Keller wins three MVPs for Bobcats in 1968-69

Dan Keller had an outstanding athletic year in 1968-69.

The Bobcat senior finished three sports with winning the team Most Valuable Player award, the first athlete in school history to do that.

Keller picked up the awards in football, basketball and was co-MVP in baseball.

Here’s a look back at 1968-69.

As for the Bobcat basketball team, the Bobcats had an unusual season in 1968-69, winning 7 of 17 games while playing the first eight games away from the home basketball court.

Whiteford had a 7-4 record at one point during the season even though eight of those games were away from the Bobcat home court.

The gymnasium floor was flooded before the season by vandals and it sent WHS on the road.

Keller led the team in scoring by becoming the first player since Roy Couch in 1958 to average 20 points a game. Keller enjoyed playing against Summerfield. The 5-9, 150-pounder scored a school best 42 points against Summerfield the first meeting between the teams and made 14 free throws the second time against the Bulldogs. He was named team Most Valuable Player and was first team All-RRC after his outstanding season, in which he also finished second on the team in rebounds. He was a close second in the conference scoring race and was honorable mention all-state.

Keller averaged just 6.1 points a game as a junior but more than tripled that effort his senior season.

Junior Dave Simpson was second on the team in scoring with an average of 15.9 points per game. Simpson made 18 consecutive free throws at one point in the season and led the team in rebounds with 191 boards. He finished with a team-leading free throw percentage of 69.

Both Keller and Simpson played in every quarter of every game.

Senior Jerry Butz continued in his playmaking role for the Bobcats, and also averaged 8.7 points a game. The teams best defensive player, Skip White, averaged 7.2 a game and Tim Stark another 5.5 points for the Bobcats, who finished in 5th place in the RRC. White also had more than 110 rebounds for the season.

The starting unit was one of the shortest in school history with none of the starters over the 6-foot mark.

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