at DeVore Stadium
Southwesern College
Chula Vista
vs. Southwestern, 6 p.m.



SEATTLE (7-31-2017) -- Palomar alum Nick Vincent of the Seattle Mariners has run his streak of home relief appearances without allowing a run to 26 games in a row in 26 opportunities, keeping him perfect for 2017 at Safeco Field.

Vincent has lowered his earned run average to 1.83 for the season and his major league career ERA to 2.75.

Vincent is 3-1 on the season and, in six Major League seasons, has struck out 261 batters over 255 1/3 innings. Over that span he owns a 16-11 win-loss record with 4 saves

Vincent is one of three former Comets currently in the Major Leagues along with Chicago White Sox middle infielder Tyler Saladino and Houston Astros relief pitcher James Hoyt.

 Hoyt has a 2-1 record for 2017 with 57 strikeouts and only 9 walks in 37 1/3 innings.


SAN MARCOS (5-26-2017) -- Palomar has brought in veteran NCAA Division I and Division II, U.S. Olympic Sports Festival, Olympic Developmental, club and pro coach David Linenberger as head men's soccer coach, Director of Athletics Scott Cathcart has announced.

Linenberger (left), who played for NCAA Tournament teams at San Diego State University that were a combined 36-6-1 in 1980 and 1981, comes to Palomar from the Nomads Soccer Club, where he's been the Boys Under 17/16 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Team coach.

His Division I coaching background includes head men's coach at Sacramento State University, assistant coach at Fresno State and United States International University. He was an assistant coach on the Division II level at San Francisco State and the University of South Carolina at Spartanburg.

Linenberger transitioned Sac State from Division II, where his 1988 team was ranked second in the nation, to Division I, and transitioned his South Carolina at Spartanburg team from a nationally-ranked NAIA program to a nationally-ranked NCAA Division II program.

He was head coach of the Sacramento Senators of the American Professional Soccer League and assistant coach of the APSL's San Francisco Bay Blackhawks.

Linenberger was head Regional coach for the '76 and '80 age groups for the Region IV Boys Olympic Development Program - West Region that had 10 players selected to the U17 National Team.

He was head coach of the West team that won the bronze medal at the U.S. Olympic Sports Festival in St. Louis in July 1994.

Linenberger was Region II head coach - Midwest Region, in 2002-2003, with four players being selected to the U17 National Team, was National Staff Coach, Region II for the U.S. Soccer Federation in Chicago, was State Director of Coaching and Player Development for the New Mexico Youth Soccer Association and was Director of Coaching and Player Development for the Cyclone Soccer Club in Fresno.

The Cyclone Soccer Club sent two players into the MLS, Chad McCarty (Columbus Crew) and Mike Chabala (Houston Dynamo). McCarty was captain of the U.S. Olympic Team that advanced to the Bronze Medal match at the 2000 Olympics at Sydney, Australia where it was defeated by Chile 2-0.

Linenberger also was Assistant Technical Director for the Virginia Youth Soccer Association.

He's earned a United States Soccer Federation "A" Coaching License, Scottish Football Association "B" Lisence, Rio de Janeiro Football Association Coaching License and a KNVB (Netherlands) Advanced Coaching Certifricate.

During his four-year playing career at San Diego State, the Aztecs went 16-3-1 in reaching the 1981 NCAA Tournament, defeating Cal 4-0 and the University of San Francisco 2-1 on penalty kicks before the discovery of an ineligible player bounced SDSU out of the post-season. The 1982 Aztecs went 20-3 and won its first-round game of the NCAA Tournament.


CHICAGO (7-3-2017) -- Palomar's Tyler Saladino, who has been the Chicago White Sox' starting second baseman for most of the season, is ticketed to return to the club's Major League active roster, apparently after the All-Star break.

Saladino, who has missed more than a month with back spasms, has begun a Triple-A rehab assignment with the Sox' Charlotte Knights farm club of the International League.

Saladino, in his third Major League season, also was starting at shortstop and third baseman for the MLB White Sox before being sidelined.

He hit .282 for the White Sox during the 2016 season, has played every position for the Sox except pitcher and catcher and also was the team's emergency catcher.

Saladino is one of three ex-Comets currently on Major League rosters, along with relief pitchers Nick Vincent (Seattle Mariners), in his sixth big league season, and James Hoyt (Houston Astros), in his second season in The Show.


FLORHAM, New Jersey (5-13-2017) -- Ex-Palomar defensive end Dylan Donahue, a NCAA Division II All-American at the University of West Georgia at the same position during the 2016 season, is immediately turning heads in the New York Jets' rookie camp/minicamp.

Connor Hughes, writing for NJ Advance Media for the web site, had this to say about the Jets' 2017 fifth-round draft pick, who has impressed early on at outside linebacker and on special teams:

Nice practice from Dylan Donahue

Linebacker Dylan Donahue, whom the Jets drafted in the fifth round, stole the show Saturday.

Donahue waws facing rookie tackle Amadou Konte, a tryout player from Benedictine.

By my count, Donahue had two sacks. The first he gave an outside look, which caught Konte off balance. Donahue then shot inside for a sack. On the secondk, he ran Konte over with a bull rush. After each play, Donahue got up screaming and flexing. He's an intense guy with a hecuva back story."

Former Comets who previously were regular-season players for the Jets were receiver Kevin Swayne and DB/kick returner Saalim Hakim.

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FOOTBALL 4-6  2-3 WRESTLING  9-2  3-1 GOLF (W)  --- ---  VOLLEYBALL (W)  9-14 5-3  WATER POLO (M) 19-8  7-1   WATER POLO (W) 15-12  6-2 SOCCER (M) 5-11-5  4-9-3  SOCCER (W) 5-15  5-11  CROSS COUNTRY (M/W) 0-0 0-0     BASKETBALL (M)   11-16  3-7     BASKETBALL (W)   28-3  8-0      BASEBALL  32-10 21-3      SOFTBALL 30-13 16-0      GOLF (M)  57-31 24-12      TENNIS (M) 13-6 10-2 
5-13, 5-9
 SWIM & DIVE (M)    1-2  1-2 SWIM & DIVE (W) 2-1  2-1 TRACK & FIELD (W) 1-2 0-0 VOLLEYBALL (M) 2-14  0-4 BEACH VOLLEYBALL (W) 7-9  3-9
Note: Palomar's 2016 women's golf team competed only as individuals

FOOTBALL: End of First Week

Coach Joe Early talks to team at conclusion of Saturday's first practice of the season in full gear. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

Returning starting quarterback Matt Romero hands off to Issiah Aguero during 11-on-11 session.

PC appears more talented, deeper as week 1 ends

SAN MARCOS (8-12-2017) -- Palomar's first three days of football drills ended Saturday with the first full-contact day in full gear and coach Joe Early sounding cautiously optimistic about the 2017 season.

"We're more athletic than we've been the last couple of years and we're deeper," Early said. "The effort has been good. I like the energy and I like the effort. We've got some schismatic things we need to clean up, and things we need to take care of, and we have to focus all next week to do that, but I saw some real good things."

The Comets will practice daily from Monday througth Saturday leading up to a full-scale intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday which Early will bring in a large crew of officials to work.

Palomar's top two quarterbacks from last season, Matt Romero and Ross Ebert, both are returning and got most of the reps in an 11-on-11 session that ended the practice.

The Comets will scrimmage at Riverside City College a week from Thursday and will kick off the season with a non-conference game at Southwestern College on Sept. 2.



Doc Marrin, who coached Palomar to the 1977 California Community College State Men's Track & Field team championship, has passed away. -- Above Photo by Melinda Finn 

Legendary PC track coach Marrin passes away

SAN MARCOS (8-19-2017) -- Doc Marrin, the legendary Palomar men's track & field and cross country coach who guided the powerhouse 1977 Comet track team to the California Community College championship, has passed away, the college has announced.

Marrin, who coached at Palomar from 1967 through 1990, died at age 84 in Carlsbad on March 8, 2016 after a lengthy illness. His death went largely unnoticed at the time.

Marrin had hit the ground running after arriving from Los Altos High School in Hacienda Heights, CA, coaching the 1967 PC cross country team to its first-ever conference championship.

In his first meet as head track & field coach, Marrin's Comets defeated rival MiraCosta 140-2 and Imperial Valley 137-16. The following season, Palomar defeated the UNLV varsity team 120-22 in Las Vegas and the Comets never let up during Marrin's 23 years as head coach.

The Comets' state championship 1977 team was led, among others by distance runner Shannon Laird, who set a state meet record that still stands today, 40 years after he won the state 3,000-meter steeplechase in 8 minutes, 53.2 seconds. That time remains the oldest California state meet record still standing.

Luc La Perriere, who had won the state javelin championship for Marrin's 1976 team, repeated by winning the 1977 title in that event. Tom Petranoff, who never threw the javelin before coming coming to Palomar and hooking up with Marrin's javelin coach, Mark Eldridge, placed second in the '77 state meet. Petranoff went on to break the world record in the event twice after leaving Palomar. The Comets' Roland Sai Sai also won a 1977 state title, in the 110-meter high hurdles. 

Marrin also was an assistant football coach for the Comets under Mack Wiebe.

Other outstanding track & field athletes Marrin produced at Palomar included distance runner Randy Hartman (UCLA), multi-event standout Tom Ries (Oregon State) and distance runner Rick Fox (Washington State).

Dockin Frank Marrin was born in Los Angeles and at Occidental College was a pole vaulter under 1968 U.S. Olympic head coach Payton Jordan and a starter in football. He earned his B.A. degree in physical eduction from Occidental and his Masters degree from Cal State Los Angeles.

He had an outstanding career as head football and track & field coach at Los Altos High before coming to Palomar.

Marrin is survived by son Dr. Donn Marrin, a half-miler he coached at Palomar who is a noted biochemist with a PhD from the University of Arizona, Masters degree from UC Berkeley and B.S. degree from UC Irvine; daughters Danae and Diane and former wives Doris Marrin and Meridith Llewelin.


BASEBALL: Updated 4-Year Signings

Grant Buck, rounding third base here in victory over Imperial Valley, is one of seven Comets who have accepted scholarships to NCAA Division I schools. He'll play at Houston Baptist. -- Photo by Philip Farry

14 Comets land scholarships to 4-yr. schools, 7 to D-I

SAN MARCOS (7-31-2017 / REVISED 8-13-2017) -- Seven Palomar baseball players have landed scholarships to NCAA Division I colleges in a signing class that so far has reached 14 moving on to the four-year college level.

The D-I signings are relief pitcher/infielder Cameron Haskell (University of Arizona), catcher Mike Benson (University of Arizona), outfielder Joey Cooper (Cal State Northridge), first baseman Grant Buck (Houston Baptist), infielder Jared Montoya (Oral Roberts), third baseman/relief pitcher Jonathan Vizcaino (High Point) and most recently right-handed pitcher Zach Wallace (Eastern Michichigan).

Benson, the Comets' starting catcher in 2016, took an injury red-shirt year this past season.

The Division II schlarship recipients are outfielder Cody Norton (University of Colorado at Colorado Springs), relief pitcher/first baseman Marc Sauceda (Hawaii Paciific), infielder Edgar Morales (Cal State University San Marcos) and outfielder Carl Schwettmann (Southwest Baptist).

Headed to NAIA schools: outfielder Jordan Gardner (Lindsey Wilson), pitcher Tanner Roberts (Lindsey Wilson) and catcher Christian Colon (Asbury).


BASEBALL: Minor League Alumni

Hill: 0.95 ERA in Double A in last 15 appearances

SPRINGDALE, Arkansas / other venues (7-31-2017) -- Former Palomar reliever Tim Hill, who pitched for the Kansas City Royals as a non-roster player in spring training, is on fire for the Royals' Northwest Arkansas Naturals in the Class Double-A Texas League.

Hill, who eventually was drafted and signed out of the NAIA's Bacone College, has an ERA of 0.95 in his last 15 appearances for the Naturals over a period that has lasted from June 7 through Sunday. The left-hander, who recorded a save on Saturday, has struck out 38 batters and walked 8 during his recent run.

Ex-Comet catcher Danny Bethea, who eventually was drafted and signed by the Boston Red Sox out of Division I St. John's University, is playing for the Portland (Maine) Sea Dogs in the Double-A Eastern League. Bethea recently came off the disabled list and slugged a 2-run home run on Saturday against Harrisburg.

Jake Barnett, a left-hander who was drafted and signed by the Washington Nationals after helping lead Lewis-Clark State to the 2016 NAIA World Series chamionship, has been promoted from Auburn in the Class A short-season New York-Penn League to the Hagerstown Suns in the Class A South Atlantic League. Barnett has an ERA of 1.89 with 14 strikeouts and 1 walk over 19 innings pitched in short-season and regular A ball.

Right-handed pitcher Gary Cornish, who eventually was drafted and signed by the New York Mets out of the University of San Diego, has recently come off the DL and owns a 3.07 ERA with 20 strikeouts and 5 walks over 29 1/3 innings for the Columbia Fireflies, also in the Class A South Atlantic League.

Ex-Comet catcher Francis Christy, who was drafted and signed by the Arizona Diamonbacks out of Palomar, began the season with Visalia in the Class A Advanced California League and is now with the Diamondbacks' Kane County Cougars in the regular A Midwest League.

Left-handed reliever Jeff Ibarra, who eventually was drafted and signed by the San Diego Padres out of the NAIA's Lee University, has a 2.16 ERA in his last 10 games for Rojos del Aguila de Veracruz in the Triple-A Mexican League. He's struck out 30 and walked 12 over 33 innings.

And Brenden Webb, an outfielder who turned down a scholarship to USC to sign with the Baltimore Orioles out of Palomar, then made it to the Class AA level in the Washington Nationals organization, is now playing independent ball for Tris-Riveres of the Canadian-American Association.


FOOTBALL: 2017 Schedule

Matt Romero, setting up to pass here vs. Cerritos last fall, will return as Palomar's starting quarterback in 2017. Romero passed for 2,574 yards and 23 touchdowns as a freshman in 2016. Protecting Romero here: Justin Sattelmaier (No. 75), now at Oregon State, and tight end Robert Ursua, now at the University of Texas at San Antonio. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

Comets will kick off season Sept. 2 at Southwestern

SAN MARCOS (7-23-2017) -- Palomar will kick off the 2017 season Saturday night, Sept. 2, at Southwestern, will go back on the road to play at Santa Monica on Sept. 9, then will play five of its remaining eight games at home at Wilson Stadium in Escondido.

Highlighting the Comets' season: a 1 p.m. Oct. 28 National Division Southern Conference home game at Wilson Stadium against defending conference, state and JC Grid-Wire national champion Fullerton College.

That will be Palomar's only afternoon game, at least during the regular season. Nine of the Comets' 10 games will kick off at 6 p.m.

Palomar Football Schedule 2017

Thu., Aug. 24 -- Scrimmage at Riverside City College, 4 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 2 -- at Southwestern, 6 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 9 -- at Santa Monica, 6 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 16 -- vs. Cerritos, Wilson Stadium, 6 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 23 -- at Moorpark, 6 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 30 -- vs. Chaffey, Wilson Stadium, 6 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 14 -- at Orange Coast, Southern Conference game, 6 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 21 -- vs. Golden West, Southern Conference game, Wilson Stadium, 6 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 28 -- vs. Fullerton, Southern Conference game, Wilson Stadium, 1 p.m.

Sat., Nov 4 -- at Saddleback, Southern Conference game, 6 p.m.

Sat., Nov. 11 -- vs. Grossmont, Southern Conference Game, Wilson Stadium, 6 p.m.


W. BASKETBALL: 4-Year College Scholarships

Christina Ellis, a sophomore out of Torrey Pines, has accepted an NCAA Division I scholarship to Jackson State. -- Photos by Hugh Cox
Ariana Hernandez, Holy Names Cheyenne Ertz, Cal St. San Marcos
Allie Israel, Cal St. San Marcos
Regina Sheffield, Our Lady of Lake

Five Comets land scholarships to the next level

SAN MARCOS (7-04-2017) -- Five players from coach Leigh Marshall's 2016-17 Palomar team, which went 28-3, won the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference North championship and advanced to the CCCAA State Semifinals, have earned women's basketball scholarships to four-year universities.

Christina Ellis (Torrey Pines High School) signed with NCAA Division I Jackson State University.

Ariana Hernandez (Murrieta Valley High School) signed with NCAA Division II Holy Names University.

Cheyenne Ertz (Mission Hills High School) signed with NCAA Division II Cal State University San Marcos.

Allie Israel (Mission Hills High School) also signed with NCAA Division II Cal State University San Marcos.

And Regina Sheffield (Palomar Valley) signed with the NAIA's Our Lady of the Lake University.

A sixth Comet, Roshell Lamug (Mission Hills High School) received four-year univerisity offers, but is headed to Long Beach State to major in Bio Medical Engineering and won't be continuing her playing career.


MEN'S TENNIS: ITA All-America Team

Idaho State-bound Peter Trhac, the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference singles champion, doubles champion and PCAC Men's Tennis Player of the Year in both 2016 and 2017, is one of only three non-foreign imports selected to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's joint California Community College Athletic Association / NJCAA All-America team. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Trhac 1 of only 3 U.S. players on All-America team

SKILLMAN, New Jersey (6-29-2017) -- Palomar sophomore Peter Trhac, the two-time Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year, is one of only three non-foreign imports named to the joint California Community College Athletic Association / National Junior College Athletic Association All-America team.

The team, made up of 10 players from the CCCAA and 10 players from the NJCAA, was selected by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

Trhac, who won back-to-back conference singles and doubles championships, went 23-1 during the regular season during which time he was unbeaten vs. U.S. players.


Peter Trhac (Palomar/Del Norte High School); Javi Velasco-Callejo (Irvine Valley/Madrid, Spain); Maximillian Blancaneaux (Cypress/Paris, France); Sasha Krasnov (Cerritos/School 106, Ukraine); Vincent Reynaud (Cypress/Montpellier, France); Wyatt DeMulling (Irvine Valley/Burien High School, Washington); Lucas Lesouer (Irvine Valley/Lycee Sonia Delauney, France); Chris Politiek (Irvine Valley/The Hague, Netherlands); Thomas Kyle (Cypress/Liverpool, England); Cody Duong (American River/Florin High School, Sacramento)


Ferran Calvo (Tyler JC, Texas/Valencia, Spain); Noureldin Adam (New Mexico Military/Khautoum, Sudan); Juan Cruz Scoppetta (Laredo CC, Texas/Rosario, Argentina); Alvyn Nguyen (Abraham Baldwin Technical College, Georgia/Sainte Foy La Grande, France); Guilhermo Dos Santos (Cowley College, Kansas/Osario, Brazil); Daniel Diaz (Prarie State, Illinois/Teresiano, Chile); David Felix (Mesa CC, Arizona/Biederwurzbach, Germany); Sebastian Osorio, Copia-Lincoln CC, Mississippi/Bogata, Colombia); Yohan Nguyen, (Abraham Baldwin Technical College, Georgia/Bergarac, France); Carlos Anez Diaz (Seward County CC, Kansas/Valencia, Venezuala)


WRESTLING: Scholarship

Palomar heavyweight Seville Hayes dominates Mt. SAC's Guillermo Padilla on his way to a 20-5 technical fall victory this past season. Hayes has signed with Cal Poly. -- Photo by Charlie Neuman

Cal Poly signs Palomar's heavyweight Hayes

SAN LUIS OBISPO / IRVINE (6-15-2017) -- Palomar heavyweight Seville Hayes, the 2015 California Community College Athletic Association state champion, has signed with traditional national wrestling power Cal Poly.

Hayes is a Mar Vista High School product and a U.S. Marine Corps combat veteran.

After winning the 2015 state title, Hayes was ranked No. 1 in California most of the season this past fall but sustained an injury in the state tournament. The Comets' other heavyweight, Arizona State transfer Chance Eskam (Carlsbad High School), who had been ranked No. 3 in the state most of the season, then won the 2016 heavyweight title.

The Comets finished fourth out of 20 teams in the state finals.

Also, Palomar's Chris Kimball, a San Marcos High product, signed with Concordia University of Irvine. Kimball placed fourth at 149 pounds in the 2016 state tournament.


NAIA SOFTBALL: National Title; National Player of Year

Palomar alum and ex-California Community College Player of the Year Kali Pugh was named 2017 NAIA National Softball Player of the Year after leading Oklahoma City University to the NAIA World Series title. It was the second straight national championship for both the Stars and Pugh, a two-time first-team NAIA All-American at shortstop. -- Oklahoma City University Photo

NAIA National Player of Yr Pugh leads Stars to national title

CLERMONT, Florida (6-03-2017) -- For the second straight season, former Palomar softball standout Kali Pugh has received NAIA first-team All-American recognition after helping lead Oklahoma City University to the NAIA Fast-Pitch Softball National Championship.

This time, Pugh was selected as NAIA National Player of the Year.

The Oklahoma City Stars went 68-1 and won the 2017 title with a 4-1 victory over Corban University of Salem, Oregon in the NAIA World Series championship game at Legends Way Ballfields.

For her senior season, Pugh hit .462 for the Stars with with 23 doubles, 2 triples, 27 home runs and 86 RBIs as the Stars' leadoff hitter. The Rancho Buena Vista High School product had an .850 slugging percentage, stole 28 bases on 29 attempts and posted a .997 fielding percentage as Oklahoma City's shortstop, making only one error.

Under coach Lacey Craft at Palomar, Pugh was a two-time first-team all-state selection and was named California Community College Player of the Year after her freshman season in 2014 when she led the state in hitting.

As a sophomore, she led the Comets to the 2015 CCCAA State Chamionship.

Two of her brothers, Bubba Pugh and Gator Pugh, starred in football for the Comets. Kali Pugh's former Palomar teammate, Valley Center High School product Stephanie Koisher, was a senior outfielder for Oklahoma City.


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