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The Helias Lady Crusaders have done something no other volleyball team in Missouri history has done.
After a rough start to its day at the Show-Me Center, the Fatima volleyball team finished it right where it wanted to be.
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.
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:
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.
Class 3 volleyball capsules
Here are capsule looks at the three volleyball teams joining Helias in the Class 3 Final Four to be held today and Saturday at the Show-Me Center in Cape Girardeau:
In tonight's district game
Don’t be surprised if tonight’s Class 3 District 6 semifinal football game turns into a track meet.
In district football
The California Pintos and Southern Boone Eagles met five weeks ago, with the Pintos capturing a 48-7 victory. But the loss must have done the Eagles some good. They haven’t lost since.
The Blair Oaks defense shut the Boonville Pirates down for three quarters and cruised to a 37-7 victory Friday in the opening round of Class 3 District 6 play.
Falcons have respect for district foe Boonville
WARDSVILLE — Looking at Boonville’s 2-7 record, it might be easy to dismiss the Pirates. Not so fast, says Blair Oaks head coach Brad Drehle.
‘This is what you play for’
When the California Pintos and Versailles Tigers met back in Week 3, the Pintos cruised to a 51-14 victory, handing the Tigers their second straight loss.
Team takes second in district tournament
When the trophies were handed out following the championship match of the Class 1 District 9 volleyball tournament, it was tough to tell which team won and which team lost.
It took all night, but the volleyball fans at Rackers Fieldhouse were finally treated to a competitive set in the final one of a long night in the Class 3 District 12 Tournament.
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The answers are: Yes, there’s plenty of room; and, No, it’s not too late. The question leading to them is whether or not you can still get on the Royals bandwagon.
The Blair Oaks Falcons scored nine touchdowns — with five different players getting in on the action — and closed out the regular season in style by crushing the Versailles Tigers 63-14.
The chances were there, but the Helias Crusaders just couldn’t capitalize.
Get better. With the postseason looming on the horizon, that simple message is foremost in the minds of the Blair Oaks Falcons. To that end, don’t expect the Falcons to overlook the 1-7 Versailles Tigers when they come to the Falcon Athletic Complex for today’s 7 p.m. contest.
With win at Warsaw
The California Pintos have shown all year long they have the ability to start fast. Now they’ve added another valuable characteristic: They can finish strong, too.
The Jefferson City girls tennis team will have to change its focus today, so it’s a good thing the Lady Jays have some experience with it.
The Helias girls tennis team has already made school history by qualifying four players for the individual state tournament.
The seniors on the Jefferson City girls tennis team have led the Lady Jays to an unprecedented feat in program history – three straight Final Four appearances. Now, those seniors would like to put the ultimate cap on their careers with a state title.
The Helias volleyball team has shown off a variety of traits this season, but one that has gotten overlooked was on display Tuesday night: When it’s time to focus, the Lady Crusaders know how to do just that.
The Helias Lady Crusaders thought they had taken control of the game in the top of the fourth inning. The Bolivar Liberators did take control in the bottom of that frame.
Falcons score in variety of ways
The Blair Oaks Falcons got a defensive touchdown, a special-teams score and a field goal to go with five touchdowns from the offense in a well-rounded 52-12 rout of the Warsaw Wildcats on Friday night.
Volleyball teams usually have some specific goals heading into a match. “Win as fast as possible” usually isn’t on the list.
Last week, a familiar problem popped up for Blair Oaks, and it cost the Falcons a chance at a win.
Hosting School of the Osage
The big games just keep coming for the California Pintos.
The Calvary Lutheran volleyball team may have suffered a loss Tuesday night, but the Lady Lions got a nice consolation prize.
It’s a safe bet when you have more attack errors than kills in a volleyball match, you’re in for a long night.
In a game where the teams were handing the ball to each other like homeowners dishing out Halloween candy, the California Pintos came up with the three biggest game-changing plays and claimed a 21-10 win against the Blair Oaks Falcons on Friday night.
Holding an opponent to 11 points in a volleyball game is impressive.
After a 25-13 decision in the first game of a volleyball match Tuesday night, it was time to shake it up. But it wasn’t the losing team that was doing the changing.
The School of the Osage Indians had as many passing yards — 5 — as the number of interceptions hauled in by the Blair Oaks defense, and the Falcons celebrated Homecoming by romping to a 55-6 win Friday night.
In tight decision
As usually happens when the Fatima Lady Comets and the Blair Oaks Lady Falcons get together in volleyball, the decision in the match can hang on a few key points. Thursday was no different.
Falcons hope to remember what is important
WARDSVILLE — It’s safe to say focus is going to be a big area of concern for the Blair Oaks Falcons this week. Not only do the Falcons face an undefeated opponent this week, and not only are they going into the toughest two-game stretch of their season. They’re also having to deal with the distractions of Homecoming.
It was pretty simple for the Calvary volleyball team Tuesday night.
Having all but clinched first place in the Capital City Invitational, the Jefferson City Jays took to the field against Raymore-Peculiar on Saturday afternoon looking to make it a certainty.
It’s a good thing the Capital City Invitational was only two days and not three, or the Helias soccer team might have had to forfeit a game.
Finally, some fun
SPORTS COMMENTARY: It was nice on Saturday to get something that made me focus on the actual playing of sports, rather than the disgusting deeds done by the players of those sports.
The Blair Oaks Falcons overcame a number of hurdles to capture a victory Friday night.
In game with Southern Boone
WARDSVILLE — Through three games, turnovers and penalties didn’t come back to haunt the Blair Oaks Falcons. Not so in Week 4.
Faced with an unorthodox opponent, the Jefferson City volleyball team proved Tuesday night it could adjust on the fly.
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.
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.
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.
Player after player kept subbing in from the bench, and it resulted in the same thing: Point after point for the Helias volleyball team.
If there’s one thing the Fatima volleyball team has proven this season, it’s the Lady Comets are a resilient bunch.
For the Blair Oaks Falcons, Saturday night’s game at Eldon came down to two numbers – 26 and 2.
The game plan for the Blair Oaks Falcons this week against the Eldon Mustangs is simple — first things first.
The Helias volleyball team has faced a murderer’s row to open the season.