Trenton Hayes (15) and Nickhai Howard (21) Saturday at the Frontenac tournament.

Cardinals go 1-1 in back-to-back games against district opponents

Webb City loses 1-point heartbreaker to Nevada,
wins by 13 at Harrisonville

The Webb City boys basketball team looked poised bring home the first-place trophy from the annual tournament at Frontenac, Kan., Saturday, until Nevada came back to tie the game in the fourth quarter.

Nickhai Howard put the Cardinals ahead 50-48 with a jump shot, but with 1.2 seconds left, Nevada sank a long-range 3-pointer to win 51-50.

Howard had a double double, with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Mekhi Garrard scored 13 and pulled down seven rebounds.

Jason Peake gives a more detailed account at SOMO Sports.

The games against Nevada and Harrisonville could be a preview of the district tournament in February, which will be at Nevada. The four-team bracket also includes Webb City, Harrisonville and Carl Junction.

Starting Thursday, the boys team is competing in the Nixa tournament.

Girls control second half to beat Parkview 60-49

Tied at the half 38-38, Webb City girls basketball outscored Parkview 28-18 during the second half in the Cardinal Dome Monday night to win 60-49.

It was senior night, and two seniors, Jaydee Duda and Sierra Kimbrough, led the team in scoring with 23 and 13 points, respectively. Tro other seniors on the team are Kenzie Robbins and Raven Vaughn.

Jason Peake has the complete story at SOMO Sports.

The Cardinals will compete Saturday in the Camdenton Shootout.

Both the boys and girls teams will be at home twice next week – Tuesday against Willard and Friday against Branson.

The Tuesday schedule is: 4:30 p.m. boys and girls JV; 6 p.m. girls varsity and boys 9th grade; 7:30 p.m. boys varsity and girls 9th grade. 

5 Cards in double
figures at Harrisonville

Webb City was trailing 39-36 at Harrisonville Tuesday night before coming back strong in the third quarter, scoring 19 points and holding Wildcats to 5. The Cardinals went on to win 70-57. Cohl Vaden led the team with 17 points, including three 3-pointers. But it was a balanced offensive effort, with Trenton Hayes scoring 13, Alex Martin 11, Mekhi Garrard 10, Nickhai Howard 10, and Luke Brumit 9.

Mekhi Garrard

Devrin Weathers changes course as he sees a better path to the end zone.

Devrin Weathers is MaxPreps’
Missouri Football Player of the Year

MaxPreps announced last week that it has selected Devrin Weathers as its Missouri High School Football Player of the Year. The website cites Weathers’ 1,782 yards and 28 touchdowns during his senior year in 2020. He averaged 9.7 yards per carry. Weathers has signed to play next year at Kansas State University.  During the annual Webb City football banquet in December, Weathers was named the team’s overall team MVP. He also made first team all-state, with two of his teammates, Grant Goltra and Treghan Parker. Weathers was the all-area and all-conference offensive player of the year.

Missouri Sports HOF to induct
John Roderique and Jeff Montgomery Sunday

John Roderique and Jeff Montgomery are to be inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Sunday during a banquet at the Ozark Fairgrounds in Springfield. Roderique is 298-28 during his 23 years as coach of the Cardinals football team. More than half (12) of his teams have won state championships. Montgomery is part of a chain gang for Missouri University football that goes back to 1968, when his father, Rich Montgomery, first joined it. Jeff took over for Rich as head of the team, which also includes Jeff’s younger brother, Mark. Jim Henry wrote a feature about the Montgomerys in the Jan. 17 edition of the Joplin Globe.
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