WVHS hosts the 23rd annual event under direction of new coach
■ By Corey Evan / Reporter
Every year the competition seems to get more and more fierce, regardless of the sport. Not only does it keep players on their toes, it keeps you humble readers interested! So hopefully the 23rd Annual West Valley High School girls’ basketball Mustang Tip Off will be an interesting read today.
A total of 16 teams, some traveling as much as two hours each way, took part in the tournament from Monday, Nov. 26 through Friday, Nov. 30. This year the competition was overseen by a new Mustang coach: Raymond Everett. “Some highlights were teams traveling two hours away each day since inauguration of the Tip Off tournament. Teams were very competitive and the bracket schedule was very organized. We had two overtime games!”
The tournament was broken up into winners brackets and… non-winners brackets, i.e. the consolation brackets. Among winners, the champions overall were the Valley View Eagles of Moreno Valley, their girls having ridden the West Valley Mustangs, nudged the Yucca Valley Trojans aside, trimmed Twentynine Palms, and plucked Yucaipa Thunderbird feathers.
On the consolation side of the bracket, the Hemet Lady Bulldogs may have lost to the Temescal Canyon Titans in round one but they would bounce back from this to cage the Chaparral Pumas, blacken the Perris Panthers’ skies, and stare down the Elsinore Tigers to take the consolation title. That’s a lot of cats for these dogs to beat!
Getting back to the Mustangs, who failed to win a round in this competition, Everett wants to change their losing ways.
“My goals are to teach fundamentals, to build team cohesion and personal development because I want my players to know it’s bigger than basketball, it’s about developing champions for life.”
And not a moment too soon, because at the end of this tournament the Mustangs currently have a record of 0-8.
Everett had some gratitude to express: “I definitely want to thank West Valley Staff and Athletic Department Kathleen Alvarez for giving me the opportunity to coach girls basketball and Coach Jeff Harper Harris and staff at Lincoln High School in San Diego for giving me the opportunity to coach under his Boys Basketball Program which is very competitive. Awesome coaches, athletic program and community.”
Can the horses outrun green lightning? Will Everett be the one head coach to stick with the Mustangs for better or for worse? And will this reporter’s word association skills ever run out of material? Find out how the Mustangs do!