VERSAILLES – Versailles junior Justin Ahrens was named the Midwest Athletic Conference’s boys basketball player of the year and Versailles’ Travis Swank was named the MAC boys basketball coach of the year for the 2016-17 season.
In his first season as Versailles’ varsity boys basketball coach Swank led the Tigers to a perfect 9-0 record in the conference.
Justin Ahrens averaged 22.4 points, 8.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game for the conference champion Tigers.
Along with Justin Ahrens, junior AJ Ahrens and senior Alex Wendel both were named first team all-MAC.
Senior Conner Custenborder and junior Keaton McEldowney both were named second team all-MAC.
Versailles’ Austin Knapke made the MAC’s honorable mention team.
Versailles won the MAC championship with a perfect 9-0 record. Marion Local finished second at 7-2, Delphos St. John’s and Fort Recovery tied for third at 6-3, and Minster and St. Henry tied for fifth at 5-4. Coldwater finished seventh with a 4-5 record while New Bremen, New Knoxville and Parkway all tied for eighth with 1-8 records.
MAC boys basketball
Name School Grade
Dylan Thobe Coldwater 12
Micaiah Cox Ft. Recovery 12
Nathan Bruns Marion Local 10
Tyler Mescher Marion Local 11
Aaron Ernst Minster 12
Nick Topp New Knoxville 12
Tyler Schlarman St. Henry 11
Timothy Kreeger St. John’s 12
Jared Wurst St. John’s 10
AJ Ahrens Versailles 11
Justin Ahrens Versailles 11
Alex Wendel Versailles 12
Team champion: Versailles (9-0)
Player of the year: Justin Ahrens, Versailles
Coach of the year: Travis Swank, Versailles
Name School Grade
Marcus Bruns Coldwater 10
Neal Muhlenkamp Coldwater 12
Matt Bihn Ft. Recovery 12
Payton Jutte Ft. Recovery 10
Caleb Martin Ft. Recovery 12
Tyler Prenger Marion Local 11
Mike Ketner Minster 10
Nolan Bornhorst New Bremen 9
Mason Baxter Parkway 10
Ryan Luttmer St. Henry 11
Conner Custenborder Versailles 12
Keaton McEldowney Versailles 11
Derek Albers, Coldwater; Ryan Braun, Ft. Recovery; Collin Everman, Marion Local; Bryce Schmiesing, Minster; Luke Vonderhaar, New Bremen; Nathan Tinnerman, New Knoxville; Jack Wehe, Parkway; Blake Hoyng, St. Henry; Owen Rode, St. John’s; Austin Knapke, Versailles
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