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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.
Palomar beats Santa Monica
and Rio Hondo
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
splash past Griffins, clinch tie for
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
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
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
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
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. --
Pictured below: Palomar
goalie Adam Kelsey, who had 43 saves
in four games at Riverside
Comets fall to 2014 State champs
(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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
"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.")
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,
Chanove's goal with 0:00 left lifts
VISTA (9-16-2015) --
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
Palomar's Chad Aronen was
selected as Coach of the Year.
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
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
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
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.