Food truck getting buzz for its gourmet street eats crowned champion of Springfield competition

Eaton’s Wilson family continuing to contribute at Wittenberg

Keenan and Ghye follow oldest brother Zac to Witt


Tigers play Wooster at 1 p.m. Saturday in regular-season finale.

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 wide receiver.

RELATED: Fincham createst ‘culture of toughness’ at Wittenberg

Wittenberg’s winning tradition attracted the brothers to the program, and they have played a big part in upholding that tradition.

“It all started with my older brother Zac coming here,” Keenan said Tuesday. “I started coming to all the games to watch him. Everyone wants to go to a school where you win. I really started noticing the coaching staff. They really care about you. They want to win as much as you do. You don’t see that at a lot of places really.”

The oldest Wilson, Zac, played wide receiver and had his best season as a junior in 2013, catching 37 passes for 571 yards and three touchdowns. Keenan saw his brother’s success and followed him to Wittenberg. He picked Wittenberg over Denison.

“Him being here was definitely a big influence for me,” Keenan said. “I knew going into the offseason I would be able to work out with him and better myself.”

PHOTOS: Wittenberg vs. Ohio Wesleyan

Wittenberg listed Keenan as a wide receiver when he arrived on campus in 2014. He told wide receivers coach Michael Cooper he wanted to switch to defensive back because that’s what he trained for all summer.

Keenan’s teammates told him, “You just want to go against your brother in practice.”

That would have happened more, but Zac broke his collarbone in preseason practices and played in only two games as a senior.

Keenan hasn’t suffered that misfortune in his final season. He ranks third on the team and leads the defensive backs with 51 tackles. He has two interceptions.

“Keenan’s been dynamite,” Wittenberg coach Joe Fincham said. “Much like his brother, he’s a guy with a tremendous work ethic. He has a very high football IQ. He’s a man of few words, at least around me, but he’s as dependable as the day is long. He gets everybody lined up. He knows where he’s supposed to be.”

No. 12 Wittenberg (9-0, 8-0) clinched a share of the North Coast Athletic Conference championship Saturday by beating Ohio Wesleyan 42-23. The Tigers can win the title outright and secure their first 10-0 season since 2010 by beating Wooster at 1 p.m. Saturday.

“We know what’s on the line,” Wilson said. “A home playoff game would be big. In my career, we’ve only lost two games at home. Every week we have different motivations. This week, obviously, it’s 10-0.”

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Sports

McCoy: Riggleman not emphasizing ‘spoiler role’ as Reds begin stretch of 13 games against NL Central contenders
McCoy: Riggleman not emphasizing ‘spoiler role’ as Reds begin stretch of 13 games against NL Central contenders

The Cincinnati Reds travel bags were open in front of the players’ lockers, stuffed with their road gray uniforms. As soon as they finished business Sunday afternoon with the San Francisco Giants, the Reds would embark on a flight to General Billy Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee. The standings say the Reds are 17 1/2 games out of...
HS Roundup 8/18: Oakwood tennis takes title at Pick. Central tourney

Oakwood picked up victories in the first and third doubles finals to win the Pickerington Central Doubles Invitational in girls tennis action on Saturday. The doubles duo of Lily McCloskey/Sarah Hall won in first doubles and Sidney Purks/Sophie Schnell won in third. Lakota East, Seven Hills, Perrysburg, Ursuline Academy, Tol. St. Ursula, Walsh Jesuit...
HS Scores 8/18: Alter, Carroll open boys soccer season with wins

Boys Soccer Saturday’s Results Alter 1, Monroe 0 Botkins 2, Miami East 1 Carroll 2, Troy 0 Centerville 4, Lakota West 1 Dixie 1, Legacy Christian 1 Fairbanks 6, West Jefferson 0 Fairmont 1, Fairfield 0 Mason 2, Springboro 0 Northmont 4, Sidney 0 Talawanda 5, Badin 0 Tecumseh 3, Miamisburg 3 Friday’s Results Anderson 5, Middletown 0 Butler...
Cincinnati Reds: Hamilton returns to leadoff spot after 82-game hiatus
Cincinnati Reds: Hamilton returns to leadoff spot after 82-game hiatus

Friday felt like Christmas in August for Billy Hamilton. The Cincinnati center fielder received a surprise gift from interim manager Jim Riggleman when he saw his name in the leadoff slot for the first time since April 26 against Atlanta, snapping a streak of 82 consecutive starts in the ninth slot – below the pitcher. Hamilton celebrated by...
McCoy: Christmas for Billy Hamilton is batting leadoff
McCoy: Christmas for Billy Hamilton is batting leadoff

When Billy Hamilton walked into the clubhouse Friday night and saw the lineup board, he wanted to jump and click his heels — something he can easily do. Instead of finding his name at the bottom of the batting order, ninth, he was back at the top, batting leadoff for the first time since late April “It was like Christmas for me when I came...
More Stories