Hounds making history: Atascadero girls water polo finishes tied for 2nd in PAC 8

ARROYO GRANDE — The sound of the horn indicating the end of the game was barely audible as the cheers and screams echoed off the churned up water last night at Arroyo Grande High School. For the first time, maybe ever, certainly in as long a time as anyone can remember, the Atascadero girls water polo team are second in the PAC 8. Even though a water polo game had just ended, it seemed the water on the pool deck came from the tears of happy Greyhounds. Shortly after, the “click” of camera shutters filled the brisk night air as swim caps were peeled off to reveal matted down, tangled, chlorine-bleached hair atop the biggest smiles that could be mustered.

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Greyhounds finish fourth in PAC 7

PASO ROBLES — All of the schools in the PAC 7 converged on Paso Robles High School Saturday morning for the conclusion of the regular season of wrestling. Both the JV and varsity squads for each school made the trip and wrestled simultaneously in different gyms. The Righetti Warriors ran away with the PAC 7 title scoring 249.5 points in the tournament with the Bearcats coming in second place with 221 points. In fact, the Bearcats were closer in points to Pioneer Valley, the fourth-place team, than they were to the Warriors.

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Bearcats top Hounds in overtime again: Erick Reyes scores twice

ATASCADERO — Last time the Greyhounds and Bearcats met, they played the early game before the girls played under the lights at War Memorial Stadium. Friday, it was the boys’ turn to take center stage as the warm tones in the winter sky faded into darkness and were replaced by the beaming lights of the Atascadero High School field. The Bearcats started the season as one of the top-ranked teams in the division and rolled through an almost perfect run through the first half of PAC 8 play. After starting the season on fire, the Bearcats lost three straight games and now find themselves in fourth place in league, fighting for a playoff berth at 7-4-1.

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Atascadero girls lose in semi-final: Blow out PV in opener

ARROYO GRANDE — Six of the schools that make up the PAC 8 league converged under grey gloomy cloud cover at Arroyo Grande High School Tuesday for the first round games of the league tournament. The Hounds entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed in pool B, which also included Righetti and Pioneer Valley, while pool A contained Arroyo Grande, Paso Robles, and San Luis Obispo.

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Hounds get revenge win at home over Bearcats

ATASCADERO — The Greyhounds and Bearcats met each other for the second time this season with major PAC 8 implications on the line. With the Bearcats defeating Arroyo Grande on Wednesday, Friday’s game was for second place in league. The Greyhounds are 16-4-1 on the season and 9-3 in league. Atascadero came into the game riding a three-game winning streak after defeating Righetti, Mission Prep and St. Joe.

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Eagles blow out the Saints

TEMPLETON -- The Templeton Eagles girls basketball team has been on fire as of late. After defeating Santa Maria at home on Wednesday, the girls have now won four straight games and nine of their past 10. Overall, the Eagles are 16-4 on the season and 10-1 in league. Offensively, the Eagles swing the ball around the court beautifully and their shooters have started to get hot. In Monday night’s game against rival Morro Bay, Junior Camryn Roth exploded for 37 points in what turned into a 20-point blowout victory.

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Hounds dominate the Knights

ATASCADERO — The Atascadero Greyhounds wrestling team is in a rebuild this season but had the opportunity to shine in front of their home fans on Tuesday night when they hosted the St. Joseph Knights. The Hounds have won three matches in league this season including their 51-14 victory over the Knights. The Greyhounds won the match easily — the Knights were forced to forfeit a majority of the matches because they didn't have enough wrestlers to fill the weight classes.

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No dry eyes on senior night

ATASCADERO — The stage was set perfectly for a Cinderella ending. The team with the 130+ game league winning streak comes to play the small school that hasn’t won league in at least seven years. The small school’s team is made up primarily of seniors who joined the varsity as sophomores vowing to take down the juggernaut someday, and in the last game of the season they meet on senior night.

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Bearcats tie up the Hounds

The final installment of Paso versus Atascadero came this week when the wrestling teams from both schools finally met. With all other sports having already played, the Bearcats lead the winter series 5-1. It was senior night in Paso Robles and the Bearcats recognized those wrestling in the final home match. Paso beat the Hounds soundly on Wednesday night, winning the dual match 55-12. The lower weight classes for the Bearcats really showed their dominance early in the evening and the heavier weight classes continued the trend.

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Tigers sweep Hounds

The Greyhounds came into this week with Tuesday’s game circled on the schedule. It was the rematch between the SLO Tigers who handed the Hounds their first league loss this season when the Tigers beat them 3-2 in overtime a few weeks ago, The previous game was tightly contested, going back and forth the whole way. The Hounds came into the game on Tuesday confident knowing they played the Tigers so close in the last matchup and because many of the girls have played together on club teams in the area.

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Hounds beat Eagles, lose to Tigers

After defeating Pioneer Valley on Wednesday night in Santa Maria, the Greyhounds played host to the Arroyo Grande Eagles on Friday night. The Eagles are currently 12-8 overall and 5-3 in the PAC 8. AG also holds fourth in PAC 8 behind San Luis Obispo, St. Joseph, and Mission Prep, and the Hounds are in fifth place at 3-5, tied with Pioneer Valley and Paso Robles.

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High school scores and schedules: Week of Jan. 26 - Feb. 1

High school scores and schedules: Week of Jan. 26 - Feb. 1

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Lady Bearcats take down ranked Hounds

Last Friday night Atascadero and Paso Robles squared off in a soccer double header at War Memorial Stadium. On top of being the biggest rivalry in the county, the evening of soccer featured two top ten ranked teams in Division 3 of the CIFSS.

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Greyhound defense too much for Cats'

In the final installment of Atascadero vs. Paso Week, the Greyhounds and Lady Bearcats faced off in the pool. Both the Hounds and the Bearcats have had phenomenal seasons to this point and this game had a lot of league implications on the line. The Greyhounds have, at times, climbed all the way into the top ten rankings this season, and the Bearcats have made their way into the top 15.

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Solis scores winning goal in OT thriller

Last Friday night Atascadero and Paso Robles squared off in a soccer doubleheader at War Memorial Stadium. On top of being the biggest rivalry in the county, the evening of soccer featured two top ten ranked teams in Division 3 of the CIFSS.

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Girls team ranked No. 10 in Division 3:

From the very first time they stepped onto the pitch this season, the girls of Atascadero’s soccer team knew what their goal was — to win it all. Coached by Miguel Figueroa, the girls have begun their ascent up the rankings and this week have finally cracked the top ten in Division 3 of the CIF Southern Section.

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Hounds fade late against Royals

While many were at home huddled around their television set watching the National Title game between Georgia and Alabama, the Atascadero Greyhounds men’s basketball team was warming up for a game against one of the top two teams in the league. Senior guard Kyle Colvin is the unquestioned leader of the first Mission Prep Royals who is currently undefeated in league with a 3-0 record and a 9-5 record overall. The stage was set on Monday for a showdown between the Royals top offensive weapon and the Greyhounds top dog, Kyler Warren.

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Tigers edge Greyhounds in overtime

The Atascadero Greyhounds women's soccer team hosted the San Luis Obispo Tigers on Wednesday in one of the biggest games of the season so far. The Tigers came into the game 6-0 while Atascadero was 7-1. Both teams are very familiar with each other — six of the girls on the SLO team play with many of the girls on Atascadero’s team in the offseason for the SLO Storm G’00. The SLO Storm was undefeated this year and one of the top-ranked teams in California.

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Hounds and Eagles battle in Christmas finale

The Atascadero Greyhounds and Templeton Eagles men’s basketball teams faced off last Friday in their final game of the 52nd annual Christmas tournament. Both teams came into the game after losing their first three games of the tournament and were looking to gain confidence before starting league play on Tuesday.

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Eagles get big win to open league: Aurginac and Hurdle lead team late

The Eagles were led on the court by their senior captains Julia Aurginac and Hayley Hurdle, but Head Coach Shawn Koehler coached an incredible game calling the right plays and defense’s late to get the Eagles the four-point victory 50-46.

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Rock Steady Boxing comes to Atascadero

Rock Steady Boxing, a unique exercise program, based on training used by boxing pros, and adapted to people with Parkinson's disease, will now be available in the Atascadero area. The program involves regular exercises such as stretching, bicycling, running, jump-roping, push-ups, balancing and lots of non-contact boxing, led by experienced trainers/coaches. Rock Steady serves both men and women of all ages and levels of ability.

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Eagles fall to Hounds in final game at Christmas tournament

The Templeton Eagles kicked off the annual Atascadero Men’s Christmas Basketball Tournament this Wednesday when they played the Arroyo Grande Eagles in the tournament’s first match. Templeton played two games on Wednesday, one on Thursday and potentially more on Friday.

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Greyhound mens soccer league preview

“This is my final year so I want to go to CIF and hopefully do good in CIF. Most of our seniors that we have, I have played with them all four of these past years and even years before that and we all just want to have a good season and finish it off in CIF.”

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Atascadero Middle School sports reporter interviews former NBA draft no. 1 pick

Like many young boys between the ages of 12 and 15, Weston Hooten loves sports. He loves football in the fall, can't wait for basketball in the winter and patiently waits for baseball in the spring. Hooten is a total sports fanatic, he spends hours watching the NFL draft and his allegiances lie all across the country. He loves the Cleveland Cavaliers but also the Anaheim Angels, the Kansas City Chiefs, and the Oregon Ducks.

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Women's water polo almost overlook Morro Bay

On Tuesday of last week the Atascadero women’s water polo team won one of its biggest games in the past decade. The Greyhounds beat Righetti at home and simultaneously earned a top 10 ranking in the CIF Southern Section Division 5. Atascadero has had their sights set on Righetti for years especially this senior class that was brought up as sophomores.

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Too much offense for Atascadero

The Greyhound girls basketball team played in the San Luis Obispo Holiday Classic Tournament this past weekend and went winless in their three games. The Greyhounds have yet to win a game in this short season, but have a very young team and are still learning how to play together.

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Central California Cruisers Softball: A local tradition revitalized.

Originally established in 1988 the Central California Cruisers had a 18-year run as being the only travel softball organization in the North County. The Cruisers had a very successful 18 years producing many college athletes, high school coaches and even an ASA Hall of Fame member. Now members are looking to resurrect the organization and the tradition of softball in the North County.

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Hounds shutout Eagles in Templeton

The Atascadero girl’s soccer team has opened the season on a roll and continued last week when they made the short bus trip to Templeton to take on the Eagles. Templeton entered the game undefeated after tying Paso Robles the previous week and after beating Coast Union and Pioneer Valley. A talented group of underclassmen have led Templeton thus far who bring seemingly relentless energy onto the field.

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Atascadero women's water polo ranked in the CIFSS top ten

This was a fantastic week to be a Greyhound, especially one who supports Atascadero aquatic sports. For the first time in recent memory the Atascadero Women’s water polo team are the top dogs in the PAC 7. On Monday afternoon the CIF Southern Section office released its rankings of the top women’s water polo teams in Southern California and the Greyhounds came in ranked No.10.

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Eagle girls double up Hounds on the hardwood

Thursday marked the beginning of the San Luis Obispo Holiday Classic Women’s basketball tournament that will run through this weekend. The opening round of the tournament began on Thursday as cross-town rivals Atascadero and Templeton squared off.

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Greyhounds dominate in the pool

The Atascadero Greyhounds girls water polo team is off to its best start in the past three years according to Head Coach Jon Conrad. On the season, the Greyhounds are 6-2 overall and are now 1-0 in league after they dismantled San Luis Obispo Tuesday.

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Cats and Hounds: Atascadero boys end on a win

This past weekend Barney Schwartz Park hosted the Cats and Hounds High School Soccer Tournament. Teams from around the area and from the valley made the trip to the Central Coast to play in the tournament Friday and Saturday. The Greyhounds headed into the tournament fresh off a 2-2 tie against Orcutt Academy on Thursday night and two games into the six games they played in just a five-day span last week.

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Greyhounds basketball spilt games at Harding Invitational

This past weekend the Greyhounds men’s basketball team began its play in the Harding Invitational basketball tournament at Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo High Schools. The tournament took place Thursday through Saturday with 16 teams on the bracket.

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Breytenbach sisters compete in CIF Regionals

By winning the PAC 8 Girls Tennis Doubles Championship in October, Nicoline and Annaline Breytenbach qualified for the 2017 Girls Individual Tennis Regionals. The two Greyhounds were joined by two singles players and a double team from Arroyo Grande as the only players representing the Central Coast.

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Big man on campus

As the morning dew turns to frost and the cold breeze begins to feel like miniature knives on an unprotected face, we are reminded that winter is upon us. Winter is often represented by dark and somber tones but not for Atascadero Senior Kyler Warren. The moment this high school senior entered the room there was something obvious that jumped out.

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Fall all-league selections

Greyhound all-league selections

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Hounds and Eagles get first look at boys basketball teams

The Templeton Eagles and Atascadero Greyhounds tipped off their boys’ basketball seasons this week with a scrimmage against one another Tuesday night in Templeton.

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Trista Loftus wins title fight via standing rear naked choke

Loftus is an Atascadero native, a varsity cheerleader and now a mixed martial arts fighting champion. She has been fighting girl after girl in the United States Fight League (USFL) Pankration 140 pound division this year, working her way toward a title. She has fought six times this year and has ended every fight via a submission except two, but those two came against the same girl.

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Run ends at finals

The girls finished 13th overall while the boys finished 18th, however only the top seven teams advance to State. This was the second consecutive weekend that the Greyhounds were forced to make the five-hour trek to Riverside for the CIF Southern Section prelims and finals. It will also be the last because the Greyhounds will be moving into the Central Section next season where travel will be much more manageable.

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Former Eagle commits to UC Davis

TEMPLETON — Tuesday night in front of a group of her own friends, parents, and coaches, Amanda Wilson committed to swim for the University of California Davis. Wilson graduated from Templeton in 2017 and originally signed a letter of intent to swim at the University of Hawaii. She was one of the most talented swimmers in the county during her time in the pool and is unquestionably the most decorated Eagle swimmer.

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Nolan Meredith commits to UC Davis

ATASCADERO — Atascadero senior baseball player Nolan Meredith signed his letter of intent to play baseball for the UC Davis Aggies on Monday morning in front of a gathering of his friends, coaches, and faculty.

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Atascadero cross country advances to CIF finals

Both the Greyhounds boys and girls cross country teams qualified for CIF finals and will be competing this weekend in Riverside. The girls team, led by Claire Livengood who set a season record on Saturday, raced in the second heat of the Division 4 race and finished in ninth place overall. The boys team went out in the first heat and placed sixth overall behind another monster performance from Xavier Gonzales, who finished third with a personal best time of 15:33.

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Eagles roll into second round after shaky start: Will play Schurr on Thursday night

After spending the entire season as being ranked as either the No.1 or No. 2, the Templeton Eagles and Bishop Amat Lancers have been placed on the opposite sides of the Division 6 CIF Southern Section bracket. On Halloween night the Eagles hosted the Whittier Cardinals in their first round match and defeated them in straight sets, extending their winning streak to 16 games to stay undefeated at home this season.

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Greyhounds stand between Bearcats and an undefeated league title

The Atascadero Greyhounds are the only thing that stands between the Paso Robles Bearcats and their season-long goal of being the undefeated PAC 5 league champions. The Paso versus Atascadero game is the stuff of lore, one of those rivalry games where you throw the records out the window because they don't matter.

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Templeton hosts first round playoff game on Halloween night

The Templeton Eagles finished their season with a 22-4 record and enter the CIF Southern Section Playoffs as the No. 2 ranked team. On Halloween night the Eagles will host their first-round playoff game as they welcome in Whittier High School. The match is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. Whittier made the playoffs as an at-large bid from the Del Rio League.

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Greyhound waterpolo splits first two games at PAC 8 tournament

Head Coach Jon Conrad and the Atascadero boys water polo team loaded up the bus to Arroyo Grande High School on Tuesday to compete in the PAC 7 water polo tournament. In the first game of the tournament, the Greyhounds faced off against their crosstown rival the Paso Robles Bearcats.

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Greyhounds route Tigers: Machado and Cross each rush for over 100 yards

It was homecoming this week in Atascadero as the Greyhounds welcomed in the San Luis Obispo Tigers on Friday night. New and old alums descended upon Memorial Stadium Friday to watch their Greyhounds get a victory and to watch the elaborate halftime show that Atascadero is able to put on year after year. The halftime show kicked off all the action on Friday even with it coming after two-quarters of play.

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Eagles fall to Saints: Templeton starts sophomore quarterback

The Templeton Eagles hosted the Santa Maria Saints on Friday in an important matchup in the Northern Football League that currently holds the two aforementioned teams along with Morro Bay and Nipomo. Coming into the game Friday, all three of the top teams (everyone except Morro Bay) all had two wins on the season and were fighting for a chance to hold the top spot in league.

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Season sweep complete

On Tuesday night the Greyhound girls volleyball team traveled to Paso Robles to take on the Bearcats at the Gil Asa gym at Paso Robles High School. The Greyhounds came into the game looking to complete the season sweep of their rivals and did exactly that, winning three games to one.

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Hounds place third: Burson takes fourth overall

On Wednesday, girls varsity golfers converged on Chalk Mountain Golf Course from Atascadero, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria, and Arroyo Grande to compete in PAC 8 League Finals. Only a few strokes separated the top teams as the competition really picked up on the back nine. For the first time this season, the girls played a full 18 holes in competition and this year Atascadero was the host, which is why the event was held at Chalk Mountain.

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YOU GOTTA HAVE FAITH: Early setback leads to major success

This time last year Faith Rocha was preparing to tryout for the eighth grade volleyball team. A bunch of her friends played on the team and it seemed like a match made in heaven. Middle school is the first time that most kids have to go through a tryout in order to make it onto a given sports team. Rec leagues have room for everyone and club teams more often than not recruit the players they want or in some way morph the local all-star team into a club team of their liking.

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Tamelier inducted into AHS Athletic Hall of fame

Two weeks ago Atascadero High School inducted former boys head basketball coach Jerry Tamelier into the Atascadero Athletic Hall Of Fame. Tamelier led the Greyhounds from 1983 until he retired from both coaching and teaching in 2012. In those 29 years the Greyhounds went to the playoffs an astounding 19 times (65.5 percent of the time) and won six league titles. The Greyhounds Boys Basketball team won the Los Padres League Title two times in 1990,1999, and the PAC 8 Title four times in 2003, 2004, 2009 and 2011.

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League finals warm-up

The Atascadero Greyhounds Girls Tennis team has won its last three straight matches by a substantial margin and are preparing themselves for League Finals. This past Tuesday the Greyhounds traveled to Righetti High School to take on the Warriors and left with an 11-7 victory. On Thursday of last week they hosted Mission Prep and again emerged victorious this time with the score being 15-3, and on Tuesday they again made the 45 minute trip to Santa Maria to face St. Joseph High School and won again 15-3.

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Quick work

For the fifth consecutive week the Templeton Eagles are ranked in the top 2 in Division 6 of the CIF Southern Section. On Tuesday, Templeton hosted the Lompoc Braves and their full dominance was on display, beating them in straight sets and playing with a certain looseness that only top teams can play with. Every girl was relaxed, the crowd was relaxed, even the coach was relaxed as everyone in the building knew who the top team was and that there wasn't a thing that Lompoc could do to stop them.

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VOLLEYBALL: Hounds fall to Eagles

ATASCADERO — The Greyhounds hosted the Eagles of Arroyo Grande last Thursday for the biggest game of the year thus far. AG and Atascadero entered the game tied atop the PAC 8, both being undefeated in league. On the Monday before the game the CIF Southern Section released its most recent rankings and the Eagles came in at number seven in Division 3, and played like a top ranked team Thursday, defeating the Hounds in straight sets 17-25, 20-25, 15-25. The Eagles team looked strong in all facets of the game — defensively their height made it difficult for the Greyhounds outside hitters to be effective and seemed to make them start questioning their shots after being blocked multiple times. Many of the AG players hit powerful, precise serves that kept the Greyhounds offense out of sync the entire night.

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GOLF: Katie Burson sets new personal record

ATASCADERO — The Atascadero Girls Golf team hosted the Paso Robles Bearcats to their home course, Chalk Mountain Golf Course, Tuesday for a dual meet. The Greyhounds defeated the Bearcats by 45 strokes winning 254-299. Once again, Freshman Katie Burson led the way for the Greyhounds, this time to set her personal record in the process. Burson finished the day shooting a 36, one over par for the front nine at Chalk Mountain, and finishing 15 strokes lower than the next closest competitor.

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Scoop and score: Greyhounds seal win with late fumble recovery, touchdown

The Greyhounds have a knack for winning games in the most riveting style this season. Their first win came in overtime, and this week they picked up their second in a game that was so close fans were scared to leave their seats in order to go to the bathroom. Up only six points at the start of the fourth quarter, and with the Greyhound offense disappearing in the second half, an all too familiar feeling began washing over the fans in attendance as the clocked ticked down and Pioneer Valley was forced to air it out.

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Greyhounds win Brug Invitational

The Atascadero Greyhounds Cross-Country team headed to Santa Margarita Lake for the Brug Invitational, sponsored by the Santa Margarita Lions Club. Both the Greyhounds boys varsity and girls varsity had strong showings with each finishing in the top three.

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Eagles keep winning: Templeton Ranked No. 1 in Division 6

The Templeton Eagles girls volleyball team continued its dominance this week as they hosted the Nipomo Titans Tuesday night. The Eagles are the No. 1 ranked team in the CIF Southern Section Division 6 and currently have a 14-4 record on the season while being 6-0 in league. The Eagles are undoubtedly the top team in the Los Padres League, and it's up for debate who is the best team in the county between them and Arroyo Grande, who is currently ranked No. 7 in Division 3.

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Golf wins back-to-back

he Atascadero girls golf team traveled to Morro Bay on Monday this week for a dual match and hosted a dual on Tuesday against St. Joseph High School. The Greyhounds won both matches this week, playing the first one at Morro Bay Golf Course and the second one at Chalk Mountain Golf Course.

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Sweet revenge for Greyhounds: Cruise to victory over bitter rival

This past Thursday night the Atascadero women’s volleyball team took on their biggest rival, the Paso Robles Bearcats, at home in front of a rowdy crowd. For the first time this season both sides of the bleachers were down for the volleyball game as fans from Atascadero and Paso Robles cannot be seen sitting next to one another. The Bearcats students made the 15-minute drive and filled up a section of the visitors side bleachers.

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Local wild card Sophie Whittle Upsets No. 3 seed

Local wild card and Gonzaga University junior Sophie Whittle surprised herself – and all her family and friends on hand supporting her – in capturing her first WTA point in her first USTA Pro Circuit tournament with a shocking 6-2, 6-3 upset over No. 3 seeded Francoise Abanda of Canada on Wednesday at the first annual Central Coast Pro Tennis Open, a $60,000 women’s event taking place at the Templeton Tennis Ranch.

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Coyotes outlast Greyhounds

The Coyotes of Madera High School traveled to Memorial Stadium Friday for their 7:30 p.m. matchup with Atascadero. It was a tense game for all in attendance and the Greyhounds were in it until the very end but the advantage in situational football went to the Coyotes and so did the victory.

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Pro Women's Tennis Tourney coming to Central Coast

The Templeton Tennis Ranch will be host the first ever professional tennis tournament on the Central Coast next week starting on Sunday and running through the following Sunday. The tournament is called the Central Coast Pro Tennis Open and will feature some of the top women’s athletes ranked in the entire world as they compete for $60,000 and points to increase their world ranking.

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Greyhounds catching their stride

The Greyhound cross-country team traveled to Ojai last Saturday to compete in the Ojai Invitational. There were 23 different teams entered into the 5K race on the men's side (297 runners in the field), and the Greyhound boys finished fourth overall. Junior Xavier Gonzales finished with the fastest time for Atascadero crossing the finish line with a time of 16:18.8 which placed him third overall as he recorded the second fastest time for a Greyhound at the Ojai Invitational.

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Hounds start hot

The Greyhounds girls tennis team welcomed the Bearcats to their home courts Tuesday, finishing up their first round of league play. The Greyhounds jumped out to an early lead due to strong play from both their doubles teams and their singles players, but the Bearcats fought back, and after settling in made the match very close.

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Burson shoots low round

The Atascadero girls golf team opened tournament and league play last week, and hosted a home dual Tuesday against Righetti High School. The girls usually play dual meets on Tuesdays, meaning it's just two teams competing for the lowest combined score, while minis are held on Thursdays and generally have all eight teams in league playing on one course.

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Perseverance in the pool

The Greyhounds water polo team hosted its first home league match this week when they faced the Righetti Warriors on Tuesday. The small stands that line the pool were full of supportive parents and junior varsity players who cheered on the Greyhounds the entire game, even when the score got out of reach. Righetti is a much deeper and faster team than Atascadero and regularly go to CIF and make a run at the title. The Warriors jumped out to an early lead, and were up (13-1) at the end of the second period, but Atascadero never gave up, and never put their heads down.

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She's got game

The Atascadero freshman football team became a little more diverse this season. It’s 2017, and by now most of us have heard a stories about girls playing football, but in most cases the team's female player occupies the position of kicker. However, to many football players, to be considered a “real football player” you need to get some contact, you need to knock heads every once in awhile because that is what separates football from all other sports — the ability to hit people.

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Straight sets: Hounds top Cabrillo

ATASCADERO — The Atascadero Greyhounds girls volleyball team welcomed in the Conquistadors of Cabrillo to the gym on Tuesday, and played strong from start to finish. The Greyhounds won the match in straight sets with the games going (25-12), (25-10), (25-15). Taylor Degnan led the Hounds offense with ten kills and Abby Wright added eight kills of her own to go along with three aces. Kylee Degnan was setting up her teammates all evening long and finished the game 22 assists. The Greyhounds jumped out to an early lead and never took their foot off the gas pedal.

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Too big, too fast: Greyhounds fall to Ventura

The heat of last week forced the cancellations of many high school sporting events, but not the Greyhound’s Friday night football game against Ventura High School. Kickoff for the game was set for 7 p.m., but when it became clear that it would still be around 100 degrees, the schools agreed to move it back to 7:30 p.m. As the sun descended, the temperature dropped. The thermometer read 93 degrees when the captains trotted out to centerfield hand-in-hand. Atascadero won the coin toss and deferred to the second half, sending their kickoff team out onto the field. The opening kickoff was the only one the home fans got to witness Friday night as the Hounds were shut out (49-0).

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Tennis is here

The Atascadero and Templeton women’s tennis teams were set to face off in a scrimmage this week, but due to intense heat both teams decided to modify their match. Instead of sticking to the normal tennis script, which plays both singles and doubles matches, Head Coaches Lori Bickel (of Atascadero) and Mary K. Housinger came together and decided to forgo all the singles matches and just focus on doubles, which is less strenuous on the individual athletes.

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Greyhounds win overtime thriller

The last weekend in August means only one thing in the Central Coast of California: high school football is back. Memorial Stadium has undergone some renovations this offseason and the old, rickety, warped wooden boards of the home side can no longer tell their legends of the early 90s and have been replaced with brand new vibrant, bright orange panels; an almost perfect metaphor for the Greyhounds transition to this season who saw many of their impact players from a year ago graduate only to have their spots filled by someone much younger. The stands were pulsating as everyone cheered, awaiting the kick off and the beginning of the fall sports season. Atascadero’s week zero game could not have been more entertaining. The game ended as an overtime thriller with the Greyhounds emerging victorious. The rust from the offseason was obvious for both teams, with mental and physical mistakes showing up at important times in the game. The Greyhounds defense looked stout and kept the Hounds in the game most of the evening, forcing multiple three-and-outs. Chance Henry and Scott Morgan met one of the Foothill running backs in the hole, late in the second quarter and forced an important fumble that was scooped up Zach Davis. At the end of the third quarter, The Hounds defense showed their true grit and desire to win when they held the Knights to a goal line stand. Both offenses struggled in the second half, and it looked as if the defense knew that a goal line stand would make the difference.

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Hounds cruise in opener

The boys water polo team opened the 2017 fall sports season with a game against Morro Bay High School on Tuesday afternoon. The small metal stands that hold the spectators were filled with disheveled, chlorine-bleached hairdos, and the aroma of sunscreen was inescapable. Their was a palpable buzz of excitement in the atmosphere for the return of school, and the return of sports.

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New section, new problems

As many local high school sports fans might know, the PAC-7 division will be moving out of the CIF Southern Section and into the Central Section next season. This has been a long anticipated move for a host of different reasons, many of which provide advantages to schools on the Central Coast. The main advantage of the move is the hours of travel time teams from San Luis Obispo County can save by driving to different schools Clovis for CIF playoff games instead of making an agonizing trip to the southern parts of Los Angeles with a bus full of kids that can barely sit still for an 85 minute class, let alone a six hour bus ride.

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Vic Cooper on Greyhounds season

Get to know your Greyhounds! The Atascadero News spent some time out at Greyhounds training camp this week and interviewed a couple players and Head Coach Vic Cooper. The Hounds will kick off their season on Friday, August 25 at 7:00PM at home against Foothill High School (Santa Ana). The Greyhounds finished last season (5-5) and have been working throughout the offseason to improve and make a run at the league title this year. Instead of building our own story about the team, we figured we would let them tell you in their own words. Our sports reporter Connor Allen was able to sit down with the man running the show for the Greyhounds, Coach Cooper.

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Larry Welsh to enter CIF SS Hall of Fame

His accomplishments speak for themselves, Welsh was selected as the Los Padres League Coach of the Year 10 times in his 18 years at Atascadero. He was selected as the CIF Southern Section Coach of the Year seven times, and once selected as the Cal-Hi-Prep State coach of the year; he set the California record for most wins in a decade with 111, and led the Greyhounds to four consecutive CIF titles from 93-96 and won seven in total. In 2006, Welsh was elected into the Gonzales hall of fame, in 2008 he entered the Atascadero Hall of fame, in 2014 he entered the Salinas Valley Sports Hall of Fame and on Oct. 18 of this year he will enter the CIF SS Hall of Fame, a tremendous honor. However, no matter how many awards he has won or how many Halls of Fame he has entered, he hasn't forgotten those who helped him along the way.

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Eagles ready to bounce back

The Templeton Eagles Football team is about to start its second season under Head Coach Tyler Lane. Last year the Eagles struggled in Lane’s first season which is to be expected when installing a new system and playing with such a young team. The Eagles come into this season with an experienced, hungry team and are ready to make a run at the Los Padres League Title. The Eagles have a bizarre schedule this year, opening up with four consecutive road games followed by four consecutive home games. Templeton's home opener will be on Sept. 22 against Santa Ynez. Sports reporter Connor Allen spent some time at Eagles practice this week and was able to talk with Coach Lane and junior Shane Simonin

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Hounds hungry for league title

The Atascadero Greyhounds Volleyball team has began its offseason practices and is working toward hanging another PAC-8 title from the rafters. According to Maxpreps, last season the Hounds finished (11-16) overall and (7-7) in league. This will be Head Coach Rachel Coons’ fourth season in charge and is excited about the potential this team has. “This team has been playing together for a long time. I have a couple juniors that were on varsity as sophomores, a couple other ones that have been coming up and have been playing varsity as sophomores, so they have kind of been a unit for a year already,” Coons said of her experienced team. When asked their goal for the season she replied firmly, “second round of the CIF playoffs.”

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Armbar Assassin Strikes Again

The Armbar Assassin strikes again! Trista Loftus, who fights out of the Pit North in Atascadero, has fought twice over the past 30 days and won both in vintage Loftus fashion, with a devastating armbar. When we last met with Loftus she was training for a fight against Jourdan Gumpher, who is the current 135 national champion wrestler. “My first one was against the 135 National Champion Wrestler and I finished that in 1:23 seconds in the first round via an armbar,” Loftus said. Fast forward a month and a half and she is now scheduled to fight in not one, but two different title matches in the coming months. As Loftus has continued to train with her coaches her skills have continued to improve. The 14-year-old star in the making has also began fighting older and heavier girls in her pursuit of a title.

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Elite level acrobatics

Bella Swarthout, Sarah Newlon, and Shay Smiley-Rooney form a three-girl acrobatic gymnastic team that traveled to Nationals in Milwaukee and finished fourth. The trio represented the Central Coast, having one girl from Paso Robles, one from Atascadero and

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Blues play last home games of the season

The San Luis Obispo Blues played their final two home games of the season this week, one on Tuesday and one on Wednesday. The season didn’t go quite as well as the Blues would have hoped, but was still filled with great performances. Coming into Tuesday’s

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The Armbar Assassin

The next female mixed martial arts star could very well come out of Atascadero. Trista Loftus, 14, is currently 3-1 in the United States Fight League (USFL) Pankration and is beginning to turn the heads of important figures in the sport. Loftus is coming

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Fireworks on Tuesday

The excited fans had barely began settling into their seats, most not even paying attention yet, when they were greeted with a familiar crack of the bat that they had heard just seconds earlier. The entire stadium could be heard holding in their breath as

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Howell continues to dominate

Atascadero’s own, Keenan Howell has returned from Nationals in Milwaukee with two more National Champions hanging around his neck. Howell began turning heads a few weeks back when he won his first National Title, and now has won three in a matter of six

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Templeton alum coaches youth basketball in Kenya

At the end of the spring semester, many California State University, Los Angeles students look forward to their impending summer vacations. Some kids spend their summers at the beach, some at the lake, but Cal State L.A. basketball player Robby Kaiser cho

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Lucido wins cross country bike race

Atascadero resident Brian Lucido raced in the grueling Great Divide Mountain Bike Race a few weeks ago and left a champion. The Great Divide Mountain Bike Race starts in Canada and ends near the Mexican border in New Mexico. The race lasted 14 days and

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Atascadero all comers meet returns July 26

This Wednesday, June 28 the all comers meets will return to Atascadero High School. The all comers meets have become one of the key indicators that it is in fact summer in Atascadero. Each Wednesday night, starting next week until July 26, Memorial field

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Win some, lose some: Blues split series with Healdsburg Prune Packers

On Tuesday, the San Luis Obispo Blues welcomed the Healdsburg Prune Packers to Sinshimer Stadium for a two-game series. The series featured tons of offense, home runs coming from both teams, and even a grand slam. The announcer’s voice could be heard echo

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Carr honored at UCSD

One of Atascadero’s very own has earned all-American honors in Florida, two Saturdays ago. Chrissi Carr, graduated from Atascadero High School in 2012 and has spent the past four years at the University of California, San Diego refining her skills in the

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Hot bats an hot sauce

The San Luis Blues hosted another round of games this weekend, and have continued to stay red hot. Former Templeton Eagle standout pitcher, and current Gonzaga Bulldog, Mac Lardner was on the bump for the Blues on Sunday, and pitched a gem. The lefty coll

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Sabrina VanBeek signs with Whittier College

On Monday, in front of a gather of friends, family, coaches and teachers, Sabrina VanBeek committed to continue her athletic career at Whittier College. Whittier College is a division three school that competes in the Southern California Intercollegiate

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Speed kills: North County team goes down at all-star football game

On Saturday a collection of the top players from each of the football teams in the North County joined forces to take on the all-stars of south county. Yes, that means that Bearcats and Greyhounds worked together in harmony to achieve a common goal, beati

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Out after two: Greyhounds wrap up season with second-round loss to Katella

ATASCADERO — The Greyhounds baseball team made it into the second game of the playoffs for the first time since 2010. The weather was warm for the 3:15 p.m. start time, and the crowd’s location proved it. Just past the burnt orange tubing that indicates t

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PAC-8 swim season closes for Greyhounds

On Thursday, May 4 at Sinshimer Pool in San Luis Obispo, the Greyhounds swim team competed in the PAC-8 finals. It was a perfect day, the facilities were packed with double parked cars and screaming parents fighting for a perfect picture position. A haze

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Ellie Nisbet becomes a Gaucho

Last week ended in a whirlwind for Atascadero senior distance runner Ellie Nisbet. On Thursday, Nisbet had the race of her career in the PAC-8 track and field finals, and on Friday she committed to continuing her athletic career at the University of Calif

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Seniors Lead Atascadero High School track team

The Greyhounds track and field team competed in the PAC-8 league championships at Atascadero High School on May 4. Seniors Brittney McKinley, and Sabrina VanBeek were the standouts among many great performances. McKinley, the senior sprinter, dominated th

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BASEBALL: Greyhounds win in eight against SLO Tigers

The Greyhouds and Tigers of San Luis Obispo are in the middle of a series this week, playing for the rights to third place in the PAC-8 division. The Arroyo Grande Eagles are also in the mix for the third spot and currently hold it with a record of 9-7 in

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PREP BASEBALL: Greyhounds control destiny

With Paso Robles and Righetti battling over first place in the PAC 8 League, three teams — Atascadero, Arroyo Grande, and San Luis Obispo — are standing off through the final few series’ to lay claim to third place and earn a trip to the postseason. The

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