ESPN1280 Athlete of the Week- 2018 State Qualifier Hannah Katches won Cuesta Track & Field’s only event title at the 2019 Riverside Open last weekend. In the Javelin, Katches outdistanced the runner-up by more than twelve feet with a new personal-best. Her throw of 127’4” ranks #1 in the State this year and moved her up to 3rd all time at Cuesta College. Katches also placed 4th in the Shot Put with a career-best toss of 37-6.75. She ranks 6thall time at Cuesta in the Shot Put, a half-inch behind her current teammate Chloe Wood, who’s all time mark finished 3rd in Riverside. An all around athlete, Katches is also an all-conference volleyball player and played basketball for the Cougars her freshman year.
COMING UP- Baseball slows down for only three Western State Conference games this week. The Cougars are on the road on Tuesday (2:30) and Saturday (1 PM) at Ventura and Moorpark, respectively, and host Ventura on Thursday (2:30). Ventura is currently half-a-game behind Moorpark for first place in the WSC standings, while the Cougars are a full two games back and alone in 5th place. The Cougars at 11-8 boast a .579 overall winning percentage, which is higher than both the Pirates and Raiders.
LAST WEEK- It has been feast or famine for the Cougars in the Western State Conference. They have outscored their conference foes by nine runs through the first five games, yet own a 2-3 record against the loop. Cuesta has lost three one-run games and posted two comfortable victories with a margin of more than five runs. The Cougars bookended a pair of blowouts with a pair of 3-2 setbacks last week. The Cougars began a three-game homestand with a loss to Moorpark, 3-2, on Tuesday and suffered a double loss with All-WSC Pitcher Johnny Wiltfang injured on the play that lead to the Raiders’ game –winning run. On Wednesday, the Cougars hosted Allan Hancock and the local rivals were locked in a tight game, until Cuesta posted 8 runs in the bottom of the 8th and held on to win, 13-6. The next day, Cuesta pulled the same trick on visiting Santa Barbara City. The Cougars tacked up seven runs in the 8th and went on to victory, 9-4. Sophomore Reliever Braeden Gowdy entered the game in time to pick up the win in both games. On Saturday, Cuesta went to play the Vaqueros in Santa Barbara. The Cougars held a 2-1 lead with two innings to play, but the Vaqueros conjured their own 8th inning magic and tied the game on an error, before winning the game in the 9th, 3-2. The Cougars are 11-8 overall and 2-3 against the Western State Conference.
COMING UP- Softball begins this week at home with a Western State Conference game against loop-leader Bakersfield on Tuesday (2:30). The Renegades are only one-game over .500 on the season, but are undefeated in conference play at 6-0. The Cougars continue their Western State Conference schedule in Woodland Hills on Thursday (2:30) against LA Pierce in a battle to escape the WSC cellar. The Brahmas have only played a WSC schedule this year and are, like the Cougars who are mired in a 10-game losing streak, 0-5 against the loop. On Friday (12/2 PM), the Cougars are off to Porterville for a doubleheader against the host Pirates.
LAST WEEK- Softball dropped a pair of Western State Conference games last week and dropped out of the Rio Hondo Tournament on the weekend. The Cougars fell to Ventura, 10-1, at home on Tuesday and were narrowly defeated by local rival Allan Hancock, 3-2, on Thursday in Santa Maria as the host Bulldogs overcame an early Cuesta lead. Freshman Pitcher Irene Sias hurled a pair of complete games and was saddled with a pair of losses. Cuesta is 4-16 on the season and 0-5 against the WSC.
SWIM & DIVE-
COMING UP- Men’s and Women’s Swim and Dive takes this week off and returns to action on March 29 at their final WSC Mini Meet in Santa Barbara.
LAST WEEK- The Cougars competed in their third Western State Conference Mini Meet at College of the Canyons on Friday. The women’s team placed 2nd and the men were 7th in the 10-team meet, however the timing system and heat sheets were off and some swim times were assigned to wrong swimmers on the same teams. Individual points and swim times shall be sorted out this week, however the team points are expected to stand.
TRACK & FIELD-
LAST WEEK- Track & Field travelled to the Riverside Open for a non-scoring meet on Friday. The men posted three Top 5 marks at the meet, while the women claimed four Top 5 marks at the meet and added seven All Time Top 10 Cuesta marks. On the men’s side 2018 State Qualifier Jacob Franklin led the team with a 3rd place in the Javelin (153-1), while James Krill and Matt O’Henley each earned 5th place in the 200-meters (:22.80) and Discus (129-5), respectively. 2018 State Qualifier Hannah Katches earned Cuesta’s only event title with a State-leading throw in the Javelin (127-4), which moved her in to 3rd all time at Cuesta. Katches also finished 4th in the Shot Put (37-6.75), right behind teammate Chloe Wood in 3rd place (37-7.25), while their marks also rank 5th and 6th for Cuesta. Wood also finished 2nd, behind Katches, in the Javelin (115-1) and slipped into the 9th spot on the Cuesta list. Fellow Thrower Chloe Jones finished 7th in both the Discus (109-5) and Hammer (110-11) to take care of the other two throwing events. She ranks 8thAll Time at Cuesta in the Discus and 9th in the Hammer. On the Track, All-WSC Sprinter Hannah Wiese finished 11th in the 200-meters, however her career-best time of :27.19 is the 8th best time in Cuesta history. Freshman Beth Andrade also added her name to the all time greats in her first time competing in the Triple Jump. Andrade covered a distance 32-0.25 to land in 6th in the meet and claim the 10th spot all time at Cuesta.
COMING UP- Men’s and Women’s Track & Field stays local this week with the Cal Poly Open on Saturday 10 AM.
CCCAA State Announces State Scholar Award Winners
SAN LUIS OBISPO (March 12, 2019)—The California Community College Athletic Association announced its 2017-18 scholarship awards and, as usual, Cuesta College athletes and teams were well represented. Cuesta Athletics has won more scholar awards (53) than any other college in the CCCAA (see attached chart) and was honored for both its individual scholar-athletes and scholar teams.
Both of Cuesta’s 2018 Warren Hansen Scholar-Athlete Award winners were among the 14 student-athletes named to the CCCAA State Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. All American Aquatics Athletes Mia Viss (Modesto: Enochs HS), now at Arizona State, and Chandler Mankins (Pismo Beach: Arroyo Grande HS), now at UC Irvine, are the 22nd and 23rd Cuesta scholar-athletes to make the honor roll since the award began in 1984.
Viss is a four-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 for the 2017 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 at Cuesta College. She is currently playing water polo at Arizona State University.
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. He is currently playing water polo at University of California-Irvine.
Cuesta’s Men’s Water Polo was among the 22 teams honored as the top scholar teams in the state. This is the fourth-time men’s water polo has been honored and the second time in a row. It also marks the 30th time a Cuesta team has been recognized since the award began in 1994. The Cougars also have a streak of a 13-straight years with a scholar team on the list. Men’s Water Polo finished 3rd in the Western State Conference and reached the playoffs, as the 7th seed, for the 39th consecutive year. The Cougars reached the 2nd round of the playoffs and finished with a 21-13 overall record. Ten members of the team were named to the Honor Roll and the team posted a combined 3.221 grade-point average.
CCCAA Scholar Athletes (est. 1984)
The CCCAA Scholar Athlete Award is the highest student achievement honor awarded annually. 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.
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
2015 Molly Casey
2016 John Sinclair
2017 Miranda Daschian
2018 Chandler Mankins
2018 Mia Viss
CCCAA Scholar Teams (est. 1995)
The Scholar Team Award is the highest academic team achievement given annually. 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.
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
2011 Men’s Basketball
2012 Men’s Water Polo
2013 Men’s Basketball
2014 Women’s Swim & Dive
2014 Women’s Track & Field
2015 Men’s Track & Field
2016 Men’s Cross Country
2016 Men’s Water Polo
2016 Women’s Water Polo
2017 Men’s Water Polo
The Cuesta TV Project has announced its schedule for Spring 2019. The project, an inter-disciplinary undertaking in its ninth year, will feature six live broadcasts of Cuesta athletic contests and three episodes of the monthly interview show ‘Cuesta Sports Monthly’.
Live Game/Event Schedule (Play-by-Play Randy Scovil)
Feb 2 Men’s Basketball v. Allan Hancock 5 PM
Feb 2 Women’s Basketball v. Allan Hancock 7 PM
Mar 19 Softball v. Bakersfield 2:30
Apr 25 Baseball v. Oxnard 2:30
May 7 Athlete of the Year Banquet Noon
May 9 Athletic Signing Day Noon
Cuesta Sports Monthly (with Peter Schuler)
February Men’s Basketball/Women’s Basketball
March Softball/Track & Field
April Baseball/Swim & Dive
Male Athlete of the Month- February 2019
Mason Grotto- Baseball
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 Sophomore Third Baseman Mason Grotto.
All-Western State Conference Third Baseman Mason Grotto has established himself as a leader on a veteran squad chasing the program’s 26th playoff berth over the past three decades. Grotto stepped up during his sophomore campaign by taking the #3 spot in the Cougars’ batting order. He led the offense during the month of February by reaching safely in 14 of his 32 at bats for .438 average, while posting a .539 on-base percentage and, compiling a .563 slugging percentage. The Cougars played nine games in the month and Grotto produced more than two runs per game for the Cougars with eight runs scored and 11 more driven in. Grotto also displayed good hands and a great arm at the “Hot Corner”. He leads the team with 38 assists, including 14 during February.
The Cougars are 9-7 on the year and ranked #21 in the State.
Female Athlete of the Month- February 2019
Katie Murphee- Softball
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 February is Freshman Shortstop Katie Murphee.
Freshman Shortstop Katie Murphee has announced herself as the big bat in the Cougars’ line-up. Murphee was on fire during the month and, with her 10 runs scored and 10 RBI, she was personally responsible for half of the Cougars’ 40 runs in February. She was 17-for-37 for .460 batting average and with the addition of four walks she was reached base in more than half of her plate appearances with a .512 on-base percentage. Murphee also smacked four doubles and a home run to post .649 slugging percentage for the month.
Softball is 4-15 on the year and enters Western State Conference play in March.
CUESTA COLLEGE ANNOUNCES 2018 FALL ATHLETIC HONOR ROLL
SAN LUIS OBISPO (January 17, 2019)-- Cuesta has compiled the names of 56 individuals who have risen to the top of Cuesta College’s 2018 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 2018 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 94.4% of their units and post a program-wide 2.998 GPA. The average athlete was also loaded well above fulltime status with 15.1 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 soccer team led the way with a combined 3.234 grade point average, while men’s water polo led the men’s teams with a 3.164 GPA. Both teams, along with women’s water polo, men’s basketball, and both cross country teams qualify as nominees for both the Western State Conference and CCCAA State Scholar Team awards. The 2016 women’s cross country and men’s and women’s water polo teams boosted Cuesta state-leading total to 29 teams to earn a CCCAA/Pepsi Scholar Team award since 1999. Cuesta has won more CCCAA Scholar-Athlete Awards than any other California Community College and the winners from 2017-18 shall be announced in February.
The Cougars also expect to reap some individual honors at the state level; four Cuesta student-athletes earned straight “A’s” during the semester. All conference Men’s Basketball Star Iker Cruz (Madrid, ESP) joined Harriers Jared Falcone (Clovis: Clovis East HS), Sean Kucer (SLO HS), and Mattie Lindsey (Templeton HS) from the men’s and women’s cross country teams in posting perfect grades during the Fall semester.
Seven athletes combined great academic prowess with superior athleticism to also earn 2018 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)- In the pool, All State selections Faith Archibald (Atascadero HS) and Gabi Fabri(Sacramento) joined fellow all-WSC First Teamer Kylee Wesemann (Bountiful, UT) to give the Women’s Water Polo three scholar-athletes superstars, while Women’s Soccer also added a pair of first teamers with Cuesta Scoring Record Holder Martha Mora (Cambria: Coast Union HS) and fellow freshman Alley Andrade (Atascadero HS). The men were represented by Harrier Jared Falcone (Clovis: Clovis East HS) and Grappler Anthony Stenschke (Hanford), who both earned first team all-conference and honor roll this past semester.
W Soccer (Soc) 3.234
W Water Polo (WWP) 3.209
M Water Polo (MWP) 3.164
W X-Country (WXC) 3.163
M X-Country (MXC) 3.024
M Basketball (MBB) 3.006
W Basketball (WBB) 2.855
W Volleyball (WVB) 2.755
Wrestling (Wrest) 2.242
The honor roll was also well represented by local high school athletes:
ATASCADERO (7): Kirsten Purcell (WXC), Alley Andrade (Soc), Brenae Damery (Soc), Lyndsi Edmonston (WVB), Faith Archibald (WWP), Tina Bell (WWP), Evy Cooper (WWP)
SAN LUIS OBISPO (6): Garron Knox (MXC), Sean Kucer (MXC), Nikki Liddicoat (Soc), Marisol Silva (Soc), Sofia Terry (WWP), Joshua Wilson-Murry (MBB)
PASO ROBLES (2): Sydnie Esser (Soc), Zachary Tucker (MWP)
ARROYO GRANDE (2): Ashlee Linane (Soc), Ryan Sverchek (MWP)
TEMPLETON (1): Mattie Lindsey (WXC)
NIPOMO (1): Alyssa Vargas (Soc)
COAST UNION (1): Martha Mora (Soc)
MORRO BAY (0):
Athletic Honor Roll
Alley Andrade- Soccer
Faith Archibald- Water Polo
Tina Bell- Water Polo
Savannah Bohna- Volleyball
Jorge Bueno- Basketball
Steven Chapman- Water Polo
Evy Cooper- Water Polo
Kathryn Cote- Soccer
Iker Cruz- Basketball
Brenae Damery- Soccer
Quinton Davis- Water Polo
Chris DeMartini- Wrestling
Nicolas Dierynck- Basketball
Lyndsi Edmonston- Volleyball
Sadie Emmitt- Water Polo
Macey Esqueda- Basketball
Sydnie Esser- Soccer
Gabi Fabri- Water Polo
Jared Falcone- Cross Country
Alexandre Fanchini- Basketball
Claire Garcia- Basketball
Melecio Gonzalez- Cross Country
Oscar Gonzalez- Basketball
Mathieu Giroud- Basketball
Cooper Greene- Water Polo
Alyssa Greenblatt- Soccer
Gracie Howley- Volleyball
Avery Hunsaker- Water Polo
Alexander Karras- Basketball
Elle Kloberdanz- Water Polo
Garron Knox- Cross Country
Sean Kucer- Cross Country
Nikki Liddicoat- Soccer
Mattie Lindsey- Cross Country
Ashlee Linane- Soccer
Caitlin Luster- Water Polo
Sara Lyles- Cross Country
Martha Mora- Soccer
Siena Oswald- Volleyball
Conor Prolo- Water Polo
Kirsten Purcell- Cross Country
Justin Rappleye- Cross Country
Clayton Sawyer- Water Polo
Bailey Segers- Soccer
Satoshi Shinkawa- Water Polo
Marisol Silva- Soccer
Anthony Stenschke- Wrestling
Jesse Stoy- Wrestling
Ryan Sverchek- Water Polo
Sofia Terry- Water Polo
Zachary Tucker- Water Polo
Kyle Ussery- Water Polo
Alyssa Vargas- Soccer
Parker Wallace- Cross Country
Kylee Wesemann- Water Polo
Joshua Wilson-Murry- Basketball
Marsh Honored as Cuesta College’s Coach of the Year
SAN LUIS OBISPO (May 29, 2018)- Cuesta Men’s Swim & Dive Coach John Marsh has been recognized as the 2017-18 Cuesta College Coach of the Year. This is Marsh’s second time to be honored for his work as Cuesta’s Men’s Swim & Dive Coach. Marsh led his Aqua-Cats to the 2018 Western State Conference title and to 7th place at the 2018 CCCAA State Swim & Dive Championships. In the pool, Cuesta’s 53rd recipient of the George Silveria Career Student-Athlete Award Austin Barton led the team. Barton and fellow All Americans Sean Mylan and Dan Lambert all won two individual events to power the Cougars to the conference title and returned them to the State’s Top 10 State with multiple CCCAA State Championship final appearances. Marsh, who also coaches men’s water polo and women’s swim & dive, has been recognized as the Western State Conference Coach of the Year nine times, including twice for men’s swim and dive, over his 15 years 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
2017-18 John Marsh, Men’s Swim & Dive
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)
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.
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)