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Sport (Season, Conference W-L)

Fall Sports
Football  3-4, 1-2
Wrestling  8-1, 2-0
W. Volleyball 6-11, 3-4
Women's Golf  46-9, 20-4
Men's Soccer  5-4-6, 3-1-4
W. Soccer  3-12-1, 2-8-1
M. Water Polo 20-5, 5-1
W. Water Polo  18-6, 8-0
M. Cross Country  No Duals
W. Cross Country  No Duals


Home contests in Bold
FRI., OCT. 26
at Miramar 1 p.m.
PCAC Championships 1:15 p.m.
Griffin Park, El Cajon
at Chaffey 3 p.m.
SAT., OCT. 27
at Meathead Movers Invitational 9 a.m.
Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo
Saddleback 6 p.m.
Chick Embrey Field, Wilson Stadium, Escondido


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San Marcos, CA 92069
(760) 744-1150 X 2460
FAX (760) 761-3512
Athletic Director:
Scott Cathcart



Notable Palomar sports alumni ...

JOHN FAIRCHILD, Former BYU basketball All-American and ex-Los Angeles Laker

JON STANLEY, United States Olympic Team, Volleyball, 1968 and 1972; 7-time United States Volleyball Assn. All-American; Inducted into National and International Volleyball Hall of Fame, 1992

TOM DEMPSEY, Former New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Rams, Houston Oilers, Buffalo Bills and Philadelphia Eagles kicker; co-holder of NFL record for longest field goal, 63 yards

RANDY JOHNSON, Former Atlanta Braves third baseman; Former Assistant General Manager of the Detroit Tigers; Currently Assistant to the General Manager of the Oakland A's

MARK WIEBE, Retired PGA Tour golfer

TOM PETRANOFF, Two-time World Record holder in the javelin; No.1-ranked American in 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989 and 1990

JOHN TUSHAUS, Former American Record holder in the javelin; Former NCAA Record holder; University of Arizona's first NCAA track & field champion in any event.

TROY AFENIR, Former Major League catcher for the Houston Astros, Oakland A's and Cincinnati Reds

GEORGE HINSHAW, Former Major League second baseman for the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers

JIM SCRANTON, Former Major League shortstop for the Kansas City Royals

THOM KAUMEYER, Former Seattle Seahawks and New York Giants safety; former Atlanta Falcons and Jacksonville Jaguars Assistant Coach; former Defensive Coordinator,  San Diego State; former Defensive Coordinator, Tulane University; former Defensive Coordinator, Univeristy of Kentucky; Current Defensive Coordinator, University of Hawaii

BRAD HENKE, Defensive end for the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXIV

KEITH MILLER, Former outside linebacker for the St. Louis Rams and Seattle Seahawks

KEVIN SWAYNE, Three-season NFL wide receiver for the New York Jets

MITCH WHITE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive tackle

CHRIS CASH, Cornerback for the Atlanta Falcons; Former corner for the Detroit Lions

PITA ELISARA, Former Washington Redskins offensive guard and tackle

BILL KUSHNER, Ex-punter, Buffalo Bills

MATT GEORGE, Ex-kicker, Pittsburgh Steelers

CHRIS KELDORF, Former University of North Carolina quarterback; 1996 ACC Player of the Year; 1997 Gator Bowl MVP; holds 17 North Carolina passing records and eight total offense records

KIM WARD, Two-time softball All-American at Oklahoma State and former pitcher for the U.S. National Team; Associate Head Softball Coach, Oklahoma State University

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CLICK HERE to view an article on former Palomar swimmer Ana Maria Salazar,  Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Clinton Administration.

CLICK HERE to view biographical information on former Palomar football player Dr. Scott Bowman, Ph.D., UCLA Professor of the Year, Policital Science Dept., 1993-94, and Author of The Modern Corporation and American Political Thought.

CLICK HERE to view a biography of onetime Palomar basketball player Dr. Ted Repa, Ph.D., who retired recently as Chair, Department of Administration, Leadership and Technology, Steinhart School of Education, New York University. The biography is from the NYU web site.

CLICK HERE to view a professional biography of world renowned entomologist David Faulkner, a former Palomar football and basketball player.

CLICK HERE to view an interview with former Palomar and University of North Carolina quarterback Chris Keldorf, 1996 ACC Player of the Year, 1997 Gator Bowl MVP and holder of 17 Tar Heel passing records.

All about us ...

For useful information about Palomar, our athletic program, a more complete list of notable alumni and how to contact us


Did you know?

That Palomar alum Tom Dempsey, who set an NFL record when his 63-yard field goal gave the New Orleans Saints a last second-win over the Detroit Lions back in 1970, was much more than just a kicker for the Comets. He also started on the defensive line, was a conference heavyweight wrestling champion and threw the discus. TO READ CBS SPORTSLINE'S DESCRIPTION OF DEMPSEY'S NFL CAREER ...


WRESTLING: Palomar 26, Cerritos 16

ABOVE: Shervin Iraniha dominates Cerritos' Yuuki Muri before pinning him. --  Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW LEFT: Augie Desantis. BELOW RIGHT: Emilio Rivera

Iraniha gets P'mar rolling with pin at 157 in conference victory

SAN MARCOS (10-23-2012) -- Shervin Iraniha got Palomar off on the right foot in the first match of the night, pinning Cerritos'  Yuuki Muri in 4:26 at 157 pounds, and the Comets continued to to a 26-16 Southwest Conference victory over Cerritos on Wednesday night at The Dome.

Major decisions by Michael Joseph over Dylan Clark 17-7 at 165 and Augie Desantis over Kyle Pivavaroff at 184, plus Matt Reed's 2-1 decision over Tyler Smith at 197 enabled the Comets to lead halfway through the 10-match program 17-3.

The Falcons came back with two straight wins, by fall and decision, to cut the gap to 17-12 going into the last three bouts of the evening. But Emilio Rivera disposed of Dalton Foster by technical fall 17-1 at 133 and Jacob Dunning notched a major decision over Eddie Rogers 12-4 at 149 as Palomar won two of those matches to draw away at the end.

The Comets advanced to 8-1, 2-0 in the Southwest Conference, and now will get another shot at  Mt. SAC next Wednesday night at the Dome in a match that should go a long way toward deciding the conference title. The Mounties handed the Comets, ranked No. 1 in the state, their only loss of the season in the finals of the Southern California Duals on Saturday at The Dome.

Cerritos falls to 2-2, 0-1 in conference.


MEN'S WATER POLO: Comets 21, Jaguars 11

Reichel, Palomar turn back Southwestern for 20th win

CHULA VISTA (10-24-2012) -- Kevin Reichel (left) scored five goals and added three steals Wednesday as Palomar downed Southwestern 21-11 to close out the regular season 20-5 and 5-1 in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference in men's water polo.

Rhett Turvey had three goals, three assists and three steals for the Comets, who will play in the PCAC tournament Friday and Saturday at Miramar College, which will determine the conference champion. Brad Penney added three goals and three steals.

Palomar jumped out to a 7-1 lead after one quarter and led 12-4 at halftime and 18-6 after three quarters. Blaise Morales had five saves. The Jaguars fell to 10-10, 1-5.


W. VOLLEYBALL: Grossmont 3, Palomar 1

Comets give state No. 11-ranked Griffins a battle in loss

SAN MARCOS (10-24-2012) -- The Palomar women's volleyball team proved to be a tough test for state No. 11-ranked Grossmont at The Dome on Wednesday night before finally dropping a 3-1 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference decision to the Griffins.

The game was notably closer than the set margin would indicate, with the scores going into the books at 23-16, 23-25, 25-23, 25-23.

Andrea Johnson (left) had 16 kills and 11 digs to lead the Comets. Melissa Smith contributed eight kills. Morgan Winn (right) had 15 digs.

Grossmont advanced to 15-4 on the season, 6-1 in conference which keeps the Griffins one game behind first place and No. 10-ranked San Diego Mesa.


SOCCER: Comets 6, Arabs 1

Palomar goes on road, routs IVC behind hat trick by Trujillo

IMPERIAL (10-23-2012) -- Three goals by Rudy Trujillo (left) and two goals and an assist by Sergio Iniestra helped lift visiting Palomar to a 6-1 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference men's soccer victory over Imperial Valley on Tuesday.

It was the second hat trick for Trujillo, the Comets' goals and points leader, in the last three weeks.

Brian Paleo (right) added a goal and an assist for the Comets (5-4-6 overall, 3-1-4 in conference). Josue Gonzales contributed two assists.

Tad Caroway had three saves in goal.


MEN'S WATER POLO: Palomar 20, SD Mesa 16

ABOVE: With Mesa's Anthony Savatore in his face, Palomar's Wyatt Woodward cocks his arm to shoot against the Olympians on Tuesday. Woodward fired the ball into the net for the Comets' 10th goal. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Comets close out home season with victory against Olympians

SAN MARCOS (10-23-2012) -- Palomar closed out its home men's water polo season with a 20-16 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference victory over San Diego Mesa on Tuesday afternoon. State scoring leader Rhett Turvey (left), playing for the final time at Wallace Memorial Pool, pumped in six goals. He had four assists and two steals.

Greg Knapp scored five goals, Brian Penney four. Wyatt Woodward had two goals, five assists and six steals. Kevin Reichel, Danny Tanner and Josh Schaner added a goal apiece, and goalkeeper Blaise Morales contributed 14 saves.

Palomar led 10-5 at halftime and 16-10 after three quarters. The Comets were up 19-11 in the fourth quarter before coach Chad Aronen cleared his bench.

The Comets (19-5, 4-1) will seek their 20th victory in their regular-season finale on Wednesday in Chula Vista. The PCAC Tournament, which will decide the conference champion, will be played Nov. 2-3 at Miramar.


WRESTLING: Southern California Duals

Palomar finally falls in finals for first loss of the 2012 season

SAN MARCOS (10-20-2012) -- Palomar's wrestlers reached the championship match at the Southern California Duals on Saturday at the Dome, but lost 24-16 to Mt. SAC to place second.

Jacob Dunning (left, 149 pounds), Shirvin Iraniha (157) and Michael Joseph (165) all went 3-0 for the Comets for the day.

After receiving the No. 1 seed  and winning 45-0 over a team of extra wrestlers from the other six teams in the tournament in a match that won't count in team win-loss records, Palomar defeated Cerritos 21-17 in the semifinals.

Kyle Vexler (7-6 decision over Gabe Ballesteros at 125 [pounds),  Dunning (6-4 over Christian Pharm), Iraniha (by fall over Yuuki Murai), Joseph (8-4 over Dylan Clark), Augie Desantis (5-3 over Kyle Pivavaroff at 184) and Matt Reed (6-3 over Tyler Smith at 197) all won vs. the Falcons.

In the finals vs. Mt. SAC, Palomar's winners were Emilio Rivera (5-4 over Richie Cascante at 133), dunning (6-2 vs. Richard Valdez), Iraniha (12-3 over Jose Raguna) and Joseph (by pin over Alex Cruz).

Cuesta, Rio Hondo, Santa Ana and West Hills-Lemoore rounded out the seven-team field. West Hills-Lemoore downed Santa Ana 36-12 for third place.

While Mt. SAC will face the Northern California champion later in the season for the state dual-match title, Palomar will host Cerritos in a Southwest Conference match on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. The Comets will get a rematch with Mt. SAC in another conference match a week from Wednesday evening, also at The Dome.


FOOTBALL: Fullerton 33, Palomar 32

Lamb throws for 355 yards, 2 TDs; Comets edged in wild one

FULLERTON (10-20-2012) (10-21-2012) -- Freshman quarterback Ryan Lamb (left) went 25-for-39 passing for 355 yards, including two touchdowns to tight end Ryan Ena (right), and Chad Dobbins added 126 yards rushing on Saturday night.

But Palomar dropped a wild 33-32 shootout to Fullerton in a Southern Conference football game at Fullerton Union High School District Stadium.

Lamb left the game with an undetermined injury late in the fourth quarter as the Comets, leading 32-26, were driving for what would have been a victory-clinching touchdown. Lamb was injured amidst a crowd scrambling on the turf for the ball following a bad snap on second down on a play that began at the Fullerton 19.

He got possession of the ball but sustained the injury on the play.

Palomar was flagged with back-to-back 15-yard penalties at the end of the play and wound up back at its own 45-yard line. Tyler Bergman replaced Lamb at quarterback.

The Comets wound up punting the ball away, and the Hornets tied the game 32-32 on a 35-yard screen pass from Conor Bednarski to Eli Pleasant with 1:42 remaining. Jesse Aguilar' tacked on the deciding PAT kick.

The above came after safety Stephen Parks accelerated in the open field to haul down Fullerton's Ryan Bird from behind on a 48-yard run to the Comets' 35.

Austin Dennis returned the kickoff 27 yards to the Comets' 28-yard line. Bergman completed two straight passes to M.J. Bailey for 4 and 32 yards, giving Palomar a first-and-10 at the Fullerton 36 with the clock running down. But the Comets never got in range to attempt a winning field goal in the closing seconds as the Hornets stopped them on an incomplete pass and a 4-yard sack, setting up a fourth-down interception by Alex Bernstein at the Fullerton 15 with 1:07 left.

Lamb's touchdown passes went for 12 yards to Ena in the first quarter and 2 yards to Ena in the fourth quarter. Lamb also completed passes to Dennis for 49 yards on a catch-and-run play and 47 yards to Mount. Lamb scored a TD himself on a 1-yard quarterback sneak.

Ena finished with six catches for 82 yards and the two TDs. Mount had six receptions for 130 yards, while Bailey (five catches) and Mike Hodges (three) also had multiple receptions. Austin returned four kickoffs for 144 yards, including a 59-yarder. Tim Tahti averaged 40.3 yards for three punts, while Jonathan Leiva put two kickoffs through the end zone for touchbacks.

Dobbins put Palomar in front 32-19 on a 4-yard run early in the fourth quarter. The Comets' other scoring came on two Jon Halliday field goals, from 38 and 30 yards, and two PAT kicks.

Halliday, missing his regular holder, never had a chance on two other point-after attempts, depositing the ball wide left on one of them when he had to rush the kick and having another try blocked. Bernstein returned the block all the way to the end zone for what turned out to be the deciding two points.

(Video of the game viewed on Sunday showed four Fullerton violations on the play: Using one's hands on players'  backs as leverage to vault over the line to block the kick, plus three more on the return -- a forward lateral and two clips in the open. No penalties were called and the return and two points stood.)

The Comets rolled up 497 yards in their best offensive performance of the season.

On the other side of the ball, iddle linebacker Ofisa Kose had 11 tackles, six of them solo, and broke up two passes.

Safety Chris Lee made the defensive play of the night for the Comets when he intercepted a pass at the goal line and returned it out 27 yards, setting up a drive that culminated with Halliday's second field goal with one second remaining in the first half. Lee also had seven tackles.

Eric Robertson also had seven tackles, including a half-tackle for a loss. And Parks likewise contributed seven tackles. Donovan Thurman intercepted a pass.

The Comets (3-4, 1-2) now must win their final three games, beginning Saturday night against Saddleback at Escondido's Wilson Stadium, to end the regular season 6-4 and become bowl eligible.

The Hornets advanced to 3-4, 2-1.



WRESTLING: Palomar 24, Rio Hondo 16

Dunning, Joseph turn match around as PC stays unbeaten

WHITTIER (10-17-2012) -- Palomar's wrestlers stayed undefeated by coming from behind Wednesday night to take a 24-16 road win over Rio Hondo.

Kyle Vexler remained unbeaten at 125, but the Roadrunners won three straight bouts before Jacob Dunning shifted the momentum with a last-second takedown to win 4-2 at 157 pounds, and Michael Joseph (left) stole the momentum completely with a second-period pin at 165 in a Southwest Conference opener.

Palomar (5-0 plus two tournament championships) clinched the victory with a major decision from Chris Bascon at 174, a 6-4 decision from Wes Burreisci at 184 and a major decision from Matt Reed at 197. John Castle took Rio Hondo's heavyweight to overtime before losing.

"It was ugly, but we got the win," Palomar coach Brody Barrios said.

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WED., OCT. 24
Southwest Conference
Palomar 26, Cerritos 16
Palomar 21, Southwestern 11
Palomar 16, Southwestern 5
Grossmont def. Palomar 3-1 (25-16, 23-25, 25-23, 25-23)

TUE., OCT. 23
Palomar 20, SD Mesa 16
Palomar 6, Imperial Valley 1
Grossmont 2, Palomar 1



CHULA VISTA (10-24-2012) -- Palomar ended its Pacific Coast Athletic Conference women's water polo regular season for he second straight season on Wednesday, winning on the road over Southwestern 16-5.

Casey Reid (left) scored seven goals and Heather Chance had eight saves in goal as the Comets ended the regular season 18-6 (6-0 in conference).

Palomar will be top-seeded in the conference tournament Friday and Saturday at Miramar, which will determine the PCAC champion.



DETROIT (10-23-2012) -- Pitcher Nick Carmichael, drafted in the 24th round and signed by the Detroit Tigers following Palomar's 2012 season, was among a group of Tigers instructional league players who played a series of scrimmages to help keep the Tigers sharp for the World Series, that starts tonight (Wednesday) in San Francisco.

The 6-foot-6, 220-pound right-hander, converted by the Tigers from a closer to a starting pitcher, was 3-1 with a 2.22 ERA in 10 appearances, all starts, for the Rookie Classification Gulf Coast League Tigers over the summer. He struck out 38 batters in 44 2/3 innings.

Carmichael, a Rancho Bernardo High School product, opted to return to Palomar for his sophomore season instead of signing with the Baltimore Orioles, who drafted him in the 17th round in 2011. He tied the Comets' all-time saves record for a team that tied for the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference champions.



EL CAJON (10-23-2012) -- Palomar's women's soccer team, playing on the road, was unable to hold a 1-0 halftime lead and dropped a 2-1 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference women's soccer decision to Grossmont on Tuesday.

Evelyn Garcia scored the Comets's goal.Goalkeeper Samantha Maldonado had 12 saves.



SAN MARCOS (10-22-2012) -- Led by five goals from Laura Bryant (left) and four from Casey Reed, Palomar defeated San Diego Mesa 17-10 in women's water polo on Monday at Wallace Memorial Pool to advance to 7-0 in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference (17-6 overall).

Coach Gubba Sheehy's Comets will close out the regular season on Wednesday at Southwestern at 2 p.m. with an opportunity to finish with an unbeaten record in conference for the second straight season. Next up for Palomar after that: the PCAC Tournament, which decides the conference championship, on Nov. 2-3 at Miramar.

Chloe Heath, Nikki Prohaska and Michelle Thorbury each tallied two goals for the Comets. Bria Harmon and Hailey Holthaus had one goal each. Reid dished of four assists, while Heath and Thorbury added three assists apiece. Reid and Thornbury each had two steals.

Heather Chance had nine saves in goal. Danielle Jauregui-Teta added two saves.