at Palomar softball field
Palomar 11, Southwestern 3

at Saboba Springs GC
San Jacinto


at Merrill Douglas Stadium
San Diego Mesa College

Palomar 44.5 (2nd of 4 teams after day 1)


 APRIL 1-8, 2014


at Wallace Memorial Pool

PCAC Championships, Day 1, 9 a.m.

at Myers Field

vs. Imperial Valley, 2 p.m.


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SAN JACINTO (4-16-2014) -- Brian Cole shot a 1-under 71 at Soboba Springs Golf Club on Wednesday as Palomar remained one of the hottest men's community college golf teams in California by winning the final 6-way Pacific Coast Athletic Conference match of the season.

The Comets won with a 373 score on the 7053-yard, par 72 course, defeating runner-up College  of the Desert which had a 381. Palomar was 5-0 on the day and COD was 4-1. El Camino (392, 3-2), Cuyamaca (395, 2-3), Mt. San Jacinto (402, 1-4) and Victor Valley (416, 0-5) trailed.

The Comets have won four of their last five matches, finishing second in the other one.

Also for Palomar, Bryuce Haynes carded a 74, Mitch Cannon 75, Aaron Whiteley 75, Kelly Cannon 78 and Cullen Clifford 79.


SAN DIEGO (4-16-2014) -- Palomar is in second place with 44.5 points after the first day of the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference women's track and field  championships on Wednesday at San Diego Mesa College's Merrill Douglas Stadium.

San Diego Mesa leads with 70 points. Trailing the Comets are Southwestern (43 points) in third and Cuyamaca (31.5) in fourth.

Finals were conducted in five events along with finals in the other events.

The Comets' Simone Everet placed second in the discus with a throw of 33.79 meters (110.86 feet). Natalie Romo was fourth, Maritza Torralba fifth and Tiffany Monroy 12th.

Also for Palomar, Natalie Romo took second and Julia Tenchavez seventh int he javelin. Cydnee Psalms was fifth, Cassandra Moore sixth and Shaylyn Boomer seventh in the long jump. Mackenzie Mahoney finished fourth in the pole vault.

In the day's only final in a running event, Aholibama ran a 40:54.72 to place third in the 10,000 meters.

Qualifying for the finals in other premilinary events were Victoria Stewart, Boomer  and Tenchavez in the 100 meters; Boomer and Tenchavez in the 100 hurdles; Aleiha Nelson in the 800 meters; and Stewart in the 200 meters.

The meet will conclude at Cuyamaca College on Saturday at 1 p.m.


 SAN MARCOS (4-12-2014) -- State seventh-ranked Cypress College stunned No. 1-ranked Palomar twice in a non-conference softball doubleheader on Saturday, sweeping the visiting Comets 10-4 and 7-3.

It's the first time Palomar  has lost two straight games since March 23, 2013 when the Comets were swept by Mt. SAC. Palomar fell to 25-4 on the season, while Cypress is 26-10.

The Comets clinched their 31st conference championship on Friday when they defeated Grossmont 6-0 at home (see right-hand column), and focus on Saturday appeared to be a possible issue.

Maci Lerno (3-for-4, RBI), Carlie Daniel (2-for-4, 3 RBIs) and Kali Pugh (2-for-4, triple) had multiple hits for the Comets in game 1. Paige Falconieri, Lizzy Hutller and Kaylee Hughen each added a double.

Pugh went 2-for-3 in the second game with a home run and an RBI. Carlie Daniel also homered.


EL CAJON (4-12-2014) -- Palomar's Remy Littrell and  Teresa Deanda lost 6-1, 6-0 to Grossmont's Jaella Conway / Marlayna Durant in the doubles finals of the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference women's tennis tournament on Saturday at Grossmont College.

Littrell, the conference's two-time Player of the Year, was beaten by Conway 7-5, 6-2 in the singles semifinals.


EL CAJON / CHULA VISTA (4-10-2014) -- Palomar's Remy Littrell and Teresa Deanda advanced through the Round of 16 and the quarterfinals on Thursday at Grossmont College and will play in the doubles semifinals of the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference women's tennis tournament on Friday.

Littrell / Deanda, the No. 6 seed, received byes through the Round of 64 and the Round of 32, and defeated Grossmont's Maddy Kleine / Sarah Osterhoudt 6-2, 6-3 in the Round of 16. Littrell / Deanda then turned back No. 3 seed Anastasia Trachenko / Shannon McElhaney 7-5, 7-5 in the quarterfinals.

In singles, No. 3 seed Littrell Littrell swept San Diego City College's 6-0, 6-0 in the Round of 32. She'll play in the quarterfinals on Friday.

On Day 1 of the conference men's tournament at Southwestern College, the Comets' Angelo Gustilo / Vince Rivera defeated Grossmont's Eric Alm / Brett Pierce in a 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (6) marathon in the Round of 32 in doubles and will play in the Round of 16 on Friday.

In singles, Gustilo beat San Diego City's David Lin 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 in the Round of 32 to advance to Friday's Round of 16.

Both the women's and men's tournaments will conclude on Saturday.


SACRAMENTO (4-08-2014) -- Palomar, which is riding an 11-game win streak going into a game at Mt. San Jacinto on Wednesday, has moved up to No. 1 in the California Community College Fastpitch Coaches Association state poll.

The defending state champion Comets (23-2) were previously ranked No. 2 but jumped over previous No. 1 College of San Mateo, which saw its 26-game win streak broken by San Jose City College 15-9 last week. San Mateo, which is now ranked second, is 33-2.

Solano and Santiago Canyon are tied at No. 3 in the state poll. No. 5 Sierra, No. 6 RiversideCity College, No. 7 Cypress, No. 8 Santa Ana, No.  9 San Joaquin Delta and No. 10 Sacramento City College round out the first 10 teams. Palomar and Santiago Canyon are ranked 1-2 in  Southern California.


SAN MARCOS (4-08-2014) -- Palomar's baseball team moved up in two major community polls were released on Tuesday.

The Comets are ranked fifth in Southern California in the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association poll.

And they're 10th in the American Baseball Coaches Association's Pacific Associations Division rankings, for community colleges in California, Oregon and Washington.

Coach Buck Taylor's Comets trail No.1 Oxnard, No. 2 Saddleback, No. 3 Orange Coast and No. 4 East Los Angeles in the Southern California poll.

No. 6 Santa Barbara City College, No. 7 San Bernardino Valley, No. 8 Los Angeles Mission, No. 9 Santa Ana and No. 10 Southwestern round out the Top 10.

Two teams ranked ahead of Palomar in the SoCal poll lost on Tuesday. Top-ranked Oxnard lost to Allan Hancock 9-4. Saddleback was defeated by Orange Coast 13-3.

In the ABCA Pacific Associations rankings, the Comets trail No. 1 Oxnard,  No. 2 San Joaquin Delta of Stockton, No.  3 Emonds Community College of Lynwood, WA, No. 4 Saddleback, No. 5 Sacramento City College, No. 6 Orange Coast, No. 7 Tacoma (WA) Community College, No. 8 East L.A. and No. 9 Chabot College of Hayward.


RIVERSIDE (4-04-2014) -- Palomar's Andrew Houston, Evan Dean and Max Becerra swam to victories in a non-scoring non-conference dual meet against Riverside City College on Friday.

Houston won the 100-yard backstroke in 1:02.47 in the meet at Riverside City College's Riverside Aquatic Center.

Dean placed first in the 50 freestyle with a 22.58.

Becerra won the 200 breaststroke in 2:26.27.

Danny Hartl (1650 freestyle, 500 free and 500 free) and Jaden Smithers (200 individual medley, 200 backstroke, 40 IM) each brought home three second places for the Comets.

Palomar's Rich Farley captured second place finishes in the 200 freestyle and the 100 free.

The Palomar women's team got one second place against RCC, from Kelly Harris in the 50 freestyle.

At Palomar, Grossmont's PCAC champions defeated the Comets'  women's squad 9-0.

Defending conference singles champion Remy Littrell won the first set but the Griffins' Jaella Conway came back to win their No. 1 singles match 2-6,7-5, 10-8.

Palomar concluded its women's dual season 2-13, 2-10 in conference. The Comets will play in the PCAC tournament that will take place Thursday through Saturday at Grossmont.

(UPDATED AT 9:15 P.M. ON WED., 4/17/2014)

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SOFTBALL: Palomar 11, Southwestern 3

ABOVE: K.K. Fronda slugs her second home run of the game in Palomar's 11-3 victory over Southwestern on Wednesday. BELOW: Kali Pugh doubles to drive in a run in the three-run fifth inning that ended the game. --  Photo by Scott Colson (The Telescope)

Fronda is 4-for-4, homers twice in run-rule win

SAN MARCOS (4-16-2014) -- K.K. Fronda went 4-for-4 with two home runs, a double, four runs scored and five RBIs Wednesday as Palomar rolled to a five-inning, 11-3 run-rule Pacific Coast Athletic Conference softball victory over visiting Southwestern.

Kali Pugh went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI, and Kristina Carbajal was 2-for-3 with a home run and an RBI for the PCAC champions, who are now 27-4 on the season,16-0 in conference.

Lizzy Hutzler tripled and drove in two runs for the Comets. Carlie Daniel, Paige Falconieri and Stephanie Koishor each had a single to round out a 13-hit attack.

Carbajal pitched the first 4 1/3 innings to record the pitching win and advance to 9-0 on the year. Daniel came in to get the final two outs in the top of the fifth.

Palomar won it in the bottom of the fifth on a dropped pop-up. The Comets led 8-3 through 4 1/2 and scored three times in the fifth.

The Jaguars fall to 22-16, 10-7.

The Comets will be back in action on Saturday when they play non-conference games against College of the Canyons (at 1 p.m.) and Moorpark (at 3 p.m.), both at Moorpark.

BASEBALL: Palomar 14, IVC 1

Comets clinch tie for title with five games left

IMPERIAL (4-15-2014) -- Jake Barnett struck out nine batters in five innings and Dylan Smith went 3-for-4 with a sacrifice fly, a walk and two RBIs on Tuesday as Palomar clinched no worse than a tie for another conference baseball championship.

This, with five games still remaining.

The Comets smacked host Imperial Valley 14-1 as Barnett advanced to 6-0 in conference. Coupled with Mt. San Jacinto's 13-2 upset of second-place Grossmont, that means Palomar can wrap up its third straight Pacific Coast Athletic Conference championship outright by beating IVC on Thursday at 2 p.m. at Myers Field.

By running their latest win streak to 10 games, the Comets upped their record to 22-9 on the season, 17-2 in the PCAC. Southwestern moved back into a tie for second place with Grossmont by rallying to beat San Diego Mesa 7-4.

Barnett was followed to the mound by Troy Forester, Kamden Haglund, Zach Wickham, Robert Woodcock and Taylor Miller. The six pitchers combined to stop the Arabs with a combined seven-hitter.

At the plate, Palomar jumped out to a 5-0 lead  in the top of the first inning and never looked back, tacking on two runs in the third inning, onein the fourth, two in the sixth, one in the seventh and three in the top of the eighth.

Dennis Morton, Nolan Barraza and Chris Stratton joined Smith with multiple hits. Morton went 2-for-4 with a triple, a sacrifice bunt, a walk and an RBI. Barraza was 2-for-5 with a sacrifrice fly and an RBI. Stratton went 2-for-4 and drove in a run.

Matt Matlock, Francis Christy, Anthony Balderas, Alec Salcedo, Nathan Mann, Bubba Craig each had a single. The Comets had a season-high of five sacrifice flies -- With Matlock, Balderas and Salcedo contibuting one each to join Smith and Barraza. Palomar stole five bases, and Sapp reached base as a hit batter for the ninth and 10th time this season.

Both Grossmont's and Southwestern's hopes of tyng Palomar for the PCAC title hanging by the thinnest of threads. The Griffins and Jaguars face a scenario in which each or both teams win all five of their remaining games -- the Comets would have to lose their last five games.

The Comets will play IVC back-to-back days at Myers Field, also facing the Arabs at 2 p.m. on Friday.

PICTURED ABOVE: Jake Barnett (left), Dylan Smith (right)


SOFTBALL: Comets 9, Riverside CC 4

ABOVE: Palomar coach Lacey Craft high fives Kali Pugh (left) and K.K. Fronda (right) after they scored on Carli Daniel's two-run double in the fifth inning to put Palomar up 7-2. -- Photo by Scott Colson (The Telescope). BELOW: Carlie Daniel, whose two-run double in the fifth inning put Palomar on top 7-2 and broke the game wide open

Palomar wins rematch of 2013 state title game

SAN MARCOS (4-15-2014) -- Defending state champion and state No.1-ranked Palomar rebounded back into the softball victory column on Tuesday, defeating Riverside City College 9-4 in a rematch of last season's state championship game.

The Comets (26-4) supported Dani Cowan, who pitched a complete game, with 11 hits, ledby multiple-hit performances by K.K. Fronda (3-for-4), Kali Pugh (3-for-4) and Carlie Daniel (2-for-3).

Fronda doubled twice, drove in two runs and scored four runs. Pugh tripled, stole a base, drove in a run and scored two runs. And Daniel had a double, a sacrifice fly and three RBIs.

Daniel broke the game wide open in the seventh inning when she doubled to drive in Pugh and Fronda, putting Palomar up by five runs 7-2.

Kristina Carbejal also had a double. Stephabnie Koisher and Kaylee Hughen singled as the Comets dominated the state No. 6-ranked Tigers (25-10) in rebounding from a pair of upset losses to state No. 7 Cypress on Saturday.

Cowan allowed two earned runs in pitching the full seven innings.

Palomar will be right back in action on Wednesday when the Comets, who clinched their 31st conference championship last week, host Southwestern in a 3 p.m. Pacific Coast Athletic Conference game.

BASEBALL: MLB Alumni Update

Vincent: 2 perfect outings vs. Tigers, Rockies

SAN DIEGO (4-12-2014 / 4-14-2014) -- Palomar alum Nick Vincent continued to baffle opposing batters on the major league level with perfect relief performances for the San Diego Padres against the Detroit Tigers on Saturday and the the Colorado Rockies on Monday night.

Vincent pitched a 1-2-3 inning in Thursday's 6-2 loss to the Tigers, striking out Miguel Cabrera. On Monday, the ex-Comet came on with one out and the bases loaded in the fifth and got the Padres out of the inning with one pitch, as Troy Tulowitski lined into a double play. Vincent then retired the side in the seventh inning  as the Padres beat the Rockies 5-4.

Vincent now has a 1.50 ERA for six innings pitched in seven appearances for the season, allowing three hits with five strikeouts and two walks. For his Major League career he's 8-3 in two-plus seasons with a 1.94 ERA, giving up 55 hits with 82 strikeouts and 20 walks over 78 2/3 innings.

BASEBALL: Comets 5, SD Mesa 3

TOP PHOTO: Palomar's Chris Stratton rounds third base to score on Dennis Morton's fifth-inning single as Mesa defenders try to chase down the ball in the background. SECOND FROM TOP: Alex Salcedo gets a bunt down for a base hit in the Comets' three-run seventh inning. BELOW LEFT: Salcedo makes his second-inning catch to steal an extra-base hit away from the Olympians' Garrett Schilling. -- Photos by Hugh Cox. BELOW RIGHT: Matt Matlock, who went 3-for-4

Matlock, Smith, Salcedo spark PC to 9th in row

SAN MARCOS (4-12-2014) -- Dillan Smith and Matt Matlock combined to bang out five of Palomar's nine hits and rightfielder Alex Salcedo made a spectacular running, leaping catch on Saturday as Palomar closed in on its third straight conference baseball championship.

The Comets recorded their ninth straight win, defeating San Diego Mesa 5-3 at Myers Field, and are four games up on the second-place team, Grossmont, with six games to play. In Chula Vista, third-place Southwestern gave Palomar a welcome boost by knocking off the Griffins 8-3.

Salcedo's catch, which robbed Mesa's Garrett Schilling of an extra-base hit to lead off the top of the second, set the tone for the Comets as they won their ninth game in a row and moved to 21-9 on the season, 15-2 in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.

Then, with the Olympians leading 2-0, the Comets scored two runs in the fifth inning to tie the game and three more in the seventh to win it.

When the dust had cleared, Matlock had gone 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI, while Smith went 2-for-3 with an R BI and also reached base as a hit batter.

Eric Sapp singled to center with one out to get Palomar's two-run fifth inning untracked. Mesa's catcher interferred as Salcedo, the next batter, attempted to swing the bat. A fielder's choice grounder by Chris Stratton advanced to Sapp to third, from where he scored the Comets' first run on a wild pitch.Smith singled to drive in Stratton, tying the game at 2-2.

Sapp again got things rolling in Palomar's three-run seventh inning which won it when he was hit by a pitch.Salcedo and Stratton loaded the bases with back-to-back bunt singles. Smith forced in the go-ahead run when he was hit by a pitch, and Matlock and Morton followed with RBI singles to make it 5-2.

Emilio Esquibel (6-1) pitched the first seven innings to record the win, scattering seven hits. He was followed to the mound by Cody Ells and Gary Cornish, who earned his fourth save with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

Southwestern's upset over Grossmont gives the Comets an opportunity to clinch the conference title next week by sweeping a three-game series from last-place. Imperial Valley on Tuesday at IVC, and Thursday and Friday at Myers Field.

Palomar and Grossmont play a three-game set to close out the regular season the following week.


BASEBALL: 4-Year College Commits, Signings

Catcher Craig 7th 2014 Comet to move on

SAN MARCOS (4-12-2014) -- Back-up catcher Jaison "Bubba" Craig is the seventh 2014 Palomar baseball sophomore to commit to the four-year college level.

Craig (left), a sophomore from Vista Murrieta High School, has accepted a scholarship to NCAA Division II Hawaii Pacific University of Honolulu.

Earlier Division I commits were pitchers Zach Wilkins (Scripps Rancho High School) to the University of Nevada, Gary Cornish (a transfer from St. Mary's College of California) to the University of San Diego, Taylor Miller (Poway High) to Nevada and Vaughn Berberet (Fallbrook High) to Long Beach State.

Shortstop Dennis Morton (Temecula Valley High School) and Matt Silberman (Vista Murrieta High) are mving on to the NAIA level, to defending national champion Faulkner University Montgomery, AL, and Vanguard University.

MEN'S VOLLEYBALL: Comets 3, Griffins 2

Comets upset 2013 state runner-up G-House

SAN MARCOS (4-11-2014) -- Palomar upset 2013 state community college men's volleyball runner-up Grossmont 3 sets to 2 on Friday night at The Dome as the Comets closed out their 2014 season.

The Comets battled back from a three-point loss in the first set to defeat the Griffins 22-25, 25-23, 25-20, 19-25, 15-12 in a Coaches vs. Cancer fund-raiser match.

Nick Supple (12 kills, 15 digs) and setter Parker Howitt (56 assists) led Palomar statistically. Matt Jones contributed 11 kills and Keanu Pukahi had 18 digs.

Grossmont (12-6, 9-3) finishes alone in second place behind 2014 state title favorite Orange Coast (17-1, 10-1), which has clinched the championship with one match remaining.

The Griffins move on to the state playoffs with a one-match losing streak, thanks to the Comets,

Palomar finishes its season 8-11, 5-7 and in fifth

PICTURED ABOVE: Nick Supple puts down a kill for the Comets in the second set. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

SOFTBALL: Comets 6, Grossmont 0

TOP PHOTO: Palomar's K.K. Fronda is all smiles as she rounds the bases on her first-inning home run. DIRECTLY ABOVE: Dani Cowan delivers the final pitch of her one-hitter. -- Photos by Hugh Cox. BELOW:  Kristina Carbajal, whose two-run homer broke open a one-run game in the third inning

Cowan throws a one-hitter; PC wins 31st title

SAN MARCOS (4-11-2014) -- Dani Cowan pitched a one-hitter on Friday, striking out eight, and state No. 1-ranked Palomar wrapped up its 31st conference softball championship with a 6-0 shutout over second-place Grossmont at home on Alumni Day.

The defending state champion Comets banged out 10 hits, including home runs by K.K. Fronda and Kristina Carbajal, as they advanced to 25-2 on the season (15-0 in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference).

With the win, Palomar opened an insurmountable 5 1/2-game lead over the Griffins and Southwestern, who are tied for second place at 9-5.

Cowan (13-1)took a no-hitter into the fourth inning, when Grossmont's Nicole Obney singled with one out.

The Comets took a 1-0 lead  in the bottom of the first inning when Fronda, the leadoff batter, homered over the left-centerfield fence. Kali Pugh reached base on an error in the third inning and Carbejal slugged a two-run homer over the left-centerfield fence to make it 3-0.

Palomar never looked back, adding three more runs in the fourth inning.

For the game, Keilani went 2-for-3 with the homer, a double and an RBI.  Paige Falconieri went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Kali Pugh also was 2-for-4 and drove in a run. Carbajal was 1-for-3 with her HR and two RBIs.

Carlie Daniel had a double, and Lizzy Hdutzler also hit safely.

Palomar has three conference games remaining while Grossmont and Southwestern each have four remaining. The Comets also have five non-conference games left, beginning with a double-header at No. 7-ranked Cypress at noon Saturday.

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