Harriers Finish 6th at CCCAA State Meet

SAN LUIS OBISPO (November 24, 2014)- This Week:  Men’s cross country had eyes on a state title, but is not disappointed in its 6th place final standing at the 2014 CCCAA State Cross Country Championships.  The Cougars, who made their seventh straight trip to the finals, cracked the Top 10 for the first time in school history and their total team average was only 30 seconds behind champion College of the Canyons, who also nipped the Cougars in the conference meet.    The Cougars were led by All State Harrier Connor Fisher (Lake Isabella), who finished 3rd (20:16.5), but the entire scoring team crossed the line with the first 78 of the 200 total competitors. 

Last Week: The harriers took the week off to prepare for the 2014 CCCAA State Championships at Fresno’s Woodward Park on November 22.

Notes: Western State Conference Champion Connor Fisher (Lake Isabella) finished 3rd at the CCCAA State Championships, while freshman Roberto Bazan (Buellton: Santa Ynez HS) and2013 Team MVP Alex Hascall (Nipomo HS) came across as a pair in 36 and 37th place, respectively.   Sophomores Chris Conrad (Santa Clarita) and Nick Landy (Templeton HS) completed the Cougars scoring team with 72nd and 78th place.          


Spikers End 2014 Season with Loss at SBCC

SAN LUIS OBISPO (November 17, 2014)- LastWeek:  Women’s Volleyball was swept by Santa Barbara (18-25, 15-25, 13-25) on Wednesday to conclude the 2014 campaign.    The Cougars finished the season 6-17 overall and in 6th place in the Western State Conference with a 2-10 record against the loop. 

This Week: Season is over.  All Conference will be announced in December.

Notes: 2013 all-WSC Second Team pick Whitney Meyer (King City HS) made the most out of a tough season with a school record 45 service aces.  She also owns Cuesta’s career record with 76 aces.  Freshman Gabby David (Santa Cruz) may challenge Meyer’s marks as a sophomore.  She delivered 38 service aces this season, which ranks #5 on Cuesta’s all time list. 



Grapplers Wins The Brawl in East LA

SAN LUIS OBISPO (November 24, 2014)- Last Week:  Wrestling won “The Brawl” Tournament at East LA on Saturday.  The Cougars have won their last two tournaments and have not finished lower than 4th in any of their six events.  The team claimed a dozen place winners and posted a combined 23-17 mark in individual bouts. 

This week: The grapplers do not compete again until the 2014 CCCAA Regional Championship at Cerritos on December 6.   

Notes: Below is breakdown of the Cougars individual efforts at The Brawl.

125- Freshman Nick Miller (Thousand Oaks HS) earned the tournament title with a 2-0 mark.  He is 8-14 on the year.  Freshman Oscar Velasco (Santa Maria HS) was 1-1 and finished 2nd at the tournament.  He improved to 7-7 on the year.

133- The Cougars did not compete in this division.     

141- Sophomore Mike Bronze (Fresno) earned the tournament title with a 2-0 record.  He is 10-9 on the year.  Freshman Nakoa Chun (Hawaii) was 2-1 and finished 2nd in the tournament.  He is 6-8 on the year.  Fellow freshman Marvin Apreza (Oceano: Arroyo Grande HS) made it a clean sweep on the podium with a 3-1 record and 3rd place.  He is 7-11 on the year.    

149- Sophomore Justin Jauregui (Fresno) returned from injury to post a 3-1 mark and take 3rd place.  He is 9-5 on the year and getting healthy in time for the regional. Freshman Landon Kim (Mission Viejo HS) was 2-2 and took 4th place.  He jumped to 14-11 on the season, while fellow freshman Kate Nestingen (Ojai) lost both her bouts to fall to 0-12.

157- Freshman Allen Bjur (Watsonville) was 2-2 and took 4th place.  He enjoyed his best weekend of the year and is 4-13 on the year. 

165- Sophomore Joe Else (Aptos HS) 1-1 and took 2nd place.  He is 23-9 on the year and leads the Cougars in wins and total bouts on the season. 

174- Sophomores Amir Bakhshi (Cupertino HS), Nate Mesa (Woodlake HS) and Jeff Sanchez (Hawaii) were a combined 3-5 in this division at The Brawl.  Bakhshi was 2-1 and took 3rd place.  He is 16-13 on the year.  Mesa was 1-2 and landed in 4th place.  He is 9-15 on the year.  Sanchez lost both of his bouts and fell to 15-12 on the season.    

184- Freshman Harvey Bickmore (Nipomo HS) was 2-1 and claimed 3rd place.  He is 8-11 on the year. 

197- The Cougars did not compete in this division.

285- The Cougars did not compete in this division.



Cagers Pick Up a Win In Monterey

SAN LUIS OBISPO (November 24, 2014)- Men’s basketball improved to 4-1 on the year by beating Monterey, 70-58, on Friday. Sophomore Rafael Casanova (Spain) led the Cougars with 28 points.  The Cougars held an 18-point lead at the intermission and cruised to victory. 

This week: Men’s basketball travels to Glendora on Friday for the Citrus Tournament.   The Cougars open with Compton on Friday (7 PM).   Three Top 20 teams are also in the tournament pool- #7 Citrus, #10 San Diego City and #15 East LA. 

Notes: Sophomore Rafael Casanova (Spain) continued his hot-streak with 28 points in the Cougars win over Monterey on Friday.  Casanova has been the Cougars leading scorer in every game this year and is averaging 21.8 points per game.  He scored 32 points over 16 games as a freshman.    Fellow returner Tayler Thompson (Sonora HS) is the only other Cougar scoring in double figures.  He is averaging 11.6 points, while adding a team-high 9.4 rebounds per game.  He averaged 2.2 points and 2.0 boards a game as a freshman.



Cagers Finish 2nd In Tourney Again

SAN LUIS OBISPO (November 24, 2014)- Last week: Women’s basketball claimed second place in their second straight tournament and improved to 4-2 on the season.  The Cougars travelled to Barstow last Friday and opened with dominating win over Imperial Valley, 93-43, in the opening round.  The Cougars faced tournament host Barstow in the semi-finals on Saturday and advanced with another victory, 68-63.  The Cougars, ranked #15, lost the tournament championship to #5 Mt San Jacinto, 55-50 on Sunday.  

This week: Women’s basketball takes this week off and is back in action at their own Phillips 66 Tournament on December 4. 

Notes: Sophomores Jerrica Crosby (Durango, CO: Morro Bay HS) and Kaylee Williams (SLO: Mission Prep) joined Freshman Falecia Cabral (Connecticut) on the all-Tournament team.  It was the second straight all tournament team selection for Crosby




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