ESPN1280 Athlete of the Week- Sophomore Middle Distance Runner Kirsten Purcell qualified for the 2018 CCCAA State Championship in the 800-meter run with a 3rd place finish at the CCCAA Regional Finals in San Diego last Saturday. Purcell's time of 2:15.76 also marked the fourth fastest time, on record, at Cuesta College. In nearly all of her starts this month more seconds have sloughed off her season-best times and she is poised to challenge for Cuesta's first CCCAA State Title in the event. Kirsten is the only in Cuesta's All Time Top 10 for the 200, 400, and 800-meter runs.

 

-Men's Track & Field finished 7th at the 2018 CCCAA Regional Finals last Saturday in San Diego and qualified three athletes for the 2018 CCCAA State Championship this Friday and Saturday in Bakersfield. Double Cuesta Record Holder Luke Nickelson leads the charge in the Triple Jump and Long Jump events. He qualified 3rd in the Long Jump and 6th in the Triple Jump. He holds Cuesta's record in both events and entered the meet ranked 2nd in the State for the Triple Jump (48' 3.5") and 5th in the Long Jump (24' 2.5"). Thrower Evan Stork broke his own school record, again, last week with a toss of 177' 11.75" to finish 2nd at the Regional and he currently ranks 4th in the State. He has added nearly 25-feet to his record this season and is a serious all-State candidate. Pole Valter Jimmy Escobar is tabbed to continue Cuesta's excellence in his event. He is the 15th State Qualifier in the event for Cuesta since 1996 and is chasing the program's fifth CCCAA State Title. Last weekend, Escobar cleared a season-best 15' 3" and was part of a six-way tie for a ticket to State, however he advanced due to having the fewest misses at lower heights.    

 

-Women's Track & Field qualified four athletes for the 2018 CCCAA State Track & Field Championships this Friday and Saturday in Bakersfield. The quartet of qualifiers also led the Cougars to 9th place at the CCCAA Regional in San Diego last Saturday. Two-time CCCAA State Qualifier Roxanne Nolan (pict) is undefeated this season and on a mission to claim the program's sixth State Title in event. She is joined by fellow Vaulter Macy Rivas-Clark, who is ranked 5th in the State, but also a full foot behind Nolan. Thrower Hannah Katches finished 9th at the Regional in the Javelin, however her previous "A" standard throw of 119' 10" helped earn her a bid at the CCCAA State Meet. She ranks 6th in the State and 5th all time at Cuesta. In the lanes, Middle Distance Runner Kirsten Purcell qualified in the 800-meter run with a 3rd place finish with a time of 2:15.76. Her race also marked the fourth fastest time, on record, at Cuesta College.

 

 

Andrew Navigato and Torie White Named Cuesta’s

2018 Outstanding Athletes of the Year

SAN LUIS OBISPO (May 8, 2018) – 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 sixteenth time. This year’s winners are Baseball Star Andrew Navigato (Riverside) and Aquatic Star Torie White (Los Osos: Morro Bay HS).  Both of athletes led their teams to the post-season and established themselves as state-level elite athletes.  

2018 Western State Conference Player of the Year Andrew Navigato (Riverside) displayed excellence at the plate, on the bases, and in the field as one of the State’s elite players.  He led the Cougars in runs scored (44), Triples (6), Runs Batted In (52), and batting average (.387).  As a 2018 All State First Team player, Navigato played every game and led the team into the playoffs by ending the regular season riding a 23-game hitting streak.  A two-time all-WSC First Team selection and two-time Cuesta Team MVP, Navigato played to win and put himself on the line in every game.  He holds the school record with 28 hit by pitches and is 10th all-time with 100 career hits.  Coach Bob Miller says, “Andrew has been a team leader the past two seasons.  He is having one of the best offensive seasons in years at Cuesta.  He has been a huge part of our success.  His leadership and influence has been a major bonus as well.” 

All American Swimmer Torie White (Los Osos: Morro Bay HS) is one of the most competitive athletes to ever suit up for Cuesta.  She won two Western State Conference titles this year, in the 50 and 100 freestyles, and is poised to earn All American honors in three events after reaching the State Finals in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyles.  Torie has established herself as one of the all time greats in Cuesta’s dominant aquatics program.  She ranks 2nd all time at Cuesta in the 50-freestyle, 100-freestyle, and 50-butterfly.  She also posted Cuesta Top 10 marks this season in the 200-freestyle, 100-butterfly, 200-backstroke and both the 100 and 400-individual medleys.  In addition, Torie swam the anchor leg on two of Cuesta record relays during her freshman season.  In her other sport, Torie was named to the 2017 All-Western State Conference First Team for water polo and led Cuesta to the second round of the CCCAA Regional Playoffs.  She scored 40 goals and dished out a team-high 43 assists for the Cuesta Poloists.

Swim Coach John Marsh says, “Torie is a fierce competitor, who showed great sportsmanship, regardless of her winning or losing the race. Torie was joy to coach and be around.”

Water Polo Coach Pete Schuler says, “Torie is an amazing young woman and never holds back in anything she does, no matter the odds, the score or the distance.  She is a leader in and out of the pool and always pushes people to do and be their best.”

Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year

2003           David Lamar, Carpinteria, CA (Baseball)              

2004           Kevin Bradley, Long Beach, CA (Water Polo, Swim)        

2005           Mike Brown, Davis, CA (Baseball)                        

2006           Jeff Chaney, Arroyo Grande, CA (Water Polo)                 

2007           Michael Williams, Sutter Creek, CA (Wrestling)               

2008           Quentin Cate, Cambria, CA (Baseball)         

2009           Tom Schumacher, Dudelange, LUX (Basketball)             

2010           Roger Guardia, Matadepera, ESP (Basketball)                

2011           Eric Marsh, Arroyo Grande, CA (Water Polo)         

2012           Malte Kramer, Freiburg, DEU (Basketball)            

2013           Brady Moore, Santa Barbara, CA (Water Polo)               

2014           Georan Meendering, Visalia, CA (Swimming)        

2015           Connor Fisher, Lake Isabella, CA (Cross Country, Track)

2016           Brendan Jenkins, Pleasanton, CA (Baseball)                  

2017           Sean McDermott, Kings Beach, CA (Cross Country)

2018          Andrew Navigato, Riverside, CA (Baseball)                                                                     

Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year

 2003           Shanna DeMichelle, Napa, CA (Swim)

2004           Christina Reyes, Los Osos, CA (Cross Country, Track)

2005           Jessie Ritchie, Arroyo Grande, CA (Tennis)

2006           Lindsay Campana, Templeton, CA (Softball)

2007           Whitney Levicki, Santa Cruz, CA (Water Polo)

2008           Julie Coelho, Lemoore, CA (Volleyball)

2009           Chloe Redman, Morro Bay, CA (Tennis)

2010           Kelly Barmann, Cimarron, NM (Cross Country)

2011           Alexandria Bernard, Porterville, CA (Water Polo, Swim)

2012           Devon Kelsey, Atascadero, CA (Cross Country, Track)

2013           Kryn Masutani, Honolulu, HI (Softball)

2014           Riley Cooks, Coarsegold, CA (Volleyball, Track)

2015           Rachel Gruetzmacher, Atascadero, CA (Water Polo, Swim)

2016           Augusta Thomason, San Diego, CA (Track)  

2017           Miranda Daschian, Atascadero, CA (Cross Country, Track)

2018          Torie White, Los Osos, CA (Swim) 

Austin Barton Named Cuesta’s

2018 George Silveria Memorial Student-Athlete Award

SAN LUIS OBISPO (May 8, 2018) - 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 53rd year of Cuesta College Athletics and the 53rd 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, coachability and leadership on and off the field. In a sense, this award exemplifies type of athlete we strive to mold here at Cuesta.
The 2018 George Silveria Athletic Career Award winner is Aquatic Star Austin Barton (Albany, OR).  Barton competed in both water polo and swimming for two seasons.  In his individual sport, swimming, Barton possesses outstanding speed, however it is his overall athleticism that also made him a star in water polo.    

Barton is a two-time CCCAA State Qualifier in swimming and earned All American honors in the 50-freestyle as a freshman and should add honors in the 100 and 200 freestyles to earn All American in three events this Spring.  He is a two-time Cuesta Men’s Swim & Dive Team MVP and led the team to the 2018 Western State Conference title and to 7th place at the CCCAA State Swim & Dive Championships.  Barton won Western State Conference titles in the 100 and 200 this season, but was second in the circuit in the 50-freestyle, which was the only event he won as a freshman. He owns Cuesta record marks in the non-championship 50-breaststroke (:28.39) and 100-individual medley (:57.93) and is in the Top 10 for a total of six events.  In his specialty, Barton ranks 3rd all time in both the 50-freestyle (:20.90) and 100-freestyle (:45.91) and 5th in the 200-freestyle (1:42.36).   

Barton was a two-year starter on Cuesta Men’s Water Polo team and led the Cougars to a pair of playoff berths.  The Cougars were a combined 44-29 over his two campaigns and Barton was the Cougars’ top fastbreak threat and one of the team’s best outside shooters.  He scored 84 goals in his two seasons and earned all-conference 2nd team as a sophomore. 

Barton twice earned All-Western State Conference Academic honors competed at Cuesta College and has compiled a 3.5 GPA over his first three semesters.  He has accepted a scholarship to compete in water polo and swimming at Concordia-Irvine next year. 

George Silveria Career Student-Athlete

1966                                       Ray Sayler (Football, Basketball, Baseball)

1967                                       Mark Anderson (Cross Country, Track & Field)

1968                                       Jim Sunderland (Wrestling)

1969                                       Richard Abney (Football, Wrestling)

1970                                       Steve Mowrey (Golf)

1971                                       Larry Ramos (Football, Wrestling)

1972                                       George Palmer (Wrestling)

1973                                       Camillo Alarcio (Football, Wrestling)

1974                                       Paul Kinne (Football, Baseball)

1975                                       Rusty Kuntz (Football, Basketball, Baseball)

                                               & Dave Rusco (Basketball, Baseball)

1976                                       Kevin Hunstad (Football, Wrestling)

1977                                       Randy Roeder (Football, Baseball)

                        Male                                                    Female

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

1979               Shawn Kuhn (MBB, Golf)                Celeste Martyn (WXC, WTF)

1980               Steve Mitchell (MBB, MTF)               Catherine Belcher (WXC, WTF, SB)

1981               Gregg Fambrough (MWP, MSD)       Joanne Cooper (VB)

1982               Tom McKeown (MXC, MTF)             Heidi Hausner (VB, WSD)

1983               Matt Armbruster (MXC, MTF)          Karen Canfield (SB)

1984               Bill Lucia (MWP, MSD)                      Toni Venturini (VB)

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

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

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

1988               Todd Bates (MWP, MSD)                  Jennifer Bland (WSD)

                       & Kelly Porter (MWP, MSD)

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

                                                                                    & Kathryn Krieger (WXC, WTF)

1990               Steve Long (MWP, MSD)                   Monica Castro (WT)

1991               Dean Jefferis (MWP, MSD)               Melissa McCormick (WSD)

                                                                                   & Cee Cee Yancy (WBB)

1992               Geoff Bradshaw (MTF)                    Alyssa Van Schmus (WTF)

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

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

1995               Mike Barrow (MWP, MSD)                Courtney Peters (WT)

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

1997               Marco Hanlon (BB)                           Anicia Bonds (WBB, WTF)

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

1999               Chris Lund (MWP, MSD)                   Ashley Messer (VB, WBB)

2000               Sergio Reyes (MXC, MTF)                Mary Benson (WWP, WSD)

2001               Patrick Furelos (MWP, MSD)            Melinda Flores (WXC, WTF)

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

2003                                       Katie Dacus (Water Polo, Swim & Dive)

2004                                       Christina Reyes (Cross Country, Track & Field)

2005                                       Bryan Etnrye (Water Polo, Swim& Dive)

2006                                       Chris Stehula (Cross Country, Track, Swim & Dive)

2007                                       Becca Reyes (Cross Country, Track & Field)

2008                                       Ian Starkie (Water Polo, Swim& Dive)

2009                                       Tammy Barksdale (Water Polo, Swim & Dive)

2010                                       Kayla Cribbs (Volleyball, Basketball)

2011                                       Evan Norton (Water Polo, Swim& Dive)

2012                                       Alexandria Bernard (Water Polo, Swim & Dive)

2013                                       Erin Casey (Water Polo, Swim & Dive)

                                               & Matt Giancanelli (Water Polo, Swim & Dive)

2014                                       Riley Cooks (Volleyball, Track & Field)

2015                                       Rachel Gruetzmacher (Water Polo, Swim & Dive)

2016                                       Aly Voth (Cross Country, Track & Field)

2017                                       Sean McDermott (Cross Country, Track & Field)

2018                                       Austin Barton (Water Polo, Swim & Dive)

 

Mia Viss and Chandler Mankins Named Cuesta’s

2018 Warren Hansen Scholar-Athletes of the Year

SAN LUIS OBISPO (May 8, 2017) – 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 both All American Water Polo Goaltenders- Mia Viss (Modesto) and Chandler Mankins (Pismo Beach: Arroyo Grande HS)

Mia Viss is a three-time Western State Conference Scholar-Athlete in the classroom and was twice accorded All-Western State Conference First Team in the pool.  She was Cuesta Women’s Water Polo’s Team MVP this season and was recognized as the top goaltender in the State.  She led the CCCAA with a Cuesta school record 375 saves and earned All American honors.  Mia ended her two-year Cuesta career holding nearly all of the school’s goaltending records.  She also swam for the Cougars for two seasons.  Mia is Majoring in Public Health and has posted a 3.97 GPA over her first three semesters at Cuesta College. 

Chandler Mankins re-started his water polo career spending two years on his Mission.  He is a two-time Western State Conference Scholar-Athlete in the classroom and a two-time All-Western State Conference First Team in the pool.  He was named all-State Second Team each of the past two seasons and earned All American honors this past Fall.  Chandler also reached the CCCAA State Meet in swimming this season as part of a relay.  Chandler is a Political Science Major and has posted a 3.74 GPA at Cuesta College.

Both Mia and Chandler shall 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. 

Cuesta has earned more CCCAA Scholar-Athlete Awards than any other community college. 

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)

2017    Modan Goldman (Wrestling)                Miranda Daschian (X-Country/Track)

2018   Chandler Mankins (Water Polo/Swim)  Mia Viss (Water Polo/Swim) 

 

Cuesta College Female Athlete of the Month- April 2018

Torie White- Swim & Dive 

            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 is April is Sophomore Swimmer Torie White.

Sophomore Swimmer Torie White is pure speed in the water and has made her mark on Cuesta’s storied Swim & Dive program over the past two seasons.   She repeated as the Western State Conference’s Fastest Women’s Swimmer by winning the 50-freestyle and also added a win in the 100-freestyle this season.  She placed 2nd in the 200-freestyle, but her exhibition time in the 100-butterfly would have won another title, if it counted.  A 2017 All American, Torie has posted CCCAA State Meet qualifying times in several events this season and is a favorite to bring home a State Title.  A true “water-woman”, she and ranks in Cuesta’s All Time Top 10 in eight events and is currently less than a second away from three Cuesta records.  Torie is also a two-time all-Conference Water Polo player and has been the Captain for both of Cuesta’s Aquatics teams this season.  

Swim & Dive heads to the 2018 CCCAA State Swim & Dive Championships in Cupertino the first weekend of May.

 

Cuesta College Male Athlete of the Month- April 2018

Austin Barton- Swim & Dive

            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 April is Sophomore Swimmer Austin Barton 

            Sophomore Freestyler Austin Barton continues to accumulate accolades as he powers the Cuesta Men’s Swim and Dive team towards the 2018 CCCAA State Swim and Dive Championships.  Barton spent the past two seasons as the Western State Conference’s top male sprinter and is poised to win a State Title this May.  He won both the 100 and 200-freestyles, in Cuesta All Time Top 10 times, at the 2018 WSC Championships and touched second in the 50-freestyle, despite a slow start off the blocks.  Barton also anchored three winning relays to lead the Cuesta to the program’s first WSC crown in six years.   A 2017 All American, Barton is a complete swimmer and ranks in Cuesta’s All Time Top 10 in all the freestyle events, plus the shorter breaststroke, butterfly, backstroke, and individual medley events.  He is also a two-time all-WSC Poloist.  

Swim & Dive heads to the 2018 CCCAA State Swim & Dive Championships in Cupertino the first weekend of May.

 

 

 

 

CUESTA COLLEGE ANNOUNCES 2017 FALL ATHLETIC HONOR ROLL

                                               

SAN LUIS OBISPO (January 18, 2018)-- Cuesta has compiled the names of 49 individuals who have risen to the top of Cuesta College’s 2017 Fall Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll, including several repeat honorees.  The success of Cuesta’s student-athletes is significant, as is the fact that 50% of Cuesta College athletes made the honor roll and earned 2017 All Western State Conference Academic Team status.  Cuesta athletes traditionally excel in the classroom and this semester was no exception.  Cuesta’s athletes combined to complete 94.5% of their units and post a program-wide 3.053 GPA.  The average athlete was also loaded well above fulltime status with 14.5 units on the semester.

The Cuesta Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll recognizes the student-athletes who have completed 12 units during the past semester with a grade point average of at least a 3.0 and finished in good standing with their respective team. This year the honor roll has representatives from each of the seven fall sports and both basketball teams.  The women’s water polo team led the way with a combined 3.394 grade point average, while men’s cross country led the men’s teams with a 3.381 GPA. Both teams, along with men’s water polo, men’s basketball, women’s volleyball and women’s soccer qualify as nominees for both the Western State Conference and CCCAA State Scholar Team awards.  The 2015 men’s track & field team became the 26th Cuesta team to earn a CCCAA/Pepsi Scholar Team award since 1999.  Cuesta has won more CCCAA Scholar-Athlete Awards than any other California Community College.

The Cougars also expect to reap some individual honors at the state level; seven Cuesta student-athletes earned straight “A’s” during the semester.  Freshman Dakota Shinn (Placerville) posted perfect grades while playing two sports (Basketball and Volleyball).  She and fellow Cager Nic Gabsch (Melbourne, AUS) were joined a quintet of straight “A” Poloists- Victoria Donis (Fresno), Faith Archibald (Atascadero HS), and Shaine Sorensen (Solana Beach) from the women’s team and former Golden Eagles Chandler Mankins (Pismo Beach: Arroyo Grande HS) and Josh Jewell (Shell Beach: Arroyo Grande HS) off the men’s team.   

Seven athletes combined great academic prowess with superior athleticism to also earn 2017 All Western State Conference First Team as athletes.  The septet of double winners represented four of the seven fall sports (basketball's all-conference teams will be announced in March)- Water Polo Goaltenders Mia Viss (Modesto) andChandler Mankins (Pismo Beach: Arroyo Grande HS) each repeated on both the all-Academic team and the all-Conference First Team, both players also earned All America accolades.  Fellow Poloists Brad Dennis (Visalia) and Emerson Trout (SLO HS) from the men’s team and Torie White (Los Osos” Morro Bay HS) from the women’s team all also earned 1st team honors in the pool and the classroom this Fall.  Harrier Kobi Kelly (SLO HS) and Volleyball MVP Kelly Cole (Delano) also completed the double for their sophomore campaigns. 

W Water Polo (WWP)          3.394

M X-Country (MXC)           3.381

M Water Polo (MWP)          3.221

M Basketball (MBB)             3.172

W Volleyball (WVB)             3.121

W Soccer (Soc)                      3.044

W Basketball (WBB)             2.935

W X-Country (WXC)           2.679

Wrestling (Wrest)                  2.333

The honor roll was also well represented by local high school athletes:

SAN LUIS OBISPO (8): Kobi Kelly (MXC), Garron Knox (MXC), Emerson Trout (MWP),

Haley Fiscalini (Soc), Dylan Hughes (MWP), Sofia Terry (WWP),

Charisse Youngs (WBB), Megan Stoudenmire (WBB)

PASO ROBLES (6): Damian Navarro (MXC), Josiah Gilbert (MXC), Chloe Holstine (Soc),

            Aundrea Mendoza (Soc), Sydnie Esser (Soc), Mitchell Iunker (MWP)

ARROYO GRANDE (3): Chandler Mankins (MWP), Josh Jewell (MWP),

Ethan Klemowicz (MWP)

MORRO BAY (2): Samantha Duston (WXC), Torie White (WWP)

ATASCADERO (1): Faith Archibald (WWP)

TEMPLETON (1): Amanda Bourgault (Soc)

NIPOMO (1): Mike Munoz (MWP)

COAST UNION (0):

 

2017

Fall Semester

Athletic Honor Roll

 

Faith Archibald- Water Polo

Maya Armenta- Basketball

Courtney Barba- Basketball

Austin Barton- Water Polo

Amanda Bourgault- Soccer

Jorge Bueno- Basketball

Kelly Cole- Volleyball

Iker Cruz- Basketball

Emily Darin- Water Polo

Bradley Dennis- Water Polo

Victoria Donis- Water Polo

Samantha Duston- Cross Country

Sydnie Esser- Soccer

Haley Fiscalini- Soccer

Piper Fluegge- Water Polo

Nic Gabsch- Basketball

Josiah Gilbert- Cross Country

Mathieu Giroud- Basketball

Cam Goldstone- Cross Country

Nico Gonzalez- Basketball

Mariah Hall- Volleyball

Kassidy Hamer- Volleyball

Jace Heryford- Wrestling

Chloe Holstine- Soccer

Dylan Hughes- Water Polo

Mitchell Iunker- Water Polo

Garron Knox- Cross Country

Josh Jewell- Water Polo

Kobi Kelly- Cross Country

Ethan Klemowicz- Water Polo

Rodrigo Majarin- Basketball

Chandler Mankins- Water Polo

Aundrea Mendoza- Soccer

Alison Morfoot- Soccer

Michael Munoz- Water Polo

Damian Navarro- Cross Country

Kelly Ogan- Water Polo

Bailey Price- Volleyball

Noah Saunders- Basketball

Dakota Shinn- Volleyball

Dakota Shinn- Basketball

Shaine Sorensen- Water Polo

Megan Stoudenmire- Basketball

Sofia Terry- Water Polo

Emma Theroux- Soccer

Emerson Trout- Water Polo

Mia Viss- Water Polo

Torie White- Water Polo

Colby Woodside- Volleyball

Charisse Youngs- Basketball

 

Cuesta College Athletic Programs are funded through a combined effort of the College District,

Associated Students of Cuesta College and, The Athletic Booster Club

Locher Honored as Cuesta COY

 SAN LUIS OBISPO (May 25, 2017)- Cuesta Men’s Cross Country Coach Brian Locher has been recognized as the 2016-17 Cuesta College Coach of the Year.  This is Locher’s second time to be honored for his work as Cuesta’s Cross Country Coach.  Locher led his harriers to 10th place at the 2016 CCCAA State Cross Country Championships and second place in the Western State Conference.   Locher has been recognized as the Western State Conference Coach of the Year five times, including three times for men’s cross country.  On the cross-country course, 2017 Cuesta College Athlete of the Year Sean McDermott won the 2016 CCCAA State Title and was joined on the CCCAA All-State team by fellow Cougar Trevor Stangle. The duo also part of a pack of five Cuesta harriers to garner all-WSC honors.  In the classroom, four members of the seven-man squad earned all-WSC Academic Team honors and the team combined to post a 3.161 GPA, the highest mark posted by any men’s sports at Cuesta.

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.  

 Cuesta Coaches Award

Cuesta College Coach of the Year (est. 2009)

 2008-09          Mike Napoli, Women’s Tennis

2009-10          Rusty Blair, Men’s Basketball

2010-11          Joe Dansby, Wrestling

2011-12          Brian Locher, Women’s Cross Country

2012-13          John Marsh, Men’s Swim & Dive

2013-14          Joe Dansby, Wrestling

2014-15          Joe Dansby, Wrestling

2015-16          Bob Miller, Baseball

2016-17          Brian Locher, Men’s Cross Country

 

 

Daschian and McDermott Named Cuesta’s

2017 Outstanding Athletes of the Year

SAN LUIS OBISPO (May 9, 2019) – 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 fifteenth time. This year’s winners are star Harriers Miranda Daschian (Atascadero HS) and Sean McDermott (Kings Beach).  They each won California Community College Athletic Association State Cross Country titles, both a first for a Cuesta harrier, which marks the first time in nearly 40 years that one school has claimed both the men’s and women’s cross country titles in the same year.

2016 CCCAA State Cross Country Champion Miranda Daschian (Atascadero HS) is in the midst of a season for the ages.  She was undefeated all the way through cross country season and has not lost a race to a CCCAA runner, in any event from the 800-meter to the 10,000-meter runs, during track season.  Daschian skipped cross country her freshman year, but easily out classed the field this Fall.  She was never really challenged and won the CCCAA Regional Meet by 20 seconds and the CCCAA State Championship by a dozen ticks on the clock.  She has been nearly as dominant during track season and easily reached the CCCAA State Meet for the second straight year.  She has already nabbed a spot in the 10,000-meter run and is running to qualify in the 1,500 and 5,000-meter runs this week.  Daschian has left the rest of the CCCAA in her dust this year and is poised to add more hardware at the 2017 CCCAA State Track & Field Meet.  Coach Brian Locher says of his superstar, “Miranda has been the most dominant distance runner on the JC circuit this year.  She hasn’t lost a single race in cross country nor in track for the 2016-17 season.  She currently ranks #1 in the state in the 1,500, 3K, and, 5K events, while holding the school record in the 5K and 3K; breaking a 28-year old record.  Miranda is coachable, competitive and driven in her pursuit of greatness.”       

2016 CCCAA State Cross Country Champion Sean McDermott (Kings Beach) earned all-State honors as a freshman, but battled through his encore performance with finishes in the teens and as low as 25th place to begin his sophomore campaign.  McDermott turned his season around and hit his stride at the right time by winning the 2016 Western State Conference title and finishing second in the CCCAA Regional Meet, before knocking off previously undefeated Luis Ortega of San Bernardino Valley at the 2016 CCCAA State Cross Country Championship.  McDermott is the only two-time All-State Harrier in Cuesta history, as well as the program’s only CCCAA State Champion.  He has continued his success during track and field season and set new Cuesta records in the Steeplechase (9:12.32) and 3,000-meter run (8:31.36) this season.  He has qualified for the 2017 CCCAA Track & Field State Championship in both the Steeplechase and 5,000-meter run for the second straight year and is favored to bring home a couple more state titles.  Coach Brian Locher says of his veteran star, “Sean currently leads the state in the 3K, Steeple and 5K races; including school records at Cuesta in the 3K and Steeple and #2 at 5K. He also won the State Cross Country title at Woodward Park in the Fall.  Sean has proven to be a coachable member of the team as well as a disciplined leader on the track.  Sean actively cultivates friendship with teammates and competitors, while acting as a consummate citizen too.” 

            Male                                                                Female

2003    David Lamar (Baseball)                                  Shanna DeMichelle (Swim)

2004    Kevin Bradley (Water Polo, Swim)                Christina Reyes (X-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 (X-Country)

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

2012    Malte Kramer (Basketball)                              Devon Kelsey (X-Country, Track)

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

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

2015    Connor Fisher (X-Country, Track)                 Rachel Gruetzmacher (Water Polo, Swim)

2016    Brendan Jenkins (Baseball)                             Augusta Thomason (Track & Field)

2017    Sean McDermott, (X-Country, Track)       Miranda Daschian (X-Country, Track)