February 12, 2018
ESPN1280 Athletes of the Week- Sophomore Outfielder Sydney Doherty has been the catalyst for Cuesta Softball this season. Last week, Doherty led Cuesta to a 3-4 mark, including Coach Jenel Guadagno's first two wins as a head coach. She smacked 14 hits in 23 at-bats for a .608 average on the week. Doherty also scored 11 times and drove in eight runs to account for 19 of Cuesta's 43 runs on the week. She also stole eight bases to raise her State-leading total to 15 on the year. Doherty played Shortstop and Outfield for the Cougars last week, but also posted a 3.00 ERA in seven innings of work in the pitching circle.
-Men's Basketball continues to play .500 basketball against the Western State Conference, however if the Cougars can put together a pair of wins this week they have a strong chance of returning to the post-season after a one year absence. The Cougars host WSC leader and local rival Allan Hancock in their final regular seasons home game on Wednesday (7 PM) and are on the road to face Moorpark in the regular season finale on Saturday (3 PM). The Cougars are in sole possession of 3rd place in the WSC and are currently ranked 22nd in the Region. A win over
the rival Bulldogs, plus their Top 10 strength of schedule, could earned them a spot in the playoffs, however a loss, in either game this week, would drop them below .500 and out of contention.
The Cougars played at Ventura on Wednesday and suffered only their sixth loss of more than ten points on the year, 84-70, despite 18 points from All-WSC Forward Noah Saunders. Cuesta bounced back to beat Oxnard on Saturday, 91-87, thanks to a trio of 18-point performances from Nic Gabsch, Finn Whetstone, and Iker Cruz. The Cougars are 14-15 overall and 4-4 against the Western State Conference play.
-Women's Basketball snapped a four-game losing streak with a Western State Conference win over Oxnard, 67-34, on Saturday. The Cougars have been battling injuries all season and took advantage of having, almost, a full roster to rout the Condors. The Cougars began the week undermanned and outgunned for a loss at #10 Ventura on Wednesday, 70-22. Point Guard Maya Armenta led the Cougars' offense against Oxnard with 17 points and spearheaded the Cougars' relentless press defense with seven steals, as the they harassed Condors into 33 turnovers. The Cougars did not have a scorer in double-digits against Ventura, although Courtney Barba did lead the team with eight points.
The Cougars are 10-12 on the season and 2-6 against the WSC. They host local rival Allan Hancock for their 2017-18 home finale next Wednesday (5 PM) and wrap up the season in Moorpark on Saturday (1 PM).
-Baseball was in Mission Viejo for a three-game series with #10 Saddleback last week. The Gauchos took the first and last games of the series, but the Cougars claimed the middle game, yet all three games were competitive. In Game 1, Saddleback picked up five unearned runs in the first three innings to take a 6-0, but had to withstand Cuesta’s furious six-run 8th inning to hold on for the victory, 10-6. Freshman Reliever Johnny Wiltfang hurled four innings of relief to earn the Cougars’ lone win on the weekend. In Game 2, Cuesta posted a two-run 9th inning to send the game to extra innings and pushed four more across the plate in the 10th inning for a 10-6 win. In the series finale, Saddleback’s seven-run 6th inning helped them take the game and the series, 11-9. Cuesta is 4-4 on the season.
The Cougars are 4-4 on the year and continue their tough pre-conference schedule with a three-game series at #6 Riverside on Thursday (5 PM), Friday (2 PM), and Saturday (Noon).
-First-year Softball Coach Jenel Guadagno picked up her first two wins of the year on Tuesday as the Cougars swept a doubleheader against Victor Valley, 22-4 and 5-3, to snap a five-game season opening losing streak. On Friday, the Cougars hosted perennial playoff team Sacrament for another twinbill. The Panthers took the opener, 7-2, but the Cougars held off a late rally to claim the nightcap, 7-5. The Cougars hosted a mini-tournament on Saturday and began the day against Sacramento for their third meeting over a 24-hour span. The Panthers held the Cougars’ bats in check to take the series, 6-1. Cuesta also faced Western State Conference foe Bakersfield in a non-WSC match-up. The Renegades outlasted the Cougars, 10-6. Freshman Pitcher Sam Cabrera earned all seven decisions on the week for a 3-3 mark.
Cuesta is 3-8 on the year and hits the road for the first time next week with games at Canyons in Santa Clarita on Tuesday (2 PM) and Long Beach on Wednesday (2:30).
-Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving opened the 2018 campaign at the Western State Conference Pentathlon in Ventura. The specialty features sprint races of each stroke and the individual medley for five total events, but Cuesta’s men and women both won their division. 2017 All American Austin Barton was the overall men’s winner and was joined in the Top 10 by teammates Sean Mylan and Trevor Whitham, who finished 5th and 8th respectively. Barton won the 100 IM (:57.33) and was added a 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th place on the day. 2017 All American Torie White was the women’s overall winner and was joined in the Top 10 by her sister and fellow All American Katie White and her water polo teammate Victoria Donis, who finished 7th and 8th, as well as freshman Paige Leonard in 5th place. White won the 100-freestyle (:55.27) and 100 IM (1:04.01) and added a 2nd, 3rd and 6th place marks on the day.
The Aqua-cats take this week off and are back in action at the Mt San Antonio Invitational in Walnut on February 22-24
-Men’s and Women’s Track and Field competed in Bakersfield’s Battle of the Regions on Friday. The non-scoring meet featured some of the best teams and athletes from around the State in their first competition of the year. On the men’s side, 2017 WSC Champion and Cuesta Hammer Record Holder Evan Stork claimed his event with a toss of 150-0, which is just under four feet short of his record mark, while Freshman Hurdler Triple Jumper Luke Nickelson won the triple jump with a leap of 47-2.25, which also broke Dez Smith’s 2013 school record of 46-9.25. On the women’s side, 2017 CCCAA State Qualifier Pole Vaulter Roxanne Nolan established herself as the vaulter to beat this year after eclipsing her 2017 mark by more than eight inches. Her 12-0 leap also moved her up to #4 all time in Cuesta’s vaunted vaulting program. Sophomore Middle Distance Runner Kirsten Purcell also put in a solid early season performance to win the 800-meters (2:26.80), but the big surprise was Thrower Hannah Katches in the javelin. The former Cuesta Volleyball and Basketball player found success in her third Cuesta sport by winning the javelin (97-3). She also took 3rd place in the Shot Put and her toss of 34-3.75 moved her into 9th place all time at Cuesta.
The Cougars return to Bakersfield next weekend for the WSC Relays on Thursday and Friday.
Athlete of the Month
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 January is Sophomore Cager Finn Whetstone
Sophomore Forward Finn Whetstone has developed into one of the State’s top inside scorers and has been nearly unstoppable against the Western State Conference. He has averaged 16 points per game against the WSC circuit, including a team-high 32 points against Oxnard on January 20. On the season, he is averaging 10.3 points per game on the season, while shooting at a team-best 61.9% clip. His season shooting percentage ranks 10th in the State, however his scoring accuracy has jumped to 72.5% during WSC play, when he moved strictly into the post. Finn is also second on the team with 5.0 rebounds per game and has developed into a scoring and rebounding powerhouse for the Cougars. He has enjoyed two double-doubles over the month of conference play. He netted 25 points and pulled 11 rebounds against Santa Barbara and in his second game against Oxnard he “only” scored 18 points, but also grabbed 10 rebounds.
Men’s Basketball is 13-15 on the season and chasing a post-season berth. They and in currently in Third place in the Western State Conference.
Athlete of the Month
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 January Freshman Cager Maya Armenta.
Freshman Point Guard Maya Armenta has been a driving force for Cuesta Women’s Basketball. She is the Cougars’ floor leader and has the knack of always being in the right place at the right time. Armenta has clearly spent a lot of time in the right place, because she is fourth in the State in minutes played per game with 36.7. She is averaging 9.7 points per game the Cougars always like to see her with the ball in her hand in a close game, because she leads the team in free throw percentage (66.9%). In the open court, Maya is an elite ball distributor and ranks 19th in the State with 4.4 assists per game; which also 3rd all time at Cuesta. On defense, she is second on the team in both steals and blocked shots. All of her skills we on display at Oxnard on January 20, when she posted her first career double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds, while also adding five assists and three steals.
Women’s Basketball is 9-12 on the season and wraps up Western State Conference play this month.
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):
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.”
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)
Sean McDermott Named Cuesta’s
2017 George Silveria Memorial Student-Athlete Award
SAN LUIS OBISPO (May 9, 2017) - 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 52nd year of Cuesta College Athletics and the 52nd 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 2017 George Silveria Athletic Career Award winner is running star Sean McDermott (Kings Beach). McDermott competed in both cross country and track for two seasons. In individual sports, McDermott is a “team runner”. He leads from the front, but is always around to give his teammates a pat on the back. He is a visible presence at every meet and his enthusiasm is a major factor in the Cougars’ success on the course and out at the track.
McDermott is a two-time qualifier for the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Cross Country Championships and claimed the 2016 CCCAA State Title this past Fall. He finished 5th at the CCCAA State Meet as a freshman in 2015 and is the only two-time all-State Harrier in Cuesta history. McDermott also dominated at the conference level. He twice earned all-Western State Conference (WSC) First Team honors and was the circuit’s Harrier of the Year in 2016.
McDermott is also a two-time CCCAA State Track & Field participant. He finished 5th in the Steeplechase and 10th in the 5,000-meter run as a freshman and is back in both events this Spring. He also won a WSC title in the Steeplechase this year and was second in the 10,000-meters, additionally he earned all-WSC honors in the Steeplechase, 5,000 and, 10,000-meter runs as a freshman. His effort at the 2016 WSC Track and Field Championship pushed Men’s Track and Field to the program’s only conference title in 47 years of competition. McDermott will conclude his career holding Cuesta’s Steeplechase (9:12.32) and 3,000-meter run (8:31.36) records and in the Top 5 for both the 5,000 and, 10,000-meter runs.
McDermott earned All-WSC Academic in all three seasons she competed at Cuesta College and has compiled a 3.64 GPA over the past three semesters. He has accepted a scholarship to compete at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 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)
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)
Goldman and Daschian Named Cuesta’s
2017 Warren Hansen Scholar-Athletes of the Year
SAN LUIS OBISPO (May 9, 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 Wrestler Modan Goldman (Sunnyvale) and Track Star Miranda Daschian (Atascadero HS).
Goldman has enjoyed a pair of standout seasons at Cuesta College on the wrestling mat and in the classroom. He is a two-time California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Regional Qualifier and earned all-Western State Conference honors as a freshman. He has been the Cougars’ top wrestler at the 141-division the past two seasons and posted a 26-37 record over his career. Goldman also earned all-WSC Academic honors in both 2015 and 2016 and has accumulated a 3.91 grade-point average in 73 units over his five semesters at Cuesta College. He is Majoring in Biological Science and shall transfer to UCLA in the Fall. Cuesta Wrestling Coach Joe Dansby says, “Modan always put in the effort to be successful in the room and in his studies. He battled everyday and may not have always won, but his will to succeed left him undefeated!”
Daschian has been undefeated her entire sophomore year in both cross country and track. She won the 2016 CCCAA State Cross Country title and was named CCCAA State Harrier of the Year. She continued her winning ways in track and field and enters the 2017 CCCAA State Track & Field Championships undefeated in any race at any length from 800 to 10,000-meters. There have been few athletes as a dominant as Daschian on the track, but she is nearly as unstoppable in the classroom. Daschian is a two-time all-Western State Conference Academic team member and has posted a 3.92 grade-point average over 55 units in her three semesters at Cuesta College. She is Majoring in Psychology and shall transfer to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in the Fall. Cuesta Cross Country and Track Coach Brian Locher says, “Miranda is coachable, competitive and driven in her pursuit of greatness.”
Both of Modan and Miranda 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.
Cuesta has earned more CCCAA Scholar-Athlete Awards than any other community college.
Warren Hansen Scholar-Athlete of the Year
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)