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Webb reaps reward
2009 How the West Was Won trophy presentation

Shining light on similarities between championship high school football and successful small business ventures, Jim Rooney had a captive audience.

Rooney, owner of 3-Minute Magic Car Wash, presented a special award he sponsors — for best regular season record — to Division II-A football state champion Webb School of Knoxville.

3-Minute Magic Car Wash How the West Was Won Trophy presentation kicked off Webb’s annual banquet Monday, Jan. 4, at Bearden Banquet Hall.

“Today, somebody asked me, ‘what does a small business like 3-Minute Magic Car Wash have in common with a football team?’” Rooney said prior to presenting 3-Minute Magic Car Wash HWWW Trophy to Dave Meske, Spartans head coach and Webb athletic director.

“A football team and a small business do have a lot in common: a vision is necessary for a football team to succeed, it’s necessary for a small business to succeed,” Rooney added.

“Discipline; without discipline you wouldn’t have the champions that we have here tonight, and small business wouldn’t succeed without discipline. Teamwork and leadership, without teamwork, you truly won’t have success. … Leadership, like with coach Meske, you’re sure to succeed.

“Small businesses need a positive attitude, and so do football teams.”

The Rooney-sponsored How the West Was Won Trophy, a “traveling” trophy begun by farragutpress in 2002, recognizes the West Knox County high school with the best regular season record.

Webb’s 9-1 regular season record tied Christian Academy of Knoxville — the pair also competing with Farragut, Bearden, Hardin Valley Academy and Knoxville Catholic high schools.

The Spartans earned 3-Minute Magic Car Wash HWWW Trophy with a narrow 304-301 tiebreaker edge in total regular season points scored.

About the efforts of Rooney and other Webb business sponsors, Meske said, “What they are doing with their businesses are getting involved with kids, and there’s nothing more important than that.

“Their support is wonderful.”

Farragut captured third in 3-Minute Magic Car Wash HWWW Trophy race. Though tied with fourth-place Bearden based on regular season record, both 8-2, the Admirals won total-points tiebreaker 324-286.

Knoxville Catholic, 2008 HWWW champion, finished fifth at 5-5.

Its first season of varsity football competition, Hardin Valley managed one victory, a 7-0 win at Carter, and finished 1-9.

The banquet also recognized the 2009 accomplishments of players, coaches, cheerleaders and those behind the scenes supporting Spartans football.

Webb finished with a 12-1 overall record.


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