By Michelle Gardner
Foothill Conference honors have been handed out and local individuals took many top accolades.
Lewis Leonard of San Bernardino Valley College was named Most Valuable Player.
The 6-foot-4 sophomore averaged 25.2 points a game which ranked second in the state in that category behind Harold Cleveland of Pasadena (25.4). Leonard also averaged 6.5 rebounds.
He was also a starter last year for the Wolverines who had three other highly touted players.
Coach Gerry Wright said his standout improved on both ends of the court.
He put up great numbers but his biggest improvement was in defense. Before he came here he didnt know the meaning of the word. The other thing he learned was how to put up numbers in the framework of the offense. He became much more efficient. Instead of going 7-for-30 he could get the same points going 7-for-15.
Sophomore teammate Johnny Barnes was also named to the first team. Chaffey is represented by Winston Robinson and Nick Turner, both freshmen. The first team also included Kaiser grad Alan Alston of Victor Valley College and Jerome Davis of Barstow.
Bo Harrison and Jacon Letson of SBVC, both products of Redlands East Valley, were honorable mention.
On the womens side, San Bernardino Valley Coach Sue Crebbin took top coach honors for leading the Wolverines to just their third conference title and the first since 2001.
The first team also included sophomores Simeone Baker, Shy Walter and Jasmine Marshall of SBVC, Christina Warren and Tamesha Jackson of Chaffey, Jallisa Butler of Barstow and Rachel Gordon of Victor Valley.
Mt. San Jacintos Michelle Simmons was Most Valuable Player.
Honorable mention selections included LaQuita Jordan of SBVC, Aundria Anderson of Chaffey, Brittney Pham of Barstow and Gennifer Hempel of Victor Valley.