Cougars Stumble, But Remain in First Place

SAN LUIS OBISPO (February 8, 2016)- Last week: Men’s basketball swept the Western State Conference in the first round, but have lost two of their first three second round games.  The Cougars beat Pierce, 80-65, in Woodland Hills on Wednesday, but lost at home to last place Santa Barbara, 85-80, on Saturday.  The Cougars are 20-8 on the season, however their 7-2 conference record drops them into a tie with Moorpark atop the loop’s standings.   

This week: Cuesta has a bye this Wednesday, which may be exactly what the Cougars need.  They are back in action on Saturday (5 PM) in Oxnard. 

Notes: Newcomers Karem Ozel (Turkey) and Roberto Mantovani (Cyprus) have led the Cougars during conference play.  Ozel, a freshman off the Turkish National team, posted team-highs with 25 points and nine assists in the win over Pierce, while Mantovani, a season long presence in the paint, posted team-highs with 26 points and 13 rebounds in the loss to Santa Barbara.    



Cagers Enjoy a Winning Week

SAN LUIS OBISPO (February 8, 2016)- This week: Women’s Basketball posted its first back-to-back victories since the November and are only one win out of third place in the conference.  The Cougars have taken on the role of spoiler in the conference and will be dangerous down the stretch.  On Wednesday, Maci Brastetter (Ferndale HS) led the Cougars with 18 points against Pierce, including her game-winning, three-point basket at the buzzer for the win, 49-48.  On Saturday Center Autumn Russell (Paso Robles: Templeton HS) scored a team season-high 26 points to help the Cougars upset Santa Barbara, 75-72.  Forward Angela Llaverias (Petaluma) also enjoyed a big night for the Cougars with a season-high 19 points as the Cougars posted their highest point total since November 20.   The Cougars are 8-17 over all and 3-6 against the Western State Conference. 

Last week: Women's basketball will try and keep its winning ways going this week when they face Oxnard, who is currently in second place in the conference.  The Condors narrowly beat the Cougars in the first round, 53-48.    They play in Oxnard on Saturday (3 PM).

Notes: Center Autumn Russell (Paso Robles: Templeton HS) had a season low four rebounds in the Cougars’ win over Santa Barbara, however her season average of 10.9 boards per contest is still on pace to challenge Kerri Cameron’s 1998 school record.  Russell leads the Cougars 10.8 points and 10.9 rebounds per game this season.   She scored 35 points and pulled down 19 caroms in two games last week. 



Cougars Sweep Two-time Defending Champs

SAN LUIS OBISPO (February 8, 2016)- This week: Baseball, ranked #13, hosted #1 Orange Coast, who has won the past two CCCAA State titles, for a three-game series last week. 2015 all-Conference Pitcher Brendan Jenkins (Pleasanton) and the Cougars set the tone for the series in the opener.  Jenkins authored a three-hit, shutout, while the Cougars posted their highest scoring total of the program’s past 25 games, 11-0.  On Friday, Cuesta Pitcher Louis Raymond (Laguna Niguel) followed Jenkins’ performance with a complete game, 10-hit shutout of his own, albeit with a smaller margin for error, 2-0.  The Pirates finally got on the board in the third game of the series as the two teams stretched the finale into the 11th inning, before Reliever Anthony Baleto (Martinez) picked up the win for Cuesta, 3-2.  The Cougars are 4-1 on the season.

Last Week: Baseball travels to Mission Viejo for a pair of games against #7 Saddleback on Thursday (2 PM) and Friday (2 PM).    

Notes: 2015 all-Conference Pitcher Brendan Jenkins (Pleasanton) set a Cuesta record with 37 consecutive scoreless innings last season.  He has opened this season with a 16-inning scoreless streak and picked up a pair of wins for the Cougars.  Rotation-mate Louis Raymond (Laguna Niguel) also authored a shutout last week to drop the Cougars’ team earned run average to 1.34.  



Cougars Comes Home to Win

SAN LUIS OBISPO (February 8, 2016)- This week: Softball bounced back from a 0-2 start to the season with four wins at home last week.  The Cougars beat Reedley, 11-2, and Hartnell, 3-2, on Tuesday, with a Pitcher Demi Danell (Hanford) earning both wins.  The Cougars continued their homestand on Saturday by sweeping a twinbill from Victory Valley, 22-1 and 9-0.  Danell and Rebekah Hernandez (Pismo Beach: Arroyo Grande HS) each picked up a win in the pitching circle.  The Cougars are 4-2 on the year. 

Last Week: Softball continues its homestand this week.  The Cougars host Bakersfield on Friday (Noon) and host a mini-tournament on Saturday.  They open the event with Sacramento (11 AM) and take a one-game break, while the Jaguars play Pasadena (1 PM).  Cuesta closes the tournament against the Lancers (3 PM). 

Notes: Complete Statistics are NOT Available 


Cuesta Athletics-

Cuesta TV Project Announces Spring Schedule

SAN LUIS OBISPO (January 21, 2016)-  The Cuesta TV Project has announced its schedule for spring 2016.  The project, an inter-disciplinary undertaking in its fourth year, will feature six live broadcasts of Cuesta athletic contests and three episodes of the monthly interview show ‘Cuesta Sports Monthly’.   SLOCOE will feature all of the broadcasts on Charter Cable- Channel 2.  Cuesta College content is scheduled to air on Saturday and Sunday from 1-5 PM and during the week beginning at 5 PM.   All events shall be posted on YouTube at CuestaHDTV and are scheduled to be streamed live at

Cuesta TV Live Game/Event Schedule (Play-by-Play Randy Scovil)

February 6            Women’s Basketball v. Santa Barbara          5 PM

February 6            Men’s Basketball v. Santa Barbara               7 PM

March 8               Baseball v. Moorpark                                 2 PM

March 15             Book of the Year                                       5 PM

April 14                Softball v. Santa Barbara                            2:30

May 3                  Baseball Playoffs                                       TBD

May 6                  Baseball Playoffs                                       TBD

May 7                  Softball Playoffs                                        TBD

May 10                Athlete of the Year Banquet                        Noon    

May 12              Cuesta Signing Day                                  Noon 

Cuesta Sports Monthly (with Peter Schuler)

February 11          Men’s Basketball/Women’s Basketball

February 23          Baseball/Softball

April 26                Swim/Track                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                  Cuesta Broadcast Communication Professor John Arno, and his students, produces all of the shows and leads the Cuesta TV Project.   SLOCOE Media Operations Specialist Pat Renshaw, Cuesta Computer Science Professor Randy Scovil, Cuesta Marketing Coordinator Ritchie Bermudez and Cuesta’s Peter Schuler round out the project team.  



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