Boys' basketball: Michael Avery loses appeal
Junior guard Michael Avery of Encino Crespi will have to sit out this season after losing his CIF appeal, his father, Howard, confirmed.
Avery played for the Celts as a freshman, then transferred to Montverde Academy in Florida as a sophomore. He returned this year and sought a hardship waiver to gain immediate eligibility with Crespi but it was denied by the Southern Section.
It has been a tough learning experience for Avery, who gained national attention in 2008 when he committed to Kentucky as an eighth-grader. But he has grown up, become a better player and should be able to use the year to improve even more.
But there's no denying not being able to play with your high school team will be a challenge.
-- Eric Sondheimer