What is Keese and Keese? Is it a law firm? A new TV series? A line of clothing?
Well, for one thing it’s the two-member Glen Rose Fishing Team.
It’s also two brothers who attend Glen Rose High School and had success in the 62nd annual Somervell County Youth Fair last week.
Kason Keese and younger brother Kanyon Keese swept the top two spots last Friday in the Breeding Sheep division. Kasen, a sophomore playing on the varsity boys basketball team, won the Grand Champion title. He also plays baseball for GRHS. Kanyon, who plays on the football, basketball and baseball freshman teams, took the runner-up spot as the Reserve Champion.
The Keese brothers were hanging out with their longtime friend, GRHS junior Westen Halcom, at the show after their competition was over when they talked about fishing — their other passion, outside of sports.
They take time to go fishing together, and compete in Texas High School Bass Association (THSBA) tournaments.
Halcom, a two-year starter at running back for the Tigers, was voted to the 2017 Associated Press Sports Editors Class 4A honorable mention all-state football team in December. He set five school rushing records and was voted as the Offensive Most Valuable Player in District 4-4A.
Kanyon said that last year he and his brother qualified for a THSBA state tournament at Lake Ray Roberts, north of Denton. Kasen and his fishing partner Cody Harris finished in 14th place out of 270 teams in that event.
Halcom, who began competing in the Youth Fair in 2012 and is a National Honor Society member, said that he and Kasen have been friends since they were in day care together as young children.
“It’s fun going to different stock shows and having one of my best friends, since the beginning, to do it with,” said Halcom, who earned second place in the Market Lamb Medium Wool - Heavy division.
Kasen, a member of the A-B Honor Roll who began competing at about age 10, won a Grand Championship in the Market Lamb division in 2017 with the same sheep he entered this year. He won Reserve Championships with Market Lambs in 2014 and 2015.
Kanyon hit the jackpot in 2015, winning Grand Championships in Market Lambs and Market Goats, plus a Reserve Championship with a Market Heifer. He has also competed in goat divisions.
“It’s pretty fun competing against (Kasen) and mostly beating him,” Kanyon said, adding, “but sometimes we have to get serious about it if we want to win.”
Kasen said, “When one of us gets a Reserve Championship, the other (usually) gets the Grand Championship. It’s fun to let everyone know about it.”
The brothers learned the ropes from their dad, Lewis Keese, who earned several Somervell County stock show championships in the 1980s. Their mom, Kelly Keese, also competed in stock shows, but to a lesser extent.
Halcom said the Keese brothers are, “very competitive” with one another, and added — with tongue in cheek — “Every now and then you see them saying stuff to each other like they are going to beat each ohter and take each other down.”