Locals earn All-Tournament honors in Las Vegas

Several local basketball standouts earned All-Tournament honors at the Great Western Shootout in Las Vegas Tuesday and Wednesday at the Centennial Hills Center. The tournament featured four men’s team’s and four women’s teams with each game pitting a team from the California Collegiate Athletic Conference against one from the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

On the men’s side each conference won two games with Cal State San Bernardino going 2-0 and Cal Poly Pomona going 0-2 and both the GNAC teams – Western Washington and Central Washington – going 1-1.

The Coyotes’ Michael Earl was named Most Valuable Player. Other all-tournament selections were Marlon Pierce of Cal State, Larry Gordon of Cal Poly Pomona, Calin Schell and Fontana native Ira Graham of Western Washington and Jake Beitinger of Central Washington.

On the women’s side the GNAC fared better, winning three of four games with Central Washington going 2-0, Western and UC San Diego going 1-1 and Monterey Bay going 0-2.

Hanna Hull of Central Washington was named tourney MVP. She was joined on the team by Amanda Dunbar of Western, Michelle Osier and Alexis Gaskin of UCSD, Jenn Jacobs of Central Washington and Ja’Nae Westmoreland of Monterey Bay.

Westmoreland is a graduate of Rialto High School and San Bernardino Valley College.