at The Dome
Palomar def. San Diego City College 3-1 (25-16, 31-29, 19-25, 25-21)

Orange Empire Conference
at Twin Oaks Golf Club

Palomar 338 (3rd of 9 teams)

Southwest Conference

Palomar 21, Santa Ana 0



at Minkoff Field

vs. Cuyamaca, 3:15 p.m.

at The Dome
"Think Pink" Cancer Awarness and Fundraising Match

vs. Mt. San Jacinto, 5 p.m.

Battle at the Beach hosted by Long Beach City College
Long Beach City College Pool and Cypress College Pool



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CHULA VISTA (10-21-2014) -- Palomar dropped back under .500 in men's soccer on Tuesday when host Southwestern defeated the visiting Comets 4-1.

Miguel Pineda again scored the only Palomar goal. Goalkeeper Roberto Ruiz had six saves.

The Comets go to 5-6-3 on the season and 2-3-1 in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.

The defending conference champion Jaguars are 6-6-4, 5-1 in conference.

Palomar will try to get back on the winning track and back to .500 on Friday when the Comets host Cuyamaca at Minkoff Field, beginning at 3:15 p.m.


MENIFEE (10-21-2014) -- Mt. San Jacinto turned back visiting Palomar 4-1 in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Northern Division women's soccer game on Tuesday.

Valentina Zito had nine saves in goal for the Comets. Rachel Stahl scored the lone Palomar goal off Renee Old's assist.

Palomar fell to 6-6-2 on the season, 1-4 in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Northern Division. Mt. San Jacinto is 10-1-3 on the season, 2-0-1 in conference.


COSTA MESA (10-20-2014) -- Palomar's women's golf squad won a tie-breaker to take third place in the latest nine-team Orange Empire Conference match that was hosted by Orange Coast on Monday at Costa Mesa Country Club.

Ties are broken by the best No. 5 score, with the Comets' Samantha Runnels finishing two strokes up on her Fullerton opponent 96 to 98. Her effort knocked the Hornets down to fourth place in team competition.

College of the Desert (314) and Irvine Valley (345) again placed 1-2. Palomar and Fullerton both had 347 scores not counting the tie-breaker.

Finishing in fifth through ninth place were Saddleback (350), Mt. SAC (366), Orange Coast (372), Cuyamaca (390) and Mt. San Jacinto (no score).

Jessica Campbell and Sydney Houser both shot 86s for the Comets. Brittany Bilek had an 87. Deanna Bird finished at 88.

Palomar picked up six wins and two losses in head-to-head competition with the other eight teams.


NORWALK (10-18-2014) -- After losing 27-12 to eventual champion Mt. SAC in their second-round match, Palomar's wrestlers came back to finish in third place in the Southern California Dual Championships on Saturday at Cerritos College.

The Comets began the tournament with a 24-19 victory over Rio Hondo. After the loss to Mt. SAC, Palomar rebounded to defeat Santa Ana 21-18 in the third-place semis and Cuesta 18-12 in the third-place match.

Alex Graves, back at 184 pounds after wrestling at 197 earlier in the week, went 4-0 on the day for the Comets and remained undefeated on the season at 13-0. Frank Sandoval went 3-1 at 125 pounds.

Palomar winners in the third-place match against Cuesta were Sandoval at 125 (5-3 decision over Oscar Velasco), Alberto Garcia at 133 (9-3 over George Sakkas), Cody Doyle at 174 (5-4 over Jeff Sanchez), Graves at 184 (4-1 over Amir Bakhshi) and 285-pounder  Adam Waller (2-0 over Brett Kimball).

Waller recoded back-to-back pins to decide both the Santa Ana and Cuesta matches. The Comets trailed the Dons 18-15 going into the heavyweight bout and trailed the Cougars 21-16 entering the championship bout.


SAN MARCOS (10-17-2014) -- Grossmont College, which entered its Pacific Coast Athletic Conference first-place women's volleyball showdown with Palomar undefeated, wasted little time Friday demonstrating why it reached the state championship match last season and why it's currently ranked third in California.

The Griffins turned back the Comets 3-0 (25-9, 25-23, 25-18) at the Dome, advancing to 16-0 on the season and 7-0 in conference along the way.

Palomar (11-3, 5-2) gave the visitors everything they could handle in the second set, and had its moments in the third set. But the Comets were never able to climb back in the match after the devastating opening set.

Palomar led three times as the second set wore on by scores of 14-13, 17-16 and 19-18. The Comets also jumped out to a 2-0 lead to begin the third set.

Maci Lerno came up big in defeat for the Comets with 10 kills, 8 digs and 1.5 blocks. Madi Stark added 6 kills and 2 aces.

For Grossmont, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo transfer Lexi Reddick led in kills with 17. Alyssa Cortez had five kills.


SAN MARCOS (10-17-2014) -- Palomar led at halftime but dropped a 2-1 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Northern Division decision to defending conference champion San Diego Miramar on Friday at Minkoff Field.

Rachel Stahl gave the Comets (6-5-2, 1-3-0) a 1-0 lead at the half when she scored in the 45th minute from a 35-yard free kick from Elexus Garcia.

But the Jets (8-2-1, 3-0-1), a 2013 State Final Eight team that came in ranked No 7 in Southern California, andswered in the second half on goals by Sydni Scolari in the 57th minute and Taylor Wolever in the 58th minute.

Valentina Zito had 13 saves in goal for Palomar. Miramar's Stephanie Carlson had one save.

The Jets are 8-1.


SAN MARCOS (10-17-2014) -- Miguel Pienda scored Palomar's lone goal on Friday in a 4-1 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference men's soccer loss to visiting MiraCosta at Minkoff Field.

The goal came on a penalty kick.

Roberto Ruiz, the Comets' goalkeeper, had five saves.

Palomar falls to 5-5-3 on the season, 2-2-1 in the PCAC. MiraCosta is 6-5-1, 3-2.


(UPDATED AT 9:25 P.M. ON WED., OCT. 22




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WRESTING: Palomar 21, Santa Ana 20

Comets get three wins by pins to edge Dons

SANTA ANA (10-22-2014) -- Palomar won by pin at 125, 133 and 174 pounds on Wednesday night to edge host Santa Ana 21-20 in a Southwest Conference wrestling match at Cook Gym.

The Comets (8-2, 1-1), ranked seventh in California compared to the Dons' No. 9 state ranking, jumped out to an early 12-0 after the first two bouts.

Frank Sandoval (left) pinned Eliseo Medina in 1:55 in the 125-pound match and 133-pounder Albrto Garcia (right) pinned Ezekiel Jiminez in 2:32.

Santa Ana cut Palomar's lead to 12-10 by winning by major decision at 141 and with decision victories at both 149 and 157.

The Comets' Erik Collin, the state's fifth-ranked 165-pounder, took down the Dons' Eric Roberts early in their match and continued on to a 5-3 decision victory, bumping Palomar's lead to 15-10.

Enter unbeaten (14-0) Alex Graves, who cut from 184 pounds, where he's ranked first in the state, to 174 pounds. Graves jumped in front of the state's No. 3-ranked 174-pounder Micah Macias 10-3, then pinned Macias with 7 seconds remaining in the second period.

Palomar led at that point 21-10 and held on for the victory when Santa Ana won the 184, 197 and heavyweight bouts.

Graves, a freshman from San Marcos High School, has records of 12-0 at 184 pounds, 1-0 at 197 pounds and now 1-0 at 174 pounds.

W. VOLLEYBALL: Comets 3, Knights 1

State No. 19 PC tops No. 23 City, alone in 2nd

SAN MARCOS (10-22-2014) -- Led by a 20-kill performance by Maci Lerno (left), Palomar took over undisputed second place in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference in women's volleyball on Wednesday night at The Dome.

The Comets (12-3, 6-2), ranked No. 19 in the state, pinned a 3-1 (25-26, 31-29, 19-25, 25-21) defeat on No. 23-ranked San Diego City College. The Knights, who get another shot at Palomar in San Diego in the last match of the regular season on Nov. 21, were tied with the Comets for second place prior to Wednesday.

Lerno's kills, and two kills and a service ace by Madi Stark which gave the Comets their 23rd through 25th points, boosted Palomar to the lop-sided win in the first set.

Lerno's kill put the Comets on top 30-29 in the marathon second set as the Comets battled back from an early 13-8 deficit. Palomar won it when City hit a ball into the net, handing the Comets their 31st point.

Ater the Knights won set No. 3, Maci Stark (above right) contributed five kills late in the third set to give the Comets their 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd and deciding 25th points.

Rylee Zimmerman also had a big ALL-AROUND match for Palomar, which still trails first-place and state third-ranked Grossmont by two matches in the PCAC. The Griffins (17-0, 8-0) defeated Imperial Valley on Wednesday 3-0 (25-10, 25-14, 25-16).

Mt. San Jacinto, a five-set winner over San Diego Mesa, and MiraCosta, which swept winless Southwestern, remain one match behind the Comets in the conference with 5-3 records. Mt. San Jacinto visits The Dome on Friday for Palomar's annual "Think Pink" Cancer Awareness fund-raising match (see below).


Palomar golfer Deanna Bird hits out of a sandtrap during nine-team Orange Empire Conference match on Wednesday at the Comets' home course,Twin Oaks Golf Club. Bird shot a 78. Palomar placed third with a 338. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Comets place 3rd again as Bird cards a 78

SAN MARCOS (10-22-2014) -- Deanna Bird carded a 78 at Twin Oaks Golf Club on Wednesday as Palomar took its second third-place finish of the week in an Orange Empire Conference nine-team match.

Also for the Comets, Jessica Campbell shot 82, Sydney Houser 86, Brittany Bilek 92 and Samantha Runnels 94 for the throw-out score.

College of the Desert, which is running away with the conference championship, won with a 314 and an 8-0 head-to-head record for the day against the other teams in the conference. Irvine Valley was second with a 321 and a 7-1 win-loss record, with Palomar checkng in at 338 and a 6-2 record in its third-place finish.

Rounding out the team results: Saddleback 345, Fullerton 350, Orange Coast 373, Mt. SAC no score (not enough entrants) and Mt. San Jacinto no score (also not enough entrants).

AWARDS: Southern Conf., PCAC

Amu named Defensive Player, Athlete of Week

LONG BEACH / SAN DIEGO (10-21-2014) -- Palomar football player Toeafua Amu has received two awards for his performance in the Comets' 20-10 victory over Orange Coast on Saturday night in Escondido.

Amu, a sophomore outside linebacker from El Camino High School, was selected Defensive Player of the Week by the Southern Conference and Men's Athlete of the Week for all sports by the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.

With the Comets trailing 10-0 six minutes into the second half on Saturday, Amu turned the game around on one play. He intercepted a pass and returned it 42 yards for the touchdown that got Palomar on the scoreboard. The play ignited a win that put them in a tie for second place in the Southern Conference, one game behind Fullerton, the defending Southern California Community College champion and 2013 state runner-up.

Amu also had five tackles (four solo, all for losses).

W. VOLLEYBALL: 'Think Pink' Fundraiser

Maci Lerno, Palomar's returning first-team All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference selection, celebrates a point that helped propel the Comets past MiraCosta in the deciding set two weeks ago in Oceanside. Coach Kyle Seiler is at the right of the picture. The Comets will host their annual "Think Pink" match on Friday at 5 p.m. at The Dome when they face Mt. San Jacinto and state kill leader Taylor Kushner. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Proceeds to be donated to Koman Foundation

SAN MARCOS (20-21-2014) -- Proceeds from Palomar's "Think Pink" home women's volleyball match against Mt. San Jacinto and state kill leader Taylor Kushner on Friday evening will be donated to the Susan G. Koman Foundation for Cancer Research.

"We're asking the campus community to join in this effort," Palomar athletic director Scott Cathcart said.

Last year, Susan G. Komen's community grants provided financial and social support for more than 50,000 families impacted by breast cancer. The Foundation's methods inclue education, sjpport for research, extension of grants to provide financial and emotional assistance to those affected and to advocate for better public breast cancer policy. In the broader sence, the foundation works to ensure quality care for all and invest in the science to find a cure.

Prior to Friday's match, the state No. 19-ranked Comets will host No. 23-ranked San Diego City College on Wednesday at 5 p.m. in a match-up of the two teams that are tied for second place behind state No. 3-ranked Grossmont in the conference.

Palomar comes in to this week's two home matches with records of 11-3 on the season and 5-2 in the PCAC.

FOOTBALL: Comets 20, Pirates 10

ABOVE: Toeafua Amu (41), Junior Tau (partially hidden in the middle and Drew Madera (52) swarm Orange Coast receiver Mark Munson. -- Photo by Stephen Davis. BELOW LEFT: Amu, who returned an interception 42 yards for Palomar's first touchdown. BELOW RIGHT: Malohi Makihele, who also had an interception. The Comets' other interception came courtesy of Diovanni Brewer.

Interceptions ignite come-from-behind victory

ESCONDIDO (10-18-2014) -- After playing lackluster football for much of the evening and trailing Orange Coast in a Southern Conference game 10-0 a little under six minutes into the second half on Saturday night, it turned out Palomar had the Pirates right where they wanted them.

Interceptions and healthy returns by linebacker Toeafua Amu (left), linebacker Malohi Makihele (right) and defensive back Diovanni Brewer all resulted in touchdowns and ignited a 20-10 come-from-behind victory over the Pirates at Wilson Stadium. The Comets (5-2, 2-1) enter their bye week in a tie for second place in the conference behind 2013 Southern California champion and state runner-up Fullerton.

With the visiting Pirates on top by 10 points and in possession of the ball in a second-and-3 situation at their own 37 in the third quarter, Amu picked off a Kody Whitaker pass and returned it 41 yards down the right side for the touchdown that got Palomar on the scoreboard. Patrick Koch's PAT kick cut Orange Coast's lead to 10-7 with 9:41 remaining in the period.

After the ensuing kickoff, the Pirates drove from their own 37 yard line to the Palomar 7, which is when Makihele broke their backs with the second pick of the night. He intercepted Whitaker at the goal line and returned the pick 70 yards. A penalty for an illegal block early on the return brought the ball back and left the Comets with a first down at their own 22 yard-line.

With quarterback Brett Hollingsworth completing five passes, including two to Daniel Warren and two to Damon Nolan, Palomar went 78 yards in eight plays in a drive that took only 2 minutes, 46 seconds. Hollingsworth connected with M.J. Bailey on a 12-yard pass play for the go-ahead touchdown and Koch converted to put the Comets on top 14-10 with 3:20 remaining in the third quarter.

The Comets added a 40-yard TD pass play from Hollinsworth to Wayne Ganan with 7:26 left in the game. The touchdown came on the first snap after Brewer intercepted another Whitaker pass at the Palomar 12 and returned it 45 yards to the Orange Coast 43. The Pirates' Gilbert Gildersleeve blocked Koch's PAT attempt.

The TD gave Palomar a 20-10 lead, which is the way the game ended.

Hollingsworth hit on 14-of-27 pass attempts for 169 yards and two touchdowns after relieving Mitch Bartram, who started the game at quarterback. Nolan, Warren and Bailey caught 14 of those passes for 143 yards. Justin Harris rushed for 57 yards on 14 carries and was instrumental in controlling the ball for the Comets as time ticked down down the stretch.

Cory Salazar, Brewer and Drew Madera each had eight tackles for the Comets and combined for 3.5 tackles for losses and two sacks. As a team, Palomar tackled the Pirates 15 times for losses, including 7 sacks.

Madera recovered an Orange Coast fumble. Javonte O'Roy and Brewer broke up a combined seven passes.

The hit of the night was delivered by defensive end Dylan Donahue, who played in situations returning from an injury that kept him out of last week's win over Moorpark.

On one of his patented clean but violent hits, Donahue leveled a Orange Coast player on Brewer's interception return, adding 20 yards to the end of the return. The player collapsed when he got up and tried to walk off the field but eventually was revived and was helped off. He did not appear to be hurt seriously.

Codey Wuthrich deposited five of his eight punts inside the 20-yard line.



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