Cougars Co-Host Spring Break Tournament

SAN LUIS OBISPO (March 30, 2015)- This Week: Baseball takes a break from Western State Conference play to host the 2015 Cuesta/Hancock Easter Tournament.  The Cougars host #3 Cypress on Tuesday (2 PM) and #2 Fresno City on Thursday (1 PM).   Cypress (19-6) is currently one game out of first place in the Orange Empire Conference, while Fresno City (22-3) sits atop the Central Valley loop.  The Cougars, who were preseason ranked #18, have played only eight of their 25 games against unranked teams- all in conference play.  On Wednesday (Noon) #4 Merced and #12 Cerritos are scheduled to play each other in a tournament game at Cuesta. 

Last week: Baseball struggled to score runs last week and went 1-2 last week, while scoring only seven runs in the three games.  The Cougars hosted local rival Allan Hancock on Tuesday to begin the week, but fell to the Bulldogs, 5-2.  Pitcher Jackson Gentes (San Diego) was undone by three unearned runs and took the loss.  On Thursday the Cougars were in Santa Maria to face the Bulldogs for the final time this season and salvaged a season split with a 4-2 victory.  Starting Pitcher Alex Fagalde (El Dorado Hills) enjoyed another strong outing for the win, while Reliever James Kannenberg (Colorado) earned the save. On Saturday, Pitcher Brendan Jenkins (Pleasanton) lost a start for the first time this season.  Jenkins allowed ten runs, six earned, in 3.1 innings in a 10-1 loss to #5 Santa Barbara.   Jenkins shutout the Vaqueros in February, but his season ERA jumped to 1.42 after Saturday’s setback.  The Cougars are 12-13 overall and in third place in the Western State Conference at 9-6. 

Notes: Starting Pitcher Alex Fagalde (El Dorado Hills) and Reliever James Kannenberg (Colorado) have become a dominant combination in recent weeks.  Fagalde began the season 0-4, but has won three of his past four starts. Kannenberg saved all three of Fagalde’s victories and now has five saves on the season, which ranks #4 all time. Fagalde’s lone recent loss was a complete game against #4 Oxnard, 2-1. 


Softball Hosts Oxnard on Thursday

SAN LUIS OBISPO (March 30, 2015)-  This week: Softball returns home after a seven game road trip and weighed down by a six-game losing streak. On Thursday, the Cougars host Oxnard (2:30), who they swept in a Western State Conference doubleheader at Oxnard on March 10.  The Cougars are still only a game out of second place in the Western State Conference (4-3) and the WSC’s second automatic playoff berth. 

Last Week: The Cougars finally return home after a twenty-one day roadtrip.  The Cougars began the roadtrip by reaching .500 for the first time this season, but then lost All State Shortstop Bre Ojala (Napa HS) for the season in the next game and began a six-game skid.  The Cougars entered last week undefeated against the Western State Conference, but lost three games against the loop last week.  On Tuesday, the Cougars travelled to Santa Maria for a doubleheader against local rival #12 Allan Hancock.  The Bulldogs blanked the Cougars with a no-hit, shutout, 10-0, in Game 1 and took a forfeit, 7-0, in Game 2, because the Cougars did not have enough healthy players to start the game.  On Thursday, the Cougars travelled to Ventura and lost to the Pirates, 7-4.  The Cougars also dropped out of the Ventura Tournament last Saturday.  Cuesta is 8-14 on the season and 4-3 against the Western State Conference. 


Aqua-Jocks Post 10 Wins In Final WSC Mini Meet

SAN LUIS OBISPO (March 23, 2015)- Last Week:  Cuesta Swim and Dive teams both swam at a WSC Quad Meet in Bakersfield on Friday.  The meet was a non-scoring as well as the Cougars’ final chance to race before the 2015 Western State Conference Swim & Dive Championships.  Cuesta won ten of the 22 events at the five–team meet; seven women’s and three men’s.   

This Week: Swimming does not compete again until the 2015 Western State Conference Swim & Dive Championships.  The championship is a three-day meet, which runs from April 16-18.  The 2015 CCCAA State Swim & Dive Championships begin April 30.   


Notes: Cuesta claimed seven individual events, five women’s and two men’s, and was led by All American Rachel Gruetzmacher (Atascadero HS), who won two events.   Gruetzmacher won the 200-freestyle (2:01.04), a team season-best time,  and the 200-butterfly (2:23.43).  Fellow All Americans Haylee Mariucci (Templeton HS) and Molly Casey (Coarsegold) won the 100-freestyle (:57.72) and 200-backstroke (2:23.34), while Freshman Ande Miller (Paso Robles: Templeton HS) added a title in the 50-freestyle (:26.86).  Miller also set a new school record in the 200-breaststroke (2:43.73), but finished in 3rd place in the new women’s event.  On the men’s side, All American Colton Privett (Fresno) won the 50-freestyle (:22.28) and All American Calvin Gonder (Santa Cruz: SLO HS) won the 1000-freestyle (10:26.70).   The women also won both relays, using all four of their event champions, while the men won the 4x100 free relay. 



Cuesta Track & Field Heads to The City

SAN LUIS OBISPO (March 30, 2015)- This Week: Track and field travels to San Francisco for San Francisco State’s Johnny Mathis Invitational this Friday and Saturday.    The event is named after former Gator track athlete and recording star Johnny Mathis.   “Chances Are” the weather could be “Misty”. 

 Last Week: Cuesta College hosted the Western State Conference Coast Meet on Friday, but Santa Barbara City won both the men's and women's competitions.  Host Cuesta’s men’s team won six events and earned second place. On the women's side, Santa Barbara won three of the four throwing events and the final relay to hold off Ventura, while Cuesta finished 4th

Notes: Host Cuesta’s men’s team won six events and earned second place, but also provided the best race of the day as the Cougars' Connor Fisher (Lake Isabella) held off teammate Brandon Messerly (Temecula) to win the 3000-meter Run.  The duo ran the second and third fastest times in Cuesta history with Fisher (8:45.54) falling just short of his own school record and Messerly (8:46.32) dropping 18 seconds off his previous season-best to take the #2 spot all time at Cuesta.  Pole Vaulter Augusta Thomason (San Diego) led the women’s team to 4th place by winning her event.  Her leap of 12-6 also moved her into the #2 spot all time at Cuesta.  








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