Gruetzmacher and Fisher Named Cuesta’s

2015 Outstanding Athletes of the Year


SAN LUIS OBISPO (May 12, 2015) – In 2003 the Cuesta Athletic Department instituted its first true Athlete of the Year Award.  The coaching staff was encouraged to nominate their best athlete for the award and committee was created that would weigh performance as the highest criteria.  Today Cuesta announced its Outstanding Athletes of the Year for the thirteenth time. This year’s winners are Aquatic star Rachel Gruetzmacher (Atascadero HS) and Running star Connor Fisher (Lake Isabella).

            Sophomore Rachel Gruetzmacher (Atascadero HS) is a two-year star for both water polo and swimming.  She has been the team MVP for both sports each of the past two seasons.  In water polo, she has twice been named to both the All Western State Conference First Team and All State; she was second team as a freshman and first team and All American as a sophomore.  This fall she led the Cougars to a school record 24 wins and to second place in the Western State Conference.  Gruetzmacher led the team with 85 goals this season, after tallying a school record 100 goals as a freshman, and ranks second all time with 185 career goals.  Gruetzmacher also ranks #2 all time in career shooting percentage (55.6%), #5 in fouls drawn (71), #6 in assists (63) and #9 in steals (121). Gruetzmacher competed for the swim team the past two spring and owns nine school records and also ranks in Cuesta’s All Time Top 10 in four other events.  This year she finished second at the 2015 CCCAA State Swim & Dive Championships in the 50-freestyle (:23.82) and 100-butterfly (:58.09), while also landing in third in the 100-freestyle (:52.08).  She has been undefeated in the Western State Conference Championship the past two years and led the Cougars to second place this season, while also leading the team to 10th at the CCCAA State Meet.   Guetzmacher is simply the most decorated female aquatics athlete in school history.  The two-time all academic selection was also named Cuesta College’s 50th George Silveria Student-Athlete of the Year.  She has committed to play water polo at Long Beach State for the 2015-16 school year.     

Freshman Connor Fisher (Lake Isabella) transferred from Cal Poly to compete for Cuesta this year and was named Team MVP for both cross country and track & field.  He was named to the 2015 CCCAA All State Cross Country First Team after leading the Cougars to the program’s first Top 10 state finish (6th).  He finished 3rd at the state meet after finishing 2nd at the CCCAA Regional meet and winning the 2014 Western State Conference Championships.   He was named 2014 WSC Harrier of the Year and led the Cougars to second place in the loop.  Fisher has also enjoyed an outstanding spring and qualified for both the 5,000 and 10,000-meter runs this weekend at the 2015 CCCAA State Track & Field Championship in San Mateo.  He set new Cuesta standards in the 3,000 (8:44.08) and 5,000-meter (14:29.81) runs and ranks #4 all time in both the 1,500 (3:54.69) and 10,000-meter (32:12.19) runs.  He led the track team to 4th place at the Western State Conference finals and to 6th place at the regional meet.  He has committed to Chico State for the 2015-16 school year.    


Outstanding Athlete of the Year Award


2003           Shanna DeMichelle, Napa (Swim)

2004           Christina Reyes, Los Osos (X-Country, Track)

2005           Jessie Ritchie, Arroyo Grande (Tennis)

2006           Lindsay Campana, Templeton (Softball)

2007           Whitney Levicki, Santa Cruz (Water Polo)

2008           Julie Coelho, Lemoore (Volleyball)

2009           Chloe Redman, Morro Bay (Tennis)

2010           Kelly Barmann, Cimarron, NM (X-Country)

2011           Alexandria Bernard, Porterville (Water Polo, Swim)

2012           Devon Kelsey, Atascadero (X-Country, Track)

2013           Kryn Masutani, Honolulu, HI (Softball)

2014           Riley Cooks, Coarsegold (Volleyball, Track)

2015          Rachel Gruetzmacher, Atascadero (Water Polo, Swim)



2003           David Lamar, Carpinteria (Baseball)                   

2004           Kevin Bradley, Long Beach (Water Polo, Swim)  

2005           Mike Brown, Davis (Baseball)                  

2006           Jeff Chaney, Arroyo Grande (Water Polo)              

2007           Michael Williams, Sutter Creek (Wrestling)       

2008           Quentin Cate, Cambria (Baseball)

2009           Tom Schumacher, Dudelange, LUX (Basketball)       

2010           Roger Guardia, Barcelona, ESP (Basketball)           

2011           Eric Marsh, Arroyo Grande (Water Polo)                

2012           Malte Kramer, Freidberg, DEU (Basketball)             

2013           Brady Moore, Santa Barbara (Water Polo)               

2014           Georan Meendering, Visalia (Swim) 

2015          Connor Fisher, Lake Isabella (X-Country, Track)        


Sinclair and Casey Named Cuesta’s

2015 Warren Hansen Scholar-Athletes of the Year


SAN LUIS OBISPO (May 12, 2015) – In 2002 the Cuesta Athletic Department established in 2002 and named the Warren Hansen Scholar-Athlete Award in recognition of former Cuesta Athletic Director Warren Hansen’s 36-year commitment to academic excellence.  A student must maintain a 3.5 GPA and be nominated on the basis of their citizenship and athletic performance. Both of the athletes will represent Cuesta at the Conference and State as Cuesta College’s COA Pepsi Scholar Award nominees. This year’s winners are Aquatic star Molly Casey (Coarsegold) and Grappler John Sinclair (San Jose).


Casey competed for two seasons in both water polo and swimming.  She is a two-time all conference water polo player and a two-time conference backstroke champion in swimming.  She holds the school record in the 200-backstroke and is also a four-time All American in swimming.  She has performed well academically and has been named to the all-Western State Conference Academic Team three times with a fourth time, this semester, pending.   Casey has posted 3.9 GPA in 56.0 units over the past three semesters and will transfer to Cal Poly for the 2015-16 school year.  Coach Pete Schuler says, “Molly is an exceptional person.  She tries to make everything fun, but remains focused to achieve all her goals both academically and athletically.  She is one of the most universally liked aquatic athletes we have ever had at Cuesta and is a great teammate.”


Sinclair is a two time all-conference wrestler and a two-time CCCAA State Meet qualifier.  He placed 8th at the 2014 CCCAA State Wrestling Championship this past December as Cuesta finished 7th.  He was named to the all-SouthEast Conference Academic team each of the past two seasons and has posted a 3.8 GPA in 54.0 units over the past three semesters.  Sinclair will transfer to UCLA for the 2015-16 school year.  Coach Joe Dansby says, “John truly earns every accolade he receives.  He is an exemplary young man who wrestles and studies with drive, focus and direction.  It has been an honor coaching John these last two years and watching him grow into a fine young man and role model. His character is impeccable and his tenacity will be un-duplicated.”


Both of Molly and John will represent Cuesta at the Conference and State level as Cuesta College’s CCCAA Scholar Award nominees.  Their nominations will move forward to the conference level in September. 


Warren Hansen Scholar-Athlete of the Year

                  Male                                       Female

2002           Savio Gomes (Water Polo)          Virlena Bascos (Basketball)

2003           Jeremy Waldram (Wrestling)      Leilani Greene (X-Country, Track)

2004           Kevin Bradley (Water Polo, Swim)       Chelsea Tallcott (Soccer)

2005           Jared Hollows (Track)               Lauren Villa (Basketball)

2006           Jon Jordan (Track)                   Clare Nowel (X-Country, Track)

2007           Mark Stephen (Water Polo)                 Haley Woeste (Basketball)

2008           Quinn Clair (Baseball)              Majida Fazal (X-Country, Track)

2009           Miles Wallace (Wrestling)          Chloe Redman (Tennis)

2010           Demian Nelson (Diving)            Alex Ramirez (Softball)

2011           Nic Lalanne (Water Polo)           Kaysea Woods (Soccer)

2012           Malte Kramer (Basketball)          Ensley Allmon (Volleyball)

2013           Spencer Silva (Water Polo)                  Julia Mills (X-Country, Track)

2014           Geoff Merker (Wrestling)           Karissa Sternfels (Water Polo/Swim)

2015           John Sinclair (Wrestling)   Molly Casey (Water Polo/Swim)


Gruetzmacher Wins George Silveria Career Award

SAN LUIS OBISPO (May 12, 2015) - The George Silveria Student/Athlete Career Award was established in 1966 by the Booster Club Board of Directors. The award was to honor and serve as a memorial for George Silveria. George was a graduate of San Luis Obispo District Junior College in 1948. He was the captain of the Championship football team in 1947, he was an executive member of the student body, and he was a very good student and was extensively involved in the community. He was well respected by his teammates, coaches, teachers and fellow peers. He truly exemplified the meaning of student/athlete. George served in World War II and died of Leukemia in 1961. The award has been given annually and from 1966 to 2002 as the Cuesta Athlete of the Year Award. Cuesta began giving a men and a women’s award in 1978 and did so until 2003, when Cuesta established the Outstanding Athlete of the Year Award, which left the George Silveria Award to stand on its own as a career award. It was decided that the merits emphasized by the award were not restricted by gender and the athletic department returned to only one award per year. This is the 50th year of Cuesta College Athletics and the 50th year of the George Silveria Award.
The award takes into consideration the student/athletes’ career as an athlete, their involvement in the college and community, sportsmanship, citizenship, coachabilty and leadership on and off the field. In a sense, this award exemplifies type of athlete we strive to mold here at Cuesta.
The 2015 George Silveria Athletic Career Award winner is water polo and swimming Star Rachel Gruetzmacher (Atascadero HS).
Rachel was named to the Western State Conference First Team twice in water polo and was also the Team MVP both years. She also earned All State Second Team honors as a freshman and moved to the All State First Team and All American as a sophomore. She is recognized as one of the top water polo plays in the state and one of the best in Cuesta history. She ranks second all time with 185 goals and is among the all time leaders in nearly every statistical category. Coach Pete Schuler says, “Rachel is the greatest female aquatic athlete in Cuesta History, and she is nowhere close to her potential. Rachel is a fierce competitor and a student of the game. I am both her coach and a huge fan and look forward to watching her take on new challenges at DI”
Rachel was almost more dominant in swimming, where she set nine school records and holds a spot in Cuesta’s All Time Top 10 in four other events. She was Team MVP in both years of swimming and was the Western State Conference Swimmer of the Year in 2014, as well as the conference’s leading point scorer both seasons. Rachel never lost a race at either of her conference championship meets. She is also a seven-time individual All American and ten-time relay All American. She was a two-year starter for the Cougars and ranks among the all time leaders for career scoring and rebounds. Coach John Marsh says, “Rachel is the best female swimmer in the history of the program. She has rewritten the record books in her two years here and it has been an honor to be her coach.”
Rachel has been a star in the classroom. She is a two-time all-Western State Conference Academic selection and owns a 2.9 GPA at Cuesta College.
She will transfer and play water polo at Long Beach State next year.

George Silveria Career Award

1966 Ray Sayler, San Luis Obispo (FB, MBB, BB)

1967 Mark Anderson, Atascadero (MXC, MTF)

1968 Jim Sunderland, San Luis Obispo (Wrest)

1969 Richard Abney, Arroyo Grande (FB, Wrest)

1970 Steve Mowrey, Morro Bay (Golf)

1971 Larry Ramos, Morro Bay (FB, Wrest)

1972 George Palmer, Atascadero (Wrest)

1973 Camillo Alarcio, Arroyo Grande (FB, Wrest)

1974 Paul Kinne, Paso Robles (FB, BB)

1975 Rusty Kuntz, Paso Robles (FB, MBB, BB)

& Dave Rusco, San Luis Obispo (MBB, BB)

1976 Kevin Hunstad, Arroyo Grande (FB, Wrest)

1977 Randy Roeder, Paso Robles (FB, BB)

Male                                                       Female

1978 Edmund Alarcio, Arroyo Grande (FB, MTF) Laura McCarthy, Bakersfield (WXC, WTF)

1979 Shawn Kuhn, Morro Bay (MBB, Golf) Celeste Martyn, Arroyo Grande (WXC, WTF)

1980 Steve Mitchell, Paso Robles (MBB, MTF) Catherine Belcher, La Canada (WXC, WTF, SB)

1981 Gregg Fambrough, Santa Maria (MWP, MSD) Joanne Cooper, San Bernardino (VB)

1982 Tom McKeown, Cape May, NJ (MXC, MTF) Heidi Hausner, Santa Ynez (VB, WSD)

1983 Matt Armbruster, Paso Robles (MXC, MTF) Karen Canfield, Santa Maria (SB)

1984 Bill Lucia, Santa Maria (MWP, MSD) Toni Venturini, Paso Robles (VB)

1985 Sean Chambers, Sacramento (MBB, MTF) Kelly Buzza, Arroyo Grande (WXC, WTF)

1986 Hank Peterson, Fairfield (MWP, MSD) Tracey Ross, Benicia (WXC, WTF)

1987 Karl Blum, Fullerton (MWP, MSD) Cathy Jones, Arroyo Grande (WXC, WTF)

1988 Todd Bates, Orofino, ID (MWP, MSD) Jennifer Bland, Davis (WSD)

& Kelly Porter, Santa Maria (MWP, MSD)

1989 Brad Dodge, Torrance (MT) Vanessa Hornbuckle, Ventura (VB, WBB)

                                                 & Kathryn Krieger, San Luis Obispo (WXC, WTF)

1990 Steve Long, Lompoc (MWP, MSD) Monica Castro, San Luis Obispo (WT)

1991 Dean Jefferis, Paso Robles (MWP, MSD) Melissa McCormick, Hemet (WSD)

                                                   & Cee Cee Yancy, Fresno (WBB)

1992 Geoff Bradshaw, Los Angeles (MTF) Alyssa Van Schmus, San Marcos (WTF)

1993 Kipp Ortenberger, Woodland Hills (MXC, MTF) Erin Breeze, Sonora (VB, WBB)

1994 Kipp Ortenberger, Woodland Hills (MXC, MTF) Wendy Ward, Ventura (VB, WBB)

1995 Mike Barrow, San Luis Obispo (MWP, MSD) Courtney Peters, Yuba City (WT)

1996 Shannon Lamb, Porterville (MWP, MSD) Carrie Musolff, Cayucos (VB, WBB, WT)

1997 Marco Hanlon, Irvine (BB) Anicia Bonds, Morro Bay (WBB, WTF)

1998 Mark Merlo, Clovis (MWP, MSD) Ashley Messer, Auberry (VB, WBB)

1999 Chris Lund, San Luis Obispo (MWP, MSD) Ashley Messer, Auberry (VB, WBB)

2000 Sergio Reyes, Los Osos (MXC, MTF) Mary Benson, San Luis Obispo (WWP, WSD)

2001 Patrick Furelos, Miami Beach, FL (MWP, MSD) Melinda Flores,  (WXC, WTF)

2002 Doug Leach, Santa Ana (MWP, MSD) Courtney Christy, Lodi (WWP, WSD)

2003 Katie Dacus, Lompoc (WWP, WSD)

2004 Christina Reyes, Los Osos (WXC, WTF)

2005 Bryan Etnrye, Huntington Beach (MWP, MSD)

2006 Chris Stehula, Arroyo Grande (MXC, MTF, MSD)

2007 Becca Reyes, Los Osos (WXC, WTF)

2008 Ian Starkie, Arroyo Grande (MWP, MSD)

2009 Tammy Barksdale, Atascadero (WWP, WSD)

2010 Kayla Cribbs, Sutter Creek (VB, WBB)

2011 Evan Norton, Paso Robles (MWP, MSD)

2012 Alexandria Bernard, Porterville (WWP, WSD)

2013 Erin Casey, Coarsegold (WWP, WSD)

         & Matt Giancanelli, Sacramento (MWP, MSD)

2014 Riley Cooks, Coarsegold (VB, WTF)

2015 Rachel Gruetzmacher, Atascadero (WWP, WSD)

Cuesta College


Athlete of the Month

February 2015


Brendan Jenkins



 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 freshman Pitcher Brendan Jenkins.


Freshman Right-hander Brendan Jenkins has quickly developed into one of the best pitchers in the state. Jenkins has won all four of his starts this season, including three against pre-season ranked teams- #4 Sequoias, #13 Allan Hancock and, #4 Santa Barbara.  Jenkins has been the Cougars’ “stopper” this season and has ended three Cuesta losing streaks, which has helped the team bounce back from an 0-6 start to the season.  He boasts an ERA of 0.49 (4th in the State) and authored back-to-back shutouts over #4 Santa Barbara and Ventura.  Jenkins’ scoreless inning streak is currently at 25-innings and is closing in on two-time All State Hurler Mike Gray’s 1997 Cuesta record of 30-innings.  He also tied Gray’s single season shutout record (2).  On the season, he has struckout 29 batsmen in 36.2 innings of work and allowed only thirteen hits.   

Baseball is 7-9 on the season and in second place in the Western State Conference with a 5-2 mark against the loop. 



Cuesta College


Athlete of the Month

February 2015


Anika Rovig



  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 Guard Anika Rovig.


2015 All-Western State Conference First Team Guard Anika Rovig led the Cougars with 21 points in their playoff loss to #16-seed Riverside and was one of the top all around guards in the state.  She played both guard and both forward positions for the Cougars and was one of the team’s top scorers and defenders.  She led the team with 2.9 assists per game and was among the team leaders with 12.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and, 2.1 steals each contest.   Rovig also led the team in field goal (44.6%) and three-point (36.0%) accuracy.  Cuesta was the top free throw shooting team in the state and the freshman from North Dakota was solid from the free throw line (72.2%).  


Women’s Basketball finished the season 23-8 and in second place (9-3) in the Western State Conference.    Cuesta earned the #17-seed in the CCCAA Regional Playoffs, but lost to #16-seed Riverside, 71-61, in the play-in round.   



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Cuesta TV Project Announces Spring Schedule

SAN LUIS OBISPO (February 5, 2015)- The Cuesta TV Project has announced its schedule for Spring 2015.  The project, an inter-disciplinary undertaking in its fifth season, will feature four broadcasts of Cuesta athletic contests, three new episodes of the interview show ‘Cuesta Sports Monthly’ and the 2015 Cuesta Athlete of the year Banquet.   SLOCOE will feature all of the broadcasts on Charter Cable- Channel 19.  Cuesta College content is featured on Saturday and Sunday from 1-5 PM and during the week beginning at 5 PM.   In addition all contests will be streamed live at

Cuesta TV Live Game Schedule

February 11 Men’s Basketball v. Santa Barbara 5 PM

February 11 Women’s Basketball v. Santa Barbara 7 PM

March 24 Baseball v. Allan Hancock 2:30

April 16 Softball v. Allan Hancock 2:30

May 12 Athlete of the Year Banquet 11:30

Cuesta Sports Monthly (with Peter Schuler)

February 26 Men’s Basketball/Women’s Basketball

March 5 Softball/Track

April 28 Baseball/Swimming


Cuesta Broadcast Communication Professor John Arno, and his students, produces all of the shows for the Cuesta TV Project.   SLOCOE Media Operations Specialist Pat Renshaw and Cuesta’s Peter Schuler round out the project team.