Stories by Tony
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.
The Blair Oaks summer wrestling camp, held this week at the high school, served as an important audition process.
Following a spring full of weather-related postponements and cancellations, it seems the trend is going to continue on into the summer.
It’s your classic good news/bad news scenario.
How open to new experiences are you? That’s the question that came up in a sports department bull session last week.
When he crossed the finish line to become state champion in the Class 3 boys 400-meter dash, Helias’ Griff McCurren said he was gripped by a lot of strong emotions. And even after getting off the victory stand, he was still on the verge of tears.
The final day of the Missouri State High School Activities Association Class 4 Track and Field Championships came and went without much ado for the Jefferson City Jays and Lady Jays.
On a day where second place was the best finish for the Jefferson City track and field teams, it seems fitting there were two of them. The first day of the Missouri State High School Activities Association Class 3-4 Track and Field Championships was a mixed bag for the Jays and Lady Jays. But the Friday portion of the meet did have two bright spots — Joey Burkett took second in the Class 4 boys pole vault and Kezia Martin picked up the same spot in the Class 4 girls long jump.
It wasn’t your prototypical three-hitter, but Chandler Wolf was still dominant. The senior right-hander worked around three hit batters and five walks in a commanding 10-strikeout performance that propelled the Russellville Indians to a 5-2 win against the Harrisburg Bulldogs in a Class 2 sectional contest.
If you’re one of those people looking for signs the economy is rebounding, you can take heart with some recent decisions made by the Missouri State High School Activities Association. MSHSAA announced Thursday member schools had voted yes on proposals to add bowling, bass fishing, target shooting and chess as activities sponsored by the association.
It was one of those moments that can be deflating. Just three outs away from beating the Versailles Tigers by the run rule, the Calvary Lutheran Lions gave up three runs in the top of the fifth to see their lead cut to 11-4. Instead of sulking, the Lions got those three runs back without recording a single out and ended the game early by a 14-4 score.
On Senior Day, it was only fitting the Lincoln baseball team provided a few fireworks.
Respect comes in a lot of forms. One way is when people react to beating your “C” team like they beat your first-stringers. Another way is how people may go out of their way to avoid scheduling track meets with you. And if you’re really lucky, it comes in the form of being added to something like the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. All of these examples apply to the Lincoln University track and field program, and the last on that list came Sunday.
It’s hard to believe that someone with a World Series ring, a Silver Slugger award and an appearance in an All-Star Game once had trouble getting attention. But that’s how it felt for Joe Crede, who was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame on Sunday night.