Update on West Covina DE Justin Hornsby …

West Covina High School defensive end Justin Hornsby underwent two hours of surgery on Saturday to treat a broken tibia and fibula in his left leg after suffering the major injury in the fourth quarter of Friday’s 21-7 win over South Hills.

Hornsby had to be taken off the field on a stretcher and treated on site by paramedics before being transported to the hospital.

“He will be fine and fully recovered with time and rehab,” West Covina coach Mike Maggiore said via text message on Saturday. “Surgery was textbook. He is in good spirits.

“What bothers me is the kid has had crappy luck and a really unfortunate two years. This was just a freak thing that happened. He planted his foot and his body got twisted.”

Hornsby transferred to West Covina from Rancho Verde prior to last season but was ruled ineligible by CIF because he lived in South Hills’ school district. After sitting out the season, Hornsby figured to be one of the top defensive players in the Valley.

“He is a good play, but an outstanding young man that is a leader on our team and on our campus,” Maggiore said. “He is really well-liked, bright and personable.”

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  • Dan

    My post on the previous thread on this topic in responce to Colt 74’s concern of Hornsby:

    “Colt 74,
    Appreciate the concern for Justin Hornsby, I can’t think of a young man more deserving of a great season than Justin. Great personality who is friendly and always took time to speak to, or greet whoever approached him. Even more he is one of the nicest most courteous students athletes you’ll meet. Saddens me to see this happen to him, particularily in his senior year and especially after what he endured last season when some nutheads at CIF declared him ineligible for a legitimate family move to the city of West Covina from Rancho Verde.
    Never the less he stood with his newfound freinds and teammates and practiced a whole season at West Co while being relgated to the JV squad. Ironic that the very next season CIF has a change of rules that now has allowed a plethora of athletically motivated transfers. Go figure.
    Not sure what the final prognosis is on his leg, but last night they were sure it was a break to the leg, I believe the shin. Whatever it is it looks like his season is over. On a less important note, because his full recovery is what really matters, his defensive end play will be greatly missed on the field, particularily this week as West Covina faces a very good Chino Hills team with their QB Matt Simko.
    If Simko has all day to pass the ball it could be a long night for the WC secondary, with the pressure he brought to the pass rush Hornsby would have been one of the keys to a good defensive game, the fortunate thing is the secondary is good at WC, we’ll see if they can cover well enough to spring a few coverage sacks. God I hate injuries!

    September 8, 2012 3:48 PM”

    Best wishes Justin in your full recovery, really enjoyed watching you play, your attitude and work ethic are a model for any students.

  • Colt74

    Thanks Dan and Aram for the info and update. Wish the kid a speedy recovery.

    Been there…done that. Broke my right Tibia-Fibula about 8 inches up from the foot in Aug/1974. Being a dumas and doing wheelies in front of my house on my graduation present/toy. 9 months in a FULL LEG cast, plaster for the first 2 then fiberglass for the last 7. Not fun.

    Stock up on metal coat hangers for scratching……


  • 1st and goal

    Unfortunate to hear when a young athlete gets injured doing what he loves most. Best wishes to Justin and I hope for a speedy recovery. Get well soon from me and my AMAT family.

  • Don

    Best wishes and a speedy and full recovery to Justin.

    I continue to follow with great interest how this season’s SE D race plays out.

  • patrick

    Best wishes to a FULL and speedy recovery Mr. Hornsby!

  • Bulldogs have bite

    Get well soon Hornsby, my thoughts and prayers go out to you! I also saw on the FOX Prepzone webcast that a player from Bonita had to leave in an ambulence last Friday night aswell, so I would like to extend those thoughts and prayers out to him too!

  • La MIrada Guy

    Justin Hornsby
    Condolences on your injury, here’s to a full and speedy recovery from La Mirada.


    Justin thank you for your hard work on the field, . and for representing WC with the high standard of play. You are a great football player, and we are going to miss you. Hang in there buddie, and get well soon.

  • Mean Green Pastures….AKA Humbled Cat

    This sucks! How many weeks is he down?

  • AMAT 73

    Sorry to hear about the injury to this fine young man. Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery and no lingering effects because of it . Best wishes.

  • Coach Bear Byrant

    When injuries occure on the field, everyone is affected. We have all seen this at one time or another.
    The crowd becomes silent,players on both side on one knee. After a long silence, the player rises to the appaluse of the fans. When an ambulance arrives, we know this must be serious. The throbing red lights signal our worst fears. To Hornsby, the mere thought that his season has ended must hurt more than his physical pain. Get well young man, there is life after football. I as well sustained an injury.

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