SCOREBOARD

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 2
MEN'S WATER POLO
PCAC
at Wallace Memorial Pool
Palomar 17, San Diego Miramar 2

SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 2
WOMEN'S GOLF
Orange Empire Conference
at the Country Club at Saboba Springs
San Jacinto
9-team OEC match, 10 a.m.

WOMEN'S WATER POLO
PCAC
at Wallace Memorial Pool
vs. San Diego Miramar, 2 p.m.

WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL
Non-Conference
at Hart Gymnasium
Irvine Valley College
Irvine
vs. Irvine Valley, 5 p.m.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 4
WOMEN'S GOLF
at Indian Canyons Golf Resort
Palm Springs
Desert Classic
hosted by Santa Barbara City College
First Round, 7:30 a.m.

WOMEN'S SOCCER
Non-Conference
at Minkoff Field
vs. Fullerton, 4 p.m.

MEN'S SOCCER
Non-Conference
Norco College Soccer Field
Norco
vs. Norco, 4 p.m.

WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL
Non-Conference
at The Dome
vs. San Bernardino Valley, 5 p.m.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 5
at Indian Canyons Golf Resort
Palm Springs
Desert Classic
hosted by Santa Barbara City College
Second Round, 7:30 a.m.

FOOTBALL
Non-Confernce
at Citrus College Stadium
Glendora
vs. Citrus, 6 p.m.

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Athletic Director:
Scott Cathcart

scathcart@palomar.edu

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EX-COMET PITCHER VINCENT IS RECALLED BY PADRES

SAN DIEGO (9-1-2015) -- Palomar pitching product Nick Vincent was recalled from Class AAA on Tuesday morning by the San Diego Padres.

Vincent, the Comets' all-time second winningest pitcher with 20 victories between 2005-2007, was called up from the El Paso Chihuahaus of the Pacific Coast League, where he pitched 50 1/3 relief innings with a 3.04 earned run average, 5-3 win-loss record, 1 save and 68 strikeouts and 15 walks.

The 29-year-old right-hander compiled a 2.38 ERA in his last 10 appearances in Triple-A.

Vincent has pitched on the Major Leagues for the Padres for parts of four seasons, compiling a 2.76 career ERA in 147 appearances. He has 153 strikeouts compared with only 33 walks over 140.1 big-league innings.

Vincent has been shuttled  back and fourth between the MLB Padres and El Paso multiple times during the 2015 season.

Vincent will attempt to replicate the success he had in his last five Major League outings for the Padres before he was optioned to Triple-A for the third time this season on June 24.

After being recalled from El Paso in mid-June, Vincent made five consecutive scoreless relief appearances vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 14, the Oakland A's on June 15, Oakland on June 17, the Arizona Diamondbacks on June 19 and the defending World Champion San Francisco Giants on June 23.

Those five performances got Vincent shipped back to Triple-A.

PC GOLFERS TAKE 8TH OUT OF 13 TEAMS IN  GOLF DEBUT

VENTURA (8-31-2015) -- Palomar's women's team shot a 691 over 36 holes and placed eighth in a 13-team field in the season-opening South Coast Classic that concluded Monday.

Host Santa Barbara City College won with a 607. Round 1 was played Sunday at Olivas Links (6,251 yards, par 72). Round 2 was played Monday at Buenaventura Golf Course (5,216 yards, par 70).

Citrus (643), Sierra (651) rounded out the top three teams.

The Comets carded a 356 on Sunday and a 335 Monday for a 691 total.

Kelsey Hetrick, who shot an 85 on the first day, improved 11 strokes to a 74 second-day score.

"Kelsey played solid golf all weekend. Her 74 the second day finished ninth for the day, a nice top-10 effort," coach Mark Halda said.

The team showed promise and improvement from Day 1 to Day 2. The Day 2 course played easier but we also handled situations better. A saw a lot of good things. We need to focus on eliminatig thebig mistakes that lead to big numbers."

The bottom line: "Four new freshman got their feet wet," Halda added.

The Comets' other scorers were Dana Zapanta (89-88 -- 177), Brittany Bilek (92-85 -- 177) and Jessica Safford (90-89 -- 179). Mia Cassel had the throw-out scores, 105-100 -- 205.

COMETS TAKE HOME DEVORE TROPHY FOR 3RD TIME

SAN DIEGO (8-10-2015) -- For the third time in the award's six-year existence, Palomar College has earned the Chet DeVore Trophy, emblematic of the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference member college wiht the most successful intercollegiate athletic program for the academic year.

The Comets, under Director of Athletics Scott Cathcart, compiled a record 283 points to outdistance Grossmont, last year's winner, which finished second in the 2014-15 totals with 213 points. Southwestern was third with 161 points, followed by San Diego Mesa (133.5), San Diego City College (78), Mt. San Jacinto (58), San Diego Miramar (40.5), MiraCosta (28), Cuyamca (10) and Imperial Valley (0).

Palomar won or tied for conference chamionships in men's water polo, men's basketball, women's basketball, softball, baseball, men's golf and men's swimming.

The Comets won the state community college championship in softball for the fifth time and finished third in the state in baseball.

Previous winners of the award were Palomar in 2009-10, Southwestern in 2010-11, San Diego Mesa in 2011-12, Palomar again in 2012-13 and Grossmont in 2013-14.

PALOMAR'S HALL OF FAME INDUCTION SET JAN. 30

SAN MARCOS (8-10-2015) -- Palomar will induct its 2015 Athletic Hall of Fame class on Saturday evening, Jan. 30, at Twin Oaks Golf Course.

The induction was moved from the August date of its first three years to coincide with the dedication and opening games of Palomar's new baseball field / complex at the far north end of campus.


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MEN'S SOCCER: Palomar 3, Moorpark 0

Palomar's Austin Rizzo, a sophomore midfielder from Chaparral High School in Temecula, gives the Comets a 1-0 lead in the 19th minute as he kicks the ball through Moorpark defender Josue Vargas' legs. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

Comets even record under new coach at 1-1

SAN MARCOS (9-01-2015) -- Palomar evened its men's soccer record under its first-year head coach Dave Whiddon at 1-1 on Tuesday, shutting out Moorpark 3-0  in a non-conference match-up at Minkoff Field.

The Comets took a 1-0 halftime lead on Austin Rizzo's goal off Stone McElderry's assists in the 19th minute. They tacked on a pair of second-half goals, by Ralh Soriano off McElderry's second assist of the day in the 75th minute and by Lalo Vasquez on an assist by Elijah Lopez in the 80th minute.

Autry Hailey recorded three saves in goal in the first half to pick up the win. Pierce Cole had three saves in the second half for the Comets.

"We played well and are improving," Whiddon said. "I'm happy for the boys. It's nice for them to get their first win. We now have four straght road games so we'll have to continue working hard and developing our team play."

W. SOCCER: Irvine Valley 2, Comets 0

Lasers win defensive battle in women's opener

IRVINE (9-01-2015) -- Visiting Palomar played tough defense but dropped a 2-0 non-conference decision to Irvine Valley in its women's soccer season opener on Tuesday.

The Lasers scored goals in the 21st and 23rd minutes before Palomar goalkeeper Valentina Zito (left) shut them out over the final 67 minutes.

Zito notched 12 saves for the Comets. Palomar managed only four shots on goal over the course of the afternoon.

Irvine Valley upped its record to 2-0 on the season. The Lasers shut out MiraCosta 3-0 on Friday.

BASEBALL: Major Leagues

Saladino's walk-off wins for White Sox in 11th

CHICAGO (8-30-2015) -- Tyler Saladino's walk-off single into the rightfield corner with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning gave the Chicago White Sox a 6-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field.

The Palomar product and 2009 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year drove in Alexei Ramirez with the winning run.

Saladino, whose two-run single in the eighth inning on Saturday pulled the Sox, who had trailed by four runs, back to within one run of the Mariners in a 7-6 loss, also doubled in the bottom of the fourth Sunday to drive in Ramirez with a run with a line-drive double to right.

He finished Sunday's game 2-for-5 with two RBIs and a walk.   

VIDEO: SALADINO'S WALK-OFF VS. MARINERS

BASEBALL: Signings, Transfers

Comets' 2-year baseball signings list reaches 32

SAN MARCOS (8-28-2015) -- Palomar's two-year list of baseball players receiving scholarships to the four-year university level has reached 32.

Two de-commits from earlier verbal commitments are left-handed relief pitcher Graham Gomez (left, to San Jose State), who originally committed to San Diego State; and right-handed pitcher Tyler Russell (to NAIA World Series team Lindsey Wilson University, who originally committed to Oral Roberts University.

Gomez joins former Palomar center fielder Dillon Smith at San Jose State. Smith, the 2014 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year and a first-team all-state selection, was the Spartans' starting rightfielder during the 2015 season.

Catcher Francis Christy, who had signed early with the University of Washington, instead signed a $250,000 pro contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks after being drafted in the seventh round.

Infielder Vince Mori, the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference's Men's Scholar Athlete of the Year for all sports, received an acadmic grant from NCAA Division II UC San Diego, which does not offer athletic scholarships.

PALOMAR BASEBALL SCHOLARSHIPS
Player (High School) 4-Year College
LHP Graham Gomez (Santa Fe Christian) San Jose State (NCAA D-I)
RHP Josh Bravin (Silverado, Las Vegas) Eastern Michigan (NCAA D-I)
C Francis Christy (Casa Grande, Petaluma) Washington (NCAA D-I) - pro contract
LHP Jake Barnett (Orange Glen) Lewis-Clark St. (NAIA national champions)
1B Anthony Balderas (La Costa Canyon) Lewis-Clark St. (NAIA national champions)
INF Chris Stratton (Chaparral, Temecula) Cal Poly-Pomona (NCAA D-II WS 3rd place)
RHP Rusty Huber (Mira Mesa) Rogers State (NCAA D-II)
INF Vince Mori (Westview) UCSD (NCAA D-II) - academic scholarship
OF Alec Salcedo (Murrietta Mesa) Lindsey Wilson (NAIA World Series team)
RHP Tyler Russell (Vista Murrieta) Lindsey Wilson (NAIA World Series team)
OF Ryan Lemus (Arlington, Riverside) San Francisco State (NCAA D-II)
OF Travis Mitchell (M.L. King, Riverside) Hope International (NAIA)
DE-COMMITS -- Gomez (from San Diego State); Russell (from Oral Roberts); Christy (from University of Washington) -- drafted in 7th round and signed for $250,000 with the Arizona Diamondbacks

W. VOLLEYBALL: Pierce Kickoff Classic

Stark gets 72 kills as Comets go 2-2 at Pierce

WOODLAND HILLS (8-28-2015) (8-29-2015) -- Madi Stark (left) put down 72 kills in Palomar's first four matches of the women's volleyball season on Friday and Satirday, leading the Comets went 2-2 in the Los Angeles Pierce Kickoff Classic.

Palomar defeated Cypress 3-2 (20-25, 25-19, 24-26, 25-19, 16-14) in Friday's season opener as Stark led the way with 20 kills. Taylor Schade had 14 kills. Hayley Poueu-Silveyra added 10 kills.

In their second match Friday, the Comets turned back Mt. San Jacinto 3-1 (24-26, 26-15, 25-9, 25-14. Stark totaled 21 kills. Poueu-Silveyra and Schade contributed seven kills each. Kelsey Payne had seven digs.

Santa Barbara City College handed the Comets their first loss of the season 3-1 (24-26, 25-23, 25-8, 25-23) on Saturday. Stark again led in kills with 15 and also had eight digs. Schade contributed seven kills. Wendy Garcia contributed eight digs.

Cypress then avenged its Friday loss, defeating the Comets 3-2 (25-18, 21-25, 24-26, 25-17. Stark had 16 kills, Schade 11 and Poueu-Silveyra 6 against the Chargers as the two-day event concluded at the Pierce College South Gym.

WRESTLING ALUMNI: NAIA Championships

Former Palomar All-American wrestler Aaron La Farge placed second at at 125 pounds in the 2015 NAIA National Championships on March 6-7 at Topeka, Kansas. La Farge helped Oklahoma City University to a fifth-place finish in the nation out of 43 teams. -- OklahomaWrestling.org photo

Ex-Comet La Farge takes second in NAIA finals

TOPEKA, Kansas (8-25-2015) -- Ex-Palomar wrestler Aaron La Farge, representing Oklahoma City University, placed second in the nation at 125 pounds in the 58th NAIA National Championship Tournament at the Kansas Expocentre.

La Farge, who came to Palomar from La Habra High School, placed fourth at 125 in the CCCAA California State Championships at Victorville in 2010 as a freshman for the Comets. After two seasons wrestling at Montana State University-Northern on the NAIA level, he transferred to Oklahoma City for his senior season.

In the NAIA national tournament, La Farge advanced to the 125-pound championship match with four wins, eventually losing by decision to the defending champion, Ryak Finch of Grand View University in Des Moine, Iowa. Grand View went on to win its fourth consecutive national team championship, while La Farge's performance helped the Oklahoma City Stars to fifth place in a 43-team field.

La Farge earned All-American honors in three of his four collegiate seasons, all at 125 pounds, once on the community college level and two other seasons as an NAIA All-American. He was a 2013 All-American as a sophomore at Montana Northern, placing fifth in the nation. La Farge was ranked No. 1 in the nation as a junior at Montana Northern in 2014 until his season was cut short by a car accident.

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