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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Galyan, Tigers aiming for state

  • Pangburn 6-3, 165-pound senior forward Ty Galyan is the lone returning starter from a team that finished 17-15 while advancing to the regional tournament. But Galyan, who averaged an astonishing 23 points and eight rebounds as a junior, was the key cog and has talented help coming up from junior high.
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  • Pangburn 6-3, 165-pound senior forward Ty Galyan is the lone returning starter from a team that finished 17-15 while advancing to the regional tournament. But Galyan, who averaged an astonishing 23 points and eight rebounds as a junior, was the key cog and has talented help coming up from junior high.
    Second-year Coach Chris Yielding hopes they can mesh into a state tournament contender.
    “Our goal last year was making the regional tournament and we did that,” said Yielding. “We want to increase from the wins we had last year and make the state tournament. That’s is the long-term goal for the end of the season. We’ve got to take it one day at a time.”
    Last year’s junior high team ¬ featuring point guard Mitchell Flint, swingman Ty Gee, shooting guard Jake Tharp, guard Josh Ivey and forward Nick Lukas ¬ placed second in the 2-2A Conference with a record of 16-4. They had a chance to win the league but a double forfeit to Salem due to weather conditions forced the Junior Tigers to settle for second behind Sloan-Hendrix, who Pangburn had beaten 62-60 in overtime to take over first place.
    “I’ve got a lot of sophomores competing for playing time and that is going to make practice a dog fight. I’ve got four or five sophomores that are going to compete for serious minutes,” added Yielding.
    The sophomores will need to mature quickly in order for the Tigers to accomplish their goals. Galyan does have some experienced help with senior guard Austin Smith, a defensive specialist who received significant playing time last year returning along with junior guard Austin Beede and senior guard Ray Haddix, who Yielding tabbed his best perimeter shooter.
    Yielding, who served as assistant coach at Des Arc and more recently Heber Springs before taking his first job as head coach at Pangburn, said the transition has been relatively smooth.
    “There is always an adjustment period and that can take longer for certain kids but I have seen good things over the summer,” said Yielding, who installed the motion offense when he took the job. “They are buying in. They are used to me and I am used to them. They are getting more comfortable with our whole philosophy.”
    Without a shadow of a doubt, Galyan is the Tigers best scorer, rebounder and post player. He has worked hard on his defense this summer. Last week at practice, Galyan worked the entire scrimmage on defense in a half court situation as most players traded out.
    “He has put in a ton of work during the offseason. Last year he played really well as a junior without really having to step up and be a leader. This year he is going to be a leader and he is going to be one of our biggest strengths.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Yielding is looking for defensive improvement out of the entire team. “I am hoping we can make some big improvements defensively. At times last year our defense was pretty good but it left a lot to be desired other times. I’ve got a group of kids that want it bad. They know what it takes to get there.”
    The Tigers’ 2-2A Conference loses two-time defending state champion Cedar Ridge and Cotter, while nearby Midland moves into the seven-team league. “White County Central is going to be really tough and they are well-coached,” said Yielding.
    “Sloan Hendrix has a new coach and I know he is going to have them playing hard. Walnut Ridge has some big kids that are tough. There are going to be three or four teams competing for the top spot. It’s going to come down to execution. Our defense has to be better and we’ve got to get better at getting into our offense quicker ... Not having to hold the ball and figure out what we are doing in transition,” added Yielding.
    Pangburn hosted a team camp this summer before traveling to Ouachita Baptist for another camp.
    “We went to OBU and went 3-3. We lost a couple of tight ones that I wish we could have pulled out but being summer ball I think we got a lot out of it. We know what corrections we need to make.
    “We held a team camp here at the first of the summer with some tough teams and we were 3-4 in it. As the summer has gone on we have improved and we are getting closer to where we need to be before school starts back. Our senior high tips off 85 days from today [last Thursday] so it will be here before we know it. We are not where we need to be for the season but for the summer I am happy where we are at,” concluded Yielding.
    The Tigers’ practice jerseys read ‘Force Tempo’ on the back. If Pangburn can get its transition game clicking along with defense – Galyan, Smith, Haddix and the talented sophomores could be well on their way to achieving their goal of making the state tournament.

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