More sports, addition of girls sports comes with 1972-73 sports year

The 1972-73 sports year brought the addition of girls varsity sports to Whiteford and the final year of the River Raisin Conference, the first conference the Bobcats were ever a part of.

Whiteford also added cross country, golf and wrestling.

In football, Whiteford barely kept its distinction of never having a losing season with a four game winning streak late in the season to finish with five wins. The victory total came despite the fact Whiteford was shut out three times.

Sophomore Steve Fowler had a solid season at his quarterback slot while Mike Steffen, named team MVP, was the rushing leader for Whiteford.

Playing more games than in any other season to date, the Bobcat boys basketball team took the court 21 times. Unfortunately, Whiteford won just four of those outings, in what was to become the last season for ten-year head coach Mel Hartsel.

Underclassmen played the largest role for Whiteford, having only two senior letterman. Leading scorer Darrell Kirby was named the team Most Valuable Player after outscoring teammate Gary King by three points for the team lead.

Kirby also led the team in rebounding.

Other underclassmen Hartsel had to work with included Kevin McNulty and Dave Koppelman. They were the only two players to appear in all 21 games, setting a single season game record that would be broken later.

Hartsel’s career ended with an 81-98 record as varsity coach over 10 seasons. The Bobcats tied for one league title during his tenure. Hartsel came to Whiteford in the fall of 1958 and became a coach quickly, guiding junior high teams for two seasons and the reserve basketball squad for three years before taking over the reigns as head coach. He had a record of 25-23 as JV head coach and also coached the varsity baseball team.

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