Versailles’ Justin Ahrens, Travis Swank earns top MAC boys basketball honors


By Kyle Shaner - kshaner@aimmedianetwork.com



AJ Ahrens


J. Ahrens


Wendel


Versailles’ Travis Swank was named the Midwest Athletic Conference boys basketball coach of the year.


Dale Barger|For The Daily Advocate

Versailles junior Justin Ahrens was named the Midwest Athletic Conference boys basketball player of the year.


Dale Barger|For The Daily Advocate

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

First team

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

Second team

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

Honorable mention

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

AJ Ahrens
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2017/03/web1_AJ-Ahrens-WEB.jpgAJ Ahrens

J. Ahrens
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2017/03/web1_Justin-Ahrens-WEB-3.jpgJ. Ahrens

Wendel
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2017/03/web1_Alex-Wendel-WEB-1.jpgWendel

Versailles’ Travis Swank was named the Midwest Athletic Conference boys basketball coach of the year.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2017/03/web1_Travis-Swank-WEB-2.jpgVersailles’ Travis Swank was named the Midwest Athletic Conference boys basketball coach of the year. Dale Barger|For The Daily Advocate

Versailles junior Justin Ahrens was named the Midwest Athletic Conference boys basketball player of the year.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2017/03/web1_Justin_Ahrens-WEB.jpgVersailles junior Justin Ahrens was named the Midwest Athletic Conference boys basketball player of the year. 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.