Stories by Tony
Going almost a whole week without a game didn’t seem to hamper the Helias girls soccer team in the least.
Death puts sports into perspective
I’ve been thinking about Jim McKay a lot during the last week. Specifically, I’ve been thinking about the late broadcaster’s tour de force moment in a career full of great work. That is, his terrific on-air performance during the 1972 Summer Olympics.
In baseball win
Coaches often make reference to “in-game adjustments.” It’s just that some of those adjustments are bigger than others.
There’s not a whole lot different when it comes to the 2014 football schedule for the Blair Oaks Falcons, except for at the end. At even then, things will look very similar.
In doubleheader loss to Central Missouri
On a day where neither the playing conditions or the on-field results had much to offer, at least one thing was worth celebrating Friday for the Lincoln softball team.
Last year was a tough one for the Helias boys tennis team. Not only in the on-court results, but just in the work it took to get on the court.
Last year, the Jefferson City boys tennis team went through a murderer’s row of a schedule, facing tons of the state’s elite programs. So did they take a step back after running the gauntlet, taking some time to catch their breath? Not even close.
The University of Central Missouri has had one of the nation’s elite baseball teams for decades, and it appears the reason is simple — they don’t take anything for granted, even after all their successes.
Despite having a 9-7 edge in hits, the Blue Tigers couldn’t turn them into enough runs and came out on the short end of a 7-5 score Friday at Lincoln Field.
Great season for Crusaders ends in extra time
SPORTS COMMENTARY: If you followed the Helias boys basketball team to the Final Four the past few days, you definitely got your money’s worth.
COLUMBIA — In a game that featured dozens of big plays, the Republic Tigers got the last one to finally finish a contest that seemed like it would never end.
After the Helias Crusaders had seen most of a 17-point second-half lead evaporate, they called a timeout clinging to a 45-42 lead against the Normandy Vikings with just 4:57 remaining in their Class 4 quarterfinal matchup.
Crusaders advance to Final Four
Update: Helias beat Normandy 63-57 to advance to the boys basketball Class 4 Final Four.
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.