North-South Tournament
hosted by Santa Barbara City
at Morro Bay GC, Morro Bay
Palomar 683 (6th of 17 teams)

SCFA National Division
Southern Conference
at Wilson Stadium, Escondido
Saddleback 42, Palomar 31

18th Mountie Classic (Day 2)
at Mt. SAC College Pool, Walnut
Palomar 6, Citrus 5
Long Beach CC 7, Palomar 5


at Cuyamaca College Soccer Field, Rancho San Diego
vs Cuyamaca, 3:15 p.m.

PCAC Northern Division
at Hourglass Park, San Diego
vs. San Diego Miramar, 7 p.m.



1140 W. Mission Rd.
San Marcos, CA 92069
(760) 744-1150 X 2460
FAX (760) 761-3512
Athletic Director:
Scott Cathcart




MORRO BAY (9-26-2014) -- Palomar's women golfers placed eighth in a 17-team field in the 36-hole North-South Classic hosted by Santa Barbara City College, which concluded a two-day run Monday at Morro Bay Golf Club.

Jessica Campbell was the low scorer for Palomar with an 84-80 -- 164. Deanna Bird shot an 85-85 -- 170, Brittany Bilek 87-87 -- 174, Sydney Houser 96-79 -- 175 and Samantha Runnels 98-90 -- 188.

The Comets finished with a 352-331 -- 683 score, improving their score by 21 strokes on the second day.

College of the Desert (642) won the team title by 13 strokes over the second-place team, Sierra, which checked in at 655. College of the Canyons (662), Modesto (665), Irvine Valley (675), Canada (676) and Butte (680) also finished ahead of Palomar.

Trailing the Comets were Santa Barbara City College with a 691, Sacramento City College 715, Citrus 717, Mt. SAC 721, Reedley 729, Fresno city College 748, San Joaquin Delta 753, West Hills 790 and Bakersfield 801.


HUNTINGTON BEACH (9-26-2014) -- Little changed for Palomar's women's and men's cross country teams in Friday's Golden West College Invitational at Central Park.

Jessica Steinhoff again had the best finish for the women's team, placing 18th in a 144-runner field with a 19:24.6 for 5 kilometers. Defending state champion Laura Aceves of East Los Angeles won the race in 18:05.1.

Matt Bellah again led the men, finishing 73rd out of 199 runners in 22:05.8 on a 4.0-mile course. The race winner, Rodrigo Ornelas of College of the Canyons, ran 20:05.9.

Jessica Betencourt (38th in 20:24.8), Sarah Martinez (56th in 21:16.6), Olivia Wray (83rd in 22:28.8) and Haidee Ortiz (102nd in 23:31.2) rounded out Palomar's top five women's finishers.

In the men's race, Richard Murillo (92nd in 22:31.2), Cody-Ray Wilson (100th in 22:38.8), Joshua Cruz (122nd in 23:18.6) and Noah Siegal (13th in 2:29.1) rounded out the Comets' top five finishers.

The Palomar women placed ninth out of 15 teams with 264 points. Glendale won the team title with 49 points. The men were 16th in a 21-team field with 461 points. College of the Canyons captured the team championship with 34 points.


SAN MARCOS (9-25-2014) -- Candido Balbuena and Chris Kusunoki each scored two goals on Thursday and Palomar evened its men's soccer record at 2-2-1 by defeating El Camino Compton Center 4-3 at Minkoff Field.

Kusunoki gave the Comets a 1-0 lead in the ninth minute when he rebounded off a shot by Balbuena.

After the Tartars tied he game, Balbuena answered with back-to-back unassisted goals in the 39th and 46th minutes as Palomar went in front by two goals, at 3-1, in the first minute of the second half.

El Camino Compton Center again closed the gap to a goal, this time on a penalty kick.

Kusunoki's second goal of the afternoon on a header in the 60th minute gave Palomar another two-goal edge at 4-2 and the Comets made the lead stand up even though the Tartars added the day's final goal in the 70th minute.

Steven Ross and Daniel Vasquez combined for nine saves in goal for Palomar. Ross had four saves in the first half. Vasquez' five saves came in the second half.


SAN MARCOS (9-25-2014) -- Evelyn Garcia scored a goal off Denisse Ponce's assist on Thursday, giving Palmar a 1-1 non-conference women's soccer tie with College of the Desert.

Palomar goalkeeper Valentina Zito had seven saves.

The Comets are 3-1-2 on the season.


DIAMOND BAR (9-24-2014) -- Palomar continued to finish in the middle of the pack in Orange Empire Conference women's golf on Wednesday, placing fifth among nine teams in a conference match.

College of the Desert won with a 322 score, followed by Fullerton with a 36, Irvin Valley 343, Mt. SAC 355, the Comets 359, Saddleback 368, Orange Coast 380, Cuyamaca 382 and Mt. San Jacinto which did not have enough golfers to score.

Jessica Campbell shot an 84 on the 6001-yard, par-73 course at Diamond Bar Golf Club as the Comets' low scorer. Brittany Bilek carded a 91. Deanna Bird and Samantha Runnels shot 92s. Sidney Houser withdrew due to a wrist injury.


SAN JACINTO (9-24-2014) -- Mt. San Jacinto, which is unbeaten against California opponents but ranked only 24th in the state, surprised 14th-ranked Palomar 3-0 in the teams' Pacific Coast Athletic Conference opener on Wednesday evening.

The Eagles, playing at home, won 25-18, 25-22, 25-16.

For Palomar, Maci Lerno led in kills with seven. Kelli Iverson had five kills.

Mt. San Jacinto has lost only to Arizona Western College in going 7-1 this season. The Comets saw their 2014 record fall to 6-2.


EL CAJON / SAN DIEGO (9-21-2014) -- Coach Karl Seiler's Palomar women's volleyball squad, ranked No. 14 in the California Community College Coaches Association state poll for the second week in a row, swept to three victories in three matches in the two-day San Diego Mesa Invitational.

The Comets opened with a 3-0 (25-22, 25-21, 30-28) sweep of Cerro Coso on Friday.

They came back Saturday to defeat Citrus 3-0 (25-22, 25-11, 25-23) and the NJCAA's Phoenix College 3-2 (25-21, 25-23, 22-25, 18-25, 16-14).

Maci Lerno had a big tournament for Palomar, which has started the season 6-1.

On Saturday, Lerno contributed 23 kills, 2 aces and 14 digs vs. the Owls and the Bears.

Rylee Zimmerman (14 kills, 5 aces, 24 digs), Madi Stark (18 kills, 7 aces, 2 digs), Aspen Luedtke I51 assists) and Kelli Iverson (11 kills) also played major roles in Saturday's victories.


(UPDATED AT 6:40 P.M. ON MON., 9/29/2014)




 Athletics Home | About Palomar Athletics | Athletic Medicine | Study Hall | Directions  Apply for Admission | Financial Aid-Scholarships | View, Download Hugh Cox's Photos

Please click on sport to take you to its pages on the site. Overall and conference win-loss records are listed for each sport:
FOOTBALL  2-2  0-1   WRESTLING  4-0  0-0   GOLF (W)  33-29  17-15   VOLLEYBALL (W) 6-2  0-1  WATER POLO (M)  7-3  3-1  WATER POLO (W)  5-5 2-2  SOCCER (M)  3-2-1  0-0-0   SOCCER (W)  3-1-2  0-0-0   CROSS COUNTRY (M/W)  no duals  BASKETBALL (M)  0-0 0-0  BASKETBALL (W)  0-0  0-0  BASEBALL 0-0  0-0  SOFTBALL  0-0  0-0  GOLF (M)  0-0  0-0    TENNIS (M)   0-0  0-0   TENNIS (W)   0-0  0-0  SWIM & DIVE (M)  0-0  0-0  SWIM & DIVE (W)0-0  0-0   TRACK & FIELD (W)  no dual meets scheduled  VOLLEYBALL (M)  0-0  0-0  SAND VOLLEYBALL (W)  0-0  0-0


FOOTBALL: Gauchos 32, Comets 21

ABOVE: Shawn Cameron returns a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter Saturday evening to give the Comets a 21-14 lead over Saddleback. The return tied Cameron for second on the all-time Palomar list. The Gauchos, however, came back to win the teams' Southern Conference opener 32-21. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW LEFT: M.J. Bailey, who had six receptions for 143 yards, including a 71-yard touchdown from quarterback Mitch Bartram. BELOW RIGHT: Deviante Sayles, who scored Palomar's first touchdown on a 4-yard run.

Palomar can't hold on in conference opener

ESCONDIDO (9-27-2014) -- Saturday night's Southern Conference opener against Saddleback at Wilson Stadium featured plenty of spectacular football by Palomar.

Shawn Cameron, a freshman from Carlsbad High School, returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown with 5:42 left in the first quarter, giving the Comets their third lead in the game's first 9 1/2 minutes and tying Chris Cash for second on the all-time Palomar list.

The Comets led three separate times in a 4-minute, 22-second span in the opening quarter -- on a 4-yard touchdown run by Deviante Sayles that made it 7-0, a 71-yard pass play from Mitch Bartram to M.J. Bailey that made it 14-7 and on Cameron's kickoff return that put them on top 21-14.

Damon Nolan set up Sayles' TD with a 44-yard punt return on the previous play.

But, each time, Saddleback answered back. And when Patrick Koch kicked a 28-yard field goal that broke a 21-21 tie and put Palomar ahead 24-21 early in the second quarter, it would be the last time the Comets would lead in the game.

The Gauchos went on to record their first victory of the season 32-21, and Palomar must now win next Saturday afternoon at Grossmont to keep from falling to 0-2 two weeks into the conference season.

The Comets only scored once more during the course of the evening, on Bartram's 8-yard TD pass to Daniel Warren with eight minutes to play in the game. That pulled Palomar, which had fallen behind by 11 points, back within range at 35-31.

However, after Jadon Henry returned Grant Fleming's kickoff following the touchdown 42 yards out to the Saddleback 45, the Gauchos slit the Comets' throats on the ensuing play when Bautista and Chris Dimry hooked up on a 55-yard TD pass play. Bautista also hit Dimry for a 52-yard touchdown that got Saddleback on the scoreboard for the first time in the opening quarter.

On the night, Bautista connected on 22-of-35 passes for 356 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for an additional 47 net yards, which gave him 403 yards of total offense.

Even after the second Bautista-to-Dimry touchdown, Palomar still had chances to get back into the game. But they shot themselves in the foot on each occasion and saw time tick methodically away as the Comets fell to 2-2 overall.

Palomar made just enough mistakes to prevent them from slamming the door on the Gauchos (1-3). The mistakes ranged from 110 yards on 14 penalties, including one illegal procedure and false-start penalty after another, to dropped passes, misdirected passes, blocking breakdowns and badly-blown pass coverages that left Saddleback receivers ridiculously wide open downfield.

If not for just some of those mistakes, the Comets made more than enough big plays to win the game. Bartran passed for 320 yards. Bailey caught six passes for 143 yards and one touchdown. Wayne Ganan, Nolan and Warren added nine more catches for 161 yards and Bartram's second TD. Bartram, Sayles, Justin Harris and Ganan ran for a combined 103 yards.

Defensively, Palomar had four sacks, 10 tackles for losses and two broken-up passes. Dylan Donahue led the Comets with 10 tackles (5 solo), 6 of them for losses that added up to 34 yards, and 2 sacks for 13 yards. Drew Madera had 9 tackles and a half-sack. Dominic Darby added 2 sacks.

Cameron's achievement on his kickoff return is not to be taken lightly. He missed tying Nakoa McElrath's Palomar record of 100 yards against Fullerton in 1997 by 1 yard. McElrath moved on to become a first-team All-Pac 10 receiver at Washington State and led the Pac 10 in receiving in 1999. He later played for the Seattle Seahawks.

Cash, whose 99-yard return came against Pasadena City College in 1999 and whom Cameron tied with his return on Saturday, moved on to earn All-Pac 10 honors at cornerback for USC and was a three-year starter for the Detroit Lions. Cash finished his NFL career with the Atlanta Falcons and is now the defensive backs coach at Florida A&M.

Bumped from third to fourth place on the all-time Palomar list: current Comet head coach Joe Early, who had a 98-yard TD return against Orange Coast in 1979. Early moved on to Long Beach State, which since has dropped football.


M. SOCCER: Palomar 5, Victor Valley 1

Salado's two goals lift Comets past Rams

SAN MARCOS (9-26-2014) -- Zack Salado tallied two goals Friday at Minkoff Field, lifting Palomar to its second men's soccer victory in two days, a 5-1 non-conference win over Victor Valley.

Omar Orozco (left) scored on a rebound in the fifth minute and Oscar Meija assisted Salado on his first goal in the eighth minute, giving the Comets an early 2-0 lead. The Rams never recovered.

Edsel Corcuera (right) hit on an unassisted goal from long range on the left side in the 21st minute, and Salado's second goal, also scored unassisted from long range on the left side in the 60th minute, put Palomar up 4-0.

Victor Valley finally answered with its only goal of the game in the 77th minute as the Rams got on the scoreboard. Miguel Pieda tacked on an insurance goal for the Comets in the 80th minute off Luis Escoto's assist.

Palomar's defense smothered the Victor Valley attack most of the day. Daniel Vasquez, who had one save in the first half, and Steven Ross, who recorded four saves in the second half, combined on the near-shutout.

The Comets went back over .500 at 3-2-1. The Rams are 1-7-2.

W. WATER POLO: 18th Mountie Classic

Palomar splits 2 games on 1st day at Mt. SAC

WALNUT (9-26-2014) -- Palomar split two games on the first day on Friday at the 18th Annual Mountie Classic hosted by Mt. San Antonio College.

The Comets (5-5)  lost to Orange Coast 12-8 but bounced back to defeat Rio Hondo 13-5.

Kelly Harris (left) scored three goals to lead Palomar against Orange Coast. Kendyl Mundt tallied two goals. Lucy Gates, Lauren Wimsatt (above right) and Andrea Fairbanks had the other goals. The Comets couldn't hold a 4-3 halftime lead.

Wimsatt (four goals) and Fairbanks (three goals) set the tone for the Comets' victory over Rio Hondo. Mundt and Harris each tallied two goals. Gates and Bella Corpora also had goals against the Roadrunners.

MEN'S WATER POLO: Comets 12, Jets 6

ABOVE: Goalie Adam Kelsey prevents a San Diego Miramar goal on this play on Wednesday in San Diego. He split time in the net with Ryan Lazano. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW LEFT: Neal Gorman. BELOW RIGHT: Logan Hurst. Gorman and Hurst helped lead the Comets to a 12-6 victory

Palomar finishes first round in PCAC at 3-1

SAN DIEGO (9-24-2014) / REVISED 9-25-2014 -- The Palomar men's water polo team, getting four goals each from Kody Moffatt and Logan Hurst, defeated San Diego Miramar 12-6 at Ned Baumer Aquatic Center at the Miramar campus on Wednesday.

The Comets advanced to 3-1 with one game remaining in the first round of Pacific Coast Athletic Conference play and put themselves in a position in which they can move into a tie for first place with San Diego Mesa by beating the Olympians when they come home to begin the second round next Wednesday at Wallace Memorial Pool.

Neal Gorman had four assists and three steals for Palomar. Ryan Sur and Andrew Houston also had three steals apiece. Adam Kelsey contributed 10 saves in goal. Ryan Lazano had five saves.

W. WATER POLO: Palomar 10, SD Miramar 6

ABOVE: Palomar's Laura Wimsatt (white hat) plays in-your-face defense against Alicia Foreman of Miramar on Wednesday. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW LEFT: Emily Foltz. BELOW RIGHT: Lucy Gates. Foltz and Gates each scored two goals for the Comets in their 10-6 victory.

Comets even their 2014 win-loss record at 4-4

SAN DIEGO (9-24-2014) -- Palomar evened its women's water polo record at 4-4 overall and 2-2 in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference on Wednesday, beating host San Diego Miramar 10-6 at Ned Baumer Aquatic Center.

Kendyl Mundt led the Comets with three goals. Emilee Foltz, Lucy Gates and Kelly Harris each scored two goals. Lauren Wimsatt contributed the other Palomar goal.

The Comets led 3-0 after one quarter, fell behind 6-5 at the half, then outscored the Jets 5-0 in the second half.

Miramar is 3-5 overall,1-3 in conference.


Comets down 2 state Top Four teams, go 4-0

WALNUT (9-20-2014) / REVISED 9-23-2014 -- Led by four wrestlers who went 4-0 for the day, Palomar won all four matches and took home the championship at the season-opening Mt. SAC Duals for the third year in a row.

Palomar, the fifth-place team finisher in the CCCAA State Tournament the last two years, defeated two of the 2013 state Final Four teams on Saturday.

Alberto Garcia (133 pounds), Erik Collin (165), Cody Doyle (174) and Alex Graves (184) all went 4-0. Josh Lawson (141) and Chris Jones (149) both were 2-1. Frank Sandoval (125), Peter Donchev (157) and Dalton Du 'Casse' (197) went 2-2. And heavyweight Blake Nash finished 1-3.

Garcia, a freshman from Orange Glen High School, had two wins by pin, one by major decision and one by decision.

Coach Brody Barrios' Palomar squad defeated Bakersfield College 33-9, East Los Angeles 40-3, last year's state tournament No. 4 finisher Santa Ana 33-9 and last year's state tournament No. 3 finisher Mt. SAC 24-19.


Copyright 2014 Palomar Community College. All rights reserved.

Copyright Policy

Questions about this web site? contact Tom Saxe