Back to profile

Tony Hawley

Stories by Tony

Press Box: Bidding farewell to the News Tribune

News Tribune Sports Commentary

This is the column I never wanted to write. That’s because this will be my farewell column, as Tuesday will mark my last day at the News Tribune after more than 22 years of service.

Tease photo

Lincoln players compete during spring scrimmage

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out football in the spring is much different than what it looks like in the fall. But the points were hammered home as the Lincoln University Blue Tigers wrapped up their 2015-16 school year with their Spring Game on Saturday at Dwight T. Reed Stadium.

Winter freezes Bruins’ bats in 6-2 win for Crusaders

Helias’ Clayton Winter was so dominant Thursday afternoon that he not only messed things up for the Rock Bridge Bruins, but for his own coaching staff.

Wyrick sparks Helias in soccer season debut

For Emma Wyrick, Tuesday night was all about making up for lost time.

Vienna baseball blanks Calvary Lutheran

In a game where they pounded out 14 hits and scored 10 runs, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact the Vienna Eagles probably won Friday’s game with Calvary Lutheran thanks to manufacturing some early runs.

Tease photo

Yanskey racks up four goals in Helias’ victory

If the Hannibal Lady Pirates have nightmares the next couple days, it’s safe to say they’ll probably feature Kayla Yanskey.

Crusaders fail to convert in 1-0 loss to Spartans

One team had runners on base in every inning, got hits from six different players and did not commit an error.

Press Box: Division II title game worthy of your attention

News Tribune Sports Commentary

As has been the case for several years now, the Division II title game kicks off the action on the Saturday of the Division I Elite Eight games. And what is also the case is that it ends up being my favorite game of the day.

Tease photo

Helias baseball slips past Fatima, 1-0

It was exactly the score you would expect from a game matching up the state’s top-ranked teams in Class 3 and Class 4. The way it got there, not so much.

Helias wants to extend tennis season this year

The season starts today for the Helias boys tennis team, and it’s been a long time coming for the Crusaders.

Calvary Lutheran track adding depth

Almost every team is excited to start a new season, no matter what the sport.

State track championships moving to Adkins Stadium

Every year since 1979, the MSHSAA Track and Field Championships have been held in Jefferson City at Lincoln University’s Dwight T. Reed Stadium. Now, they’re moving across the street.

Tease photo

Crusaders bounce back to capture third place at state tourney

After a less-than-stellar effort in Friday night’s semifinal round, the Crusaders came into Saturday’s third-place game at Mizzou Arena with every intention of closing out the season with a win.

Tease photo

Helias goes cold in loss to Lafayette

When Landon Harrison converted a layup just 30 seconds into the second quarter of Friday night’s Class 4 semifinal game, the offense seemed to be humming for the Helias Crusaders.

Tease photo

‘Dialed-in’ Helias to face St. Joseph Lafayette in Class 4 semifinals

The Helias boys basketball team will be playing in the Class 4 Final Four today and Saturday, but the Crusaders might not be making a trip to Columbia if not for a trip to Rogersville about a month and a half ago.

Helias in third Final Four under Buffington

When the Helias Crusaders take to the court today in Columbia, they’ll be appearing in their third Final Four in Josh Buffington’s eight seasons as head coach.

Tease photo

Work on the mound key for Calvary Lutheran

It’s no secret pitching holds the key to the fortunes of every high-school baseball team. If it’s somehow possible, that facet of the game will be even more important for the Calvary Lutheran Lions this season.

Helias girls to open soccer season at Rock Bridge

A lot of times, you can’t do anything to avoid injuries. But that hasn’t stopped the Helias girls soccer team from trying.

Helias soccer wins twice at Jamboree

Sometimes, a Jamboree represents nothing more than a glorified practice. Other times, it’s almost invaluable.

Tease photo

Crusaders rally to beat Glendale, return to Final Four

Glendale, leading by eight points during a third-quarter timeout and by nine soon after, fell victim to a furious rally by the Helias Crusaders in Saturday’s Class 4 quarterfinal contest.

Tease photo

Helias looks to slow Glendale’s Johal, Walton

At this point in the basketball season, it’s not uncommon for teams to have a player who has scored 1,000 points in his career.

Crusaders advance to quarterfinals

For the Helias Crusaders, the season to this point has been about earning respect.

Tease photo

Helias-Borgia boys set for another basketball clash

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Tease photo

Helias boys down Rolla for district title

Trying to mount a comeback in the championship game of the Class 4 District 10 Tournament, the Rolla Bulldogs did their best to use the “shoot 3s and have the other team miss some free throws” routine.

Tease photo

Helias boys down Salem in district semis

The Helias starters used a suffocating defensive effort during the first three quarters Thursday night, then sat back and enjoyed the view from the bench as the Crusaders cruised to a 61-42 win against Salem in the semifinal round of the Class 4 District 10 Tournament.

Fatima boys fall to Mountain Grove in districts

The Fatima Comets battled foul trouble for the better part of the first three quarters of their Class 3 sectional game Wednesday night, somehow cobbling together a lineup that kept them within striking distance of the Mountain Grove Panthers.

Chamois falls to Glasgow in Class 1 sectionals

Led by the dynamic duo of Kennedy Davis and Adam Monnig, the Glasgow Yellowjackets made life tough for the Chamois Pirates on both ends of the floor and captured a 44-27 win in a Class 1 sectional game Tuesday night.

Fatima tops Blair Oaks for district tourney title

Time after time, the 3-pointers went up. And time after time, they bounced harmlessly away.

Press Box: Mixing work with a little family time

News Tribune Sports Commentary

When you’ve been doing the sportswriting thing for as long as I have (I’m well into Year 23 of this grand experiment), it’s hard to come across many firsts.

St. James girls get past Fatima in districts

The St. James Lady Tigers got off to a great start in Friday night’s championship game of the Class 3 District 9 Tournament, and it was no accident.

Blair Oaks boys hold on for district win against Eugene

The Eugene Eagles did what the Eugene Eagles do. Luckily for the Blair Oaks Falcons, they had done enough that it didn’t matter.

Quick start sends Fatima past St. James

The finish by the St. James Tigers was pretty phenomenal, but it couldn’t hold a candle to the start put together by the Fatima Comets.

Tease photo

Falotico just misses state wrestling title

The definition of infinitesimal is immesurably or incalculably minute. Or, better put, the difference between Blair Oaks’ Frankie Falotico and Seneca’s Trey Smith.

Versailles earns fourth-place state wrestling trophy

Results for Versailles, Eldon, Osage, Fatima and Tipton

The Versailles Tigers won a state wrestling trophy Saturday night, ending a lengthy quest.

Blair Oaks posts win against Osage

It was one of the stranger sights you’ll ever see on a basketball court.

Tease photo

Up and down day for Falcons at state wrestling

Results for Blair Oaks, Eldon, Osage, Fatima and Tipton

Only at state wrestling could you break a nose and have it be described as a good thing.

Lady Jays handle Battle 61-26

The Jefferson City Lady Jays took to the court Thursday night one day removed from entering the state rankings for the first time all season.

Tease photo

Blair Oaks looks to be in the mix in Class 1 state wrestling tournament

WARDSVILLE — It seems pretty clear who the top two teams will be in the Class 1 state wrestling tournament this year, with the only uncertainty being in what order. The real uncertainty comes with the rest of the field.

Fredendall’s bucket sends Blair Oaks to win vs. Battle

The Blair Oaks Lady Falcons only had one field goal in the entire fourth quarter, but they picked the perfect time to get it.

Tease photo

Blair Oaks girls begin busy week with win against Versailles

WARDSVILLE — It’s not the ideal schedule for the last week of the regular season, playing three games in four days, but at least the Blair Oaks Lady Falcons got things started on the right foot.

Husting sends Helias past Hillcrest

It wasn’t exactly that complete-game effort coaches are always seeking, but the Helias Crusaders were able to get a win Saturday thanks to eight really good minutes of play and one huge shot.

Calvary boys get past Jamestown

Calvary Lutheran owned the start and Jamestown controlled the finish, but one was a little more commanding than the other.

Lady Crusaders drops game to Hickman in OT

In a game where points were extremely hard to come by, Hickman’s Taylor Spencer picked a huge time to drop in her only bucket of the game.

Tease photo

Blair Oaks boys basketball beats Eldon 65-43

After a lackluster first half filled with missed shots and turnovers, it didn’t take a genius to figure out the Blair Oaks Falcons and Eldon Mustangs might try to shake things up in the second half.

Tease photo

Firing on all cylinders, Helias tops Blair Oaks

The Helias Crusaders had the kind of shooting night you would be hard pressed to come up with shooting by yourself in an empty gym.

Lincoln baseball drawing inspiration from 2015

After suffering through last year’s 3-47 campaign, it would be understandable if the Lincoln University baseball team wanted to leave it in the past.

Optimism abounds for Lincoln softball season

First-year Lincoln University softball coach Chad Kerr has inherited a team that went 3-49 last year, has only 12 players and just lost its home field.

Tease photo

Jays struggle in boys basketball loss to Rock Bridge

The Jefferson City Jays didn’t have much fun watching Tuesday night’s 65-29 loss to the Rock Bridge Bruins at Fleming Fieldhouse.

Blair Oaks boys down Battle

It was tough to tell which stat was more impressive: The fact the Blair Oaks Falcons led Battle by as many as 27 points Monday night, or that they held the Spartans’ Daviante Ostrander to just three points.

Press Box: Numbers tough to add up to change prep basketball

News Tribune Sports Commentary

It’s feeling like “Groundhog Day” for me while attending high-school basketball games lately, as I seem to be living the same day over and over.