SCOREBOARD

TUESDAY, SEPT. 2
WOMEN'S SOCCER
Non-Conference
at Minkoff Field
Fullerton 2, Palomar 0

SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 3
WOMEN'S GOLF
Orange Empire Conference
at Woodhaven CC, Palm Desert
8-Way OEC match, 10 a.m.

WOMEN'S WATER POLO
PCAC
at San Diego Mesa College pool
vs. San Diego Mesa, 2 p.m.

MEN'S WATER POLO
PCAC
at San Diego Mesa College pool
vs. San Diego Mesa, 3:30 p.m.

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BRIEFLY

COMETS TAKE TOUGH LOSS IN WOMEN'S SOCCER

SAN MARCOS (9-02-2014) -- Visiting Fullerton College notched its second victory over a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference team in five days on Tuesday afternoon, shutting out Palomar 2-0 at Minkoff Field.

Natalie Vasco scored both goals for the Hornets, in the 49th minute and 67th minute.

The Comets' Valentina Zito turned in her second straight strong appearance in goal, recording six saves.

Klarissa Flores had eight saves in goal for Fullerton.

The Hornets, who defeated Grossmont 3-1 on Friday, advanced to 2-0 on the season. The Comets are 0-1-1.

PALOMAR 4TH OF 11 TEAMS IN W. GOLF SEASON OPENER

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.

PC DOWNS PASADENA, CHAFFEY IN WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL

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).

WOMEN'S GOLFER HONNES TO CAL STATE FULLERTON

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.

COMETS RUN TO PAIR OF 12TH-PLACES VS. DIV. I OPPONENTS

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  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.

 

(UPDATED AT 6:30 P.M. ON TUE., 9/02/2014)

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BASEBALL: Major League Alumni Update

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.

BASEBALL: Alumni Update

Hill finishes 1st year 3-1 with 9 saves, 1.64 ERA

LEXINGTON, Kentucky / other cities (9-02-2014) -- Palomar alum and 6-foot-4 left-handed pitcher Tim Hill (left) finished a spectacular rookie pro season by going 2-0 with five saves and an ERA of 0.96 in his final 10 games for Lexington in the Class A South Atlantic League.

Hill was 2-0 with nine saves and a 1.26 ERA for the Legends after starting the season with Rookie Classification Idaho Falls of the Pioneer League. He was drafted in the 32nd round by the Kansas City Royals and was immediately promoted to long-season A after striking out 12 batters and walking 2 over 7 2/3 innings in five relief appearances.

For the two teams, Hill was a combined 3-1 with nine saves, a 1.64 ERA and 30 strikeouts compared with only 9 walks. His banner first pro season came after he made third-team NAIA All-American for Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma.

2014 was a mixed bag for ex-Comet Tyler Saladino, who sustained a UCL injury in his throwing elbow days before he was scheduled to start at shortstop for the International League against the Pacific Coast League in the Triple-A All-Star game. A seventh-round pick out of Oral Roberts University in 2009, he was hitting .310 with 16 doubles, 4 triples, 9 home runs and 43 RBIs through the first half of the seson for the Chicago White Sox' Charlotte farm club.

Saladino had been projected to arrive in the Major Leagues some time in the 2015 season, but instead underwent Tommy John surgery and could be sidlined until 2016.

PALOMAR ALUMS IN PRO BASEBALL IN 2014

Player (4-Year College)

Pos.

Organization (Level)

MAJOR LEAGUES

Nick Vincent (Long Beach St.)

RHP

Padres (MLB)

MINOR LEAGUES

Marcus Hatley

RHP

Cubs (AAA)

Tyler Saladino (Oral Roberts)

SS

White Sox (AAA) – surgery mid-year

James Hoyt (Centenary)

RHP

Braves (AAA, AA)

Zane Chavez (Indiana State)

C

Orioles (AA, Advanced A)

Jeff Ibarra (Lee University)

LHP

Padres (Advanced A)

Brenden Webb (signed with USC)

OF

Orioles (Advanced A)

Trevor Bayless (USD)

RHP

A's (Class A)

Tim Hill (Bacone College)

LHP

Royals (Class A)

Danny Bethea (St. John's)

C

Red Sox (Class A)

Austin Muehring

RHP

Reds (Class A / Rookie)

River Stevens  

INF

Padres (Short-Season A)

Bobby Shore (Oklahoma)

RHP

Mariners, released / Independent ball

B.K. Santy (Washington)

C

Twins, released

Nick Carmichael

RHP

Tigers, released

Patrick Smith (Cal Baptist)

RHP

Diamondbacks, released

Casey Woods

RHP

Independent (league folded mid-year)

Reece Alnas (Oklahoma Baptist)

OF

Independent (team folded)

Ronnie Loeffler (Hawaii-Hilo)

RHP

Independent (team folded)

Jeff Tezak (Nebraska)

INF

Brisbane (Australian League)


FOOTBALL: Second Fall 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.

PRO FOOTBALL ALUMNI: NFL Update

Receiver Hakim is Jets' primary kick returner

FLORHAM PARK, New Jersey (8-26-2014) -- New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan told ESPN.com 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 ESPN.com. "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 ESPN.com. 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)

 

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