Bill Weaver (#20) drives to the basket
(2-27-22) Bill Weaver had one of the most successful careers, since Al Brenner, in Niles boys basketball history.
When Weaver graduated he held several Viking records, career scoring leader (239. 481, 604) 1,324 points, 46 point game vs. South Bend Clay, most Ft’s made in a single season 134 and best FT % with 84%. Weaver was a member of the Detroit Free Press All-State team 1st team.
During the 1973-74 season Coach Dean Adams put together a season to remember, 22-3, Class A #12 State ranking, conference champion, District Tournament champions (1st time in 13 years) and an appearance in the Regional.
It was the farthest run in Niles tournament history. The Vikings would beat Lansing Everett 62-49 in the Regional semi-final game, Niles trailed at one time 32-12 before pressing their way back to the win. Niles would lose in the final to Battle Creek Central 70-63.
A highlight win in the Districts over Benton Harbor avenged a regular season loss to the Tigers 83-82. It was the first Niles win over Benton Harbor in three years going 1-5 during that stretch.
1973-73 Niles Vikings
Did you know….
In 1990 coaching the Buchanan’s girls basketball team Bill Weaver…finished 27-1 and upset heavily-favored Detroit Country Day in the Class C state title game. His star player Letitia Bowen (McGuff) was named a Miss Basketball finalist.
Weaver had a 340-132 coaching record in 21 years.