Palomar field
Game 1
Palomar 2, Canyons 0
Game 2
Palomar 9, Canyons 1

PCAC Championships
After day 2
at Wallace Memorial Pool

Palomar 555
San Diego Mesa 520
Grossmont 509
Southwestern 232
Grossmont 635
Palomar 411
San Diego Mesa 383
Southwestern 277

PCAC Finals
at Merrill Douglas Stadium
San Diego Mesa College
Southwestern 260
San Diego Mesa 179
Cuyamaca 89
Palomar 86
San Bernardino Valley 76
Chaffey 18


at Myers Field
vs. Southwestern, 2 p.m.

at San Diego City College field
vs. San Diego City College, 3 p.m.


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SAN MARCOS (4-15-2015) -- Palomar will attempt to clinch its fifth straight Pacific Coast Athletic Conference baseball championship on Tuesday when the first-place Comets open a three-game series with second-place Southwestern.

The Southern California No. 1-ranked Comets (28-5, 19-2) and the fifth-ranked Jaguars (27-6, 17-4) will square off at Myers Field at 2 p.m.

If the two teams go with their regular Tuesday pitchers, Palomar left-hander Taylor Turski (4-0, 0.86 ERA, second-best in the state) and Southwestern right-hander Adrian Orozco (9-0, 1.64 ERA) will be the two starters.

Turski is a freshman left-hander from Temecula Valley High School returning to baseball this season after a layoff following an injury and surgery. Coach Buck Taylor brought him along slowly early in the season before moving him into the starting rotation.

Orozco is a sophomore righthander from Otay Ranch High School who pitched for UC San Diego in 2013 as a true freshman, then received an injury redshirt after beginning the 2014 season for the Tritons.

Southwestern defeated Mt. San Jacinto 11-6 on Saturday to remain alive in the conference race.

The Jaguars trail the Comets by two games with three to play, and one loss in the series (the teams also will play at Southwestern on Thursday and back at Palomar on Friday) would eliminate the Jags.

If the Comets win Tuesday, they'll have a three-game lead on the Jaguars with two games remaining.

Southwestern can win the championship outright by sweeping the series.


SAN MARCOS (4-15-2015) -- Palomar still sits at No. 2 in the American Baseball Coaches Association's Pacific Divisions (California, Oregon and Washington) community college rankings.

The Comets (27-5) trail only No. 1-ranked San Joaquin Delta (30-1), which is also ranked No. 1 in the nation by Perfect Game Palomar is No. 7 in the nation.

American Baseball Coaches Association
1. San Joaquin Delta
2. Palomar
3. Mt. Hood (Oregon)
4. Cypress
5. Fresno City College
6. Oxnard
7. Spokane Valley (Washington)
8. Santa Barbara City College
9. Feather River
10. Orange Coast


RIVERSIDE (4-15-2015) -- Palomar, which entered Wednesday's neutral-course 6-team Pacific Coast Athletic Conference men's golf match alone in first place, finished second on the day.

The Comets fell back into a tie for the conference lead with College of the Desert, both with 36-4 records.

COD had a 389 score for the match at Canyon Crest Golf Club (6,570 yards, par 72). The Comets checked in at 395, followed by Mt. San Jacinto (413), Cuyamaca (422 with the six-man tie-breaker), El Camino 422 and Victor Valley (430).

Connor Sims led Palomar with a 76, followd by Zack Wagner with a 77, Mitchell Kwee 78, Brian Helmuth 82, Christian Guetzon 82 and Nick Bellstrom with the 83 throw-out score.

"We let one slip away," Palomar coach Mark Halda said. "The conference finals will determine the conference champion. This one hurts."

COD was 5-0 for the day against the other conference teams. Palomar was 4-1, Mt. San Jacinto 3-2, Cuyamaca 2-3, El Camino 1-4 and Victor Valley 0-5.


GLENDORA (4-14-2015) -- Palomar has retained its No. 2 ranking in the state in the latest poll conducted by the California Community College Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association.

The Comets (28-3-1 after Thursday's victory on the road over Riverside City College) trail only undefeated College of San Mateo (33-0) from the San Francisco Bay Area in the poll.

Cypress is ranked third. Hancock and Diablo Valley are tied at No. 4.

Palomar and Cypress continue to be ranked 1-2 in Southern California.

California Community College Fastpitch Softball Coaches Assn. (Records through April 13)
1. College of San Mateo (33-0)
2. Palomar (27-3-1)
3. Cypress (28-8)
4. (tie) Hancock (29-2-1)
4. (tie) Diablo Valley (27-7)
6. Sierra (29-7)
7. Citrus (26-8)
8. West Valley (25-7)
9. College of the Canyons (23-8-1)
10. Cosumnes River (22-11-1)

1. Palomar (27-3-1)
2. Cypress (28-8)
3. Hancock (29-2-1)
4. Citrus (26-8)
5. College of the Canyons (23-8-1)
6. Santa Ana (21-12)
7. Mt. SAC (26-10)
8. El Camino (27-9)
9. Cerritos (22-12)
10. Santiago Canyon (23-10)


SACRAMENTO (4-14-2014) --
Palomar (26-5) is still ranked No. 1 in Southern California by the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association. Cypress (23-9) is No. 2.

The Comets also are ranked No. 2 in the state by both the American Baseball Coaches Association and Perfect Game

Palomar is also ranked No. 2 in the Pacific Divisions (California, Oregon and Washington) by the ABCA and No. 7 in the nation by Perfect Game

San Joaquin Delta (28-1) of Stockton, which suffered its first loss of 2015 when it was upset by Sacramento City College 7-5 on Saturday, is ranked No. 1 in the nation, in California and in the Pacific Divisions.

California Community College Baseball Coaches Associatio.
 (Records through April 13)
1. Palomar (25-5)
2. Cypress (22-9)
3. Oxnard (22-7-1)
4. Santa Barbara CC (23-7)
5. Orange Coast (19-12)
6. Southwestern (24-6)
7. Golden West (18-13)
8. Fullerton (20-11)
9. Rio Hondo (22-8)
10. Glendale (15-15)

Bryan Jones breaks up a pass in the endzone vs. Long Beach City College -- Photo by Hugh Cox


PUEBLO, Colorado (4-08-2015) -- Palomar's All-Southern Conference corner Bryan Jones has accepted an offer from Colorado State-Pueblo, the 2014 NCAA Division II national champion. He'll report in July.

The Thunder-Wolves went 14-1 in 2014 and defeated Minnesota State-Mankato 13-0 in the Division II national championship game at Kansas City, Kansas.

Jones, a 6-foot-0, 180-pound sophomore from Temecula's Great Oak High School, recorded 41 tackles for the Comets last season and had an interception he returned 29 yards for a touchdown, 15 pass break-ups and 0.5 tackles for loss. He missed one game due to an injury.


End Dylan Donahue, the Southern California Defensive Player of the Year, accepted a scholarship to the University of West Georgia (NCAA Division II, 12-3 record in 2014, national semifinalist. Donahue's high school: Billings West (Billings, MT)

Cornerback Javante O'Roy committed to Texas State (NCAA Division I FBS, 7-5 record in 2014). O'Roy's High School: Antelope (Antelope, CA)

Defensive tackle Joe Naotala committed to Montana State (NCAA Division I FCS, 8-5 record in 2014). Naotala's High School: Army-Navy Academy

Linebacker Austin Wolff committed to Portland State (NCAA Division I FCS). Wolff's High School: Fallbrook

Receiver M.J. Bailey committed to Idaho State (NCAA Division II FCS, 8-4 record in 2014). Bailey's High School: San Marcos

Deep Snapper Jared Sargent from the 2013 team committed to Azusa Pacific (NCAA Division II, 10-1 record in 2014). High School: Temecula Valley

Slot Receiver / Punt Returner Damon Nolan committed to Baker University (NAIA, 8-3 record in 2014). High School: Murrieta Valley


CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (4-07-2015) -- Palomar, which turned back Mt. San Jacinto 3-2 on the road Tuesday to go to 23-5 on the season, has moved up to No. 7 in the National Community College baseball rankings compiled by Perfect Game USA.

The Comets had been ranked No. 12 in the previous national poll.

San Joaquin Delta College of Stockton, remains No. 1 in the country with a 25-0 record. Rounding out the Top 5 behind Delta are No. 2 St. John's River (Florida), No. 3 Cipola (Florida), No. 4 Cowley County (Kansas), No. 5 Walters State (Tennessee).

The other Top Ten teams in the country are No. 6 Weatherford (Texas), the No. 7 Comets, No. 8 Hinds (Mississippi), No. 9 Fresno City College and No. 10 Iowa Western.

The other California teams in the Top 25 along with San Joaquin Delta and Palomar are No. 18 Oxnard and No. 23 Orange Coast.





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SOFTBALL: Cougars at Comets

ABOVE PHOTOS: Iesha Hill lines a single in the third inning to drive in both Palomar runs in a 2-0 win over state No. 9-ranked College of the Canyons in game 1 on Saturday. Kali Pugh scores the second run on the play as COC catcher Lauren Anderson awaits the throw. -- Photos by Hugh Cox. BELOW: Summer Evans, who pitched back-to-back complete-game victories. The Comets also won the run-rule second game 9-1

Evans, state No. 2 PC sweep No. 9 Canyons

SAN MARCOS (4-18-2015) -- Visiting College of the Canyons got an up-close look at Palomar's highly-regarded freshman pitcher Summer Evans on Saturday. It was not a pleasant experience.

Running into freshman third baseman Iesha Hill wasn't much fun either.

Escondido High School product and 21-game winner Evans struck out 19 batters in the teams' non-conference double-header, recording back-to-back complete-game pitching wins as the state No. 2-ranked Comets swept the No. 9-ranked Cougars 2-0 and 9-1.

Hill went 4-for-7 in the doubleheader with her fifth home run of 2015, four singles and five RBIs.

Hill singled to drive in Brookie Huddleson, who had doubled, to end game 2 by mercy rule with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning. She'd slugged her fifth homer of 2015 in the previous inning.

Evans shut out the Cougars in game 1 with a 3-hitter, striking out nine. Trailing in the second game 1-0 after a rocky beginning in the top of the first, Evans breezed the rest of the way as she struck out five and advanced to 21-3 on the year.

Huddleson went 3-for-4 with a double and 3 RBIs in game 2. Evans helped her own cause at the plate, going 3-for-3 with singles in the third, fifth and sixth innings and scoring two runs. K.K. Fronda was 2-for-3 and was hit by a pitch.The Comets, trailing 1-0, scored 2 runs in the fourth inning, 5 runs in the fifth and 2 more in the 7th.

SWIMMING: PCAC Championships

ABOVE: Palomar's Rich Farley, who was selected as PCAC Men's Co-Swimmer of the Year after the meet, moves through the water in the 100-yard freestyle prelim race at Saturday's conference championship meet at Wallace Memorial Pool. Farley won the event in the finals later in the day to become a triple winner in individual races. He then brought Palomar from behind to win the 400 freestyle relay by 1.35 seconds over runner-up Mesa, accenting the Comets' men's team title. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW: Kendyl Mundt, who set a meet record by winning the women's 200-yard butterfly in 2:23.40.

Farley's anchor accents Palomar's men's title

SAN MARCOS (4-18-2015) -- Rich Farley, trailing by 10 yards to begin the anchor leg, brought Palomar from behind to win the 400-yard freestyle relay on the final event of the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Championships on Saturday.

The victory (Evan Dean, Joe Cain and Ryan McCauley swam the first three legs) was worth 40 team points and put the icing on the cake as the Comets' won the men's team championship with 821 points.

San Diego Mesa finished second with 761 points. Grossmont scored 723 points for third place and Southwestern was fourh with 320 points.

Palomar's winning time in the 400 relay was 3:11.06, with Mesa second in 3:12.41 and Grossmont third in 3:12.50.

Farley also won the 100 freestyle race six events earlier, swimming a 47.45 to defeat San Diego Mesa 's Brian Burns, who finished second in 47.81. Farley wound up as a triple individual-event winner in the three-day meet and was voted Co-Men's Athlete of the Year in the conference.

He finished first in the 500 freestyle and 200 freestyle events earlier in the meet.

The Comets had three top-three men's finishers on Saturday -- Ryan McCauley (third in the 200 breaststroke, Hayden McCauley (third in the 1650 freestyle) and Paul Lee (third in the 200 butterfly).

In the women's meet, Palomar finished second in team scoring behind runaway winner Grossmont. The Griffins were first with 892 points, followed by the Comets with 581, Mesa with 530 and Southwestern with 391 points.

Kendyl Mundt and Morgan Brown finished 1-2 in the 200 butterfly. Mundt set a meet record of 2:23.40 in winning the event. Brown swam a 2:30.04 as she placed third, 11.68 seconds ahead of third-place Ana Pavin from Mesa.

Mundt anchored the Comets to second place in the 400 freestyle relay with a 3:48.75 time. Kelly Harris, Andrea Fairbanks and Paulina DeHaan swam the first three legs. Grossmont won the race in 3:40.92.

DeHaan, a double individual winner on Friday, placed second with a 2:19.99 in Saturday's 200 backstroke event. Gabby Jamallo won with a meet record 2:16.9. Palomar's Chelsea Sommer was third in 2:25.17.

The Comets' Lucy Gates was third in the 200 breaststroke in 2:44.43. Ian Wong of Mesa set a meet record as she won the race in 2:30.57. Grossmont's Lauren Adams was second in 2:36.72.


ABOVE: Jessica Betancourt is on her way to a first-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Track & Field Championships on Saturday at Mesa. -- Photo by Deb Hellman. BELOW: Deondra Young, who won the hammer sthrow and shot put

Young double winner; Comets first in 4 events

SAN DIEGO (4-18-2015) -- Deondra Young, a freshman from Vista Murrieta High School, was a double winner and Palomar took home four first places in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Women's Championships on Saturday at San Diego Mesa's Merrill Douglas Stadium.

Young won the hammer throw at 167 feet, 3.08 inches and the shot put at 7 feet, 0.49 inches. Palomar teammate Simone Everett placed second in both events with performances of 35 feet, 0.47 inches i the shot and 125 feet, 11.02 inches in the hammer.

The Comets' other victories came from Jessica Betancourt with a time of 11.55.04 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and Everett at 118 feet, 10.77 inches in the discus.

Betancourt defeated Mesa's Jordan Linsky, who ran a 12:12.18 to finish second, by 17.14 seconds in the steeplechase. Palomar's Sarah Martinez ran a 12:54.59 in finishing fifth in the race.

Young got out 115 feet, 0.31 inches in finishing second behind Everett in the discus.

The Comets' Jessica Steinhoff ran an 18:51.70 in finishing second in the 5,000 meters behind Southwestern's Amitat Olowara's 17:06.60. Betancourt finished fourth in 19:43.96.

Palomar placed fourth in team scoring. Southwestern won the meet with 260 points, followed by Mesa with 179 points, Cuyamaca 89, the Comets 86, San Bernardino Valley 76 and Chaffey 18.

BASEBALL: Palomar 4, Grossmont 2

TOP PHOTO: Palomar's Jake Barnett delivers a pitch during his complete-game victory over Grossmont on Friday at Myers Field. DIRECTLY ABOVE: Second baseman Chris Stratton cocks to throw ball to first base for out No. 1 in the ninth inning. -- Photos by Hugh Cox. BELOW: Alec Salcedo, who went 4-for-4 and drove in the winning run to lead the Comets at the plate. Palomar won 4-2

Barnett's 11 strikeouts lift PC closer to title

SAN MARCOS (4-18-2015) -- Palomar's "magic number" to clinch at least a tie for its fifth consecutive conference baseball championship is at one after pitcher Jake Barnett beat Grossmont 4-2 on Friday at Myers Field with a complete-game six-hitter. He struck out 11 and walked two.

The win, the Comets' ninth straight, advanced Barnett to 7-1 on the season with a 2.14 ERA and moved the Southern California No. 1-ranked Comets to 19-2 in the conference and 28-5 overall. They lead second-place Southwestern by 2 1/2 games with three games to play (for the Comets) and four (for the Jaguars).

Southwestern hosts Mt. San Jacinto on Saturday before the Comets and Jaguars close out the regular season with a three game series next week, on Tuesday (at Palomar), Thursday (at Southwestern) and Friday (back at Palomar). Either one more Palomar win or one more Southwestern loss will clinch at least a tie for the title for the Comets.

Barnett (who is 6-0 in conference with a 1.33 ERA), gave up an earned run in the first inning on Friday, allowed an unearned run in the third when the Comets made an uncharacteristic three errors behind him, then shut out the Griffins on two hits the remainder of the afternoon.

Centerfielder Alec Salcedo went 4-for-4 stole a base and drove in the winning run with a seventh-inning single to pace an 11-hit attack for the Comets. Dylan Breault was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and Joey Cooper was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Francis Christy, Travis Mitchell and Vince Mori added one single each.

The two teams combined to make seven errors (four by the Griffins) in their second sloppy game in two days, and only three of the combined four runs were earned. But, for the second straight day, the Comets found a way to win.

Palomar, which scored one run in the bottom of the first and a second run in the second inning, pushed across the go-ahead run in the seventh on Breault's single and stolen base, Cooper's sacrifice bunt, an error and Salcedo's single to right that drove in Breault.

The Comets added an insurance run in the eighth when Mori singled to right, went to second on Niko Holm's sacrifice and scored on Cooper's opposite-field single through the left side with two outs.


SWIMMING: PCAC Championships

PC remains first after day 2 in men's meet

SAN MARCOS (4-17-2015) --  Rich Farley (Ieft) recorded his second victory of the meet, this time in 1:42.52 in the 200-yard freestyle, as Palomar's men's swimming team remained in first place in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference finals at Wallace Memorial Pool after Friday's second day.

Meanwhile, Paula DeHaan (right) had a big second-day for the Comets' women's team with firsts in two individual races and a relay.

The meet will conclude Saturday with the first event scheduled for 9 a.m.

Palomar finished day 2 with 555 points, 35 points ahead of second-place San Diego Mesa (520 points. Grossmont (509 points) is a close third, with Southwestern in fourth place with 232 points.

Farley, who opened the meet on Thursday with a victory in the 500 freestyle, put plenty of daylight between himself and Grossmont's David Newman, the runnerup, in Friday's 200 free race. Farley swam a 1:42.52, Newman 1:45.27. Palomar's Joe Cain was third in1:49.74.

The Comets got second places from Ryan McCauley (59.03 in the 100 breaststroke), Ryan Sur (4:30.62 in the 400 individual medley) and their 800 freestyle relay team of Cain, McCauley, Sur and Farley which swam a 7:08.70.

Palomar is in second place in the women's meet entering the final day, trailing first-place Grossmont 635-411. Mesa (383 points) is third and Suthwestern (277) is fourth.

DeHaan captured the 100 butterfly in 1:02.40 and the 100 backstroke with a 1:03.41.

Palomar took four of the first five places in the butterfly, with Kendyl Mundt second in 1:02.07, Morgan Brown third and Natalie Viescas fifth. The Comets went 1-2-3 in the backstroke, with Andrea Fairbanks placing second in 1:05.26 and Chelsea Sommer third in 1:05.40.

And DeHaan capped the day by swimming the leadoff leg on the Comets' 200 medley relay team, which touched out runner-up Grossmont 1:55.51 to 1:55.58 for first place. Lucy Gates, Brown and Mundt swam the final three legs.

Palomar's Mundt, Gates, Sommer and Kelly Harris brought home a second place behind Grossmont in the 800 freestyle relay, swimming 8:39.73.

Harris finished third in the 200 freestyle race.


Colleen Jones digs the ball in Palomar's sand volleyball match with San Diego Mesa on Friday at Grossmont College. Her pairing at No. 3 in the Comets' lineup, Vanessa Flores, is at the left. They defeated their Mesa counterparts 21-12, 17-21, 16-14. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Comets top Olympians, fall to 1st-place Griffins

EL CAJON (4-17-2015) -- Palomar's first-year sand volleyball squad closed out the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference portion of its season on Friday, defeating San Diego Mesa 3-2 and falling to Grossmont 5-0.

Winning for the Comets against Mesa were Vanessa Flores / Colleen Jones by 21-12, 17-21, 16-14 at No. 3; Kelli Iverson / Gabby Hutzler by 21-17, 21-17 at No. 4 and Haley Farnum / Brenna Mann by 21-18, 21-14 at No. 5.

No. 1 pairing Molley Witzmann / Aspen Luedtke and No. 2 pairing Rachel McFarland / Hanna Seits both were defeated in three sets.

The Griffins finished the PCAC season tied for first place with MiraCosta, both with 5-1 records. The Comets wound up 2-4 and the Olympians were 0-6. Palomar is 4-6 overall.

The PCAC tournament will be played next week on Friday. The following Friday, the Comets will move into the regional playoffs.

SWIMMING: PCAC Championships

Palomar men sit in first place after day one

SAN MARCOS (4-15-2015) -- Palomar's men's team leads the field after day one of the three-day Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Championships on Thursday at Wallace Memorial Pool.

The Comets have 241 points entering Friday's second day of the meet. San Diego Mesa is second with 213 points. Grossmont (188 points) is third and Southwestern (93 points) is fourth.

Palomar is third in the women's meet. Grossmont leads after the first day with 302 points, followed by Mesa (185 points), the Comets (172 points) and Southwestern (117 points).

Palomar won two men's events on the first day. Rich Farley (above left) captured the 500-yard freestyle in 4:44:33, easily defeating runner-up Antonio Geraldo Peralta from Grossmont who was timed in 4:52.47. The Comets' Nick Hendricks was third in the race with a 5:06.95.

Farley also swam the third leg on the Comets' 200 freestyle relay team that won with a 1:25.62 over second-place Mesa (1:28.16).

Landon Van Horn anchored Palomar to a second place in the 400 medley relay in 3:43.55. Mesa set a conference meet record of 3:29.63 in winning the race.

Evan Dean (22:15) placed third in the 50 freestyle. Ryan McCauley also took home a third place for the Comets by swimming 1:59.80  in the 200-yard individual medley.

In the women's meet, Grossmont touched out Palomar to win the 200 freestyle relay. The Griffins swam a 1:41.45, with the Comets' team of Kendyl Mundt (above right), Adrea Fairbanks. Kelly Harris and anchor Paula DeHann just behind them in 1:41.70. Mundt also took home a third place in the 50 freestyle at 25.34.

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