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)

2nd Pierce Kickoff Classic, Day 1
at L.A. Pierce College gym
Van Nuys
vs. Santa Barbara CC, noon

at Moorpark College field
vs. Moorpark, 2 p.m.

at Minkoff Field
vs. Norco, 3:15 p.m.

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



SEATTLE (8/22/2016) -- Former Comet Nick Vincent pitched his second scoreless, hitless relief inning in two days on Monday night to pick up the win in relief as the Seattle Mariners downed the New York Yankees 7-5.

Vincent struck out one and walked none in advancing to 3-3 on the season with a 3.92 ERA, compared to his career Major League ERA of 2.92 over five seasons.

On the season, Vincent has struck out 51 and walked 10 over 43 2/3 innings. For his career, he's struck out 212 and walked 49 in 194 1/3 innings.

He also pitched a scoreless, hitless inning in relief with a strkeout and zero walks vs. the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.


MIAMI, Florida / 2 OTHER CITIES (8/14/2016) -- Palomar's  three current Major League players, Tyler Saladino, Nick Vincent and James Hoyt, continue to perform at high levels.

On Friday, Saladino doubled in a run and singled off Andrew Cashner as the White Sox won 5-2.

On Saturday, his two-out double in the top of the second inning drove in two runs, giving Chicago a 4-0 lead in a game the White Sox eventually won 8-7. He also contributed a sacrifice bunt in the game.

The Marlins won game 3 on Sunday, but Saladino went 2-for-5 with a stolen base.

Saladino played second base and batted second for the Sox in all three games.

On Sunday, ex-Comets Nick Vincent of the Seattle Mariners and James Hoyt of the Astros each had scoreless relief appearances.

Vincent notched his fourth straight scoreless appearance since coming off the disabled list as the Mariners won on the road over Oakland.

Vincent lowered his season ERA to 3.15.

In Toronto, ex-Comet James Hoyt lowered his ERA to 2.70 since being called up from Triple-A with a scoreless appearance against the Blue Jays.

VIDEO: Saladino's 2-run double Saturday 

VIDEO: Saladino's over the shoulder basket catch Sunday


HOUSTON, Texas (8-03-2016) - Palomar product James Hoyt made his Major League debut on Wednesday night, pitching a scoreless, hitless seventh inning in the Houston Astros' 3-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays at Minute Maid Park.

Hoyt, who was called up from Triple-A Fresno of the Pacific Coast League to give the Comets three ex-players currently active in the big leagues, struck out the first two batters he faced swinging. After an error and a walk, he got the third out on a ground out.

The ex-Comet led all Triple-A pitchers with 28 saves when he was called up.


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 (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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FOOTBALL: Intrasquad scrimmage

TOP PHOTO: Freshman McKinley Ross (Murrieta Mesa High) breaks for daylight after taking a handoff from quarterback Connor Winn (Mission Hills High). 2014 All-Southern California guard Khris Alvarez (No. 77, San Marcos High) and freshman tackle Prab Gill (No. 65, Great Oak High) block. MIDDLE PHOTO: Freshman Brandon Price (No. 37, Vista High) breaks up pass intended for freshman Davionte Taylor (Oceanside High).  DIRECTLY ABOVE: Sophomore Zach Gallina (Rancho Buena Vista High) returns an interception for a touchdown. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

Young team holds own in first scimmage

SAN MARCOS (8-20-2016) -- With the season opener two weeks away, coach Joe Early was guardedly pleased with what he saw from his young squad in the Comets' intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday morning.

"I saw some really good things," Early said. "I also saw a lot of things we've got to clean up, but all of them are correctable."

The Comets rotated four quarterbacks and also alternated 11-on-11, 7-on-7, long- and short-yardage situations and, as the scrimmage wore on, goal-line situations all in rapid fire succession throughout the morning. And they escaped the first scrimmage basically injury free for the first time in recent memory.

"It was a completely situational scimmage. We scripted everything, right down to down-and-distance,"  Early said.

Defensively, the Comets returned two interceptions for touchdowns, both early in the scrimmage, the first one by Zach Gallina (Rancho Buena Vista High School) for 15 yards in a 7-on-7 session and the second one by Justin Sturm (Middletown, Connecticut High) for 20 yards in an 11-on-11 series.

Then the offense got untracked with two different quarterbacks passing for touchdowns in 11-on-11, the TD's going from Matt Romero (Oceanside High) to Nate Johnson (Vista High/Dixie State) for 23 yards and Ross Ebert (Fenton, Michigan High) to tight end Roman Brockbank (Great Oak High) for 10 yards. Romero tacked on a short TD pass to LaMont Chaney in a goal-line series.

Back in 7-on-7, Ebert and Terrell Arnold (Oceanside and Victor Valley high schools) hooked up on a 50-yard TD play and Davin Lemon-Rodriguez (Vista High/NCAA Division II St. Joseph's), who has yet to receive a game number, hooked up with Nate Kelly (Vista Murrieta High) for a 9-yard touchdown.

Connor Wynn (Mission Hills High/Southwestern College), who was second after Romero in the constant quarterback rotation, didn't find the end zone but moved the ball with double-digit yardage completions of 35, 16, 23 and 10 yards.

Brad Dozier and Keith Pullium recovered fumbles.

Kelly had a 39-yard kickoff return, Patrick Koch dropped in two field goals, Cal Poly transfer Dominique Love (Bishop's School/Cal Poly), Malavai Taylor and Danny Wood (Carlsbad High) broke up passes. J.D. Fox and Wesley Fonoti (Federal Day, Washington High School) contributed sacks.

Nick Zimmerman (Oceanside High), Fonoti and Devente Woods (Father Lopez High, Daytona Beach, Florida teamed up on a gang-tackle for loss. Jacob Gaines (Poway High) prevented a touchdown with his tackle in a goal-line series.

Of the above players listed, only Gallina, Chaney, Dozier (Valley Center High), Fox (Escondido High) and U.S. Army veteran Pullium played for the Comets last season. Koch (Del Norte High) is back from the 2014 team.

Each of the rest of the above players is either a true freshman, a transfer, or is coming off a red-shirt or gray-shirt season.

"We have so many freshmen and other new players we're bringing along," Early said.

Palomar will scrimmage Riverside City College next Saturday at 4 p.m. at Escondido High's Chick Embrey Field at Wilson Stadium, then will kick off the season against Southwestern in a non-conference game on at the same location Sept. 3 at 6 p.m.

CYCLING: Rio Olympics

A fourth silver medal for PC alum Hammer

RIO DE JANERO, Brazil (8-18-2016) -- Track cyclist Sarah Hammer (Palomar '13) won her fourth Olympics silver medal on Tuesday in the women's omnium at the Rio Olympic Velodrome.

It was the second silver medal in the Rio De Janero Olympics and her fourth Olympics silver for Hammer. She finished second in the six-race event behind world record holder Laura Trott of Great Britain who took the gold with 230 points in successfully defending her 2012 London Olympics gold medal.

Hammer finished with 206 points, seven points ahead of bronze medal winner Jolien D'Hoore of Belgium.

After winning silvers in team pursuit and the omnium in the 2012 London Olympics, Hammer had added a third silver to her collection on Saturday as part of the four-woman USA team that finished behind Great Britain in the team pursuit finals.

The omnium debuted at the 2012 Olympics, replacing individual pursuit which had been contested in the Olympics previously. The switch came at Hammer's expense. Hammer is a five-time world champion in individual pursuit and, although she is also a two-time world champion in the omnium, definitely has settled in as "only" No. 2 in the world behind the 24-year-old Trott in the event.

This was the third Olympics for Temecula's Hammer, who made her debut at the Games by finishing fifth in individual pursuit in 2008 in Bejing at 24.  

 Hammer now is 32, and a veteran of almost two decades in the sport, which is dominated by younger riders. Although she won't retire yet, she told it's doubtful she will try to make the 2016 Olympic team at age 36.

"I still absolutely love racing my bike," Hammer said. "Am I going to go another four years? Probably not."

She added: It was so hard-fought the last for years for me. I am getting older. I have more injuries than when I was 20 or 21 years old. It has been a true fight for me to try to keep up with the new generation. ... I am so honored to be on the tail end of this."

In Saturday's team pursuit finals, Britain broke its own world record, set earlier in the day, with a 4:10.23 time. Earlier in the day, Hammer and the USA team broke the world record in winning the first semifinal race over New Zealand in 4:12.454. Britain then came back to break the Americans' new world mark in the second semifinal race as it defeated Canada with a 4:12.152 time.

Hammer, a Chaparral High School graduate who majored in liberal studies at Palomar, has been married to her coach and USA Cycling's director, Andy Sparks, since 2009. She is an eight-time gold medal winner in the World Championships.

BASEBALL: 4-Year Signings, Transfers

Effrin Medina gets down a squeeze bunt against Grossmont College on Feb. 27. -- Photo by Philip Farry

PC's 2016 list of 4-year transfers reaches 16

SAN MARCOS (8-18-2016): Palomar's list of four-year university baseball scholarship players from its 2016 team reached 16 on Monday when outfielder Shane Olson signed with St. Katherine.

This came one week after Carlsbad High's Effrin Medina, who played multiple positions at Palomar, signed with NCAA Division II University of Texas Permian Basin and Poway High's Thomas Brunansky, a right-handed pitcher, signed with St. Katherine.

Carlsbad High product Olson appeared in 20 games for the 2016 Comets, starting 10 of them.

Medina (Carlsbad High) hit .315 for the 2016 Comets played in 25 games, He batted .394 in 16 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference games. Brunansky (Poway High) , son of former major leaguer player and current Minnesota Twins hitting coach Tom Brunansky, had a 1.50 ERA in what was limited action due to an injury.

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)
Mitch Gallagher 2B Xavier University (D-I)
John Mackay C Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo (D-I)
Carter Johnson RHP U. of Texas Rio Grande Valley (D-I)
Casey Henderson SS Chico State University (D-II)
Sam Casinelli OF Rogers State  (D-II)
Joel Mitchell 1B/DH Cal Baptist University (D-II)
Effrin Medina UT U. of Texas Permian Basin (D-II)
Nashea Diggs OF Cal State University San Marcos (D-II)
Troy Lamparello RHP Cal State University San Marcos (D-II)
Michael Lopez RHP Tennessee Wesleyan University (NAIA)
Thomas Brunansky RHP St. Katherine (National Christian College Ath. Assn.)
Shane Olson OF St. Katherine (National Christian College Ath. Assn.)

BASEBALL: Palomar Major Leaguers

Palomar's James Hoyt (also shown below) pitches for the Houston Astros against the Detroit Tigers in a March spring training game in Oscela, Florida. Hoyt, who leads Triple-A baseball with 28 saves, has been called up to the Astros' Major League roster. He'll join the Astros on Wednesday. -- Photo by Reinhold Matay - USA Today Sports

Astros call up Hoyt; 3 ex-Comets now in MLB

HOUSTON, Texas (8-02-2016) -- The Houston Astros called up former Palomar pitcher James Hoyt to their Major League roster early Tuesday morning. Hoyt, who leads all Triple-A pitchers with 28 saves, will join the MLB club Wednesday when the Astros play the Toronto Blue Jays at Minute Maid Park.

The 6-foot-6, 230-pound Hoyt, the last pitcher sent down to the minor leagues by the Astros at the end of 2016 spring training, will be making his Major League debut.

He gives Palomar three players currently in the big leagues, joining Seattle Mariners reliever Nick Vincent, who is coming off the disabled list, and Chicago White Sox shortstop / third baseman / second baseman / outfielder / DH Tyler Saladino.

Undrafted out of Centenary College of Louisiana after an injury-plagued senior season, the Boise (Idaho) High School product was working as a deckhand washing sailboats in San Diego when he decided to try out for independent pro baseball. Following limited stints in Indy ball, Hoyt was picked up by Olmecas de Tabasco of the Triple-A Mexican League.

He was spotted there by the Atlanta Braves and signed as a free agent with the Braves for $500 prior to the 2013 season. He quickly rose to the Triple-A level in the Braves organization, and paid further dues in winter ball in the off-season in both the Dominican Republic and Venezuela.

Traded to the Astros in 2015, he helped pitch the Fresno Grizzlies to the Pacific Coast League pennant and the Triple-A national championship. This season, Hoyt has dominated for the Grizzlies with 28 saves, a 1.62 earned run average, and 84 strikeouts and only 17 walks in 50 innings. He's allowed only 26 hits with his final Triple-A appearance Monday night in Reno.

His fastball has been in the 94-97 miles per hour range and he's also developed a dominant high 87-88 MPH slider, and a dominating 87-90 MPH splitter.

Morgan Ensberg, who spent eight years as an infielder with the Astros, Padres and Yankees and was a big part of Houston's 2005 World Championship run, has been a special assignment coach for the Astros and currently hosts MLB Roundup on SiruisXM radio. He's a huge Hoyt supporter.

On June 23, Ensberg tweeted: "Woke up this morning to see if anything 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. ... You have to see Hoyt. I'm telling you, he's unhittable."

Beginning Wednesday, Hoyt gets his chance to prove that Ensberg has been right.

Player Pos. MLB Team(s)
George Hinshaw 2B San Diego Padres
Randy Johnson 3B Atlanta Braves
Jim Scranton SS Kansas City Royals
Troy Afenir C Houston Astros, Oakland A's, Cincinnati Reds
Carl Grovom LHP Cincunnati Reds
Nick Vincent RHP San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners (current)
Marcus Hatley RHP St. Louis Cardinals
Tyler Saladino SS/3B/OF Chicago White Sox (current)
James Hoyt RHP Houston Astros (current)

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)
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