Stories by Tony
After dropping the first set by a 25-10 score and falling behind 4-1 to start the second, things looked dire for the Fatima volleyball team.
The Helias volleyball team had three players close to double-digit totals in assists Tuesday night, but the biggest assist came before the match even started. When there was a bit of trouble locating the recording of the national anthem, it appeared it might be left up to the crowd to sing it.
The Helias boys soccer team came out a little flat against the Battle Spartans on Monday night, which maybe shouldn’t have come as a surprise. “We started out slow,” Helias midfielder Braden Remmert said. “I think we underestimated them a little bit and played flat. It might be because we were off school today. Driving (to the 179 Soccer Park) from home is kind of different than driving here from school.
Fatima, Jefferson City, Helias also compete
The Blair Oaks Lady Falcons got three of their four hits in a three-run third inning and used tough pitching and defense to keep Centralia from ever crossing home plate, resulting in a 3-0 win at 63 Diamonds.
Indians manage just 11 yards of offense
One week after giving up 47 points in a win against Eldon, the Blair Oaks defense came out and got the same result, but in a much different fashion.
The Blair Oaks Falcons held the Hallsville Indians to just 11 yards on 40 offensive plays Friday night and romped to a 48-0 victory. Hallsville ran the ball 23 times for a staggering minus-34 yards, as their leading ballcarrier netted 3 yards on eight carries. That was running back Garrett Vincent, who had racked up 409 yards rushing on 60 carries in the first three weeks.
The first two weeks of the season, the Blair Oaks Falcons showed off a run-heavy offense with a very low number of passes taking to the air.
With the Waynesville Tigers having two very good middle hitters, the Jefferson City Lady Jays knew slowing them down would be a key. And for a while, the Lady Jays did that.
Kevin Kohler is not exactly easing into retirement. After retiring from public education in 2011 after 29 years that includes stints as a coach, teacher and administrator, Kohler has branched out into a number of activities.
If you like the offensive side of football, the Falcon Athletic Complex was the place to be Friday night.
The Blair Oaks Falcons exploded for 50 points in the second half and rallied for a 62-47 win against the Eldon Mustangs on Friday night. In a game that featured a whopping 137 offense plays resulting in 1,045 combined yards, things actually got off to a slow start at the Falcon Athletic Complex. The only score in the first quarter belonged to Eldon, and that came with :30.7 left when Nick Hendrix hit Levi Shinn with a 34-yard touchdown pass to make it 7-0.
It’s a game that has the potential to wear out the guy working the scoreboard.
Time after time, the ball came across the net, and time after time, the Helias Lady Crusaders picked it up and sent it back. Utilizing some stout defense, the Lady Crusaders won all the long points and plenty of others for good measure, winning the crosstown volleyball showdown with Jefferson City by a 25-13, 25-13 score.
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The past seven days have been interesting in regard to foresight, with two sports helping illustrate the point.
The way C.J. Closser has been with predictions lately, he’d better start buying some lottery tickets.
The Blair Oaks Falcons got two touchdowns apiece from three different players and had a fourth one score one while rolling to a 48-19 win against the Owensville Dutchmen on Friday night.
It was like getting a Christmas present in the middle of the summer. The past few years, it’s been tough drumming up enough interest for Calvary Lutheran to have a softball team.
WARDSVILLE — It took just one play in the Jamboree two weeks ago to realize the Owensville Dutchmen were going to have a very different look this season.
The Helias volleyball team just needed to progress through the gears Thursday night. Playing their home opener and just their second match of the season, the Lady Crusaders got off to a slow start at Rackers Fieldhouse, then shifted into a higher gear before finally hitting cruising speed by the end of the night.
Fresh off a season opener in which it scored five goals, the Helias soccer team turned it up a notch Tuesday night. Or two notches, to be accurate.
There’s one major difference surrounding this year’s Helias volleyball team, but that change hasn’t resulted in other changes.
The Moberly Spartans started Friday night’s game with a bang, using a big play to take the lead after just 9 seconds of play.
Adam Schell made sure the Terry Walker era at Blair Oaks got off to a great start.
For the first time since the program was founded, Chuck Register won’t be coaching the Helias boys soccer team.
The cast of characters is vastly different, but the goal is the same for the Jefferson City girls tennis team.
The good news for the Helias girls tennis team is the squad still has an abundance of players, with the roster boasting more than 30 players for the second straight year.
While there’s been plenty of time spent on the physical side of the game, the Jefferson City volleyball team has also focused on the mental aspect during the preseason.
As a first-time head football coach, there’s been a lot for Terry Walker to absorb as he takes over the reins of the Blair Oaks Falcons.
The best thing about Friday night’s Jamboree for the Blair Oaks football team was that the Falcons got to face two opponents.
With the summer schedule a distant memory and the first week of official practice under its belt, the Blair Oaks football team can sense the beginning of the season.
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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.”
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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.
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.
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.
While getting an annual tournament started can be a daunting task, keeping it going year after year can be even tougher.
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.
Jackson Schwartz knew that if he kept knocking at the door, somebody was going to let him in.
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.
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.
WARDSVILLE — After what can only be described as an aberration, the Blair Oaks girls track and field team is back in familiar territory.
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.
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.”
In Class 2 girls long jump
You had to see this one coming — it ended the only way a Cinderella story could.
CAMDENTON — It was one of those prototypical “They won everywhere but on the scoreboard” games.
After falling behind Waynesville almost immediately Tuesday, the Helias baseball team did the best thing it could: It hit the reset button.
At 4 p.m., with just 30 minutes until game time, it appeared Calvary Lutheran wouldn’t be playing baseball Tuesday.
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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.
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.
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.
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.