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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 block.

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 a steal.

Kelsey had 11 saves in goal and also had 3 steals.

Palomar beats Santa Monica and Rio Hondo

MISSION VIEJO (10-30-2015) -- Palomar's men's water polo squad swept to two victories at the Saddleback Invitatioal Tournament No. 2 on Friday.

The Comets defeated Santa Monica 13-8 and Rio Hondo 18-2.

Palomar defeated Saddleback and lost to Mt. SAC on Saturday to finish the tournament 3-1.

Paul Schaner scores Palomar's second goal in Wednesday's 19-8 victory over visiting Grossmont. The win clinched no worse than a tie for the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference regular-season championship for the Comets. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Comets splash past Griffins, clinch tie for title

SAN MARCOS (10-21-2015) -- Led by Paul Schaner's six goals, Palomar clinched at least a tie for the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference men's water polo regular-season championship on Wednesday at Wallace Memorial pool, winning its home finale against Grossmont 19-8.

Logan Hurst added three goals for the Comets. Nick Hendricks and Travis Lane scored two goals each. Cameron Rath, Mitch Lerma, Tristin D'Ambrosi, Nick Mendenhall, Elijah Foli and Cory Ward each scored one goal.

Hurst also contributed three assists and four steals. Conner Chanove had three assists and three steals. Rath also had three assists.

Hanus Lewit, playing the second half in goal for the Comets, had eight saves. Starter Adam Kelsey came out of the game at halftime after totaling five saves, three steals and three assists.

Palomar led 12-4 at the half.

Palomar advanced to 7-1 in the PCAC with the win in what was both the Comets' final regular-season conferene game and their last home game of the season.

Coach Chad Aronen's team inched slightly ahead of San Diego Mesa, the team that the Comets were tied with for first place, in the conference standings. The Olympians are 6-1 in conference with one game remaining, against Southwestern next Wednesday.

The official champion is determined by the conference's post-season tournament, which the Comets won a year ago to clinch the overall title.

PC one win from at least regular-season title tie

SAN MARCOS (10-14-2015) -- By demolishing Southwestern 21-10 on Wednesday at Wallace Memorial Pool, Palomar's men's water polo team finds itself one way from at least tying for the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference regular-season championship.

Cameron Rath (left) pumped in seven goals and Paul Schaner, Logan Hurst and Conner Chanove scored three goals apiece as coach Chad Aronen's Comets advanced to 6-1 in conference play with one game remaining, next Wednesday vs. Grossmont at home.

San Diego Mesa, the team that Palomar is tied with for the PCAC lead, also has won game remaining, vs. Southwestern on Oct. 28. The Comets and Olympians, who defeated San Diego Miramar by an almost identical 20-9 score on Tuesday, split their two conference meetings.

The official PCAC champion is determined in the post-season conference tournament. Palomar won the tournament and the conference title last season.

Elijah Foll scored two goals in the win over Southwestern. Neil Gorman, Abe Turner and Cory Ward added one goal apiece.

Logan Hurst (five) and Schaner (three) had multiple assists for the Comets. Palomar had 22 steals, including six by Schafer, five by Arnie Schmidt and four by Chanove.

The Comets broke the game open by outscoring the Jaguars 11-2 in the second quarter.

"We stuck to our game plan, hard-press defense and counter like crazy," coach Chad Aronen said. "Our defense led to almost all our goals. I was proud of our guys today."

Palomar plays the best competition in men's water polo. Golden West College (above), the Comets' opening opponent in the Riverside City College tournament last weekend, is pictured after winning its 22nd state community college championship last season. The Rustlers defeated the Comets 15-5 on Friday. Golden West is 16-0 against community college teams with its only loss coming 16-8 to the University of the Pacific, the No. 5-ranked team in the nation in NCAA Division I. -- CCCAA Photo. Pictured below: Palomar goalie Adam Kelsey, who had 43 saves in four games at Riverside

Comets fall to 2014 State champs at Riverside

RIVERSIDE (10-09-2015 / 10-10-2015) -- Palomar ran into a buzz saw in its opening game of the two-day Riverside City College Tournament on Friday, losing 15-5 to defending state community college champion Golden West, which has won the state title 22 times, including five times in the last seven years.

Things didn't get a whole lot easier the remainder of the tournament, as coach Chad Aronen brought his team to one of the toughest community college tournaments in the nation to get ready for the last two games of Pacific Coast Athletic Conference play and post-season possibilties.

Palomar, the defending PCAC champion, also lost to host Riverside City College 13-9, Orange Coast 14-6 and Los Angeles Valley 15-8.

Goalie Adam Kelsey (above) had 43 saves for the Comets in the four games.

Golden West 15, Palomar 5 -- The Rustlers upped their record to 16-0 against community college opponents, with their only loss 16-8 to the University of the Pacific, the No. 5-ranked team in the nation in NCAA Division I.

Goalie Adam Kelsey had 15 saves and three steals against the Rustlers. Paul Schaner, Nick hendricks, Cameron Rath, Logan Hurst and Corey Ward each scored a goal for the Comets.

Riverside City College 13, Palomar 9 -- Kelsey had his most productive game of the weekend with 17 saves and two steals. Ward (three goals), Rath (two) and Tristin D'Ambrosi (two) had multiple-goal games. Schaner contributed four steals, while Tim Sheehy, Nic Mendenhall and Hurst each had two. Trevor King and Hurst had two assists each.

Orange Coast 14, Palomar 6 -- Hurst scored three goals to lead the Comets. Schaner led in steals with three, with Nick Hendricks, Mendenhall and Kelsey adding two apiece. Kelsey also had eight saves in goal.

L.A. Valley 15, Palomar 8 -- Ward led Palomar in goals with three. Hendricks, Mendenhall,Hurst and Ward each had two steals. Kelsey had three saves.

TOP PHOTO: Paul Schaner gets off a shot that resulted in Palomar's seventh goal of the game against Mesa. DIRECTLY ABOVE: Adam Kelsey's save prevents a Mesa goal. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

Mesa's upset drops Palomar into a tie for 1st

SAN DIEGO (10-07-2015) -- Former undisputed Pacific Coast Athletic Conference leader Palomar fell into a tie for first place on Wednesday when San Diego Mesa avenged an earlier loss to the Comets, winning 15-12 at the Olympians' pool.

The defending conference champion Comets and the Olympians are both 5-1 in the PCAC race. Mesa is 10-5 overall, while Palomar is 7-9.

Paul Schaner (5 goals) and Logan Hurst (3 goals) were multiple scorers for Palomar. Mesa's Marco Roy was the leading scorer in the game with seven goals.

"We were down 4-2 early, were still down 9-5 at the half. Basically, we fell behind early and could not catch them. But we know what we need to work on and I'm still very confident in this team," coach Chad Aronen said.

Next up for Palomar: defending CCCAA State Community College champion Golden West to begin the Riverside Tournament on Friday at 8 a.m. at Riverside City College.

Good starts not enough for Comets at Cerritos

NORWALK (10-2-2015) -- The Palomar men's water polo squad got off the solid starts against Orange Coast and Cerritos at the Cerritos Mini-Tournament on Friday but wound up losing twice.

Orange Coast 11, Palomar 9 -- The Comets built a quick 3-0 lead, but then made what coach Chad Aronen described as "mistakes on offense combined with lazy defense" that led to a loss to the Pirates. Paul Schaner was high scorer for Palomar with 4 goals and also had 3 steals, an assist and a shot block. Nick Hendricks (left) and Cameron Rath each had 3 steals. Adam Kelsey contributed 15 saves in goal.

Cerritos 17, Palomar 7 -- After a one-hour break the Comets were back in the pool against the host Falcons and trailed only 4-3 after a very competitive first quarter. But Cerritos tallied 4 unanswered goals in the second quarter on the way to a victory.  Conner Chanove and Logan Hurst each scored 2 goals for the Comets. Travis Lane had 3 steals. Kelsey had 9 saves and  steals.

"(The coaches) are pleased with the improvement we've seen with our team, but we made numerous mistakes that led to our demise in both games," Aronen said. "What is paramount is that we learn from every game."

1st-place Palomar advances to 5-0 in PCAC

SAN DIEGO (9-30-2015) -- Goalies Adam Kelsey (left) and Hanus Lewitt combined for 13 saves and Paul Schaner contributed eight of Palomar's 25 steals on Wednesday as the Comets rolled up San Diego Miramar 20-5 at the Ned Baumer Aquatic Center.

Logan Hurst (right) led Palomar (7-6, 5-0) offensively with four goals.

"We got solid team play from our entire squad," coach Chad Aronen said. "Everyone (16 players) played and yet we got another conference win. We got good blocking and passing from both our goalies."

Kelsey contributed seven saves and three steals. Lewitt had six saves and a steal.

Conner Chanove (3 goals) and Schaner, Nic Mendenhall, Cameron Roth and Travis Lane (2 goals each) also were multiple scorers for the Comets. Roth also had three assists and three steals. Jeff Knapp and Elijah Foli contributed two steals apiece.

Travis Lane cocks his arm for a shot that resulted in Palomar's 15th goal in Monday's victory over Grossmont. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Defending champ Comets go 4-0 in conference

WALNUT (9-18-2015, 9-19-2015 / SAN DIEGO (9-21-2015) -- Defending champion Palomar took over complete command in the regular-season Pacific Coast Athletic Conference men's water polo standings on Monday, splashing past host Grossmont 18-7 at the Kroc Center in San Diego.

The Comets, who are now 4-0 in PCAC play, got 5 goals from Travis Lane, a sophomore utility player from El Camino High School. Paul Schaner (4 goals), Nick Hendricks (2), Cameron Rath (2) and Logan Hurst (2 goals) also had multiple goals in the victory.

Hurst contributed 2 assists. Schaner had 7 steals, Rath 6 and goalie Jeff Knapp 3. Knapp made 12 saves vs. the Griffins.

42nd Annual Mt. SAC Tournament

Palomar, playing a rugged slate of non-conference opponents, opened play on Friday with a 14-11 victory over Ventura. Logan Hurst (7 goals, 2 steals), Cameron Roth (4 goals, 2 assists, 2 steals) and Conner Chanove (5 assists, 4 steals) led the way. Arnie Schmidt also had 2 goals. Adam Kelsey had 9 saves in goal.

"This was a game we expected to win so all went well," coach Chad Aronen said.

Then the Comets ran into three straight buzzsaws, beginning with a 9-6 loss to a Mt. SAC team playing in its home pool later in the day on Friday when Aronen throught his team self-destructed. Neal Gorman and Rath each scored 2 goals. Kelsey contributed 15 saves and 2 steals.

"This was the game we should have won but we were plagued by mistakes, basically poor passing and lazy defense," Aronen said. "Saturday we played two very good teams and held our own in both games."

Orange Coast turned back the Comets 13-8 in the Saturday morning game. Schaner scored 3 goals in the loss. Kelsey had 12 saves in the net.

In the Saturday afternoon game, Palomar fell to Citrus 15-9. Travis Lane scored 3 goals. Schaner, Corey Ward  and Hendricks scored 2 goals each. Kelsey had 8 saves.

"I thought we played up to the talent of our two opponents Saturday, and I think Citrus is probably a top 5 team in the state," Aronen added. "We made mistakes, but not nearly as many as against Mt. SAC.

"Overall, it was a good learning weekend."

Top players for the weekend, Aronen felt, were "Kipper" Schmidt ("fantastic play at center defense") and Kelsey ("Our starting goalie was nails.")

Palomar goalie Hanus Lewit is kept active in Palomar's 17-16 victory over host Southwestern on Wednesday. The Jaguars were coming off their first victory over Grossmont in recent memory. -- Photo by Russell Scoffin, Southwestern College

Chanove's goal with 0:00 left lifts Comets

CHULA VISTA (9-16-2015) -- Freshman Conner Chanove from Carlsbad High School scored with 0:00 showing on the scoreboard clock on Tuesday afternoon, giving Palomar a 17-16 men's water polo victory over Southwestern.

Paul Schaner led coach Chad Aronen's Comets with six goals and also had two steals. Cameron Rath and team captain Logan Hurst each added three goals. Chanove was the other multiple-goal scorer with two and he also had a game-high six assists and two steals. Travis Lane added three steals..

Hanus Lewit had seven saves in goal for Palomar and also contributed three steals.

The victory gives defending champion Palomar a 3-0 record in Pacific Coast Athletic Conference play. The Comets are 3-2 overall, while the Jaguars who were coming off their first win over Grossmont in years are 1-1 overall and also 1-1 in conference.

PC drops a pair at GWC Mini-Tournament

HUNTINGTON BEACH (9-011-2015) -- Palomar ran into two of the toughest teams on its schedule Friday at the Golden West Mini-Tournament at Golden West College.

Los Angeles Valley defeated the Comets 12-4. Palomar's Cameron Roth scored two goals in the loss. Adam Kelsey notched five saves in goal. Conner Chanove had three assists.

Cerritos outscored Palomar 15-8. For the Comets, Paul Schaner scored two goals. Logan Hurst contributed two assists. Goalie Adam Kelsey had five saves in goal, while Conner Chanove finished with three steals.

Defending champion Palomar turns back Mesa

SAN MARCOS (9-09-2015) -- Paul Schaner scored 4 goals, Logan Hurst (left) added 2 goals, 4 assists and 2 steals and goalkeeper Adam Kelsey (right) contributed 11 saves and 5 steals Wednesday at Wallace Memorial Pool.

Those three supplied the firepower as Palomar's men's water polo team defeated San Diego Mesa 8-6. With the win, coach Chad Aronen's defending league champions upped their Pacific Coast Athletic Conference and overall record to 2-0.

Down 6-3 at halftime, the Olympians inched back to within a goal at 6-5 and that's the way it stood until Travis Lane's goal with 2:57 left in the game and Paul Schaner's steal and goal with 1:19 to play all but put the game out of reach at 8-5.

Conner Chanove had the other goal for the Comets.

ABOVE: Paul Schaner cocks his arm for a shot on goal that put the Comets ahead of Miramar 10-2 on Tuesday at Wallace Memorial Pool. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW: Logan Hurst, who scored six goals to help lead the Comets to a 22-8 season-opening win

Comets score early, often to demolish Jets

SAN MARCOS (9-2-2015) -- It took only 47 seconds for Logan Hurst to score Palomar's first goal of the men's water polo season on Wednesday, and the Comets went on to rout Pacific Coast Athletic Conference opponent San Diego Miramar 22-8 at Wallace Memorial Pool.

The defending PCAC champion Comets led 7-2 after one quarter, 12-3 at halftime and 19-3 after three quarters. Miramar scored five of its goals in the fourth quarter after Palomar coach Chad Aronen cleared his bench.

Hurst, a sophomore returnee from last season's championship team, led Palomar with six goals. Paul Schaner scored four goals. Cameron Rath and Trevor King each scored twice.

Adam Kelsey, the Comets' starting goalie, shut down the Jets with only three goals before coming out of the game in the second half.

2014 Season ...

Palomar's Dean makes All-State, All-American

SACRAMENTO (11-17-2014) -- Palomar water polo player Evan Dean (left), who previously was selected as Co-Player of the Year in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference, has been named to the Community College All-American and All-State teams.

Teammate Rich Farley was selected All-State second team and first-team All-Southern California.

Chad Aronen, who guided the Comets to the PCAC championship and a final 18-9 overall record, missed being selected as state Co-Coach of the Year by one vote.

PCAC champion Comets eliminated in regionals

GLENDORA (11-14-2014) -- Los Angeles Valley eliminated Palomar from the Southern California community college men's water polo regionals on Friday night, defeating the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference champions 18-12.

Kody Moffatt (left, three goals), Cameron Rath (right, two goals) and Colin Colas (two goals) had multiple goals for the Comets, who finished their season 18-9.

Ryan Rodriguez, Nicholas Hendricks, Jonathon Baker, Ryan Methurst and Evan Dean had one goal each.

Rath had two assists. Cory Meyers, Hendricks, Moffat, Nicholas Mendenhall, Baker, Arnie Schmidt and Brant Bosworth added one apiece.

Hendricks and Colas each contributed three steals. Moffatt and Ryan Lozano each had two steals. Rich Farley, Rath, Baker, Schmidt and Neal Gorman contributed one each.

Adam Kelsey had seven saves in goal. Lozano had five.

TOP PHOTO: Palomar's Evan Dean (white hat), a sophomore out of Vista High School, was voted Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Co-Player of the Year by conference coaches.  Here he's shown knocking the ball out of San Diego Mesa's Alex Raineri's hands and stealing it in the first game of the PCAC Tournament. DIRECTLY ABOVE: Palomar's Chad Aronen (center, black shirt), pictured talking to his team during the same game, was honored as PCAC Coach of the Year. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

Dean Co-Player of Year; Aronen Coach of Year

SAN DIEGO (11-11-2014) -- Evan Dean of Pacific Coast Athletic Conference champion Palomar has been voted as the conference's Co-Player of the Year along with Southwestern's Nick Howard by PCAC coaches. Palomar's Chad Aronen was selected as Coach of the Year.

Five Comets were selected to the first team, with Dean being joined by Kody Moffatt, Rich Farley, Ryan Lozano and Cameron Rath. Palomar's second-team selections were Jonathon Baker and Ryan Rodriguez. Arnie Schmidt and Adam Kelsey received honorable mention.

Goalie Ryan Lozano records a save as eventual champion Palomar defeats San Diego Mesa 10-9 on the first day of the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference tournament. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

PC wins title, to play L.A. Valley in regionals

SAN DIEGO (11-08-2014) -- Evan Dean scored five goals and Rich Farley had three goals on Saturday as Palomar turned back Grossmont 10-8 at San Diego Miramar's Ned Baumer Aquatic Center to win the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference championship.

The victory in the PCAC Tournament championship game moves coach Chad Aronen's Comets to 18-8 on the season and runs their winning streak to eight games. Palomar is seeded sixth in the Southern California Regionals and will play its first game on Friday at 5:45 p.m. against the third seed, Los Angeles Valley at Citrus College.

Kody Moffat and Arnie Schmidt each added a goal for the Comets in the championship-game win over Grossmont. Cameron Rath contributed three assists and four steals, while Moffatt had three assists and three steals. Farley and Ryan Lozano also had three steals apiece, with Lozano making 14 saves in the net.

Palomar had opened the tournament on Friday with a 10-9 win over San Diego Mesa. Rath led with three goals and four steals, while Ryan Rodriguez, Farley and Dean had two goals each. Moffatt and Baker each passed off for three assists. Farley and Rodriguez had three assists each. Lozano had six goalie saves.


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