34th Lady Charger Classic
at Cypress College Gym
Championship Game
E. Los Angeles 72, Palomar 70

Southern California Regionals
at Cuesta College Gym
San Luis Obispo
1. Cerritos 205.0
2. Palomar 171.0
3. Mt. SAC 148.5
4. Bakersfield 104.5
5. West Hills Lemoore 81.5
6. Santa Ana 74.5
7. Rio Hondo 60.5
8. Cuesta 57.0
9. East Los Angeles 46.5
10. Victor Valley 31.0

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)


CCCAA State Chamionships
at Victor Valley College Gym

9 a.m.

at The Dome
vs. Orange Coast, 6 p.m.



CYPRESS (12-04-2016) -- The unbeaten East Los Angeles women's basketball team, trailing by 10 points at the half, came back to edge Palomar 72-70 on a Gloria Ortiz buzzer-beater in Sunday's championship game of the 34th Lady Charger Classic.

ELA advanced to 9-0 on the season, while the Comets fall to 8-2.

"We fall behind, tie the game and their ball with 4 seconds left," Palomar coach Leigh Marshall said. "We get them to take a tough shot, we don't rebound and they recover and shoot with .04 seconds left on the clock and win the game.

"Championship teams make championship plays and we didn't make them at the end of this game."

Roshell Lamug scored 16 points, Kaylee Puckett 12 and Christina Ellis 11 for the Comets. Cheyenne Ertz had 9 points and 8 rebounds. Ariana Hernandez contributed 8 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals.


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 (19 points, 11 rebounds), Christina Ellis (14 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 7 steals) and Cheyenne Ertz (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.


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.


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All 33 NFL teams have first-team All-American defensive end and ex-Comet Dylan Donahue of the University of West Georgia on their radar prior to the April 27-29 draft. -- Courtesy photo

Donahue All-American; Browning/Wuthrich to bowls

SAN MARCOS (12-07-2016) -- Three former Palomar players are in the news as college football heads into the bowl season and, for one of the three, conjecture leading up to the 2017 NFL draft.

West Georgia University defensive end Dylan Donahue, the Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore for the Comets in 2015, has been selected to the American Football Coaches Association Division II All-American first team following his senior season for West Georgia University.

Meanwhile, two other former Comets are headed to bowl games. Tight end Sam Browning and Eastern Michigan University (7-5) are on their way to the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl vs. Old Dominion on Dec. 23 at Nassau, Bahamas, while punter Codey Wuthrich and Indiana University are headed to the Foster Farms Bowl vs. Utah on Dec. 28 at the San Francisco 49ers' Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara. Both of the bowl games will be aired on ESPN.

Donahue, who came to Palomar from West Billings, Montana, has drawn every NFL team to Carrollton, Georgia during his senior season. The Gulf South Conference Defensive Player of the year who was fourth in nationwide ballotig for the Gene Upshaw Division II Lineman of the Year award, recorded 13.5 sacks during the 2016 season and 25.5 for his West Georgia career.

In four college seasons, two at Palomar and two at West Georgia, Donahue has totaled 44.5 sacks. At Palomar, he had 67 tackles and 8.5 sacks as a freshman in 2013 and 64 tackles and 10.5 sacks the following season as a sophomore. He was a solid Division I FBS recruit out of Palomar but fell one unit short of qualifying.

Browning, originally from Escondido High School, has caught 35 passes for 445 yards and three touchdowns over two seasons at Eastern Michigan. His top games resulted in six receptions for 87 yards as a junior in a 44-22 loss to LSU at Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and four catches for 43 yards in a 48-41 win over Ball State as a sophomore. He drew a scholarship offer out of Colorado after his sophomore season with the Comets but didn't qualify and had to spend an extra year at Palomar.

Wuthridge, from La Costa Canyon High, was the backup punter for Indiana (6-6) in the Big Ten Conference this season as a junior but is considered a candidate for the Hoosiers' starting punter job for 2017 after head coach Kevin Wilson abruptly resigned at the end of the regular season and associate head coach Tom Allen was named permanent head coach on Dec. 1.

It was Allen who brought Wuthridge in as a preferred walk-on during the summer with an opportunity to win the starting job and a scholarship. And this time Woodrich, who views the coaching change as a positive for his chances of becoming the starting punter. In addition, this time he will have spring practice under his belt when the Hoosiers report to fall camp.


Ex-Comet Dr. John Parry passes away at 50

PETERSBURG, VA (12-06-2016) -- Former Palomar and San Diego State third baseman Dr. John Parry, a professor and published research scientist at Virginia State University, died Monday evening at age 50 after a sudden illness.

Dr. Parry played alongside older brother Bob Parry both under coach Bob Vetter at Palomar and then at San Diego State. In his freshman season as a Comet, in 1985, John Parry hit .398, at the time the third-best single-season batting average in Palomar history behind Randy Burger's .445 in 1981 and Leon Hartley's .406 in 1955.

After his sophomore season of 1986, he accepted a scholarship to SDSU where he and his  brother Bob Parry, a second-team All-American outfielder for the Aztecs before playing three season in the Oakland A's organization, were teammates in 1987 for coach Jim Deitz.

"J.P. was a great person, and a great baseball player as well," Bob Parry, now head baseball coach at Poway High School, posted on Facebook later Monday night. "He was a great brother and friend. He ran a food science lab at Virginia State for many years. Through his research on cancer, and the journals he published, many people benefited."

Bob Parry posted that his brother was taken to the emergency room last Wednesday and was taken off life support on Friday.

John Parry was born in San Diego on Feb. 16, 1966. He came to Palomar from Mt. Carmel High School, where he played for another ex-Comet baseball player, Sam Blalock, now the head coach at Rancho Bernardo and the winningest high school coach in San Diego County history.

After his college baseball career, John Parry went on to receive his Bachelors degree from San Diego State, his Masters in Nutritional Science from Cal State University Chico and his PhD in Food Science from the University of Maryland in 2006. Later that same year, he joined the Virginia State University faculty as an assistant professor.

According to his biography on the Virginia State University web site, his published research interests included  "Relationships between food and obesity, diabetes and cancer."

Comets take second in SoCal tournament

SAN LUIS OBISPO (12-03-2016) -- Palomar wrestled to a second place behind state No. 1-ranked Cerritos on Saturday in the Southern California Regional Championships at Cuesta College.

The Falcons scored 205 points to hold off the Comets' 171-point total. Mt. SAC was third with 148.5 points, followed by fourth-place Bakersfield (104.5), fifth-place West Hills Lemoore (81.5), sixth-place Santa Ana (74.5), seventh-place Rio Hondo (60.5), eighth-place Cuesta (57), ninth-place East Los Angeles (46.5) and 10th-place Victor Valley (31).

Three Palomar wrestlers brought home first places -- heavyweight Chance Eskam, 184-pounder Bruce Valdez and 133-pounder Alberto Garcia.

Eskam decisioned Bradon Sotomayor from East Los Angeles 3-2 in the 285-pound championship match. Bruce Valdez defeated Cerritos' Bryant Vasquez by forfeit in the 184-pound title bout. And Garcia recorded his third straight pin of the day against Adrian Marrufo of West Hills in the championship bout at 133.

Defending state heavyweight champion Seville Hayes from Palomar sustained an injury in a semifinal match vs. teammate Eskam and in a huge surprise did not qualify for the CCCAA State Championships this upcoming Friday and Saturday at Victor Valley College.

The Comets got a second-place finish from Alex Gomez at 184 pounds. Alex Gomez (197), Chris Campbell (149) and Jake Schaeffer (133) took home third places. Eric Reyes (141) and Robert Garcia (125) recorded fifth places. Braucilio Banuelos (174) and Jesse and Jessy Diaz (157) both place sixth. Hayes, who attempted to wrestle back at heavyweight after the injury, battled back for a sixth place but didn't qualify for a return to state as Victor Valley's Jon Peterson was awarded a true sixth finish under wrestling rules.

Fresno City College, Sacramento City College and Chabot placed 1-2-3 in team scoring Saturday in the Northern California Regional Championships at San Joaquin Delta in Stockton.

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