By GAVIN LAPAILLE
Gold Standard Sports Editor
Few other coaches in the state are more ready for the start of basketball season than Joe Hammond.
Hammond, who is entering his third year leading the girls basketball team at Fort Knox High School, had one of the most difficult summers imaginable. His wife of 30 years, Mary Beth, suffered a brain aneurism in July while at home. The damage sustained to her brain was ultimately too severe, and she died three days later.