Another winning season on the gridiron highlights 1970-71 campaign

Whiteford’s 1970-71 sports season included a five-game winning streak by the football team that earned six wins and yet another winning season.

For the Bobcat football team, quarterback-linebacker Mike Luck had a big season for the Bobcats, leading the team in passing and tackles, averaging 13 stops a game. A five game winning streak keyed the six victory season that included two shutout wins.

On the basketball court, an experienced and youthful Bobcat team finished one game under the .500 level for the opening season of the decade.

One of just two seniors on the squad, Gary Kodelman, led the team in scoring with an 15.4 points per game average. Kodelman served as team captain and won the team Most Valuable Player award. He was third-team All-Conference, joined by junior Dan Bunge.
Kodelman shot 47.8 from the floor to lead the team in that category.

The Bobcat team of 1970-71 has the distinction of allowing the most points by a Bobcat individual opponent ever when Mark Vollmar scored 51 points for Erie Mason against the Bobcats. It set a Whiteford Gymnasium single game record.

The Bobcats ended the 16-game regular season with a .500 record but dropped their first tournament game to Dundee by allowing 92 points by the Vikings.

On the bright side, Bunge established a Whiteford record when he made all 15 of his free throw attempts during a WHS-Mason game in January. Bunge’s records for the most free throws made and 100 percent effort would remain WHS records for more than two decades.

Bunge shot 67 percent from the free throw line for the season and averaged 11.0 points a game.

Mike Luck and Jeff Riedel joined Kodelman and Bunge as players to score more than 140 points on the season.

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