Martin County pays tribute to former coach on first official day of basketball season

Published: Oct. 15, 2019 at 10:30 PM EDT
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Basketball season is finally here and while other teams across the state took to the hardwood to begin practicing, the Martin County High School Girls Basketball Team started their season with a tribute to a mentor they lost just a few months ago.

Tim Rice coached Sheldon Clark's Girls Basketball Team for almost five years but in April he died after crashing his car into a cement truck.

"We thought it would be a fitting tribute to a man that's basically what his whole life was about," said assistant coach Jason Wefenstette.

Rice always made sure his team stayed in great shape, but he taught way more than just how to play the game.

"The confidence I had on the floor and in the gym with him led into my everyday life and for that, I am so grateful," said Alie Scott, who is a former player of Rice.

As this year will be different not having him on the sidelines, his legacy will continue to remain on the court.

The team will always wear bands this year that says, "This season is for you Coach Rice."