Recent Trigg County graduate Tyler Ahart had a taste for the dramatic during his senior campaign. Whether it was knocking down a 3-pointer to give the Wildcats the lead late in a win over McLean County or capping his career on the diamond with a home run in his final at-bat, Tyler didn’t shy away from the big moment.
Sports, and Trigg County sports, in particular, are in Tyler’s DNA. His mom, Wendy, was a standout Lady Wildcat basketball player who still holds the school record with seven 3-pointers in a game. Tyler tied that mark twice but couldn’t top it, or maybe he just knew things would be smoother at home if he didn’t erase his mom’s name from the record book. His brother Nick also played baseball and basketball for the Wildcats, and his cousins, Dallas and CJ Ahart, were also Trigg County athletes.
The Wildcats finished 14-14 on the court in 2021-22, their highest win total in six seasons. Tyler was second on the team in free throw percentage at 77% and led the Wildcats with 44 made 3-pointers. He scored a season-high 22 points in a 71-62 victory over Christian Fellowship, including a half-court buzzer-beater to end the first half. In a district win over Livingston Central in Wildcat Gym, he also posted 20 points, including six buckets from behind the arc.
After a bit of a slow start at the plate to begin his senior season, Tyler’s fortunes improved with a move to the top of the lineup. His three home runs and 22 RBI led the team, helping the Wildcats to a 13-19 record and a spot in the 5th-District title game. The Wildcats fell to eventual 2nd-Region champions Christian County to end their season, but not before Tyler launched a two-run homer in the 7th inning to close his career in style.
Tyler plans to attend Murray State University in the fall to major in pre-dentistry.