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CCCAA State Championships
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Monterey Park

Day 1 of 3, 9:30 a.m.



SAN MARCOS (4-30-2016) – No. 4 Southern California seed Palomar (33-5) will host No. 13 seed Santa Ana (20-20) on Saturday and Sunday in a best-of-3 series to begin the SoCal Regional Playoffs.

Saturday’s game will be played at 2 p.m. The teams will play game 2 on Sunday at noon, with a third game, if necessary, to follow.

Cypress (35-5) is the No. 1 seed in Southern California. The No. 2 seed, Santiago Canyon (32-7), and No. 3 seed, Mt. SAC (35-5) are in the other half of the bracket. The two survivors of the two brackets will move on to the Super Regional round the following weekend. The two Super Regional winners will move on to the CCCAA State Championship Final Four the following weekend at Bakersfield College.

Other teams in the defending state champion Comets’ half of the bracket are No. 5 seed Cerritos (28-12), No. 8 Grossmont (28-12-1), No. 9 Santa Barbara City College (28-11) and No. 12 Southwestern (24-15-1). Teams in the other half of the bracket, along with Rancho Santiago and Mt. SAC, are No. 6 College of the Canyons (29-11), No. 7 El Camino (27-13), No. 10 Fullerton (22-17) and No. 11 Moorpark (28-8).

There also are two Tuesday play-in games, involving No. 15 Ventura (26-13), No. 16 Long Beach City College (22-18), No. 17 Bakersfield (18-21-1) and No. 18 Rio Hondo (16-24). The highest-seeded play-in winner will play Rancho Santiago next weekend. The second-highest seed will play Cypress.


YUCAIPA (4-25-2016) -- Palomar's Mitchell Kwee shot a 4-under par 68 for the first 18 holes at Yucaipa Golf Club on Monday to medal in the first round Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Championship Tournament.

The event was scored as the final two 18-hole matches of the conference season. The Comets finished third in both rounds to go 6-4 for the day and finish in third place in the PCAC for the year.

Also in round 1, Connor Sims had a 74 for Palomar, Kelly Cannon 79, Max Wittmack 82, Christian Guerzon 83 and Tyler Cress 85 for the throw-out score.

COD, which won the overall season title, placed first in round 1 with a 362 and a 5-0 record against the conference's other teams.

Mt. San Jacinto was second at 374 (4-1), with the Comets third at 386 (3-2), El Camino fourth at 396 (2-3, Cuyamaca fifth at 404 (1-4)and Victor Valley sixth at 344 (0-5).

In round 2, with a rainstorm headed straight for Yucaipa, Sims shot a 75 for Palomar, Kwee 76, Guerzon 77, Wittmanck 78, Cannon 80 and Cress 83 for the throw-out score.

Mt. San Jacinto (369, 5-0 vs. the other teams) won the second round with COD second at 371 (4-1), Palomar third at 386 (3-2), Cuyamaca fourth at 410 (2-3), Victor Valley fifth on a sixth-man tie-breaker at 411 (1-4) and El Camino sixth at 411 (0-5).

The Comets move on to the Southern California Community College Regional Tournament on May 9 at Bear Creek Golf Club in Murrieta.


CHICAGO (4-22-2016) – Palomar’s Tyler Saladino and the Chicago White Sox pulled off a 9-3-2-6-2-5 double play on Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field as the Sox defeated the visiting Texas Rangers 5-0.

The triple play, which came with the bases loaded in the top of the seventh inning, was the White Sox’ first in 10 years. Chicago last had pulled off a triple play the first inning on Sept. 18, 2006 against the Detroit Tigers.

Friday night’s triple play went from White Sox right fielder Adam Eaton, who ran down Mitch Moreland’s line drive and threw to first baseman Jose Abreau. Abreau spotted Ian Desmond dancing around attempting to get back to the bad. He chased Desmond down and tagged him for out No. 2.

Abreau then saw Adrian Beltre coming into third, which was occupied by Prince Fielder. He threw the ball to Saladino, the White Sox’ shortstop, who then started chasing Beltrie.

Saladino saw Fielder break for the plate and threw the ball to the catcher, Dionier Navarro.  At that juncture Fielder put on the brakes and started back to third. Navarro fired the ball to Todd Frazier, the third baseman, who tagged out Fielder for the third out.

It was the first triple play in the Major Leagues this season.



SAN DIEGO (4-22-2016) – Trinity Fa’asua (left) threw a one-hit shutout, striking out five and walking one, as Palomar rolled up San Diego City College 11-0 in a five-inning run-rule game on Friday at Betty Hock Field. Fa’asua ran her win-loss record to 3-0 with her complete-game victory.

Taylour Fa’asua (right) supported her twin sister with a three-run homer home run over the leftfield fence that highlighted an eight-run second inning that broke the game open.

With the win, the Comets advanced to 30-5 on the season and 17-0 in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference. State No. 6-ranked Palomar, which has one PCAC game remaining at San Diego Mesa on Tuesday, will play newly-crowned Western State Conference Blue Division champion College of the Canyons in a 1 p.m. non-conference double-header Saturday in Santa Clarita.

Brienna Dunckel again led the Comets at the plate, going 3-for-4 against the Knights with an RBI, two runs scored and three stolen bases. Bailey Romano went 2-for-2, doubled and drove in three runs. Moriah Lopez tripled and had one RBI. Nani Leonui had a double.

Iesha Hill singled and drove in a run. Brooke Huddleson and Briana Moreno also hit safely.


SAN MARCOS (4-21-2016) – Palomar made it 10 wins in its last 11 games, including the last six in a row, by outslugging visiting Southwestern 12-7 on Thursday. The second-place Comets can move to within one-half game of Pacific Coast Athletic Conference leader Grossmont by winning again on Saturday at noon against the Jaguars on the road.

Nashea Diggs paced a 15-hit attack for the Comets (19-12, 14-5 in conference) in the game at Palomar College Ballpark, going 3-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored. Mike Benson ( 2-for-4, 2 RBIs), Sam Casinelli (2-for-4, RBI), Dylan Breault (2-for-4), Casey Henderson (2-for-4) and Niko Holm also doubled for the winners.

Chase Grant, Mitch Gallagher and Matt Wezniak also hit safely for Palomar.

The Comets fell behind 4-0, then scored five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, one run in the fifth and six more in the sixth to take the lead, then break the game open.

Mitch Hayes (4-2) recorded the pitching win with relief help from Marc Sauceda and Carter Johnson, who finished the game with 1 2/3 scoreless innings.



SAN MARCOS (4-19-2016) – Palomar weight events specialist DeOndre Young, a sophomore out of Vista Murrieta High School, has signed an NCAA Division Ietter of intent with Cal State Long Beach.

Young heads to Long Beach State with a career best of 167 feet, 7 inches in the hammer throw, a mark she attained on Saturday in the Beach Invitational at what will soon be her home track & field venue, CSULB's Jack Rose Track.

Young was the 2015 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Field Athlete of the Year. She won the shot put and hammer throw and placed second in the discus in last year’s PCAC finals. In the Southern California Community College finals, she finished second in both the shot put and hammer throw. She placed ninth in the shot put in the CCCAA State Championships in San Mateo.



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BASEBALL: So. California Regionals

Dylan Breault leads Palomar regulars in hitting through the regular season with a .414 average. The Comets open the postseason this weekend vs. Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Palomar opens Regionals on Friday at Cuesta

SAN MARCOS (5-01-2016) – Coach Buck Taylor’s Palomar baseball team, runner-up in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference and 24-12 on the season, has been seeded 11th in the Southern California Community College Regional Playoffs.

The Comets will open with a best of-3 series on the road against No. 6 seed Cuesta (25-11), the Western State Conference Northern Division champion, beginning Friday at 2 p.m. in San Luis Obispo.

Game 2 of the series and, if necessary, game 3, will be played on Saturday. The winner will play either on the road against third-seeded Golden West (23-13) or at home vs. No. 14 seed Rio Hondo (24-12) the following weekend.

Other teams in Palomar’s half of the bracket are No. 2 seed Glendale (28-8), No. 7 seed Chaffey (27-9) and No. 10 College of the Canyons (28-8).

The teams in the other half of the bracket are No. 1 seed Saddleback (29-7), No. 4 Cypress (24-12), No. 5 Grossmont (27-9), No. 8 Long Beach City College (24-12) and No. 9 Bakersfield (26-10). The winner of each bracket will move on to the CCCAA State Final Four at Fresno City College on Memorial Day weekend.

The four play-in teams are No. 15 seed Santa Barbara City College (19-17), No. 16 Mt. San Jacinto (20-16), No. 17 Fullerton (15-21 including 12 forfeit losses) and No. 18 Riverside City College (21-15). The lower remaining seed plays at Saddleback (29-7) and the higher seed plays at Glendale. The top two seeds in Northern California are No. 1 Santa Rosa (29-6) and No. 2 Consumnes River (28-8).

SOFTBALL: All-Conference, All-State teams

PC sweeps PCAC awards; 4 Comets all-state

SAN MARCOS (4-30-2016) – Pacific Coast Conference champion Palomar has swept the conference’s major postseason awards in voting among PCAC coaches – with Brienna Dunckel (left) being named Player of the Year, Summer Evans (right) repeating as Pitcher of the Year.

Lacey Craft's staff was honored as conference Coaching Staff of the Year.

The Comets also landed four players on the California Community College Athletic Association all-state first team. Five Palomar players made first-team all-conference.

The Comets’ first-team all-state selections were Evans, Dunckel, Iesha Hill and Katy McJunkin. Those four players, plus Bailey Romano and Brooke Huddleson, were voted to the all-conference first team. Taylor Willis and Taylor Moore made second-team all-conference. Trinity Fa’asua received honorable mention.

BASEBALL: PC 10, SD City 4

Starter Troy Lamparello deals in the first inning in Friday's 10-4 victory over San Diego City College at Palomar College Ballpark. Lamparello pitched the first six innings to record the win, striking out nine and walking one. He retired 11 straight batters in a row at one point. -- Photo by Phil Farry

Comets finish with 15 wins in last 17 games

SAN MARCOS (4-29-2016) -- Palomar concluded the regular baseball season with a 10-4 victory over visiting San Diego City College on Friday, sweeping its series with the Knights 4 games to 0 as Troy Lamparello, Matt Wezniak, Connor Stotz and Marc Sauceda combined on a seven-hitter, striking out 13 and walking three.

The Comets saw their string of Pacific Coast Athletic Conference champonships end at five by finishing in second place, one game behind champion Grossmont, a 10-1 winner over Mt. San Jacinto on Friday. But there is no denying that coach Buck Taylor's club will enter the postseason as one of the hottest teams in the California.

The Comets go into the the Southern California Regional Playoffs with records of 10-1 for their last 11 games and 15-2 in their most recent 17 games.

Palomar (24-11, 18-6 in conference) banged out 18 hits against three City College pitchers, led by Nashea Diggs (3-for-4, double, 2 runs scored) and Sam Casinelli (3-for-3, 2 RBIs).

Niko Holm (2-for-2, double, 2 runs scored), Mike Benson (2-for-2, double, sacrifice fly, RBI), Casey Henderson (2-for-4, run scored, RBI) and Dylan Breault (2-for-5, 1 run, 2 RBIs) also had multiple hits. Mitch Gallagher tripled to drive in two runs. Sauceda singled to drive in a run. John Mackay and Efrain Medina each singled and Chase Grant drove in a run on a fielder's choice.

Taylor utilized 19 players, substituting liberally when it became obvious Mt. San Jac was out of the game vs. Grossmont. A win by the Eagles over the Griffins would have given Palomar a tie for its sixth straight conference title.

City College took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but the Comets took over the game with a run in the bottom of the inning, four runs in the third and five more in the fourth to go in front 10-1.

Lamparello (2-2) struck out nine and walked one over the first six innings. He retired 11 batters in a row at one juncture.

Palomar will find out its opponent and the game site to begin the Southern California Regionals after a seeding meeting on Sunday. The Comets finished third in the state tournament last season.


BASEBALL: Comets 6-11, SD City 5-4

Mitch Gallagher (No. 20 in the top photo) is greeted by Niko Holm (23) as he leaps in the air after crossing the plate following what turned out to be the game-winning home run to lead off the top of the 10th in the continuation of a game from March 11. Nashea Diggs (directly above) scores for the Comets in the regularly-scheduled game that followed. The Comets swept the Knights 6-5 and 11-4 at San Diego's Morley Field. -- Photos by Philip Farry

3 wins for PC: forfeit plus a two-game sweep

SAN DIEGO (4-28-2016) – Palomar’s day in baseball went better than anyone could ever have expected on Thursday.

In the morning, the Comets received word that Fullerton, who had beaten them 1-0 back on Feb. 4, has forfeited the game for use of an ineligible player. One win on the day.

In the afternoon, Palomar faced nearly insurmountable odds as coach Taylor’s squad squared off at Morley Field against San Diego City College to complete a game that had been halted by rain on March 11. The Knights led 5-2 with the Comets batting in the top of the ninth with none out and a runner at first base. Nearly insurmountable odds aside, Palomar scored three runs to tie the game, then won it in the on Mitch Gallagher’s home run over the leftfield fence to lead the off the 10th inning. Two wins on the day.

Shortly after the completion of that game, the two teams played again in a regularly-scheduled game, and the Comets beat the Knights again, this time 11-3. Three wins on the day.

Palomar (23-12, 18-5) clinched no worse than undisputed second place in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference and a Southern California playoff berth with the two Thursday wins -- can tie for its sixth straight conference championship if the Comets beat City College in the final game of the regular season on Friday at 2 p.m. at Palomar College Ballpark, and Mt. San Jacinto wins on the road over Grossmont. The Griffins clinched at least a tie for the title with an 11-3 win over the Eagles on Thursday.

In the suspended game, the Comets tied the Knights at 5-5 with three runs in the top of the ninth on a two-run triple to centerfield by Mike Benson and an RBI double down the leftfield line by Nashea Diggs. That set the stage for Gallagher’s game-winning homer on the first pitch in the 10th.

Carter Johnson, who had relieved starter Mike Lopez in the eighth inning back on March 11, finished the game and was the winning pitcher.

In the regularly-scheduled game, the Comets banged out 16 hits, led by Nico Holm (4-for-4, 3 runs scored, 3 doubles) and Dylan Breault (4-for-6, 2 runs scored, 1 RBI). Chase Grant was 2-for-4 and drove in a run, and John Mackey and Gallagher each had two singles. Casey Henderson and Benson also hit safely.

Palomar led 2-1 after three innings and broke the game open with three runs each in the fifth, sixth and seventh.

Mitch Hayes pitched the first seven innings to record the victory. Tyler Baca and Tom Brunansky each threw a scoreless relief inning.

BOX 1 | BOX 2


Palomar’s 2’s pairing of Melissa Smith (No. 22) and Gabby Hutzler (No. 10) defeated MiraCosta’s Madeleine Alper and Shaina Lilly on Wednesday to advance in the PCAC individual tournament at Grossmont College. – Courtesy photo

Comets’ Smith, Hutzler beat MiraCosta duo

EL CAJON (4-27-2016) – Melissa Smith and Gabby Hutzler, Palomar’s 2’s pairing, swept MiraCosta’s 3’s pairing of Madeleine Alper and Shaina Alper 21-15, 22-20 on Wednesday at Grossmont College’s courts to advance to the quarterfinals at the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference individual sand volleyball tournament.

The 20-team tournament will continue on Friday with Smith / Hutzler facing the No. 1-seeded duo, MiraCosta’s Briana Sizemore and Cady Francis.

Smith and Hutzler have qualified for the CCCAA State Individual Tournament on May 7, also at Grossmont College.

BASEBALL: PC 12, Knights 1

Travis Turski (top photo) delivers a pitch in Palomar’s 12-1 victory over visiting San Diego City College on Thursday. Turski struck out seven and walked none over the first eight innings as he combined with Tyler Baca to throw a three-hitter. Casey Henderson (left in photo, directly above) and Grant Buck score the first two runs of the game on Mike Benson’s two-run single in the bottom of the fourth. – Photo by Philip Farry

Comets clobber SD City behind Turski (4-0)

SAN MARCOS (4-26-2016) – Taylor Turski turned in another dominant pitching performance, striking out seven batters and walking none over eight innings, as Palomar regained undisputed second place in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference standings on Thursday with a 12-1 beat-down of visiting San Diego City College.

The sophomore left-hander from Temecula Valley High School, who advanced to 4-0 on the season and 12-0 over two seasons, teamed with Tyler Baca, who pitched a scoreless, hitless top of the ninth, to throw a three-hitter as the Comets notched their 20th victory of the season. Turski lowered his ERA to 1.84 on the season and 1.54 in PCAC games.

With first-place Grossmont’s 6-0 victory over Mt. San Jacinto, the Griffins (24-10, 17-5), Palomar (20-13, 15-6) and Mt. San Jac (19-15, 15-7), in that order, are bunched atop the conference.

The Comets have three regular-season games remaining, beginning Thursday when they finish will a suspended game from March 11 on the road vs. City College at 2 p.m., immediately followed by a regularly-scheduled game between the two teams. The Comets and Knights finish the season on Friday at Palomar College Ballpark, also at 2 p.m. Grossmont and Mt. San Jac have two games left, against each other, on Thursday in San Jacinto and on Friday in El Cajon.

Palomar overcame a slow start at the plate to score 10 runs on 10 hits in the final three innings. Mike Benson led the Comets’ 12-hit attack off four City College pitchers, going 3-for-5 with four RBIs. Benson singled in the fourth inning to drive in the game’s first two runs, singled in the sixth and doubled in the bottom of the eighth to drive in two more runs as he finished the game with four RBIs.

Dylan Breault, Palomar’s leading hitter with averages of .407 on the season and .474 in the conference (the latter just ahead of Benson’s .471 average), went 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI. Mitch Gallagher went 2-for-4, Grant Chase contributed a two-run single, Efrain Medina doubled, and Nashea Doggs, Casey Henderson and Grant Buck singled.

The Comets were helped five walks and five hit batters by City College pitchers. Sam Casinelli walked twice, the second time to force in a run, and was hit by pitches twice in Palomar’s seven-run eighth inning when the Knights hit five batters. Gallagher, Niko Holm and Shane Olson all were hit by pitches to force in runs in the inning. Also in the inning, Henderson walked with the bases loaded.


SOFTBALL: Comets 9, SD Mesa 1

Palomar rolls, wins PCAC by seven games

SAN DIEGO (4-26-2016) – Palomar’s 2016 softball season has been like many of them the Comets have had on the way to 33 conference championships.

During the regular season, which ended Tuesday with a 9-1 mercy-rule victory on the road over San Diego Mesa, the Comets run-ruled 23 opponents, went 33-5 including an 18-0 record in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference and finished seven games ahead of runner-up Grossmont in the PCAC standings.

Coach Lacey Craft’s club, which now awaits seedings for the Southern California Regional Playoffs, dismantled the Olympians in familiar fashion. Pitcher Summer Evans pitched a complete-game four-hitter in six innings, and Comets contributed 16 hits between them.

Mo Lopez (left) led Palomar as she went 3-for-3, doubled twice, drove in three runs and walked. Taylor Willis slugged another home run and tacked on a sacrifice fly as she drove in two runs. Katy McJunkin went 3-for-4 and drove in a run. Brienna Dunkel was 2-for-4, Briana Moreno went 2-for-3 to go with an RBI and a stolen base, Iesha Hill was 2-for-4 with an RBI, Brooke Huddleson doubled with an RBI and Bailey Romano and Tayler Moore also hit safely.  

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