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Boys' basketball: Former Cantwell-Sacred Heart guard Joey Covarrubias is on the mend

Boys' basketball: Former Cantwell-Sacred Heart guard Joey Covarrubias is on the mend
Cantwell-Sacred Heart's Joey Covarrubias makes his way to the basket during a game against Cathedral on Jan. 17. (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)

Former Cantwell-Sacred Heart guard Joey Covarrubias reported good news on Monday after battling Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare form of pediatric bone cancer.

Covarrubias, who graduated last year, said in a tweet, "Met with my doctor today. Got great news. After 11 long crazy hard months of treatment I am now in remission. The hard fight now pays off."

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Covarrubias received strong support from the Southern California basketball community, which helped contributed thousands of dollars to support medical costs.

Covarrubias tweeted, "I will be back on the court soon. I promise."

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"It's fantastic," Cantwell-Sacred Heart Coach George Zedan said.

Later, in a phone conversation, Covarrubias said, "I'm pretty much done with all the treatments and now I get scanned every now and then."

Covarrubias said he plans to enroll next fall at Cal State Monterey Bay, where he has a basketball scholarship.

He said he's grateful for the support he received from family, friends and strangers.

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"It helped me keep my mind straight and keep focusing on the goal," he said.

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