March 12, 2018

ESPN1280 Athletes of the Week- Track & Field Athlete Luke Nickelson continues to climb the Cuesta College Track & Field Record Board. Last week at the Oxy Distance Carnival Spring Break Classic, he distinguished himself in a field full of four-year athletes and professionals. Nickelson won the Long Jump competition and was just a foot short of breaking another Cuesta record after clearing a season-best 22' 10.75". He is now tied for 4th all time at Cuesta in the event. Nickelson also finished 2nd in the Triple Jump with a leap of 47' 0.25" for 2nd place overall, which is just four inches off her his own Cuesta standard. He is currently the #1 ranked High Jumper (6' 6") in the State and #2 in both the Long Jump and Triple Jump. Nickelson is the only Cuesta athlete listed on the college's All Time Top 10 for all three events.


-Baseball gets back on track this week with three Western State Conference games on the docket. The 14th- ranked Cougars play at #16 Santa Barbara on Tuesday (2:30) and then close the week with two against Ventura. They host the Pirates on Thursday (2:30) and play in Ventura on Saturday (1 PM). Both of Cuesta's opponents this week, the Vaqs and Bucs, are tied for first place in the WSC- one game ahead of Cuesta. The Cougars opened Western State Conference play last week with a win over Moorpark, 8-7, on Tuesday, but dropped games to the Raiders, 4-2, on Thursday and Santa Barbara, 14-11, on Friday.  The Cougars are 10-8 overall and 1-2 against the WSC circuit.


-Softball is on the road this week with games at Ventura and Citrus. The Cougars open the week with a Western State Conference game at Ventura on Tuesday (2:30). The Cougars are 8-13 overall on the season and in second place in the WSC, a half-game ahead of the Pirates. On Friday, Cuesta plays a twinbill in Glendora against Citrus starting at 1 PM.  The Cougars split a pair of WSC 5-inning "run-rule" games last week.  They made short work of the Vaqueros on their road trip to Santa Barbara, 8-0, on Tuesday, but fell to Allan Hancock in the minimum, 11-2, on Thursday. 


-Men's Swimming and Diving enjoyed a successful weekend at home. The Cuesta men won Thursday's Spring Meet and place 4th (out of 26 teams) in the 40th Cuesta/TYR Swim & Dive Invitational on Friday and Saturday. Freshman Sean Mylan was the Cougars' top individual scorer and 10th overall with 64 points in the meet, powered by three Top 8 finishes, and Daniel Lambert's 2nd place in the 1650-freestyle (17:32.64) marked the highest finish for the Cougars. 
The Aqua-Cats are back in action this Saturday (11:30) with a Western State Conference Mini Meet in Bakersfield. 

-All American Torie White was second leading scorer overall at the 40th Cuesta/TYR Swim & Dive Invitational and led the Cougars to 5th place as a team. White's win in the 50-freestyle (:25.15) was the only individual victory for a Cuesta swimmer at the meet and she also added three other Top 5 finishes to her performance. Freshman Paige Leonard was 7th overall leading scorer and also compiled four Top 5 finishes. Both White and Leonard also took some shots at Cuesta's all-time list and each have added three new Top 5 marks this season. White improved on her 2017 times in the 50-freestyle (:24.83), 50-butterfly (:26.75), and 100-butterfly (1:00.65), while Leonard has established herself 100-backstroke (1:01.37), 200-backstroke (2:14.52), and 400-individual medley (4:59.34).
The Aqua-Cats are back in action this Saturday (11:30) with a Western State Conference Mini Meet in Bakersfield. 


-Men's Track & Field posted five Top 10 finishes at the 2018 Oxy Distance Carnival Spring Break Classic. Cuesta Record Holders Luke Nickelson and Evan Stork each posted a pair of Top 5 marks, however Nickelson nearly won two events at the meet. He claimed the Long Jump with a leap of 22' 10.75" and was 2nd in the Triple Jump at 44' 0.75". Stork crushed his own Cuesta Hammer Record for the second time this season. His toss of 165' 7.5" added over ten feet to his mark and landed him in 4th place at the meet. He also finished 5th in the Shot Put at 42' 4.25". 2017 State Qualifier Mike Escobar tied for the Pole Vault title with a jump of 14' 11.25" The Cougars travel to Sacramento this weekend to compete in the Hornet Invitational on Friday and Saturday.

-Women's Track & Field posted three Top 10 finishes at the 2018 Oxy Distance Carnival Spring Break Classic. 2017 State Qualifier Roxanne Nolan finished 4th in the Pole Vault with a leap of 11' 7.75", while her teammate Macy Rivas-Clark finished 7th and equaled her career-best at 10' 4". On the track, Hurdler Madison Mitchell was 8th in the 100 Hurdles with a time of :15.97, which ranks 6th all time at Cuesta. The Cougars travel to Sacramento this weekend to compete in the Hornet Invitational on Friday and Saturday.


Cuesta College


Athlete of the Month

February 2018

Sydney Doherty


            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 Sophomore Outfielder Sydney Doherty.

Sophomore Outfielder Sydney Doherty has established herself as the top leadoff hitter in the CCCAA.  She is the offensive catalyst for the Cougars and is a State leader in several statistical categories.  After one month of play, Doherty leads the State in Runs Scored (35), Hits (39), and Stolen Bases (29).  Her .600 on-base percentage and .549 batting average both rank in the State’s Top 10, 6th and 8th respectively.   Her batting average and on-base percentage are both ahead of Cuesta record pace, while she is only two thefts off Cuesta’s single season stolen base record and more than halfway to the career mark.  Doherty has also done her job in the field and adds a solid glove anywhere the Cougars need her.  She is a natural outfielder, but has played several games at shortstop and second base, while also serving as the Cougars’ #2 pitcher.  

Softball opened the season with five straight losses, but is currently 7-12 overall on the season and undefeated in Western State Conference play.     


Cuesta College


Athlete of the Month

February 2018

Luke Nickelson

Track and Field

            Cuesta College Athletics Department is proud to announce this month’s selections for the Cuesta Athlete of the Month.  This distinct honor recognizes two Cuesta College Athletes each month during the school year who have performed to the highest standards in their sport.  Our male selection for February is Sophomore Track & Field Athlete Luke Nickelson

            Sophomore Leaper Luke Nickelson is poised to take down three long standing Cuesta records and challenge for a couple CCCAA State Titles.  Nickelson opened his sophomore campaign by claiming Cuesta’s triple jump record in his first meet.  His leap of 47’ 2.25” cleared the old mark by four inches and is currently ranked 2nd in the State.  He is also the CCCAA leader in the High Jump after clearing 6’ 6”, yet is still a half foot off Sean Chambers’ 1985 Cuesta Record and sitting in 7th place all time for the Cougars.  Nickelson has already set new personal bests in the triple and high jumps, but has room to improve in the long jump this season.  His season opening mark of 22’ 4.5” ranks 6th in the State and 9th all time at Cuesta, but was still nearly a foot off his career-best.  Nickelson has already set the stage for a great season and is the only athlete in the program’s history ranked in Cuesta’s Top 10 for all three jumping events.    

Track and Field hosts the WSC Coast Meet at the end of the month.    







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)




Fall Semester

Athletic Honor Roll


Faith Archibald- Water Polo

Maya Armenta- Basketball

Courtney Barba- Basketball

Austin Barton- Water Polo

Amanda Bourgault- Soccer

Jorge Bueno- Basketball

Kelly Cole- Volleyball

Iker Cruz- Basketball

Emily Darin- Water Polo

Bradley Dennis- Water Polo

Victoria Donis- Water Polo

Samantha Duston- Cross Country

Sydnie Esser- Soccer

Haley Fiscalini- Soccer

Piper Fluegge- Water Polo

Nic Gabsch- Basketball

Josiah Gilbert- Cross Country

Mathieu Giroud- Basketball

Cam Goldstone- Cross Country

Nico Gonzalez- Basketball

Mariah Hall- Volleyball

Kassidy Hamer- Volleyball

Jace Heryford- Wrestling

Chloe Holstine- Soccer

Dylan Hughes- Water Polo

Mitchell Iunker- Water Polo

Garron Knox- Cross Country

Josh Jewell- Water Polo

Kobi Kelly- Cross Country

Ethan Klemowicz- Water Polo

Rodrigo Majarin- Basketball

Chandler Mankins- Water Polo

Aundrea Mendoza- Soccer

Alison Morfoot- Soccer

Michael Munoz- Water Polo

Damian Navarro- Cross Country

Kelly Ogan- Water Polo

Bailey Price- Volleyball

Noah Saunders- Basketball

Dakota Shinn- Volleyball

Dakota Shinn- Basketball

Shaine Sorensen- Water Polo

Megan Stoudenmire- Basketball

Sofia Terry- Water Polo

Emma Theroux- Soccer

Emerson Trout- Water Polo

Mia Viss- Water Polo

Torie White- Water Polo

Colby Woodside- Volleyball

Charisse Youngs- Basketball


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

Associated Students of Cuesta College and, The Athletic Booster Club

Locher Honored as Cuesta COY

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

This award recognizes the highest level of coaching achieved at Cuesta College during a year of competition.  It was first officially presented in 2009.  The award is based on a mathematical formula that weighs a coach’s individual performance as well as the on-field success of his/her team.  

 Cuesta Coaches Award

Cuesta College Coach of the Year (est. 2009)

 2008-09          Mike Napoli, Women’s Tennis

2009-10          Rusty Blair, Men’s Basketball

2010-11          Joe Dansby, Wrestling

2011-12          Brian Locher, Women’s Cross Country

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

2013-14          Joe Dansby, Wrestling

2014-15          Joe Dansby, Wrestling

2015-16          Bob Miller, Baseball

2016-17          Brian Locher, Men’s Cross Country



Daschian and McDermott Named Cuesta’s

2017 Outstanding Athletes of the Year

SAN LUIS OBISPO (May 9, 2019) – In 2003 the Cuesta Athletic Department instituted its first true Athlete of the Year Award.  The coaching staff was encouraged to nominate their best athlete for the award and committee was created that would weigh performance as the highest criteria.  Today Cuesta announced its Outstanding Athletes of the Year for the fifteenth time. This year’s winners are star Harriers Miranda Daschian (Atascadero HS) and Sean McDermott (Kings Beach).  They each won California Community College Athletic Association State Cross Country titles, both a first for a Cuesta harrier, which marks the first time in nearly 40 years that one school has claimed both the men’s and women’s cross country titles in the same year.

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

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

            Male                                                                Female

2003    David Lamar (Baseball)                                  Shanna DeMichelle (Swim)

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

2005    Mike Brown (Baseball)                                   Jessie Ritchie (Tennis)

2006    Jeff Chaney (Water Polo)                                Lindsay Campana (Softball)

2007    Michael Williams (Wrestling)             Whitney Levicki (Water Polo)

2008    Quentin Cate (Baseball)                                  Julie Coelho (Volleyball)

2009    Tom Schumacher (Basketball)            Chloe Redman (Tennis)

2010    Roger Guardia (Basketball)                             Kelly Barmann (X-Country)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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)

                        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)  


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

         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)