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Helias rolls past Lady Jays in volleyball

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.

Helias falls in softball semifinal

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.

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Complete effort for Blair Oaks

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.

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Helias easily dispatches Tolton on Senior Night

Volleyball teams usually have some specific goals heading into a match. “Win as fast as possible” usually isn’t on the list.

Blair Oaks looks to rebound against Warsaw

Last week, a familiar problem popped up for Blair Oaks, and it cost the Falcons a chance at a win.

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Another big game on the slate for California

Hosting School of the Osage

The big games just keep coming for the California Pintos.

Calvary falls to Montgomery County

In volleyball

The Calvary Lutheran volleyball team may have suffered a loss Tuesday night, but the Lady Lions got a nice consolation prize.

Errors costly for Lady Jays volleyball

It’s a safe bet when you have more attack errors than kills in a volleyball match, you’re in for a long night.

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Pintos score after miscues, claim 21-10 win over Falcons

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.

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Helias rolls past Blair Oaks in volleyball

Holding an opponent to 11 points in a volleyball game is impressive.

Calvary Lutheran volleyball tests roster in win

Against Niangua

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.

Blair Oaks knocks off unbeaten Indians

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.

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Fatima tops Blair Oaks in volleyball

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.

Blair Oaks to take on Osage for Homecoming

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.

Calvary volleyball falls to Father Tolton

It was pretty simple for the Calvary volleyball team Tuesday night.

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Jays race to crown at C.C. Invitational

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.

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Battered Crusaders finish soccer tourney with loss

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.

Press Box: Discussing the merits of potential football Hall of Famers

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.

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Blair Oaks rolls past Southern Boone

The Blair Oaks Falcons overcame a number of hurdles to capture a victory Friday night.

Blair Oaks looking to rebound

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.

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.