Burson shoots low round

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

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Perseverance in the pool

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

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She's got game

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

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Straight sets: Hounds top Cabrillo

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

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Too big, too fast: Greyhounds fall to Ventura

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

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Tennis is here

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

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Greyhounds win overtime thriller

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

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Hounds cruise in opener

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

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New section, new problems

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

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Vic Cooper on Greyhounds season

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

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Larry Welsh to enter CIF SS Hall of Fame

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

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Eagles ready to bounce back

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

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Hounds hungry for league title

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

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Armbar Assassin Strikes Again

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

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Elite level acrobatics

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

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Blues play last home games of the season

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

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The Armbar Assassin

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

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Fireworks on Tuesday

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

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Howell continues to dominate

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

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Templeton alum coaches youth basketball in Kenya

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

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Lucido wins cross country bike race

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

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Atascadero all comers meet returns July 26

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

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

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

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Carr honored at UCSD

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

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Hot bats an hot sauce

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

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Sabrina VanBeek signs with Whittier College

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

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

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

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

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

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PAC-8 swim season closes for Greyhounds

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

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Ellie Nisbet becomes a Gaucho

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

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Seniors Lead Atascadero High School track team

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

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BASEBALL: Greyhounds win in eight against SLO Tigers

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

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PREP BASEBALL: Greyhounds control destiny

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

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