Webb Cady started at North High in 1964 and as a freshman played football, wrestled and was a member of the “C” Class track and field team. Gradually it became obvious that football was where he was most talented. So as a sophomore and a junior it was football and wrestling and then as a senior he concentrated on football only.
Not an imposing figure at just 150 pounds, he played varsity football as a sophomore, junior and senior. He probably would have been “B” Class as a soph but due to budget restrictions in 1965 the high schools were allowed to only have varsity sports. Nevertheless, he played on the team coached by North football coaching legend Turk Eliades.
In Webb’s junior year, the Stars won the SYL Championship and he was the starting corner back and occasional running back. As a senior, North High finished with an 8-1 record, the only loss coming against the rival BHS Drillers, 16-9. There were no playoffs that year. For his efforts however he was named 1st team all-SYL, all-Valley and the team’s “Most Inspirational Player.”
Wrestling for coach Win “Boot” Bootman, Webb was “C” Class as a freshman, “B” Class as a soph and then varsity as a junior, wrestling at 145 lbs. The team won the SYL Championship, making it two SYL team titles for him in 1966. He dropped wrestling as a senior since because they needed him to lose weight and he wanted to beef up for football.
He was involved in several school activities in addition to sports, serving as the ASB Vice-President as a senior. He was also a member of various other campus organizations including Key Club and Big “N.”
After North High he enrolled at Bakersfield College playing on the Renegades football team for another coaching legend Gerry Collis. He started both years at defensive back for the ‘Gades . Even though their only loss in 1968 was to Fullerton, they failed to make the State playoffs. But as a sophomore, BC won the Metropolitan Conference Championship but then were knocked out of the playoffs in the 2nd round by old nemesis Fullerton once again.
Accepting a scholarship to UNLV, Wade went out for spring ball but decided against playing any more football and transferred to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. There he majored in History with an eye on becoming a teacher and graduated in 1975.
His first teaching job was at North High where he taught Business Education for 7 years and helped coached some football and track. His 1976 JV team won the league championship. He also helped out with the Frosh-Soph team. He worked with former NH Principal Bill Bimat on the track team as well.
In 1982 Webb left North High and took a job with a local company Hopper Inc., and served as the General Manager of the Central Coast. When Hooper Inc. was bought out he was transferred to the Imperial Valley. He now owns his own company “All Valley Fence and Supply” and even has a store here in town.
Now single, he has three grown daughters Hallie, Chelsea and Carissa. They all attended Bakersfield High and between them were part of the Drillers’ cheer squad for 12 consecutive years. Congrats to Webb Cady, you are now a well deserved and proud member of the North High Athletics Hall of Fame. Just another in the long life of successful 08ers, on and off the field.