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Fatima volleyball comes back to top Lady Jays

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.

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Kuensting shines before, during match for Helias

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.

Big second half leads Helias soccer past Battle

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.

Blair Oaks takes third place in Capital City Softball Invitational

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.

Dominant defense leads Falcons to win

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.

Blair Oaks blanks Hallsville, moves to 4-0

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.

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Prep Football: Blair Oaks will run whatever offense is best vs. Hallsville

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.

Lady Jays fall to Waynesville in volleyball

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.

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Kohler named girls basketball coach at Blair Oaks

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.

Blair Oaks posts 62-47 victory against Eldon

If you like the offensive side of football, the Falcon Athletic Complex was the place to be Friday night.

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Blair Oaks moves to 3-0 with win against Eldon

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.

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Prep Football: Blair Oaks, Eldon feature high-powered offenses

It’s a game that has the potential to wear out the guy working the scoreboard.

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Lady Crusaders ride defense past Lady Jays for 49th straight volleyball victory

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.

Press Box: Sports world shows things aren’t always so clear-cut

News Tribune Sports Commentary

The past seven days have been interesting in regard to foresight, with two sports helping illustrate the point.

Closser’s big plays propel Falcons past Dutchmen

The way C.J. Closser has been with predictions lately, he’d better start buying some lottery tickets.

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Blair Oaks football advances to 2-0

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.

Calvary softball to debut program

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.

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Prep Football: Blair Oaks looking for Owensville to spread things out

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.

Helias wins final two games to down Fatima in volleyball

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.

Helias racks up seven goals in rout of Kirksville

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.

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Lady Crusaders haven’t changed things as state champions

There’s one major difference surrounding this year’s Helias volleyball team, but that change hasn’t resulted in other changes.

Blair Oaks climbs out of early hole to top Moberly

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.

Blair Oaks football begins new era with a win

Adam Schell made sure the Terry Walker era at Blair Oaks got off to a great start.

New coach, new style for Helias boys soccer this season

For the first time since the program was founded, Chuck Register won’t be coaching the Helias boys soccer team.

Lady Jays bidding for another tennis Final Four

The cast of characters is vastly different, but the goal is the same for the Jefferson City girls tennis team.

Big numbers have Helias tennis excited

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.

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Lady Jays working on mental aspect of volleyball

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.

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Walker, Falcons becoming comfortable with each other

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.

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Falcons host Jamboree on last Friday before season

The best thing about Friday night’s Jamboree for the Blair Oaks football team was that the Falcons got to face two opponents.

Blair Oaks in full preparation for season

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.

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.