Men’s Water Polo Lands Eight Players on All-Conference Teams
Hartshorne Repeats as All American

SAN LUIS OBISPO (December 13, 2016)— Men’s water polo finished 3rd in the Western State Conference and was the 10th and final seed in the 2016 CCCAA Regional Water Polo Playoffs.  The Cougars reached their 38th straight post-season and made a huge playoff run to the regional semi-final game, just one game short of the CCCAA State Championship. 

The Cougars had eight players named to the all-Western State Conference teams, led by two-time All American John Hartshorne (Irvine) and second team all-State choices Chandler Mankins (Pismo Beach: Arroyo Grande HS) and Hissam El-Effendi (Arroyo Grande HS).

         Two-time All American Johnny Hartshorne (Irvine) completed an historic season as only the 14th two-time All American First Team selection and the 9th leading scorer in Cuesta’s legendary water polo program.  He led Cougars in scoring for the second straight season and his 66 goals boosted his career total to 153.  He led the team with 59 steals and was second on the squad with 24 assists.   His 104 steals for a career also rank #11 all time at Cuesta. 

Freshman Goaltender Chandler Mankins (Pismo Beach: Arroyo Grande HS) returned to water polo after a two-year layoff and played himself back into shape by playing nearly every minute of the season in the nets.  He was selected to the 2016 CCCAA State Second Team and the All-WSC First Team.  His 293 saves are tied as the 8th highest total in school history.    

Sophomore Trevor Whitsitt (Orinda) was the third Cuesta player named to the 2016 All-Western State Conference First Team.  He was an all-WSC 2nd Team choice in 2014, but had to sit out the 2015 season with an injury.  He came back this season to score 27 goals and make 40 steals. 

The Cougars placed two players on the 2016 All-WSC Second Team.  Sophomores Hissam El-Effendi (Arroyo Grande HS) and Logan Deurloo (Porterville HS) both redshirted in 2015 and moved up from the 2014 all-WSC Honorable Mention list.  El-Effendi was the Cougars’ top interior offensive player and his post-season success encouraged opposing coaches to have him leapfrog Whitsitt and join Mankins on the 2016 CCCAA State Second Team.  He ended the season with 34 goals.  Deurloo drove the Cougars’ offense.  He was second on the team with 57 goals and led the team with 34 assists.  His 65 career assists rank #11 all time at Cuesta. 

2014 All-State pick Aidan Feigel (Sanger HS) joined freshmen Brad Dennis (Visalia) and Austin Martin (Visalia) as 2016 All-WSC Honorable Mention selections.  Feigel scored 23 goals and was second on the team with both 56 steals and 42 exclusions earned.  Dennis led the Cougars with 59 exclusions earned and netted 35 goals, while Martin added 31 tallies. 


2016 All American                           Johnny Hartshorne

2016 All State

First Team                                         Johnny Hartshorne

Second Team                                   Chandler Mankins

Second Team                                   Hissam El-Effendi

2016   All-WSC Honors

First Team                                        Johnny Hartshorne

First Team                                        Chandler Mankins

First Team                                        Trevor Whitsitt

Second Team                                   Hissam El-Effendi

Second Team                                    Logan Deurloo

Honorable Mention                        Aidan Feigel

Honorable Mention                        Brad Dennis

Honorable Mention                         Austin Martin