Cougars Host Comets in Playoff- Fri/Sat

SAN LUIS OBISPO (May 2, 2016)- This week: Cuesta Baseball won the 2016 Western State Conference title last week, pacing the loop by two games, and earned an automatic home playoff series.  The Cougars claimed the #6-seed in the 2016 CCCAA Regional Playoffs and host #11 Palomar this Friday (2 PM) and Saturday (11/3 PM) in a best-of-three playoff series. The Cougars, who have missed the playoffs only three times since 1989 (1993, 1995, 2014), won the program’s 18th conference title and host their 16th opening round playoff series since 1994.  The Comets finished 2nd in the Pacific Coast Conference and are 24-12 overall.


Last Week: Baseball clinched a Western State Conference title with a 2-1 mark last week.  On Tuesday, All-WSC Hurler Brendan Jenkins’ (Pleasanton) all time record ERA took a hit in a loss to Oxnard, 7-6, but he remains #1 all time at 1.93 for his career.  On Thursday, Neil Uskali (Westlake Village) nailed down the title with his fourth straight outing with double-digit strikeouts to beat Pierce, 13-1.   With the pressure off, Pitcher Louis Raymond (Laguna Niguel) allowed one-hit and no runs in five innings, before handing off the season finale to the bullpen.  The Cougars cruised into the postseason with another win over the last place Brahmas, 9-2.  The Cougars are 25-10 overall and 18-5 against the WSC. 


Notes:  The Cougars and Comets have squared off in the post-season four times for five games since 1999.  The Cougars and Comets first met in 1999 when Palomar knocked #1 Cuesta out of the Super Regional in SLO.  The Comets also ended Cuesta Super Regional playoff runs in 2000 and 2005.  However the Cougars swept the Comets out of the post-season in the pair’s only opening playoff series in 2008.




Softball Drops to 3rd Place on Final Day

SAN LUIS OBISPO (May 2, 2016)- Last week: Softball entered the final day of the 2016 season in first place in the Western State Conference standings with two games to play.  The Cougars played their final two games in Ventura on Tuesday and were swept by the surging Pirates, 2-0 and 12-7.  The losses dropped the Cougars to 3rd place in the WSC and they missed the playoffs for the first time in three seasons.  Pitcher Demi Danell (Hanford) took the loss in both games; however it was the red-hot Pirates that won the day their last to earn one of the conference’s two automatic playoff berths.  


This Week: All Conference honors will be announced on Wednesday. 


Notes: The end of Cuesta’s season means the Cougars will be looking for their sixth head coach of the past 11 years.  Interim Head Coach Allison Grant is stepping down to focus on her role as the Kinesiology/Health/Recreation/Athletics Division Chair.    This year, her 13th at the helm and first in nine years, she became Cuesta Softball’s all time leader in coaching with 335. 




Millers and McDonnal Go To State

SAN LUIS OBISPO (May 2, 2016)- This Week: Cuesta’s Men’s and Women’s Swim and Dive teams qualified three individual swimmers for the 2016 CCCAA State Swim & Dive Championships this Thursday, Friday and Saturday in East LA.   All American Ande Miller (Paso Robles: Templeton HS) and Freshman Megan Miller (Templeton HS) represent the women’s team and Freshman Matthew McDonnal (San Jose) is the lone representative of the men’s team.  Ande Miller earned all-Conference honors in the 500-Freestyle, 1650-Freestyle and 400 Individual Medley and will challenge for a state title in each event. Miller holds Cuesta's 400 IM mark at 4:58.36 and also ranks 5th all time at Cuesta in the 1650-Freestyle (19:09.07) and 8th in 500-Freestyle (5:26.51).   Megan earned all-Conference honors in both the 100-Butterfly (1:02.97) and 200-Backstroke (2:18.26) with a 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. She was also the #1 seed in the 200-Individual Medley, however she was disqualified for an illegal turn in the conference finals, luckily her preliminary time (2:18.32) was good enough to earn her a berth at the CCCAA State Meet. Megan ranks 10th all time at Cuesta in the 100-Butterfly, 2nd in the 200-Backstroke and 8th all time in the 200 IM and will swim for a state title in East LA. McDonnal will swim both the 200 and 400 Individual Medleys at the meet. He ranks 9th all time at Cuesta in the 400 IM (4:21.08) and his 2nd place finish at the 2016 WSC Championships was the top finish for the men's team.

Last Week:  The final trio of Cougars took last week off to train, lightly, and keep their fitness up for this weekend’s state meet.

Notes- Cuesta Swim and Dive prepare for the 2016 CCCAA State Swim & Dive Championships in East LA beginning on May 5-7.  Both teams hope to extend their season to the 2016 CCCAA State Swim & Dive Championships at East LA in Tow weeks.  The men have never failed to score at the state meet, while the women have only gone pointless twice (04, 07).  The women reached the Top 10 in 2015 for the first time since 2003.  The men landed in 31st place in 2015, after a three-year run in the Top 10; including 4th place in 2013.  Neither team can mathematically win a state title this year and Cuesta has never won a CCCAA State Swim and Dive title.  The men finished 2nd in 1995, 2001 and, 2002, while the women were State Runners-up in 1993. 




Men’s Track Wins First Title

SAN LUIS OBISPO (May 2, 2015)- This Week: Cuesta Men's Track and Field enjoyed an historic Western State Conference Championship meet with the program's first 2016 WSC team title. This is the 46th year of Cuesta Men's Track and Field and, after nine 3rd place finishes, the 2016 team broke through in dramatic fashion to win the team's first title! The Cougars entered the second day of the WSC Championship trailing Canyons by one point in the standings, but led by two points heading into the final event of the meet, the 4 x 400 Relay. Cuesta's 4 x 400 Relay shaved more than six seconds off its previous (3:18.08) to take 2nd place (8 points) in the race and give Cuesta the team title, 141 to 135. The heroic relay of was led by WSC 800 Champion Devon Hallinan (Fairfax), 2016 State Decathlon Qualifier Matt Tyler (Livermore), All-WSC Hurdler Raymond Smith (SLOHS) and, the aptly named Robert Fast (Stafford, VA), who carried the title home as the anchor.  The women finished 6th as a team, but were more focused on quality of points than quantity.   They tied the men with four individual conference title, including Pole Vaulter Augusta Thomason’s (San Diego) second straight win.


This Week: Final seeding have not been release, but the Cougars expect to send several athletes on to the 2016 CCCAA Regional Preliminary Meet this Saturday at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster. 

Notes- Below is a list of Cuesta’s all conference performances.

First Place- Men: Aaron Cheek (Jav, Dec), Devon Hallinan (800), Joe Reeves (PV); Women: Christen Engel (Hep), Madeline Ogle (10K), Augusta Thomason (PV), Miranda Daschian (1500)

Second Place- Men: Matt Tyler (110H, LJ), Raymond Smith (400H), Sean McDermott (Steep), Joe Dreyer (PV); Women: None

Third Place- Men: Roberto Bazan (5K) Aaron Cheek (100H) Lawrence Stokes (Steep) Matt Tyler (Dec); Women: Christine Moreno (400)

Fourth Place- Men:  Matt Tyler (HJ), Sean McDermott (10K) Aaron Cheek (400H); Women: Christine Moreno (200)

Fifth Place- Men: Matt Tyler (TJ), Roberto Bazan (10K) Thomas Stehly (110H); Women: None



15 Advance to CCCAA Regional

SAN LUIS OBISPO (May 2, 2015)- This Week: Cuesta Track and Field advanced 15 athletes to the 2016 CCCAA Regional Preliminary Meet this Saturday at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster. Ten men and five women will make the trip with the hope of advancing to the finals the next week and 2016 CCCAA State Meet beyond. The men’s contingent is led by 2016 Western State Conference Champions Aaron Cheek (Fresno), Joe Reeves (Arroyo Grande HS) and Devon Hallinan (Fairfax), while Champions Augusta Thomason (San Diego), Miranda Daschian (Atascadero HS) and Miranda Ogle (Morro Bay HS) lead the women. A list of the Qualifiers is below-


Men: Roberto Bazan- 5000m, 10,000m; Aaron Cheek- Javelin, 110 & 400 Hurdles; Joe Dreyer- Pole Vault; Robert Fast- 400m; Devon Hallinan- 800m; Sean McDermott- 5,000m, 10,000m, steeplechase; Raymond Smith- 400 Hurdles; Lawrence Stokes- Steeplechase; Matt Tyler- 110 Hurdles, High Jump, Long Jump, Triple Jump.

Women: Miranda Daschian- 1,500m; Claire Farrell- 800m; Christine Moreno- 200m & 400m; Madeline Ogle- 10,000m; Augusta Thomason- Pole Vault.






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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                                Rained Out

March 15             Book of the Year                                       5 PM

March 29             Baseball v. Pierce                                     2:30

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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