Bobcats win first-ever basketball league title in ’67-68

This was the season that Bobcat fans had waited for.’

The 1967-68 unit that took the floor for Whiteford had just a 1-3 record after four games, but came on strong to win 12 of the next 15 games and capture a share of the River Raisin Conference championship.

Rich Koppelman (above left) was the go-to man for Whiteford, averaging 19.0 points per game and more than 13 rebounds an outing. A senior trio, including Koppelman, Tom Huner and Terry Brenke (above right), scored nearly 80 percent of the teams points.

Brenke was second on the team in scoring at 17.7 a game. He also was second on the team in rebounding at 12.2 a contest. The 6-4 center had a great end to his career, scoring 37 points against Dundee and 40 against Britton when the Bobcats needed a win to tie for the league title.

Huner ended his career two points shy of 500 for his career while Brenke (660) and Koppelman (808) combined for the distinction of being the highest-scoring classmates to date. Koppelman’s total set a school scoring record.

Koppelman also became the first WHS basketball player to be honored by a statewide panel of sportswriters when he was named to the Associated Press All-State Honorable Mention list.

Koppelman and Brenke finished 3-4 in the RRC scoring race.

Juniors Jerry Butz and Dan Keller joined the three seniors and sophomore Dave Simpson as Bobcat regulars. WHS tied Summerfield for the league title. The two rivals split their two meetings during the regular season.

Here’s a look back at 1967-68 sports seasons for the Bobcats.

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