at Noel Mickelsen Field
Grossmont College, El Cajon
Palomar 5, Grossmont 1


 APRIL 1-8, 2014


at Palomar softball field
vs. Imperial Valley, 1 p.m.


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SAN DIEGO (4-19-2014) -- Palomar alum Nick Vincent came in to pitch for the San Diego Padres to begin the seventh inning against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night at Petco Park and struck out the side in the Padres' 3-1 win.

Vincent, who made his entrance with San Diego on top of the Giants 2-1, struck out Buster Posey looking, Michael Morse swinging and Pablo Sandoval swinging.

Now in his third Major League season, Vincent  has a 1.13 earned run average for the season (1.92 for his Major League career). He's appeared in nine games, allowing three hits in eight innings while striking out eight and walking two.

In his Major League career, Vincent has an 8-3 win-loss record out of the bullpen with one save. In 79 2/3 innings, Vincent has allowed only 55  hits, striking out 82 and walking 20.


GLENDORA (4-17-2014) -- Palomar's victory over Riverside City College this week in a rematch of the 2013 state championship game helped the Comets' softball team retain the No. 1 ranking in the California Community College Fastpitch Coaches Association state rankings.

Trailing Palomar (27-4) are No. 2 Solano (32-2), No. 3 College of San Mateo (35-2), No. 4 Santiago Canyon (30-5), No. 6 Cypress (26-11), No. 7 Santa Ana (28-8), No.l 8 San Joaquin Delta (26-10), No. 9 College of the Desert (33-6) and No. 11 Riverside ( (26-10).


SAN MARCOS (4-12-2014) -- Back-up catcher Jaison "Bubba" Craig is the seventh 2014 Palomar baseball sophomore to commit to the four-year college level.

Craig (left), a sophomore from Vista Murrieta High School, has accepted a scholarship to NCAA Division II Hawaii Pacific University of Honolulu.

Earlier Division I commits were pitchers Zach Wilkins (Scripps Rancho High School) to the University of Nevada, Gary Cornish (a transfer from St. Mary's College of California) to the University of San Diego, Taylor Miller (Poway High) to Nevada and Vaughn Berberet (Fallbrook High) to Long Beach State.

Shortstop Dennis Morton (Temecula Valley High School) and Matt Silberman (Vista Murrieta High) are mving on to the NAIA level, to defending national champion Faulkner University Montgomery, AL, and Vanguard University.


SAN MARCOS (4-16-2014) -- K.K. Fronda went 4-for-4 with two home runs, a double, four runs scored and five RBIs Wednesday as Palomar rolled to a five-inning, 11-3 run-rule Pacific Coast Athletic Conference softball victory over visiting Southwestern.

Kali Pugh went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI, and Kristina Carbajal was 2-for-3 with a home run and an RBI for the PCAC champions, who are now 27-4 on the season,16-0 in conference.

Lizzy Hutzler tripled and drove in two runs for the Comets. Carlie Daniel, Paige Falconieri and Stephanie Koishor each had a single to round out a 13-hit attack.

Carbajal pitched the first 4 1/3 innings to record the pitching win and advance to 9-0 on the year. Daniel came in to get the final two outs in the top of the fifth.

Palomar won it in the bottom of the fifth on a dropped pop-up. The Comets led 8-3 through 4 1/2 and scored three times in the fifth.

The Jaguars fall to 22-16, 10-7.


SAN JACINTO (4-16-2014) -- Brian Cole shot a 1-under 71 at Soboba Springs Golf Club on Wednesday as Palomar remained one of the hottest men's community college golf teams in California by winning the final 6-way Pacific Coast Athletic Conference match of the season.

The Comets won with a 373 score on the 7053-yard, par 72 course, defeating runner-up College  of the Desert which had a 381. Palomar was 5-0 on the day and COD was 4-1. El Camino (392, 3-2), Cuyamaca (395, 2-3), Mt. San Jacinto (402, 1-4) and Victor Valley (416, 0-5) trailed.

The Comets have won four of their last five matches, finishing second in the other one.

Also for Palomar, Bryuce Haynes carded a 74, Mitch Cannon 75, Aaron Whiteley 75, Kelly Cannon 78 and Cullen Clifford 79.


SAN DIEGO (4-16-2014) -- Palomar is in second place with 44.5 points after the first day of the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference women's track and field  championships on Wednesday at San Diego Mesa College's Merrill Douglas Stadium.

San Diego Mesa leads with 70 points. Trailing the Comets are Southwestern (43 points) in third and Cuyamaca (31.5) in fourth.

The meet will conclude at Cuyamaca College on Saturday at 1 p.m.


 SAN MARCOS (4-12-2014) -- State seventh-ranked Cypress College stunned No. 1-ranked Palomar twice in a non-conference softball doubleheader on Saturday, sweeping the visiting Comets 10-4 and 7-3.

It's the first time Palomar  has lost two straight games since March 23, 2013 when the Comets were swept by Mt. SAC. Palomar fell to 25-4 on the season, while Cypress is 26-10.

The Comets clinched their 31st conference championship on Friday when they defeated Grossmont 6-0 at home (see right-hand column), and focus on Saturday appeared to be a possible issue.

Maci Lerno (3-for-4, RBI), Carlie Daniel (2-for-4, 3 RBIs) and Kali Pugh (2-for-4, triple) had multiple hits for the Comets in game 1. Paige Falconieri, Lizzy Hutller and Kaylee Hughen each added a double.

Pugh went 2-for-3 in the second game with a home run and an RBI. Carlie Daniel also homered.

(UPDATED AT 7:55 P.M. ON TUE., 4/22/2014)

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BASEBALL: Comets 5, Grossmont 1

ABOVE: Palomar second baseman Chris Stratton makes a spectacular twisting mid-air play in the sixth inning to throw out Grossmont's Nico Maida at first. BELOW: Winning pitcher Jake Barnett deals to the plate. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

PC tops G-House behind Barnett for 13th in row

EL CAJON (4-22-2014) -- Jake Barnett handcuffed Grossmont by pitching four-hit ball over seven innings as Palomar ran its baseball win streak to 13 games Tuesday by spanking the Griffins 5-1.

Barnett struck out six as he advanced to 7-0 in the Pacific Coast Athetic Conference and 7-2 on the season. Cody Ells and Gary Cornish followed him to the mound with a pair of perfect innings as the three combined to throw a four-hitter.

Palomar played some spectacular defense behind its pitchers as the PCAC champion Comets, ranked No. 4 in Southern California, ran their record to 25-9, 20-2 in the conference, with two games left in the regular season.

Second baseman Chris Stratton made two of the Comets' best plays of the year, the first on a ball to his right on which he threw back across his body in mid-air to the first-base bag to rob Nico Maida of a hit in the sixth inning and the second one when with a full-extension diving catch to his left to steal a hit away from Javier Gonzalez in the eighth.

Third baseman Jared Hunt also made a spectacular play to throw out Michael Kolek at first to lead off the bottom of the ninth. The Comets, also getting some flashy play from regular center fielder Dillan Smith in his first start of the season at shortstop and turned a pair of double plays in back of Barnett. One went from Smith to Stratton to first baseman Anthony Balderas. The other went from Stratton to Smith to Balderas.

Palomar's offense also made big contributions to the win. Francis Christy broke out of a mini-slump with a "statement" solo home run over the rightfield fence to lead off the second inning. Morton went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Hunt had an RBI single and Balderas doubled.

Grossmont fell to 21-12, 13-9 in conference and remains one game behind second-place Southwestern in the conference standings. Mt. San Jacinto beat the Jaguars 6-4 on Tuesday and is now in a tie for third with the Griffins.

The teams continue the series in Palomar's final regular-season home game on Thursday at 2 p.m. at Myers Field and conclude the series Saturday at noon back at Grossmont's Noel Mickelsen Field as they close out the regular season.


SOFTBALL: PC  vs. Canyons, Moorpark

Pugh gets 6 hits, 9 RBIs as Comets sweep

MOORPARK (4-19-2014) -- Kali Pugh, the leading community college hitter in California, went 6-for-7 and drove in nine runs on Saturday as state No. 1-ranked Palomar routed College of the Canyons and Moorpark College in a pair of non-conference games at Moorpark's  Raider Softball Field.

In the first game, Pugh went 3-for-3, doubled twice, scored two runs and drove in three runs as the Comets defeated Canyons 12-4.

In the nightcap, Pugh led Palomar to an 18-2 victory over Moorpark as she went 3-for-4 with two home runs, also scored four runs and drove in six runs. The two games pushed Pugh's batting average over .600 on the season.

With two more victories, both of which were ended by run rule, coach Lacey Craft's club goes to 30-4 for the season.

Kristina Carbajal (11-1) pitched a complete-game vs. Canyons. Carlie Daniel threw a five-inning complete gameto beat Moorpark.

Stephanie Koishor had five hits for the Comets in the two games. Daniel, who drove in six runs on the day, and Carbajal each contributed four hits.

Daniel went 2-for-4 vs. Canyons with a home run and four RBIs. Lizzy Hutzler was 2-for-4 with a double and Maci  Lerno also went 2-for 4. Carnajal, Koishor and Kaylee Hughen singled.

In the Moorpark game, Koishor was 4-for-4 with three doubles, two runs scored and three RBIs. Carbajal was 3-for-4  with a double and three RBIs. Daniel went 3-for-4, slugged her second home run of the afternoon to match Pugh's total, scored three runs and drove in two.

Paige  Falcondieri was 2-for-2 against the Raiders with a double and an RBI, while K.K. Fronda, Lerno and Kellie Johnston also hit safely.

PICTURED ABOVE: Kali Pugh (left), Stephanie Koishor (right)

W. TRACK & FIELD: PCAC Championships

Comets place second in conference finals

RANCHO SAN DIEGO (4-19-2014) -- Natalie Romo got out 118 feet to win the hammer throw and Palomar finished second in the Pacific Coast Athletic Women's Track & Field Championships which ended a two-day run on Saturday at Cuyamaca College.

San Diego Mesa won the team title with 223 points. The Comets earned 158.5 points in their second-place finish, followed by Cuyamaca (146.5) in third, Southwestern (118) in fourth, San Bernardino Valley (45) in fifth and Chaffey (29) in sixth place.

Palomar took 1-2 in the hammer with Simone Everett placing second with a throw of 115 feet, 5 inches.

Everett also took a second place in the discus with a throw of 110-8. Palomar also got second places from Cassandra Moore at 4 feet, 11.75 inches in the high jump, Aholibama Velazquez (18:38.21) in the 5,000 meters, Victoria Stewart (13.14) in the 100 meters and Shaylyn Boomer (16.55) in the 100 hurdles.

Romo also finished third in the javelin and fourth in the discus. Three Comets brought home fifth-place finishes, Tiffany Monroy in the hammer, Maritza Torralvba in the discus and Stewart in the 200 meters. Stewart ran a 26.5 into a 3.1 mph wind.

PICTURED ABOVE: Natalie Romo (left), Simone Everett (right)

M., W. SWIMMING: PCAC Meet Day 2

Palomar men 2nd, Farley is Swimmer of Year

SAN MARCOS (4-19-2014) -- Led by freshman freestyle specialist Rich Farley out of Carlsbad High School, Palomar's men's team swam to a runner-up team finish in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Swimming & Diving Championships which concluded on Saturday at Wallace Memorial Pool.

Farley captured his third individual-event gold medal in the meet on the third and final day as he won the 100-yard freestyle with a 57.51. He again won a match-up with Grossmont's Joseph Converse, who finishedsecond in 47.78.

Farley, who previously won both the 500 free and 200 free races and swam on two first-place relay teams, was voted Co-Swimmer honors in the conference with San Diego Mesa's Pedro Martir. Martir also won three individual events.

Grossmont won the men's title with 999.5 points, followed by the Comets in second with 770.5 points. Mesa was third with 518  points, and Southwestern was fifth with 268.

Mesa won the women's meet with 1,028 points, followed by Grossmont (796), Palomar (382) and Southwestern (315).

Palomar teammate Danny Hartl joined Farley with a first place on the final day as he swam to a 17:04.78 in the 1650 freestyle. Hartl won by 47 seconds over the second-place finisher, Grossmont's Jason Ornelas, who was timed in 17:51.57.

Max Becerra swam 2:14.86 to place second behind Martir in the 200 breaststroke. The Comet men's team also got a 3-4 finish from Jadan Smithers and Andrew Houston  in the 200 backstroke and a fourth place from Joe Cain in the 100 free.

Kelly Harris was Palomar's top finisher on day 3 of the women's meet. She swam a 56.80 to take third in the 100 freestyle.

PICTURED ABOVE: Men's conference Co-Swimmer of the Year Rich Farley (left); Kelly Harris, Palomar's top finisher on day 3 of the women's meet

BASEBALL: Palomar 9, IVC 1

ABOVE: Dillan Smith heads toward third as he scores Palomar's sixth run of the day on Saturday on Dennis Morton's two-run double in the fourth inning. IVC shortstop Gio Leon sprawls helplessly after the ball in the background. BELOW: Morton slides into third with the triple. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

PCAC champion Comets run win streak to 12

SAN MARCOS (4-18-2014) -- With three games to play in the regular season, Pacific Coast Athletic Conference baseball champion Palomar is getting ready for the state playoffs with the state's second-longest winning streak.

The Comets (24-9 on the season, 19-2 in conference) pounded Imperial Valley 9-1 on Friday at Myers Field behind the pitching of starter Emilio Esquibel and seven relievers. They ran their most recent win streak to 12 games, second in California only to Chabot's 20-game streak up in Northern California. Palomar last lost a game on March 15, 33 days ago.

Esquibel advanced to 7-1 for his sophomore season as he allowed one run over the first five innings before departing with an 8-1 lead. Anthony Balderas, Troy Forester, Cody Ells, Kamden Haglund, Robert Woodcock, Rusty Huber and Gary Cornish shut out the Arabs on two hits the rest of the way.

At the plate, Dennis Morton went 3-for-5 for the Comets with a triple and three RBIs. Palomar had four other players with multiple hits, Anthony Fernandez (2-for-5 with a double and an RBI), Chris Stratton (2-4, 2 RBIs), Nolan Barraza (2-3, RBI) and Matt Matlock (2-4). Eric Sapp and Alec Salcedo had one hit each, rounding out the Comets' 13 hit attack.

Salcedo, who replaced team batting leader Dillan Smith in centerfield in the eighth, threw out IVC's Oscar Ruiz trying to score from second on a single with two out in the top of the inning. Smith had done the same thing to get Juan Valdez at the plate in the fourth inning of Tuesday's game at Imperial Valley, a play that set the tone for the Comets' three-game series sweep.

Palomar will close the regular season with a three-game series vs. third-place Grossmont during the upcoming  week, at the G-House on Tuesday, at Myers Field on Thursday and back at Grossmont on Saturday.

Southwestern (24-9, 14-7) took over undisputed second place and has the inside track for the conference's second playoff berth after beating San Diego Mesa 5-3 on Friday. Grossmont (21-11, 13-8) lost to Mt. San Jacinto 12-6. The Jaguars trail the Comets by five games with three to play, while the Griffins are six games out.


SOFTBALL: Comets 11, Olympians 0

Carbajal shuts out Mesa as No. 1 PC wins big

SAN DIEGO (4-18-2014) -- Kristina Carbajal pitched a seven-hit shutout to advance to 10-0 and champion Palomar continued to dominate the other Pacific Coast Athletic Conference softball teams on Friday, winning an 11-0 rain make-up on the road over San Diego Mesa.

The victory lifted Palomar to within one game of an unbeaten conference season. The defending state champion and state No. 1-ranked Comets are 17-0 in the PCAC. They're 28-4 on the year.

Paige Falconieri and Kali Pugh had big days at the plateas they combined for six of Palomar's 14 hits off three Mesa pitchers and drove in seven runs between them. Falconieri homered and doubled. she finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Pugh went 3-for-4 with four RBIs.

K.K.Fronda also doubled and went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Maci Lerno was 2-for-3 and drove in a run. Carlie Daniel singled and also drove in a run. Lizzy Hutzler, Stephanie Koisher and Kaylee Hughen each contributed a single. Carbajal also had an RBI.

Palomar will be back in action on Saturday when the Comets play a pair of non-conference games at Moorpark College's Raider Softball Field. They'll face College of the Canyons at 1 p.m. and will play Moorpark at 3 p.m.

PICTURED ABOVE: Pitcher Kritina Carbajal (left), Paige Falconieri (right)

M., W. SWIMMING: PCAC Meet Day 2

Rich Farley passes Grossmont's Joseph Converse on the final leg to give Palomar a first place in the 800-yard medley relay in the conference finals on Friday at Wallace Memorial Pool. Farley is shown in the lower photo after the race. He also won the 200 freestyle. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

Farley gets PC pair of golds on second day

SAN MARCOS (4-18-2014) --  Rich Farley swam to two more gold medal performances on day 2 of the three-day Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Swimming & Diving Championships on Friday at Wallace Memorial Pool.

Farley won the men's 200-yard freestyle final with a 1:44.02 time, defeating teammate Danny Hartl, the runner-up  in the race, and third-place Joseph Converse from Grossmont.

Then he came from behind on the anchor leg to pass Converse and give Palomar a victory in 7:06.32 in the final event of the day, the 800 freestyle relay. The Griffins finished in 7:08.03. Hartl, Joe Cain and Jadan Smithers swam the first three legs for the Comets.

Grossmont leads the men's portion of  the meet with 701.5 points after day 2, with Palomar sitting in second place with 536.5 points. San Diego Mesa (356 points) is third, and Southwestern (197 points) is fourth. Mesa's women's team has 701 points through Friday's events to lead second-place Grossmont (565), third-place Palomar (276) and fourth-place Southwestern (227).

Palomar's Andrew Houston, Max Becerra, Evan Dean and Cain swam a 1:40.90 to place second in the men's 200 medley relay. The Comets' men's team took three other second places, by Smithers (4:27.40 in the 400 individual medley), Bacerra (1:00.37 in the 100 breaststroke) and Houston (57.60 in the 100 backstroke).

Palomar's women's team took third places in two relays on Friday. Lauren Wimsatt, Ariana Lyons, Kelly Harris and Nikki Prohaska swam the 200 medley relay in 2:05.72, Prohaska, Lyons, Wimstatt and Natalie Viescas finished with a 9:51.48 in teh 800 free relay.

BASEBALL: Palomar 11, IVC 1

ABOVE: Palomar's Dillan Smith, who went 4-for-5, couldn't have come much closer to hitting a home run in the seventh inning on Thursday. IVC right fielder Jared Espinoza had no chance to catch the ball, but it barely stayed in the yard. Smith settled for a triple. Head coach / third-base coach Buck Taylor is at right as Smith stands at the third-base bag. BELOW: PC second baseman Chris Stratton forces the Arabs' Isaiah Cruz at second in the fourth inning on Oscar Ruiz' double-play ball. Stratton took a throw from third baseman Nolan Barraza and somehow relayed the ball to first baseman Eric Sapp to get Cruz. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

Smith (4-for-5), Comets clinch title outright

SAN MARCOS (4-17-2014) -- Palomar sophomore centerfielder Dillan Smith is red hot. So is his team.

Smith went 4-for-5 and tripled on Thursday, has nine hits in his last 14 at-bats, and was the biggest reason the Comets clinched their fourth straight Pacific Coast Athletic Conference baseball championship by beating Imperial Valley 11-1 at Myers Field.

With their 11th straight win, the Comets are 23-9 overall and 18-2 in the PCAC heading into another 2 p.m.match-up with IVC at home on Friday.

With four games to play, Palomar is five games up on Southwestern and Grossmont, who are tied for second and and relegated to battling for the conference's runner-up spot. The Jaguars defeated San Diego Mesa on Thursday 3-2, while the Griffins beat Mt. San Jacinto 12-2.

Zach Wilkins (8-1) pitched four-hit ball over the first five innings to record the win. He left the game with an 8-1 lead. Anthony Balderas, Kamden Haglund, Cody Ells, Rusty Huber and Gaqry Cornish pitched two-hit, shutout ball over the final four innings.

Smith, who is batting .374 on the season and .425 in conference games both of which lead the Comets, singled in the first inning. The sophomore from Temescal Canyon High School in Elsinore hit a long fly ball to center that was caught by the Arabs' Isaiah Cruz in the second inning. He singled in the fourth, singled again in the fifth, barely missed a home run when he tripled to right field in the seventh and was walked in the bottom of the eighth. Smith scored two runs.

Also for the Comets, Eric Sapp went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, while Matt Matlock was 3-for-4 with an RBI. Alec Salcedo went 2-for-2 with a double and three RBIs. Dennis Morton had two singles. Nolan Barraza contributed a single  and two RBIs. Bubba Craig doubled in a run. And Zach Bonneau singled in a run, rounding out a 17-hit attack.

After Friday's game with IVC, the Comets will play a three-game series with Grossmont next week to close out the regular season.


M., W. SWIMMING: PCAC Meet Day 1

200 free relay team, Farley, Smithers all win

SAN MARCOS (4-17-2014) -- Palomar's men's swim team brought home first places in three of five events on the first day of the three-day Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Championship meet on Thursday at Wallace Memorial Pool.

The Comets got wins from their 200-yard freestyle relay team (1:27.17), Rich Farley with a 4:47.65 in the 500 freestyle and Jadan Smithers at 2:05.28 in the 200 individual medley.

But, with Palomar having no divers and diving points being added from last weekend's Southern California Championships which PCAC teams dominated, the Comets find themselves in second place after the first day.

Grossmont, which also has outstanding depth in the swimming events, leads the men's meet with 330.5 points, followed by Palmar (245.5 points) in second place, San Diego Mesa (174 points in third and Southwestern (85 points) in fourth.

In the women's meet, Mesa leads after day 1 with 307 points, followed by Grossmont (233), Palomar (133) and Southwestern (114).

In the men's meet, the Comets also got a second place from Evan Dean in the 50 freestyle, a third from Danny Hartl in the 500 free fourth places from Max Bercerra in the 200 IM and Joe Cain, who swam a dead heat for fourth in the 50 free.

Kelly Harris was Palomar's top women's finisher on day 1, placing fourth in the 50 free with a 26.16.

PICTURED ABOVE: Palomar first-day individual event winners Rich Farley (left) and Jadan Smithers (right).

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