Versailles senior forward Justin Ahrens and Anna coach Nate Barhorst were named Division III player and coach of the year, respectively, in the all-Ohio boys basketball teams.
Ahrens, an Ohio State recruit, led Versailles with an average of 25.3 points per game and averaged eight rebounds and 3.7 assists. He surpassed 2,000 career points during the season and set school records for most points in a game (46) and 3-pointers in a game (10). Ahrens also set school and Midwest Athletic Conference records for most points in a career.
Barhorst is in his seventh season at the helm of Anna, which finished 21-5. It’s the most wins the Rockets have had since the 2009-2010 campaign. Anna also won a share of the Shelby County Athletic League title, its first since 2009-2010. Anna lost four games in regular season, which came by a combined eight points.
Both Ahrens and Barhorst also earned their respective honors in the all-Southwest district teams, which were announced earlier this month.
Anna senior guard Wyatt Bensman, who averaged 16.5 points per game, was named second team all-Ohio in Div. III.
Fort Loramie senior Dillon Braun, who averaged 16.5 points per game, was named first team all-Ohio in Div. IV. Braun was named the Southwest district D-IV player of the year earlier this month.
Sidney junior guard Andre Gordon was named honorable mention all-Ohio.
Fort Loramie senior Tyler Siegel was named special mention all-Ohio, while senior Evan Berning was named honorable mention. Russia senior Jack Dapore was also named special mention all-Ohio.
The all-Ohio teams were announced on Monday and Tuesday by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association. Teams are selected by a media committee and are based off all-district teams as selected by other media panels throughout the state.
The Associated Press no longer coordinates postseason awards for high school sports. Mr. Basketball will be announced by the OPSWA on Wednesday.
MORE ON MARCH 29: The Sidney Daily News will be publishing a special basketball season retrospective in the sports section on Thursday, March 29.