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SAN MARCOS (10-12-2016) -- After a tough weekend at the Riverside City College Tournament, Palomar had its way with visiting San Diego Miramar on Wednesday as the Comets returned to Pacific Coast Athletic Conference men's water polo play.

Mark Morin scored 7 goals as coach Jem McAdams rotated players in and out of the game as the Comets won 27-11 at Wallace Memorial Pool.

Conner Chanove, Tristin D'Ambrosi and Toby Fast each tallied 4 goals as Palomar advanced to 8-6 on the season, 4-0 to lead the conference.

Grant Curry added 3 goals and Paul Schaner had 2 goals. Schaner played the second half in goal in place of Tony Oreb, who was in the net for the first half.


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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 Hugh Cox

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 Golden West.

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 range.

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 Aquatics Center.

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.

Goalie 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 3-minute overtime.

Coach Jem McAdams called Oreb's block "the play of the tournament." Oreb finished with 8 saves.

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 each.

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

SAN 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 conference tournament.

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 title

SAN DIEGO (10-26-2016)  -- Grossmont 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 regular-season champion.

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 Invitational tournament.

Palomar's Grant 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

PC clinches 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 San Diego.

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.

Palomar's Grant 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 Griffs

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 victory

SAN 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 transfer Curry

GLENDORA (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 Bucknell University, scored 20 goals over the weekend as Palomar's men's water polo squad won three of four games in the 43rd Mt. SAC Invitational.

On Friday, the Comets defeated Fullerton 19-7 and Citrus 20-18, both at the Citrus College Aquatic Center.

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 2.

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

SAN DIEGO (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 Center.

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 coaches.

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 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.


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