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SUNDAY, MAY 24
BASEBALL
CCCAA State Championship Final Four
at John Euless Ballpark
Fresno City College
Championship Semifinals
Orange Coast 3, Palomar 0
Elimination Game
San Joaquin Delta 14, Palomar 7

SATURDAY, MAY 23
CCCAA State Championship Final Four
at John Euless Ballpark
Fresno City College
Round 1
Palomar 7, Fresno City College 3

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FOOTBALL
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Glendora
vs. Citrus, 6 p.m.

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PALOMAR'S YOUNG IS PCAC FIELD ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

SAN MARCOS (5-18-2015) -- Palomar's Deondra Young, a freshman thrower out of Vista Murrieta High School, has been honored as Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Field Athlete of the Year for the 2015 women's track & field season.

Young won the shot put and hammer throw and placed second in the discus in the PCAC finals.

In the Southern California Community College finals, she finished second in both the shot put and hammer throw.

Young placed ninth in the shot put in the CCCAA State Championships on Saturday in San Mateo.

And she is ranked 15th in the nation for all junior/community colleges in the hammer throw.

TANAKA INDUCTED INTO STATE SOFTBALL HALL 

BAKERSFIELD (5-15-2015) -- Dana Tanaka, the first great pitcher of the Mark Eldridge era at Palomar, was inducted as a member of the state Hall of Fame's Class of 2015 by the California Community College Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association during the CCCAA State Championship Final Four weekend.

Tanaka's was one of four players being inducted at Thursday evening's banquet for the four teams competing in the double-elimination event at Bakersfield College.

In the fledgling years of the sport on the community college level in California, Tanaka came out of Vista High School to compile an ERA of 0.21 in 1980 and 0.09 in 1981.

Her two-year career ERA at Palomar, 0.13, remains a Palomar record, just ahead of eventual Oklahoma State All-American and U.S. National Team player Kim Ward's career 0.15.

Tanaka led the Comets to a 24-5 win-loss record (17-1 to win the championship in the old Mission Conference) in 1980. The following season, Tanaka led Palomar to a 36-4 record (18-0 to win the Mission). Tanaka accepted a scholarship to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where she finished her college softball career.

She was inducted into the Palomar College Athletic hall of Fame as a member of the inaugural class in 2012.

RUTGERS LANDS PC VOLLEYBALL SETTER LUEDTKE 

NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey (5-13-2015) -- Palomar setter Aspen Luedtke, a 2014 All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference first-team selection, has accepted a full volleyball scholarship to Rutgers of the Big Ten Conference.

Luedtke, a freshman out of Mission Vista High School, will become the second Palomar volleyball player to play for the Scarlet Knights. Robin Allyn, a Vista High School product who played two seasons for Comets coach Karl Seiler, was a middle blocker for Rutgers during the 1997 and 1998 seasons. Allyn later returned to Palomar as an assistant coach.

Luedtke averaged 7.80 assists per set in making the 2014 All-PCAC team after helping lead the Comets to a 13-3 conference record and second-place finish behind champion Grossmont, which reached the CCCAA state title match. Palomar finished 19-5 overall.

She becomes the second player from Palomar's 2014 volleyball team to sign with a four-year college. Sophomore outside hitter / middle blocker Maci Lerno, who also plays softball for the Comets, previously received a volleyball scholarship to Cumberland University of the NAIA.

Luetke also played for the Comets' first-ever sand volleyball team during the recently-concluded season.

Rutgers, officially "Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey", is the eighth oldest college in the United States, founded in 1766. The Scarlet Knights fielded their first athletic team (rowing) 151 years ago in 1864. Rutgers defeated Princeton at College Field in New Brunswick on Nov. 6, 1869 in the first intercollegiate football game ever played. The Scarlet Knights, formerly a member of the Big East Conference, joined the Big 10 in 2012.

Academically, Rutgers was ranked 52nd in the world in the 2014 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

Luedtke will become the first Palomar female athlete to play for a Big 10 Conference school since Danielle LeBeau, who was the third-leading hitter on Ohio State's 2012 softball team.

BELLSTROM, GUERZON SHOOT 153, 156 IN STATE TOURNAMENT

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.

TOMLINSON, SUMPTER ACCEPT NAIA  SCHOLARSHIP OFFERS

SAN MARCOS (4-26-2015) -- Lee Lee Tomlinson and Daijon Sumpter from Palomar's Pacific Coast Athletic Conference championship women's basketball teams have signed with NAIA colleges.

Starting point guard Tomlinson, a 5-foot-2 sophomore from Hamilton High School in Los Angeles, and accepted a scholarship to Presentation College of Aberdeen, South Dakota.

Backup guard Sumpter, a 5-foot-4 sophomore out of Fallbrook High School, accepted a scholarship to Bethel College of North Newton, Kansas.

Tomlinson averaged 2.1 assists per game and Sumpter played a key role off the bench as coach Leigh Marshall's Comets reached the Southern California Regional championship game, missing a trip to the State Final Four by one game.

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

(UPDATED AT 6:05 P.M. ON TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2015)

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BASEBALL: All-State Team

ABOVE: Palomar catcher Francis Christy, about to tag San Joaquin Delta's Collin Theroux at the plate in the third inning in Sunday's second game, was announced as State Player of the Year during the CCCAA State Championship Final Four. BELOW: The Comets' Jake Barnett, shown pitching in Sunday's first game vs. eventual state champion Orange Coast, also was named to the all-state first team. -- Photos by Philip Farry

 Player of Year Christy, Barnett 1st-team all-state

FRESNO (5-25-2015) -- Palomar sophomore catcher Francis Christy, who tied for the state lead with 11 home runs and was third in RBIs with 52, was named California Community College Player of the Year during the weekend's CCCAA Final Four.

Christy was joined on the first team by sophomore left-hander and Palomar teammate Jake Barnett. Two Comets were named second-team all-state and first-team All-Southern California, freshman left-handed pitcher Taylor Turski, who was 8-0 on the year, and freshman shortstop Dylan Breault.

Christy, expected to go somewhere in the early rounds of next month's draft, hit .326 for his sophomore season with 12 doubles, 1 triple, the 11 home runs and a .599 slugging percentage. He also stole 10 bases on 12 attempts.

Christy's RBI total places him fourth on the all-time Palomar single-season list. His HR total ties in for seventh on the all-time PC list.

Barnett, the 2013 CIF-San Diego Section strikeout leader at Orange Glen High School, had a 9-3 pitching record on the season with a 2.65 earned run average. He struck out 91 batters while walking 22.

Barnett, who was 8-2 a year ago as a freshman, like Christy was a two-time All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference first-team selection. His 17 career victories ties him for sixth on the all-time Palomar list.

BASEBALL: CCCAA State Final Four

ABOVE SEQUENCE: Chase Grant (2) scores on a squeeze by Alex Salcedo (top photo) in the second inning to give Palomar a 4-0 lead over Fresno City College before a stunned standing-room-only partisan Rams crowd that packed John Euless Ballpark on the first night of the Final Four on Saturday. Grant had just put the Comets in front 3-0 with a bases-loaded triple on the previous play. He also doubled two innings later as he drove in four of Palomar's seven runs. BELOW: The camera captures the Comets being introduced before their 7-3 win over the Rams. -- Photos by Philip Farry

PC tags Fresno 7-3 but settles for 3rd in state

FRESNO (5-24-2015) (5-25-2015) -- Palomar pounded tournament host Fresno City College 7-3 behind Chase Grant's four RBIs, stunning a standing-room only crowd to begin the CCCAA State Champion Final Four on Saturday night at John Euless Ballpark.

But Jake Barnett lost a pitching duel to Art Vidrio 3-0 on Sunday afternoon and the Comets were unable to completely recover as they lost 14-7 to San Joaquin Delta that evening and were eliminated. Orange Coast went on to beat Delta 9-4 on Monday, going undefeated in the double-elimination event to win its second straight state title.

Palomar had to "settle" for third in the state, finishing its season 37-8. It was the first time the Comets were shut out all season and the first time they lost two straight games.

Joey Cooper went 3-for-4 with two RBIs in the win over Fresno, while Taylor Turski ran his win-loss record to 8-0 by striking out five battters over the first 6 2/3 innings. Graham Gomez finished up with 2 1/3 shutout innings.

Against Orange Coast, Palomar wasted Barnett's pitching performance after blowing an opportunity to get back in the game in the sixth inning, when they loaded the bases with two outs. A pinch-hitter popped up to the third baseman on the first pitch.

State Player of the Year Francis Christy went 2-for-4 and Anthony Balderas was 2-for-3 against the Pirates. Vince Mori, Cooper and Grant also hit safely.

Delta jumped out to an early 12-1 lead in the final game of the tournament for Palomar, but the Comets refused to give in and battled back to close to within 12-7 with five runs in the fifth inning and one more in the sixth. The latter came on Christy's 11th home run of the year, which disappeared high over the rightfield wall to lead off the inning.

But Palomar could get no closer, leaving two runners on base after Christy's homer in the seventh and stranding three more runners in the eighth. The Comets loaded the bases with one out but the next two batters flied out to left and struck out. The Mustangs added a pair of late insurance runs.

Palomar left 14 runners for the game and stranded 27 runners over three games

For the game, Mori went 4-for-5 and Christy was 3-for-4 and walked twice, once intentionally, to close out 5-for-6 for his last game and a half as a Comet. Cooper was 3-for-6, finishing the tournament 7-for-12 over three games, and Salcedo went 3-for-5.

Chris Stratton added a pair of hits. Grant singled to drive in a run.

Palomar pounded out 18 hits in the loss -- but Delta had 19 hits off four Comet pitchers.

It was the Comets' second appearance in the Final Four. They were runners-up in the state tournament in 2005. They needed one win to bring home the state championship but lost twice the final day to Santa Rosa, which wrapped up the title.

BOX VS. FRESNO BOX VS. ORANGE COASTBOX VS. DELTA SEASON STATS

BASEBALL: Signing, State Final Four

Barnett to Lewis-Clark; PC opens in Final Four

SAN MARCOS (5-20-2015) -- Palomar's two-time All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference first-team pitcher Jake Barnett has signed with the NAIA's premier baseball program, Lewis-Clark State College of Lewiston, Idaho.

Barnett (photo by Hugh Cox) will take a 9-2 win-loss record for 2015 to Fresno as the nationally second-ranked Comets open play in the CCCAA State Chamionship Final Four against host Fresno City College on Saturday night. He accepted a full scholarship to pitch for the Lewis-Clark State Warriors.

Lewis-Clark State has won 16 NAIA baseball national championships and has finished as runner-up the last two seasons to Faulkner University of Alabama in 2013 and Cumberland University of Tennessee in 2014. No other NAIA program has won more than four national titles.

The Warriors will host the 2015 NAIA World Series beginning Friday at Harris Field in Lewiston.

Barnett, who led the CIF San Diego Section in strikeouts at Orange Glen High School in 2013, drew heavy recruiting interest early in the current season from some of the top programs in NCAA Division I, notably Cal State Fullerton and current No. 7-ranked Vanderbilt. But he would have had to spend additional time at Palomar to receive an A.A. degree in order to transfer to Division I.

Palomar will play Fresno City College, which is ranked ninth in the nation, to begin the State Championship Final Four at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Rams' John Euless Ballpark. Nationally No. 1 ranked San Joaquin Delta and 2014 state and mythical national champion Orange Coast are in the opposite bracket.

The Comets previously advanced to the Final Four in 2005, losing to Santa Rosa in the state championship game.

SOFTBALL: PC 5, San Mateo 1

ABOVE: Palomar is CCCAA state champion for the fifth time -- Courtesy photo. The Comets previously won state titles in 1989, 1993, 2000 and 2013. BELOW LEFT: State Tournament Most Valuable Player Iesha Hill. BELOW RIGHT: State Tournament Most Valuable Pitcher Summer Evans. Not pictured: Kali Pugh, who won the Gold Glove Award as the tournament's outstanding defensive player.

Comets are state champions for the fifth time

BAKERSFIELD (5-17-2015) -- Palomar won its fifth state community college softball championship in the college's history and the second title for coach Lacey Craft in the last three years on Sunday.

Tournament Most Valuable Pitcher Summer Evans (29-4) threw her third complete-game victory in the State Championship Final Four's three days, scattering six hits as the Comets downed College of San Mateo 5-1 to win the title. Lauren Berriatua (29-2) took the loss.

The Comets finished the season 41-4-1. San Mateo finished with a 43-2 record. Craft's team handed the Bulldogs their only two losses of the season, also beating them in the winners' bracket finals on Saturday.

The Bulldogs had beaten the Comets 2-1 earlier Sundayo force an additional game.

In what turned out to be the championship game, K.K. Fronda went 2-for-3 for Palomar with a walk and an RBI. Sara Rodriguez and Evans each singled and drove in a run. Brooke Huddleson, tournament Most Valuable Player Iesha Hill and Stephanie Koishor each added a single.

Palomar broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth inning, scoring two runs on Koishor's leadoff single, Kristina Carbajal's fielder's choice, Leah Gordon's sacrifice bunt that was misplayed for an error, Evans' sacrifice fly and Fronda's RBI single.

In the day's first game, Hill singled to drive in a run for the Comets' only hit off San Mateo pitchers Lacie Crawford and Berriatua.

Palomar shortstop Kali Pugh received the Gold Glove Award as the tournament's outstanding defensive player. Palomar's Gordon, Rodriguez, Huddleson, Fronda, Koisher and Carbajal also made the all-tournament team.

Palomar defeated Cosumnes River College of Sacramento on the first night of the Final Four on Friday.

FOOTBALL ALUMNI: CFL

Ex-PC, Wyoming star Mace lands team honor

CALGARY, Alberta, Canada (5-19-2015) -- Corey Mace, who starred at Palomar and the University of Wyoming and played in the NFL for the Buffalo Bills, has been honored with perhaps the Calgary Stampeeders' most prestigious award.

The CFL team, for whom Mace has played on the defensive line since 2010, awarded him the President's Ring, voted on by the players and  presented annually since 1967 to a teammate that exhibits both excellence on the field and exceptional contributions to the Calgary community.

The 6-foot-3, 280-pound defensive tackle, who grew up in Vancouver in a single-parent household and blossomed as a player in two seasons under head coach Joe Early and defensive line coach J.G. Aegerter with the Comets, has also played in the CFL with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Toronto Argonauts. His first season with the Stampeeders was highlighted when he recovered a fumble and returned it 60 yards for a touchdown to spark a late victory over Saskatchewan.

He led the Stampeeders' interior linemen with 25 tackles during the 2012 season and lined up on offense and scored on a 1-yard touchdown reception in an Oct. 26 game against the British Columbia Lions, a team Calgary eventually defeated in the Grey Cup semifinals.

Mace has come up especially big in two post-season runs for Calgary, including two Grey Cups (CFL championship games). He made two huge plays on Nov. 30, 2014, including a key sack that helped lift the Stampeeders to a 20-14 victory over the Tiger-Cats in the 102nd Grey Cup at BC Place in Vancouver.

But the clincher for winning the President's Ring award was Mace's community service. He founded Mace's Faces, which brings 25 at-risk youths to every Stampeeders home game, and also heads an organization that supplies turkeys and hams to local food banks and charities. He personally delivers the holiday birds.

BASEBALL: Comets 4, Gauchos 3 (11)

TOP PHOTO: The Comets are back in celebration mode after sweeping their best 2-of-3 Sectional Series from Saddleback on Sunday, winning 4-3 in 11 innings to qualify for next weekend's State Championship Final Four. -- Photo by Deb Hellman. DIRECTLY ABOVE: Second baseman Chris Stratton takes a throw from catcher Francis Christy in the fifth inning and tags out Jack Kaloogian trying to steal. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW: Pitcher Jake Barnett, who pitched four-hit ball over the first nine innings

PC wins last game ever at Myers, Fresno-bound

SAN MARCOS (5-17-2015) -- Palomar made its final appearance ever at ancient Myers Field a memorable one, beating Saddleback 4-3 in 11 innings to sweep the team's best 2-of-3 Sectional series 2 games to 0 to qualify for next weekend's State Championship Final Four.

The Comets, visitors on their own field, got nine innings of four-hit pitching from starter Jake Barnett, who struck out five and walked one before leaving the game after nine inning with the score tied 3-3. Barnett retired the last 11 Saddleback batters he faced.

Rusty Huber (4-0) shut out the Gauchos in the 10th and 11th innings to notch the win.

Palomar scored the winning run in the top of the 11th after Saddleback reliever Trevor Charpie tried to pitch around Francis Christy and walked him. Travis Mitchell moved Christy to second with a sacrifice bunt.

Vince Mori drove in Christy with what turned out to be the game-winner when he singled to right centerfield.

Anthony Balderas went 2-for-4 with a pair of infield hits as the Comets made the most of six hits. Chris Stratton and Alec Salcedo each drove in a run with a double. Dylan Brault added a single.

The right side of the infield, with Stratton at second and Balderas at first, made a series of spectacular defensive plays. Derek Black, who replaced Balderas at first after Sam Casinelli pinch ran for Balderas in the top of the ninth, also had a big defensive play when he made an acrobatic pick of a throw coming across the infield for out No. 2 in the Saddleback 11th inning.

The nationally No. 2-ranked Comets (36-6) , making their second appearance ever in the Final Four after finishing second in the state in 2005, will play their first game on Saturday night against tournament host and nationally No. 9-ranked Fresno City College (35-9) at the Rams' John Euless Ballpark. The Rams swept their Sectional series from Feather River 2-0.

Nationally No. 1-ranked San Joaquin Delta (39-5), which eliminated College of San Mateo 7-2 on Sunday, will play the noon game to open the tournament against Orange Coast (27-17), which eliminated Santa Barbara City College 10-2 on Sunday.

Saddleback finished its season 27-16.

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