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Tony Hawley

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Calvary Lutheran opens at New Bloomfield

There’s no secret to what the Calvary Lutheran boys basketball team has been spending its time on in practice. “We’ve got a lot of kids back from last year and our main emphasis is to get things going on the offensive end of the floor,” Calvary coach Mark Buffington said as the Lions prepared for today’s season opener at New Bloomfield. “We played pretty good defense, we just had a lot of trouble scoring.” The good thing is, the Lions return a veteran squad that’s seen a ton of playing time at the varsity level.

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Well-rounded Lawson squad ends Blair Oaks’ season

Blair Oaks football coach Brad Drehle summed it up pretty succinctly following the Falcons’ 28-12 loss to the Lawson Cardinals in Saturday’s Class 2 semifinal contest.

Helias shines in Jamboree

With the sport of high school basketball experimenting with preseason Jamborees for the first time, the Crusaders hosted three other boys teams Friday, and the home team was especially impressive.

Falcons show improvement

With the start of the regular season still 11 days away, Friday night’s Jamboree at Helias came at the perfect time for the Blair Oaks Falcons.

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Blair Oaks hosts Lawson with Class 2 title berth at stake (with PODCAST)

One thing is for sure about today’s Class 2 semifinal football game between the Blair Oaks Falcons and Lawson Cardinals — whichever team moves on will be continuing an unexpected postseason journey.

Press Box: State of confusion

New conferences, one-and-done freshmen breed unfamiliarity in college basketball

SPORTS COMMENTARY: It used to be that you couldn’t tell the players without a scorecard. Now, things are so complicated you can’t tell the conferences without a scorecard.

Blair Oaks holds off Palmyra, 28-20

In Missouri Class 2 football quarterfinal

The Falcons survived a last-ditch rally attempt from the Palmyra Panthers and escaped with a 28-20 victory Saturday afternoon in a Class 2 quarterfinal contest.

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Falcons, Panthers looking to advance (with PODCAST)

At this point in the season, when you’re one of just eight football teams in your class still playing, you’ll do whatever it takes to stay alive.

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Polowy signs with Missouri State

Sometimes when you’re a Division I signee, there’s pressure that comes with it since other players are always trying to prove themselves against you. For Blair Oaks’ LeeAnn Polowy, that’s just one more challenge she’s looking forward to meeting. “I feel like people usually bring their ‘A’ game when they play Blair Oaks anyway,” said Polowy, who signed a letter of intent Wednesday to play basketball for Missouri State.

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Falcons stop South Callaway 17-7

In a game with no shortage of big plays, the Blair Oaks Falcons managed to come up with the three biggest ones.

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Falcons, Bulldogs play yet another game with big implications

It’s November, so that must mean it’s time for a meaningful football game between the Blair Oaks Falcons and the South Callaway Bulldogs.

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Comets romp to team honors in Class 2 boys race

After a couple years of knocking on the door, the Fatima boys cross country team smashed it in. The Comets claimed the first state title in the school’s history in the sport, capturing the Class 2 championship Saturday at the Oak Hills Golf Center.

‘Rebuilding’ Linn runner-up in Class 1 cross country

With their Show-Me Conference compatriot, Russellville, capturing the state title with 87 points, Linn bested the rest of the state and came in with 111 points.

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Fatima bids for perfect season

It’s been a dream season so far for the Fatima boys cross country team, and the Comets are hoping they don’t wake up until today is finished.

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Blair Oaks tops Hermann 35-13

After a great start and a so-so finish, Blair Oaks coach Brad Drehle was able to sum up Wednesday night’s 35-13 win against Hermann very simply.

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Winkleman has Falcons’ attention (with PODCAST)

So far this season, the Blair Oaks football team has faced some pretty impressive individual talents. They’ll do so again today. Next up on the hit parade is Hermann quarterback Craig Winkelmann, who brings the Bearcats to town for a 7 p.m. contest today in the semifinals of the Class 2 District 6 Tournament.

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Alexander’s big run highlights Blair Oaks’ win against Tolton

It’s not often the final score in a 60-7 rout can end up as the play of the game, but that’s what happened Thursday night.

Blair Oaks to open districts against Father Tolton (with PODCAST)

The Falcons will take on another young team when they begin district play against Father Tolton (2-7) at 7 p.m. today at the Falcon Athletic Complex. The teams met in the same scenario last year, with the Falcons opening districts with a 68-13 rout of the Trailblazers.

Fatima wins another district volleyball title

It’s becoming a common occurrence, but that doesn’t make it any less sweet.

Prep volleyball playoffs start tonight

The second season begins tonight for a ton of area volleyball teams as district tournaments kick into high gear.

Centralia scores the early title knockout

Blair Oaks can’t overcome seven-run first inning

It didn’t take long for the Centralia Panthers to deliver the knockout blow in the Class 3 softball state championship game. Make that knockout punches.

Press Box: After easy NCAA penalty, Haith needs to be quiet

News Tribune Sports Commentary

If you ever wanted to see the definition of “Can’t leave well enough alone,” you got Exhibit A recently in the form of Frank Haith.

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Blair Oaks shakes off slow start, routs Eldon

The Falcons scored 41 unanswered points to end Friday night’s game with the Eldon Mustangs, roaring back to take a 48-12 victory at the Falcon Athletic Complex.

Jones sends Blair Oaks softball to state title game

Racking up an amazing day at the plate, and throwing in an outstanding defensive play for good measure, Blair Oaks senior outfielder Sara Jones led the Lady Falcons to a 10-1 rout of the DeSoto Dragons in a Class 3 softball semifinal contest Friday.

Blair Oaks, bound for state, used to the pressure

After finishing third in the state last year and returning the bulk of the players from that squad, there were high expectations for the Blair Oaks softball team this season. And while some teams might have caved under that kind of pressure, not so for the Lady Falcons.

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Lady Jays down Helias in volleyball

When someone needed to come up big, it was only fitting the “bigs” came through in the clutch.

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Undefeated Dowden to play in singles at state

Helias tennis player Ashley Dowden has been perfect so far this season. If she can stay that way, she’ll be the first Lady Crusader to bring home a state title.

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Lady Jays back in Class 2 tennis Final Four

If you do something one time, it can be an aberration. Do it twice, and you’ve got a trend on your hands. It’s a case of the latter for the Jefferson City tennis team, as the Lady Jays have earned their second straight trip to the Class 2 Final Four.

Blair Oaks, Eldon look to continue recent ways (with PODCAST)

When the Blair Oaks Falcons and Eldon Mustangs meet at 7 p.m. Friday at the Falcon Athletic Complex, there’s going to be plenty to play for.

Lady Jays roll past Cole Camp

The Jefferson City and Cole Camp volleyball teams saved the best for last Tuesday night.

Balanced Blair Oaks returning to Class 3 softball Final Four

When a softball team learns how to combine great defense, stellar pitching and timely hitting, it becomes a force to be reckoned with. Blair Oaks is exactly that force.

Quick start sends Blair Oaks past Versailles

The Falcons scored 34 points in the game’s first 101⁄2 minutes and rolled to a 61-26 victory in a cold, rainy night in Versailles.

Winless Tigers have full attention of Falcons (with PODCAST)

Just because the Versailles Tigers are struggling doesn’t mean the Blair Oaks Falcons are taking them lightly. In fact, the very idea the Tigers are winless on the season makes them like the proverbial wounded animal backed into a corner.

Blair Oaks dominates Battle

To figure out the key to success for the Blair Oaks volleyball team Tuesday night, you have to go to the beginning.

Blair Oaks QB leads Falcons to victory

WARSAW — Led by a record-setting effort by quarterback Jordan Hair, the Blair Oaks Falcons survived a shootout with the Warsaw Wildcats on Friday and notched a 56-35 victory.

Helias tops Blair Oaks in volleyball

WARDSVILLE — It’s never a good thing when the most notable part of a volleyball match is a delay.

Eierman has Blair Oaks’ attention (with PODCAST)

Fresh off a game where they had to prepare for a team with a multitude of weapons, the Blair Oaks Falcons have one simple task this week: Stop Jeremy Eierman. Only that may be easier said than done, as the Warsaw quarterback presents a unique challenge.

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Blair Oaks slips past California, 29-28

The Blair Oaks Falcons scored a touchdown with 43 seconds left, then converted the 2-point pass to squeak out a 29-28 win over the California Pintos on Friday night.

Helias tops Rock Bridge in state-ranked volleyball battle

Faced with a big-time challenge, the Helias volleyball team came up with a big-time effort. In a battle of state-ranked teams in Class 4 on Thursday night, the Lady Crusaders clearly had the better of play and carved out a 25-12, 25-22 win against the Rock Bridge Bruins at Rackers Fieldhouse.

Blair Oaks to host California in state-ranked battle [with PODCAST]

It's a game that needs no extra hype, but there’s plenty of it to go around. When the Blair Oaks Falcons host the California Pintos on Friday at the Falcon Athletic Complex, it will be the latest game in an always-heated rivalry.

Helias volleyball eases past Hickman

Tuesday night’s volleyball match between Helias and Hickman was over in a flash, and that was a good thing for everybody involved.

Blair Oaks outlasts Osage, 61-29

The Blair Oaks Falcons scored 27 unanswered points in the third quarter to break open a close game and won a slugfest with the School of the Osage Indians by a 61-29 margin Friday night.

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Helias wins as Fatima ends brutal portion of schedule

It’s understandable if the Fatima volleyball team is ready to be done with this portion of its schedule.

Osage’s passing game of concern to Blair Oaks’ secondary (with PODCAST)

It’s not exactly the irresistible force against the immovable object, but the main storyline for Friday’s game between the Blair Oaks Falcons and the School of the Osage Indians is still an intriguing one.

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Helias downs Rolla in volleyball

With its back pressed firmly against the wall, the Helias volleyball team came out swinging. Following a back-and-forth start to the first game, the Lady Crusaders put on a great finishing kick to win it.

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Blair Oaks rolls to 48-0 victory against Southern Boone

Playing slightly more than two quarters, the Blair Oaks starters on defense made their presence felt.

Helias beats Hermann in sloppy volleyball match

The gym was hot. The play was not. Facing off in a sweltering Rackers Fieldhouse on Thursday night, the Helias Lady Crusaders and Hermann Lady Bearcats produced an error-filled match Helias eventually won by a 25-15, 25-17 score.

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Blair Oaks prepares for triple threat from Southern Boone (with PODCAST)

A lot of weeks, the Blair Oaks defense concerns itself with stopping one particular player on the opposing team. This time around, the Falcons are worrying about a three-headed monster. When Blair Oaks welcomes Southern Boone to the Falcon Athletic Complex at 7 p.m. Friday, the Eagles will bring in a three-pronged attack.

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Lady Jays defeat Lady Comets in volleyball

With four players on its roster 5-foot-11 or taller, it’s a safe bet the Jefferson City volleyball team is going to be pretty tough when throwing up a block.

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Exciting finish for Lady Falcons

In fifth-place game at C.C.I.

After three games of action-packed softball in the Capital City Invitational in Jefferson City, the Blair Oaks Lady Falcons decided to take it up another notch in their final game of the event.