CCCAA State Championships
Final Four
at Dean & Adah Gay Sports Complex
State Championship
Palomar 5, College of San Mateo 1
(San Mateo forced extra game with 2-1 win in noon game)

Southern California Regionals
Palomar Sectional
at Myers Field
Best 2-of-3 Series
Second Game
Palomar 4, Saddleback 3 (11 inn.)


CCCAA State Championship Final Four
at John Euless Ballpark
Fresno City College
vs. Fresno City College, 6 p.m.
(San Joaquin Delta vs. Orange Coast, noon)


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       Deondra Young


SAN MARCOS (5-18-2015) -- Palomar's Deondra Young, a freshman thrower out of Vista Murrieta High School, has been honored as Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Field Athlete of the Year for the 2015 women's track & field season.

Young won the shot put and hammer throw and placed second in the discus in the PCAC finals.

In the Southern California Community College finals, she finished second in both the shot put and hammer throw.

Young placed ninth in the shot put in the CCCAA State Championships on Saturday in San Mateo.

And she is ranked 15th in the nation for all junior/community colleges in the hammer throw.


BAKERSFIELD (5-15-2015) -- Dana Tanaka, the first great pitcher of the Mark Eldridge era at Palomar, was inducted as a member of the state Hall of Fame's Class of 2015 by the California Community College Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association during the CCCAA State Championship Final Four weekend.

Tanaka's was one of four players being inducted at Thursday evening's banquet for the four teams competing in the double-elimination event at Bakersfield College.

In the fledgling years of the sport on the community college level in California, Tanaka came out of Vista High School to compile an ERA of 0.21 in 1980 and 0.09 in 1981.

Her two-year career ERA at Palomar, 0.13, remains a Palomar record, just ahead of eventual Oklahoma State All-American and U.S. National Team player Kim Ward's career 0.15.

Tanaka led the Comets to a 24-5 win-loss record (17-1 to win the championship in the old Mission Conference) in 1980. The following season, Tanaka led Palomar to a 36-4 record (18-0 to win the Mission). Tanaka accepted a scholarship to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where she finished her college softball career.

She was inducted into the Palomar College Athletic hall of Fame as a member of the inaugural class in 2012.


NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey (5-13-2015) -- Palomar setter Aspen Luedtke, a 2014 All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference first-team selection, has accepted a full volleyball scholarship to Rutgers of the Big Ten Conference.

Luedtke, a freshman out of Mission Vista High School, will become the second Palomar volleyball player to play for the Scarlet Knights. Robin Allyn, a Vista High School product who played two seasons for Comets coach Karl Seiler, was a middle blocker for Rutgers during the 1997 and 1998 seasons. Allyn later returned to Palomar as an assistant coach.

Luedtke averaged 7.80 assists per set in making the 2014 All-PCAC team after helping lead the Comets to a 13-3 conference record and second-place finish behind champion Grossmont, which reached the CCCAA state title match. Palomar finished 19-5 overall.

She becomes the second player from Palomar's 2014 volleyball team to sign with a four-year college. Sophomore outside hitter / middle blocker Maci Lerno, who also plays softball for the Comets, previously received a volleyball scholarship to Cumberland University of the NAIA.

Luetke also played for the Comets' first-ever sand volleyball team during the recently-concluded season.

Rutgers, officially "Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey", is the eighth oldest college in the United States, founded in 1766. The Scarlet Knights fielded their first athletic team (rowing) 151 years ago in 1864. Rutgers defeated Princeton at College Field in New Brunswick on Nov. 6, 1869 in the first intercollegiate football game ever played. The Scarlet Knights, formerly a member of the Big East Conference, joined the Big 10 in 2012.

Academically, Rutgers was ranked 52nd in the world in the 2014 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

Luedtke will become the first Palomar female athlete to play for a Big 10 Conference school since Danielle LeBeau, who was the third-leading hitter on Ohio State's 2012 softball team.


KINGSBURG (5-11-2015) -- Palomar's Nick Bellstrom and Christina Guerzon carded a 153 and 156, respectively, at the CCCAA State Men's Golf Championships on Monday at Kings River Golf and Country Club.

Bellstrom shot rounds of 80 and 73. Guerzon had rounds of 80 and 76.

Both were well off the pace set by Jeremy Sanchez of Chabot College in Hayward, who led the field at 6 p.m. with an 8-under 65-71 -- 136.


HUNTINGTON BEACH (4-29-2015) -- Palomar split its two matches in the OEC Kerri Walsh-Jennings Division Regional on Tuesday as the Comets' first-ever sand volleyball season came to an end.

Coach Karl Seiler's team defeated Orange Coast 3-2. Former University of Massachusetts-Boston indoor player Molly Witzmann (left) and Madi Stark (right) won for the Comets 2-0 in 1's, Haley Farnum/Brenna Mann won 2-1 in 4's and Kelli Iverson/Gabby Hutzler won 2-0 in 5's.

Palomar then was eliminated by the regional host, Golden West, which advanced to the state playoffs, in a tight match 3-2. Witzmann/Stark defeated the Rustlers' Jasmine Hogan/Kat Castillo 25-16, 25-12 in 1's. Iverson/Hutzler won in 5's.

The Comets finished the season 5-7.


SAN MARCOS (4-26-2015) -- Lee Lee Tomlinson and Daijon Sumpter from Palomar's Pacific Coast Athletic Conference championship women's basketball teams have signed with NAIA colleges.

Starting point guard Tomlinson, a 5-foot-2 sophomore from Hamilton High School in Los Angeles, and accepted a scholarship to Presentation College of Aberdeen, South Dakota.

Backup guard Sumpter, a 5-foot-4 sophomore out of Fallbrook High School, accepted a scholarship to Bethel College of North Newton, Kansas.

Tomlinson averaged 2.1 assists per game and Sumpter played a key role off the bench as coach Leigh Marshall's Comets reached the Southern California Regional championship game, missing a trip to the State Final Four by one game.

Bryan Jones breaks up a pass in the endzone vs. Long Beach City College -- Photo by Hugh Cox


PUEBLO, Colorado (4-08-2015) -- Palomar's All-Southern Conference corner Bryan Jones has accepted an offer from Colorado State-Pueblo, the 2014 NCAA Division II national champion. He'll report in July.

The Thunder-Wolves went 14-1 in 2014 and defeated Minnesota State-Mankato 13-0 in the Division II national championship game at Kansas City, Kansas.

Jones, a 6-foot-0, 180-pound sophomore from Temecula's Great Oak High School, recorded 41 tackles for the Comets last season and had an interception he returned 29 yards for a touchdown, 15 pass break-ups and 0.5 tackles for loss. He missed one game due to an injury.


End Dylan Donahue, the Southern California Defensive Player of the Year, accepted a scholarship to the University of West Georgia (NCAA Division II, 12-3 record in 2014, national semifinalist. Donahue's high school: Billings West (Billings, MT)

Cornerback Javante O'Roy committed to Texas State (NCAA Division I FBS, 7-5 record in 2014). O'Roy's High School: Antelope (Antelope, CA)

Defensive tackle Joe Naotala committed to Montana State (NCAA Division I FCS, 8-5 record in 2014). Naotala's High School: Army-Navy Academy

Linebacker Austin Wolff committed to Portland State (NCAA Division I FCS). Wolff's High School: Fallbrook

Receiver M.J. Bailey committed to Idaho State (NCAA Division II FCS, 8-4 record in 2014). Bailey's High School: San Marcos

Deep Snapper Jared Sargent from the 2013 team committed to Azusa Pacific (NCAA Division II, 10-1 record in 2014). High School: Temecula Valley

Slot Receiver / Punt Returner Damon Nolan committed to Baker University (NAIA, 8-3 record in 2014). High School: Murrieta Valley





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BASEBALL: Signing, State Final Four

Barnett to Lewis-Clark; PC opens in Final Four

SAN MARCOS (5-20-2015) -- Palomar's two-time All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference first-team pitcher Jake Barnett has signed with the NAIA's premier baseball program, Lewis-Clark State College of Lewiston, Idaho.

Barnett (photo by Hugh Cox) will take a 9-2 win-loss record for 2015 to Fresno as the nationally second-ranked Comets open play in the CCCAA State Chamionship Final Four against host Fresno City College on Saturday night. He accepted a full scholarship to pitch for the Lewis-Clark State Warriors.

Lewis-Clark State has won 16 NAIA baseball national championships and has finished as runner-up the last two seasons to Faulkner University of Alabama in 2013 and Cumberland University of Tennessee in 2014. No other NAIA program has won more than four national titles.

The Warriors will host the 2015 NAIA World Series beginning Friday at Harris Field in Lewiston.

Barnett, who led the CIF San Diego Section in strikeouts at Orange Glen High School in 2013, drew heavy recruiting interest early in the current season from some of the top programs in NCAA Division I, notably Cal State Fullerton and current No. 7-ranked Vanderbilt. But he would have had to spend additional time at Palomar to receive an A.A. degree in order to transfer to Division I.

Palomar will play Fresno City College, which is ranked ninth in the nation, to begin the State Championship Final Four at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Rams' John Euless Ballpark. Nationally No. 1 ranked San Joaquin Delta and 2014 state and mythical national champion Orange Coast are in the opposite bracket.

The Comets previously advanced to the Final Four in 2005, losing to Santa Rosa in the state championship game.

SOFTBALL: PC 5, San Mateo 1

ABOVE: Palomar is CCCAA state champion for the fifth time -- Courtesy photo. The Comets previously won state titles in 1989, 1993, 2000 and 2013. BELOW LEFT: State Tournament Most Valuable Player Iesha Hill. BELOW RIGHT: State Tournament Most Valuable Pitcher Summer Evans. Not pictured: Kali Pugh, who won the Gold Glove Award as the tournament's outstanding defensive player.

Comets are state champions for the fifth time

BAKERSFIELD (5-17-2015) -- Palomar won its fifth state community college softball championship in the college's history and the second title for coach Lacey Craft in the last three years on Sunday.

Tournament Most Valuable Pitcher Summer Evans (29-4) threw her third complete-game victory in the State Championship Final Four's three days, scattering six hits as the Comets downed College of San Mateo 5-1 to win the title. Lauren Berriatua (29-2) took the loss.

The Comets finished the season 41-4-1. San Mateo finished with a 43-2 record. Craft's team handed the Bulldogs their only two losses of the season, also beating them in the winners' bracket finals on Saturday.

The Bulldogs had beaten the Comets 2-1 earlier Sundayo force an additional game.

In what turned out to be the championship game, K.K. Fronda went 2-for-3 for Palomar with a walk and an RBI. Sara Rodriguez and Evans each singled and drove in a run. Brooke Huddleson, tournament Most Valuable Player Iesha Hill and Stephanie Koishor each added a single.

Palomar broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth inning, scoring two runs on Koishor's leadoff single, Kristina Carbajal's fielder's choice, Leah Gordon's sacrifice bunt that was misplayed for an error, Evans' sacrifice fly and Fronda's RBI single.

In the day's first game, Hill singled to drive in a run for the Comets' only hit off San Mateo pitchers Lacie Crawford and Berriatua.

Palomar shortstop Kali Pugh received the Gold Glove Award as the tournament's outstanding defensive player. Palomar's Gordon, Rodriguez, Huddleson, Fronda, Koisher and Carbajal also made the all-tournament team.

Palomar defeated Cosumnes River College of Sacramento on the first night of the Final Four on Friday.


Ex-PC, Wyoming star Mace lands team honor

CALGARY, Alberta, Canada (5-19-2015) -- Corey Mace, who starred at Palomar and the University of Wyoming and played in the NFL for the Buffalo Bills, has been honored with perhaps the Calgary Stampeeders' most prestigious award.

The CFL team, for whom Mace has played on the defensive line since 2010, awarded him the President's Ring, voted on by the players and  presented annually since 1967 to a teammate that exhibits both excellence on the field and exceptional contributions to the Calgary community.

The 6-foot-3, 280-pound defensive tackle, who grew up in Vancouver in a single-parent household and blossomed as a player in two seasons under head coach Joe Early and defensive line coach J.G. Aegerter with the Comets, has also played in the CFL with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Toronto Argonauts. His first season with the Stampeeders was highlighted when he recovered a fumble and returned it 60 yards for a touchdown to spark a late victory over Saskatchewan.

He led the Stampeeders' interior linemen with 25 tackles during the 2012 season and lined up on offense and scored on a 1-yard touchdown reception in an Oct. 26 game against the British Columbia Lions, a team Calgary eventually defeated in the Grey Cup semifinals.

Mace has come up especially big in two post-season runs for Calgary, including two Grey Cups (CFL championship games). He made two huge plays on Nov. 30, 2014, including a key sack that helped lift the Stampeeders to a 20-14 victory over the Tiger-Cats in the 102nd Grey Cup at BC Place in Vancouver.

But the clincher for winning the President's Ring award was Mace's community service. He founded Mace's Faces, which brings 25 at-risk youths to every Stampeeders home game, and also heads an organization that supplies turkeys and hams to local food banks and charities. He personally delivers the holiday birds.

BASEBALL: Comets 4, Gauchos 3 (11)

TOP PHOTO: The Comets are back in celebration mode after sweeping their best 2-of-3 Sectional Series from Saddleback on Sunday, winning 4-3 in 11 innings to qualify for next weekend's State Championship Final Four. -- Photo by Deb Hellman. DIRECTLY ABOVE: Second baseman Chris Stratton takes a throw from catcher Francis Christy in the fifth inning and tags out Jack Kaloogian trying to steal. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW: Pitcher Jake Barnett, who pitched four-hit ball over the first nine innings

PC wins last game ever at Myers, Fresno-bound

SAN MARCOS (5-17-2015) -- Palomar made its final appearance ever at ancient Myers Field a memorable one, beating Saddleback 4-3 in 11 innings to sweep the team's best 2-of-3 Sectional series 2 games to 0 to qualify for next weekend's State Championship Final Four.

The Comets, visitors on their own field, got nine innings of four-hit pitching from starter Jake Barnett, who struck out five and walked one before leaving the game after nine inning with the score tied 3-3. Barnett retired the last 11 Saddleback batters he faced.

Rusty Huber (4-0) shut out the Gauchos in the 10th and 11th innings to notch the win.

Palomar scored the winning run in the top of the 11th after Saddleback reliever Trevor Charpie tried to pitch around Francis Christy and walked him. Travis Mitchell moved Christy to second with a sacrifice bunt.

Vince Mori drove in Christy with what turned out to be the game-winner when he singled to right centerfield.

Anthony Balderas went 2-for-4 with a pair of infield hits as the Comets made the most of six hits. Chris Stratton and Alec Salcedo each drove in a run with a double. Dylan Brault added a single.

The right side of the infield, with Stratton at second and Balderas at first, made a series of spectacular defensive plays. Derek Black, who replaced Balderas at first after Sam Casinelli pinch ran for Balderas in the top of the ninth, also had a big defensive play when he made an acrobatic pick of a throw coming across the infield for out No. 2 in the Saddleback 11th inning.

The nationally No. 2-ranked Comets (36-6) , making their second appearance ever in the Final Four after finishing second in the state in 2005, will play their first game on Saturday night against tournament host and nationally No. 9-ranked Fresno City College (35-9) at the Rams' John Euless Ballpark. The Rams swept their Sectional series from Feather River 2-0.

Nationally No. 1-ranked San Joaquin Delta (39-5), which eliminated College of San Mateo 7-2 on Sunday, will play the noon game to open the tournament against Orange Coast (27-17), which eliminated Santa Barbara City College 10-2 on Sunday.

Saddleback finished its season 27-16.


SOFTBALL: State Final Four

ABOVE: The Comets celebrate after ruining College of San Mateo's undefeated season and advancing to the state championship game. -- Courtesy photo. BELOW: Brooke Huddleson, who went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.

PC ends 41-0 San Mateo run, reaches title game

BAKERSFIELD (5-16-2015) -- Palomar's softball team reached the CCCAA State Championship game for the 11th time on Saturday, defeating College of San Mateo 5-1 to snap the Bulldogs' 41-game winning streak and handing them their first loss of the season.

The Comets are one win away from their fifth state softball championship. They've previously won state titles in 1989, 1993, 2000 and 2013.

They'll play San Mateo again on Sunday at noon for the state championship. The Bulldogs would have to beat the Comets twice to win the tournament. In Saturday's late afternoon and evening games, Cypress eliminated Cosumnes River 5-2 and San Mateo then eliminated Cypress 4-2.

Summer Evans pitched her second straight Final Four complete-game victory, cooling off San Mateo's red-hot bats with a six-hitter.

Offensively, the Comets got to the Bulldogs' Lauren Berriatua, who came into the game with a 27-0 win-loss record, for all five of their runs on six hits in 4 2/3 innings after Berriatua relieved starter Lacie Crawford with one out in the third inning.

Brooke Huddleson doubled to left field, driving in Kali Pugh and Randee Burkle, to give Palomar a 2-0 lead in the top of the third. The Comets added one run in the fourth inning, when Stephanie Koiser homered, and two more runs in the fifth on RBIs by Pugh (on a fielder's choice) and Iesha Hill (on a single). K.K. Fronda and Sara Rodriguez also had hits for Palomar.

The Bulldogs knocked out back-to-back singles with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning but Pugh, at shortstop, leaped in the air to spear Harlee Donovan's line drive for the game's final out.

BASEBALL: Final Four Qualifier

ABOVE: Palomar's Vince Mori slides safely into third base on a wild pitch in the fourth inning of Saturday's 6-1 Sectional victory over Saddleback at Myers Field. -- Photo by Deb Hellman. BELOW: Taylor Turski delivers a pitch on the way to a complete-game victory. He's 7-0 on the season. -- Photo by Philip Farry

PC tops S'back 6-1, can sweep series Sunday

SAN MARCOS (5-16-2015) -- Nationally No. 2-ranked Palomar thumped Saddleback 6-1 on Saturday on Taylor Turski's complete-game five-hitter and can sweep the teams' best 2-of-3 sectional series 2 games to 0 by winning Sunday's 1 p.m. game.

With a win, the Comets (35-6) would advance to the CCCAA State Championship Final Four next Friday through Sunday at Fresno City College's John Euless Ballpark.

In Saturday's game, Turski (7-0) struck out seven and walked one. The freshman left-hander from Temecula Valley High School faced the minimum three batters in the fourth, fifth, eighth and ninth innings.

Palomar banged out 10 hits off Saddleback starter and loser Cameron Aufderheide, who came into the game with a 6-0 record, and two relievers. Three Comets contributed multiple hits behind Turski -- Vince Mori (2-for-3, 2 RBIs), Chris Stratton (2-for-5, double) and Joey Cooper (2-for-4).

Palomar took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on Stratton's double to leftfield and Travis Mitchell's RBI single to right.

The Comets broke the game open with a four-run outburst in the bottom of the fifth, when they chased Aufderheide from the mound.

With one out, Dylan Breault walked. Stratton singled to the shortstop, who threw the ball away to allow Breault to reach third. Stratton was out trying to take second on the error.

Francis Christy was walked intentionally, then stole second to put runners at second and third with one out. Mitchell reached base as a hit batter, loading the bases.

Mori's grounder just inside the foul line hit the third-base bag for a single and bounced past the bag, driving in both Breault and Stratton to make it 3-0. Cooper singled to center and Anthony Balderas, playing first base in place of the injured Niko Holm, lined a single to center, scoring Christy and Mitchell and giving Palomar a 5-0 lead.

After Dan James homered over the rightfield fence in the seventh inning for the Gauchos' only run, the Comets made it 6-0 in the eighth after Balderas walked. Pinch-runner Sam Castinelli stole second and third, scoring when the Saddleback catcher threw wildly to third.

Breault and Chase Grant also had singles for the Comets.

If Palomar wins Sunday, the game would be the final one ever played at historic Myers Field, the Comets' baseball home for the last 62 years. If a third game is necessary Monday, then that would be the last game ever at the facility, was was completed during the Eisenhower administration. After this final home series of 2015, the Comets will moving to a brand-new, multi-million dollar facility which is nearly completed at the north end of campus.

Myers Field will be turned into a parking lot.


BASEBALL: Perfect Game USA Poll

Palomar jumps to No. 2 in national rankings

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (5-14-2015) -- Palomar (34-6) has jumped up to No. 2 in the National Community College baseball rankings compiled by Perfect Game USA of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

San Joaquin Delta College of Stockton (37-3) remains No. 1 in the country. The previous second-, third- and fourth-ranked teams all lost last week in the NJCAA playoffs for non-California and non-Pacific Northwest teams, helping the Comets make the leap from No. 5.

California teams are now ranked 1-2 in the nation with sectional play coming up this weekend to determine spots in next week's CCCAA State Final Four in Fresno, where the Comets and the top-ranked San Joaquin Delta Mustangs could conceivably meet. Palomar begins a best 2-of-3 Sectional series vs. Saddleback at Myers Field at 1 p.m. Friday.

Other Top 10 teams are No. 3 Iowa Western, No. 4 Walters State of Tennessee, No. 5 Southern Nevada, No. 6 Northwest Florida State, No. 7 Cowley County (Kansas), No. 8 St. Johns River (Florida), No. 9 Fresno City College and No. 10 Yavapai (Arizona). Other ranked West Coast teams are No. 20 Lower Columbia (Washington) and No. 23 Santa Barbara City College.

Perfect Game USA
1. San Joaquin Delta College (Northern California), 37-3
2. Palomar College (Southern California), 34-6
3. Iowa Western Community College (Iowa), 48-5
4. Walters State College (Tennessee), 51-10
5. College of Southern Nevada (Nevada), 44-15
6. Northwest Florida State College (Florida), 37-12
7. Cowley County Community College (Kansas), 54-5
8. St. Johns River State College (Florida), 47-10
9. Fresno City College (Northern California), 33-9
10. Yavapai College (Arizona), 41-16                                                                                                                              

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