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Tony Hawley

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Prep Football: Undefeated Blair Oaks vows not to look past winless Warsaw

The Blair Oaks Falcons are averaging more than 50 points per game this season.

Helias volleyball downs Hermann on Senior Night

With things in hand on Senior Night, you had a feeling the Helias volleyball team would start substituting soon. But the way it played out caught the fans, and one player in particular, by surprise.

Friday Night Recap: Closser scores key TD for Falcons

On a night where C.J. Closser scored four touchdowns, there was no doubt which one was the biggest.

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Prep Football: Scoring rally boosts Falcons past Pintos

The California Pintos scored the first and the last touchdowns of Friday night’s game. In between, it was all Blair Oaks.

Helias volleyball staves off Blair Oaks

The Blair Oaks Lady Falcons started quick, but it was the Helias Lady Crusaders who had the better finishing kick in Thursday night’s volleyball showdown.

Prep Football: Blair Oaks, California meet with Tri-County crown on line

Coming into the season, the Blair Oaks Falcons and California Pintos had several question marks after losing key contributors from squads that finished the season ranked among the state’s top eight teams in Class 3.

Mitan records hat trick as Helias defeats Fatima

It’s been five games since Ben Mitan strayed out from between the pipes, leaving behind his role as Helias goalkeeper to become a center midfielder.

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Helias tops Battle in volleyball

The Helias volleyball team has played 17 matches so far this season, and it seems like the Lady Crusaders have used almost that many different lineups.

Press Box: Two ways of looking at the Cardinals, Royals

News Tribune Sports Commentary

There’s nothing quite like being a sports fan to help induce mood swings on a regular basis.

Friday Night Recap: Big plays help Falcons drop Indians

Blair Oaks won Friday night’s game against School of the Osage thanks to a key stretch in the third quarter, but the Falcons would not have been in position to take advantage if not for some huge plays in the first half.

Prep Football: Blair Oaks downs School of the Osage

KAISER — With the result hanging in the balance, it took the Blair Oaks Falcons just 85 seconds to pluck it away.

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Prep Football: High-powered Blair Oaks to face School of the Osage

The Blair Oaks offense is cruising along this season, as the Falcons are averaging 52.2 points per game and haven’t scored less than 42 points in any game.

Helias falls in soccer to Quincy Notre Dame

The Helias Crusaders had several good runs at the start of Tuesday night’s soccer game with Quincy (Ill.) Notre Dame, but just couldn’t come up with enough connections to make them pay off.

Friday Night Recap: Blair Oaks closes strong in win vs. Southern Boone

The Blair Oaks Falcons and Southern Boone Eagles took turns scoring in the first half of Friday night’s game, with the teams generating points on eight of 12 possessions.

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Blair Oaks pulls away for 61-26 victory over Southern Boone

The Blair Oaks Falcons scored 31 unanswered points after halftime and turned a close game into a laugher, rolling to a 61-26 win against the Southern Boone Eagles on Friday night.

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Prep Football: Blair Oaks treating Homecoming contest with Southern Boone as any other game

It’s Homecoming week for Blair Oaks, and the Falcons are hoping to treat it like just another week on the schedule.

Fatima volleyball comes back to top Lady Jays

After dropping the first set by a 25-10 score and falling behind 4-1 to start the second, things looked dire for the Fatima volleyball team.

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Kuensting shines before, during match for Helias

The Helias volleyball team had three players close to double-digit totals in assists Tuesday night, but the biggest assist came before the match even started. When there was a bit of trouble locating the recording of the national anthem, it appeared it might be left up to the crowd to sing it.

Big second half leads Helias soccer past Battle

The Helias boys soccer team came out a little flat against the Battle Spartans on Monday night, which maybe shouldn’t have come as a surprise. “We started out slow,” Helias midfielder Braden Remmert said. “I think we underestimated them a little bit and played flat. It might be because we were off school today. Driving (to the 179 Soccer Park) from home is kind of different than driving here from school.

Blair Oaks takes third place in Capital City Softball Invitational

Fatima, Jefferson City, Helias also compete

The Blair Oaks Lady Falcons got three of their four hits in a three-run third inning and used tough pitching and defense to keep Centralia from ever crossing home plate, resulting in a 3-0 win at 63 Diamonds.

Dominant defense leads Falcons to win

Indians manage just 11 yards of offense

One week after giving up 47 points in a win against Eldon, the Blair Oaks defense came out and got the same result, but in a much different fashion.

Blair Oaks blanks Hallsville, moves to 4-0

The Blair Oaks Falcons held the Hallsville Indians to just 11 yards on 40 offensive plays Friday night and romped to a 48-0 victory. Hallsville ran the ball 23 times for a staggering minus-34 yards, as their leading ballcarrier netted 3 yards on eight carries. That was running back Garrett Vincent, who had racked up 409 yards rushing on 60 carries in the first three weeks.

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Prep Football: Blair Oaks will run whatever offense is best vs. Hallsville

The first two weeks of the season, the Blair Oaks Falcons showed off a run-heavy offense with a very low number of passes taking to the air.

Lady Jays fall to Waynesville in volleyball

With the Waynesville Tigers having two very good middle hitters, the Jefferson City Lady Jays knew slowing them down would be a key. And for a while, the Lady Jays did that.

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Kohler named girls basketball coach at Blair Oaks

Kevin Kohler is not exactly easing into retirement. After retiring from public education in 2011 after 29 years that includes stints as a coach, teacher and administrator, Kohler has branched out into a number of activities.

Blair Oaks posts 62-47 victory against Eldon

If you like the offensive side of football, the Falcon Athletic Complex was the place to be Friday night.

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Blair Oaks moves to 3-0 with win against Eldon

The Blair Oaks Falcons exploded for 50 points in the second half and rallied for a 62-47 win against the Eldon Mustangs on Friday night. In a game that featured a whopping 137 offense plays resulting in 1,045 combined yards, things actually got off to a slow start at the Falcon Athletic Complex. The only score in the first quarter belonged to Eldon, and that came with :30.7 left when Nick Hendrix hit Levi Shinn with a 34-yard touchdown pass to make it 7-0.

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Prep Football: Blair Oaks, Eldon feature high-powered offenses

It’s a game that has the potential to wear out the guy working the scoreboard.

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Lady Crusaders ride defense past Lady Jays for 49th straight volleyball victory

Time after time, the ball came across the net, and time after time, the Helias Lady Crusaders picked it up and sent it back. Utilizing some stout defense, the Lady Crusaders won all the long points and plenty of others for good measure, winning the crosstown volleyball showdown with Jefferson City by a 25-13, 25-13 score.

Press Box: Sports world shows things aren’t always so clear-cut

News Tribune Sports Commentary

The past seven days have been interesting in regard to foresight, with two sports helping illustrate the point.

Closser’s big plays propel Falcons past Dutchmen

The way C.J. Closser has been with predictions lately, he’d better start buying some lottery tickets.

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Blair Oaks football advances to 2-0

The Blair Oaks Falcons got two touchdowns apiece from three different players and had a fourth one score one while rolling to a 48-19 win against the Owensville Dutchmen on Friday night.

Calvary softball to debut program

It was like getting a Christmas present in the middle of the summer. The past few years, it’s been tough drumming up enough interest for Calvary Lutheran to have a softball team.

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Prep Football: Blair Oaks looking for Owensville to spread things out

WARDSVILLE — It took just one play in the Jamboree two weeks ago to realize the Owensville Dutchmen were going to have a very different look this season.

Helias wins final two games to down Fatima in volleyball

The Helias volleyball team just needed to progress through the gears Thursday night. Playing their home opener and just their second match of the season, the Lady Crusaders got off to a slow start at Rackers Fieldhouse, then shifted into a higher gear before finally hitting cruising speed by the end of the night.

Helias racks up seven goals in rout of Kirksville

Fresh off a season opener in which it scored five goals, the Helias soccer team turned it up a notch Tuesday night. Or two notches, to be accurate.

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Lady Crusaders haven’t changed things as state champions

There’s one major difference surrounding this year’s Helias volleyball team, but that change hasn’t resulted in other changes.

Blair Oaks climbs out of early hole to top Moberly

The Moberly Spartans started Friday night’s game with a bang, using a big play to take the lead after just 9 seconds of play.

Blair Oaks football begins new era with a win

Adam Schell made sure the Terry Walker era at Blair Oaks got off to a great start.

New coach, new style for Helias boys soccer this season

For the first time since the program was founded, Chuck Register won’t be coaching the Helias boys soccer team.

Lady Jays bidding for another tennis Final Four

The cast of characters is vastly different, but the goal is the same for the Jefferson City girls tennis team.

Big numbers have Helias tennis excited

The good news for the Helias girls tennis team is the squad still has an abundance of players, with the roster boasting more than 30 players for the second straight year.

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Lady Jays working on mental aspect of volleyball

While there’s been plenty of time spent on the physical side of the game, the Jefferson City volleyball team has also focused on the mental aspect during the preseason.

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Walker, Falcons becoming comfortable with each other

As a first-time head football coach, there’s been a lot for Terry Walker to absorb as he takes over the reins of the Blair Oaks Falcons.

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Falcons host Jamboree on last Friday before season

The best thing about Friday night’s Jamboree for the Blair Oaks football team was that the Falcons got to face two opponents.

Blair Oaks in full preparation for season

With the summer schedule a distant memory and the first week of official practice under its belt, the Blair Oaks football team can sense the beginning of the season.

Press Box: Brady, Richardson need to realize they’re hurting themselves

News Tribune Sports Commentary

I don’t want you to think I’m calling either the Jets’ Sheldon Richardson or the Patriots’ Tom Brady a lady, but I can’t help thinking of Shakespeare’s famous line from Hamlet when it comes to these two: “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”

Press Box: Week was full of interesting tidbits

News Tribune Sports Commentary

To give you a little peek behind the scenes, there’s no time of year quite like the summer months to be a sportswriter at the News Tribune.

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Plans for handicap-accessible golf course in works

If it ever stops raining — and that seems like a big if, with the way things have been lately — there could be a significant addition to the local sports landscape soon. Work began in earnest last week on a unique handicap-accessible golf course on land adjacent to the existing Turkey Creek Golf Club, only to have progress interrupted by a procession of rain-filled days.

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Falcons, Crusaders lock horns before weather shortens joint football practice

While the ending wasn’t so great — well, the lightning show was pretty impressive — the rest of Friday night’s joint practice between the Blair Oaks and Helias football teams got rave reviews.