TIM PEINTNERHow big is the gap between the Newman men’s team and the top tier of the MIAA? Quite large, as we found out Monday night.
Fort Hays State dismantled the Jets, 77-48, at Hays, and left little doubt about its supremacy amongst Division II teams in the state. What about Washburn and ESU, you might ask? Not this year. The Tigers are just too good. Big guards. Big forwards. A big, big man in former Maryland recruit Ken Bowman (6-foot-9, 240).
And leading the way … a couple of kids from western Kansas in Scott City products Corbin Kuntzsch and Tim Peintner. The two won a 4A title for SC in 2006 and Peintner scored 19 points against the Jets on Monday. I don’t think Fort Hays can unseat Southwest Baptist for the No. 1 spot (Matt Rogers is just too good) but I do think they can take that No. 2 spot and definitely make a run to the NCAA DII Tournament.