Led by Western State Conference Coach of the Year Ron Barba, the Cuesta College women’s basketball team had one of the greatest seasons in program history, finishing in second place in the Western State Conference Northern Division and making the postseason for the first time since 2008.
Four Cougars were named to the all-WSC first team Tuesday. Three members of Cuesta’s men’s team earned all-conference honors, as well.
Alyssa Palma, Aria Johnson, Miriam Zabinsky and Courtney Chadwick were given first-team honors for the Cougars, the first time the program has had three or more since 1998.
Palma, a former Atascadero High standout, was given first-team honors for the second consecutive year and was named to the 2013 CCCAA all-state team.
For the Cougars men, Plamen Hristov and Oscar Pedroso were named to the first team, while Kenny Robinson earned an honorable mention.
Hristov, a native of Bulgaria, was a unanimous selection to the first team and has been nominated for a spot on the all-state team, which will be announced on the final day of the CCCAA playoffs.
Hancock 1, Cuesta 0
The Bulldogs scored the game’s only run on a fielding error in the top of sixth inning in the Western State Conference opener for both teams in Santa Maria.
Lucas Martin pitched a complete game in the loss for the Cougars (6-8), while Nate Thompson went the distance in the win for Allan Hancock.
Cuesta had just two hits to the Bulldogs’ eight.