FRIDAY, FEB. 24
M., W. SWIMMING
Golden West Invitational
at Golden West College pool
W. BEACH VOLLEYBALL
Golden West 3-way
at Golden West College courts
W. TRACK & FIELD
Cerritos College Open
at Falcon Stadium, Cerritos College, Norwalk
at Palomar College field
vs. Antelope Valley, 2 games, noon
at Palomar College Ballpark
Sacramento City College, 2 p.m.
at The Dome
vs. Golden West, 2 p.m.
at Riverside City College
vs. Riverside, 2 p.m.
SATURDAY, FEB. 24
M., W. SWIMMING
Mt. SAC Invitational
Mt. San Antonio College pool
at Palomar College Ballpark
Sacramento City College, 11 a.m.
W. TRACK & FIELD
at Cal State
PC WOMEN WILL PLAY ORANGE COAST
FOR 4TH TIME ON FRIDAY IN REGIONALS
WHITTIER (2-20-2017) -- The Palomar
women's basketball team has been
seeded fifth and will face Orange
Coast for the fourth time this
season to begin the CCCAA Southern
California Regionals on Friday.
Tipoff will be at 7 p.m.
The Comets had the best RPI in
Southern California entering Pacific
Coast Athletic Conference North
and have been ranked as high as No.
3 in the state.
But the weakness of both the PCAC North
teams and the PCAC overall, both
with the exception of only North champion Palomar
and second-place Mt. San Jacinto, played havoc
with the Comets' RPI leading into
The top four Southern California
seeds are Mt. SAC, East Los Angeles,
Ventura and Cypress.
If Palomar defeats Orange Coast, the
Comets will play either Cypress or
Moorpark (on Saturday, March 4) in
one of two regional championship
games for the right to advance to
what this season will be the CCCAA
State Championship Elite Eight at
Las Positas College in Livermore.
A Palomar-Cypress game would be
played at Cypress. An upset win by
Moorpark on Saturday would send what
would be a Moorpark at Palomar
match-up to The Dome.
The Comets have defeated Orange
Coast thee times this season, by
70-46 (on Nov. 11), 74-44 (on Dec.
3) and 90-53 (on Dec. 21).
Palomar coach Leigh Marshall was
team captain and starting point
guard on Orange Coast's state
championship team in 2002-2003.
SD CITY EDGES PALOMAR 5-4 IN
KEY PCAC MEN'S TENNIS MATCHUP
SAN MARCOS (2-34-2007) -- Palomar
dropped a 5-4 decision to
first-place San Diego City College
in a Pacific Coast Athletic
Conference men's tennis match on
Thursday at City College's courts.
Peter Trhac had another big day for
the Comets, however. He swept the
Knights' Daniel Villa Rosas 6-1, 6-1
in No. 2 singles and teamed witih
Kyle Le to defeat Villa Rosas and
Patrick Meyer 6-2, 6-0 in No. 1
Le, a winner in No. 2 singles and
Dean Vo, a winner in No. 4 singles,
supplied Palomar with its other
City College moved to 4-1 (4-0 in
conference) while the Comets fell to
PALOMAR WOMEN DROP PCAC MATCH TO
RIVAL SAN DIEGO MESA
SAN MARCOS (2-34-2007) -- Palomar
dropped a 5-4 Pacific Coast Athletic
Conference women's tennis match to
visiting San Dieo Mesa on Thursday.
The Comets' wins came from Chihiro
Nishijima at No. 2 singles, Summer
Aguirre at No. 3 series, Alana
Golder at No. 5 singles and the team
of Golder and Nicole Burns at No. 2
COMETS TURN BACK SANTIAGO CANYON IN
FOUR SETS IN MEN'S V'BALL
ORANGE (2-25-2017) -- keven Bentley
put down 17 kills on Wednesday
evening as Palomar's men's
volleyball team defeated host
Santiago Canyon in a Pacific Coast
Athletic Conference match 25-16,
21-25, 25-18, 25-23.
Also for the Comets, Chandler
Matteson delivered 11 kills and
seven blocks. Adam Soberon had nine
PALOMAR WOMEN'S TENNIS TEAM FALLS TO
MSJ IN PCAC MATCH
SAN MARCOS / NORWALK (2-21-2017) --
Palomar's women's tennis team
dropped a 8-1 Pacific Coast Athletic
Conference decision to visiting Mt.
San Jacinto on Tuesday.
Chihiro Nishjima was the Comets'
only winner on the day, defeating
the Eagles' Scarlett Steel 6-4, 6-2
in No. 2 singles.
At Norwalk, the Palomar men's team
lost to Cerritos 9-0 in a
COMETS BURY SADDLEBACK IN SOFTBALL
WITH 22-HIT ATTACK
MARCOS (2-17-2017) -- Palomar's
softball team got in its game with
Saddleback on Saturday before the
rains hit, to the detriment of the
The Comets pounded out 22 hits, led
by Mo Lopez (left), Tiare Paopao
(right), Brie Dunckel, Taylour
Fa'asua, Madisyn Turman and Bailey
Romano with three apiece, in a game
in which Saddleback led 3-0 in the
middle of the third inning.
Lopez homered twice, tripled and
drove in 3 runs. Paopao homered,
doubled twice and also drove in
three runs. Dunckel tripled, and
Taylor Willis (2-for-5) doubled and
had 2 RBIs.
Samantha Smith put the icing on the
cake for Palomar, throwing one-hit,
scoreless ball over the final 2 1/3
to record her first save in relief
of Lopez, the winner who was making
her first appearance of the season.
The other multiple hitter for
coach Lacey Craft was Dionne Macias
with two. Lexi Williams had two
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BASEBALL: Comets 13, Pirates 4
Haskell, Semon lead PC to rout of
MESA (2-21-2017) -- Cameron Haskell
(left) went 4-for-6 with a home run,
two doubles and six RBIs and Ryan
Semon (right) pitched seven strong
relief innings to advance his
win-loss record to 3-0 on Tuesday,
lifting visiting Palomar to a 13-4
non-conference baseball victory
over Orange Coast.
Facing a team that had steamrolled
everyone in its path to start the
season 10-1, the Comets stunned the
Pirates by scoring eight runs in the
top of the first inning and never
Haskell, who is taking his
recruiting trip to the University of
Arizona on Tuesday, doubled to drive
in a run, then singled in two more
runs as Palomar sent 13 batters to
the plate in the top of the first.
He also slugged a three-run home run
over the rightfield fence at Wendell
Pickens field in the third inning
and doubled in the top of the ninth.
Meanwhile, Semon came on in relief
with none out and the bases loaded
in the second and pitched seven
The red-shirt freshman left-hander
from Valley Center High School
allowed only an unearned run on a
lone infield hit, a seventh-inning
chopper to the left side off the bat
of Orange Coast's Luke Hussung.
Conor McKenna, charging in from
shortstop, couldn't find a handle
and wisely held onto the ball.
Semon, who has not allowed an earned
run all season, retired 15 batters
in a row leading up to Hussung's
The Comets jumped right on Orange
Coast starter Cameron Jabara, who
came in with a 3-0 record, to begin
Joey Cooper (2-for-6 for the day)
doubled. Jordan Gardner (1-for-2
while reaching twice as a hit
batter) bunted for a single. Haskell
doubled, driving in Cooper. With one
out, McKenna (2-for-4, hit by pitch,
sacrifice fly) singled to drive in
Gardner and Haskell. Jonathan
Vizcaino (3-for-5) singled. Gabe Willes
singled to drive in McKenna. Tristan
King singled, scoring Vizcaino. An
error on the throw to first on a
drag bunt by Marco Young (2-for-5, 2
doubles, RBI) allowed Willes to
That brought Palomar back to the top
of the order. After Cooper lined out
to the shortstop, Gardner was hit by
a pitch. And Haskell, batting for
the second time in the inning,
singled do drive in King and Young.
Grant Buck went 2-for-6 with a
double. In all, the Comets banged
out 18 hits off three Orange Coast
After playing five straight games on
the road, The Comets will return to
Palomar College Ballpark at the week
to play a two-game series with
Sacramento City College at 2 p.m.
Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday.
Prior to the regularly-scheduled
game, the teams completed their Feb.
10 game, which was suspended because
of darkness with Orange Coast coming
to bat in the top of the ninth
inning and the Comets leading the
Pirates 5-4. When the game resumed,
Orange Coast tied the game with a
run in the ninth and went on to win
in 12 innings 8-7. For the game,
Buck wound up going 3-for-5 with two
RBIs. McKenna was 2-for-4 with two
doubles. Cooper went 2-for-4.
Haskell, who had worked the final
2/3 of an inning to get the Comets
out of the Orange Coast eighth on
Feb. 10, went back to the mound on
Tuesday, surrendered the tying run
in the ninth but then pitched three
additional scoreless innings before
coming out of the game.
MEN'S GOLF: PCAC Neutral Site Match
Comets go 2-2 at famed Torrey Pines
SAN DIEGO (2-22-2017) -- Playing on
the Torrey Pines Golf Club North
Course that hosted some of the best
players in the world during the
Farmers Insurance Open on January
26-29, Palomar finished fourth in a
five-team Pacific Coast Athletic
Conference Neutral Site match
College of the Desert won with a 376
total (going 4-0), followed by Mt.
San Jacinto (384, 3-1), the Comets
(387, 2-2), Cuyamaca (398, 1-3) and
El Camino College (416, 0-4).
"It was a privilege to play Torrey,"
said Palomar coach Mark Halda.
"We have to find a way to squeeze a
couple strokes off each player;s
round in order to compete for the
conference championship," Halda
added. "We need each player to shoot
75 or better. Do that and we have a
chance to be a solid team. We're
close, but we need to take that next
COD's Vincent Brunet and COD's
Gauthier Adams shot even-par 72
scores to tie for medalist honors on
the 6,781-yard course.
For Palomar, Tyler Cress (left)
carded a 75. Max Wittmack, Patrick
Gorman, Brad Cain and Grant Everson
all shot 78s. Ben Smith had an 85
for the throw-out score.
W. BASKETBALL: All-Conference
ABOVE: Palomar's Roshell Lamug, a
sophomore guard out of Mission Hills
High School, is the PCAC North
Division's women's basketball Player
of the Year. -- Photo by Hugh Cox.
BELOW: Coach of the Year Leigh
Lamug is Player of Year; Marshall
Coach of Year
DIEGO (2-18-2017) -- Pacific Coast
Athletic Conference North Division
coaches selected Palomar's Roshell
Lamug as Player of the Year on
Saturday. Lamug helped lead the
Comets to a 25-2 regular season,
their third straight conference
championship and its fourth in the
last five years.
Palomar's Leigh Marshall was voted
Coach of the Year honors.
PC teammates joining Lamug on the
all-conference first team are
Cheyenne Ertz, Ariana Hernandez and
Lamug is a sophomore guard from
Mission Hills High School. Ertz is
also a sophomore guard out of
Mission Hills. Hernandez is a
sophomore guard from Murrieta Valley
High. And Todd is a freshman guard
from Mission Hills.
Two Comets were selected to the
second team -- Regina Sheffield, a
sophomore guard from Paloma Valley
High in Menifee and Allie Israel, a
sophomore guard from Mission Hills.
Kendall Crosby, a freshman forward
from Rancho Buena Vista High, and
Christina Ellis, a sophomore guard
from Torrey Pines High, were awarded
MEN'S BASKETBALL: PC 94, COD 76
Brevin Robinson dunks the ball in
the first half in Palomar's 94-76
victory over visiting College of the
Desert to close out the regular
season on Friday night. -- Photo by
Comets shoot down Roadrunners in
SAN MARCOS (2-17-2017) -- Palomar
shot 58.8 percent in the second half
and came back from a one-point
halftime deficit to turn back
College of the Desert 94-76 in The
Dome to close out the men's
basketball season on Friday night.
The Comets got a double-double (19 points
and 10 rebounds) from
Brevin Robinson, 19 points and seven
rebounds from LeVale Coleman, 15 points, six rebounds and a
block from Keegan
Cummins, and 15 points from Jackson Strong.
Along the way, they
avenged a first-round Pacific Coast
Athletic Conference upset loss to
the Roadrunners in Palm Desert.
Coach John O'Neill's squad put four
exclamation points on the victory in
the form of four violent dunks,
including one by Cumming one minute, 23 seconds
into the second half that fueled a
run during which the Comets, who had
trailed by 42-41 at intermission,
took control of the game.
Zach Hatch came off the bench to
spark the Comets with nine points in
a seven-minute span in the second
half. He also dished off two
assists. Matt Beeler added seven
points and also had a dunk, 10
rebounds, nine assists and three
Kevin Hardyway, who has been
sidelined and on crutches with a leg
injury, made a cameo appearance at
the beginning of the second half and
drained a 3-pointer 1 minute, 23
seconds into the half. That set off
a celebration by the Comets' lone
sophomore's teammates on "Sophomore