ESPN1280 Athlete of the Week- Freshman Center Taylor Sparks led the Cougars in their loss to the Bakersfield Renegades at Allan Hancock on Friday.  Sparks, after her team's two-week layoff, came one rebound short of a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds.  The Cougars were down 11 points after the first quarter and, while the rest of the team shot 13-for-50 from the floor on the game, Sparks connected on 40% of her shots.   Sparks is averaging 5.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.  She leads the Cougars into Western State Conference play this Saturday at Moorpark.  


MEN’S BASKETBALL- COMING UP-  Men’s Basketball opens Western State Conference play at Moorpark this Saturday (1 PM).  The Cougars have reached the playoffs at the end of six of the past seven seasons, but are four seasons away from their last conference title.  Cuesta is primed for a strong finish as they chase Coach Rusty Blair’s 500th career win (currently holding at 497) and enter conference play on the cusp of the State’s Top 20.   The Cougars are currently #14 in the region and join local rival #6 Allan Hancock as the loop’s only ranked teams, however this week’s host Moorpark is not too far behind and an upset this weekend can get the Raiders back in contention.  LAST WEEK:  Men's Basketball's five-game winning streak was snapped by Bakersfield, 88-80, in their final pre-conference game. The Cougars’ front-court controlled the game with Guards Joshua Wilson-Murry and Alexandre Fanchini both dominating the Renegades. Wilson-Murry came off the bench to compile a double-double with team highs of 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Fanchini netted 17 points and dished out a team-high four assists.  Their strong play provided the Cougars with a double-digit lead late in the first half and midway through the second they were still in control of the game, however Cuesta was undone by a team season-high 25 turnovers.   Cuesta is 13-5 on the season. 


WOMEN’S BASKETBALL-  COMING UP-  Women’s Basketball opens Western State Conference play this Saturday (3 PM) against #2 Moorpark.  The Cougars moved into the South Region’s Top 20 in last week’s poll, where the Raiders own the top spot, so Cuesta will have to put it all together to steal an upset on the road.  Four of the conference’s five teams enter WSC play with overall winning records, which means every game will count as they vie for a title, or at least a playoff berth.  LAST WEEK-  Women's Basketball dropped its final non-conference game to Bakersfield, 64-50, in Santa Maria on Friday. The Cougars were coming off a two-week layoff and came out flat as the Renegades bolted out to a 24-13 lead in the first quarter. Cuesta rallied behind Claire Garcia's team-high 18 points, but were unable to close the gap. Center Taylor Sparks was one rebound short of a double-double in the game, as she was second on the team with 10 points and pulled down 9 boards. Cuuesta is 10-9 on the season.


Cuesta College

Male Athlete of the Month

December 2018

Joshua Wilson-Murry Basketball

            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 is December is Sophomore Guard Joshua Wilson-Murry.

 All-Conference Guard Joshua Wilson-Murry caught fire during the month of December and came off the bench to lead the Cougars to a 7-2 mark during the month. He guided Cuesta back into the State rankings by leading the team with a team-high 17.3 points per game on offense and a team-high 20 steals on defense, while also ranking second on the team with 6.7 boards per game.  Wilson-Murry highlighted his month with a pair of double-doubles against Contra Costa and Riverside on December 8 and 15 and followed them with consecutive 30-point games versus West Hills-Lemoore and San Jose on December 21 and 28.  His combined 70 points against the Eagles and Jaguars helped lead the Cougars past the century mark for the first two times since January 2017 as they scored 129 and 104 points, respectively, in their consecutive victories.  On the season, Wilson-Murry is second on the team with 15.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, while leading the squad with 2.3 steals per game. 

Men’s Basketball moved into the Top 20 in the Southern Region and to #21 Statewide after posting a five-game winning streak over the semester break.  The Cougars are 13-4 on the year.


Cuesta College

Female Athlete of the Month

December 2018 

Maya Armenta- Basketball

            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 December is Sophomore Guard Maya Armenta.

All-Conference Point Guard Maya Armenta has been the Cougars’ leader on the floor this season and has willed her injury riddled squad back into the playoff equation just in time for conference play to begin this month.  After suffering through a four-game slide to begin the month, Armenta led the Cougars to second place at the pre-New Year’s Tournament at Grossmont College and provided the Cougars with some momentum as they enter Western State Conference play. She averaged 11 points and five assists per game as she led the Cougars to the tournament final and was the Cougars’ lone all-tournament selection.   On the season, Armenta is among the State leaders with 4.3 assists (34th) and 3.4 steals (13th) per game, while also landing third on her team with 9.0 points per game.        

  Women’s Basketball is 10-8 and begins Western State Conference play this month.  The WSC is the State’s most competitive loop and boasts two teams in State Top 20 and only one team below .500 on the year. 





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)






Fall Semester

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)

                        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)