and the Chaminade Red Devils were tied at 1 at the half Friday afternoon in the first game of the Art Firley Shootout at the 179 Soccer Park. But the Red Devils were pressuring the defense of the Jays in the opening 10 minutes of the second half.

Better effort for Helias

Crusaders pick up 'team win' in soccer

The effort was the big thing. The result on Senior Night was the icing on the cake.

Injury situation at C.B.C. not a concern for Helias (with PODCAST)

C.B.C. quarterback Tyler Creath went down with a knee injury in the second half of the Cadets’ 14-11 victory against DeSmet last week. And while published reports state the senior is not expected to play Saturday afternoon against Helias at Adkins Stadium, the Crusaders won’t let it alter their preparations.

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Jefferson City beats Helias 4-0

Big players come up big in big games. That’s a lot of bigs. But the bigs did the job Monday night for the Jefferson City Jays. Jefferson City scored in the first three minutes against Helias, then added three more goals in the second half in taking a 4-0 decision at the 179 Soccer Park.

Soccer showdown will help Jays, Crusaders get focused

Motivation won’t be a problem tonight at the 179 Soccer Park.

Helias to meet MICDS (with PODCAST)

It was their best overall performance in years. And they want more. “When I met with the kids on Monday morning, they were ready to go,” Helias coach Phil Pitts said as the Crusaders (4-2, ranked No. 4 in Class 4) prepare to take on the MICDS Rams (3-3) on Saturday afternoon in St. Louis. “They saw that it was a lot of fun on Saturday night and they’re ready to do it again.”

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Horn finally has team win by mercy rule as Jays crush Spartans

There’s a first time for everything. In his 20-plus years as a head coach, Eddie Horn has never had a team win by 10 goals to bring an early end to a game. But Tuesday was the day, as the Jefferson City Jays scored four times in the first 20 minutes on their way to a 10-0 victory against the Battle Spartans at the 179 Soccer Park.

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Top-ranked Bruins blank sluggish Crusaders

A long few days may have caught up with the Helias Crusaders. It was Homecoming weekend at Helias and then the Crusaders went to Moberly on Monday night and posted a 2-1 victory in overtime against the Spartans.

Helias tops homecoming with win over Rock Bridge

Helias blasted a state-ranked Class 6 squad with a 59-21 victory against No. 5 Rock Bridge on Saturday night at Adkins Stadium.

Helias to face Rock Bridge [with PODCAST]

Homecoming is a time for parades, dances and an easy victory against an overmatched opponent on the football field. Helias has the parade and dance covered. The overmatched opponent part ... “It’s not like we have a lot of easy games on our home schedule,” Helias coach Phil Pitts said as the Crusaders (3-2, No. 5 in Class 4) prepares to face the Rock Bridge Bruins (4-1, No. 5 in Class 6) at 7 p.m. Saturday at Adkins Stadium.

Helias softball falls late against Kirksville

Everything was going their way.

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Rock Bridge flexes offensive muscles in win against Helias

The Rock Bridge Bruins didn’t see a strike they didn’t like.

Crusaders pummel Wolverines, 77-6

When Todd Buschjost of Helias scored on a 2-yard run on the opening play of the second quarter Saturday afternoon against Vashon, there was 11:49 on the scoreboard clock.

Helias defense set to face another scrambling QB (with PODCAST)

A scrambling quarterback gave the Helias Crusaders fits last Friday night. They’re going to get another opportunity to face one Saturday afternoon when the Crusaders (2-2, ranked No. 5 in Class 4) travel to St. Louis to take on the Vashon Wolverines (3-1) at Gateway Tech High School.

Helias downs Battle in soccer

You could feel the sense of relief.

Rumblings continue in college sports

Sports Commentary

It might be time to get behind APU. And it has nothing to do with slow sales at the Kwik-E-Mart.

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Jays fall in final of three-game soccer test

Heading into the soccer season, the Jefferson City Jays saw an early three-game stretch that would be a good test to see what kind of team they were.

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Hickman rallies to down Helias

By definition, halves are equal. But in football, they aren’t. At least they weren’t Friday night as the Helias Crusaders saw a 17-0 halftime lead evaporate in a 27-17 loss to the Hickman Kewpies at Adkins Stadium.

Another 2-0 soccer victory for Helias

The final on the scoreboard looked awfully familiar.

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Helias looks for same intensity against Hickman (with PODCAST)

The Helias Crusaders found inspiration from a teammate lost for the season a little more than 24 hours before last week’s dominating win at Quincy (Ill.) Notre Dame. The Crusaders will be looking for that same intensity Friday night when Helias (2-1, ranked No. 3 in Class 4) hosts Hickman (1-2) at Adkins Stadium.

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Crusaders edge Hornets, 3-2

Helias was tested Tuesday night. The Crusaders passed, beating the Fulton Hornets 3-2 at the 179 Soccer Park.

Gerstner out for remainder of season

Helias senior running back Brock Gerstner was finishing the Crusaders’ walk-through for Friday’s game against Quincy (Ill.) Notre Dame when a teammate accidently fell into him, breaking one of Gerstner’s legs.

Helias takes down Quincy Notre Dame 51-12

The Helias Crusaders could do little wrong in the first half of Friday’s game against Quincy (Ill.) Notre Dame. The Crusaders scored six first-half touchdowns and routed Quincy (Ill.) Notre Dame 51-12 on Friday night.

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Helias getting set to face versatile QND offense (with PODCAST)

In Game 1, it was a brand of old-man football. Last week, it was kicked up into the 21st century. The Quincy (Ill.) Notre Dame Raiders have shown both ends of the offensive spectrum early this season. And it’s up to the Helias Crusaders to prepare for both for Friday night’s game in Quincy.

Jays blast Hickman 5-0

The scoreboard said one thing, the head coach said another. “We had some moments where we did some nice things, but there were moments where we didn’t look all that sharp,” Jays coach Eddie Horn said Tuesday night after Jefferson City blanked Hickman 5-0 at the 179 Soccer Park. “It was just our second game, I know that, but I think we could have played a little better.”

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Helias blasts Smith-Cotton

The Helias Crusaders had a little more than a week to think about it. Saturday night, they did something about it.

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Helias cross country looking toward end of season

When attempting to come up with a lineup for today’s opening cross country meet, Helias coach Mary Haskamp has used a pencil. With a big eraser.

Helias improves to 2-0 after another 2-0 victory

With just a handful of starters returning, the Helias Crusaders went to what has worked before — start in the back with the defense, then worry about getting some offense. The defense has done its part in the first week of the soccer season. And the offense has more than held up its end of the bargain. “We didn’t know how well we’d play at the start,” Helias coach Chuck Register said after the Crusaders posted their second 2-0 victory in three days at the 179 Soccer Park, this one against the Camdenton Lakers. “But to win 2-0 in both games, I’m pretty pleased.

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Helias looks to bounce back against Sedalia Smith-Cotton (with PODCAST)

After last year’s one-point loss to Harrisonville to open the season, Helias rebounded with a resounding victory against Sedalia Smith-Cotton. With the Crusaders hosting the Tigers on Saturday night at Adkins Stadium, Helias is looking for history to repeat itself for a second straight week.

Helias soccer blanks Kirksville

It was just about all the Helias Crusaders could have expected from their soccer season opener. Especially on the scoreboard. Gage West scored once in each half Tuesday night at the 179 Soccer Park and the Helias defense did a great job of limiting Kirksville’s scoring chances as the Crusaders posted a 2-0 victory.

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Ahead of the game, Helias soccer opens against Kirksville

The Helias Crusaders feel like they’re ahead of the game.

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Jays soccer hopeful talent comes together

The talent is there for a successful season.

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Harrisonville tops Helias 22-21 on late two-point conversion

After a Harrisonville touchdown pulled the Wildcats to within a point of Helias at 21-20 with a little more than three minutes remaining Friday night, it faced a decision. Go for the tie and kick the extra point or try for two and potentially win it. “We knew what they were going to do it,” Helias coach Phil Pitts said. But the Crusaders couldn’t stop it. Wildcats quarterback Zach Davidson ran for the 2-point conversion as Harrisonville posted a 22-21 victory against Helias at Adkins Stadium.

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Helias striving to achieve ultimate goal (with PODCAST)

The Helias Crusaders have been to the football state championship game five times in the past 15 seasons, including three of the last five. Last year’s loss to Webb City in the Class 4 title game was the sixth straight season Helias has had its season ended by the eventual state champion. Those are signs of a good program, a very good program. But that’s not what the Crusaders are striving for.

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Helias set to open golf season today

The Helias Lady Crusaders are jumping right into the deep end at the start of the golf season. The Lady Crusaders will open the season today, playing in the Camdenton Invitational at the tough Old Kinderhook Golf Course.

Braun stumbles in first step toward rehabilitation

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If you’re buying what he’s selling, you need to keep better tabs on your wallet. Ryan Braun issued a statement Thursday about his being suspended 65 games by Major League Baseball for use of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs).

Almost perfect evening for Helias at Jamboree

It was almost a perfect Jamboree for the Helias Crusaders. The Crusaders did give up a touchdown while scoring six times against their three opponents Friday night. And their end zone camera didn’t work. Plus the Jamboree got started 15 minutes late when one team finally arrived after first going to a different high school. In a city nearly 45 miles away.

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Porter returns to lead Helias offense

Only one player has the responsibility to know what each and every one of his teammates is expected to do. That’s the quarterback. Wyatt Porter, a senior, is entering his second season as a starter for Helias.

Conference powers taking jabs at NCAA

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It must have looked like a scene reminiscent of a 1970s gangster movie. The heads of college football’s five families — the Southeastern Conference, the Big XII, the Big Ten, the Pac-12 and Atlantic Coast Conference — were holding a BCS members only meeting.

Helias hosts football camp

The No. 37 was prominently displayed on a board adjacent to the field Wednesday night.

Things may work out for Pressey after all

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When Phil Pressey announced he was making himself available for the NBA Draft, one thought crossed the minds of Missouri Tiger basketball fans. Huh?

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Helias holds girls basketball camp

The numbers were outstanding this week for the Helias girls basketball camp. So was the talent.

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Wadley getting more comfortable as Helias wrestling coach

It’s been less than a month since Jacob Wadley took over as head wrestling coach at Helias. So it’s understandable if he is still working out some of the kinks that come with the position.

Horn returning for third stint as head coach of Lady Jays

Eddie Horn, the longtime head coach for the Jays who was the first coach in history of the Jefferson City girls program, will return to the Lady Jays’ sideline next spring.

The best they’ve ever had tries to help out

Sports Commentary

No. 5 is back in the dugout for the Kansas City Royals. It’s enough to warm the heart of Royals fans, nostalgic for the days when Kansas City was a consistent winner.

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Lady Crusaders head to Final Four on a roll

It may have taken awhile, perhaps longer than they would like.