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.

2019 Western State Conference Player of the Year Wilson-Murry’s excellence and exuberance was on display each time he stepped on the floor.  He led the Cougars with 16.8 points and, as a guard, led the team with 7.4 rebounds per game. Wilson-Murry lives for big games and he was at his best late in the regular season.  He helped earn to Coach Rusty Blair his 500th career victory with a double-double of 16 points and 14 rebounds against local rival Allan Hancock, which ignited a seven-game winning streak that extended into the playoffs.   During the streak, Wilson-Murry also helped clinch a conference title with 48 points in the Cougars’ wins over fellow playoff teams Ventura and Allan Hancock. Coach Rusty Blair says, “Josh has had many obstacles to overcome, yet he was focused enough to complete one of the most spectacular seasons in Cuesta Basketball history.  He has done everything from captain, to MVP, to family man and ‘Bread winner.’

In her sophomore campaign, All American water polo player Archibald established herself as one of the state’s premier players. Faith missed a big chunk of her freshman season due to illness, but left no doubt of her ability this season. The Cougars opened the season by winning 11 of their first 12 games and, as a team captain, she set the tone for the Cougars’ playoff season. Faith powered the sixth-highest scoring offense in the state with a team-high 87 goals (seventh in the state) and 38 assists (14th in the state) as the Cougars posted 23-11 record.   She was not just a scorer, but a star at both ends of the pool.  Faith’s ability to see the game made her a great “help” defender and one of the team’s leaders in steals.  Faith was selected to the 2019 All-Western State Conference First Team and all-Southern California Second Team, while also being tabbed an All American. A three-time all-Conference Academic selection, Faith is also an all star in the classroom.

Coach Peter Schuler says, “Faith meant everything to our team this season both in and out of the water.  In the water, she is a smooth powerful athlete that makes things happen on both ends of the tank. She was one of the State’s leading scorers and seemed to almost score at will, yet always found a way to keep her teammates involved and selflessly set them up for their own goals. In a tough season full of challenges, her leadership made all the difference.”  

Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year


2003        David Lamar, Carpinteria, CA (Baseball)              

2004        Kevin Bradley, Long Beach, CA (Water Polo, Swim)        

2005        Mike Brown, Davis, CA (Baseball)                        

2006        Jeff Chaney, Arroyo Grande, CA (Water Polo)                 

2007        Michael Williams, Sutter Creek, CA (Wrestling)               

2008        Quentin Cate, Cambria, CA (Baseball)                  

2009        Tom Schumacher, Dudelange, LUX (Basketball)             

2010        Roger Guardia, Matadepera, ESP (Basketball)                

2011        Eric Marsh, Arroyo Grande, CA (Water Polo)         

2012        Malte Kramer, Freiburg, DEU (Basketball)             

2013        Brady Moore, Santa Barbara, CA (Water Polo)                

2014        Georan Meendering, Visalia, CA (Water Polo, Swim)       

2015        Connor Fisher, Lake Isabella, CA (Cross Country, Track)

2016        Brendan Jenkins, Pleasanton, CA (Baseball)                           

2017        Sean McDermott, Kings Beach, CA (Cross Country, Track)

2018        Andrew Navigato, Riverside, CA (Baseball)

2019        Joshua Wilson-Murry, San Luis Obispo, CA (Basketball)                                                                  

Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year

2003        Shanna DeMichelle, Napa, CA (Swim & Dive)

2004        Christina Reyes, Los Osos, CA (Cross Country, Track)

2005        Jessie Ritchie, Arroyo Grande, CA (Tennis)

2006        Lindsay Campana, Templeton, CA (Softball)

2007        Whitney Levicki, Santa Cruz, CA (Water Polo)

2008        Julie Coelho, Lemoore, CA (Volleyball)

2009        Chloe Redman, Morro Bay, CA (Tennis)

2010        Kelly Barmann, Cimarron, NM (Cross Country)

2011        Alexandria Bernard, Porterville, CA (Water Polo, Swim)

2012        Devon Kelsey, Atascadero, CA (Cross Country, Track)

2013        Kryn Masutani, Honolulu, HI (Softball)

2014        Riley Cooks, Coarsegold, CA (Volleyball, Track)

2015        Rachel Gruetzmacher, Atascadero, CA (Water Polo, Swim)

2016        Augusta Thomason, San Diego, CA (Track)  

2017        Miranda Daschian, Atascadero, CA (Cross Country, Track)

2018        Torie White, Los Osos, CA (Swim & Dive)

2019        Faith Archibald, Atascadero, CA (Water Polo)


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