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Tony Hawley

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Girls Basketball: Helias girls open season with win against Blair Oaks

It was about what you’d expect from a season opener. For most of the first quarter Tuesday night, the Helias Lady Crusaders couldn’t stop fouling and the Blair Oaks couldn’t stop turning the ball over.

Calvary boys start basketball season

It’s been said the best thing about sophomores is they become juniors. So how nice is it when those returning players were also pretty good as sophomores?

Falcons come up short in Class 3 football semis

All season long, the Blair Oaks Falcons have been a second-half team, putting away teams in the third and fourth quarters.

Press Box: Missouri basketball showing encouraging signs this season

News Tribune Sports Commentary

It seems odd to be extolling the virtues of a team that’s just 2-1 in this young season, but I’ve seen what I wanted to see from the Tigers this season.

Blair Oaks falls to John Burroughs in Class 3 football semis

John Burroughs defeated Blair Oaks 31-18 in Saturday's Class 3 semifinal football game.

Comets learning from losses in Jamboree

The points weren’t there for the Fatima Comets in Friday night’s Jamboree at Helias, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to panic.

Jays cruise to wins at Jamboree

If Friday night is any indication, the Jefferson City Jays are itching to get the basketball season started.

Blair Oaks plays in Jamboree with less than full roster

Missing 80 percent of its starting lineup, it’s safe to say the Blair Oaks boys basketball team will look quite different in a few weeks than it did Friday night in the Jamboree at Helias.

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Helias offense shines at Jamboree

Friday night’s Jamboree hosted by Helias gave the home team a little bit of a surprise.

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Crusaders dig out of early hole, tie for third at state

After having their state-title hopes dashed the day before, it would have been understandable for the Helias soccer team to be less than thrilled to play Saturday’s Class 3 third-place game.

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Smith’s three goals lead Webster Groves past Helias

FENTON — A player with the nondescript last name of Smith was anything but ordinary in Friday’s first soccer game at the Class 3 Final Four.

Blair Oaks downs Centralia in Class 3 quarterfinal

Blair Oaks beats Centralia 51-26 in the Class 3 quarterfinal football game Saturday afternoon.

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Helias falls to Webster Groves in Class 3 soccer semifinal

Webster Groves beats Helias 3-1 in Class 3 soccer semifinal.

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Soccer: Crusaders down Glendale, advance to Final Four

With some midseason struggles a thing of the past, the Helias Crusaders continued their late-season surge with a 3-1 win against the Glendale Falcons on Saturday at the 179 Soccer Park.

Friday Night Recap: Big plays help Falcons complete comeback victory

The Blair Oaks Falcons pulled out a victory Friday night thanks a big fourth quarter, but they might not have been in position to make the comeback if not for two pivotal plays in the second period.

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Prep Football: Blair Oaks tops Fulton for district title

WARDSVILLE — With their fortunes on the line, the Blair Oaks Falcons owned the most important quarter of the whole season.

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Prep Football: Falcons ready for anything tonight against Hornets

The Blair Oaks Falcons aren’t quite sure what team they’ll face in tonight’s Class 3 District 6 championship game.

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Helias shuts out Marshfield in soccer sectional

With the Helias attack having a decided advantage in time of possession and a stifling defense getting it back to the offense the few times it did surrender it, the Crusaders were never in danger of losing Tuesday night’s Class 3 sectional soccer contest.

Friday Night Recap: Blair Oaks uses complete effort to beat Eldon

It’s hard to pinpoint what was more impressive Friday night for the Blair Oaks Falcons — their high-octane offense or their stifling defense.

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Blair Oaks football advances with 58-6 defeat of Eldon

After the Blair Oaks Falcons and Eldon Mustangs combined for 109 points in their regular-season meeting, most were expecting similar fireworks in Friday’s playoff matchup.

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Prep Football: Blair Oaks to host Eldon in district semifinal

Preview and Podcast from the Falcons' perspective

WARDSVILLE — After the Blair Oaks Falcons and Eldon Mustangs hooked up in a wildly entertaining game back in Week 3, plenty of fans from both sides were hoping they’d see a rematch this season.

Press Box: How a Yankees fan learned to love the Royals

News Tribune Sports Commentary

While I’ll always have an affinity for the Bronx Bombers, I find myself really liking the Royals these days. Before you start to accuse me of jumping on a bandwagon, let me just lay out the facts for why I’ve started rooting for the guys from the City of Fountains.

Friday Night Recap: Falcons once again beat Tigers 70-0

At this point it’s probably safe to say that if Blair Oaks and Versailles played football 10 times this season, Blair Oaks would win 70-0 every time.

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Prep Football: Blair Oaks rolls past Versailles, again

It seems only fitting to quote Yogi Berra almost one month to the day after his death, because it was like “deja vu all over again” for the Blair Oaks football team on Friday night. One week after posting a 70-0 win at Versailles, the Falcons came home and posted a — you guessed it — 70-0 win against the Tigers.

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Prep Football: Just a week after rout, Blair Oaks to meet Versailles

The prospect of replaying a matchup that resulted in a 70-point throttling might not seem to be too enticing to anyone. That is, unless you’re the ones charged with formulating and installing the blueprint for success.

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Prep Volleyball: Helias gets past Blair Oaks for district title

The Lady Crusaders used a scrappy brand of defense to spark them to the Class 3 District 12 Tournament title Tuesday night, as Helias rolled California in the semifinals before taking out Blair Oaks in the championship match. Helias’ 25-15, 25-15 win against Blair Oaks showed off an effort that’s been months in the making.

Prep Volleyball: Calvary Lutheran rolls in district semifinals

Facing an overmatched opponent in the first round of the Class 1 District 9 Tournament, the Calvary Lutheran volleyball team did just what it should: It made quick work of the match.

Friday Night Recap: Blair Oaks reserves see plenty of time in 70-0 victory

If you have been wanting to see what the future of Blair Oaks football looks like, Friday night was a perfect chance.

Prep Football: Blair Oaks wins big again

The Blair Oaks Falcons scored 10 touchdowns — all of them on the ground — and added a field goal while ripping the Versailles Tigers 70-0 on Friday night. The Falcons’ dominant ground attack churned out a total of 423 yards on just 33 carries, good enough for an average of 12.8 yards per carry. Blair Oaks added another 113 yards through the air as it outgained Versailles 536-76.

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Helias volleyball defeats Lady Jays, each take away positives

With the postseason looming, the Helias and Jefferson City volleyball teams were both able to take some positives out of their regular-season finale Thursday night.

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Prep Football: Blair Oaks, Versailles set to meet in first of consecutive weeks

Most times, when football teams play a home-and-home series, it’s in back-to-back years.

Eagles score early in overtime to defeat Crusaders

With the end of the regular season fast approaching, thoughts are starting to turn to the soccer postseason. So it seems only fitting the Southern Boone Eagles and Helias Crusaders put together a game Saturday that had a definite playoff feel to it.

Friday Night Recap: Punting game dooms Wildcats in loss to Falcons

The Warsaw Wildcats’ best play Friday night was a fake punt. Their worst plays were all tied into their real punts.

Blair Oaks football stays undefeated against Warsaw

Blair Oaks scored 16 points before their offense ever touched the field and the Falcons rolled to a 57-0 win against the Warsaw Wildcats on Friday night.

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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.