Harriers Make History at State Champs

SAN LUIS OBISPO (November 21, 2016)- This Week: Cuesta College Harriers Miranda Daschian (Atascadero HS) and Sean McDermott (Kings River) both won CCCAA State Titles last weekend at the 2016 CCCAA State Cross Country Championship at Woodward Park in Fresno.  Daschian completed a perfect season with victories in all seven of her races.  Her time of 17:52.7 at the CCCAA State Championship was her best time of the season and she paced the pack by almost 13 seconds. McDermott earned all-State honors in 2015 with a 5th place finish at the CCCAA State Meet, but began his sophomore campaign with a 13th place finished at the season-opening Oxnard Invitational and 25th at the Fresno Invitational, which was also on the Woodward Park Course.  McDermott returned to form with the stakes on the line.  He joined Daschian by winning the 2016 Western State Conference Championship and was the runner-up at the 2016 SoCal Regional Meet.  McDermott outran San Bernardino Valley’s previously unbeaten Luis Ortega, to avenge his regional loss, by a full three seconds to claim the crown.  Daschian and McDermott are the 39th and 40th athletes in Cuesta history to earn an individual CCCAA State Title.

Last Week: Women’s Cross Country finished 7th as a team at the 2016 CCCAA State Championship to mark the program’s 10th Top Ten finish since 1976. The men finished 10th place as a team for the program’s second Top 10 finish in the past three years.  CCCAA State Champion Sean McDermott (Kings River) had some help with the Cougars’ team scoring as Sophomore Trevor Stangle (Camarillo HS) joined him on the 2016 CCCAA All State Team with a 14th place finish in the meet.  Only six Cuesta men and nine women have been named to the CCCAA All State Cross Country team.  McDermott is the first member of the Cuesta men’s team to earn all-State honors twice. 

Next Week: No contests, the season is over.   Post-season awards shall be released in December.



Grapplers Prepare for CCCAA Regionals

SAN LUIS OBISPO (November 21, 2016)- Last Week:  Cuesta Wrestling hosts the 2016 CCCAA Southern California Regional Meet on December 3.  The Cougars hosted the CCCAA State Meet just two years ago and San Luis Obispo has become a favorite venue for CCCAA Wrestling.  The Cougars are ranked #12 in the state and have four wrestlers in the state rankings.

Last week: The Cougars were in East LA for The Brawl Tournament.  It was the team’s final competition before it hosts the 2016 CCCAA Regional Meet on December 3.    The Cougars only brought six wrestlers, but boasted three place winners and an overall mark of 9-9 on the day.

Notes: Below is breakdown of the Cougars’ performance at The Brawl.

125- Sophomore Isaac Galaviz (Orange Cove HS) was 3-1 and earned 2nd place.  He second on the team wit 14 wins and is 14-13 on the year.

133- Sophomore Ross Arve (Clovis) lost his first bout and sat out the rest of the tournament.  He is 5-6 on the year.

141- 2015 All-SEC Grappler Modan Goldman (Sunnyvale) and Freshman Niko Zanarini (Brentwood) were both 1-2 at the tournament.  Goldman is 12-17 on the season, while Zanarini sits at 5-12.      

149- Sophomore Marvin Apreza (Oceano: Arroyo Grande HS) is coming on strong and went 2-2 at The Brawl to earn 4th place.  He is 4-8 on the year. 

157- The Cougars did not compete in this division.

165- The Cougars did not compete in this division.

174- The Cougars did not compete in this division.

184- Freshman Isaac De La Cruz (Santa Maria: Righetti HS) is ranked 12th in the State at 197, but dropped down to the 184-division last week and took 2nd place.  De La Cruz began the year at 285 and has worked his way down.  He was 2-1 last week and is 11-15 on the year.   

197- The Cougars did not compete in this division.

285- The Cougars did not compete in this division.



Cagers Head to Bakersfield Looking for Wins

SAN LUIS OBISPO (November 21, 2016)- This Week: Men’s basketball travels to the Bakersfield Tournament this weekend.  The Cougars open the three-day event with Barstow on Friday (7 PM).   #15 Cuesta has played four of their five games this season against ranked opponents, but #9 Mt San Antonio and #18 Mt San Jacinto are the only other ranked teams in the Bakersfield Tournament.  Cuesta will play on of them in the semi-final this weekend.

Last Week: Cuesta was bounced from Allan Hancock’s Home Motors Tournament after losses in the first two rounds.  The Cougars lost to #3 Yuba, 95-63, to open the tournament and fell to #7 Ohlone, 70-54, in the consolation semi-final.   The Cougars are 2-3 on the year. 

Notes: 2015 All-WSC Guard Karem Ozel (Turkey) leads the Cougars with 15.8 points per game this season.  He was one of four players to score a team-high eight points in the Cougars loss to Yuba and netted a team-highs with 18 points and three assists in the loss to Ohlone.    



Cagers Prep for 33rd Phillips 66 Tournament  

SAN LUIS OBISPO (November 21, 2016)- Last Week: Women’s Basketball finished 3rd at the Sequoias Tournament last weekend and improved to 6-3 on the season.  The Cougars opened the tournament with a win over Feather River, 64-54, but lost to host #6 Sequoias in the semi-final, 86-57.  The Cougars bounced back to take the “Bronze” with a win over #15 San Mateo, 75-65.   Freshman Madison Collins (Australia) was named to the all-Tournament team.  She was the Cougars leading scorer in all three games and averaged 22.7 points per game.

 This Week: The Cougars take this week off and host the 33rd Phillips 66 Tournament starting on December 1.  #14 American River is the only team in the tournament that is currently ranked. 


Cuesta TV Project Announces Fall Schedule

SAN LUIS OBISPO (August 25, 2016)- The Cuesta TV Project has announced its schedule for Fall 2016.  The project, an inter-disciplinary undertaking in its fifth year, will feature seven live broadcasts of Cuesta athletic contests and three episodes of the monthly interview show ‘Cuesta Sports Monthly’.   SLOCOE will feature all of the broadcasts on Charter Cable- Channel 2.  Cuesta College content is scheduled to air on Saturday and Sunday from 1-5 PM and during the week beginning at 5 PM.   All events shall be posted on YouTube at CuestaHDTV and are scheduled to be streamed live at

Cuesta TV Live Game/Event Schedule (Play-by-Play Randy Scovil)

September 9                  Women’s Water Polo v. Santa Monica         11:45

September 22        Men’s Water Polo v. Golden West              3:30

October 14           Women’s Volleyball v. Santa Barbara           6 PM

October 21           Wrestling v. West Hills                               6:30

October 25           Women’s Soccer v. Allan Hancock             4 PM

November 4          Men’s Basketball v. TBA                            8 PM

December 1          Women’s Basketball v. TBA                       8 PM


Cuesta Sports Monthly (with Peter Schuler)- Taping at 3:15 PM

September 20        Soccer/Volleyball

October 4             M/W Water Polo

November 8          X-Country/Wrestling/Basketball

                                                                                                                  Cuesta Film, TV and Electronic Media Professor John Arno, and his students, produces all of the shows and leads the Cuesta TV Project.   SLOCOE Media Operations Specialist Pat Renshaw, Cuesta Computer Science Professor Randy Scovil, Cuesta Marketing Coordinator Ritchie Bermudez and Cuesta’s Peter Schuler round out the project team.  

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