Cagers Eliminated by #5 Southwestern

SAN LUIS OBISPO (March 2, 2015)- Last week: Men's basketball fell to #5-seed Southwestern, 77-74, in the first round of the 2015 CCCAA Regional Men’s Basketball Playoffs. Freshman Forward Evgeniy Moiseev (Russia) scored 19 points in the loss and the Cougars came up just short in their attempt to upset the Jaguars. The Cougars ended the season 19-10 overall.

Notes: The Cuesta men’s basketball team completed the program’s 50th season by winning third conference title of the past four seasons and its 12th conference title overall.  The Cougars advanced to the post-season for the fourth consecutive campaign and the 22nd time in the past half-century.  


This week: The 2015 All-CCCAA State Men’s Basketball team is scheduled for release prior to the 2015 CCCAA State Men’s Basketball Championship next week.  2015 Western State Conference co-Player of the Year Rafael Casanova (Spain) is an automatic member, but the Cougars are hoping that fellow all-WSC 1st Team choices Benat Hevia (Spain) and Tayler Thompson (Sonora HS) may join him.  Casanova will be the 21st all-State player in Cuesta history. 


#16 Riverside Holds Off Cuesta’s Women

SAN LUIS OBISPO (March 2, 2015)- Last week: Women's basketball fell to #16-seed Riverside, 71-61, in the play-in round of the 2015 CCCAA Regional Women’s Basketball Playoffs. Freshman Guard Anika Rovig (North Dakota) scored 21 points in the loss and the Cougars came up just short in their attempt to upset the Tigers. Cuesta was also eliminated by the Tigers in 1991 and 2006 and is now 0-3 against Riverside in the playoffs. The Cougars ended the season 23-8 overall.

Notes: The Cuesta women’s basketball team completed the program’s 35th season by finishing as the Western State Conference runner-up for the third straight season; the Cougars have not won a conference title since 1982.  Cuesta advanced to the post-season for the third consecutive campaign and the 15th time in the past three and an half decades. 


This week: The 2015 All-CCCAA State Women’s Basketball team is scheduled for release prior to the 2015 CCCAA State Women’s Basketball Championship next week.  The Cougars are hoping that any of their 2015 All- Western State Conference First Team choices, Jerrica Crosby (Durango, CO: Morro Bay HS), Kaylee Williams (SLO: Mission Prep) and Anika Rovig (North Dakota), may be selected as the fifth all-State player in Cuesta history. 


Cougars Wins Two of Three Against WSC 

SAN LUIS OBISPO (March 2, 2015)- Last week: Cuesta baseball picked up two wins in three games and improved to 3-2 against the Western State Conference.  The Cougars played at Santa Barbara on Tuesday, but fell to the Vaqueros, 4-0, with Starter Alex Fagalde (El Dorado Hills) taking the hard luck loss.  On Thursday in SLO, the Cougars turned the tables on #4 Santa Barbara with Starter Brendan Jenkins  (Pleasanton) authoring a 3-hit shutout, 3-0, for Cuesta.   The Cougars kept the momentum going on Saturday as the skies cleared at game time and the Cougars beat Moorpark, their first unranked foe of the 2015 campaign, 11-2.  Starter Jackson Gentes (San Diego) hurled five-plus innings for the win.  The Cougars are bouncing back from their 0-6 start and are now 5-9 overall and 3-2, third place, in the WSC. 


This Week: #18 Cuesta continues its Western State Conference schedule.  The Cougars play at Moorpark on Tuesday (2 PM) and host the Ventura on Thursday (2 PM).  On Saturday (1 PM), Cuesta travels to Ventura to play the Pirates. 


Notes: Catchers TK McWhertor (Costa Mesa) and RJ Hassey (SLO HS) have been leading the Cougars offense this season.  McWhertor has played the bulk of the innings behind the plate, which has forced the Cougars to move 2014’s starting backstop, Hassey, to first base or designated hitter to keep them both in the lineup.  McWhertor is batting a team-high .404 on the season and boasts a .975 OPS.  Hassey is second on the team with a .365 average and is tied with McWhertor with a team-high five doubles. 



Cuesta Softball Takes Second Week Off

SAN LUIS OBISPO (February 23, 2015)- This Week: Softball does not have a game scheduled for this week.  The Cougars begin their 2015 Western State Conference schedule on March 10 in Oxnard. 

Last week: Softball did not play any games last week.  The Cougars were scheduled to host a doubleheader against Victor Valley last Saturday, however the Rams were forced to cancel their trip to SLO due to logistical issues.  The Cougars are 4-8 on the season.  

Notes: 2014 All State Shortstop Bre Ojala (Napa HS) continues to lead the Cougars.  She is batting a team-high .429 on the season and boasts a team-best OPS of 1.279.  She also leads the team with 13 runs scored and 10 runs driven in.  The sophomore Captain also anchors the Cougars’ defense. 



The 37th Finis Swim and Dive Invite this Week

SAN LUIS OBISPO (March 2, 2015)- This Week:  The Cuesta swimming and diving teams will host the 37th Annual Finis Swim and Dive Invitational this Friday and Saturday.  The event is no longer the largest swim collegiate swimming and diving invitational in the nation, after previously hosting 35 colleges; but with almost 15-20 schools expected in San Luis Obispo this weekend it remains one of the most prestigious.  The races will begin Friday morning and run all day Saturday, rain or shine.  The Cuesta’s three returning All Americans Rachel Gruetzmacher (Atascadero HS), Haylee Mariucci (Templeton HS) and, Molly Casey (Coarsegold) lead the women; while All American Calvin Gonder (Santa Cruz: SLO HS) leads the men.

Notes1: Cuesta’s aquatic teams have been the most successful programs in Cuesta’s athletic history.    The water polo and swim teams account for 12 of the school’s 28 Top 3 state finishes and have combined to earn 63 of the school 158 conference titles.  Men’s swimming has produced 105 individual All American winners and 15 state champions.  The women have mentored 98 individual All Americans and claim 16 state champions. 

Notes2: Thirty-seven years ago Cuesta Aquatics Coach Terry Bowen enlisted Guy Wells and Greg Hind as the primary sponsors of his small five-school swimming and diving meet.  Besides lending their sport outfitting company’s name to the tournament, HindWells bestowed upon each event champion a T-shirt and a pair of shorts recognizing his or her achievement.  Over the years the meet has grown in popularity and prestige, at its height the invitational had grown to over 35 colleges, 68 teams and over 1,000 entries and was the largest collegiate swim invitational in the nation.   Guy Wells, after he split with Hind, continued to sponsor the event until 1997, when former Cuesta water polo star Mike Rowley, the founder of Straight Down Clothing, took over the sponsorship.  Rowley continued to sponsor the event until Bowen’s retirement in 2003.  Last year, Finis, an aquatic design and swimwear company, took over the meet’s sponsorship.  

Last Week: The Cougars were scheduled to swim at College of the Canyons last Friday fro a Western State Conference Quad-Meet.  No scores were reported. 


Men Win WSC North Meet; Women 5th

SAN LUIS OBISPO (March 2, 2015)- Last Week: Men's Track and Field won the 2015 WSC North Meet in Bakersfield thanks to five individual event titles. All State Harrier Connor Fisher (Lake Isabella) led the way by winning both the 1,500 and 3,000-meter events. Fisher also set a new Cuesta record in the 3K with a time of 8:44.00, which shaved more than two seconds off Gordon Sturgess's 2012 school record. The women finished in 5th place and one only one individual event.

Last Week: Track & Field takes this week off to train.  The teams do not compete again until the Oxy Distance Carnival on March 13 and the Ben Brown Invitational (Fullerton) on March 14.

 Notes: The men’s and women’s teams both posted new All Time Cuesta Top 10 marks last weekend in Bakersfield.  On the men’s side four new Top 10 marks were added, while the women added one. Hurdler Calvin Herman (Tehachapi HS) moved up to #6 in both the 110 hurdles (:15.51) and 400 hurdles (:55.81), while his 110 hurdles also won the event on Friday.   Of course, All State Harrier Connor Fisher (Lake Isabella) led the way by winning both the 1,500 and 3,000-meter events and set a new Cuesta record in the 3K (8:44.00), however fellow Harrier Roberto Bazan (Buellton: Santa Ynez HS), despite being the third Cuesta runner to cross the finish line, moved into 8th place All Time in the 3K (9:05.72) behind Fisher.  The Cougars also picked up event wins from Robby Hixson (Atascadero HS) in the 800-meters (1:56.00) and Parker Johnson (Middleton, WI) in the pole vault (15-1), however neither mark qualified for the Top 10.  On the women’s side, Thrower Jennifer Hulfachor (Templeton HS) won the hammer (101-9.5) for the only women’s win, however Hurdler Samantha Rachal (Visalia) scored the only new Top 10 mark.  Rachal finished the 100 hurdles in :16.61 to land in 8th place all time.       





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