2016 Season ...
2016 Roster and Schedule
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.