London hoopster breaks longstanding record

London boys’ head basketball coach Cody Sarensen (left) congratulates senior Zach Jones on breaking the school record for the most points scored in a career. London graduate Andy Hawkins set the previous record of 1,495 points 32 years ago.

(Posted Feb. 21, 2024)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

A shot at the buzzer from just inside half-court sent London High School senior Zach Jones into the school’s record books.

The scene was a regular season home basketball game against Bellefontaine on Feb. 17. Jones entered the game 16 points away from breaking the school record for total points scored in a career, a mark set in 1992 by Andy Hawkins with 1,495 points.

As the first half was coming to a close, Jones had accumulated 14 points, and one of the Bellefontaine player was at the free throw line. With three seconds left on the clock, the opponent missed the second free throw shot and Jones got the rebound. Jones dribbled a couple of times then launched the ball for a three-pointer. It went in, and the crowd went wild.

“It was a pretty exciting moment,” Jones said.

Making it even more special was a recorded video message from Hawkins, the previous record holder, congratulating Jones on becoming the school’s new all-time leading scorer. The video was shown on the gym’s big screen moments after Jones broke the record.

“For me, that was a pretty neat thing,” he said.

Jones went on to score seven more points in the Raiders’ 71-51 victory over Bellefontaine, bringing his total points for the game to 24 and his total career points to 1,504. And that was with more scoring opportunities still on the calendar, including the final two regular season games and tournament play.

Head Coach Cody Sarensen is proud of what Jones has accomplished in his high school career.

“It’s been an honor to coach Zach the past four years. His work ethic and determination has helped him achieve this honor. Zach, along with his teammates, has helped our team succeed over the years,” he said.

Jones has racked up several awards for basketball. As a freshman, he was named second-team all-Central Buckeye Conference (CBC) and honorable mention all-Central District. His sophomore year, he garnered first-team all-conference and third-team all-district honors. Last year, he was named first-team all-conference, second-team all-district, and special mention all-state. So far this year, he has been dubbed Madison County boys’ basketball player of the year and co-player of the year for the CBC’s Kenton Trail division.

Jones also is a standout athlete in football and track and a top-notch student in academics. He recently signed his letter of commitment to play football at Colgate University starting this fall. He is a member of the National Honor Society, has made honor roll throughout his high school years, and was named academic all-Ohio in football. Last fall, the London board of education recognized him as a student who meets the district’s Portrait of a Graduate criteria, a list of key skills and attitudes for graduates to succeed in college and careers.

Jones is the son of D.J. and Jen Jones.

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