2020 – Another trophy year

Webb City didn’t claim any state championships in 2020, but four teams got close.

The boys basketball team was ahead at the half in their quarterfinal against Helias but lost 63-54. It was played at Bolivar with fans limited to the players’ parents. Even if they’d won, they wouldn’t have played  again because the semifinals were canceled.

For the first time, both boys and girls cross country teams qualified for the state meet. The boys came back with the second-place trophy, and the girls placed 12th.

The softball girls finished as the runnerup team in the state after a tough, 8-inning loss against Webster Groves, 5-3. They finished the season with a 27-6 record.



Kaylyn Gilbert and Haidyn Berry
Kaylyn Gilbert and Peyton Hawkins

Not much of a crowd for a quarterfinal, but in the early days of the pandemic only the players’ parents were allowed to attend.

Tanner Rogers and Terrell Kabala

The football team won the district championship for the 22nd year straight. It was the first time since Webb City was reassigned to Class 5.

The Cardinals made it to the semifinals and had home-field advantage but lost to Platte County 24-21. The Pirates wound up getting swamped 42-7 at the Show-Me Bowl by Jackson.

After starting off with a 41-40 loss at Joplin, the Cardinals came back to finish with a 11-2 record. The most satisfying game may have been in the district final at Carthage. The teams hadn’t played during the regular season because of a virus outbreak at Carthage. Webb City won 42-21.


It was a comeback season for the speech and debate team. The team had a record eight qualifiers for the National Speech and Debate Association Nationals. Sadly, though, they were gypped out of going because events were held virtually.

(KNEELING) Rees Massoth, Evan Garrison. (STANDING) Anastasia Brown, Henry Angér, Caden Brite, McKenzie Jones, Archer Cole, Lilly Shea and Silas Drake.