Leading off today:
Veteran assistant coach Kenny Pretlow
has been appointed boys basketball coach at PSAL powerhouse Abraham Lincoln in Brooklyn, nychoops.net reported. Pretlow replaces the highly successful Dwayne "Tiny" Morton, who will be joining the Seton Hall University staff next month.
Morton won eight PSAL city championships and three state Federation titles in 19 years coaching the Railsplitters. Pretlow was his assistant for 12 seasons and before that assisted at Bishop Loughlin for 12 years and Brooklyn Law & Tech for six. He's also a veteran coach with Riverside AAU program.
"I know I have big shoes to step into but I have experience running a program and learned a lot from Tiny," Pretlow told the website.
Gatorade award: Smithtown West weightman Benjamin Bonhurst has been selected Gatorade's New York boys track and field athlete of the year.
The 6-foot-4, 280-pound senior threw the shot put 67 feet, 3 inches for a meet record and also won the discus (183-9) at the state Division I championship meet this month, also winning the Federation shot championship. He also won titles at the Penn Relays and New Balance Outdoor Nationals this spring.
Bonhurst has signed with the Florida State track program.
Former U-E coach dies: Frank Sorochinsky, who coached wrestling for four decades at Newark Valley and then Union-Endicott, dies Wednesday at the age of 82.
Sorochinsky coached seven state champions at Union-Endicott, beginning with his brother John in 1965-66. Two of his teams finished No. 1 in the state rankings, and he led U-E to 11 Southern Tier Athletic Conference championships before retiring in 1997 with a then-Section 4 record 419 wins.
"He was one of a kind," Cornell University coach Rob Koll, who was assisted by Sorochinsky for several years in the late 1990s, told the Press & Sun-Bulletin. "I don't remember how I met him, but what struck me every time I was with him was his willingness to do anything for the kids that he taught."
Sorochinsky was an old-school coach who wasn't shy about getting in a wrestler's face when he thought it was needed.
"You either loved him or you hated him because he was so tough ... but you always knew where he stood, there was no doubt about that," Koll said.
Rankings update: Victor has moved to No. 1 in the MaxPreps.com Northeast Region baseball rankings by virtue of its NYSPHSAA Class AA championship last weekend. Shenendehowa slipped a spot to No. 3 and Roy C. Ketcham fell to eighth.
On the move: Wing Travis Atson, eighth-team all-state last winter as a junior for the Christ the King boys basketball team that won the Federation Class AA crown, is leaving the state.