at Minkoff Field
Palomar 2, West Los Angeles 0

Southern Cal Preview Meet
hosted by L.A. Trade Tech
at Woodley Park, Van Nuys

Palomar 337 (11th place)

Southern Cal Preview Meet
hosted by L.A. Trade Tech
at Woodley Park, Van Nuys

Palomar 649 (26th place)

at Minkoff Field
West Hills Lemoore 2, Palomar 1.

SD Mesa Tournament, Day 1
at Grossmont College Gym (alternate site)
vs. Cerro Coso

Mt. SAC Tournament, Day 1
at Mt. San Antonio College Pool
vs. Fullerton
vs. Santa Ana


at Mt. San Antonio College Gym
First matches, 9 a.m.

at Minkoff Field
vs. Cosumnes River, 2 p.m.

at Merrill Douglas Stadium
San Diego Mesa College
vs. SD Mesa, 6 p.m.

SD Mesa Tournament, Day 2
at San Diego Mesa College Gym
vs. Cerro Coso

Mt. SAC Tournament, Day 2
at Mt. San Antonio College Pool


THROUGH 9-18-2014


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SAN MARCOS (9-19-2014) -- Palomar played its first men's soccer game in 14 days on Friday.

The time off didn't appear to be good to the Comets.

It also didn't help that they were facing an opponent, West Hills Lemoore, that was playing its eighth game of the season, compared with only the second game for Palomar.

 The Golden Eagles, who haven't lost in 53 days, scored on a header in the 64th minute to break a 1-1 tie and turn back the Comets 2-1 for their seventh straight victory.

West Hills Lemoore is one goal away from being undefeated and hasn't lost since dropping its season opener 2-1 to 2013 Northern Calfornia semifinalist Santa Rosa back on Aug. 27.

Trailing 1-0, Palomar had tied the non-conference game in the 22nd minute when Candido Balbuena scored from 35 yards out.

The Comets will be home again on Saturday when they host Cosumnes College from Sacramento at 2 p.m.


IRVINE (9-08-2014) -- The Palomar women's golf team again finished in the middle of the pack in an Orange Empire Conference nine-team match hosted by Irvine Valley College on Wednesday at Oak Creek GC.

College of the Desert won the match with a 332 score, followed in order by Saddleback (345), Fullerton (347), Irvine Valley (349), the Comets (352), Mt. SAC (363), Orange Coast (380), Cuyamaca (401) and Mt. San Jacinto (partial team, no score).

For Palomar, Brittany Bilek shot an 86, Jessica Campbell (88), Deanna Bird (89), Sidney Houser (89) and Samantha Runnels (93, the throw-out score)


SAN MARCOS (9-12-2014) -- Rachel Stahl's goal in the 65th minute on Friday lifted Palomar to a 2-1 victory over Southwestern in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference cross-division women's soccer game at Minkoff Field.

Stahl broke a 1-1 halftime tie as coach Hector Hernandez' Comets upped their overall record to 2-1-1.

Kiatlyn Crone scored on a penalty shot in the 30th minute to put Palomar on top 1-0. Southwestern (1-3-1) tied the game in the 45th minute.

Goalkeeper Valentina Zito contributed seven saves for the Comets.

PCAC cross-division games count as non-confernce games. Palomar plays in the PCAC's Northern Division. Southwestern plays in the Southern Division


SAN MARCOS (9-09-2014) -- Palomar broke out of a scoreless funk in women's soccer on Tuesday at Minkoff Field as Kaitlyn Crone (left), a sophomore midfielder from Tracy, CA, led the Comets to a 7-0 non-conference rout of visiting El Camino Compton Center with a hat trick and an assist.

It was the Comets first victory after a 0-0 tie and a 2-0 loss.

Rachel Stahl, who finished with a goal and an assist, gave Palomar a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute when she headed in an assist from Crone on a corner kick. Crone then scored unassisted goals in the 19th and 28th minute and added third goal off goalkeeper Valentina Zito's punt that went for an assist, bringing the score to Comets 4, Tarters 0 in the 38th minute. Denisse Ponce's unassisted goal in the 43rd minute made it 5-0 at the half.

The Comets tacked on a pair of second-half goals by Carmen Hernandez (assisted by Stahl) in the 62nd minute and Renee Old (unassisted) in the 88th minute.

Zito recorded four saves as she contributed her second shutout of the season..

Palomar evened its record at 1-1-1. El Camino Compton Center falls to 2-3.


SAN MARCOS (9-10-2014) -- Palomar's three-match win streak to begin the women's volleyball season went by the boards in three sets in its home opener on Wednesday at The Dome, courtesy of the state's No. 2-ranked community college team, Irvine Valley.

The Lasers swept the state 14th-ranked Comets 25-18, 25-17, 25-15 as the visitors advanced to 3-0 on the season, including a five-set victory over the nation's second-ranked NAIA team, Concordia University of Irvine.

Palomar played its best volleyball early in the match, coming back from a 6-0 deficit in the first set to pull even at 6-6 and then 7-7. The Comets also were down by only one point, at 13-12, midway through the second half. But they never were able to take a lead in 1-hour, 44-minute non-conference match-up.


(UPDATED AT 8:40 P.M. ON FRI., 9/19/2014)




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FOOTBALL: Comets at SD Mesa

ABOVE: Speedy Damon Nolan will start at slot receiver and return punts for the Comets at San Diego Mesa on Saturday evening. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW LEFT: Charlie Long, a Poway High School product and a transfer from Purdue, will be one of Palomar's two co-captains for the game. Long is the Comets' starting center. BELOW RIGHT: Bryan Jones, a sophomore starting corner from Great Oak High School in Temecula who will be Saturday's other co-captain

PC will try to bounce back to first-game form

SAN DIEGO (11-19-2014) -- Palomar will attempt to win for the second time in three 2014 football games on Saturday when the Comets go on the road to play non-conference opponent San Diego Mesa at the Olympians' Merrill Douglas Stadium.

Coach Joe Early is dead sure of one thing. The Comets will be much better off if they play like they did in their opener in a come-from-behind victory over Citrus, as opposed to their performance last week when they sleep-walked through an embarrasing loss to a powerhouse Long Beach City College team.

"We have to play back to the way we played against Citrus," Early said. "They want to win as badly as we do. They're 1-1 just like we are. They're playing us at their place. They play with a lot of energy. We've got to match that energy."

Mesa, a member of the Mountain Conference in the lower tier, non-playoff eligible American Division, will be getting its only shot of the year against an opponent from the upper-tier National Division. Only teams from the National Division are eligible for the four-team Southern California Community College playoffs and are able to advance to the CCCAA State Championship game.

Bottom line: This is a "statement game" for the Olympians. And it's what is referred to as a "trap game" for the Comets of the powerful Southern Conference, one of three conferences in Southern California's upper tier.

Palomar will have a new starting quarterback Saturday evening in Mitch Bartram, an Escondido High School product who steps in for Brett Hollingsworth, the starter the first two weeks. Hollingsworth apparently suffered an undetected concussion early in the Long Beach game but played on and off into the fourth quarter before saying anything.

The big-play performer for the Comets on offense the first two games has been sophomore receiver M.J. Bailey, a San Marcos High product and a nephew of all-time Palomar great Jerry Garrett. Bailey has caught 15 passes for 195 yards and an average of 13.0 yards per reception the first two weeks of the season

End Dillon Donahue, a sophomore from Billings, Montana, and cornerback Bryan Jones from Temecula's Great Oak High School have been the Comets' defensive leaders. Donahue leads the team in tackles (19), solo tackles (12), sacks (4), tackles for losses (5) and quarterback hurries (3).

Jones, Saturday night's other co-captain, is second in tackles (15) and solo tackles (10), broke up what would have been a touchdown pass in the left corner of the end zone against Long Beach and also has an interception that was called back.

DeAngelo Ivey, the other startering corner and a freshman from Carver High in Atlanta, intercepted a pass six yards deep in the end zone and ran it out 62 yards to the Long Beach 44-yard line in last Saturday's game.

W. SOCCER: Palomar 2, West L.A. 0

Zito pitches 3rd shutout; Comets go to 3-1-1

SAN MARCOS (11-19-2014) -- Freshman goalie Valentina Zito (left) recorded her third shutout of the season on Friday and Palomar's women's soccer team continued its radical turn-around from 2013, taking a 2-0 non-conference decision from West Los Angeles at Minkoff Field.

After a scoreless first half, Palomar's Rachel Stahl broke the ice with a goal in the 62nd minute. Evelyn Garcia added the Comets' second goal in the 65th minute.

Zito had six saves as Palomar upped its 2014 record to 3-1-1.

CROSS COUNTRY: SoCal Preview Meet

Jessica Steinhoff (top photo) and Matt Bellah both fight their way through crowds on Friday in the Southern California Community College Preview Meet at Woodley Park in Van Nuys. Steinhoff, who finished 18th in the women's race, and Bellah have been Palomar's top finishers in every race this season. -- Photos courtesy of Hugh Gerhardt

PC's Steinhoff brings home 18th-place finish

VAN NUYS (9-19-2014) -- Palomar sophomore Jessica Steinhoff continued to stand out in a crowd on Friday as she ran to an 18th-place finish in the women's division at the Southern California Community College Preview Meet hosted by Los Angeles Trade Tech at Woodley Park.

Steinhoff finished the 5-kilometer course, which will be the site of the Southern California finalson Nov. 2, in 19:22. East Los Angeles' Laura Aceves, the defending state individual champion, ran away with the race in 18:11.7. Glendale outdistanced College of the Canyons 51-68 for the women's team title.

Also for Palomar's women, Jessica Betancourt ran a 10:20 to place 38th, Sarah Martinez clocked a 20:42 and Olivia Wray ran 21:46.

Matt Bellah again was the No. 1 finisher for the Comets' men's team, taking 97th place with a 4.0-mile time of 22:02.7. Cody Lee Wilson was the second Comet to finish, placing 123rd in 22:32.8. Richard Murillo had a 22:49.5 time.

The Palomar men were 26th in the 31-team field with 649 points. Mt. SAC edged Colleg of the Canyons for the men's team championship.

M. WATER POLO: Comets 13, G-House 10

ABOVE: With water splashing in his eyes, Palomar goalie Ryan Lazano either didn't see this coming, had no time to react or both as he blocks the ball with his face on Wednesday at Wallace Memorial Pool. Lazano's 15 saves helped lift the Comets past Grossmont 13-10. -- Photos by Hugh Cox. BELOW LEFT: Evan Dean, who had six goals and six steals in the Palomar win. BELOW RIGHT: Logan Hurst, who scored two of the Comets' goals

Dean (6 goals, 6 steals), PC stop '13 champions

SAN MARCOS (9-17-2014) -- Evan Dean came up big on Wednesday afternoon as Palomar's men's water polo team knocked off defending Pacific Coast Athletic Conference champion Grossmont 13-10 in a PCAC match-up at Wallace Memorial Pool.

 Dean led the Comets (3-2 on the season, 2-1 in conference) with six goals and six assists. The sophomore out of Vista High School scored three goals in helping ignite the Comets to a 7-5 halftime lead, set the tone for the second half early in the third quarter with a goal in the first minute as he put the Palomar up by three goals, and added two quick goals to begin the fourth quarter to help the Comets retain a multiple-goal lead.

Dean also had a great deal of help from his friends.

Goalie Ryan Lazano contributed 15 big saves, many on bang-bang plays with the ball coming out of a crowd in front of the net. He also had five blocks.

Kody Moffatt, the fastest player in the pool, won the sprint to begin all four quarters and also added two goals, two assists and four steals. He converted a penalty shot midway through the third quarter, then stole the ball and assisted Logan Hurst on one of his two goals off a 2-on-0 fastbreak. That give Palomar its first four-goal lead with 1 minute, 34 seconds remaining in the period.

Jonathon Baker scored two goals, the second one off an assist from Moffatt with 5 minutes, 58 seconds left in the game which gave the Comets a four-goal lead for the second time, at 13-9. And Cameron Rath added a goal and three steals).

Rath and Dean topped off the win with steals in the game's final two minutes.

The defending champion Griffins got two goals each from Jorge Perez-Romo, Eddy Reuss and Darrow Riggs.

W. WATER POLO: Grossmont 14, Palomar 8

ABOVE: Freshman goalie Jorden Bowe-McLeod makes a save for Palomar against visiting Grossmont on Wednesday. She had eight saves in a 14-8 loss to the Griffins at Wallace Memorial Pool. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW: Kelly Harris, the Comets' only multiple-goal scorer in the game, with two

Comeback falls short vs. defending champs

SAN MARCOS (9-17-2014) -- Palomar scored five fourth-quarter goals against defending Pacific Coast Athletic Confeence women's water polo champion Grossmont College on Wednesday at Wallace Memorial Pool. But it was too little and way too late as the Griffins won a PCAC game14-8.

Kelly Harris scored two goals to lead Palomar (3-4, 1-2 in conference). Kendyl Mundt, Gabby White, Lucy Gates, Lauren Wimsatt, Emilee Foltz and Andrea Fairbanks each added a goal.

Emily Seitz led the Griffins by scoring six goals.

Goalie Jorden Bowe-McLeod had eight saves for the Comets.

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