Heber Springs Panthers

Published October 27, 2013 at 5:00 a.m.
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Conference: 2-4A

Coach: Kevin Kyzer, fifth year (159-49 overall)

Assistant coach: Chip McDonald

2012-13 record: 18-11, third in conference. Lost to Brookland in opening round of the Class 4A East Regional.

Returning starters: Mason Schroeder, 6-8 senior; Austin Adkins, 6-1 senior; Spencer Grogan, 6-2 senior; Waren Olmstead, 6-1 senior; and Michael Kramer, 6-1 senior.

Best inside players: Schroeder can play inside and out, Kyzer said, and is being recruited by Division I and Division II schools. The coach said Grogan was “very athletic, a great rebounder and a good inside-out player.” Kramer is “crafty inside and outside.” David Keubler, a 6-3 sophomore, should also contribute.

Best outside players: Adkins and Olmstead should get some help from 5-5 sophomore Zach Ingram, 6-2 sophomore Hunter Chandler, 5-11 junior Grant Childers and 5-11 sophomore Chase Gallaway.

How will you match/exceed/fall short of your success from last year? With five senior returning starters, the Panthers are planning to go further in 2013-14. “We’re very experienced this year,” Kyzer said. “The returning players are determined to have a great year.”

Team strengths: The coach said shooting would be his team’s major strength.

Team weaknesses: No team can better the Panthers’ starting experience, but the flip side of that is they do have a lack of experience off the bench.

Games to watch: Kyzer said all 2-4A teams would be good ones. The league also includes Dollarway, Lonoke, Clinton, Stuttgart, Newport, Southside Batesville and Marianna Lee.

Toughest opponent: Lonoke and the rest of the 2-4A.

College prospects: Kyzer said Schroeder and Adkins would have opportunities to play beyond high school.

In a nutshell: “This is a very determined bunch of seniors,” the coach said. “They are on a mission to do great things.”

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