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Bellstrom shoots 153, Guerzon 156 at state

KINGSBURG (5-11-2015) -- Palomar's Nick Bellstrom and Christina Guerzon carded a 153 and 156, respectively, at the CCCAA State Men's Golf Championships on Monday at Kings River Golf and Country Club.

Bellstrom shot rounds of 80 and 73. Guerzon had rounds of 80 and 76.

Both were well off the pace set by Jeremy Sanchez of Chabot College in Hayward, who led the field  at 6 p.m. with an 8-under 65-71 -- 136.

Comets' Gierzon added to state tournament field

SAN MARCOS (5-08-2015) -- A second Palomar player, Christian Guerzon, has been added to the field for  Monday's CCCAA state community college men's golf championships at Kings River Golf and Country Club in Kingsburg.

He'll join Nick Bellstrom at Kingsburg.

The highest-finishing individual non-qualifer for state at the Southern California Community College Championships on Monday at Olivas Links in Ventura, Guerzon was added to the field after a Santiago Canyon player who was ruled academically inelgigible.

Guerzon, a freshman from Rancho Buena Vista High School, was the sixth in the individual field by shooting a 76-70 -- 146.

Five advance to state from teams that didn't qualify for the Southern California tournament.

Bellstrom (72-72--143) makes state; PC just short

VENTURA (5-04-2015) -- Palomar's Nick Bellstrom qualified Monday for the CCCAA state community college men's golf championships next Monday at Kings River Golf and Country Club in Kingsburg.

Bellstrom (left) shot a 72-71 -- 143 during the Southern California Regional Tournament on Monday at Olivas Links' 6,818 yards, Par 72 course to become the only Comet to qualify.

Palomar finished 9 strokes out of a fourth-place finish, which would have advanced the Comets as a team. Palomar finished fifth with a 379-363 -- 742, edging sixth-place Santiago Canyon (364-378 -- 742) on a sixth-man card off.

Last week, the Comets captured the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference team title over runner-up College of the Desert, snapping the Roadrunners' streak of 24 consecutive titles in conferences in which they have been a member over the years.

Southern California champion College of the Canyons (710), Santa Barbara City College (723), COD (725) and Riverside City College (733) advanced to state.

Following Palomar and Santiago Canyon in team scoring were Orange Coast (757) and the host team, Ventura (767).

Among other individuals for the Comets, Christian Guerzon (76-70 -- 146), Zack Wagner (79-72 -- 151), Connor Sims (76-76 -- 152), Brian Helmuth (76-76 -- 152) and Mitchell Kwee (81-74 -- 255) followed Bellstrom.

Kwee (81) had the throw-out score in round 1. Helmuth (76) had the throw-out score in round 2.

"We dug too big a hole with our 379 morning round," coach Mark Halda said. "We battled back with the 363 in the afternoon, 3 over par as a team and our best round of the year. We competed. Just came up 9 strokes short.

"It's been a great year, conference champs and fifth in Suthern Cal. It gives us something to build on for next year. For this year, now we are all about Nick finishing strong."

TOP PHOTO: Palomar's 2015 PCAC men's golf champions. DIRECTLY ABOVE (LEFT): Conference Tournament individual champion Nick Bellstrom. DIRECTLY ABOVE (RIGHT): Conference Co-Player of the Year Connor Sims -- Courtesy photos

Comets win conference tourney, overall title

RIVERSIDE (4-27-2015) -- Nick Belstrom medaled and Connor Sims was named conference Co-Player of the Year on Monday after Palomar won both the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference tournament and the overall conference championship at Canyon Crest Golf Club. Sims shared the Player of the Year honor with College of the Desert's Mike Shaloum.

The Comets clinched the overall title, which is decided by win-loss records from all season long with the 36-hole conference tournament counting for two matches, by shooting 401 in the wind-swept morning round to finish nine strokes up on second-place COD and go 5-0 against the rest of the conference. They tacked on a 389 in the afternoon round, finishing five strokes ahead of COD and again going 5-0.

Thus, coach Mark Halda's team concluded the conference season with a 46-4 record, with the Roadrunners second at 44-6.

Bellstrom medaled for the tournament with an 82-73 -- 155 score on the 6,570 yards, par 72 course. Halda estimated the winds in the morning round as (having gusts of up to) 50 miles per hour.

Behind Bellstrom's 73 score in the second round, Sims and Zack Wagner shot 77s for the Comets. Mitchell Kwee had a 79, Chrstian Guerzon an 83 and Brian Helmuth the throw-out score of 86. Palomar's scores in the windy morning round were Kwee 78, Sims 79, Wagner and Guerzon each at 81, Bellstrom 82 and Helmuth with the 87 throw-out score.

Team scores for round 1 were: Palomar 401 (5-0 win-loss record), COD 410 (4-1), Mt. San Jacinto 426 (3-2), El Camino 437 (2-3), Victor Valley 440 (1-4) and Cuyamaca 0-5 (disqualified for having only four players). Team scores for round 2: Palomar 389 (5-0), COD 394 (4-1), El Camino 412 (3-2), Victor Valley 433 (2-3, tie broken by sixth man), Mt. San Jacinto (433) and Cuyamaca (no score, again DQ'd).

Palomar takes 2nd, slips 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 (above left) 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 beat COD by 14, back alone in first

RANCHO MIRAGE (4-13-2015) -- After slipping into a tie for first place with College of the Desert in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference last Monday, Palomar won a six-team match Monday at Desert Island Country Club to regain the conference lead by itself.

Getting individual scores of 72 by Christian Guerzon (left), 73 by Nick Bellstrom (right) and 74 by Mitchell Kwee on the 6,715-yard, par-72 course, the Comets finished 14 strokes ahead of the Roadrunners 378-392.

With a 5-0 record for the day, coach Mark Halda's team moved to 56-24-1 on the season and 32-3 to lead the conference. COD is 31-4.

Mt. San Jacinto and Victor Valley each had 407 scores, with the Eagles winning a tie-breaker for third place. El Camino (413) and Cuyamaca (430) trailed.

Palomar's other scores were Zack Wagner's 79, Brian Helmuth 80 and Connor Sims' 82 for the throw-out score.

TOP PHOTO: Palomar's Zack Wagner, who carded a 76, drives the ball on the second fairway Wednesday at Twin Oaks Golf Club. DIRECTLY ABOVE: Nick Belstrom chips out of a sandtrap during  thesix-way PCAC match. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

Palomar slips into tie for first after COD wins

SAN MARCOS (4-01-2015) -- Palomar entered a six-way Pacific Coast Athletic Conference men's match on its home course at Twin Oaks Golf Club alone atop the conference and exited in a tie for first place with College of the Desert.

COD defeated the Comets by 7 strokes, 375-388, to win the match and went 5-0 in head-to-head scoring for the day compared to 4-1 for Palomar. The result left both teams with 27-3 win-loss records in the conference with two regular-season matches and the conference tournament remaining.

The Comets and Roadrunners have each won three of the six PCAC matches that have been contested so far.

COD's Ryan Emery took medalist honored with an even-par 72 on the 6,535 Twin Oaks course.

For Palomar, Zack Wagner and Brian Helmuth both carded 76s. Connor Sims (78), Nick Bellstrom (79), Mitchell Kwee (80) and Danny Green (91 for the throw-out score) trailed.

Comets win PCAC 6-way match; Sims (72) medals

SAN JACINTO (3-24-2015) -- Palomar won a six-way Pacific Coast Athletic Conference men's golf match on Monday with a 383 at Saboba Springs Golf Club.

The Comets' Connor Sims (left) medaled with an even-par 72 on the 6,668-yard course.

Nick Bellstrom shot a 75, Zack Wagner 76, Brian Helmuth 80, Mitchell Kwee 80 and Christian Guerzon with the throw-out score, an 89.

Following the Comets, who advanced to 23-2 in the conference, were College of the Desert with a 387 score, host Mt. San Jacinto with a 405, Cuyamaca at 4217, Victor Valley at 418 and El Camino at 423.

Palomar 9th in 18-team field; Helmuth shoots 74

VENTURA (3-16-2015) -- Palomar's men's golf team finished in a four-way tie for ninth place in the 18-team Southern California Preview tournament at Olivas Links Golf Club on Monday.

Brian Helmuth (left) shot a 74 for Palomar's low score on the day. Mitchell Kwee had 76s. Zac Wagner (81), Torrey Munoz (83) and Danny Green (85) trailed.

Santa Barbara City College won the team title with a 357.

Santa Barbara's Eric Cross took medalist honors with a 7-under 65.

Comets second in PCAC match; Sims shoots 74

LAKEWOOD (3/11/2015) -- Palomar placed second, five strokes behind College of the Desert, in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference men's golf match hosted by El Camino College on Wednesday at Lakewood Golf Club.

Connor Sims (left) shot the low score for the Comets, 74, on the 6,729-yard, par-72 course. Danny Green had a 76. Nick Bellstrom, Brian Helmuth and Zack Wager carded 77s. Mitchell Kwee had the throw-out score, a 79.

COD had a 376 score to win the match as the Roadrunners went 5-0 for the day. The Comets had a381 and a 4-1 records, followed by Mt. San Jacinto with a 395 (3-2), Victor Valley at 403 (2-3), Cuyamaca at 414 (1-4) and host El Camino at 420 (0-5).

Wagner ties for medalist honors; Comets 2nd

EL CAJON (3-09-2015) -- Palomar's Zack Wagner (right) shot an even-par 72 on Sycuan Golf Club's 6,682-yard course on Monday as the Comets placed second to College of the Desert out of six teams in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference match.

Wagner, a freshman from Torrey Pines High School, and COD's Mike Shalom tied for medalist honors.

The Comets remain alone atop the conference with a 13-1 record, with COD in second place with a 12-2 record.

The Roadrunners checked in with a 372 score and went 5-0 on the day. The Comets had a 378 and were 4-1. Trailing were Mt. San Jacinto (400, 3-2), Cuyamaca 402 (2-3), El Camino 404 (1-4) and Victor Valley 416 (0-5).

Also for Palomar, Brian Helmuth and Mitchell Kwee carded 76s, while Nick Bellstrom and Connor Sims shot 77s. Justin McCarty had an 84 for the throw-out score.

PC 9th at Pt. Conception Open after rain delay

LOMPOC (3-03-2015) -- Playing the second day at La Purisima Golf Club on Monday in the rain-delayed Pt. Conception Open hosted by Santa Barbara City College, Palomar finished with a 403-395 -- 798 to place ninth out of 14 teams.

Nick Bellstrom (left) was the low scorer for the Comets with a 76-74 -- 150. Zack Wagner (right) shot 83-80 -- 163, Mitchell Kwee 83-82 -- 165, Brian Helmuth 84-81 00 165, Connor Sims 81-78 -- 159 and Chris Guerzon 80-82 -- 162.

The first nine holes were contested on Sunday at Marshallia Ranch Golf Club at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

College of the Canyons' Blue team won the tournament with a 381-373 -- 754. Host Santa Barbara was second with a 387-376 -- 763 asa medalist Jonny Hogan shot a 69-69 -- 138.

Monterey Peninsula (768) placed third, followed by Reedley (769), Riverside City College (776), West Hills-Coalinga (786), College of the Desert (786), Canyons Gold Team (789), Palomar, Ventura (800), Hancock (816), Mt. San Jacnto (828), Citrus (840) and Bakersfield (853).

Palomar remains unbeaten in conference golf

LA JOLLA (2-25-2015) -- Palomar remained undefeated in Pacific Coast Athletic Conference men's golf on Wednesday, defeating the other five conference teams in a six-way neutral course match on the Torrey Pines North Course.

The Comets defeated the runner-up finisher, College of the Desert, 374-378 as they went 5-0 in head-to-head competition on the day and advanced to 9-0 in the conference. Coach Mark Halda's team advanced to 28-13-1 overall. The Roadrunners were 4-1 on the day.

Trailing were Mt. San Jacinto (395, 3-2) in third, Cuyamaca (402, 2-3) in fourth, El Camino (419, 1-4) in fifth and Victor Valley (425, 0-5) in sixth place.

Connor Sims (above left) was low scorer for the Comets with a 1-over 73 on the 6,644-yard, Par 72 course. Zack Wagner (above right), Brian Helmuth and Nick Bellstrom all had 75 scores. Christian Guerzon shot a 76. And Mitchell Kwee, who medaled with a 70 in a conference match on Monday at Spring Valley Lakes Golf Club in Victorville, carded an 81 for the throw-out score.

Kwee medals at 70; Palomar wins PCAC opener

VICTORVILLE (2-23-2015) -- Mitchell Kwee (left) shot a 2-under 70 to take medalist honors on Monday, and the Palomar went right to the front of the pack to opener the first-ever Pacific Coast Athletic Conference men's golf season at the par-72, 6518-yard Spring Valley Lakes Country Club course.

Brian Helmuth (right) made an eagle on his final hole to pull Palomar into a tie with COD, putting the tie-breaker into effect. Helmuth had the Comets' second low score of the day, a 75. Zach Wagner shot a 76, Connor Sims 77, and Nick Bellstrom and Christian Guerzon both at 78.The Comets carded a 376, the same as College of the Desert, winning the tie-breaker (better sixth-man score) to go 4-0 in head to head competition on the day. One conference team, Cuyamaca, did not show up.

Palomar and COD were followed by Mt. San Jacinto at 400, Victor Valley at 404 and El Camino at 418.

Bellstrom, Kwee card 74s to lead PC at tourney

MENIFEE (2-18-2015) -- Nick Bellstrom and Mitchell Kwee both shot 74s on Wednesday to lead Palomar's men's golf team in the Eagle Classic tournament hosted by Mt. San Jacinto College at The Country Club at Sobova Springs.

Zach Wagner carded a 75 on the 6,668-yard, par 72 course. Palomar's other scores were Brian Helmuth 79, Danny Green 83 and Connor Sims with the throw-out score of 86.

Orange Coast won the tournament with a 1-under 359 score. Riverside City College (361), Santa Barbara City College (367), Santiago Canyon I371) and Ventura (378) rounded out the top five.

Citrus (381), Saddleback (384), the Comets (385), COD (386), Antelope Valley (389), Mt. San Jacinto (390), Chpress (404(, Irvine Valley (407), Victor Valleh (411), Cuyamaca (423) and El Camino (448) trailed.

"Palomar, as a team, was +8 after 14 holes, then stumbled on the last four holes to finish +25," coach Mark Halda said. We could have finished fourth or fifth with solid play down the stretch.

"We need to play smart while still being aggressive. We're getting closer but still have to be better in our mental approach. With conference starting Monday, we need to play to our strengths."

On a positive not, the Comets went 5-0 against Pacific Coast Athletic Conference teams."

"It's the second tournament in a row we have done that," Halda said.

PC takes 4th among 11 teams in Tee-Off Classic

CHINO HILLS (2-11-2015) -- The Palomar men's team placed fourth in an 11-team field as the 36-hole Tee-Off Classic concluded a two-day run at Los Serranos Golf Club.

Riverside City College won the Mondah / Wednesday tournament with a 745 score, followed among the top five teams by Santiago Canyon (748), Orange Coast (756), the Comets (773 and College of the Desert (777).

Chpress (788), Saddleback (794), Irvine Valley (798), Mt. San Jacinto (801), El Camino (832) and Victor Valley (833) trailed in team scoring.

Conner Sims was the Comets' low scorer with a 73-78 -- 151 score. Brian Helmuth finished at 79-74 -- 153, Brian Helmjuth at 79-77 -- 156, Zack Wagner at 79-77 -- 156, Christian Guerzon at 77-81 -- 158 and Mitchell Kwee with a 78-81 -- 159.

Sims shoots 1-under 73 on first day of tourney

CHINO HILLS (2-09-2015) -- Palomar's men's team is alone in fifth place out of 11 teams in the Tee-Off Classic after the first day of the Tee-Off Classic at Los Serranos Golf Club on Monday.

Playing on the 7,188-yard, par 74 South Course, Connor Sims had the low score for the Comets, a 1-under 73.

Christian Guerzon shot a 77 (3 over), Mitchell Kwee 78 (4 over), Nick Bellstrom 79 (5 over), Brian Helmuth 79 (5 over) and Zack Wagner 82 (8 over) with the throw-out score.

Riverside City College leads after day 1 with a +6 score on the North Course. Trailing the Tigers after the first day: Colleg of the Desert with + 13 on the South Course, Santiago Canyon with +14 (North Course), Orange Coast with +14 (North Course), the Comets with +16 (South Course), Irvine Valley +26 (North Course), Cypress +28 (North Course), Saddleback +32 (North Course), Mt. San Jacinto +39 (South Course), Victor Valley +40 (South Course) and El Camino +45 (South Course).

The teams will switch courses for the final 18 holes, which will be played beginning at 9 a.m. on Wednesday. Palomar will play on the 6,698-yard, par 72 North Course.

Palomar finishes in in sixth at Victorville

VICTORVILLE (2-02-2015) -- Palomar's men's golf squad placed sixth in an 11-team field in the Pnoomonia Invitational two-man best-ball tournament hosted by Victor Valley College on Monday at Spring Valley Lakes Country Club.

For the Comets, Nick Bellstrom and Zack Wagner had a 69 score. Brian Helmuth and Mitchell Kwee shot a 70. Connor Sims and Danny Green had a 71.

Riverside City College won with a 191 team score. Follwing in order were Orange Coast (196) in second place, College of the Desert (205), Mt. San Jacinto (208), Ventura (209), the Comets (210), Citrus (210), Irvine Valleh (291), El Camino (227) and Victor Valley (229).

"Back to work," Palomar coach Mark Halda said.

PC debuts with 6th at Riverside among 16 teams

RIVERSIDE (1-26-2015) -- Palomar's men's golf team opened the 2015 season on Monday in the 16 team Riverside Invitational at the historic, 1890's Victoria Club -- and more than held its own.

Coach Mark Halda's Comets finished in a tie for sixth place out of 16 teams, facing both 4-year college and community college teams.

Host Riverside City College won with a 372 score, followed by second-place UC Riverside (380), third-place Santiago Canyon (381), fourth-place University of Redlands (382), fifth-place Orange Coast (387) and Palomar tied for sixth with College of the Desert at 389.

Trailing were Cal Baptist (390), Saddleback (390), Ventura (396), Citrus (396), University of La Verne (397), Cypress (402), Irvine Valley (420), Victor Valley (423) and Mt. San Jacinto (433).

Palomar finished with a 9-5-1 record.

Mitchell Kwee, a transfer from University of Hawaii-Hilo had the low score for Palomar, a 74 on the 6,517-yard, par 72 course.

Also for the Comets, Nick Bellstrom had a 75, Zach Wagner 78, Brian Helmuth 81, Danny Green 81 and Connor Sims with the throw-out score of 84.

2015 Schedule and Results

Date Match Site Time / Result
Mon Jan 26 Riverside Invitational Victoria Club, Riverside Tie for 6th of 16 teams
Mon Feb 2 Pnoomonia Invitational hosted by Victor Valley College Spring Valley Lake CC, Victorville 6th of 11 teams
Mon Feb 9 Tee-Off Classic, Day 1 Los Seranos GC, Chino Hills  
Wed Feb 11 Tee-Off Classic, Day 2 Los Serranos GC, Chino Hills 4th of 11 teams
Wed Feb 18 Eagle Golf Classic hosted by Mt. San Jacinto Saboba Springs GC, San Jacinto 8th of 16 teams
Mon Feb 23 PCAC Match hosted by Victor Valley College Spring Valley Lake CC, Victorville 1ST OF 6 TEAMS
Wed Feb 25 PCAC Neutral Course Match Torrey Pines GC North Course, La Jolla 1ST OF 6 TEAMS
Sun Mar 1 Santa Barbara City College Point Conception Open, Day 1 Marshallia Ranch GC, Vandenberg AFB, Lompoc -----
Mon Mar 2 Santa Barbara City College Point Conception Open, Day 2 La Purisima GC, Lompoc 9th of 14 teams
Mon Mar 9 PCAC Match hosted by Cuyamaca Sycuan GC, El Cajon 2nd of 6 teams 
Wed Mar 11 PCAC Match hosted by El Camino College Lakewood CC, Lakewood 2nd of 6 teams 
Mon Mar 16 Southern Cal Preview Tournament hosted by Ventura College Olivas Park GC, Ventura Tie for 9th of 18 teams
Mon Mar 23 PCAC Match hosted by Mt. San Jacinto Saboba Springs GC, San Jacinto 1ST OF 6 TEAMS
Wed Apr 1
PCAC Match hosted by Palomar Twin Oaks GC 2nd of 6 teams
Mon Apr 13 PCAC Match hosted by College of the Desert Desert Island GC, Rancho Mirage 1ST OF 6 TEAMS
Wed Apr 15 PCAC Neutral Course Match Canyon Crest CC, Riverside 2nd of 6 teams
Mon Apr 27 PCAC Championship Tournament Canyon Crest CC, Riverside 1ST OF 6 teams
Mon May 4 CCCAA Southern California Regional Championship Olivas Links GC, Ventura 5th of 8 teams
Mon May 11 CCCAA State Championship Kings River Golf and Country Club, Kingsburg 7:30 a.m. (Round 1);
1 p.m. (Round 2)

2015 Roster

Name Yr High School / Previous College
Nick Bellstrom So Torrey Pines (San Diego, CA)
Kevin Burns Fr Western Alamance (Elon, NC)
Gavon Bird Fr Ramstein American (Ramstein AFB, Germany)
Daniel Green Fr Somerset (Somerset, WI)
Christian Guerzon Fr Rancho Buena Vista (Vista, CA)
Brian Helmuth Fr Temecula Valley (Temecula, CA)
Mitchell Kwee Fr H.P. Baldwin (Wailuku, HI) / University of Hawaii-Hilo
Justin McCarty Fr Mission Hills (San Marcos, Ca)
Torrey Munoz Fr Westview (San Diego, CA)
Trevor Parkford Fr Carlsbad (Carlsbad, CA)
Connor Sims Fr Kentwood (Covington, WA)
Jacob Vice Fr Vista Murrieta (Murrieta, CA)
Zach Wagner Fr Torrey Pines (San Diego, CA)

In Memoriam ...

Longtime Palomar coach Lusky dies at age 77

SAN MARCOS (1-07-2015) -- Onetime Palomar athletic director Bob Lusky, an assistant football coach for the Comets from 1970 through 1989 and head men's golf coach from 1975-2002, died Friday, Jan. 2, 2015 at his home in Escondido after a long battle with heart problems. He was 77.

Lusky coached the Comets' offensive line for seven seasons under head coach Mack Wiebe, for six seasons under Mario Mendez and for six seasons under Tom Craft. He finished his football coaching career in 1989 as a special teams coach for Craft.

His Palomar golf teams won 10 conference championships, had 10 second-place conference finishes and captured two Southern California team titles. Lusky coached the Comets to three top-three team finishes in the state.

Lusky developed two state community college individual champions, Mark Wiebe in 1977 and Scott Oxandaboure in 2001. Wiebe also won the California State Amatuer title in 1977, went on to become a first-team All-American at San Jose State in 1979 and spent 22 years playing on the PGA Tour. He currently plays on the Champions Tour.

Oxandaboure went on to play for USC, placing fourth in the 2004 Pac-10 Championships and helped the Trojans to the team title by 15-strokes over runner-up Stanford. Both Wiebe and Oxandaboure have been inducted into the Palomar Athletic Hall of Fame.

Lusky, born on June 24, 1937 in Cleveland, Ohio, was the only child of Frank and Dorothy Lusky. The family moved to Chula Vista when he was 11. He was a bat boy for the Pacific Coast League Padres and was an All-Metro League football and baseball player at Chula Vista High School.

Lusky pitched for San Diego State's baseball teams that won conference championships in the California Collegiate Athletic Association in 1957, 1958 and 1959. He led the '58 team in strikeouts as the Aztecs captured the NAIA World Series title with a victory over Southwest Oklahoma at Alpine, Texas. It remains the only SDSU team to win a national championship in baseball. The team was inducted into the Aztec Hall of Fame in 2011.

Lusky earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees from San Diego State and, after one season as the Aztecs' head freshman baseball coach in 1961, Lusky began his teaching and coaching career at Antelope Valley High School, coached football and baseball at Mar Vista High School and coached football and swimming at Hilltop High.

He accepted a teaching position at Palomar in 1974 in the Department of Health and Physical Education (now the Kinesiology Department). Lusky was Palomar's Athletic Director before retiring in 1998. He stayed on as men's golf coach through 2002.

Lusky is survived by his wife Betty, his high school sweetheart, and by sons and spouses Brad (Darla), a former Palomar basketball player, and Bryan (Ceci) and by grandchildren Jillian, Allison, Blake, Hunter, Brock and Katrina.

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