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PC drops 15-10 decision for third in PCAC finals

SAN DIEGO (11-08-2013) (11-19-2013) -- Palomar's men's 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 Aquatics Center.

The Comets then fell to Southwestern 15-10 in the third-place game on Saturday.

On Friday, Rich Farley (left) scored three  goals for vs. Mesa, David Tanner two goals, Clark Heckman two goals and John Bryant and Ryan Rodriguez one each.

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.

ABOVE: Conner 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 goals

Comets end frustration, nuke Miramar 37-15

SAN 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

RIVERSIDE (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 three goals.

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 saves.

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 first-place Griffins

SAN MARCOS (10-09-2013) -- 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 Memorial Pool.

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 Southwestern

SAN MARCOS (10-02-2013) -- 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 frustrating loss

SAN MARCOS (9-25-2013) -- 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 five goals to lead all scorers for both teams. Mesa's Ian Murray also had five goals.

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 at 14-13.

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 21-16

SAN DIEGO (9-23-2013) -- Palomar 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 saves.

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.

Palomar 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

EL CAJON (9-11-2013) -- Palomar 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 left off

CHULA VISTA / HUNTINGTON BEACH (9-04-2013 / 9-06-2013) -- Freshman 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 Southwestern 25-13.

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 below).

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 Mini-Tournament.

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.

Off-Season

6 more aquatics athletes transfer to 4-year level

IRVINE / 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 Hugh Cox.

State scoring champion Turvey to Concordia

IRVINE (7-06-2013) -- Palomar's 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 Regionals.

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 Air Force.

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 39.


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