Harriers in Santa Monica for WSC Preview

SAN LUIS OBISPO (September 29, 2014)- This Week:  Cross-country squares off with the rest of the Western State Conference for the first time this Friday (3:30) at Kenneth Hahn Park in Santa Monica.  The course was expected to be used for the WSC Championships in three weeks, but was changed to Ventura’s Arroyo Verde Park at the beginning of the season.   The Cougars opened the season at Arroyo Verde Park during the Ventura Invitational. 

Last Week: The harriers took the week off and compete again on October 3.    

Notes: The harriers did not compete last week and do not have any new statistics, however both teams are near full strength.  Freshman Roberto Bazan (Buellton: Santa Ynez HS) made his first appearance of the year two weeks ago and led the team to 6th place at the SoCal Preview, while Chris Conrad (Santa Clarita) and Connor Fisher (Lake Isabella) also returned after missing the previous race.  The women also jumped their running pack up to a full seven members with the late addition of Nicole Peterson (Piedmont).  Peterson was a four-time NCS qualifier in high school, including two top 20 times.  



Soccer Opens WSC Play this Week

SAN LUIS OBISPO (September 29, 2014)- Notes: Coach Bob Wilson is in his 20th year with Cuesta College and owns a 199-167-58.  The Cougars opened the season with five wins in their first six, but have been 0-2-1 over the past week and a half.  The Cougars have been riddled with injuries the past two weeks, but hope to return to form during conference play this week.  And, of course, pick up win #200 for Coach Wilson. 

This Week:  Women’s soccer plays two Western State Conference games.  They travel to Oxnard on Tuesday (4 PM) and host local rival Allan Hancock on Friday (4 PM).     

Last Week: The Cougars let a game slip away on Tuesday when West Hills-Lemoore overcame a 2-1 halftime deficit to claim a 4-3 victory in the Cougars final pre-conference contest.    The Cougars opened their Western State Conference schedule on Friday against perennial contender Moorpark, who has not finished out of the top 3 since 2001.   The Cougars shutout the Raiders, and were shutout in turn, in a 0-0 tie.  Cuesta is 5-3-1 on the season and 0-0-1 in WSC play.          



Spikers Open WSC Play this Week

SAN LUIS OBISPO (September 29, 2014)- This Week:  Volleyball opens Western State Conference play on Wednesday (6 PM) in an inter-division match against West LA in Culver City.  The match with the Wildcats will not figure into the division standings.  The Cougars begin WSC North Division play on Friday (6 PM), when they host Ventura. 

Last Week: Women's Volleyball travelled to the San Diego Tournament on Saturday and split a pair of matches.  The Cougars won a five-game (15-25, 25-23, 27-25, 18-25, 15-13) marathon over Chaffey to open the event.  The Cougars are 2-0 this season when matches go the distance.  The Cougars faced Chandler-Gilbert College from Arizona in their next game and fell in four (12-25, 23-25, 25-20, 13-25).  The Cougars are 3-7 on the year. 

Notes: Outside Hitter Gabby David (Santa Cruz) led the Cougars with 14 kills in the loss to Chandler-Gilbert and led the team with 27 kills on the weekend.    On the season, David is second on the team with 82 kills, as well as second hitting percentage (.284), aces (16) and digs (102).



Poloists Open WSC Play on Wednesday

SAN LUIS OBISPO (September 29, 2014)- This Week:  Men’s water polo has won 27 conference titles over the past 35 years, including the last four, and open Western State Conference play this Wednesday (3:30) in Santa Monica. 

Last Week: Men’s water polo skipped the scheduled Stockton mini tournament and instead traveled to Saratoga for three games at West Valley College.  The Cougars picked up solid wins over Modesto, 9-7, and Sierra, 13-8, before losing to 2013 State Finalist Diablo Valley, 17-8.  The Cougars are 10-8 on the season. 

Notes: No statistics reported.     



16th Rabobank Invitational this Week

SAN LUIS OBISPO (September 29, 2014)- ThisWeek:  Women’s water polo host the 16th Rabobank Water Polo Invitational this Friday and Saturday.  The Rabobank last right at mid-season and attracts the best teams in the state, including all both state finalists from 2014.  In fact, this weekend’s participants have claimed 14 of the past 15 state titles.  Cerritos, who won in 2009, was a late scratch from the tournament this year.    Cuesta opens the tournament with on Friday with pool play against Santa Rosa (11:10) and Fullerton (5:40).  Cuesta also host Santa Barbara in a Western State Conference game on Wednesday (3:30). 

Last Week: Women’s polo travelled to Santa Cruz for the Bockman Tournament at Cabrillo College.  The Cougars swept the competition to win the tournament and improve to 11-3 on the season.  The Cougars beat San Mateo, 11-2, and San Joaquin Delta, 11-8, on Friday and host Cabrillo, 19-9, and West Valley, 18-10, on Saturday. 

Notes: Freshman Haylee Mariucci (Templeton HS) is the Cougars’ fifth leading scorer despite never playing the game before this season.  Mariucci swam for Templeton High and was convinced to join the team this year after joining three water polo players to earn All American honors on a pair of relays last spring.  Mariucci has 13 goals in the team first 14 games, while adding seven assists.  Coach Peter Schuler said, “I have never had a first year player score that much.  She is a great listener and has picked up the game quickly, without any bad habits.  She is pretty amazing.”



Grapplers 3rd at West Hills Tournament

SAN LUIS OBISPO (September 29, 2014)- Last Week:  The Cuesta wrestling team finished 3rd at the West Hills tournament with 142 points, just behind Champion Cerritos (165 points) and runner-up Fresno (153).   The Cougars boasted nine place winners in the tournament, including Champion Clayton Hartwell (Hayward) at 197 pounds.  The Cougars posted a combined 48-34 mark in their bouts. 

This week: The grapplers head to Santa Ana on Saturday for the Santa Ana Tournament. 

Notes: Below is breakdown of the Cougars records at the West Hills Tournament

125- Freshman Nick Miller (Thousand Oaks HS) was 2-2 and 2-6 on the year. 

133- Sophomore George Sakkas (San Jose) finished 4th with a 2-2 record.  He is 4-4 on the year.

141- Sophomore Brady Day (Tuolumne) finished 5th with a 5-2 record.  He is 6-2on the year.

149- Five grapplers went a combined 5-10 in this division.  Sophomores Mike Bronze (Clovis) led the group with a 2-2 mark.  Freshmen Nakoa Chun (Pearl City, HI), Marvin Apreza (Oceano: Arroyo Grande HS) and Landon Kim (Mission Viejo HS) were all 1-2, while Brentyn Lee (Honolulu, HI) was 0-2.

157- Sophomore Justin Jauregui (Fresno) was 3-1 and finished 3rd.  He is 5-2 on the year.  Freshman Allen Bjur (Watsonville) was 1-2.

165- Sophomore John Sinclair (San Jose) was 4-1 and fellow sophomore Joe Else (Santa Maria HS) 5-1.  They tied for third place.    Freshman Kate Nestinger (Ojai) was 0-2. 

174- Sophomore Amir Bakhashi (Cupertino HS) was 2-2 and is 2-6 on the year. 

184- Four grapplers went a combined 11-7 in this division. Sophomore Jack Robinett (Atascadero HS) finished 3rd with a 5-1 mark.  Sophomore Jeffrey Sanchez (Mililani, HI) finished 5th with a 4-2 mark.  Sophomore Nate Mesa (Woodlake HS) and Freshman Harvey Bickmore (Nipomo HS) were both 1-2.

197- Freshman Clayton Hartwell (Hayward) was a perfect 4-0 and took 1st place.     

285- Freshman Brett Kimball (Nipomo HS) was 4-2 and finished 5th







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