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To figure out the key to success for the Blair Oaks volleyball team Tuesday night, you have to go to the beginning.
WARSAW — Led by a record-setting effort by quarterback Jordan Hair, the Blair Oaks Falcons survived a shootout with the Warsaw Wildcats on Friday and notched a 56-35 victory.
WARDSVILLE — It’s never a good thing when the most notable part of a volleyball match is a delay.
Fresh off a game where they had to prepare for a team with a multitude of weapons, the Blair Oaks Falcons have one simple task this week: Stop Jeremy Eierman. Only that may be easier said than done, as the Warsaw quarterback presents a unique challenge.
The Blair Oaks Falcons scored a touchdown with 43 seconds left, then converted the 2-point pass to squeak out a 29-28 win over the California Pintos on Friday night.
Faced with a big-time challenge, the Helias volleyball team came up with a big-time effort. In a battle of state-ranked teams in Class 4 on Thursday night, the Lady Crusaders clearly had the better of play and carved out a 25-12, 25-22 win against the Rock Bridge Bruins at Rackers Fieldhouse.
It's a game that needs no extra hype, but there’s plenty of it to go around. When the Blair Oaks Falcons host the California Pintos on Friday at the Falcon Athletic Complex, it will be the latest game in an always-heated rivalry.
Tuesday night’s volleyball match between Helias and Hickman was over in a flash, and that was a good thing for everybody involved.
The Blair Oaks Falcons scored 27 unanswered points in the third quarter to break open a close game and won a slugfest with the School of the Osage Indians by a 61-29 margin Friday night.
It’s understandable if the Fatima volleyball team is ready to be done with this portion of its schedule.
It’s not exactly the irresistible force against the immovable object, but the main storyline for Friday’s game between the Blair Oaks Falcons and the School of the Osage Indians is still an intriguing one.
With its back pressed firmly against the wall, the Helias volleyball team came out swinging. Following a back-and-forth start to the first game, the Lady Crusaders put on a great finishing kick to win it.
Playing slightly more than two quarters, the Blair Oaks starters on defense made their presence felt.
The gym was hot. The play was not. Facing off in a sweltering Rackers Fieldhouse on Thursday night, the Helias Lady Crusaders and Hermann Lady Bearcats produced an error-filled match Helias eventually won by a 25-15, 25-17 score.
A lot of weeks, the Blair Oaks defense concerns itself with stopping one particular player on the opposing team. This time around, the Falcons are worrying about a three-headed monster. When Blair Oaks welcomes Southern Boone to the Falcon Athletic Complex at 7 p.m. Friday, the Eagles will bring in a three-pronged attack.
With four players on its roster 5-foot-11 or taller, it’s a safe bet the Jefferson City volleyball team is going to be pretty tough when throwing up a block.
In fifth-place game at C.C.I.
After three games of action-packed softball in the Capital City Invitational in Jefferson City, the Blair Oaks Lady Falcons decided to take it up another notch in their final game of the event.
For those of you suffering from the malady known as “Manziel Overload,” that is, getting sick and tired of hearing about Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, you got some good news Saturday. That’s because Manziel and the sixth-ranked Aggies lost the latest “Game of the Century,” falling 49-42 to No. 1 Alabama.
The Blair Oaks Falcons got a dominant performance from Dominic Jamerson on both sides of the ball, and used that to help them claim a 38-8 win over the Hallsville Indians on Friday night.
In a carbon-copy performance Thursday night, the Jefferson City Lady Jays were able to dispatch the Hickman Kewpies in volleyball action at Fleming Fieldhouse. The Lady Jays jumped out to quick leads in both games the teams played, then weathered a hiccup in the middle, then pulled away late to claim a 25-13, 25-12 win.
For the Blair Oaks Falcons, the leadup to this year’s game against Hallsville has an oddly similar feel to last year’s game with the Indians. The Falcons are hoping the deja vu continues on to include the final result. Last year, Hallsville came into the game with Blair Oaks with a 2-0 record, averaging 41 points per contest after wins against Fayette and Paris. This year, the Indians come into Friday’s 7 p.m. showdown at Hallsville with a 2-0 record, averaging 41 points per game following wins over, yep, Fayette and Paris.
As well as things went for the Helias volleyball team in the first game of Tuesday night’s crosstown showdown, that’s how well it went for Jefferson City after that. The Lady Jays reversed the momentum seemingly at will after dropping the opening game, rallying for a 14-25, 25-17, 25-21 win at Rackers Fieldhouse.
WARDSVILLE — This one was over early. The Blair Oaks Falcons scored seven times in the first quarter — including two defensive touchdowns in the first minute and a half — and steamrolled the Owensville Dutchmen 55-13 on Friday night.
The Helias volleyball team was in a giving mood Thursday, and it almost resulted in them giving away a match. But once the Lady Crusaders got more stingy and stopped giving away points, the Lebanon Lady Jackets no longer had a chance. Helias rebounded from a 20-25 loss in the first game to take the next two 25-8, 25-13 to win the match at Rackers Fieldhouse.
Sooner or later, the injuries have to stop racking up for the Blair Oaks Falcons. Don’t they? If they do, it wasn’t this past week, as the Falcons’ injury list continues to grow. It’s getting so bad it’s having a trickle-down effect. Instead of playing JV and freshman games Tuesday, it was condensed into one. And while there were enough bodies for that, it left Blair Oaks short somewhere else.
While many other area sports teams are well into their fall seasons, the Calvary Lutheran volleyball team has been patiently waiting for its season opener to arrive. Today’s the day. The Lady Lions will get a chance to see if all that extra preseason work has paid off when they host the Belle Lady Tigers at 7 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran gym.
In prep softball contest
In its season opener, the Helias softball team fell victim to a late-game rally and lost. So when the Battle Lady Spartans started to mount another such comeback in the Lady Crusaders’ home opener, things didn’t appear to be trending so well. But Helias was able to right the ship and held on for a 7-6 victory Tuesday night at Duensing Field.
With the way the summer season and preseason workouts went, it’s a good thing the players on the Helias volleyball team were already very familiar with one another.
Leo Lewis dies at age 80
Leo Lewis was an almost mythic sports figure, not that you would know it by talking to him.
Moberly was a tough matchup for Blair Oaks on Friday night. The Spartans’ offense couldn’t be stopped. The Class 4 Spartans scored on the opening kickoff and didn’t look back, blasting the Class 2 Falcons 48-18 in the season opener for both teams.
It’s never a good thing when the injury list is almost as long as the active roster, but that’s the scenario facing the Blair Oaks Falcons as the season opener rapidly approaches.
The good thing about underclassmen is after their first varsity season, they’re veterans who are battle-tested. But during that first year ...
There aren’t that many tennis courts in Jefferson City, so trying to find an open one can be troublesome at times. But it could be worse — you could be this year’s Helias girls tennis team. The Lady Crusaders boast a whopping 25 players on their roster, so the huddle after practice resembles those often seen on a football field rather than near a tennis court at Washington Park.
The Jefferson City girls tennis team had a historic season last fall. They’re looking for another one this time around. The Lady Jays earned a trip to the Class 2 Final Four in 2012, just the sixth such trip in program history. It was their first appearance in the Final Four since 1994. That was also the last time the Lady Jays went back-to-back — it was the last of five straight trips from 1990-94 — and Jefferson City would like to be back in the Final Four again this season.
A good Jamboree is like a good appetizer. It helps whet your appetite, but it really serves to get you ready for what comes after. Consider the Blair Oaks football team ready for the main course. The Falcons won both their outings in Friday night’s Jamboree at the Falcon Athletic Complex, blanking Tipton 6-0 before notching a 12-6 win over Centralia.
If the preseason is any indication, the Blair Oaks football team could be facing a long, injury-riddled season. On the other hand, maybe the Falcons are getting the injury bug out of the way early.
He’s not exactly the most gifted lyricist ever, but Tom Petty pretty much got it right when he sang, “The waiting is the hardest part.” That’s pretty much where we stand in the sports world right now, as there’s a sense of this moment in time being like the night before Christmas.
The Falcons wrapped up two weeks’ worth of morning and evening workouts Wednesday and followed it up with a morning workout Thursday. They’ll head to Sullivan today, as Sullivan High School holds its Inaugural Team Contact Camp.
Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but professional golfers came together for a major tournament and ... whining ensued. I know it’s not exactly newsworthy, as this sort of thing happens all the time, but that’s the point. This sort of thing happens all the time. And it’s got to stop.
With the NBA Finals now done, and the NHL’s Stanley Cup Finals soon to join it, we’re entering that point on the calendar when it’s tough to be a sports fan.
The organizers of the Capital City Shootout are hoping that less is more.
The Jefferson City tennis program finds itself in the middle of a youth movement, hoping to find the next generation of players in the capital city.
The start of basketball is basically six months away, but there’s some growing excitement among the Calvary Lutheran girls for the upcoming season.
It was one of those situations you don’t often find yourself in the midst of: Wondering what the tiebreaking procedure will be for an all-star game.
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and that’s been especially evident during this week’s Helias baseball camp.
Tuesday night’s action at the American Legion Sports Complex ran the gamut from no-no to “Oh, no.”
There’s strength in numbers. Just ask the Calvary Lutheran boys basketball team. The Lions, who wrapped up their summer camp Friday after a week’s worth of work at the Trinity Lutheran gym, were able to get plenty of work done thanks to an increase in attendance over last year.
The Calvary Lutheran volleyball program got a double dose of good news this summer. Not only have the Lady Lions added a big class of freshmen to their roster, but they’re talented as well.
They say change is hard, so it’s always nice when that move turns out to be a good one.
Work in the summer may seem like the first step in a journey, but for the Blair Oaks boys basketball team, the journey started even further back.