Dec 27, 2013 2:45 AM by Matt SantaMaria
Here are the nominees for the 2013 Central Coast sports story of the year:
Cal Poly Women's Basketball Makes Historic Run
On March 16th the Cal Poly women's basketball team won the Big West tournament for the first time ever. The Mustang ladies knocked off top seeded Pacific in the conference championship game to finally get over the hump. Cal Poly received a 14-seed in the NCAA tournament, but lost to Penn State in the first round.
Schlemer Emerges for Mustangs
Righetti graduate Molly Schlemer made a name for herself in 2013. Schlemer averaged 13 points and 7 rebounds per game for the Mustangs as a Junior. She was named Big West player of the year and then followed that by earning the honor of Big West tournament MVP.
Arroyo Grande Girl's Water Polo Wins 100th Straight Pac-7 Match
Arroyo Grande continues to be in a class all to themselves on the Central Coast. The Eagles took home their 10th consecutive league title in 2013 and won their 100th straight Pac-7 match in the process. Arroyo Grande advanced all the way to the CIF Semifinals before falling to Los Osos.
Laird Makes Historic Run for Mission Prep
Patrick Laird made a historic run into the record books in 2013. The Mission Prep senior ran for 3,117 yards this past season. Laird shattered the Central Coast's single season rushing record and was ninth in the entire country according to Maxpreps. The Royals finished 11-3 and advanced to their second consecutive CIF Championship.
Cal Poly Baseball Makes NCAA Tournament
The Cal Poly baseball team advanced to an NCAA Regional for just the second time in program history in 2013. The Mustangs also earned their first ever win in the national playoffs with a victory over San Diego. Poly lost their next two games and were eliminated, but finished with 40 wins on the season.
Atascadero Tops Paso Robles in PAC-7 Classic
The Atascadero football team proved to be a team of destiny in 2013. Their November 9th meeting with bitter rival Paso Robles was a story all by itself. With the PAC-7 league crown hanging in the balance, the Bearcats scored a touchdown in the final minute to force overtime. It would eventually go to a second OT and down one, the Greyhounds went for two. They converted, earning a 22-21 victory, and securing their undefeated run through the PAC-7.
Taua, Berwick Make College Commitments
It's been known for quite some time that Lompoc's Ainuu Taua was a Division-I prospect. He proved it again on the field in 2013. Taua made a verbal pledge to UCLA earlier this month. Robbie Berwick, who Quarterbacked Atascadero to a PAC-7 league title, made his commitment to Florida State, where the Greyhound star will play basketball.
CIF Releaguing Announced for 2014
In June, the CIF Southern Section finalized plans for re-leaguing on the Central Coast. Mission Prep will join the PAC-7 and Orcutt Academy will be added to the Los Padres League. In football, Orcutt will stay as an 8-man team, but the other schools will be divided into three, five team leagues. The changes will take effect next school year.
Pridham, Krieghoff Make History for Mustangs
Any list of top story lines must include the scoring binge from the Cal Poly pitch in 2013. For the men, Mackenzie Pridham became the program's all-time leader in career goals with 27. For the women, Elise Krieghoff set a school record for goals in a single season with 22.
Hollander Wins Big West Championship
Cal Poly's Laura Hollander was the best in the Big West. In May, the Freshman set a course record in winning the five thousand meter run at the conference track and field meet. She then dominated in the Big West cross country meet in November, winning her second Big West cross country title.
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