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Webb City Football Program to be inducted into Missouri Sports HOF

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SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI -

When sports fans think of dynasties, one that immediately comes to mind is the Webb City High School football program. Without question, the Cardinals are deserving of one of the Show-Me State's highest honors.

The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame will induct the Webb City football Cardinals during its enshrinement ceremony on Sunday, Jan. 25.

The Enshrinement Class of 2015 includes St. Louis Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter, longtime Kansas City Royals designated hitter Billy Butler, Kansas City Chiefs kicker Nick Lowery and Andy Russell, an early 1960s football standout at Mizzou who later captained the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Hall also will induct posthumously Virgil Ward, a nationally known fisherman whose syndicated TV show got its start in southwest Missouri.

The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame's ceremony for the Enshrinement Class of 2015 is now sold out, Executive Director Jerald Andrews announced Friday morning.

The ceremony is set for Sunday, Jan. 25 at University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center. Ticket holders can attend an 11 a.m. reception at the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, 3861 East Stan Musial Drive in southeast Springfield. A reception also is scheduled for 4 p.m. at University Plaza, and the banquet to follow.

Webb City Football

“High school sports are all about character-building and readying youths for the real world, and the Webb City High School football program keeps raising the bar,” said Jerald Andrews, Executive Director of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. “The Cardinals not only win but win with class, and the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame is proud to induct the program as a whole.”

The Cardinals have been the gold standard of high school football in the state. The Cardinals have won 13 state championships since 1988 and have employed only three head coaches in that span: Jerry Kill (1988-1989), Kurt Thompson (1990-1997) and John Roderique (1998 to current).

Webb City is 320-32 in that time, including 11 undefeated seasons. Roderique is 222-19 with seven state championships, including five consecutive through 2014. The Cardinals have lot lost to a Missouri school since a 38-13 loss to Kearney in the 2009 state semifinals and have not lost a regular-season game to a Missouri school since 2003.

“The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame strives each year to induct and honor individuals, teams and programs that represent the geography of the state and all levels of sports, including professional, collegiate and high school,” Andrews said. “The Class of 2015 is just as unique as all previous classes and will provide us with the opportunity to relive many Missouri sports memories while creating some new ones.”



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