COLUMBIA — Logan Fitch remembers shoving his brother through a wall.
Years ago, the young brothers competed in their family's basement on a small basketball court with hoops on each end. That particular night, the rivalry got heated.
Hickman (3-4) at Fort Zumwalt West (5-2)
WHEN: 7 p.m.
As one brother went up for a dunk late in the game, the other had reached his boiling point. Smoldering with frustration, he heaved his sibling off the court as he flew through the air — right through the dry wall.
"He landed on the other side, and then he got up, and we got in a fight," Logan Fitch said. "I think that goes to show our competitiveness."
Logan and Colby Fitch have been competing for years.
These days when Logan Fitch, senior quarterback for the Hickman football team, peers across the line at the defense during practice, he sees his brother, sophomore Colby Fitch, glaring right back at him.
"It’s a new experience. It’s different, but it’s good," Logan Fitch said. "Now I don’t have to worry about picking him up at the junior high. We’re both right here, and we support each other. It’s good competition for both of us. He’s on the defensive side. I’m on the offensive side. I’m eying him, and he’s eying me."
Colby Fitch, who is two years younger than his brother, missed the first half of the season because he wanted to attend fall baseball practices. After seeing Logan Fitch play football and as the season progressed, the itch to play football became unbearable.
"He’s a baseball player first, not a football player," Logan Fitch said of his brother. "But I see him increasing his size and his strength and being a productive player out here."
Even though the competitive fire is still there, as they've gotten older the two brothers have become more supportive of one another. Now that they're on the same team, the dynamic has shifted slightly.
"I love playing on the same team as my older brother," Colby Fitch said. "We always keep each other going, keep each other motivated. Last game, he had great success. It was nice to see that happen."
Logan Fitch is enjoying it as well. Now he sees his brother in the hallways at school and is able to offer advice throughout the day. The bickering that he says often took place as recently as two years ago has vanished now that they're on the same level.
However, the brothers have qualities that make them different. Hickman coach Arnel Monroe noticed that immediately.
"One of them is real hot, and the other is real cold," Monroe said. "Colby is emotional, fiery, and he gets after things. Logan is more cerebral, quiet, laid back. Both of them are intense. Logan gets started, and he plays harder. Colby gets started, and somebody is going to get hurt. I think that’s the difference in them."
Soon Logan Fitch will go off to college. No more basement basketball or boxing matches. The brothers will probably never again play on the same team. Although Logan Fitch will most likely be in a different city, Colby Fitch knows his big brother won't be far away.
"It’s going to be weird," Colby Fitch said. "He’s always been at home. It will be my junior year, and it will be weird not having him at home whenever I need some advice. I’ll have to call him or something."
As practice ends the two walk off together grinning, each of them relishing the time they have together.