AUGUSTA---For most people the news of a serious blood clot in your leg would put you in the hospital. That's certainly what doctor's recommended for Glenn Hills boys basketball coach Richard Wallace.
Wallace though, had a little work to do before being admitted. Specifically, preparing the gameplan for the next days game against Thomson.
This afternoon was Wallace's first practice back with the team after a hospital stay and a week away from basketball. He says he's doing better now and, while not 100 percent, he's good enough to hit the floor.
His team meanwhile, remains perhaps the top boys squad in our area with a 12-2 record, including no losses in Wallace's absence, something he credits to the senior leadership.
"We're a veteran squad. A lot of these kids have been together for four years," says Wallace. "I've raised them from a puppy if you will and they know what's expected of them whether I'm there or not."
There is no doubt his players missed their coach and worried about him, but their excitement at seeing him back at practice today was tempered somewhat by the quick realization that this was not going to be a light workout.
"Soon as he came back in here you know he came back in here like a sergeant; sergeant Wallace," says senior Jerel Stephenson. "Came straight in here fussing. Right back in like we hadn't missed a beat."
The Spartans are prepping for a road trip to Washington County tomorrow night.