Stories by Tony
Respect comes in a lot of forms. One way is when people react to beating your “C” team like they beat your first-stringers. Another way is how people may go out of their way to avoid scheduling track meets with you. And if you’re really lucky, it comes in the form of being added to something like the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. All of these examples apply to the Lincoln University track and field program, and the last on that list came Sunday.
It’s hard to believe that someone with a World Series ring, a Silver Slugger award and an appearance in an All-Star Game once had trouble getting attention. But that’s how it felt for Joe Crede, who was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame on Sunday night.
The Fatima Comets fell behind 5-0 to Hickman and eventually dropped an 11-4 decision to the Kewpies in the first round of the Capital City Invitational at Legion Field.
It was a matchup of David vs. Goliath. Only this time, Goliath won.
This week’s column is going to be about March Madness. However, I’ll stop short of calling it your official column of March Madness, because that would surely get me in trouble with the NCAA.
The Lincoln baseball team slowed down the high-octane offense of Missouri Western State University — in a manner of speaking — during Friday afternoon’s game, and the Griffons still managed to put up 15 runs.
It’s been said good things come to those who wait. But what about those who wait, and wait, and wait, and wait?
While the Jefferson City tennis team is full of young players, the Jays have two things going for them: There’s plenty of them, and they’re relatively experienced youngsters.
The first Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association softball game of the season didn’t go so well for the Lincoln Blue Tigers.
The Calvary Lutheran baseball team is hoping the old adage is true: Big things come in small packages. Or perhaps “little” would be a better word. As in the little practice time the team has had outdoors. Or the little experience the Lions boast. Or the little roster they’ll be using this season. Let’s start with the practice time for the Lions, who begin the season today at New Haven.
The Truman State Bulldogs used a bit of scoreboard symmetry to ruin Wednesday’s home opener for the Lincoln baseball team. The Bulldogs scored six in the sixth inning and seven in the seventh to win the opening game of the twinbill at Lincoln Field by a 17-10 margin. Then in the nightcap, the Blue Tigers managed just a single tally in an 8-1 loss.
The Fatima Comets struggled to find their shooting touch in Friday’s Class 3 third-place game, dropping a 74-47 decision to Lutheran North at Mizzou Arena. Fatima coach Ryan Robertson did his best to find a silver lining after the loss.
Things weren’t exactly even in the even-numbered quarters during Thursday’s game between Fatima and St. Pius X: Kansas City.
What happens when your dreams come true? You get busy trying to set and reach some new ones.
The last time the Fatima Comets made an appearance in the Final Four, Tanner Gentges was age 2.
Lest you think sports exist in their own little bubble, it’s worth noting they’re not as sequestered as they seem at first glance.
With many basketball teams, there’s two or three players you have to worry about when they have the ball. That’s just the start of the problems when it comes to the Strafford Indians. When Fatima faces Strafford in today’s 6 p.m. Class 3 quarterfinal game at Drury University in Springfield, every one of the Comets better be prepared to guard well. That’s because Fatima head coach Ryan Robertson said almost every one of the Indians can shoot the ball well.
There’s a certain wonderful simplicity when it comes to this point in the basketball season.
Patrick Schnieders' 35 points pearheaded Fatima’s 62-46 win over Hartville.
It was basically a perfect second half for the Rock Bridge Bruins — except for one huge play.
Blair Oaks’ Eli Roberts capped off a magical senior season by notching a 6-4 decision in the title match of the 182-pound weight class Saturday at the Class 1 state meet.
There may be others who come after him, but he’ll always be the first name on the list. The “him” is Fatima’s Ryan Strope, who Saturday became the first Comet to even capture a state wrestling title.
In girls basketball
You don’t often win basketball games shooting 29 percent from the field, but that’s exactly what the St. Elizabeth Lady Hornets did Friday night. The main reason why? The Lady Hornets held the Calvary Lutheran Lady Lions to just 20 percent. So even though St. Elizabeth came out on top of a 45-18 decision, it wasn’t the type of win to make their coach very happy.
In boys basketball
The Hornets made just 29 percent from the field Friday night at the Trinity Lutheran gym, but they grabbed 15 offensive boards to give themselves extra opportunities in a 42-34 win over Calvary Lutheran.
After a morning session that was so-so, the Blair Oaks wrestling team was more go-go in the afternoon.
WARDSVILLE — With the success the Blair Oaks wrestling team has had the past few years, the Falcons’ “firsts” are in short supply.
The Blair Oaks Falcons and California Pintos fought tooth and nail until the game’s final possession, when Brett Voss of the Falcons blocked a game-winning 3-point attempt, securing a 46-44 win for Blair Oaks.
It was the kind of year you automatically want to forget, and yet, the Lincoln University baseball team doesn’t want to forget last season. After scuffling through an 8-40 campaign in 2012, the Blue Tigers are doing everything in their power to make sure 2013 looks nothing like that. Especially the group of 14 seniors that got the bulk of the playing time in those 48 games.
Trying to hold off a late-game charge by the Versailles Tigers, the Falcons canned 9-of-10 from the charity stripe in the fourth quarter — and 13-of-16 for the game — to salt away a 77-61 victory.
As the softball season gets started today for the Lincoln Blue Tigers, one thing is clear — this is not last season.
Season-ending injuries are always tough to stomach. But when they come when the end is in sight, then they’re that much more painful.
The Mexico Bulldogs had a brilliant two-pronged attack Tuesday night against the Helias Crusaders. During the first quarter — the only period when the Bulldogs seemed to miss any shots — they made up for any misses by dominating the offensive boards. In the three quarters after that, Mexico put on a shooting clinic and rolled to a 60-48 win at Rackers Fieldhouse.
There was no secret what held the key to Saturday’s basketball game between the Calvary Lutheran Lions and the St. Paul Lutheran Saints.
WARDSVILLE — You can have the best game plan in the world, but if you can’t execute it, you’re sunk.
The last time anyone saw Dylan Gish play a varsity game for the Helias Crusaders, it was March 2, 2011.
The Blair Oaks Falcons and Eugene Eagles battled through three overtimes, with players making big shot after big shot, before the Falcons emerged with a 79-77 victory.
Last Wednesday, we received a press release detailing how former Missouri basketball coach Norm Stewart will be honored in March when he’s named — wait for it — an SEC Basketball Legend.
Just when it seemed like everything was going Linn’s way, the Blair Oaks Falcons found an answer.
The Blair Oaks Falcons started hot and held off a furious charge from the Eagles, eventually claiming a 61-54 victory.
While both teams had a double-digit lead in the contest, it should come as no surprise Tuesday night’s Helias-Jefferson City game came down to a last-second shot.
WARDSVILLE — Here’s all you need to know about Friday night’s boys basketball game in Wardsville: The biggest leads for the Blair Oaks Falcons in each quarter were 17, 42, 57 and 60.
With the title of the Calvary Lutheran Tournament on the line, St. Elizabeth’s Brian Wilde scored as many points as the Hornets’ opponent, leading St. Elizabeth to a win over the Prairie Home Panthers.
It may not have been a complete-game effort, but the St. Elizabeth Lady Hornets played so well on defense in spurts they were able to capture a tournament title.
Blair Oaks’ Brett Voss canned an astounding 6-of-7 shots from 3-point range in the third quarter — part of a 31-point performance for the senior — helping the Falcons rally from a huge halftime deficit to claim a 73-50 win against Warsaw on Friday.
It probably wasn’t their first choice for Senior Night, but Blair Oaks Middle School did just fine for the Falcons’ wrestling team.
Just when it seemed like things were finally going their way, the Jefferson City Lady Jays hit that wall everyone’s always talking about.
If the National Hockey League ever gets around to settling labor strife and there are no fans left to care, is the league still relevant?
For slightly more than three quarters, the Helias Crusaders ran their offense to perfection. Then disaster struck.
It took a little while longer than expected, but the Helias Crusaders finally got the result many thought they would in Thursday’s action at the Joe Machens Great 8 Classic.
In boys basketball action Saturday
When it was all over, Fatima’s super start was better than Southern Boone’s fantastic finish.