All-PCAC selection Bryant lands
BOURBONNAIS, Illinois (8-20-2013) --
One of Palomar top players has accepted a
four-year college scholarship.
Laura Bryant will play at Olivet Nazarene
University, an NAIA college in Bourbonnais, IL.
Bryant came to Palomar from
Escondido Charter High School.
Besides starring in water polo,
Bryant was one of the Comets' best
Bryant was a 2012 first-team
All-Pacific Coast Athletic
Conference water polo selection,
scoring 62 goals for the Comets.
That placed her fourth on the PCAC
Bryant helped lead the Comets to the
PCAC championship and a final
overall 20-7 record.
She finished her two-year Palomar
career with 86 goals, talling 24
goals as a freshman in 2011.
PC tops Jags twice by 16-5, beats Griffs for
(10-24-2012) / SAN DIEGO (11-2-2012, 11-3-2012) --
Palomar capped an
unbeaten Pacific Coast Athletic Conference women's
water polo season last week with three wins and the
Coach Gubba Sheehy's Comets (20-6,10-0 in
back-to-back 16-5 wins
over Southwestern, one in Chula Vista to close the
regular season and the other at Miramar College in
the PCAC Tournament semifinals. Then, on Saturday,
they downed Grossmont 12-6 in the tournament finals
to win the 2012 conference championship.
In the PCAC title game, Casey Reid (above left) led
the Comets past the Griffins with five goals, two
assists and three steals and was named PCAC Women's
Athlete of the Week for her performance. Nikki
Prohaska and Michelle Thornbury each scored two
goals and added two assists and two steals. Bria
Harmon had two goals and four steals.
In the tournament semifinals, Laura Bryant scored
five goals for Palomar. Reid contributed four goals,
six assists and two steals. Nicole Prohaska also
tallied four goals.
Goalie Heather Chance (above right) had 11 saves in
the semis while playing one half and also had 11
saves in the championship game.
Reid,a freshman from Carlsbad High School, scored
seven goals and Prohaska added three in the
regular-season finale at Southwestern.
The Comets open play in the Southern
California Regionals at Fullerton College against
Los Angeles Pierce on Thursday at 12
Palomar, the seventh seed, was upset 8-7 Los Angeles
Pierce, The Comets finished their overall season
Comets down Mesa, move to 7-0 in conference
Led by five goals
from Laura Bryant (left) and four from Casey Reed,
Palomar defeated San Diego Mesa 17-10 on Monday at
Wallace Memorial Pool to advance to 7-0 in the
Pacific Coast Athletic Conference (17-6 overall).
Gubba Sheehy's Comets will close out the regular
season on Wednesday at Southwestern at 2 p.m. with
an opportunity to finish with an unbeaten record in
conference for the second straight season. Next up
for Palomar after that: the PCAC Tournament, which
decides the conference championship, on Nov. 2-3 at
Chloe Heath, Nikki Prohaska and Michelle Thorbury
each tallied two goals for the Comets. Bria Harmon
and Hailey Holthaus had one goal each. Reid dished
of four assists, while Heath and Thorbury added
three assists apiece. Reid and Thornbury each had
Heather Chance had nine saves in goal. Danielle
Jauregui-Teta added two saves.
Palomar goes 2-2 in
Battle at the Beach tourney
BEACH (10-20-2012) --
After going 2-2 in the
Battle at the Beach Tournament over the weekend,
Palomar's women's water polo team will attempt to
remain undefeated in the Pacific Coast Athletic
Conference when it hosts San Diego Mesa on Monday at
2 p.m. at Wallace Memorial Pool.
The Comets opened play in the Battle at the Beach,
hosted by Long Beach City College, by defeating
Cypress 5-3 on Friday. Casey Reid led Palomar with
two goals. In its second game Friday, Palomar lost
to Long Beach 5-2. Goalie Heather Chance (left) had
13 saves for the Comets.
On Saturday, the Comets got 14 saves from Chance in
a 7-5 win over Mt. SAC. Michelle Thornbury scored
three goals in the victory, Nikki Prohaska two
goals. Cerritos downed Palomar 10-4 in Saturday's
second game. Palomar is 16-6 on the sesason.
Comets win 20-7,
remain undefeated in PCAC
Laura Bryant (left) scored six goals and Nikki Prohaska
(right) added four goals on Wednesday as Palomar ran its
Pacific Coast Athletic Conference women's water polo
record to 6-0 with a 20-7 road victory over Miramar.
Amber Shaw tallied three goals for the Comets (14-4
overall). Heather Chance had eight saves, Dani Teta
five saves in goal.
Palomar led 7-0 after one quarter, 11-2 at the half
and 20-7 after three quarters.
conference Athlete of the Week
DIEGO (10-9-2012) -- Palomar water polo
player Nikki Prohaska has been selected as Women's
Athletes of the Week for all sports by the Pacific
Coast Athletic Conference.
Prohaska is tied for the scoring lead with Laura
Bryant with 43 goals for Palomar's women's water
polo team, which is 13-4 overall and 5-0 to lead the
Last Wednesday, Prohaska scored the winning goal
with 15.9 seconds left in the game on a long-range,
blind, back-handed shot as the Comets defeated
Prohaska finished with three goals in the game.
Nikki Prohaska back-hands the winning goal, which
came on a blind attempt, with 15.9 seconds
remaining, to lift first-place Palomar to an 11-10
win over Grossmont on Wednesday. BELOW:
Casey Reid's penalty shot with 1:30 left ties the
game 10-10 and sets up Prohaska's game-winner. --
Photos by Hugh Cox
Prohaska's no-look, back-hand goal at :15.9
Without even looking
in the direction of the net,
Nikki Prohaska rocketed in the
winning goal on a sudden back-handed shot with 15.9
seconds to play on
Wednesday at Wallace Memorial Pool, keeping
first-place Palomar unbeaten in the PCAC with an
11-10 victory over Grossmont.
The Comets, trailing 10-9, had tied the Griffins
with 1:30 to play when Casey Reid scored on a
Prohaska and Michelle Thornbury led Palomar with
three goals each. Bria Harmon scored four goals.
Amber Shah, Laura Bryant and Reid each tallied one
goal for the Comets.
Palomar advanced to 13-4 on the season, 5-0 in
Cypress for third at Miramar
The Palomar women's wat
er polo squad defeated Southwestern 16-5 and
Chaffey 14-7, lost to Cerritos 9-7, then rebounded
to down Cypress 9-7 in the third-place game at the
two-day Miramar Tournament that concluded Saturday.
Against Southwestern, Laura Bryant scored four
goals, Michelle Thornbury and Nicki Prohaska three
apiece and Kylie Brown and Jessica Villarreal two
each. Bria Harmon (four goals), Bryant (three goals)
and goalie Heather Chance (nine saves) led the way
vs. Chaffey. In the Cerritos game, Chloe Heath and
Harmon each had two goals and Chance contributed
Then, in the third-place game vs. Cypress, Prohaska
(three goals), Bryant (two goals), Casey Reid (wo
goals) and Harmon (two goals) provided the scoring.
Chance had seven saves.
Palomar is 12-4 on the season.
Palomar's Laura Bryant
stares down Southwestern goalie Nikki Sendt late in the second
quarter of the Comets' 18-7 victory on Wednesday at Wallace
Memorial Pool. Bryant scored Palomar's 13th goal moments later.
-- Photo by Hugh Cox
Comets turn back Jaguars, remain alone in
MARCOS (9-26-2012) -- Palomar remained
alone in first place in the Pacific Coast Athletic
Conference women's water polo standings on
Wednesday, defeating Southwestern 18-7 at Wallace
Laura Bryant scored eight goals to the way for the
Comets. Chloe Heath, Bria Harmon, Jessica Villarreal
and Nicki Prohaska each scored two goals. Michelle
Thornbury and Calsey Reid contributed two goals
Palomar held leads of 6-1, 14-3 and 16-7 after the
first three quarters in advancing to 9-3 on the
The Comes advanced to 4-0 in conference. Grossmont
is in second place at 3-1.
Palomar is 3-0 in PCAC after routing Mesa
DIEGO (9-24-2012) -- Visiting Palomar
rocked San Diego Mesa 18-8 in a match-up of
traditional women's water polo powers on Monday
aferternoon to advance to 3-0 in the Pacific Coast
Coach Gubba Sheehy's Comets, who are 8-3 overall,
jumped out to a 3-0 lead after one quarter and led
9-2 at the half and 15-2 after three quarters.
Casey Reid and Laura Bryant led Palomar scorers with
four goals each. Nicki Prohasta and Chloe Heath
(left) each tallied three goals.
Palomar was coming off a 2-2 weekend at the Mt. SAC
Tournament. There, the Comets defeated Rio Hondo
24-8 and lost to Fullerton 14-7 on Friday. On
Saturday, Palomar lost to Orange Coast 11-7, then
downed Santa Ana 17-6.
Comets shoot down Jets, off to 2-0 start in
SAN MARCOS (9-19-2012) -- Palomar rocked
visiting Miramar 19-6 in a Pacific Coast Athletic
Conference women's water polo game at Wallace
Memorial Pool on Wednesday and is 5-1 on the season,
2-0 in the PCAC.
Nicki Prohaska led coach Gubba Sheehy's Comets in
their home opener by scoring four goals. Bria Harmon
and Casey Reid each tacked on three goals.
Palomar led 6-2 after one quarter, 10-3 at halftime
and 15-4 after three quarters.
Nikki Prohaska scored the third, fourth, and
eighth goals for Palomar against Grossmont Tuesday,
all on back-handed shots. This is goal No. 4 at 1:30
remaining in the first quarter, which gave the
Comets a 4-1 lead.
Casey Reid scores Palomar's first goal of the season
with 5:53 remaining in the first period. -- Photos by Hugh Cox.
Comets knock off Griffins in Sheehy's debut
DIEGO (9-05-2012) --
The Palomar women's water polo team went on
the road Wednesday and knocked off Grossmont 12-10
at the Joan Kroc Center to open the 2012 season and
bring former U.S. Olympian Gubba Sheehy a
winner in her debut as head coach.
Nikki Prohaska, a freshman from La Costa Canyon High
School, led the Comets with five goals in the
Pacific Coast Athletic Conference game. Goalie
Heather Chance, a returning sophomore,
had what Sheehy described as eight "strong" saves.
Bria Harmon and Casey Reid added two goals each.
2000 silver medalist is Comets' new head coach
SAN MARCOS (7-03-2012) --
Kathy "Gubba" Sheehy, who earned an Olympic
silver medal as a member of the 2000 United States
team, has been elevated to interim Palomar head women's
water polo coach, for the 2012 season, athletic
director Scott Cathcart announced.
Sheehy has been an assistant coach under Kelly
Falcone since 2010 and steps into the
head job as Falcone works on a doctorate degree in
health science. Falcone, a former Palomar water polo
player, will continue as a PC kinesiology professor.
Sheehy played at Cuesta
College and San Diego State
University where she was the Aztecs' Women's Athlete
of the Year in 1992. She, played for 10 seasons for the
U.S. National Team and was team captain from
1995-97. Sheehy was inducted into the USA Water Polo
Hall of Fame in 2010.
She was honored as USA Master's Player of the Year in
Sheehy also been head coach at
Poway High School, where her 2006 team won a CIF San
Diego Section championship, La Costa Canyon High and Miramar
College and has been been head coach of the U.S.
National B team.
Sheehy is a 1997 graduate of San Diego State and
earned a Master's degree in physical education from
Azusa Pacific University in 2003.
Comets win big on first day but lose title in OT
(11-4-11) (11-5-11) -- Palomar opened play in the Pacific Coast
Athletic Conference women's water polo tournament at Miramar College
by routing the host Jets 19-5 on Friday.
But the Comets, who had swept unbeaten through the
conference's regular season, were upset Saturday by
San Diego Mesa 8-6 in overtime for the PCAC title.
"It was sad," said coach
Kelly Falcone, whose team came into Saturday
morning's championship game with a 9-0 conference
On Friday, Kimi Walters and Charlie Warburton (above
left) each scored five goals to lead the Comets over
Miramar. Chelsea Menkee scored three toals, and
Laura Bryant, Michelle Thornbury, Dani King, Jessica
Villareal and Marissa Irabeta each tallied one goal.
Goalie Heather Chance recorded 15 saves.
In Saturday's upset loss, Thornbury,
Walters,Warburton, Chloe Heath, King and Stephanie
West had one goal each for Palomar (19-7 overall).
Comets end regular season unbeaten in PCAC
DIEGO (10-26-11) -- Palomar will be top-seeded in next week's
Pacific Coast Athletic Conference tournament, which will determine
the PCAC champion.
The Comets earned the No. 1 seed by
sweeping undefeated through their conference regular-season
schedule, capped by a 6-4 victory over Grossmont on Wednesday at
the Joan Kroc Center.
Palomar (18-6 overall) got two goals, an assist and three
steals from Charlie Warburton vs. the Griffins.
Goalie Heather Chance (right) contributed eight more
Chloe Heath had a goal and three steals. Chelsea Menkee and Kimi
Walters each talled a goal. Michelle Thornbury contributed three
assists and three steals. Dani King had two steals.
Conference selects Chance as Athlete of the
MARCOS (10-24-11) -- Palomar goalie Heather Chance
above (left) is PCAC Women's Athlete of the Week for
Chance, the Comets' freshman goalie from Oceanside
High School, recorded 29 saves last week as the
PCAC-leading Comets defeated San Diego Mesa 6-3 to
remain unbeaten in conference, then split four games
against some of the state's best teams in the Bartle
at the Beach hosted by Long Beach City College.
Chance had seven saves vs. Mesa, eight vs. South
Coast Conference leader Cerritos, three vs. six-time
state champion and Orange Empire Conference leader
Golden West, seven in a 7-5 victory over Western
State co-leader Cuesta and six in a 6-5 win over
Chpress. Including five saves in a 9-2
conferencewinover Ssouthwestern on Monday, Chance
has 153 saves on he season.
PCAC leaders batter Jags, are 7-0 in
MARCOS (10-24-11) -- First-place Palomar made its even wins
without a loss in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference in women's
water polo on Monday, defeating visiting Southwestern 9-2 behind a
smothering defese and another big game by goalie Heather Chance.
contributed five saves,
Marisa Iraheta (right) helped spark the Comets offensively with
two goals and three steals. Jessica Villareal had two
goals and two assists. Kimi Walters added one goal and three
Also for Palomar (17-6 overall), Aimee Esteves contributed one
goal, two assists and a steal. Chloe Heath had one goal and four
steals. Kylie Brown (3 assists), Dani King (1 goal, 1 assist, 1
steal), Chelsea Menkee (1 assist, 2 steals), Stephanie West (2
assists, 1 steal), Charlie Warburton (1 goal) and Hailey
Holthaus (1 steal) also contributed.
Battle at the Beach hosted by Long Beach City College --
The Comets split four games in the
tournament hosted by Long Beach City College over the weekend.
They lost to Cerritos and Golden West on Friday, then bounced
back on Saturday to beat Cuesta and Cypress.
Cerritos 12, Palomar 5 -- Michele Thornbury had 4
steals for the Comets (17-6)against the Falcons. Chloe Heath and
DaniKing each added 3 steals. Heather Chance had 8 saves in
Golden West 13, Palomar 4 -- Kimi
Walters scored two goals for the Comets against the Rustlers in
Palomar 7, Cuesta 5 -- Thornbury
led the Comets past the Cougars with 2 goals and 5 steals.
Charlie Warburton added 3 steals.Chance had 5 saves.
Palomar 8, Cypress 5 -- Laura Bryant (2
goals), Thornbury (5 steals), ,Warburton (3 assists) and
Chance (6 saves) led Palomar.
Comets down Mesa, remain alone in first
SAN DIEGO (10-19-11) --
Palomar remained alone in first place in the Pacific
Athletic Conference regular-season water polo race
on Wednesday, defeating host San Diego Mesa 6-3.
Goalie Heather Chance (left) recorded seven saves in
allowing only threegoals.
Michelle Thornbury (right) led the Comets (14-4, 6-0) in the
field with two goals and five steals. Stephanie West
also tallied two goals. Laura Bryant and Charlie
Warburton had one goal apiece.
The Olympians are 11-7 overall, 3-4 in conference.
PC starts 3-1 at Miramar,
falls in sudden death
DIEGO (10-14-11 / 10-15-11) --
Coach Kelly Falcone's Palomar women's water polo
squad won its first three games at the Miramar Jets
Invitational on Friday and Saturday before losing
its final game, 10-9 to Grossmont in sudden-death
Palomar 12, Santa
Ana 2 -- Chloe Heath (above) led the Comets
with four goals as they opened tourament play by
routing the Dons. Charlie Warburton, Dani King and
Stephanie West tallied two goals each. Chelsea
Menkee and Kimi Walters added a goal apiece.
Michelle Thorbury led in assists with three. Goalie
Heather Chance had 15 saves.
Palomar 12, Saddleback 7 --
The Comets got four goals from Laura Bryant and three from
Warburton to turn back the Gauchos. Walters, Menekee, Heath and
King each added a goal. Menikee contributed four assists,
Palomar 8, Cypress 6 (OT) --
Palomar got 2 goals each from Bryant, Thornbury and Menikee as
the Comets made it three straight wins over Orange Empire
Confrerence teams to open the tournament. Warburton and King
each scored a goal. Menikee and Tornbury each had four steals
against the Chargers.
Geossmont 10, Palomar 9
(sudden-death OT) -- Menkee and Warburton led the
Comets with three goals apiece. Ashhlee Esteves, Thornury and
Hailey Holthaus each added a goal.
Palomar, which saw its seven-game win
streak come to an end, is 13-4 on the season.
Heather Chance makes one of her 13 saves in Wednesday's win over
Grossmont at Wallace Memorial Pool. -- Photo by Hugh Cox.
BELOW: Chelsea Menkee, who scored two of Palomar's five
goals and also had an assist
Taking a chance pays off; Griffins lose in OT
MARCOS (9-28-11) --
Palomar goalkeeper Heather Chance recorded 13 saves while
allowing only three goals Wednesday.
In the process the Comets' women's water polo squad
knocked off Grossmont 5-3 in overtime at Wallace
Memorial Pool in the teams battle for the undisputed
Pacific Coast Athletic Conference lead.
Chelsea Menkee led coach Kelly Falcone's Comets
(9-3. 4-0 PCAC) offensively with two goals and an
assist, while contributing two steals defensively.
Chloe Heath, Charlie Warburton and Michelle
Thornbury added one goal apiece.
Thornbury, Warbutton and Danielle King added assists
The Comets got off 21 shots on goal.
Palomar led 1-0 after one quarter, and the game was
tied 1-1 at halftime, 3-3 after three quarters and
still 3-3 at the conclusion of regulation play.
Grossmont is 8-4 on the season, 3-1 in the PCAC.
Comets 2-2 at Mt. SAC, then dunk Jaguars
(9-23-11, 9-24-11) / CHULA VISTA (9-26-11) --
The Palomar women's water polo team went 2-2 at the
Mt. SAC Tournament over the weekend, defeating
Saddleback and the host Mounties.
Coach Kelly Falcone's Comets then returned to San
Diego County and blew out Southwestern 16-3 on
Monday, running their Pacific Coast Athletic
Conference record to 3-0.
Chelsea Menkee (left) and Chloe Heath (right) led
the way by scoring three goals each.
Palomar is 8-3 overall with a crucial 2 p.m.
conference game coming up on Wednesday at Wallace
Palomar 10, Saddleback 6 -- The
Comets opened the two-day Mt. SAC Tournament on
Friday, splashing past the Gauchos as Laura Bryant,
Kimi Walters,Charlie Warurton and Dani King each
scored two goals. King also contributed four steals.
Goalie Heather Chance had six saves. Palomar led 2-0
after one quarter and 5-1 at the half, and never was
Long Beach CC 10, Palomar 4 -- In
the second game Saturday, Palomar fell behind 8-0 at
halftime and never could escape from that hole.
Menkee Heath, Warbuton and King each scored one goa
in the loss. Michelle Thornbury and Hailey Hothouse
had four steals apiece.
Cypress 10, Palomar (2 OT / Sudden Death) --
Warburton tallied three goals for the
Comets in a tough loss in Sunday's first game.
Heath and Menkee scored two goals each. Walters and
King ach added a goal. Menkee and Stephanie West
each contributed five steals.
Palomar 12, Mt. SAC 11 (2 OT) --
The Comets rebounded to win their fourth and final
game in the tournament. Menkee scored two goals.
ryant and Thornbury tallied two goals apiece.
Walters, Warburton, Heathand Hothouse each added a
goal. Chance contributed seven sages in goal.
Palomar 16, Southwestern 3 --
Returning to PCAC action on Monday at Southwestern,
the Comets turned a 6-3 halftime lead into a blowout
by outscoring the Jaguars 10-0 in the second half.
Along with Menkee's and Heath's four goals apiece,
Hothouse and Kiley Brown each tallied two goals.
King and West added a goal apiece.
ABOVE: Goalie Heather Chance blocks
a San Diego Mesa shot late in the first half in
Wednesday's 9-3 rout of Olympians at Wallace
Memorial Pool.. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW:
Chelsea Menkee, who scored two goals against the
Comets shut down Mesa with dominant defense
MARCOS (9-21-11) -- Palomar opened its home
water poloseason in dominating fashion on Wednesday
at Wallace Memorial Pool, utilizing a stiffling
defense to down Pacific Coast Athletic Conference
rival San Diego Mesa 9-3.
Goalie Heather Chance set the tone for the Palomar
defense with eight saves.
Chelsea Menkee and Chloe Heath led coach Kelly
Falcone's Comets (4-1, 2-0 PCAC) with three goals
each. Laura Bryant and Kimi Walters scored two goals
Charlie Warburton contributed three seals.
The Olympians are 4-4 on the season, 1-2 in the
Comets begin conference play with victory
SAN DIEGO (9-14-11) --
Palomar began its Pacific Coast Athletic Conference
women's water polo season and ran its overall record
to4 4-1 with a 16-9 win over Miramar on Tuesday in
the Jets' pool.
Kimi Walkers (4 goals), Chloe Heath (3 goals) and
Chelsea Menkee (3 goals) led the Comets' attack
Heather Chance contributed 10 saves in goal.
ABOVE PHOTO: Chloe Heath scores
Palomar's first goal of the game in 16-9 victory
over Miramar (Photo y Hugh Cox)
Comets go 3-1,
finish 5th at Saddleback tourney
MISSION VIEJO (9-9-11
/ 9-10-11) -- After dropping a 7-5 heartbreaker
to Ventura in their first game on Friday, the
Palomar women's water polo team won three straight
to place seventh in the Saddleback Tournament that
completed a two-day run Saturday.
In the Ventura game,
Danbi King scored 2 goals to lead the Comets. Chloe
Heath, Kimi Walters and Chelsea Menkee had 1 goal
Palomar rebounded to
defeat 14-2 in Friday's second game, getting 4 goals
from Menkee, 3 from Jessica Villareal and 2 each
from Hailey Hothouse and Heath. Menkee had 4 assists
and goalie Heather Chance contributed 8 blocks.
The Comets came back to
win their first game Saturday morning over
Saddleback 8-7 as Charlie Warburton tallied 3 goals.
Waltersand and Chance strung 7 blocks together.
Palomar closed out the
tournament with a 12-6 victory over Mt. SAC.
Warburton drilled in 4 goals, Walters 3 and King 2.
Menkee had 5 assists, and Chance had 7 saves.
Women slated to open
2011 season on Sept. 9
(8-28-11) -- The Palomar women's water polo squad, under
coach Kelly Falcone (left), will begin its 2011 season at
the Saddleback Tournament on Sept.9 and 10.
will open their Pacific Coast Athletic Conference season on
Sept. 14 when they travel to Miramar College for a 2:30
play its home opener on Wednesday, Sept. 21, against San
Diego Mesa at Wallace Memorial Pool.
match-up is slated for a 2 p.m. start.
Comets rebound to finish 3rd
in PCAC tourney
Palomar's women's water polo team bounced back from
Friday's loss to San Diego Mesa to finish third in the
Pacific Coast Athletic Conference tournament on Saturday,
defeating tourney host Miramar 11-10.
Colette Reid (left), Kim Walters (right) and Sally Aster each scored
three goals. Reid finished with eight goals in two games in the
tournament. Walters finished with seven goals.
Carissa Gibbons and Alycia Potter each tallied one goal for Palomar
Friday, Palomar dropped a 12-10 decision to San Diego Mesa to begin
the tournament. Reid tallied five goals, Walters four and Dani King
ABOVE: Colette Reid
, who scored three of Palomar's seven goals, pulls the Comets even
at 6-6 with 1:51 left in the fourth quarter. -- Photo by Hugh Cox.
BELOW LEFT: Sally Aster, who scored Palomar's first goal with 59
seconds to play in the third quarter.
Big comeback falls just short vs. PCAC
Palomar was unable to beat Pacific Coast
Athletic Conference regular-season champion Grossmont for the second
time in six days on Thursday in the final game of the regular
But the Comets, who
mounted a huge comeback after being shut out for just under three
quarters, could not have come any closer to doing exactly that.
The Comets, trailing the
Griffins 5-0 with one minute left in the third quarter, rallied to
tie the game and send it to the two mandated three-minute overtimes,
where Grossmont won it 9-7.
The Griffins outscored
the Comets 3-1 in the two extra sessions. Grossmont finished the
regular season 17-7, 8-0 in conference. Palomar, which finished
alone in second place, will take records of 12-12, 5-3 into the
scored three goals for Palomar.
Trailing by the five
goals, the Comets rebounded to tie it up 7-7 after regulation on
goals by Sally Aster, Alicia Potter, Reid, Carlissa Gibbons, Kim
Walters, Reid again and Reid once again, Reid's third score coming
with exactly one minute left.
The Griffins scored in
the first OT on goals lby River Croteau-Hanson and Cecy Inzunza to
Both teams now move on
to the conference tournament which becomes a two-day run next
Friday, Nov. 5, at Miramar College.
Comets top PCAC
leader, 10th-ranked G-House
BEACH / CYPRESS
(10-22-10) (10-23-10) --
The Palomar women's water polo team faced four state Top Ten
teams at the weekend's 13th truWest Battle at the Beach
tournament hosted by Long Beach City College.
pinned a 5-4 loss on state No. 10-ranked and Pacific Coast Athletic
Conference-leading Grossmont but were defeated by No. 2 Long
Beach 13-6, No. 8 Orange Coast 12-8 and No. 5 Cerritos 15-5.
host Grossmont in a PCAC match-up on Thursday at 2 p.m. at
Wallace Memorial Pool. The Comets' men's team, which is tied
with the Griffins and San Diego Mesa for first place, will host
Grossmnt at 3:15.
State No. 2
Long Beach City College 13, Palomar 6 -- Shelly Aster (left)
and Alicia Potter (right) each scored two goals for the Comets.
State No. 8
Orange Coast 12, Palomar 8 -- Kim Walters and Colette Reid
each tallied three goals for the Comets. Aster had five steals.
State No. 10-ranked Grossmont 4 -- The Comets knocked off
the Griffins as Walters led the way with two goals and three
steals. Amanda Vandewarker contributed three assists.
5-ranked Cerritos 15, Palomar 5 -- Reid scored three goals
for Palomar in defeat. Aster dished off three assists. Goalie
Vanessa Fenley logged eight saves.
Palomar gets 3 multi-goal games in
(10-20-10) -- Coach
Kelly Falcone's Palomar women's water polo squad got multi-goal
performances from three players on the way to a 14-4 Pacific
Coast Athletic Conference victory at Southwestern on Wednesday
(left) scored four goals, Colette Reid three and Dani King
two.Krystle Green, Melanie Consiglio, Amanda Vandewarker, Sally
Aster and Carissa Gibbons each added a goal for the Comets (11-8
overall, 5-2 in conference).
out to a 6-0 lead after one quarter and stretched its lead to
9-0 at halftime against the Jaguars (2-16, 0-6).
Palomar goes 2-2 at Miramar; 10 goals
(10-15-10) (10-16-10) --
Colette Reid (left)scored 10 goals as Palomar's women's water
polo team split its four games in the Miramar Jets Classic on
Friday and Saturday.
The Comets, down
6-4 entering the fourth quarter, defeated host Miramar 9-8 in
their first game. Sally Aster scored four goals for Palomar.
Reid had three
goals in the second game, an 8-5 loss to Grossmont.
On Saturday, the
Comets rebounded to take out Cypress 5-4 as Reid again scored
out the tournament by dropping an 8-7 decision to Saddleback in
overtime. Kim Walters had two goals for the Comets (10-8).
Palomar's Colette Reid looks down the pool for an open player in
Wednesday's victory over San Diego Mesa.. -- Photo by Deb Hellman.
BELOW LEFT: Kimberly Walters, who led the Comets with four
goals. BELOW RIGHT: Sally Aster, who tallied two goals.
Comets score two
late goals to defeat SD Mesa
Carissa Gibbons scored the tying goal with 4:43 left and Colette
Reid tallied the game-winner with 2:28 to play on Wednesday, giving
Palomar a 12-11 women's water polo win over San Diego Mesa at
Wallace Memorial Pool.
With the victory,
coach Kelly Falcone's Comets move to 8-6 on the season, 4-2 in the
Pacific Coast Athletic Conference. The Olympians are 5-8, 2-4.
led Palomar with four goals. Reid tallied three goals, Sally
Aster and Gibbons two each and Amanda Vandewarker one.
The Comets led at
halftime 7-6. The Olympians led after three quarters 10-9.
Jets overcome 4 goals each by Gibbons, Reid
Palomar dropped an 11-10
heartbreaker to host Miramar on Wednesday at the Miramar College /
Ned Baumer Aquatic Center.
The Jets came back from
a 9-8 deficit to outscore the Comets 3-1 in the fourth quarter.
Carissa Gibbons (left)
and Colette Reid (right) tallied four goals each for Palomar (7-6,
3-2 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference) in the loss.
Sally Aster and Alicia
Potter each added a goal for the Comets.
Comets lose for
first time in PCAC action
Palomar lost for the first
time in four Pacific Coast Athletic Conference games on Tuesday at
the John Kroc Center in San Diego when Grossmont prevailed 9-6 in a
game that originally was postponed last Thursday due to lightning.
Colette Reid (above) led
Palomar with three goals. Amanda Vandewarker, Kimberly Walters and
Sally Aster each added a goal.
Grossmont (8-3, 3-0)
took over first place in the conference with the victory. The Comets
fell to 7-5, 3-1.
Games are postponed due to lightning
Palomar's women's and men's Pacific Coast Athletic Conference water
polo games against Grossmont at the Joan Kroc Center on Thursday
both were postponed due to lightning.
The games will be
made up on Tuesday, Oct. 5, at the same location with the women
playing at 1 p.m. and the men playing at 2:15 p.m.
Palomar splits four games in Mt.
Palomar split its four games in the Mt.
SAC Tournament over the weekend.
On Friday, the Comets
defeated Cypress 6-5 but lost to Long Beach City College 14-2.
On Saturday, Palomar
dropped its opener to Orange Coast 18-7, then bounced back to beat
the host team, Mt. SAC, 15-6.
Sally Aster (above) led
Palomar (7-4) in the tournament with eight goals.
Palomar 6, Cypress 5
-- Aster and Alycia Potter each tallied two goals to lead the
Comets. Kimberly Walters and Colette Reid had a goal apiece.
Long Beach CC 16,
Palomar 2 -- Krystle Green and Aster tallied one goal apiece for
Orange Coast 18,
Palomar 7 -- The Comets got three goals from Amanda Vandwarker
and one each from Aimee Esteves, Walters, Aster and Carissa Gibbons.
Palomar 15, Mt. SAC 6
-- The Comets jumped to a 10-3 halftime lead and continued on to
the victory as Aster and potter each scored four goals. Gibbons and
Walters each tallied three goals. Vandewarker scored the other goal.
ABOVE: Kimberly Walters leaps out of the water to steal the ball
in the Comets' 16-4 victory over Southwestern. No. 6 is Melanie
Consiglio. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW: Alicia Potter (left)
and Aimee Esteves, who scored three goals apiece for the Comets.
Comets jump to 9-0 lead, win to
go 3-0 in PCC
(9-22-10) -- Palomar
jumped out to a 9-0 lead and remained unbeaten in Pacific Coast
Athletic Conference women's water polo Wednesday, downing
Southwestern 16-4 at Wallace Memorial Pool.
Alicia Potter and
Aimee Esteves each scored three goals as the Comets advanced to 5-2
on the season and 3-0 in conference. Danielle King, Colette Reid,
Amanda Vandewarker and Kimberly Walters each tallied two goals.
Sally Aster (4) and Reid (3) led in assists. Reid and Walters each
contributed three assists. .
Fenley had five saves in goal. Heather Bertram contributged
Walters' goal at the
7:33 mark of the first quarter put the Comets up and they continued
to pepper the net through the first three quarters.
Palomar wins first 2 games, goes
3-3 in tourney
Palomar's women's water polo squad won its first two games in
the Saddleback Tournament over the weekend, then dropped its last
The Comets, who are
3-2 overall, routed Mt. SAC in their tournament opener, after
jumping out to a 7-1 first-quarter lead and extending it to 10-1 at
halftime. Carissa Gibbons (left) scored three goals for Palomar.
Amanda Vandewarker, Kimberly Walters, Dani King, Alycia Potter and
Colette Reid each had two goals.
In its second game,
Palomar beat Ventura 10-5, behind three goals each from Sally Aster
and Reid. Walters and Gibbons added two goals apiece.
The Comets then
suffered their first loss of the season 16-7 to Chaffey. Walters
and Aster each scored two goals.
King tallied two
goals in an 11-5 loss to Fullerton.
Kimberly Walters back-hands in a goal to give Palomar a 5-3 lead in
its season-opening win over Miramar. Walters led the Comets with
five goals. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW: Colette Reid, who
scored three goals.
Comets win opener; Walters, Reid
tally 8 goals
(9-8-10) -- Freshman
2-meter player Kimberly Walters and sophomore driver Colette Reid
scored eight goals between them on Wednesday as Palomar
opened its women's water polo season with a 15-9 win over Miramar.
Valley Center High School, tallied five goals and Reid (Carlsbad
High) scored three goals as the Comets handed Miramar a 16-9 loss at
Wallace Memorial Pool. Carissa Gibbons and Danielle
King added two goals apiece.
Palomar broke a 3-3
tie on three straight goals by Walters to close out the first half. Walters put the Comets in front 4-3 on a penalty shot with
4:38 remaining in the second quarter. Walters then scored at the
4:02 and 2:53 marks to make the score 6-3 at halftime.
Palomar was coming
off a 13-9 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference victory on Wednesday
over San Diego Mesa on the road.
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