MEN’S BASKETBALL-

Cougars Still on Top- Play Two this Week

SAN LUIS OBISPO (February 1, 2016)- Last week: Men’s basketball’s six-game winning streak against the Western State Conference came to an end against Ventura on Saturday, 82-76.  The Cougars had a chance to drop the Pirates out of contention with a win, but they converted only two of their 11 three-point attempts, while Ventura knocked down eight.  The Cougars opened the week with a win over Moorpark, 81-69, to end the first round of conference play. Cuesta netted 13 three-pointers in the win and, before Saturday’s cold streak, had been averaging almost nine a game in conference play.  The Cougars are 19-7 overall and 6-1 against the WSC with a one-game lead over both Moorpark and Ventura.

 

This week: The Cougars next three games are against the Western State Conference’s second division.  On Wednesday (7 PM) the Cougars are in Woodland Hills to face Pierce.  The Brahmas are only 9-14 on the year, but pushed Cuesta to overtime, 75-70, in their first round loss.  On Saturday, the Cougars are back home to host Oxnard, who comes in at 8-11.  The Condors lost to Cuesta, 87-84, in the first round.  Cuesta is 11-5 in games decided by ten or fewer points this season. 

 

Notes: The Cougars’ backcourt won the game against Moorpark with 13 three-point shots.  Freshman Andres Aguado (Spain) came of the bench to bury eight three-pointers for a game-high 26 points.  The Cougars’ Cypriot fount-court of Roberto Mantovani (Cyprus) and Rafail Eleftheriou (Cyprus) kept the Cougars against Ventura, despite the team’s poor shooting.  They combined for 38 points and 18 rebounds.

 

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL-

Cagers Looking For Wins This Week

SAN LUIS OBISPO (February 1, 2016)- This week: Women's basketball continues its Western State Conference schedule with two games against the loop.  Both games represent an opportunity for the Cougars to pick up another win against the WSC circuit.  On Wednesday (5 PM) the Cougars travel to Woodland Hills to face Pierce and on Saturday (5 PM) they are back home to host Oxnard.  The Cougars’ beat the last place Brahmas in the first round, 61-53, for their only conference victory.  The Cougars lost to Oxnard, 53-48, in the first round, but hopes to overcome that gap on their home floor.

 

Last week: Women's basketball dropped a pair of contests at home against the Western State Conference to fall to 1-6 against the loop and 6-17 overall.  The Cougars fell to Moorpark, 49-33, on Wednesday and to #4 Ventura, 75-34, on Saturday. 

 

Notes: Center Autumn Russell (Paso Robles: Templeton HS) led the Cougars with 25 points and 25 rebounds last week.  She is averaging a double-double for the season with 10.1 points and 11.1 rebounds per game. Her current rebound average puts her on pace to break the college’s season rebound average record.  Former Chico State Star Kerri Cameron set the record in 1998 over a 33-game schedule that included the playoffs.  She pulled down a school record 361 caroms for an average of 10.9.  Her mark was tied in 2011 by former Pacific College Star Kati Sheldon, who matched her average at 10.9, but only collected 272 rebounds over 25 games.      Cameron holds the career marks with 669 boards and a 10.1 per game average.

 

BASEBALL-

Cougars Open With Split Against Riverside

SAN LUIS OBISPO (February 1, 2016)- This week: Baseball opened the season last week with a pair of games against #9 Riverside.  The Cougars, ranked #13, took the opener, 5-2, on the strength of 2015 all-Conference Pitchers Brendan Jenkins (Pleasanton) and Dan Beavers (Los Osos: Morro Bay HS).  Jenkins hurled seven innings of shutout ball fir the win and Beavers earned the save by preserving the win in the 9th.   Sophomore Pitcher Louis Raymond (Laguna Niguel) enjoyed a strong outing the next day, but took the loss, 5-4.  The Cougars are 1-1 on the season.

 

Last Week: Baseball takes on #1 Orange Coast for a three-game series in SLO this Thursday (1 PM), Friday (1 PM) and Saturday (Noon). 

 

Notes:  The Cougars’middle infield enjoyed an impressive first outing.  2015 all-WSC Shortstop Garrett Giovanelli (SLO HS) and Freshman Second Baseman Jacob George (Tracy HS) worked together in the field and anchored opposite ends of the batting order.  Giovanelli batted 2nd for the Cougars and was 4-for-9 on the week with a double and a team-high two RBI.   George batted 8th in both games and was 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored, a RBI, and a pair of walks.  The pair combined for half of the team’s 14 hits and six RBI. 

 

SOFTBALL-

Cougars Set for Weeklong Homestand

SAN LUIS OBISPO (February 1, 2016)- This week: Softball is scheduled to host four home games this week.  They host Reedley and Hartnell on Tuesday for a three-team mini tournament to begin the homestand.  Cuesta opens with Reedley at 11 AM and the Tigers play Hartnell at 1 PM.  The hosts Cougars re-take the field at 3 PM against the Panthers.  Cuesta also hosts a doubleheader with Victory Valley on Saturday (12/2 PM).

 

 

Last Week: Cuesta Softball kicked off the season just one week after former Coach Allison Grant agreed to return to the dugout after a decade-long retirement.  The Cougars lost to a pair of 2015 CCCAA Playoff teams in Fresno to open the season.  Freshman Demi Danell (Hanford) took the loss in the season opener against Sierra, 8-0, in a six-inning run-rule game.  2015 All-WSC Water Polo Player Rebekah Hernandez (Pismo Beach: Arroyo Grande HS, who has moved out to the diamond, took the loss in the nightcap against host Fresno, 11-1, in a five-inning run-rule game.  The Cougars are 0-2.

 


Cuesta Athletics-

Cuesta TV Project Announces Spring Schedule

SAN LUIS OBISPO (January 21, 2016)-  The Cuesta TV Project has announced its schedule for spring 2016.  The project, an inter-disciplinary undertaking in its fourth year, will feature six 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 http://www.network1sports.com/station/cuesta

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

February 6            Women’s Basketball v. Santa Barbara          5 PM

February 6            Men’s Basketball v. Santa Barbara               7 PM

March 8               Baseball v. Moorpark                                 2 PM

March 15             Book of the Year                                       5 PM

April 14                Softball v. Santa Barbara                            2:30

May 3                  Baseball Playoffs                                       TBD

May 6                  Baseball Playoffs                                       TBD

May 7                  Softball Playoffs                                        TBD

May 10                Athlete of the Year Banquet                        Noon    

May 12              Cuesta Signing Day                                  Noon 

Cuesta Sports Monthly (with Peter Schuler)

February 11          Men’s Basketball/Women’s Basketball

February 23          Baseball/Softball

April 26                Swim/Track                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                  Cuesta Broadcast Communication 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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