Cuesta Nine Back On Top In The WSC

SAN LUIS OBISPO (March 20, 2017)- This week: Cuesta Baseball won two of its three games last week and moved back into first place in the Western State Conference.  The defending WSC Champions opened the week with a win over #20 Santa Barbara, 4-1, as Starting Pitcher Cayce Rocco (Santa Maria: Righetti HS) hurled eight strong innings for the win and Closer Cole Tucker (Bakersfield) locked down the final frame for his first save of the year.  On Thursday, the Cougars played at #17 Ventura and the Pirates squeezed out a victory over Starter Cody Luther (Discovery Bay) and the Cougars, 5-3.  The Cougars hosted Ventura on Saturday and gained a measure of revenge against the Bucs as Freshman Starter Connor Davis (El Dorado Hills) hurled a complete game in an one-run win, 3-2.  The Cougars are 9-14 overall, but atop the WSC with a 4-2 mark against the circuit. 

This Week: The Cuesta Nine is back in action with three games scheduled against the Western State Conference.  The Cougars travel to #16 Oxnard on Tuesday (2:30) and host the Condors on Thursday (2:30).  The Cougars travel to Santa Maria on Saturday (1 PM) to face local rival Allan Hancock.    The Condors and Bulldogs are tied and currently occupy the WSC cellar.      

Notes: Cuesta’s Freshman Starting Pitcher Connor Davis (El Dorado Hills) went the distance against #17 Ventura to earn his first collegiate victory, 3-2, on Saturday.  The triumph also moved Cuesta back into first place in the Western State Conference with a 4-2 mark against the circuit.  The Pirates only got to Davis in the 3rd-innning by opening the frame with a triple and double, however, while those runners both scored, Davis did not let another Buc reach second base until the 8th inning.  He is 1-0 on the year and owns a 1.86 ERA in 19.1 innings of work.



Softball Has 7 Games On Schedule For This Week

SAN LUIS OBISPO (March 20, 2017)- This week: Cuesta Softball has a busy week scheduled between its regular Western State Conference schedule and the Ventura Tournament on Saturday and Sunday.   The Cougars host local rival Allan Hancock for a Western State Conference Doubleheader on Tuesday (1/3 PM) and stay home on Thursday (2:30) to face Bakersfield.  The Bulldogs are currently in first place in the Western State Conference, while the Renegades are in third place and a game ahead of the Cougars.  The Cougars play in the Ventura Tournament this weekend with two games each day.  They face Pasadena (10:15) and Mt San Jacinto (5 PM) on Saturday and Victory Valley (9 AM) and Porterville (11:30) on Sunday. 

Last Week: Softball struggled through an 0-5 week and dropped to 10-9 overall and to 5th place in the nine-team Western State Conference with a 5-4 mark against the circuit.  The Cougars opened the week at Ventura on Tuesday and were swept by the Pirates, 5-4 and 4-1, and then lost a slugfest at home against Santa Barbara, 13-10, on Thursday.   The three losses knocked the Cougars out of first place in the Western State Conference.  The Cougars hoped to bounce back with a non-conference doubleheader against #9 Monterey Peninsula on Saturday, but the visiting Lobos squeaked out a pair of victories, 2-0 and 9-8 in extra innings. 

Notes: Cuesta was winless last week, but Sophomore Madi Zelenski (Palmdale) found her stroke at the plate as her batting average jumped by nearly 100 points over the five games.  Zelenski entered the week batting a solid .242, but was 7-for-12 to raise it to .333.  She had at least one hit in every game and drove in five runs on the week. 



Women Win WSC Mini Meet, Men Finish 2nd

SAN LUIS OBISPO (March 13, 2017)-Last Week:  The Cuesta swimming and diving teams travelled to Van Nuys for their second Western State Conference Mini Meet on Friday.  The women won five individual events and claimed first place, while the men rode three individual wins to second place.    

This Week: Cuesta Swimming to action on Friday for the Sequoias Tri-Meet in Visalia (2 PM).  The Cougars face off against NorCal powers Sequoias and Merced in a non-conference event.   

Notes: Freshmen Victoria White (Los Osos: Morro Bay HS) and Katie White (Los Osos: Morro Bay HS) both won two events at the WSC Mini Meet, while fellow Freshman Lauren Davis (Fresno) added another event win to lead Cuesta’s women to victory.  Victoria swam her season-best time of 1:03.13 to win the 100-butterfly and also nabbed the 200-freestyle (2:05.58). Her older sister, Katie, stuck to the sprint freestyle events and won both the 50 and 100-freestyles.  Davis won the 100-breaststroke in a time of 1:09.84.  Her time ranks 4th all time at Cuesta, behind only All Americans Sarah Virgil (1:08.12), Karissa Sternfels (1:08.43) and Amanda Takahashi (1:08.60).  Virgil and Takahashi both also earned CCCAA State titles in the 50-breaststoke.  2016 State Qualifier Megan Miller (Paso Robles: Templeton HS) also posted a Cuesta All Time Top 10 mark in the 1000-yard Freestyle.  Her time of 11:55.92 ranks 10th all time, but only second at the mini meet. 

2016 State Qualifier Matthew McDonnal (San Jose) joined Poloists Dylan Hughes (Atascadero: SLO HS) and Austin Barton (Albany, OR) to win three events and lead the men to second place in Van Nuys.  McDonnal won the 200-butterfly (2:06.83). while Hughes and Barton claimed the 1000 (11:04.21) and 100-freestyles (2:01.83), respectively. 



Phillips and Purcell Move Onto The Top 10

SAN LUIS OBISPO (March 20, 2017)- Last Week: Cuesta Track & Field split up the team last week with some athletes competing at the Antelope Valley Invitational in Lancaster, some staying home to train and, one heading to the CSUN Multi-Event Meet in Northridge.   The Cougars’ only win in Lancaster was Steepler Cody Griffith’s (Yreka HS) victory in the 3,000-meter Steeplechase (10:22.71), but the women’s team did post a pair of Top 10 Cuesta marks.   Freshmen Kirsten Purcell (Atascadero HS) and Kylie Phillips (Colfax HS) both earned a spot on the Top 10.  Purcell moved up to 4th place all time in the 200-meter dash with a time of 1:00.32, while Phillips claimed the 10th spot in the Discus with a throw of 95’ 3”.  Decathlete Aaron Cheek (Fresno) scored 4,799 points in his first Decathlon competition of the year, but only competed in nine of the ten events.  He holds the Cuesta record with 6.273 points and owns team-best marks in six events this season, including new marks in the high jump and decathlon from last week. 

This Week: Track & Field stays home to attend the Cal Poly Invitational this Friday (10 AM). 


Cuesta College


Athlete of the Month

February 2017


Dayna Manser



            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 February is freshman Catcher Dayna Manser.

Freshman Catcher Dayna Manser has made an immediate impact at the collegiate level and has been on fire to begin her collegiate career.   She has powered the Cougars’ offense and leads the team in all three “Triple Crown” statistics.  In her first 13 games, Manser has slugged four home runs, driven in 17 runs and, batted at a .528 clip.   Her six walks raise her on-base percentage to .695 and her three doubles increased her slugging mark to .944.  Manser is also a key defender for the Cougars.  She is the Cougars’ starting backstop, but is also a top flyball chaser and has also played three games in centerfield.   

Softball began the season with a 10-4 mark and is currently in first place in the Western State Conference with a 5-1 mark against the circuit



Cuesta College


Athlete of the Month

February 2017


Cayce Rocco



            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 February is Sophomore Pitcher Cayce Rocco.

Sophomore Cayce Rocco has been elevated to the status of staff ace with a strong start to the 2017 campaign.  Rocco leads the staff with a 2.13 ERA and his 3-1 record accounts for half of the Cougars’ victories, so far, this season.  The Redshirt Sophomore began his collegiate career as a switch-hitting outfielder, but, after earning a medical redshirt as a freshman, he split time between the bullpen and outfield in 2016.  A left-handed fireballer, Rocco is now a fulltime pitcher and a burgeoning staff ace.   His power-pitching has racked up 36 strikeouts in 38 innings of work and he boasts a WHIP of only 0.92.  Rocco’s progress on the mound will be a major factor in the Cougars’ success this season.

Pre-season ranked #6 Baseball is 6-12 on the season and begin their Western State Conference title defense this month. 



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