Cuesta College cross country coach Brian Locher has been named the California Community College Cross Country and Track Coaches Association (5CTCA) Women’s Coach of the Year after leading the Cougars to a fourth-place finish at the state meet — matching their best school finish since 1998.
He will be honored Aug. 6-7 at the 5CTCA Annual Convention in Las Vegas.
Locher also guided the Cougars to a third-place showing at the Western State Conference Championships, which helped him earn the conference’s coach of the year award. Locher’s squad included Devon Kelsey, an Atascadero High graduate who was named Cuesta’s female athlete of the year.
Former A.G. standout Johnson to play soccer at Butler
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Paige Johnson, a recent Arroyo Grande High graduate, is headed to Butler University to play women’s soccer after signing with the Bulldogs on a partial scholarship July 16, her father, Ralph, confirmed Monday.
Johnson, a midfielder, spent eight years with the Condor Soccer Club in Arroyo Grande under coach Eliseo Romero and four years with the Arroyo Grande girls soccer program, including her senior season at the varsity level.
The Bulldogs are a Division I program that plays in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
Paso youth softball team wins NSA title
The California Aftershock 12-and-under softball team — which is based in Paso Robles — went 5-0 to win the championship at the NSA World Series on July 18-21 in Las Vegas.
Under manager Shawn Fuggs, the Aftershock had the No. 1 seed and beat the Central Coast Athletics of Monterey twice, 2-0 and 6-4, before shutting out Cal Lady Grizzlys of Fresno 9-0 and the Bustos Elite of Bakersfield 3-0. In the double-elimination tournament, the Aftershock beat CV Extreme 6-5 in the first game of the finals to take the championship.
SLO Blues 9, Fresno Sand Gants 2
Bryan Peters went 3 for 4 with three RBI, Adam Frank and Sean Mullen combined to have a solid night of pitching, and the San Luis Obispo Blues exploded for a four-run fourth inning to pull away in a 9-2 win over the Fresno Sand Gnats at SLO Stadium in a summer collegiate baseball game.
The Blues (31-13) were ahead 4-2 before Austin Grisham came up with a two-RBI single to spark a four-run rally in the fourth. Peters and Taylor Anderson each also singled in a run in the inning.
The Blues’ held the Sand Gnats to just two hits all night, with Frank, the starter, throwing five innings with eight strikeouts. Mullen came on in the sixth, striking out seven batters in four scoreless innings.
Neptune Beach Pearl 5, SLO Rattlers 3
The San Luis Obispo Rattlers scored three runs in the seventh inning to take the lead, but gave up four unearned runs in the bottom of the eighth in a 5-3 loss to the Neptune Beach Pearl in a summer collegiate baseball game.
The loss spoiled a strong start by Travis Wilcox, who gave up an unearned run in seven innings, allowing three hits and striking out five for the Rattlers (33-17).
The Pearl scored four runs with two outs in the eighth inning, aided by two Rattlers errors.
Marc Flores and Scott Shields each went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI for the Rattlers.