Breakout senior season leads to college chance for Lynas


Pictured in the front row with Ty Lynas, seated second from left, are his parents Jeff Lynas and Tisha Lynas and sister Mackenzie Lynas, and back row coaches Danny Pierce, David Pierce and Sam Fitch.


Ty Lynas was one of the top boys’ basketball players in the Sagamore Conference in 2020-21.


The Crawfordsville senior jumped from 10.7 points per game as a sixth-man junior to 18.4 points per game this past winter.


And a college opportunity was waiting on the other side.


Lynas committed to continue his basketball career at Manchester University this spring.


“I realized I wanted to play college basketball from the start of it all,” Lynas said. “I’ve always loved basketball and really started to take it seriously when I was getting older.”


As a senior, Lynas budded into a leader for the Athenians and led Crawfordsville to a 12-7 overall mark. An Athenian program that helped prepare him for the next level.


“Playing for the Crawfordsville basketball program really helped me get ready for the next level because It made me realize what it’s like to work perfectly as a team, and the coaching staff helped me with what I needed to know for the future,” Lynas said.


He also feels like his improvement on defense as a senior allowed for the biggest jump as a player and preparing for college basketball.


Lynas joins a Spartans program that hasn’t won double-digit games since 2016-17 — but overall is just excited for the opportunity to grow within the Manchester program.


“I hope to get a team and a coach I can not only trust on the court but in life also,” Lynas said. “I think I can impact the Manchester basketball team by giving them energy on both sides of the court. I am most excited about playing basketball in general and getting to know my teammates and coaching staff more.”


Lynas felt like Manchester was the perfect place for him to take his next stop both in education and basketball and potentially track and field too. The recent Crawfordsville graduate will major in sports management and seek a minor in business.