11th Annual Palomar Thanksgiving Tournament
Round 2 (Day 2 of 3)
at The Dome

Championship Semifinals
Palomar 58, L.A. Harbor 54

State No. 2 San Bernardino Valley 63
State No. 1 Saddleback 60

Consolation Semifinals
SD Miramar 94
L.A. Trade Tech 73

Southwestern 82
L.A. Southwest 65


11th Annual Palomar Thanksgiving Tournament
Round 2 (Day 2 of 3)
at The Dome

Consolation Championship
San Diego Miramar vs.
Southwestern, 1 p.m.

3rd Place
Saddleback vs. L.A. Harbor, 3 p.m.

Palomar vs.
San Bernardino Valley, 5 p.m.


Victoria Stewart


COSTA MESA (11-20-2015) -- The Palomar women's basketball team made it back-to-back wins in two days at the Orange Coast Crossover on Friday night, running past Rio Hondo 65-40.

The Comets opened up a 20-5 lead after one quarter, were on top 40-11 at the half and continued on to their fifth win in six games. Their biggest lead was 33 points with 3:41 left in the third quarter.

Fifteen Palomar players saw action, with no one playing more than 22 of the regulation 40 minutes as coach Leigh Marshall made use of her entire roster.

Victoria Stewart (left) led the Comets with 12 points. Quinesha Vanhook (right) had eight points and six rebounds. Roshell Lamug, Regina Sheffield and Lynnzy Troxell also contributed six rebounds each. Palomar put 13 players in the scoring column.

Next up for the Comets: a 13-day break before they play in the 32nd Annual Lady Charger Classic Dec. 4-6 at Cypress College. Palomar will play the 8 p.m. game the first day against West Los Angeles. 

Regina Sheffield


COSTA MESA (11-19-2015) -- Regina Sheffield (left) hit a 3-point shot off a pass from Lynnzy Troxel (right) with :03 to play Thursday night, giving Palomar a 61-58 victory over Los Angeles Valley on the first day of the Orange Coast Cross-Over at Peterson Gym.

The Comets, leading most of the game, fell behind 58-56 before Troxell's jumper tied the game at the 1:02 mark.

Sheffield led Palomar (4-1) with 16 points and 10 rebounds. She also had two steals. Troxell joined her in double figures with 11 points and also pulled down seven rebounds and had two blocks.

Deajanae Harvey had seven points, five rebounds and three steals for the Comets. Mikaela Shannon had eight rebounds. Tatiana Navarro and Roshell Lamug contributed six points each.

The Comets led the Monarchs, who were opening their season, at the quarter marks 10-7, 22-14 and 39-32.


MONTEREY PARK (11-21-2015) -- Palomar wrestlers won half of the weight classes in the fifth renewal of  "The Brawl" tournament on Saturday at East Los Angeles College -- but finished second.

Defending state champion Cerritos, which won only two weight classes, utilized its depth to capture the team title. The Falcons outscored the runner-up Comets 213.5 points to 192.5 points. Coach Brody Body Barrios PC team, which hasn't been at full strength for nearly a month, was missing one state No. 1-ranked wrestler and another state No. 2-ranked wrestler.

Palomar's weight-class champions were Jake Schaeffer at 125 pounds, Chris Kimball at 133, Kirk Kaliszewski at 157, Alex Gallo at 174 and Seville Hayes in the heavyweight division.


SAN MARCOS (11-19-2015) -- Leah Gordon, the starting catcher for Palomar's 2015 state community college championship softball team as a freshman, has accepted a scholarship to NCAA Division II Regis University in Denver and will transfer after the fall semster.

Gordon, a Rancho Bernardo High School product, hit .347 in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference last season and .273 overall as the Comets went 41-4-1 and won both their 32nd conference championship and fifth state title (and second in the last three years under coach Lacey Craft). Gordon was selected to the all-state tournament team and was second-team All-PCAC.


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M. BASKETBALL: 11th Thanksgiving Tournament

TOP PICTURE: Matt Duniphan (21) pulls down a missed 3-point shot by Harbor as the clock winds down. He rifled an outlet pass to Spencer Benson who was immediately fouled and made two free throws with 9.2 seconds left. DIRECTLY ABOVE: Jordan Holmes drives around a Seahawk defender earlier in the second half. He dished the ball to Deven Riley for a lay-up. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

PC wins 58-54, to play state No. 2 team for title

SAN MARCOS (11-28-2015) -- After Saturday night's blue-collar, get-down-and-dirty 58-54 win over Los Angeles Harbor in the semifinals, Palomar will play state No. 2-ranked San Bernardino Valley in the championship game of the 11th Annual Palomar Thanksgiving Tournament on Sunday at 5 p.m. at The Dome.

In the other semifinal game, San Bernardino battled back from an early 30-8 deficit to hang a 63-60 defeat on defending state champion Saddleback, California's No. 1-ranked team. 

Here's way it ended in the Comets' victory over Harbor in Saturday's last game:

2:18 to play: With the Seahawks on top by 2 points, Deven Riley knocked down a 3-point bucket to put Palomar in front 55-54. It turned out to be the game-winner.

1:27 left: Matt Duniphan pulled down a key defensive rebound for the Comets.

59 seconds left: Duniphan hauled in a key offensive rebound.

18 seconds left: Spencer Benson, who led the winners with 13 points and 5 assists, made the front end of a one-and-one. The Comets led 56-54.

10 seconds left: Duniphan rebounded a 3-point attempt by Harbor and passed off to Benson who was immediately fouled.

9.2 seconds left: Benson' dropped in two free throws. Palomar led by the final 58-54 score.

3.5 seconds left: Duniphan took his third charge of the night, finishing off the Seahawks.

Riley had 11 points and 6 rebounds for the Comets. Trevon Lampkin contributed 8 points, Ryan Schaefer and Jordan Holmes each added 7 points, Reid Bohanan went 3-for-3 to score 6 second-half points and Duniphan led both teams with 8 rebounds.

Harbor's Dharion Tanner led all scorers wieth 23 points.

Palomar, which advanced to 4-2 with its fourth straight win, overcame an icy 31.6 percent first-half shooting performance and an 8-for-26 night on 3-pointers.

In the first two games Sunday, San Diego Miramar and Southwestern meet for the consolation title at 1 p.m. and Saddleback plays Harbor at 3 p.m. in the third-place game.

In the consolation semifinals, Miramar downed Los Angeles Trade Tech 94-73 and Southwestern defeated Los Angeles Southwest 82-65.

M. BASKETBALL: 11th Thanksgiving Tournament

Kevin Hardyway's layup put Palomar up 37-29 and the Comets' lead grew to 40-29 late in the first half on Ryan Schaefer's 3-pointer from the corner Friday night at The Dome. Palomar led by 10 points at intermission, traded the lead back and forth in the second half and won 75-71 to reach Saturday's championship semifinals of its own tournament. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

Comets battle way into championship semis

SAN MARCOS (11-27-2015) -- Palomar shot 52.6 percent from the field, put four players in double figures and held on to beat Los Angeles Southwest 75-71 on Friday night at The Dome as the Comets advanced to the championship semifinals of the 11th Annual Palomar Thanksgiving Tournament.

Palomar will play Los Angeles Harbor, a 75-68 winner over Southwestern, in one championship semifinal game on Saturday at 7 p.m. In the other semifinal, state No. 1-ranked and defending state champion Saddleback plays state No. 2-ranked San Bernardino Valley at 5 p.m. in the most-anticipated match-up of the early season in California community college basketball.

Spencer Benson, a 6-foot-5 freshman forward from Vista Murrieta High School, led coach John O'Neill's squad with 19 points and 8 rebounds and put the Comets ahead to stay when he scored inside with 2:37 left to play to make it 72-71.

Benson added two free throws with 1:17 remaining and Ryan Schaefer made the second of two free throws with 2.9 seconds to play, putting the game out of reach.

Benson's go-ahead bucket came after a Christian Carter 3-pointer put the Cougars in front for the final time in the back-and-fourth game 71-70 with 3:31 left. It was the last time L.A. Southwest was able to score.

No. 2 San Bernardino Valley (7-0) raced past San Diego Miramar 102-89 and No. 1 Saddleback (6-0), delayed in arriving for two hours after the Gauchos' bus sat idle on Interstate 5 coming south because when an accident brought traffic to a standstill, appeared out of sorts by the experience but still defeated Los Angeles Trade Tech 62-57 to reach Saturday's early semifinal game.

L.A. Harbor earned the right to face Palomar in the 7 p.m. semifinal when the Seahawks held off Southwestern 75-68.

The Comets also got double-figure production from Ryan Schaeffer (17 points, three 3-pointers), Deven Riley (15 points, 9 rebounds) and Matt Duniphan (10 points going 4-for-4 from the field and 2-for-2 from line, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks) before fouling out with 25 seconds to play.

And they needed it all on a night the Cougars got 34 points including 7-for-9 shooting beyond the 3-point arc from Franklin Sadler and 17 points and five 3's from Carson.

Riley rocked The Dome with a thunderous dunk with with 18 minutes left that made it 51-40 and had three key points to put Palomar in front 70-68 with under 4 minutes to play. Reid Bohanan preceded that with three straight free throws.

The Comets now have won three games in a row since starting the season 0-2 in the Ventura Tournament, including an embarrasing loss to then state No. 4-ranked Antelope Valley to open the season.

In Saturday's consolation semifinals, Miramar faces L.A. Trade Tech at 1 p.m. and Southwestern plays L.A. Southwest at 3 p.m. The tournament runs through Sunday with the championship game at 5 p.m.

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