Simpson leads football, basketball teams in 1969-70

Dave Simpson was the talk of the 1969-70 school year for Whiteford, becoming the first Whiteford quarterback to pass for more than 500 yards and winning the MVP award in basketball.

The Bobcats didn’t win any championships, but had solid sports season all around.

Simpson completed his fine Bobcat career tied as the second-leading scorer in school history with 724 career points.

Simpson established his mark by playing in 48 career games and compiling one of the best career averages in school history at 15.1 per game. The senior captain led WHS in scoring with 350 points on the season, including a Bobcat tournament game record 36 points vs. Dundee in the District Tournament. By stepping to the free throw line 163 times and making 94, he set another Bobcat record.

For the second straight season he was named to the second-team All-RRC unit. He also picked up the team Most Valuable Player award.

The Bobcats won one tournament game and finished 7-12 on the season and 4-8 in the conference. The Bobcats could not defeat any of the four teams above them in the conference race.

Whiteford had a strange schedule, playing the first four games at home, then three in a tournament, and then three more at home before going on the road for the final seven games of the regular season. Whiteford did not play at home after Jan. 16. The scheduling was due to the previous season, when WHS opened with most of its games on the road while the gymnasium floor was being repaired.

Whiteford played Novi, Milan and Monroe Jefferson – all larger schools – in the Milan Christmas Tournament and won two out of three games.

Gary Kodelman barely missed averaging in double figures (9.8 points a game) and shot 56.3 percent from the floor. He was chosen as the team’s best defensive player for his efforts. He joined Simpson on the second-team All-RRC squad.

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