Southern California Regional Playoffs
Round 1
at The Dome
Bakersfield def. Palomar 3-1 (26-24, 23-25, 26-24, 25-20)


11th Annual Palomr Thanksgiving Tournament
Round 1 (Day 1 of 3)
at The Dome
vs. Los Angeles Southwest, 7 p.m.
Other games
State No 2 San Bernardino Valley vs. San Diego Miramar, 1 p.m.
State No. 1 Saddleback vs. Los Angeles Trade Tech, 3 p.m.
Los Angeles Harbor vs. Southwestern, 5 p.m.


Victoria Stewart


COSTA MESA (11-20-2015) -- The Palomar women's basketball team made it back-to-back wins in two days at the Orange Coast Crossover on Friday night, running past Rio Hondo 65-40.

The Comets opened up a 20-5 lead after one quarter, were on top 40-11 at the half and continued on to their fifth win in six games. Their biggest lead was 33 points with 3:41 left in the third quarter.

Fifteen Palomar players saw action, with no one playing more than 22 of the regulation 40 minutes as coach Leigh Marshall made use of her entire roster.

Victoria Stewart (left) led the Comets with 12 points. Quinesha Vanhook (right) had eight points and six rebounds. Roshell Lamug, Regina Sheffield and Lynnzy Troxell also contributed six rebounds each. Palomar put 13 players in the scoring column.

Next up for the Comets: a 13-day break before they play in the 32nd Annual Lady Charger Classic Dec. 4-6 at Cypress College. Palomar will play the 8 p.m. game the first day against West Los Angeles. 

Regina Sheffield


COSTA MESA (11-19-2015) -- Regina Sheffield (left) hit a 3-point shot off a pass from Lynnzy Troxel (right) with :03 to play Thursday night, giving Palomar a 61-58 victory over Los Angeles Valley on the first day of the Orange Coast Cross-Over at Peterson Gym.

The Comets, leading most of the game, fell behind 58-56 before Troxell's jumper tied the game at the 1:02 mark.

Sheffield led Palomar (4-1) with 16 points and 10 rebounds. She also had two steals. Troxell joined her in double figures with 11 points and also pulled down seven rebounds and had two blocks.

Deajanae Harvey had seven points, five rebounds and three steals for the Comets. Mikaela Shannon had eight rebounds. Tatiana Navarro and Roshell Lamug contributed six points each.

The Comets led the Monarchs, who were opening their season, at the quarter marks 10-7, 22-14 and 39-32.


SAN MARCOS (11-19-2015) -- Leah Gordon, the starting catcher for Palomar's 2015 state community college championship softball team as a freshman, has accepted a scholarship to NCAA Division II Regis University in Denver and will transfer after the fall semster.

Gordon, a Rancho Bernardo High School product, hit .347 in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference last season and .273 overall as the Comets went 41-4-1 and won both their 32nd conference championship and fifth state title (and second in the last three years under coach Lacey Craft). Gordon was selected to the all-state tournament team and was second-team All-PCAC.

"(Gordon) worked hard to finish her AA degree this semester and Regis had an immediate need for a catcher at the semester," Craft said. "Leah was a perfect fit. Regis has a nationally ranked business school, and that's her major. I'm proud she put herself in a position, both athletically and academically, to give herself this opportunity.

"Leah would have been one of five returning sophomores for the 2016 season and will be tough to replace behind the plate, not just because of her skil set, but because she has great leadership qualities on the field and loves to compete."

Regis had a 32-19 record last season, won the Rocky Mountain Conference Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Division II regionals where the Rangers eventually were eliminated with St. Mary's of Texas.

Other players from the 2015 team to accept scholarships are shortstop Kali Pugh (Oklahoma City University), centerfielder K.K. Fronda (Universith of Utah), left fielder Stephanie Koishor (Oklahoma City), first baseman/pitcher Kristina Carbajal (Holy Names University) and right fielder/pitcher Maci Lerno, who landed at Cumberland University on a volleyball scholarship and was a first-team all-conference selection this fall.


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M. BASKETBALL: 11th Thanksgiving Tournament

Sophomores Matt Duniphan (with ball underneath the basket), Ryan Schaeffer (No. 3) and Devin Riley (20) will help lead Palomar into Friday's 7 p.m. match-up at The Dome with Los Angeles Southwest on the first day of the 11th Annual Palomar Thanksgiving Tournament. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

State's No. 1, No. 2 teams coming to The Dome

SAN MARCOS (11-24-2015) -- State No. 1-ranked Saddleback College and No. 2 San Bernardino Valley will both be in action in the 11th Annual Palomar College Thanksgiving Tournament that begins a three-day run on Friday at The Dome.

The host Comets, coming off a 72-65 upset road win over then state No. 15-ranked Fullerton behind 21 points and 10 rebounds from Matt Duniphan, will play Friday's feature game against Los Angeles Southwest at 7 p.m.

San Bernardino Valley (6-0), tied for No. 2 in the California Community College Men's Basketball Coaches Association state poll with City College of San Francisco, will tip off the tournament on Friday at 1 p.m. against San Diego Miramar.

Saddleback (5-0), the defending state champion, will put its No. 1 state ranking on the line against Los Angeles Trade Tech at 2 p.m.

The 5 p.m. game will match Los Angeles Harbor and Southwestern, with coach John O'Neill's Comets taking a 2-2 record into its 7 o'click match-up with Los Angeles Southwest.

The Saddleback-Trade Tech winner will face the San Bernardino Valley-Miramar winner in the championship semifinals on Saturday at 5 p.m., setting up a likely match-up of the state's first- and second-ranked teams.

The winner of the Palomar-L.A. Southwest game will play in Saturday's second semifinal game against the Harbor-Southwestern game at 7 p.m.

The championship game will be played Sunday at 5 p.m., following the consolation championship at 1 p.m. and the third-place game at 3 p.m.

The Comets will see a lot of San Bernardino Valley in the future, as the Wolverines and College of the Desert will be joining the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference beginning in the 2016-17 season.

W. VOLLEYBALL: Southern Cal Playoffs

Kelli Iverson's kill gives Palomar a 14-6 lead in the second set in Tuesday night's match with visiting Bakersfield in Round 1 of the Southern California Regional Playoffs. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Comets' season ends in 4 sets vs. Bakersfield

SAN MARCOS (11-24-2015) -- Palomar women's volleyball season came to a screeching halt on Tuesday night at The Dome as visiting Bakersfield, the No. 11 seed upset the sixth-seed Comets 26-24, 23-25, 26-24, 25-20 in a first-round match.

After the Renegades edged by Palomar in the first set, Vanessa Flores served the Comets to a 4-0 lead in set No. 2 and coach Karl Seiler's squad led 8-1, 9-2 and 13-3, the latter on a Hayley Poeu-Sylveria kill, before Bakersfield came inching back.

The Renegades closed to within one point, at 16-15, by going on a 10-2 run and finally took one-point leads of 19-18, 20-19 and 23-22 before the Comets went back on top late in the set. Palomar eventually took a 24-23 lead when a Bakersfield spike attempt went flying out of bounds, and Bethanyh Prochnow put the set away with a kill for the 25th point.

With a chance to go on top in the match in a back-and-forth third set, the Comets took a 24-23 late lead but couldn't maintain it as the Renegades came back to win by two points.

The Renegades then led all the way in the fourth and, as it turned out, final set to end the Comets' season.

Madi Stark and Kelli Iverson, the Comets' two sophomore stars, finished the match with 15 kills apiece. Poeu-Sylveria had eight kills.

Libero Wendy Garcia had 23 digs, while setter Kayla Boatright ended the night with 37 assists, 10 digs and two service aces.

Palomar, which tied for second in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference, finished with a 15-8 record. Bakersfield advances to 16-11 and will play third-seeded El Camino, a 25-19, 24-26, 22-25, 25-20, 15-8 winner over Fullerton, in Round 2 on Saturday night.

WRESTLING: 'The Brawl' at E. Los Angeles

Palomar's wrestling team is all smiles after winning five weight classes in "The Brawl" tournament at East Los Angeles College. The Comets, missing one state No. 1-ranked wrestler and another state No. 2-ranked wrestler, placed second out of 11 teams. -- Courtesy photo

Short-handed PC wins 5 titles but takes 2nd

MONTEREY PARK (11-21-2015) -- Palomar wrestlers won half of the weight classes in the fifth renewal of  "The Brawl" tournament on Saturday at East Los Angeles College -- but finished second.

Defending state champion Cerritos, which won only two weight classes, utilized its depth to capture the team title. The Falcons outscored the runner-up Comets 213.5 points to 192.5 points. Coach Brody Body Barrios PC team, which hasn't been at full strength for nearly a month, was missing one state No. 1-ranked wrestler and another state No. 2-ranked wrestler.

Palomar's weight-class champions were Jake Schaeffer at 125 pounds, Chris Kimball at 133, Kirk Kaliszewski at 157, Alex Gallo at 174 and Seville Hayes in the heavyweight division.

Schaeffer, returning from a leg injury, decisioned Estevan Cabanas of Cerritos 19-9 in the 125-pound finals. Kimball decisioned Preston Gannon (Rio Hondo) 15-4 at 133. Kaliszewski won the 157-pound class over Cerritos' Dylan Moreno. Gallo decisioned Victor Bryson (Cuesta) 11-1. And Hayes defeated Rio Hondo's Ian Poling by technical fall 21-6 in the heavyweight final.

The Comets also had third-place finishes from Ernie Chambers (165 pounds), Louie De La Torre (165), Alex Gomez (174) and Jorge Rodriguez (197). Alturo Osorio (149) earned a fourth place.

Bakersfield College (126.5 points) placed third behind Cerritos and Palomar, followed in the 11-team field by fourth-place Cuesta (93), fifth-place Rio Hondo (79.5), the USC Club Team (45) in sixth place, the UCLA Club Team (31.5) in seventh, eighth-place East Los Angeles (27), ninth-place Victor Valley (7), West Hills Lemoore (7) in 10th place and the Southern Utah University Club Team (6 points) in 11th place. 


Palomar women place 18th; Chapman is 35th

FRESNO (11-21-2015) -- The Palomar women's cross country team ran to 18th place in the CCCAA State Championships on Saturday at Woodward Park, led by Riley Chapman (left), who was the Comets' top finisher in 35th with a 19:30.5 time for 5,000 meters.

Valeria Ramirez (right)  finished second for the Comets and 47th in the 211-runner field with a 19:44.3.

Southwestern's Amitat Olowora, a former Nigerian national champion in three track & field distance events, took home the individual title for the second straight year with a 17:02.0.

Runner-up Jenica Dodge from American River won somewhat of a moral victory by becoming one of the few California community college runners to finish within a minute of Olowora over the last two seasons. Dodge crossed the finish line in 17:46.8.

Glendale won the women's state title with 37 points in a field of 27 teams. Hartnell was second with 117 points and College of the Canyons third with 117.

San Diego Mesa, the other Pacific Coast Athletic Conference team in the race, was ninth with 248 points. Palomar had a 482-point total in its 18th-place team finish.

The Comets' other finishers were Sarah Martinez (119th in 20:52.8), Janette Erica Perez (178th in 22:07.4), Olivia Wray (181st in 22:22.5), Savannah Gual (198th in 23:24.8) and Alyssa Torres (210th in 26:08.9).

Kevin Clukey, the only Comet to qualify for Saturday's men's race, ran 22:24.9 for 4.0 miles to finish 126th out of 208 runners. Ethan Walker of College of the Canyons, the men's winner, was timed in 20:09.8.

American River (67 points) outraced runnerup Mt. SAC (116) and third-place finisher College of the Canyons (123) to win the men's title in a 28-team field. Cuyamaca, the only PCAC college to qualify its a men's team, wound up eighth with 218 points.

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