Missing MRI sidelines Crespi football star, top recruit Fua

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “The ankle is a little swollen,” Ross said. “The problem is we need to find out if he’s got a broken bone, because two doctors looked at the X-rays and said they were ‘negative/inconclusive.’ We’ve got some people that want to go ahead and just pay for the MRI, but that’s not what Sione’s mom wants to do. She wants to go through their insurance.” Ross said Crespi (2-2) is a different team without Fua, who’s been replaced on offense by junior Matt Scioscia (son of Angels manager Mike Scioscia) and on defense by sophomore Chris Miller and junior Morgan Burch. “I don’t like to make excuses, but not having Sione has really been hurting us,” Ross said. “If we would have had Fua in that loss to St. Bonaventure (of Ventura) last week, I think it might have been a different game.” Harvard-Westlake of Studio City basketball player Alex Stepheson, on Monday began an official visit to UCLA. The 6-foot-8, 210-pound senior forward has visited Connecticut, Georgia Tech and North Carolina, and is scheduled to visit Washington next weekend, although that trip might be canceled after the Huskies received an oral commitment from Seattle Prep center Spencer Hawes. Torrance center Deon Thompson is expected to visit UCLA next weekend. He has visited Gonzaga, Connecticut and North Carolina and plans to visit Kentucky. UCLA likely will use only one more scholarship in its 2006 class. Crespi High of Encino’s Sione Fua, one of the nation’s top football recruits, remains sidelined with an ankle injury and can’t be cleared until he undergoes an MRI. The Celts hope he’ll do so in time for Friday night’s showdown at Canyon of Canyon Country. Insurance hassles have prevented Fua from having an MRI after X-rays were inconclusive, first-year Crespi coach Jeremiah Ross said. USC’s Amanda Fink, the 2004 Daily News Girls’ Tennis Player of the Year, won three singles and doubles matches last weekend during the prequalifying portion of the Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships at UCLA. Fink, who led Calabasas High to the Southern Section Div. I title last season, and fellow Calabasas product Celia Durkin of Stanford are competing in the 64-player qualifying event, which began Monday at the Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades. The main draw will be played Thursday through Sunday. Fink teamed with San Marino graduate Luana Magnani to reach the qualifying draw in doubles. Durkin and former Granada Hills standout Jessica Nguyen also are in the doubles draw. Canyon product Nini Loucks scored her first collegiate goal as USC’s women’s soccer team beat Loyola Marymount 3-0 Friday. Loucks, part of the Trojans’ nationally top-ranked freshman class, has three assists. Erik Boal, Brian Dohn and Scott French contributed. Gerry Gittelson, (661) 257-5218 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “As of right now, we’re still waiting,” Ross said. “Dealing with insurance companies is hard. It’s a problem.” Fua, a 6-foot-2, 300-pounder with just 10 percent body fat, has been offered a scholarship by seven Pacific-10 Conference schools, Tennessee, LSU, Boston College, Maryland and others. He has missed one game but is walking better and has been upgraded to questionable – providing an MRI shows nothing serious. last_img

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