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Josh Webb shatters Cosby basketball scoring record

Clint Cody was on hand at Cosby's victory over the Greenback Cherokees on Friday night. "I'm really pleased that Josh was the one to break it," said Cody about his scoring record falling. (photo by Cobey Hitchcock)
Last updated: 3:40 PM, 03/26/2009

Source: The Newport Plain Talk

Josh Webb of the Cosby High School Eagles' basketball team recently joined some select company when he became the all-time leading scorer in his school's history.

Webb broke the record on his home court on Tuesday, January 5, against the Hancock County High School Indians when he scored 30 points in the game, bringing his total to 1,772 for his career.

The record was held by Cosby Basketball standout Clint Cody, who set the record with 1,758 points in 1981.

Cody also holds the school's all-time leading rebound record and was honored with many awards in high school, including Honorable Mention All-State and the All-East Tennessee Team.

"Clint Cody probably should have been named to the All-State team when he was in high school," said Cosby Athletic Director Mike Moore. "But in the late '70s and early '80s, when Clint played, we were lucky to have someone named to the All-East Tennessee Team.

"Individual players don't usually receive a lot of recognition until the school has proven itself successful over a period of years," said Moore. "Back when Clint and Marty Shults played, they took Cosby basketball to a whole other level.

"Since then, we have been pretty competitive and went to out first state tournament in 1987 and went back in the last two seasons," said Moore.

Webb's total is now up to 1,855 points and he has eleven more regular season games plus tournament action to add to his total.

"Barring injury, he should be over 2,000 by the end of the season," said Paul Webb, a former Cosby basketball stand-out and Josh's father. "The reason he is good is because he practices hard.

"One thing that helps Josh is David Savard," said Webb. "Savard is tough as nails, and he'll play college basketball. If Josh ever wants to get in some good practice, he'll play Savard one-on-one.

"Another thing that helps is the team has a pretty free reign, and they're not afraid to make mistakes," said Webb. "We've got a good program, and [Coach] Manny [Moore] does a good job. It's a good experience for Josh and a good situation to be in."

Cosby Basketball Head Coach Moore said Webb's record is a major accomplishment.

"I was manager for the Eagles when Clint Cody played, and I was in sixth grade," said Moore. "Clint and Marty were kind of like heroes to me back when they played, and they were the ones that really turned me on to basketball.
"They took us to our first sub-state, and David Whaley was the coach back then," said Moore. "Clint is a big part of Cosby basketball history and always will be.

"The thing I remember the most about Clint was how he used his body," said Moore. "What he did took four years to accomplish, just like it was for Josh. They both scored a lot of points, even as freshman."

Moore said that people often over-look the other aspects of Josh's game because of his scoring.

"He our point guard, and he gets a lot of assists and rebounds," said Moore. "I would compare all of his stats to anyone though.

"People think it all comes naturally to him, and maybe some does, but the majority comes from a lot of gym time," Moore said. "They really over-look how hard he has worked on his basketball game."

Moore said that Cody went to King College for four years and played basketball, and he would like to see, and believes Josh Webb can accomplish the same thing somewhere.

Mike Moore said that Webb has worked hard to accomplish what he has, but he believes that a lot of his recognition is made possible because of the accomplishments of Cody and Shults that put Cosby basketball on the map.

"I am very proud, not just of Josh, but all the players and teams that have earned the recognition that our school has received from basketball," said Moore. "Josh has also played with a lot of other good players which has helped him.

"He's on a team that went to sub-state three years ago, and to state the last two years, and looking to go again this year," said Moore. "That helps a lot too, because a bad team plays 27 games a year and a good team can play around 35."

Moore said, not taking away from Webb, that Cody also had no three-point shot when he played. He also believes that both players have their teammates to be thankful for.

"If you're on a successful team, you're going to have an opportunity to score a lot more," said Moore.

David Whaley, assistant coach for the Cosby boys and girls, said that both players are outstanding.

"I have seen every game that both have played in, and I feel very fortunate to have seen them," said Whaley.

Whaley said that both Cody and Webb are durable and played for four years without getting hurt much.

"Both are true scorers, and both were ready to score as soon as they walked into the gym," said Whaley. "Both are winners and would do anything to win. If you asked either one of them if they would rather score 50 points or win, they would say win."

Cody said that he knew the scoring record would be broken sooner or later, and he is happy that Webb was the one to do it.

"I knew and liked his dad, Paul," said Cody. "He was one of the best players I ever saw.

"If you wanted to see how good you were back then, you would go play a game with Paul," said Cody. "It looks as if his son is following in his footsteps. I'm really pleased that Josh was the one to break it."

Josh Webb said that the record means a lot to him, but he has more important things to worry about now.

"I'm more concerned about this team making a run at the state tournament," said Webb. "It's an honor to break the record, but I'd rather focus on the season."

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