Basketball team wins district title as Whiteford transitions to TCC in 1975-76

The Whiteford boys basketball team won its first district championship in 15 years as the Bobcats joined another new conference, the Tri-County Conference.

If any season in Whiteford history can be looked at as a turning point for the program, it can be said that it is the 1975-76 year.

Leaving the Michigan-Ohio Border Conference proved to be the right move for Whiteford, as the Tri-County Conference became the home league.

Behind Terry Futrell’s 410 points and 78 percent free throw shooting, the Bobcats recorded their first winning season in seven years. With a 14-9 record on the season and 10-4 in the TCC, the Bobcats finished second in TCC.

However, the big news came when Whiteford defeated Deerfield on March 6 for the schools first District Championship since 1961. In Regional action in Jackson, WHS lost to TCC nemesis Ann Arbor St. Thomas (ranked No. 2 in Class D by the Associated Press), a team that Whiteford took to the limit in a road game against the 22-2 Fighting Irish.

In a game that typified how far WHS had come in the recent years, the Bobcats held a fourth-quarter lead before going down by a 61-59 count to the Washtenaw County School. Futrell and Bowman combined for 34 points as WHS took a 32-30 lead into halftime against the ranked opponent. They widened the gap going into the final stanza before bowing out in the regular season game.

Bowman scored 300 points on the season and was named most improved player for the second straight year. He shot better than 50 percent from the floor and had 183 boards. David Perry also had a big season, scoring 209 points and leading the team with 204 rebounds.

 

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