March 17, 2020
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. --- When the buzzer sounded to end Saturday's Helias game in Bolivar, little did the Crusaders know it also ended their season, e
This is our nation's reality right now, our lives are on hold for the foreseeable future --- anywhere from many weeks to many months.
"I'm pretty much devastated for (our players), they put a lot of work and sweat into the season," Crusaders coach Joe Rothweiler said. "
"We're going to have a lot of good memories from this season, and the bonds they created ... they're going to have those for a lifetime."
This was supposed to be the seventh Final Four appearance for the Crusaders (23-6, not ranked Class 4), who were trying to win the program's first state championship. Helias was scheduled to meet Vashon in the semifinals on Friday.
No, you don't, and that's why we love sports.
Most schools in the area, like Helias, and the Jefferson City and Columbia Schools Public Schools, will be closed from March-18 until the first week in April. For Helias, that hopeful return date is April 3.
"It will be a miracle if we get back then," Rotheweiler said.
Rothweiler met with the team after school Monday,
"But our guys are hurting right now.
After the meeting, something unexpected happened.
Fun was needed, because smiles can be tough to come by these days.
Lady Cardinals will still
Hornets, Falcons look
to bring home
the basketball gold
Disappointment, no surprise:
Helias deals with denied chance
The Helias Crusaders celebrate after defeating Webb City in the Class 4 quarterfinals Saturday in Bolivar.
A sweet district sweep:
Crusaders, Helias girls
move to sectionals