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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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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.

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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 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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