So. California Championships
at Merrill Douglas Stadium
San Diego Mesa College
1. Cerritos 92
2. Riverrside City College 80
3. College of Sequoias 75.33
20-tie. Palomar 8
(40 scoring teams)

Comet Classic
at Twin Oaks Golf Course
Shotgun Start, 1 p.m.

at Chick Embrey Field
Wilson Stadium
Escondido High School
vs. Southwestern, 6 p.m.



SEATTLE (7-20-2016) - Palomar product Tyler Saladino celebrated his 27th birthday in style on Wednesday in the visiting  Chicago White Sox' game with the Seattle Mariners.

Saladino went 3-for-5 and turned two double plays at shortstop but the White Sox lost to the Mariners 6-5 before 39,985 fabs at Safeco Field.

Saladino, the 2009 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year, is batting .265 in his second Major League season as a shortstop, third baseman, left fielder, center fielder, right fielder, designated hitter, pinch-hitter and pinch-runner.


SAN MARCOS (7-10-2016) - The 2016 Comet Classic, which will be played Friday, July 22 at Twin Oaks Golf Course to raise money for Palomar's men's and women's golf teams, will be played with a shotgun start at 1 p.m.

The tournament will be played with a 4/5-person scramble format. Spots are still available.

Entry fee of $95 covers golf, dinner, awards and on-course contests.

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SAN MARCOS (6-22-2016) - Former Palomar pitchers Jake Barnett and Gary Cornish, both selected in the baseball draft earlier in the month, have signed contracts and will be reporting to minor league camp.

Barnett (left), a left-hander who helped pitch Lewis-Clark State to the 2016 NAIA national championship as a junior, signed with the Washington Nationals, who selected him in the 20th round.

Cornish (right), a senior right-hander out of the University of San Diego, signed with the New York Mets. The Mets drafted him in the 19th round.

Barnett and Cornish were teammates for the Comets' 2014 team, when Barnett was a freshman out of Orange Glen High School and Cornish was a sophomore transfer from St. Mary's College of California.


SAN MARCOS (6-14-2016) - Three sophomores from coach Karl Seiler's 2015 Palomar women's indoor volleyball team have landed scholarships to NCAA Division II colleges.

Madi Stark, an outside hitter/opposite who was a two-time first-team All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference selection, is transferring to Holy Names University in Oakland.

Bethany Prochnow, a middle blocker who won second-team All-PCAC honors last fall, received her scholarship to Coker University in Hartsville, South Carolina.

And Vanessa Flores, a defensive specialist who was an All-PCAC honorable mention selection, also is transferring to Holy Names.

Four members of the 2015 Palomar indoor team have now moved on the the Division I or Division II levels on scholarships.

Kelli Iverson, an outside hitter from Christian Life Academy in Escondido and a two-time All-PCAC selection, accepted a scholarship  to Division I Grand Canyon University at the semester in January. Iverson played beach volleyball for the the Antelopes in the spring and will play two seasons of indoor volleyball beginning this fall.

Stark and Prochnow are both Elsinore High School products. Flores prepped at Whittier High School.


SAN MARCOS (6-23-2016) - Palomar has landed 57 in-season spring-sport athletes on the All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete team.

Minimum qualifications for the award include successful participation on an intercollegiate athletic team and completion of at-least 12 semester units with at least a 3.0 grade-point average.

Nine in-season athletes achieved perfect 4.0 grade-point averages -- Joel Mitchell (baseball); Kelsey Payne (beach volleyball); Mitchell Kwee, Connor Sims and Max Wittmack (men's golf); Nicholas Hendricks, Hayden McCauley and Paul Shaner (men's swimming); and Ahmed Khalil (men's volleyball).

Baseball landed 18 student athletes on the team, followed by men's swimming (10), softball (7), women's swimming (7), men's golf (5), men's volleyball (4), men's tennis (3), beach volleyball (2) and women's track & field (1).

Baseball produced the highest team grade-point average, 3.17, with women's swimming (3.12) and men's swimming (3.01) also topping the 3.0 mark.

BASEBALL (18): Mike Benson, Tom Brunansky, Grant Buck, Sam Casinelli, Nashea Diggs, Mitch Gallagher, Chase Grant, Mitchell Hayes, Nick Holm, Carter Johnson, Troy Lamparello, John McKay, Kyle McKean, Efrain Medina, Joel Mitchell, Shane Olsen, Marc Sauceda, Matt Wezniak

MEN'S SWIMMING (10): Tristin D'Ambrosi, Elijia Foley, Nicholas Hendricks, Martin Jarquin, Travis Lane, Hayden McCauley, Ryan McCauley, Paul Shaner, Tim Sheehy, Zach Wagonis

SOFTBALL (7): Hanna Collins-MacDonald, Trinity Fa'asua, Taylour Fa'asua, Jordan Files, Marisa Herrera, Kealani Leonui, Bailey Romano

WOMEN'S SWIMMING (7): Morgan Brown, Paulina Dehaan, Dallas Fatseas, Lucy Gates, Michelle Jacob, Kendyl Mundt, Alice Percoraro

MEN'S GOLF (5): Christian Guerzon, Mitchell Kwee, Fredrick MacKenzie, Connor Sims, Max Wittmack

MEN'S VOLLEYBALL (4): Tyler Baker, Tyler Hedley, Ahmed Khalil, Jorge Leos

MEN'S TENNIS (3): Adam Lippert, Peter Trhac, Dean Vo

BEACH VOLLEYBALL (2): Kelsey Payne, Bethany Prodhnow

WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD (1): Melissa Ventura


CHICAGO (6-15-2016) - Tyler Saladino, the 2009 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year as a Palomar sophomore, had a big game Tuesday night for the  Chicago White Sox.

Saladino went 2-for-4 with a home run and 4 RBIs in an 11-8 loss to the Detroit Tigers.


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WWE WRESTLING: Palomar Basketball Alumni

WWE women's wrestler Nia Jax, who played baskeball for Palomar in the early 2000's under her actual name of Savalina Fanene, mugs for the camera with her cousin, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, during a workout session in Florida. -- Instagram photo. The Rock's mother, Ata Mavia-Johnson, is Fanene's aunt. Fannene/Jax is pictured below when she played women's basketball for Palomar in 2002-03 under then-coach Sherry Titus. Fanene/Jax, who is of mixed Samoan-German ancestory, and Dwayne Johnson are members of pro wrestling's famous Anoa'i family (Roman Reigns, whose actual name is Leati Anoa'i, Afa and Sika Anoa'i, Jimmy and Jey Uso, among many others, past and present).

PC basketball alum Fanene feels draft in WWE

SAN MARCOS (7-20-2016): Savalina "Lina" Fanene, who helped lead Palomar's 2002-03 women's basketball team to a Pacific Coast Conference championship, has aspired to a career in pro wrestling since watching her cousin, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, in WrestleMania XXVIII.

Fanene already had been glued to the TV watching professional wrestling since early childhood. That's hardly a big surprise. She is a member (as is Dwayne Johnson) of wrestling's famous Anoa'i family (Roman Reigns, whose actual name Leati Anoa'i, Afa and Sika Anoa'i, Jimmy and Jey Uso, many others both past and present).

Fast forward to early in 2014, when she was signed by the WWE and assigned to its developmental brand, NXT, based at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.

She made her in-ring debut on May 7, 2015 at an NXT house show under the ring name Zada. Fanane has been on the fast-track to becoming an expected huge WWE "Super Star" since.

Rushed up the ladder in NXT, she earned a title match barely six months later, on Dec. 16, when she wrestled for the NXT Women's Championship at NXT TakeOver: London, and again on June 8 at NXT TakeOver: The End at Winter Point, Florida. Both times, she fell short of winning the championship, but from then on there has been no stopping this former Comet.

Now fast forward again to Tuesday night, when 6-foot-2, 272-pound ex-model Fanene, who since the early days of her career has been wrestling as Nia Jax, was the fourth female selected in the WWE's joint Monday Night Raw-Smack-Down Live brand-split draft on world-wide TV (round No. 5 in the joint male-female draft, No. 25 of 59 wrestlers taken overall, just one spot behind Dolph Ziggler and two spots behind The Big Show). Fanene/Jax was selected by Monday Night Raw.

The only females selected ahead of Fanene/Jax were WWE Women's Champion Charlotte (daughter of the legendary Ric Flair, in Round 1, No. 3 overall, also taken by Raw), Sasha Banks (Round 3, 13th overall, also by Raw) and Becky Lynch (Round 3, 14th overall, by SmackDown Live). Among female wrestlers selected after Fanene/Jax were WWE Universe household names Paige (Round 7, No. 35 overall), Summer Rae (Round 9, No. 44 overall), Eva Marie (Round 10, 51st overall), Alicia Fox (Round 11, 54th overall) and Dana Brooke (Round 11, 56th overall).

It's being rumored on social media that Fenene/Jax will make her WWE main-roster debut as Sasha Banks' Mystery Partner in a tag-team match vs. Dana Brooke and WWE Women's Champion Charlotte this Sunday night in the WWE Battleground 2016 pay-for-view at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.

It has already been announced that Nia Jax will make her WWE Video Game debut on WWE 2K17 as a pre-order playable character.

(Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's mother, Ata Mavia-Johnson, is Lina Fanene's aunt. Fanene's parents are Joseph and Renate Fanene. Her brother is former Palomar and Fresno State linebacker Ben Fanene. Lina and Ben Fanene both came to Palomar from Carlsbad High School.)

BASEBALL: 4-Year Signings, Transfers

Palomar second baseman Mitch Gallagher, who is moving on to NCAA Division I Xavier University of Cincinnati, looks the ball into his glove in a game against Southwestern on April 23. Photo by Russell Scoffin, Southwestern College

Palomar's Gallagher signs with Xavier University

SAN MARCOS (7-20-2016): Palomar sophomore second baseman Mitchell Gallagher has signed to play NCAA Division I baseball at Xavier University of Cincinnati.

He's the ninth 2016 Comet to sign with a four-year school and the seventh with a Division I school.

Gallagher hit .339 during his sophomore season while playing in 38 games and starting in 32 of them. He led the Comets with 10 sacrifice bunts.

Gallagher hit .407 in Pacific Coast Athletic Conference games, making the All-PCAC first team.

He played high school baseball at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida and played his fireshman season for Pepperdine University.

Player Pos. 4-Year Program
Taylor Turski LHP University of Kansas (D-I)
Niko Holm 1B/3B Santa Clara University (D-I)
Chase Grant OF University of Nevada (D-I)
Mitch Hayes RHP University of Nevada (D-I)
Mitchell Gallagher 2B Xavier University (D-I)
John Mackay C Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo (D-I)
Carter Johnson RHP University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (D-I)
Nashea Diggs OF Cal State University San Marcos (D-II)
Troy Lamparello RHP Cal State University San Marcos (D-II)

MEN'S BASKETBALL:  Alumni Report

PC's prep coaching list grows with Bolton hire

SAN MARCOS (7-13-2016): "Cradle of coaches" may be an overworked and tired phrase many places. But for Palomar's men's basketball program, it fits.

The recent hire of ex-Comet Anthony Bolton (right) at Vista High School, following right on the heels of Aaron Abrams being hired at crosstown rival Rancho Buena Vista, the list of former Comets who are current high school head coaches has grown to eight.

Add ex-Comets who went on to become high school head coaches and are now retired -- and the list expands to 18.

"Anthony Bolton is the smartest player I've ever coached," Palomar coach John O'Neill said in a San Diego Union-Tribune feature last week last week of the 6-foot-7 forward and point guard who was a two-team All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference first-team selection on back-to-back PCAC championship teams coached by Virgil Watson and associate head coach O'Neill in 1999-2000 and 2000-2001.

"As our (2000-2001) season wore on, it became evident he was our leader," O'Neill continued. "He brought out the best in his teammates. He certainly brought out the best in Aaron (Abrams), who was a really good player. Anthony had that 'it' factor that not many players have."

Bolton, who went on the star for two seasons at Cal State Fullerton where he earned his bachelor's degree, and Abrams who had played for O'Neill at Rancho Buena Vista, were Palomar League Co-Players of the Year as high school seniors. Bolton enrolled at Palomar the following year and Abrams joined him the year after that when he transferred from Wyoming.

Bolton got the Vista head job after being the No. 1 assistant at Mission Hills, stepping in for Charlie Mercado, a former teammate at both Vista and Palomar who stepped down as the Panthers' head coach to concentrate on his duties as a club coach.

Abrams, the CIF San Diego Section Player of the Year for O'Neill at RBV, went on from Palomar to two outstanding seasons at Division II Hawaii Pacific and then played for three years in Europe. He was the top assistant at Rancho Buena Vista a year ago. Abrams and Bolton each describe the other as his "best friend."

Bolton was inducted into the Palomar Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014. 

CLICK HERE to read SD Union-Tribune feature on recent hirings of ex-Comets Anthony Bolton and Aaron Abrams at local high schools

Name Coaches at Palomar High School
Aaron Abrams Virgil Wastson/John O'Neill Rancho Buena Vista
Paul Baldwin Andy Gilmour Escondido
Anthony Bolton Virgil Watson/John O'Neill Vista
Dante Carey Irv Leifer/Watson/O'Neill San Marcos
Chris Featherly Virgil Watson/John O'Neill Orange Glen
Chris Kroesch Virgil Watson/John O'Neill Mission Hills (girls team)
Ryan Meier Irv Leifer La Jolla Day
Chris Vitous Andy Gilmour Mt. Carmel
Name Coaches at Palomar High School
Duane Barnes Rusty Myers Vista
Mike Davert Andy Gilmour Southeast Saline (KS)
Greg Edwards Andy Gilmour Hillsboro (OR)
Joe Gentile Irv Leifer City (IA)
Ron Guiles Andy Gilmour San Pasqual/Vista
Charlie Mercado Virgil Watson/John O'Neill Vista
Scott Ogden Andy Gilmour Oceanside/Carlsbad
Don Portis Rusty Myers Escondido
Mike Williams Joe Brennan Escondido
Fentriss Winn Andy Gilmour Bishop's


Palomar alum and Fresno Grizzlies right-hander James Hoyt (also shown in both pictures below) has been selected to pitch for the Pacific Coast League against the International League in the Triple-A All-Star Game on July 13 in Charlotte, NC. Hoyt, the final player to be sent down at the end of spring training by the Astros, leads the Triple-A level with 21 saves. -- Courtesy photo

Hoyt (21 saves) named to Triple-A 'Star game

FRESNO (7-06-2016): Palomar product James Hoyt, the 6-foot-6, 229-pound Fresno Grizzlies closer who is on the fast track for a call-up to the Houston Astros' major league roster, has been selected to pitch for the Pacific Coast League in the 2016 Triple-A All-Star Game.

The game will be played on Wednesday night, July 13 at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte, North Carolina and will match the PCL All-Stars vs. the International League All-Stars.

Hoyt, who came out of Boise (Idaho) High School to pitch on the college level for the Comets and for Centenary College of Louisiana, is expected to be called up sometime after the All-Star break.

The late-developing Hoyt red-shirted for Palomar in 2006, then was a Comet teammate of future major leaguers Nick Vincent (Padres/Seattle Mariners) during the 2007 season and Tyler Saladino (Chicago White Sox) in 2008. Hoyt pitched 55 1/3 innings in two seasons for the Comets with ERAs of 2.25 and 3.55.

At the halfway point of the 2016 season, he leads all Triple-A closers with 21 saves. Hoyt is 3-3 for the Grizzlies with a 1.79 earned-run average, only 19 hits allowed over 40 1/3 innings, 72 strikeouts and only 16 walks. Opponents are hitting just .139 against him, also the best on the Triple-A level.

The above follows a 2015 season that saw him notch nine saves for the Grizzlies, whom he joined after being traded from the Braves to the Astros. With Hoyt playing a key role out of the bullpen, Fresno won the PCL pennant and defeated the Columbus Clippers, the International League champions, 7-0 in the Triple-A National Championship Game in El Paso, Texas.

Following an injury-plauged senior season at Centenary, Hoyt found himself out of baseball working as a deckhand washing sailboats in San Diego. That's when he took a shot at Independent baseball and, following that, pitching in the Triple-A level Mexican League. There, Hoyt impressed enough pitching for Olmecas de Tabasco to earn him a free-agent contract with Atlanta prior to the 2013 season. He climbed the ladder in the Braves' organization, eventually reaching Triple-A, and paid further dues in winter ball in the off-season in both the Dominican Republic and Venezuela.

This season, his second with the Grizzlies, his fastball has been in the 94-97 mph range and he has developed a dominant splitter. His other pitch is a slider.

Morgan Ensberg, who spent eight years as an infielder with with the Astros, Padres and Yankees and was a big part of Houston's 2005 World Series championship run, has been a special assignment coach for the Astros and currently co-hosts MLB Roundtrip on SiruisXM radio.

On June 23, Ensberg tweeted: "Woke up this morning so see if anythng changed. Nope, James Hoyt is still the best pitcher in our entire organization including (the) MLB team."

The same day, Ensberg also tweeted: "Hoyt has done everything asked of him and he's a better person than he is a pitcher. He can help our (MLB) team. You have to see Hoyt. I'm telling you, he's unhittable."

FOOTBALL: 4-Year Signings, Transfers

Palomar cornerback Michael Moore (No. 4), shown tackling Citrus' Robert Gonzalez in the Comets' 24-14 season-opening win last September, signed signed an NCAA Division I FBS letter of intent with Syracuse University of the ACC in March and will be a sophomore for the Orange this upcoming season with three years of eligibility . -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Comets' list of players to next level now at 13

SAN MARCOS (6-29-2016): With multiple players still undecided, Palomar has released its list of four-year college football transfers, currently totaling 13 players and counting.

Cornerback Michael Moore, an Escondido High School product who accepted a scholarship to Syracuse University of the Atlantic Coast Conference in March after his freshman season for the Comets, will be a sophomore during the upcoming season and has three years of eligibility for the Orange.

Everyone else will be juniors.

Two of the transfers, punter Cody Wuthrich (Indiana University) and running back/kick returner Mike Taele (Western New Mexico) both remained at Palomar after their community college eligibility concluded to earn their A.A. degrees. Woodrich came to Palomar from La Costa Canyon High School, while Taele is from El Camino High.

Of the remaining transfers. Garrett Fiehler (Northern Arizona) is from Valley Center High School. Charlie Long, (Gannon University) is from Poway High School, Daviente Sayles is from Rancho Buena Vista High, Devyn Comer (Eastern New Mexico) is from Morse High, Arnold Voa and Matt Tamau'u are both from Waianae High in Hawaii, J.J. Taele is from El Camino High, Diovanni Brewer is from Oceanside High, Mike Stevens is from Valhalla High and Hunter Moore is from Mission Hills High.

Player Pos. 4-Year Program
Michael Moore CB Syracuse University (D-I FBS)
Codey Wuthrich-x P Indiana University (D-I FBS)
Garrett Fiehler RB Northern Arizona University (D-I FCS)
Charlie Long C Gannon University (D-II)
Daviante Sayles RB University of West Florida (D-II)
Devyn Comer DE Harding University (D-II)
Arnold Voa DE Midwestern State (D-II)
Matt Matau'u DT Missouri S&T (D-II)
Mike Taele-x RB/KR Western New Mexico University (D-II)
Diovonni Brewer CB Montana Tech (NAIA)
J.J. Taele LB Rocky Mountain College (NAIA)
Mike Stevens OT Rocky Mountain College (NAIA)
Hunter Moore DT Dickinson State University (NAIA)
x--From Previous Palomar Team


PC will kick off its 2016 season Sept. 3 at home

SAN MARCOS (6-29-2016): Palomar has announced its 2016 football schedule, with the Comets kicking off the season with back-to-back non-conference home games on Saturday, Sept. 3 vs. Southwestern and Saturday, Sept. 10 vs. Santa Monica College.

The schedule includes five home games total, all scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturdays at Chick Embrey Field at Wilson Stadium. The Comets also will be home at Wilson Stadium to scrimmage Riverside City College one week before the opener, on Saturday, Aug. 27 at 2 p.m. Wilson Stadium is located at Escondido High School.

The Comets' other home games will be against Moorpark on Sept. 24, Orange Coast on Oct. 15 and Saddleback on Nov. 5. Palomar will play away games against Cerritos, Chaffey, Golden West, Fullerton and Grossmont.

Date and Opponent Time  Location
8/27-vs. Riverside (scrimmage) 2 PM  Chick Embrey Field, Wilson Stadium
9/03-vs. Southwestern 6 PM  Chick Embrey Field, Wilson Stadium
9/10-vs. Santa Monica 6 PM  Chick Embrey Field, Wilson Stadium
9/17-at Cerritos 7 PM  Falcon Stadium, Cerritos College
9/24-vs.Moorpark 6 PM  Chick Embrey Field, Wilson Stadium
10/01--at Chaffey 6 PM  Grigsby Field, Chaffey College Stadium
10/15-vs. Orange Coast-x 6 PM  Chick Embrey Field, Wilson Stadium
10/22-at Golden West-x 6 PM   LeBard Stadium, Orange Coast College
Oct 29-at Fullerton-x 1 PM   Hal Sherbeck Stadium, Fullerton College
Nov  5-vs. Saddleback-x 6 PM   Chick Embrey Field, Wilson Stadium
Nov 12-at Grossmont-x 1 PM   Mashin-Roth Stadium, Grossmont College
x-National Southern League game

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