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George "Butch" Zatezalo

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Trying to analyze Butch Zatezalo’s basketball scoring achievements at Center High School and Clemson University is a monumental task. Even though he wasn’t tall, Butch combined speed, spirit, and shooting skill to rack up 3472 points in his six seasons of varsity competition, which gave him a career scoring average of 25.2 points per game. Center High School made its basketball debut in the 1963-1964 season under Coach Sarge Alberts, and Butch became the instant star of the new Trojan cage squad. He earned All Section honors as a sophomore and then whipped in 622 points his junior season, setting a Center High single season scoring record. As a senior, Butch averaged 30.6 points per game, setting a Beaver County record. He was named third team All State and MVP of the WPIAL Class B. His 27.2 points per game average was a county record as was his three year scoring total of 1711 points that was broken by Denny Wuycik. Butch continued to chalk up scoring records at Clemson, leading the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1968 with a 23 point average and in 1969 with a 25.8 point average. After his collegiate career, Butch served as a distribution manager for a textile firm in Spartansburg, South Carolina.