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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.

Biggest edition of Summer Hoops Classic kicks off today

While getting an annual tournament started can be a daunting task, keeping it going year after year can be even tougher.

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Lady Jays' Roberson returns to the podium

Jefferson City thrower Alexis Roberson won her second medal in the Class 5 track and field championships Saturday, and the weekend’s triumphs were as much mental accomplishments as physical ones.

Jays' Schwartz takes fourth in 3,200

Jackson Schwartz knew that if he kept knocking at the door, somebody was going to let him in.

Fatima girls tie for fourth

Heading into the Class 3 state meet, the Fatima girls track and field team knew the margin for error was going to be pretty slim if the Lady Comets hoped to take home a team trophy for a top-four finish.

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Roberson claims Class 5 shot put crown

Martin ties for fourth in high jump for Lady Jays

It was an odd day for weather during Friday’s events in the Class 5 Missouri State High School Activities Association Track and Field Championships.

Blair Oaks girls rebound with multiple qualifiers for Class 3 championships

WARDSVILLE — After what can only be described as an aberration, the Blair Oaks girls track and field team is back in familiar territory.

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Barnhart takes second twice for Russellville in Class 2 track

Results are a funny thing — sometimes the exact same finish can mean two completely different things. That was the case for Russellville’s Jordan Barnhart during the Class 2 Missouri State High School Activities Track and Field Championships on Saturday.

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Press Box: Cardinals-Royals series brings back 1985 talk

Let the past be the past

I can’t believe I’m about to quote a hit song from the Disney musical “Frozen” — although it’s understandable how hard it is to avoid thanks to my 9-year-old daughter — but people just need to “Let It Go.”

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Oberdiek repeats as state champion

In Class 2 girls long jump

You had to see this one coming — it ended the only way a Cinderella story could.

Helias girls fall in district soccer title game

CAMDENTON — It was one of those prototypical “They won everywhere but on the scoreboard” games.

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Crusaders baseball rebounds for 7-3 victory against Waynesville

After falling behind Waynesville almost immediately Tuesday, the Helias baseball team did the best thing it could: It hit the reset button.

Calvary baseball beats wet field, Versailles

At 4 p.m., with just 30 minutes until game time, it appeared Calvary Lutheran wouldn’t be playing baseball Tuesday.

Press Box: NFL likely won’t put up with indescretions

News Tribune Sports Commentary

What’s this ever-so-important category that was mentioned numerous times during the draft coverage on the ESPN family of channels? Why, it’s the “youthful indiscretions” entry on the resume.

Vienna posts win against Calvary Lutheran in baseball

The Vienna baseball team utilitzed a two-pronged attack Tuesday: The Eagles showed they could score runs with hardly any hits, and once they got the game in hand, they broke out the sticks for a big inning.

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Plenty of scoring, no injuries for Blue Tigers in spring scrimmage

The situational scrimmage, which capped off the spring season for the Lincoln Blue Tigers, featured a number positives: The offense moved the ball well at times, the defense made some key stops, and the kicking game was impressive.

Former Blue Tiger Walls has potential to be drafted

Frequently, the focus for college football teams at this time of year centers around the spring game. And while that was the case for the Lincoln Blue Tigers on Saturday, it’s just a drop in the bucket when it comes to the news surrounding the team.

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Helias soccer drops a pair in Shootout

Giving up two goals in a little more than three minutes of play should have been a sign to the Helias girls soccer team it was in for a long day in the Capital City Shootout.

Bad hops for Falcons in loss to Warsaw

Out of the dozens of plays Tuesday night, the baseball game between Blair Oaks and Warsaw was basically decided by two.

Lady Jays score 9 in win against Fatima

It’s not too often you see a soccer team squeeze off a shot every two minutes, but that’s exactly what the Jefferson City Lady Jays did Friday night.

Fatima gets past Blair Oaks

In baseball

WESTPHALIA — It was the best of both worlds for the Fatima baseball team Thursday — not only did the Comets get timely hitting, but they got it from the bottom of their order.

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Walker ready for the challenge at Blair Oaks

Hired as new head football coach

WARDSVILLE — It might be intimidating for a football coach to take over a program when the previous two coaches have won state championships. A man who spent 22 years in the Air Force isn’t most people.

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Fatima tops Hickman for fifth in Invitational

After having to sit for longer than originally scheduled Saturday, the Fatima Comets came out a little sluggish in the fifth-place baseball game of the Capital City Baseball Invitational.

Press Box: Missouri basketball still making news

News Tribune Sports Commentary

At a time when a lot of people are focusing on the beginning of the baseball season and the Masters, the year’s first golf major, it’s been hard to ignore college basketball.

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Doing the little things help Jays get past Fatima

In a game in which both starters threw well, and where both offenses mustered just five hits, it didn’t take a genius to figure out Friday night’s game between Jefferson City and Fatima in the Capital City Baseball Invitational would come down to the intangibles.

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Linn tops Calvary Lutheran

With a roster teeming with players returning from last year’s third-place team in the state in Class 2, you know you’re going to have a tough time keeping the Linn baseball team off the scoreboard.

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Helias girls top Incarnate Word in soccer

Defining victory

The Incarnate Word Red Knights racked up 24 shots Friday night, including 15 on goal. The Helias Lady Crusaders notched just seven shots, putting only three of them on frame. Guess which team won?

Jays bring veteran squad into tennis season

There’s such a thing as a veteran squad, and then there’s the Jefferson City boys tennis team.

Helias tennis team eyeing districts as season begins

During the past two seasons, the Helias boys tennis team has been stuck in a district with three of the state’s largest schools. As a result, the light at the end of the tunnel usually ended up being an oncoming train.

Press Box: Bracket busted

It’s my own fault. I should have known better than to trust the Cyclones. Growing up in Davenport, Iowa, there was one thing I knew for sure: I was an Iowa Hawkeye fan.

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Falcons leaning on seniors as season begins

The Blair Oaks baseball team has discovered a formula that’s worked the past couple of years, and the Falcons are hoping it does so again this season.

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Helias girls bring veteran team into soccer season

Last year, the Helias girls soccer program graduated a deep, experienced and talented senior class that delivered finishes of third, second and third in the consecutive trips to the Class 2 Final Four.

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Confident in offense, Calvary to start baseball season today

The good news for the Calvary Lutheran baseball team is it’s pretty confident in one of the three key areas of the game as the season begins today.

Offense limited for LU baseball in loss to Central Oklahoma

The Lincoln baseball team was great at getting two-out hits in Saturday’s home opener.

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Tuscumbia girls take third place at state

After working so hard to get to the Final Four for the first time in program history, the Tuscumbia girls basketball team wanted to make sure the trip ended on a high note.

Rugged final period dooms Tuscumbia in semifinal loss

For the first three quarters, Naylor’s notable height advantage against the Tuscumbia Lady Lions was a non-factor in Thursday’s Class 1 semifinal, with the Lady Eagles missing tons of layups.

Tuscumbia girls look to claim Class 1 state championship

No matter what else happens during the next few days at the Class 1 Final Four, one thing is for certain: The Tuscumbia Lady Lions won’t be intimidated by any of the teams they see.

Blair Oaks advances with win against Licking

Excited to keep playing

ROLLA — It was the kind of line that even brought a laugh from his coach.

Press Box: Mother Nature plays trick on prep basketball games

News Tribune Sports Commentary

It was hard to avoid thinking about the Yiddish proverb “Man plans, God laughs” as Saturday unfolded.

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Helias boys defeat Rock Bridge after slow start

With the offense a little stagnant, the Helias boys basketball team decided to go for a run to clear its head.

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Thrill and heartbreak for Blair Oaks at state wrestling

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 ....

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A little of everything for Blair Oaks at state wrestling

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.

Blair Oaks wrestling returns to state

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.

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Father Tolton clamps down on Helias

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.

Helias basketball gets hot from stripe, turns back Hickman

For the first three quarters, the Helias Crusaders couldn’t buy a free throw.

Bell joins LU baseball coaching staff

The head coach of the Lincoln baseball team might be unfamiliar to area fans, but his assistant coach is the exact opposite.

Blue Tigers’ DeMilia drawn to baseball

It didn’t take long for the new face at Lincoln University to determine coaching baseball was in his future.

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