2nd Pierce Kickoff Classic, Day 2
at L.A. Pierce College gym
Woodland Hills
Rio Hondo def. Palomar 3-2 (25-18, 17-25, 22-25, 24-22, 15-11)

Palomar def. Chaffey 3-0 (25-13, 25-18, 25-19)

at Moorpark College field
Palomar 0, Moorpark 0

2nd Pierce Kickoff Classic, Day 1
at L.A. Pierce College gym
Woodland Hills
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, 15-13)

at Minkoff Field
vs. Norco, cancelled

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

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



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.


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 effort."

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.


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.


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.


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BASEBALL: Obituary

Longtime coach Crouch passes away at 76

VISTA (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.

 Crouch, who 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 1964-68.

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 District.

FOOTBALL: 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

Comets, Tigers trade big plays in scrimmage

ESCONDIDO (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 zone.

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 both teams.

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 pass.

"(Riverside) threw 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 seven touchdowns.

"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 against Southwestern.

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.

Sophomore outside 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.

MiraCosta def. 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 assists.

Palomar def. 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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