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Tony Hawley

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News Tribune Super Bowl picks

The News Tribune sports writers pick their Super Bowl winners and explain why.

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Blair Oaks boys fall to Linn in OT

Trailing by 11 in the early stages of the third quarter, the Linn boys basketball team finally decided to do what it does best.

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Southern Boone girls rally past Blair Oaks

Down by nine points with 31/2 minutes left, the message was simple for the Southern Boone girls basketball team.

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Jays prevail in battle of Indiana commits

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.

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Helias boys rout Fulton

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.

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Blair Oaks wrestlers fighting the numbers

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.

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Jays get past Helias in double overtime

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.

Huge third quarter lifts Iberia past Fatima

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.

Pacific tops Jays in OT

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.

Press Box: Last week had lots to offer

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.

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Blair Oaks boys cruise past Warsaw

In basketball

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.

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Hentges records double-double in Crusaders’ win

Five days ago, Hale Hentges was in football pads, playing for the winning team in the Under Armour All-America Game.

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St. Paul’s defeats Calvary Lutheran

Most times, holding your opponent to 42 points in a basketball game will be good enough to get you a win.

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Helias boys edge Tulsa Union for Classic crown

In a game where tired legs were definitely going to come into play at some point, getting out to a quick start was going to be important in the championship game of the Joe Machens Great 8 Classic.

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Helias holds off Father Tolton

Last season, Father Tolton’s Michael Porter Jr. hit a jumper with 13 seconds left while covered by three Helias defenders to send the Trailblazers to a 68-67 regular-season win.

Helias boys top Lausanne at Classic

Playing an opponent that was forcing them out of their comfort zone, the Crusaders switched things up and were able to rally for a 61-53 win against the Lausanne Collegiate Lynx in the opening round of the Joe Machens Great 8 Classic.

Helias holds on, tops C.B.C.

It’s a good thing the Helias boys basketball team built a 21-point lead against C.B.C. Cadets on Saturday night, because the Crusaders needed every last bit of it.

Jamestown tops Calvary in OT

At Missouri National Guard Shootout

Jamestown let a 12-point lead slip through its fingers in the final five minutes of regulation, but regrouped in overtime and squeaked out a 52-50 win against the Calvary Lutheran Lions at Fleming Fieldhouse.

Press Box: Parents of players in college football semifinals should sacrifice

News Tribune Sports Commentary

It seems as if these parents are upset about the fact that instead of having to go to one bowl game this season, they may have to go to two if their son’s team wins its semifinal game and advances to the championship game.

Calvary uses balanced attack to rip Higbee

When you score 85 points in a basketball game, odds are you’re going to have a lot of players get in on the action, and the Calvary Lutheran Lions were sharing the wealth Friday night.

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Calvary Lutheran boys post win against Belle

A complete-game effort led the Calvary Lutheran boys basketball team to the first win of the season Monday night, but it might have been the pregame preparations that held the key.

Alexander leads Falcons to victory

One of the game’s smaller players came up big on a drive though the paint Saturday, helping the Blair Oaks boys basketball team to a 57-53 win against the Willard Tigers.

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Wrestling: Jays pick up two wins

On first day of Missouri Duals

Neither illness nor its opponents could slow down the Jefferson City wrestling team on the first night of the Missouri Duals.

Veterans lead Versailles past Blair Oaks

Last year, the Blair Oaks wrestling team had several veterans who won several close matches to key a regular-season win against the young Versailles Tigers.

Jamestown, Calvary to make Shootout debuts, Pintos to return

Now in its fifth incarnation, the Missouri National Guard Shootout has enough years behind it that it’s becoming more and more rare to find an area team that hasn’t played in it.

A different look for Blair Oaks wrestling team

In defense of state championship

WARDSVILLE — The Blair Oaks Falcons have gone through their fair share of preseason workouts since beginning their wrestling program.

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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.