SCOREBOARD

THURSDAY, MARCH 5
BASEBALL
PCAC
at Noel Mickelsen Field
Grossmont College, El Cajon
Palomar 4, Grossmont 3

MEN'S TENNIS
PCAC
at Palomar courts
Grossmont 7, Palomar 2

WOMEN'S TENNIS
Southern California Regionals, PCAC
at Grossmont College courts
El Cajon
vs. Grossmont, 2 p.m.

RECENT PCAC SCORES, STANDINGS AS OF JAN. 27, 2015

SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, MARCH 6
SAND VOLLEYBALL
at Golden West College courts
Huntington Beach
vs. Fullerton and Golden West, 10 a.m.

M., W. SWIMMING & DIVING
at Riverside Aquatics Complex
Riverside City College
Riverside/Chaffey Invitational, Day 1, noon

BASEBALL
PCAC
at Myers Field

vs. Mt. San Jacinto, 2 p.m.

MEN'S VOLLEYBALL
PCAC
at Golden West College gym
Huntington Beach

vs. Golden West, 6 p.m.

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PALOMAR SWEEPS MESA IN MEN'S VOLLEYBALL

SAN MARCOS (3-04-2015) -- Palomar disposed of San Diego Mesa 3-0 on Wednesday at The Dome for its first Pacific Coast Athletic Conference men's volleyball victory.

The Comets won 25-18, 25-20, 25-22 to even their season record at 3-3. Coach Bjorn Dahl's team is 1-2 in the PCAC.

Erik Reider recorded 6 kills with 0 errors on seven attempts for an .857 hitting percentage to lead the Comets.

Matt Jones contributed 6 kills with 0 errors on 8 attempts for a .750 percentage. Jones had three service errors.

PC GOLFERS PLACE 9TH AT LOMPOC AFTER RAIN DELAY

LOMPOC (3-03-2015) -- Playing the second day at La Purisima Golf Club on Monday in the rain-delayed Pt. Conception Open hosted by Santa Barbara City College, Palomar finished with a 403-395 -- 798 to place ninth out of 14 teams.

Nick Bellstrom was the low scorer for the Comets with a 76-74 -- 150. Zack Wagner shot 83-80 -- 163, Mitchell Kwee 83-82 -- 165, Brian Helmuth 84-81 00 165, Connor Sims 81-78 -- 159 and Chris Guerzon 80-82 -- 162.

The first nine holes were contested on Sunday at Marshallia Ranch Golf Club at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

College of the Canyons' Blue team won the tournament with a 381-373 -- 754. Host Santa Barbara was second with a 387-376 -- 763 asa medalist Jonny Hogan shot a 69-69 -- 138.

Monterey Peninsula (768) placed third, followed by Reedley (769), Riverside City College (776), West Hills-Coalinga (786), College of the Desert (786), Canyons Gold Team (789), Palomar, Ventura (800), Hancock (816), Mt. San Jacnto (828), Citrus (840) and Bakersfield (853).

DONAHUE TO NCAA DIV. II NATIONAL SEMIFINALIST W. GEORGIA

CARROLLTON, Georgia (2-24-2015) -- Palomar end Dylan Donahue, the Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year last fall, has accepted a football scholarship to the University of West Georgia.

The Wolves (12-3) reached the semifinals of the 2014 NCAA Division II national playoffs where they lost 10-7 to eventual champion Colorado State-Pueblo, a 13-0 winner over Minnesota State University-Mankato in the national championship game at Kansas City, Kansas.

Donahue, a 6-foot-3, 245-pound sophomore from Billings West High School in Billings, Montana, committed after returning from his recruiting trip to West Georgia on Sunday. His most recent visit prior to West Georgia was to Colorado State.

Despite missing one game and parts of three others because of an injury, Donahue led the 7-4 Comets with 64 tackles last fall and had 10.5 sacks for 104 yards, 22 tackles for loss for 144 yards, 1 broken-up pass, 6 quarterback hurries, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery and 1 blocked kick.

Previously:

Cornerback Javante O'Roy committed to Texas State (NCAA Division I FBS, 7-5 record in 2014). O'Roy's High School: Antelope (Antelope, CA)

Defensive tackle Joe Naoala committed to Montana State (NCAA Division I FCS, 8-5 record in 2014). Naotala's High School: Army-Navy Academy

Linebacker Austin Wolff committed to Portland State (NCAA Division I FCS). Wolff's High School: Fallbrook

Receiver M.J. Bailey committed to Idaho State (NCAA Division II FCS, 8-4 record in 2014). Bailey's High School: San Marcos

Deep Snapper Jared Sargent from the 2013 team committed to Azusa Pacific (NCAA Division II, 10-1 record in 2014). High School: Temecula Valley

Slot Receiver / Punt Returner Damon Nolan committed to Baker University (NAIA, 8-3 record in 2014). High School: Murrieta Valley

(UPDATED AT 10:55 A.M. ON FRIDAY, MARCH 6)

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MEN'S SOCCER: Hiring Announcement

Palomar names Whiddon as new head coach

SAN MARCOS (3-06-2015) -- Palomar has hired Dave Whiddon as its new head men's soccer coach, Athletic Director Scott Cathcart announced Friday morning.

Whiddon, who was assistant coach for the Comets, last season, spent 29 years as a high school varsity and club soccer coach in San Diego County.

Whiddon is the former highly-successful head coach at Rancho Buena Vista High School, where his teams won multiple league championships and advanced to the CIF San Diego Section playoffs 20 out of 22 years. He was recipient of the CIF Model Coach of the Year award and was honored as North County Conference Coach of the Year.

He's traveled to soccer clinics in England, The Netherlands, Germany and Brazil to continue his coachig educastion and holds an NSCAA Premier Coaching License.

Born in London, England, Whiddon taught for 17 years and also was the athletic director at Rancho Buena Vista High for seven years. When the new Vista Mission High School opened in the Vista Unified School District, he was an assistant principal and the Timberwolves' athletic director for three years until his retirement from the Vista district in 2013.

BASEBALL: Palomar 4, Grossmont 3

Breault goes 4-for-5, wins game in 9th inning

EL CAJON (3-05-2015) -- Shortstop Dylan Breault (left) had a monster game on Thursday, pulling victory from the jaws of defeat and keeping Southern California No. 2-ranked Palomar unbeaten in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference baseball race.

The freshman from Northville, Michigan went 4-for-5 in his first appearance in the leadoff hole and tripled to left field to drive in the tying and winning runs against host Grossmont with two out in the top of the ninth inning. The Comets won 4-3 to move to 13-3 on the season and 4-0 to lead the PCAC by two games in the loss column.

The Griffins appeared to have the game in hand, leading 3-2 with one out in the top of the ninth. That's when Ryan Lemus and Joey Cooper knocked out back to back singles. The next batter struck out, bringing Breault to the plate with runners at first and second and two outs.

Breault, facing a two-strike count, fouled off four straight pitches, then tripled into the leftfield corner to score pinch runner Sam Casinelli and Cooper, putting Palomar in front for the first time all afternoon 4-3.

Anthony Balderas (right), who had two hits on the day batting clean-up as the designated hitter, then moved to the mound and slammed the door on the Griffins to earn his fourth save of the season.

Balderas retired the G-House 1-2-3 on a called third strike, a groundball to third baseman Vince Mori and a grounder to second baseman Chris Stratton as the Comets went home with their ninth win in a row.

Starter Troy Lamparello took a 4-0 record into the game and pitched the first 5 2/3 innings before being relieved by Rusty Huber. The Comets trailed 3-2 when Huber entered the game, with one of Grossmont's runs being unearned.

Huber was dominant over the next 2 1/3 innings, striking out five and walking none. He took home the pitching win and set the stage for Balderas.

Stratton and Francis Christy drove in the first two runs of the day for the Comets with a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning and a sacrifice fly in the eighth. Alex Salcedo also hit safely for the winners, who finished with nine hits.

Breault also made a series of good defensive plays at short.

Palomar will be back at Myers Field to play Mt. San Jacinto in a PCAC make-up game on Friday at 2 p.m., then will go back on the road to play Southwestern on Saturday at noon.

BOX | SEASON STATS

W. BASKETBALL: SoCal Regional Semis

PC stuns defending state champions 69-47

VENTURA (3-04-2015) -- Palomar upset defending state community college champion Ventura 69-47 in the teams' Southern California Regional semifinal women's basketball game Friday night at the Ventura College Athletic Event Center.

The Comets' Keisha Cox (left) had a double-double with 26 points and 10 rebounds playing much of the final 10 minutes with four fouls.

Tessa Balcom scored 17 points and dished off 4 assists. Melissa Allen had 11 points and Chelse Ayala (right) contributed 10 points. Mikaela Shannon pulled down 10 rebounds.

"Cox was a big key, obviously," coach Leigh Marshall said. "Ayala really stepped up off the bench. We got her some scoring opportunities and she contributed some steals. I thought the play of our point guards, Ayala and (Lee Lee) Tomlinson was critical for us. They played great defense on their point guard (Aubri Smith), who is their best player."

With the No. 5-seeded Comets down 17-16, Cox, Allen, Ayala and Ashleigh Barnes combined to outscore the fourth-seeded Pirates 14-2 in a run that put Palomar on top 30-19 with just over 3 minutes to play in the first half.

Ventura closed the gap, but the Ayala's layup in the final minute of the half put the Comets up 32-24 and Cox fed Lynnzy Troxell underneath for a basket with 2 seconds remaining that made it 34-24 at intermission.

In the second half Balcom drained two 3-pointers and Allen added a bucket to put Palomar on top by 23 points late on the way to its seventh straight win.

Palomar (26-3) will play Mt. SAC (32-0), a winner over Cypress in one of two Southern California regional finals, in Walnut this Saturday for a spot in the state Final Four the following weekend at Cerritos College.

Ventura finishes the season 26-6.

MEN'S TENNIS: Griffins 7, Comets 2

No. 3 singles player Christian Corse hits a forehand shot in Palomar's 7-2 loss to visiting Grossmont on Thursday. Corse was one of two winners for the Comets, both in singles. He defeated the Griffins' Alan Iamas 6-3, 6-1. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Corse, Orbe get Comets' 2 points in loss

SAN MARCOS (3-05-2015) -- Palomar lost 7-2 to visiting Grossmont in Pacific Coast Athletic Conference men's tennis on Thursday, but got strong singles performances from Christian Corse and Chris Orbe.

Corse, playing at No. 3, defeated the Griffins' Alan Iamas 6-3, 6-1. Orbe defeated Ryan Ray in No. 6 singles 6-2. 6-4.

Palomar is 3-8 on the season and 3-8 in the PCAC. Grossmont is 11-3, 8-2.

W. TENNIS: Grossmont 7, Palomar 2

Olah beats '14 PCAC champion Conway again

EL CAJON (3-05-2015) -- Palomar's Bettina Olah defeated defending Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Jaella Conway for the second time this season on Thursday, but Conway's Grossmont College team turned back the Comets 7-2.

Olah, who also beat Conway in the first round of conference play, won again Thursday 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.

Olah teamed with Teresa de Anda to defeated Conway and Katie Salinda 8-6 in No. 1 doubles for the Comets' other point of the afternoon.

The Comets are 3-7 on the season, 3-4 in conference. First-place Grossmont is 9-1, 7-0.

 

 

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