Stories by Tony
Now in its fifth incarnation, the Missouri National Guard Shootout has enough years behind it that it’s becoming more and more rare to find an area team that hasn’t played in it.
In defense of state championship
WARDSVILLE — The Blair Oaks Falcons have gone through their fair share of preseason workouts since beginning their wrestling program.
The Helias boys basketball team is a dealing with huge postseason expectations. To that end, the Crusaders have put together a murderer’s row of opponents for the regular season.
Falcons' fast start leads to big victory
The Blair Oaks Falcons raced out to a 21-5 lead against Calvary Lutheran in the first round of the Eugene Tournament, eventually claiming a 75-30 win Tuesday night.
Everyone knows the Eugene Eagles lost a lot to graduation from last year’s team that advanced to the Class 3 quarterfinals. But the cupboard is far from bare.
The Blair Oaks boys basketball team played two games in a preseason Jamboree, and it provided worthwhile feedback to get ready for the games that count.
The Calvary Lutheran boys basketball team knew it was going to be young after graduating some key seniors last year.
The Calvary Lutheran girls basketball team lost a guard, a forward and a post player to graduation last year.
Four area schools – Helias, Jefferson City, Blair Oaks and Fatima – came together Friday night for a basketball Jamboree at Helias, a group of preseason scrimmages. And not only was the gathering of players, coaches and fans both large and festive, it was also a long, mixed program of entertainment.
The Helias boys basketball squad is so deep, at times Friday night it looked like a hockey team.
When is a scrimmage not a scrimmage? When it perfectly replicates what you’ll be seeing when the season kicks off.
No offense to Aesop or his fables, but apparently he was wrong when he penned the phrase “familiarity breeds contempt.”
Signs to play volleyball at Bradley
If you want to know why Erica Haslag is a Division I recruit, it shows in what she was anxious to do after making her college choice official on Monday.
There’s no secret what the Orchard Farm football team wants to do on offense.
Need an idea how tough golf can be? It can even leave players with Division-I talent wondering if they’re cut out for it.
There’s a common consensus when it comes to Jolie Duffner — she’s more than ready for Division I softball.
Jose Magana picked a heck of a time to kick his first field goal of the season.
When the California Pintos (11-0) play host to the Blair Oaks Falcons (9-2) at 7 p.m. today at Riley Field, it won’t be just a district championship game, but the culmination of a long journey.
The Southern Boone boys soccer team scored a goal early and one late Tuesday night.
Public reception for the team set for Sunday afternoon
The Lady Crusaders capped off a dominating season by capturing the Class 3 state title at the Show-Me Center, fighting their way past Villa Duchesne by a 25-18, 18-25, 25-17 score Saturday night.
The Class 2 Final Four didn’t end the way the Fatima volleyball team wanted it to, but the 2014 season will be all about looking at the big picture.
After a rough start to its day at the Show-Me Center, the Fatima volleyball team finished it right where it wanted to be.
The Helias Lady Crusaders have done something no other volleyball team in Missouri history has done.
With all the adversity the Fatima volleyball team has faced this season, it should come as no surprise to the Lady Comets they’re heading into the Class 2 Final Four with some drama accompanying them.
Class 2 volleyball capsules
Here are capsule looks at the three volleyball teams joining Fatima in the Class 2 Final Four to be held today and Saturday at the Show-Me Center in Cape Girardeau:
After the Helias volleyball program got the monkey off its back and made it to its first Final Four, this season might have come as a surprise to some.
Class 3 volleyball capsules
Here are capsule looks at the three volleyball teams joining Helias in the Class 3 Final Four to be held today and Saturday at the Show-Me Center in Cape Girardeau:
In tonight's district game
Don’t be surprised if tonight’s Class 3 District 6 semifinal football game turns into a track meet.
In district football
The California Pintos and Southern Boone Eagles met five weeks ago, with the Pintos capturing a 48-7 victory. But the loss must have done the Eagles some good. They haven’t lost since.
The Blair Oaks defense shut the Boonville Pirates down for three quarters and cruised to a 37-7 victory Friday in the opening round of Class 3 District 6 play.
Falcons have respect for district foe Boonville
WARDSVILLE — Looking at Boonville’s 2-7 record, it might be easy to dismiss the Pirates. Not so fast, says Blair Oaks head coach Brad Drehle.
‘This is what you play for’
When the California Pintos and Versailles Tigers met back in Week 3, the Pintos cruised to a 51-14 victory, handing the Tigers their second straight loss.
Team takes second in district tournament
When the trophies were handed out following the championship match of the Class 1 District 9 volleyball tournament, it was tough to tell which team won and which team lost.
It took all night, but the volleyball fans at Rackers Fieldhouse were finally treated to a competitive set in the final one of a long night in the Class 3 District 12 Tournament.
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The answers are: Yes, there’s plenty of room; and, No, it’s not too late. The question leading to them is whether or not you can still get on the Royals bandwagon.
The Blair Oaks Falcons scored nine touchdowns — with five different players getting in on the action — and closed out the regular season in style by crushing the Versailles Tigers 63-14.
The chances were there, but the Helias Crusaders just couldn’t capitalize.
Get better. With the postseason looming on the horizon, that simple message is foremost in the minds of the Blair Oaks Falcons. To that end, don’t expect the Falcons to overlook the 1-7 Versailles Tigers when they come to the Falcon Athletic Complex for today’s 7 p.m. contest.
With win at Warsaw
The California Pintos have shown all year long they have the ability to start fast. Now they’ve added another valuable characteristic: They can finish strong, too.
The Helias girls tennis team has already made school history by qualifying four players for the individual state tournament.
The Jefferson City girls tennis team will have to change its focus today, so it’s a good thing the Lady Jays have some experience with it.
The seniors on the Jefferson City girls tennis team have led the Lady Jays to an unprecedented feat in program history – three straight Final Four appearances. Now, those seniors would like to put the ultimate cap on their careers with a state title.
The Helias volleyball team has shown off a variety of traits this season, but one that has gotten overlooked was on display Tuesday night: When it’s time to focus, the Lady Crusaders know how to do just that.
The Helias Lady Crusaders thought they had taken control of the game in the top of the fourth inning. The Bolivar Liberators did take control in the bottom of that frame.
Falcons score in variety of ways
The Blair Oaks Falcons got a defensive touchdown, a special-teams score and a field goal to go with five touchdowns from the offense in a well-rounded 52-12 rout of the Warsaw Wildcats on Friday night.
Volleyball teams usually have some specific goals heading into a match. “Win as fast as possible” usually isn’t on the list.
Last week, a familiar problem popped up for Blair Oaks, and it cost the Falcons a chance at a win.
Hosting School of the Osage
The big games just keep coming for the California Pintos.
The Calvary Lutheran volleyball team may have suffered a loss Tuesday night, but the Lady Lions got a nice consolation prize.
It’s a safe bet when you have more attack errors than kills in a volleyball match, you’re in for a long night.