MEN’S BASKETBALL-

Moorpark Dashes Cougars Playoff Hopes

SAN LUIS OBISPO (February 20, 2017)- Last Week: Men’s Basketball’s season came to an end on Saturday with a loss to Moorpark, 80-78.  The Cougars began the final week of the regular season on Wednesday by avenging an earlier loss to local rival at Allan Hancock, 77-73, to remain in the hunt for both a conference title and a post-season berth.  The Cougars loss to the Raiders in the season finale dropped them into second place in the Western State Conference with a 6-4 mark against the loop and out of playoff contention with a 13-15 overall record.  The Cougars owned a 13 point lead at halftime against the Raiders, but Moorpark took its first lead with less than two minutes to play and held on to win. 


WOMEN’S BASKETBALL-

Cougars End Season with Loss to Moorpark

SAN LUIS OBISPO (February 20, 2017)- Last Week: Women’s Basketball fell to #14 Moorpark, 56-42, to end a bittersweet season.  The Cougars, who also lost to local rival Allan Hancock on Wednesday, 63-46, were 1-9 against the Western State Conference and ended the season in 6th place in the loop.  Cuesta began the season as a ranked team and entered WSC play with an 11-7 record, however the Cougars 12-16 overall record for the season is their second straight losing mark.  The Cougars’ endured the two-month absence of Coach Ron Barba, due to illness, and lost all-WSC Point Guard Tawny Lino (Santa Maria), due to injury the last two weeks of the season.  Injury and illness doomed the Cougars’ potential playoff season. 

 


BASEBALL-

Rain Puts Cuesta Nine On the Road to Visalia

SAN LUIS OBISPO (February 20, 2017)- This week: Cuesta Baseball is back in action this week with three games at #16 Sequoias in Visalia.  The Cougars were scheduled to play in Visalia on Tuesday and Saturday and in SLO on Thursday, but field conditions at home have sent the Cougars on the road for the week.   The Cougars play at Sequoias on Thursday (2 PM) and a doubleheader on Friday (10/1 PM).

Last Week: The currently unranked Cuesta Baseball team snapped a six-game losing streak last Tuesday with a home victory over LA Valley, 7-1.  Sophomore Pitcher Cayce Rocco (Santa Maria: Righetti HS) picked up the win with eight strong innings on the mound.  The Cougars travelled to #11 Riverside for a doubleheader against the Tigers on Thursday.  The Bengals swept the twinbill, 7-1 and 3-1, with Starter Jed Moscot (Pacific Palisades) and Closer Cole Tucker (Bakersfield) each picking up their second loss of the season, respectively.  The Cougars are 3-8 on the season. 

Notes: Sophomores Robbie Silva (Arroyo Grande HS) and John Nejedly (Concord) join Freshman George Sammon (Petaluma) as the only Cuesta batsmen hitting above a .300 clip for a team batting a combined .219 on the season.  Silva is batting .302 and leads the Cougars with 13 hits and eight runs scored, while Sammon is batting .333, in only 24 at bats, and is tied with Silva for the team lead with three doubles.  Nejedly is hitting an even .300 and has driven in a team-high six runs on the season.     

 

SOFTBALL-

Softball Opens WSC Play at Home on Thurs

SAN LUIS OBISPO (February 20, 2017)- This week: Cuesta Softball begins its 2017 Western State Conference schedule at home this Thursday (2 PM).  The Cougars host Santa Monica for their only game of the week and their first action since February 11.  Last season, the Cougars finished in third place in the WSC and have not won a conference title since 2008, under then Coach Sara Clarin.  The Cougars are currently 5-3 under first-year Head Coach Jeananne Ruck, who is the Cougars’ sixth Skipper since the 2008 title season. 

Last Week: The Cougars do not play another game for 12 days, when they open WSC play at home against Santa Monica on February 23 (2 PM). 

Notes: Freshman Catcher Dayna Manser (Fresno) and Sophomore First Baseman Mariah Solis (Arroyo Grande HS) have been powering the Cougars’ offense.  Manser has been dominant at the plate and leads the Cougars in every major statistical category.  She is batting team-high .400 and leads the team with 9 runs scored, 3 home runs and, 9 RBI.  Solis is the only other regular batting above .300 and she is hitting at a solid .364 clip. 

 

SWIM-

Cougars Head to Mt SAC this Weekend

SAN LUIS OBISPO (February 20, 2015)- This Week:  Swim and Dive heads to Walnut this Thursday, Friday and Saturday for the Mt San Antonio College Invitational.  The Mt SAC Meet is one of the few championship meets in the state and a great chance for the Cougars to face some of the state’s best swimmers.    The meet runs all day for Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  

Last Week: Swim and Dive backed out of the Delta Invitational in Stockton last Friday and Saturday

 

TRACK & FIELD-

Cuesta Heads to WSC Relays on Friday

SAN LUIS OBISPO (February 20, 2017)- This week: Track & Field has had only one competition this year, yet heads to Ventura on Friday (Noon) for the 2017 Western State Conference North Meet.  The Cougars hosted the Central Coast Track & Field Open Meet to start the season, but weather has kept them out of competition since they kicked off the season.  The WSC North Meet is one of two meets where the conference is split.  The first is a North/South Meet and then a Coastal/Inland Meet.  The Cougars host the WSC Coast Meet on March 31. 

Last Week: Track & Field scheduled trip to Culver City on Friday for the 2017 Western State Conference Relays was cancelled due to weather.

 


Cuesta College

Female

Athlete of the Month

January 2017

 

Tawny Lino

Basketball

 

            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 January is freshman Cager Tawny Lino.

 

Freshman Point Guard Tawny Lino stepped up her game during the first round of Western State Conference play and established herself as one of the circuit’s best point guards.  Lino increased her scoring average to 16 points per game during the first month of WSC play and also added 2.0 assists, 3.0 steals and 2.7 rebounds.  She also had the Cougars ahead of Santa Barbara with a game-high 17 points in the 3rd quarter, when she suffered a season-ending injury to end the Cougars’ hopes.   Lino ended her freshman season second on the team with 13.2 points per game and led the Cougars with 3.8 assist and 3.2 steals per contest. 

 

Women’s Basketball has been in and out of the Polls this season, but struggled after losing Head Coach Ron Barba to an illness.  The Cougars hope to finish strong when Barba returns. 

 

Cuesta College

Male

Athlete of the Month

January 2017

 

Noah Saunders

Basketball

 

            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 January is Freshman Cager Noah Saunders.

 

Forward Noah Saunders has established himself as the Cougars’ most indispensible player.  Saunders regularly fills up the box score with blocks, steals, assists and, lots of points and rebounds.  He leads the Cougars 18.3 points and 7.8 rebounds per game against in Western State Conference play, including three double-doubles.  Saunders also scored a team season-high 29 points in the Cougars’ conference-opening win over Santa Barbara on January 14 and pulled down a team season-high 18 rebounds, along with 17 points, in the Cougars’ win over San Diego Mesa on January 6.  Saunders averages a Cuesta season-best 6.8 rebounds per game and is second on the team with 11.9 points per game on the season.

 

Men’s Basketball entered February on top of the Western State Conference standings and is battling for a playoff spot.     

 

 

 

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