at Merrill Douglas Stadium
San Diego Mesa College
Palomar 33, San Diego Mesa 6

at Minkoff Field
Palomar 5, Cosumnes River 3

SD Mesa Invitational, Day 2
at San Diego Mesa College Gym
Palomar def. Citrus 3-0 (25-22, 25-11, 25-23)
Palomar def. Phoenix College 3-2 (25-21, 25-23, 22-25, 18-25, 16-14)

Mt. SAC Tournament, Day 2
at Mt. San Antonio College Pool
Palomar 12, Mt. SAC 11 (OT)
Citrus 21, Palomar 13

at Mt. San Antonio College Gym

at Minkoff Field
Palomar 2, West Los Angeles 0

SD Mesa Invitational, Day 1
at Grossmont College Gym (alternate site)
Palomar def. Cerro Coso 3-0 (25-22, 25-21, 30-28)

Southern Cal Preview Meet
hosted by L.A. Trade Tech
at Woodley Park, Van Nuys

Palomar 337 (11th place)

Southern Cal Preview Meet
hosted by L.A. Trade Tech
at Woodley Park, Van Nuys

Palomar 649 (26th place)

at Minkoff Field
West Hills Lemoore 2, Palomar 1.

Mt. SAC Tournament, Day 1
at Mt. San Antonio College Pool
Palomar 16, Fullerton 14
Palomar 13, Santa Ana 5


Orange Empire Conference
at Diamond Bar GC, Diamond Bar
OEC 9-team match hosted by Fullerton College, noon

at Ned Baumer Aquatic Center
San Diego Miramar College
vs. San Diego Miamar, 2 p.m.

at Ned Baumer Aquatic Center
San Diego Miramar College
vs. San Diego Miamar, 3:30  p.m.

at Mt. San Jacinto College Gym
San Jacinto
vs. Mt. San Jacinto, 5 p.m.


THROUGH 9-18-2014


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EL CAJON / SAN DIEGO (9-21-2014) -- Coach Karl Seiler's Palomar women's volleyball squad, ranked No. 14 in the California Community College Coaches Association state poll for the second week in a row, swept to three victories in three matches in the two-day San Diego Mesa Invitational.

The Comets opened with a 3-0 (25-22, 25-21, 30-28) sweep of Cerro Coso on Friday.

They came back Saturday to defeat Citrus 3-0 (25-22,25-11, 25-23) and the NJCAA's Phoenix College 3-2 (25-21, 25-23, 22-25, 18-25, 16-14).

Maci Lerno had a big tournament for Palomar, which has started the season 6-1.

On Saturday, Lerno contributed 23 kills, 2 aces and 14 digs vs. the Owls and the Bears.

Rylee Zimmerman (14 kills, 5 aces, 24 digs), Madi Stark (18 kills, 7 aces, 2 digs), Aspen Luedtke I51 assists) and Kelli Iverson (11 kills) also played major roles in Saturday's victories.


SAN MARCOS (9-19-2014) -- Palomar played its first men's soccer game in 14 days on Friday.

The time off didn't appear to be good to the Comets.

It also didn't help that they were facing an opponent, West Hills Lemoore, that was playing its eighth game of the season, compared with only the second game for Palomar.

 The Golden Eagles, who haven't lost in 53 days, scored on a header in the 64th minute to break a 1-1 tie and turn back the Comets 2-1 for their seventh straight victory.

West Hills Lemoore is one goal away from being undefeated and hasn't lost since dropping its season opener 2-1 to 2013 Northern Calfornia semifinalist Santa Rosa back on Aug. 27.

Trailing 1-0, Palomar had tied the non-conference game in the 22nd minute when Candido Balbuena scored from 35 yards out.

The Comets will be home again on Saturday when they host Cosumnes College from Sacramento at 2 p.m.


IRVINE (9-08-2014) -- The Palomar women's golf team again finished in the middle of the pack in an Orange Empire Conference nine-team match hosted by Irvine Valley College on Wednesday at Oak Creek GC.

College of the Desert won the match with a 332 score, followed in order by Saddleback (345), Fullerton (347), Irvine Valley (349), the Comets (352), Mt. SAC (363), Orange Coast (380), Cuyamaca (401) and Mt. San Jacinto (partial team, no score).

For Palomar, Brittany Bilek shot an 86, Jessica Campbell (88), Deanna Bird (89), Sidney Houser (89) and Samantha Runnels (93, the throw-out score)


SAN MARCOS (9-12-2014) -- Rachel Stahl's goal in the 65th minute on Friday lifted Palomar to a 2-1 victory over Southwestern in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference cross-division women's soccer game at Minkoff Field.

Stahl broke a 1-1 halftime tie as coach Hector Hernandez' Comets upped their overall record to 2-1-1.

Kiatlyn Crone scored on a penalty shot in the 30th minute to put Palomar on top 1-0. Southwestern (1-3-1) tied the game in the 45th minute.

Goalkeeper Valentina Zito contributed seven saves for the Comets.

PCAC cross-division games count as non-confernce games. Palomar plays in the PCAC's Northern Division. Southwestern plays in the Southern Division


SAN MARCOS (9-09-2014) -- Palomar broke out of a scoreless funk in women's soccer on Tuesday at Minkoff Field as Kaitlyn Crone (left), a sophomore midfielder from Tracy, CA, led the Comets to a 7-0 non-conference rout of visiting El Camino Compton Center with a hat trick and an assist.

It was the Comets first victory after a 0-0 tie and a 2-0 loss.

Rachel Stahl, who finished with a goal and an assist, gave Palomar a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute when she headed in an assist from Crone on a corner kick. Crone then scored unassisted goals in the 19th and 28th minute and added third goal off goalkeeper Valentina Zito's punt that went for an assist, bringing the score to Comets 4, Tarters 0 in the 38th minute. Denisse Ponce's unassisted goal in the 43rd minute made it 5-0 at the half.

The Comets tacked on a pair of second-half goals by Carmen Hernandez (assisted by Stahl) in the 62nd minute and Renee Old (unassisted) in the 88th minute.

Zito recorded four saves as she contributed her second shutout of the season..

Palomar evened its record at 1-1-1. El Camino Compton Center falls to 2-3.


SAN MARCOS (9-10-2014) -- Palomar's three-match win streak to begin the women's volleyball season went by the boards in three sets in its home opener on Wednesday at The Dome, courtesy of the state's No. 2-ranked community college team, Irvine Valley.

The Lasers swept the state 14th-ranked Comets 25-18, 25-17, 25-15 as the visitors advanced to 3-0 on the season, including a five-set victory over the nation's second-ranked NAIA team, Concordia University of Irvine.

Palomar played its best volleyball early in the match, coming back from a 6-0 deficit in the first set to pull even at 6-6 and then 7-7. The Comets also were down by only one point, at 13-12, midway through the second half. But they never were able to take a lead in 1-hour, 44-minute non-conference match-up.


(UPDATED AT 5 P.M. ON SUN., 9/21/2014)




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FOOTBALL: Palomar 33, SD Mesa 6

ABOVE: Daviante Sayles, a redshirt freshman from Rancho Buena Vista High School by way of Eastern Illinois Univesity, cuts off a block by Khris Alvarez, a freshman from San Marcos High, to score Palomar's third touchdown of the night in the third quarter. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW LEFT: Damon Nolan, who had 236 all-purpose yards, not counting a 69-yard punt return that was called back. BELOW RIGHT: MacKenzie Bettle, who blocked a Mesa punt that sailed out of the back of the end zone for a safety

Comets continue domination of Olympians

SAN DIEGO (11-20-2014) -- Palomar's defense made life a living hell for quarterback Brandon Diaz and his San Diego Mesa football teammates on Saturday night. And the Comets' offense and special teams weren't far behind in inflicting pain on the Olympians.

The Comets, who haven't lost to Mesa in 47 years in an on-again, off-again rivalry, rolled to a 33-6 victory at Merrill Douglas Stadium. The Olympians never seriously threatened until they scored on a 53-yard Hail Mary pass on the final play of the game -- getting the ball off on an off-balance fling from backup QB Scort Weismann to Bijon Avante after it was snapped with less than one second remaining.

While Palomar's front seven of Junior Tau, Dylan Donahue, Hunter Moore, Ian Kelly, Toefua Amu and Austin Wolff spent the better part of the evening punishing Diaz and his teammates in and behind the Olympians' backfield, slot receiver Daman Nolan and the offense set the tone for the night immediately following the opening kickoff.

A 17-yard run by Nolan on an end-around play and two Mitch Bartran-to-Nolan pass plays that went for a combined 53 yards put the Comets on top early 7-0 after a one-minute, 55-second opening drive. Bartran and Nolan connected on a 28-yarder for the touchdown and Palomar never let up on the way to its second win in three games.

The Comets also scored on a 43-yard field goal by Patrick Koch, a 4-yard pass from Bartram to Daniel Warren, a 5-yard run by Daviente Sayles, a safety when MacKenzie Bettle blocked a punt that sailed out of the back of the end zone, and a 10-yard pass from Bartram to M.J. Bailey. Koch converted after all four Palomar touchdowns.

Bartran, making his first start at quarterback, connected on 15-of-26 passes for 204 yards and three touchdowns before giving way in the fourth quarter to Austin Early, who was 4-for-5 for 26 yards. With the Comets leading 33-0, Early's fifth attempt was dropped by a tight end who was wide open in the back right corner of the end zone.

Nolan accounted for 236 all-purpose yards (7 catches for 96 yards, the 17-yard run and 7 punt returns for 123 yards). He also had a 69-yard punt return to deep in Mesa territory called back because of a block in the back away from the play.

Justin Harris rushed for 93 yards on 18 carries as he, Sayles and back-up fullback Ricky Smith combined to run for 173 yards.

The non-conference victory kept the Comets unbeaten against the Olympians since Oct. 14, 1967, when Mesa won 14-7.

Palomar will return home to Wilson Stadium in Escondido next Saturday to host Saddleback in a Southern Conference opener at 6 p.m.


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

WALNUT (9-20-2014) -- Led by four wrestlers who went 4-0 for the day, Palomar won all four matches and won 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 Ducasse (197) went 2-2. And heavyweight Blake Nash finished 1-3.

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.

M. SOCCER: Comets 5, Cosumnes River 3

Palomar's goal barrage nets first 2014 victory

SAN MARCOS (9-20-2014) -- After a tie 15 days ago and a tough loss on Friday, Palomar buried visiting Cosumnes River College from Sacramento in a barrage of goals for its first victory of the men's soccer season on Saturday.

The Comets defeated the Hawks 5-3 at Minkoff Field as Chris Kusonoki and Omar Orozco each scored two goals and Oscar Mejia added one goal.

Goalkeeper Steven Ross contributed eight saves.

"The team is constantly improving. They showed a lot of determination and drive today," said Palomar assistant David Whiddon, who coached the Comets in place of head coach Carlos Hernandez.

W. SOCCER: Palomar 2, West L.A. 0

ABOVE: Victoria Torres of Palomar eyes the ball against West Los Angeles on Friday at Minkoff Field. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW: Goalie Valentina Zito, who recorded her third shutout of the season for the Comets, who scored both of the game's goals in the second half to win 2-0.

Zito pitches 3rd shutout; Comets go to 3-1-1

SAN MARCOS (11-19-2014) -- Freshman goalie Valentina Zito recorded her third shutout of the season on Friday and Palomar's women's soccer team continued its radical turn-around from 2013, taking a 2-0 non-conference decision from West Los Angeles at Minkoff Field.

After a scoreless first half, Palomar's Rachel Stahl broke the ice with a goal in the 62nd minute. Evelyn Garcia added the Comets' second goal in the 65th minute.

Zito had six saves as Palomar upped its 2014 record to 3-1-1.

CROSS COUNTRY: SoCal Preview Meet

Jessica Steinhoff (top photo) and Matt Bellah both fight their way through crowds on Friday in the Southern California Community College Preview Meet at Woodley Park in Van Nuys. Steinhoff, who finished 18th in the women's race, and Bellah have been Palomar's top finishers in every race this season. -- Photos courtesy of Hugh Gerhardt

PC's Steinhoff brings home 18th-place finish

VAN NUYS (9-19-2014) -- Palomar sophomore Jessica Steinhoff continued to stand out in a crowd on Friday as she ran to an 18th-place finish in the women's division at the Southern California Community College Preview Meet hosted by Los Angeles Trade Tech at Woodley Park.

Steinhoff finished the 5-kilometer course, which will be the site of the Southern California finalson Nov. 2, in 19:22. East Los Angeles' Laura Aceves, the defending state individual champion, ran away with the race in 18:11.7. Glendale outdistanced College of the Canyons 51-68 for the women's team title.

Also for Palomar's women, Jessica Betancourt ran a 10:20 to place 38th, Sarah Martinez clocked a 20:42 and Olivia Wray ran 21:46.

Matt Bellah again was the No. 1 finisher for the Comets' men's team, taking 97th place with a 4.0-mile time of 22:02.7. Cody Lee Wilson was the second Comet to finish, placing 123rd in 22:32.8. Richard Murillo had a 22:49.5 time.

The Palomar men were 26th in the 31-team field with 649 points. Mt. SAC edged Colleg of the Canyons for the men's team championship.

M. WATER POLO: Comets 13, G-House 10

ABOVE: With water splashing in his eyes, Palomar goalie Ryan Lazano either didn't see this coming, had no time to react or both as he blocks the ball with his face on Wednesday at Wallace Memorial Pool. Lazano's 15 saves helped lift the Comets past Grossmont 13-10. -- Photos by Hugh Cox. BELOW LEFT: Evan Dean, who had six goals and six steals in the Palomar win. BELOW RIGHT: Logan Hurst, who scored two of the Comets' goals

Dean (6 goals, 6 steals), PC stop '13 champions

SAN MARCOS (9-17-2014) -- Evan Dean came up big on Wednesday afternoon as Palomar's men's water polo team knocked off defending Pacific Coast Athletic Conference champion Grossmont 13-10 in a PCAC match-up at Wallace Memorial Pool.

 Dean led the Comets (3-2 on the season, 2-1 in conference) with six goals and six assists. The sophomore out of Vista High School scored three goals in helping ignite the Comets to a 7-5 halftime lead, set the tone for the second half early in the third quarter with a goal in the first minute as he put the Palomar up by three goals, and added two quick goals to begin the fourth quarter to help the Comets retain a multiple-goal lead.

Dean also had a great deal of help from his friends.

Goalie Ryan Lazano contributed 15 big saves, many on bang-bang plays with the ball coming out of a crowd in front of the net. He also had five blocks.

Kody Moffatt, the fastest player in the pool, won the sprint to begin all four quarters and also added two goals, two assists and four steals. He converted a penalty shot midway through the third quarter, then stole the ball and assisted Logan Hurst on one of his two goals off a 2-on-0 fastbreak. That give Palomar its first four-goal lead with 1 minute, 34 seconds remaining in the period.

Jonathon Baker scored two goals, the second one off an assist from Moffatt with 5 minutes, 58 seconds left in the game which gave the Comets a four-goal lead for the second time, at 13-9. And Cameron Rath added a goal and three steals).

Rath and Dean topped off the win with steals in the game's final two minutes.

The defending champion Griffins got two goals each from Jorge Perez-Romo, Eddy Reuss and Darrow Riggs.

W. WATER POLO: Grossmont 14, Palomar 8

ABOVE: Freshman goalie Jorden Bowe-McLeod makes a save for Palomar against visiting Grossmont on Wednesday. She had eight saves in a 14-8 loss to the Griffins at Wallace Memorial Pool. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW: Kelly Harris, the Comets' only multiple-goal scorer in the game, with two

Comeback falls short vs. defending champs

SAN MARCOS (9-17-2014) -- Palomar scored five fourth-quarter goals against defending Pacific Coast Athletic Confeence women's water polo champion Grossmont College on Wednesday at Wallace Memorial Pool. But it was too little and way too late as the Griffins won a PCAC game14-8.

Kelly Harris scored two goals to lead Palomar (3-4, 1-2 in conference). Kendyl Mundt, Gabby White, Lucy Gates, Lauren Wimsatt, Emilee Foltz and Andrea Fairbanks each added a goal.

Emily Seitz led the Griffins by scoring six goals.

Goalie Jorden Bowe-McLeod had eight saves for the Comets.

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