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Tony Hawley

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Lady Jays to begin volleyball season today

If they didn’t feel like they had enough time for their volleyball season opener, the Jefferson City Jays got a little bit more when it was pushed back a day.

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Lady Crusaders feature 30 players on this year’s tennis team

Update: Today's matches rescheduled to Sept. 12

In an era where some schools are struggling to find enough players to fill out their tennis teams, Helias has more than enough girls to make a team. In fact, they have enough to make five teams.

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Same goals in mind for Lady Jays tennis team

While there’s been one big change surrounding the Jefferson City girls tennis team, one thing remains the same — the goal for the end of the season.

Falcons have veteran football team in move to Class 3

They say there’s strength in numbers. And when those numbers have experience, that strength level shoots right up.

Blair Oaks hosts Moberly in season opener

The coaching staff at Blair Oaks has been preaching patience for the better part of two weeks. Now the Falcons can take out some of their impatience tonight.

Falcons meet goals in Jamboree

The Blair Oaks football team came into Friday night’s Jamboree with two goals. They left with two check marks next to those items on their to-do list.

Falcons shifting into high gear

Preparations for football season underway

With a Jamboree set for Friday and the season opener just a week after that, preparations for the upcoming Blair Oaks football season are shifting into high gear.

Press Box: Thoughts on World Cup, Wimbledon and speeding up baseball

News Tribune Sports Commentary

With little to do during the holiday weekend other than spend time at the office with my esteemed colleagues, it’s given me time to ponder a few sports topics.

Press Box: School year saw success on several fields

News Tribune Sports Commentary

With the summer finally starting to hit stride, it means those of us in the sports department finally have a bit of time to decompress after a long 2013-14 school year.

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Busy time at Lady Jays volleyball camp

With new head coach

Lisa Hoffmeyer has hit the ground running.

Rainy week for Jays

At tennis camp

The members of the Jefferson City tennis teams are quickly learning you may be able to beat the opponent across the net, but it’s much harder to beat Mother Nature.

Hoops Classic hits stride in third year

When you’re putting on a basketball event featuring 133 games, sometimes you just want to get out of it alive.

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Helias beats Rosati-Kain in third-place game

The teams put together a rough-and-tumble contest for 80 minutes, with the Lady Crusaders emerging with a hard-earned 1-0 victory at Blue Springs High School.

Lady Crusaders down Rosati-Kain to take third at state soccer

At MSHSAA Class 2 girls soccer state tournament

Helias held on to defeat Rosati Kain 1-0 in the MSHSAA Class 2 girls soccer third place game today.

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Lady Jays get blanked 5-0 by No. 1 team in nation

The St. Teresa’s Academy Stars are so good, they’re the top-ranked girls soccer team in the nation.

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Helias falls to Kearney 2-1 in OT in Class 2 semifinal

BLUE SPRINGS – Whether you call it “sudden death” or “sudden victory,” there’s no doubting one thing – it’s very sudden.

Capital City Summer Hoops Classic gets underway today

Like a typical 3-year-old, the Capital City Summer Hoops Classic is going through a growth spurt.

Soccer success becoming the norm

For teams in the Capital City

All of a sudden, the Capital City soccer scene has entered a golden age.

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Helias returns to soccer Final Four

Looking to take final step toward a state crown

It’s a trip that’s been 369 days in the making.

Auditions at Blair Oaks

At boys basketball camp

WARDSVILLE — When you lose eight guys out of a nine-player rotation, it’s safe to say there’s going to be a bit of an adjustment period. That period started in earnest this week for the Blair Oaks boys basketball team.

Crazy day regarding 1,600 record

The all-classes state record for the girls 1,600-meter run stood for 25 years until it was broken Friday.

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Karsten sets school record in last meet

John Karsten wasn’t able to pick up the big prize he wanted Friday afternoon, settling for second place in the discus competition at the Class 3 state meet for the second straight year.

Blair Oaks wrestling goes back to work

Defending state champions

The Blair Oaks wrestling team has been celebrating the first-ever state championship it captured back in February. But now it’s time to get back to work.

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Blair Oaks boys focused on their five events

In Class 3 track championships

It’s not a large group that Blair Oaks will be taking to the MSHSAA Class 3 Track and Field Championships, but the Falcons are making the best of the situation.

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Speed kills for Helias

In soccer sectional win against Union

Starting fast allowed the Helias Lady Crusaders to finish far ahead.

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Helias again facing Union in sectional

The Helias girls soccer team certainly wouldn’t mind it if history repeats itself today.

Linn totals 12 in first in district title win against Tipton

It was a pretty good indication the Linn Wildcats were going to have a positive result Tuesday when you consider Ryan Mantle and Eathan Hickey were both 2-for-2 with three RBI — in the first inning.

Press Box: Looking back at entertaining MIAA Championships

It was worth watching

Today marks one week since the conclusion of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Outdoor Track and Field Championships that were hosted by Lincoln University, which has given me plenty of time to digest my thoughts on it.

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Blair Oaks strolls to a win

In baseball against Battle

WARDSVILLE — On a day where hits were hard to come by, it was a walk that might have held the key for the Blair Oaks baseball team.

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LU women overwhelm field on way to fourth straight title

They say there’s strength in numbers, and Sunday, the Lincoln women’s track team proved that is decidedly so.

Lincoln men break marks

It seems only fitting that in the first home track meet held at Lincoln University in 15 years, the Blue Tigers beat some records that were set even longer ago.

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Lincoln’s Thomas finishes second at MIAA Championships

Results after Saturday's Day 2

Lincoln’s Orneldo Thomas may have finished second to Central Missouri’s Meelis Siimson in the long jump in his quest for a conference title Saturday, but he made his fellow sophomore work for it.

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Alewine back where she started

Former Lady Jay competes at MIAA Championships

Erin Alewine’s track and field career has come full circle — and perhaps just in the nick of time.

Learning process for Lincoln

As it prepares to host MIAA Championships

By the time the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships wrap up Sunday evening, one thing will be for certain — everybody involved will have learned a whole lot.

Lincoln may host more track and field meets

Today will mark the first time in 15 years Lincoln University has hosted a college track meet. The plan is to make sure it doesn’t take that long before another one.

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Lincoln getting lots of assistance

Volunteers to play huge role at Championships

When a big-time track meet comes to town, you’d better have a big-time workforce ready to run it.

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Lincoln getting set to host MIAA outdoor track championships

This weekend, area sports fans will get to see something they haven’t seen in 15 years – Lincoln track and field athletes competing at home.

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Helias uses big first inning to post win against Blair Oaks

Done after one

WARDSVILLE — It’s been said leadoff walks will kill you. So you can only imagine how tough it would be to overcome a leadoff walk followed immediately by two more.

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Lincoln softball loses two to ESU

For four innings, the Lincoln softball team put itself in position to upset the nation’s 13th-ranked team. One inning later, the Blue Tigers found themselves losing by the run rule.

Blue Tigers get first two MIAA wins of season

Getting its first conference win was almost a season-long quest for the Lincoln softball team.

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Helias girls blank Moberly

Going almost a whole week without a game didn’t seem to hamper the Helias girls soccer team in the least.

Press Box: More to life

Death puts sports into perspective

I’ve been thinking about Jim McKay a lot during the last week. Specifically, I’ve been thinking about the late broadcaster’s tour de force moment in a career full of great work. That is, his terrific on-air performance during the 1972 Summer Olympics.

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Calvary does its job

In baseball win

Coaches often make reference to “in-game adjustments.” It’s just that some of those adjustments are bigger than others.

Blair Oaks moves up to Class 3 football

There’s not a whole lot different when it comes to the 2014 football schedule for the Blair Oaks Falcons, except for at the end. At even then, things will look very similar.

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Kirchner ties LU softball record

In doubleheader loss to Central Missouri

On a day where neither the playing conditions or the on-field results had much to offer, at least one thing was worth celebrating Friday for the Lincoln softball team.

Helias set to start tennis season

Last year was a tough one for the Helias boys tennis team. Not only in the on-court results, but just in the work it took to get on the court.

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Jays open tennis season today at Rolla

Last year, the Jefferson City boys tennis team went through a murderer’s row of a schedule, facing tons of the state’s elite programs. So did they take a step back after running the gauntlet, taking some time to catch their breath? Not even close.

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Wilson a key cog for Central Missouri baseball

The University of Central Missouri has had one of the nation’s elite baseball teams for decades, and it appears the reason is simple — they don’t take anything for granted, even after all their successes.

Blue Tigers fall 7-5 to opportunistic Mules

Despite having a 9-7 edge in hits, the Blue Tigers couldn’t turn them into enough runs and came out on the short end of a 7-5 score Friday at Lincoln Field.

Press Box: Helias working overtime

Great season for Crusaders ends in extra time

SPORTS COMMENTARY: If you followed the Helias boys basketball team to the Final Four the past few days, you definitely got your money’s worth.