at Indian Canyons Golf Resort,
Palm Springs
Desert Classic Day 2, hosted by College of the Desert
Palomar 334-328 -- 662 (4th of 11 teams)

Grossmont Quad
at Griffin Gym, Grossmont College, El Cajon
Palomar def. Pasadena City College 3-0 (25-18, 27-25, 25-23)

Palomar def. Chaffey 3-1 (28-26, 25-13, 23-25, 25-8)

at Carbon Canyon Park, Brea
Mark Covert Classic, hosted by Cal State Fullerton
Palomar 339 (12th place of 13 teams)

at Carbon Canyon Park, Brea
Mark Covert Classic, hosted by Cal State Fullerton
Palomar 358 (12th place of 13 teams)


at Minkoff Field
vs. Fullerton, 4 p.m.


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PALM DESERT (8-31-2014) -- Palomar jumped three places on the second day of  the 36-hole Desert Classic on Saturday at Indian Canyons Golf Resort. The Comets finished with a 334-328 -- 662 score to place fourth out of 11 teams.

College of the Desert, the host team, leads with a 296-302 -- 598 score.

The roadrunners were followed by Sierra (620) in third place, the Comets, Mt. SAC (674), defending state champion Santa Barbara City College (680), Butte (680), West Hills-Coalinga 686, Citrus 688, Irvine Valley (696) and Bakersfield (827).

Citrus' Lexandra So took medalist honors with a 1-over par 73-72 --145.

 Palomar's scorers were Deanne Bird at 79-77 -- 156, Brittany Bilek 83-79 -- 162, Jessica Campbell 81-83 -- 16 and Samantha Runnels 91-89 -- 180.


EL CAJON (8-30-2014) -- Palomar's women's volleyball team opened its 2014 season by defeating Pasadena City College and Chaffey on Saturday in the Grossmont College Quad.

The Comets swept Pasadena 3-0 (25-18, 27-25, 25-23). They turned back Chaffey 3-1 (28-26, 25-13, 23-25, 25-8).


FULLERTON (8-26-2014) -- Vanessa Honnes, who qualified for the California Community College Athletic Association State Tournament last season after helping the Comets to the Orange Empire Conference championship, has transferred to Cal State Fullerton on a Division I golf scholarship.

The Titans of the Big West Conference will open the fall portion of their split schedule on Sept. 15-16 when they play in the Minniesota Invitational which will be hosted by the University of Minnesota at Minikahdai Club in Minneapolis.

They'll also play in the Rose City Challenge hosted by Portland State, the Price's New Mexico State Invitational and the Wahine Invitational hosted by the University of Hawaii, closing out their fall schedule. Cal State Fullerton will resume its 2014-15 season in February.

Honnes is an Edison High School (Huntington Beach) product who transferred from Irvine Valley College to Palomar after the 2012 season to play for coach Mark Eldridge.

She medaled with a 2-under par 70 last Sept. 13 on the 5545-yard El Prado Golf Club Course in Chino as the Comets broke their school team scoring record with a 293 total. Palomar won an eight-team conference match by 30 strokes over the day's second-place team finisher, Fullerton College. Honnes and the Comets outdistanced the Hornets 293-323.

In December, Sadye Busby accepted a scholarship to Fresno State. The Bulldogs will open the fall part of their schedule on Sept. 8-9 at the Ram Classic hosted by Colorado State University at the Ptarmigan Country Club in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Cal State Fullerton and Fresno State will square off at the Wahine Invitational.


LEXINGTON, Kentucky / LAWRENCEVILLE, Georgia (8-19-2014) -- Palomar alum Tim Hill ran his win-loss record to 2-0 with five saves for Lexington of the South Atlantic League on Tuesday in a 5-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles' Demarva Shorebirds farm club.

Hill, the closer for the Kansas City Royals' full-season Class-A club, pitched the top of the 10th inning and shut out the Shorebirds without a hit at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. He struck out one batter.

Hill's performance kept the game tied at 4-4 and the Legends won with a run in the bottom of the inning.

Hill, a 6-foot-4 left-hander, saw his ERA dip further to 0.84 in 10 relief appearances for Lexington. He's struck out 14 batters in 10 2/3 innings.

Swiftly promoted to the Legends after a fast start for Idaho Falls in Rookie ball, Hill has a combined 3-1 record and 1.47 ERA for the two teams during the season. The ex-Comet has struck out 26 batters and walking 7 for 18 1/3 innings pitched.

Hill was drafted in the 32nd round and signed by the Royals in June after making third-team NAIA All-American for Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma.


Right-hander James Hoyt, one of three ex-Comets on Triple-A rosters, has made five consecutive relief appearance without allowing an earned run for the Atlanta Braves' Gwynett farm club in the International League.

In 49 games for the Double-A Mississippi Braves and the Gwynett Braves this season, Hoyt has a 3-3 win-loss record with 11 saves. He has a 3.38 ERA for the two teams and has struck out 75 and walked 23 in 56 innings.


(UPDATED AT 4:30 P.M. ON MON., 9/01/2014)



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Vincent keeps 19-game, 71-day streak intact

SAN DIEGO (9-01-2014) -- Palomar's Nick Vincent's scoreless relief appearance streak is now at 19 games after shutout relief appearances against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday and Friday and another one vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday afternoon, all at Petco Park.

On Thursday, Vincent came on in relief of starter Andrew Cashner and pitched a scoreless seventh inning against the Dodgers, striking out one and walking none, in a game the Padres won 3-2 in 12 innings.

On Friday, he relieved starter Ian Kennedy and pitched a scoreless eighth inning as the Padres tallied their second walk-off extra inning victory over the Dodgers in two days, winning 2-1 in 10.

Then, on Monday, Vincent came in for starter Tyson Ross to begin the seventh inning and retired the side in order with two strikeouts as the Padres downed the Diamondbacks 3-1.

The right-handed ex-Comet has not allowed a run since June 11, a span of 71 days.

Vincent's streak has come after he came off the D.L. on July 23 after being sidelined with shoulder fatigue in his throwing arm.

Through Monday's game, he's allowed only 33 hits during the 2014 season, striking out 53 batters and walking 9, in 45 2/3 innings pitched. Vincent has a 3.35 earned-run average on the year in 50 appearances.

Vincent's Major League career numbers over three seasons: 118 1/3 innings pitched, 85 hits, 130 strikeouts, 27 walks, a 2.51 ERA, and a 9-5 win-loss record with 1 save.

FOOTBALL: Second Intrasquad

ABOVE: Quarterback Austin Early looks for fullback Jimmy Moreno coming out of the backfield on Saturday morning. Early and Moreno hooked up for a 20-yard completion on the play. BELOW: Slot receiver Damon Nolan tries to dodge safety Shalimar Lawson-Hinds after making a catch. -- Photos by Deb Hellman

Interception, 37-yard TD sets tone in scrimmage

SAN MARCOS (8-30-2014) -- Quarterbacks Brett Hollingsworth, Austin Early, Mitch Bartram and Collin Jones connected on 17-of-29 passes for 132 yards and Justin Harris rushed for 50 yards on 12 carries as Palomar conducted its second and final intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday morning.

But the defense had the biggest plays of the day as the Comets warmed up for next Saturday night's season opener against Citrus College at Wilson Stadium in Escondido.

Dominique Love set the tone for the scrimmage when he intercepted a pass and retuned it 37 yards for a touchdown on the second series of the day. Drew Madera and Kevin Bonilla also had interceptions. Bryan Jones broke up a pass in the end zone. Hunter Moore contributed a big sack late in the scrimmage.

The offense scored touchdowns on a 5-yard pass play from Early to tight end Tyree Burton and a 10-yard pass play from Hollingsworth to Daniel Warren. Shalimar Lawson-Hinds appeared to be returning a blocked PAT attempt for two points when the play was cut short by a penalty near midfield.

Hollingsworth, the Comets' quarterback starter, was 4-for-5 passing. Early was 5-for-7, Bartrom was 5-for-10 and Jones was 3-for-7. Early had the most yards, 65.

Harris had four receptions out of the backfield. M.J. Bailey caught three passes for 33 yards.

W., M. CROSS COUNTRY: Covert Classic

Comets run to two 12th places vs. D-I teams

BREA (8-30-2014) -- Opening the season in a field of NCAA Division I teams, Palomar's women's and men's cross country squads ran to a pair of 12th-place finishes on Saturday morning in the Mart Covert Classic, hosted by Cal State Fullerton at Carbon Canyon Park.

The women's team scored 339 points as Loyola Marymount University won with 32 points. USC was second with 52 points and San Diego State placed third with 56 points.

Jessica Steinhoff (left) was the Comets' top finisher, running the 5K course in 19:49.4 to finish 42nd out of 147 entries. Jessica Betancourt placed 104th in 21:26. Sarah Martinez was 108th with a 21:41.5.

The Comet women finished fourth of five Open Division (non-Division I) teams.

Palomar's men tallied 358 points as Long Beach State won with 40 points. Loyola Marymount was second with 42 points. Cal State Fullerton scored 76 points in finishing third.

Mathew Bellah was the Comets' top finisher, placing 88th out of 169 runners with a 28:42.3 for 8 kilometers. Cody Wilson was 11th in 29:40.4. Richard Murillo was 114th with a 29:46.6.

Palomar's men were seventh of eight Open Division teams.


Receiver Hakim is Jets' primary kick returner

FLORHAM PARK, New Jersey (8-26-2014) -- New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan told on Tuesday that former Palomar wideout and current Jets wide receiver/kick returner/gunner Saalim Hakim has a "leg up" on other candidates vying for a spot on the 53-man roster.

This, Ryan said, is because of his ability to play special teams. And Hakim's ability to play special teams has a great deal to do with his blazing speed. The 24-year-old former Comet, who enters the final preseason game as the Jets' primary kick returner, was timed by NFL scouts at 4.23 in the 40 at his pro day in 2012.

Hakim was activated from the Jets' practice squad late last season and played in their final three games. He showed signs of just how fast he really is on a pair of end-around plays, one which went for a 9-yard gain that he nearly broke for a touchdown.

He also played two games for the New Orleans Saints late in the 2012 regular season.

Hakim, younger brother of 13-year former NFL receiver/kick returner Az-Zahir Hakim, came to Palomar at his brother's suggestion in 2008 from Palo Verde High School in Las Vegas, where he was primarily a soccer player. He caught three passes for the Comets as a freshman and, after a year of coaching, had 28 receptions as a sophomore in 2009.

"The only route I knew how to run was a go-route," Hakim told "But nex thing you know, I started learning other routes too. I was learning a lot."

Hakim moved on to Division II Tarleton State in Texas, where he had 18 catches in 2010. Hakim then spent the 2011 season with the Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League. One year later, he returned to Tarleton State to participate in pro day and, after running the 4.23 in the 40, Hakim says 18 NFL teams called him.

"My cellphone was blowing up," he told He first signed a free-agent contract with the Dallas Cowboys, dislocated a finger in a blocking drill. He next had short stints with the St. Louis Rams and the Saints, then joind the Jets' practice squad in October 2013. The rest, leading up to the Jets' final preseason game prior to the 2014 regular-season opener, is history.

(Hakim lists his college as "Palomar" rather than Tarleton State)

W. SOCCER: Palomar 0, Irvine Valley 0

Palomar goalkeeper Valentina Zito blocks a penalty kick in the Comets' 0-0 season-opening tie with Irvine Valley on Thursday at Minkoff Field. Zito, a freshman who played for the Hackensack High School Comets in Hackensack, N.J., had 13 saves. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Zito's 13-save shutout nets PC scoreless tie

SAN MARCOS (8-28-2014) -- Valentina Zito, Palomar's freshman goalkeeper from Hackensack High School in New Jersey, shut out visiting Irvine Valley on Thursday as the teams battled to a 0-0 non-conference tie at Minkoff Field.

Zito recorded 13 saves. She blocked a penalty kick after a hand-ball foul at Palomar's end in the 31st minute.

The Lasers' goalkeeper had three saves.

Palomar will be back in action on Tuesday when the Comets host Fullerton in another non-conference matchup at 4 p.m.

Palomar will be back in action on Tuesday when the Comets host Fullerton in another non-conference matchup at 4 p.m.

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HALL OF FAME: Class of 2014

There were 16 new members inducted into the Palomar Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday evening, Aug. 16, at St. Mark Country Club, the former Lake San Marcos Country Club. Back row, from left: Andy Loveland (football), Tony Burton (football), Brad Henke (football), Steve Kovensky (baseball), Anthony Bolton (men's basketball), Chris Cash (wrestling), Sandy Onweller (women's water polo). Front row, from left: Kenda Leffler (softball), Karen Floyd (contributor), Monse Naboa (women's tennis), Karin Yehling (softball), Leslie Woodstra (women's swimming & diving), Dr. Joe Brennan (men's basketball coach) and Jack Duby (wrestling). -- Photo by Melinda Finn. Not pictured: Alicia Marrone (softball), La'Koi Wooten (women's basketball)

16 new members inducted into Hall of Fame

LAKE SAN MARCOS  (8-16-2014) -- Palomar inducted 16 members of the Class of 2014, including legendary men's basketball coach Dr. Joe Brennan, Super Bowl defensive end Brad Henke and five athletes from the college's dominant softball and wrestling programs on Saturday evening at St. Mark Country Club.

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