Jenkins and Thomason Named Cuesta’s

2016 Outstanding Athletes of the Year


SAN LUIS OBISPO (May 10, 2016) – In 2003 the Cuesta Athletic Department instituted its first true Athlete of the Year Award.  The coaching staff was encouraged to nominate their best athlete for the award and committee was created that would weigh performance as the highest criteria.  Today Cuesta announced its Outstanding Athletes of the Year for the fourteenth time. This year’s winners are Baseball star Brendan Jenkins (Pleasanton) and Track & Field star Augusta Thomason (San Diego).

            Sophomore Brendan Jenkins (Pleasanton) has compiled one of the best statistical careers of any pitcher in Cuesta history, but it is only part of what makes him the 2016 Cuesta College Male Athlete of the Year. Jenkins is a student of the game, who is always willing to learn and then share his knowledge. His teammates believe in him and play hard behind him, because his work ethic is unquestioned. His development is an example to younger Cuesta players as his level of play has reached an elite level over the past two seasons. Jenkins joined the Cuesta Baseball team in 2013, but redshirted his freshman season. He began the 2015 campaign listed as a pitcher/outfielder and was 0-for-4 at the plate, but had pitched 2.2 scoreless innings by mid-February. He picked up a win in his first start on February 10 and began a school record run of 37.2 scoreless innings. He ended the season as an all-Western State Conference First Team selection and 12th in the State with a 1.80 ERA. He began the 2016 season as a pre-season All American and a new streak of 16 shutout innings. Jenkins led the state in ERA for most of the season, until his last start dropped his back to 12th in the state at 2.09.   He holds the #3 and #5 best ERAs in Cuesta history and his career mark of 1.95 sets the pace by nearly a full run. He is also in the top ten all time at Cuesta for games started (24-#7), shutouts (4- #1), innings pitched (171- #9) and wins (15- #6). This year he repeated as an all-WSC First Teamer and remains an all-State candidate. Jenkins post-season victory in the deciding game against Palomar last Saturday vaulted the Cougars into the next round of the playoffs and earned the Cougars a second straight home playoff series. Jenkins has signed to play at the University of San Francisco for the 2016-17 school year.    

2015 CCCAA State Champion Augusta Thomason (San Diego) is on course to become the greatest pole-vaulter at Cuesta. Thomason has been undefeated against community college competition the past two seasons. In 2015, she won the CCCAA State Title by a foot and was still another foot off her own personal-best and CCCAA State record mark of 13’ 4.25”. Her 2016 season-best of 12’ 6” is the best mark junior college mark in the nation. Augusta still has the 2016 CCCAA Regional Finals and should also be competing for her second straight CCCAA State Title at the 2016 CCCAA State Track & Field Championships on May 20-21. Thomason has signed to compete for NCAA powerhouse Texas A & M for the 2016-17 school year.    


Outstanding Athlete of the Year Award


2003           David Lamar (Baseball)                   

2004           Kevin Bradley (Water Polo, Swim)  

2005           Mike Brown (Baseball)                  

2006           Jeff Chaney (Water Polo)              

2007           Michael Williams (Wrestling)       

2008           Quentin Cate (Baseball)

2009           Tom Schumacher (Basketball)       

2010           Roger Guardia (Basketball)           

2011           Eric Marsh (Water Polo)                

2012           Malte Kramer (Basketball)             

2013           Brady Moore (Water Polo)               

2014           Georan Meendering (Swim) 

2015           Connor Fisher (X-Country, Track)   

2016          Brendan Jenkins (Baseball)



2003           Shanna DeMichelle (Swim)

2004           Christina Reyes (X-Country, Track)

2005           Jessie Ritchie (Tennis)

2006           Lindsay Campana (Softball)

2007           Whitney Levicki (Water Polo)

2008           Julie Coelho (Volleyball)

2009           Chloe Redman (Tennis)

2010           Kelly Barmann (X-Country)

2011           Alexandria Bernard (Water Polo, Swim)

2012           Devon Kelsey (X-Country, Track)

2013           Kryn Masutani (Softball)

2014           Riley Cooks (Volleyball, Track)

2015           Rachel Gruetzmacher (Water Polo, Swim)

2016          Augusta Thomason (Track & Field)




Rutckyj and Hansen Named Cuesta’s

2016 Warren Hansen Scholar-Athletes of the Year


SAN LUIS OBISPO (May 10, 2016) – In 2002 the Cuesta Athletic Department established and named the Warren Hansen Scholar-Athlete Award in recognition of former Cuesta Athletic Director Warren Hansen’s 36-year commitment to academic excellence.  A student must maintain a 3.5 GPA and be nominated on the basis of their citizenship and athletic performance. Both of the athletes will represent Cuesta at the Conference and State as Cuesta College’s CCCAA Scholar Award nominees. This year’s winners are Baseball star Nick Rutckyj (Surrey, CAN) and Soccer player Keiley Hansen (SLO: CAVA).


Rutckyj sandwiched a pair of all-Western State Conference baseball seasons with a redshirt season highlighted by two knee surgeries. This season he led the Cougars to the 2016 Western State Conference title and the Cougars are hosting the second round of the 2016 CCCAA Regional Playoffs this weekend. Rutckyj kept up his academics all the way, through rehab and fall ball. A two-time all-WSC Academic team member, Rutckyj is a five time member of the Dean’s List and boasts a 3.93 GPA over 87.5 units of work as a Mathematics Major. Coach Bob Miller says, “Nick is a well-rounded person. He excelled in the classroom and is a great contributor to the team. He battled two knee surgeries and has finished strong. He gives everything he’s got. It has been an honor to have him in the program.”


Hansen grew up in San Luis Obispo and was an attendee of the California Virtual Academy. She began taking classes at Cuesta while still in high school and joined the soccer team in her second year on campus. Hansen earned the team’s Most Improved Player Award her first season and developed into a part-time starter at fullback in her sophomore year. She spent most of her career on the defensive half of the pitch, but did assist on one goal. Hansen always scored A’s in the classroom, she owns a perfect 4.0 grade-point average at Cuesta with 78.0 units completed. Coach Bob Wilson says, “Keiley really has no equal when it comes to being a teammate. She always considers the needs of the other players around her. She often helped teammates with their homework.”


Both of Nick and Keiley will represent Cuesta at the Conference and State level as Cuesta College’s CCCAA Scholar Award nominees. Their nominations will move forward to the conference level in September.


Both of last year’s Hansen Scholar-Athletes Molly Casey and John Sinclair were named to the CCCAA State Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll, no other school has earned more CCCAA Scholar-Awards than Cuesta since they began in 1984.



Warren Hansen Scholar-Athlete of the Year

                  Male                                       Female

2002           Savio Gomes (Water Polo)          Virlena Bascos (Basketball)

2003           Jeremy Waldram (Wrestling)      Leilani Greene (X-Country/Track)

2004           Kevin Bradley (Water Polo/Swim)        Chelsea Tallcott (Soccer)

2005           Jared Hollows (Track)               Lauren Villa (Basketball)

2006           Jon Jordan (Track)                   Clare Nowel (X-Country/Track)

2007           Mark Stephen (Water Polo)                 Haley Woeste (Basketball)

2008           Quinn Clair (Baseball)              Majida Fazal (X-Country/Track)

2009           Miles Wallace (Wrestling)          Chloe Redman (Tennis)

2010           Demian Nelson (Diving)            Alex Ramirez (Softball)

2011           Nic Lalanne (Water Polo)           Kaysea Woods (Soccer)

2012           Malte Kramer (Basketball)          Ensley Allmon (Volleyball)

2013           Spencer Silva (Water Polo)                  Julia Mills (X-Country, Track)

2014           Geoff Merker (Wrestling)           Karissa Sternfels (Water Polo/Swim)

2015           John Sinclair (Wrestling)          Molly Casey (Water Polo/Swim)

2016           Nick Rutckyj (Baseball)           Keiley Hansen (Soccer)



Aly Voth Named Cuesta’s

2016 George Silveria Memorial Student-Athlete Award


SAN LUIS OBISPO (May 10, 2016) - The George Silveria Memorial Student/Athlete Career Award was established in 1966 by the Booster Club Board of Directors to honor and serve as a memorial for George Silveria. George was a graduate of San Luis Obispo District Junior College in 1948. He was the captain of the Championship football team in 1947, he was an executive member of the student body, and he was a very good student and was extensively involved in the community. He was well respected by his teammates, coaches, teachers and fellow peers. He truly exemplified the meaning of student/athlete. George served in World War II and died of Leukemia in 1961. The award has been given annually and from 1966 to 2002 as the Cuesta Athlete of the Year Award. Cuesta began giving a men’s and a women’s award in 1978 and did so until 2003, when Cuesta established the Outstanding Athlete of the Year Award, which left the George Silveria Award to stand on its own as a career award. It was decided that the merits emphasized by the award were not restricted by gender and the athletic department returned to only one award per year. This is the 51st year of Cuesta College Athletics and the 51st year of the George Silveria Award.

The award takes into consideration the student/athletes’ career as an athlete, their involvement in the college and community, sportsmanship, citizenship, coachabilty and leadership on and off the field. In a sense, this award exemplifies type of athlete we strive to mold here at Cuesta.

The 2016 George Silveria Athletic Career Award winner is running star Aly Voth (Morro Bay HS). Voth competed in cross country for two seasons and one season of track. She was Cuesta’s 2015 Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Year and qualified for the CCCAA State Championship for the second time. She also earned all-Western State Conference honors both seasons, including a first team designation as a sophomore. In track, she earned all-WSC honors and qualified for the 2014 CCCAA Regional Meet in the 1,500-meter run and 4 x 400 Relay. Her 3,000-meter time of 10:47.46 ranks 6th all time at Cuesta.


Voth earned All WSC Academic in all three seasons she competed at Cuesta College and has compiled a 3.6 GPA over the past five semesters. This semester, Aly traded in her running spikes for a microphone. She is an aspiring Jazz singer and skipped her last season of track to focus on her music.


George Silveria Career Award

1966 Ray Sayler, San Luis Obispo (FB, MBB, BB)

1967 Mark Anderson, Atascadero (MXC, MTF)

1968 Jim Sunderland, San Luis Obispo (Wrest)

1969 Richard Abney, Arroyo Grande (FB, Wrest)

1970 Steve Mowrey, Morro Bay (Golf)

1971 Larry Ramos, Morro Bay (FB, Wrest)

1972 George Palmer, Atascadero (Wrest)

1973 Camillo Alarcio, Arroyo Grande (FB, Wrest)

1974 Paul Kinne, Paso Robles (FB, BB)

1975 Rusty Kuntz, Paso Robles (FB, MBB, BB)

& Dave Rusco, San Luis Obispo (MBB, BB)

1976 Kevin Hunstad, Arroyo Grande (FB, Wrest)

1977 Randy Roeder, Paso Robles (FB, BB)

Male                                                                              Female

1978 Edmund Alarcio, Arroyo Grande (FB, MTF)        Laura McCarthy, Bakersfield (WXC, WTF)

1979 Shawn Kuhn, Morro Bay (MBB, Golf)               Celeste Martyn, Arroyo Grande (WXC, WTF)

1980 Steve Mitchell, Paso Robles (MBB, MTF)          Catherine Belcher, La Canada (WXC, WTF, SB)

1981 Gregg Fambrough, Santa Maria (MWP, MSD)    Joanne Cooper, San Bernardino (VB)

1982 Tom McKeown, Cape May, NJ (MXC, MTF)      Heidi Hausner, Santa Ynez (VB, WSD)

1983 Matt Armbruster, Paso Robles (MXC, MTF)       Karen Canfield, Santa Maria (SB)

1984 Bill Lucia, Santa Maria (MWP, MSD)                 Toni Venturini, Paso Robles (VB)

1985 Sean Chambers, Sacramento (MBB, MTF)        Kelly Buzza, Arroyo Grande (WXC, WTF)

1986 Hank Peterson, Fairfield (MWP, MSD)              Tracey Ross, Benicia (WXC, WTF)

1987 Karl Blum, Fullerton (MWP, MSD)                   Cathy Jones, Arroyo Grande (WXC, WTF)

1988 Todd Bates, Orofino, ID (MWP, MSD)              Jennifer Bland, Davis (WSD)

& Kelly Porter, Santa Maria (MWP, MSD)

1989 Brad Dodge, Torrance (MT)                           Vanessa Hornbuckle, Ventura (VB, WBB)

                                                                                     & Kathryn Krieger, San Luis Obispo (WXC, WTF)

1990 Steve Long, Lompoc (MWP, MSD)                   Monica Castro, San Luis Obispo (WT)

1991 Dean Jefferis, Paso Robles (MWP, MSD)          Melissa McCormick, Hemet (WSD)

                                                                                    & Cee Cee Yancy, Fresno (WBB)

1992 Geoff Bradshaw, Los Angeles (MTF)                Alyssa Van Schmus, San Marcos (WTF)

1993 Kipp Ortenberger, Woodland Hills (MXC, MTF) Erin Breeze, Sonora (VB, WBB)

1994 Kipp Ortenberger, Woodland Hills (MXC, MTF) Wendy Ward, Ventura (VB, WBB)

1995 Mike Barrow, San Luis Obispo (MWP, MSD)      Courtney Peters, Yuba City (WT)

1996 Shannon Lamb, Porterville (MWP, MSD)           Carrie Musolff, Cayucos (VB, WBB, WT)

1997 Marco Hanlon, Irvine (BB)                             Anicia Bonds, Morro Bay (WBB, WTF)

1998 Mark Merlo, Clovis (MWP, MSD)                     Ashley Messer, Auberry (VB, WBB)

1999 Chris Lund, San Luis Obispo (MWP, MSD)         Ashley Messer, Auberry (VB, WBB)

2000 Sergio Reyes, Los Osos (MXC, MTF)                Mary Benson, San Luis Obispo (WWP, WSD)

2001 Patrick Furelos, Miami Beach, FL (MWP, MSD) Melinda Flores, Sacramento  (WXC, WTF)

2002 Doug Leach, Santa Ana (MWP, MSD)               Courtney Christy, Lodi (WWP, WSD)

2003 Katie Dacus, Lompoc (WWP, WSD)

2004 Christina Reyes, Los Osos (WXC, WTF)

2005 Bryan Etnrye, Huntington Beach (MWP, MSD)

2006 Chris Stehula, Arroyo Grande (MXC, MTF, MSD)

2007 Becca Reyes, Los Osos (WXC, WTF)

2008 Ian Starkie, Arroyo Grande (MWP, MSD)

2009 Tammy Barksdale, Atascadero (WWP, WSD)

2010 Kayla Cribbs, Sutter Creek (VB, WBB)

2011 Evan Norton, Paso Robles (MWP, MSD)

2012 Alexandria Bernard, Porterville (WWP, WSD)

2013 Erin Casey, Coarsegold (WWP, WSD)

         & Matt Giancanelli, Sacramento (MWP, MSD)

2014 Riley Cooks, Coarsegold (VB, WTF)

2015 Rachel Gruetzmacher, Atascadero (WWP, WSD)

2016 Aly Voth, Morro Bay (WXC, WTF)



Wrestling Coach Joe Dansby Repeats as Coach of the Year

SAN LUIS OBISPO (May 26, 2015)- Cuesta Wrestling Coach Joe Dansby has been recognized as the 2014-15 Cuesta College Coach of the Year. He is the first three-time winner of the award and first coach to be honored in back-to-back seasons.  Dansby led his grapplers to the 2015 SouthEast Conference title and seventh place at the CCCAA State Wrestling Championships, which were held in San Luis Obispo at Cuesta College. The Cougars did not finish lower than 4th place in any of their six tournaments and boasted a pair of tournament titles posted.  The grapplers posted a 9-6 record in dual meets, including a perfect 3-0 against the SEC.  Coach Joe Dansby was named 2014 SEC Coach of the Year, marking the fourth time he has received the honor.  Four members of the team earned All-SEC First Team, while three others earned honorable mention, and six placed at the state meet, including All America Connor Pollock.  This year’s team also set a school record with 297 individual wins, easily surpassing the previous program record of 270 set just last year.

This award recognizes the highest level of coaching achieved at Cuesta College during a year of competition.  It was first officially presented in 2009.  The award is based on a mathematical formula that weighs a coach’s individual performance as well as the on-field success of his/her team.   Coach Joe Dansby, for the second straight year, edged 2010 winner Rusty Blair.

Cuesta Coaches Award

Cuesta College Coach of the Year (est. 2009)

2014-15 Joe Dansby, Wrestling (Conf. Champs/ 7th State)

2013-14 Joe Dansby, Wrestling (Conf. Champs/ 6th State)

2012-13 John Marsh, Men’s Swim & Dive (Conf. Champs, 4th State) 

2011-12 Brian Locher, Women’s Cross Country (3rd Conf/ 4th State)

2010-11 Joe Dansby, Wrestling (Conf. Champs/ 5th State)

2009-10 Rusty Blair, Men’s Basketball (Conf. Champs/ Playoffs)

2008-09 Mike Napoli, Women’s Tennis (Conf. Champs/ 4th State)

Cuesta College


Athlete of the Month

May 2016


Louis Raymond



            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 May is sophomore Pitcher Louis Raymond

2016 Western State Conference Pitcher of the Year Louis Raymond put an exclamation point on his outstanding season during the playoffs. Raymond pitched both of Cuesta playoff series’ openers and led the Cougars to victory in both starts. He hurled eight innings in both playoff starts, to help save the bullpen, and ended his campaign on a six-game winning streak. Raymond posted a 10-2 record on the season and his 1.57 ERA ranked 4th in the State (min 70 IP). He was at his best during Western State Conference play, where he was 6-0 with a 0.81 ERA. Raymond has signed to play at UC Irvine in 2017.

Baseball won the 2016 Western State Conference Championship and the #6-seed in the 2016 CCCAA State Baseball Playoffs. The Cougars season ended in the 2016 CCCAA Super Regional Playoffs and they ended the season with a 28-14 record.



Cuesta College


Athlete of the Month

May 2016


Madeline Ogle

Track & Field


            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 May is freshman Distance Runner Madeline Ogle.


All State Distance Runner Madeline Ogle enjoyed an outstanding freshman season at Cuesta College. She earned 2016 CCCAA All State honors in the 5,000-meter run after finishing in 2nd place, and breaking her own school record, by crossing the line at 17:30.68 at the 2016 CCCAA State Championship. Ogle also holds Cuesta’s 10,000-meter record at 39:16.43 and won a Western State Conference title and qualified for the CCCAA State Meet in the event. After her big season, she holds a place as one of the best runners in Cuesta’s storied distance program. Ogle posted all time Top 10 marks in the 1,500-meter (7th- 4:45.74) and 3,000-meter (2nd- 10:19.95) runs. She has signed to compete at Portland State in 2016-17.

Track & Field finished 14th at the 2016 CCCAA State Track & Field Championship and 5th in the Western State Conference.