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McCormack's hustle energizes CdM

Daily Pilot High School Athlete of the Week

Senior uses all-out effort to inspire Sea Kings, who finished third in Westminster tournament.

December 22, 2011|By Steve Virgen
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Last year many referred to Andrew McCormack as Jackie Moon, the character from the movie, "Semi-Pro."

The nickname seemed to fit, as the Corona del Mar High 6-foot-3 forward sported an afro and had that Will Ferrell look. But this year McCormack has toned down the 'fro. No one's laughing about a silly nickname now.

When people hear, "Andrew McCormack," the words, "hustle," and, "all-out effort," come to mind. That's what he's always been known for, but it now seems at an elevated level because this is his senior year.

McCormack's hardworking style was on full display last week, when he helped the Sea Kings to a third-place finish in the Westminster tournament.

He was named to the all-tournament team and became Daily Pilot Athlete of the Week.

He was grateful for the honors, but he knows those accolades won't affect his style of play. If anything they are cause to keep dishing out his 100% level of effort.

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"I love the game and I love the competition," said McCormack, also a standout pitcher for the Sea Kings. "Baseball is totally different for me than basketball. In basketball, I get to run around. You're in the face of the person you're playing against. Basketball gives me a break from baseball."

It can be said McCormack plays basketball because it's fun. But the fun for him comes in the form of making hustle plays. He has fun doing the stuff that doesn't show up in the scorebook.

It seemed to be an easy choice for McCormack to be named to the all-tournament team. He's the Sea Kings' leader. He sets the tone for CdM and he helped the team to a 75-55 win over Artesia in the third-place game Saturday.

"I have never coached a kid who works as hard as he does," CdM Coach Ryan Schachter said. "His game is not going to translate necessarily to skill. He's just a kid who out-competes everyone. I don't think there's been a guy who has out-worked him. He's a monster on the boards and our emotional leader. He knows how to lead a team and holds the other players accountable for their behavior and effort."

When McCormack had the big afro last year he appeared quirky and maybe some underestimated him. Even this year, he doesn't really stick out as a player or scorer that needs to be stopped.

McCormack concedes his looks won't convince many that he's the go-to guy or MVP-type player.

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