The Cuesta College men’s basketball team went on the road to beat Santa Barbara 65-53 on Wednesday.
The game was close throughout until the the Cougars (19-9, 8-2 Western State Conference-North Division) went on an 8-0 run with seven minutes remaining to pull away from the Vaqueros and remain atop the division race.
Dimitri Utolin led Cuesta with 18 points, and Oscar Pedroso added 17. Both players had five rebounds. Brett Hartshorne grabbed 11 rebounds and scored 11 points for Cuesta.
Cuesta women rout Santa Barbara
The Cuesta College women’s basketball team used a 21-0 first-half run to race past Santa Barbara 71-47.
Morgan Liebscher and Jerrica Crosby led Cuesta (21-6, 6-4 Western State-North Division) with 15 points apiece, and Kaylee Williams had 12 points and nine rebounds.
Cal Poly signs seven for women’s soccer
Cal Poly announced that seven women, highlighted by San Luis Obispo High’s Kat Drake, signed National Letters of Intent to play soccer for the Mustangs.
After playing for Los Altos High and Aragon High in San Mateo her freshman and sophomore years, respectively, Drake was a first-team all-PAC 7 selection with the Tigers last year as a junior.
McKenzie Flood (Los Gatos High School) led the De Anza Division in scoring and helped the Wildcats to a league championship.
Emily Hansen (Rio Americano High, Sacramento) was named Capital Athletic League Defensive Player of the Year while MaxPreps. com ranked the Raiders No. 5 in the nation. She has also made Sacramento Bee honorable mention in basketball, all-league cross-country, and played volleyball at Rio Americano. Her father, Paul Hansen played at Cal Poly from 1985-1988.
Also a standout track athlete, Ally Lynn (San Clemente High) led the Tritons to the second round of the Southern Section Division 1 playoffs as a defender and midfielder.
Kayla McQuade (Los Gatos High), a forward, was named all-area by the San Jose Mercury News after recording a combined 19 goals and 13 assists her sophomore and junior seasons.
Emily Orwig (Campolindo High, Moraga) earned Diablo Foothill Athletic League Offensive Player of the Year, scoring 16 goals and leading her team to a league championship. This year, she has 15 goals through 18 matches.
Gianna Rosati (Woodside High) was a San Jose Mercury News all-area first team selection, the San Mateo Daily Journal Player of the Year, the Menlo Park Daily News’ Defensive Player of the Year and the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division Defensive Player of the Year as a junior. She was a member of the Juventus Avansa club, which won this past summer’s NorCal State Cup title.