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Frequently, the focus for college football teams at this time of year centers around the spring game. And while that was the case for the Lincoln Blue Tigers on Saturday, it’s just a drop in the bucket when it comes to the news surrounding the team.
Giving up two goals in a little more than three minutes of play should have been a sign to the Helias girls soccer team it was in for a long day in the Capital City Shootout.
Out of the dozens of plays Tuesday night, the baseball game between Blair Oaks and Warsaw was basically decided by two.
It’s not too often you see a soccer team squeeze off a shot every two minutes, but that’s exactly what the Jefferson City Lady Jays did Friday night.
WESTPHALIA — It was the best of both worlds for the Fatima baseball team Thursday — not only did the Comets get timely hitting, but they got it from the bottom of their order.
Hired as new head football coach
WARDSVILLE — It might be intimidating for a football coach to take over a program when the previous two coaches have won state championships. A man who spent 22 years in the Air Force isn’t most people.
After having to sit for longer than originally scheduled Saturday, the Fatima Comets came out a little sluggish in the fifth-place baseball game of the Capital City Baseball Invitational.
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At a time when a lot of people are focusing on the beginning of the baseball season and the Masters, the year’s first golf major, it’s been hard to ignore college basketball.
In a game in which both starters threw well, and where both offenses mustered just five hits, it didn’t take a genius to figure out Friday night’s game between Jefferson City and Fatima in the Capital City Baseball Invitational would come down to the intangibles.
With a roster teeming with players returning from last year’s third-place team in the state in Class 2, you know you’re going to have a tough time keeping the Linn baseball team off the scoreboard.
The Incarnate Word Red Knights racked up 24 shots Friday night, including 15 on goal. The Helias Lady Crusaders notched just seven shots, putting only three of them on frame. Guess which team won?
There’s such a thing as a veteran squad, and then there’s the Jefferson City boys tennis team.
During the past two seasons, the Helias boys tennis team has been stuck in a district with three of the state’s largest schools. As a result, the light at the end of the tunnel usually ended up being an oncoming train.
It’s my own fault. I should have known better than to trust the Cyclones. Growing up in Davenport, Iowa, there was one thing I knew for sure: I was an Iowa Hawkeye fan.
The Blair Oaks baseball team has discovered a formula that’s worked the past couple of years, and the Falcons are hoping it does so again this season.
Last year, the Helias girls soccer program graduated a deep, experienced and talented senior class that delivered finishes of third, second and third in the consecutive trips to the Class 2 Final Four.
The good news for the Calvary Lutheran baseball team is it’s pretty confident in one of the three key areas of the game as the season begins today.
The Lincoln baseball team was great at getting two-out hits in Saturday’s home opener.
After working so hard to get to the Final Four for the first time in program history, the Tuscumbia girls basketball team wanted to make sure the trip ended on a high note.
For the first three quarters, Naylor’s notable height advantage against the Tuscumbia Lady Lions was a non-factor in Thursday’s Class 1 semifinal, with the Lady Eagles missing tons of layups.
No matter what else happens during the next few days at the Class 1 Final Four, one thing is for certain: The Tuscumbia Lady Lions won’t be intimidated by any of the teams they see.
Excited to keep playing
ROLLA — It was the kind of line that even brought a laugh from his coach.
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It was hard to avoid thinking about the Yiddish proverb “Man plans, God laughs” as Saturday unfolded.
With the offense a little stagnant, the Helias boys basketball team decided to go for a run to clear its head.
Wrestling is a funny thing: In the space of one day you can be thrilled with a sixth-place finish and heartbroken with a second-place result. That was the scenario for the Blair Oaks Falcons ....
The first day of the Class 1 state wrestling tournament had a little bit of everything for the Blair Oaks Falcons — some ups, some downs and one thing that was kind of a middle-of-the-road type of thing.
The Blair Oaks Falcons will enter the Class 1 state wrestling tournament that begins today as the defending champions, but they’re harboring no illusions of winning back-to-back titles.
Defense name of the game
The Father Tolton boys basketball team picked a perfect time for its best defensive effort of the season. Playing in front of a sold-out-for days, standing-room-only crowd at Rackers Fieldhouse, the Trailblazers clamped down in the second half and surged past the Helias Crusaders by a 63-44 score.
For the first three quarters, the Helias Crusaders couldn’t buy a free throw.
The head coach of the Lincoln baseball team might be unfamiliar to area fans, but his assistant coach is the exact opposite.
This season will be all about newness for the Lincoln University baseball team.
It didn’t take long for the new face at Lincoln University to determine coaching baseball was in his future.
You expect lots of things when two state-ranked teams get together on the basketball court.
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It’s a symbol that seems pretty appropriate lately with the moves that have hit the local sports scene. And it’s even more appropriate that symbol has three points, because there’s been three big changes of late.
After 20-plus years as Jefferson City softball head coach
For a coach who’s been at the center of more than 400 wins, it’s hard to believe Lisa Dey could do anything without attracting much attention.
Begin the season today
On the heels of last year’s 7-38 season, Lincoln softball coach Nicole Stacey knew some things had to change.
With the Eugene Eagles having wiped out all of a double-digit deficit during a span of 2:12 to start the fourth quarter, the Blair Oaks Falcons found themselves in a position where they had to get a score.
The News Tribune sports writers pick their Super Bowl winners and explain why.
Trailing by 11 in the early stages of the third quarter, the Linn boys basketball team finally decided to do what it does best.
Down by nine points with 31/2 minutes left, the message was simple for the Southern Boone girls basketball team.
With a future Indiana Hoosier on each team effectively canceling each other out, it was going to be up to the remaining eight players to decide who would win Tuesday’s basketball game between Jefferson City and Waynesville.
To snap short losing streak
Having lost back-to-back games for the first time this season, the Helias boys basketball team was itching to get back on the court Friday night. Unfortunately for the Fulton Hornets, they were the ones standing in the Crusaders’ way.
Drop a pair of duals Thursday
One of these days, the Blair Oaks wrestling team is going to be able to field its full squad. Thursday was not that day.
The Jefferson City Jays led the Helias Crusaders from start to finish Tuesday night — even though it took an unsually long time to get to that finish.
The Iberia Rangers used an 21-4 run to start the third quarter to help pull them out of a big hole, and they went on to capture a 62-56 win against Fatima at the MFA Oil-Break Time Shootout.
In a drastic change of tactics, the Pacific Indians took the ball to the basket in overtime Sunday and emerged with a 61-55 win against Jefferson City in the MFA Oil-Break Time Shootout.
Last week ... was definitely a case of sports giving, and giving, and giving. Things started in earnest last Sunday, as the divisional round of the NFL playoffs had two major plotlines to discuss.
WARDSVILLE — If your opponent has almost as many turnovers as points, chances are you’re in pretty good shape. That was the story for the Blair Oaks boys basketball team Friday night, as after three quarters of play, the Warsaw Wildcats had just 23 points and 22 turnovers.
Five days ago, Hale Hentges was in football pads, playing for the winning team in the Under Armour All-America Game.
Most times, holding your opponent to 42 points in a basketball game will be good enough to get you a win.