Published on October 05, 2013
Sean Stoqua (#23), who has played both football and basketball for Acadia the past two seasons, will miss the rest of the 2013 football season and at least a portion of the 2013-2014 basketball season after suffering a broken leg and ligament and tendon damage during a recent football practice. (File)
Published on March 08, 2013
Published on March 03, 2013
Cape Breton Capers' Kelson Devereaux, left, stops Acadia's Sean Stoqua
from scoring two points during the AUS men's basketball championship game at the
Halifax Metro Centre March 3.
Jeff Harper - Metro
By John DeCoste
The past two seasons, fans of Acadia’s varsity sports teams have certainly gotten their money’s worth and more from Ottawa native Sean Stoqua.
As a true two-sport performer – a starting cornerback for the football Axemen and the starting point guard for the basketball Axemen – Stoqua is somewhat of an anomaly in university sport.
The 5’11”, 185-pound third-year student won’t be playing either sport anytime soon after suffering a serious injury during a football practice.
Stoqua was sitting on the sidelines prior to the Sept. 28 football game on crutches with his lower leg in a cast after breaking a bone in his lower leg and suffered some ligament and tendon damage as a result of the practice mishap.
Football Axemen head coach Jeff Cummins confirmed Stoqua “is out for the football season,” though with any luck, he “should be back for most of the basketball season.”
Cummins termed the injury as “unfortunate,” as Stoqua “was starting at cornerback for us and doing a great job.”
Also concerned with Stoqua’s prognosis is basketball Axemen head coach Steve Baur. He termed the injury as “certainly sad news for Sean, our football team, and us.”
The past two seasons, Stoqua didn’t practice with the basketball team until the football season was over, and didn’t really play basketball prior to Christmas. That will certainly now be the case this year as well.
“We’ll have a better feel how long his timetable will be in four more weeks, when the first screws (in his injured leg) are scheduled to come out,” Baur said. “We’ll have a better feel for how the tendons have reconnected to the bone, and to each other.”
Baur anticipated Stoqua would most likely return at some point during the 2013-2014 basketball season, but when that might be is still up in the air right now.
His situation, Bauer added, might be similar to Anthony Sears’ last year. Sears was out until mid-January with a foot injury, then played the rest of the season without incident.
“We’re hoping for the best,” Bauer said.
“Stokes will be diligent in his recovery, and if it is possible to speed up the process, he will be the guy.”