Patriotic Bowl
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Palomar 30, Glendale 22

at The Dome

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CHICAGO (11-21-2014) -- The Chicago White Sox have elevated Palomar product Tyler Saladino to their 40-man roster.

Saladino appeared in 82 games with Triple-A Charlotte during the 2014 season, batting .310 with 16 doubles, four triples, nine homers, 43 RBIs and 41 runs scored. He was placed on the disabled list on July 13 and missed the remainder of the season after undergoing ulnar colateral ligament replacement surgery on hisr ight elbow.

Named as the starting shortstop for the International League for the 2014 Triple-A All-Star Game against the Pacific Coast League, sustained the injury days before the game and had to be replaced in the starting lineup.

Saladino has played shortstop for the White Sox in Major League in spring training the last three years as a non-roster player while he made his way up through the club's minor league system.

He was at Palomar last week for Groundbreaking Ceremonies for the Comets' new baseball field.


SAN DIEGO (11-20-2014) -- Led by 17 kills and two aces from Madi Stark, Palomar swept San Diego City College 25-20, 25-19, 25-20 Thursday night at Harry West Gym  in a match that was moved up a day from its original Friday date.

Coach Karl Seiler's team, which finished the regular season 19-4, 13-3 for undisputed second place in the nine-team Pacific Coast Athletic Conference, and awaits results of the Southern California seeding meeting on Sunday to find out where it may fit into the postseason playoff structure.

Seiler has been around long enough to realize undisputed second place behind the state's third-ranked team (Grossmont, a 25-15, 25-10, 25-18 winner over Imperial Valley to finish the regular season unbeaten), doesn't automatically punch a ticket to the regionals.

Maci Lerno had eight kills and two blocks for the Comets. Haley Farnum had eight digs. Brittany Mitchell contributed 31 assists..


SACRAMENTO (11-17-2014) -- Palomar water polo player Evan Dean, who previously was selected as Co-Player of the Year in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference, has been named to the Community College All-American and All-State teams.

Teammate Rich Farley was selected All-State second team and first-team All-Southern California.

Chad Aronen, who guided the Comets to the PCAC championship and a final 18-9 overall record, missed being selected as state Co-Coach of the Year by one vote.






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FOOTBALL: Palomar 30, Glendale 22

TOP PHOTO: Bryce Alexander stops Glendale's Robert Jones short of a first down to force the Vaqueros to settle for a field goal in Saturday's Patriot Bowl at Wilson Stadium. Drew Madera (52) arrives to help. DIRECTLY ABOVE: Rafael Sangines (50), Hunter Moore (98) and Ian Kelly (hidden) gang tackle Andre Nunez, one of Glendale's two quarterbacks, after Nunez was forced out of the pocket by Dylan Donahue. -- Photos by Hugh Cox. BELOW LEFT: Game MVP and quarterback Mitch Bartram. BELOW RIGHT: Punter Codey Wuthrich, named Palomar's Player of the Game.

Comets win Patriot Bowl to finish 7-4 season

ESCONDIDO (11-22-2014) -- Palomar overcame 105 yards in penalties and a series of mistakes to win the Patriotic Bowl on Saturday at Wilson Stadium, pinning a 30-22 loss on a Glendale team that came into the game with a 9-1 record.

The win allowed the Comets to finish the season 7-4, a big turnabout from last year's 2-8 finish, Palomar's worst record in 32 years.

Palomar quarterback Mitch Bartram passed for 222 yards and one touchdown, including five completions to M.J. Bailey for 115 yards, and was named the game's Most Valuable Player.

Codey Wuthrich averaged 42.4 yards on eight punts against a big rush with a long of 54 yards and three punts inside the 20-yard line. He was named the Palomar Player of the game. In a remarkably consistent performance, Wuthrich both got the Comets out of bad field position or put the Gauchos in bad field position. His 22 punts inside the 20 on the season broke the Palomar record of 20 set by Rocco Hemphill in 2011. Wuthrich also obliterated the Palomar career record with 41 punts inside the 20 over a two-year period.

Glendale took the game's opening kickoff and took the ball 55 yards on five plays to go in front 6-0. But Joe Naotala blocked the PAT try and Bryan Jones scooped up the ball and took it all the way to the Vaqueros' end zone for two points -- and the Comets only trailed 6-2.

That was the only time Palomar would trail all afternoon. With 3:52 left in the opening quarter, Damon Nolan returned a Glendale punt 55 yards for a touchdown which, along with Patrick Koch's first of four extra points, put the Comets on top 9-6.

Bartram's 53-yard pass play to Wayne Ganan early in the second quarter extended Palomar's lead to 16-6. The Vaqueros got back on the board on a 50-yard Sean Murphy-to-Danavian Caly fourth-down pass play with just 22 seconds left in the quarter to cut the Comets' lead to 16-13 at the half.

Matt Taylor's 40-yard punt return set up another Palomar touchdown, with running back Justin Harris pulling up and throwing a 2-yard pass into the end zone to tight end Tiree Burton on fourth down to put Palomar back up by 10 points at 23-13 with 6:36 left in the third quarter.

After a Glendale field goal made it 23-16, the Comets drove 63 yards in seven plays to go in front 29-16 with 6:03 left in the game when running back Deviante Sayles tried to go over the top for a 1-yard touchdown, was pushed back but still muscled his way into the end zone. Koch's PAT made it 30-16.

Glendale's Player of the Game Marquise McGuire (115 yards rushing on 28 carries) scored on a 3-yard run with 4:16 to play. Dylan Donahue broke through to block the PAT and the Vaqueros still trailed by eight points 30-22.

That meant the visitors needed a TD and two-point conversion to tie the game and send it to overtime. But Wuthrich and his long snapper, Austin Paredes helped assure the Vaqueros wouldn't have an opportunity. Wuthrich delivered a 43-yard punt to the Glendale 27 and Paredes' athletic tackle dumped Kev'n Farmer for a 7-yard loss back to the 20 when Farmer gave ground trying to take the return to the outside.

The Vaqueros could only advance the ball out to the 29 on three plays, and Junior Tau stopped McGuire for no gain on fourth-and-one with 1:04 remaining in the game. The Comets then ran out the clock and the final score for Palomar's 15th all-time post-season win was in the books.

Nolan also had a 21-yard reception and returned a total of three more punts for 33 more yards. He also had a 44-yard return, which would have given him five for 132 yards, called back because of a holding penalty.

Some of the other big peformances for the Comets came from DeAngelo Ivey (10 tackles, 9 solo including a tackle for loss), Naoala (fumble recovery, 8 tackles 0.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss, to go along with his PAT block), Javante O'Roy (forced fumble, fumble recovery and 8 tackles), Toefua Amu (8 tackles), Austin Wolff (6 tackles, 0.5 tackle for loss and a forced fumble) and Ian Kelly (open-field tackle on a punt return).

Then there was the performance of Tony Black, a little-used sophomore back-up center from Vista Murrieta High School who received an opportunity to play extensively in place of starter Charlie Long who exited with a shoulder injury. Black made the most of his opportunity and responded with a career game to remember.

"Tony saw a lot more action than he'd seen the whole time the last two years, and he made the most of it, which was big for us," coach Joe Early said.

"Overall, we made a lot of mistakes, but we responded and overcame them."


W. BASKETBALL: Comets 77, L.A. Valley 57

Cox scores 27 as Palomar advances to 6-0

SAN MARCOS (11-22-1014) -- Keisha Cox (left) scored 27 points and Palomar's women's basketball team won for the second night in a row at home on Saturday, defeating visiting Los Angeles Valley 77-57.

Melissa Allen tallied 14 points and Lynnzy Troxll added 12 points as the Comets remained unbeaten on the season at 6-0.

The Monarchs fell to 1-1.

Coach Leigh Marshall's Palomar squad will play its next eight games on the road, beginning Dec. 5-6-7 in the 31 st Cypress College Lady Charger Classic, and won't return to The Dome until Jan. 9 when they host Mt. San Jacinto.

W. BASKETBALL: Comets 83, Roadrunners 33

TOP PHOTO: Andrea Hollins controls the ball in Palomar's 50-point win over a Rio Hondo team that came into Friday's game with a 4-1 record. DIRECTLY ABOVE: Just after this picture was taken, Aliah Marshall was tripped trying to take this ball to the basket and made both free throws. BELOW: Keisha Cox elevates above the crowd on this jump shot in the first half. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

'40 Minutes of Hell' is just that for Rio Hondo

SAN MARCOS (11-21-2014) -- The running, pressing 2014-15 Palomar women's basketball team's hectic style of play is described as "40 Minutes of Hell" for opponents. Visiting Rio Hondo found out why on Friday night as the Comets won their home opener 83-33 at The Dome.

Getting one steal, breakaway after another, followed by series of quick passes and both uncontested and contested layups, the Comets (5-0) raced to a 47-15 halftime lead and kept the pace up the entire evening. Along the way, coach Leigh Marshall continued sending waves of fresh troops onto the floor.

Keisha Cox, coming in and out of the game, scored a game-high 18 points to lead 11 Palomar players in the scoring column before exiting for good after she made two free throws with 16:14 remaining and the Comets leading the Roadrunners 62-22.

Cox scored 13 of Palomar's 15 points in the first 3 minutes, 46 seconds of the second half. She got most of her points during the evening off the Comets' transition game following rebounds, steals and forced Rio Hondo mistakes.

Cox drained two 3-pointers during the above 15-point run. Jessica Scott, Chelse Ayala and Zlee Lee Tomlinson also canned 3-point baskets.

Lynnzy Troxell (14 points) and Scott (13 points) joined Cox in double figures for the Comets as Palomar spread the wealth in the scoring column.

Scott scored 11 points and Troxell 10 in the first half, when Cox and Chelse Ayala each tallied five points.

Players coming off the bench for Palomar combined for 38 points. 

This was all against a Rio Hondo team that came into the game with a 4-1 record, including wins over Reedley, Taft, Hancock and 72-49 over College of the Desert last Saturday. The Roadrunners' only loss prior to Thursday was by six points to Los Angeles Harbor.

Palomar will host Los Angeles Valley, a 61-40 winner over Orange Coast earlier in the evening, on Saturday at 5 p.m. Orange Coast and Rio Hondo will play at 3 p.m.

M. BASKETBALL: PC 69, Orange Coast 52

ABOVE: Palomar's Ryan Shaffer (No. 3) was fouled by Orange Coast's Michael Niezner on this play. He made both free throws to put the Comets up 43-29 with 15:23 left in the game. BELOW: After the Pirates got to within six points, Matt Duniphan (21) put Palomar in front by 10 with 5:14 remaining as the Comets went on to win by 17 points. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

Comets power past Pirates by 17 in home debut

SAN MARCOS (11-19-2014) -- Palomar rocked non-conference opponent Orange Coast 69-52 in its home opener on Thursday night at The Dome, showing signs along the way of what coach John O'Neill feels could wind up being a very good men's basketball team.

The Comets (3-1) sprinted out to a 37-21 halftime lead behind the floor play of freshman guard Ryan Shaffer out of Temecula Valley High School. They let Orange Coast close to six points to get back in the game, then dropped the hammer on the Pirates down the stretch as Matt Duniphan, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound freshman forward from Escondido High School dominated the visitors physically inside.

Duniphan, coming off the bench, grabbed eight of his game-high 10 rebounds down the stretch and scored all eight of his points in the second half by making 4-of-5 of his attempts from the field and was a physical force near the basket the entire time.

Palomar put four players in double figures -- James Sampson with 13 points thanks to a 6-for-6 night from the free throw line, Shaffer with 12, Deven Riley with 11 including a thunderous dunk and Jeremy Franklin with 10.

Shaffer went 3-for-5 from the field, 2-for-4 on 3-pointers and 4-for-4 from the line, but his real value was defensively and controlling the basketball. Sampson dished off four assists. Riley contributed four blocks.

Brad Buchignani had 10 points for Orange Coast.

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