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DURHAM, North Carolina (7-16-2014) -- Palomar alum Tyler Saladino, voted as the International League's starting shortstop for Wednesday night's Triple-A All-Star Game, sustained a strained muscle in his throwing arm on Saturday vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and opted to skip the game as a precaution.

"It is what it is, you know," said Saladino, who leads International League shortstops in average (.310), hits (91) and slugging percentage (.483) playing for the Chicago White Sox' Charlotte, North Carolina affiliate.

"I'm not able to throw as well, and it's not worth going out there and making it worse," Saladino told the Charlotte Observer newspaper.

He hit safely in the Knights' following two games after the injury, playing designated hitter. But, with a possible shot at being called up to the Major Leagues by the White Sox later in the season, attempting to throw on Wednesday seemed like a bad bet for Saladino.

The International League defeated the Pacific Coast League 7-3 in a game that was aired nationally by MLB Network.


LEXINGTON,  Kentucky (7-13-2014) -- Palomar alum Tim Hill has remained on fire in the Kansas City Royals' farm system after the left-handed pitcher's quick promotion from Idaho Falls of the Rookie Classification Pioneer League to Lexington of the Class A South Atlantic League.

Hill, drafted in the 32nd round by the Royals last month after making the NAIA All-American third team at his senior season at Bacone College of Muskogee, Oklahoma, has turned in two impressive scoreless relief appearances for the Lexington Legends.

On Friday, he pitched a scoreless, hitless relief inning against the Washington Nationals' Hagarstown Suns farm club, striking out three batters  and walking none. Then, on Sunday, he came in with two out in the ninth inning, also  against the Suns, to notch his first pro save in by getting a groundball out.

Hill was drafted by the Royals on June 7, signed on June 12 and made his professional debut for Idaho Falls on June 21. He appeared in five games for the Chukars before being promoted Lexington. He then made his Class A debut for the Legends on July 11.

Hill has a 2.00 overall ERA in his first pro season, allowing 3 hits in 9 innings pitched and striking out 15 batters while walking 2. He's 1-1 with the 1 save.


LEWISTON, Idaho -- One year after Palomar alumnus Julian Esquibel pitched Faulkner University to the NAIA championship, another ex-Comet played in the this year's edition of the NAIA World Series hosted Lewis-Clark State.

Christian Johnson, a senior who prepped at Chaparral High School in Temecula prior to playing two seasons at Palomar, was the starting shortstop for San Diego Christian, which went 42-20 and reached the NAIA World Series for the first time in the school's history.

Johnson batted .273 for the Hawks, who were eliminated by Cumberland University and Georgia Gwinnett University in two games.


SAN DIEGO (6-28-2014) -- Former Palomar baseball player Terrence Buchanan,  a senior infielder at Cal State San Marcos, was honored as San Diego County "Star of the Month" for May by the San Diego Hall of Champions.

Buchanan, who batted .411 on the season, helped lead the Cougars to within one win of the Association of Independent Institutions Tournament championship game. The University of Houston-Victoria eliminated San Marcos 3-2 in Linn, Massachusettes.

After two seasons at Palomar, Buchanan played during the 2012 season for an Oklahoma Baptist University team that advanced to the NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Idaho. He then transferred to Cal State San Marcos but missed the 2013 season due to an injury.

He was one of five former Comets on San Marcos' 2014 team. The others were Tyler Bernard, Kyle Montiel, Rich Montanez and Denny Vigo.

Buchanan, Montiel and Montanez all made the All-Association of Independent Institutions first team.  Bernardo made the second team.


SACRAMENTO (6-18-2014) -- Palomar baseball players Dennis Morton and Dillan Smith have been selected to the 2014 Rawlings/ABCA Pacific Association All-American team.

Morton, the Comets' shortstop who will play for 2013 NAIA national champion Faulkner University, was named to the first team. Smith, the Comets' centerfielder who will play at San Jose State, was selected to the second team.

Outfielder T.C. Florentino of Emonds Community College in Lynwood, WA, was the Player of the Year.

The Pacific Association is made up of community college baseball programs in California, Oregon and Washington.

The Pacific Association, in conjuntion with the American Baseball Coaches Association, names its own All-American team as community college in California and the Northwest are not affiliated with the National Junior College Athletic Association, which also selects an All-American team.


(UPDATED AT 4:50 P.M. ON MON., 7/21/2014)



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Palomar's Jake Duffy controls the ball in the Comets' 64-62 win over Imperial Valley in the final game of  2011-2012. Duffy will play for the first time since that night when he takes the floor during the upcoming season for last year's NAIA Division I national champion, Vanguard University. There, he'll join ex-Palomar teammate Chris Gorman. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Duffy will play for NAIA champion Vanguard

COSTA MESA  (7-16-2014) -- Former Palomar standout Jake Duffy, a 6-foot-3 guard who hasn't played since he was a sophomore for the Comets in 2011-12, will return to the court during the upcoming season at 2013-14 NAIA Division I national champion Vanguard University.

There, he'll play with former Palomar teammate Chris Gorman, the star of the Lions' 70-65 victory over Emmanuel College of Franklin Springs, Georgia in last season's national championship game at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City. Gorman had 18 points and five rebounds in the game and was selected to the all-tournament team.

Gorman, who played opposite Duffy as a guard for the Comets, averaged 15.6 points as Vanguard's second-leading scorer, 3.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists as the Lions went 32-6.

Duffy came out of Murrieta Valley High School to enjoy back-to-back outstanding seasons at Palomar.

MEN'S SOCCER: Coaching Hire

PC adds ex-RBV coach Whiddon as assistant

SAN MARCOS (7-17-2014) -- David Whiddon, the long-time successful boys soccer coach at Rancho Buena Vista High School, joins Carlos Hernandez' staff this season as assistant coach.

Whiddon, originally from London, England, was a two-sport athlete (soccer and track) in high school and played college soccer at Foothill Community College in Los Altos Hills and at Eastern Washington University. He played two seasons for the San Jose Earthquakes reserve team.

He's spent the past 29 years as a high school varsity and club soccer coach in San Diego County. He's traveled to soccer clinics in England, The Netherlands, Germany and Brazil to continue his coachig educastion and holds an NSCAA Premier Coaching License.

His Rancho Buena Vista teams won multiple league championships and advanced to the CIF San Diego Section playoffs 20 out of 22 years.

 Whiddon regularly sent players from his RBV program into college and pro ranks, including sons Trevor and William. Trevor Whiddon received a soccer scholarship to NCAA Division I Cal State Fullerton and later played professionally with the Los Angeles Blues in the USL Pro League. William Whiddon played on U.S. National Youth teams through the U18 level and earned a scholarship to Concordia University of Irvione. Both were All-CIF San Diego Section selections for the Longhorns.

In 1995, Whiddon was recipient of the CIF Model Coach of the Year award and was North County Conference Coach of the Year in 2008.

Whiddon taught for 17 years and also was the athletic director at Rancho Buena Vista High for seven years. When the new Vista Mission High School opened in the Vista Unified School District, he was an assistant principal and the Timbersolves' athletic director for three years until his retirement from the Vista district in 2013.

BASEBALL: 4-Year Signings, Commits

Palomar left fielder Matt Matlock, who has committed to NCAA Division I Grand Canyon, helped spark the Comets to their fourth straight Pacific Coast Athletic Conference championship during the recent season, especially with his defense in left field. Matlock is the 19th player from the Comets' 2014 team to move on to the four-year level, and the 10th to D-I. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Matlock to Grand Canyon; 19th Comet to sign

SAN MARCOS (7-14-2014) -- Left fielder Matt Matlock has become the 19th member of Palomar's 2014 baseball team to move on to the four-year college level, committing to Grand Canyon University of the Western Athletic Conference.

He's the 10th Comet from the 2014 team to accept an offer from an NCAA Division I program. Palomar also is sending four players on to Division II and five players to NAIA programs.

Matlock, a Murrieta Valley High School product, helped the Comets go 57-25 during the 2013 and 2014 seasons as they won their third and fourth consecutive Pacific Coast Athletic Conference championships. He switched from the middle infield to leftfield between seasons and sparked the 2014 team, especially with his defense.

In his two Palomar seasons, Matlock played in 69 games, starting 59 of them. He batted .272 with 27 RBIs and had a .404 on-base percentage, reaching base 30 times on walks and 18 times as a hit batter. He stole 14 bases on 18 attempts and also contributed 15 sacrifice hits and 4 sacrifice flies.

Grand Canyon, located in Phoenix, went 30-23 in their first Division I season in 2014 and placed second in the WAC behind conference champion Sacramento State.

Palomar has a long history of sending players on to Grand Canyon. Pete Bethea, the fourth-leading career hitter in Grand Canyon history, was the starting catcher on the Antelopes' back-to-back NAIA World Series championship teams in 1981 and 1982. Randy Davila was the leading hitter for the Antelopes' 1986 NAIA World Series champions. Outfielder Kevin Snider, the son of Hall of Famer Duke Snider, and pitcher Dennis Melton helped Grand Canyon reach the 1971 NAIA World Series. Melton pitched a no-hitter for the Antelopes against Cal Lutheran that season.

PALOMAR'S DIVISION I COMMITS, SIGNINGS (10) -- CF Dillan Smith (San Jose State), RHP Zach Wilkins (Nevada), 1B Eric Sapp (University of Portland), C Zach Bonneau (University of Washington), RHP Vaughn Berberet (Long Beach State), RHP Gary Cornish (University of San Diego), OF Matt Matlock (Grand Canyon), OF Anthony Fernandez (Prarie View A&M), RHP Taylor Miller (Nevada), LHP Robert Woodcock (Purdue)

DIVISION II (4) -- RHP Cody Ells (Hawaii Pacific), RHP Troy Forester (UC San Diego), RHP Kamden Haglund (Cal State San Bernardino), C Bubba Craig (Hawaii Pacific)

NAIA (5) -- SS Dennis Morton (2013 national champion Faulkner University), RHP Emilio Esquibel (Cal State San Marcos), RHP Zach Wickham (Cal State San Marcos), RHP Michael Jordan (Vanguard University), RHP Matt Silberman (Vanguard University)

BASEBALL: Pro Alumni Report

ABOVE: Former Palomar star Tyler Saladino has been named as the International League's starting shortstop for the 27th Annual Triple-A All-Star Game against the Pacific Coast League on July 16 at Durham, North Carolina. -- Courtesy Photo. BELOW LEFT: San Diego Padres pitching coach and ex-Comet Darren Balsley, who has been credited by Padres right-hander Tyson Ross for Ross' being named to the National League All-Star team. -- File photo. BELOW RIGHT: Tim Hill, who had his third straight scoreless relief appearance for Idaho Falls in the Rookie Classification Pioneer League on Sunday

Saladino to start at SS in Triple-A All-Star Game

DURHAM, North Carolina / SAN DIEGO / IDAHO FALLS, Idaho -- Palomar alum Tyler Saladino, the 2009 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year, has been selected as the International League's starting shortstop for the 27th Annual Triple-A All-Star Game.

The game, matching the International League All-Stars against the Pacific Coast League All-Stars, will be played at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, North Carolina and will carried nationally by MLB Network.

Saladino, who was the Summit League Player of the Year  in 2011 for Oral Roberts University, is batting .308 with 15 doules, 4 triples, 9 home runs and 41 RBIs for the Charlotte Knights, the Chicago White Sox' Triple-A affiliate.

On Sunday, Saladino went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, three RBIs and a walk as he helped Charlotte to a 13-9 victory over the Scranton /Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, the New York Yankees' Triple-A affiliate, at Moosic, Pennsylvania.

Meanwhile, in an article in the San Diego Union-Tribune, San Diego Padres right-handed pitcher Tyson Ross credited Darren Balsley, the Padres' pitching coach and a former Comet, for being selected to the National League squad for next Tuesday's Major League All-Star Game at Target Field in Minneapolis.

Balsley, a former third-round draft pick (by the Toronto Blue Jays) after his sophomore season under coach Bob Vetter at Palomar in 1984, has been the Padres' pitching coach for 11 seasons and is considered one of best pitching coaches in baseball, if not the best. A right-handed pitcher, Balsley saw his pro career ended early on by an injury in the minor leagues.

One of Balsley's relievers, Nick Vincent, in his third season as a Major League pitcher for the Padres, bullpenned over the weekend for the first time since going on the disabled list with shoulder fatigue on June 15. Vincent is rejoining the team in Denver where they're opening a series against the Colorado Rockies.

At Idaho Falls, Idaho, former Palomar pitcher Tim Hill, a 32nd-round pick last month out of Bacone College in Oklahoma by the Kansas City Royals, notched his third straight scoreless relief appearance on Sunday for the Royals' Idaho Falls farm club in the Rookie Classification Pioneer League. He struck out two batters vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers' Ogden Raptors affiliate.

Hill, a third-team NAIA All-American at Bacone, has a 3.18 ERA after four games, striking out seven and walking one in 5 2/3 innings.

FOOTBALL: 4-Year Commits, Transfers

Earvin Simmons returns a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown in Palomar's 38-16 victory over Orange Coast on Sept. 28, 2013. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Simmons signs with MidAmerican Nazarene

SAN MARCOS (7-01-2014) -- Palomar kick returner and running back Earvin Simmons, a sophomore from  Murrieta Valley High School and a first-team All-Southern Conference selection last fall as a sophomore, will play at MidAmerican Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas.

Former Palomar, Kansas State University and NFL running back Joe Hall will be Simmons' position coach.

Simmons returned 22 kickoffs for 709 yards for the Comets in 2013,  an average of 32.2 yards per return.

Palomar's earlier signees were kicker Jonathan Leiva (UNLV), quarterback Ryan Lamb (Central Michigan), defensive end Brian Gundling (Texas State), middle linebacker Sylvewter Hagen (Missouri Southern State), running back Aaron Mossbarger (MidAmerican Nazarene), tight end Brett Hayes (Southwest Oklahoma State) and corner Daichi Kozu (Baker University of Kansas).

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