Versailles boys basketball team ranked No. 7 in AP state poll


By Kyle Shaner - kshaner@aimmedianetwork.com



Versailles’ AJ Ahrens drives to the basket during a boys basketball game against Franklin Monroe on Saturday in Versailles.


Kyle Shaner|The Daily Advocate

COLUMBUS – Versailles is ranked No. 7 in the Division III state rankings in the first Associated Press boys basketball poll of the 2016-17 season.

Versailles is ranked behind Cincinnati Summit Country Day, Leavittsburg Labrae, St. Bernard Roger Bacon, Haviland Wayne Trace, Columbus Grandview Heights and Oak Hill in the Division III rankings.

Versailles is the lone Darke County boys basketball team ranked in this week’s poll.

A number of other schools with local connections are ranked this week. Wayne from the Greater Western Ohio Conference is ranked No. 6 in Division I, Northmont from the GWOC is ranked No. 17 in Division I, Trotwood-Madison from the GWOC is ranked No. 2 in Division II, and Fort Recovery from the Midwest Athletic Conference is ranked No. 10 in Division IV.

Below are the top 10 teams in the Associated Press Ohio high school basketball poll with first-place votes in parentheses and won-loss record, total points and position last week at right:

DIVISION I
1, Cin. Moeller (8) 9-0 133
2, Pickerington Cent. (4) 9-0 127
3, Massillon Jackson (2) 8-0 92
4, Westerville S. (1) 9-1 73
(tie) Newark 11-0 73
6, Huber Hts. Wayne 8-2 60
7, Lorain 6-1 44
8, Tol. St. Francis 9-1 38
9, Upper Arlington 9-1 37
10, Youngs. Boardman 8-1 31

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Lakewood St. Edward (1) 29. 12, Tol. St. John’s 23. 13, Madison 20. 14, N. Can. Hoover 18. 15, Cin. La Salle 16. 15, Cle. St. Ignatius (1) 16. 17, Clayton Northmont 15. 18, Mentor 13. 19, Mason 12.

DIVISION II
1, Upper Sandusky (2) 11-0 87
2, Trotwood-Madison (5) 6-0 84
3, Ottawa-Glandorf (3) 9-0 82
4, Cols. South (1) 10-0 72
5, Day. Dunbar (2) 7-1 59
6, Akr. SVSM (1) 6-3 54
7, McArthur Vinton County 9-0 47
8, Franklin 8-1 43
9, Cols. DeSales 8-1 40
10, Kettering Alter 8-1 35

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Lexington 30. 12, Cle. Benedictine 28. 13, Cin. Wyoming 26. 14, Cin. Taft 19. 14, Vermilion 19. 16, Struthers (1) 18. 17, Jefferson Area 17. 18, Parma Hts. Holy Name 16. 18, Wauseon 16. 20, Byesville Meadowbrook 13.

DIVISION III
1, Cin. Summit Country Day (3) 9-0 102
2, Leavittsburg Labrae (4) 9-0 94
3, St. Bernard Roger Bacon (3) 10-2 74
4, Haviland Wayne Trace 9-1 67
5, Cols. Grandview Hts. 8-1 63
6, Oak Hill (2) 10-0 61
7, Versailles 9-1 58
8, Cle. VASJ (1) 4-4 53
9, Proctorville Fairland (1) 8-1 47
10, Brookville 9-0 36

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Richwood N. Union 19. 11, N. Lima S. Range (1) 19. 13, Van Buren 17. 14, Spencerville 16. 14, Berlin Hiland 16. 16, Lynchburg-Clay 13.

DIVISION IV
1, Ft. Loramie (7) 8-1 115
2, McDonald (2) 8-0 89
3, Defiance Ayersville (2) 7-0 74
4, Cols. Africentric (2) 8-3 66
5, Warren JFK 6-2 58
6, Grove City Christian 9-1 55
7, Mansfield St. Peter’s 9-1 54
8, Cornerstone Christian (3) 8-3 48
9, Waterford 4-1 27
10, Ft. Recovery 6-1 24

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Bristol 23. 12, Cincinnati Christian 22. 13, Canal Winchester Harvest Prep 21. 14, Sidney Fairlawn 18. 14, Toronto 18. 16, Cols. Wellington 17. 17, Russia 15. 18, Strasburg-Franklin 13. 18, Cle. Hts. Lutheran E. 13. 20, S. Charleston SE 12.

Versailles’ AJ Ahrens drives to the basket during a boys basketball game against Franklin Monroe on Saturday in Versailles.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2017/01/web1_AJ-Ahrens-WEB.jpgVersailles’ AJ Ahrens drives to the basket during a boys basketball game against Franklin Monroe on Saturday in Versailles. Kyle Shaner|The Daily Advocate

By Kyle Shaner

kshaner@aimmedianetwork.com

Kyle Shaner may be reached at 937-569-4316. Follow me on Twitter @KShanerAdvocate or get updates on Facebook by searching Darke County Sports or Advocate 360. For more features online go to dailyadvocate.com.

Kyle Shaner may be reached at 937-569-4316. Follow me on Twitter @KShanerAdvocate or get updates on Facebook by searching Darke County Sports or Advocate 360. For more features online go to dailyadvocate.com.