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Lady Jays adapt in volleyball win

Against Battle

Faced with an unorthodox opponent, the Jefferson City volleyball team proved Tuesday night it could adjust on the fly.

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Lady Jays down Blair Oaks in Capital City Invitational

St. Elizabeth goes 2-2, finishes 11th

Heading into the fifth-place game of the Capital City Invitational, the Jefferson City Lady Jays and Blair Oaks Lady Falcons were both shooting for a win to end the event on a high note.

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Blair Oaks falls to Hallsville for first loss of season

The Hallsville football program is now in its seventh varsity season, and the Indians picked up arguably the biggest win in their existence Friday night, rolling into the Falcon Athletic Complex and beating the Blair Oaks Falcons 42-28.

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Blair Oaks wants to fix mistakes against Hallsville

Falcons focused on improving themselves

WARDSVILLE — While the Hallsville Indians are on the schedule this week, the Blair Oaks Falcons are singing that old standard and “focusing on themselves” prior to today's game. That’s because two areas have emerged as trouble spots through three games.

Helias volleyball rolls to win against Camdenton

Player after player kept subbing in from the bench, and it resulted in the same thing: Point after point for the Helias volleyball team.

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Fatima volleyball tops Jefferson City

If there’s one thing the Fatima volleyball team has proven this season, it’s the Lady Comets are a resilient bunch.

Blair Oaks rolls past Eldon, 28-6

For the Blair Oaks Falcons, Saturday night’s game at Eldon came down to two numbers – 26 and 2.

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Blair Oaks knows what’s important against Eldon

The game plan for the Blair Oaks Falcons this week against the Eldon Mustangs is simple — first things first.

Lady Crusaders win sixth straight

The Helias volleyball team has faced a murderer’s row to open the season.

Calvary experiences change entering 2014 season

The Calvary Lutheran soccer team may be one of the last teams to get its fall season underway, but that’s definitely OK.

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Lady Crusaders post impressive wins against Republic, Kickapoo

It’s still a little early in the school year for a major exam in the classroom, but it’s a different story on the volleyball court. Helias had two big tests Saturday afternoon, and the Lady Crusaders passed them with flying colors.

Press Box: Plenty to talk about

Sports world providing topics of conversation regularly during last week

SPORTS COMMENTARY: It seems like you can’t go more than a few hours lately without some news coming down the pike that gets sports fans talking. So without further ado, let’s do some talking about them.

Defense stars as Blair Oaks blanks Owensville

The Blair Oaks Falcons held the Owensville Dutchmen to negative yards of offense until their final possession of the game and romped to a 42-0 win Friday night.

Blair Oaks has respect for Owensville

When the Blair Oaks Falcons travel to Owensville tonight, they’re going to see a couple big differences from their last trip there two years ago.

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Helias tops Fatima in volleyball

Using some deft serving, the Helias Lady Crusaders took control of both games early and went on to capture a 25-14, 25-15 win against the Fatima Lady Comets on Thursday night.

Helias opens volleyball season with victory against Waynesville

It took a little while for the offense to get going for the Helias volleyball team in its season opener.

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Falcons post 21-3 win against Spartans

On an oppressively muggy night devoid of even a whisper of a breeze, the Blair Oaks football team overcame the Moberly Spartans and a power outage at the Falcon Athletic Complex to capture a 21-3 victory Friday night.

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.