34th Lady Charger Classic
at Cypress College Gym
Championship Semifinals
Palomar 77, Orange Coast 44

45th Grossmont College Tournament
at Griffin Gym
Grossmont College
El Cajon
Consolation Semifinals
Santa Monica 90, Palomar 86 (2 OT)


34th Lady Charger Classic
at Cypress College Gym
Championship Game

vs. East Los Angeles, 3 p.m.



EL CAJON (12-03-2016) -- Keegan Cummins and LaVale Coleman turned in huge performances on Saturday but Palomar's men's basketball team was bounced out of the 45th Grossmont College Tournament 90-86 by Santa Monica in double overtime.

They combined for 55 points and 29 rebounds. Cummins finished with 28 points and 17 rebounds. He also blocked 2 shots. Coleman had 27 points and 12 boards.

Jackson Strong (16 points) and Matt Beeler (10 points) also scored in double figures.

Palomar led by 19 points with just under 11 minutes to play in the game.


EL CAJON (12-02-2016) -- Palomar took a two-point lead at the half on Friday but dropped its opening game in the 45th Grossmont College men's basketball tournament to Moorpark 65-62 at Griffin Gym.

The Comets got double-figure scoring from Jackson Strong (22 points, 5 three-pointers), LaVale Coleman (15 points, 8 rebounds) and Keegan Cummins (12 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks) in the loss.

Palomar outshot Moorpark 41.7 percent to 31.9 percent to no avail. The Comets and Raiders each had 42 rebounds.

Palomar will play Santa Monica, an 81-75 first-round loser to Moorpark, in the consolation semifinals on Saturday at 4 p.m.


SAN MARCOS (11-30-2016) -- Dave Whiddon, Palomar's head men's soccer coach for the past two seasons, has stepped down from his post.

"It was a difficult decision but one I had to make mainly due to a health issue," Whiddon said.

"The program is on a solid foundation btoh academically and on the field. There will be 17 returning players next season, and six of our seven sophomores from the past two years have gone on to four-year schools with three of them continuing to play."

Whiddon came to Palomar as an assistant coach under former head coach Carlos Hernandez in 2014 and was elevated to head coach on March 5, 2015.

He previously was assistant principal and athletic director at Mission Vista High School, a Vista Unified School District school in the Vista Unified School District.

Prior to that hed was head boys soccer coach at Rancho Buena Vista High School and was the school's athletic director for 17 years.


MONTEREY PARK (11-20-2016) -- Palomar's wrestlers warmed up for the upcoming Southern California Regionals and CCCAA State Tournament on Saturday by traveling to East Los Angeles College and winning The Brawl at East L.A.

The Comets took home four weight-class titles, by Bruce Valdez at 184 pounds, Chris Kimball at 149 and Alberto Garcia at 133.

Alex Gomez (197), Jesse Diaz (149) and Jake Schaeffer (133) had second-place finishes. Seville Hayes (heavyweight), Sean McDannold (157) and Miguel Flores took thirds.


FRESNO (11-19-2016) -- Palomar freshman Mark Ybarra ran to a 45th-place finish out of 206 runners in the men's division of the CCCAA State Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Woodward Park.

Ybarra ran the 4.0-mile course in 21:21.5. Teammate Edgar Romero, the other Palomar qualifier, placed 160th with a 20:29.2 time.

Cuesta's Sean McDermott won the race in 20:06.0, with Pacific Coast Athletic Conference runners placing 2-3-4.

San Bernardino Valley's Luis Ortega placed second in 20:09.1, with San Bernardino's Michael Teran third in 20:15.15 and Cuyamaca's Steven Lepe fourth with a 20:29.2.

Riverside City College won the team title with 79 points, followed by Glendale in second with 68 points, Mt. SAC third withh 51 points and Cuyamaca fourth with 71 points.

Hartnell was fifth and San Bernardino Valley, the Southern California team champion, was sixth in the 28-team field.


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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Lady Charger Classic

PC gets defensive to win 77-44, reaches finals

SAN MARCOS (12-03-2016) -- Palomar outscored Orange Coast 32-9 in the second quarter to blow the game open and went on to crush the Pirates 77-44 on Saturday to reach Sunday's championship game of the 34th Lady Charger Classic at Cypress College.

The Comets (8-1) will face East Los Angeles (8-0), a 94-66 winner over Cypress, for the title at 3 p.m. Orange Coast fell to 8-2.

"We didn't shoot the ball very well, but really got the job done defensively, especially in the first half," Palomar coach Leigh Marshall said.

Regina Sheffield (above left) again led the Comets statistically with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 7 steals. Christina Ellis (13 points, 6 rebounds), Monica Todd (13 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals) and Allie Israel (12 points, 5 rebounds) also scored in double figures for the Comets.

Roshell Lamug added 7 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.

The Comets led 16-9 after one quarter, then blew past the Chargers.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Lady Charger Classic

Short-handed Comets still roll to 90-45 win

CYPRESS (12-02-2016) -- Palomar's women's basketball team played without two starters on Friday but still opened play in the 34th Lady Charger Classic with a 45-point victory over Santa Monica.

The Comets rocked the Corsairs 90-45 behind Regina Sheffield (left, 19 points, 11 rebounds), Christina Ellis (14 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 7 steals) and Cheyenne Ertz (right, 10 points, 5 rebounds).

Ariana Hernandez and Monica Todd each added 9 points as Palomar advanced to 7-1 on the season. Roshell Lamug tallied 8 points and Kaylee Puckett added 7 points and 7 rebounds.

The Comets (7-1) will play Orange Coast, an 88-74 winner over Grossmont, in a championship semifinal game on Saturday at 5 p.m. The Pirates have gone 6-0 since Palomar beat Coast 70-46 in the Pirates' season opener back on Nov. 11.


MEN'S BASKETBALL: Palomar Thanksgiving Tournament

TOP PHOTO: Keegan Cummins scores underneath with 51 seconds left in the first half as Palomar takes a 52-45 lead at intermission over Los Angeles Trade Tech on Saturday night. DIRECTLY ABOVE: Cummins is fouled two different ways by the same player as he scores. The Beavers came back to eliminate the Comets 105-97 in overtime the consolation semifinals of the Palomar Thanksgiving Tournament. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

Strong's 22 pts, five 3's not enough in OT loss

SAN MARCOS (11-26-2016) -- Jackson Strong burned the nets for 17 first-half points, including four 3-pointers, to give the Comets a 52-45 halftime lead over Los Angeles Trade Tech in the consolation semifinals of the Palomar Thanksgiving Tournament.

But the lead was too good to last as the Beavers double-teamed and sometimes triple teamed Strong in the second half, fronting him constantly to deny him the ball. They held the freshman from Torrey Pines High School to just five second-half points and went on to eliminate the Palomar from the tournament 105-97.

Strong finished with 22 points that included 7-of-12 shooting (5-for-8 from behind the 3-point arc) and 3-for-4 from the foul line.

But he only rarely touched the ball in the second half, getting only three shots away while making one 3-pointer and a 2-pointer as the rest of the team went cold from behind the arc and the Beavers came back to reach Sunday's 1 p.m. consolation title game against San Diego Miramar, which beat L.A. Harbor 78-61.

San Diego City College, a 67-60 upset winner over Saddleback, last year's state runner-up, will play L.A. Southwest, a 79-74 winner over Southwestern, in the tournament championship game at 5 p.m. Saddleback and Southwestern will play for third place at 3 p.m.

Matt Beeler went 4-for-4 from the field and 7-for-9 from the free throw line to score 15 points for Palomar in the Trade Tech game. The 6-foot-8 redshirt freshman from Poway High also pulled down 10 rebounds. Sean Birk also scored 15 points, Keegan Cummins contributed 14 points and six rebounds LeVale Coleman tallied 13 points.

The Comets are 3-3 on the season. The loss eliminated them from the tournament.

Jackson Strong hits a 3-pointer with 14:52 left in the second half to pull Palomar to within seven points of Los Angeles Southwest on Friday night in The Dome. The Comets rallied from a 44-28 deficit at the half but lost in the first round of the 12th Palomar Thanksgiving Tournament. The Comets will play in the consolation semifinals at 3 p.m. Saturday against Los Angeles Trade Tech. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Comets' 2nd-half comeback too little, too late

SAN MARCOS (11-25-2016) -- A bad first half cost Palomar dearly in the opening round of the Palomar Thanksgiving Tournament on Friday night in the Dome as the Comets fell too far behind and couldn't catch up in an 81-68 loss to Los Angeles Southwest.

Palomar will play Los Angeles Trade Tech, a 66-62 loser to Southwestern, in the first of two consolation semifinal games on Saturday at 3 p.m. If the Comets win, they'll face the loser of the 1 p.m. semifinal between Los Angeles Harbor and San Diego Miramar for the consolation title on Sunday at 11 a.m.

Saturday's 5 p.m. championship bracket semifinal will match 2015-16 state community college runner-up Saddleback, a 77-62 first-round winner over Miramar, and San Diego City College, a 73-70 first-round winner over Los Angeles Harbor. The 7 p.m. semifinal will pit Southwestern against L.A. Southwest.

The Comets put three players in double figures against L.A. Southwest, Jackson Strong with 15 points, Sean Birk with 13 points and six assists and LaVale Coleman with 11 points. Coleman led Palomar rebounders with nine. Brevin Robinson added eight points and Keegan Cummins scored seven points for the Comets. L.A. Southwest was led by Jordan Young with 20 points.

The Comets (3-2) looked flat following a 12-day layoff after reaching the championship game of the Ventura College We Play Hard Tournament.

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