You think waiting to open your Christmas presents is hard? Try doing the kind of waiting the Helias boys basketball team has done. When the Crusaders finally take to the court today in a 7:30 p.m. home game against Battle, there won’t be many teams in the state who have waited longer to play their openers.
The opening of the new weight room/wrestling room at Blair Oaks High School is fast approaching, and it couldn’t come at a better time.
As the Missouri National Guard Shootout enters its fourth incarnation, the event will be getting a bit of a makeover. That’s because two teams — Tipton and Belle — will be making their inaugural appearance in the boys portion of the event, and those two will actually square off with one another. They’ll become just the 13th and 14th different boys programs to take part in the Shootout.
The Joe Machens Great 8 Classic is always full of interesting matchups, but if things go to plan, perhaps the most intriguing will take place on the event’s second day. The day reserved for winner’s and loser’s bracket semifinals normally just sets the table for the final day. There’s added importance this time around because of one of those matchups.
Replacing the leading scorer on a team is always tough, but if you’re going to start somewhere, having eight returning players with varsity experience is a pretty good place to begin. That’s the scenario facing the Blair Oaks Falcons, who open the season at 6:30 p.m. today against Russellville in the first round of the Eugene Tournament.
Looking to pull off a special feat, it seems only fitting the Webb City Cardinals relied on their special teams to do so. The Cardinals won their fourth straight Class 4 state football title thanks in large part two special-teams plays, dropping the Helias Crusaders 28-14 on Friday at the Edward Jones Dome.
The beginning of most sports seasons are exciting. It’s doubly so for the Calvary Lutheran girls basketball team this time around. In addition to the normal anticipation that accompanies the first game, the Lady Lions have another reason to be anxious.
There’s no secret to what the Calvary Lutheran boys basketball team has been spending its time on in practice. “We’ve got a lot of kids back from last year and our main emphasis is to get things going on the offensive end of the floor,” Calvary coach Mark Buffington said as the Lions prepared for today’s season opener at New Bloomfield. “We played pretty good defense, we just had a lot of trouble scoring.” The good thing is, the Lions return a veteran squad that’s seen a ton of playing time at the varsity level.
Blair Oaks football coach Brad Drehle summed it up pretty succinctly following the Falcons’ 28-12 loss to the Lawson Cardinals in Saturday’s Class 2 semifinal contest.
With the sport of high school basketball experimenting with preseason Jamborees for the first time, the Crusaders hosted three other boys teams Friday, and the home team was especially impressive.