Stories by Tony
For teams in the Capital City
All of a sudden, the Capital City soccer scene has entered a golden age.
Looking to take final step toward a state crown
It’s a trip that’s been 369 days in the making.
At boys basketball camp
WARDSVILLE — When you lose eight guys out of a nine-player rotation, it’s safe to say there’s going to be a bit of an adjustment period. That period started in earnest this week for the Blair Oaks boys basketball team.
The all-classes state record for the girls 1,600-meter run stood for 25 years until it was broken Friday.
John Karsten wasn’t able to pick up the big prize he wanted Friday afternoon, settling for second place in the discus competition at the Class 3 state meet for the second straight year.
Defending state champions
The Blair Oaks wrestling team has been celebrating the first-ever state championship it captured back in February. But now it’s time to get back to work.
In Class 3 track championships
It’s not a large group that Blair Oaks will be taking to the MSHSAA Class 3 Track and Field Championships, but the Falcons are making the best of the situation.
In soccer sectional win against Union
Starting fast allowed the Helias Lady Crusaders to finish far ahead.
The Helias girls soccer team certainly wouldn’t mind it if history repeats itself today.
It was a pretty good indication the Linn Wildcats were going to have a positive result Tuesday when you consider Ryan Mantle and Eathan Hickey were both 2-for-2 with three RBI — in the first inning.
It was worth watching
Today marks one week since the conclusion of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Outdoor Track and Field Championships that were hosted by Lincoln University, which has given me plenty of time to digest my thoughts on it.
In baseball against Battle
WARDSVILLE — On a day where hits were hard to come by, it was a walk that might have held the key for the Blair Oaks baseball team.
They say there’s strength in numbers, and Sunday, the Lincoln women’s track team proved that is decidedly so.
It seems only fitting that in the first home track meet held at Lincoln University in 15 years, the Blue Tigers beat some records that were set even longer ago.
Results after Saturday's Day 2
Lincoln’s Orneldo Thomas may have finished second to Central Missouri’s Meelis Siimson in the long jump in his quest for a conference title Saturday, but he made his fellow sophomore work for it.
Former Lady Jay competes at MIAA Championships
Erin Alewine’s track and field career has come full circle — and perhaps just in the nick of time.
As it prepares to host MIAA Championships
By the time the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships wrap up Sunday evening, one thing will be for certain — everybody involved will have learned a whole lot.
Today will mark the first time in 15 years Lincoln University has hosted a college track meet. The plan is to make sure it doesn’t take that long before another one.
Volunteers to play huge role at Championships
When a big-time track meet comes to town, you’d better have a big-time workforce ready to run it.
This weekend, area sports fans will get to see something they haven’t seen in 15 years – Lincoln track and field athletes competing at home.
Done after one
WARDSVILLE — It’s been said leadoff walks will kill you. So you can only imagine how tough it would be to overcome a leadoff walk followed immediately by two more.
For four innings, the Lincoln softball team put itself in position to upset the nation’s 13th-ranked team. One inning later, the Blue Tigers found themselves losing by the run rule.
Getting its first conference win was almost a season-long quest for the Lincoln softball team.
Going almost a whole week without a game didn’t seem to hamper the Helias girls soccer team in the least.
Death puts sports into perspective
I’ve been thinking about Jim McKay a lot during the last week. Specifically, I’ve been thinking about the late broadcaster’s tour de force moment in a career full of great work. That is, his terrific on-air performance during the 1972 Summer Olympics.
In baseball win
Coaches often make reference to “in-game adjustments.” It’s just that some of those adjustments are bigger than others.
There’s not a whole lot different when it comes to the 2014 football schedule for the Blair Oaks Falcons, except for at the end. At even then, things will look very similar.
In doubleheader loss to Central Missouri
On a day where neither the playing conditions or the on-field results had much to offer, at least one thing was worth celebrating Friday for the Lincoln softball team.
Last year was a tough one for the Helias boys tennis team. Not only in the on-court results, but just in the work it took to get on the court.
Last year, the Jefferson City boys tennis team went through a murderer’s row of a schedule, facing tons of the state’s elite programs. So did they take a step back after running the gauntlet, taking some time to catch their breath? Not even close.
The University of Central Missouri has had one of the nation’s elite baseball teams for decades, and it appears the reason is simple — they don’t take anything for granted, even after all their successes.
Despite having a 9-7 edge in hits, the Blue Tigers couldn’t turn them into enough runs and came out on the short end of a 7-5 score Friday at Lincoln Field.
Great season for Crusaders ends in extra time
SPORTS COMMENTARY: If you followed the Helias boys basketball team to the Final Four the past few days, you definitely got your money’s worth.
COLUMBIA — In a game that featured dozens of big plays, the Republic Tigers got the last one to finally finish a contest that seemed like it would never end.
After the Helias Crusaders had seen most of a 17-point second-half lead evaporate, they called a timeout clinging to a 45-42 lead against the Normandy Vikings with just 4:57 remaining in their Class 4 quarterfinal matchup.
Crusaders advance to Final Four
Update: Helias beat Normandy 63-57 to advance to the boys basketball Class 4 Final Four.
It’s taken the Lincoln baseball team 10 games to get its offense going. And just when it seems like that might be happening, another problem has popped up.
While wanting to avoid making a snap decision, Lincoln University athletic director Betty Kemna says time is of the essence when it comes to an important situation facing the school.
When you spend most of the game wondering if you’ll end up with more turnovers than points, odds are the final result isn’t going to be in your favor.
With an offense as high-octane played by the Eugene boys basketball team, it’s easy to forget the Eagles also play at the other end of the floor.
It was a game fitting of two state-ranked teams, and like the saying goes, it was a shame one of them had to lose.
When it was winning time, the Macks Creek Pirates stepped up and did just that.
There’s an old coaching adage that says the most important part of a basketball game is the first five minutes of the second half. But on Thursday night, the most important thing for the Blair Oaks Falcons was the first two minutes of each half.
It seems only fitting the second triple-overtime game of the season between the California Pintos and the Hallsville Indians would be decided by a triple. California scored the game’s final points when Austin Gump canned a 3-pointer with :13 left in the third extra session, then watched a last-second 3 by Hallsville miss the mark to emerge with a 68-66 win in the Class 3 District 8 Tournament.
The weather was cold. The bats were colder.
Coach: Class 1 tournament 'grueling'
With a state team title riding squarely on his shoulders, you might have thought Blair Oaks wrestler Cole Kemna would have been feeling the pressure. Not even close.
After suffering a tough loss in Friday night’s semifinals, it would have been understandable if Fatima’s Cody Huhn was still hurting Saturday. Instead, Huhn put the hurt to his opponents in a pair of matches at the Class 1 state tournament.
It was just what the doctor ordered. Coming off a pair of tough losses, the Blair Oaks Falcons tuned up for next week’s district tournament by pummeling the School of the Osage Indians 76-53 on Friday night.
Coaches are forever stressing the importance of a good first day at the state wrestling tournament. Stressing is what the Blair Oaks Falcons won’t be doing, because they had one of those good first days.
In Class 1 state wrestling
WARDSVILLE — Don’t be surprised if the standings of the Class 1 state wrestling tournament are close after today. And after Friday. And after Saturday night’s championship round.