BY DOUG DONNELLY
Whiteford’s boys basketball team will square off against Monroe Tuesday in somewhat of a historic matchup.
The Bobcats and Trojans have never met on the basketball floor.
“It will be a challenge for our kids,” Bobcat coach John Rice said. “We are excited for the chance to play a much bigger school like Monroe.”
Monroe will be the 11th school in the Monroe County Region that Whiteford has played since its first boys varsity basketball season in 1958.
The Bobcats are 177-170 against Region schools. After Tuesday, only school remaining school in Monroe County that Whiteford has not faced will be Airport.
Here’s a look at Whiteford’s all-time record against Monroe County schools:
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Facing larger schools is nothing new to the Bobcats. Whiteford already this season has played Bedford, another Class A school in Michigan, and Toledo Waite, a member of Ohio’s largest Division 1.
According to the most recent Michigan High School Athletic Association statistics, Monroe has an enrollment of 1,934 while Whiteford, who plays in Class C, is at 239 students.
Monroe plays in the Southeastern Conference Red Division with Ann Arbor Skyline, Ann Arbor Huron, Ann Arbor Pioneer, Saline and Bedford. Since a season-opening win against Dearborn Edsel Ford, the Trojans have lost 12 consecutive games.