Stories by Tony
It’s taken the Lincoln baseball team 10 games to get its offense going. And just when it seems like that might be happening, another problem has popped up.
While wanting to avoid making a snap decision, Lincoln University athletic director Betty Kemna says time is of the essence when it comes to an important situation facing the school.
When you spend most of the game wondering if you’ll end up with more turnovers than points, odds are the final result isn’t going to be in your favor.
With an offense as high-octane played by the Eugene boys basketball team, it’s easy to forget the Eagles also play at the other end of the floor.
It was a game fitting of two state-ranked teams, and like the saying goes, it was a shame one of them had to lose.
When it was winning time, the Macks Creek Pirates stepped up and did just that.
There’s an old coaching adage that says the most important part of a basketball game is the first five minutes of the second half. But on Thursday night, the most important thing for the Blair Oaks Falcons was the first two minutes of each half.
It seems only fitting the second triple-overtime game of the season between the California Pintos and the Hallsville Indians would be decided by a triple. California scored the game’s final points when Austin Gump canned a 3-pointer with :13 left in the third extra session, then watched a last-second 3 by Hallsville miss the mark to emerge with a 68-66 win in the Class 3 District 8 Tournament.
The weather was cold. The bats were colder.
Coach: Class 1 tournament 'grueling'
With a state team title riding squarely on his shoulders, you might have thought Blair Oaks wrestler Cole Kemna would have been feeling the pressure. Not even close.
After suffering a tough loss in Friday night’s semifinals, it would have been understandable if Fatima’s Cody Huhn was still hurting Saturday. Instead, Huhn put the hurt to his opponents in a pair of matches at the Class 1 state tournament.
It was just what the doctor ordered. Coming off a pair of tough losses, the Blair Oaks Falcons tuned up for next week’s district tournament by pummeling the School of the Osage Indians 76-53 on Friday night.
Coaches are forever stressing the importance of a good first day at the state wrestling tournament. Stressing is what the Blair Oaks Falcons won’t be doing, because they had one of those good first days.
In Class 1 state wrestling
WARDSVILLE — Don’t be surprised if the standings of the Class 1 state wrestling tournament are close after today. And after Friday. And after Saturday night’s championship round.
Versailles team finishes second
Blair Oaks finished the two-day event with a total of 166.5 points and eight state qualifiers, while Versailles was second with 158 points thanks to their nine state qualifiers.
Looking for improvement on the mound
While there’s no telling what the season will bring once it gets into full swing, there’s one thing for certain about the Lincoln University baseball team — they can’t pitch like they did last year.
WARDSVILLE — On a night where there were 98 contested matches, you might think it was tough to find the best one of the bunch. You’d be wrong.
Because of their starts, the Helias Lady Crusaders had no chance at the finish. The Lady Crusaders struggled at the start of every quarter Thursday night, which was especially troublesome against the Hickman Kewpies, ranked fourth in the state in Class 5. The end result was a 66-29 loss at Rackers Fieldhouse.
In boys basketball
It was the kind of game that may not pay immediate dividends for the Blair Oaks boys basketball team. But it could be beneficial in the long term for the Falcons.
The Lincoln University softball team has had to be so flexible in this young season, the Blue Tigers are turning into a bunch of contortionists. We’re less than a week into the season, and the Blue Tigers have already made two major scheduling changes.
You don’t score 92 points by having a bunch of guys just looking out for themselves. That kind of total comes from a willingness to share the ball.
Land purchase in Los Angeles puts pressure on St. Louis
Say what you will about Stan Kroenke, but never lose sight of the fact that a person doesn’t get to be a billionaire — that’s billionaire with a “B” — by being stupid. And the man proved he’s not stupid again this week.
In boys basketball
Using a relentless attack on the offensive glass, the Blair Oaks Falcons created numerous chances to score Thursday night and made the most of it in a 78-53 win against the Cole Camp Bluebirds.
Tuesday night’s wrestling dual between the Blair Oaks Falcons and Sedalia Smith-Cotton Tigers was so close, even the rulebook needed to take a closer look at it.
Looking at the layup lines before Friday night’s game between the Calvary Lutheran Lady Lions and the Jamestown Lady Eagles, it appeared as if one team was likely to get a bunch of its points in the paint.
Beau Monson ought to try injuring his shooting hand more often.
Talk about two evenly matched teams. For the second time this season, the Jefferson City Jays and the Helias Crusaders locked horns. For the second time, the game went to two overtimes.
The Blair Oaks wrestling team suffered its first dual-match defeat of the season Thursday night, but that wasn’t even close to the biggest loss they took.
It was one of those statistical anomalies that defies explanation. The Blair Oaks boys basketball team somehow gave up a double-digit run in each half to the Hallsville Indians — and still won the game by 10 points.
The Lions made just 9-of-30 shots (30 percent) in the second half and saw the St. Louis Christian Home School Association Blue Knights pull away for a 63-43 win.
With its offense struggling Friday night, the Helias boys basketball team turned around its fortunes by focusing on the other end of the floor.
It wasn’t the kind of post-match talk you expect after a 58-9 victory. But it was just what the doctor ordered.
The Blair Oaks Falcons waited more than a month to play their first home game of the basketball season.
What a way to get the new year off on the right foot. When the Calvary Lutheran basketball teams take to the court Saturday night, it’ll be a new era on a new court. And what a court it is.
For one half, the Helias Crusaders were well on their way to making history — and the bad kind, at that. But a spectacular second half made everything better. The Crusaders went from possibly making history for the lowest offensive output in the history of the Joe Machens Great 8 Classic to actually winning, beating Raytown South 49-29 in Sunday’s fifth-place game.
At the Joe Machens Great 8 Classic
The Helias Crusaders and Jefferson City Jays gave basketball fans a late holiday gift Saturday afternoon, as the teams produced another one of those gems you expect from this great rivalry. Helias emerged with a 70-68 win in a double-overtime thriller.
News Tribune sports commentary
There’s two streaks in play currently that need to go away, and as soon as possible. Let’s begin with the St. Louis Rams.
The Helias Crusaders had a rugged first three minutes of their opening game in the Joe Machens Great 8 Classic, falling behind 9-1 to Louisville (Ky.) Western. While it doesn’t sound like much, the Crusaders never recovered from it. The lead hovered around that size for much of the first half, and then the Warriors eventually pulled away for a 51-39 victory.
What a difference a year makes for the Helias Crusaders.
Call it what you want: Frenetic. Breakneck. End-to-end.
At Missouri National Guard Shootout
Fleming Fieldhouse has become quite the home away from home for the Hermann Bearcats. It’s becoming a house of horrors for the California Pintos.
The Harrisburg Bulldogs forced the St. Elizabeth Hornets into 29 turnovers while committing just nine of their own, and they used it to spark a 65-47 win in the Missouri National Guard Shootout at Fleming Fieldhouse.
When the Tipton Cardinals take on the Belle Tigers in today’s 1 p.m. game of the Missouri National Guard Shootout, the Cardinals won’t be relying on an in-depth scouting report to help them.
With the season off to a 1-6 start, it’s not exactly the opportune time for the St. Elizabeth boys basketball team to be playing a perennial state power.
The Helias boys basketball team almost let five bad minutes ruin three stellar quarters that had preceded them Friday night.
The contested wrestling matches Tuesday night at the Blair Oaks gym were pretty compelling. Unfortunately, there just weren’t many of them. Thanks to a ton of forfeits and a scheduling conflict, what could have been a busy night of action instead saw just five varsity and two JV matches held.
Talk about getting things off on the right foot. Taking part in their first match on the first night of the Missouri Duals, the Jefferson City Jays found themselves deadlocked at 32 against Eureka. It all came down to one match — the heavyweights — and the deciding bout didn’t disappoint. When the dust settled, Logan Coil emerged with a hard-fought 3-0 decision to send the Jays to a 35-32 victory.
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.