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Tony Hawley

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Helias to be tested this season

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.

Blair Oaks boys top Calvary Lutheran

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.

Eugene posts win at basketball tourney

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.

Blair Oaks boys basketball starts season tonight

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.

Calvary boys start basketball season today

The Calvary Lutheran boys basketball team knew it was going to be young after graduating some key seniors last year.

Calvary girls to host New Bloomfield

The Calvary Lutheran girls basketball team lost a guard, a forward and a post player to graduation last year.

Press Box: First look at boys hoops teams was a good one

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.

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Crusaders showcase deep roster

The Helias boys basketball squad is so deep, at times Friday night it looked like a hockey team.

Falcons gain much-needed experience

When is a scrimmage not a scrimmage? When it perfectly replicates what you’ll be seeing when the season kicks off.

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California to face Oak Grove

No offense to Aesop or his fables, but apparently he was wrong when he penned the phrase “familiarity breeds contempt.”

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Haslag ready to hit the ground running

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.

California prepares for 1-2 Orchard Farm punch

There’s no secret what the Orchard Farm football team wants to do on offense.

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Duffner to continue softball career at Missouri

There’s a common consensus when it comes to Jolie Duffner — she’s more than ready for Division I softball.

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Franks signs with Missouri State for golf

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.

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Sophomore boots California past Blair Oaks in district championship

Jose Magana picked a heck of a time to kick his first field goal of the season.

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Pintos, Falcons face off in eagerly anticipated district football title game

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.

Southern Boone blanks Fatima in soccer sectional

The Southern Boone boys soccer team scored a goal early and one late Tuesday night.

Helias finishes undefeated season with state volleyball title

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.

Fatima takes second in Class 2 volleyball

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.

Helias volleyball advances to state championship

The Helias Lady Crusaders have done something no other volleyball team in Missouri history has done.

Fatima volleyball reaches state title game

After a rough start to its day at the Show-Me Center, the Fatima volleyball team finished it right where it wanted to be.

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Fatima battles its way back to Final Four in volleyball

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.

A look at teams joining Fatima in the Final Four

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:

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Helias making first trip to volleyball Final Four

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.

A look at teams joining Helias in the Final Four

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:

Blair Oaks, Fulton feature plenty of speed

In tonight's district game

Don’t be surprised if tonight’s Class 3 District 6 semifinal football game turns into a track meet.

California to square off with resurgent So. Boone

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.

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Strong defense leads Blair Oaks to district win

Against Boonville

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.

Blair Oaks keeping its guard up

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.

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California to open football districts against Versailles

‘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.

Volleyball trophy time for Calvary Lutheran

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.

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Helias claims crown in district volleyball

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.

Press Box: Know your 2014 Royals

News Tribune Sports Commentary

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.

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Falcons spread the wealth in big win

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.

Helias falls in soccer shootout

The chances were there, but the Helias Crusaders just couldn’t capitalize.

Blair Oaks vows not to look past Versailles

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.

California looks to wrap up conference crown

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.

Lady Jays have pair of doubles teams at state

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.

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Four Lady Crusaders set for Class 1 event

The Helias girls tennis team has already made school history by qualifying four players for the individual state tournament.

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Lady Jays tennis looking for strong finish at state

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.

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Helias rolls past Lady Jays in volleyball

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.

Helias falls in softball semifinal

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.

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Complete effort for Blair Oaks

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.

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Helias easily dispatches Tolton on Senior Night

Volleyball teams usually have some specific goals heading into a match. “Win as fast as possible” usually isn’t on the list.

Blair Oaks looks to rebound against Warsaw

Last week, a familiar problem popped up for Blair Oaks, and it cost the Falcons a chance at a win.

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Another big game on the slate for California

Hosting School of the Osage

The big games just keep coming for the California Pintos.

Calvary falls to Montgomery County

In volleyball

The Calvary Lutheran volleyball team may have suffered a loss Tuesday night, but the Lady Lions got a nice consolation prize.

Errors costly for Lady Jays volleyball

It’s a safe bet when you have more attack errors than kills in a volleyball match, you’re in for a long night.

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Pintos score after miscues, claim 21-10 win over Falcons

In a game where the teams were handing the ball to each other like homeowners dishing out Halloween candy, the California Pintos came up with the three biggest game-changing plays and claimed a 21-10 win against the Blair Oaks Falcons on Friday night.

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Helias rolls past Blair Oaks in volleyball

Holding an opponent to 11 points in a volleyball game is impressive.