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Comets eliminated in SoCal Regionals
HUNTINGTON BEACH (11-11-2016) --
Palomar's Pacific Coast Athletic Conference
championship men's water polo season came to
an end on Friday evening in round 2 of the
Southern California Community College
Regionals at the Golden West College pool.
The Comets, who went into the match-up with
a 19-7 record after receiving a first-round
bye, fell to the No. 3 seed, Long Beach City
College, by an 11-6 score after making it
close in the first half.
The Vikings led by only 3-2 after one
quarter and 5-3 at halftime, then broke the
game open by outscoring the Comets in the
third quarter 5-1 to take a 10-4 advantage.
Eli Foli scored 2 of the Palomar goals.
Conner Chanove and Mark Morin scored a goal
each. Goalie Tony Oreb contributed 6 saves
and 2 steals.
Palomar goalie Tony Oreb, the Pacific Coast
Athletic Conference Men's Athlete of the
Week, blocks a Grossmont shot attempt at
close range with 2 seconds to play in
regulation Saturday to send the PCAC
Tournament championship game into overtime.
The Comets won 10-9 and will open Southern
California Regionals play on Thursday
against Long Beach City College. -- Photo by
Oreb Athlete of the Week; PC seeded 6th
SAN MARCOS (11-07-2016) --
Palomar water polo goalie Tony Oreb has been selected as Men's Athlete of the
Week by the Pacific Coast Athletic
Conference. And the Comets have been seeded
sixth in the Southern California Regionals
and will open against No. 3 seed Long Beach
City College on Friday at 5:45 p.m. at
Oreb, a freshman from Valley Center High
School, made what coach Jem McAdams
described as "the play of the tournament"
with 2 seconds remaining in regulation
Saturday, sending the PCAC Tournament finals
at San Diego Mesa's Ned Baumer Aquatics
Center into overtime where the Comets
defeated Grossmont 10-9 for the conference
championship. On the play, Oreb made a
spectacular block of a shot attempt at close
If Palomar beats Long Beach on Thursday, the
Comets, who have a first-round bye in the
Regionals, will play No. 2 seed Cerritos in
the semifinals on Saturday. The winner of
that game will play No. 1 seed Golden West,
No. 4 Riverside City College or No. 5 Mt.
SAC for the SoCal title later in the day.
Ryan Rhoads somehow gets this goal
attempt away over Grossmont's 6-foot-5
Conner Keils in the first overtime. The ball went into the net
and turned out to be the deciding goal. With
the win, the regular-season champion Comets
captured the official conference title. --
Photo by Hugh Cox
Comets top Griffs in 2 overtimes, win title
SAN DIEGO (11-05-2016) --
Brian Rhoads scored the go-ahead goal with
1:14 left in the first overtime, lifting
Palomar to a 10-9 victory over Grossmont in
the championship game of the Pacific Coast
Athletic Conference tournament on Saturday
at San Diego Miramar College's Ned Baumer
With the win, the regular-season champion
Comets captured the conference title and now
will await the results of the Southern
California seeding meeting to find out their
first-round opponent in the Regaionals.
Tony Oreb blocked a wide-open shot at close
range in front of the goal with 2 seconds
left in regulation play
sent an 8-8 game into the two-overtime
format to decide the game and conference
winner, Rhoads' goal put the Comets in front
9-8. Eli Foli added a goal for Palomar with
38 seconds remaining, making it 10-8. And
Grossmont's goal with 17 seconds left only
pulled the Griffins closer at 10-9 after the
two teams went scoreless in the second
Coach Jem McAdams called Oreb's block "the
play of the tournament." Oreb finished with
Rhoads led Palomar with 3 goals. Eli Foli
and Conner Chanove each tallied 2 goals, and
Tristin D'Ambrosi, Paul Schaner and Grant
Curry had 1 apiece. Oreb led in assists with
3, followed by Foli, Chanove and Schaner
with 2 apiece. Chanove totaled 6 steals,
Schaner, Mark Morin and Oreb 3 each, Curry
and Rhoads 2 apiece and D'Ambrosi and Foli 1
Under college water polo rules, the teams
switch ends of the pool between the first
and second overtimes.
The Comets will take a 19-7 season record
into the Regionals.
Comets top Griffs, to play for title
DIEGO (11-04-2016) --
Palomar, the regular-season champion, will
play for the Pacific Coast Athletic
Conference title on Saturday when the Comets
face Grossmont in the finals of the
The Comets, a 22-12 winner over San Diego
Miramar on Friday, and the Griffins will
square off at 11:30 a.m. at San Diego
Miramar's Ned Bauer Aquatic Complex.
Mark Morin (left) and Tristan D'Ambrosi each
scored 4 goals and Paul Schaner had 3 goals
in the victory over Miramar.
Conner Chanove, Dylan Van Horn and Toby Fast
each tallied 2 goals. Josh Benitez, Ryan
Rhoads and David Henderson each had 1 goal.
Goalie Tony Oreb contributed 10 saves and
also had 4 assists.
PC falls in OT but win regular-season
College knocked off Palomar's men's water
polo team 9-8 in overtime on Wednesday at the Kroc
Center, but the Comets still finished as the
Pacific Coast Athletic Conference men's
The Comets finished their conference season
with a 7-1 record. The Griffins were second
at 6-2, with San Diego Mesa third at 5-3.
The finish determines the seedings for the
PCAC conference tournament at San Diego
Miramar College in two weeks that will
decide the conference title.
Palomar won the regular-season championship
last season, but Mesa won the conference
tournament and the official title.
The Comets will close out the regular season
on Friday and Saturday at the Saddleback
Curry (white hat) steals the ball from San
Diego Mesa's Max Perlin (white hat) during
Comets' 20-13 win Wednesday at Wallace
Memorial Pool. -- Photo by Hugh Cox
regular-season title tie
SAN MARCOS (10-19-2016) -- Palomar
clinched no worse than a tie for the Pacific Coast Athletic
Conference regular-season men's water polo
championship on Wednesday at Wallace
Memorial Pool, turning back visiting San
Diego Mesa 20-13.
The Comets, who won the regular-season
title last year, are 12-6 overall and 7-0
with Grossmont second with one loss. Palomar
can clinch the championship outright by
winning its final game next Wednesday
against the Griffins at the Kroc Center in
The official conference champion is
determined by the PCAC tournament, which
will be played this year on Nov. 4-5 at San
Diego Miramar College.
Palomar never trailed in Wednesday's game
taking a 2-1 lead early on a Paul Schaner
goal with 5:27 left in the first quarter and
remaining on top the rest of the way.
The Comets were infront 12-5 at the half and
15-7 after three quarters. The Olympians
pulled to within five goals early in he
fourth quarter, but Palomar scored four
successive goals -- by Toby Fast, Schaner,
Grant Curry off Fast's steal and assist and
Fast again to blow the game open at 19-10
with 4:12 to play.
Schaner, Curry and Mark Morin led the Comets
with four goals apiece. Eli Foli (three) and
Fast (two) also had multiple goals.
Palomar was also scheduled to play at
Southwestern next Monday, but the Jaguars
have folded their team for the year,
forfeiting both Monday's game and an earlier
game against the Comets on Sept. 21 that
wasn't played because Southwestern couldn't
field enough players.
Curry fires in a goal in the top photo that
tied Wednesday's game at Wallace Memorial
Pool at 3-3 at the halfway point in the
first quarter. Directly above, the Comets'
Tony Oreb makes a very wet save. The Comets
went on to win 15-10 as Curry scored five
goals.and Oreb had a big day in the goal. -- Photos by Hugh Cox
Curry (5 goals), Rhoads (3 goals) do in
SAN MARCOS (9-28-2016) -- Palomar ran its
men's water polo record to 7-2 and its
first-place Pacific Coast Athletic
Conference record to 3-0 on Wednesday,
splashing past visiting Grossmont 15-10 at
Wallace Memorial Pool.
Grant Curry, the Comets' former
Cathedral Catholic High School star and
a transfer from NCAA Division I Bucknell
University, led the way with 5 goals.
Ryan Rhoads (3 goals), Paul Schaner (2
goals), Tim Sheehy (2 goals) and Conner
Chanove (2 goals) also were in double
figures for coach Jem McAdams' Comets.
Mark Morin scored off Rhoads' assist to
give Palomar a 1-0 lead 1 minute, 19
seconds into the first quarter. The
score was tied early on 1-1, 2-2 and 3-3
before Schaner, Curry, Chanove and Curry
tallied four unanswered goals to put the
Comets in front 8-4 with 5:37 lft in the
third quarter abd the rout was on.
Morin and Palomar streak to a 24-12
DIEGO (9-22-2016) -- Mark
Morin (left) scored eight goals and dished
off five assists on Tuesday as Palomar
dunked defending Pacific Coast Athletic
Conference champion San Diego Mesa 24-12 at
the Olympians' pool.
The Comets jumped out to a 7-2 lead after
one quarter and also led 16-7 at halftime
and 21-8 after three quarters.
Grant Curry scored 5 goals for the Comets
(6-2 overall, 2-0 in conference). Ryan
Rhoads (3 goals), Eli Foli (2 goals) and Tim
Sheehy (2 goals) were other multiple-goal
scorers. Paul Schaner (3) and Dylan Van Horn
(3) had multiple-assists games. Goalies Tony
Oreb and Jaylon Bonwell had 7 saves apiece.
PC wins 3; 20 goals for Bucknell
(9-16-2016) / WALNUT (9-17-2016) -- Grant
Curry (right), a Cathedral Catholic High School
product who was an All-American honorable mention selection in
2014 as a freshman for
NCAA Division I
scored 20 goals over the weekend as
Palomar's men's water polo squad won three
of four games in the 43rd Mt. SAC
On Friday, the Comets defeated
Fullerton 19-7 and Citrus 20-18, both at the Citrus College
On Saturday, the Comets moved over to
the Marie T. Mills Aquatic Facility at Mt. SAC for the second
day of the tournament. There, they lost 15-11 to Mt. SAC but
came back later in the day to take a 14-11 win over Ventura.
Palomar is 5-2 to begin the season.
Results with statistical leaders:
Palomar 19, Fullerton 7 -- Goals: Curry
6, Mark Morin 4, Eli Foli 2, Conner Chanove 2. Assists: Paul
Schaner 6, Foli 2, Morin 2, Tony Oreb 1. Steals: Curry 5, Toby
Fast 4, Morin 3, Foli 2, Chanove 2, Oreb 2. Saves: Oreb 3.
Palomar 20, Citrus 18 -- Goals: Curry
6, Foli 4, Fast 4, Josh Benitez 2. Assists: Chanove 2, Curry 2.
Steals: Chanove 2. Saves: Oreb 12.
Mt. SAC 15, Palomar 11 -- Goals: Curry
5, Schaner 2. Assists: Morin 3. Steals: Foli 4, Chanove 2, Morin
Palomar 14, Ventura 11 -- Goals: Curry
4, Tristin D'Ambrosi 3, Schaner 2, Benitez 2. Assists: Chanove
3. Steals: Chanove 3, Schaner 3, Curry 3, Fast 2, Benitez 1.
Saves: Oreb 9.
Palomar rolls up Miramar 23-7
in PCAC opener
(9-14-2016) -- Palomar rolled over San Diego
Miramar 23-7 in its Pacific Coast Athletic
Conference men's water polo opener on
Wednesday at the Jets' Ned Baumer Aquatic
Grant Curry led the Comets with 4
goals. Other multiple-goal scorers for Palomar were Mark Morin
with 3 goals (also 3 steals), Ryan Rhoads with 3 goals,
Elijah Foli with 2 goals (also 2 assists), Paul Schaner with 2
goals (also 4 steals), Tim Sheehy with 2 goals (also 3 steals)
and Dylan Van Horn with 2 goals (also 3 assists).
Conner Chanove contributed multiple
assists (3) and steals (2). Alex Viloria had 2 assists.
Tony Oreb and Gaylon Bonwell split
time in the goal for the Comets, each with 5 assists.
The Comets opened the season last
weekend with losing to Cerritos 17-11 and defeating Los Angeles
Valley 8-6 at the Golden West Mini-Tournament.
2015 Season ...
Paul Schaner was one of three Comets selected to the
All-PCAC team. -- Photo by Hugh Cox
Comets land three on
all-conference first team
SAN DIEGO (12-08-2015)
Palomar, which tied San Diego Mesa for first place
during the men's water polo regular season but was
eliminated by the Olympians in the Pacific Coast
Athletic Conference Tournament, landed three players
on the all-conference first team selected by PCAC
Named to the first team were sophomores
Adam Kelsey and Logan Hurst and freshman Paul Schaner.
Arnie Schmidt and Cameron Rath, both
sophomores, were the Comets' representatives on the second team.
Sophomore Travis Lane and freshman
Conner Chanove received honorable mention.
Devon O'Donnell of champion Mesa was
voted Player of the Year honors in the conference. The
Olympians' Nathan Resch was named Coach of the Year.
Logan Hurst scores on a
penalty shot midway through the second quarter
Friday. Palomar's men's water polo team downed
Southwestern 16-12 and advanced to the PCAC championship game
where it lost to Mesa 10-6 on Saturday. The Comets'
women's team lost to Grossmont on Friday. -- Photo
by Hugh Cox
PC men win Friday,
fall to SD Mesa for title
SAN DIEGO (11-06-2015) / (11-07-2015) --
After defeating Southwestern 16-12 on Friday, Palomar's men's
water polo team fell 10-6 on Saturday to San Diego Mesa, the team
it tied for the regular-season title, in the
Pacific Coast Athletic
Conference Tournament's championship on Saturday.
The Comets were the defending champions of the
tournament and, thus, the conference. The league
title is determined by the conference tournament.
Palomar 16, Southwestern 11 -- Logan Hurst (6 goals)
and Paul Schaner (5 goals) led the Comets past the
Jaguars in the opening round. Conner Chanove scored
3 goals. Neal Gorman, Cameron Rath and Travis Lane
each had 2 goals. Arnie Schmidt and Cory Ward added
1 goal apiece.
Chanove also had 3 assists and 5 steals. Hurst
contributed 2 assists and 3 steals.
Goalie Adam Kelsey had 5 saves 5 steals and an
assist. Chanove, Hendricks, Lane and Ward each had a
SD Mesa 10, Palomar 6 -- Schaner and Hurst each
scored 2 goals in the championship game. Chanove and
Lane had 1 goal each. Ward had the Comets lone
assist. Rath and Shaner each contributed 3 steals.
Schmidt had a steal and a block. Hendricks also had
Kelsey had 11 saves in goal and also had 3 steals.