Cooks and Meendering Named Cuesta’s

2014 Outstanding Athletes of the Year


SAN LUIS OBISPO (May 13, 2014) – In 2003 the Cuesta Athletic Department instituted its first true Athlete of the Year Award.  The coaching staff was encrouaged to nominate their best athlete for the award and committee was created that would weigh performance as the highest criteria.  Today Cuesta’s Outstanding Athletes of the Year for the twelvth time. This year’s winners are two-sport star Riley Cooks (Coarsegold) and Aquatic star Georan Meendering (Visalia). 

            Sophomore Riley Cooks (Coarsegold) has been a two-year star for both volleyball and track & field.  She has been the team MVP for both sports each of the past two seasons.  In volleyball, she has twice ben named to the All Western State Conference First Team and, despite arriving at Cuesta as a setter, she has led the team in kills, as an outside hitter, each of the past two seasons.  She led the team with 278 kills this season and ranks #2 all time at Cuesta with 505 kills.   She also ranks #3 all time in career service aces (50) and #10 in career digs (390).  Cooks joined the track & field team in the spring and this weekend she will compete in the CCCAA State Championship for the second straight year.  In 2013, won a confernece title in the heptathlon and set a school record three weeks later, when she finished second in the state.  This year, she has broken her heptathlon record twice (4, 808 points) and won a pair of conference titles while setting Cuesta records in the long jump (18’ 10”) and 100 hurdles (:14.64).  She qualified for the state meet in five events, including the heptathlon, and ranks in Cuesta’s all time Top 10 in sevven events.  A two-time MVP, Cooks is one of the most decorated track & field atheltes in Cuesta history.   Cooks, who boasts a 3.39 GPA, will transfer to compete at Long Beach State in 2014-15.

Backstroker Georan Meednering (Visalia) claimed the 200-backstroke title at the 2014 CCCAA State Championship and also place in the 100-backstroke and 200-individual medley.  He holds Cuesta records in all three events and also ranks in Cuesta’s all time top 10 in the 100 and 200 freestyle.  Meendering was a three-time All American as a freshman in 2013 and is a candidate to add five more certificates to his resume this spring.   He is a two-time Cuesta Swim & Dive MVP and is one of Cuesta’s best and most versatile swimmers of all time.  Meendering also played water polo in the fall and earned All American honors as a poloist.  He led the Cougars in scoring with 73 goals as the team won a conference title and advanced into the playoffs. Meendering, who boasts a 3.5 GPA, will transfer to compete at University of the Pacific in 2014-15.

Outstanding Athlete of the Year Award

            Male                                                                        Female

2003            David Lamar (Baseball)                                                Shanna DeMichelle (Swimming)

2004            Kevin Bradley (Water Polo, Swimming)                        Christina Reyes (Cross Country, Track)

2005            Mike Brown (Baseball)                                                Jessie Ritchie (Tennis)

2006            Jeff Chaney (Water Polo)                                    Lindsay Campana (Softball)

2007            Michael Williams (Wrestling)                                    Whitney Levicki (Water Polo)

2008            Quentin Cate (Baseball)                                                Julie Coelho (Volleyball)

2009            Tom Schumacher (Basketball)                                    Chloe Redman (Tennis)

2010            Roger Guardia (Basketball)                                    Kelly Barmann (Cross Country)

2011            Eric Marsh (Water Polo)                                    Alexandria Bernard (Water Polo, Swimming)

2012            Malte Kramer (Basketball)                                    Devon Kelsey (Cross Country, Track)

2013            Brady Moore (Water Polo)                                    Kryn Masutani (Softball)

2014            Georan Meendering (Swimming)                        Riley Cooks (Volleyball, Track)




SAN LUIS OBISPO (February 20, 2015)—Cuesta Athletics is the most honored program for academic excellence in the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) and added four more accolades from the 2013-14 academic year.  The CCCAA has just announced the individual scholar honor roll and the academic team award winners for the 2013-14 season and Cuesta College, as usual was well represented.  2014 Cuesta Warren Hansen Male Scholar-Athlete Geoff Merker (Camino) was named to the CCCAA State Honor Roll and three Cuesta teams were selected as scholar teams.

            2014 CCCAA State Honor Roll Recipient Geoff Merker (Camino) is the 18th Cuesta Athlete to be named to the honor roll and continues the Cougars’ streak of six consecutive years with a recipient.  Merker came to Cuesta after a stint in the US Marines and is a two-year member of the Cuesta wrestling team.  He helped lead Cuesta to a SouthEast Conference title this year and to 6th place at the CCCAA State Championships.  Geoff posted a 19-16 record on the mat and was an individual state place winner (6th) at 197-pounds this year.  He posted a 3.68 grade point average in 47.0 units over his first three semesters at Cuesta and is a two-time all-conference academic selection.  Geoff is a Fitness, Health and Nutrition major.

Cuesta teams have earned more CCCAA Scholar Team awards (24) since 1999 than any other college and three teams were acknowledged this year. 

Men’s basketball posted a team GPA of 3.129 and was selected for the third time in the past four years and fifth time overall.   The Cougars’ Cagers also won the Western State Conference title and earned the #9-seed in the 2014 CCCAA State Basketball Playoffs.  Seven members of the team were accorded 2014 All-WSC Academic and five earned all-WSC on honors on the court; including WSC Player of the Year Oscar Pedroso (Portugal). 

Women’s Swim & Dive was selected for the first time and posted a team GPA of 3.326.  Ten of the team’s 13 members earned 2014 All-WSC Academic and four also earned all-WSC honors in the pool, including WSC Swimmer of the Year Rachel Gruetzmacher (Atascadero HS).  Gruetzmacher and teammate Karissa Sternfels (Clovis), who were both All Americans, combined to set seven new Cuesta records and led the team to 11th place at the 2014 CCCAA State Swim and Dive Championships.  Sternfels was also Cuesta’s 2014 Warren Hansen Female Scholar-Athlete.

Women’s Track & Field was selected for the fourth time, but first time since 2008, and posted a Cuesta-best team GPA of 3.449.  A dozen members of the 16-person team earned 2014 All-WSC Academic and seven earned all-WSC on honors in competition, including 2014 CCCAA State Champion and Cuesta Female Athlete of the Year Riley Cooks (Coarsegold).  Cooks set four Cuesta records last year and won a state title in the Heptathlon, while leading Cuesta to 21st place at the 2014 CCCAA State Track & Field Championships. 

 The Scholar Athlete Award is the highest student achievement honor awarded annually by the CCCAA. The winners, along with the rest of the annual honor roll, are selected by the CCCAA Awards Committee from nominations made by community colleges throughout California.   Candidates for the Scholar Athlete Award must carry a minimum GPA of 3.5 and must also show outstanding leadership as an athlete, student, or in other college and community activities, as well as have participated in two seasons of sport at a California community college. The Scholar Team Award is the highest academic team achievement given annually by the CCCAA. All team members must have excelled academically with a total GPA of 3.0 or higher. The team should have demonstrated better than average accomplishments in intercollegiate athletic competition.

CCCAA Scholar Athletes

1986            Dana Blankenship

1988            Todd Bates

1997            Kathy Andoli

1999            Bryan Parker

2000            Joe Hatke*

2001            Derek Bradley

2001            Amy Sperry

2002             Savio Gomes

2003            Jeremy Waldram*

2003            Leilani Greene

2005            Jared Hollows

2005            Lauren Villa

2009            Chloe Redman

2010            Alex Ramirez

2011            Nic Lalanne

2012            Malte Kramer*

2013            Spencer Silva

2014            Geoff Merker

*Overall Winner


CCCAA Scholar Teams

1999            Men's Cross Country

2001            Men's Water Polo

2004            Women’s Tennis

2005            Women’s Tennis

2005            Women’s Track & Field

2005            Men’s Cross Country

2006            Women’s Volleyball

2006            Men’s Basketball

2007            Women’s Track & Field

2007            Women’s Cross Country

2007            Men’s Basketball

2008            Women’s Track & Field

2008            Women’s Cross Country

2009            Women’s Cross Country

2009            Women’s Basketball

2010            Men’s Basketball

2010            Women’s Basketball

2010            Men’s Water Polo

2010            Women’s Cross Country

2012            Men’s Basketball

2013            Men’s Water Polo

2013            Men’s Basketball

2014            Women’s Swim & Dive

2014            Women’s Track & Field

Cuesta College


Athlete of the Month

February 2015


Brendan Jenkins



 Cuesta College Athletics Department is proud to announce this month’s selections for the Cuesta Athlete of the Month.  This distinct honor recognizes two Cuesta College Athletes each month during the school year who have performed to the highest standards in their sport.  Our male selection for February is freshman Pitcher Brendan Jenkins.


Freshman Right-hander Brendan Jenkins has quickly developed into one of the best pitchers in the state. Jenkins has won all four of his starts this season, including three against pre-season ranked teams- #4 Sequoias, #13 Allan Hancock and, #4 Santa Barbara.  Jenkins has been the Cougars’ “stopper” this season and has ended three Cuesta losing streaks, which has helped the team bounce back from an 0-6 start to the season.  He boasts an ERA of 0.49 (4th in the State) and authored back-to-back shutouts over #4 Santa Barbara and Ventura.  Jenkins’ scoreless inning streak is currently at 25-innings and is closing in on two-time All State Hurler Mike Gray’s 1997 Cuesta record of 30-innings.  He also tied Gray’s single season shutout record (2).  On the season, he has struckout 29 batsmen in 36.2 innings of work and allowed only thirteen hits.   

Baseball is 7-9 on the season and in second place in the Western State Conference with a 5-2 mark against the loop. 



Cuesta College


Athlete of the Month

February 2015


Anika Rovig



  Cuesta College Athletics Department is proud to announce this month’s selections for the Cuesta Athlete of the Month.  This distinct honor recognizes two Cuesta College Athletes each month during the school year who have performed to the highest standards in their sport.  Our female selection for February is freshman Guard Anika Rovig.


2015 All-Western State Conference First Team Guard Anika Rovig led the Cougars with 21 points in their playoff loss to #16-seed Riverside and was one of the top all around guards in the state.  She played both guard and both forward positions for the Cougars and was one of the team’s top scorers and defenders.  She led the team with 2.9 assists per game and was among the team leaders with 12.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and, 2.1 steals each contest.   Rovig also led the team in field goal (44.6%) and three-point (36.0%) accuracy.  Cuesta was the top free throw shooting team in the state and the freshman from North Dakota was solid from the free throw line (72.2%).  


Women’s Basketball finished the season 23-8 and in second place (9-3) in the Western State Conference.    Cuesta earned the #17-seed in the CCCAA Regional Playoffs, but lost to #16-seed Riverside, 71-61, in the play-in round.   



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Cuesta TV Project Announces Spring Schedule

SAN LUIS OBISPO (February 5, 2015)- The Cuesta TV Project has announced its schedule for Spring 2015.  The project, an inter-disciplinary undertaking in its fifth season, will feature four broadcasts of Cuesta athletic contests, three new episodes of the interview show ‘Cuesta Sports Monthly’ and the 2015 Cuesta Athlete of the year Banquet.   SLOCOE will feature all of the broadcasts on Charter Cable- Channel 19.  Cuesta College content is featured on Saturday and Sunday from 1-5 PM and during the week beginning at 5 PM.   In addition all contests will be streamed live at

Cuesta TV Live Game Schedule

February 11 Men’s Basketball v. Santa Barbara 5 PM

February 11 Women’s Basketball v. Santa Barbara 7 PM

March 24 Baseball v. Allan Hancock 2:30

April 16 Softball v. Allan Hancock 2:30

May 12 Athlete of the Year Banquet 11:30

Cuesta Sports Monthly (with Peter Schuler)

February 26 Men’s Basketball/Women’s Basketball

March 5 Softball/Track

April 28 Baseball/Swimming


Cuesta Broadcast Communication Professor John Arno, and his students, produces all of the shows for the Cuesta TV Project.   SLOCOE Media Operations Specialist Pat Renshaw and Cuesta’s Peter Schuler round out the project team.