Norton senior Matt McGlone enjoyed his return to the basketball court..
McGlone joined his Panthers teammates Friday night at Waterloo to open the boys basketball season after a brain aneurysm sidelined him for most of the football season.
The Panthers defeated the Vikings.
“It just feels really good to be able to do something and not just watch from the sidelines,” McGlone said. “After practicing this week I feel really good. It just feels good to be back and hopefully we have another good season.”
Doctors cleared McGlone to play after going through tests. His mother, Terri, and father, Dennis, were thrilled with the news along with Matt’s older siblings, Dennis and Jessica, and other family members and friends.
“I’m excited and nervous,” Terri said. “It’s just a combination of a lot of things. I’m glad he can take part in his senior season of basketball after missing his senior season of football.
“As a mom, I am little worried, but I want him to be able to participate. He doesn’t just want to participate though, he wants to play hard and win.”
McGlone, who is 6-foot-4 and 205-pounds, is ranked No. 1 academically in his class. He played in Norton’s final football game last month as a receiver and caught one pass and ran out of bounds against Coventry.
McGlone visited three different doctors and had two CAT scans and one MRI before he finally knew why he was feeling sick and uncomfortable in July and August.
McGlone underwent an angiogram at the Cleveland Clinic and then endovascular treatment, also known as coiling, with Dr. Mark Bain heading up the two-hour procedure on Aug. 27. McGlone returned home the next day.
Panthers coach Rod Swartz also returns 6-7 Tyler Sherman and 6-6 Aaron VanBuskirk from a team that went 17-5, was Portage Trail Conference Metro Division co-champs with Kent Roosevelt and fell to St. Vincent-St. Mary in a Division II district semifinal after winning a sectional title.
“The boys had a very good season last year and we have a good group of players coming back,” Terri said. “I am so excited Matt can be a part of it and I am glad he can enjoy this. It has been an emotional rollercoaster. We were on the other side of this three months ago. We are blessed. It is amazing to think this is a possibility.”