SCOREBOARD

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1
SOFTBALL
PCAC
at Palomar field

Palomar 5, San Diego Mesa 0

MEN'S GOLF
PCAC
at Twin Oaks Golf Club
COD 375 (5-0)
Palomar 388 (4-1)
El Camno 407 (3-2)
Victor Valley 408 (2-3)
Mt. San Jacinto 412 (1-4)
Cuyamaca 415 (0-5)

MEN'S VOLLEYBALL
PCAC

at Golden West College gym
Huntington Beach
Golden West 3, Palomar 2

SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, APRIL 1
BASEBALL
PCAC
at Myers Field
San Diego Mesa, 2 p.m.

WOMEN'S TENNIS
PCAC

at Palomar courts
vs. Imperial Valley 2 p.m.

MEN'S TENNIS
PCAC
at Imperial Valley College courts
Imperial

vs. Imperial Valley, 2 p.m.

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PC RANKED NO. 1 IN SOCAL, NO. 2 ON COAST IN BASEBALL

SAN MARCOS (3-31-2015) -- Palomar has taken over No. 1 in the Southern California rankings in the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association poll.

The Comets also have climbined to No. 2 in the American Baseball Coaches Association's junior college Pacific Associations Division rankings, trailing only undefeated San Joaquin Delta of Stockton.

The Pacific Associations poll includes teams from Southern California, Northern California, Oregon and Washington.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA POLL
California Community College Baseball Coaches Association
1. Palomar (20-4)
2. Orange Coast (19-9)
3. Cypress (19-6)
4. Oxnard (18-5-1)
5. Santa Barbara CC (19-6)
6. Fullerton (17-9)

7. Southwestern (19-6)
8. Rio Hondo (18-6)                       9. Riverside City College (18-8)
10. Golden West (15-11)

PACIFIC ASSOCIATIONS POLL (California, Oregon, Washington)  American Baseball Coaches Association                            

1. San Joaquin Delta
2. Palomar
3. Columbia Basin (Washington)
4. Orange Coast
5. Fresno City College
6. Cypress
7. Edmonds (Washington)
8. Oxnard                                        9. Ohlone
10. Santa Barbara City College

PC WOMEN LOSE IN TENNIS TO MESA IN 6-3 MATCH

SAN DIEGO (3-31-2015) -- Palomar's women's tennis team traveled to San Diego Mesa College on Tueday and dropped a 6-3 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference decision to the Olympians.

The short-handed Comets again defaulted in No. 3 doubles, No. 5 singles and No. 6 singles, going 3-3 in matches that actually were played.

Palomar's victories came from Bettina Olah by 6-0, 1-0 (retire) over Hailey Messick in No. 1 singles, Teresa de Anda by 6-4, 7-6 (5) over Lauren Smith in No. 3 singles  and Olah-de Anda by 8-1 over Messick-Kate Flowler in No. 1 doubles.

BRYANT AND RODRIGUEZ: ONLY WIN IN TENNIS LOSS TO SD MESA

SAN MARCOS (3-31-2015) -- Taylor Bryant and Jonathan Rodriguez, playing No. 1 doubles, defeated San Diego Mesa's Filippo Bedin and Carlos Reyes-Ramos 8-6 to account for Palomar's only scoring Tuesday in an 8-1 men's tennis loss to visiting San Diego Mesa.

The Comets dropped to 5-12 on the season, 5-8 in the PCAC. The Olympians are 16-6, 12-1.

BETANCOURT TAKES 3RD IN STEEPLE AT 37TH AZTEC INVITATIONAL

SAN DIEGO (3-27-2015) -- Palomar's Jessica Betancourt ran an 11:30.07 to place third in the Invitational Women's 3,000-meter Steeplechase at the 37th Aztec Invitational on Friday.

Ruth Steinke from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota won the race in 10:56.74, followed by San Diego State's Elaine Ribeiro in second place with an 11:19.15.

Bettancourt took third by 5.10 seconds over the fourth-place finisher, Kyra Burke of Loyola Marymount University.

Palomar's Sarah Martinez finished ninth in the race with a 13:15.13.

The Comets' De'ondra Young finished eighth in the Open Division shot put finals , getting out 38 feet, 2.25 inches. Palomar teammate Simone Everet was 12th at 36-00.25.

The Open Division winner, Alex Porlier-Langlois of the University of Hawaii, had a 49-05.50.

Young (146-02) placed 11th and Everet (140-10) finished 15th in the Open Division hammer throw. Amber Panapa from Azusa Pacific University won with 183-04 throw.

Most of the three-day meet is being conducted at Choc Sportsman Oval at San Diego State's Aztrack Sports Deck. The hammer throw was contested at UC San Diego.

DONAHUE TO NCAA DIV. II NATIONAL SEMIFINALIST W. GEORGIA

CARROLLTON, Georgia (2-24-2015) -- Palomar end Dylan Donahue, the Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year last fall, has accepted a football scholarship to the University of West Georgia.

The Wolves (12-3) reached the semifinals of the 2014 NCAA Division II national playoffs where they lost 10-7 to eventual champion Colorado State-Pueblo, a 13-0 winner over Minnesota State University-Mankato in the national championship game at Kansas City, Kansas.

Donahue, a 6-foot-3, 245-pound sophomore from Billings West High School in Billings, Montana, committed after returning from his recruiting trip to West Georgia on Sunday. His most recent visit prior to West Georgia was to Colorado State.

Despite missing one game and parts of three others because of an injury, Donahue led the 7-4 Comets with 64 tackles last fall and had 10.5 sacks for 104 yards, 22 tackles for loss for 144 yards, 1 broken-up pass, 6 quarterback hurries, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery and 1 blocked kick.

Previously:

Cornerback Javante O'Roy committed to Texas State (NCAA Division I FBS, 7-5 record in 2014). O'Roy's High School: Antelope (Antelope, CA)

Defensive tackle Joe Naoala committed to Montana State (NCAA Division I FCS, 8-5 record in 2014). Naotala's High School: Army-Navy Academy

Linebacker Austin Wolff committed to Portland State (NCAA Division I FCS). Wolff's High School: Fallbrook

Receiver M.J. Bailey committed to Idaho State (NCAA Division II FCS, 8-4 record in 2014). Bailey's High School: San Marcos

Deep Snapper Jared Sargent from the 2013 team committed to Azusa Pacific (NCAA Division II, 10-1 record in 2014). High School: Temecula Valley

Slot Receiver / Punt Returner Damon Nolan committed to Baker University (NAIA, 8-3 record in 2014). High School: Murrieta Valley

(UPDATED AT 9:10 P.M. ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1

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SOFTBALL: Palomar 5, SD Mesa 0

TOP PHOTO: Palomar shortstop Kali Pugh, last week's Southern California community college Player of the Week, steps on second and relays the ball to first for a double play in 5-0 win over Mesa on Wednesday. No. 4 in the background is second baseman Brooke Huddleson. DIRECTLY ABOVE: Summer Evans, who ran her record to 16-1 with a three-hitter, delivers the final pitch of the game, a strikeout, in the top of the seventh inning. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

PC clinches at least tie for 32nd conference title

SAN MARCOS (4-01-2015) -- Wednesday was just another day at the office for the Palomar softball team.

The Comets, ranked first in Southern California and second in the state, defeated second-place San Diego Mesa -- again -- by a 5-0 score in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference game. They swept their season series from the Olympians 3 games to 0 by a combined 19-2 score.

Coach Lacey Craft's club clinched no worse than a tie for its 32nd conference championship in the program's 38-year history.

Along the way, the Comets ran their season's record to 22-1-1 with their 19th straight victory. They're 13-0 in conference play with five PCAC games remaining.

Shortstop Kalie Pugh, last week's Southern California Player of the Week, and second baseman Brooke Huddleson put on a defensive clinic behind Summer Evens, the winning pitcher.

Evans threw a three-hitter and ran her win-loss record to 16-1.

At the plate, Palomar jumped out to a 2-0 lead, made it 5-0 after two innings and cruised the rest of the way.

K.K. Fronda doubled to lead off the game, and Pugh tripled to drive her in. Huddleson followed with an RBI single.

The Comets added their three second-inning runs when Sara Rodriguez doubled, Kristina Carbajal moved her up with a sacrifice bunt, Maci Lerno doubled to drive in a run and Stephanie Koishor followed with a two-run home run.

Fronda and Rodriguez each went 2-for-3 with a double and a single.

Palomar can wrap up the undisputed conference title by beating Mt. San Jacinto on Friday at home, beginning at 3 p.m. On Saturday, the Comets will host two of last year's state Final Four teams in a pair of non-conference games, playing Santiago Canyon at 11 a.m. and Mt. SAC at 3 p.m. In between, those two teams will play at 1 p.m.

MEN'S GOLF: PCAC 6-Way

Palomar's Zack Wagner, who carded a 76, drives the ball on the second fairway Wednesday at Twin Oaks Golf Club. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Palomar slips into tie for first after COD wins

SAN MARCOS (4-01-2015) -- Palomar entered a six-way Pacific Coast Athletic Conference men's match on its home course at Twin Oaks Golf Club alone atop the conference and exited in a tie for first place with College of the Desert.

COD defeated the Comets by 7 strokes, 375-388, to win the match and went 5-0 in head-to-head scoring for the day compared to 4-1 for Palomar. The result left both teams with 27-3 win-loss records in the conference with two regular-season matches and the conference tournament remaining.

The Comets and Roadrunners have each won three of the six PCAC matches that have been contested so far.

COD's Ryan Emery took medalist honored with an even-par 72 on the 6,535 Twin Oaks course.

For Palomar, Zack Wagner and Brian Helmuth both carded 76s. Connor Sims (78), Nick Bellstrom (79), Mitchell Kwee (80) and Danny Green (91 for the throw-out score) trailed.

FOOTBALL ALUMNI: NFL Hire

Seahawks hire ex-Comet, USC, Lions star Cash

SEATTLE (3-30-2015) -- Pete Carroll has hired former Palomar, USC and Detroit Lions star Chris Cash as the Seattle Seahawks' new cornerbacks coach.

Cash, who most recently was safeties coach at Florida A&M (pictured at left), was recruited to USC by Carroll out of Palomar and was a second-team All-Pac-10 selection at corner for the Trojans in his senior season of 2001. This was despite missing the last three games of the season with an injury.

Drafted by the Detroit Lions in the sixth round, he immediately won a starting job in his rookie season of 2002, when he was among the National Football League leaders with 100 tackles. He played in the NFL with the Lions and then the Atlanta Falcons from 2002 through 2006.

Coming to Palomar from Franklin High School in Stockton, he starred at cornerback for the Comets' 1998 national community college championship team as a freshman and for the 1999 team when he was a first-team All-Mission Conference selection and a J.C. Grid-Wire honorable mention All-American.

Cash's 99-yard kickoff return in Palomar's game with Pasadena City College in 1999 is the second-longest in the Comets' history. The 99 yards only trails Palomar record-holder and future Washington State and Seahawks receiver Nakoa McElrath's 100-yard return against Fullerton in 1997 and is just ahead of current Comet head coach Joe Early's 98-yard return vs. Orange Coast in 1979. Early's return is third on the all-time Palomar list.

Prior to taking the assistant coaching job at Florida A&M prior to the 2014 season, Cash was defensive coordinator at his old high school and spent one season as a defensive backfield coach under his old Palomar coach, Tom Craft, at Riverside City College.

BASEBALL: SD Mesa 6, Palomar 5

After moving to No. 1, Comets stumble in loss

SAN DIEGO (3-31-2015) -- Sometimes, being No. 1 may not be all it's cracked up to be.

After finally moving from No. 2 to No. 1 in Southern California in the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association poll (see article at left) earlier in the day, Palomar's Pacific Coast Athletic Conference leaders stumbled against third-place San Diego Mesa on the road Tuesday afternoon.

Palomar did not play particularly well. Underdog Mesa, on the other hand, played about as well as they could play, making the plays and executing, something the Comets had difficulty doing much of the afternoon as the Olympians rallied from a 5-2 deficit in the middle of the seventh inning to win 6-5 in the bottom of the ninth.

Alex Emerick singled past the third-base bag with two outs, driving in the winning run and dropping Palomar to 20-5 on the season, 11-2 in the conference. Mesa goes to 15-12, 10-6, with its eighth win in its last nine games. Second-place Southwestern (20-6, 12-4 in conference) moved to within two games of the Comets in the loss column by beating Imperial Valley on Tuesday 11-0.

For the Comets, whose non-plays in the field hurt them as much as two actual errors and whose inability to get bunts down and pick up signs accurately contributed mightily to their misfortunes, Joey Cooper (left) went 2-for-4 with a home run and Chase Grant (right) was 2-for-3 with a double.

Anthony Balderas and Dylan Brault each had a hit and an RBI. Francis Christy, whom the Olympians walked three times, drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.

For Mesa, Zachary Taylor and Esteban Lieras each had two hits. Andrew McWilliam, the PCAC Men's Athlete of the Week, was 2-for-5 with two doubles and three RBIs.

The two teams will play twice more this week, on Thursday at 2 p.m. at Palomar's Myers Field and at the same time Friday back at Mesa.

BOX | SEASON STATS

SWIMMING: Palomar vs. Grossmont

Farley, Houston lead PC men past Griffins

SAN DIEGO (3-27-2015) -- Getting double victories from Rich Farley (left) and Andrew Houston (right), Palomar's men's team swam to a 141-108 win over Grossmont on Friday at the Kroc Center to up its Pacific Coast Athletic Conference record to 2-1.

Farley won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:00.86 and the 500 free in 5:06.67. He also teamed with Evan Dean, Landon Van Horn and Joe Cain to capture the 200 freestyle relay in 1:30.37 to cap the team victory.

Houston placed first in the 100 backstroke with a 1:00.86 and won the 200 back in 2:18.16 as Ryan Rodriguez and Jonathan Baker finished second and third to complete a 1-2-3 sweep in the event.

Hayden McCauley (11:01.09 in the 1,000 freestyle) and Ryan McCauley (2:05.01 in the 200 freestyle) were Palomar's other men's winners.

Palomar won both relays in the women's meet, with Paulina De Haan and Morgan Brown adding individual victories, De Haan with a 1:04.41 in the 100-yard backstroke and Brown with a 1:06.38 in the 100 butterfly.

De Haan, Lucy Gates, Brown and Kendyl Mundt swam a 1:59.40 in placing first in the 200 medley relay. Andrea Fairbanks, Chelsea Sommers, Gates and Natalie Viescas won the 200 freestyle relay in 1:29.25.

 

SOFTBALL: Comets 10, Knights 0

ABOVE: Palomar's softball team stands at attention during the national anthem on Friday. Once they took the field to begin the game, the Comets run-ruled San Diego City College 10-0 for their 18th straight victory. -- Photo by Philip Farry. BELOW: Summer Evans, who pitched two-hit ball for four innings to run her record to 15-1

PC keeps run-rule wins coming, blanks City

SAN MARCOS (3-27-2015) -- Palomar's state No. 2-ranked softball team got a combined shutout from Summer Evans and Kristina Carbajal on Friday, and the Comets' hitters again had their way with opposing pitchers in another run-rule victory.

The Comets pounded visiting San Diego City College 10-0 for their 18th straight victory. They're 21-1-1 on the season and are 12-0 in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.

Evans pitched two-hit ball over the first four innings, striking out nine and walking one as she advanced to 15-1 on the season. Palomar scored five runs in the bottom of the fourth to set up the mercy rule after Carbajal blanked the Knights in the top of the fifth.

Sara Rodriguez went 2-for-3 for the Comets with her second home run of the season, a solo shot in the second inning, and an RBI double. K.K. Fronda (2-for-3, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs) and Maci Lerno (2-for-2) also had multiple-hit performances.

Palomar grabbed control of the game early, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first when Fronda doubled, Brooke Huddleson walked, Fronda scored on a wild pitch and Iesha Hill, Rodriguez and Carbajal followed with three straight RBI hits. Hill and Rodriguez doubled. Carbajal singled.

Leading 5-0 after Rodriguez' HR in the second inning, the Comets added their five runs in the fourth with Lerno's single, Fronda's two-run double and Leah Gordon's run-scoring single supplying the punch and City adding to its own demise with errors in the inning.