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Leader of the pack

NEVADA — If the name Elijah Cooks rings a bell in your memory it is because he used to grace the front of this newspaper’s sports section and several others in the county back in 2016 when he tore up the PAC-5 and everyone else the Atascadero High School Greyhounds played in football, accumulating over 1,000 all-purpose yards and double-digit touchdowns.

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Mustangs hold first intersquad scrimmage

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly redshirt freshman slotback Xavier Moore broke off a 75-yard run for the lone touchdown of a 41-play scrimmage Saturday morning at Doerr Family Field.

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Greyhounds open camp

ATASCADERO — While many high school kids might spend their Friday nights trying to find a way to sneak out of the house, this past Friday night the Greyhound football players had a legitimate excuse as it was the official start of football with Atascadero’s annual midnight practice.

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Eagles ready to take Ocean League

TEMPLETON — The Templeton Eagles football season is officially underway and with it the second stint of head coach Don Crow. Crow returns to THS, where he was the head coach from 2004 through 2008, after stints at Atascadero and Morro Bay, bringing over 30 years of football experience to the program, and a 39-16 record last time he was in the green and white.

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The Leadoff: Amir Garrett vs the World

I think it is fair to say that the Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburg Pirates are not very fond of each other at this point in the season. If you are reading this column I am going to assume you are a sports fan and if that is the case and you still haven’t seen the fracas between these two teams you are doing yourself a disservice. And for anyone sitting here claiming it was a bad look for baseball, you can go sit in the corner with a dunce cap on while the class points and laughs at you because I am not here for it. That video, which is almost 5 minutes long and, according to everyone, that is too long for a millennial to watch, has over 5 million views on multiple different pages. When do you think the last time baseball had a video that took over a medium like Twitter?

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Battle at quarterback highlights opening of fall camp at Cal Poly

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly improved its victory total from 2017 to 2018 by four games. If the Mustangs can make similar improvement this fall, they will be in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision playoffs for the fifth time in program history.

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Greyhound Foundation holds new pool fundraiser at Colony Market and Deli

ATASCADERO — Tuesday afternoon inside the new Colony Market and Deli on the corner of Traffic Way and El Camino, the Greyhound Foundation held a fundraiser and open discussion for a new pool at Atascadero High School. Old and new Hounds alike gathered at the shop to grab some lunch or a few after-work refreshments as a portion of the sales during the meeting also went toward the pool.

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The Leadoff: New faces in key places

The California Mid-State Fair serves as the last cookie in the sleeve that is summer vacation for most athletes in the area. The conclusion of July means the beginning of August which means it’s time for two practices a day, ungodly amounts of pizza consumed and the deepest afternoon naps ever taken. In my column two weeks ago, I noted how the divisions will be divided up in the upcoming season (if you missed that one head to the Atascadero News or Paso Robles Press sports sections and read the article titled “Football realignment”) and this week I will cover the key contributors and returners that will look to return our teams to the prominence we have become accustomed to in the North County.

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Keenan Howell to represent the US in Spain and Tokyo

ATASCADERO — For just over three years, the Atascadero News and Paso Robles Press have been chronicling the accomplishments, setbacks, and resurgence of the county’s youngest star Keenan Howell. After sacrificing everything a normal 15-year-old has from his friends to his home to just eating pounds of junk food, he has made it. Howell is officially a member of USA Gymnastics and will compete with the USA emblem on his chest and with the pride of a nation blowing wind into his sails at not one, but two different international competitions in Tumbling and Trampoline.

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The Leadoff: Football re-alignment

It is getting hotter by the minute in the North County this week which only means one thing, the California Mid-State Fair is upon us. Death, taxes, Kobe Bryant shooting over four people for a contested, fadeaway, elbow jumper at the end of the game while every single one of his teammates is open and it being in the triple digits for the fair are the only absolutes in this world. Don’t bother looking at your rusty thermometer that is nailed to the deck out back and trust me when I tell you the dial is spinning as if I placed a magnet on a compass.

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Mustangs to play in the second annual MLB4 tournament

Coach Larry Lee’s Mustangs will play 2019 College World Series champion Vanderbilt, runner-up Michigan and regional qualifier Connecticut in the second annual MLB4 tournament, a showcase event featuring some of the best programs in the nation to celebrate the traditional opening weekend of the college baseball season.

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10U Eagles place 5th at Cal State Games

SAN DIEGO — One month ago six youth all-star softball teams from Paso Robles and Templeton, ranging from 8U up to 12U, hit the road to play in their Central California USA Softball Association Championship (CCUSA) tournament’s in an attempt to punch their ticket to the Cal State Games which took place this past weekend in San Diego. The Cal State Games is the biggest youth all-star softball tournament in the State and gathers all the best softball teams from California, Nevada and Arizona to compete for the crown. The tournament mixes the teams into three different divisions based on the size of the cities and programs they come from meaning the Bearcats and Eagles were competing against other teams, usually, of similar size and demographics.

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Keenan Howell earns spot on National team.

ATASCADERO — Teenager Keenan Howell is putting Atascadero on the map the way few have been able and in less time than any bar none. Howell, 15, is a trampoline prodigy with a work ethic that matches his insane talent. Howell uprooted his small town, every-day life over a year ago to move into a small apartment in Rancho Santa Margarita on his own in the pursuit of something great and in one year’s time has achieved everything he set out to do. Howell is now a member of USA Gymnastics, yes, Team USA Gymnastics.

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The leadoff: Kawhi-ser Soze

I hope NBA free agency never ends. It is the best soap opera on television and this weekend it only got sweeter. I wrote last week that I thought Kawhi was going to the Los Angeles Clippers but I did not think it would happen this way with him joining a player that just signed a four-year deal literally last year. What Kawhi did was, above all else, incredibly impressive and there better be a documentary or a “30 for 30” or a book or something produced that dives deeper into what actually happened because it seems juicy.

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Queen of the Mountain

Sitting in the back of the room her sophomore year, Atascadero’s Claire Lohayza watched as senior shortstop Sarah Wulff was handed the MVP of the team award for the 2017 season after leading the team offensively with her bat and defensively with her glove.

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Dodgers plan to extend netting

The Los Angeles Dodgers have issued a statement following the recent backlash regarding the extension of safety netting at Major League Baseball games. The topic of extending safety nets has been a hot button issue in the MLB after the past few weeks and after a Cody Bellinger foul ball on Sunday sent a young lady to the hospital, the Dodgers have come forward saying they will extend the netting.

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Summer at Oracle Park

Oracle Park is the place to be this summer. The Giants played their first game of the 2019 summer at Oracle Park on Monday, June 24, and will host 39 games at home before fall begins. During these upcoming six homestands there are a number of unique and special events and activities for fans to enjoy from concerts and summer holiday celebrations to new in-park attractions. Below are a few of the highlights.

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6 local all-star softball teams qualify for Cal State Games

Over the past weekend, a collection of local all-star softball teams, all different age groups, made their way to the Central California USA Softball Association Championship (CCUSA) tournament in an attempt to punch their ticket for the Cal State Games tournament later this summer in July. The Cal State Game is one of the premier tournaments for all different levels of softball teams for the age groups of 8U to 12U, the Templeton and Paso Robles teams’ currently occupy level C which is designated for smaller area teams, and brings together the best teams from California, Nevada and Arizona to crown a champion.

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Blues host first firework night on Friday

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The San Luis Obispo boys baseball team has started off this summer season hot as they are 14-5 after falling at home last night to the reigning champion Santa Barbara Foresters 4-2 to open up their six-game homestand. The Blues opened their season winning eight of their first 10 and entered last night’s game winning seven of their last 10 but could not get the victory due to good pitching from the Forresters and some bad throws from Blues infielders.

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The Leadoff: What Anthony Davis to the Lakers means for 2019-20 NBA season

It is rather amazing that the Toronto Raptors could win their first NBA championship in program history and only get to control the news stream for two days, but that is what happened this week when the Los Angeles Lakers traded for Anthony Davis on Sunday. Basketball is and always will be a gigantic male soap opera but never more than during the offseason when petty feuds, anonymous reports and players real estate investments suddenly become the objects of great scrutiny but I can't remember an offseason in recent memory where the NBA was so wide open.

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North take 2019 senior all-star softball game 5-0

SANTA MARIA — The second annual North versus South senior softball game was held on Wednesday at the Allan Hancock College Bulldogs softball field across from the college and raised $4,000 according to Sheila McGuire that will go toward helping former Righetti softball player Stevie Wisz who will undergo her third open heart surgery Friday morning. Donning a fresh blue t-shirt with National Champions etched across her chest, her college softball team UCLA recently won the Women’s College World Series, and her golden blonde hair blowing in the wind Wisz tossed out a perfect first pitch and the game was on.

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2019 A-Town Throwdown begins Friday

ATASCADERO — The Atascadero Greyhounds will be holding their annual A-Town Throwdown passing league tournament and lineman competition on Friday and Saturday. This year the Hounds have invited 12 high schools with some being local and others making a weekend out of it. Templeton, Paso Robles, Nipomo, Arroyo Grande, Coalinga, Clovis North, Sanger, Santa Barbara, Tulare Union, Righetti, Avenal, West Hills and Atascadero will be in attendance as Atascadero High School will have four fields full of football with the lineman competition happening on the track, weight room and in the surrounding areas.

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2019 senior North versus South softball game set for Wednesday

For the second straight year, the high schools of San Luis Obispo County and Northern Santa Barbara County will come together for a senior softball game that will take place on Wednesday at Allan Hancock College. Much like the FCA All-Star football game that players participate in, the primary function of this senior game is to serve as a fundraiser while also giving the kids in the area one last time to, not only compete, but also to play with some of the rivals they have spent a lifetime trying to beat.

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Assemblyman Cunningham honors Eagles softball team

TEMPLETON — The Templeton Eagles girls softball team is the Division 3 champions of the CIF Central Section and on Wednesday they were presented with a certificate of recognition from Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham’s office.

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The Leadoff: Cruisin' for a bruisin'

All three north county schools held their graduation ceremonies, meaning that it is officially summer and that I can finally get back to covering the real things that matter in the world like Justin Bieber calling out Tom Cruise on Twitter and challenging him to a fight in the octagon, the women’s US National team beating Thailand like they stole something and, oh yeah, game six of the NBA Finals (Sorry hockey, not even a game seven in the championship game is enough to force me to cover a sport that has people riding atop daggers that have been glued to their feet.)

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Baller bootcamp returns June 17

Atascadero head basketball coach Augie Johnston is will be holding his sixth annual Baller Bootcamp summer basketball camp the week of June 17-20 at Atascadero middle school teaching kids the fundamentals of basketball.

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Orange and Grey Youth Football Camp returns June 17

The Orange and Grey Youth Football Camp will be held at the Atascadero High School upper practice fields on Monday through Wednesday, June 17-19 starting at 5:30 p.m. Athletes entering grades 3-8 may participate in the camp.

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Gonzales, Lohayza win Athletes of the Year for Atascadero

ATASCADERO — Atascadero High School announced May 31 the recipients of their annual athletic awards and scholarships at an end of the year banquet. Each year, Atascadero gives out two scholarships, the David. B Hamilton Scholarship and the Bud and Helen Ewing Scholarship, the Brian Russell Award, Male and Female Athlete of the Year along with Scholar Athlete of the year.

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Ballerhoops youth basketball camp

When: June 17-20 Who: boys and girls ages 8-15 Where: Atascadero middle schoo

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Local youth softball leagues end season with tournament

PASO ROBLES — Recreation league youth softball in the North County officially came to a close as teams from 8U, 10U and 12U played in the end-of-the-season tournaments on May 11 and 12. It was the Paso Robles teams that dominated the mid-season tournament but that was not so much the case at the end of the year as this time it was Templeton who took home the trophies.

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Greyhound to become Roadrunner

ATASCADERO — While the decision might have been made a few months ago, the celebration for Atascadero’s Cade VanAllen was held May 30 in front of the athletic office as he signed on the dotted line to continue playing baseball at Cal State University Bakersfield. VanAllen was a two-sport star for the Hounds this year taking home second team all-league honors in the Mountain League in baseball and first team all-league honors in the Ocean League for basketball.

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SB County wins 2019 FCA All-Star game

SANTA MARIA — For the ninth consecutive year, a collection of the top senior football players in San Luis Obispo County faced off against their Santa Barbara counterparts in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes All-Star Classic on Saturday, June 1, at Righetti High School. The Santa Barbara team won what was one of the better, if not the best, all-star games 13-10 and extended their win streak over SLO County to five straight after blocking a last-second field goal.

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Atascadero alumna Sabrina Van Beek takes second in SCIAC

LOS ANGELES — The Atascadero Greyhounds track and field team has produced several fantastic female throwers over the past few years that are now entering the prime of their college careers and are tearing up their respective divisions. Sabrina Van Beek is the latest girl in that line to make a name for herself as the Whittier Poet sophomore placed second in the discus, fourth in the shot put and sixth in the hammer in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Van Beek graduated from Atascadero in 2017 as the PAC 8 league champion in the discus and runner-up in the shot put before committing to Whittier College and coach Robert Neely.

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The Leadoff: Only Jeanie Buss can save the Lakers

If you are a Los Angeles Lakers fan or Lakers hater, I am sure that you read the ESPN feature written by Baxter Holmes this week on the dysfunction within the Lakers organization. If you didn’t read it then I’m sure you saw it either on First Take or High Noon or PTI (I would name a Fox show if I knew any but that would require me having to listen to Cowherd’s shrill voice or listen to Whitlock pander and pontificate as if he is the smartest man alive while wearing a fedora that is just a tad too small for his head) or literally any sports television show. If you didn’t read it and you didn’t see it then you surely heard it on whichever sports podcast or radio show you prefer whether it be Rich Eisen, Dan Patrick, Stephen A or the Lebatard Show with Stu Gotz and if you haven’t heard about it then how did you end up here in the sports section?

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Templeton sending two more athletes to college

TEMPLETON — On Tuesday afternoon at Ninos Grill in Templeton the Eagles sent away two more athletes to college in Colby Grey and Marlee Aimone who will be attending the University of Santa Cruz and the University of Oregon, respectively. Friends, family and coaches attended the ceremony as each player had a brief moment to thank those in attendance before getting down to business and signing their name on the dotted line.

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Blues open the season with a sweep

SAN LUIS OBISPO — One of the premier family-friendly events for the summer has officially started again as the San Luis Obispo Blues kicked off their season over the Memorial Day weekend going 4-0 against the Santa Maria Packers.

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FCA All-Star football classic preview

For the ninth consecutive year, senior all-league selections from San Luis Obispo County will face off against those from Santa Barbara County for the chance to prove who is the best in the area. The FCA All-Star Football Classic put on by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ, according to their website.

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2019 Stunt All League Selections

2019 Stunt All League Selections

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CCAA 2019 Boys Volleyball Mountain/ Ocean All League Selections

Volleyball Mountain/ Ocean All League Selections

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CCAA 2019 Baseball Mountain All League Selections

CCAA Baseball Mountain All League Selections

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CCAA 2019 Softball Mountain All League Selections

CCAA Softball Mountain All League Selections

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CCAA Golf 2019 Mountain/ Ocean All League Selections

CCAA Golf 2019 Mountain All League Selections

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Hounds fall in CIF title game

FRESNO — The Atascadero Greyhounds’ season ended Saturday afternoon, May 18, with a loss to Bakersfield-Highland in the CIF Division 3 Baseball Championship at Fresno State’s baseball stadium 3-0. The Hounds’ amazing playoff run came up just short as their bats ran out of magic and they could only muster two hits in the game. Atascadero came into the title game averaging 10 runs per a game in their last four but could not find their rhythm on Saturday but still battled to the last out.

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Templeton Eagles are D3 CIF Champions

FRESNO — With two outs, two on and an 0-2 count with just a one-run lead in the bottom of the seventh inning Templeton’s Ashley Daugherty toed the rubber and prepared to throw her final pitch as an Eagle. The CIF Central Section Div. III Softball Championship ended the only way it could, with a Daugherty strikeout, the 1,076th of her career, and the celebration began immediately as tears hit the ground even before the girls’ mitts they threw in the air before dogpiling on each other halfway between the mound and home plate.

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Cal Poly visits UC Santa Barbara with Big West baseball title on the line

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly (26-27 overall, 15-6 Big West), tied for second place with UC Irvine in the Big West Conference with sweeps over CSUN, UC Davis and Long Beach State, closes out the 2019 regular season this weekend by visiting first-place and UC Santa Barbara (44-7, 18-3 Big West) for a three-game Big West series. Coach Larry Lee’s Mustangs and the Gauchos of eighth-year head coach Andrew Checketts clash Thursday and Friday at 3 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. inside Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.

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805 Elite Volleyball Club sends first team to Nationals

SAN LUIS OBISPO — During the final weekend of April, the 17 and Under 805 Elite Volleyball Team qualified for the prestigious Girls Junior National Tournament which will be held in Indianapolis, Ind., July 1-5. By finishing in third place at the Northern California Far Westerns National Qualifier, they become the first 805 Elite Team to earn this extremely coveted opportunity, and the first team the Central Coast has sent to Nationals in over a decade.

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The Leadoff: Central Section round-up

It has been a crazy couple of weeks for high school sports in the Central Coast but especially in the North County as Templeton, Atascadero and Paso Robles went a perfect six-for-six in sending their baseball and softball teams to the Central Section playoffs. What is most impressive about our little area is not that we sent that many teams, in the Central Section every team can technically go to the playoffs if they choose, it is that we were seeded with such disrespect almost across the entire board and made everyone pay for it.

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Eagles advance to CIF Championship game

TEMPLETON — The Templeton Eagles softball team will be playing for their first CIF Championship in the sport since 2006 on Saturday at Fresno State after defeating third-seeded Selma High School 14-3 on Tuesday.

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Claire Livengood signs with UC Irvine

ATASCADERO — Tuesday afternoon in front of the Atascadero high school athletic office senior cross country and track runner Claire Livengood signed her National Letter of Intent to continue her athletic and scholastic career at the University of California Irvine.

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Atascadero, Templeton shake up the Central Section

After the girls of the North County went a perfect 3-0 on Tuesday afternoon in the opening round of the CIF Central Section softball playoffs, it was the boys turn on Wednesday to make a little postseason noise. The North County went ahead and flipped the entire Central Section upside down as Templeton took down the No. 1 seed in Division 3 in Selma and the Hounds took out the No. 5 team in Reedley.

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Doherty no-hitter sends Hounds to quarterfinals

ATASCADERO — The Atascadero girls softball team had a wild end to their regular season where they lost on senior night to San Luis Obispo, falling a game behind the Bearcats in the standings, only to have the Templeton Eagles beat Paso Robles on their own senior night leaving the door open for the Hounds to tie for the Mountain League title, which they did. Upon earning a piece of the league title, the Hounds were seeded seventh in the CIF Central Section Division 1 playoffs and earned the right to host their opening-round game against Bakersfield-Centennial on Tuesday and cruised to a 6-0 victory on the shoulders of their star pitcher Bailey Doherty.

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Joshua Wilson-Murry and Faith Archibald named Cuesta’s 2019 Outstanding Athletes of the Year

SAN LUIS OBISPO — In 2003 the Cuesta Athletic Department instituted its first true Athlete of the Year Award. The coaching staff was encouraged to nominate their best athlete for the award and committee was created that would weigh performance as the highest criteria. Cuesta announced its Outstanding Athletes of the Year for the 16th time. This year’s winners are Basketball Star Joshua Wilson-Murry (San Luis Obispo: Paso Robles HS) and Aquatic Star Faith Archibald (Atascadero HS). Both of athletes led their teams to the post-season and established themselves as all-state level elite athletes.

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Race SLO Hosts YogaMusic Fest, Half Marathon, Relays, 5K and Kids Races in San Luis Obispo

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The largest fitness, health and running festival on the California Central Coast will bring out over 3,000 athletes of all ages and abilities, and over 6,000 spectators, to Madonna Meadows in San Luis Obispo this weekend, April 26-28. Presented by Pacific Premier Bank and produced by the local endurance sport leader Race SLO, the weekend activities will kick off on Friday, April 26, with the new YogaMusic Fest and continue with a 5K and kids races on Saturday, and a half-marathon and relay races, including the new Corporate Challenge presented by Morris and Garritano Insurance on Sunday.

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The Leadoff: ‘Space Jam 2’ cast revealed

Many people speculated that LeBron James chose the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency more due to the opportunities and business that he can conduct in Los Angeles over Cleveland. His Barbershop show called “The Shop” on HBO hasn’t necessarily been a hit as far as ratings in a day of who you know, he managed to have Antonio Brown and Anthony Davis on while both of them were embroiled in controversy and not talking to any media. That alone shows the power and reach that LeBron has with celebrities, or at the very least, sports stars. It has also been reported that LeBron is starting production on a “Space Jam 2” and I am here to tell you that I have absolutely no idea who is going to be in the movie but I can tell you who should be.

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The Leadoff: Fun season?

With the NBA playoffs starting on Saturday it is officially the end of the NBA regular season and what a season it was. There were some crazy things that happened that we have all but forgotten about due to the daily freight train of information that blasts into our faces via our various devices day in and day out. Hello, does anyone remember when Rajon Rondo asked Chris Paul what the five fingers said to the face? Or how about when Marcus Smart kicked dirt behind him with his feet like a cartoon bull before he charged into Joel Embiid sending him sliding across the floor?

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Hontz takes second in Ocean League

ATASCADERO — It was Atascadero’s turn to host the end of the year tennis tournament which brought the six other Ocean League schools — Santa Maria, Orcutt Academy, Nipomo, Morro Bay, Mission Prep and Pioneer Valley — to Heilman Park for league prelims and finals. Atascadero’s Nathan Hontz made it to the finals after opening with a first-round bye and the doubles team of Jaedyn Imhoff and Andy Pericic advanced to the semifinals.

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Hounds sweep ‘Cats in season series

PASO ROBLES — The Paso Robles Bearcats and the Atascadero Greyhounds have played three times this season but only two of them counted for league games. Now in the Central Section, the Central Coast has gone back to an old style of league play where teams will get a one-game look at their opponents earlier in the season before playing a two-game series against them, meaning with Thursday’s 4-2 win the Hounds swept the season series.

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Cal Poly kicks off Spring Football Camp

SAN LUIS OBISPO — A dozen players who started at least five games last fall on defense return. That’s the good news. On the flip side, 11th-year Cal Poly head coach Tim Walsh must find a way to replace record-breaking All-American fullback Joe Protheroe, two-year starting quarterback Khaleel Jenkins, all-conference offensive linemen Harry Whitson and Zach Shallcross and both kickers.

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Hounds beat Bearcats in dramatic fashion

ATASCADERO — Atascadero and Paso Robles faced off for game one of their two-game series on Wednesday afternoon, April 3, at Kidwell Park in a game that will go down as an instant classic. The game between the rivals saw three lead changes, two ties and ended with a Justin Vose walk-off home run for the Greyhounds who took the game 5-4.

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MLB Players Alumni Association bringing legends to SLO for youth baseball clinic

Local youth will have an opportunity to play with their big league heroes at the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) Legends for Youth baseball clinic series on Saturday, April 6.

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Greyhounds win final home match of season

ATASCADERO — The Atascadero Greyhounds boys tennis team hosted their final home match of the season on Thursday, March 28, from the tennis courts at Heilman Park against Orcutt Academy and emerged victorious, 5-4.

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The Leadoff: Is the AAF doomed

Feb. 10 this year was the annual sad Sunday. It is the first Sunday after the NFL season officially ends and the only acceptable time for men to cry. Once sad Sunday is upon us it is no longer socially acceptable to scream obscenities at your television while cheese from your stuffed crust pizza looms in the corners of your beard like a forgotten cobweb. Football is no longer an acceptable excuse to miss a church service or avoid brunch with your significant other’s friends that can’t stop talking about the “Bachelor.” As the weather warms up Sunday morning hikes start being offered up, as if anyone wants to exercise on the weekends, but our built-in excuse has been ripped from our clutches like a Mother finding her child about to put something off the ground into their mouth. But, it is the saddest of Sunday’s most of all because football is over. But is it?

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Cal Poly opens Big West baseball slate this weekend against CSUN

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly (9-13 overall, 0-0 Big West), which split a four-game non-conference series against Saint Mary’s over the weekend, continues its 12-game home stand and opens Big West Conference play this weekend with a three-game series against CSUN (12-13 overall, 0-0 Big West) inside Baggett Stadium. Coach Larry Lee’s Mustangs and the Matadors of sixth-year head coach Greg Moore square off Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and a 1 p.m. series finale Sunday.

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Atascadero HS Grad Daschian Selected as Big West Track Athlete of the Week

Following her performance at the Cal Poly ShareSLO Invitational on Saturday, Mustang senior Miranda Daschian was voted by the Big West head coaches as the conference’s Women’s Track Athlete of the Week announced Tuesday

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Greyhounds fall to Tigers

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Atascadero Greyhounds baseball team have their toughest two-game series of the week this week as they face their Mountain League opponent San Luis Obispo Tigers. The Tigers are the top-ranked team in Division 1 of the CIF Central Section according to Maxpreps and the Hounds have caught them at a bad time as they dropped their first game of the season last week at Paso Robles. The Tigers are 12-1 overall and have two players in Cooper Benson and Brooks Lee that could go in the early rounds in the upcoming MLB draft and ran away with Tuesday’s game 9-1.

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The Leadoff: March Sadness

We have once again made it to that time of year where we forget about the corruption of the NCAA for a few weeks and celebrate the majesty of the March Madness tournament. It’s the convenient time when we forget about the “student” part of the student-athletes as we take them out of school for sometimes a full month, fly them all across the country, pimp them out on commercials and ads to generate money for the NCAA that they will see none of. It has been reported that the NCAA brings in around $900 million from the NCAA tournament alone but want us all to remember that there isn’t enough money to properly pay those who actually put butts in the seats.

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Hounds start 1-2 in Mountain League

ATASCADERO — The Atascadero Greyhounds baseball team had a rough start to Mountain League play but turned it around on Tuesday when they beat the Templeton Eagles, 4-2. Atascadero played Righetti at home on Friday afternoon and welcomed Fresno on Saturday but was outscored a combined 18-2 in the two games as they were in the midst of a five-game losing streak.

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Doherty, Hounds blast past Eagles

TEMPLETON — The pitching match-up that nearly everyone has been waiting for finally took place on Tuesday afternoon at Vineyard Elementary in Templeton. It is a match that might have never seen if not for the move into the Central Section because without that the Templeton Eagles softball team would still be playing in the Los Padres League, but ever since the move was made official this date has been circled on many calendars.

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Eagles get first victory under Tompkins

ATASCADERO — The Templeton Eagles have had a rocky start to the beginning of the season having already gone through a coaching change before ever taking the field. Cesar Ortega who was hired in mid-December was let go by the school after those close to the situation say he tried to reschedule the Eagles’ first game of the season against the Paso Robles Bearcats the day of the contest without going through the appropriate steps.

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Hounds top Bearcats, 1-0, to open Mountain league play

ATASCADERO — The Atascadero Greyhounds and Paso Robles Bearcats softball teams opened league play against each other on Tuesday evening at Doser Field after the game was moved from Paso Robles due to the field being unplayable from the recent weather. The abrupt change of venue did not affect the fans from either team who still filled the small bleachers and divided in half at home plate like boys and girls at a junior high dance.

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Bearcat boys, Tiger girls win Memorial Meet

ATASCADERO — The Atascadero Greyhounds hosted their annual Memorial track meet on Saturday, but it was the Paso Robles Bearcats that dominated taking home first place in 13 different events. On the boys’ side, the Bearcats ran away with the point total with 151, 60 more than the next closest team, and took home second place on the girls’ side with 117.5 total points.

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CCAA girls basketball Ocean All-League selections

CCAA girls basketball Ocean All-League selections

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CCAA boys wrestling Mountain All-League selections

CCAA boys wrestling Mountain All-League selections

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CCAA boys basketball Ocean All-League selections

CCAA boys basketball Ocean All-League selections

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CCAA girls soccer Mountain All-League selections

CCAA girls soccer Mountain All-League selections

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CCAA girls soccer Ocean All-League selections

CCAA girls soccer Ocean All-League selections

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CCAA boys soccer Ocean All-League selections

CCAA boys soccer Ocean All-League selections

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Dual threat

LOS ANGELES — Sabrina Degnan left Atascadero High School as one of the school’s most decorated and accomplished student-athletes and has only continued her to achieve things no one else can as she will soon leave Occidental College as one of their most decorated athletes as well. Degnan is the first and only 12-time varsity letterman to don the orange and grey playing volleyball, basketball and track and field and also took home Athlete of the Year and Scholar Athlete of the Year. While most athletes are forced to choose one sport when they enter college Degnan played two, volleyball and track and field, excelling at both while still maintaining academic excellence.

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Former Bearcat going to NFL Combine

Former Paso Robles Bearcat Josh Oliver, who helped lead Paso Robles to a CIF Championship in 2015 while earning All-State Division 3 first team and CIF Southern Section, Northern Division, and PAC 5 defensive lineman of the year, has been invited to and will compete in the NFL Combine following his 2018 season for San Jose State, which begins Friday.

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Daugherty throws no-hitter

TEMPLETON — The Templeton Eagles softball soared to 2-0 on the season on the arms of Ashley Daugherty who recorded more hits and runs on offense than she surrendered toeing the rubber all afternoon. Daugherty no-hit Santa Maria on Tuesday and launched a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning to give herself some insurance early and lead the Eagles to a 7-0 victory.

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Hounds fall in extras 6-5

PASO ROBLES — The Atascadero Greyhound baseball team is off to a slow start in their first season under new head coach Joe Davis and have fallen to 0-4 in the early part of the season. The Hounds have been close in their last two games dropping both in extra innings. Early season defensive errors have hurt Atascadero but the biggest factor seems to be their inability to practice regularly due to the weather because they have pitched well.

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One last dance

LEMOORE — The Atascadero Greyhounds sent eight wrestlers to Lemoore at the end of last week to the CIF Central Section Masters wrestling tournament and only one, senior Anna Resco, advanced to State. Only a year removed from her previous trip to State, Resco wrestles in the 133-pound division and finished third at Masters on Saturday after going 5-1.

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Untouchable

TEMPLETON — The Templeton youth soccer all-star programs just concluded a season of mythical proportions. Following the end of the regular youth season in November, all of the coaches in the leagues get together and determine who should be in all-stars and the teams are drafted. From this Templeton created five “A” teams who collectively posted a 74-1-3 record en route to 19 tournament victories all while outscoring their opponents, 353-26.

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Templeton girls league champions for first time since 2005

PASO ROBLES — The Templeton Eagles girls varsity soccer team hosted Orcutt Academy in a fight for the league championship and emerged victorious in a wet and wacky two overtime game last Friday night, 4-3, to earn the title.

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Templeton boys league champions for first time since 2002

PASO ROBLES — The Templeton Eagles boys soccer team has claimed the league title in the inaugural season of the Ocean League and did so emphatically by steamrolling Orcutt Academy last Friday night, 5-0, and followed it up with a 3-0 win in the opening round of the playoffs.

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Hounds comeback in 4th to win on senior night

ATASCADERO — A 23-2 fourth quarter led the Hounds to a huge comeback win on senior night Tuesday as they beat Santa Maria, 56-44, to finish the regular season at 13-14 overall and 7-3 in the Ocean League.

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Templeton boys league champions

TEMPELTON —The celebration began when the clock hit triple zeros Tuesday night for the first time in 14 years as the Templeton Eagles boys basketball team claimed a share of the crown in the inaugural season of Ocean League after defeating Nipomo, 63-54.

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Cal Poly wraps up home schedule, hosting Fresno State and Air Force

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly wraps up a season-opening stretch of seven consecutive home dual meets this weekend by hosting Fresno State on Saturday night and Air Force on Sunday afternoon.

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Earning her stripes

TEMPLETON — There are families that represent royalty in certain sports. In football, it is the Manning’s, whose father, Archie, played for the New Orleans Saints before his son’s Peyton and Eli began running the NFL one Papa John’s Pizza commercial at a time. In tennis, it is the Williams sisters of Venus and Serena who have combined for 30 grand slam titles and the next royal sports family might reside right here in Templeton, the Gordon’s. While Gordon is a famous name in racing, this family doesn’t race in a circle, they go in a straight line as fast as possible, the Gordon’s are a family of drag racers.

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Hounds fall in OT to No. 4 ranked SLO

ATASCADERO — The Atascadero girls soccer team went toe to toe with one of the top teams in the section Tuesday night with both teams coming in riding five-game winning streaks. The Hounds were playing San Luis Obispo at home and held them scoreless through regulation and at times had the Tigers on the ropes but could not connect in the final third of field to score any points. SLO came into the game as the No. 4 ranked team in the division, No. 6 ranked team in the section and top team in the Mountain league with a 16-2-1 record.

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Hounds knock off Eagles in home rematch

ATASCADERO — The Atascadero and Templeton boys basketball teams played game two of the renewed rivalry on Friday night, this time playing in the den of the Greyhounds, with major league implications on the line. Home court advantage has been the key to this matchup this season. The Eagles controlled the first game at home winning by 18 and on Friday night the Hounds never trailed winning 48-41.

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Cal Poly baseball begins preparations for season

SAN LUIS OBISPO — To attain its goal of earning an NCAA Division I regional berth this spring, the Cal Poly baseball team needs to find a way to play consistently from start to finish.

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Eagles remain undefeated in Ocean League

TEMPLETON — The Templeton Eagles girls soccer team remained perfect in the Ocean League on Tuesday night when they defeated the rival Pirates 2-0 at home thanks to goals from sophomore Merran Grindley and junior Lauryn Simons.

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Eagles top Hounds 1-0

PASO ROBLES — For the second time this season the Templeton Eagles boys soccer team accomplished something that no other team in the Ocean League has done, beat Atascadero. The Eagles have given the Hounds, who currently sit in first place with a 6-2 league record, their only two losses in the Ocean League and just put an end to their six-game winning streak, 1-0, thanks to an early goal by junior Rusty Cohen and a strong defensive effort.

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Hounds top Bearcats in the rain

PASO ROBLES — The Atascadero Greyhounds and Paso Robles Bearcats faced off for their rematch on Tuesday night. The first matchup between the two took place in Atascadero in frigid conditions and needed more than an hour’s worth of game time to be decided as the game went through overtime and into penalty kicks and saw the Hounds come out on top, 3-2. This time it was a bit warmer, but only because the game took place in the middle of a rainstorm, and again Atascadero was able to grind out a 1-0 victory.

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Templeton rolls to victory

TEMPLETON — After losing to the rival Morro Bay Pirates on Friday night of last week the Templeton Eagles boys basketball team responded with a big bounce-back win, defeating Orcutt Academy by 34 points, 72-38.

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Hounds throw a block party

ATASCADERO — Senior center Cade VanAllen threw a block party in the final minutes of the Hounds’ boys basketball game against the Titans on Tuesday night and all of Atascadero was invited.

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The Leadoff: How to fix kickers

About once a year I get to my breaking point with kickers in the NFL. Surprisingly, after watching one eliminate the Chicago Bears, who I hate, in the most brutal double-doink fashion, I reached this moment Sunday night but not after I sent my fair share of gifs in group chats to members of my family, who are all Bears fans.

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Eagles fly to victory

TEMPLETON — Tuesday night saw the first meaningful game between the Atascadero Greyhounds and Templeton Eagles boys basketball teams and the team in green left no doubt in their home gym.

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Hounds can’t miss in second half

ATASCADERO — The Atascadero High School girls soccer team (9-4-4) have almost wrapped up the first round of Mountain League play and sit in a good spot as the second half begins next week. On Friday night the Hounds dismantled the Pioneer Valley defense in the second half as they exploded for four of their five goals in a 20-minute span in the second half beating the Panthers, 5-1. Atascadero is currently ranked No. 9 in Division 1 of the Central Section of CIF, according to Maxpreps.com.

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Hounds open league with a win

ATASCADERO — After a brutal four-game stretch through their own Christmas Tournament in which they went 0-4, the Atascadero High School boys basketball team responded at home on Friday night showing their grit and winning their Ocean League opener against Morro Bay, 63-55. It wasn’t always pretty as the Greyhounds saw their established lead shrink more than once and go through foul trouble including an odd technical, but when the scoreboard hit triple zeros it was the Hounds who started the second part of their season undefeated.

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The Leadoff: Always skip the bowl game

While I haven’t seen it be nearly as big of an issue this year, and that could easily be because I stay as far away from Facebook as I can, with players skipping bowl games I still get a chuckle out of the fans that still criticize players for being, “selfish” and “not team guys.” I know most people that make those argument are more set in their ways than the sword of Excalibur but for some reason, I enjoy spewing my opinions to a brick wall.

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Greyhounds go winless at 54th Annual Christmas Tournament

ATASCADERO — The Atascadero Greyhounds hosted their 54th annual Christmas boys basketball tournament at the end of last week and into the weekend. The Hounds did not fare as well as they might have hoped, going 0-4 over the weekend, but with the preseason now behind them, it is time to look forward as league play begins this evening.

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Greyhound foundation begins to raise money for pool

ATASCADERO — The Atascadero Greyhound Foundation, which was founded in 1994 as a way to fund facilities and programs for Atascadero High School athletes, has taken on a new project as they have begun trying to raise money to potentially bring a new pool facility to Atascadero.

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Protheroe Named Running Back of the Year by FCS Athletics Directors Association

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Joe Protheroe is more than just an All-American. On Thursday, the Cal Poly senior fullback was honored by the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association, not as just another All-American, but as Running Back of the Year for the 2018 season.

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Ortega is new THS head baseball coach

TEMPLETON — The Templeton Eagles baseball team will enter the Central Section and more importantly, the Mountain League, this year with a new head baseball coach in Cesar Ortega. Ortega was introduced to the team on Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 19, and the team had their first practice together shortly after.

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2018 sports year in review

Cross country dominance, a pair of firsts and a few league champions made 2018 a year of sports the North County won’t soon forget. Below is a list of five of our favorite stories, in no particular order, that made 2018 a great year.

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Hounds top Bearcats in penalty kick shootout

ATASCADERO — For some reason, somehow, everytime Paso Robles and Atascadero meet it always comes down to wire in an instant classic type of game. In the final game of the football season, two teams that underperformed according to their standards played the best football game of the year that literally came down to the last play.

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Archibald earns All-American selection

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cuesta College women’s water polo’s 2018 campaign ended in the first round of the CCCAA Regional Playoffs against the eventual champion in a heartbreak overtime loss to Golden West, 9-8.

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The Leadoff: Offensive explosion

If you have been watching the NFL, and let's face it, you have. Then you have seen the Grand Canyon size differences in innovation for offenses like the Los Angeles Rams, Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots and the New Orleans Saints from teams like the Jacksonville Jaguars, Green Bay Packers and the Buffalo Bills. It is really quite simple, innovate or get left in the past like the dinosaurs. While some coaches cling to their remedial offenses of fullbacks and two-man routes that worked in the ’80s, ’90s and early 2000’s others are utilizing presnap motions, passing on first down, jet sweep motions, run-pass options (RPOs) and it seems that no NFL record is safe any longer.

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2019 Cal Poly football schedule features Oregon State, five home games

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The 2019 Cal Poly football schedule, released Wednesday by Director of Athletics Don Oberhelman and head football coach Tim Walsh, is highlighted by a visit to Oregon State and five home games.

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Rice signs with Texas A&M Corpus Christy

TEMPLETON — The second of Templeton High School’s volleyball stars has now committed to play volleyball in college as Cheyenne Rice signed her National Letter of Intent to play beach volleyball at Texas A&M Corpus Christy on Wednesday night in front of friends and family at Nino’s Grill.

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Bearcats dominate Hounds on mat

PASO ROBLES — The Paso Robles Bearcats and Atascadero Greyhounds opened league play on Wednesday night as the spotlight was turned on in the Gil Asa Gymnasium setting the scene for gladiators to battle it out. The match was not very competitive with Paso Robles winning 68-6, both sides had fun and are less concerned with wins at this point in the season and more worried about improving.

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Cuesta volleyball lands 4 players on all-conference teams

SAN LUIS OBISPO — It was a slow start for Women’s Volleyball in 2018, but the Cougars ended the year on a roll with a three-game winning streak that put them in contention for a playoff berth. The Cougars ended the year with their third consecutive 3rd place finish in the Western State Conference (WSC) and, after starting the season 1-6, an 11-14 overall record. Cuesta’s strong finish and narrow miss of a playoff berth was recognized by the Western State Conference as four players earned all-WSC recognition; including first-team selection Kaylie Griffin (Atascadero HS).

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Atascadero beats Righetti in penalty shootout to win league opener

ATASCADERO — Penalty shootouts have been something of an Achilles heel for the Atascadero Greyhounds girls soccer team so far in this early season. Last weekend, in the Bakersfield-South High School tournament the Hounds lost in the second round of penalty kicks in the championship game to Stockdale and fell in the final game the previous weekend in penalties to Visalia-Redwood at the Harold S. Young tournament.

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Crow hired as Templeton’s new head football coach.

TEMPLETON — The Templeton High School Athletic Department on Wednesday announced Don Crow will be the school’s next varsity head football coach.

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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 Maxpreps.com.

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Greyhound defense too much for Cats'

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.

Tigers sweep Hounds

Hounds fall in extras 6-5