The Cal Poly men’s basketball program signed two guards for the 2016-2017 season Thursday afternoon in an announcement by seventh-year head coach Joe Callero.
Victor Joseph (Chaffey College), a 6 foot guard, and 6-5 guard Josh Mishler (Saddleback College) each signed their National Letters of Intent.
Joseph earned two All-Foothill Conference team nods at Chaffey College, and led the conference last season with 21.3 points per game. Chaffey had a combined 48-17 record during his two seasons at the program.
“Victor is quick, skilled and competitive,” Callero said via press release. “He can play both guard positions, but will be counted on to knock down perimeter shots. He has great patience, a feel for the game and is well-respected on his team. Victor will be a great addition to our program.”
Entering as a junior, Joseph will have two seasons of eligibility left.
Mishler started 28 of 33 games for Saddleback College, recording 3.1 assists a game and helping the 2015-2016 Gauchos to a 31-2 record.
Mishler averaged 9.4 points and 5.1 assists in his 2012-2013 senior season to earn All-Golden West Conference honors at Ocean View High School in Huntington Beach, Calif.
“Josh is an excellent all-around player,” said Callero. “He brings a high IQ and winning mentality to our squad. He can play the off guard or small forward positions because he’s a good passer and efficient scorer. Josh’s defensive discipline will help us with the loss of (graduating All-Big West Conference selection) David Nwaba.”
Mishler will enter as a sophomore and have three years of eligibility remaining.
Cal Poly will return 10 players from its 2015-2016 team.
TRACK AND FIELD
Bennett takes second at Azusa decathlon
Cal Poly’s Devin Bennett finished second at the California Invitational decathlon, earning a career-best 7,118 points Thursday at Azusa Pacific.
Grand Canyon’s Pierre-Louis Ricou won the event with 7,340 points.
Bennett posted a personal best in the 1,500 meters, finishing second in 4 minutes, 21.10 seconds.
Santa Barbara City College 5, Cuesta 1
The Cougars stranded runners in scoring position the first five innings in a loss to Santa Barbara on Thursday.
Cuesta left runners on third in the each of the first three innings and stranded runners in scoring position in the next two.
Santa Barbara opened the scoring on a one-out walk by Alysaa-Rae Jewell, followed by an RBI-double by Monica Salas.
Cuesta evened the score in the bottom of the innings when Ami Hood was hit by her state-leading 11th pitch. Hood reach third on an error and helped load the bases after a Keana Arnold grounder to third, which forced Vaquero third baseman Christal Vierra to try to tag Hood out instead of taking the out at first.
Santa Barbara pitcher Madison McNamee struck out the next two batters before a wild pitch plated Hood for the Cougars only run.
The Vaqueros had a pair of singles and a two-out RBI triple by Maggie Jo Jackson in the seventh to take the lead. Cuesta then had a pair of fielding errors to extend the inning and led to two more Santa Barbara runs.
The loss drops Cuesta into third place in the Western State Conference standings, a game behind first place Moorpark, with five games to play. Only the first two teams automatically qualify for the playoffs in the conference.
Cuesta plays at the Bakersfield Tournament tomorrow, taking on Mt. San Antonio and Bakersfield.