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Tony Hawley

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Former Blue Tiger Walls has potential to be drafted

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.

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Helias soccer drops a pair in Shootout

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.

Bad hops for Falcons in loss to Warsaw

Out of the dozens of plays Tuesday night, the baseball game between Blair Oaks and Warsaw was basically decided by two.

Lady Jays score 9 in win against Fatima

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.

Fatima gets past Blair Oaks

In baseball

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.

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Walker ready for the challenge at Blair Oaks

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.

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Fatima tops Hickman for fifth in Invitational

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.

Press Box: Missouri basketball still making news

News Tribune Sports Commentary

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.

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Doing the little things help Jays get past Fatima

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.

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Linn tops Calvary Lutheran

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.

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Helias girls top Incarnate Word in soccer

Defining victory

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?

Jays bring veteran squad into tennis season

There’s such a thing as a veteran squad, and then there’s the Jefferson City boys tennis team.

Helias tennis team eyeing districts as season begins

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.

Press Box: Bracket busted

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.

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Falcons leaning on seniors as season begins

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.

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Helias girls bring veteran team into soccer 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.

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Confident in offense, Calvary to start baseball season today

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.

Offense limited for LU baseball in loss to Central Oklahoma

The Lincoln baseball team was great at getting two-out hits in Saturday’s home opener.

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Tuscumbia girls take third place at state

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.

Rugged final period dooms Tuscumbia in semifinal loss

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.

Tuscumbia girls look to claim Class 1 state championship

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.

Blair Oaks advances with win against Licking

Excited to keep playing

ROLLA — It was the kind of line that even brought a laugh from his coach.

Press Box: Mother Nature plays trick on prep basketball games

News Tribune Sports Commentary

It was hard to avoid thinking about the Yiddish proverb “Man plans, God laughs” as Saturday unfolded.

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Helias boys defeat Rock Bridge after slow start

With the offense a little stagnant, the Helias boys basketball team decided to go for a run to clear its head.

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Thrill and heartbreak for Blair Oaks at state wrestling

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 ....

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A little of everything for Blair Oaks at state wrestling

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.

Blair Oaks wrestling returns to state

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.

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Father Tolton clamps down on Helias

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.

Helias basketball gets hot from stripe, turns back Hickman

For the first three quarters, the Helias Crusaders couldn’t buy a free throw.

Bell joins LU baseball coaching staff

The head coach of the Lincoln baseball team might be unfamiliar to area fans, but his assistant coach is the exact opposite.

New coach, players dot Lincoln baseball roster

This season will be all about newness for the Lincoln University baseball team.

Blue Tigers’ DeMilia drawn to baseball

It didn’t take long for the new face at Lincoln University to determine coaching baseball was in his future.

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Helias turbo-clocks Mexico in battle of state-ranked teams

You expect lots of things when two state-ranked teams get together on the basketball court.

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Press Box: The times, they are a-changin’

News Tribune Sports Commentary

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.

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Dey decides it's time to step away

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.

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Fresh start for Lincoln softball

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.

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Blair Oaks works inside to get past Eugene

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.

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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.