at Wallace Memorial Pool
Palomar 16, San Diego Mesa 15

at Wallace Memorial Pool
San Diego Mesa 9, Palomar 5

at Southwestern College gym
Chula Vista
Palomar def.  Southwestern 3-0 (25-14, 25-14, 25-13)



vs. Victor Valley, 4 p.m.


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SAN MARCOS (10-01-2014) -- Visiting San Diego Mesa handed Palomar a 9-5 women's water polo loss on Wednesday at Wallace Memorial Pool as the Olympians overcame three goals by the Comets' Kelly Harris.

Lucy Gates scored the other goal for Palomar.

The teams were tied 1-1 after one quarter, and the Comets were still in the hunt in the fourth quarter before Olympians drew away in the final minutes.

Mesa, which is 8-1 overall, remained unbeaten in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference at 5-0 with the victory. Palomar dropped to 6-7 overall, 2-3 in the conference.


SAN DIEGO (9-30-2014) -- San Diego Miramar College, which has dominated Pacific Coast Athletic Conference women's soccer in resent years, defeated Palomar 3-0 in the teams'  Northern Division opener on Tuesday night at Hourglass Field.

Goalkeeper Valentina Zito had 14 saves in goal for the Comets (3-2-2, 0-1) in a losing cause.


RANCHO SAN DIEGO (9-30-2014) -- Palomar's men's soccer team lost its Pacific Coast Athletic Conference opener at Cuyamaca 3-1 on Tuesday on the Coyotes' pitch.

Miguel Pineda scored the Comets' goal on a penalty kick.

Goalkeeper Daniel Vasquez had five saves for Palomar (3-3-1 overall).

The Comets had won two straight games and three of their last four.


MORRO BAY (9-26-2014) -- Palomar's women golfers placed eighth in a 17-team field in the 36-hole North-South Classic hosted by Santa Barbara City College, which concluded a two-day run Monday at Morro Bay Golf Club.

Jessica Campbell was the low scorer for Palomar with an 84-80 -- 164. Deanna Bird shot an 85-85 -- 170, Brittany Bilek 87-87 -- 174, Sydney Houser 96-79 -- 175 and Samantha Runnels 98-90 -- 188.

The Comets finished with a 352-331 -- 683 score, improving their score by 21 strokes on the second day.

College of the Desert (642) won the team title by 13 strokes over the second-place team, Sierra, which checked in at 655. College of the Canyons (662), Modesto (665), Irvine Valley (675), Canada (676) and Butte (680) also finished ahead of Palomar.

Trailing the Comets were Santa Barbara City College with a 691, Sacramento City College 715, Citrus 717, Mt. SAC 721, Reedley 729, Fresno city College 748, San Joaquin Delta 753, West Hills 790 and Bakersfield 801.


HUNTINGTON BEACH (9-26-2014) -- Little changed for Palomar's women's and men's cross country teams in Friday's Golden West College Invitational at Central Park.

Jessica Steinhoff again had the best finish for the women's team, placing 18th in a 144-runner field with a 19:24.6 for 5 kilometers. Defending state champion Laura Aceves of East Los Angeles won the race in 18:05.1.

Matt Bellah again led the men, finishing 73rd out of 199 runners in 22:05.8 on a 4.0-mile course. The race winner, Rodrigo Ornelas of College of the Canyons, ran 20:05.9.

Jessica Betencourt (38th in 20:24.8), Sarah Martinez (56th in 21:16.6), Olivia Wray (83rd in 22:28.8) and Haidee Ortiz (102nd in 23:31.2) rounded out Palomar's top five women's finishers.

In the men's race, Richard Murillo (92nd in 22:31.2), Cody-Ray Wilson (100th in 22:38.8), Joshua Cruz (122nd in 23:18.6) and Noah Siegal (13th in 2:29.1) rounded out the Comets' top five finishers.

The Palomar women placed ninth out of 15 teams with 264 points. Glendale won the team title with 49 points. The men were 16th in a 21-team field with 461 points. College of the Canyons captured the team championship with 34 points.


SAN MARCOS (9-25-2014) -- Candido Balbuena and Chris Kusunoki each scored two goals on Thursday and Palomar evened its men's soccer record at 2-2-1 by defeating El Camino Compton Center 4-3 at Minkoff Field.

Kusunoki gave the Comets a 1-0 lead in the ninth minute when he rebounded off a shot by Balbuena.

After the Tartars tied he game, Balbuena answered with back-to-back unassisted goals in the 39th and 46th minutes as Palomar went in front by two goals, at 3-1, in the first minute of the second half.

El Camino Compton Center again closed the gap to a goal, this time on a penalty kick.

Kusunoki's second goal of the afternoon on a header in the 60th minute gave Palomar another two-goal edge at 4-2 and the Comets made the lead stand up even though the Tartars added the day's final goal in the 70th minute.

Steven Ross and Daniel Vasquez combined for nine saves in goal for Palomar. Ross had four saves in the first half. Vasquez' five saves came in the second half.


(UPDATED AT 9 P.M. ON WED., 10/01/2014)




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M. WATER POLO: PC 16, SD Mesa 15

Rath's late goal lifts Comets past Olympians

SAN MARCOS (10-01-2014) -- Cameron Rath (left) scored off a long assist from goalie Ryan Lozano in the closing seconds on Wednesday afternoon, giving Palomar a 16-15 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference men's water polo victory over visiting San Diego Mesa.

The win keeps Palomar (8-3, 4-1) in a first-place tie with Grossmont, while Mesa drops into third place with a 3-2 PCAC record.

The deciding goal came in stunning fashion at Wallace Memorial Pool after the Olympians, trailing by four goals at 15-11, struck for four unanswered goals with 3 minutes, 48 seconds, 3:11, 2:56 and 1:59 left in the game to pull even at 15-15. In complete control of the momentum, Mesa got possession of the ball back and appeared on the verge of putting the game away near the Palomar goal as the final seconds ticked down.

But the Comets' Nicholas Hendricks (above right) swiped the ball and flipped it back to Lozano. The PC goalie rifled a perfect pass all the way down the pool to Rath, who hammered home the game-winner with 8 seconds showing on the scoreboard clock.

Palomar pretty much dominated the game throughout until Mesa's late run, leading 6-3, 10-5 and 13-10 at the quarter marks. And the Comets opened up a four-goal lead twice in the fourth quarter.

Evan Dean bumped the lead from three goals back to four goals at 14-10 when he scored with 6:30 to play in the game.

After a Mesa goal, Logan Hurst extended the lead back to four again with 5:08 remaining when he scored from directly in front of the net.

And, when Hurst stole the ball with 4:30 left, the Comets had an opportunity to open their first five-goal advantage since halftime.

Palomar couldn't capitalize, however, and back came Mesa. Austin Collins had two of the goals in the Olympians' 4-0 suge. Mario Ochoa and Bryan Bare, who led all scorers with six goals, scored the other two goals in the run.

But that just set the stage for the steal, the assist and Rath's game-winning goal.

Dean (5 goals, 3 steals), Kody Moffatt (3 goals, 4 steals), Rath (3 goals, 3 steals), Hurst (2 goals, 3 steals), Hendricks (2 goals, 3 steals) and Lozano (12 saves and 2 assists) led Palomar statistically.

The Comets have won seven of their last eight games.

W. VOLLEYBALL: Comets 3, Jaguars 0

Palomar sweeps to PCAC victory on the road

CHULA VISTA (10-01-2014) -- Palomar wasted little time disposing of Southwestern in three sets in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference women's volleyball match Wednesday evening in the Jaguars' gym.

The set scores were 24-14, 24-14, 24-13.

Maci Lerno knocked down eight kills, while Rylee Zimmerman, Rachel McFarland and Madi Stark each contributed six kills for the Comets (7-2, 1-1), who have won four of their last five matches. Lerno also had two blocks.

Setter Aspen Leudtke had 25 assists and five aces.

Palomar returns to The Dome on Friday to take on Imperial Valley in another PCAC match, beginning at 5 p.m.

The Comets, ranked No .14 for three straight weeks, are bidding to rebound into the state poll conducted by the California Community College Women's Volleyball Coaches Association. They were unranked this week after losing at Mt. San Jacinto last Wednesday night.

PICTURED: Madi Stark puts down a kill for Palomar. No. 11 for the Comets is Hanna Seits. -- Photo by Russell Scoffin, Southwestern College

FOOTBALL: Gauchos 32, Comets 21

ABOVE: Shawn Cameron returns a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter Saturday evening to give the Comets a 21-14 lead over Saddleback. The return tied Cameron for second on the all-time Palomar list. The Gauchos, however, came back to win the teams' Southern Conference opener 32-21. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW LEFT: M.J. Bailey, who had six receptions for 143 yards, including a 71-yard touchdown from quarterback Mitch Bartram. BELOW RIGHT: Deviante Sayles, who scored Palomar's first touchdown on a 4-yard run.

Palomar can't hold on in conference opener

ESCONDIDO (9-27-2014) -- Saturday night's Southern Conference opener against Saddleback at Wilson Stadium featured plenty of spectacular football by Palomar.

Shawn Cameron, a freshman from Carlsbad High School, returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown with 5:42 left in the first quarter, giving the Comets their third lead in the game's first 9 1/2 minutes and tying Chris Cash for second on the all-time Palomar list.

The Comets led three separate times in a 4-minute, 22-second span in the opening quarter -- on a 4-yard touchdown run by Deviante Sayles that made it 7-0, a 71-yard pass play from Mitch Bartram to M.J. Bailey that made it 14-7 and on Cameron's kickoff return that put them on top 21-14.

Damon Nolan set up Sayles' TD with a 44-yard punt return on the previous play.

But, each time, Saddleback answered back. And when Patrick Koch kicked a 28-yard field goal that broke a 21-21 tie and put Palomar ahead 24-21 early in the second quarter, it would be the last time the Comets would lead in the game.

The Gauchos went on to record their first victory of the season 32-21, and Palomar must now win next Saturday afternoon at Grossmont to keep from falling to 0-2 two weeks into the conference season.

The Comets only scored once more during the course of the evening, on Bartram's 8-yard TD pass to Daniel Warren with eight minutes to play in the game. That pulled Palomar, which had fallen behind by 11 points, back within range at 35-31.

However, after Jadon Henry returned Grant Fleming's kickoff following the touchdown 42 yards out to the Saddleback 45, the Gauchos slit the Comets' throats on the ensuing play when Bautista and Chris Dimry hooked up on a 55-yard TD pass play. Bautista also hit Dimry for a 52-yard touchdown that got Saddleback on the scoreboard for the first time in the opening quarter.

On the night, Bautista connected on 22-of-35 passes for 356 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for an additional 47 net yards, which gave him 403 yards of total offense.

Even after the second Bautista-to-Dimry touchdown, Palomar still had chances to get back into the game. But they shot themselves in the foot on each occasion and saw time tick methodically away as the Comets fell to 2-2 overall.

Palomar made just enough mistakes to prevent them from slamming the door on the Gauchos (1-3). The mistakes ranged from 110 yards on 14 penalties, including one illegal procedure and false-start penalty after another, to dropped passes, misdirected passes, blocking breakdowns and badly-blown pass coverages that left Saddleback receivers ridiculously wide open downfield.

If not for just some of those mistakes, the Comets made more than enough big plays to win the game. Bartran passed for 320 yards. Bailey caught six passes for 143 yards and one touchdown. Wayne Ganan, Nolan and Warren added nine more catches for 161 yards and Bartram's second TD. Bartram, Sayles, Justin Harris and Ganan ran for a combined 103 yards.

Defensively, Palomar had four sacks, 10 tackles for losses and two broken-up passes. Dylan Donahue led the Comets with 10 tackles (5 solo), 6 of them for losses that added up to 34 yards, and 2 sacks for 13 yards. Drew Madera had 9 tackles and a half-sack. Dominic Darby added 2 sacks.

Cameron's achievement on his kickoff return is not to be taken lightly. He missed tying Nakoa McElrath's Palomar record of 100 yards against Fullerton in 1997 by 1 yard. McElrath moved on to become a first-team All-Pac 10 receiver at Washington State and led the Pac 10 in receiving in 1999. He later played for the Seattle Seahawks.

Cash, whose 99-yard return came against Pasadena City College in 1999 and whom Cameron tied with his return on Saturday, moved on to earn All-Pac 10 honors at cornerback for USC and was a three-year starter for the Detroit Lions. Cash finished his NFL career with the Atlanta Falcons and is now the defensive backs coach at Florida A&M.

Bumped from third to fourth place on the all-time Palomar list: current Comet head coach Joe Early, who had a 98-yard TD return against Orange Coast in 1979. Early moved on to Long Beach State, which since has dropped football.


M. SOCCER: Palomar 5, Victor Valley 1

Salado's two goals lift Comets past Rams

SAN MARCOS (9-26-2014) -- Zack Salado tallied two goals Friday at Minkoff Field, lifting Palomar to its second men's soccer victory in two days, a 5-1 non-conference win over Victor Valley.

Omar Orozco (left) scored on a rebound in the fifth minute and Oscar Meija assisted Salado on his first goal in the eighth minute, giving the Comets an early 2-0 lead. The Rams never recovered.

Edsel Corcuera (right) hit on an unassisted goal from long range on the left side in the 21st minute, and Salado's second goal, also scored unassisted from long range on the left side in the 60th minute, put Palomar up 4-0.

Victor Valley finally answered with its only goal of the game in the 77th minute as the Rams got on the scoreboard. Miguel Pieda tacked on an insurance goal for the Comets in the 80th minute off Luis Escoto's assist.

Palomar's defense smothered the Victor Valley attack most of the day. Daniel Vasquez, who had one save in the first half, and Steven Ross, who recorded four saves in the second half, combined on the near-shutout.

The Comets went back over .500 at 3-2-1. The Rams are 1-7-2.


Comets down 2 state Top Four teams, go 4-0

WALNUT (9-20-2014) / REVISED 9-23-2014 -- Led by four wrestlers who went 4-0 for the day, Palomar won all four matches and took home the championship at the season-opening Mt. SAC Duals for the third year in a row.

Palomar, the fifth-place team finisher in the CCCAA State Tournament the last two years, defeated two of the 2013 state Final Four teams on Saturday.

Alberto Garcia (133 pounds), Erik Collin (165), Cody Doyle (174) and Alex Graves (184) all went 4-0. Josh Lawson (141) and Chris Jones (149) both were 2-1. Frank Sandoval (125), Peter Donchev (157) and Dalton Du 'Casse' (197) went 2-2. And heavyweight Blake Nash finished 1-3.

Garcia, a freshman from Orange Glen High School, had two wins by pin, one by major decision and one by decision.

Coach Brody Barrios' Palomar squad defeated Bakersfield College 33-9, East Los Angeles 40-3, last year's state tournament No. 4 finisher Santa Ana 33-9 and last year's state tournament No. 3 finisher Mt. SAC 24-19.


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