at Southwestern College field "The Junction"
Palomar 10, Southwestern 5

at Mt. San Jacinto College field
Palomar 5, Mt. San Jacinto 1

Southern Cal Regionals, day 1
at Ojai and Ventura
10 a.m.

at Palomar College Ballpark

Southwestern, 2 p.m.



OCEANSIDE (4-24-2017) -- Palomar narrowly missed qualifying its team for the Southern California Community College men's golf tournament on Monday at the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Tournament at El Camino Country Club.

But three Comets qualified individually -- Tyler Cress, Jaime Sanz and Mitch Cannon.

Monday's 36-hole competition counted as the final two 18-hole matches of the conference season.

Mt. San Jacinto (381) won the morning round, followed in order by overall conference champion College of the Desert (393), Palomar (394), Cuyamaca (420) and El Camino College (421).

In the afternoon round, COD placed first at 385, followed by the Comets (388), Mt. San Jacinto (390), Cuyamaca (404) and El Camino (423).

In the final PCAC standings for the season, COD and Mt. San Jacinto finished 1-2 to qualify teams for the SoCal Tournament. The Eagles edged Palomar on a tie-breaker for the No. 2 team spot.

Mt. San Jac's Richard Schweitzer (73-73), COD's Steven Wang (70-76) and Cuyamaca's Takafumi Kirishima (75-71) shared medalist honors for the day. Schweitzer, who averaged 73.7 for the conference season, was named PCAC Player of the Year.

The three Comets qualified for the Regionals due to their season conference averages -- 76.0 for Cress, 76.8 for Sanz and 77.2 for Cannon.

For Palomar during Monday's play, Brad Cain shot 77-73--150, Cress shot 76-78--158, Sanz 82-76--158, Cannon 81-79--160, Patrick Gorman 78-82--160 and Max Wittmack 83-84--167.


SAN MARCOS (4-22-2017) -- Palomar, which won the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference championship with a victory on Friday over San Diego Mesa, returned to its home field Saturday and split a non-confence doubleheader with College of the Canyons.

The Comets scored seven runs in the second inning to beat the Cougars 13-4 in a 5-inning run-rule game. Canyons came back to win the second game 9-5.

In the first-game victory, Brie Dunckel went 3-for-4 for Palomar, driving in a run and stealing 2 bases. Bailey Romano went 2-for-4, doubled and had 4 RBIs. Dionne Macias was 2-for-2 with a double and 2 RBIs. And Madisyn Turman went 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs.

Taylor Willis contributed a 2-run home run. Mo Lopez singled and drove in 2 runs. Marisa Herrera singled and stole 2 bases. Brooke Hanava and Lexi Williams each added a single.

Winnng pitcher Crystal DesLauriers (1905) scattered 6 hits.

Macias went 3-for-4, doubled and drove in a run in the second-game loss. Turman also went 3-for-4, driving in 3 runs.

Dunckel tripled and had an RBI and her 27th steal of the season. Lopez doubled and drove in a run. Romano and DesLauriers each added a single, rounding out a 10-hit attack.

Palomar  is 25-11, while Canyons fell to 28-10-1. The Comets will close out the regular season on Tuesday at 3 p.m. when they play a PCAC game at Mt. San Jacinto.


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FOOTBALL 4-6  2-3 WRESTLING  9-2  3-1 GOLF (W)  --- ---  VOLLEYBALL (W)  9-14 5-3  WATER POLO (M) 19-8  7-1   WATER POLO (W) 15-12  6-2 SOCCER (M) 5-11-5  4-9-3  SOCCER (W) 5-15  5-11  CROSS COUNTRY (M/W) 0-0 0-0     BASKETBALL (M)   11-16  3-7     BASKETBALL (W)   28-3  8-0      BASEBALL  29-8 19-3      SOFTBALL 26-11 16-0      GOLF (M)  57-31 24-12      TENNIS (M) 13-6 10-2 
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 SWIM & DIVE (M)    1-2  1-2 SWIM & DIVE (W) 2-1  2-1 TRACK & FIELD (W) 1-2 0-0 VOLLEYBALL (M) 2-14  0-4 BEACH VOLLEYBALL (W) 7-9  3-9
Note: Palomar's 2016 women's golf team competed only as individuals

SOFTBALL: Comets 5, Mt. San Jac 1

PC finishes perfect in conference at 16-0

MENIFEE (4-25-2017) -- Palomar finished its regular season in softball unbeaten in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference with a 16-0 record on Tuesday, beating Mt. San Jacinto 5-1 as pitcher Crystal DesLauriers (20-5) took a no-hitter into the seventh inning.

DesLauriers wound up with a 2-hitter, striking out 8 batters. Brie Dunckel (4-4, 2 steals) and Bailey Romano (3-4, triple, double, 3 RBIs) led the Comets' offense. Taylour Fa'asua went 2-for-4 with a double, and Mo Lopez contributed a base hit, a walk and an RBI.

Palomar's PCAC champions finished conference play with a 3-game lead over runner-up Southwestern, which lost to Grossmont 5-2 on Tuesday. The Comets will take a 26-11 overall record into the post-season.


BASEBALL: Palomar 10, Southwestern 5

The Comets' Joey Cooper slides safely into second base in Tuesday's 10-5 victory over Southwestern. -- Photo by Russell Scoffin, Southwestern College. BELOW LEFT: Grant Buck. BELOW RIGHT: Ryan Semon

Buck, McKenna, King, Semon lift PC to 29th win11:

CHULA VISTA (4-24-2017) -- Grant Buck, Conor McKenna and Tristan King went a combined 9-for-14 on Tuesday and Ryan Semon came in to pitch the final four innings to slam the door on Southwestern as Palomar pounded the Jaguars 10-5 for its 29th baseball victory.

Buck (3-for-4, home run, double, 3 RBIs, 3 runs scored), McKenna (3-for-5, double, 2 RBIs, 1 run scored) and King (3-for-5, run scored) led the way as the Comets roughed up three Southwestern pitchers for 17 hits.

Semon, who is 9-0 coming out of the bullpen, earned his first save when he entered the game in relief of starter Connor Zaleski to begin the sixth inning with a 6-4 lead and allowed only one hit as he finished the game. The Jaguars scored an unearned run without the benefit of a hit off Semon in the seventh on a passed ball on a strikeout, an error on a sacrifice bunt, another sac bunt and a sacrifice fly.

Semon struck out four batters in his four innings and lowered his season ERA to 1.29, which ranks him second in Southern California and fourth in the state.

Buck's 3-run home run over the rightfield fence in the third inning enabled the Comets to come back from an early 3-0 deficit to give Zaleski (5-2) the pitching win.

Cameron Haskell had a pair of singles and reached base when he was hit by a pitch in the head by Southwestern's Hudson Pearson in the seventh inning. Joey Cooper also contributed 2 singles and added an RBI. Edgar Morales and Jared Montoya each singled to drive in a run, and Marco Young also hit safely.

The Comets advanced to 29-8 on the season and 19-3 in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference. They remain alone in second place in the conference, one game behind first-place Grossmont, which is 20-2 after an 8-0 victory over College of the Desert on Tuesday.

Coach Buck Taylor's club has two games remaining in the regular season, on Thursday against Southwestern at Palomar College Ballpark and on Friday against the Jaguars back at Southwestern. The Comets have clinched at least second place and an automatic playoff berth.

The Jaguars, who have clinced third place, are 25-13, 14-8 and are vying for an at-large Regional berth.



PCAC: Athlete of the Week

Comets' Brie Dunckel lands AOTW honor

SAN DIEGO (4-24-2017) -- The Pacific Coast Athletic Conference has selected Palomar's Brie Dunckel as Women's Athlete of the Week for April 17-23.

Dunckel, Palomar's sophomore second bseman out of Valley Center High School and the 2016 PCAC Player of the Year, went 8-for-15 with a home run, triple, double, 5 singles, 4 RBIs and 7 runs scored during the week as the Comets clinched their 34th conference championship. Dunckel, Palomar's leadoff hitter, also was 3-for-3 on stolen base attempts.

Dunckel went 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI and 2 runs scored in the Comets' 11-0 win over Imperial Valley. She homered to lead off the bottom of the first inning and wound up 1-for-2 with an RBI and a walk as Palomar advanced to 15-0 in the PCAC and clinched the conference championship by beating San Diego Mesa 8-0. Finally, in a non-conference doubleheader split with Collge of the Canyons (13-4 win, 9-5 loss), she went 4-for-8 with a triple, 2 RBIs, 4 runsw scored, 3 steals and 2 walks.

Dunckel is batting .459 for the season with 6 doubles, 7 triples,1 homer, 24 RBIs and 27 steals on 27 attempts. She's hitting .449 in conference games.



Palomar repeats as PCAC team champions

SAN DIEGO (4-22-2017) -- Palomar repeated as Pacific Coast Athletic Conference women's track & field champions on Saturday, matching last year's team title by outscoring second-place San Diego Mesa 236 points to 161.

Third-place Southwestern (111), fourth-place Cuyamaca (91) and fifth-place San Bernardino Valley (89 points) trailed.

Coach Jen Williams' Comets won three events in the meet at San Diego Mesa College's Merrill Douglas Stadium. Hallie Santana raced to victory in the 200 meters in 27.40 as she and teammates Antoinette Ancrum (27.90) and Melissa Ventura (28.07) swept the first three places. Ancrum, Santana, Deyanira Lopez and Sharik Figueroa won the 4x100 relay in 51.45. And Santana, Danielle Martin, Figueroa and Lopez took first in the 4x400 relay in 4:23.42.  



Lexi Williams smashes an inside-the-park home run past Mesa's rightfielder in the third inning on Friday. Palomar clinched its 34th conference title with an 8-0 run-rule victory. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Comets clinch 34th conference championship

SAN MARCOS (4-21-2017) -- Brie Dunckel led off the bottom of the first with a home run over the rightfield fence, Palomar wound up taking a 6-0 lead after opening the inning with 6 straight hits and the Comets went on to clinch their 34th conference softball championship Friday.

This time, visiting San Diego Mesa was the victim as the Comets won a 5-inning mercy rule game 8-0.

Coach Lacey Craft's club (24-10,15-0), which quietly clinched no worse than a tie for the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference title with an 11-0 victory over Imperial Valley earlier in the week, will close out the regular season this upcoming Tuesday with a conference game at Mt. San Jacinto. First, the Comets will host College of the Canyons in a non-conference doubleheader at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Winning pitcher Crystal DesLauriers' 2-run double to leftfield and Brooke Hanavan's 1-out RBI single for the seventh hit were other highlights in the 6-run first inning for Palomar.

Lexi Williams added a home run in the third inning to make it 7-0, an inside-the-park shot to rightfield. That set the stage for the bottom of the fifth inning, when pinch-hitter Taylor Willis tripled with 1 out and Samantha Smith singled to drive in run No. 8, which ended the game.

Hanavan went 2-for-2, adding a double. Bailey Romano, Mo Lopez, Taylour Fa'asua and Madisyn Turman, who also had an RBI, also hit safely for the Comets.

DesLauriers (18-5) pitched 4 innings of 3-hit, shutout ball. Trinity Fa'asua threw scoreless top of the fifth with allowing a hit.


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