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Tony Hawley

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Helias girls blank Moberly

Going almost a whole week without a game didn’t seem to hamper the Helias girls soccer team in the least.

Press Box: More to life

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.

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Calvary does its job

In baseball win

Coaches often make reference to “in-game adjustments.” It’s just that some of those adjustments are bigger than others.

Blair Oaks moves up to Class 3 football

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.

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Kirchner ties LU softball record

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.

Helias set to start tennis season

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.

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Jays open tennis season today at Rolla

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.

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Wilson a key cog for Central Missouri baseball

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.

Blue Tigers fall 7-5 to opportunistic Mules

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.

Press Box: Helias working overtime

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.

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Republic edges Helias in triple overtime

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.

Crusaders rebound to earn spot in Final Four

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.

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Helias boys down Normandy in Class 4 quarterfinal

Crusaders advance to Final Four

Update: Helias beat Normandy 63-57 to advance to the boys basketball Class 4 Final Four.

Bullpen woes prove costly for Lincoln

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.

Redmond no longer men’s hoops coach

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.

Hartville’s defense shines in win against Fatima

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.

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Eugene tops Blair Oaks for district title

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.

St. Elizabeth girls top Tuscumbia for district title

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.

Big fourth quarter sends Macks Creek past Tuscumbia

When it was winning time, the Macks Creek Pirates stepped up and did just that.

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Blair Oaks downs Versailles

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.

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California’s Gump hits late 3-pointer to lead Pintos to win in 3OTs

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.

Blue Tigers’ bats cold in two losses to Lions

The weather was cold. The bats were colder.

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Blair Oaks captures state wrestling title

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.

Fatima sophomore takes third

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.

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Blair Oaks blasts Osage

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.

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Blair Oaks sitting in third place after first day of state wrestling tournament

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.

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Numbers game for Blair Oaks

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.

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Blair Oaks wins district wrestling title

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.

Lincoln set to start baseball season

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.

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Ultimate tiebreak: Gaydos' win highlight for Blair Oaks

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.

Quick starts lead Hickman to victory against Helias

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.

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Blair Oaks blows past Eldon

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.

Lincoln softball team finally kicks off season

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.

Blair Oaks scores 92 points in win against Battle

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.

Press Box: Kroenke's smart move

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.

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Blair Oaks pulls down 24 offensive rebounds to blow by Cole Camp

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.

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Blair Oaks squeezes out win against Smith-Cotton

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.

Jamestown girls cruise past Calvary

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.

Monson shoots Calvary past Jamestown

Beau Monson ought to try injuring his shooting hand more often.

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Jays edge Crusaders in two overtimes

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.

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Injury mars Blair Oaks’ split in tri-dual

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.

Blair Oaks overcomes Hallsville

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.

Calvary boys go cold from field in third-place game

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.

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Defense carries Helias boys past Moberly

With its offense struggling Friday night, the Helias boys basketball team turned around its fortunes by focusing on the other end of the floor.

Jays’ wrestling manhandles Rolla, 58-9

It wasn’t the kind of post-match talk you expect after a 58-9 victory. But it was just what the doctor ordered.

Blair Oaks rolls to victory against Hermann

The Blair Oaks Falcons waited more than a month to play their first home game of the basketball season.

Calvary ready to debut new facility

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.

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Big second half hands Helias win vs. Raytown South

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.

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Helias tops Jefferson City in double overtime

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.

Press Box: Rams, Chiefs can make a little history

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.