Cypress Super Regional
at Cypress College field
Championship Game
Cypress 11, Palomar 4

Cypress Super Regional
at Cypress College field
Winners' Bracket
Cypress 3, Palomar 2 (9 innings)
Elimination Game
Palomar 8, Santiago Canyon 7


at DeVore Stadium
Southwesern College
Chula Vista
vs. Southwestern, 6 p.m.



SAN DIEGO (5-16-2017) -- Palomar College softball players Crystal DesLauries and Madisyn Turman have been honored as Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Athletes of the Week for May 8-14.

DesLauries, the Comets’ freshman right-hander from Mission Hills High School who is the PCAC Pitcher of the Year and a first-team all-state selection, threw a complete-game three-hitter against unbeaten Cypress as the Comets gave the Chargers a huge scare in the Cypress Super Regional before losing 3-2 in nine innings.

DesLauries also pitched a complete-game 4-3 victory over defending state champion Santiago Canyon and slugged two home runs, driving in three runs, as the Comets beat Santiago Canyon again 8-7 later in the Super Regional. She also singled as Palomar fell just short of a trip to the CCCAA State Championship Final Four when Cypress downed Comets in the championship game to advance to 45-0 on the season.

DeLauries compiled a 24-7 win-loss record for the year, striking out 187 batters in 186 2/3 innings. She also hit .324 with seven doubles, a triple and four home runs as Palomar went 30-13 on the year and 16-0 in the PCAC in winning its sixth straight conference title and the 34th championship in program history.

Turman, a sophomore designated player/utility player from Clovis North High School and a transfer from Cal State San Marcos, went 8-for-14 in the Super Regional, going 3-for-3 vs. Santiago Canyon, 1-for 3 with a walk in the 3-2 loss to Cypress, 2-for-4 with a double in the rematch with Santiago Canyon and 2-for-4 in the championship game against the Chargers.

She was the second-leading Palomar hitter on the season with a .480 average.


CYPRESS (5-13-2007) -- Crystal DesLauriers (left) slugged home runs in the second and fifth innings, driving in three runs and keeping Palomar alive in the Cypress Super Regional on Saturday afternoon with an 8-7 win over Santiago Canyon.

Cypress remained unbeaten at 44-0 with a 3-2, nine-inning victory over the Comets earlier in the day. The Comets and Chargers will play for the Super Regional championship on Sunday at noon. Palomar must beat Cypress twice to advance to next weekend's CCCAA State Championship at Bakersfield, with an additional game to follow in the Comets win the noon game.

DesLauriers' two-run homer and Brie Dunckel's two-run double brought Palomar back from a 6-4 deficit against the defending state champion Santiago Canyon Hawks with a four-run fifth inning that allowed the Comets to advance to 30-12 on the season. DesLauriers (2-for-4), Taylour Fa'asua (3-for-3, double, RBI), Dunckel (2-for-3, double, 2 RBIs), Madisyn Turrman (2-for-4, double, RBI), Tiere Paopao (2-for-4, double, RBI) and Lexi Williams (2-for-3) all had multiple hits for the Comets.

DesLauriers pitched another complete game to advance to 24-6.


CYPRESS (5-13-2017) -- Cypress College advanced to 44 wins and 0 losses for the 2017 softball season on Saturday, but not without a huge scare from Palomar in the winners' bracket of the double-elimination Cypress Super Regional.

Crystal DesLauriers (23-6) threw a three-hitter at the Chargers, who scored the winning run in the top of the ninth inning to hand the Comets a 3-2 loss.

Palomar (29-12) had opened Super Regional play on Friday by beating defending state community college champion Santiago Canyon 4-3. The Comets will play an elimination game later Saturday afternoon against the winner of a losers' bracket game between College of the Canyons and Santiago Canyon.

In Saturday morning's game, the Comets took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, the Chargers went in front 2-1 in the top of the third and Palomar came back to tie the game in the sixth inning.

For Palomar, Mo Lopez went 2-for-4 with a double. Tiare Paopao had an RBI single, and Sarah Rodriguez contributed a pinch-hit double in the bottom of the ninth but was left stranded. Bailey Romano, Madisyn Turmanand Dionne Macias each had a single.

DesLauriers continually pitched her way out of trouble that consisted of walks and hit batters.


NORWALK (5-14-2017) -- Palomar's Grace Agyan placed 11th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Southern California Community College Women's Track & Field Championships on Saturday at Cerritos College's Falcon Stadium.

Agyan was timed in 12:38.70 in the race.

Her performance gave the Comets their only point in the meet, which was won by host Cerritos with 195 points.


MONTEREY PARK (5-06-2017) -- Palomar's women's seimming team placed sixth out of 31 teams while the Comets' Emma Thomas won the 200-yard butterfly at the CCCAA State Swimming & Diving Championships that concluded a 3-day run on Saturday

.Thomas swam a 2:04.87 in defeating runner-up Mary Fahidnia of West Valley. The two battled for 150 yards before Thomas drew away after the final turn.

Thomas also took second in the 100 butterfly and finished eighth in the 100 backstroke.

Also for the PC women's team, Michelle Jacob placed fourth in the 200 breaststroke and 400 individual medley events. Jordann Heimback was fifth in the 200 butterfly and seventh in the 100 butterfly.

Rebekah Balckburn, Sydney Thomas, Jacob and Emma Thomas swam  3:37.55 to give Palomar a third in the 400 freestyle relay, and the Comets also took seventh in the 800 medley relay.

In the men's portion of the meet, the Comets' Connor Baine finished 12th in the 100 backstroke.

Serra won the women's team title with 470 points, with San Diego Mesa second with 322 points. Palomar scored 263 points in placing sixth.

In the men's meet, Golden West won the team title with 573 points. Palomar was 28th of 30 teams with 18 points.


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SOFTBALL: Cypress 11, Palomar 4

TOP PHOTOS: Palomar center fielder Taylor Willis aims home after catching Cypress' Sydney McCollum's fly ball, then guns down the Chargers' Celeste Rodriguez (right photo) at the plate in the top of the fifth. The Comets' catcher is Bailey Romano. DIRECTLY ABOVE: Mo Lopez slugs a home run in the bottom of the inning. She's congratulated by her Palomar teammates at right. -- Photos by Hugh Cox. BELOW: Lopez, who went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs

Unbeaten Chargers end Comets' year at 30-13

CYPRESS (5-14-2007) -- Another outstanding softball season came to an abrupt end for Palomar on Sunday as unbeaten Cypress turned back the Comets 11-4 in the championship game of the Cypress Super Regional.

The Chargers, who survived a huge scare by the Comets in a winners' bracket game on Saturday before finally winning 3-2 in nine innings, advanced to 45-0 on the season as they moved into the CCCAA State Championship Final Four next weekend in Bakersfield. Palomar's season ended at 30-13.

The Comets outhit Cypress 13-12 in Sunday's loss behind a big day at the plate by Mo Lopez, who went 3-for-4 with a home run, double and two RBIs.

Brie Dunckel went 2-for-5 as she finished as Palomar's second-leading hitter on the season with a .473 average. Madisyn Turman was 2-for-4 and was the Comets' leading hitter on the year with a .490 average.

Taylor Fa'asua also turned in a multiple-hit performance, going 2-for-4 and driving in a run. Tiere Paopao, Crystal DesLauriers, Dionne Macias and Lexi Williams also hit safely.

The 2017 Comets won their sixth straight Pacific Coast Athletic Conference championship and 34th conference title in the history of the program, going 16-0 in conference play.


MEN'S GOLF: State Tournament, Scholarship

This 3-under par 69 round in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference five-team match at Twin Oaks Golf Club on March 29, was part of the two-season body of work that earned Palomar's Mitch Cannon a scholarship to the University of Arkansas. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Season ends; Cannon gets Arkansas scholarship

ARROYO GRANDE (5-16-2017) -- Palomar's men's golf season came to an end on Monday at Cypress Ridge Golf Course, with Mitch Cannon, the only Comet to qualify, going unplaced in the CCCAA State Community College Tournament.

But that wasn't the big news for Cannon, who due to his overall body of work in two seasons on the Palomar team (2015 and 2017), was offered and accepted a golf scholarship to the University of Arkansas.

 College of the Canyons won the team title with a 761 score. Chabot's Anthony Gutierrez took medalist honors with a 149 over 18 holes in the afternoon round in the one-day, 36-hole tournament over Cypress Ridge's par-72, 6,805-yard course.

Gutierrez shot a 71 during the afternoon round for the lowest 18-hole total in the tournament. Canyons' Jae Kim had the day's best 18-hole score, a 2-under 70 during the morning round, and was second for the day with a 36-hole score of 151.

Cannon, a sophomore out of Mission Hills High School, was off his best game and shot an 82-84 -- 166.


NFL ALUMNI: Dylan Donahue Update

Ex-Comet Dylan Donahue (No. 53) goes through drills in New York Jets rookie camp/mini-camp at Florham, New Jersey. He was drafted by the Jets in the fifth round. -- Courtesy photo

Donahue 'steals the show' in Jets' mini-camp

FLORHAM, New Jersey (5-13-2017) -- Ex-Palomar defensive end Dylan Donahue, a NCAA Division II All-American at the University of West Georgia at the same position during the 2016 season, is immediately turning heads in the New York Jets' rookie camp/minicamp.

Connor Hughes, writing for NJ Advance Media for the web site, had this to say about the Jets' 2017 fifth-round draft pick, who has impressed early on at outside linebacker and on special teams:

Nice practice from Dylan Donahue

Linebacker Dylan Donahue, whom the Jets drafted in the fifth round, stole the show Saturday.

Donahue waws facing rookie tackle Amadou Konte, a tryout player from Benedictine.

By my count, Donahue had two sacks. The first he gave an outside look, which caught Konte off balance. Donahue then shot inside for a sack. On the secondk, he ran Konte over with a bull rush. After each play, Donahue got up screaming and flexing. He's an intense guy with a hecuva back story."

Former Comets who previously were regular-season players for the Jets were receiver Kevin Swayne and DB/kick returner Saalim Hakim.

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SOFTBALL: Palomar 4, Santiago Canyon 3

ABOVE: Crystal Deslauriers delivers the final pitch of the game in Palomar's 4-3 victory over Santiago Canyon to begin the Cypress Super Regional on Friday. DesLauriers got the Hawks' Amber Elliott to line out to the Comets' second baseman, Brie Dunckel. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW LEFT: Dunckel. BELOW RIGHT: Madisyn Turman. Dunckel and Turman combined for half of Palomar's 10 hits.

Comets beat '16 state champs; Cypress next

CYPRESS (4-12-2017) -- Palomar knocked off defending CCCAA state softball champion Santiago Canyon 4-3 to begin the Cypress Super Regional on Friday and has an opportunity to accomplish something great when the Comets play again on Saturday.

The Comets (29-11) will attempt to put the breaks on host Cypress' unbeaten season and advance straight to Sunday's noon game as the lone undefeated team in the four-team, double-elimination tournament.

The Chargers, a 5-1 winner over College of the Canyons earlier Friday, will bring a 43-0 record into Saturday morning's game. Cypress is one of only two unbeaten teams remaining in the nation. The other undefeated team is Butler Community College of El Dorado, Kansas, which is 46-0 and ranked No. 1 in NJCAA (non-California teams) Division I.

Palomar, leading 1-0, opened up a 4-0 lead against Santiago Canyon in Friday's game by pushing across three runs in the bottom of the fourth, when Brie Dunckel doubled in a run for the big blow of the inning.

PC pitcher Crystal DesLauriers (23-5) held off a Santiago Canyon rally as the Comets continued on to the win.

The Comets knocked out 10 hits off two Santiago Canyon pitchers, with Madisyn Turman (3-for-3, RBI) and Dunckel (2-for-4) combining for ahalf of their hit total. DesLauriers helped her own cause with a double. Taylour Fa'asua and Dionne Macias each singled and drove in a run, while Bailey Romano and Mo Lopez also contributed singles.

If Cypress wins Saturday morning's game, Palomar will play the winner of an elimination game between Santiago Canyon and Canyons at 3 p.m. Saturday needing a win to advance to Sunday.


BASEBALL: All-Conference team

ABOVE: Cameron Haskell one of five Palomar players to make the All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference first team, rounds the bases after game-winning home run vs. Fullerton. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW LEFT: Joey Cooper, the Comets' leading hitter with averages of .434 on the season and .438 in conference games. BELOW RIGHT: Ryan Semon, who was 9-0 coming out of the bullpen with two saves

Five Comets are named to All-PCAC 1st team

SAN DIEGO (4-10-2017) -- Five Palomar players, third baseman Conor McKenna, first baseman Grant Buck, relief pitcher Ryan Semon, left fielder Joey Cooper and designated hitter Cameron Haskell, have been voted to the All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference baseball first team by conference coaches.

Semon went 9-0 on the season, with all his wins coming out of the bullpen, and also had two saves. He finished with a 1.54 earned run average. In conference games, the freshman left-hander out of Valley Center High School was 6-0 with one save and a 1.76 ERA.

Cooper, a sophomore out of Highland High School in Bakersfield, led the Comes in hitting with averages of .434 (season) and .438 (conference).

Buck, a sophomore from Carlsbad High School, hit .371 for the season and .434 in PCC games.

McKenna, a freshman from Carlsbad, hit .365 on the year and .419 in conference games.

Haskell, a sophomore from Chaparral High School in Temecula and a transfer from UC Riverside, hit .357 on the year and .381 in PCAC games.

Palomar's honorable mention selections were freshman centerfielder Marco Young (Del Norte High); sophomore shortstop Jared Montoya (Castle Rock, Colorado / Central Arizona CC); sophomore rightfielder Jordan Gardner (Temecula Valley High); sophomore relief pitcher-third baseman Jonathan Vizcaino (Francis Parker High / Susquehanna University); freshman pitcher Josh Sidney (Torrey Pines High); freshman pitcher Nate Stilinovich (Murrieta Mesa High); freshman second baseman Gabe Willes (La Costa Canyon High); and freshman catcher Tristan King (Perth, Australia / Timberline High in Boise, Idaho).


BEACH VOLLEYBALL: State Individuals

Left to right: Kianna Niu, coach Karl Seiler, Brittany Mitchell, pictured after Palomar's pairing of Niu and Mitchell placed third in the CCCAA State Individual Beach Volleyball Championships on Sunday at West Valley College in Saratoga. -- Courtesy Photo

PC's Niu, Miller 3rd in State Individual tournament

SARATOGA (5-07-2017) -- Palomar's No. 1 duo of Kianna Niu and Brittany Mitchell advanced to the semifinals of the CCCAA State Individual Beach Volleyball Championships on Sunday with a 22-20, 21-14 victory over Feather River's No. 1 team of Morgan Hughes and Jessica Martinez.

Niu and Mitchell finally lost to Sarah Miller and Paige Panter from Long Beach City College 21-16, 13-21, 15-7 in the semis, finishing third in the state. Miller and Panter won the state individual championship later in the day, defeating El Camino's Michelle Shimamoto and Micah Hammond.

Niu and Mitchell won on Saturday over duos from Bakersfield 21-14, 21-12 and Feather River 21-14, 21-19 to reach the quarterfinals.


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