season comes to early end
junior suffers broken leg
Before the start of Saturday’s championship game between Versailles
and Anna, the buzz was all about Kyle Ahrens becoming the next 1,000
point scorer at Versailles.
add to the hype, Ahrens would have hit that milestone faster than any
the player in the history of the school, needing just 18 points to
achieve that mark.
3:29 left in the first half, Ahrens was going after a ball that was
heading out of bounds, in an effort to keep the play alive.
going to his right, got to the ball but came down with all his weight
on the wrong leg.
that point, the gym went silent as Ahrens was screaming in painful
agony. While the speculation was a torn or ruptured Achilles tendon,
no one could say for sure. Sunday in a phone conversation, Tigers
coach Scott McEldowney confirmed that his star player had broken both
his fibula and tibia in his left leg.
was taken to Upper Valley Medical Center where he was first
diagnosed. According to McEldowney, the early prognosis is that
Ahrens will be on the shelf for anywhere from 6-8 weeks.
kid has a high threshold for pain,” said McEldowney. “When he
went down, he automatically tried to bounce right back up. He was in
church Sunday morning even though his parents told him to stay home
and rest. He’s just an unbelievable kid.”
Ahrens is out of action for that length of time, it will dramatically
change the look of the team. Before the injury to Ahrens, I seriously
thought Versailles was a legitimate contender to make a post season
run to the state title.
hate to sound like all hope relied on the Tiger junior because it
takes five guys working together as a team to be successful.
Ahrens gone, so is a possible 30 point a night scorer and no matter
what kind of team a coach has, it’s hard to replace that kind of
remember a kid named Kyle Gehle. Here was a kid that could shoot
lights out from anywhere on the floor. I had never seen anyone like
him and to be honest, I thought I never would again.
one night, I was talking to one of my cohorts, Dean Eversole. Dean
told me there was a kid coming that was much better than Gehle and
his name was Kyle Ahrens.
thought the man was crazy and I told him so. Of course, in true
Eversole fashion, he laughed it off and said, “Just wait and
remember I told you so.”
was right. Ahrens is, without a doubt, the best all-around player
I’ve ever watched play the game in my 28 years of writing.
was helped off the court, still five points short of the coveted
1,000 point mark, having netted 13, and may not have the chance until
any luck at all, he will be back for the post season tournament but
if his coming back puts his career in jeopardy, then I say take the
time to get that leg where it needs to be.
young man has the ability to play major college basketball and
possibly a pro career. Having a state title under your belt would be
sweet but it’s not worth the risk.
again, I really don’t think I need to say this. I’m merely
stating the obvious.