Southern Conference
at Chick Embrey Field, Wilson Stadium
Escondido High School
Palomar 20, Orange Coast 10

Southern California Duals
at Cerritos College Gym, Norwalk
3rd-Place Match
Palomar 18, Cuesta 12
Earlier Matches in order
Palomar 24, Rio Hondo 9
Mt. SAC 27, Palomar 12 (Semis)
Palomar 21, Santa Ana 18 (3rd-place semis)

7th Cougar Challenge
at Cal State San Marcos
Palomar 89 (3rd place of 6 teams)

7th Cougar Challenge
at Cal State San Marcos
Palomar 142 (5th place of 9 teams)



at Costa Mesa Country Club
9-team match, 11 a.m.

at Southwestern College Soccer Field
Chula Vista

vs. Southwestern, 3:15 p.m.

at Mt. San Jacinto College Soccer Field, Menifee campus

vs. Mt. San Jacinto, 3:15 p.m.


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SAN MARCOS (10-17-2014) -- Grossmont College, which entered its Pacific Coast Athletic Conference first-place women's volleyball showdown with Palomar undefeated, wasted little time Friday demonstrating why it reached the state championship match last season and why it's currently ranked third in California.

The Griffins turned back the Comets 3-0 (25-9, 25-23, 25-18) at the Dome, advancing to 16-0 on the season and 7-0 in conference along the way.

Palomar (11-3, 5-2) gave the visitors everything they could handle in the second set, and had its moments in the third set. But the Comets were never able to climb back in the match after the devastating opening set.

Palomar led three times as the second set wore on by scores of 14-13, 17-16 and 19-18. The Comets also jumped out to a 2-0 lead to begin the third set.

Maci Lerno came up big in defeat for the Comets with 10 kills, 8 digs and 1.5 blocks. Madi Stark added 6 kills and 2 aces.

For Grossmont, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo transfer Lexi Reddick led in kills with 17. Alyssa Cortez had five kills.


SAN MARCOS (10-17-2014) -- Palomar led at halftime but dropped a 2-1 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Northern Division decision to defending conference champion San Diego Miramar on Friday at Minkoff Field.

Rachel Stahl gave the Comets (6-5-2, 1-3-0) a 1-0 lead at the half when she scored in the 45th minute from a 35-yard free kick from Elexus Garcia.

But the Jets (8-2-1, 3-0-1), a 2013 State Final Eight team that came in ranked No 7 in Southern California, andswered in the second half on goals by Sydni Scolari in the 57th minute and Taylor Wolever in the 58th minute.

Valentina Zito had 13 saves in goal for Palomar. Miramar's Stephanie Carlson had one save.

The Jets are 8-1.


SAN MARCOS (10-17-2014) -- Miguel Pienda scored Palomar's lone goal on Friday in a 4-1 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference men's soccer loss to visiting MiraCosta at Minkoff Field.

The goal came on a penalty kick.

Roberto Ruiz, the Comets' goalkeeper, had five saves.

Palomar falls to 5-5-3 on the season, 2-2-1 in the PCAC. MiraCosta is 6-5-1, 3-2.


MISSION VIEJO (10-15-2014) -- Palomar had a 353 score, going 5-3 in head-to-head competition and finishing fourth out of nine teams in an Orange Empire Conference women's golf match that was hosted by Saddleback on Wednesday at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club.

Conference leader College of the Desert again won with a 313 score to go 8-0, followed by Fullerton at 339, Mt. SAC 340, the Comets, Irvine Valley 356, Saddleback 364, Orange Coast 365, Cuyamaca 381 and Mt. San Jacinto no score.

For the Comets, Brittany Bilek shot an 85, Deanna Bird 89, Jessica Campbell 89, Sydney Houser 90 and Samantha Runnels with 95 for the throw-out score.


SAN MARCOS (10-14-2014) -- Taivin Rodriguez scored goals in the 14th and 63rd minutes at Minkoff Field on Tuesday, lifting visiting MiraCosta College to a 4-1 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Northern Division women's soccer game.

Christina Cota gave the Spartans a 2-0 lead in the 17th minute.

The Comets pulled to within 2-1 in the 35th minute when Elexus Garcia scored on a free kick from the left side 25 yards out. But Rodriguez answered with her second goal to put MiraCosta back up by two goals.

The Spartans added an insurance goal in the 78th minute.

Valentina Zito, who entered the game tied for third in the state in shutouts with five, had eight saves for the Comets in goal. Zito was fourth in the state entering the game with 94 saves and now has 102 saves.

Palomar falls to 6-4-2 on the season, 1-2 in the PCAC Northern Division. MiraCosta advances to 4-5-1, 2-2.


SAN DIEGO (10-15-2014) -- State No. 22-ranked Palomar had its way with No. 18-ranked San Diego Mesa 3-0 (25-18, 27-25, 25-18) on Wednesday night and will host unbeaten and state third-ranked Grossmont on Friday in an early Pacific Coast Athletic Conference women's volleyball showdown.

The Comets, who have won five straight matches and eight of their last nine, will come into Friday's 5 p.m. match at The Dome 11-2 on the season and 5-1 in the PCAC. The Griffins, who finished second in the 2013 CCCAA state tournament, are 15-0 (6-0 in conference).

Grossmont remained undefeated for 2014 on Wednesday by sweeping Mt. San Jacinto 3-0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-17). The Eagles came into that match with an 11-3 record.

Madi Stark (left) put down nine kills and had five digs and two aces to pace Palomar statistically against Mesa. Maci Lerno had seven kills and two service aces. Rylee Zimmerman contributed seven kills and five digs. Setter Aspen Leudtke (right) had 26 assists.


(UPDATED AT 4:30 P.M. ON SUN., 10/19/2014)




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FOOTBALL: Comets 20, Pirates 10

ABOVE: Toeafua Amu (41), Junior Tau (partially hidden in the middle and Drew Madera (52) swarm Orange Coast receiver Mark Munson. -- Photo by Stephen Davis. BELOW LEFT: Amu, who returned an interception 42 yards for Palomar's first touchdown. BELOW RIGHT: Malohi Makihele, who also had an interception. The Comets' other interception came courtesy of Diovanni Brewer.

Interceptions ignite come-from-behind victory

ESCONDIDO (10-18-2014) -- After playing lackluster football for much of the evening and trailing Orange Coast in a Southern Conference game 10-0 a little under six minutes into the second half on Saturday night, it turned out Palomar had the Pirates right where they wanted them.

Interceptions and healthy returns by linebacker Toeafua Amu (left), linebacker Malohi Makihele (right) and defensive back Diovanni Brewer all resulted in touchdowns and ignited a 20-10 come-from-behind victory over the Pirates at Wilson Stadium. The Comets (5-2, 2-1) enter their bye week in a tie for second place in the conference behind 2013 Southern California champion and state runner-up Fullerton.

With the visiting Pirates on top by 10 points and in possession of the ball in a second-and-3 situation at their own 37 in the third quarter, Amu picked off a Kody Whitaker pass and returned it 41 yards down the right side for the touchdown that got Palomar on the scoreboard. Patrick Koch's PAT kick cut Orange Coast's lead to 10-7 with 9:41 remaining in the period.

After the ensuing kickoff, the Pirates drove from their own 37 yard line to the Palomar 7, which is when Makihele broke their backs with the second pick of the night. He intercepted Whitaker at the goal line and returned the pick 70 yards. A penalty for an illegal block early on the return brought the ball back and left the Comets with a first down at their own 22 yard-line.

With quarterback Brett Hollingsworth completing five passes, including two to Daniel Warren and two to Damon Nolan, Palomar went 78 yards in eight plays in a drive that took only 2 minutes, 46 seconds. Hollingsworth connected with M.J. Bailey on a 12-yard pass play for the go-ahead touchdown and Koch converted to put the Comets on top 14-10 with 3:20 remaining in the third quarter.

The Comets added a 40-yard TD pass play from Hollinsworth to Wayne Ganan with 7:26 left in the game. The touchdown came on the first snap after Brewer intercepted another Whitaker pass at the Palomar 12 and returned it 45 yards to the Orange Coast 43. The Pirates' Gilbert Gildersleeve blocked Koch's PAT attempt.

The TD gave Palomar a 20-10 lead, which is the way the game ended.

Hollingsworth hit on 14-of-27 pass attempts for 169 yards and two touchdowns after relieving Mitch Bartram, who started the game at quarterback. Nolan, Warren and Bailey caught 14 of those passes for 143 yards. Justin Harris rushed for 57 yards on 14 carries and was instrumental in controlling the ball for the Comets as time ticked down down the stretch.

Cory Salazar, Brewer and Drew Madera each had eight tackles for the Comets and combined for 3.5 tackles for losses and two sacks. As a team, Palomar tackled the Pirates 15 times for losses, including 7 sacks.

Madera recovered an Orange Coast fumble. Javonte O'Roy and Brewer broke up a combined seven passes.

The hit of the night was delivered by defensive end Dylan Donahue, who played in situations returning from an injury that kept him out of last week's win over Moorpark.

On one of his patented clean but violent hits, Donahue leveled a Orange Coast player on Brewer's interception return, adding 20 yards to the end of the return. The player collapsed when he got up and tried to walk off the field but eventually was revived and was helped off. He did not appear to be hurt seriously.

Codey Wuthrich deposited five of his eight punts inside the 20-yard line.


WRESTLING: SoCal Dual Championships

Comets wind up third in Southern Cal Duals

NORWALK (10-18-2014) -- After losing 27-12 to eventual champion Mt. SAC in their second-round match, Palomar's wrestlers came back to finish in third place in the Southern California Dual Championships on Saturday at Cerritos College.

The Comets began the tournament with a 24-19 victory over Rio Hondo. After the loss to Mt. SAC, Palomar rebounded to defeat Santa Ana 21-18 in the third-place semis and Cuesta 18-12 in the third-place match.

Alex Graves (above left), back at 184 pounds after wrestling at 197 earlier in the week, went 4-0 on the day for the Comets and remained undefeated on the season at 13-0. Frank Sandoval (above right) went 3-1 at 125 pounds.

Palomar winners in the third-place match against Cuesta were Sandoval at 125 (5-3 decision over Oscar Velasco), Alberto Garcia at 133 (9-3 over George Sakkas), Cody Doyle at 174 (5-4 over Jeff Sanchez), Graves at 184 (4-1 over Amir Bakhshi) and 285-pounder  Adam Waller (2-0 over Brett Kimball).

Waller recoded back-to-back pins to decide both the Santa Ana and Cuesta matches. The Comets trailed the Dons 18-15 going into the heavyweight bout and trailed the Cougars 21-16 entering the championship bout.

CROSS COUNTRY: Cougar Challenge

Men 3rd; Ex-Comet Bouvatte women's winner

SAN MARCOS (10-18-2014) -- On a day that Matt Bellah (left) led Palomar's men's cross country team to third place out of six teams at Cal State University San Marcos' Cougar Challenge on Saturday, former Comet Kate Bouvatte (right) won the women's race for the host Cougars for the second straight year, running CSUSM'S 5K campus course in 17:01.

Bouvatte's performance led Cal State San Marcos to a first-place finish with a perfect 15-point total. Palomar, meanwhile, finished fifth in team scoring in a nine-team field with 142 points.

Cal State San Marcos also won the men's race with 15 points, followed by Cuyamaca College (55 points) in second, the Comets (89) in third, Soka University (125) in fourth, San Diego City College (136) in fifth and San Diego Christian University (156) in sixth.

Bellah, a sophomore from Vista High School, who has been the Palomar's top finisher all season long, ran the 8K men's course in 27:49, placing 14th among entries from scoring teams and 52nd overall out of 143 runners in a race that drew numerous unattached competitors.

Cody-Ray Wilson ran a 27:58 and finished 16th among runners from scoring teams and 56th overall. Joshua Cruz had a 28:38 time as he placed 18th among entries from scoring teams and 62nd overall. Richard Murillo was 20th among runners from scoring teams and 71st overall. Noah Newton ran to a 21st place among entries from scoring teams and was 72nd overall, rounding out Palomar's top five.

In the women's race, the Comets' top runner all season, Jessica Steinhoff, ran to an eighth-place among entries from scoring teams and was 14th overall in a 141-runner field, finishing the 5K course in 18:28.

Trailing CSUSM in women's team scoring were second-place San Bernardino Valley College with 82 points, third place San Diego Mesa (91), fourth-place Cuyamaca (98), the Comets in fifth, sixth-place Soka University (161), seventh-place Imperial Valley (190), eighth-place San Diego Christian University (232) and ninth-place San Diego City College (242).

Palomar's second finisher, Jessica Betancourt, ran 19:03 and took 15th place among runners from scoring teams and 26th overall. Christina Gaillard was 31st among runners from scoring teams with a 16:52 and was 72nd overall. Haidee Ortiz was 39th among runners from scoring teams and 83rd overall. Maria Linares placed 49th against runners from scoring teams and took 103rd overall.

WRESTLING: Mt. SAC 25, Palomar 14

TOP PHOTO: Palomar's Alex Graves, the state's No. 1-ranked 184-pounder, rides Mt. SAC's KeAndre Johnson, ranked second in the state at 197. Graves, who moved up a weight to face Johnson, won their 197-pound bout 9-4. DIRECTLY ABOVE: State No. 4-ranked Cody Doyle (back to camera), lifts No. 7-ranked Kolton Martin on the way to a 14-4 major decision at 174 pounds. BELOW LEFT: Referee Randy Hartman raises Doyle's hand after his win. -- Photos by Philip Farry. BELOW RIGHT: Alberto Garcia, who recorded a 12-4 major decision win over Jeremy Dizon at 133 pounds.

Graves wins the battle but Mounties win the war

SAN MARCOS (10-15-2014) -- Palomar's undefeated Alex Graves, the No. 1-ranked 184-pound wrestler in California, stepped up to 197 pounds Wednesday night at The Dome and scored a 9-4 decision victory over Mt. SAC's KeAndre Johnson, the state's No. 2-ranked 197-pounder.

But the Mounties avenged a 24-19 loss to the Comets back on Sept. 20 in the Mt. SAC Duals as the visitors won 25-14 in the Southwest Conference opener for both teams.

Graves, a freshman out of San Marcos High School is 9-0 on the season.

Palomar won only three other matches, but but the wins were all impressive.

Alberto Garcia, ranked fifth in California at 133 pounds, scored a 12-4 major decision victory over the Mounties' Jeremy Dizon.

Erik Collin, ranked No. 5 in the state at 165, defeated No. 4-ranked Zachary Mitchell 4-3 on a takedown with 2 seconds remaining in overtime.

And Cody Doyle, fourth-ranked at 174, mauled Kolton Martin as he tallied a 14-4 major decision victory.

The Mounties came into the match ranked No. 3 in California, while the Comets came in ranked No. 7.

Both teams will be in the field when Cerritos hosts the Southern California Championship Duals on Saturday. The championship team Saturday will face the Northern California champion later in the season for the CCCAA State Dual Championship.

M. SOCCER: Comets 2, Olympians 1

Palomar wins under the lights on the road

SAN DIEGO (10-14-2014) -- Goalkeeper Danny Vasquez recorded seven saves on Tuesday night as Palomar turned back host San Diego Mesa 2-1 in Pacific Coast Athletic Conference men's soccer action at Mesa's Merrill Douglas Stadium.

Luke Schork (left) and Zach Salado (right) scored the Comets' goals. Miguel Pineda and Omar Orozco contributed assists.

Palomar went to 5-4-3 on the season and 2-1-1 in conference play with a big game coming up Friday at 2 p.m. at Minkoff Field vs. Highway 78 rival MiraCosta (5-5-1, 2-2).


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