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August 24, 2007 at 3:25 PM

Wallace to miss Greece trip

UW coach Lorenzo Romar said today that sophomore center Artem Wallace will not make the trip to Greece with the Huskies due to passport problems.
Wallace was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia and while he is now a U.S. citizen as well as a Russian citizen, Romar said that Wallace’s Russian heritage was at the heart of the passport issues. Wallace came to the United States while in high school.
“It’s so confusing,” he said. “But the bottom line is that he won’t be making the trip.”
UW officials knew of some issues with Wallace’s passport situation for a while but thought it would clear up and he had been listed on the official roster. But delays continued into the last few days, and Friday passed without it getting cleared up.
“It’s too late now,” said Romar noting the Huskies leave early Monday morning.
Just to make clear, this has nothing to do with the incident in May involving Wallace at Alki Beach.
Wallace’s absence will leave the Huskies with just eight players for their trip to Greece, which begins Monday.
Making the situation worse for Wallace is that he has been hampered by hamstring problems of late and had mostly been unable to practice with the Huskies the last week.
However, the good news is that Joe Wolfinger has been able to go regularly. Romar said Wolfinger, who didn’t play last year while battling a foot injury, took part in every minute of a 30-minute scrimmage Thursday and had a double-double.
“That’s very promising,” Romar said. “We’re not out of the woods yet because we haven’t talked about back-to-back days and all that but at this point his progress has been very good.”
The rest of the team’s health is fine, Romar said, with players such as Quincy Pondexter and Ryan Appleby having returned from some minor ailments earlier in the week.

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