It is game day for Norton senior Matt McGlone.

McGlone will join his Panthers teammates tonight at Waterloo to open the boys basketball season after a brain aneurysm sidelined him for most of the football season.

“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 he went 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 McGlone 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 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 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-champion 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 McGlone 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 roller coaster. We were on the other side of this three months ago. We are blessed. It is amazing to think this is a possibility.”

U.S. calls on Gedeon

Hudson senior Ben Gedeon has been named to the 2013 U.S. Under-19 national team.

Gedeon, who has orally committed to the University of Michigan, is one of six linebackers to be named by USA Football.

The team will compete at 9 p.m. Feb. 5 — the night before national signing day — in the fourth annual International Bowl in Austin, Texas.

The International Bowl is an annual competition that unites nations that comprise the International Federation of American Football (IFAF). The IFAF World Team includes players ages 19-and-under from outside the United States. IFAF is composed of 64 countries spanning six continents that possess a national federation dedicated solely to American football.

The 2013 International Bowl will be played at Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex in Austin, Texas. Both teams will field a roster of 45 players.

Gedeon, who is 6-foot-2 and 225 pounds, guided Hudson to a 9-3 overall record and a Division I state playoff spot as a linebacker and running back.

A national team exemption granted by the NCAA allows high school seniors to play for USA Football and not have their participation count as one of their two permitted all-star game appearances. The International Bowl is recognized as a national team competition.

Knights debut

Archbishop Hoban has a standout freshman in 6-2 Anthony Christian, who will make his debut against visiting Kenmore tonight.

Knights coach T.K. Griffith also returns talented seniors DeAllen Jackson, Jaelen Hollinger and Saadiq Muhammad.

Gym excitement

Wadsworth will host Firestone tonight in the first boys basketball game in the new school’s new court, “Main Gym.”

The Wadsworth girls basketball team won their opener last week 84-33 over Manchester.

“Anytime the community gives you a gift like that, you try to take advantage of it,” Grizzlies girls coach Andrew Booth said. “It is going to be a special place for us. The West Gym had a lot of history. I think this place is like a palace. It is overwhelming for the kids. The first time we walked in there as a team it was like ‘ooh, ah, wow.’ Just to come out in the first game against a quality program like Manchester, and play as well as we did, that was a good way to break it in.”

Michael Beaven can be reached at 330-996-3829 or mbeaven@thebeaconjournal.com. Read the high school blog at https://ohio.com/preps.