2013 Season ...
PC drops 15-10 decision for third in
(11-08-2013) (11-19-2013) --
water polo team lost to nemisis San
Diego Mesa for the fourth time this
season 12-9 to begin the Pacific
Coast Athletic Conference Tournament
at San Diego Miramar's Ned Baumer
The Comets then fell to Southwestern
15-10 in the third-place game on
Rich Farley (left) scored three goals
for vs. Mesa, David Tanner
two goals, Clark Heckman two goals
and John Bryant and Ryan Rodriguez
Ryan Sur contributed two assists.
Corey Meyers, Farley, Max Becerra,
Tanner and Matt Watts had one each.
Sur had four steals, Tanner and
Becerra three each, Landon Van Horn
and Watts two each and Bryant,
Conner Curnick, Meyers, Rodriguez
and Heckman one apiece.
Sur had 13 saves in the goal.
Curnick scores Palomar's sixth goal in Wednesday's
men's 37-15 water polo rout of visiting San Diego
Miramar. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW LEFT:
David Tanner. BELOW RIGHT:
Rich Farley. Curnick,
Farley and Tanner each scored seven
Comets end frustration,
nuke Miramar 37-15
MARCOS (10-30-2013) --
Palomar took out the frustrations incurred during a
seven-game losing streak by blowing visiting San
Diego Miramar out of the water 37-15 on Wednesday at
Wallace Memorial pool.
Rich Farley, David Tanner and Conner Curnick each
scored seven goals as the Comets evened their
Pacific Coast Athletic Conference record at 4-4
entering the conference tournament, which will
decide the league champion, on Friday and Saturday,
Nov. 8-9 at Miramar.
Tanner also contributed five assists and four steals
in the game. Curnick and Farley each had two assists
and two steals.
Evan Dean scored six goals, John
Bryant scored four goals, Corey
Meyers three goals, Jon Baker two
goals and Clark Heckman, Ryan
Smethurst and Jaden Smithers one
each. Ryan Sur had 11 saves in goal.
The Comets, who finished third
during the regular season, will open
play in the conference tournament ib
/frudat at 11:30 a.m. vs,
second-place San Diego Mesa.
PC tops L.A. Valley 12-3 for lone
win at RCC
(10-11-2013 / 10-12-2013) --
Palomar won once in four games in
the Riverside City College men's
water polo tournament over the
weekend, defeating Los Angeles
Valley 12-3 on Saturday.
Rich Farley (left) led the Comets to
the victory over the Monarchs as he
scored five goals. John Bryant added
Conner Curnick (right) had five
steals, David Tanner four steasl
and, Evan Dean, Jon Baker and Landon
Van Horn three each. Tanner also had
three assists. Goalie Ryan Sur
contributed eight saves.
In Saturday's first game the Comets
played Grossmont for the second time
in four days and lost 16-8. Tanner
led Palomar with three goals and had
two assists and three steals. Baker
totaled four steals and two assists.
Matt Watts passed off for two
assists. Sur had two assists along
with five saves in the goal.
On Friday, the Comets lost to Orange
Coast 14-9 and to Cerritos 16-5.
Against Orange Coast, Dean tallied
five goals. Farley, Tanner and Baker
had two assists each. Sur had five
In the Cerritos game, Farey scored
two goals. Max Bacerra had five
steals and three assists. Sur
contributed six saves.
Comets can't quite stay with
Getting four goals and four steals
from David Tanner (left) as well as
three goals and two steals from John
Bryant (right), Palomar played a
more experienced Grossmont team
tough on Wednesday at Wallace
But the Comets eventually dropped a
16-11 decision to the Pacific Coast
Athletic Conference leaders.
Evan Dean added two goals along with
two steals. Ryan Sur had three
steals and seven saves in goal. Rich
Farley contributed two assists.
Landon Van Horn added two steals.
The Comets are 5-7, 3-3. They'll
play in the Riverside City College
Tournament on Friday and Saturday.
Palomar's Evan Dean takes aim on his
third goal of the day against
Southwestern at Wallace Memorial
Pool on Wednesday as the Jaguars'
Justin Patacsil tries to defend
against him. Dean scored four goals
in the Comets' 12-10 win. -- Photo
by Hugh Cox
Palomar rallies, downs improved
Palomar battled back from a
five-goal deficit after three
quarters to down an improved
Southwestern team 12-10 on Wednesday
at Wallace Memorial Pool.
The visitors had led the entire way
until Palomar's fourth-quarter
comeback, when the Comets outscored
the Jaguars 8-1.
With the win, Palomar moved to 3-2
in conference play. Coach Chad
Aronen's almost completly-new squad,
which got four goals from Evan Dean,
three each from David Tanner and
Rich Farley and two from two from
John Bryant, is 5-6 overall.
Tanner and Farley each contributed
three steals. Bryant had two
assists, Tanner one. Goalie Ryan Sur
had nine saves.
Comets fall one goal short in
Visiting San Diego Mesa narrowly
squeezed out a 14-13 Pacific Coast
Athletic Conference victory over
host Palomar on Wednesday.
This was despite strong performances by
former Vista High School teammates
David Tanner (right, file photo by
Hugh Cox) and Rich Farley.
Tanner and Farley, who are two of 16 freshmen on the
Comets' 17-man roster, each tallied
goals to lead all scorers for both
teams. Mesa's Ian Murray also had five
Clark Heckman's goal with 4:18 left
in the fourth quarter finally pulled
the Comets even at 11-11. Mesa came right back to regain
the lead, then went back in front by
two goals, but Tanner scored with
1:53 to play to cut the Olympians'
lead back to one goal at 13-12.
Again, Mesa nudged its advantage to
two goals, but Tanner answered again
with his fifth goal of the game with
12.5 seconds remaining to pull
Palomar back to a one-goal deficit
But that was the way the game ended
as the Comets saw their record dip
to 4-6, 2-2 in conference.
Comets stay on a roll, gun down Jets
kept a good thing going on Monday
afternoon by defeating San Diego Miramar
21-16 at the Miramar
College/Ned Baumer Aquatic Center.
The Comets got 6 goals from
John Bryant, 4 from Rich Farley and
4 from Evan Dean. Dean also
contributed 6 steals, while
Conner Cumick and Ryan Sur each
added 4 steals. Baker and David
Tanner had 3 assists each. Sur had
10 saves in goal.
Palomar advanced to 4-5 on the
season, 2-1 in the Pacific Coast
Athletic Conference by notching its
third straight win.
Palomar comes back to win twice on 2nd day
WALNUT (9-21-2013) --
After losing twice to begin the Mt.
SAC Tournament on Friday, the
Palomar men's water polo team came
roaring back to go 2-0 Saturday.
In Saturday's first game, the Comets
held off Citrus 11-9 as Rich Farley
(4 goals), Max Becerra (2 goals) and
Evan Dean (2 goals) led in scoring.
Conner Cumick and Farley each had
three steals. David Tanner and Ryan
Sur each contributed 2 assists.
Palomar came right back to wion the
second game 11-9 over Chaffey behind
6 goals by Tanner and 3 by Farley.
Tanner also had 5 steals, Corey
Meyers 2. Farley and Jonathan Baker
each had two assists. Sur had 5
saves in the cage.
Fullerton downed the Comets 13-7 to
begin the tournament on Friday. John
Bryant and Tanner scored two goals
apiece for Palomar. Bryant, Farley
and Baker had 2 steals each. Cumick
had 2 assists. Sur recorded 10
In the second game on Friday,
Palomar was downed by Santa Monica
17-12. Bryant and Tanner tallied 3
goals apiece while Meyers and Farley
each had 2 goals. Bryant (4), Cumick
(4) and Tanner (3) led the Comets in
steals. Cumick contributed 2
assists, and Sur had 4 saves.
freshman David Tanner gets off a
shot on goal vs. Grossmont on
Wednesday at the Granite Hills High
School pool in El Cajon. the Comets
lost and saw their Pacifric Coast
Athletic Conference record go to
1-1. -- Photo by Hugh Cox
Palomar drops game to G-House, is
1-1 in PCAC
is 1-1 in the Pacific Coast Athletic
Conference after dropping a 20-7
decision to host Grossmont College
on Wednesday afternoon at Granite
Hills High School.
Conner Currick and Rich Farley each
scored two goals for the Comets.
Evan Dean contributed four steals,
Farley three. Goalie Ryan Sur
recorded seven saves.
The Comets, who advanced to the
Southern California community
college playoffs last season, going
21-7, have only three sophomores on
this year's team.
They'll try to get back in the win
column when they play in the Mt. SAC
Tournament on Sept. 20-21.
New Comets pick up where goal leader
VISTA / HUNTINGTON BEACH
(9-04-2013 / 9-06-2013) --
Rich Farley and David Tanner picked
up where 2012 state community
college goals champion Rhett Turley
left off, combining for 13 goals on
Wednesday as Palomar opened the
season on the road by routing
Farley scored seven goals and Tanner
added six goals in the Pacific Coast
Athletic Conference match-up.
Freshman goalie Ryan Sur contributed
12 saves for the Comets.
Farley, Tanner and Sur all arrived
at Palomar this season from Vista
High School, Turley's alma mater.
Turney, a two-time All-PCAC
first-team selection, is one of
three former Comet teammates now
playing at Concordia University of
Irvine as juniors (see articles
Golden West Mini-Tournament
Palomar's youth (coach Chad Aronen
has only three sophomores back from
last season's 21-7 team) caught up
with the Comets on Friday as they
dropped two games in the Golden West
The Comets dropped a close one to
Ventura 10-8. Evan Dean, yet another
freshman from Vista High, led
Palomar scorers with five goals. Sur
recorded four saves. Los Angeles
Angeles Valley then downed the
Comets 15-7. Tanner had two goals
and nine steals against the
Monarchs. Sur contributed three
saves and an assist in the net.
6 more aquatics
athletes transfer to 4-year level
/ ARKADELPHIA, Arkansas / LA VERNE /
BOURBONNAIS, Illinois (8-20-2013) --
Six more men's and
women's swimmers / water polo
players are also moving on to
compete at the four-year college
level, joining Rhett Turvey, the
state's leading 2012 water polo
scorer who committed earlier to
Concordia University of Irvine.
The additional swimmers / water polo
players who are moving on are Wyatt
Woodward (left) and Kevin Reichel
(right), who both
are joining Turvey at Concordia;
Neil Fogel and Masaki Onoue, who
both will join another ex-Comet,
Kody Moffitt, at Ouachita Baptist
University in Arkadelphia, AR;
former PCAC Women's Swimmer of the
Year Melanie Consiglio to La Verne;
and Laura Bryant to Olivet Nazarene
University in Bourbonnais, IL.
Woodward came to Palomar from Palm
Springs High School; Reichel from
Fallbrook High; Fogel from Palma
High in Salinas and Onoue from
Kyusya High School in Fakuda, Japan.
State goals champion Rhett Turvey,
pitctured scoring against Grossmont
College last Fall, will play for
Concordia University of Irvine. -- Photo by
State scoring champion Turvey to
IRVINE (7-06-2013) --
Rhett Turvey, who led led all state
community college water polo players
in scoring last Fall, has committed
to Concordia University of Irvine.
Turvey, a sophomore from Vista High
School who was a two-time first-team
All-Pacific Coast Athletic
Conference selection, led the Comets
to a 21-7 record during the 2012
season with a state-high 121 goals,
65 assists and 85 steals. Palomar
advanced to the CCCAA State
Community College Tournament, where
the Comets were eliminated by
eventual state third-place Cerritos
13-11 in the Southern California
Turvey scored 235 goals for the
Comets in two seasons.
Concordia is a member of the NAIA,
which does not sponsor water polo as
a sport, and instead plays an NCAA
schedule. The Eagles went 12-10 in
2012, with four of those losses
coming against three of the eventual Final Four
teams -- national champion USC,
national runner-up UCLA twice and
Concordia was ranked as high as No.
19 nationally in the Collegiate
Water Polo Association poll. The
CWPA includes all four-year college
teams in the country on all levels.
Turvey's commitment brings the list
of Palomar athletes moving on to
compete at the four-year level to