Senior carrying on Brandewie legacy at Fort Loramie

Boys basketball coach Corey Britton, Nick Brandewie, Stacey Brandewie, Jerry Brandewie. PHOTO COURTESY OF FORT LORAMIE ATHLETICS

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Boys basketball coach Corey Britton, Nick Brandewie, Stacey Brandewie, Jerry Brandewie. PHOTO COURTESY OF FORT LORAMIE ATHLETICS

There are loads of last names tied to the athletic legacies of local high schools. Few, however, are as recognizable as the “Brandewie” surname and Fort Loramie basketball.

Of the Redskins five state titles – three in boys (1977, 1987, 1993) and two in girls (2013 and 2015) – all have had at least one Brandewie on the roster.

The name notched another milestone Feb. 17 against Fairlawn.

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Playing in his 98th career varsity basketball game, senior Nick Brandewie set the program record for games played. He beat the mark set by 2018 Loramie grad and former teammate Tyler Siegel.

Nick and 1989 Loramie grad Tom Brandewie, who was a four-year lettermen at Ohio State (1989-1993), are fourth-generation cousins.

“It was really cool overtaking Tyler,” Nick Brandewie said. “Setting that mark means a lot.”

En route to leading the Redskins to the 1987 Class AAA state title at UD Arena and the 1988 Division IV state semifinals at St. John Arena, Tom Brandewie set school records for career points (1,834) and rebounds (1,020).

Nick’s father Jerry Brandewie, a 1982 Loramie grad, was also a deft scorer (833 career points).

Nick prefers to pass.

“Nick’s never been a big scorer,” Jerry Brandewie said. “He would much rather make a great no look pass - and he’s had a bunch - to get an assist.”

Growing up with an appetite for Larry Bird videos, Nick Brandewie carries a complete skill set.

Heading into Friday’s Division IV district final – Fort Loramie (17-7) faces New Miami (20-5) at Butler High School (5:30 p.m.) – Nick’s career totals read 555 points, 267 rebounds, 228 assists and 118 steals. He’s a two-time second team All-Southwest District selection and will be a two-time All-Ohio selection. Friday is game No. 101.

Over Brandewie’s career, Loramie has made some lengthy runs. In the last three years the Redskins are 82-25 with three district titles. They were regional runner-up in 2018.

Reaching a fourth straight Sweet 16 is the goal.

“He leads by example,” Jerry Brandewie said. “He plays hard and smart and tough. And he plays cool under pressure.”

Nick was first team D-VII All-Southwest District and an All-Ohio wide receiver in 2019. He helped the Redskins football team win a regional title in 2018.

His sister’s Reggi (2013) and Maddi (2015) each won state basketball titles as members of the girls program.

“Nick has been an unbelievable leader for our program, not only this year, but over his four year varsity career,” Loramie basketball coach Corey Britton said. “Nick does so much for us, whether it is handling the basketball or guarding the other teams best guard or post player.

“Nick’s career numbers (wins and titles) speak for themselves.”

Honors: National Trail and Franklin-Monroe swept the top honors for boys and girls, respectively, in the Cross County Conference. Junior Cameron Harrison was the CCC boys player of the year, while Mike Harrison was the coach of the year. Senior Corina Conley was the CCC girls player of the year and Abbey Moore was tabbed top coach…Tippecanoe junior Ben Knostman was named the Miami Valley League's boys basketball athlete of the year, while Piqua senior Tylah Yeomans claimed the girls honor…Emmanuel Christian swept the Metro Buckeye Conference boys awards with senior Fred Shropshire earning athlete of the year and Danny Moore coach of the year. Legacy Christian junior Emma Hess was the MBC girls athlete of the year and Yellow Springs' Tim Minnich was coach of the year.

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