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)

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



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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Please click on sport to take you to its pages on the site. Overall and conference win-loss records are listed below for each sport:
FOOTBALL 0-0 0-0    WRESTLING 0-0 0-0    GOLF (W) 0-0 0-0    VOLLEYBALL (W) 0-0
  WATER POLO (M) 0-0 0-0     WATER POLO (W) 0-0 0-0  SOCCER (M) 0-0 0-0  
SOCCER (W) 0-0 0-0
CROSS COUNTRY (M/W) 0-0 0-0 BASKETBALL (M)   17-11 5-3
BASKETBALL (W)  24-5 13-1
BASEBALL 25-13 18-6 SOFTBALL 37-7 18-0 GOLF (M) 66-39 35-20 TENNIS (M) 8-8 7-3  TENNIS (W) 0-0 0-0  SWIM & DIVE (M) 2-1 2-1 SWIM & DIVE (W) 2-1 2-1 TRACK & FIELD (W) 1-2 0-0 VOLLEYBALL (M) 2-15 2-12 BEACH VOLLEYBALL (W) 3-6-1 0-5-1

BASEBALL: Pro Signings

Barnett (Nationals), Cornish (Mets) both sign

SAN MARCOS (6-22-2016): Former Palomar pitchers Jake Barnett and Gary Cornish, both selected in the baseball draft earlier in the month, have signed contracts and will be reporting to minor league camp.

Barnett (left), a left-hander who helped pitch Lewis-Clark State to the 2016 NAIA national championship as a junior, signed with the Washington Nationals, who selected him in the 20th round.

Cornish (right), a senior right-hander out of the University of San Diego, signed with the New York Mets. The Mets drafted him in the 19th round.

Barnett and Cornish were teammates for the Comets' 2014 team, when Barnett was a freshman out of Orange Glen High School and Cornish was a sophomore transfer from St. Mary's College of California.

WATER POLO: Coaching Changes

Puccino is elevated to head coach's position

SAN MARCOS (6-15-2016): Jackie Puccino, who was selected as Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2014 even though she was an assistant coach, has been elevated to head coach of the Palomar women's water polo team.

The college's governing board approved Puccino's hire at its Tuesday meeting.

Puccino (left) has been an assistant for the Comets for four seasons, directing the team as game coach on the deck the last two seasons.

Puccino came out of Escondido High School to star for Palomar as a two-meter player in 2008 and 2009. She helped lead the Comets to the 2008 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference championship and, in 2009, was team captain, first-team all-conference and first-team All-Southern California. Puccino was the fourth-leading community college scorer in the state with 87 goals as a sophomore.

Puccino received a water polo scholarship to NCAA Division I Marist College of Poughkeepsie, New York where she played for two seasons. She led the Red Foxes in goals and assists and was team captain her senior year. She also played one season for Perth in Australia's Premier League

 She was head girls water polo coach at Cathedral Catholic High, and also has extensive coaching experience on the club level.

Puccino received her Associate of Arts degree from Palomar, a Bachelor's degree in psychology from Marist College and a Masters degree in physical eduction from Azusa Pacific University. She'll also serve as an adjunct professor at Palomar.

Jem McAdams will move over from head coach of the women's team to his original assignment as head coach of the men's team, athletic director Scott Cathcart announced. McAdams steps in for Chad Aronen, who stepped down to accept a fulltime public schools teaching job.

BASEBALL: D-I Scholarships

Outfielder Chase Grant (top photo) and catcher John Mackey (directly above) have become the fourth and fifth members of Palomar's 2016 baseball team to accept scholarships to NCAA Division I schools, University for Nevada for Grant, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for Mackey. Grant is shown banging out the Comets's 20th hit of the game in a 7-0 victory at San Diego Mesa on March 24. Mackey is pictured celebrating after scoring the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning in a 7-6 win over Southwestern on March 20. -- Photos by Hugh Cox (Grant) and Philip Farry (Mackey)

Grant signs with Nevada, Mackey with Cal Poly

SAN MARCOS (6-14-2016): Outfielder Chase Grant (University of Nevada) and catcher John Mackey (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo) have become the fourth and fifth players from Palomar's 2016 team to accept scholarships to Division I schools.

Earlier, left-handed pitcher Tyler Turski signed with the University of Kansas, corner infielder Niko Holm with Santa Clara University and right-handed pitcher Mitch Hayes with Nevada. Grant, Turski and Holm were sophomores during the recently completed season. Mackey and Hayes accepted scholarships after their freshman seasons.

Grant, a Carlsbad High School product, was a first-team All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference selection. He hit .356 for the season with 4 doubles, 5 triples, 1 home run, 25 RBIs, 7 steals on 8 attempts and a 1.000 fielding average for 70 chances. Grant hit .380 in conference games.

Mackey, who came to Palomar from Ramona High School, hit .409 for 44 at-bats while splitting time with another freshman, Mike Benson, at catcher. He batted .459 in conference games.


Diggs to Cal State San Marcos; is 6th Comet to move on

SAN MARCOS (6-14-2016): Outfielder Nashea Diggs has committed to NCAA Division II Cal State San Marcos, bringing the list of Comets accepting baseball scholarships from the 2016 team to six.

Diggs, a sophomore from Esperanza High School in Anaheim and a transfer from Central Arizona Community College, hit .318 for the season with 4 doubles, a home run and 12 RBIs. He batted .375 in Pacific Coast Athletic Conference games.

BASEBALL: 2016 Draft

Ex-Comets Gary Cornish (left) from the University of San Diego and Jake Barnett (right) from 2016 NAIA national champion Lewis-Clark State were drafted by the New York Mets and Washington Nationals, respectively, on Saturday. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

PC's Cornish to Mets and Barnett to Nationals

SAN MARCOS (6-11-2016): Ex-Palomar pitchers Gary Cornish and Jake Barnett both were taken in the 2016 draft on Saturday.

Cornish, a senior right-hander from the University of San Diego, went to the New York Mets in the 19th round. Barnett, a junior-left hander from 2016 NAIA World Series champion Lewis-Clark State College, was taken by the Washington Nationals in the 20th round.

Barnett. a 6-foot-2, 190-pound lefthander out of Orange Glen High School, was Palomar's No. 1 starter during the 2014 and 2015 seasons. He went 8-2 as a freshman (7-0 in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference) with ERAs of 2.50 overall (1.52 in conference). As a sophomore, he was 9-3 (6-1 in conference) with ERAs of 2.65 overall (2.29 in conference).

Barnett was a two-time All-PCAC first-team selection and a first-team California all-state pick as a sophomore.

Cornish, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound righthander from Arcadia High School in Phoenix, pitched for the Comets during the 2014 season after transferring from St. Mary's College of California. Cornish was a first-team All-PCAC selection. He appeared in 18 games for the Comets, compiling a 2.78 ERA and recording five saves.

SOFTBALL: NAIA All-American Team

Palomar's Kali Pugh, a former community college All-American who helped lead Oklahoma City University to the 2016 NAIA Softball World Series championship, has been selected to the organization's All-America first team. -- Courtesy photo

Pugh is NAIA first-team All-American at SS

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (6-10-2016): Kali Pugh, who helped lead Palomar to the 2015 California Community College state championship and Oklahoma City University to the 2016 NAIA national title, has been named to the NAIA's All-America first team.

Pugh, a Rancho Buena Vista High product who played two seasons for the Comets, is a former California Community College Player of the Year. She started all 70 games at shortstop as the Stars went 67-3 during the 2016 season and won their ninth national championship at the NAIA Softball World Series that ran through Wednesday, June 3, in Sioux City, Iowa.

Pugh became the first player ever from the storied Oklahoma City program to win Newcomer of the Year honors in the Sooner Athletic Conference. For the season, Pugh batted .417 with 17 doubles, 5 triples, 15 home runs, 68 RBIs and 20 steals on 20 attempts.

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