Carthage rolls by Webb City to advance to Carthage Invitational championship

CARTHAGE, Mo. – (WATCH) Carthage cruises by Webb City 70-48 Friday night to advance to the Carthage Invitational championship.

Max Templeman (23 pts), Britt Coy (13 pts), Justin Ray (12 pts) and Trent Yates (10 pts) were all in double figures for Carthage.

The Tigers will face Joplin in the Carthage Invitational championship at 4:30 PM on Saturday.

Local players earn MFCA All-State honors; Gall named Class 5 Offensive Player of the Year

The Missouri Football Coaches Association has released it’s All-State awards for the 2022 season.

Carthage running back Luke Gall has been named the Missouri Class 5 Offensive Player of the Year – and multiple local players have earned All-State recognition.

Local players receiving all state honors from the MFCA are listed below, or you can check out the full MFCA All-State teams HERE.


RB Jackson Marrs (Seneca) – 1st team

ATH Joel Beshore (Lamar) – 1st team

OL Ryan Davis (Lamar) – 1st team

DL Rourke Dillion (Lamar) – 1st team

LB Khiler Nance (Lamar) – 1st team

LB Cameron Sturgell (Lamar) – 1st team

DB Austin Wilkerson (Lamar) – 1st team

K Malachi Hennum (Mt. Vernon) – 1st team

QB Gavyn Hoover (Seneca) – 2nd team

RB Braden Dodson (Mt. Vernon) – 2nd team

WR Ian Ngugu (Lamar) – 2nd team

ATH Conner Ackerson (Seneca) – 2nd team

OL Jacob Gravener (Seneca) – 2nd team

LB Lincoln Renfro (Seneca) – 2nd team

P Alex Wilkerson (Lamar) – 2nd team

KR Jackson Marrs (Seneca) – 2nd team

RB Ty Willhite (Lamar) – 3rd team

LB Cody Downing (Mt. Vernon) – 3rd team


OL Talan Chandler (Nevada) – 1st team

TE Drew Beachler (Nevada) – 2nd team

DE Case Sanderson (Nevada) – 2nd team

ATH Avious Steadman (Nevada) – 3rd team

DL Donnie Keith (Carl Junction) – 3rd team

LB Johnny Starks (Carl Junction) – 3rd team

DB Konner Poynter (Monett) – 3rd team


RB Luke Gall (Carthage) – 1st team (Class 5 Offensive Player of the Year)

WR Isaiah Green (Neosho) – 1st team

OL Drew Musche (Carthage) – 1st team

DL Micah Lindsey (Carthage) – 1st team

DE Lucas Ott (Webb City) – 1st team

DB Davion King (Carthage) – 1st team

RB Jared Siler (Neosho) – 2nd team

DB Kaylor Darnell (Webb City) – 2nd team

OL Shaun Hunt (Webb City) – 3rd team


OL Dontrell Holt (Joplin) – 2nd team

LB Draven VanGilder (Joplin) – 2nd team


FULL INTERVIEW: Webb City’s John Roderique on decision to retire as head football coach

WEBB CITY, Mo. – (WATCH) Webb City’s John Roderique visits with us about his decision to retire as the Cardinals’ head football coach after 26 years.

Roderique talks about why now is the right time, what’s next for him, his final meeting with his players, how he wants to be remembered and more.

Interview Pt. 1 –

Interview Pt. 2 –

Duda catches fire, Webb City rolls by Lamar in season opener

WEBB CITY, Mo. (WATCH) Webb City rolls by Lamar 78-60 in their season opener Tuesday night.

Barron Duda leads the way for the Cardinals with 15 points, including 19 points in the 2nd quarter. Joe Adams (13 pts) and Holton Keith (13 pts) were also in double figures for Webb City.

Ian Ngugi had a team-high 14 points for Lamar, while Joel Beshore added 12 for the Tigers.

Roderique announces retirement as Webb City head football coach

WEBB CITY, Mo. – Webb City High School head football coach and athletic director John Roderique has announced his retirement, effective at the end of the 2022-2023 school year.

Roderique has been the head football coach at Webb City for the last 26 years, going 315-35 overall and leading the program to 13 state championships. He was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 2021 – and Webb City’s 16 total state championships is the most in Missouri high school football history.

Webb City High School and coach Roderique released a statement Monday afternoon to announce his decision.

The release reads in part, “For the past 26 years, I’ve been able to do what I love, with the people that I love – every single day. What a privilege it has been. Thank you to the administrators, teachers and staff, and special thanks to the assistant coaches and young men who have poured their hearts into our program.”

Check out the full statement below.

Four Webb City seniors sign to play college baseball

WEBB CITY, Mo. – Four Webb City High School seniors signed on Friday afternoon to continue their baseball careers in college.

Kenley Hood is headed to Highland CC in Kansas, while Walker Sweet, Cy Darnell and Kaylor Darnell signed to play in Joplin for the Missouri Southern Lions.

“My main goal is to get bigger and to keep throwing harder,” Kaylor Darnell says, “I want to be a starter for Missouri Southern and just be a good player for them. It’s a great fit for me. It’s also a great fit for my education. Some of the other schools that offered me really didn’t have that fit.”

“The atmosphere is good and I like the players there. I like the all turf field, too. I think the location is probably one of the big reasons,” says Cy Darnell, whose father, Bryce, is the head coach at Missouri Southern, “I like the assistant coach,” he adds with a laugh, “Yeah, I like the assistant coach.”

“They’ve had really successful seasons year in and year out,” Sweet says of signing to MSSU, “The communication they keep with their players and atmosphere they have is really what stood out to me. The first year I really just want to develop as a player and a teammate, and hopefully get some playing time my freshman year.”

“Coach Hay is a great guy. I’ve been in contact with him for a couple years now,” Hood says of why he chose Highland CC, “It really just seemed like home. It’s a small college up there and it’s a great town.”

Webb City prepares for playoff opener against COC rival Republic

WEBB CITY, Mo. – The Webb City Cardinals are back in action this week after a first-round bye to begin the district playoffs.

The Cardinals (6-3) will host COC rival Republic (7-3) Friday night in the Class 5 District 6 semifinals. Republic won their first-round playoff game over Parkview last Friday.

Webb City won this matchup 35-14 in the regular season  – but Republic enters Friday’s matchup with a little momentum. The Tigers have won four games in a row, including a win over undefeated Nixa just three weeks ago.

“Last year we were talking about them being one of the best and most improved teams in our conference. Certainly that was the case,” says Webb City head coach John Roderique on Republic, “They’ve got the best win in the league beating Nixa a few weeks ago. They’re probably playing the best at this point of any teams that we see on film. They’re a confident team. When you have a big win like that against an undefeated team, you’re going to gain a lot of confidence.”

“I think about every year they come into the playoffs ready to play, and they’re definitely an improved team this year,” adds Webb City senior DL/LB Lucas Ott, “We know it’s going to be a game. We have to come out and we have to play well. We have to do the fundamentals right and we have to do everything right to win.”

Saturday’s game kicks off a 7 PM at Cardinal Stadium in Webb City.

PIGSKIN PODCAST: Ep. 10 with Pitt State safety Brandon Mlekus

Check out Episode 10 of the KOAM Presents: Pigskin Podcast (LINKS BELOW). On THIS episode:

  • Girard/Frontenac regional championship (2:09)
  • Undefeated Chanute aims for regional championship (7:24)
  • Galena/Columbus regional championship (9:38)
  • Carthage, Webb City return from byes (11:17)
  • Seneca on playoff opener vs. Hollister (12:59)
  • Interview with Pitt State safety Brandon Mlekus (16:16)





Webb City soccer advances to district championship

WEBB CITY, Mo. – (WATCH) Webb City beats Grandview 2-0 in the Class 3 District 6 semifinals Tuesday night.

The Cardinals will face Belton Thursday night in the district championship.