Harriers Chase Conference Title This Friday

SAN LUIS OBISPO (October 20, 2014)- This Week:  Cuesta’s cross country teams travel to Ventura this Friday (3 PM) to compete in the 2014 Western State Conference Championships at Arroyo Verde Park.  Both teams are expected to run well on the course they competed on for the season-opening Ventura Invitational.  The men are in contention for the title and are trying to extend their school record streak of state meet berths to seven.  The women are hoping and to make the state meet for the sixth time in seven years.

Last Week: The harriers took last week off to prepare for the 2014 Western State Conference Championships on October 24.         

Notes: Men’s cross country is expected to challenge for the program’s first conference crown since winning the Coast Conference title in 1981.  The Cougars joined the WSC two years later, in 1983, and the closest they have come to a title was second place in 2010.    The men finished 3rd at the Ventura Invitational with a limited squad, but are now running at full strength.  The Cougars have had three different harriers lead them this year.  Freshman Connor Fisher (Lake Isabella) has led the Cougars in three of the team’s five starts, while 2013 Team MVP Alex Hascall (Nipomo HS) and freshman Roberto Bazan (Buellton: Santa Ynez HS) each have a win on the season.  On the women’s team, freshman Jossi Beutler (Monterey HS) has been the leader in every race.  



Kickers Continue Homestand this Week

SAN LUIS OBISPO (October 20, 2014)- This Week:  Women’s soccer stays home to play two Western State Conference contests.  On Tuesday (4 PM) the Cougars host Moorpark and on Friday (4 PM) they host Oxnard.  This week marks the beginning of the second round of WSC play.  In the first round the Cougars were on the road to earn ties against both the Raiders and Condors.  

Last Week: The Cougars faced WSC leaders Santa Barbara and Pierce and came away with two close losses.  The Cougars fell at Santa Barbara, 2-1, on Tuesday and then at home to Pierce, 2-0, on Friday.  The Cougars are 6-6-2 on the season and 1-3-2 in WSC play. 

Notes: Freshman Karolina Rendon (Shandon: Paso Robles HS) scored the Cougars’ lone goal of the week and leads the team with nine goals this season.  She missed several games with an injury, but bounced back by scoring in three of her first four games since her return to the line-up.   She leads the team with 19 points on the season.



Spikers Host Two WSC Matches This Week

SAN LUIS OBISPO (October 20, 2014)- This Week:  Women’s Volleyball hosts two matches this week to end the first round of Western State Conference play.  On Wednesday (6 PM) they host Moorpark and on Friday (5 PM) they host #8 Santa Barbara.  The Raiders are currently one game behind the Top 10-ranked Vaqueros for the top spot in the loop.  The Cougars will need to be at their best this week. 

Last Week: Women's Volleyball dropped two Western State Conference matches last week.  The opened the week against #21 Pierce and were swept (25-21, 25-15, 25-20), despite playing week and pushing the Brahmas.  The Cougars hoped to bounce back in Santa Maria on Friday against Allan Hancock, but the host Bulldogs did just enough to win the last three games (18-25, 25-22, 25-22, 26-24) of the match and pick up their first win over Cuesta since 2005.  The Cougars are 5-10 on the season and 1-3 in WSC play. 

Notes: Freshman Middle Blocker Jackie Gocobachi (Novato HS) has been the Cougars’ kill leader in their past five matches.   On the season she is third on the team with 86 kills; she had a team-high 10 kills in the loss to Allan Hancock.   2014 All-WSC Outside Hitter Whitney Meyer (King City HS) leads the team with 125 kills on the season. 


Poloists Enjoy a 6-1 Week and Boost Record

SAN LUIS OBISPO (October 20, 2014)- Last Week:  Men’s water polo has been hovering around .500 this year, but made a big jump by winning six of their seven home games last week.  On Wednesday the Cougars hosted Ventura in a Western State Conference game and, after a close first quarter, beat the Pirates, 20-6.  Later that day the Cougars played a game against the Cal Poly Club team and snuck away with another win, 9-7.  The poloists hosted the Cuesta II Tournament on Friday and Saturday and finished second in the event.  On Friday, they beat Cabrillo, 19-0, and Santa Rosa, 15-3.  They opened Saturday with a win over Ohlone, 21-6, before losing to Orange Coast, 10-7.   They ended the week with a convincing victory over Merced, 12-5.  The Cougars are 17-10 on the year and 2-1 in WSC play.     

Last Week: Men’s water polo travels to Van Nuys on Thursday (3:30) to face LA Valley in a Western State Conference game and then continues south for the Golden West Tournament.  The Golden West Tournament will run both Friday and Saturday in Garden Grove. 

Notes: Statistics Incomplete.      



Poloists on the Road for Final Tune Up

SAN LUIS OBISPO (October 20, 2014)- ThisWeek:  Women’s water polo travels south this weekend for their last chance to play out of their conference.  They begin the week in Glendora on Thursday (3:30) to face Citrus in a Western State Conference game.  On Friday and Saturday the will be in Santa Ana for the truWest Battle at the Beach- played in Cypress and Long Beach.  The Cougars face host Long Beach (7 AM) and Grossmont (11:20) in pool play on Friday.  The 21-team tournament continues on Saturday until all teams have placed. 

Last Week: Women’s polo improved to 4-0 in Western State Conference play with a victory over Ventura, 13-8, on Wednesday.  The Cougars are 17-4 overall.    

Notes: 2013 All State Driver Rachel Gruetzmacher (Atascadero HS) led the Cougars with five goals in the win over Ventura.  She leads the team with 51 goals on the season and her 151 career goals are tied for third all time.  Teammate Shanae Lauridsen (Nipomo HS) is only two goals behind her. 


All Time Cuesta Career Goal Leaders

1. Morgan Thompson 2008-09 192

2. Whitney Levicki 2006-07 156

3. Rachel Gruetzmacher 2013-14 151

Elysia Sauve 2003-04 151

5. Shanae Lauridsen 2012, 14 149

Ashley deGoede 2006-07 149




Grapplers Finish 4th at Southern Duals

SAN LUIS OBISPO (October 20, 2014)- Last Week:  The Cuesta wrestling team travelled to Cerritos on Saturday for the Southern Dual Tournament.  The Cougars posted a 2-2 record in their four duals and finished in 4th place.  The picked up wins again Santa Ana, 26-11, and East LA, 30-18, but lost to Palomar, 24-21, and Cerritos, 28-12.  The Cougars are 4-5 in dual meets this season and the grapplers were 25-22 in their individual bouts on the weekend.      


This week: The grapplers stay home this week for a pair of big events.  On Friday, wrestling teams with volleyball for “Beauty and the Beast Night.”  Women’s volleyball opens the night with a Western State Conference match against #8 Santa Barbara at 5 PM and wrestling takes on Sacramento State in a dual at 7 PM.  On Saturday the wrestling team hosts the 2013 Meathead Mover Invitational this Saturday on Cuesta’s campus.  The invitational is sponsored by Meathead Movers, which is owned and operated by former Cuesta Wrestler Aaron Steed. The Meathead Mover Invitational is widely regarded as one of the premier wrestling events in community college and will run all day on Saturday. 



Notes: Below is breakdown of the Cougars individual efforts at the Southern Dual Meet.

125- Freshmen Oscar Velasco (Santa Maria HS) was 1-2 and is 3-4 on the year.  Freshman Nick Miller (Thousand Oaks HS) lost his bout and fell to 4-10 on the season.

133- Sophomore George Sakkas (San Jose) was 2-2 on the weekend.  He is 9-8 on the year.  Freshman Savannah Vento (Patterson HS) lost her only bout and is 0-2 on the year.

141- Sophomore Connor Pollock (Folsom HS) picked up a win in each dual and was 4-0 on the day.  He is 8-1 on the year.   Freshmen Nakoa Chun (Pearl City, HI) and sophomore Mike Bronze (Fresno) also picked up wins, while freshman Marvin Apreza (Oceano: Arroyo Grande HS) lost his only bout. 

149- Sophomore Jonny Callas (Clovis) was 2-0 and improved to 8-2 on the year.  Sophomore Justin Jauregui (Fresno) and Freshman Landon Kim (Mission Viejo HS) also competed at this wait and were 1-1 and 1-0, respectively.

157- Sophomore John Sinclair (San Jose) was 3-1 and improved to 11-2 on the season.  Freshmen Kate Nestingen (Ojai) and Allen Bjur (Watsonville) both lost once.

165- Sophomore Joe Else (Santa Maria HS) enjoyed a big weekend with a 3-0 mark.  He leads the Cougars with a 15-5 record on the season.  Freshman Grant Biral (San Jose) was 1-1 in the division. 

174- Sophomores Amir Bakhshi (Cupertino HS), Nate Mesa (Woodlake HS) and, Jeff Sanchez (Hawaii) were a combined 1-4 in this division with Bakhshi posting the lone win.

184- Sophomore Jack Robinett (Atascadero HS) was 1-2 and freshman Harvey Bickmore (Nipomo HS) was 0-1.

197- Sophomores Jeff Sanchez (Hawaii) and Jack Robinett (Atascadero HS) shared this division.   Sanchez was 1-1 and Robinett was 1-0.  Robinett is second on the team with 13 wins, against four losses.

285- Freshman Brett Kimball (Nipomo HS) was 1-2 and improved to 7-5 on the year.    



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