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It was hard to avoid thinking about the Yiddish proverb “Man plans, God laughs” as Saturday unfolded.
With the offense a little stagnant, the Helias boys basketball team decided to go for a run to clear its head.
Wrestling is a funny thing: In the space of one day you can be thrilled with a sixth-place finish and heartbroken with a second-place result. That was the scenario for the Blair Oaks Falcons ....
The first day of the Class 1 state wrestling tournament had a little bit of everything for the Blair Oaks Falcons — some ups, some downs and one thing that was kind of a middle-of-the-road type of thing.
The Blair Oaks Falcons will enter the Class 1 state wrestling tournament that begins today as the defending champions, but they’re harboring no illusions of winning back-to-back titles.
Defense name of the game
The Father Tolton boys basketball team picked a perfect time for its best defensive effort of the season. Playing in front of a sold-out-for days, standing-room-only crowd at Rackers Fieldhouse, the Trailblazers clamped down in the second half and surged past the Helias Crusaders by a 63-44 score.
For the first three quarters, the Helias Crusaders couldn’t buy a free throw.
The head coach of the Lincoln baseball team might be unfamiliar to area fans, but his assistant coach is the exact opposite.
It didn’t take long for the new face at Lincoln University to determine coaching baseball was in his future.
This season will be all about newness for the Lincoln University baseball team.
You expect lots of things when two state-ranked teams get together on the basketball court.
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It’s a symbol that seems pretty appropriate lately with the moves that have hit the local sports scene. And it’s even more appropriate that symbol has three points, because there’s been three big changes of late.
After 20-plus years as Jefferson City softball head coach
For a coach who’s been at the center of more than 400 wins, it’s hard to believe Lisa Dey could do anything without attracting much attention.
Begin the season today
On the heels of last year’s 7-38 season, Lincoln softball coach Nicole Stacey knew some things had to change.
With the Eugene Eagles having wiped out all of a double-digit deficit during a span of 2:12 to start the fourth quarter, the Blair Oaks Falcons found themselves in a position where they had to get a score.
The News Tribune sports writers pick their Super Bowl winners and explain why.
Trailing by 11 in the early stages of the third quarter, the Linn boys basketball team finally decided to do what it does best.
Down by nine points with 31/2 minutes left, the message was simple for the Southern Boone girls basketball team.
With a future Indiana Hoosier on each team effectively canceling each other out, it was going to be up to the remaining eight players to decide who would win Tuesday’s basketball game between Jefferson City and Waynesville.
To snap short losing streak
Having lost back-to-back games for the first time this season, the Helias boys basketball team was itching to get back on the court Friday night. Unfortunately for the Fulton Hornets, they were the ones standing in the Crusaders’ way.
Drop a pair of duals Thursday
One of these days, the Blair Oaks wrestling team is going to be able to field its full squad. Thursday was not that day.
The Jefferson City Jays led the Helias Crusaders from start to finish Tuesday night — even though it took an unsually long time to get to that finish.
The Iberia Rangers used an 21-4 run to start the third quarter to help pull them out of a big hole, and they went on to capture a 62-56 win against Fatima at the MFA Oil-Break Time Shootout.
In a drastic change of tactics, the Pacific Indians took the ball to the basket in overtime Sunday and emerged with a 61-55 win against Jefferson City in the MFA Oil-Break Time Shootout.
Last week ... was definitely a case of sports giving, and giving, and giving. Things started in earnest last Sunday, as the divisional round of the NFL playoffs had two major plotlines to discuss.
WARDSVILLE — If your opponent has almost as many turnovers as points, chances are you’re in pretty good shape. That was the story for the Blair Oaks boys basketball team Friday night, as after three quarters of play, the Warsaw Wildcats had just 23 points and 22 turnovers.
Five days ago, Hale Hentges was in football pads, playing for the winning team in the Under Armour All-America Game.
Most times, holding your opponent to 42 points in a basketball game will be good enough to get you a win.
In a game where tired legs were definitely going to come into play at some point, getting out to a quick start was going to be important in the championship game of the Joe Machens Great 8 Classic.
Last season, Father Tolton’s Michael Porter Jr. hit a jumper with 13 seconds left while covered by three Helias defenders to send the Trailblazers to a 68-67 regular-season win.
Playing an opponent that was forcing them out of their comfort zone, the Crusaders switched things up and were able to rally for a 61-53 win against the Lausanne Collegiate Lynx in the opening round of the Joe Machens Great 8 Classic.
It’s a good thing the Helias boys basketball team built a 21-point lead against C.B.C. Cadets on Saturday night, because the Crusaders needed every last bit of it.
At Missouri National Guard Shootout
Jamestown let a 12-point lead slip through its fingers in the final five minutes of regulation, but regrouped in overtime and squeaked out a 52-50 win against the Calvary Lutheran Lions at Fleming Fieldhouse.
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It seems as if these parents are upset about the fact that instead of having to go to one bowl game this season, they may have to go to two if their son’s team wins its semifinal game and advances to the championship game.
When you score 85 points in a basketball game, odds are you’re going to have a lot of players get in on the action, and the Calvary Lutheran Lions were sharing the wealth Friday night.
A complete-game effort led the Calvary Lutheran boys basketball team to the first win of the season Monday night, but it might have been the pregame preparations that held the key.
One of the game’s smaller players came up big on a drive though the paint Saturday, helping the Blair Oaks boys basketball team to a 57-53 win against the Willard Tigers.
On first day of Missouri Duals
Neither illness nor its opponents could slow down the Jefferson City wrestling team on the first night of the Missouri Duals.
Last year, the Blair Oaks wrestling team had several veterans who won several close matches to key a regular-season win against the young Versailles Tigers.
Now in its fifth incarnation, the Missouri National Guard Shootout has enough years behind it that it’s becoming more and more rare to find an area team that hasn’t played in it.
In defense of state championship
WARDSVILLE — The Blair Oaks Falcons have gone through their fair share of preseason workouts since beginning their wrestling program.
The Helias boys basketball team is a dealing with huge postseason expectations. To that end, the Crusaders have put together a murderer’s row of opponents for the regular season.
Falcons' fast start leads to big victory
The Blair Oaks Falcons raced out to a 21-5 lead against Calvary Lutheran in the first round of the Eugene Tournament, eventually claiming a 75-30 win Tuesday night.
Everyone knows the Eugene Eagles lost a lot to graduation from last year’s team that advanced to the Class 3 quarterfinals. But the cupboard is far from bare.
The Blair Oaks boys basketball team played two games in a preseason Jamboree, and it provided worthwhile feedback to get ready for the games that count.
The Calvary Lutheran boys basketball team knew it was going to be young after graduating some key seniors last year.
The Calvary Lutheran girls basketball team lost a guard, a forward and a post player to graduation last year.
Four area schools – Helias, Jefferson City, Blair Oaks and Fatima – came together Friday night for a basketball Jamboree at Helias, a group of preseason scrimmages. And not only was the gathering of players, coaches and fans both large and festive, it was also a long, mixed program of entertainment.
The Helias boys basketball squad is so deep, at times Friday night it looked like a hockey team.
When is a scrimmage not a scrimmage? When it perfectly replicates what you’ll be seeing when the season kicks off.