Derek Brooks '13 was featured in a Feb. 22 article on D3Hoops.com for his role on the Gettysburg College men's basketball team.
Almost 150 years after the Crittenden brothers fought on opposite sides of the Civil War, two more brothers, Derek and Wes Brooks battled in Gettysburg.
This battle wasn’t about freedom, though, this was a story of a younger brother getting a crack at his oldest brother.
Derek, a senior at Gettysburg; Sean, a sophomore at Washington College; and Wes, a freshman at McDaniel grew up in front of the hoop in their backyard.
In the spring, the trio would play for hours, as the neighborhood kids cycled in and out.
Often times they would lower the rim to around seven feet, so that everyone could dunk, and the game would get physical.
“I beat them up most of the time,” Derek said. “I didn’t ever take it easy on them. But that’s what you’re supposed to do.” That is the role of the older brother.