Tucker Pinyan action shot

Wynot's Cael Sudbeck (30) looks to pass with Parkview Christian's Tucker Pinyan (22) and Tanner Pinyan (13) blocking during the third quarter of a Class D-2 boys first-round game at Lincoln East High School on March 9, 2017. Tucker Pinyan is the lone returning starter for this year's Parkview Christian team.

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The starting five will be dramatically different compared to last year’s state tournament team, but Parkview Christian fans will still enjoy their boys basketball team’s up-tempo offense.

And the team leader will be pretty easy to spot. Tucker Pinyan averaged 10 points and 3.4 rebounds per game and is back for his senior season. Graduation claimed three starters, and another member of last year’s starting five transferred, but the Patriots’ shooting guard is excited by the new faces and a few seldom-used reserves who will get much more playing time.

Parkview Christian was a repeat qualifier for the D-2 state tournament last season. Wynot took out the Patriots 39-34 in the first round. This year’s PCS team revolves around its 6-foot shooting guard. Pinyan is known for his relentless work ethic and his drive to succeed.

Brothers' similar paths

Pinyan and his older brother, Tanner, now a freshman at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, both have interests in the Air Guard. Tucker recently signed to play basketball collegiately at Peru State. He is on target to graduate high school in December. A member of the Junior ROTC, he will conclude the high school basketball season and then leave next spring for boot camp and technical school in Texas.

Jordan Hitchcock, the high school basketball coach at Parkview Christian, is confident in his shooting guard’s ability to achieve his goals. “Tucker is a relentless worker and will succeed in whatever he puts his mind to,” said Hitchcock.

Run-and-gun

That includes maintaining the fast-paced style of offense that Henry Tanksley & Company had engineered in recent years at PCS. “It’s going to be a lot different around here, personnel-wise, but I like our team and feel that the chemistry is there,” said Tucker, an All-State honorable mention selection each of the past two years.

The new faces to this season’s roster include junior Rashad Woods, a transfer from Lincoln Southeast High School and David Hurley of Seward.

Tucker Pinyan also scores in the classroom, where he maintains a 3.5 grade-point average. He said the opportunity to join the Air Guard, followed by enrolling at Peru State, will combine his two loves.

“I’ve always had a dream of being in the military,” he said, “but my love of basketball goes even beyond that. This arrangement will allow me to experience both."

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