SATURDAY, AUG. 27
2nd Pierce Kickoff Classic, Day 2
at L.A. Pierce College gym
Rio Hondo def. Palomar 3-2 (25-18, 17-25, 22-25, 24-22,
def. Chaffey 3-0 (25-13, 25-18, 25-19)
FRIDAY, AUG. 26
at Moorpark College field
Palomar 0, Moorpark 0
2nd Pierce Kickoff Classic, Day 1
at L.A. Pierce College gym
Santa Barbara CC def. Palomar 3-0 (25-17, 25-23, 25-9)
MiraCosta def. Palomar 3-2 (25-13, 13-25, 25-22, 24-26,
at Minkoff Field
vs. Norco, cancelled
SATURDAY, SEPT. 3
at Minkoff Field
vs. Norco, 3 p.m.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 3
at Chick Embrey Field
Escondido High School
vs. Southwestern, 6 p.m.
SALADINO GOES 3-FOR-4 WITH
2-RUN HR, 3 RBI'S AS SOX ROLL 9-3
CHICAGO (8-27-2016) --
Palomar's Tyler Saladino had another big day for the
Chicago White Sox on Saturday as he went 3-for-4
with a home run and drove in three runs in a 9-3 win
over the Seattle Mariners.
Saladino's homer, a two-run shot, came
in the bottom of the seventh inning. The regular starting second
baseman for the Sox also had a series of big plays defensively.
COMETS OPEN MEN'S SOCCER
SEASON WITH 0-0 TIE VS. MOORPARK
MOORPARK (8/26/2016) --
Palomar's men's soccer team kicked off its 2016
season Friday by battling to a 0-0 non-conference
tie at Moorpark.
"We had a good performance for the
first game," coach Dave Whiddon said. "I'm pleased with the
Goalkeeper Chuy Resendiz recorded eight
saves and the shutout with what Whiddon described as "the top
performance of the day."
Whiddon also singled out strong play by
midfielder Chris Kusunoki and forward Josh Clay.
VINCENT GETS WIN VS. YANKS
WITH ANOTHER SCORELESS INNING IN RELIEF
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.
4TH SILVER MEDAL FOR PC ALUM HAMMER IN
DE JANERO, Brazil (8-18-2016)
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
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 TeamUSA.org 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
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Longtime coach Crouch passes away at
(8-26-2016) -- Stan Crouch, longtime Palomar assistant
head baseball coach for Jim Clayton from 1972-1981 and
Bob Vetter from 1982-1997, died on Wednesday after a
battle with pancreatic cancer.
also was a football assistant coach for the
Comets from 1972-74, came to Palomar from
Imperial Valley College, where he had been
head football coach from 1968-72. He began
his coaching career in Sacramento as a high
school head baseball and football coach from
He played both
sports at Coalinga High School and also
played both baseball and football at San
Francisco State University, where he earned
both his B.A. and M.A. degrees.
Crouch was a
fulltime instructor in what is now the
kinesiology department from 1972 until his
retirement from Palomar in 2002. He's
survived by his wife Jeanne, the couple's
son Andy, a former University of Arizona
quarterback who teaches and formerly coached
at Vista High School, and by daughter Amanda
who teaches in the San Diego Unified School
Scrimmage vs. Riverside CC
TOP PHOTO: LaMont Chaney beats
an RCC defender to catch a 38-yard touchdown pass from
quarterback Matt Romero for the Comets' first touchdown.
The TD came after the Tigers scored the first two
TDs of the day. A 24-yard Romero-to-Robert Ursua
completion on the previous play ignited a Palomar surge.
MIDDLE PHOTO: Antonio Davidson (93) recovers a fumble to
set up the second Palomar touchdown. DIRECTLY
ABOVE: Justin Sturm (48) intercepts a Riverside pass. --
Photos by Hugh Cox
Tigers trade big plays in scrimmage
(8-27-2016) -- Palomar's young football
team, scrimmaging against another college
for the first time since 2008, hosted one of
the top community college teams in the
nation on Saturday at Wilson Stadium's Chick
Embrey Field and held its own.
Coach Joe Early's
Comets and Riverside City College, under
by former Palomar coach Tom Craft, traded
big plays throughout a 20-minute live
game-condition quarter to begin the
afternoon. The teams then broke up into two
back-to-back controlled scrimmages from the
40-yard lines as Palomar's offense faced
RCC's defense going toward the North end
zone and the Tigers' offense went against
the Comets' defense facing the South end
In the live
quarter, Palomar scored three touchdowns, on
a 38-yard pass from quarterback Matt Romero
to LaMont Chaney, a 9-yard pass from Romero
to Nate Johnson and an 11-yard pass from
Romero to tight end Robert Ursua.
Each of the Comet
TDs was set up by a big play. Romero
connected on a 24-yard play to Ursua to set
up the scoring pass to Chaney. Antonio
Davidson pounced on an RCC fumble at the
Tigers' 38 two plays before the
Romero-to-Johnson touchdown. And a 50-yard
pass play from Romero to Terrell Arnold down
to the 11 set up the Romero-to-Ursua TD.
Sam Tapia converted
after all three touchdowns and also boomed a
59-yard punt. Some other notable plays
during the live quarter were a kickoff
return into the open by Nate Kelly, Hunter
Turner's fumble recovery at the Riverside
28-yard line, two big tackles by Brad Dozier
and what would have been a violent sack by
Roger Mann who had a clear shot at
Riverside's quarterback from the blind side.
The officials whistled what were about to be
sacks and hits on the quarterbacks dead to
protect the yellow-jersied quarterbacks from
In the twin
controlled scrimmages that followed,
second-string quarterback Connor Wynn threw
a 32-yard touchdown pass to Wyatt Paterson
and Justin Sturm intercepted a Riverside
a lot at us. They blitzed us a lot," Early
said. "We didn't use much of our offense,
stayed in our base defense and didn't blitz.
Our main objective was to find out who can
play. We have so many young guys."
The final verdict:
"As inexperienced as we are, we showed a lot
of resilence," Early added. "I think our
younger guys started the scrimmage slightly
tentative after (RCC's) pre-game warm-up,
but then we settled down. Riverside is very
fast and talented."
In the live
scrimmage portion, with no score being kept,
the Tigers and Comets combined to score
"We also avoided
injuries. We wanted to get out of this thing
healthy and for the most part we
accomplished that," Early said. After a
series of injuries by this time a year ago,
the Comets have avoided serious injuries
throughout Fall camp.
From 2009 through last season, California
community college teams were not allowed to
scrimmage other colleges due to cost
containment, but that restriction was
removed prior to the current season.
The Comets will
play their opener next Saturday at 6 p.m. at
Wilson Stadium with a non-conference game
Cycling: Rio Olympics
PC rebounds to
sweep Chaffey; Niu stars
WOODLAND HILLS (8-27-2016)
-- Palomar, with a young team and some key
injuries, stumbled out of the gate in its first match at
the Second Los Angeles Pierce Kickoff Classic over the
weekend. But the Comets battled back with three strong
performances including a 3-0 sweep of Chaffey.
hitter Kianna Niu, a transfer from College
of Southern Idaho who played at Valley View
High School in Hemet, had a big weekend in
her Palomar debut with 72 kills and 61 digs
in four matches (16 sets).
On Friday, the
Comets lost their tournament and season
opener to Santa Barbara City College in
three sets, then dropped a marathon to
Pacific Coast Athletic Conference North
favorite MiraCosta in five sets. On
Saturday, coach Karl Seiler's squad lost to
Rio Hondo in five sets, then swept Chaffey
in three sets.
Santa Barbara def.
Palomar 3-0 -- Niu began her first season at
Palomar by recording 13 kills and 15 digs in
a 25-17, 25-23, 25-7 victory for the
Vaqueros. Also for the Comets: Madyson
Lozano had four kills, Karina Tellez recoded
1 digs and setter Ashley Aubele had 12
assists and seven digs.
Palomar 3-2. The Spartans finally prevailed,
holding off the Comets 25-13, 13-25, 25-22,
24-26, 15-13 for their first win over
Palomar since the late 1980s. The Comets had
won all four meetings between the teams
since MiraCosta brought back volleyball two
years ago after dropping the program for 23
years. Niu contributed 19 kills and 16 digs.
Also for the Comets, Gabby Hutzler had 12
kills, Tellez had 11 kills, Lozano
accumulated eight kills and three aces and Aubele
totaled 36 assists.
Rio Hondo def.
Palomar 3-2 -- Niu (22 kills, 19 digs) led
the way as the Comets extended the
Roadrunners to five sets before finally
losing. Lozano had six kills and Sammy
Campos five kills. Hutzler and Tellez each
had nine digs, and Aubele dished off 38
Chaffey 3-0 -- Niu finished off the weekend
with 18 kills and 11 digs while Lozano also
had a big match with 13 kills and three
aces. Aubele had 40 assists. Tellez had 12
digs, Hutzler nine.
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