For Tim Peintner, college has gone by in the blink of an eye.
Even though it was three-and-a-half years ago that the Fort Hays State senior forward was hoisting up the Class 4A state championship trophy for Scotty City alongside current Tigers' teammate Corbin Kuntzsch, it seems to Peintner like it was just yesterday.
"It's hard to believe it's my last go-round," said Peintner, who was an honorable mention all-MIAA pick last season. "Corbin and I were just talking about it ... after high school, we both knew we'd have a shot to play together; and it's been a great experience."
The 6-foot-6 Peintner leads the Tigers with 14.3 points and 8.7 rebounds per game, only ahead of Kuntzsch, a 6-4 junior guard who averages 11.7 points and seven rebounds.
With three starters back and the addition of 6-foot-9 forward Ken Bowman — a transfer from Hutchinson Community College originally committed to Maryland — the Tigers have put themselves in position to contend for the MIAA title this year and are 4-0 headed into tonight's game at Kansas State.
"This is one of the most talented teams I've played on, and we're a lot deeper, which helps us," Peintner said. "But we know how tough this league is, and that we're going to go play in some intense environments."
Peintner, who almost picked Pittsburg State over Fort Hays coming out of high school, married former Fort Hays softball player Terra Fraser this summer.
"The whole experience has been great ... obviously I met my wife here so I feel like it was really meant to be," Peintner said. "A lot of western Kansas kids go to Fort Hays, so there's just kind of a blue-collar feel to the school. I'm a western Kansas kid myself, and my stepdad's a farmer so I understand that type of work ethic."