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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