By DOUG DONNELLY
Whiteford’s 14 seniors leave a tremendous legacy of success at the school. During the last four years, the Bobcats have won three conference titles, three district trophies, three regional crowns and one state championship. The season ended Friday with a 28-6 loss to Reading.
When the current group of class was freshman and sophomores, Whiteford’s junior varsity team had back-to-back undefeated seasons and those not already on the varsity moved up for the entire playoff run. The Bobcat varsity has gone an incredible 47-5 during that four-year span – including three consecutive 9-0 regular seasons.
“They’ve set a standard that the younger kids will have to strive for,” Whiteford coach Jason Mensing said. “There are things we can continue to do to improve the program. Our younger kids will have to take pride in that and lead in the future.”
The Bobcat seniors include Bradyn Clark-Gilmore, Hunter Lake, Ty Eitniear, Nathan Bauman, Caleb Williams, Logan Murphy, Zack Bertz, Treylan Hess, Cody Westfall, Nicholas Donnelly, Ian Slick, Jacob Brenke, Bryce Wing and De’Shaun Williams.
A four-year player in the program would have spent more than 60 weeks in practice in high school alone. Most of the seniors have played in the Bobcat program for six years – starting at the seventh-grade level.
“They are a great group of guys who have invested six years into our program,” Mensing said. “They did a great job. It didn’t end the way we wanted it to, but I’m really proud of the group of kids and what they were able to accomplish.”
Photo by Cari Hayes.