ESPN1280 Athlete of the Week- All American Sofia Terry led Women's Swim & Dive to first place at the season opening Western State Conference (WSC) Pentathlon in Ventura last Friday. Terry led the Cougars, and was second in the meet, with 73 individual total points, which was more than the bottom four teams combined. None of the Cougars won an event, but Terry showed off her versatility and compiled four Top 3 finishes. She was also the Cougars' top finisher in four of the meet's five races. In her first time out as a sophomore, Terry was within .06 second of posting an all time Cuesta Top 10 mark in the 100-backstroke and less than two seconds off in two other events. The Cougars tied with Santa Monica with 137.0 points each in the ten-team meet.
COMING UP- Men’s Basketball’s win last Saturday put the Cougars in good position for the playoffs, but they must be wary of let-downs during the second half of their Western State Conference schedule. The Cougars are on the road this week to play a pair of opponents that they crushed in the first round. On Wednesday (5 PM), the Cougars are in Oxnard to face a Condor squad they beat by 34 points and on Saturday travel to play the Vaqueros in Santa Barbara, who they out-paced by 25 points in their first meeting in SLO. The Cougars are 17-7 overall and tied for 2nd place in the WSC with a 4-2 mark against the circuit.
LAST WEEK: Men's Basketball began the second half of Western State Conference play by knocking Moorpark out of their three-way, 2nd place tie with Allan Hancock, 74-63. The Cougars’ deadly outside shooting kept the Raiders at arm’s length all night. All-WSC Guard Joshua Wilson-Murry led the Cougars with 22 points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds before fouling out in the finals minutes, while Freshman Guard Alexandre Fanchini added 19 points and nine rebounds, as well as game-highs with six assists and five steals.
COMING UP- Women’s Basketball is on the road this week with two crucial games against the Western State Conference. On Wednesday (7 PM), they play at Oxnard and on Saturday (7 PM) they travel to Santa Barbara City. The Cougars beat the Condors by 24 points during the first round in SLO, but almost gave-up all of their 13-point 4th quarter lead against Santa Barbara City to hold on for a two-point win, 49-47. The Cougars are also a respectable 13-12 on the season and 3-3 in Western State Conference play and remain alone in 3rd place in the loop. They need to win three of their last four games to secure a playoff spot, so this week this is crucial, especially with #15 Ventura and local rival Allan Hancock scheduled for their final two games of the regular season.
LAST WEEK- Women's Basketball joined the rest of the State as they struggled to contend with #1 Moorpark in a Western State Conference loss, 84-35, On Saturday. The loss did not hurt the Cougars’ playoff hopes, because everyone appears to have a loss against the top-ranked Raiders. Freshman Guard Claire Garcia was the only Cougar to reach double figures against visiting Moorpark with an even ten points on the night. Garcia leads the Cougars with an average of 14.7 points per game on the season.
COMING UP- Baseball is back in action this week, weather permitting, with a three-game series against unranked DeAnza. The Dons are the 7th-ranked Cougars first opponent not ranked ahead of them in the Polls. The series is scheduled to open in Cupertino on Tuesday (2 PM) and close with a pair of games in SLO. The Cougars and Dons shall play single games on Friday (2 PM) and Saturday (Noon).
LAST WEEK- Weather played havoc with the Cougars’ schedule last week as their three-game series with #4 Saddleback was reduced to a single game and pair of rainouts. The visiting Gauchos put together a 9th-inning rally to avoid a shutout and beat the Cougars, 5-3, despite three home runs by the Cougars’ offense. Sophomore Braeden Gowdy was saddled with the loss as the Cougars dropped their third straight game and fell to 2-4 on the season
COMING UP- Softball, once again, has a pair of doubleheaders schedule this week. The Cougars travel to Salinas for a doubleheader against unranked Hartnell on Tuesday (12/2 PM). The Panthers are only the Cougars’ second unranked opponent they have faced this season. On Thursday, the Cougars are home for a Valentine’s Day special against their fellow Cougars from #13 College of the Canyons (12:30/2:30)- Cuesta and Canyons are two of five colleges in the CCCAA using the “Cougars” nickname.
LAST WEEK- Softball was only able to get one of its two doubleheaders with #12 Sacramento City in before weather wiped out their first homestand of the season. The Panthers swept the Cougars, 12-1 and 8-0, in a pair of run-rule games with Cuesta Pitchers Irene Sias and Emmilee Boles both taking a losing decision. The Cougars dropped to 1-6 on the season.
SWIM & DIVE-
COMING UP- The Aqua-Cats shall take this week off to train and will be back in action at the Mt San Antonio Invitational in Walnut on February 21-23.
LAST WEEK- Women's Swim & Dive opened the 2019 season by winning the WSC Pentathlon. The Cougars tied with Santa Monica with 137.0 points each in the ten-team meet. 2019 All American Sofia Terry led the Cougars and was second in the meet with 73 individual points, which was more than the bottom four teams combined. None of the Cougars won an event, but Terry showed off her versatility and compiled four Top 3 finishes. Men's Swim & Dive took 5th place in the 2019 Western State Conference Pentathlon. Freshman Gabriel Browning was the team's high point scorer with 46 of the Cougars' 111.0 total points and fellow Freshman Steven Chapman finished 3rd in the 100-freestyle (:49.79) to post the team's top finish on the day.
TRACK & FIELD-
COMING UP- Men’s and Women’s Track & Field compete in the Western State Conference (WSC) Relays this Friday (9 AM) at West LA College in Culver City.
LAST WEEK- Men’s and Women’s Track & Field opened the 2019 season at the Battle of the Regions in Bakersfield and gave a peek at what was to come. The men won five events, while the women only won two, however they also posted three new Cuesta All Time Top 10 marks. Freshman Hurdler Zachery Hicks led the Cougars with two wins on the day by taking both the 110 (:15.91) and 400 (:57.75) hurdles. 2018 State Qualifier Jimmy Escobar cleared 13’ 7” to, easily, take his event and 2nd place went to versatile teammate Vincent Ketelaar, who also claimed the Javelin title (134-2.25). In the 3000-meters Freshman Wes Poulson outpaced teammate and Cuesta Top 10 member Garron Knox for the win (9:18.14), although both runners were still more than 20-seconds off Cuesta Top 10 times in their first race of the year. On the women’s side, the throwers dominated the day. 2018 State Qualifier Hannah Katches wasn’t able to improve on any of her Top 10 marks, however she and Regional Qualifier Bailey Price led the team and both won event titles, while a pair of rookies also placed their names on the board. Katches and Price both won their signature events, Katches won the Javelin (107’ 11.75”) and Price claimed the Pole Vault (8’ 11.75”) for the Cougars’ only event titles on the day. Freshman Chloe Wood finished behind Katches in the Shot Put, but her toss of 33’ 8.75” landed her in 8th place all time at Cuesta. Freshman Cara Jones also claimed the 10th and final spot on two of her events. Her Hammer throw of 103’ 5.25” earned her 2nd place, while her 3rd place mark of 100’ 9” in the Discus also knocked Hatches’s 2018 mark from the Cuesta Top 10.
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
Cuesta College Athletics Department is proud to announce this month’s selections for the Cuesta Athlete of the Month. This distinct honor recognizes two Cuesta College Athletes each month during the school year who have performed to the highest standards in their sport. Our male selection for January is Freshman Guard Alexandre Fanchini.
Freshman Point Guard Alexandre Fanchini (pict) scored 22 points in his first collegiate game back in November and has been Cuesta Men’s Basketball’s leading scorer all season long. He is averaging a team-high 17.3 points per game on the season, but during the month of January, as the Cougars began Western State Conference play, he has raised his game to another level. On offense, he ranks 3rd in the conference in both scoring and assists. He is scoring just under 19 points, while dishing out four assists per game. Fanchini has also done his job on defense and leads the WSC with 4.2 steals per contest. Additionally, he has begun to make his “all time” mark at Cuesta. His 41 points against Porterville on November 17 marked the Cougars’ first 40-point game since Seth Koenig hit the mark in 2010’s playoff finale and the most points scored by a Cuesta player in twenty seasons- Eric Edmunds’ 43 points in 2000. Fanchini’s long-range marksmanship has been a major factor in his success. His current rate of 44.2% on three-pointers ranks 3rd all time at Cuesta.
The Cougars are 16-7 on the year and ranked #25 in the State. They are one of three Top 25 teams in the Western State Conference batting for the WSC crown and a playoff berth.
Female Athlete of the Month
Cuesta College Athletics Department is proud to announce this month’s selections for the Cuesta Athlete of the Month. This distinct honor recognizes two Cuesta College Athletes each month during the school year who have performed to the highest standards in their sport. Our female selection for is January is Sophomore Forward Madison Collins (pict).
All-Conference Forward Madison Collins is a constant force in the Cougars’ attack
and the player all opposing coaches plan against. She has helped lead the Cougars’
to 3rd place in the Western State Conference, behind two of the State’s Top 10 teams,
and into playoff contention. In Western State Conference play this month, Collins
led the team with 11.6 points per game and was second on the team in three other categories
with 1.6 assists, 7.6 rebounds, and 1.8 steals per game. On the year, she is averaging
14.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game, which has moved into the all time ranks at
Cuesta College. Her 764 career points places her 3rd all time and within range of
the Miriam Zabinsky’s Cuesta record (838 points) with five games left in the regular
season and just 75 points to go. Her 14.7 career scoring average is also currently
more than a half-point ahead of the school record. Collins also, currently ranks 4th
all time in rebounds, 9th in steals, and 10th all time in assists for a career at
Women’s Basketball is 13-11 and currently in 3rd place in the Western State Conference. The Cougars will be battling for a playoff berth in February.
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)