THURSDAY, MARCH 23
Palomar 19, Imperial Valley 1
at Mt. San Jacinto College courts
Mt. San Jacinto 9, Palomar 0
FRIDAY, MARCH 24
WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD
Invitational (Day 1)
at Aztec Sports Deck
San Diego State
First event, 9 a.m.
at Frazee Beach
vs. Grossmont & San Diego Mesa, 10 a.m.
at Wallace Memorial Pool
vs. San Diego Mesa, 1 p.m.
Palomar College Ballpark
vs. Imperial Valley, 2:30 p.m.
at Palomar College Field
San Jacinto, 3 p.m.
at The Dome
vs. Grossmont, 6
COMETS WIN A 5-WAY PCAC GOLF MATCH
AT GARY PLAYER SIGNATURE COURSE
RANCHO MIRAGE (3-23-2017) -- Jaime Sanz and Brad Cain shot
75s on Wednesday as Palomar won a five-way Pacific Coast
Athletic Conference men's golf tournament at the Gary Player
Signature Course at Westin Mission Hills GC.
The Comets went 4-0 against the other conference teams with a
379 score, followed by COD at 381, Mt. San Jacinto at 382,
Cuyamaca at 389 and El Camino College at 391.
Tyler Cress and Patrick Gorman shot 76s for Palomar. Mitch
Cannon carded a 77 and Ben Smith had a 90 for the throw-out
PC'S LOPEZ IS HONORED AS PCAC
WOMEN'S ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
SAN DIEGO (3-20-2017) -- Palomar utility player /
right-handed pitcher Moriah "Mo" Lopez has been selected as
Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Women's Athlete of the Week
for all sports.
Lopez, a sohomore from San Jacinto Valley Academy in San
Jacinto, had another big week for the defending champion and
Along the way, Lopez solidified her batting stats (.515 average
with 9 doubles, a triple, 5 home runs and a .909 sluggng
percentage) and her pitching record (3-0).
She singled to drive in a run and pitched the final 3 innings to
record the win in a 13-4, 6-inning mercy-rule victory over
Lopez came back with a key double to help the Comets hold off
Imperial Valley's bewst team in history 3-1.
And she was 2-for-4, doubled and drove in 2 runs in a 6-5
non-conference loss to an El Camino College team that is 20-5 on
Lopez is batting .556 in conference, where she also owns an ERA
PC WINS FIRST SET 25-21 BUT CAN'T
HOLD ON VS. SD MESA IN VOLLEYBALL
SAN DIEGO (3-22-2017) -- Palomar won the opening set on
the road vs. San Diego Mesa 25-21 in men's volleyball on
Wednesday night before the Olympians came back to win the last
three sets 25-21, 25-16, 25-20.
Chandler Matteson led the Comets with 10 kills and 5 blocks.
Connor Bentley contributed 10 kills and 10 digs. Cory Large led
in digs with 14.
MEN'S TEAM TOPS IVC 9-0 AS PALOMAR
SPLITS IN PCAC TENNIS
IMPERIAL / SAN MARCOS (3-21-2017) -- Palomar's men's
tennis team blanked Imperial Valley 9-0 on the road on Tuesday
to run its record to 11-5 on the season and 8-1 in the Pacific
Coast Athletic Conference.
Peter Trhac won again in No. 1 singles, sweeping 6-0, 6-0, and
in No. 1 doubles, where he teamed with Kyle Lee to win 8-1.
Palomar's other winners were Le (6-2, 6-3 in No. 2 singles),
Dean Vo (6-0, 6-1 at No. 3 singles), Eric Kuhlmann (6-0, 6-0 at
No. 4 singles), Dorian Blanchard (6-0, 6-2 at No. 5 singles),
Ricardo Campos (6-0, 6-0 at No. 6 singles), Vo-Blanchard (8-3 at
No. 2 doubles) and Kuhlmann-Campos (8-0) at No. 3 doubles).
In women's tennis, Palomar lost to visiting Rio Hondo 6-3 in a
The Comets won at No. 1 singles (Veronika Kremennaya over Nicole
Robbins 6-4, 6-0) and No. 2 singles (Chihiro Nishijima over Jess
Diaz 6-3, 6-3). Summer Aguirre pulled out a close win over Ruth
Arciniega at No. 3 singles. Aguirre won the first set 6-4 then
lost the second set in a tiebreaker 7-6. The Match was decided
when Aguirre won the super tiebreaker 10-4.
COMETS SPLIT WITH SANTA BARBARA IN
MEN'S, WOMEN'S TENNIS
SAN MARCOS (3-17-2017) -- Palomar split with visiting
Santa Barbara City College in tennis on Friday, with the men
winning 9-0 and the women's team dropping a 7-2 decision.
Peter Trhac won 6-4, 6-0 in No. 1 singles for the PC men and
teamed with Kyle Lee to win 8-1 in No. 1 doubles.
Other winners for the Comets in the men's match were Le (6-4,
6-4 at No. 2 singles), Dean Vo (6-2, 6-3 at No. 3), Eric
Kuhlmann (6-3, 6-3 at No. 4), Dorian Blanchard (6-1,l 6-0 at No.
5), Ricardo Camos (6-3,l 6-0 at No. 6), Kuhlmann-Campos (8-6 in
No. 2 doubles) and Vo-Blanchard (8-0 in No. 3 doubles).
Palomar is 10-5 on the season.
For the Palomar women, Veronika Kemmennaya defeated the
Vaqueros' Laura Berther 6-3, 7-5 in No. 1 singles after trailing
3-0 in the first set. Chihiro Nishijima gave the Comets their
other win, 2-6, t6-2, 10-6 over Lesly Delira at No. 1 singles.
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Palomar 19, IVC 1
roll up Arabs, move into PCC
(3-23-2017) -- Palomar rolled up
Imperial Valley for the second
time in three days on Tuesday,
winning 19-1 on the road, and
moved into first place in the
Pacific Coast Athletic
Conference along the way.
McKenna (left) went 3-for-4 with
a triple and a double and Ryan
Semon (right) retired all 11
batters he faced in relief,
striking out 8, to up his
win-loss record to 6-0. The
Comets advanced to 18-6 overall
and 10-1 in conference.
Palomar, which hosts IVC on
Friday at 2:30 p.m. moved into a
tie for first place with
Grossmont, which lost 18-7
Thursday at Mt. San Jacinto. San
Diego Mesa, which like the
G-House was undefeated in
conference but had played three
less games, lost at San Diego
City College 6-2 and dropped
Haskell slugged his sixth home
run, a 2-run shot over the
rightfield fence in the first
inning, also doubled and wound
up going 2-for-4.
Gardner, who contributed a
bases-loaded triple, and Ryan
Hartin each drove in 3 runs for
Palomar, which has won 5
straight games and 12 of its
last 13. Gardner went 1-for-2
and also was hit by a pitch and
walked, while Hartin was
Maxwell tripled, Grant Buck
doubled and Joey Cooper, Carl
Schwettmann, Gabe Willes, Jared
Montoya and Marco Young all
singled as the Comets knocked
out 17 hits.
Connor Zelwski, Semon, Andrew
White, Davin Castro and Travis
Marinshaw combined to pitch a
3-hitter and the Arabs' only run
struck out the side in the
fourth inning and also retired
IVC in order in the fifth and
the sixth, in eac cases with 2
strikeouts and a fly ball. Semon
lowered his ERA to 0.80, third
lowest in Southern California
and fourth in the state. His 6
wins tie him for third in the
OF EX-COMETS IN THE SHOW COULD
GROW SOON AS ANOTHER PALOMAR
ALUM CLIMBS HILL TOWARD
Former Comet Tim Hill walks off the
mound after finishing off the Milwaukee
Brewers for his first spring training
save Friday on St. Patrick's Day. --
Photo Courtesy of Major League Baseball.
ROW 2, LEFT TO RIGHT: Nick Vincent
(Seattle Mariners) -- Internet Photo;
Tyler Saladino (Chicago White Sox) --
Photo by Hugh Cox; James Hoyt (Houston
Astros) -- Internet Photo
Hill looking to
join Vincent, Saladino, Hoyt in show
(3-20-2017) -- Left-handed pitcher Tim
Hill is bidding to join Palomar baseball
alums Nick Vincent of the Seattle
Mariners, Tyler Saladino of the Chicago
White Sox and Jimmy Hoyt of the Houston
Astros on a Major League regular-season
roster as early as some point in the 2017 season.
6-foot-4 left-hander who pitched for the
Comets in 2010 and was 10-2 with a 1.09
the Bacone College team out of Muskogee,
Oklahoma that advanced to
the NAIA World Series, pitched in
Double-A in the Kansas City Royals farm
system last season. He currently is with
the Royals' Major League club as a non-roster
invitee in spring training.
Last Friday, he
recorded his first Major League spring
training save in the
Royals' victory over the Milwaukee
Hill won a
battle with cancer in the Royals' minor
league system two years ago.
VIDEO: HILL EARNS SAVE FOR ROYALS
Palomar 24, IVC 4
Willes slides into third base during
Tuesday's 24-4 victory over Imperial
Valley at Palomar College Ballpark. --
Photo by Philip Farry. BELOW: Cameron
Haskell, who hit for the cycle with a
home run, triple, double, single and
for the cycle as Palomar wins big
MARCOS (3-21-2017) -- Cameron Haskell
hit for the cycle
on Tuesday as Palomar pounded
visiting Imperial Valley 24-4 in a
Pacific Coast Athletic Conference game.
has signed with the University of
Arizona, smashed a 2-run homer run over
the rightfield fence at Palomar College
Ballpark in the first inning to give the
Comets (17-6, 9-1 in the PCAC) a 2-0
lead and never let up the rest of the
He rollowed the
HR with a triple in the second inning, a
single in the fourth, a double in the
fifth, a walk in the sixth and a bases
loaded walk in the seventh. He finished
with a 4-for-4 afternoon, 4 runs scored
and 3 RBIs, before moving from
designated hitter to third base in the
top of the ninth.
Gabe Willes also had a big day at the
plate as he went 2-for-4 with a solo
home run in the bottom of the third, a
double, 2 walks and an RBI groundball to
the right side. For the game, he drove
in 3 runs.
And the Comets
also got home runs from Marc Sauceda, a
grand-slam in the seventh inning, and
Joey Cooper, who slugged a solo HR in
his second at-bat for his second hit in
the Comets' 8-run first inning and was
2-for-4 with 3 RBIs for the game.
(2-for-3, double, 4 RBIs), Grant Buck
(2-for-2 with a walk, a hit-by-pitch and
a walk) and Marco Young (2-for-3), also
had multiple hits as Palomar got to 4
IVC pitchers for 22 hits.
tripled and drove in a run. Christian
Colon doubled. Jared Montoya singled and
added RBIs on a groundball and a
sacrifice fly. Tristan King singled to
drive in a run. Carl Schwettmann had a
single and an RBI. And Conor McKenna
singled and was hit by a pitch.
On the mound,
starter Josh Sidney set the tone in the
first inning by getting IVC's first 3
batters of the day on a groundout and 2
strikeouts. He finished with 5
strikeouts in 4 innings.
relievers Tanner Roberts (2-0), who
picked up the win, Zach Wallace, Gerorge
Chapman, Stephen Rausa and Jonathan
Vizcaino were dominating as they each
threw a scoreless inning, combining to
allow 1 hit over the final 5 innings
while striking out 7 to give the Comets'
staff 12 K's for the day.
out all 3 batters he faced in the sixth
inning, and Vizcaino also struck out 3
Arabs in the ninth.
The teams will
play again on Thursday in Imperial at 2
p.m. before returning to Palomar College
Ballpark to finish the series on Friday
at 2:30 p.m. That game was moved up a
day from its originally-scheduled
Southern California Invitational
Host PC 9th
among all 19 SoCal teams
(3-21-2017) -- Palomar hosted the
biggest in-season community college
men's golf tournament in decades,
placing ninth in a field that included
all 19 Southern California teams on
Monday at El Camino Country Club.
finished right in the middle of the pack
with a 404 team score, good for ninth
place, at the Southern California
Invitational. Coach Mark Halda's squad
went 3-1 vs. other Pacific Coast
Conference teams in the tournament,
which also counted as a PCAC match.
Austin Briggs won with a 1-under 71 on
the 6,840-yard course to take medalist
honors. For the Comets, Jaime Sanz shot
78, Mitch Cannon 81, Max Wittmack 81,
Brad Cain 82, Ben Smith 82 and Tyler
Cress 83 for the throw-out score.
the tournament with a 377, followed by
Orange Coast at 378, Riverside City
College 380, Ventura 383, Cypress 385,
Santa Barbara City College 391, Citrus
394, COD 396, College of the Canyons
400, the Comets at 404, Cuyamaca 408,
Mt. San Jacinto 411, Irvine Valley 418,
El Camino College 419, Mt. SAC 424,
Glendale 425, Bakersfield 478, Victor
Valley 487 and Antelope valley 496.
Comets vs. G-House
twice on short rest in victory
MARCOS (3-17-2017) -- With only one
event between the two races, Palomar's
Jordann Heimback (left) helped lift
Palomar's women's swimmers to a 153-74
Pacific Coast Athletic Conference
victory over Grossmont on Friday at
Wallace Memorial Pool with wins in the
500-yard freestyle and 100-yard
5:37.37 in the distance freestyle event
and 2:20.20 to win the IM by more than
17 seconds and added a third victory
with a 2:18.33 in the 200 butterfly as
Palomar advanced to 2-0 in the PCAC.
was a double winner in the men's meet,
placing first in the 100 backstroike in
30.22 and the 200 backstroke in 2:11.37
but Grossmont won 136.5 to 103.5.
joined Heimback as a triple winner for
the women's team, placing first in the
200 backstroke (1:08.06), the 200
breaststroke (2:34.67) and the 200 IM
(2:20.20). The other women's victors
were Sydney Thomas (2:09.51 in the 200
freestyle and 57.95 in the 100 free),
Rebekah Blackburn (25.78 in the 50
freestyle) and Emma Peyton (2:42.07 in
the 200 backstroke.
Gabriela White, Thomas and Nicole Lawton
won the 200 freestyle relay with a
The othe men's
winners were Alex Nider with a 51.80 in
the 200 freestyle, Zach Wagonis at
2:33.83 in the 200 breaststroke.
W. BASKETBALL: Coach of Year, All-State
Marshall State Coach of Year again;
(3-12-2017) -- For the second time in
the last three seasons, Palomar's Leigh
Marshall has been honored as California
Community College Women's Basketball
Coach of the Year, this time after
guiding the Comets to a 28-3 record and
spot in the state tournament semifinals.
The Comets, who fielded the shortest
team in the State Tournament Elite Eight
as Las Positas College, became both the
first San Diego County women's
basketball team and the first Pacific
Coast Athletic Conference team to reach
both the Elite Eight and the first to
reach the Final Four in the state
During the regular season, Marshall's
Comets rolled through the PCAC North
Division undefeated to win the
In addition, Palomar's 5-foot-1
sophomore guard Ariana Hernandez, facing
much bigger opponents during both of her
two seasons as a Comet, was selected to
the All-State Tournament team. Hernandez
is a product of Murrieta Valley High