EATON — Lew Bowser was looking for the perfect fit when it came to making his choice to continue his athletic and academic careers.
He found it in Division III powerhouse Wittenberg.
The Eaton High School senior chose the Tigers to continue his football career.
“Lewie’s versatility is unbelievable. He’s going to be an asset to the program. Great school as well. Coach (Joe) Fincham is getting a great person in Lew Bowser,” Eaton High School football coach Brad Davis said.
Wittenberg is coming off one of its most successful seasons ever, having reached the second round of the playoffs.
Bowser, who played quarterback and defensive back for the Eagles, will likely be a versatile player for the Tigers.
“I just felt the most comfortable there. It had everything I wanted. The school is good,” he said. “It was the best choice for me and I got my best friends going there. I couldn’t turn that down.”
Bowser will be joined at Wittenberg by high school teammates and life-long friends Ghye Wilson and KJ Melling.
“I started going there with Ghye actually when I went to watch his brother’s games. The atmosphere was just always unbelievable. It was just great,” Bowser said. “I loved being there. I loved watching games. They have a winning tradition. Everything about Wittenberg I really loved.”
Bowser said he’s not sure what position he will play.
“I didn’t really want to play quarterback in high school, but I did what I needed to for the team,” he said. “I really just want to be on the field. I will play wherever they want me to.”
Bowser said he is currently undecided about a major.
He said to be able to play with Wilson and Melling again is just a “dream come true.”
“We’ve been playing our whole lives together. We’ve been through everything together,” he said. “We’ve always been side-by-side. We’ve always been leading our teams. We did the best we could.”
Bowser said he appreciated his coaches at Eaton.
“Coach (Ron) Neanen and Coach Davis both, I had them both two years, they are two of the greatest people I’ve ever meet in life. I couldn’t thank them enough for everything they’ve done for me along with the other coaches on the staff. They mean everything to me and I wouldn’t be able to be here without them.”
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