Men 11th, Women 16th at CCCAA State Meet

SAN LUIS OBISPO (November 23, 2015)- This Week:  Men's cross country finished 11th at the 2015 CCCAA State Championships at Woodward Park in Fresno, which left them just shy of a second consecutive Top 10 finish.  Freshman Sean McDermott (Kings Beach) finished 5th to lead the team and earned himself a spot on the All State team.  He if the fifth Cuesta Harrier to earn all State and his time of 20:38 marks the third fastest time on the Woodward Park course by a Cuesta harrier.  All five scoring members of the team finished in the Top 100 of the 208-person field.  Freshman Aramis Knox (Salt Lake City, UT: SLO HS) was the second Cuesta Harrier across the finish line in 60th place (21:41.3).  Freshman Claire Farrell (Paso Robles HS) led the women team to 16th place. Her time of 19:59.7 marked the first time she dipped below the 20-minute barrier this season and earned her 60th place in the race. Farrell saved her best for last, her state meet performance marked the only time this year she was the first Cougar to cross the finish line. 


Last Week: No contests. Season over. 

Notes: All State team choice Sean McDermott (Kings Beach) finished 5th at the CCCAA State Championships, while freshman Aramis Knox (Salt Lake City, UT: SLO HS) and 2014 State Qualifier Roberto Bazan (Buellton: Santa Ynez HS) were the next two Cougars across the finish line in 60th and 73rd place.  All-WSC First Teamer Sam Ryan (Clovis) and Cal Poly transfer PJ Van Beurden (Los Osos: Morro Bay HS) completed the Cougars’ scoring team in 83rd and 93rd places, respectively.

Freshman Claire Farrell (Paso Robles HS) finished 60th with her first sub-20 minute race of the year led the women’s team, while 2015 All-WSC First Teamer Aly Voth (Morro Bay HS) was right behind her in 73rd place.  Freshmen Taylor Witcher (Nipomo HS) and Teegan Trimble (Templeton HS), 95th and 140th place, joined 2014 Team MVP Josselyn Beutler (Monterey HS), 156th place, to complete the Cougars’ scoring team. 



Spikers Ends 2015 Campaign at Moorpark

SAN LUIS OBISPO (November 23, 2015)- This Week:  Women’s Volleyball played its final game of the 2015 campaign in Moorpark last week.  The Cougars win over the Raiders in the first round of Western State Conference play had knocked their host out of the rankings and second win would tie them for 5th place in the WSC circuit.  The Raiders did not allow that outcome to play out on their home floor.  They beat the Cougars in four games (23-25, 17-25, 25-17, 12-25) to keep their one game advantage in the standings.  Freshman Kylei O’Keefe (Clovis) led the Cougars with nine kills in the loss. Cuesta ended the season 8-18 and 2-10, 6th place, in the Western State Conference. 


This Week: No contests, season over.     

 Notes: All Conference honors will be announced in December 



Skeleton Crew Battles to 5th at The Brawl

SAN LUIS OBISPO (November 23, 2015)- Last Week:  Wrestling travelled to East LA for The Brawl Tournament.  The Cougars entered only eleven wrestlers into the competition, yet still earned 5th place as a team.    2013 State Place Winner Josh Cortes (Thousand Oaks HS) was the only division champion, however seven Cougars placed in the event. 


This week: Wrestling is back in action on December 5 for the 2015 CCCAA Regional Meet in Walnut.      


Notes: Below is breakdown of the Cougars record for the week.  The Cougars eleven grapplers were a combined 20-18 on the weekend. 


125- Freshman Isaac Galaviz (Orange Cove HS) was 2-2 on the weekend and is 9-12 on the year. 

133- Cuesta did not compete in this division        

141- Freshmen Modan Goldman (Sunnyvale) was 2-1 and took 2nd place.  He is 14-15 on the year.  Freshman Chris Gaetani (San Marcos HS) was 1-2 and took 5th place.  He is 8-9 on the year. 

149- Sophomore Landon Kim (Mission Viejo HS) and Freshman Dom Fratangelo (Salinas) were both 3-2 and tied for 5th place at The Brawl.  Kim is 15-14 on the year, while Fratangelo is 10-10.  Freshman Samm Chocano (Hanford) was 0-2.  She is 2-10 on the season.    

157- Cuesta did not compete in this division       

165- 2013 State Place Winner Josh Cortes (Thousand Oaks HS) swept the competition with a 4-0 mark to lead the Cougars.  He is 22-4 on the season and 8-0 in this division.  Freshman Nick Callender (Clovis) dropped down a division and finished 5th with a 1-2 mark.  He is 10-12 on the year.  Freshman Austin Dones (Lancaster) 0-2 and fell to 1-11 on the year.      

174- Freshman Victor Bryson (Cabrillo HS) took 3rd place with a 3-1 mark.  He is 11-4 on the year.    

184- Cuesta did not compete in this division       

197- Freshman Ty Crockett (Los Osos: Morro Bay HS) 1-2 and improved to 1-7 on the year. 

285- Cuesta did not compete in this division       



Cagers Win Two In Santa Maria

SAN LUIS OBISPO (November 23, 2015)- This week: Men’s basketball won twice in Allan Hancock’s Home Motors Tournament last weekend.  The six-team tournament was set as a North-South pool play set up, instead of traditional elimination brackets. The unranked Cougars opened the tournament with a loss to #8 Marin, 68-66, but bounced back with wins over Napa Valley, 88-46, and #6 Yuba, 71-69.  The Cougars are 4-2 on the season, however half of their wins and both their losses have come against ranked teams.  


Last week: Men’s basketball travels to Glendora for the Neil Edwards Classic at Citrus College this Friday through Sunday.  The Cougars open the 8-team tournament against #15 Compton on Friday (3 PM).     


Notes:  Sophomore Rafail Eleftheriou (Cyprus) led the Cougars in scoring during all three games of the Home Motors Tournament.  He and fellow Cypriot Roberto Mantovani (Cyprus) both scored 16 against Marin, but then Eleftheriou added 35 points in the next two games.  He leads the team with 12.8 points per game this season. 


Cagers Fall in Consols at Saddleback.

SAN LUIS OBISPO (November 23, 2015)- Last week: Women’s basketball los the consolation title game at the Saddleback Tournament in Mission Viejo.  The Cougars opened with a loss to #5 Irvine Valley, 81-28, and dropped to the consolation bracket.  They beat Southwestern, 85-57, to stay alive in the tournament, but fell to #6 East LA, 72-49, in the consolation final.  The Cougars are 3-3 on the year, however all three of their defeats have been at the hands of ranked teams. 


This week: Women’s basketball takes this week off and is back to host the 37th Phillips 66 Tournament the first weekend in December. 


Notes:  The Cougars had three different players lead the team in scoring last weekend.  Freshman Biba Kirschner (SLO HS) led the Cougars to their only win with a team-high 17 points against Southwestern.  Freshman Angelica Ramirez (Covina) came off the bench to lead the Cougars with nine points in the loss to Irvine Valley and Boomie Pierre (Inglewood) scored a team season-high   24 points in the loss to East LA.  Pierre leads the team with 10.4 points per game this season.   






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