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Wittenberg basketball off to 3-0 start

Matt Croci and P.J. Bertemes were teammates for two years in the Wittenberg basketball program in the early 1990s. Now Croci’s coaching Bertemes’ son Jake, so he can compare the two as well as anyone. “P.J. was a little bigger and stronger,” Croci said. “Jake is probably a little more athletic. But in many ways, they’re similar. They certainly look alike, which...
Wittenberg 3-0 after last-second win vs. Capital

Wittenberg 3-0 after last-second win vs. Capital

Matt Croci’s second season as head coach of the Wittenberg men’s basketball team couldn’t have started any better, and the team’s third game couldn’t have finished in a more exciting fashion. On Tuesday at Pam Evans Smith Arena, Southeastern grad Jake Bertemes, a sophomore guard, caught a length-of-the-court pass from freshman Rashaad Ali-Shakir and scored on a layup...
Wittenberg grad Waddle named coach of year in OAC

Wittenberg grad Waddle named coach of year in OAC

Marietta’s Andy Waddle, a Greenon and Wittenberg graduate, was named Ohio Athletic Conference Coach of the Year on Monday. Waddle took over Marietta’s program in 2013. This was his fifth season. The Pioneers were 0-10 the season before he was hired. They finished 1-9 in his first season and then 2-8 in 2014 and 2015. Last season, Marietta was 3-7. This season, it finished 6-4. It was the...
College Football: Frostburg State chills Wittenberg’s playoff hopes

College Football: Frostburg State chills Wittenberg’s playoff hopes

A touch of Frostburg State put Wittenberg’s previously unbeaten season on ice Saturday in the opening round of the NCAA Division III football playoffs. The No. 15 Bobcats (10-1) put the No. 12 Tigers in a 21-0 hole early in the second half at Edwards-Maurer Field and thwarted several scoring threats en route to a 35-7 victory in just their second playoff appearance in school history. Wittenberg...
Playoff preview: Wittenberg hosts Frostburg State in first round

Playoff preview: Wittenberg hosts Frostburg State in first round

Whether they know it or not, the Wittenberg Tigers will play for the life of one of the most distinctive parts of Edwards-Maurer Field when they face Frostburg State in the first round of the playoffs at noon Saturday. Not long after Wittenberg’s season ends, workers will tear down the press box overlooking the stadium. It’s part of the renovation project transforming Wittenberg&rsquo...
Wittenberg lineman wins NCAC defensive player of the year award

Wittenberg lineman wins NCAC defensive player of the year award

Wittenberg Tigers defensive lineman Chandler Ferko won the North Coast Athletic Conference’s Hank Critchfield award Thursday. He’s the second Wittenberg defender in as many years to be named the top defensive player in the conference, following linebacker Dustin Holmes. Ferko is the 10th Wittenberg player to win the award. He recorded 48 tackles and ranked third in the league with 9½...
Basketball preview: Wittenberg optimistic in second year under Croci

Basketball preview: Wittenberg optimistic in second year under Croci

Chad Roy’s teammates posed in front of the shattered backboard. Then he took his turn, the rim hanging limply by his side inside Pam Evans Smith Arena. Ten days before Friday’s season opener, the Wittenberg Tigers saw how how much strength their one returning starter has. Roy, a 6-foot-9 senior post from Toledo, broke the backboard while dunking during practice. It was just a normal dunk...
Wittenberg Tigers: Ranking top playoff games of Fincham era

Wittenberg Tigers: Ranking top playoff games of Fincham era

Even after all these years, the Hardin-Simmons game remains tough to beat. If Wittenberg Tigers coach Joe Fincham had to rank the most exciting playoff game in his first 21 seasons, that first-round from 2001 would top the list. “That was obviously a long time ago,” Fincham said Tuesday, “but they were the preseason No. 1 team in the country.” RELATED: Tigers to open playoffs...
Wittenberg earns home game in first round of playoffs

Wittenberg earns home game in first round of playoffs

Wittenberg Tigers coach Joe Fincham's thinking on Selection Sunday never changes. "Expect the unexpected," he said. Seventeen years after the Tigers were sent to Abilene, Texas, in the first round — still the biggest playoff surprise for the Tigers after all these years — they were handed an unknown opponent in the opening round of the 2017 NCAA Division III playoffs. The bracket...
College Football: Wittenberg wraps up 10-0 season, awaits playoff foe

College Football: Wittenberg wraps up 10-0 season, awaits playoff foe

It’s the kind of game you hope to have on Senior Day. Wittenberg removed the suspense early at Edwards-Maurer Field, bolting to a 27-0 lead cruising to a 47-21 win Saturday over Wooster. The victory finished off the sixth 10-0 season in coach Joe Fincham’s 22 years in Springfield, and the first since 2010. Wittenberg finds out at 5:30 p.m. Sunday who and where it plays in the first round...
Wittenberg one win from sixth 10-0 season in Fincham era

Wittenberg one win from sixth 10-0 season in Fincham era

The magic number for the Wittenberg Tigers every season is 10-0. An undefeated regular season comes around, on average, about every four seasons. Joe Fincham’s program finished 10-0 five times in his first 21 seasons. His 22nd team can hit that mark by beating Wooster (6-3, 5-3) at Edwards-Maurer Field at 1 p.m. Saturday. This would be the third time the Tigers have clinched a 10-0 season at...
Eaton’s Wilson family continuing to contribute at Wittenberg

Eaton’s Wilson family continuing to contribute at Wittenberg

If the Wittenberg Tigers talk about having a brotherhood, they are literally talking about their siblings. There are two Duncans, two Kaysers and two Crowes. Noah Dehnke is the brother of former Tigers Max and Jimmy. Then there is the Wilson family of Eaton. Zac was a senior wide receiver when Keenan was a freshman. Keenan is a senior safety this season, and the youngest brother, Ghye, is a freshman...
Wittenberg secures NCAC title with Fincham’s 200th win

Wittenberg secures NCAC title with Fincham’s 200th win

The Wittenberg Tigers didn't rush off the field in jubilation after routing Ohio Wesleyan 42-23 Saturday at Edwards-Maurer Field. This wasn't a T-shirt game. That will come next week when the Tigers play Wooster in the regular-season finale at home. Should they win, they will don championship T-shirts, as they have done in four of the last five seasons. No. 12 Wittenberg (9-0, 8-0) did capture a share...
Fincham creates ‘culture of toughness’ at Wittenberg

Fincham creates ‘culture of toughness’ at Wittenberg

Joe Fincham has coached 22 seasons for the Wittenberg Tigers. He doesn’t plan to coach another 11. That’s about how many seasons it would take — winning nine games per year, which is his average — to get to 300 career victories. Fincham might approach that milestone in the late 2020s if he continues to coach but said, “I’ve got three kids to put through school....
Photos: Wittenberg vs. Ohio Wesleyan

Photos: Wittenberg vs. Ohio Wesleyan

Wittenberg against Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at Edwards-Maurer Field in Springfield. David Jablonski/Staff
Wittenberg players want to get 200th win for Fincham on Saturday

Wittenberg players want to get 200th win for Fincham on Saturday

Coach Joe Fincham hasn’t told his Wittenberg Tigers he’s on the brink of a milestone. He didn’t have to. They know he’s on the doorstep of his 200th career victory. Fincham may hit that mark Saturday. No. 12 Wittenberg (8-0, 7-0) plays Ohio Wesleyan (4-4, 4-3) at 1 p.m. at Edwards-Maurer Field. A victory gives the Tigers a share of the North Coast Athletic Conference title...
Winning TD a ‘surreal moment’ for Wittenberg’s Bailey

Winning TD a ‘surreal moment’ for Wittenberg’s Bailey

Wittenberg Tigers defensive lineman Chandler Ferko planted a kiss on wide receiver Bryce Bailey’s head as he was walking past him outside the locker room Wednesday. That’s the kind of attention you get when you catch the winning touchdown in the fourth quarter of the biggest game of the season, as Bailey did Saturday in a 21-14 victory at Wabash. “Do you get kisses when you...
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Wittenberg leaves the field after a victory against Wabash on Oct. 28, 2017.
Wittenberg’s Joe Fincham after big win: ‘The guys stuck together’

Wittenberg’s Joe Fincham after big win: ‘The guys stuck together’

Coach Joe Fincham had a typical Sunday planned for the Wittenberg Tigers: weightlifting, film sessions, meetings, etc. It’s the same routine every week. There was nothing typical about Saturday for Fincham and the Tigers, however — other than the fact that they won. No. 13 Wittenberg beat Wabash 21-14 to improve to 8-0 and maintain its grip on first place in the North Coast Athletic Conference...
Wittenberg rallies in fourth to beat Wabash

Wittenberg rallies in fourth to beat Wabash

Jake Kennedy threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Bryce Bailey in the fourth quarter to lift the No. 13 Wittenberg Tigers to a 21-14 victory over Wabash on Saturday in Crawfordsville, Ind. Wittenberg (8-0, 7-0) maintained its grip on first place in the North Coast Athletic Conference with two games to play. Wabash (6-2, 5-2) fell out of a second-place tie with DePauw (7-1, 6-1). Here’s a recap...
Wittenberg vs. Wabash: ‘Biggest game of year’ for Tigers

Wittenberg vs. Wabash: ‘Biggest game of year’ for Tigers

One the loudest Wittenberg Tigers, wide receiver Jeff Tiffner, motivated his teammates with a few words before practice on a gray, chilly Wednesday afternoon. “Wabash week!” Tiffner shouted. “Best week of the year!” The No. 13 Tigers (7-0, 6-0) return to the Hoosier State for the second straight week, facing Wabash (6-1, 5-1) at 1 p.m. Saturday in Crawfordsville, Ind. This...
Tristan Murray

Tristan Murray

Wittenberg's Tristan Murray runs into the end zone for one of his touchdowns Saturday as Wabash's Frank Knez tries to make a diving tackle but is too late.
Wittenberg vs. Wabash: A look back at a great NCAC rivalry

Wittenberg vs. Wabash: A look back at a great NCAC rivalry

Wabash has DePauw. Wittenberg has Ohio Wesleyan. Those are the rivalry games for the perennial North Coast Athletic Conference powers. Trophies get passed around, though both series have been lopsided in recent years. Lines get added to the media guides for rivalries that go back more than 100 years in both cases. But the Wittenberg-Wabash game takes a back seat only in the age department. The teams...
Wittenberg volleyball: Unbeaten and hungry for more

Wittenberg volleyball: Unbeaten and hungry for more

If the No. 1-ranked Wittenberg volleyball team is to raise a second national championship banner, it must first follow the advice of the white board. In a program built on player development and attention to detail, the white board holds the secrets. It is where coach Paco Labrador lists the goals of each practice. The drills that ensue are designed to make the team better at whatever the white board...
Wittenberg football: Top 7 players in Tigers history

Wittenberg football: Top 7 players in Tigers history

Wittenberg has fielded a football team for 123 seasons. The four-overtime playoff thriller at Thomas More last season was the program’s 754th victory. Only Mount Union, the perennial national powerhouse, has more. Close to 90 freshmen football players showed up on Wittenberg’s campus Tuesday. An army of 160 Tigers will hold their first practice of the 2017 season Wednesday. They reported...
NCAC coaches vote Wittenberg favorite in preseason poll

NCAC coaches vote Wittenberg favorite in preseason poll

North Coast Athletic Conference football coaches voted Wittenberg the preseason favorite Thursday. The Tigers received six of 10 first-place votes. They finished 10-2 in 2016 and won the league championship with an 8-1 mark. Wittenberg has won the NCAC title outright or shared it in six of the last eight seasons. Wabash, which tied for second with Denison and DePauw last season at 7-2, received three...
Kelly Mahlum will continue to coach Wittenberg women’s basketball

Kelly Mahlum will continue to coach Wittenberg women’s basketball

Wittenberg University removed the interim tag from Kelly Mahlum’s title, and she will continue to coach the women’s basketball team in the 2017-18 season. She is the eighth head coach in school history. Wittenberg made the announcement Friday. Mahlum took over the program when Sarah Jurewicz went on maternity leave last season. The Tigers went 10-16 under Mahlum. Jurewicz will remain with...
Wittenberg Tigers upset No. 9 Denison

Wittenberg Tigers upset No. 9 Denison

The Wittenberg Tigers recorded the most impressive victory of the Matt Croci era so far, upsetting No. 9 Denison 71-70 in Granville on Saturday. Shawnee grad Jaelin Williams, a Wittenberg senior, blocked a shot by Denison’s Bret Woolard at the buzzer. Williams led the Tigers with 23 points on 8-of-23 shooting. He had a team-high eight rebounds, four steals and two blocks. Wittenberg trailed...
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