Cuesta women’s soccer lands 5 North County players on All-WSC teams

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cuesta College women’s soccer enjoyed its best season in over a decade as the Cougars spent most of the season in the state rankings and posted a 13-7 record on the year. Cuesta finished third with a 6-4 record in the Western State Conference and landed seven players on the 2018 All-Western State Conference teams, led by three first-team selections — Martha Mora (Coast Union HS), Alley Andrade (Atascadero HS), and Serena Ramirez (Atascadero HS).

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Hounds go winless at 43rd annual Ruth Doser tournament

ATASCADERO — Atascadero High School hosted their 43rd annual Ruth Doser girls basketball tournament this past weekend and invited five schools from around California to compete over three days. The Ruth Doser tournament works a little differently than most basketball tournaments in that they do not keep track of the winners because all the games are pre-scheduled.

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Hounds go 2-2 in Cats and Hounds tournament

ATASCADERO — The Atascadero Greyhounds and Paso Robles Bearcats together hosted the Cats and Hounds Tournament last weekend which featured 15 different teams from around California, some local and some from as far as Los Angeles County, to play games at various fields in the North County.

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Hounds steal victory from Bearcats

PASO ROBLES — For the first and only time this season, unless they meet in tournament play, the Atascadero Greyhounds and Paso Robles Bearcats boys basketball teams faced off Tuesday night in the Gil Asa Gymnasium.

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Cal Poly fullback Protheroe fourth in Walter Payton Award balloting

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly senior fullback Joe Protheroe finished fourth in balloting for the 2018 Walter Payton Award, presented by STATS to the offensive player of the year in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision.

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Hounds drop home opener

ATASCADERO — The Atascadero Greyhounds opened their boys’ soccer season in a new section, in a new league and with a new head coach in Gary Setting. The Hounds hosted their first home game on Monday against Pioneer Valley and lost 2-1 but played well for all but three minutes at the end of the first half when they let two goals get by them after jumping out to a 1-0 lead late in the first half.

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2018 CCAA Volleyball Mountain League All-League Selections

2018 CCAA Volleyball Mountain League All-League Selections

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2018 CCAA Boys Water polo Mountain League All-League Selections

Here are the 2018 CCAA Boys water polo Mountain League All-League selections as voted on by the coaches.

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2018 CCAA Girls Water polo Mountain League All-League Selections

Here are the 2018 CCAA Mountain League All-League selections as voted by the coaches.

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2018 CCAA Football Ocean League All-League Selections

Here are the 2018 CCAA Football Ocean League All-League selections as voted on by the coaches.

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2018 CCAA Football Mountain League All-League Selections

Here are the 2018 CCAA Football Mountain League All-League selections as voted on by the coaches.

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Bench propels Eagles to win in opener

TEMPLETON — It was not the prettiest win for the Templeton Eagles boys basketball team, but a win nonetheless and a first for the seniors on the roster. The Templeton Eagles opened the season with a win at home on Monday night over the Cabrillo Conquistadors, 53-46.

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Xavier Gonzales wins individual CIF Division 2 Title

ATASCADERO — Atascadero’s Xavier Gonzales was crowned a CIF Central Section Champion after winning the Division 2 race over Bakersfield-Liberty’s Jacob Resendez on Nov. 15 at Woodward Park in Fresno. Three weeks ago at the Mountain League finals, Gonzales finished fourth and was upset with himself because he knew that he could have run faster but head coach Roger Warnes noted that they were, “Holding him back a bit for CIF next week.”

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Shootout in Santa Maria

SANTA MARIA — The Allan Hancock College Bulldogs football team was crowned champions of the American Championship Bowl on Saturday night when they defeated San Bernardino Valley College, 38-35. The score was not entirely indicative of how the game went, a number of questionable calls allowed the Wolverines to stay in the game in the second half after trailing 28-7 at halftime.

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The Leadoff: The best soap opera on TV

I know that I talked about the NBA last week but it is truly the gift that keeps on giving. Did you see what happened to the Golden State Warriors? If you don’t follow basketball the Warriors are essentially an NBA version of the MonStars from “Spacejam.” They won the most games in NBA history in 2016 at 73 and then added one of the best three players in the world to their team. The next season they had four all-stars on their team and ran through the league leaving carnage in their wake. Sure some people, cough haters, will tell you that maybe the San Antonio Spurs could have beat them the year they got their first title or that the Houston Rockets had a chance last year before Chris Paul got hurt but, deep down, when you’re alone, you know who would have won.

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NC talent helps lead AHC to bowl game

SANTA MARIA — The Allan Hancock Community College Bulldogs football team put a 55-14 beat down on LA Harbor Community College on Saturday, Nov. 10, to claim their second consecutive Pacific League Championship. This Saturday, the Bulldogs will host San Bernardino College in the American Championship Bowl at 6 p.m. at Righetti High School.

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Cuesta women’s soccer team finishes 3rd in WSC

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cuesta College women’s soccer team played their final game of the season on Friday, losing to Ventura College, 6-0. The final tally was far from indicative of the season the girls played that included the highest win total since 2005 and saw multiple school records come down that have been held for more than 10 years.

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The Leadoff: Exploded faces and hurt feelings

Did you hear the news? The NBA is going to televise the All-Star draft for the All-Star game this season and it is the best news I have received since I learned that Panda Express has brought back their honey sesame chicken. My birthday was on Monday and I still was more excited when I woke up Wednesday and instantly blasted my eyes with my ESPN update I thought too good to be true.

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Greyhound boys finish ahead of AG for first time in 20 years

SAN LUIS OBISPO — All seven of the high schools that make up the Mountain League for cross country met Wednesday afternoon at the Cuesta-Fairbanks cross country course for the final race of the regular season. Just two weeks ago on Oct. 25, the boys cross country team from Paso Robles claimed their sixth straight countywide title which meant that barring something catastrophic a win on Wednesday was all but a certainty. The Bearcats were in front at the beginning of the race, in the middle of the race, and by the end, they grabbed each of the top three spots and four of the top five with one lone Atascadero Greyhound Xavier Gonzales separating the Bearcats from sweeping the top four.

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Cal Poly Men 3-Peat at Championships; Mustang Women Retake Trophy

BREA — Cal Poly swept the Big West Cross Country Championships on Saturday morning, as the Mustang men’s squad started the meet by claiming their third consecutive team trophy before the women’s team followed by recapturing the conference crown, their third in a four-year stretch.

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Eagles blast past the Knights

TEMPLETON — The Templeton Eagles girls volleyball team blasted their way through the first round Thursday night as they dismantled the Bullard Knights 3-0 winning 25-14, 25-14, 25-20. The Templeton gym looked like a rally for a Duck Dynasty reunion as the theme for Thursday’s game was camouflage and every kid in attendance was wearing various shades of green and brown.

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Eagles host Bullard in CIF first round

TEMPLETON — The Templeton Eagles volleyball team concluded their first season in the Mountain League by winning nine straight games to storm back and earn a tie for second place with San Luis Obispo, winning on the tiebreaker. Templeton will host Bullard on Thursday night, Oct. 25, at 6 p.m. and are 7-1 at home this season with their lone loss coming early in the season against Arroyo Grande.

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Greyhounds to face Bakersfield Christian in first round

The Atascadero Greyhounds girls volleyball team will hit the road for their first-round Central Section Division 2 playoff game and travel to Bakersfield to face Bakersfield Christian High School at 7 p.m. today, Oct. 25. Atascadero finished the season 22-12 overall with a 5-7 record in the Mountain League which placed them fourth.

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The Leadoff: How the Brewers saved baseball

You know that scene in “Dumb & Dumber” when the two main characters are on the way to return the briefcase and Lloyd takes a wrong turn on the way to Aspen and drives throughout the night into Nebraska? When Harry wakes up he is so mad that he gives up on the trip and decides to walk home. The next time we see Harry, he is walking down the highway, thumb out, hair blowing in the wind as a tumbleweed blows in the desert behind him, and sad music is playing in the background as Lloyd pulls up next to him up on a small, rickety motorcycle.

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Templeton Eagles unleash their offense

SANTA MARIA — After losing a tough game to first place Pioneer Valley on Oct. 5, the Templeton Eagles bounced back with a big win on Friday, Oct. 12, over Santa Maria.

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Eagles climb to No. 4 in D2

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Templeton Eagles girls volleyball team has caught their stride and returned to the form that had them as one of the top-ranked teams in the area a year ago. After shredding through the Los Padres League a year ago while still returning their top players and other key contributors the Eagles (12-5) moved up into the Mountain League with the Central Coast’s move into the Central Section.

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Going to the playoffs

ATASCADERO — For the first time in the history of the program, the Atascadero High School girls golf team will be heading to the CIF playoffs. The playoff berth comes on the heels of another Atascadero girls first when they defeated San Luis Obispo at their home course of Chalk Mountain on Oct. 1 by a score of 244-249.

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Mountain League tennis goes to prelims

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Technically speaking, both the Greyhounds and the Bearcats finished in the top three in their inaugural seasons in the Mountain League albeit in an unorthodox way. Atascadero finished league play with a record of 6-6 while the Bearcats finished at 4-8.

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AHS boys water polo No. 9 in D2

ATASCADERO — The Atascadero Greyhounds boys varsity water polo team has won four of their last five games, their lone loss coming to the seventh-ranked team in Division 1 in Arroyo Grande, and have climbed to ninth in the Division 2 CIF Central Section rankings according to

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How many umpires does it take to call a game?

Well, October baseball was fun for all two days that it lasted. As the self-proclaimed biggest Chicago Cubs fan in the area, I have had an awful week, baseball really hurt my feelings and has just reminded me once again how silly some of this is.

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AHS alum inducted into Occidental Baseball Hall of Fame

Logan Allen graduated from Atascadero High School in 2009 as a two-sport star, the recipient of the Bud Ewing Scholarship and began his career as an Occidental Tiger. While a Greyhound, Allen was MVP and a workhorse of both Atascadero basketball and baseball. As a senior, he earned first-team all-county and first-team all-league while batting.432 with 11 doubles and 34 runs scored in only 27 games and earned the same awards for basketball as well as earning Southern Section All-CIF first team.

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Huge comeback in Paso Robles

PASO ROBLES — The Atascadero Greyhounds (21-9) traveled to Paso Robles (4-16) for their second game against the Bearcats this season after defeating them in four games on Sept. 6 and the two rivals clashed late into the night as the Hounds came charging back from 2-0 to win in five sets 3-2.

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Eagles blowout Pirates at homecoming

TEMPLETON — The Templeton Eagles football team ran out onto the field to an absolutely packed house on Friday night as they welcomed in their rival for their homecoming game. The stadium was as full as it has been this season and the student section was spilling onto the walkway in front of the seats as they clammered for the best spot to see the action.

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Muhammad wins singles, doubles titles at Central Coast Pro Tennis Open

TEMPLETON — Long Beach native Asia Muhammad, who now calls Las Vegas home, won her seventh ITF singles title of her career and third in 2018 at the Central Coast Pro Tennis Open at the Templeton Tennis Ranch Sunday.

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Rolling eights

ATASCADERO — The Atascadero and Paso Robles water polo teams met for the second time this season and the outcomes were largely the same. This time the games were held in Atascadero and again the Greyhound boys and the Bearcat girls won handily. The Atascadero boys defeated Paso Robles 13-4 while the Paso Robles girls beat Atascadero 15-5.

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American’s Asia Muhammad and Maria Sanchez Win In Singles and Doubles At Central Coast Pro Tennis Open

TEMPLETON — For the second straight day, Asia Muhammad had a second-set letdown after winning the first, but rallied to come back and win the third set as she beat Canada’s Katherine Sebov on Thursday Canada, 6-1, 5-7, 6-1, to advance to Friday’s quarterfinals at the Central Coast Pro Tennis Open taking place at the Templeton Tennis Ranch.

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Hounds top Bearcats at Chalk Mtn.

ATASCADERO — The Atascadero and Paso Robles girls golf teams met for the first time this year in a dual meet at Chalk Mountain Golf Course on Tuesday. Atascadero came into the match with a 6-3 record on the year and a 1-1 record in Mountain League play while the Bearcats were 3-3 and in the middle of a rebuilding season.

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Americans highlight end of first-round play At Central Coast Pro Tennis Open

TEMPLETON — Grace Min admits she’d rather play on her favorite surface of clay, but settled into the hardcourts just fine on Wednesday with a first-round win over qualifier Maegan Manasse at the Central Coast Pro Tennis Open, a $60,000 USTA Women’s Pro Circuit event taking place at the Templeton Tennis Ranch.

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Davis beats Duval in 3-hour match to open Central Coast Pro Tennis Open

TEMPLETON — The last time many of us saw Lauren Davis play a match, she was locked in a record-setting 3-hour, 45-minute marathon match against the world’s No. 1-ranked player Simona Halep in the third round of the Australian Open in a nationally televised match on ESPN.

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Main-draw singles, doubles draws announced for Central Coast Pro Tennis Open

TEMPLETON — The main draw has been set in singles and doubles at the second annual Central Coast Pro Tennis Open as first-round play begins on Tuesday, as well as the final round of qualifying, at the USTA Pro Circuit Women’s $60,000 event being played this week at the Templeton Tennis Ranch.

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Taylor Miller named a member of CSC College Rodeo Team

WARNER, OKLA. — Taylor Miller from Templeton is a member of the Connors State College Rodeo Team in Warner, Okla. Miller is a freshman at CSC and pursuing an associate’s degree in Animal Science. Miller competes in Team Roping for the team.

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Ready to ball

COLORADO — Robbie Berwick graduated from Atascadero in 2014 and left this small town as one of the most decorated athletes in school history. Berwick was on the boys varsity basketball team for all four years he was in high school and led the team in scoring every year except his first. When he left Atascadero, he also held several football records such as passing yards in a season and led the Hounds to their highest scoring offense since 2005, and before that 1995, which was a CIF Southern Section Championship season.

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Historic start for Cuesta program

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cuesta College women’s soccer team is off to their best start in program history largely impart to an influx of talent from the North Country region of the Central Coast. The Cougars began the season 5-0 and are now 6-1 after losing their first game on Sept. 14. Cuesta currently has a mixture of seven former Greyhounds, Eagles and Bearcats on their team that all contribute in meaningful ways.

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Hounds dominate Tigers at home

ATASCADERO — The Atascadero Greyhounds water polo teams hosted the San Luis Obispo Tigers on a busy day at Atascadero High School that saw four water polo games and three volleyball games all within 100 yards of each other.

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Hounds and Eagles go five

ATASCADERO — The Atascadero Greyhounds girls volleyball team, fresh off a weekend tournament championship, hosted the Templeton Eagles on Tuesday night in a big league matchup early in the season.

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Hounds lose late lead, fall to 0-3

ATASCADERO — The Atascadero Greyhounds fell to 0-3 on the season Friday, Sept. 7, after losing to Bakersfield-Frontier at Memorial Stadium, 29-19. The score was not indicative of how close the game was played, the Hounds battled through early fumbles and penalties taking points off the board to bring the game within one point in the fourth quarter but could not complete the comeback.

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Warriors edge Hounds in fifth set

ATASCADERO — The undefeated Atascadero Greyhounds girls volleyball team opened their Mountain League play Tuesday night by hosting the undefeated Righetti Warriors. Atascadero came into the game 3-0 after defeating Pioneer Valley in straight sets, Morro Bay in straight sets, and St. Joseph, 3-1, and had a chance up 18-17 in the fifth set against Righetti to begin league play with a victory but just barely lost what will undoubtedly be one of the best games of the year.

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Atascadero alum earns Big West Conference Cross Country Athlete of the Week for Cal Poly

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Atascadero High School, Cuesta College alum, and current Cal Poly junior Miranda Daschian was selected as the Big West Conference Cross Country Athlete of the Week on Tuesday, in addition to also being chosen as Cal Poly’s Coca-Cola Student-Athlete of the Week.

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Third Annual SLO Ultra a Perfect Ending of Summer

SAN LUIS OBISPO – On Saturday, September 1, Dairy Creek Event Center at El Chorro Park welcomed SLO Ultra trail enthusiasts for the third annual event produced by the Central Coast's endurance sports leader Race SLO. 700 runners and hikers savored the exclusive opportunity to access the private trails of Camp SLO, Cal Poly, and SLO County Parks to compete in a Road Runners of America (RRCA) 50K State Trail Championship, cross country half marathon and a trail 5K. Children enjoyed a half-mile race at the Dairy Creek Golf Course. Epic scenery and warm weather made for a spectacular day of outdoor activities. In addition to the races, the public was invited to a free Race SLO Dirt Festival, with live music performance by Cuesta Ridge, expo with vendors from running industry, hot BBQ and cold Lagunitas brew. Camping was available for the participants in El Chorro Park. The 2018 race beneficiaries of SLO Ultra included the Land Conservancy of SLO, SLO County Parks and Team Red, White and Blue.

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Eagles win home opener

TEMPLETON — Seniors Kyle Sorrow and Kade Gaertner charged onto the Eagles field, through a tunnel of the band and cheerleaders, Friday night, Aug. 31, with an American flag hoisted high by one and an Eagles flag held by the other as Templeton High School football prepared for kickoff for their first home game of the season.

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Hounds find their stride too late

ATASCADERO — With all three North County teams hosting non-league games this past Friday it is clear that football season is here. Although it was a non-league game for the Atascadero High School Hounds, it was with a very familiar opponent in the San Luis Obispo Tigers, who are now members of the Ocean League while Atascadero is in the Mountain League.

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Templeton Tennis Ranch hosting USTA Pro Circuit tournament Sept. 23-30

TEMPLETON — Some of the top up-and-coming women’s professional tennis players will return to the Central Coast next month as the Templeton Tennis Ranch once again hosts the Central Coast Pro Tennis Open, a United States Tennis Association (USTA) $60,000 Women’s Pro Circuit event set for Sept. 23-30.

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Greyhounds and Bearcats split water polo

PASO ROBLES — It was announced on Monday morning that the first league game within the Mountain League for both the Greyhounds and the Bearcats would be moved from Atascadero High School to the Municipal Pool in Paso Robles due to problems with the pool at Atascadero. Athletic Director Sam DeRose told the Atascadero News that the pool would be fixed by Wednesday.

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‘Good, positive’ scrimmage for Eagles

TEMPLETON — For the first time in 309 nights, the lights at Templeton High School turned on for a football game. In small towns, the lights from the local stadiums act almost as a lighthouse, they are the brightest light in the sky and act as a beacon, both bringing people to the stadium and alerting others that football season is here.

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Bonjour wins Eastern Open No. 3

LAKE CHAMPLAIN, NY — Atascadero native and 2012 alumnus Austin Bonjour traveled to Lake Champlain, NY, on Aug. 2-4 to compete in the 2018 Bass Pro Shops Eastern Open No. 3 and took first place with a three-day total of 32 pounds, 7 ounces in the co-angler division and moved into first place in the Co-angler of the Year rankings.

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Registration for Wildflower Experience 2019 opens on September 12

MONTEREY – Motiv Sports announced Wednesday, that registration will open on September 12th for the legendary triathlon and festival weekend, Wildflower Experience 2019.

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Hounds volleyball to rely on experience

ATASCADERO — Last season the Atascadero Greyhounds girls varsity team finished second in the PAC 5 with a record of 18-13 and 12-2 in league and their season came to an end in the first round of the playoffs at the hands of Oaks Christian. Their lone two losses in league came at the hands of the PAC 5 champions, Arroyo Grande, who landed their entire starting six on the all-league list, including the County Player of the Year.

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Eagles want the throne

TEMPLETON — The Templeton Eagles girls volleyball team cruised through the Los Padres League (LPL) last year finishing the season undefeated and 24-5 overall. Templeton reeled off 17 consecutive wins to end the season before going three rounds deep in the CIF playoffs before losing to Ontario Christian.

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Local club wins Surf Cup

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The San Luis Obispo Central Coast United soccer club, which is comprised of many of the top female soccer players in the county won back-to-back tournaments to end their summer season, including the Surf Cup which is one of the largest soccer showcases in the country.

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Eagles open up camp

TEMPLETON — The Templeton Eagles did not have the season they were hoping for finishing 2-8 last year, but a new season, new league, and new section bring hope to the team that was young a year ago.

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Greyhound football ready for bounce-back season

ATASCADERO — They say there are only two seasons in America, football season, and waiting for football season. If you drove past the upper fields at Atascadero High School on Tuesday around 3 p.m. you heard the indicator that football is back. The unmistakable “A- T- A- S- C- A- D- E- R- O” spell out that every football player learns on their first day of youth echoed throughout the small valley, bouncing off the oak trees, where the high school sits.

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Former Eagle leads Virginia summer league baseball team to playoffs

COVINGTON, VA. — There is a collegiate wood bat team located near the Jackson River in Virginia that is making waves this summer because they have taken over the Valley Baseball League behind new skipper and Templeton Eagles alum Alex Kotheimer.

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Kaiser caddies for Schauffele

CARNOUSTIE, SCOTLAND — The most important day in Austin Kaiser’s life will, in all likelihood, come Saturday when he marries his high school sweetheart, Tiffany John, but the Atascadero alum’s second favorite day so far very well could have come this past weekend as he caddied for teammate and friend Xander Schauffele and finished tied for second at The Open.

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Playoff push too late?

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The San Luis Obispo Blues are absolutely on fire. The wood bat collegiate team has now won 10 of their last 11 games as they make an end-of-the-season push for the playoffs.

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Greyhound is World Champion

FYN, DENMARK — Atascadero’s Johnathan Dolan traveled to Denmark to compete in the 2018 World Aquathlon Championships and returned as a World Champion. The Aquathlon held two races, one for professionals and one divided into age groups, July 14-15. Dolan, being a high school junior, competed in the age groups.

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Blues win the weekend

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The San Luis Obispo Blues were home this weekend for a nice five-game homestand, starting on Thursday, that included a doubleheader on Sunday and a concert on Saturday. This was a big weekend for the Blues who won all but one of the games and gave the fans a tremendous show in each, with the lowest run total of the weekend being seven. SLO faced the Ventura Pirates on Thursday night and trailed in the game until the seventh inning when a Slade Heggen (Gonzaga) double bounced over the fence, driving in two runs and giving the Blues a 4-3 lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

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Standing-room only

SAN LUIS OBISPO — There was not a single open seat or blade of grass that wasn’t covered by a blanket at Sinsheimer Stadium on Tuesday as the Blues began warming up for their game against the Arroyo Seco Saints. The game sold out because after the 54th out the Blues were setting off fireworks in an early Fourth of July-type celebration.

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Evan Hicks joins UC Davis coaching staff

DAVIS — Atascadero alum and former Greyhounds football coach Evan Hicks accepted a job to become part of the University of California, Davis coaching staff working as a quality control coordinator on the defensive side of the ball.

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All Comers begin run

ATASCADERO — The 20th season of the Atascadero All Comers track and field meets kicked off Wednesday at Memorial Stadium and will continue every Wednesday night in July, excluding the Fourth of July, with the last one taking place on Aug. 1.

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Fireworks at Sinsheimer

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The San Luis Obispo Blues had their first fireworks night last Friday in an absolutely packed house at Sinsheimer Stadium. More than 1,400 fans filled the chairs and grassy area located just behind the seats, but unfortunately saw the Blues get shutout 5-0.

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What you need to know about the Central Section

Starting in the fall, all of the schools that formerly made up the PAC 8 and the Los Padres League (LPL) (except Santa Ynez, Lompoc, and Cabrillo) will be leaving the CIF Southern Section and joining the Central Section. With the new section comes new rules and new wrinkles and the Paso Robles Press and Atascadero News have all the information you needed to get you acquainted with the new section:

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Tanya Degnan takes second shot as AHS varsity volleyball coach

ATASCADERO — The Atascadero Greyhounds have hired another new coach for the 2018 season, this time for a team in the fall. AHS alum Tanya Degnan will take over as the new head coach of the Atascadero girls varsity volleyball team, starting her second stint as the school’s head coach.

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Summertime Blues

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The San Luis Obispo Blues have dropped four straight games after starting the season 6-2. The Blues began league play over the weekend and hosted the Healdsburg Prune Packers for a two-game series and played a single game against the Arroyo Seco Saints.

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AHS alum Augie Johnston hired as varsity basketball head coach

ATASCADERO — The Atascadero High School Greyhounds basketball team has hired a new varsity head basketball coach, Augie Johnston, as they head into the Central Section next year, and will play in a league that looks much different from the one they played in this year.

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Hitting zero

Central Coast Elite (CCE), a local cheerleading training facility in San Luis Obispo, sent their team C4 to the D2 Summit in Orlando, Fla. and they returned as the No. 6 team in the nation. The team is comprised of 13 girls: Alexandra Allen, Alexandra Caballero, Emily Tobin, Grecia Bernal, Lauryn Gardner, Leah St. Arnaud, Makena Armstrong, Mariah Von Achen, Mandilyn Cusimano, Natalie Slayter, Riley Schwan, Rylan Troup and Sydney Abney. The girls are of all different ages, some as young as 11 and ranging all the way up to 18, and are from as far north as Paso Robles and as far south as Arroyo Grande.

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Hitting zero

Central Coast Elite (CCE), a local cheerleading training facility in San Luis Obispo, sent their team C4 to the D2 Summit in Orlando, Fla. and they returned as the No. 6 team in the nation. The team is comprised of 13 girls: Alexandra Allen, Alexandra Caballero, Emily Tobin, Grecia Bernal, Lauryn Gardner, Leah St. Arnaud, Makena Armstrong, Mariah Von Ache, Natalie Slayter, Riley Schwan, Rylan Troup and Sydney Abney. The girls are of all different ages, some as young as 11 and ranging all the way up to 18, and are from as far north as Paso Robles and as far south as Arroyo Grande.

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Pitcher of the Year Bailey Doherty: Rodeo queen, dodgeball assassin

Bailey Doherty is unquestionably a star on the softball field. She has graced the front page of this sports section numerous times as she completed her season with an incredible 20-2 overall. She finished the year with a .75 earned run average (ERA), threw a perfect game, and was as close as you can get in two others. In the opening game of the season, Doherty had a perfect game going through three innings but was pulled because the Hounds were up by six, and eventually won the game in only four innings 13-0.

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Taylor Degnan signs with Cal State East Bay

“Driven, persistent and passionate,” were the three adjectives Athletic Director Sam DeRose used to describe Taylor Degnan. Last Friday Degnan was selected as the Atascadero High School Athlete of the Year and on Wednesday she committed to play volleyball at Cal State East Bay in front of the athletic office surrounded by family and teammates.

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Santa Barbara County wins eighth annual FCA All-Star Football Classic

ATASCADERO — All the schools from as far north as Paso Robles to as far south as Santa Ynez sent a collection of their best players to Atascadero High School on Saturday night for the eighth annual FCA All-Star Football Classic.

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2017-18 AHS athletic awards announced

Atascadero has announced the recipients of the 2017-18 AHS athletic awards

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2017-18 Spring Los Padres League All-league

2017-18 Spring Los Padres League All-league

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Spring 2017-18 Spring PAC 8 All-league

Spring 2017-18 Spring PAC 8 All-league

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Atascadero loses heartbreaker

TORRANCE— The Atascadero Greyhounds fought until the very end against West Torrance on Tuesday afternoon but came up just short. Down to just their final out, trailing 2-3 in the top of the seventh, Atascadero’s leadoff and most consistent hitter all year, Claire Lohayza stepped into the box. Rather than letting the pressure build with each passing pitch, she opted to crush the first one she saw over the fence, giving Atascadero a 4-2 lead and more importantly giving the Hounds three more outs to play.

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Eagles fall in semifinal

TEMPLETON — The Templeton Eagles’ perfect season has ended in the CIF Division 5 semifinals at the hands of JW North High School. The stadium at Vineyard Elementary School was absolutely packed Tuesday afternoon. There was barely a place to stand in the outfield let alone a seat in the stands, and every fan stayed until the very last out was recorded and the girls on the team were praised for their tremendous effort this season.

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Hounds advance to CIF semifinals

RIVERSIDE -- The Atascadero Greyhounds softball team is headed to the CIF Southern Section Division 3 playoffs after defeating Patriot High School today by a score of 3-2. The game was knotted in a scoreless tie through the first five innings before both teams added two runs in the sixth.

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Eagles blast into CIF semifinals

LOS ANGELES — The Templeton Eagles are heading to the CIF Southern Section Division 5 semifinals after defeating Harvard-Westlake 6-1 this afternoon. The game started with absolute fireworks. Bella Backer batted in the leadoff position for the Eagles and after getting up 3-0 in the count she blasted the first of her two home runs into left field (Backer hit a second home run, this time to right field, in the third inning). The next batter up was Katie Murphee, and after fouling off a couple pitches she cranked her own home run to left field giving the Eagles a 2-0 lead in the blink of an eye.

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Hounds fall in the first round

LOS ANGELES-- The Greyhounds season came to end Tuesday afternoon as they fell to Sierra Vista High School 4-0 in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 4 playoffs. Atascadero finished the season with an 18-11 record overall and went to the playoffs as the No. 2 team in the PAC 8 with a 14-7 record in the league.

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SLO Blues baseball returns Friday

Half-inning high jinks, hot sauce, and dollar beers are returning for the summer as the San Luis Obispo Blues baseball team begins its season this Friday night at 6 p.m. at Sinsheimer Stadium. The Blues are a wooden bat, summer collegiate baseball organization that allows college players from all across the country play baseball over the summer with new teams, in new areas, and most importantly, with wooden bats.

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Hounds defeat Woodrow Wilson 5-1 to advance to quarterfinals

ATASCADERO — The Atascadero Greyhounds softball team defeated Woodrow Wilson High School yesterday in the second round of Division 3 CIF Southern Section playoffs by a score of 5-1 to advance to the quarterfinals on Thursday. Atascadero scored their first run in the opening inning and then added three more runs in the third inning thanks to doubles from Riley Jones and Bailee Crawford. Atascadero registered nine hits total and Bailey Doherty got the win, surrendering one run on six hits while striking out 12. Atascadero (22-3) will travel to Riverside on Thursday to play Patriot High School (20-6) in the CIFSS quarterfinals. The game begins at 3:15 p.m.

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Xavier Gonzales advances to CIF finals

LOS ANGELES — The Atascadero Greyhounds sent eight athletes from their track and field team to the Los Angeles area last Saturday for the California Division 3 Southern Section Prelims. Of the eight athletes who competed in the orange and grey last weekend, only Xavier Gonzales has advanced to the finals by finishing ninth in the 3200-meters with a time of 9:41.28.

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Atascadero, Templeton to host CIF playoff games tomorrow

The North County baseball and softball teams are the kings and queens of the spring. Atascadero, Templeton and Paso Robles will each be sending (or already sent) their baseball and softball teams into the CIF playoffs. The first round of playoffs begin Thursday afternoon at 3:15 p.m.

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Templeton Eagles win Los Padres League title in baseball and softball

TEMPLETON — This past Tuesday afternoon at Vineyard Elementary School, both the Templeton Eagles baseball and softball teams clinched the Los Padres League Title. The baseball team won its first LPL title since the 2013 season and the softball team repeated for the second straight year.

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Nick Garza signs with Holy Names University

ATASCADERO — The aisles that lead to the athletic office at Atascadero High School were full of smiling friends, teachers, coaches and family on Monday as everyone gathered to watch Nick Garza sign his NCAA National Letter of Intent to Holy Names University in Oakland to play soccer.

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Hounds finish second in PAC 8

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Coming into the final series of the year, the Greyhounds had a chance to lock up the PAC 8 league title, but in order to do so, they would need to sweep the No. 8-ranked team in Division 3 of CIF, the San Luis Obispo Tigers.

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AHS hosts PAC 8 finals

ATASCADERO — All the teams that make up the PAC 8 league made the trip to the North County to compete in the league championships at Atascadero High School last Thursday. Although the Hounds might have had the home field advantage, they did not end the night with a league championship in any event.

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Athletes prepare for PAC 8, CIF

SAN LUIS OBISPO — All of the schools that make up the County of San Luis Obispo made the trip out to Cuesta College on Saturday morning to measure themselves with the rest of the county before entering their league meets next week. The Arroyo Grande Eagles won on both the boys and girls side of the meet, proving that they will be the team to beat in the PAC 8 Finals which will be on May 3 at Atascadero High School. The Eagles scored 127 points on the boy's side, edging out the Bearcats (who beat them in a tri-meet earlier this month) by just nine points and ran away with the meet on the girl's side by scoring 188 points. In fact, the seventh-place team was closer in points to the second place team (San Luis Obispo) than the second-place team was to Arroyo Grande.

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Eagles move into first in the Los Padres League

TEMPLETON — The Templeton Eagles and Lompoc Braves played a crucial game on Tuesday afternoon with the winner taking sole possession of the Los Padres League to control their own destiny for the rest of the year. The Eagles entered Wednesday’s game with an overall record of 15-6 while the Braves had a record of 12-5. Both teams were tied in the Los Padres League with a 12-3 record, but after winning Wednesday, the Eagles have now won both games against Lompoc this season and have won the series.

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Nathan Meredith commits to SJSU

ATASCADERO — On Monday afternoon, in front of the Atascadero High School athletic office, Nathan Meredith signed his NCAA National Letter of Intent to play baseball for the San Jose State Spartans. Meredith was joined by his brother, his parents, grandparents, his former coach, and a whole host of Greyhounds who were there to either cheer him on or to get a free cupcake and be late to class.

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Hounds and Bearcats split dual meet

PASO ROBLES — The Paso Robles Robles Bearcats hosted the Atascadero Greyhounds for a dual meet on Wednesday afternoon as both teams begin to prepare for PAC 8 League Finals. The two teams split the meet with the Bearcat varsity boys winning for Paso and the varsity girls winning for the Hounds. However, as they have all season, the Bearcats men’s team looked nearly unstoppable, beating the Hounds 114-18 on the afternoon.

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Templeton sends 10 athletes to college

TEMPLETON — The Templeton Eagle athletic department honored 10 athletes Wednesday afternoon at Nino’s Grill who will be continuing their academic and athletic careers at the next level. Some students signed NCAA National Letters of Intent to four-year universities while others committed to continuing playing at junior college.

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Atascadero Middle School wrestles in Morro Bay

MORRO BAY — Last Friday, the Atascadero Middle School wrestling team traveled to Morro Bay High School to take on three other teams in a wrestling tournament. The Saints were put up against Mesa Middle School (Arroyo Grande), Laguna Middle School (San Luis Obispo) and Los Osos Middle School.

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Nathan Meredith commits to SJSU

ATASCADERO — On Monday afternoon, in front of the Atascadero High School athletic office, Nathan Meredith signed his NCAA National Letter of Intent to play baseball for the San Jose State Spartans. Meredith was joined by his brother, his parents, grandparents, his former coach, and a whole host of Greyhounds who were there to either cheer him on or to get a free cupcake and be late to class.

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Keenan Howell wins state championship

Keenan Howell is a State Champion once again! The last time the Atascadero News checked in with the trampoline prodigy he had just won not one, not two, but three National Titles in Greensboro, NC. Howell had his heart set on making the Elite Development team and ran away with the solo competition, and then won the synchronized competition with a partner he had only practiced with once.

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Hounds beat ‘Cats to take first place in PAC 8

ATASCADERO — The Atascadero Greyhounds and Paso Robles Bearcats softball teams met Tuesday in a battle for sole possession of first place in the PAC 8. Both teams entered the game undefeated in league and after the dust settled it was the Greyhounds who emerged victoriously and are now riding a seven-game winning streak and a tidal wave of confidence.

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Freshman multisport core helping lead Eagles in Track & Field

TEMPLETON — Due to rainouts and a lack of facilities the Templeton Eagle track and field team has only competed once this season, in a dual meet against Lompoc a week ago. The lack of meets has led to a lack of exposure, but the Eagles girls team is something special. This season, new Templeton track coach Tony Hodges has been able to convince several freshman girls who spend most of their time playing other sports to join track and they are starting to take over.

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Doherty strikes out 18 in 4-1 win over St. Joseph

ATASCADERO — In their last action before a well-deserved spring break, the Atascadero Greyhounds hosted the St. Joseph Knights last Thursday in what was an important game for the Greyhounds to win in order to keep pace with the Bearcats. Atascadero is currently 10-2 overall and 3-0 in PAC 8 with both of their losses coming at the hands of valley powerhouse Buchanan. It appears the Greyhounds biggest competition in league this year will be the 7-3 Bearcats, who are also undefeated in league.

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Thrive Gymnastics qualifies seven gymnasts for regionals

THE NORTH COUNTY — Thrive Aviatrix Gymnastics team concluded its season with a “great showing” and some of their highest scores of the season at the State Gymnastics Championships in Sacramento California. Level 9 Gymnasts Bella Winslow and all of the Level 6 Gymnastics Team will be advancing to Regional Gymnastics Championships, competing Region 1, one of the strongest regions in the country’s women’s gymnastics. It is comprised of Northern and Southern California, Nevada, Arizona, and Utah.

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Hounds take fourth in Easter Classic

ATASCADERO — All the high school campuses across the county were empty this week as the schools got either a week or two weeks off for spring break. With Major League Baseball starting last week and America’s favorite pastime fresh in everyone’s mind, it was the perfect time for the Annual Easter Baseball Classic Tournament at Atascadero High School and Alvord Field. Per the literature on the program, the tournament began in 1968 and was known as the “Vince Reif Tournament” for many years until it was eventually changed to the Easter Baseball Classic sometime in the late 70s. Atascadero invited eight teams to compete in the three-day tournament, some local and some from as far away as Long Beach. Coast Union, Santa Ynez, Dublin, St. Anthony, Rancho Mirage, Mountain House, and Castro Valley high schools were in attendance and they were divided into the orange division and the grey division.

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Shandon High School’s first swimmer qualifies for CIF

ATASCADERO — Aleah Russell attends the tiny Shandon High School and is breaking the mold of what was previously thought possible for a swimmer at that school. She has taken up a sport no other Shandon athlete has, and is not merely competing, but excelling. On March 10, Russell attended the Mt. Sac Invitational swim meet that featured more than 1,000 swimmers and put down her best time in the 100-meter breaststroke, a 1:14:53, which is fast enough to automatically qualify her for CIF.

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Eagles move to 10-0

TEMPLETON — For the third and final time this season, the Templeton Eagles baseball team took on its rival, the Morro Bay Pirates, and for the third time they emerged victoriously. The win extends the Eagles winning streak to ten straight games, bringing their record to 10-0 overall and 8-0 in the Los Padres League. The teams met for the first time on March 1 in the most lopsided game of the series with the Eagles running away with the victory 17-1. Last Monday, the two went head-to-head once more (with games forced to be made up due to rain), this time in a much more competitive game, albeit Templeton never trailed and won the game 5-2.

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Runners from ‘McFarland, USA’ speak at THS

Thomas Valles and Johnny Samaniego, two of the runners portrayed in the movie “McFarland, USA,” the inspiring story of the 1987 State Championship Cross Country team from McFarland, California, spoke to the freshman class at Templeton High Friday morning.

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Eagles lose five set thriller to Morro Bay

TEMPLETON — The Eagles may not have won the game on Tuesday night, but they certainly had more fun. Whether Templeton was down a set or down a few points, didn’t matter. The Eagles played like a family that is just happy to be together. “That is something that we have brought in this year that we feel is very important,” first-year head coach Scott Holmes said. “The chemistry has to be there, the team has to be there and you can see everybody plays as a team now and it makes them have fun, it makes them play well, it gets the energy going and that is what it is all about now.”

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Eagles Tennis rolls past Braves

TEMPLETON — The Templeton Eagles boys tennis team is off to a hot start this season and cruised to a 13-5 victory over Lompoc on Monday. The match was played Monday due to the original matchup being rained out last week. Templeton is now 5-1 on the season with their lone loss coming to Santa Ynez, which is currently ranked as the No. 3 team in Division 4 of the CIF Southern Section. While Santa Ynez was able to beat the Eagles 12-6, they still had no shot at taking down the Los Padres league’s best singles player, Colby Grey. Grey is in his junior campaign at Templeton High School and is yet to lose a regular season match. While the Pirates could not beat Grey, they did hand him his first two lost games of the season.

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Buchanan takes both games from Hounds

ATASCADERO — The Atascadero Greyhounds softball team hosted its home opener on Thursday as they welcomed in Buchanan High School for an afternoon doubleheader. The Hounds came into the game as hot as a team could be after winning the Bakersfield High School tournament the weekend before but if there were concerns with the team they would have been offensive concerns.

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Warren taking his talents to Cal State Monterey Bay

If you attended an Atascadero varsity basketball game in the past three years you would have been hard-pressed to not recognize the 6-foot, 8-inch center patrolling the paint for the Greyhounds. With each passing season, his skills have improved and players and coaches have taken notice. As a junior, Warren was the Greyhounds’ third offensive option behind their two guards, Elijah Cooks and Marco Rojas, but still averaged 14 points per a game and earned second-team All-League. This season Warren entered the season as the unquestioned top dog on his team, but also as one of the top players in the PAC 8. As the focal point of the offense, Warren averaged 20.2 points per a game, 13.1 rebounds, and 3.4 assists to go along with 2.1 blocks.

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Race to save the Printery: First-ever Tent City Marathon set for March 25

The Old Printery Building that has stood sentinel over the city of Atascadero for more than 100 years, as a focal point of the community and a center of local industry now stands empty. The once grand building has been repeatedly vandalized and is now boarded up. The Atascadero Printery Foundation, a local non-profit organization, is looking to bring a little life, and some much-needed funds, back to this ailing structure. Tent City Marathon is hosting a 5K, 10K, Half, and Full Marathon, right here in Atascadero, to raise money for the historic E.G Lewis Printery Building.

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Doherty, Lohayza lead Hounds to BHS tournament victory

Bakersfield — For the first time this season the weather was clear long enough to allow the Greyhounds softball team to play their scheduled games. On Thursday, the Hounds hit the road to Bakersfield to play in the Bakersfield High School Lady Drillers Tournament and returned home champions. Atascadero played two games on Thursday, one game on Friday and two more on Saturday, and won them all. The Hounds outscored their opponents 22-3 over the five-game tournament and were led by sophomore Bailey Doherty and junior Claire Lohayza.

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Otter takes second at Vegas Shoot: Atascadero freshman wins 750$ scholarship

ATASCADERO — This past weekend Atascadero freshman Bella Otter competed in the world famous Vegas Shoot where she not only shot her personal best but also placed higher than she ever imagined. The Vegas Shoot is not for rifles or for pistols or even for shotguns. This shooting contest was made for archers. Otter is one of the top archers in the entire nation with a compound bow, but her love of shiskabobbing hay bales with an arrow started long ago, at a Girls Scouts camp.

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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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2017-2018 Winter All-League selections

2017-2018 Winter All-League selections

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Farris eyes World Champs: North County native, scooter pro hopes third time's a charm

Chris Farris is the ambassador for scootering on the Central Coast and this summer he will get his shot at a world title in Barcelona, Spain, something that has been a long time coming for the 19-year-old pro. Farris has won countless scooter competitions and travels the world putting on shows with action sports collective Nitro Circus. He has moved from Atascadero to San Diego and accomplished almost everything a professional can in the scooter industry except one thing — winning a world title.

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Lacrosse in North County?

TEMPLETON — 805 Youth Lacrosse Association boys high school lacrosse club opened its inaugural season on Saturday, March 3 with two games against teams from Bakersfield. The 805 Sharks play in the Pacific Lacrosse League, in which they are now 2-0 after sweeping both games last weekend.

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Bearcats take down Eagles in straight sets

PASO ROBLES — The Templeton Eagles and Paso Robles Bearcats met in one of the most emotionally-charged CIF volleyball games ever this past year. Bearcat head coach Drew Nenow said, “it was one of the most energetic matches I had ever been apart of.” On Friday night the two teams faced off for the first time this season but with a much different outcome.

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Eagles throttle Pirates, administer 17-1 beatdown

TEMPLETON — The Templeton Eagles opened their baseball season with a bang this week. Both the offense and the defense for the Eagles look superb in the early part of the season as they have outscored their first two opponents 24-2. Monday they made the hour-long trip to Santa Maria to face Orcutt Academy. Senior Noah Bullard went two-for-three with a triple and junior Macer Lardner drove in two runs as the Eagles won 7-1.

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Hounds open against LPL Champions: Eagles primed for another title run

ATASCADERO — With ominous clouds looming off in the distance, the Atascadero and Templeton boys tennis teams squared off on Tuesday at Heilman Park. Due to the construction happening at Atascadero High School, all of the matches and practices will take place at the courts in the park.

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Hares 'N' Hounds 5K to return for twentieth year

ATASCADERO — This Saturday, March 3 will mark the 20th running of the annual Hares ‘N’ Hounds 5K fun run and family festival. The race began as a fundraiser for the athletic department at Atascadero High School but has since evolved into a fundraiser for the entire community by allowing groups and programs to use the event to raise money for their causes.

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Eagles ready to follow up second-place season

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The end of football season only means one thing: it's time for pitchers and catchers to report because baseball season is upon us. The Templeton Eagles are coming off a second-place finish in the Los Padres League last season where they made it into the second round of the playoffs before falling to La Canada. Templeton opened their season with a scrimmage against PAC 8 foe San Luis Obispo on Wednesday night and played in front of one of the most beautiful backdrops a high school venue can offer. The silhouette of Cerro San Luis laid still as the pastel colors of the night danced around it until they were drowned out by the fluorescent beams from lights above the playing field.

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One final ride: Mary Kate Evans plays last home game for Mustangs

SAN LUIS OBISPO — On Saturday afternoon around 1 p.m., Mary Kate Evans will be lacing up her sneakers to take the floor under the lights at Mott Gym for a final time. It is senior night for the Cal Poly women’s basketball team and the final chapter for the former Greyhound standout. After redshirting her first season in 2013-14, she has played in nearly every Mustang basketball game since her sophomore year. She personifies everything that student-athlete aims to be. Academically, Evans is second to none. Last season she earned Cal Poly’s overall Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year award and was named to the Big West Conference All-Academic team for a third consecutive season.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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