M/W CROSS COUNTRY-
Cross Country competed in the SoCal Preview last Friday in Santa Clarita. The men finished a solid 7th place in the field, while the women entered only three harriers on the day.
The Compete in the Bakersfield Invitational this Friday (1:30) at the Kern County Soccer Park.
Women's Soccer hopes for an undefeated season were dashed last Tuesday with a loss to Cabrillo, 6-2. The Cougars also lost to Skyline, 3-0, and Ohlone, 2-0, to end the week with an overall record of 2-3-1.
The Cougars look to bounce back against Sequoias on Tuesday (4 PM) and in Salinas at Hartnell on Thursday (4 PM), which is the squad's first roadtrip of the season.
Women's Volleyball split a pair of matches in their Friday mini-tournament with San Jose and Desert. The Cougars beat San Jose City in four games (25-10, 25-12, 22-25, 25-11), but also fell to the Roadrunners in four (25-20, 14-25, 20-25, 13-25). Sophomore Kelly Cole (Bakersfield) led the Cougars in kills for both games with 12 against the Jaguars and 13 against Desert. She leads the team with 120 kills on the year. The Cuesta Spikers are 5-4 on the season.
The Cougars play in the Victor Valley Tournament this Friday.
M WATER POLO-
Men's Water Polo improved to 5-2 on the season with wins over Santa Monica, 10-4, and Sierra, 18-8, inWalnut at the Mt SAC Tourney. The Cougars win over the Corsairs was a Western State Conference victory, so the Cougars are also 1-0 in WSC play. Cuesta's lone setback was a non-CCCAA game against Cal Lutheran, 12-11. 2016 All-WSC Driver Brad Dennis (Visalia) led the Cougars with nine goals last week and paces the team with 19 goals on the year.
The Cougars host the 39th Cuesta Invitational this Friday and Saturday. Cuesta plays 2016 CCCAA State Semi-Finalist Delta (8 AM) and 2016 CCCAA State Runner-up Long Beach (12:20) on Friday and American River (10:10) and Riverside (3:35) on Saturday. On Thursday (2:30), before the tournament, the Cougars host 2016 CCCAA State Champion Golden West.
W WATER POLO-
Women's Water Polo went 2-2 at the West Valley's Nyquist Tournament last weekend and fell to 5-3 on the year. The Cougars began each day of the tournament with a loss and bounced back to take home a win each afternoon. The fell to Santa Rosa, 14-9, on Friday, but then beat Cabrillo, 9-2. On Saturday, they let Foothill slip by, 7-4, before closing out the event with a win over Sacramento, 13-3. Freshman Gabi Fabri (West Sacramento) and 2016 All-WSC selection Shaine Sorensen (Solana Beach) each scored 11 goals to lead the Cougars.
The Cougars open Western State Conference play this Wednesday by hosting Citrus (3:30). The Cougars also play Cal Poly Club (6:30) to make it a mid-week doubleheader. On Friday and Saturday the Cougars will travel to Aptos to play in Cabrillo College's Bockman Tournament.
Wrestling opened the season with a SouthEast Conference win at West Hills, 22-19, on Friday. On Saturday, the 1-0 Cougars competed in the Sacramento City Tournament and landed in 7th place as a team. Freshmen Tannen Soojian (Atascadero HS) and Anthony Lugo (Nipomo HS) both earned a win against West Hills and finished 2nd at Sac City.
The Cougars host Moorpark this Friday (7 PM) for their second SEC match.
Cuesta TV Project Announces Fall Schedule
SAN LUIS OBISPO (August 28, 2017)- The Cuesta TV Project has announced its schedule for Fall 2017. The project, an inter-disciplinary undertaking in its fifth year, will feature seven 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)
Fri. 9/29 6 PM W Volleyball v. Santa Monica
Wed. 10/4 3 PM M Water Polo v. LA Valley
Wed. 10/4 4 PM W Water Polo v. LA Valley
Wed. 10/20 5 PM Wrestling v. Bakersfield
Fri. 11/3 8 PM M Basketball vs TBA
Thu. 11/30 8 PM W Basketball vs TBA
Cuesta Sports Monthly (with Peter Schuler)
September 12 M Water Polo/Cross Country/Softball
October 17 W Water Polo/W Volleyball/Athletic Dept.
November 14 W Soccer/Wrestling/Basketball
Cuesta Film, TV and Electronic Media 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.
CUESTA COLLEGE ANNOUNCES 2017 SPRING ATHLETIC HONOR ROLL
SAN LUIS OBISPO (June 21, 2017)-- Cuesta has compiled the names of 66 individuals who have risen to the top of Cuesta College’s 2017 spring scholar-athlete list, including several repeat honorees. The success of Cuesta student-athletes is significant, as is the fact that 55.9% of Cuesta College athletes made the honor roll and earned 2017 All Western State Conference Academic Team status. Six athletes posted perfect marks-Swimmers Mia Viss (Modesto), Lauren Davis (Fresno), Teegan Trimble (Templeton HS) and Simon Shoennauer (Paso Robles HS), as well as Track Stars Amanda Bourgault (Templeton HS) and Krista Trigueiro (Lompoc: Cabrillo HS) were the only student-athletes to post a perfect 4.0. In addition, thirteen Cuesta sophomores made their second appearance on the spring honor roll and a further 11 athletes were also named to their 2017 All Western State Conference First Team as athletes- 2017 Cuesta Athletes of the Year Miranda Daschian (Atascadero HS) and Sean McDermott (Kings Beach) were joined by fellow track and field athletes Aaron Cheek (Fresno), Roxanne Nolan (Morro Bay HS) and Evan Stork (SLO HS) as well as, Swimmers Lauren Davis (Fresno) and Austin Barton (Albany, OR), Cagers Madison Collins (Eltham, AUS) and Noah Saunders (Pittsburgh, PA) and Ballplayers Cayce Rocco (Santa Maria: Righetti HS) and Madi Zelenski (Plamdale)- from baseball and softball, respectively.
The Cuesta Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll recognizes the student-athletes who have completed 12 units during the past semester with a grade point average of at least a 3.0 and finished in good standing with their respective team. This year the honor roll has representatives from each of the six spring sports and both basketball teams. The women’s swim and team led the way with a combined 3.444 grade point average, while track led the men’s teams with a 3.084 GPA.
Cuesta athletes traditionally excel in the classroom and this semester was no exception. Cuesta’s athletes combined to complete 94.3% of their classes for a 3.027 GPA. The complete 2017 Cuesta College Spring Student-Athlete Honor Roll is attached to this release.
All of the spring sport athletes also earned Western State Conference All Academic team honors
The honor roll was also well represented by local athletes: TEMPLETON HS (7): Teegan Trimble (WSD), Taylor Mariucci (WSD), Megan Miller (WSD), Laura White (WSD), Tatum Smith (WTF), Amanda Bourgault (WTF), Daijah Bridge (WBB); ARROYO GRANDE (3): Robbie Silva (BB), Cole Steverson (BB), Josh Jewell (MSD); SAN LUIS OBISPO HS (3): Dylan Hughes (MSD), Nick Maldonado (MTF), Evan Stork (MTF); MORRO BAY (2): Samantha Duston (WTF), Roxanne Nolan (WTF); PASO ROBLES (2): Gwen Lundy (WBB, WTF), Mitchell Iunker (MSD); ATASCADERO (2): Tyler West (MTF), Miranda Daschian (WTF); NIPOMO (0):; CAMBRIA (0).
W Swim/Dive (WSD) 3.444
W Track/Field (WTF) 3.218
M Track/Field (MTF) 3.084
W Basketball (WBB) 3.050
M Swim/Dive (MSD) 3.000
M Basketball (MBB) 2.986
Baseball (BB) 2.848
Softball (SB) 2.798
Athletic Honor Roll
Courtney Barba- Basketball
Austin Barton- Swimming
Carly Bell- Swimming
Jordi Signes Beltri- Basketball
Zack Berohn- Baseball
Grace Booth- Track
Amanda Bourgault- Track
Daijah Bridge- Basketball
Michele Capasso- Basketball
Aaron Cheek- Track
Madison Collins- Basketball
Miranda Daschian- Track
Lauren Davis- Swimming
Brad Dennis- Swimming
Samantha Duston- Track
Ryan Estrada- Swimming
Nic Gabsch- Basketball
Ryan Gilroy- Basketball
Cam Goldstone- Track
Cody Griffith- Track
Eric Horn- Basketball
Daci Hughes- Swimming
Dylan Hughes- Swimming
Mitchell Iunker- Swimming
Mackenzie Jacobsen- Softball
Taylor Jacobsen- Softball
Josh Jewell- Swimming
Brooke Larson- Basketball
Joey Liem- Basketball
Tawny Lino- Basketball
Gwen Lundy- Basketball/Track
Nick Maldonado- Track
Taylor Mariucci- Swimming
Sean McDermott- Track
Matthew McDonnal- Swimming
Megan Miller- Swimming
Jed Moscot- Baseball
John Nejedly- Baseball
Roxanne Nolan- Track
Alex Ouandie- Basketball
Nik Pagan- Baseball
Kylie Phillips- Track
Kris Prince- Baseball
Macy Rivas- Track
Cristian Rojas- Track
Cayce Rocco- Baseball
Sondre Rodal- Basketball
Jake Ryan- Baseball
Tyler Ryan- Baseball
George Sammon- Baseball
Kassi Sanchez- Softball
Noah Saunders- Basketball
Simon Schoennauer- Swimming
Robbie Silva- Baseball
Tatum Smith- Track
Shaine Sorensen- Swimming
Cole Steverson- Baseball
Evan Stork- Track
Krista Trigueiro- Track
Teegan Trimble- Swimming
Bryce Verplank- Baseball
Mia Viss- Swimming
Tyler West- Track
Laura White- Swimming
Jeff Wilson- Baseball
Madi Zelenski- Softball
Cuesta College Athletic Programs are funded through a combined effort of the College District,
Associated Students of Cuesta College and, The Athletic Booster Club
Athlete of the Month
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 May is freshman Diver Alexander McKee.
Freshman Alexander McKee hauled in the honors during his first year on the planks. The first-year diver won the 2017 Western State Conference 1-Meter Diving title and was the conference’s runner-up on the 3-Meter board. McKee’s performance at the conference meet earned him a trip to the 2017 CCCAA State Swim & Dive Championships, where he was the Cougars’ second highest scorer. He finished 10th on the low board (154.74) and 11th on the high board (174.56) and led the team to 21st place overall.
Men’s Swim & Dive finished in 21st place at the 2017 CCCAA State Swim and Dive Championships at East LA College. The Cougars also landed in 4th place in the Western State Conference.
Athlete of the Month
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 May is freshman Swimmer Lauren Davis
2017 CCCAA State Champion Lauren Davis electrified the CCCAA State Meet with her performance in the 200-Breaststroke. Davis began the third day of the championships by breaking the previous state record in the morning preliminaries by three seconds (2:21.39) and then broke her own record by an additional three seconds in the evening championship final (2:18.88). Her double State record easily earned a CCCAA State title and her record swim was tabbed the 2017 CCCAA State Performance of the Meet. Davis also earned All American honors with a 2nd place swim in the 200 Individual Medley (2:09.17) and 3rd place in the 100-Breaststroke (1:05.37). She has dominated the competition all season on her way to three new Cuesta records in individual events and two more school marks in the relays. Davis was also named the 2017 Western State Conference Female Swimmer of the Year.
Women’s Swim & Dive finished in 8th place at the 2017 CCCAA State Swim and Dive Championships at East LA College. The Cougars also landed in 4th place in the Western State Conference.
Locher Honored as Cuesta COY
SAN LUIS OBISPO (May 25, 2017)- Cuesta Men’s Cross Country Coach Brian Locher has been recognized as the 2016-17 Cuesta College Coach of the Year. This is Locher’s second time to be honored for his work as Cuesta’s Cross Country Coach. Locher led his harriers to 10th place at the 2016 CCCAA State Cross Country Championships and second place in the Western State Conference. Locher has been recognized as the Western State Conference Coach of the Year five times, including three times for men’s cross country. On the cross-country course, 2017 Cuesta College Athlete of the Year Sean McDermott won the 2016 CCCAA State Title and was joined on the CCCAA All-State team by fellow Cougar Trevor Stangle. The duo also part of a pack of five Cuesta harriers to garner all-WSC honors. In the classroom, four members of the seven-man squad earned all-WSC Academic Team honors and the team combined to post a 3.161 GPA, the highest mark posted by any men’s sports at Cuesta.
This award recognizes the highest level of coaching achieved at Cuesta College during a year of competition. It was first officially presented in 2009. The award is based on a mathematical formula that weighs a coach’s individual performance as well as the on-field success of his/her team.
Cuesta Coaches Award
Cuesta College Coach of the Year (est. 2009)
2008-09 Mike Napoli, Women’s Tennis
2009-10 Rusty Blair, Men’s Basketball
2010-11 Joe Dansby, Wrestling
2011-12 Brian Locher, Women’s Cross Country
2012-13 John Marsh, Men’s Swim & Dive
2013-14 Joe Dansby, Wrestling
2014-15 Joe Dansby, Wrestling
2015-16 Bob Miller, Baseball
2016-17 Brian Locher, Men’s Cross Country
Daschian and McDermott Named Cuesta’s
2017 Outstanding Athletes of the Year
SAN LUIS OBISPO (May 9, 2019) – 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 fifteenth time. This year’s winners are star Harriers Miranda Daschian (Atascadero HS) and Sean McDermott (Kings Beach). They each won California Community College Athletic Association State Cross Country titles, both a first for a Cuesta harrier, which marks the first time in nearly 40 years that one school has claimed both the men’s and women’s cross country titles in the same year.
2016 CCCAA State Cross Country Champion Miranda Daschian (Atascadero HS) is in the midst of a season for the ages. She was undefeated all the way through cross country season and has not lost a race to a CCCAA runner, in any event from the 800-meter to the 10,000-meter runs, during track season. Daschian skipped cross country her freshman year, but easily out classed the field this Fall. She was never really challenged and won the CCCAA Regional Meet by 20 seconds and the CCCAA State Championship by a dozen ticks on the clock. She has been nearly as dominant during track season and easily reached the CCCAA State Meet for the second straight year. She has already nabbed a spot in the 10,000-meter run and is running to qualify in the 1,500 and 5,000-meter runs this week. Daschian has left the rest of the CCCAA in her dust this year and is poised to add more hardware at the 2017 CCCAA State Track & Field Meet. Coach Brian Locher says of his superstar, “Miranda has been the most dominant distance runner on the JC circuit this year. She hasn’t lost a single race in cross country nor in track for the 2016-17 season. She currently ranks #1 in the state in the 1,500, 3K, and, 5K events, while holding the school record in the 5K and 3K; breaking a 28-year old record. Miranda is coachable, competitive and driven in her pursuit of greatness.”
2016 CCCAA State Cross Country Champion Sean McDermott (Kings Beach) earned all-State honors as a freshman, but battled through his encore performance with finishes in the teens and as low as 25th place to begin his sophomore campaign. McDermott turned his season around and hit his stride at the right time by winning the 2016 Western State Conference title and finishing second in the CCCAA Regional Meet, before knocking off previously undefeated Luis Ortega of San Bernardino Valley at the 2016 CCCAA State Cross Country Championship. McDermott is the only two-time All-State Harrier in Cuesta history, as well as the program’s only CCCAA State Champion. He has continued his success during track and field season and set new Cuesta records in the Steeplechase (9:12.32) and 3,000-meter run (8:31.36) this season. He has qualified for the 2017 CCCAA Track & Field State Championship in both the Steeplechase and 5,000-meter run for the second straight year and is favored to bring home a couple more state titles. Coach Brian Locher says of his veteran star, “Sean currently leads the state in the 3K, Steeple and 5K races; including school records at Cuesta in the 3K and Steeple and #2 at 5K. He also won the State Cross Country title at Woodward Park in the Fall. Sean has proven to be a coachable member of the team as well as a disciplined leader on the track. Sean actively cultivates friendship with teammates and competitors, while acting as a consummate citizen too.”
2003 David Lamar (Baseball) Shanna DeMichelle (Swim)
2004 Kevin Bradley (Water Polo, Swim) Christina Reyes (X-Country, Track)
2005 Mike Brown (Baseball) Jessie Ritchie (Tennis)
2006 Jeff Chaney (Water Polo) Lindsay Campana (Softball)
2007 Michael Williams (Wrestling) Whitney Levicki (Water Polo)
2008 Quentin Cate (Baseball) Julie Coelho (Volleyball)
2009 Tom Schumacher (Basketball) Chloe Redman (Tennis)
2010 Roger Guardia (Basketball) Kelly Barmann (X-Country)
2011 Eric Marsh (Water Polo) Alexandria Bernard (Water Polo, Swim)
2012 Malte Kramer (Basketball) Devon Kelsey (X-Country, Track)
2013 Brady Moore (Water Polo) Kryn Masutani (Softball)
2014 Georan Meendering (Swimming) Riley Cooks (Volleyball, Track)
2015 Connor Fisher (X-Country, Track) Rachel Gruetzmacher (Water Polo, Swim)
2016 Brendan Jenkins (Baseball) Augusta Thomason (Track & Field)
2017 Sean McDermott, (X-Country, Track) Miranda Daschian (X-Country, Track)
Sean McDermott Named Cuesta’s
2017 George Silveria Memorial Student-Athlete Award
SAN LUIS OBISPO (May 9, 2017) - The George Silveria Memorial Student/Athlete Career Award was established in 1966 by the Booster Club Board of Directors 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’s 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 52nd year of Cuesta College Athletics and the 52nd 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 2017 George Silveria Athletic Career Award winner is running star Sean McDermott (Kings Beach). McDermott competed in both cross country and track for two seasons. In individual sports, McDermott is a “team runner”. He leads from the front, but is always around to give his teammates a pat on the back. He is a visible presence at every meet and his enthusiasm is a major factor in the Cougars’ success on the course and out at the track.
McDermott is a two-time qualifier for the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Cross Country Championships and claimed the 2016 CCCAA State Title this past Fall. He finished 5th at the CCCAA State Meet as a freshman in 2015 and is the only two-time all-State Harrier in Cuesta history. McDermott also dominated at the conference level. He twice earned all-Western State Conference (WSC) First Team honors and was the circuit’s Harrier of the Year in 2016.
McDermott is also a two-time CCCAA State Track & Field participant. He finished 5th in the Steeplechase and 10th in the 5,000-meter run as a freshman and is back in both events this Spring. He also won a WSC title in the Steeplechase this year and was second in the 10,000-meters, additionally he earned all-WSC honors in the Steeplechase, 5,000 and, 10,000-meter runs as a freshman. His effort at the 2016 WSC Track and Field Championship pushed Men’s Track and Field to the program’s only conference title in 47 years of competition. McDermott will conclude his career holding Cuesta’s Steeplechase (9:12.32) and 3,000-meter run (8:31.36) records and in the Top 5 for both the 5,000 and, 10,000-meter runs.
McDermott earned All-WSC Academic in all three seasons she competed at Cuesta College and has compiled a 3.64 GPA over the past three semesters. He has accepted a scholarship to compete at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo next year.
George Silveria Career Student-Athlete
1966 Ray Sayler (Football, Basketball, Baseball)
1967 Mark Anderson (Cross Country, Track & Field)
1968 Jim Sunderland (Wrestling)
1969 Richard Abney (Football, Wrestling)
1970 Steve Mowrey (Golf)
1971 Larry Ramos (Football, Wrestling)
1972 George Palmer (Wrestling)
1973 Camillo Alarcio (Football, Wrestling)
1974 Paul Kinne (Football, Baseball)
1975 Rusty Kuntz (Football, Basketball, Baseball)
& Dave Rusco (Basketball, Baseball)
1976 Kevin Hunstad (Football, Wrestling)
1977 Randy Roeder (Football, Baseball)
1978 Edmund Alarcio (FB, MTF) Laura McCarthy (WXC, WTF)
1979 Shawn Kuhn (MBB, Golf) Celeste Martyn (WXC, WTF)
1980 Steve Mitchell (MBB, MTF) Catherine Belcher (WXC, WTF, SB)
1981 Gregg Fambrough (MWP, MSD) Joanne Cooper (VB)
1982 Tom McKeown (MXC, MTF) Heidi Hausner (VB, WSD)
1983 Matt Armbruster (MXC, MTF) Karen Canfield (SB)
1984 Bill Lucia (MWP, MSD) Toni Venturini (VB)
1985 Sean Chambers (MBB, MTF) Kelly Buzza (WXC, WTF)
1986 Hank Peterson (MWP, MSD) Tracey Ross (WXC, WTF)
1987 Karl Blum (MWP, MSD) Cathy Jones (WXC, WTF)
1988 Todd Bates (MWP, MSD) Jennifer Bland (WSD)
& Kelly Porter (MWP, MSD)
1989 Brad Dodge (MT) Vanessa Hornbuckle (VB, WBB)
& Kathryn Krieger (WXC, WTF)
1990 Steve Long (MWP, MSD) Monica Castro (WT)
1991 Dean Jefferis (MWP, MSD) Melissa McCormick (WSD)
& Cee Cee Yancy (WBB)
1992 Geoff Bradshaw (MTF) Alyssa Van Schmus (WTF)
1993 Kipp Ortenberger (MXC, MTF) Erin Breeze (VB, WBB)
1994 Kipp Ortenberger (MXC, MTF) Wendy Ward (VB, WBB)
1995 Mike Barrow (MWP, MSD) Courtney Peters (WT)
1996 Shannon Lamb (MWP, MSD) Carrie Musolff (VB, WBB, WT)
1997 Marco Hanlon (BB) Anicia Bonds (WBB, WTF)
1998 Mark Merlo (MWP, MSD) Ashley Messer (VB, WBB)
1999 Chris Lund (MWP, MSD) Ashley Messer (VB, WBB)
2000 Sergio Reyes (MXC, MTF) Mary Benson (WWP, WSD)
2001 Patrick Furelos (MWP, MSD) Melinda Flores (WXC, WTF)
2002 Doug Leach (MWP, MSD) Courtney Christy (WWP, WSD)
2003 Katie Dacus (Water Polo, Swim & Dive)
2004 Christina Reyes (Cross Country, Track & Field)
2005 Bryan Etnrye (Water Polo, Swim& Dive)
2006 Chris Stehula (Cross Country, Track, Swim & Dive)
2007 Becca Reyes (Cross Country, Track & Field)
2008 Ian Starkie (Water Polo, Swim& Dive)
2009 Tammy Barksdale (Water Polo, Swim & Dive)
2010 Kayla Cribbs (Volleyball, Basketball)
2011 Evan Norton (Water Polo, Swim& Dive)
2012 Alexandria Bernard (Water Polo, Swim & Dive)
2013 Erin Casey (Water Polo, Swim & Dive)
& Matt Giancanelli (Water Polo, Swim & Dive)
2014 Riley Cooks (Volleyball, Track & Field)
2015 Rachel Gruetzmacher (Water Polo, Swim & Dive)
2016 Aly Voth (Cross Country, Track & Field)
2017 Sean McDermott (Cross Country, Track & Field)
Goldman and Daschian Named Cuesta’s
2017 Warren Hansen Scholar-Athletes of the Year
SAN LUIS OBISPO (May 9, 2017) – In 2002 the Cuesta Athletic Department established 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 CCCAA Scholar Award nominees. This year’s winners are Wrestler Modan Goldman (Sunnyvale) and Track Star Miranda Daschian (Atascadero HS).
Goldman has enjoyed a pair of standout seasons at Cuesta College on the wrestling mat and in the classroom. He is a two-time California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Regional Qualifier and earned all-Western State Conference honors as a freshman. He has been the Cougars’ top wrestler at the 141-division the past two seasons and posted a 26-37 record over his career. Goldman also earned all-WSC Academic honors in both 2015 and 2016 and has accumulated a 3.91 grade-point average in 73 units over his five semesters at Cuesta College. He is Majoring in Biological Science and shall transfer to UCLA in the Fall. Cuesta Wrestling Coach Joe Dansby says, “Modan always put in the effort to be successful in the room and in his studies. He battled everyday and may not have always won, but his will to succeed left him undefeated!”
Daschian has been undefeated her entire sophomore year in both cross country and track. She won the 2016 CCCAA State Cross Country title and was named CCCAA State Harrier of the Year. She continued her winning ways in track and field and enters the 2017 CCCAA State Track & Field Championships undefeated in any race at any length from 800 to 10,000-meters. There have been few athletes as a dominant as Daschian on the track, but she is nearly as unstoppable in the classroom. Daschian is a two-time all-Western State Conference Academic team member and has posted a 3.92 grade-point average over 55 units in her three semesters at Cuesta College. She is Majoring in Psychology and shall transfer to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in the Fall. Cuesta Cross Country and Track Coach Brian Locher says, “Miranda is coachable, competitive and driven in her pursuit of greatness.”
Both of Modan and Miranda 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.
Cuesta has earned more CCCAA Scholar-Athlete Awards than any other community college.
Warren Hansen Scholar-Athlete of the Year
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)
2016 Nick Rutckyj (Baseball) Keiley Hansen (Soccer)
2017 Modan Goldman (Wrestling) Miranda Daschian (X-Country/Track)