"The Brawl" (East Los Angeles College Tournament)
at East L.A. College Gym
Monterey Park
1. Cerritos 213.5
2. Palomar 192.5
3. Bakersfield 126.5
4. Cuesta 93
5. Rio Hondo 79.5
6. USC Club Team 45
7. UCLA Club Team 31.5
8. East Los Angeles 27
9. Victor Valley 15
10. West Hills Lemoore 7
11. So. Utah U. Club Team 6

CCCAA State Championship
at Woodward Park
1. Glendale 37
2. Hartnell 117
3. Canyons 121
18. Palomar 482
(27 teams)


Southern California Regionals
Round 1
at The Dome
vs. Bakersfield, 6 p.m.


Madi Stark digs the ball for Palomar vs. Mesa on Wednesday night. -- Photo by Hugh Cox


SACRAMENTO (11-20-2015) -- Palomar (15-7)has been seeded No. 6 in the Southern California Community College  Volleyball Regional Playoffs and will host No. 11 seed Bakersfield (15-11) in Round 1 on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in The Dome.

The Comets are bracketed with third-seeded El Camino (24-2) and 14th-seeded Fullerton (14-8). A victory by coach Karl Seiler's team would send the Comets against the winner of that match in Round 2 on Saturday. That matched would be played at El Camino (if the Warriors beat Fullerton) or at The Dome (if Fullerton wins).

The top two seeds in the 18-team bracket are No.1 Santa Barbara City College (23-3) and No. 2 Los Angeles Pierce (26-1).

Also from the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference, Grossmont (24-4) is the No. 5 seed, MiraCosta (17-4) the No. 7 seed and San Diego Mesa (16-8) the No. 9 seed. Grossmont hosts No. 12 seed Golden West (14-8) and MiraCosta hosts No. 10 seed Cypress (19-9) on Tuesday. Mesa plays at defending state champion and eighth-seeded Irvine Valley (15-5) on Tuesday.

The CCCAA State Final Four will be played at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita on Dec. 5-6.

Regina Sheffield


COSTA MESA (11-19-2015) -- Regina Sheffield (left) hit a 3-point shot off a pass from Lynnzy Troxel (right) with :03 to play Thursday night, giving Palomar a 61-58 victory over Los Angeles Valley on the first day of the Orange Coast Cross-Over at Peterson Gym.

The Comets, leading most of the game, fell behind 58-56 before Troxell's jumper tied the game at the 1:02 mark.

Sheffield led Palomar (4-1) with 16 points and 10 rebounds. She also had two steals. Troxell joined her in double figures with 11 points and also pulled down seven rebounds and had two blocks.

Deajanae Harvey had seven points, five rebounds and three steals for the Comets. Mikaela Shannon had eight rebounds. Tatiana Navarro and Roshell Lamug contributed six points each.

The Comets led the Monarchs, who were opening their season, at the quarter marks 10-7, 22-14 and 39-32.


SACRAMENTO (11-20-2015) -- The California Community College Women's Volleyball Coaches Association ranks Palomar 12th in the state for the regular season.

Also from the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference, Grossmont is ranked seventh, MiraCosta 13th and San Diego Mesa 16th.


MORRO BAY (11-15-2015) / (11-16-2015) -- Palomar sophomore Brittany Bilek "weathered" rain on the first day and wind on the second day to finish sixth in the CCCAA State Community College women's golf tournament that concluded Monday.

Bilek, who came to Palomar from Carlsbad High School, made it into the state tournament field with her second hole-in-one of the season last week on her final shot at the Southern California Regional Championships.

On the first day of the 36-hole state finals on Sunday, Bilek shot an 80 in the rain on the par 72, 5,378-yard course at Morro Bay Golf Course. She came back in 25-hour winds on the second-day Monday to finish with an 83 and a two-day 163 total.

She finished sixth, making all-state, in a tie-breaker over Irvine Valley's Hyerin Kimand Sierra's Deedra Dollesin.

Bilek finished one stroke away from a fifth-place finish as College of the Canyons' Tiffany Whittaker edged her with an 80-82 -- 162.

Santa Barbara City College's Carolin Chang took medal honors with a 76-75 -- 151 total, taking individual honors by 3 strokes over runner-up Jamie Lopez from Citrus.

Chang led the Vaqueros to the team state championship.  


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WRESTLING: 'The Brawl' at E. Los Angeles

Palomar's wrestling team is all smiles after winning five weight classes in "The Brawl" tournament at East Los Angeles College. The Comets, missing one state No. 1-ranked wrestler and another state No. 2-ranked wrestler, placed second out of 11 teams. -- Courtesy photo

Short-handed PC wins 5 titles but takes 2nd

MONTEREY PARK (11-21-2015) -- Palomar wrestlers won half of the weight classes in the fifth renewal of  "The Brawl" tournament on Saturday at East Los Angeles College -- but finished second.

Defending state champion Cerritos, which won only two weight classes, utilized its depth to capture the team title. The Falcons outscored the runner-up Comets 213.5 points to 192.5 points. Coach Brody Body Barrios PC team, which hasn't been at full strength for nearly a month, was missing one state No. 1-ranked wrestler and another state No. 2-ranked wrestler.

Palomar's weight-class champions were Jake Schaeffer at 125 pounds, Chris Kimball at 133, Kirk Kaliszewski at 157, Alex Gallo at 174 and Seville Hayes in the heavyweight division.

Schaeffer, returning from a leg injury, decisioned Estevan Cabanas of Cerritos 19-9 in the 125-pound finals. Kimball decisioned Preston Gannon (Rio Hondo) 15-4 at 133. Kaliszewski won the 157-pound class over Cerritos' Dylan Moreno. Gallo decisioned Victor Bryson (Cuesta) 11-1. And Hayes defeated Rio Hondo's Ian Poling by technical fall 21-6 in the heavyweight final.

The Comets also had third-place finishes from Ernie Chambers (165 pounds), Louie De La Torre (165), Alex Gomez (174) and Jorge Rodriguez (197). Alturo Osorio (149) earned a fourth place.

Bakersfield College (126.5 points) placed third behind Cerritos and Palomar, followed in the 11-team field by fourth-place Cuesta (93), fifth-place Rio Hondo (79.5), the USC Club Team (45) in sixth place, the UCLA Club Team (31.5) in seventh, eighth-place East Los Angeles (27), ninth-place Victor Valley (7), West Hills Lemoore (7) in 10th place and the Southern Utah University Club Team (6 points) in 11th place. 


Palomar women place 18th; Chapman is 35th

FRESNO (11-21-2015) -- The Palomar women's cross country team ran to 18th place in the CCCAA State Championships on Saturday at Woodward Park, led by Riley Chapman (left), who was the Comets' top finisher in 35th with a 19:30.5 time for 5,000 meters.

Valeria Ramirez (right)  finished second for the Comets and 47th in the 211-runner field with a 19:44.3.

Southwestern's Amitat Olowora, a former Nigerian national champion in three track & field distance events, took home the individual title for the second straight year with a 17:02.0.

Runner-up Jenica Dodge from American River won somewhat of a moral victory by becoming one of the few California community college runners to finish within a minute of Olowora over the last two seasons. Dodge crossed the finish line in 17:46.8.

Glendale won the women's state title with 37 points in a field of 27 teams. Hartnell was second with 117 points and College of the Canyons third with 117.

San Diego Mesa, the other Pacific Coast Athletic Conference team in the race, was ninth with 248 points. Palomar had a 482-point total in its 18th-place team finish.

The Comets' other finishers were Sarah Martinez (119th in 20:52.8), Janette Erica Perez (178th in 22:07.4), Olivia Wray (181st in 22:22.5), Savannah Gual (198th in 23:24.8) and Alyssa Torres (210th in 26:08.9).

Kevin Clukey, the only Comet to qualify for Saturday's men's race, ran 22:24.9 for 4.0 miles to finish 126th out of 208 runners. Ethan Walker of College of the Canyons, the men's winner, was timed in 20:09.8.

American River (67 points) outraced runnerup Mt. SAC (116) and third-place finisher College of the Canyons (123) to win the men's title in a 28-team field. Cuyamaca, the only PCAC college to qualify its a men's team, wound up eighth with 218 points.

W. BASKETBALL: Comets 65, Roadrunners 40

Palomar blows out Rio Hondo, advances to 5-1

COSTA MESA (11-20-2015) -- The Palomar women's basketball team made it back-to-back wins in two days at the Orange Coast Crossover on Friday night, running past Rio Hondo 65-40.

The Comets opened up a 20-5 lead after one quarter, were on top 40-11 at the half and continued on to their fifth win in six games. Their biggest lead was 33 points with 3:41 left in the third quarter.

Fifteen Palomar players saw action, with no one playing more than 22 of the regulation 40 minutes as coach Leigh Marshall made use of her entire roster.

Victoria Stewart (left) led the Comets with 12 points. Quinesha Vanhook (right) had eight points and six rebounds. Roshell Lamug, Regina Sheffield and Lynnzy Troxell also contributed six rebounds each. Palomar put 13 players in the scoring column.

Next up for the Comets: a 13-day break before they play in the 32nd Annual Lady Charger Classic Dec. 4-6 at Cypress College. Palomar will play the 8 p.m. game the first day against West Los Angeles. 

SOFTBALL: Mid-Year Transfer

Palomar's Leah Gordon, who has accepted a D-II scholarship to Regis University, gets a squeeze bunt down to drive in a run in an 11-3 victory over Long Beach City College last February. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

PC's Gordon accepts scholarship at mid-year

SAN MARCOS (11-19-2015) -- Leah Gordon, the starting catcher for Palomar's 2015 state community college championship softball team as a freshman, has accepted a scholarship to NCAA Division II Regis University in Denver and will transfer after the fall semster.

Gordon, a Rancho Bernardo High School product, hit .347 in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference last season and .273 overall as the Comets went 41-4-1 and won both their 32nd conference championship and fifth state title (and second in the last three years under coach Lacey Craft). Gordon was selected to the all-state tournament team and was second-team All-PCAC.

"(Gordon) worked hard to finish her AA degree this semester and Regis had an immediate need for a catcher at the semester," Craft said. "Leah was a perfect fit. Regis has a nationally ranked business school, and that's her major. I'm proud she put herself in a position, both athletically and academically, to give herself this opportunity.

"Leah would have been one of five returning sophomores for the 2016 season and will be tough to replace behind the plate, not just because of her skil set, but because she has great leadership qualities on the field and loves to compete."

Regis had a 32-19 record last season, won the Rocky Mountain Conference Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Division II regionals where the Rangers eventually were eliminated with St. Mary's of Texas.

Other players from the 2015 team to accept scholarships are shortstop Kali Pugh (Oklahoma City University), centerfielder K.K. Fronda (Universith of Utah), left fielder Stephanie Koishor (Oklahoma City), first baseman/pitcher Kristina Carbajal (Holy Names University) and right fielder/pitcher Maci Lerno, who landed at Cumberland University on a volleyball scholarship and was a first-team all-conference selection this fall.

M. BASKETBALL: PC 72, Fullerton 65

Duniphan (19 pts, 10 rbs) ignites upset victory

FULLERTON (11-17-2015) -- Matt Duniphan scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half and also hauled in 10 rebounds Wednesday as Palomar upset state No. 15-ranked Fullerton 72-65 in a non-conference game at Hornet Gym.

Duniphan, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound sophomore out of Escondido High School, took control of the game in the second half as he led the Comets (2-2) back from a 37-27 halftime deficit (12 points at one time). He was 7-for-9 from the floor for the night.

Duniphan tied the game at 62-62 when he scored on a layup off Carston Nyenhuis' assist, then put Palomar in front 64-62 with 2:10 remaining in the game when he got loose for another layin off a Spencer Benson pass.

Ryan Schaefer followed with a 3-point bucket with 1:39 left and the Comets were off and running at 67-62. Deven Riley's two free throws at the 43-second mark made it 69-62 and completely took the sting out of the Hornets.

Fullerton had come into the game with a 5-1 record and with the first championship in its own tournament over the weekend for the first time since 2007. The Hornets downed Chaffey 75-63 in the championship game.

Schaefer (15 points, 3 three-pointers), Benson (13 points) and Riley (11 points, 8 rebounds) joined Duniphan in double figures for Palomar.

The Comets shot 50.0 percent in the second half (14-for-25).

Coach John O'Neill's defending Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Northern Division co-champions will return to action a week from Friday when they host the Palomar Thanksgiving Tournament. The Comets will open against Los Angeles Southwest at 7 o'clock the first night.

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