SCOREBOARD

FRIDAY, APRIL 16
BASEBALL
PCAC
Myers Field
Palomar 4, Grossmont 2

MEN'S, WOMEN'S SWIMMING
PCAC Championships,
After day 2
at Wallace Memorial Pool
MEN

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

SCHEDULE

SATURDAY, APRIL 18
MEN'S, WOMEN'S SWIMMING
PCAC Championships, Day 3 of 3
at Wallace Memorial Pool
First event, 9 a.m.

SOFTBALL
Non-Conference
Palomar field
vs. College of the Canyons, noon
vs. College of the Canyons, 2 p.m.

WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD
PCAC Finals
at Merrill Douglas Stadium
San Diego Mesa College
First event, 1 p.m.

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PALOMAR BASEBALL STILL NO. 2 ON PACIFIC COAST

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 Baseball.com. Palomar is No. 7 in the nation.

PACIFIC DIVISIONS (CALIFORNIA, OREGON, WASHINGTON) BASEBALL POLL
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

PC GOLFERS 2ND OF 6 TEAMS, FALL BACK INTO TIE FOR FIRST

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.

COMETS REMAIN 2ND IN STATE IN  SOFTBALL RANKINGS

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.

STATE SOFTBALL POLL
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)

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
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)

BASEBALL TEAM STILL NO. 1 IN SOCAL, NO. 2 IN STATE

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 Baseball.com.

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 Baseball.com

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.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BASEBALL POLL
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

PALOMAR'S JONES WILL PLAY FOR D-II NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

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.

Previously:

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

COMETS GO TO NO. 7 IN NATIONAL BASEBALL RANKINGS

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.

(UPDATED AT 9:25 P.M. ON FRIDAY, APRIL 17

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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.

BOX | SEASON STATS

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.

SAND VOLLEYBALL: PC vs. Mesa, G-House

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.

BASEBALL: Palomar 4, Grossmont 2

Comets find a way to win, go to 27-5 on year

EL CAJON (4-16-2015) -- Palomar took another step toward its fifth straight Pacific Coast Athletic Conference baseball championship on Thursday, scoring three runs without benefit of a hit in the top of the ninth inning for a come-from-behind 4-2 road victory over Grossmont.

The win may have been ugly, but it was functional as the first-place Comets, ranked No. 1 in Southern California and No. 7 in the nation, advanced to 18-2 in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference (27-5 overall).

Coach Buck Taylor's squad retained a two-game lead with four games to play over the PCAC's second-place team, Southwestern, which is 16-4 and 26-6 after a 14-8 victory at Mt. San Jacinto on Thursday.

The Comets made the most of only four hits off four Grossmont pitchers. Dylan Breault (above left), who also had another oustanding at shortstop, was 2-for-4 at the plate with some alert baserunning. Francis Christy doubled to drive in a run in the third inning. And Joey Cooper was 1-for-3 with a single, Cooper also drew a walk and scored what turned out to be the winning run during the three-run top of the ninth.

Grossmont's third pitcher of the afternoon imploded in the ninth inning, throwing three wild pitches that allowed runners to score from third.

This happened after Jorge Garcia homered to leadoff the bottom of the eighth, breaking a 1-1 tie and putting the Griffins up 2-1.

Palomar starter Tyler Russell held Grossmont to one run over the first 6 1/3 innings before Rusty Huber (above right) came on to relieve him. Huber allowed the run that put Grossmont in front but wound up otherwise handcuffing the Griffins for three innings to get the win. Huber is now 3-0 on the season, with all three wins coming out of the bullpen.

The Comets, who extended their most recent win streak to seven games, and the Griffins will play the third game of the the series on Friday at 2 p.m. at Myers Field. Palomar finishes the regular season next week with three big games vs. Southwestern (Tuesday at home, Thursday on the road and Friday back at Myers Field).

BOX

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.

SOFTBALL: Palomar 20, IVC 2

Comets win mercy-rule game; Fronda is 5-for-5

IMPERIAL (4-15-2015) -- Led by a 5-for-5 day at the plate by K.K. Fronda (left), Palomar's state No. 2-ranked softball team banged out 25 hits and downed host Imperial Valley 20-2 in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference game ended after five innings by mercy rule.

Fronda went 5-for-5 with a home run, two doubles, two singles and two RBIs as the Comets upped their record to 29-3-1 on the year, 16-1 in conference.

Kali Pugh (4-for-4, 2 triples, 2 singles, walk, 5 RBIs), Brooke Huddleson (right, 4-for-4, 2 doubles, 3 RBIs) and Kristina Carbajal (3-for-3, 3 singles, sacrifice fly, RBI) also had perfect days at the plate. Fronda, Pugh and Huddleson combined to go 13-for-13 in the game.

Maci Lerno went 2-for-4 with a triple, single and 3 RBIs. Seven Comet had one hit each -- Iesha Hill with a triple, Randee Burkle and Anjelea Stewart with doubles and Stephanie Koishor, Nani Leonui, Leah Gordon and Sara Rodriguez with singles.

Carbajal went thre first three innings to record the pitching win. She advanced to 7-0. Lerno pitched the last two innings. Both of the Arabs' runs were unearned.

Palomar will host College of the Canyons, which is ranked ninth in the state, in a non-conference doubleheader on Saturday at noon. The Comets and Cougars are ranked first and fifth, respectively in Southern California.

OBITUARY: Sam Cathcart, 1924-2015

A.D.'s dad was WWII hero, played in the NFL

SANTA BARBARA (4-06-2015) -- Palomar Athletic Director Scott Cathcart's father, Sam Cathcart, was one of the oldest surviving former pro football players when he died on Friday at Santa Barbara's Cottage Hospital at age 90.

A two-way inpact player for the San Francisco 49ers from 1949-1952, he also was a member of both the Long Beach City College Hall of Fame and the UC Santa Barbara Hall of Fame, was a longtime successful high school football coach in Santa Barbara -- and was a World War II hero and a Silver Star and Purple Heart recipient.

"It was time," Scott Cathcart told the Santa Barbara Independent newspaper about the passing of his dad, who is pictured above hurdling defenders for the 49ers in a 1950 game against the Cleveland Browns. "The (bladder and kidney) cancer took a lot out of him. We're going to miss him. He was the center of my life."

An outstanding multi-sport athlete at Long Beach Poly High School and Long Beach City College, Sam Carthcart was drafted into the Army in 1944 at the age of 19. That November, he was a member of the 75th Infantry Division out of Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, that landed at Omaha Beach and was almost immediately thrown into the Battle of the Bulge, one of the bloodiest of the war.

Cathcart's closest brush with death, he remembered in an interview published in the Independent when he turned 90 last July, came on Feb. 4, 1945. He and other members of the 75th found themselves pinned between a tank behind them and very active German machine-gun nests in front of them. Cathcart told the newspaper he "decided to go after the machine gun that was doing most of the damage."

According to the "Oldest Living Pro Football Players" web site, "when (Cathcart's) ammunition was exhaused he leaped into an enemy position and rifle-butted its occupants." In the ensuing chaos, he was hit by metal fragments from a tank explosion that tore into his right arm. Despite his own wounds, he picked up a more severely-injured fellow soldier and carried him to a farmhouse.

He heard later that the young man died. "That," Cathcart told the Santa Barbara newspaper, "was the worst thing."

Awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart for what happened that day, Cathcart returned to civilian life after the war, went searching for a college to attend on the GI bill and wound up at UC Santa Barbara (then known as Santa Barbara State). There, he played football for three seasons, the last two as team MVP and a first-team all-conference selection. He also starred in track & field and boxing, at the time a collegiate sport.

Landing with the 49ers after a successful tryout, Cathcart played both ways for the 1949 team in its final season in the All-American Football Conference. The 'Niners joined the NFL in 1950, when he played with his brother (and Scott Cathcart's uncle), Royal Cathcart. In 1951, Sam Cathcart returned to active duty as a member of the U.S. Army Reserve in Korea. Returning to the 49ers in 1952, he assumed his previous role fighting for yardage as an offensive halfback ("I hit the hole real good, but wasn't quite fast enough to break it"), intercepting seven passes on defense and returning punts and kickoffs.

His career total in three seasons with the 49ers, according to the web site databasefootball.com: 1,466 combined yards rushing, receiving, returning fumbles and returning kickoff and punts. 

With a growing family and with no million-dollar contracts in the NFL in those days, he decided to use his degree from UCSB and take a teaching and coaching job at Santa Barbara High School. Sam Cathcart was head football coach at Santa Barbara High from 1955 through 1974, during which time his teams won 10 league championships and the 1960 CIF Southern Section 4A title, when the Dons defeated Compton Centennial 19-6 in the championship game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Hall of Fame running back Sam Cunningham played for Cathcart at Santa Barbara High.

Sam Cathcart, who retired from the service as a Lt. Colonel (above right), lost his wife, Susan, in 2012 and his brother Royal in 2013. He's survived by Scott Cathcart, two other sons, a daughter and grandchildren. Services are pending.

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