MEN’S BASKETBALL-

Men Earn #12-Seed in Playoffs

SAN LUIS OBISPO (February 23, 2015)- Last week: Men’s basketball reached the post-season for the fourth straight year with the #12-seed in the CCCAA Regional Men’s Basketball Playoffs.  The Cougars travel to #12 Southwestern on Friday (7 PM) for the first round game.  The Jaguars are the Pacific Coast Conference (South) Champions with a 20-8 record.  This is the 22nd time, in 50 years, that men’s basketball has reached the post-season, but the first time the program has faced Southwestern. 

This Week: Men’s basketball had clinched a piece of the Western State Conference title on Valentine’s Day, but the season ending loss at Moorpark, 81-64, forced them to share the title with both Allan Hancock and Pierce.    The Cougars held the tie-breaker on both teams and earned the higher post-season seed.  2015 All State Guard Rafael Casanova (Spain) led the Cougars with 17 points in their season ending loss to the Raiders.   Cuesta ended the regular season 19-9 overall and 9-3 against the WSC.

 

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL-

Women Earn #17-Seed in Playoffs

SAN LUIS OBISPO (February 23, 2015)- This week: Women’s basketball reached the post-season for the third straight year with the #17-seed in the CCCAA Regional Women’s Basketball Playoffs.  The Cougars travel to #16 Riverside on Wednesday (7 PM) for the play-in game.  The Tigers finished third in the Orange Empire Conference with a 17-11 record.  This is the 15th time, in 35 years, that women’s basketball has reached the post-season and the third time the program has faced Riverside.  In 1991, Cuesta was the #12-seed and lost to Riverside, 69-50.  In 2006, the upstart Cougars, seeded #15, traveled to #2 Riverside and lost, 71-38, in the second round.   Cuesta is 9-13 overall in the post-season and is looking for its first playoff win under Coach Ron Barba.

Last Week: Women's basketball ended the regular season with a loss at Moorpark, 56-50, despite a team-high 16 points by Guard Anika Rovig (North Dakota).  The Cougars were already locked in second place in the conference standings, but needed the win to improve their post-season chances and eliminate Moorpark from contention.  The Cougars eventually got some help from an unsuspected source when WSC Champion Ventura survived an overtime game against Moorpark on the final day of the season, which denied the Raiders into a second place tie with Cuesta and a strong case for the post-season.   The Cougars also got upset wins from Glendale (over LA Valley) and Citrus (over Canyons) to help strengthen their at-large bid.  The Cougars ended the regular season 23-7 overall and 9-3 against the WSC. 

 

BASEBALL-

Cougars Opens with a Split Against Bulldogs  

SAN LUIS OBISPO (February 23, 2015)- Last week: Cuesta baseball opened its 2015 Western State Conference schedule at home on Thursday against local rival #13 Allan Hancock.  Cuesta Right-hander Brendan Jenkins (Pleasanton) hurled his second straight gem to lead the Cougars past the Bulldogs, 7-1.     Jenkins went 8-plus innings and allowed one unearned run in the game.   On Saturday it was the Bulldogs turn to host and they beat the Cougars, 9-5, in Santa Maria to even the series.  Pitcher Jackson Gentes (San Diego) did not make it out of the first inning for Cuesta and was saddled with the loss.  Cuesta is 3-8 on the season and 1-1 in conference play. 

This Week: #18 Cuesta continues its Western State Conference schedule.  The Cougars play at #4 Santa Barbara on Tuesday (2 PM) and host the Vaqueros on Thursday (2 PM).  On Saturday (1 PM), Cuesta hosts Moorpark.  The Cougars weekend game marks the first time during the 2015 campaign that the Cougars will face an unranked team. 

Notes: Freshman Right-hander Brendan Jenkins (Pleasanton) is 2-1 on the season and accounts for two-thirds of the Cougars’ victories this season.  He has struckout 16 batters in 18.2 innings on the season, while only walking three batsmen.  He also owns a team-low ERA of 0.96, which is gold for a pitching staff with a combined ERA of 5.02

 

SOFTBALL-

Cuesta Softball Host Victor Valley on Sat.

SAN LUIS OBISPO (February 23, 2015)- This Week: Softball stays home this week and host a twinbill with Victor Valley on Saturday (1/3 PM).  The Cougars have not, yet, set a make-up date for last Sunday’s rainout against Monterey Peninsula.   

Last week: Softball began last week on the road in Glendora on Friday and came home to host a pair of doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday.  The scheduled five games would be a tough chore for the undermanned Cougars, but, luckily, Mother Nature intervened.  On Friday the Cougars lost to both Citrus, 9-0, and Long Beach, 5-2, but only had nine of their eleven players on the trip.  Pitchers Claire Gilmore (SLO HS) and Marissa Tabares (Los Osos: Morro Bay HS) both took a loss on the day.   On Saturday they were back home for a crossover with #15 Sacramento and #14 Allan Hancock. The Cougars took an early lead against the Panthers, but eventually lost, 10-3.  The Bulldogs won the nightcap over Sacramento on a game-winning grand slam, 6-5.  On Sunday the Cougars faced Sacramento again and came away with a win, 6-5.  Tabares picked up both decisions against the Panthers.  The Cougars and Panthers were both set to play Monterey Peninsula on Sunday afternoon, but were rained out. 

 

SWIM-

Cougars First WSC Quad Meet on Saturday

SAN LUIS OBISPO (February 23, 2015)- This Week:  Swim and Dive heads to Santa Clarita this Saturday (2:30) for its first Western State Conference Quad Meet at College of the Canyons.  The Cougars will have three WSC Mini Meets during the season and compete against the whole conference in mid-April at the WSC Championships.  

Last Week: The Cougars backed out of the Mt San Antonio Invitational last weekend and instead travelled to Livermore for the Hawks Invitational at Las Positas College.    The Cougars brought seven men and five women to the meet, however the meet was not scored.   2014 All American Rachel Gruetzmacher (Atascadero HS) won two events, the 50-freestyle (:24.19) and 50 butterfly (:27.20) for the women and  2014 State Qualifier Calvin Gonder (Santa Cruz: SLO HS) finished 5th in the 1650 freestyle (17:45.28).  He was the men’s top place winner on the weekend.  

 

TRACK-

Cougars Travels To WSC North Meet

SAN LUIS OBISPO (February 23, 2015)- This Week: Track & Field travels to Bakersfield for the WSC North Meet this Friday (Noon).  This is the Cougars fourth meet of the year, but the team’s first scoring meet.  The Western State Conference hosts three meets before it championship at the end of April- WSC Relays, WSC North/South and. WSC Coast/Inland.  The relays were last week and Cuesta hosts the WSC Coast Meet on March 27. 

Last Week: The Cougars competed in the WSC Relays last Friday in Ventura.  The Cougars and the rest of the teams in the Western State Conference competed in some field events and an assortment of relays and non-championship track events.   It was a non-scoring event. 

Notes: The men’s and women’s teams both posted new All Time Cuesta Top 10 marks last weekend in Ventura.  On the men’s side, Hurdler Calvin Herman (Tehachapi HS) jumped from 10th to 6th all time with a time of :15.52 in the 110 hurdles.  He easily won his event.   It was a huge drop for Herman, who still has a long way to go to catch Charles Hatch’s 1974 school record time of :14.20.   High Jumper Matt Tyler (Livermore) joined Josh Calderon (2006) and Nathaniel Hargitt (2012) in a three-way tie for the 10th spot on the all time high jump list with a leap of 6-4.75.   On the women’s side, Thrower Jennifer Hulfachor (Templeton HS) continued to add Top 10 scores on the women’s side.   Her hammer throw of 108-6.25 moved her into 7th place all time.   


                                         

 

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