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Let’s welcome coach Sorine to town

Posted: Friday, Nov 16th, 2012

NEW HEAD COACH ANDY SORINE (in the middle with the cap on his head) greeted 23 prospects that were all hoping to become members of his first Grafton High School Boys’ Basketball Team during the practice that was held here in the Scotty Hamilton Gym Monday morning.

I had the opportunity to sit down with our new Grafton High School Boy’s Basketball Coach Andy Sorine in his office, shortly after the first practice of the season that was held here in the Scotty Hamilton Gym Monday morning.

Coach Sorine is a 1983 graduate of Lincoln High School, after playing for East Fairmont High School during his freshmen, sophomore and junior seasons. He went on to West Virginia University, where he played for the Mountaineers during the 1983-1984 and the 1984-1985 seasons.

He graduated from WVU in 1988, with a degree in Physical Education and Health. Plus, he went on to earn a Masters Degree in Safety. He is currently employed as a substitute teacher by the Harrison County Board of Education.

“I’m still living in Shinnston, but I hope to move into Taylor County as soon as I can,” coach Sorine said. “I’m looking forward to coaching the Bearcats, building this program into one that will involve the community in our system, and into a basketball program that everyone will be proud of.”

Coach Sorine went on to talk about his very own ‘ABCs’ system that he will incorporate into the Bearcats.

“First is A, for Academics...Second is B, for Basketball...Third is C, for Character...And fourth is D, for Discipline, which by the way helps to insure the first three,” Sorine said. “In that order, I hope to find a team that always plays hard; that leaves nothing on the court; and that plays with sportsmanship and displays character, which all of the younger basketball players in Taylor County will look up to, and respect.

“This first group of kids must set the standard of what it is going to take to play in the Grafton High School Boys’ Basketball Program in the future,” Sorine continued.

Coach Sorine, and his staff, plan to initiate an up-tempo style of basketball, with a great emphasis on defense.

“I’m always preaching defense, those are usually the first words out of my mouth” coach Sorine says. “You can’t win without playing on both ends of the court. So, I plan to have coach (Andrew) Moore, and coach (Mike) Johnson preaching defense, too.

“By the way, I was glad that coach Moore decided to stay in our program, Sorine added. “I have known him for a long time, and I think he has a solid understanding of the game of basketball.”

For the complete article see the 11-16-2012 issue.

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