(1-20-18) – Versailles’ and Ohio State commit Justin Ahrens became the Tigers and the Midwest Athletic Conference’s All-Time leading scorer. The Senior did it in style, with a triple-double scoring 38 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a MAC win over Ft. Recovery.

Ahrens Record Breaker
Ahrens Record Breaker from WOSN TV You Tube video

Ahrens entered the night needing just six points to pass former Tiger great Kyle Gehle and he did it in the 1st quarter on a NBA 3-pointer.

One shot breaking two milestone records will be a night to remember, he passes Gehle, who is a 2004 Versailles grad, who now is settled in with 1,744 points. A third Tiger is listed in the school and MAC Top 10 in scoring, his older brother Kyle (sitting out this season at Michigan State due to an injury), who graduated in 2015 and scored 1,666 points during his career.

The Ahrens are now the second group of brothers to be in the MAC Top 10, the first to do it are the Kahlig’s, Greg and Elijah, both from Ft. Recovery.

WOSN TV You Tube Video

Versailles Head Coach Travis Swank tells SSN:

About Justin breaking both records last night—

It is a great achievement for him.  It shows how much hard work and dedication he has put into the game.  The best thing about his achievement is that I know Justin is not going to settle.  He wants to get better each and every single day.  When you have a kid that has that much ambition he is only going to continue to get better and more good things are going to come his way and towards our team as well.

2-What does it mean to your program to have him, considering how many top players like him are transferring to schools all around the US ala the Ball family, etc (You have to admire him for staying home)

I know that in high school today that transferring is becoming normal, but all of his family and friends are from Versailles, so he has a lot of support here and I think that helps kids stay at home.  Even though he has played high level AAU, he has played with this group of seniors since the third grade and all of them are friends. It is always fun to win with your childhood friends and is something they can all talk about when they become older.

The next goal for Ahrens would be 2,000 points, needing just 224 points to accomplish that feat before his high school career ends.  With eight regular season games to go he would need to average 28 points a game, depending on their tournament run it could happen.

MAC Boys Basketball Top 10 All-Time Scorers

Name			School		Points	Graduated
1. Justin Ahrens*	Versailles	1,776	2018
2. Kyle Gehle		Versailles	1,744	2004
3. Greg Kahlig		Fort Recovery	1,727	2010
4. Ryan Uhlenhake	St. Henry	1,692	1997
5. Kyle Ahrens		Versailles	1,666	2015
5. Evan Eschmeyer	New Knoxville	1,542	1993
6. Ryan Mikesell	St. Henry	1,540	2015
8. Elijah Kahlig	Fort Recovery	1,392	2014
9. Dustin Sommer	Minster		1,375	2003
10. Gary Jones		Marion Local	1,365	1981

*-still active

 

 Ahrens pictured with former record holder Kyle Gehle

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