PCAC North Division
at The Dome
Palomar 96, Mt. San Jacinto, 67

PCAC North Division
at The Dome
Mt. San Jacinto 81, Palomar 74



PCAC North Division
at Miramar College Fieldhouse
San Diego
vs. San Diego Miramar, 6 p.m.



IMPERIAL (1-13-2017) -- Palomar's women's basketball team obliterated winless Pacific Coast Athletic Conference cross-division opponent Imperial Valley 107-25 on the road Friday night.

Kendall Crosby (19 points) and Allie Israel (17 points) each knocked down five 3-pointers as the Comets advanced to 16-2 on the season going into next Wednesday's 5 p.m. PCAC North opener against Mt. San Jacinto at The Dome.

The Eagles are 18-2 after running away from Southwestern on Friday 103-45.

Monica Todd (14 points), Christina Ellis (14) and Ariana Hernandez (13) also scored in double figures for the Comets against the Arabs.

 "Monica Todd had a great game on both ends and dominated the glass," Palomar coach Leigh Marshall said. Wednesday's game will be the first of a double-header. The Comets' men's team will host Mt. San Jacinto at 7 p.m.


SAN MARCOS (1-13-2017) -- Host Palomar utilized a 1-3-1 zone defense to hang with conference favorite San Bernardino for a little over a half in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference North Division men's basketball opener on Friday night, trailing by 23-21 at intermission.

And the Comets briefly took a 26-25 lead early in the second half on Kevin Hardyway's 3-point basket.

Even when the Wolverines got untracked to open a 14-point lead, but the Comets battled back, closing to within two points at 53-51 on Sean Birk's 3-pointer with 50 seconds remaining on the clock.

But it wasn't quite enough as San Bernardino edged out at the end for a 60-51 victory at The Dome.

For Palomar, LaVale Coleman scored a game-high 15 points, including 12 in the second half. Birk scored 10, Hardyway added 9 points and Brevin Robinson sparked the Comets off the bench with 9 rebounds.

The Wolverines advanced to 16-5 on the season and are 1-0 to open PCAC North play. The Comets fell to 8-10, 0-1 and will host defending North Division champion Mt. San Jacinto on Wednesday at 7 p.m. It will be the second game of a double-header, following the Palomar-Mt. San Jac women's game which will tip off at 5 p.m.


SAN MARCOS (1-11-2017) -- Palomar raced to a 63-35 lead at halftime, then held on in a sloppy second half to beat visiting San Diego City College 94-75 in a PCAC cross-division women's basketball game on Wednesday night.

Kendall Crosby led the Comets (15-2) with 20 points, including four 3-pointers. Regina Sheffield and Cheyenne Ertz scored 12 points each, and Monica Todd also was in double figures with                  10 points. Roshell Lamug added 9 points.

 Samera Henry and Evangeline Morga each had 14 points for the Knights (7-9).

The Comets will visit Imperial Valley on Friday at 5 p.m., before returning home to The Dome in a battle of two of the state's top community college teams to open PCAC North play against rival Mt. San Jacinto next Wednesday.

The Eagles advanced to 17-2 on Wednesday with a 105-53 victory over Grossmont.


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W. BASKETBALL: Comets 96, Mt. San Jacinto 67

Palomar 's Monica Todd scores with 7:55 left in the second quarter Wednhesday night in the Comets' 96-67 victory over Mt. San Jacinto. This basket, and another bucket and free throw ia few seconds later, gave the Comets a 30-12 lead. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Todd scores 20; Palomar exacts its revenge

SAN MARCOS (1-18-2016) -- Palomar waited 67 to exact its revenge after an embarrasing 27-point loss to Mt. San Jacinto in the finals of the San Jacinto Lions Club Lady Eagle Tip-Off Tournament back on Nov. 13.

As it turned out, the wait was worth it.

Coach Leigh Marshall's Comets knocked out the Eagles right out of the starting gate, racing to a 13-0 lead in the first 3 1/2 minutes and continuing on to a 96-67 blowout victory Wednesday night at The Dome in the opening game of the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference North Division season.

Behind freshman guards Monica Todd (20 points) and Kendall Crosby (18 points), Palomar opened up leads of 24-11 after one quarter and 50-21 at halftime in advancing to 17-2 overall, 1-0 in conference in a match-up of two of the best teams in the state. In a complete reversal of the teams' first meeting, the Comets rode Todd's 15-point first-half performance on the way to their ninth straight win and 14th victory in their last 15 games.

Along the way, they left the stunned Eagles bloodied, battered and flattened with an 18-3 overall record but an 0-1 record in the North Division.

Ariana Hernandez (12 points), Cheyenne Ertz (12 points), Christina Ellis (9 points), Roshell Lamug (9 points) and Allie Israel (8 points) also made huge contributions in the 29-point win. Crosby and Hernandez each contributed 4 of the Comets' 12 field goals from beyond the 3-point arc.

Palomar jumped out to the 13-0 lead on back-to-back 3-pointers by Lamug and Allie Israel, back-to-back baskets by Israel and Todd, and a 3-pointer by Hernandez.

And the Comets never took their foot off the pedal.


MEN'S BASKETBALL: MSJ 81, Palomar 74

Sean Birk drives to the basket around Matt Beeler's pick to put Palomar in front of defending PCAC North champion Mt. San Jacinto 59-57 on Wednesday in The Dome. Birk's 26 points kept the Comets in the game until late. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Birk's 26 points keeps it close vs. defending champs

SAN MARCOS (1-18-2017) -- Still playing short-handed, Palomar kept its Pacific Coast Athletic Conference North Division game with defending champion Mt. San Jacinto close until late in the second half on Wednesday night at The Dome.

The Eagles eventually edged away to an 81-74 victory over the Comets, who have been without two starters since the end of December.

Led by Sean Birk's 26 points, Palomar kept it close until the visiting Eagles finally took control in the final two minutes. Mt. San Jac were on top 43-30 early in the second half before the Comets battled back, finally pulled even, then traded leads back and forth with the Eagles until the closing moments.

Kevin Hardyway gave Palomar the lead for the final time when he was fouled with 4:15 to play and dropped in two free throws to put the Comets on top 66-65. Mt. San Jac re-took the lead but Palomar's Jackson Strong buried a 3-pointer to tie the game at 70 with 3:00 showing on the scoreboard clock.

Once again, the Eagles regained the lead before LeVale Coleman drove the right baseline in front of the Palomar bench to pull the Comets even for the final time at 72-72 with 2:17 to play.

Birk went 9-for-18 from the field, 4-for-8 from behind the 3-point arc and 4-for-4 from the free throw line on the way to his 26 points. Hardyway finished with 11 points and Coleman scored 10.  Matt Beeler contributed 8 points and 8 rebounds and also passed off for 4 assists.

The Comets hope to get 6-foot-10 center Keegan Cummins back when they travel to San Diego Miramar for a 6 p.m. game on Saturday.


HALL OF FAME: Jan. 28, 2017 Inductees


Top photo: Keith Miller, who went on to play linebacker for Cal and for the Rams and Seahawks (above). Row 2: Gera Alvarez, who led Palomar to back-to-back conference titles in 1999 and 2000, hit two grand-slam home runs in the same inning against Grossmont, broke the Big 12 consecutive-game hitting streak at Texas Tech and played 7 minor league seasons, reaching Triple-A; Rev. Jim Adkins, who set 3 indificual-event Palomar track & field distance records and went on to run for San Jose State's 1969 NCAA Div. I National Championship team; Allison Gibson, who scored 49 goals in two seasons for championship Palomar women's soccer team and now is head coach at Idaho State. Row 3: Laura Quiroz, catcher for the Comets' 1993 state championship softball team and at Oklahoma State for a team that finished third in the Women's College World Series; Andy Buh, a first-team JC All-American linebacker for Palomar, standout on the Comets' first community college national championship team and former star at Nevada who is now defensive coordinator at Maryland; Joe Hall, All-American running back and state Player of the Year for the Comets who helped lead the Comets to a national title, shown starring for Kansas State.

PC to induct 12 into Athletic Hall of Fame

SAN MARCOS (1-08-2016) -- Palomar will induct 12 new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday evening, Jan. 28 at Twin Oaks Golf Club.

The newest members of the Hall of Fame will be Jack Wiland (football and baseball), wrestler and later head wrestling coach Joe Ismay, softball players Shannon Downey and Laura Quiroz Jorgensen, baseball player Gera Alvarez, football players Joe Hall, Keith Miller and Andy Buh, women's soccer player Allison Gibson, track & field and cross country runner Rev. Jim Adkins, David Faulkner (football and basketball) and LeAnne Walther Farmer (women's swimming and water polo):

Jack Wiland (Baseball, Football, 1959-61) -- Wiland came out of Assumption High School in Davenport, Iowa to star for the Comets playing both ways under the late Bob Bowman in football and as a pitcher/position player under the late Rusty Myers in baseball. His 9 home runs as a sophomore in 1961 stood as a Palomar record for 20 years, and his .447 batting average in conference as a sophomore also stood as a school record for 20 years. At the University of Iowa, he compiled an 11-2 pitching record over two seasons and was MVP on the Hawkeyes' 1963 team that finished one game behind champion Illinois in the Big Ten. That Iowa team was ranked as high as 11th in the nation. As a senior, Wiland beat Minnesota, the following year's College World Series champion, 2-1, throwing 78 pitches in one hour, 28 minutes. He still holds two Iowa records, fewest bases on balls in a season (6) and lowest ERA (0.43 during his junior season of 1962). Returning to California after one season as a graduate assistant at Iowa, Wiland was a Palomar assistant coach in football under Mack Wiebe and was Bob Vetter's pitching coach in baseball from 1987 through 1990. He also was head football and wrestling coach at Fallbrook High School, was a minor league pitching coach in the Montreal Expos organization and was an associate scout fro the Expos and Colorado Rockies. Wiland earned both Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Iowa.

Joe Ismay (Wrestling, 1981-82) -- Ismay was a two-time All-American at Palomar under coach John Woods, at 126 pounds as a freshman and 134 as a sophomore. He moved on to Fresno State where he was a two-time NCAA National Tournament qualifier and the Bulldogs' Captain and Most Valuable Wrestler. Ismay, who originally came to Palomar from Mar Vista High to wrestle for Woods, served as an assistant to Woods and later Roye Oliver for two state championship teams for the Comets. Named Palomar's head coach in 1991, he guided the Comets to two state championships in 14 seasons. Ismay, who received his B.s. degree from San Diego State University in 1987, was a two-time California Community College Wrestling Coach of the Year and was named Wrestling Natioal Coach of the Year in 1993.

Shannon Downey (Softball, 1990-91) -- A two-time all-state selection and 1991 California Pitcher of the Year, Downey came out of El Camino High School to pitch coach Mark Eldridge's Comets to back-to-back conference and Super Regional championships, a second-place state finish as a freshman and fourth-place state finish as a sophomore. Her 274 strikeouts during the 1991 season was fifth on the all-time Palomar list at the time. Moving on to pitch for Boston University, Downey recorded 52 pitching wins in 1992 and 1993, was a two-time conference Pitcher of the Year and still is second on the Terriers' all-time ERA career list (0.66), is tied for first on their all-time complete-game list (31) and is third in single-season strikeouts (188 in 1993). Downey is a member of the Boston University Hall of Fame. After her her Division I career, she returned to California as a high school coach.

Laura Quiroz Jorgensen (Softball, 1992-93) -- Quiroz was the starting catcher for Palomar's 1992 and 1993 teams that won 92 games, two conference championships, two Super Regional titles, a state title when she was a sophomore and a state runner-up finish (during her freshman season). The Comets went 42-9 in 1992 and 50-3 during their state championship 1993 season. For four straight years, the first two at Palomar and then two at Oklahoma State, Quiroz was the catcher for community college All-American, NCAA Division I All-American and USA National Team member Kim Ward. The Cowgirls, with Palomar products Ward, Quiroz and April Austin in the starting lineup, placed third in the 1994 Women's College World Series, their highest finish in history. Quiroz's diving stab of a popped up bunt down the third-base line by Providence's Kim Dowd was the defensive play of the day and keyed Oklahoma State's 1-0 victory over the Friars in a regional opener that ignited the Big-12 champion Cowgirls' postseason run. Quiroz is still sixth on Oklahoma State's all-time career list for fielding percentage (.990 during the 1994 and 1995 seasons). Quiroz, whose triple put the game away as Rancho Buena Vista High beat Orange Glen in the 1990 CIF San Diego Section large schools championship game, later was head coach at Westview High, which won the 2003 Division IV San Diego Section championship, and Orange Glen. She is a 1997 graduate of Oklahoma State University.

Gera Alvarez (Baseball, 1999-2000) -- Alvarez came out of Vista High School to lead Palomar to back-to-back conference championships in 1999 and 2000 under coach Bob Vetter. He hit .410 as a sophomore, making first-team all-conference and all-state, and his career RBI total (85) is third on the Comets' all-time list. He holds the Palomar record for hits in a game (6) and hit two grand-slam home runs in the same ining in a game against Grossmont in 2000. At Texas Tech, Alvarez set a Big 12 consectuvie-game hitting streak record (30 games) that stood for 10 years. He hit .338 as a junior for the Red Raiders and .328 as a senior as a two-time All-Big 12 first-team selection at shortstop. He led Texas Tech to two NCAA post-season appearances. Drafted in the 16th round by the Baltimore Orioles in 2002, Alvarez played shortstop, second base and third base and pitched over seven minor league-seasons and advanced to the Triple-A level with the Orioles' Norfolk Tides farm club in the International League. He was Director of the Pittsburgh Pirates' Dominican Baseball Academy and is in his second stint as a manager in the Pirates' farm system.

Joe Hall (Football, 1997-98) -- Hall came out of Artesia High School to set Palomar records that still stand for rushing yards in a season (1,637), career rushing yards (2,437) and rushing yards in a game (261 vs. Saddleback in 1998). He was California Offensive Player of the Year and and first-team J.C. Grid-Wire All-American running back as a sophomore in 1998 under coach Tom Craft, helping lead the Comets to a mythical National Community College Championship with a 30-21 victory over City College of San Francisco in the California State Championship game and an 11-1 record. After his Palomar career, Hall chose Kansas State on signing day over USC at the last minute, and went on to an outstanding Division I career for the Wildcats. Sports Illustrated identified him as "the largest running back to ever rush for 100 yards in an NCAA game," a fete he accomplished four times as a speedy, athletic 6-foot-2, 320-pounder during his junior season of 1999 for a team that was 11-1. After red-shirting in 2000, he finished his college career for Kansas State in 2001, when he was used primarily as a blocker. Hall had a career Division I average of 6.4 yards per carry. He spent NFL pre-seasons for the St. Louis Rams, Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders and played one season in NFL Europe with the Rhein Fire. He's been an assistant coach at MidAmerica Nazarene University and currently is finishing work on his Master's degree at his alma mater, Kansas State University.

Keith Miller (Football, 1995-1996) -- The Mt. Carmel High School product was a J.C. Grid-Wire All-American honorable mention linebacker in two seasons for the Comets and was Palomar's 1996-97 Men's Athlete of the Year following his sophomore season under coach Mark Eldridge. Un-recruited out of high school, he set out to prove himself as Palomar which he did, earning a scholarship to Cal. He immedeately earned a starting job but suffered season-ending knee and ankle injuries on the seventh play of the Golden Bears' 1997 season opener with Houston. Injuries limited him primarily to special teams as a junior in 1998, but Miller made 62 tackles as a senior and impressed enough to make Pac-12 honorable mention and land a spot in the Senior Bowl at Montgomery, Alabama, where he was named the North team's Defensive Player of the Game. That, in turn, helped him land a free-agent contract with the St. Louis Rams where he played in all 16 games as a rookie in 2000. He spent the 2001 season in NFL Eeurope with the Scottish Claymores, then played the 2002 season for the Seattle Seahawks.

Andy Buh (Football 1991-1992) -- Buh, out of Orange Glen High School, was a first-team J.C. Grid-Wire All-American linebacker for Palomar under coach Tom Craft as a sophomore after he helped lead Craft's Comets to the J.C. Grid-Wire 1991 national community college championship as a freshman. He received a scholarship to the University of Nevada, where he was a first-team all-conference selections and then embarked on a Division I coaching career. He currently is defensive coordinator for the University of Maryland in the Big Ten. He previous was a Nevada graduate assistant in 1997-1998, was Nevada's defensive backs coach and special teams coordinator in 1999, was Cal's defensive administrative assistant in 2000-2001, was San Diego State linebackers coach from 2002-2005, was a graduate assistant at Fresno State in 2006, was Stanford's linebackers coach in 2007, was Stanford's co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach in 2008-2009, was Nevada's defensive coordinaotr and linebackers coach in 2010-11, was Wisconsin's linebackers coach in 2012, returned to Cal as defensive coordinator and linebackers' coach in 2013, spent the 2015 season as Kentucky's outside linebackers coach and was named Maryland's defensive coordinator prior to the 2016 season.

Allison Gibson (Women's Soccer, 1990-1991) -- Gibson, who is the head coach at Idaho State University, is rated as the best female soccer player in Palomar history. She led the Comets to back-to-back conference championships and two appearances in the state championships, where they finally lost in the semifinals to the eventual state champions in both 1990 and 1991. The Poway High School product scored 49 goals in two seasons at Palomar under coach Henry Sosa, still the school record. Her 31 goals as a sophomore led the nation in scoring on the community college level and a quarter-century later is still the Palomar record. Gibson went on to make the National Soccer Coaches of America's All-American first-team playing for Sonoma State. She was a two-time conference Player of the Year for back-to-back conference championship sides, leading the Cossacks to the D-II College Cup Final Four as a junior and to a 31-9 record over two seasons. Gibson began her coaching career as the JV coach at Rancho Bernardo High School between her final season as a Poway High player and her freshman season at Palomar. After her collegiate playing career, she spent two seasons as a Sonoma State assistant, played professional soccer for three seasons with the Fujita Mercury in Japan, was the No. 1 assistant at Division I University of San Francisco for five seasons and was named head coach at D-I Idaho State University on Jan. 19, 2006, winning a conference championship and Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year honors in her first season. Her highest-profile player at Idaho State has been Maria Sanchez, who played for Mexico in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada. Gibson is the winningest women's coach in Idaho State history. She received her Bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Sonoma State in 1995 and her Master's in organization and leadership from the University of San Francisco in 2004. Gibson, who was inducted into the Sonoma State Hall of Fame in 2000, holds a United States Soccer Federation "A" coaching license. She also holds an NSCAA Premier Diploma.

Rev. Jim Adkins (Track & Field, Cross Country, 1965-67) -- Rev. Adkins, an Escondido High School product, held Palomar's mile (4:09.9), 880 and 3-mile records and was a member of three record-setting relay teams under coach Larry Knuth when he accepted a schlarship to San Jose State University. There, he was a teammate of John Carlos, Tommie Smith and Lee Evans and ran on the Spartans' 1969 NCAA Division I Outdor Track & Field championship team. Adkins placed third for Knuth in the mile in the state community college meet as a freshman in 1966 and was second in the state as a sophomore in 1967. Adkins is currently pastor at the West Gate Church in Placentia, CA and is a published author.

David Faulkner (Football, Basketball, 1967-1969) -- Faulkner came out of San Dieguito High School to star at Palomar as a basketball guard (as a freshman under coach Joe Brennan and a sophomore under Andy Gilmour) and in football as a J.C. Grid-Wire All-American honorable mention safety (under coach Mack Wiebe). Faulkner went on to play for UC Santa Barbara under former Stanford and Utah coach Jack Curtis in the Gauchos' final season of Division I football in 1969. Faulkner had a strong junior season but the schedule included back-to-back "body bag" road games vs. Nebraska and Tennessee on successive Saturdays, and UCSB dropped football after the season. Left without a team to play for as a senior, Faulkner earned a Bachelor's degree in biology from UCSB and received a Master's (in taxonomy, the classification of insects) from California State University Long Beach. For four decades, he has been an internationally-recognized, court-certified forensic entomologist testifying as an expert witness in high-profile murder cases throughout the United States. Faulkner is a research associate at the San Diego Natural History Museum and is a frequent contributor to scientific journals.

Leann Walther Farmer (Women's Swimming, Water Polo, 1991-92, 1996-97) -- Walther set Palomar records in the 50- and 100-yard breaststroke events and was a two-time state meet qualifier and community college All-American swimming for coach Patt Waterman during the 1991 and 1992 seasons. She was a conference champion and also was Pallomar's Outstanding Female Scholar Athlete. Returning to Palomar after receiving her Bachelor's degree, Farmer was a two-time community college All-American on the Comets' first two intercollegiate women's water polo teams. Upon returning to Palomar as a fulltime student and playing water polo, she concurrently worked on her Master's degree at California State University San Marcos.

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