SCOREBOARD

WED., JAN. 28
SOFTBALL
Non-Conference
at Fullerton College Softball Field

Palomar 5
Fullerton 3

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
PCAC
at The Dome

Palomar 80
San Diego Mesa 38

MEN'S BASKETBALL
PCAC Cross-Division
at Harry West Gymnasium
San Diego City College

San Diego City College 62
Palomar 56

RECENT PCAC SCORES, STANDINGS AS OF JAN. 27, 2015

SCHEDULE

THU., JAN. 29
BASEBALL
Non-Conference
at
Wendell Pickens Field
Orange Coast College
Costa Mesa

vs. Orange Coast, 2 p.m.

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SD CITY ENDS STATE NO. 15 PC MEN'S WIN STREAK AT 5 BY 61-56

SAN DIEGO (1-28-2015) -- San Diego City College, the second-place team in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference's Southern Division, snapped Northern Division leader Palomar's men's win streak at five games on Wednesday night.

The Knights defeated the state No. 15-ranked Comets 61-56, making a 6-point halftime lead stand up.

Deven Riley (15 points, 6 rebounds), Jeremy Franklin (14 points, 8 rebounds), Matt Duniphan (13 points, 5 rebounds) and James Sampson (5 assists) led Palomar in a losing effort.

Chris Burton led the Knights with 15 points. Christian Jones had 12 points and 6 assists. Caleb Singleton contributed 9 rebounds.

Palomar will play at state No. 10-ranked Southwestern, the Southern Division first-place team, on Friday at 5 p.m. The Jaguars handed MiraCosta its third straight loss on Wednesday night 78-61.

PALOMAR GOLFERS OPEN WITH 6TH PLACE AT RIVERSIDE

RIVERSIDE (1-26-2015) -- Palomar's men's golf team opened the 2015 season on Monday in the 16 team Riverside Invitational at the historic, 1890's Victoria Club -- and more than held its own.

Coach Mark Halda's Comets finished in a tie for sixth place out of 16 teams, facing both 4-year college and community college teams.

Host Riverside City College won with a 372 score, followed by second-place UC Riverside (380), third-place Santiago Canyon (381), fourth-place University of Redlands (382), fifth-place Orange Coast (387) and Palomar tied for sixth with College of the Desert at 389.

Trailing were Cal Baptist (390), Saddleback (390), Ventura (396), Citrus (396), University of La Verne (397), Cypress (402), Irvine Valley (420), Victor Valley (423) and Mt. San Jacinto (433).

Palomar finished with a 9-5-1 record.

Mitchell Kwee, a transfer from University of Hawaii-Hilo had the low score for Palomar, a 74 on the 6,517-yard, par 72 course.

Also for the Comets, Nick Bellstrom had a 75, Zach Wagner 78, Brian Helmuth 81, Danny Green 81 and Connor Sims with the throw-out score of 84.

SIX 2014 COMETS COMMIT TO FOUR-YEAR  FOOTBALL

SAN MARCOS (1-23-2014) -- Six 2014 Palomar football sophomores have committed to the four-year level to date.

Cornerback Javante O'Roy committed to Texas State (NCAA Division I FBS, 7-5 record in 2014). O'Roy's High School: Antelope (Antelope, CA)

Defensive tackle Joe Naoala committed to Montana State (NCAA Division I FCS, 8-5 record in 2014). Naotala's High School: Army-Navy Academy

Linebacker Austin Wolff committed to Portland State (NCAA Division I FCS). Wolff's High School: Fallbrook

Receiver M.J. Bailey committed to Idaho State (NCAA Division II FCS, 8-4 record in 2014). Bailey's High School: San Marcos

Deep Snapper Jared Sargent from the 2013 team committed to Azusa Pacific (NCAA Division II, 10-1 record in 2014). High School: Temecula Valley

Slot Receiver / Punt Returner Damon Nolan committed to Baker University (NAIA, 8-3 record in 2014). High School: Murrieta Valley

FRANKLIN, PALOMAR TAKE OVER NORTH BY SELVES

SAN MARCOS (1-21-2015) -- Jeremy Franklin was victorious in his head-to-head match-up from MiraCosta's highly-touted Buddah Boyd and Palomar won its showdown with the Spartans for the undisputed Pacific Coast Athletic Conference North lead halfway at the midway point in the schedule on Friday night.

The Comets, down 11-2 to begin the game and trailing into the second half, rallied to win 67-58 at The Dome as Franklin scored 29 points and hauled down 10 rebounds. Franklin buried 9-of-12 shots, including a 6-for-8 performance from behind the 3-point arc, and was 5-for-6 from the free throw line.

Ryan Schaefer added 13 points for Palomar (10-8, 4-0), including 3 three-pointers. For the game, the Comets shot .545 from behind the 3-point arc.

And the Comets played another superb defensive game, holding Boyd, who is among the state's scoring leaders, to 14 points.

Palomar tired out 6-foot-11 MiraCosta center Fareed Ahmed, who led all rebounders with 12, became frustrated as he tired in the second half with the Comets surrounding him, denying him the ball and battling him for the ball.

"Chris (Sorapuru) and Deven (Riley) did a fantastic job shutting down Boyd," Palomar coach John O'Neill said. Riley contributed the defensive play of the game when he sailed through the air to reject Boyd's long-range attempt with 7:44 remaining in the game.

Riley also had 9 rebounds to go along with 7 points. Matt Duniphan played one of his best games, disrupting MiraCosta's inside game and adding 5 rebounds.

Palomar, down by 10-plus points most of the first half, closed the gap to 32-29 at intermission on back-to-back 3-pointers by Franklin and Jared Kane off the bench. Franklin never came out of the game.

The Comets pulled even for the first time at 32-32 on James Sampson's 3-pointer barely a minute in, then took their first lead with 18:06 to play 34-32 on Matt Duniphan's basket inside. MiraCosta would briefly regain the lead, but Palomar buried the visitors down the stretch.

Late rebounds by Duniphan, Riley and Sorapuru down the stretch sealed the deal.

The Spartans fell to 11-7 on the season and slipped into second place in the division at the halfway mark at 3-1.

ASTROS ACQUIRE EX-COMET HOYT FROM BRAVES

HOUSTON (1-14-2015) -- Former Palomar pitcher James "Jimmy" Hoyt went from the National League to the American League on Wednesday as the Atlanta Braves traded him to the Houston Astros.

The Braves traded Hoyt (left) and catcher/outfielder Evan Garris to the Astros for three players in a deal announced Wednesday night.

Hoyt, a 6-foot-6, 220-pound right-hander out of Palomar and Centenary College of Louisiana, threw for the Braves in Major League spring training games a year ago. During the regular season, he compiled a 3.17 earned run average and struck out 11.6 batters per nine innings pitched for Triple A Gwinnett and Double A Mississippi.

 

 

(UPDATED AT 8:20 P.M. ON THURSDAY, JAN. 28)

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BASEBALL: Orange Coast 5, PC 4

No. 2 Comets fall in 11 to No. 1-ranked Pirates

COSTA MESA (1-29-2015) -- After battling back and forth for 3 hours and 7 minutes, and with the game concluding in near darkness on Thursday, Southern California No. 2-ranked Palomar dropped its season baseball opener to No. 1-ranked Orange Coast 5-4 on an unearned run in the bottom of the 11th inning.

A throwing error on a dropped third strike open the door for the defending state champion and 2014 nationally No. 1-ranked Pirates to win the game on an RBI single by Robert Longtree that dropped just in front of Palomar center fielder Alec Salcedo.

It was the second unearned run of the afternoon off five Palomar pitchers and came with the teams quickly running out of light, some five innings after the Comets had knocked Orange Coast starter Art Vidrio, a first-team all-state selection and state tournament MVP last season, out of the game in the sixth inning.

The Comets had staked their starter and top returning pitcher Jake Barnett to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a two-run double by freshman shortstop Dylan Breault (above left) down the leftfield line. Breault drove in Salcedo, aboard as a hit batter on the first pitch of the game, Chris Stratton's sacrifice bunt and Francis Christy's single. The Pirates pulled to within a run in the third inning, then tied it in the fourth on an unearned run.

Orange Coast took a 4-2 lead sixth when Barnett quickly tired after five effective innings. But Palomar came right back to tie it 4-4 with two runs of their own in the top of the seventh on singles by Joel Mitchell and pinch-hitter Jordan Gardner, Vince Mori's RBI grounder to the right side, an error and Salcedo's sacrifice fly to center.

That's the way it stood until the sun was setting in the last half of the 11th inning as Palomar also received strong relief pitching performances from Rusty Huber, Taylor Turski, Anthony Balderas and Graham Gomez.

Stratton (above right) and Joey Cooper each went 2-for-4 for the Comets. Mori, playing third base for Palomar, made a series of outstanding defensive plays and throws across the infield.

Palomar will host Golden West in its home opener on Friday at 2 p.m., then will visit Golden West on Saturday at 1 p.m. and will be back at Myers Field for a rematch with Orange Coast on Tuesday at 2 p.m.

W. BASKETBALL: Comets 80, SD Mesa 38

ABOVE: Tessa Balcom brings the ball up the court in Wednesday's 80-38 win over San Diego Mesa. Keisha Cox (11) trails the play. -- Photo by Stephen Davis. BELOW: Jessica Scott. Balcom and Scott each scored 13 points as coach Leigh Marshall again split playing time among her entire roster.

Palomar (18-2) continues to pound PCAC foes

SAN MARCOS (1-28-2015) -- Palomar, the state's sixth-ranked community college women's basketball team, continues to pillage through its Pacific Coast Athletic Conference schedule.

Wednesday night's victim was San Diego Mesa as the Comets (18-2, 7-0) continued to rotate their entire roster in and out of the game on the way to an 80-38 victory.

After 76-68 and 80-68 victories to open the PCAC season, Palomar's last five conference wins have come by scores of 85-48, 74-55, 84-44, 83-48 and 80-38.

Tessa Balcom (13 points), Jessica Scott (13), Keisha Cox (10) and Ashleigh Barnes (10) led the Comets' balanced attack by scoring in double figures. Melissa Allen and Mikaela Shannon each added 8 points. Palomar led 42-18 at the half.

SOFTBALL: Palomar 5, Fullerton 3

Comets rally to open 2014 season with victory

FULLERTON (1-28-2015) -- Palomar's softball team came from behind to score three runs in the top of the seventh inning and notch a 5-3 non-conference victory over host Fullerton to begin the community college softball season on Thursday.

The Comets knocked out four hits in the inning, a double by Summer Evans, singles by K.K. Fronda and and Kali Pugh and a double by Maci Lerno.

Iesha Hill (left), a freshman from Carlsbad High School, hit a solo home run with two out in the top of the first inning to put Palomar on top 1-0. The Hornets battled back to take a 3-1 lead before the Comets pulled to within a run in the fifth inning on a walk to Fonda and singles by Hill and Brooke Huddleson. That set the stage for the Comets to win it in the top of the seventh.

Kristina Carbajal (right) came on to begin the fifth inning and pitched three scoreless innings to pick up the win in relief  for Palomar. Lerno had thrown two-hit ball over the first four innings.

For the game, Hill, Lerno, Fronda and Pugh each had two hits to lead the Comets' 10-hit attack.

PCAC: Athletes of the Week

Conference honors PC's Franklin and Allen

SAN DIEGO (1-26-2015) -- Palomar basketball players Jeremy Franklin (left, photo by Hugh Cox) and Melissa Allen (right) have been selected as Men's Athlete of the Week and Women's Athlete of the Week, respectively, by the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.

Franklin, a 6-foot-6 sophomore from Escondido High School, scored 48 points and grabbed 29 rebounds as the Comets' men's team, which leads the PCAC's Northern Division, won twice last week.

Franklin (29 points, 10 rebounds, 9-for-12 shooting from the field, 6-for-8 three-point shooting, 5-for-6 on free throws) led the Comets to a 67-58, come-from-behind win over MiraCosta last Wednesday in the teams' showdown for the Northern Division lead.

He came back on Friday with 19 points, 19 rebounds, 8-of-8 free throw shooting down the stretch and 5 assists as the Comets turned back Cuyamaca 58-50 in a PCAC cross-division game.

Allen, a 5-foot-6 freshman guard from Mission Hills High School, has been a key factor at both ends of the court as the Palomar women's team has gone 7-2 on the season, 6-0 to lead the PCAC and are ranked No. 6 in the state and tied for No. 2 in Southern California.

In last week's games, Allen scored 12 points in the Comets' 84-44 victory over Grossmont and contributed 9 points and 11 rebounds in their 83-48 win over North County rival MiraCosta.

Franklin shared the men's AOTW honor with Shawn Lathan from Southwestern's Southern Division basketball leader. Allen whared the women's award with MiraCosta's Brogan Griffin.

PCAC: Fall All-Academic

75 Comets named; 12 earn perfect 4.0 GPAs

SAN MARCOS (1-26-2015) -- Palomar's 2014 fall-sport teams produced 75 student athletes who finished with required standards to earn Pacific Coast Athletic Conference All-Academic honors. To make the team, an athlete must participate on an in-season intercollegiate athletic team and complete 12 or more semester units with at least a 3.0 (B) grade-point average.

The total includes 22 members of the football team, 10 from men's water polo, 9 from women's volleyball, 7 from wrestling, 6 from women's basketball, 5 from women's soccer, 6 from women's water polo, 4 from women's basketball, 3 each from men's basketball and men's and women's cross country, 2 from women's golf and 1 from men's soccer.

Twelve athletes achieved perfect 4.0 (straight-A) grade-point averages, including football offensive guard Luke Davis (left), a freshman engineering major out of Poway High School who received A's for 23 semester units.

FOOTBALL (22) -- Luke Davis (4.0), Mike Almodovar, Mitch Beltram, MacKenzie Bettle, Diovani Brewer, Tiree Butron, Grant Fleming, Justin Harris, Ian Kelly, Samuel Leakey, Charlie Long, Drew Madera, Matthew Mata'u, Hunter Moore, Jimmy Moreno, Javante O'Roy, Austin Parades, Wyatt Peterson, Garrett Piva, Matthew Taylor, Austin Wolff, Codey Wuthrich

MEN'S WATER POLO (10) -- Adam Kelsey (4.0), Corey Meyers (4.0), Richard Farley, Neal Gorman, Nicholas Hendricks, Mitchell Kirk, Nicholas Mendenhall, Cameron Rath, Ryan Smethurst, Ryan Sur

WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL (9) -- Rachel McFarland (4.0), Hannah Seits (4.0), Amanda Gibson, Garbielle Hutzler, Kelly Iverson, Maci Lerno, Aspen Ludtke, Maddy Stark, Megan Wood

WRESTLING (7) -- Louie De La Torre (4.0), Erik Collin, Peter Donchev, Miguel Flores, Alex Graves. Anthony Manuche, Bruce ValdezWOMEN'S BASKETBALL (4) -- Melissa Allen (4.0), Ashleigh Barnes, Tatiana Navarro, Mikaela Shannon

WOMEN'S WATER POLO (6) -- Isabella Corpora (4.0), Chelsea Sommer (4.0), Andrea Fairbanks, Emilee Foltz, Lucy Gates, Kendyl Mundt

WOMEN'S SOCCER (5) -- Evelyn Garcia-Sanchez (4.0), Alexis Tietjen (4.0). Brendal Magadan, Justine Miranda, Denisse Ponce

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (4) -- Melissa Allen (4.0), Ashleigh Barnes, Tatiana Navarro, Mikaela Shannon

MEN'S BASKETBALL (3) -- Reid Bohanan, Matthew Duniphan, Matt Hollenbeck

MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY (3) -- Jushua Cruz, Noah Siegel, James Singler

WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY (3) -- Maria Linares, Sarah Martinez, Jessica Steinhoff

WOMEN'S GOLF (2) -- Brittany Bilek, Samantha Reynolds

MEN'S SOCCER (1) -- Steven Buriek

W. BASKETBALL: PC 83, MiraCosta 48

Comets roll up CA 78 rivals with big 2nd half

OCEANSIDE (1-23-2015) -- California Highway 78 rival MiraCosta kept it close for a while Friday night. But first-place and state No. 6-ranked Palomar blew the Spartans out in the second half to take home an 83-48 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference women's basketball victory Friday night on the road.

On a night that Brogan Griffin scored 27 of MiraCosta's 48 points, the Comets (17-2, 6-0 in conference) pounded the upset-minded Spartans (4-12, 2-4) with another team effort.

Jessica Scott led Palomar with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Ashley Barnes had 12 points and 9 rebounds. Keisha Cox contributed 12 points and 8 assists. Tessa Balcom scored 12 points. Melissa Allen had 9 points and 11 rebounds. And Lee Lee Tomlinson chipped in with 6 assists and 4 steals.

"They kept it close for most of the first half," Palomar coach Leigh Marshall said. "You have to give credit to them for being able to slow the game down. In the second half, we were able to speed up the tempo, pick the pace up and play more our style."

And win by 45 points in the process.

The Comets edged their lead out to 14 points at halftime at 35-21 before blitzing the Spartans 48-27 in the second half.

ABOVE LEFT: Jessica Scott, who had 15 points and 8 rebounds for the Comets, outjumps MiraCosta's Erica Windham at the opening tip-off Friday night. -- Photo by Stephen Davis. ABOVE RIGHT: Ashley Barnes, who contributed 12 points and 9 rebounds

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Comets 58, Coyotes 50

ABOVE: Jeremy Franklin drops in a 3-pointer over Cuyamaca's Aaron Heuslein in the first half in Palomar's victory at The Dome on Friday night. BELOW: Matt Duniphan scores from above the rim. No. 3 on the right is Ryan Schaefer. -- Photos by Philip Farry

Franklin unloads on foe with 19 pts, 19 RB

SAN MARCOS (1-23-2015) -- Jeremy Franklin completed a 48-point, 29-rebound week on Friday night as Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Northern Division men's basketball leader Palomar won for the second time in three days, defeating Cuyamaca 58-50 at The Dome.

This time, Franklin finished with yet another double-double (19 points and 19 rebounds) as the Comets, unable to shake their cross division opponent from the PCAC's Southern Division for much of the night, outlasted the visitors in a cross-division game.

He also passed off for five assists.

The coaches from defending NAIA national champion Vanguard, which is one of the schools heavily recruiting the 6-foot-6 sophomore out of Escondido High School, watched Franklin grab 18 of his 19 rebounds on the defensive board and finish off the Coyotes by calmly dropping in 8 free throws down the stretch.

"Our guys did a real good job defensively on No. 30 (Tim Pace)," PC coach John O'Neill said. And the Comets needed to on a night they appeared to come out flat in what ammounted to a trap game after an emotional 67-58 win over California State Route 78 opponent in a battle for the PCAC North lead.

Matt Duniphan (right) and Chris Sorapuru each scored 9 points and added 5 rebounds for Palomar (11-8 on the season), which muscled out its fifth straight victory going into two cross-division road games next week against the top two teams in the PCAC's Southern Division, San Diego City College on Wednesday and Southwestern on Friday.

San Diego, the South's second-place team, defeated MiraCosta 60-52 on Friday night. Southwestern, the Southern Division leader, turned back Grossmont 66-60.

For Cuyamaca, Tyrone Hueitt had 10 points and 11 rebounds. Pace settled for 10 points.

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