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Blue Devils race past Chieftains for SEOAL win


Staff Writer


ZANESVILLE - Cedric Harris' eyes lit up when Logan came out in a triangle and two defense Friday night - and didn't guard him.


The visiting Chieftains instead focused their attention on Logan Aronhalt and Andre Harris, and cousin Cedric made them pay with a 15-point first-quarter explosion that sent Zanesville on to an easy 93-36 Southeastern Ohio Athletic League win in Winland Gymnasium.


Cedric Harris and Aronhalt took turns dominating the game, Harris with 15 of his 24 in a 32-point first quarter for the Blue Devils (6-0 SEOAL, 3-0 overall) and Aronhalt with 17 of his 28 in a 33-point third period. The Chieftains were never a factor in slipping to 3-4.


"I just took advantage of it, using a quick first step," Harris said of the triangle and two. "Last year, we kind of let them hang around here and didn't play that good of defense. This year, our man-to-man has been really good."

Aronhalt, who had a 17-point quarter for the second straight game, said ZHS was a little surprised the Chieftains came out in the junk defense.


"We were able to get them out of it early on, forced them to go man and it hurt them," he said. "We stayed focused even though we were up big and kept up the tempo."


"I think Cedric is one of the top 10 point guards in the state, and tonight he proved it," said Devils' coach Scott Aronhalt. "He was able to go one-on-one a lot. Tonight, we just kind of stayed out of our guys' way and let 'em play."


Any thoughts of Zanesville looking ahead to tonight's home showdown with rival Newark were erased early on, when the Blue Devils stormed ahead 8-0 and forced a timeout by Logan coach Keith Myers with 6:39 still left on the first-quarter clock.


Cedric Harris fed Joey Prati for a layup, Aronhalt canned a 17-footer, Harris scored on a drive, and Aronhalt passed ahead to Andre Harris for a layup after a steal.


Cedric went wild the final half of the quarter, rifling in 11 quick points including a three from the right wing and one of his patented pullup jumpers with five seconds left. Brandon Mills came off the bench to swish a trey as ZHS already owned a commanding 32-13 cushion after the first eight minutes.


MIlls began the second quarter with another three and Andre Harris got in on the act, scoring off a rebound and flushing home a left-handed dunk off his steal as Zanesville owned a 51-23 halftime margin by shooting a sizzling 21 of 32 from the field for 66 percent.


The Devils' 33-point third quarter included a pair of threes and a thunderous dunk off a rebound by Aronhalt, and a buzzer-beating three from the top of the key by Cedric Harris that staked ZHS to an 83-28 lead.


"That was probably my best dunk in high school," Aronhalt said. "At first I thought Cedric just threw it up there for me, but he said he didn't."


"I was just as happy with our guys in the second half, because the focus was still good and we played well with the lead," Coach Aronhalt said.


Harris also dished out 12 assists and Aronhalt had six rebounds, while Prati contributed 14 points and five boards and Andre Harris added 11 points, six rebounds and four of Zanesville's 13 steals.


Mills scored eight points as ZHS finished 38 of 63 from the field for 60 percent and 11 of 17 at the line for 65 percent. It had only four turnovers to 16 by Logan.


Zanesville's defense held Chieftain scoring leader Patrick Angle to just five points and floor leader Lucas Wright to three. Senior post player Matt Poindexter led the way with eight points as Logan was just 14 of 45 from the floor for 31 percent, including two of 21 threes, and six of 10 at the stripe.


The ZHS reserves improved to 4-2 with a 45-28 win as Marcus Goins turned in a 21-point, six-rebound effort, while Kurt Young added eight points with six assists and Allen Harris also scored eight.


Now, the Blue Devils can turn their attention to tonight's visit by Newark to Winland, when the floor will be named Don Stahl Court. It will also be "Whiteout Night" with all fans asked to wear white by Zanesville's rowdy Krunk Krew student cheering section.


"I'm friends with (Newark players) Greg Avery, Dane Kopp and Cody Dennison," Cedric Harris admitted, "and I'm looking forward to the atmosphere and playing against them. We need to play our game, push the tempo and not let them get set."


"This is a big game for the tournament, since we're both in the Division I Central District," Coach Aronhalt said. "We want to play well and be well-respected."

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Aronhalt has a big game tomorrow against Warren G. Harding. Harding is undefeated and has Damian Eargle who has signed to go to UNC Greensborough next year. A couple of their juniors have already been offered scholarships by MAC-type schools. A couple of games in this tournament are being televised on ESPN, I wish this one was.

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Any updates on Raffa? Haven't seen anything posted in awhile (unless I overlooked a thread and/or post).

Reports related to Raffa and the Winchendon School are rare, although the school web-site show the team's record:


The Winchendon School


Since this is an Aronhalt thread, however, it is of note that Logan scored 17 of his victorious team's 51 last night.

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I can't wait to see these two (Aronholt and Lindfors) in the purple and gold. Keep the info coming Haggy.


BTW, I have heard that it is bye bye black for next year...we are going back to purple! THANK f'in god!

Did you check out the picture of him taking the jumper? Looks like he may have been hitting the weight room.

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Did you check out the picture of him taking the jumper? Looks like he may have been hitting the weight room.


You're right Haggy. A story about him being nominated to the McDonald's All-American team mentions him working out with a Florida trainer.


Aronhalt nominated for McDonald's All-American team


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ZANESVILLE - For high school basketball players, there are prestigious honors, and then there is the McDonald's All-American team.


Zanesville High School's Logan Aronhalt, himself no stranger to lofty awards, is one step away.


A shooting guard for the Blue Devils, Aronhalt is one of 1,500 players nominated for the team, according to a news release from McDonald's Tuesday.


The 6-4 senior is believed to be the first player from Zanesville to be nominated to the team, but his father and coach at Zanesville, Scott Aronhalt, said he wasn't certain.

Logan Aronhalt is among 13 players from central Ohio to be nominated, according to Jill Fazekas, a communications specialist for Fahlgren Group, and Columbus-based advertising company.


"It hasn't happened anytime recently, I know that for sure," Scott Aronhalt said. "Unless it was someone like (former All-Ohioans) Edwin (Young) or Seth (Martin) back in the old days maybe ... It just shows all of the hard work that Logan has put into the game, and he's proven in AAU that he can compete with some of the best high school players in the country."


Aronhalt was nominated by the McDonald's All American Basketball Team Boys Selection Committee, a group of 32 prominent basketball experts that includes nationally-renowned coaches and high school sports journalists.


The chances of being named to the list are slim - "we haven't had anyone named to the team in a couple of years," Fazekas said - but simply being nominated is an honor in its own right.


"And he would be the first to be thankful for the help he's gotten from others," Scott Aronhalt said. "He's had the influence of a Kevin Martin (currently in the NBA) and Seth Martin and he's been fortunate enough to be able to work with (Florida-based trainer) David Thorpe during the summer.


"I've watched this kid evolve into kind of a workaholic and really get the fever (to get better)," Scott Aronhalt added. "He's taken the good with the bad and learned from other players. It's been special really just to watch him develop."


Scott Aronhalt said Seth Martin, who played on a pair of Division I state tournament teams from 1994-97 with the Blue Devils, was one of his son's biggest influences.


"Just the way he handled himself and the way he carried himself on the floor, he watched everything he did," Scott Aronhalt said.


Aronhalt currently averages 22.9 points and 5.9 rebounds for the Blue Devils, who are currently ranked 10th in Division I, according to the Associated Press.

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