Harriers Chase State Title on Saturday

SAN LUIS OBISPO (November 17, 2014)- This Week:  Men’s cross country finished 2nd in the conference, missing a title by one point, and 4th in the regional meet to reach the CCCAA State Cross Country Championships for a school record 7th straight season.  This may the deepest and most talented men’s team in Cuesta history and the Cougars are in the running for a state title.  It is a tall order for a program that has never cracked the Top 10, especially from a school that has not won a state title in any sport since 1986.   The race for the title begins at 3:45 at Fresno’s Woodward Park. 

Last Week: The harriers took the week off to prepare for the 2014 CCCAA State Championships at Fresno’s Woodward Park on November 22.

Notes: Western State Conference Champion Connor Fisher (Lake Isabella) has been the Cougars top harrier all season long, while 2013 Team MVP Alex Hascall (Nipomo HS) and freshman Roberto Bazan (Buellton: Santa Ynez HS) can both push towards the front of the pack.   Sophomores Nick Landy (Templeton HS) and Chris Conrad (Santa Clarita) join freshmen Lawrence Stokes (Las Vegas, NV) and Cody Griffith (Yreka HS) to complete the Cougars state championship squad.        


Kickers End Season with Loss to Pierce

SAN LUIS OBISPO (November 17, 2014)- LastWeek:  Women’s soccer wrapped up the 2014 campaign with a loss to Pierce, 5-2, in Woodland Hills on Friday.  The Cougars began the season with four wins, but injuries devastated the team and a lack of depth doomed a promising season.  The Cougars landed in 6th place in the Western State Conference with a 2-8-2 mark against the loop and were 7-11-2 overall.


This Week: Season is over.  All Conference will be announced in December.    

Notes: Forward Liv Montion (Visalia) scored one goal and assisted on another in the loss to Pierce and ended the season tied with Karolina Rendon (Shandon: Paso Robles HS) for the team leads in both goals and assists.  Both players ended the season with 26 total points on ten goals and six assists.  The duo accounted for 20 of the teams 41 goals this year, marking the most goals by a Cuesta team since 2010.     



Spikers End 2014 Campaign on Wednesday

SAN LUIS OBISPO (November 17, 2014)- This Week:  Women’s Volleyball travels to Santa Barbara on Wednesday (6 PM) to end the 2014 season.  The Vaqueros are the top ranked team in the Western State Conference, while the Cougars are locked solidly in 6th place. 

Last Week: Women's Volleyball hosted Allan Hancock on Wednesday in their final home game of the 2014- Sophomore Night.  The Cougars beat the rival Bulldogs in five games (21-25, 25-19, 25-15, 20-25, 15-8).  On Friday the Cougars went to Moorpark and were swept by the Raiders (14-25, 15-25, 14-25).  The Cougars are 6-16 overall and 2-9 against the Western State Conference.    

Notes: Season is over.  All Conference will be announced in December.    



Poloists Fall to Fullerton in First Round

SAN LUIS OBISPO (November 17, 2014)- Last Week: Men’s water polo earned the #9-seed in its 36th consecutive trip to the post-season, but ran into #8-seed Fullerton on Thursday at Citrus College in Glendora.  The Hornets beat the Cougars, 10-7, to advance to the second round, where they lost to #1 Golden West.  The Cougars ended the season with on overall record of 21-15 and finished third in the Western State Conference.  

This Week:  Season is over.  All Conference will be announced in December.

Notes: Men’s water polo took third place in the 2014 Western State Conference Championships and advanced to the post-season for the 36th straight season.  Cuesta began men’s water polo in 1979 and founding Coach Terry Bowen led the Cougars to the post-season in each of his 25 years at the helm.  Current Coach John Marsh played on Bowen’s second and third playoff teams and was on the bench as an assistant for the last three.



Grapplers Win SEC Title with Clean Sweep

SAN LUIS OBISPO (November 17, 2014)- Last Week:  Wrestling defended its 2013 SoutEast Conference title with another title on Saturday.  The Cougars swept the tournament duals with wins over East LA, 29-21, Bakersfield, 32-21, and West Hills, 46-3.  The Cougars were 21-10 in individual bouts on the day and improved to 238-185, they are just 42 wins shy of the school record of 270 set last year.  The Cougars also seven wrestlers named to the all-SEC teams, which will be announced the first week of December.

This week: The grapplers travel to East LA on Saturday for the “The Brawl” Tournament.    

Notes: Below is breakdown of the Cougars individual efforts against the SouthEast Conference.

125- Freshman Oscar Velasco (Santa Maria HS) was 1-1 and improved to 6-6 on the year. Freshman Nick Miller (Thousand Oaks HS) was 0-1 and fell to 6-14 on the year. 

133- Sophomore George Sakkas (San Jose) enjoyed his best day of the season with a perfect 3-0 mark.  He improved to 18-12 on the year.     

141- Sophomore Connor Pollock (Folsom HS) improved to 19-4 on the season with a pair of wins in the SEC. Sophomore Mike Bronze (Fresno) also picked up a win against and moved to 8-9 on the season. 

149- Sophomore Jonny Callas (Clovis) picked up two wins over the SEC and improved to 19-6 on the year. Freshman Landon Kim (Mission Viejo HS) was 1-0 and jumped to 12-9 on the season, while fellow freshman Kate Nestingen (Ojai) lost her only bout to fall to 0-10.

157- Sophomore John Sinclair (San Jose) was 2-1 and improved to 18-7 on the year.  Freshman Allen Bjur (Watsonville) lost his only bout to fall to 2-11 on the year.

165- Sophomore Joe Else (Aptos HS) was 2-1 at the SEC Tournament and leads the Cougars with 22 wins on the year (against 8 losses).

174- Sophomores Amir Bakhshi (Cupertino HS) and Nate Mesa (Woodlake HS) were a combined 3-0 in this division against the SEC.  Bakhshi won both his bouts, while Mesa also added a win. 

184- Sophomores Jack Robinett (Atascadero HS), Amir Bakhshi (Cupertino HS) and Nate Mesa (Woodlake HS) were a combined 1-2 in this division against the SEC.  Robinett and Mesa both lost their only bouts, falling to 16-7 and 8-13 on the year, respectively.  Bakhshi continued his hot streak with a win and improved to 14-12 on the year. 

197- Sophomore Jeff Sanchez (Hawaii) and freshmen Clayton Hartwell (Hayward) and Harvey Bickmore (Nipomo HS) were a combined 3-2 against the SEC.  Hartwell was 1-1 and improved to 14-5 on the year.  Sanchez was 2-0 and is 15-10 on the year.  Bickmore lost hit only bout. 

285- Freshman Harvey Bickmore (Nipomo HS) was 1-0 at heavyweight and is 6-10 on the year.




Cagers Host and Beat DeAnza

SAN LUIS OBISPO (November 17, 2014)- Men’s basketball improved to 3-1 on the year by beating DeAnza, 96-73, on Saturday. Sophomore Rafael Casanova (Spain) led the Cougars with 21 points and added a team-high four assists.

This week: Men’s basketball travels to Monterey Peninsula College on Friday (6 PM) for a non-conference game.  The Lobos Coach Blake Spiering is a former Cuesta College player and led the Cougars to eight wins in 1990 and 1991.

Notes: Sophomore Rafael Casanova (Spain) continued his hot-streak with 21 points in the Cougars win over DeAnza on Saturday.  Casanova has been the Cougars leading scorer in every game this year and is averaging 20.3 points per game.  He scored 32 points over 16 games as a freshman. 




Cagers Finish 2nd In Opening Tournament

SAN LUIS OBISPO (November 17, 2014)- Women’s basketball claimed second place at the season opening Las Positias Tournament and came home with a 2-1 record.  The Cougars opened the season with a win over Los Medanos, 67-52, led by Sophomore Ashley Gamber’s (Sonora) career-high 17 points.   The Cougars advanced to the semi-finals and crushed Modesto, 67-31, thanks to Freshman Anika Rovig’s (North Dakota) team-high 21 points and five assists.   The Cougars lost the title game to Mission, 61-55, but Rovig led the team again with 14 points and six assists. 

This week: Women’s basketball travels to Barstow this Friday through Saturday for the Barstow Tournament.   The Cougars open with the Imperial Valley Arabs on Friday (7 PM).

Notes: Sophomore Jerrica Crosby (Durango, CO: Morro Bay HS) and Freshman Anika Rovig (North Dakota) were both named to the Las Positas all-Tournament team.  Crosby posted a double-double every night and averaged 11.3 points and 13.7 rebounds per game.  Rovig averaged a team-high 15 points per game and 5.0 assists.  








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