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It was exactly the kind of frenetic finish you would expect from a game matching up two of the top-10 basketball teams in Class 1.
Quarters don’t come much prettier than the one the Jefferson City Jays put together right after halftime Friday night.
The Helias wrestling team celebrated Senior Night on Tuesday, and the main action most of those seniors got came during the pre-match ceremonies.
On a night where School of the Osage didn’t make many shots, the Lady Indians came up with a way to sink the biggest one of the game.
Halftime couldn’t have come at a better time for Helias and at a worse time for Jefferson City in Thursday night’s crosstown showdown at Fleming Fieldhouse.
After very nearly getting blitzed out of the gym by a torrid Rolla 3-point attack in the first quarter, the Helias Crusaders righted the ship and slowly started to cut into the lead.
Jordan Hair and Cody Alexander were quite the 1-2 punch Tuesday night.
It’s safe to say Vienna’s Isaac Weider is going to have some nice memories of the Calvary Lutheran gym after the past week.
The Linn Lady Wildcats won their first two games by a combined five points before coming up just short in the title game, falling 41-35 to Lutheran: Kansas City. And Calvary Lutheran bounced back from its semifinal loss to Linn to capture the third-place game by a 38-32 score against Chamois.
The Helias boys basketball team put on a shooting clinic Friday night.
The Lincoln men’s basketball team came into Thursday night’s game with a perfect record at Jason Gym this season, but it was the Nebraska-Kearney Lopers who looked right at home.
Basketball coaches regularly talk about the merits of working inside-out, getting the interior game going to make things easier for the outside shooters.
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I don’t know if you fine people at the University of Missouri have already received some correspondence in this matter, but I was wanting to inquire about the availability of your athletic facilities on the evening of Friday, Feb. 19.
In boys basketball action
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Unfortunately for the Helias Crusaders, the Father Tolton Trailblazers tried again, and succeed they did.
It was the strangest of games — a breakneck offensive show that often came to a skidding halt because of a whopping 50 fouls and 53 attempted free throws.
It doesn’t take a deep dive into the statistics to find out where the Helias Crusaders won Tuesday night’s game — just a dip in the shallow end will do.
The Owasso (Okla.) Rams put four players in double figures and recorded a 61-55 win against Raytown South in a loser’s bracket semifinal Tuesday at the Great 8 Classic.
The Father Tolton Trailblazers used a commanding performance in the third quarter to turn a close game into a blowout, beating the Joplin Eagles 78-39 on Monday at the Great 8 Classic.
It’s not often you get to hear this, but the Helias Crusaders won a basketball game Monday night in large part because of their ability to take charges.
Monday night was just what the doctor ordered for the Blair Oaks boys basketball team.
If Saturday is any indication, the 2016 portion of the 2015-16 basketball season could be a fun one for the Chamois boys basketball team.
The Chamois Lady Pirates’ return to the Capital City Shootout didn’t go exactly as they would have liked.
With a balanced effort Friday night, the Helias boys basketball scored in the 80s for the second straight game, and third time this season. To say the Crusaders have the offense clicking would be a huge understatement.
When the Chamois Lady Pirates take to the court today at Fleming Fieldhouse as part of the Capital City Shootout, they’re going to feel right at home.
The early stages of this season have been a bit of a struggle for the Chamois Pirates. They’ll get their latest chance to improve today in the Capital City Shootout.
After a flurry of four games in seven days to start the season, the Blair Oaks boys basketball team was looking forward to some practice time to polish its game.
After six tough dual matches across two days, don’t expect the Helias wrestling team to be looking for some rest today.
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Before anyone gets upset, I’m not saying anyone who roots for the Redbirds is lacking in smarts. I’m just saying that the vast number of their representatives on Twitter on Thursday definitely were.
While it wasn’t necessarily the meat grinder of a night you usually get from the Missouri Duals, the Helias wrestling team still got a good bit of experience while splitting a pair of matches Friday at Rackers Fieldhouse.
It was a game where the finish didn’t exactly please either team, but it sure made for an entertaining stretch run.
As the Joe Machens Great 8 Classic hits the 25-year milestone this winter, one thing hasn’t changed since Day 1 — the tournament organizers continue to work hard on putting together the best possible event each year. And two members of the committee think they’ve done just that this time around.
The Chamois boys and girls basketball teams are back after a two-year absence from the Capital City Shootout, and the Pirates and Lady Pirates couldn’t be happier about that fact. After their previous dual Shootout appearance in 2012 — the boys also made an appearance in the 2011 edition — the Pirates and Lady Pirates are itching to appear in the sixth incarnation of the event.
After playing just two days previous in the championship game of the Eugene Tournament, there were some questions about how the regular-season meeting between the Blair Oaks Falcons and Eugene Eagles would play out.
The season might get off to a slow start for the Blair Oaks wrestling team, but the Falcons aren’t worried about being good in December. It’s February that’s got their full attention.
The season hasn’t even started yet and the Helias boys basketball team has already suffered some huge losses.
WARDSVILLE — A lot is expected of the Blair Oaks boys basketball team, as the Falcons return several key contributors from last year’s team that made it to the Class 3 quarterfinals before falling to state runner-up Strafford.
It was about what you’d expect from a season opener. For most of the first quarter Tuesday night, the Helias Lady Crusaders couldn’t stop fouling and the Blair Oaks couldn’t stop turning the ball over.
It’s been said the best thing about sophomores is they become juniors. So how nice is it when those returning players were also pretty good as sophomores?
All season long, the Blair Oaks Falcons have been a second-half team, putting away teams in the third and fourth quarters.
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It seems odd to be extolling the virtues of a team that’s just 2-1 in this young season, but I’ve seen what I wanted to see from the Tigers this season.
John Burroughs defeated Blair Oaks 31-18 in Saturday's Class 3 semifinal football game.
The points weren’t there for the Fatima Comets in Friday night’s Jamboree at Helias, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to panic.
If Friday night is any indication, the Jefferson City Jays are itching to get the basketball season started.
Missing 80 percent of its starting lineup, it’s safe to say the Blair Oaks boys basketball team will look quite different in a few weeks than it did Friday night in the Jamboree at Helias.
Friday night’s Jamboree hosted by Helias gave the home team a little bit of a surprise.
After having their state-title hopes dashed the day before, it would have been understandable for the Helias soccer team to be less than thrilled to play Saturday’s Class 3 third-place game.
FENTON — A player with the nondescript last name of Smith was anything but ordinary in Friday’s first soccer game at the Class 3 Final Four.
Blair Oaks beats Centralia 51-26 in the Class 3 quarterfinal football game Saturday afternoon.
Webster Groves beats Helias 3-1 in Class 3 soccer semifinal.
With some midseason struggles a thing of the past, the Helias Crusaders continued their late-season surge with a 3-1 win against the Glendale Falcons on Saturday at the 179 Soccer Park.