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Wittenberg Tigers


Wittenberg stumbles against rival Wooster

Wittenberg hoped to turn its North Coast Athletic Conference title hopes around in a game against rival Wooster on Saturday night at Pam Evans Smith Arena. Instead, Wooster ran away in the second half and handed the Tigers a 70-55 loss. The loss drops Wittenberg to 4-4 in the NCAC and 10-5 overall. The Tigers hadn’t lost a league game by more than four points before Saturday. “I thought...
Wittenberg, Wooster rivalry still special after all these years

Wittenberg, Wooster rivalry still special after all these years

Wittenberg Tigers coach Matt Croci explained his experience with the Wittenberg-Wooster rivalry this week to his players. When he played at Wittenberg from 1991-94, the Tigers and Scots were new to the North Coast Athletic Conference. The rivalry had yet to take off, but even then showed signs of being something special. “Playing in it, coaching in it, or watching it, if you have a connection...
Wittenberg hosts Community Day at men’s basketball game Thursday

Wittenberg hosts Community Day at men’s basketball game Thursday

Wittenberg University and men’s basketball coach Matt Croci will host Community Day on Thursday at a 3 p.m. game vs. Heidelberg at Pam Evans Smith Arena. All students — elementary, middle school, high school and college — get in the doors for free. The Tigers are 5-3 and 2-2 in the North Coast Athletic Conference. After losing 58-54 to DePauw and 72-68 in overtime to Denison in their...
Wittenberg Tigers kicker named first-team All-American

Wittenberg Tigers kicker named first-team All-American

Wittenberg Tigers senior Will Gingery was named to the American Football Coaches Association All-America Division III First Team on Monday as a placekicker. He’s the program’s first first-team All-American since defensive lineman Eddie Vallery in 2009. Gingery, a Bexley High School graduate, starred as a kicker and punter for the Tigers, who won the North Coast Athletic Conference...
Wittenberg Tigers 3-1 after victory at Capital

Wittenberg Tigers 3-1 after victory at Capital

Jaelin Williams caught the pass from Cody Phillippi. He passed on the shot for a half second and then stepped back and let it fly. The 3-pointer with 41 seconds left broke a 58-58 tie and propelled the Wittenberg Tigers to a 63-60 victory over the Capital Crusaders on Tuesday in Bexley. “Last year we would have lost that game for sure,” Williams said. “That was every game last year...
Wittenberg Tigers 3-1 after victory at Capital

Wittenberg Tigers 3-1 after victory at Capital

Wittenberg’s Jordan Pumroy (13) congratulates Jaelin Williams after a victory against Capital. David Jablonski/Staff

Witt can’t keep up with Whitewater

Wittenberg’s defense faced its most difficult test of the season Saturday. The Tigers held up for most of the first half, but Wisconsin-Whitewater’s big offensive line and balanced attack ended the Tigers’ season 37-9 in the second round of the NCAA Division III playoffs in Whitewater, Wisconsin. Wittenberg (10-2) was fifth in the nation this season in points allowed per game at...
Wittenberg looks to shock Wisc.-Whitewater

Wittenberg looks to shock Wisc.-Whitewater

Wittenberg proved a worthy road team last Saturday when it was one of three road teams to win one of the 16 first-round games of the Division III football playoffs. The Tigers were dramatic about it, defeating Thomas More in four overtimes. Can they do it again? “We’re really prepared to go up there and give all we’ve got,” said linebacker Terrance Crowe, a 2013 Springfield...
Wittenberg looks to shock Wisc.-Whitewater

Wittenberg looks to shock Wisc.-Whitewater

Wittenberg opposes powerhouse Wisconsin-Whitewater today on the road in the second round of the Division III playoffs. David Jablonski/Staff
Wittenberg Tigers practice at Purdue on way to Wisconsin

Wittenberg Tigers practice at Purdue on way to Wisconsin

Joe Fincham and Taver Johnson were freshmen together — sort of — in 1990 with the Wittenberg Tigers. Fincham was a new assistant coach. Johnson was a freshman linebacker. On Friday, the two reunited in West Lafayette, Ind., as Fincham’s Tigers stopped at Purdue University to practice on the way to a noon game Saturday in the second round of the Division III playoffs at Wisconsin-Whitewater...
Wittenberg Tigers practice at Purdue on way to Wisconsin

Wittenberg Tigers practice at Purdue on way to Wisconsin

Wittenberg’s coaching staff poses with Purdue assistant coach Taver Johnson on Friday in West Lafayette, Ind. Submitted photo
Matt Croci picks up first win as Wittenberg Tigers coach

Matt Croci picks up first win as Wittenberg Tigers coach

Matt Croci took the court for his first game as Wittenberg Tigers men’s basketball coach Friday with few jitters. He has been a head coach before after all. He led the Kenyon Lords for seven seasons. However, from 1993 to this past March, the Tigers were led by one man: Bill Brown. His tenure lasted so long it overlapped Croci’s playing career. He was a senior in Brown’s first year...
Matt Croci picks up first win as Wittenberg Tigers coach

Matt Croci picks up first win as Wittenberg Tigers coach

The Wittenberg men’s basketball team poses for a photo at the Gettysburg National Military Park on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, in Gettysburg, Pa. Submitted photo
Division III playoffs: Wittenberg outlasts Thomas More in 4 OTs

Division III playoffs: Wittenberg outlasts Thomas More in 4 OTs

Wittenberg senior kicker Will Gingery has many milestones in his career. The preseason All-American has done it all, it seems — except hit a game-winner. On a snowy, windy Saturday afternoon at BB&T Field, Gingery was able to check that off his list after nailing a 37-yard field goal in the fourth overtime to give Wittenberg a 33-30 win over Thomas More in the first round of the NCAA Division...
Division III playoffs: Wittenberg outlasts Thomas More in 4 OTs

Division III playoffs: Wittenberg outlasts Thomas More in 4 OTs

Wittenberg’s DeShawn Sarley makes a move on a Thomas More defender during their Division III playoff game Saturday at BB&T Field. Wittenberg won in four overtimes to advance. JOHN CUMMINGS/CONTRIBUTED
Preview: Wittenberg Tigers vs. Thomas More Saints

Preview: Wittenberg Tigers vs. Thomas More Saints

Who: No. 17 Wittenberg (9-1) at No. 15 Thomas More (9-1) When: Noon Saturday What: First round of Division III playoffs. Where: BB&T Field, Crestview Hills, Ky. Online: The game will be broadcast taped delayed on FoxSports 1360 at 5 p.m. Thomas More will offer a video webcast of the game. Link at TMCSaints.com. Last game: On Nov. 12, Wittenberg beat Alleheny 45-8 in Meadville, Pa.. Thomas More was...
Preview: Wittenberg Tigers vs. Thomas More Saints

Preview: Wittenberg Tigers vs. Thomas More Saints

Wittenberg against Wabash on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, at Edwards-Maurer Field in Springfield. David Jablonski/Staff
Wittenberg Tigers lean on young players on offense

Wittenberg Tigers lean on young players on offense

The Wittenberg Tigers entered the 2016 season with one big question mark. Could they win with the first sophomore starting at quarterback since Aaron Huffman in 2007? Jake Kennedy has answered that. He threw 18 touchdown passes and seven interceptions, averaging 205.9 passing yards per game. He proved to be a capable runner, too, averaging 48.9 yards per game and scoring seven touchdowns. Entering...
Wittenberg Tigers lean on young players on offense

Wittenberg Tigers lean on young players on offense

Wittenberg’s Jake Kennedy carries the ball against Wabash on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, at Edwards-Maurer Field in Springfield. David Jablonski/Staff
College basketball: Croci set to guide Wittenberg

College basketball: Croci set to guide Wittenberg

Matt Croci wasn’t looking to get out of coaching when he left Kenyon in 2010 — especially after having had some success in a program with a long history of lean years. But his wife, Patrice, had a job opportunity in Florida that was too good to pass up. And Croci was willing to support her career and take on a new role in life. “For two years, I was a stay-at-home dad for our three...
College basketball: Croci set to guide Wittenberg

College basketball: Croci set to guide Wittenberg

Wittenberg men’s basketball coach Matt Croci
Wittenberg’s Holmes, Gingery earn top NCAC honors

Wittenberg’s Holmes, Gingery earn top NCAC honors

Wittenberg senior linebacker Dustin Holmes and senior punter/placekicker Will Gingery received top honors from the North Coast Athletic Conference on Thursday. Holmes, a 2010 Tecumseh graduate, became the first Wittenberg player since defensive lineman Eddie Vallery in 2009 to win the Hank Critchfield Award as the league’s top defender. He made 90 tackles for a defense that allowed 9.6 points...
Wittenberg’s Holmes, Gingery earn top NCAC honors

Wittenberg’s Holmes, Gingery earn top NCAC honors

Wittenberg’s Dustin Holmes tackles Ohio Wesleyan’s Dominick Orsini in the first half on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, at Selby Stadium in Delaware. David Jablonski/Staff
Playoffs a ‘meat grinder’ for Wittenberg Tigers

Playoffs a ‘meat grinder’ for Wittenberg Tigers

Coach Joe Fincham knows the drill when the Wittenberg Tigers find out their playoff opponent. He has guided the Tigers to the postseason 12 times in 21 seasons. “I usually get my head out of the toilet. Then we all say a prayer,” Fincham joked. “Then we get to the film. You start calling immediately to exchange film. Now that everything’s electronic transferred, technology...
Playoffs a ‘meat grinder’ for Wittenberg Tigers

Playoffs a ‘meat grinder’ for Wittenberg Tigers

Wittenberg draws Thomas More in playoffs first round

Wittenberg draws Thomas More in playoffs first round

Coach Joe Fincham often has a similar reaction anytime he sees the Wittenberg Tigers’ name pop up on the NCAA Division III playoff announcement show. Fifteen years ago, his Tigers were sent to Abilene, Texas, to play Hardin-Simmons in the first round. Wittenberg won that game, but it remains the worst-case scenario for travel. So when Fincham watched the selection show Sunday with his staff...
Wittenberg draws Thomas More in playoffs first round

Wittenberg draws Thomas More in playoffs first round

Wittenberg celebrates after a victory against Wabash on Sept. 24, 2016, at Edwards-Maurer Field in Springfield. David Jablonski/Staff
What could get OSU into playoff or keep Buckeyes out after Michigan’s ‘L’

What could get OSU into playoff or keep Buckeyes out after Michigan’s ‘L’

As far as days Ohio State wins by 59 points, this was not the best the Buckeyes have had, but all is not lost or decided. Here are seven thoughts stemming from the 11th week of college football: First thing’s first: On a day of chaos around the country, the Buckeyes made another college team look like a high school unit. They only play 12-15 games per year, so it’s important to stop and...
What could get OSU into playoff or keep Buckeyes out after Michigan’s ‘L’

What could get OSU into playoff or keep Buckeyes out after Michigan’s ‘L’

Could Ohio State need divine intervention to make it back to the Big Ten championship game and/or the College Football Playoff? (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Gingery breaking new ground as kicker/punter for Wittenberg Tigers

Gingery breaking new ground as kicker/punter for Wittenberg Tigers

In each of his 20 seasons prior to this one, Wittenberg Tigers coach Joe Fincham would have had to talk about his punter and kicker in separate terms. They were always different people. Now Fincham can say, “I don’t know if it’s a good thing or a bad thing, but our best player might be our kicker/punter.” Senior Will Gingery has worked overtime this season. He handles all the...
Gingery breaking new ground as kicker/punter for Wittenberg Tigers

Gingery breaking new ground as kicker/punter for Wittenberg Tigers

Wittenberg’s Will Gingery, center, carries Ye Old Skull trophy off the field after a victory against Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, at Selby Stadium in Delaware. David Jablonski/Staff
Wittenberg Tigers rout Kenyon in home finale

Wittenberg Tigers rout Kenyon in home finale

The Wittenberg Tigers moved into position to clinch a NCAA Division III playoff berth with their most lopsided victory of the season. No. 22 Wittenberg routed Kenyon 64-17 Saturday at Edwards-Maurer Field. That result, coupled with Denison’s 22-14 loss at home to Wabash, means the Tigers (8-1, 7-1) are tied with Wabash (8-1, 7-1) atop the North Coast Athletic Conference with one game to go....
Wittenberg Tigers rout Kenyon in home finale

Wittenberg Tigers rout Kenyon in home finale

Wittenberg players wait to take the field before a game against Wabash on Sept. 24, 2016, at Edwards-Maurer Field in Springfield. David Jablonski/Staff
Wittenberg Tigers rooting for Wabash on Saturday

Wittenberg Tigers rooting for Wabash on Saturday

The Wittenberg Tigers find themselves in a strange position this week. They’re rooting for their biggest rival, Wabash, to go to Granville and beat Denison. “Every time I think about it, I want to throw up in my mouth,” Wittenberg coach Joe Fincham joked. No. 22 Wittenberg, No. 19 Wabash and Denison are 7-1 overall and tied for first place at 6-1 in the NCAC with two games to play...
Wittenberg Tigers rooting for Wabash on Saturday

Wittenberg Tigers rooting for Wabash on Saturday

Wittenberg’s Jake Kennedy takes a hit from Denison’s Hayden Hatten in the first half at Deeds Field on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, in Granville. David Jablonski/Staff
Preview: Kenyon Lords at Wittenberg Tigers

Preview: Kenyon Lords at Wittenberg Tigers

Who: Kenyon (3-5, 2-5) at No. 22 Wittenberg (7-1, 6-1) When: 1 p.m. Saturday Where: Edwards-Maurer Field, Springfield Online: Live feed at WittenbergTigers.com Last game: On Oct. 29, Wittenberg beat Oberlin 35-3, and Kenyon lost 41-16 at Wooster. Series history: Wittenberg leads 29-7-2. The Tigers have won 24 straight are 17-0 against Kenyon in NCAC play. The series began in 1894. Kenyon last beat...
Preview: Kenyon Lords at Wittenberg Tigers

Preview: Kenyon Lords at Wittenberg Tigers

Wittenberg players head from the locker room to Edwards-Maurer Field. David Jablonski/staff
Springfield grad Terrance Crowe starring for Wittenberg Tigers defense

Springfield grad Terrance Crowe starring for Wittenberg Tigers defense

Linebacker Terrance Crowe has come a long way in one year for the Wittenberg Tigers. A year ago, the Springfield High School graduate lost his starting job midway through the season. This season, he’s tied for 20th in the country with 11.8 tackles per game for a team two wins away from clinching at least a share of its sixth North Coast Athletic Conference championship in the last eight seasons...
Springfield grad Terrance Crowe starring for Wittenberg Tigers defense

Springfield grad Terrance Crowe starring for Wittenberg Tigers defense

Wittenberg defensive coordinator David Marquis, left, pats Terrance Crowe on the helmet after a stop against Wabash on Sept. 24, 2016, at Edwards-Maurer Field in Springfield. David Jablonski/Staff
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