TUE., FEB. 9
at Palomar College Ballpark
Palomar 6, Orange Coast 3

at Mt. San Jacinto College courts
San Jacinto

Palomar 9, Mt. San Jacinto 0


WED., FEB. 10
at Palomar softball field
vs. Saddleback, 3 p.m.

at The Dome
vs. Imperial Valley, 6 p.m.


PCAC North Division
at Griffin Gym
Grossmont College
El Cajon

vs. Grossmont, 6 p.m.


          Kelly Cannon


VICTORVILLE (2-08-2016) -- The Palomar team of Kelly Cannon and Mitchell Kwee shot a 66 on Monday to finish in second place, one stroke behind the first-place duo, at the Pnoomonia Invitational Best Ball of Partners Tournament hosted by Victor Valley College at Spring Valley Lakes Golf Club.

Connor Sims/Tyler Cress had a 69 for the Comets and Christian Guerin/Ian McKenzie carded a 73.

COD placed first on the 6518-yards, Par 72 course with a 201 score. Mt. San Jacinto (205) was second, Riverside City College (205) third, the Comets (208) fourth, followed by Orange Coast (213), Cuyamaca (215), Cypress (215) and El Camino (224).

Host Victor Valley was disqualified fornot having enough players to score.


SAN JACINTO (2-09-2016) -- After two non-conference losses to Southern California Top Ten teams to open its men's tennis sesason, Palomar rebounded to blank host Mt. San Jacinto 9-0 in its Pacific Coast Athletic Conference opener on Tuesday.

Peter Trhac led the Comets, sweeping Nico Tessi 6-2, 6-1 in No. 1 singles and teaming with Taylor Bryant to defeat Tessi-Derek Higgins 6-2, 6-1 in No. 1 doubles.

Also winning for Palomar in singles were Bryant at No. 2, Daniel at No. 3, Dean Vo at No. 4, Dorian Blanchard by default at No. 5 and Adam Lipper by default at No. 6.

The Comets other winners were Daniel-Blanchard at No. 2 doubes and Lipper-Vo by default at No. 3 singles.

        Bailey Romano


SAN MARCOS (2-06-2016) -- Defending state champion Palomar swept its second straight nonconference doubleheader in two days on Saturday, run-ruling visiting College of the Desert 9-1 and 10-2, both in six innings.

Bailey Romano and Taylor Willis each had four hits in the two games, with Romano going 4-for-5 and Willis going 4-for-7.

In game 1, Trinity Fa'asua was the winning pitcher, getting multiple-hit support from Willis (2-for-3, home run, 4 RBIs), Romano (2-for-2, double, RBI), Iesha Hill (2-for-3, double), Katy McJunkin (2-for-3, RBI) and Hannah McDonald (2-for-2).

In game 2, Summer Evans went 3-for-3 and notched the pitching win in relief of Fa'asua. Brooke Huddleson was 3-for-4 wiht 2 doubles and 2 RBIs. Willis went 2-for-4. Romano was 2-for-3 wiht 2 RBIs. McDonald slugged a solo home run. Hill doubled and drove in 2 runs. Brienna Dunckel singled and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. McJunkin was 1-for-2 and walked twice.Tayler Moore singled and drove in a run.

Palomar advanced to 6-1 with its sixth straight win.

      Troy Lamparello


FULLERTON (2-04-2016) -- Fullerton College's 6-foot-4, 240-pound right-hander Randall Ortiz won a pitchers' duel on Thursday as the Hornets, runners-up in the 2014 state community college tournament, edged Palomar, third-place finisher in the state in 2015, 1-0 at Hornet Field.

The two teams will face each other again in a rematch on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the new Palomar Baseball Complex.

Ortiz, who trimmed down 25 pounds from his 2015 playing weight for the Hornets during the off-season, struck out 11 Comets, 10 of them looking. Fullerton played spectacular defense in back of Ortiz.

Troy Lamparello, Carter Johnson and Marc Sauceda pitched for the Comets.

Lamparello threw the first five innings. Johnson came on to begin the sixth and Sauceda came in to begin the eighth. They combined to strike out six.

Fullerton scored the game's only run in the third inning on Austin O'Banion's two-out RBI single through in the hole between the shortstop and the second baseman.

Dylan Breault, Casey Henderson, Cole Brooks and Chase Grant singled for Palomar's hits in the game.


          Kelly Cannon


CHINO HILLS (2-03-2016) -- Palomar's Kelly Cannon (left), a sophomore out of Escondido High School, shot a hole-in-one on the 207-yard, par-3 ninth hole at Los Serranos Golf Club's South Course on Wednesday morning on day 2 of the season-opening, 36-hole Tee-Off Classic.

The Comets finished third out of 14 teams with a 793 score. They trailed first-place Santa Barbara City College (766) and Orange Coast (789).

Cannon, Connor Sims and Christian Guerzon each carded second-day 76 scores on the par-74 South Course. Mitchell Kwee had an 80, Tyler Cress 82 and Trevor Parkford had the throw out score, 86.

On Monday, Cannon, carded a 79 in blusterly weather with wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour on the first day of the tournament. Kwee and Sims also shot 79s. Cress had an 80, Ian McKenzie an 86 and Graham Edwards 96 for the throw-out score.

            Peter Trhac


COSTA MESA (2-04-2016) -- Peter Trhac, a freshman who led Del Norte High's tennis team to the school's first-ever CIF San Diego Section championship in any sport, won in his collegiate debut on Thursday.

Trhac defeated Orange Coast's Tam Duong 6-3, 206 (10-1 tiebreaker) in No. 1 singles but Palomar dropped a 7-2 non-confererence decision to the Southern California No. 10-ranked Pirates in the the Comets' season opener.

Dorian Blanchard had Palomar's other victory in the match, defeating Phil Vu 6-3, 7-5 at No. 6 singles.

           Iesha Hill


LANCASTER (2-03-2016) -- Iesha Hill, the Most Valuable Player in last year's State Tournament when Palomar presented coach Lacey Craft with her second California title in three years, unloaded on Antelope Valley on Wednesday as Palomar won in non-conference softball 14-0.

Hill went 3-for-3 with a solo home run, three runs scored and a walk, while Purdue transfer Katy McJunkin and Taylor Willis also slugged  homers.

Willis went 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

Summer Evans pitched a five-inning two-hitter to advance to 2-1 on the season.

Taylour Fa'asua went 3-for-4 and drove in a run. Moriah Lopez was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.

Brooke Huddleson and Tayler Moore also hit safely, rounding out a 13-hit attack against two Antelope Valley pitchers.



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BASEBALL: Comets 6, Orange Coast 3

TOP PHOTO: Mitch Hayes, Palomar's final pitcher of the afternoon, delivers to the plate in the ninth inning of the Comets' 6-3 victory over two-time defending state champion Orange Coast. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. DIRECTLY ABOVE: Hayes tags out the Pirates' Chris Prescott for the final out of the game. -- Photo by Philip Farry. BELOW: Chase Grant, who went 3-for-4 for the Comets, tripled, drove in a run and made a diving catch in the fourth inning

PC rallies again, downs defending state champ

SAN MARCOS (2-09-2016) -- For the third time in its last three home games at the new Palomar College Ballpark, Palomar came from behind late in the game Tuesday afternoon to defeat a formidable opponent.

After the same scenario in earlier home wins over Golden West and Fullerton, the Comets rallied from a two-run deficit to score six times in the bottom of the eighth inning, this time knocking off two-time defending state community college champion Orange Coast.

Trailing 2-0 going into the last half of the eighth, the Comets got things going to lead off the inning when Eric Charles was hit by a pitch. Following in quick succession, Dylan Breauldt singled, Mitch Gallagher sacrificed him to second, the Pirates walked Casey Henderson intentionally, pinch-hitter Matt Wezniak singled to drive in two runs, pinch-hitter Efrain Medina singled in a run, Mike Benton singled and Chase Grant singled for his third hit of the day, driving in another run.

After the second out, Charles came to bat for the second time in the inning and singled through the left side of the infield to drive across the Comets' fifth and sixth runs.

For the game, Grant went 3-for-4 with a triple and an RBI, while making a spectacular diving catch in left field for the third out in the top of the fourth. Charles went 2-for-3 with his two RBIs and also walked and reached base as the eighth-inning hit batter.

Mike Lopez, the Comets' starting pitcher, threw six strong shutout innings, leaving a scoreless game after striking out Orange Coast's 3-4-5 batters to get out of a two-on, zero-outs situation.

After the Pirates took a 2-0 lead with a two-run home run off Palomar's second pitcher of the day, Carter Johnson came on to throw 1 1/3 innings and picked up the win when the Comets exploded for their six runs in the eighth.

Mitch Hayes finished the game in the ninth, giving up an unearned run.

The win was especially sweet for the Comets as the Pirates eliminated them 2-0 in the winners' bracket game at the CCCAA State Final Four in Fresno last May before moving on to win their second straight state title.

Palomar (3-3) will visit College of the Desert on Thursday at 4 p.m. to begin the three-day Buttles Memorial Tournament in Palm Desert. The Comets will play San Bernardino Valley on Friday and Cypress on Saturday.


M., W. SWIMMING: Waterman Festival

Palomar's Michelle Jacob fires out from the blocks in the Women's Pentathlon backstroke at the Waterman Invitational last Friday at Wallace Memorial Pool. Jacob finished second out of 101 entries in the Pentathlon. The Comets' men's team brought home a championship in the two-day meet that concluded Saturday. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Jacob 2nd in pentathlon; PC wins men's title

SAN MARCOS (2-05-2016 / 2-06-2016) -- Palomar's Michelle Jacob made a major splash to begin the community college swimming season, finishing second out of 101 entries in the Women's Pentathlon that began the two-day Waterman Festival at Wallace Memorial Pool.

Jacob finished with an aggregate 3:06.01 time in the event, which includes the 50-yard butterfly, 50 backstroke, 50 breaststroke, 50 freestyle and 100 individual medley. Riverside City College's Emily Martin won the Pentathlon in 3:03.42.

Jacob also had a big performance in the individual and relay events on the second day of the meet on Saturday, winning the 100-yard backsroke in 1:04.05 and the 200 IM in 2:23.01 and swimming legs on the Comets' winning 200 medley relay, 350 backstroke and 100 Iron Woman relay teams.

The Palomar men's team, meanwhile, won the team competition, scoring 722 points, and was followed by San Diego Mesa (531), Chaffey (417) and Cerritos (410).

In women's team scoring, Cerritos won with 6367 points, followed by Chaffey (565), the Comets (469) and Mesa (349).

Palomar teammate Morgan Brown swam an aggregate 3:11.57 to finish just behind Jacob in the Women's Pentathlon in third place. Paulina DeHaan finished ninth for Palomar and Lucy Gates was 14th.

In the Men's Pentathlon, Palomar's Ryan McCauley finished fourth with an aggregate 2:40.32 time in competition won by RCC's Maxence Bouvier in 2:31.58. The Comets' Neal Gorman was 10th.

Individual winners on Saturday for the Comets, along with Jacob, were Paulina DeHaan (1:06.13 in the women's 100 butterfly), Casey Woods (1:18.20 in the women's 100 breaststroke), McCauley (4:32.13 in the men's 400 IM) and Andrew Berlotti (11:17.75 in the men's 1,000 freestyle).

Palomar's other relay winners on Saturday were the women's 350 butterfly team, the women's 350 breaststroke team, the men's 350 breaststroke team, the women's 200 under/over medley team, the mixed 300 coed freestyle team, the women's 400 freestyle team and the men's 400 freestyle team.

BASEBALL: Palomar 7, Fullerton 5

Comets' Chase Grant slides back into first base during Saturday's 7-5 victory over Fullerton at Palomar College Ballpark. Grant tripled to drive in a run in the Comets' two-run eighth inning which broke a 5-5 tie. -- Photo by Philip Farry

Comets rally from 5-2 deficit to down Hornets

SAN MARCOS (2-06-2016) -- Trailing by three runs through six innings, Palomar tied the game in the bottom of the seventh, then scored twice in the bottom of eighth on Saturday to down Fullerton 7-5 in a non-conference baseball game at the new Palomar College Ballpark.

The victory avenged a 1-0 loss to the Hornets on Thursday at Fullerton and gave Tyler Baca, a freshman right-hander from from Cimarron Memorial High School in Las Vegas and Palomar's fourth pitcher of the afternoon, his first community college win. Baca pitched 1 2/3 shutout innings in relief before Mitch Hayes, a freshman right-hander out of Temecula's Great Oak High, came on to notch the save with a scoreless ninth inning.

Mike Benson doubled to right-centerfield to lead off the bottom of the eighth for the Comets. Hayes, Palomar's designated hitter before moving to the mound for the ninth, advanced him to second with a sacrifice bunt. Eric Charles beat out an infield single, and a throwing error on the play allowed Benson to score what turned out to be the winning run.

Palomar added its second run of the inning when Charles went to third on a wild pitch and scored on Chase Grant's triple to right.

In the Comets' three-run seventh inning, Charles walked, Grant advanced him with a tapper back to the mound, Dylan Breault singled, pinch-hitter Effrin Medina singled to drive in a run, Casey Henderson singled to drive in a run and Shane Olson doubled to right-center to drive in the third run of the evening.

For the game, Olson (2-for-4 with the double and two RBIs), Casey Henderson (2-for 4 with an RBI) and Breault (2-for-5) had multiple hits for the Comets.

 "It was a great team win," coach Buck Taylor said.

Palomar will host two-time defending state champion Orange Coast on Tuesday at 2 p.m.


W. BASKETBALL: PC 59, No. 1 Mt. San Jac 48

Palomar's Lynnzy Troxell tries to get a shot off against Mt. San Jacinto's Britney Thomas on Friday night. Thomas was able to block this one, but Troxell scored 14 points, 10 of them in the third quarter, as the Comets handed the Eagles their first loss of the season. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Comets hand Eagles 1st loss after 24-0 start

SAN MARCOS (2-05-2016) -- Coach Leigh Marshall's Palomar women's basketball team pulled off the biggest upset in the state all season long in the second half of a men's/womens doubleheader at the Dome on Friday night.

The fifth-ranked Comets, led by Chelse Ayala's 21 points and a big inside presence from 6-foot Lynnzy Troxell, moved into a tie for first place in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference with No. 1-ranked Mt. San Jacinto, winning 59-48 to hand the Eagles their first loss of 2015-2016 after 24 straight wins.

Mt. San Jacinto, which got 18 points from 6-foot-2 forward Britney Thomas, was the last community college team in California to fall.

Ayala buried five 3-pointers, three of them when she scored 10 second-quarter points after a first-quarter in which neither team could put down shots and she was shut out as the Comets fell behind 8-6.

Her big second period sparked Palomar's 21-11 second-quarter run which netted the Comets a 27-19 lead at intermission. Troxell scored 10 points in the third quarter on five inside buckets and Ayala added six points, putting Palomar in front 46-35 entering the final period.

Roshell Lamug had 15 points for Palomar, which is now 19-4 on the season and 9-1 to tie Mt. San Jacinto for the conference lead.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Comets 86, Spartans 82

Kevin Hardyway scores to put Palomar up on MiraCosta 62-58 with just over nine minutes to play in the Comets' victory on Friday night. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

PC sends MiraCosta packing to sweep series

SAN MARCOS (2-05-2016) -- Getting 22 points from Spencer Benson,  19 points each from Matt Duniphan and Deven Riley and 10 assists from Ryan Schaefer, Palomar swept its season series from rival MiraCosta on Friday night in The Dome, dispatching the Spartans 86-82.

In sweeping the Spartans for the third season in a row, the Comets (15-9, 3-2) took over undisputed second in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Northern Division behind first-place Mt. San Jacinto, which advanced to 23-4, 5-4 by holding off Grossmont 72-70 in overtime Friday.

MiraCosta (11-13, 1-4) falls into last place in the division despite a 27-point performance from Buddha Boyd, who had four fouls at halftime and fouled out with 2.5 seconds left in the game.

The Spartans scored 16 of the final 25 points in the first half to take a 39-35 lead in at intermission. But back came the Comets in the second half as Duniphan, who sat out most of the first half after getting in early foul trouble, scored 15 of his 19 points in the final 20 minutes.

Duniphan, who led the Comets with eight rebounds, picked up his fourth foul with 9:42 remaining but avoided picking up a fifth.

In the second half, Benson knocked down four of his six 3-pointers on the night and Schaefer buried two of his three treys. Riley added three 3-pointers during the evening as the Comets knocked down 12 threes.

Schaefer also finished in double figures in the scoring column with 14 points.

Palomar shot 67.9 percent from the field in the second half and 55.2 percent for the game. The Comets made 7-of-10 treys after intermission.

The game went down to the final 3 and 1/2 minutes. Schaefer scored a 2-pointer with 3:29 remaining to tie the game at 75 points apiece, and the Comts added a Benson 3-pointer, a Duniphan lay-up, a Schaefer 3-pointer, two free throws by Riley and a final free throw by Schaefer with 2.9 seconds left down the stretch.

SOFTBALL: PC 8-8, Cerritos 0-3

Summer Evans delivers a pitch during Palomar's 8-0 run-rule victory over visiting Citrus in the first game of a doubleheader on Friday. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Evans' two complete-game wins spark sweep

SAN MARCOS (2-05-2016) -- Playing its first of two softball doubleheaders on back-to-back days, Palomar had little difficulty sweeping visiting Citrus 8-0 and 8-3 behind two complete-game pitching wins by Summer Evans on Friday.

Evans threw a two-hitter in the five-inning, run-rule opener and came right back to strike out five batters and walk one as she scattered seven hits in the second game. Like the Comets' team, Evans is 4-1 on the season.

Moriah Lopez went 2-for-3 and drove in two runs for Palomar in the opener. Brienna Dunckel, Katy McJunkin, Brooke Huddleson, Iesha Hill, Tayler Moore and Briana Moreno each contributed a single and an RBI. Taylour Fa'asua and Briana Moreno also singled, rounding out a 10-hit attack off two Citrus pitchers.

Huddleson (3-for-4, double) and Hill (2-for-4, home run, 2 RBIs) sparked an 11-hit attack in the second game. Taylor Willis doubled and drove in two runs. Dunckel and Lopez also doubled. McJunkin, Moore and Moreno each singled in a run.

Coach Lacey Craft's Comets will be home for a doubleheader against College of the Desert on Saturday, starting at noon.

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