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Youth movement gives several athletes some playing time

Posted: Monday, Mar 11th, 2013

GRAFTON -- A total of 16 athletes received some varsity playing time for the Grafton Bearcats this winter during the first season under a new head coach, Andy Sorine, while a 6-4 freshman wing-guard/wing forward, Chris Smith, wound up leading the team in scoring with a 12.0 points-per-game average.

The varsity season was basically divided into two separate phases, ranging from game one through game 12 at North Marion, and then the youth movement began in game 13 and lasted through the end of the year.

However, one major problem held the team back in all 24 games...That being turnovers...Grafton committed 458 turnovers (19.1 lost-balls-per-game) compared to its opponent’s total of 320.

A five-game winning streak for coach Andrew Moore’s squad, which improved its record to 8-7 at that point, gave us hopes for a winning season...However, that rally was followed up by four consecutive losses that ended those hopes.

Coach Mike Johnson’s freshmen Bearcats faced a ‘two-phase situation’ much like the varsity team did...They began the year with a 1-5 record, before finishing the season with a 6-3 performance down the home stretch.

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