Fisher Wins WSC Title, Men 2nd

SAN LUIS OBISPO (October 27, 2014)- This Week:  Men’s cross country finished second in the 2014 Western State Conference Championships by one point, 42 to 41, behind College of the Canyons.  The second place finish equals best placing ever by a Cuesta team in the Western State Conference. WSC Champion Connor Fisher (Lake Isabella), who crossed the line in only 21:02.42, led the men’s team.  The women finished in 8th place. 

Last Week: The harriers take this week off and will compete in the 2014 Southern California Regional Championships in Van Nuys on November 7.           

Notes: Men’s cross country’s entire scoring team cross the line finish line in the Top 20 and the Cougars advance to the CCCAA Regional Meet in two weeks.  Freshman Connor Fisher (Lake Isabella) won the race, while 2013 Team MVP Alex Hascall (Nipomo HS) and freshman Roberto Bazan (Buellton: Santa Ynez HS) also finished in the Top 10, 6th (22:21.73) and 7th (22:26.94) places respectively.  Sophomore Nick Landy (Templeton HS) just missed the Top 10 with his 11th place (22:47.34) finish, while 2012 All-WSC Harrier Chris Connor (Santa Clarita) completed the scoring team in 17th place (23:11.52).  On the women’s team, freshmen Jossi Beutler (Monterey HS) and Nicole Peterson (Piedmont) both qualified for the Regional Meet after finishing 47th (24:01.70) and 48th (24:05.15) at the WSC Finals.    



Kickers on the Road Against WSC Teams

SAN LUIS OBISPO (October 27, 2014)- This Week:  Women’s soccer hit the road this week for a pair of Western State Conference games.  The Cougars travel to Santa Maria to face local rival Allan Hancock on Tuesday (4 PM).  The Cougars beat the Bulldogs in the first round, but have been on a five-game slide since that victory.  On Friday (5:30) the Cougars travel to Ventura to face the conference leaders.  

Last Week: The Cougars dropped a pair of Western State Conference games last week.  On Tuesday they fell to Moorpark, 2-1, and on Friday they lost to Oxnard, 4-0.  The Cougars are 6-8-2 on the season, but only 1-5-2 in conference play. 

Notes: Freshman Liv Montion (Visalia) scored the Cougars’ lone goal of the week against Moorpark on Tuesday.  She is tied for the team lead in points with Karolina Rendon (Shandon: Paso Robles HS), who assisted on that goal, they both have 20 points on the year.  Rendon leads the team with nine goals and has two assists, while Montion has eight goals and four assists.  2013 All-WSC Forward Serena Hughes (Templeton HS) leads the team with five assists. 




Spikers Hope To Bounce Back in 2nd Round

SAN LUIS OBISPO (October 27, 2014)- This Week:  Women’s Volleyball begins the second round of Western State Conference play this Wednesday (6 PM) in Ventura.  The Cougars won three of their last four pre-season matches, but have struggled against the loop due to injuries.  The Cougars may be down a few players, but are ready to make adjustments in the second half.  The Cougars only WSC win was their first round opener, so Wednesday trip to play the Pirates will be important.  On Friday (6 PM) the Cougars are back home to face LA Mission, who beat them in five games on October 7 in Sylmar. 

Last Week: Women's Volleyball dropped two Western State Conference matches last week.  The opened the week against Moorpark and after winning Game 1 convincingly they fell in four (25-18, 13-25, 11-25, 18-25). The Cougars hoped to bounce back on “Beauty and the Beast Night”, but were swept by #8 Santa Barbara (18-25, 16-25, 18-25).  The Cougars are 5-12 on the season and 1-5 in WSC play. 

Notes: The Cougars have lost four players, including two starters, from their opening day roster due to injuries and other ailments.  Team Captain and 2013 All-WSC pick Whitney Meyer (King City HS), the team’s best player went out with a hand injury against Allan Hancock on October 17.  She still ranks among the team in kills (125), aces (29) and digs (146). 




Poloist Converge for Alumni Game

SAN LUIS OBISPO (October 27, 2014)- This Week:  This is the 36th year of water polo at Cuesta College and the program is vying for its 36th straight post-season and 27th conference title.  Few players have competed for Cuesta without tasting a conference title and none have ever missed the thrill of the playoffs.  Those former players, some now old men, will converge on San Luis Obispo for their Alumni Game this Saturday at 1 PM to face the 2014 team in its final regular season test.  The Cougars travel to the 2014 Western State Conference Championships on November 6 for a chance at another title and to book another trip to the post season. 

Last Week: Men’s water polo travelled to Van Nuys on Thursday to face LA Valley in a Western State Conference game.  The Cougars fells, 18-9, and then continued south for the Golden West Tournament.  On Friday they beat both American River, 15-2, and San Joaquin Delta, 9-8.  On Saturday they lost to both West Valley, 22-9, and Long Beach, 12-2.  The Cougars are 19-13 on the year and 2-2 in the WSC. 

Notes: Statistics Incomplete.      




Poloists 9th at truWest Tournament

SAN LUIS OBISPO (October 27, 2014)- LastWeek:  Women’s water polo finished 9th at the truWest Battle at the Beach in Long Beach and Cypress.  On Friday the Cougars, ranked #4, lost to #8 Long Beach, 10-9, and #6 Grossmont, 15-7, and fell into the 9th place bracket in the 21-team tournament.  On Saturday the Cougars won their bracket with wins over #3 Chaffey, 8-3, and #10 Palomar, 16-2.  The Cougars also beat Citrus in a Western State Conference win over Citrus on Thursday, 12-2.  On the year the Cougars are 20-6 overall and 5-0 against the WSC.

This Week: Women’s polo plays three home games this week.  On Wednesday they host Santa Monica  (3:30) in a WSC contest and then Cal Poly (6:30).  They host the Alumnae on Saturday (Noon).     

Notes: 2013 All State Driver Rachel Gruetzmacher (Atascadero HS) tied a record, which she shares with teammate Shanae Lauridsen (Nipomo HS) and others, when she scored eight goals against Palomar.  She also moved into second on Cuesta’s Career Scoring List with 169 goals.  Lauridsen is right behind her in third place with 158 career tallies. 

 All Time Cuesta Career Goal Leaders

 1. Morgan Thompson 2008-09 192

2. Rachel Gruetzmacher 2013-14 169

3. Shanae Lauridsen 2012, 14 158

4. Whitney Levicki 2006-07 156

5. Elysia Sauve 2003-04 151



Grapplers Finish 3rd at Meathead Invite

SAN LUIS OBISPO (October 27, 2014)- Last Week:  The Cuesta wrestling team hosted the Meathead Mover Invitational on Saturday and finished in third place in their own tournament.  The Cougars boasted eight division winners in the event; including champion Connor Pollock (Folsom HS). The grapplers were a combined 40-35 in their individual bouts on the day.     The Cougars also posted a dual meet win over Glendale, Arizona on Thursday, 21-7.  The Cougars are 5-5 in dual meets. 

This week: The grapplers stay home this Wednesday (7 PM) with a dual against Fresno City. On Sunday they will be in San Francisco for the SF State Tournament.  

Notes: Below is breakdown of the Cougars individual efforts at the Meathead Movers Invitational.

125- Freshmen Oscar Velasco (Santa Maria HS) was 0-1 at the invitational, but picked up a win the night before against Glendale, Arizona and is 4-5 on the year.  Freshman Nick Miller (Thousand Oaks HS) was 0-2 at the Meathead, but also picked up a win against Glendale.  He is 5-12 on the year.

133- Sophomore George Sakkas (San Jose) claimed third place at the Meathead with a 3-1 record.  He is 12-9 on the year.

141- Sophomore Connor Pollock (Folsom HS) was 5-0 on the weekend.  He won his division in the Meathead with a 4-0 mark  and earned another win over Glendale.  He is 13-1 on the year. He is 8-1 on the year.   Freshmen Nakoa Chun (Pearl City, HI) and Marvin Apreza (Oceano: Arroyo Grande HS) and sophomore Mike Bronze (Fresno) were all 1-2 at the Meathead.  Bronze also had a loss to Glendale. 

149- Sophomore Jonny Callas (Clovis) 5-1 at the Meathead and claimed third place.  He is 13-3 on the year. Sophomore Justin Jauregui (Fresno) and Freshman Landon Kim (Mission Viejo HS) also competed at this weight and were 0-1 and 2-2 at the Meathead, respectively.

157- Sophomore John Sinclair (San Jose) was 2-2 and claimed 4th place at the Meathead.  He also picked up a win over Glendale to improve to 14-4 on the year. Freshmen Kate Nestingen (Ojai) and Allen Bjur (Watsonville) also competed at this weight and were both 0-2 at the Meathead.

165- Sophomore Joe Else (Santa Maria HS) was 2-2 at the Meathead, but also picked up a win over Glendale.  He owns a team-high 19 wins on the year, against seven losses.  Freshman Grant Biral (San Jose) was 1-2 in the division. 

174- Sophomores Amir Bakhshi (Cupertino HS) surprised everyone with a third place finish at the Meathead.  Bakhshi was 5-1 and also picked up a win over Glendale to improve to 10-10 on the year. Sophomore Jeff Sanchez (Hawaii) was 2-2, while fellow sophomore Nate Mesa (Woodlake HS) endured a tough week.  He was 0-2 in the Meathead and added a loss the night before to Glendale.  

184- Sophomore Jack Robinett (Atascadero HS) was 2-1 and took third place.  He is 16-5 on the year.  Freshman Harvey Bickmore (Nipomo HS) 2-2.

197- Freshman Clayton Hartwell (Hayward) earned third place with a 4-1 finish.  He is 9-3 on the year.

285- Freshman Brett Kimball (Nipomo HS) was 3-2 and claimed 5th place at the Meathead.  He improved to 10-7 on the year.     




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