SCOREBOARD

FRIDAY, OCT. 31
WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL
PCAC
at Southwestern College Gym, Chula Vista
Palomar def. Southwestern 3-0
(25-10, 25-20, 25-12)

MEN'S WATER POLO
Saddleback Tournament No. 2 (Day 1)
at Saddleback College Pool, Mission Viejo
Palomar 19, El Camino 8
vs. Santa Ana, 5:10 p.m.

WOMEN'S SOCCER
PCAC
at Minkoff Field

Mt. San Jacinto 3, Palomar 0

PCAC SCOREBOARD

SCHEDULE

SATURDAY, NOV. 1
MEN'S WATER POLO
Saddleback Tournament No. 2 (Day 2)
at Saddleback College Pool, Mission Viejo
vs. Chaffey 11:30 a.m.
vs. Saddleback, 4:10 p.m.

FOOTBALL
Southern Conference
at LeBard Stadium
Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa

vs. Golden West, 7 p.m.

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BRIEFLY

GRAVES GETS FIRST LOSS BUT WRESTLERS WIN, ARE 9-2

WHITTIER (10-29-2014) -- Palomar's Alex Graves took his first loss of the season on Wednesday night but the Comets remained on a roll with a 22-15 Southwest Conference victory over Rio Hondo.

Coach Brady Barrios' squad advanced to 9-2 on the season.

Daniel Allen, ranked No. 2 in the state, decisioned Graves at 174 pounds. Graves had been ranked first in the state at 183 pounds before dropping down to the 174-pound class.

Winners for Palomar were Frank Sandoval by decision at 125 pounds, Alberto Gonzales by major decision at 133, Bruce Valdez by major decision at 157, Cody Doyle by major decision at 165, Dalton Ducasse by decision at 184 and Brad Schwarze by major decision at 197.

Garcia is ranked No. 5 in the state at 133, Doyle No. 3 and Peter Donchev No. 4 at 165, Graves now No. 3 at 174, Doyle No. 3, Erik Collin No. 1, Graves now No. 3 at 174 and Ducass No. 6 at 184. Barrios held both Donchev and Collin out of Wednesday's match.

The Comets will host Cerritos next Wednesday night, then will wrestle against four-year college teams in the Cal Baptist Duals on Wednesday, Nov. 12 to finish the regular season. The Cal Bapist Duals have been moved up from Saturday, Nov. 15.

COD DOWNS COMET MEN'S SOCCER TEAM BY 2-0 MARGIN

SAN MARCOS (10-30-2014) -- College of the Desert turned back Palomar 2-0 in a non-conference men's soccer game on Thursday at Minkoff Field.

Danny Vasquez, the Comets' goalkeeper, recorded six saves in the loss.

Palomar is 5-8-4 on the season, while COD has a 5-11 record.

MIRAMAR WOMEN EDGE PALOMAR IN POLO 13-12

SAN MARCOS (10-29-2014) -- Palomar's women's water polo team battled back from an early deficit Wednesday and finally took the lead over visiting San Diego Miramar 10-9 on back-to-back fourth-quarter goals by Kelly Harris.

The Jets tied the game, regained the lead, then Lauren Wimsatt scored with 1:30 to play to put the Comets back in front again 12-11.

But that was the last time Palomar led. Miramar pulled even again at 12-12 on a goal by Natalie McCann with 1:07 remaining, then pinned a 13-12 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference defeat on the Comets when Kerrie Riley scored the deciding goal with 8 seconds to play.

McCann led all scorers with six goals as the Jets overcame Harris' five-goal performance.

Kendyl Mundt scored three goals for Palomar. Wimsatt and Andrea Fairbanks each added two goals.

The Comets saw their regular season end with a 12-12 overall record and a 3-5 mark in the PCAC. Miramar also ended its conference season at 3-5.

COMETS AND ARABS 'FIT TO BE TIED' AS GAME ENDS IN STANDOFF

IMPERIAL (10-28-2014) -- Palomar and Imperial Valley battled to a 2-2 men's soccer tie on Tuesday at IVC.

Zach Salado scored both of the Comets' goals. Goalkeeper Danny Vasquez contributed seven saves.

Palomar (5-7-4, 2-4-2 in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference led 2-0 at the half before the Arabs (4-9-4, 0-6-2) battled back to tie the game.

COLLIN AND LERNO ARE NAMED PCAC ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

SAN DIEGO (10-27-2014) -- Palomar's Erik Collin and Maci Lerno have been selected as Athletes of the Week for the week that ended Sunday by the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.

Collin, a freshman from San Marcos High School, was honored as Men's Athlete of the Week.

Lerno, a sophomore from Southwest High School in El Centro, is the Women's Athlete of the Week.

Collin, who is ranked fifth in the state at 165 pounds, played a key role in Palomar's Southwest Conference win over Santa Ana, decisioning Erik Roberts 5-3 at the Dons' Cook Gym.

In Saturday's Meathead Movers Tournament in San Luis Obispo, Collin defeated teammate Peter Donchev, the state's seventh-ranked 165-pounder, to win the weight class. His performance helped the Comets to the team championship over second-place Mt. SAC, third-place Cuesta, fourth-place Chabot and defending state champion Sacramento City College.

Lerno, the Comets' sophomore outside hitter / middle blocker, led Palomar's state-ranked volleyball team to a 2-0 week.

Lerno put down 20 kills as the Comets defeated San Diego City college 25-16, 29-31, 25-16, 25-21 to take over undisputed second place in the conference behind state No. 3-ranked Grossmont. Palomar knocked City College into a tie for third place in the process.

Lerno came back two nights later withn 13 kills, 14 digs and three blocks as the Comets avenged a first-round loss to Mt. San Jacinto by winning 25-18, 23-25, 25-21, 25-23.

PALOMAR MOVES TO 16TH IN STATE RANKINGS

PASADENA (10-27-2014) -- Palomar moved from No. 19 to No. 16 in the California Community College Women's Volleyball Coaches Association state rankings on Monday.

The Comets are ranked 10th in Southern California.

Three undefeated teams, Cabrillo, Irvine Valley and Grossmont, are ranked 1-2-3 in the state. Irvine Valley and Grossmont are 1-2 in the Southern California poll.

COMETS TAKE 4TH IN 9-TEAM FIELD IN OEC GOLF MATCH

VALLEY CENTER (10-27-2014) -- Playing on the same course where they'll host the Orange Empire Conference Championships next week, Palomar women's golfers took a step toward qualifying for the Southern California Regionals on Monday.

The Comets, whose regular home course is Twin Oaks Golf Club, hosted the other eight teams at Woods Valley GC in a "neutral site" match that concluded the OEC regular season.

Led by Deanna Bird's 79, Palomar finished fourth.

The Comets' other scores were Sydney Houser's 83, Jessica Campbell's 85, Brittany Bilek's 97 and Samantha Runnel's 101, the throw-out score. Irvine Valley's Cindy Dang and Leleaga Meredith tied for medalist honors by shooting 74s.

The conference finals, which will be contested next Monday and Wednesday at Temecula Creek Inn, will count as two additional rounds on top of the regular season.

College of the Desert (311, 8-0 win-loss record) again finished first in team scoring on Monday. The Roadrunners held off Irvine Valley by two strokes, with the Lasers checking in at 313 for a 7-1 record.

Fullerton was third at 326 and 6-2, followed by the Comets with a 344 and a 5-3 record on the day. Mt. SAC (354), Saddleback (362), Cuyamaca (419), Orange Coast (no score, not enough golfers) and Mt. San Jacinto (also no score, not enough golfers) trailed.

With the Comets sitting at 48-32 in conference matches, it would pretty much take a meltdown for the Comets to finish out of the top four for the season. And the first four OEC finishers advance to the regionals.

 

(UPDATED AT 7:40 P.M. ON FRI., OCT. 31

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FOOTBALL: Palomar at Golden West

ABOVE: Khris Alvarez (76) , Palomar's 315-pound freshman guard from San Marcos High School, will play a key role on the offensive line against Golden West. He's pictured here in the double-overtime victory over Moorpark. Alvarez helps put the finishing touch on the Raiders' defender as Justin Davis scores for the Comets. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW: DeAngelo Ivey, who helps lead the Comets' secondary.

Comets to face state passing leader Saturday

COSTA MESA (10-31-2014) -- Palomar, ranked sixth in Southern California, will line up against a familiar face when the Comets play fifth-ranked Golden West at a crucial Southern Conference match-up on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Orange Coast College's LeBard Stadium.

Chris d'Entremont, the Rustlers' quarterback, picked the Comets apart last season when he passed for four touchdowns and ran for another in Golden West's 42-10 victory.

d'Entremont comes into Saturday's rematch as the state community college passing leader. He's thrown for 2,288 yards, averaging 326.9 yards per game, and 29 touchdowns in seven games. Last week, he passed for 343 yards and five touchdowns as the Rustlers defeated Santa Ana 37-29.

On the plus side for the Comets, they enter this year's game significantly better armed than the 2013 team that imploded on the way to a 2-win season, Palomar's worst in 31 years.

Golden West (5-2, 2-1 in the Southern Conference), comes in ranked No. 24 in the nation, exactly the same spot that the J.C. Grid-Wire of Kirkland, Washington ranked the Rustlers entering last year's game. But this time the Comets (also 5-2, 2-1) are ranked 25th in the nation.

Palomar, with one of its best defensive players (Bryan Jones) sidelined by an injury, will need big efforts from Javante O'Roy, DeAngelo Ivey, Diovanni Brewer, Cory Salazar and Bryce Alexander in the secondary.

The Comets, who last lost 34 days ago vs. Saddleback, will be seeking their fourth straight victory.

Palomar is coming off a bye and has had an opportunity to heal from most of its injuries, particulalry one to defensive end Dylan Donahue. The sohomore from Montana  missed the Comets' win over Moorpark three weeks ago and was limited in their victory over Orange Coast in their most recent game two weeks ago.

FOOTBALL: National, State, SoCal Rankings

Coach Joe Early has the Palomar football team ranked No. 6 in Southern California, No. 11 in the state and No. 25 nationally. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

PC resurfaces in national poll, is sixth in SoCal

GLENDALE / SAN MATEO / KIRKLAND, WA (10-29-2014) -- Coming off a bye week, Palomar's football team is in position to make its biggest splash on the Southern California, state and national levels since 2009, when the Comets went 10-3, advanced to the Southern California championship game and wound up eighth in the nation.

Going into a 7 p.m. Southern Conference game on Saturday against Golden West at Orange Coast College's LeBard Stadium, Palomar is ranked sixth in Southern California (Golden West is ranked fifth). The Comets are ranked 11th in Southern California (the Rustlers are 10th). And the Comets have resurfaced in the J.C. Grid-Wire national rankings out of Kirkland, Washington at No. 25 (Golden West is No. 24).

Still awaiting the Comets after Saturday, defending Southern California champion Fullerton a week from Saturday on the road and Santa Ana to close out the regular season in two weeks at Wilson Stadium in Econdido.

Not that Early is even thinking about the final two weeks at this point, but if Palomar were to run the table, it would clinch no worse than a tie for the Southern Conference championship. If the Palomar were to run the table and Saddleback loses at least one of its final two games vs. Fullerton on Saturday and Golden West on Nov. 15, the Comets would automatically clinch a spot in the four-team Southern California playoffs, with the SoCal champion moving on to the state championship game.

The highest end-of-season national ranking under Early as head coach came in his first season of 2002, when the Grid-Wire ranked the 10-1 Comets No. 4 in the country. Early was an assistant on Palomar's three mythical national championship teams in the 1990s.

NATIONAL (J.C. Grid-Wire) STATE (CCCFCA) SOUTHERN CAL (CCCFCA)
1-East Mississippi (9-0) 1-American River (7-0) 1-Riverside City College (6-1)
2-Iowa Western (9-0) 2-College of San Mateo (6-1) 2-Long Beach City College (6-1)
3-Trinity Valley (Texas) (9-0) 3-Riverside City College (6-1) 3-Mt. SAC (6-2)
4-American River (7-0) 4-Long Beach City College (6-1) 4-Fullerton (6-2)
5-Snow (Utah) (7-1) 5-City College of San Francisco (6-1) 5-Golden West (5-2)
6-College of San Mateo (6-1) 6-Diablo Valley (6-1) 6-PALOMAR (5-2)
7-Arizona Western (8-1) 7-Mt. SAC (6-2) 7-Ventura (4-3)
8-City College of San Francisco (6-1) 8-Fullerton (6-2) 8-Chaffey (4-3)
9-Scottsdale (Arizona) (7-1) 9-Butte (5-2) 9-Cerritos (5-3)
10-Riverside City College (6-1) 10-Golden West (5-2) 10-Bakersfield (4-4)
11-Hutchinson (Kansas) (8-1) 11-PALOMAR (5-2) 11-Saddleback
12-Long Beach City College (6-1) 13-Sacramento City College (5-2) 12-College of the Canyons
13-Mississippi Gulf Coast (8-1) 14-Santa Rosa (5-2) 13-Grossmont
14-Mt. SAC (6-2) 14-Ventura (4-3) 14-Santa Ana
15-Navarro (Texas) (7-2) 15-Laney (4-3) 15t-Citrus
16-Copia-Lincoln (Mississippi) (7-2) 16-Cerritos (5-3) 15t-El Camino
17-Tyler (Texas) (7-2) 17-West Hills (7-0)  
18-Fullerton (6-2) 18-Victor Valley (7-0) Only Playoff-tier teams are eligible
19-Kilgore (Texas) (7-2) 19-Fresno City College (4-3) for the above coaches' poll. Non-
20-Coffeyville (Kansas) (7-2) 20-Chaffey (4-3) playoff eligible teams from the lower
21-Diablo Valley (6-1) 21-Southwestern (6-1) tier have a separate poll.
22-Nassau (New York) (8-0) 22-Bakersfield (4-4)  
23-Santa Rosa (5-2) 23-Glendale (6-1)  
24-Golden West (5-2) 24-Hartnell (6-1)  
25-PALOMAR (5-2) 25t-Saddleback (4-4)
  25t-Santa Barbara City College (6-1)

W. VOLLEYBALL: Comets 3, Jaguars 0 

PC sweeps Southwestern; 12 kills for Lerno

SAN MARCOS (10-31-2014) -- State No. 16-ranked Palomar further solidified its hold on second place in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference women's volleyball standings on Friday evening at the Dome, disposing of last-place Southwestern in three sets and 1 hour, 13 minutes.

The set scores were 25-10, 25-20, 25-12.

Maci Lerno, sitting out various periods of the match, had 12 kills, 2 blocks, 8 digs and 2 assists to lead the Comets (14-3 overall, 8-2 in conference). Coleen Jones and Rachel McFarland each contributed eight kills. Aspen Luedtke had 31 assists and 9 digs.

For the visiting Jaguars (0-16, 0-11), Jillian Alegre had 9 kills and 3 service aces.

Palomar had its way in the first set from the early going when it jumped out to a 4-0 lead until Jones delivered a kill for the Comets' 25th point.

Southwestern had its moments in the second set, all in the early part of the set, until a kill by McFarland that put Palomar on top for the first time 5-4. The Comets led the rest of the way, and McFarland put the Jaguars away with another kill for the 25th point.

Palomar led for the entire third set after initially  falling behind 1-0. Megan Wood came off the bench to record a pair of late kills that gave the Comets their biggest lead of the set 20-10, then finished off the visitors at match point.

Palomar trails first-place and state No. 3-ranked Grossmont, which had a bye Wednesday, by two matches as the conference teams head into the final stretch. Mt. San Jacinto, San Diego City College and San Diego Mesa, who are all 7-4, are two matches in back of the Comets in a three-way tie for third.

In Wednesday's other PCAC matches, Mt. San Jacinto swept Imperial Valley 3-0, San Diego City swept Cuyamaca 3-0 and Mesa defeated MiraCosta 3-1.

PICTURED: A block by Palomar's Kelli Iverson (No. 10) leaves Southwestern's Alexis Benavides (No. 15)looking skyward. No. 6 for the Comets is Aspen Luedtke. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

CROSS COUNTRY: PCAC Finals

Comets' Betancourt, Steinhoff finish 3rd, 5th

SEELY, CA (10-30-2014) -- Palomar's Jessica Betancourt (left) and Jessica Steinhoff finished third and fifth, respectively, in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference women's cross country finals that was hosted by Imperial Valley College at Sunbeam State Park.

Betancourt ran the 5K course in 19:32 on the way to her third-place finish. Steinhoff finished in 19:43.

Southwestern's Amitat Olowara, national champion of Nigeria in the 5,000 meters, 10,000 meters and 1500 meters two years ago, ran away with the gold medal with a 17:24 time, winning easily over the second-place finisher, Southwestern teammate Erika Gonzales. Gonzales ran an 18:40.

The Palomar women finished fourth out of six teams in the meet. Southwestern won with 43 points, followed by San Diego Mesa with 48, Cuyamca 59, the Comets with 86 points, Imperial Valley 139 and San Diego City College 170.

Also for Palomar, Sarah Martinez (22.27) placed 22nd, Olivia Wray (23:05) 25th, Christina Gaillard (24:27) 35th, Maria Linares (26:37) 43rd and Sarah Meyers (18:12) 49th.

Three Comets finished in the top 20 in the men's race, which was won by Southwestern's George Martinez in 20:14 over a 4.0-mile course. The second-place finisher, the Jaguars' Bryan Alvado, ran a 20:27.

Matthew Bellah (above right) was Palomar's top finisher, running 21:29 for 11th place. Cody Ray Wilson placed 15th in 21:21 and Joshua Cruz was 18th in 21:46.

Leonardo Alcaraz (22:10) placed 24th, Kevin Clukey (22:15) was 25th, Richard Murillo (22:18) placed 26th, Noah Siegel (23:06) 30th, Sean Pruitt (23:20) 32nd, Noah Newton (23:34) 34th, Robert Dehoyos (23:47) 38th and James Singler (27:58) 45th.

Southwestern won the men's team title with 22 points, followed by Cuyamaca with 42, Mesa 68, Palomar 91, San Diego City College 155 and Imperial Valley with no score. The Comet men, like the women, also finished fourth out of six teams.

M. WATER POLO: PC 28, SD Miramar 5

TOP PHOTO: Palomar's Rich Farley takes aim on Wednesday vs. Miramar. DIRECTLY ABOVE: Cameron Rath, who scored two goals and drew two Miramar ejections. -- Photos by Hugh Cox. BELOW LEFT: Corey Meyers. BELOW RIGHT: Brant Bosworth. Meyers and Bosworth had three goals between them

16 Comets score in rout of Jets in home finale

SAN MARCOS (10-29-2014) -- The Palomar men's water polo team spread the wealth as 16 different players scored in Wednesday's final 2014 home game, a 28-5 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference rout of San Diego Miramar at Wallace Memorial Pool.

Eight players scored in double figures as coach Chad Aronen substituted early and often to be able to give the grinders who have seen little playing time more P.T., as well as more goal attempts.

The Comets' two biggest offensive threats, Evan Dean and Kody Moffatt, barely played as the game wore on and neither attempted a shot after Dean scored his fifth goal 2 minutes and 2 seconds into the second half.

Cory Meyers, Cameron Rath, Nicholas Mendenhall, Neal Gorman, Ryan Smethurst and Rich Farley tallied two goals apiece. Brant Bosworth, Andy Houston, Ryan Sur, Ryan Rodriguez, Mitchell Kirk, Jonathon Baker and Arnie Schmidt each added a goal.

Rath also drew two Miramar ejections.

Adam Kelsey, playing the entire game in goal, contributed six assists to go along with his eight saves. He shut out the Jets in the third quarter and allowed only one goal the entire second half.

The Comets began the game by jumping out to a 4-0 lead before Miramar got on the scoreboard -- on a goal by Moffatt, Rich Farley's goal off Rath's assist, Rodriguez' goal off another Farley assist and Dean's goal on a rebound off a missed shot.

The score was 8-3 after one quarter, 16-4 at the half and 23-4 after three quarters.

Palomar upped its record to 11-8 on the season and concluded its conference regular season 5-3..

The Comets will play in Saddleback's second tournament of the season on Friday and Saturday in their final warm-up for the conference tournament Nov. 7-8 at Miramar's Ned Baumer Aquatic Center.

W. WATER POLO: Jets 13, Comets 12

TOP PHOTO: Kelly Harris, Palomar's leading scorer on the season and in the game, finally pulls Palomar even for the first time against Miramar as she fires the Comets' ninth goal into the net 2 minutes into the fourth quarter. DIRECTLY ABOVE: Comet goalie Jorden Bowe-McLeod notches a save. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

PC battles back but loses with 8 seconds left

SAN MARCOS (10-29-2014) -- Palomar's women's water polo team battled back from an early deficit Wednesday and finally took the lead over visiting San Diego Miramar 10-9 on back-to-back fourth-quarter goals by Kelly Harris.

The Jets tied the game, regained the lead, then Lauren Wimsatt scored with 1:30 to play to put the Comets back in front again 12-11.

But that was the last time Palomar led. Miramar pulled even again at 12-12 on a goal by Natalie McCann with 1:07 remaining, then pinned a 13-12 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference defeat on the Comets when Kerrie Riley scored the deciding goal with 8 seconds to play.

McCann led all scorers with six goals as the Jets overcame Harris' five-goal performance.

Kendyl Mundt scored three goals for Palomar. Wimsatt and Andrea Fairbanks each added two goals.

The Comets saw their regular season end with a 12-12 overall record and a 3-5 mark in the PCAC. Miramar also ended its conference season at 3-5.

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