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Feb 27, 2014 9:08 PM by KSBY Sports

Pedroso, Blair lead conference honors for Cuesta

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - The Western State Conference champion Cuesta men's basketball team took home plenty of hardware as the WSC released regular season honors on Thursday.

Five members of the team were accorded all-WSC status, including WSC Player of the Year Oscar Pedroso, while Coach Rusty Blair was named WSC Coach of the Year for the sixth time.

Pedroso is the ninth Cuesta player to earn conference player of the year honors in the program's 49-year history. The Sophomore is averaging a team-high 18.0 points per game this season and has been a workhorse for the Cougars, leading the team, and ranking second in the state, with 955 minutes played.

Shooting Guard Alex Igual was selected to the 2014 All Western State Conference First Team and was also nominated for the All State Team, which will be announced at the 2014 CCCAA State Finals.

Power Forward Brett Hartshorne was selected to the 2014 All Western State Conference First Team after scoring 12.6 points and pulling down 5.1 rebounds per game during the regular season.

The Cougars also had two players named 2014 All-WSC Honorable Mention. Small Forward Kyle Geer leads the Cougars with 5.9 rebounds per game and is fourth on the team with 8.3 points per game. Point Guard Valentin Bauer leads the team with 3.1 assists and is second on the team with 48 steals. He is also 7th on the team in scoring with 4.9 points per game.

Coach Rusty Blair was voted by his peers as the 2014 Western State Conference Coach of the Year. Blair led the Cougars to a 21-9 record during the regular season and celebrated his 400th career victory for Cuesta with a win over Reedley on December 20th. Coach Blair was also named WSC Coach of the Year following the 1997, 1998, 2009, 2010 and 2012 campaigns.

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