Versailles boys basketball team moves up to No. 4 in AP state rankings


By Kyle Shaner - kshaner@aimmedianetwork.com



Versailles’ Justin Ahrens goes for a layup during a Flyin’ to the Hoop boys basketball game against Tri-Village on Jan. 16 at Fairmont’s Trent Arena in Kettering.


Dale Barger|For The Daily Advocate

COLUMBUS – For a second consecutive week the Versailles boys basketball team moved up in the Associated Press State rankings.

After being ranked fifth last week, Versailles is ranked fourth in Division III this week. The Tigers were ranked seventh in the first state rankings of the 2016-17 season.

Versailles moved ahead of Haviland Wayne Trace in the state rankings. The Tigers, who are the highest ranked team will a loss in Division III, remain ranked behind Cincinnati Summit Country Day, Leavittsburg Labrae and Oak Hill.

Versailles is the lone Darke County boys basketball team to be ranked in this season’s state poll.

A number of other schools with local connections are ranked this week. Springfield from the Greater Western Ohio Conference is ranked No. 11 in Division I, Trotwood-Madison from the GWOC is ranked No. 3 in Division II, and Fort Recovery from the Midwest Athletic Conference is ranked No. 9 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 (20);15-0;200
2, Newark;14-0;162
3, Pickerington Cent.;13-1;140
4, Tol. St. Francis;13-1;128
5, Massillon Jackson;12-1;111
6, Wooster;13-0;85
7, Lorain;10-2;45
8, N. Can. Hoover;12-2;34
9, Tol. St. John’s;11-2;32
10, Upper Arlington;11-2;30

Others receiving 12 or more points: Westerville S. 26. Springfield 26. Cols. Northland 21. Hilliard Bradley 18. Cin. La Salle 14.

DIVISION II

1, Upper Sandusky (11);14-0;178
2, Cols. South (3);14-0;166
3, Trotwood-Madison (4);12-1;151
4, Day. Dunbar;12-2;124
5, Franklin;12-1;71
6, McArthur Vinton County;12-1;61
7, Ottawa-Glandorf;12-2;58
8, Cin. Wyoming (1);13-0;45
9, Kettering Alter;11-2;44
10, Cin. Taft;11-1;27

Others receiving 12 or more points: Wapakoneta 23. Vermilion 22. Wauseon (1) 22. Peninsula Woodridge 18. Lancaster Fairfield Union 17. Akr. SVSM 16. Lexington 15.

DIVISION III

1, Cin. Summit Country Day (13);13-0;177
2, Leavittsburg Labrae (4);13-0;158
3, Oak Hill;16-0;131
4, Versailles;14-1;116
5, Haviland Wayne Trace;13-1;115
6, St. Bernard Roger Bacon (2);13-2;100
7, Proctorville Fairland (1);13-1;82
8, Brookville;13-1;59
9, Cle. VASJ;7-4;37
10, Cols. Grandview Hts.;10-2;28

Others receiving 12 or more points: N. Lima S. Range 20. Martins Ferry 12.

DIVISION IV

1, Defiance Ayersville (15);11-0;182
2, Grove City Christian (2);14-1;148
3, McDonald (1);13-1;137
4, Mansfield St. Peter’s;13-2;112
5, Cornerstone Christian (2);12-3;109
6, Ft. Loramie;11-2;102
7, Bristol;13-1;80
8, S. Charleston SE;12-1;47
9, Ft. Recovery;9-3;29
10, Waterford;9-3;24

Others receiving 12 or more points: Canal Winchester Harvest Prep 18. Cincinnati Christian 17. W. Unity Hilltop 16.

Versailles’ Justin Ahrens goes for a layup during a Flyin’ to the Hoop boys basketball game against Tri-Village on Jan. 16 at Fairmont’s Trent Arena in Kettering.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2017/01/web1_Justin-Ahrens-WEB-2.jpgVersailles’ Justin Ahrens goes for a layup during a Flyin’ to the Hoop boys basketball game against Tri-Village on Jan. 16 at Fairmont’s Trent Arena in Kettering. Dale Barger|For 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.