McDonald freshman Zach Rasile nears state record

The Blue Devils' freshman is coached by his father, Jeff Rasile.

McDonald Freshman Zach Rasile enters tournament play ten three pointers shy of the state record in a season.

MCDONALD, Ohio (WKBN) – McDonald freshman Zach Rasile feels right at home on the basketball court.

“Just practice and preparation every day,” he said. “Shoot every day — 500 jump shots, at least.”

Rasile fired up a total of 60,000 3-point shots this past summer alone — all in preparation for his first season as a varsity player for the Blue Devils.

That hard work and dedication has paid off.

Rasile currently has drilled 113 triples so far this season — just ten shy of the state record, regardless of division.

“It definitely would be a big accomplishment,” Rasile said. “Before the year, I didn’t even know what the state record was. The past couple games I guess I have been on track to break it. And hopefully I can.”

All of Rasile’s success comes under the watchful and proud eye of his dad, who just happens to be McDonald Head Coach Jeff Rasile.

“Well, I jokingly say this — we have a 25 percent chance of going home happy,” Jeff Rasile said. “If we win and he plays well, we’re happy. If we win and he doesn’t play well, it’s tough. And if we lose and he plays well, it’s still tough because we lost. If we lose and he plays poorly, it’s even more difficult.”

“So, as a coach, you almost have a 25 percent chance of going home completely happy,” he added, laughing.

It’s tough-love that Zach has grown to appreciate.

“Sometimes he gets on me a little harder than other players, but I know he just wants me to be successful,” he said. “Like when we’re winning and stuff, he gets excited. And if we hit a big shot, he goes crazy and it’s just nice to see that.”

McDonald will host Heartland Christian Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in the Division IV sectional semifinals.

“First of all, our goal every year is to win a district championship,” Jeff Rasile said. “But it becomes extra special when your child is involved — you’re both the coach and the parent — to see him not only involved, but contributing a great deal to the team.

“He has had the opportunity in some districts to cut down some nets because he was a little kid running around, but it’s different when you’re a player.”

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