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Jan. 28, 2017 Inductees


TOP PHOTO: Keith Miller, who went on to play linebacker for Cal and for the Rams and Seahawks (above). ROW 2 (LEFT TO RIGHT): Gera Alvarez, who led Palomar to back-to-back conference baseball titles in 1999 and 2000, hit two grand-slam home runs in the same inning against Grossmont, broke the Big 12 consecutive-game hitting streak at Texas Tech and played 7 minor league seasons, reaching Triple-A; Rev. Jim Adkins, who set 3 individual-event Palomar track & field distance records and went on to run for San Jose State's 1969 NCAA Div. I National Championship team; Allison Gibson, who scored 49 goals in two seasons for championship Palomar women's soccer team and now is head coach at Idaho State. ROW 3, LEFT TO RIGHT: Laura Quiroz, catcher for the Comets' 1993 state championship softball team and at Oklahoma State for a team that finished third in the Women's College World Series; Andy Buh, a first-team JC All-American linebacker for Palomar, standout on the Comets' first community college national championship team and former star at Nevada who is now defensive coordinator at Maryland; Joe Hall, All-American running back and state Player of the Year for the Comets who helped lead the Comets to a national title, shown starring for Kansas State.

FROM LEFT, Jim Adkins (Cross Country/Track & Field); Shannon Downey and Laura Quiroz Jorgensen (softball); Joe Hall (football); LeAnne Walther Farmer (Swimming/ Water Polo); Joe Ismay (Wrestling/Coach); Carolyn & Greg Miller, parents of inductee, Keith Miller (Football); Allison Gibson (Soccer); Ayako & Dan Buh, parents of inductee, Andy Buh (Football); and David Faulkner (Football/Basketball).  Not pictured:  Gera Alvarez (Baseball) and Jack Wiland (Baseball/Football/Coach). -- Photo by Melinda Finn

PC inducts 12 into Athletic Hall of Fame

SAN MARCOS (1-28-2016) -- Palomar inducted 12 new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame on this Saturday evening, Jan. 28, at Twin Oaks Golf Club.

The newest members of the Hall of Fame are Jack Wiland (football and baseball), wrestler and later head wrestling coach Joe Ismay, softball players Shannon Downey and Laura Quiroz Jorgensen, baseball player Gera Alvarez, football players Joe Hall, Keith Miller and Andy Buh, women's soccer player Allison Gibson, track & field and cross country runner Rev. Jim Adkins, David Faulkner (football and basketball) and LeAnne Walther Farmer (women's swimming and water polo):

Joe Ismay (Wrestling, 1981-82) -- Ismay was a two-time All-American at Palomar under coach John Woods, at 126 pounds as a freshman and 134 as a sophomore. He moved on to Fresno State where he was a two-time NCAA National Tournament qualifier and the Bulldogs' Captain and Most Valuable Wrestler. Ismay, who originally came to Palomar from Mar Vista High to wrestle for Woods, served as an assistant to Woods and later Roye Oliver for two state championship teams for the Comets. Named Palomar's head coach in 1991, he guided the Comets to two state championships in 14 seasons. Ismay, who received his B.s. degree from San Diego State University in 1987, was a two-time California Community College Wrestling Coach of the Year and was named Wrestling USA.com Natioal Coach of the Year in 1993.

Joe Hall (Football, 1997-98) -- Hall came out of Artesia High School to set Palomar records that still stand for rushing yards in a season (1,637), career rushing yards (2,437) and rushing yards in a game (261 vs. Saddleback in 1998). He was California Offensive Player of the Year and and first-team J.C. Grid-Wire All-American running back as a sophomore in 1998 under coach Tom Craft, helping lead the Comets to a mythical National Community College Championship with a 30-21 victory over City College of San Francisco in the California State Championship game and an 11-1 record. After his Palomar career, Hall chose Kansas State on signing day over USC at the last minute, and went on to an outstanding Division I career for the Wildcats. Sports Illustrated identified him as "the largest running back to ever rush for 100 yards in an NCAA game," a fete he accomplished four times as a speedy, athletic 6-foot-2, 320-pounder during his junior season of 1999 for a team that was 11-1. After red-shirting in 2000, he finished his college career for Kansas State in 2001, when he was used primarily as a blocker. Hall had a career Division I average of 6.4 yards per carry. He spent NFL pre-seasons for the St. Louis Rams, Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders and played one season in NFL Europe with the Rhein Fire. He's been an assistant coach at MidAmerica Nazarene University and currently is finishing work on his Master's degree at his alma mater, Kansas State University.

Shannon Downey (Softball, 1990-91) -- A two-time all-state selection and 1991 California Pitcher of the Year, Downey came out of El Camino High School to pitch coach Mark Eldridge's Comets to back-to-back conference and Super Regional championships, a second-place state finish as a freshman and fourth-place state finish as a sophomore. Her 274 strikeouts during the 1991 season was fifth on the all-time Palomar list at the time. Moving on to pitch for Boston University, Downey recorded 52 pitching wins in 1992 and 1993, was a two-time conference Pitcher of the Year and still is second on the Terriers' all-time ERA career list (0.66), is tied for first on their all-time complete-game list (31) and is third in single-season strikeouts (188 in 1993). Downey is a member of the Boston University Hall of Fame. After her her Division I career, she returned to California as a high school coach.

Laura Quiroz Jorgensen (Softball, 1992-93) -- Quiroz was the starting catcher for Palomar's 1992 and 1993 teams that won 92 games, two conference championships, two Super Regional titles, a state title when she was a sophomore and a state runner-up finish (during her freshman season). The Comets went 42-9 in 1992 and 50-3 during their state championship 1993 season. For four straight years, the first two at Palomar and then two at Oklahoma State, Quiroz was the catcher for community college All-American, NCAA Division I All-American and USA National Team member Kim Ward. The Cowgirls, with Palomar products Ward, Quiroz and April Austin in the starting lineup, placed third in the 1994 Women's College World Series, their highest finish in history. Quiroz's diving stab of a popped up bunt down the third-base line by Providence's Kim Dowd was the defensive play of the day and keyed Oklahoma State's 1-0 victory over the Friars in a regional opener that ignited the Big-12 champion Cowgirls' postseason run. Quiroz is still sixth on Oklahoma State's all-time career list for fielding percentage (.990 during the 1994 and 1995 seasons). Quiroz, whose triple put the game away as Rancho Buena Vista High beat Orange Glen in the 1990 CIF San Diego Section large schools championship game, later was head coach at Westview High, which won the 2003 Division IV San Diego Section championship, and Orange Glen. She is a 1997 graduate of Oklahoma State University.

Allison Gibson (Women's Soccer, 1990-1991) -- Gibson, who is the head coach at Idaho State University, is rated as the best female soccer player in Palomar history. She led the Comets to back-to-back conference championships and two appearances in the state championships, where they finally lost in the semifinals to the eventual state champions in both 1990 and 1991. The Poway High School product scored 49 goals in two seasons at Palomar under coach Henry Sosa, still the school record. Her 31 goals as a sophomore led the nation in scoring on the community college level and a quarter-century later is still the Palomar record. Gibson went on to make the National Soccer Coaches of America's All-American first-team playing for Sonoma State. She was a two-time conference Player of the Year for back-to-back conference championship sides, leading the Cossacks to the D-II College Cup Final Four as a junior and to a 31-9 record over two seasons. Gibson began her coaching career as the JV coach at Rancho Bernardo High School between her final season as a Poway High player and her freshman season at Palomar. After her collegiate playing career, she spent two seasons as a Sonoma State assistant, played professional soccer for three seasons with the Fujita Mercury in Japan, was the No. 1 assistant at Division I University of San Francisco for five seasons and was named head coach at D-I Idaho State University on Jan. 19, 2006, winning a conference championship and Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year honors in her first season. Her highest-profile player at Idaho State has been Maria Sanchez, who played for Mexico in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada. Gibson is the winningest women's coach in Idaho State history. She received her Bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Sonoma State in 1995 and her Master's in organization and leadership from the University of San Francisco in 2004. Gibson, who was inducted into the Sonoma State Hall of Fame in 2000, holds a United States Soccer Federation "A" coaching license. She also holds an NSCAA Premier Diploma.

Keith Miller (Football, 1995-1996) -- The Mt. Carmel High School product was a J.C. Grid-Wire All-American honorable mention linebacker in two seasons for the Comets and was Palomar's 1996-97 Men's Athlete of the Year following his sophomore season under coach Mark Eldridge. Un-recruited out of high school, he set out to prove himself as Palomar which he did, earning a scholarship to Cal. He immedeately earned a starting job but suffered season-ending knee and ankle injuries on the seventh play of the Golden Bears' 1997 season opener with Houston. Injuries limited him primarily to special teams as a junior in 1998, but Miller made 62 tackles as a senior and impressed enough to make Pac-12 honorable mention and land a spot in the Senior Bowl at Montgomery, Alabama, where he was named the North team's Defensive Player of the Game. That, in turn, helped him land a free-agent contract with the St. Louis Rams where he played in all 16 games as a rookie in 2000. He spent the 2001 season in NFL Eeurope with the Scottish Claymores, then played the 2002 season for the Seattle Seahawks.

Andy Buh (Football 1991-1992) -- Buh, out of Orange Glen High School, was a first-team J.C. Grid-Wire All-American linebacker for Palomar under coach Tom Craft as a sophomore after he helped lead Craft's Comets to the J.C. Grid-Wire 1991 national community college championship as a freshman. He received a scholarship to the University of Nevada, where he was a first-team all-conference selections and then embarked on a Division I coaching career. He currently is defensive coordinator for the University of Maryland in the Big Ten. He previous was a Nevada graduate assistant in 1997-1998, was Nevada's defensive backs coach and special teams coordinator in 1999, was Cal's defensive administrative assistant in 2000-2001, was San Diego State linebackers coach from 2002-2005, was a graduate assistant at Fresno State in 2006, was Stanford's linebackers coach in 2007, was Stanford's co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach in 2008-2009, was Nevada's defensive coordinaotr and linebackers coach in 2010-11, was Wisconsin's linebackers coach in 2012, returned to Cal as defensive coordinator and linebackers' coach in 2013, spent the 2015 season as Kentucky's outside linebackers coach and was named Maryland's defensive coordinator prior to the 2016 season.

Rev. Jim Adkins (Track & Field, Cross Country, 1965-67) -- Rev. Adkins, an Escondido High School product, held Palomar's mile (4:09.9), 880 and 3-mile records and was a member of three record-setting relay teams under coach Larry Knuth when he accepted a schlarship to San Jose State University. There, he was a teammate of John Carlos, Tommie Smith and Lee Evans and ran on the Spartans' 1969 NCAA Division I Outdor Track & Field championship team. Adkins placed third for Knuth in the mile in the state community college meet as a freshman in 1966 and was second in the state as a sophomore in 1967. Adkins is currently pastor at the West Gate Church in Placentia, CA and is a published author.

Gera Alvarez (Baseball, 1999-2000) -- Alvarez came out of Vista High School to lead Palomar to back-to-back conference championships in 1999 and 2000 under coach Bob Vetter. He hit .410 as a sophomore, making first-team all-conference and all-state, and his career RBI total (85) is third on the Comets' all-time list. He holds the Palomar record for hits in a game (6) and hit two grand-slam home runs in the same ining in a game against Grossmont in 2000. At Texas Tech, Alvarez set a Big 12 consectuvie-game hitting streak record (30 games) that stood for 10 years. He hit .338 as a junior for the Red Raiders and .328 as a senior as a two-time All-Big 12 first-team selection at shortstop. He led Texas Tech to two NCAA post-season appearances. Drafted in the 16th round by the Baltimore Orioles in 2002, Alvarez played shortstop, second base and third base and pitched over seven minor league-seasons and advanced to the Triple-A level with the Orioles' Norfolk Tides farm club in the International League. He was Director of the Pittsburgh Pirates' Dominican Baseball Academy and is in his second stint as a manager in the Pirates' farm system.

David Faulkner (Football, Basketball, 1967-1969) -- Faulkner came out of San Dieguito High School to star at Palomar as a basketball guard (as a freshman under coach Joe Brennan and a sophomore under Andy Gilmour) and in football as a J.C. Grid-Wire All-American honorable mention safety (under coach Mack Wiebe). Faulkner went on to play for UC Santa Barbara under former Stanford and Utah coach Jack Curtis in the Gauchos' final season of Division I football in 1969. Faulkner had a strong junior season but the schedule included back-to-back "body bag" road games vs. Nebraska and Tennessee on successive Saturdays, and UCSB dropped football after the season. Left without a team to play for as a senior, Faulkner earned a Bachelor's degree in biology from UCSB and received a Master's (in taxonomy, the classification of insects) from California State University Long Beach. For four decades, he has been an internationally-recognized, court-certified forensic entomologist testifying as an expert witness in high-profile murder cases throughout the United States. Faulkner is a research associate at the San Diego Natural History Museum and is a frequent contributor to scientific journals.

Leann Walther Farmer (Women's Swimming, Water Polo, 1991-92, 1996-97) -- Walther set Palomar records in the 50- and 100-yard breaststroke events and was a two-time state meet qualifier and community college All-American swimming for coach Patt Waterman during the 1991 and 1992 seasons. She was a conference champion and also was Pallomar's Outstanding Female Scholar Athlete. Returning to Palomar after receiving her Bachelor's degree, Farmer was a two-time community college All-American on the Comets' first two intercollegiate women's water polo teams. Upon returning to Palomar as a fulltime student and playing water polo, she concurrently worked on her Master's degree at California State University San Marcos.

Jack Wiland (Baseball, Football, 1959-61) -- Wiland came out of Assumption High School in Davenport, Iowa to star for the Comets playing both ways under the late Bob Bowman in football and as a pitcher/position player under the late Rusty Myers in baseball. His 9 home runs as a sophomore in 1961 stood as a Palomar record for 20 years, and his .447 batting average in conference as a sophomore also stood as a school record for 20 years. At the University of Iowa, he compiled an 11-2 pitching record over two seasons and was MVP on the Hawkeyes' 1963 team that finished one game behind champion Illinois in the Big Ten. That Iowa team was ranked as high as 11th in the nation. As a senior, Wiland beat Minnesota, the following year's College World Series champion, 2-1, throwing 78 pitches in one hour, 28 minutes. He still holds two Iowa records, fewest bases on balls in a season (6) and lowest ERA (0.43 during his junior season of 1962). Returning to California after one season as a graduate assistant at Iowa, Wiland was a Palomar assistant coach in football under Mack Wiebe and was Bob Vetter's pitching coach in baseball from 1987 through 1990. He also was head football and wrestling coach at Fallbrook High School, was a minor league pitching coach in the Montreal Expos organization and was an associate scout fro the Expos and Colorado Rockies. Wiland earned both Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Iowa.

Jan. 30, 2016 Inductees


ABOVE: The Jan. 30, 2016 Palomar Athletic Hall of Fame inductees, (L to R): Don Hubbard (aquatics coach), Randy Hartman (track, cross country), Bonnie Plein (contributor), John Woods (wrestling coach, athletic director), Denise Borden (softball), Dick Christman (baseball), Ray Bosch (basketball), Chris Cash (football), April Austin (softball), Kathy McAleer (softball), Jerry Garrett (football), Nick Vincent (baseball), Donny Johnson (baseball). BELOW: San Diego Padres pitcher Nick Vincent, who had 20 wins as a Comet -- Photos by Melinda Finn

Hall of Fame banquet is an overflow sellout

SAN MARCOS (1-30-2016) -- A record sellout crowd of more than 200 people packed the banquet room at Twin Oaks Golf Course on Saturday night for the induction of this year's Palomar College Athletic Hall of Fame class.

This year's 14 inductees included San Diego Padres relief pitcher Nick Vincent, former USC and Detroit Lions cornerback and current Seattle Seahawks assistant coach Chris Cash, two-time NCAA Women's World Series all-tournament shortstop April Austin, and legendary Palomar wrestling coach John Woods, the Comets' longtime athletic director.

1983 and 1984 Palomar pitcher Darren Balsley, a third-round draft selection (by the Oakland A's out of Palomar who saw his pro career short-circuited by an injury), and the Padres' Major League pitching coach under five managers from 2003 through the present, was unable to attend at the last minute and was moved to next year's induction class.

Nick Vincent (Baseball, Starting Pitcher, 2005, 2006, 2007). All-State and All-American at Palomar who compiled a 20-6 record and 2.11 ERA for the Comets. Prior to Palomar: Ramona High School. After Palomar: Drafted by the Padres after his junior season at Long Beach State in 2007. Currently: Beginning his fifth season as a Major League reliever for the Padres with a career ERA of 2.63 and 161 strikeouts in 150 2/3 innings pitched. One of the best short relievers in the Major Leagues. Led the National League in 2014 in allowing the least inherited runs and compiled an ERA of 2.35 in 2015. In his last 23 appearances for the Padres last season, Vincent made 22 straight appearances without giving up an earned run before the Dodgers finally scored an earned run off him in the final game of the regular season. Introduced by his first Palomar coach, Bob Vetter (Vincent later pitched for current coach Buck Taylor)

Chris Cash (Football, Cornerback, 1998, 1999). Led Comets to their third mythical national community college championship in 1998. Prior to Palomar: High school All-American at Franklin High School, Stockton. Originally signed with the University of Colorado but didn't qualify and transferred to Palomar. After Palomar: All-Pac 10 second-team selection at USC; Drafted by and immediately started at corner as a rookie for the Detroit Lions. Was second in the NFL in tackles his first season. Played three seasons for the Lions before finishing his NFL playing career with the Atlanta Falcons; Assistant Coach at Florida A&M. Currently: Cornerbacks coach for the Seattle Seahawks. Introduced by his Palomar coach, Tom Craft

John Woods (Wrestling Coach / Athletic Director, 1973-2007. In 15 seasons as the Comets' wrestling coach, his teams went 179-19-3, won four state team championships and three state dual titles, and produced 11 state weight-class champions and 51 community college All-Americans. He was California Wrestling Coach of the Year four times and also was National Community College Wrestling Coach of the Year four times. Hversaw Palomar's expansion to more than 20 sports from the time he became Athletic Director until his retirement in 2007. Prior to Palomar: Three-time All-American. National Champion at 167 pounds in NCAA Division II and national runner-up in Division I at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, both in the same season as a senior, losing to Iowa State's two-time NCAA champion Jason Smith in the finals. That season, he earned Division I and Division II All-American honors in the same season. Woods was a team captain in 1969, selected to the NCAA East/West All-Star Team in 1969 and led Cal Poly to NCAA Division II team championships in both 1968 and 1969. He arned Bachelor's and Masters' degrees from Cal Poly, and coached Orange Glen High to a 45-9-2 record before becomeing Palomar's head coach in 1973. After Palomar / Currently: Became Commissioner of the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference in 2007. Also is Commissioner of Southern California community college wrestling and served a two-year stint as a Dean and Athletic Director at Pasadena City College. Also: Woods is a member of the Redwoods High School (Visalia) Hall of Fame, the NCAA Division II Hall of Fame, the NCAA Wrestling Hall of Fame, the California Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, the Cal Poly Hall of Fame, the California Athletic Directors Association Hall of Fame and, as of Jan. 30, the Palomar College Athletic Hall of Fame.Introduced by his former wrestler Joe Ismay, who followed him as Palomar's head coach.

April Austin Pugh (Softball, Shortstop, 1991, 1992). All-State selection. Prior to Palomar: San Marcos High School. After Palomar: 2-time Women's College World Series all-tournament selection at Oklahoma State. Helped lead Cowgirls to third in the 1994 College World Series. Introduced by her Palomar coach, Mark Eldridge.

Tamasi Amituani (Football, Defensive Tackle, 1991, 1992). JC Grid-Wire All-American who helped lead 1991 Comets to their first state and mythical national  titles. Prior to Palomar: Consensus high school All-American at Vista High School; No. 1-ranked member of Colorado's 1989 recruiting class (Prop 48 redshirt). After Palomar: Signed with University of Arizona; Sacramento Goldminers CFL). Currently: Heads a program for handicapped in the midwest. Introduced by his Palomar coach, Tom Craft. Daughter accepted induction award

Denise Borden-Woodhams (Softball, 1983, 1984). Helped establish coach Mark Eldridge's softball team as a perennial powerhouse. She led the Comets' 1983 and 1984 teams which won a combined 57 games, by setting career records for home runs (11), triples (10) and RBIs (60). Before Palomar: Orange Glen High School. After Palomar: Played for UCLA, accepting a scholarship with the Bruins after also taking recruiting trips to UCLA, Florida State and Louisiana Tech. Currently: Has had a 20-year career as a physical therapist. Introduced by: Mark Eldridge

Ray Bosch (Basketball Forward/Center, 1957-58, 1958-59). Bosh led coach Joe Brennan's 1958-59 Palomar team to a third-place finish in the state, when the state tournament still had a third-place game. The 6-foot-7 Bosch was the only South Central Conference player named to the Los Angeles Times' All-Southern California JC Team. Prior to Palomar: Played at Escondido High School, where he was cut from the team as a 5-foot-6 freshman but finally emerged as a star in his first varsity season as a senior, making first-team All-Avocado League after growing to 6-foot-7. After Palomar: Received a scholarship to UC Santa Barbara, then a Division II national power, where he was a two-time all-conference (CCAA) selection and was selected to the UPIAll-pacific Coast selection. When he was a junior, the Gauchos defeated Oregon State, Arizona, University of San Francisco, Long Beach State and Nevada, advancing to the Division II National Tournament. After graduating from UCSB, Bosch was an assistant for the Gauchos from 1963-1970, followed by two seasons as an assistant at University of the Pacific under coach Stan Morrison. Currently: Retired Introduced by former Escondido High and Palomar teammate Ray Ruggles.

Dick Christman (Baseball Centerfielder/Middle Infielder, 1975, 1976). Starred at Palomar as a centerfielder/middle infielder for 2 seasons under coach Jim Clayton and for 2 seasons at United States International University under coach Bob Vetter. Prior to Palomar: Baseball player and All-CIF football player at Vista High School. After Palomar: SID (USIU, Saddleback) / sportswriter (Vista Press / San Marcos Courier); Director of Public Relations for NBA's San Diego Clippers; Vice-President of San Diego Sockers and Phoenix Pride Major League Indoor Soccer teams; Very successful in private business, taking North County Vending, originally founded by his brother-in-law, national and transforming it from a tiny operation into a multi-million dollar national company, as a vice-president and later owner. Currently: Private business consultant. Introduced by his coach at USIU, Bob Vetter

Jerry Garrett (Football Offense/Defense/Special Teams, 1990, 1991). JC Grid-Wire All-American at Palomar; Top player on Comets' 1991 state and mythical Naitonal Championship team as a two-way star at receiver and in the defensive backfield. Prior to Palomar: Oceanside High School; played in Italy. After Palomar: Signed with the University of Houston; NCAA Division II All-American at Wayne State (Nebraska). Currently: Carlsbad High School assistant coach; youth coach. Introduced by his Palomar coach, Tom Craft

Randy Hartman (Cross Country, Track & Field Distance Runner, 1967, 1968). No. 1 cross country runner on Palomar's best team ever under coach Larry Knuth; State 2-mile champion. Prior to Palomar: Orange Glen High School. After Palomar: Cross country and track runner for UCLA; Won the dual cross country meet against USC in leading the Bruins, who eventually were derailed when they ran into Oregon with Steve Prefontaine and Washington State with Gerry Lindgren in the Pac-8 finals. Introduced by Master of Ceremonies Mark Halda

Don Hubbard (Men's Swimming & Water Polo Coach, 1971-1987). Founded Palomar's aquatics program, producing a string of community college All-Americans in both sports and coaching the water polo teams to four straight Mission Conference titles. Prior to Palomar: U.S. Navy veteran, played JC football with future NFL Hall of Famers Hugh McElhenny and Joe Perry in Compton College's legendary national championship program; Boxer for UCLA's varsity team when it was a collegiate sport. After graduating from UCLA was head swimming, water polo and wrestlng coach at Vista High School where his teams won multiple CIF San Diego Section titles; Honored as a San Diego County Coaching Legend by the Breitbard Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame. Currently: Holds national and world Master's Swimming records and competes as a ballroom dancer. Introduced by retired Palomar won's swiming and water polo coach Patti Waterman

Donnie Johnson (Baseball Pitcher, 1973-74). MVP on Palomar's 1974 team and likely the best pitcher in the program's first 30 years. Switching from first base to pitching between his freshman and sophomore seasons, Johnson went 9-2 with a 2.30 ERA in 1974, was drafted by the Angels but suffered a career-ending arm injury in his first pro appearance, for Idaho Falls, and never pitched again. Brother of former Palomar and San Jose State baseball infielder / football kicker Randy Johnson, who went on to start at third base in the Major Leagues for the Atlanta Braves, has been a Major League scout / field coordinator / assistant to the general manager since his retirement as a player, is currently a pro scout for the Detroit Tigers and was a charter Palomar Hall of Fame inductee. Prior Palomar: Donnie Johnson played at Escondido High School. Was also a bowler with a high game of 288 and played for the Vista Bombers national class men's fastpitch softball team. Was an assistant coach for Palomar's women's sofCurrently: Retired. Introduced by Hall of Fame softball coach Mark Eldridge.

Kathy McAleer McKnerney (Softball Pitcher, 1978, 1979) -- McAleer was the star pitcher for Palomar's first-ever intercollegiate softball team, leading the Comets to a 14-4 record in the highly-competitive Mission Conference and first-ever conference softball championship. She set the tone for a legacy of pitching dominance for the Comets that still exists today. Before Palomar: A dominating for Vista High School's fledgling softball program. After Palomar: Continued her playig career for the Madres traveling ASA team. Currently: Plays AA co-ed softball. Introduced by: Mark Eldridge

Bonnie Plein (Contributor, Athletic Secretary/Academic Department Assistant, 1983-2012) -- Plein servied the Palomar athletic department for more than a quarter century in one of the most difficult, complex and challenging positions on campus and along with her professional accomplishments established lifelong friendships with countless student athletes and coaches. She began her Palomar career as a receptionist for Dean of Instruction Dr. Ted Kilman. Until her retirement in 2008 and temporary return in 2011-12, she provided personal care and concern for Palomar's athletes and coaches under Athletic Directors Bob Lusky (deceased), Dr. Nan Haugen, John Woods and Scott Cathcart. Before Palomar: Plein is a graduate of Eugene High School in Eugene, Oregon. She joined the U.S. Navy WAVES in 1960. Currently: Retired and living with her husband Bob in Oceanside, she remains a big fan of the University of Oregon Ducks and the Palomar Comets. She can be seen at many Palomar athletic events. Introduced by Master of Ceremonies Mark Halda

Aug. 16, 2014 Inductees

There were 16 new members inducted into the Palomar Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday evening, Aug. 16 at St. Mark Country Club, the former Lake San Marcos Country Club. Back row, from left: Andy Loveland (football), Tony Burton (football), Brad Henke (football), Steve Kovensky (baseball), Anthony Bolton (men's basketball), Chris Cash (wrestling), Sandy Onweller (women's water polo). Front row, from left: Kenda Leffler (softball), Karen Floyd (contributor), Monse Naboa (women's tennis), Karin Yehling (softball), Leslie Woodstra (women's swimming & diving), Dr. Joe Brennan (men's basketball coach) and Jack Duby (wrestling). -- Photo by Melinda Finn. Not pictured: Alicia Marrone (softball), La'Koi Wooten (women's basketball)

16 new members inducted into Hall of Fame

LAKE SAN MARCOS (8-16-2014) -- Palomar inducted 16 members of the Class of 2014, including legendary men's basketball coach Dr. Joe Brennan, Super Bowl defensive end Brad Henke and five athletes from the college's dominant softball and wrestling programs on Saturday evening at St. Mark Country Club.

ANTHONY BOLTON (Men's Basketball, 1999-2001) -- Vista High School product Anthony Bolton was a two-time first team All-Pacific Coast Conference selection and also was first-team all-state as a sophomore as Palomar won back-to-back conference championships under head coach Virgil Watson and associate head coach John O'Neill (in 1999-2000 and 2000-2001). The 6-foot-6 small forward and point guard averaged 16.9 points and 8.2 rebounds as a freshman, averaged 19.7 points and 8.0 rebounds in his sophomore season and was second in the state in free throw percentage (.925) as a sophomore. He went on to start for two seasons for Cal State Fullerton, scoring 582 points over two NCAA Division I seasons. His .811 free throw percentage as junior ranked seventh on the Titans' all-time list. Bolton received his Bachelor's degree from Cal State Fullerton and is currently assistant boys basketball coach at Mission Hills High School. He lives in Vista.

DR. JOE BRENNAN (Men's Basketball Coach, 1957-1969) -- Joe Brennan guided the Comets to championships in the old South Central Conference in 1958-59, 1960-61, 1961-62 and 1962-63, and his 1958-59 team placed third in the California State Tournament, which had a third-place game for many years in what at the time was a Final Eight bracket. As Palomar's coach he produced such players as John Fairchild (BYU All-American, Los Angeles Lakers), Jon Stanley (BYU basketball and volleyball player, two-time U.S. Olympian in volleyball), Dr. Ted Repa (Stanford) and Jay Bunker (BYU). Doubling as the Comets' track & field coach, he coached John Tushaus, future NCAA javelin champion at the University of Arizona who went on to break the American record. Fairchild, Stanley, Repa and Tushaus all have been inducted into the Palomar Hall of Fame. As President of the California Junior College Basketball Coaches Association, Brennan was the guiding force for the U.S. Olympic Committee's adding the California JC All-Stars to the 1964 USA Olympic Trials. Dr. Brennan later was the President of Feather River Community College in Quincy, CA. He is retired and lives in Quincy.

TONY BURTON (Football, 1992-1993) -- Tony Burton, who came to Palomar from Fallbrook High School, is the No. 2 all-time career rusher for the Comets with 2,329 yards over two seasons. He rushed for 1,066 yards and 17 touchdowns in 1992 when the Comets went 10-1 and defeated Mt. SAC 45-28 in the Simple Green Bowl in Costa Mesa. As a sophomore in 1993, he rushed for 1,263 yards and 20 touchdowns in helping lead Palomar to an 11-0 record, a 27-25 state championship victory over City College of San Francisco on the Rams' home field and the Comets' second mythical National Championship. Playing under coach Tom Craft, Burton's single-season yardage totals still rank 2-3 on Palomar's all-time list, and his 212-yard total in a 50-13 victory over Grossmont on Nov. 13, 1993, ranks seventh on the Comets' all-time single-game list. He went on to start for UNLV. Burton lives in Temecula.

CHRIS CAIN (Wrestling, 1977-79) -- Two-time Community College All-American Chris Cain came out of Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe Springs to wrestle at 134 pounds for coach John Woods and became the first two-time state champion in Palomar's storied wrestling history in 1977-78 and 1978-79. He received a scholarship to national power Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and qualified for the NCAA Division I National Tournament in 1980-81 and 1981-82. In the 1981 National Tournament at Princeton University he lost to No. 1 seed and eventual second-place finisher Lenny Zalesky of the University of Iowa and eventually was eliminated by the fifth-place finisher, Ken Gallagher of the University of Northern Iowa. Cain lives in La Mirada.

JACK DUBY (Wrestling, 1983-84) -- A record-setting football running back and third-place finisher in the state high school wrestling tournament for Mt. Carmel High School, Jack Duby was a two-time Community College All-American at 150 pounds at Palomar under coach John Woods. He placed second in the state in 1983 and was the 1984 state champion, posting a 34-0 win-loss record with 142 takedowns and zero takedowns against. He accepted a scholarship to LSU, then moved on to the University of New Mexico when LSU dropped wrestling. He won a conference title for the Lobos and qualified for the NCAA Division I National Tournament but had to scratch because of an injury. He received his Bachelor's degree from New Mexico. Duby's final competition was in 1995, when he placed first at the U.S.Army Wrestling Championships. A career officer, Major Duby is an operational planner at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Lousiana.

KAREN FLOYD (Contributor, Athletic Secretary, 1972-86) -- Karen Floyd, a Point Loma High School graduate, was a member of the third class ever to enroll at Palomar College in 1947-48, when the college was located on the campus of Vista High School. In the spring of 1950, shortly after the college moved to its permanent campus in San Marcos, she was among a group of students who volunteered to clear rocks, weeds and brush so the baseball team could practice and play games on campus for the first time. The location was where Myers Field stands today. After serving as a volunteer to Athletic Director Mack Wiebe and one year as a secretary in Research, Floyd was named Palomar's first Physical Education/Athletic Secretary in September, 1972, a position she held until her retirement in 1986. Floyd has continued to serve in various part-time and volunteer positions at the college for the last 28 years. She lives in San Marcos.

BRAD HENKE (Football, 1986) -- Brad Henke came out of Heritage High School in Littleton, CO and spent one season at Iowa State University prior to transferring to Palomar. He was selected to the JC Grid-Wire All-American first team on the defensive line under coach Tom Craft in 1986. He received a scholarship to the University of Arizona, earning All-Pac 10 honors at defensive end. Originally drafted by the New York Giants, Henke played for the Denver Broncos' 1989 team, appearing for the Broncos in Super Bowl XXII on Jan. 25, 1990 at the New Orleans Super Dome when they were defeated by the San Francisco 49ers. He later played in the Arena League and the World League of American Football. In his post-football life, Henke is an actor and has appeared in the feature films Mr. Wrong, Space Jam, The Fan, Desperate Measures, The Amateurs,World Trade Center and Sherry Baby. On television, Henke played suspected serial killer Tony Tucci in season one of Dexter and played the recurring character Bram on ABC's Lost. He has also appeared in Nash Bridges, Silk Stalkings, Chicago Hope, ARLI$$ and ER.

STEVE KOVENSKY (Baseball, 1984-85) -- Right-handed pitcher Steve Kovensky came out of Poway High School to win 18 games and strike out 129 batters for coach Bob Vetter's 1984 and 1985 Palomar teams. Kovensky is tied for fourth on the Comets' all-time career win list. He received a scholarship to Florida State, where he pitched for back-to-back College World Series teams that went a combined 116-31 in 1986 and 1987. At Florida State, Kovensky was a teammate of Dion Sanders. In the 1986 CWS at Omaha, Kovensky came in to get the Seminoles out of a late jam in relief against the University of Arizona in a match-up of the only two unbeaten teams remaining in the tournament. Arizona won the game, but the Seminoles battled back to reach a rematch of the two teams in the championship game, in which the Wildcats won a battle of one-loss teams to capture the national championship. Kovensky was 6-1 with eight saves and 70 strikeouts in 75 innings in his two seasons for Florida State. Kovensky is now Deputy Chief in the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

KENDA LEFFLER GOOCH (Softball, 1989-90) -- Playing in the open-field era for coach Mark Eldridge, San Marcos High School alum Kenda Leffler set a Palomar career record with 19 home runs as the Comets won 86 games over two seasons and captured two Pacific Coast Conference championships and their first state title. Leffler was a two-time California Community College State Player of the Year. A spectacular fleet-footed centerfielder, Leffler was an All-American in 1989 as the Comets went 47-6 and won the state title. In 1990, she led Palomar to a 47-6 record and a second-place finish in the state tournament. She still owns the Comets' single-season home run record of 17 and shares the all-time career mark of 19 with Kim Ward, a charter member of the Palomar Athletic Hall of Fame. Leffler went on to star for two seasons in NCAA Division I for UNLV. She lives in Sierra Vista, AZ.

ANDY LOVELAND (Football, 1991) -- Andy Loveland, a San Pasqual High School product who bounced back from Colorado State to Palomar, quarterbacked the Comets to their first state and Naitonal championships in 1991. He was the J.C. Grid-Wire's first-team All-American quarterback on a team that went 10-1 and defeated Chabot College 37-24 for the state community college title in Merced. His 3,692 yards passing that season is second on the Comets' all-time single-season list and his 465 yards passing in the state championship game against Chabot places him sixth on the all-time Palomar single-game list. Loveland threw 34 touchdown passes during the season, tied for third on the all-time list. Loveland received a scholarship to Oklahoma State, where he played quarterback in 1992 and 1993. He lives in Castle Rock, CO.

ALICIA MARRONE-McBRIDE (Softball, 1991-93) -- Alicia Marrone, a Rancho Buena Vista High School product, starred for coach Mark Eldridge's Comets in 1991 and 1993, when she was the California Community College State Player of the Year. As a freshman, she helped Palomar to a 38-10 season record, the Pacific Coast Conference title and a fourth-place state tournament finish. Following a red-shirt year, she helped lead the way as a sophomore as the Comets went 50-3, won another PCC crown and captured the school's second-ever state title 1993. Marrone batted .429 with 18 doubles that season. She also was fourth on the Comets' all-time career stolen base list with 30 when she accepted a scholarship to Long Beach State, where she starred for two seasons and set a school record with three doubles against Cal State Fullerton on March 7, 1995. Marrone lives in El Cajon.

MONTSERRAT NOBOA (Women's Tennis, 1987-88) -- An Ecuadorian national who attended San Marcos High School, two-time JC All-American Montserrat “Monse” Noboa was among the most successful players in Coach Nan Haugen’s Palomar tennis dynasty. As a freshman, she won Pacific Coast Conference titles in both singles and doubles and was named Conference MVP. As a sophomore, she led the Comets to a 17-3 dual-match record and second-place finish in the 1988 state dual-team tournament. That year she was also a singles and doubles semifinalist in the PCC, State and Ojai Tournaments. Noboa was recruited to Cal State Bakersfield, where she earned NCAA All-American honors in 1990. She went on to play on the ITA Pro Circuit, return to Palomar to assist Coach Haugen for five years and serve as club pro at the prestigious Rancho Valencia Resort.

SANDY ONWELLER DIELMAN (Women's Water Polo, 2000-2001) -- A former All-CIF San Diego Section selection from Poway High School, Sandy Onweller transferred to Palomar from Cal State Bakersfield in 2000 to play water polo for coach Patti Waterman. That season, she scored 94 goals to set a school record that still stands, outdistancing the Comets' second highest scorer by 45 goals. She led the Comets to a Pacific Coast Conference title and fourth place in the California State Community College Tournament, their best-ever finish. Onweller was named to both the All-Southern California and Community College All-American teams. She transferred to San Diego State University, where she starred for two seasons. She received a Bachelor's degree from SDSU in 2005 and is now a volunteer assistant coach for the Aztecs. Onweller lives in San Diego.

LESLIE WOODSTRA LaMONTAGNE (Women's Swimming & Diving, 1983-84) -- A CIF-San Diego Section diving champion out of Mt. Carmel High School, Leslie Woodstra earned All-American honors on both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards for two consecutive seasons at Palomar. She placed second in the State Community College Championships on both boards in both 1983 and 1984 for coach Patti Waterman. Woodstra also contributed points as a swimmer and helped the Comets defeat more than 40 teams to win the Swim Pentathlon. She was named Most Outstanding for the Comets two straight seasons. She returned to coach diving at Palomar for 10 years. Woodstra left coaching to complete her Bachelor's degree and teaching credential in elementary education from the University of Utah. She lives in San Marcos.

LA'KOI WOOTEN (Women's Basketball, 1984-85) -- La'koi Wooten, a 6-foot forward from Crenshaw High in Los Angeles, was an MVP in Army basketball coming out of high school. She played one season at UTEP, then transferred to Palomar to play for coach Teri Bamford, a former assistant at UC Irvine, and led the 1984-85 Comets to the Pacific Coast Conference championship and the program's first-ever undefeated conference season. She was selected as conference Player of the Year as Palomar won the PCC title by four games over second-place San Diego Mesa to complete a remarkable turn-around that saw the Comets go from 0-15 in conference during the 1983-1984 season to 12-0 in 1984-85. Wooten averaged 19.5 points and 14.5 rebounds on the season against one of the toughest schedules in the state. Her 23 points and 12 rebounds kept the Comets close for most of the game in a loss to eventual California community college champion Los Angeles Trade Tech on Nov. 24, had 25 points and 22 rebounds in the Comets' first meeting with eventual state semifinalist Santa Monica College in December and had 20 points and 22 rebounds in the teams' second meeting in March as the Corsairs eliminated them from the Southern Cal Regionals. Wooten also had monster performances of 22 points and 16 rebounds vs. NJCAA power Pima (AZ) Community College, 25 points and 20 rebounds vs. College of the Desert, 32 points and 17 rebounds vs. San Diego Mesa, 28 points and 17 rebounds in a 73-46 victory over Grossmont and 23 points and 24 rebounds in an 87-37 win over MiraCosta. She also pulled down 23 rebounds against San Diego City College. Wooten was selected to an all-star team that played a series of games against the Hong Kong Basketball Association National Team in China, returned to play on the Division I level for United States International University and played professional basketball in Aukland, New Zealand. She later became a hugely popular rapper in Aukland.

KARIN YEHLING (Softball, 1987-88) -- A two-sport star at Carlsbad High School, Karin Yehling focused on softball at Palomar and helped coach Mark Eldridge's Comets to a combined 75-17-1 record and back-to-back Pacific Coast Conference championships in 1987 and 1988. She was a two-time all-state shortstop and was selected to the All-State Tournament team twice. Yehling helped Palomar go 40-9 in her freshman season and 35-8-1 as a sophomore, when the Comets placed second in the state tournament. She received a scholarship to NCAA Division I power Cal State Fullerton and started 58 games for the Titans before a late-season injury that required surgery and ended her softball career. Yehling earned her Bachlor of Science degree at CSUF and is a successful certified personal athletic trainer. She lives in Sylmar.

Aug. 24, 2013 Inductees


ABOVE: USC safety Bill Jaroncyk (41) breaks up a pass thrown by Purdue quarterback Bob Greise on a first-quarter play from the Trojans' 4-yard line to prevent a touchdown in the 1967 Rose Bowl game. The Boilermakers eventually won 14-13 before a crowd of 101,455. But Jaroncyk and the Trojans came back to win the '67 national championship, capped by a 14-3 victory over Indiana before 102,946 in the 1968 Rose Bowl. Jaroncyk was inducted into the Palomar Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday evening. His football and baseball coach at Palomar, Cecil McGehee, came from out of town to be at the dinner for Jaroncyk's induction. BELOW: Softball player Augrista Belford, who went on to become an All-SEC selection at Arkansas, then transferred to Cal State Northridge and led the Matadores to the Big West Conference title and an NCAA Tournament berth. She was one of three softball players inducted.

2013: PC Hall of Fame inducts 14

SAN MARCOS (8-24-2013) -- Palomar's Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2013 was inducted on Saturday evening  at St. Mark Golf Club (formerly Lake San Marcos Country Club and Resort).

The 14 members of the second Palomar Hall of Fame Class:

BILL JARONCYK -- After a two-year career at Palomar under coach Cecil McGehee in 1964 and 1965, Jaroncyk started at safety for back-to-back Rose Bowl teams at USC and helped lead coach John McKay's Trojans to the 1967 national championship. The '67 season was capped by a 14-3 Rose Bowl victory over Indiana on Jan. 1, 1968. Also an outstanding outfielder, he was offered a baseball scholarship by BYU after his freshman season in Spring 1966 but turned it down to return to Palomar for his sophomore football season. After the '66 football season, Jaroncyk accepted a full football scholarship to USC. He also was offered a full scholarship from USC baseball coach Rod Dedeaux but again chose football over baseball. An injury ended his football career after he signed with the New Orleans Saints. Next stop for Jaroncyk: flying combat jets as a U.S. Navy pilot during Vietnam. McGehee, who later was a football assistant at the University of Arizona and then Associate Athletic Director at the University of Colorado, was both Jaroncyk's football and baseball coach at Palomar and was at the Hall of Fame dinner to see Jaroncyk get inducted.

CAMI ALLEN -- Allen, an All-American softball player under coach Mark Eldridge, won 60 games in two seasons and pitched the Comets to their first state championship in1989. She notched 30 pitching wins each during her freshman and sophomore seasons and compiled a career earned run average of 0.46 at Palomar. Allen pitched on the Division I level for Cal State Northridge. 

AUGRISTA BELFORD -- Belford was an All-American softball second baseman under coach Mark Eldridge, the second-leading career hitter in Palomar history and was named California Community College Player of the Year in 1996. She earned a scholarship to the the University of Arkansas where she was an All-SEC selection, then transferred to Cal State Northridge, helping lead the Matadores to the Big West Conference championship and a berth in the NCAA Division I tournament. Belford later returned to Palomar as an assistant coach for Eldridge.

TYRONE DAVIS -- An all-state basketball guard for the Comets under coach Andy Gilmour, Davis averaged 21 points, 8.5 assists and 4 rebounds per game as a sophomore in 1976-77. As a freshman in 1975-76, he'd averaged 17.8 ppg. Davis led Palomar to back-to-back championships in the old Mission Conference and went on to Berkeley, where he started at point guard for the Cal Golden Bears.

AARON GAEIR -- Won back-to-back state championships in wrestling under coach John Woods for the Comets at 158 pounds in 1988 and 1989. Gaeir led Palomar to the state team title as a freshman and was a two-time community college All-American. He placed third at 158 pounds in the Big Eight for Oklahoma University in 1991 and advanced to the 61st NCAA Championships at Iowa City, Iowa the same season.

DR. NAN HAUGEN -- Palomar's head women's tennis coach from 1975 through 2000, Haugen guided the Comets to more than 300 wins, a second-place finish in a national community college tournament in Florida in 1977. Haugen's Palomar teams won the state team championship in 1983, when the Comets went 18-0, and 1986, when they were 22-0. Palomar won 10 conference championships under Haugen and also placed second in the state tournament in 1987, 1988, 1991 and 1992. Haugen was named Coach of the Year on the conference and state levels nine times and was inducted into the California Community College Tennis Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2006. She played four seasons of varsity tennis at USC and received her Ed.D degree in Educational Leadership from the University of San Diego.

TONY LYNDS -- Lynds, who was inducted into the California Community College Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame earlier this year, arrived at Palomar in 1967, was an assistant football coach in four different decades and was an assistant for coach Tom Craft's 1991 and 1993 national championship teams. He also was Palomar's head wrestling coach from 1967 through 1972 and was both Athletic Director and Physical Education Department Chair. Lynds was instrumental in hiring Craft as head football coach. He was a rugby teammate and roommate of singer Kris Kristofferson at Pomona College. Tony Lynds has three sons (football player Danny Lynds, wrestler Kris Lynds and football player Greg Lynds) and a daughter (swimmer Melissa Lynds) who were Palomar athletes.

SCOTT OXANDABOURE -- Oxandaboure shot a 4-under par 70-70 -- 140 to tie a tournament record at North Ridge Country Club in Sacramento to win the 52nd state community college individual championship in 2001. He was Palomar's second individual state champion, following in the footsteps of future PGA Tour golfer (and 2012 Palomar Hall of Fame inductee) Mark Wiebe, who won the state title in 1977. Oxandaboure went on to play for USC and tied for fourth in the 2002 Pac-10 championships, helping lead the Trojans to the team title by 15 strokes over runner-up Stanford at Corvallis, Oregon.

KARRIE SCHOTT -- All-American Karrie Schott won 62 games as a softball pitcher for coach Mark Eldridge, 33 in 1987 and 29 in 1988. Her career earned run average for the Comets was 0.37. Schott pitched Long Beach State into the Women's College World Series in 1990 and had a streak of 50 consecutive scoreless innings during that season, second-best on the the 49ers' all-time list. She pitched a 17-inning complete-game victory that prevented Cal State Fullerton from winning the 1990 Big West Conference championship.

TROY AFENIR -- Palomar All-State baseball catcher under coach Bob Vetter in 1983 who played in the Major Leagues with the Houston Astros, Oakland A's and Cincinnati Reds from 1987 through 1992. Afenir hit 13 home runs and drove in 43 runs as a sophomore for the Comets. He returned to Palomar as an assistant coach under coach Buck Taylor from 2009-2012. He currently is the Northern California Area Scout for the New York Yankees and was unable to attend the Hall of Fame dinner. (Bob Vetter, his Palomar coach, accepted for Afenir)

TOM LUGINBILL -- Set a national community college single-season passing record of 4,044 yards (with 36 touchdowns) in 1993, when he led the Comets to the national football championship with an 11-0 record and also broke the national career passing record with 7,480 yards (with 50 touchdowns). Was the J.C. Grid-Wire's All-American quarterback as a sophomore. During his freshman season of 1992, when the Comets went 10-1 and were ranked sixth nationally, and the 1993 season, when they were 11-0 and won the national community college championship, Luginbill led Palomar to a 21-1 two-year record. He went on to start at quarterback for Georgia Tech, was a quarterback and head coach in Arena Football and currently is a college football analyst and recruiting coverage coordinator for ESPN. Due to a conflict with his ESPN duties, he was unable to attend the dinner. (Tom Craft, who was Luginbill's Palomar coach, accepted for him)

JEREMY KILLION -- The 6-foot-3 basketball guard was the state community college scoring champion, at 27.1 points per game, as well as an all-state selection for the Comets, in 1997-98 under coach Irv Leifer. Killion set a Palomar single-game scoring record of 45 points, which still stands, against Southwestern in 1998 and also finished the season averaging 5.0 assists and draining 107 3-pointers. He went on to start at shooting guard under the late coach Rick Majerus at the University of Utah, helping two nationally-ranked Ute teams (which were 28-5 and 23-9) to NCAA Tournament appearances in 1998-99 and 1999-2000. Because of a conflict with his position in the medical supply industry, Killion was unable to attend Saturday's dinner. (His mother, San Marcos resident Pamela Killion, accepted for him)

DR. MARIA MELBOURNE HAYES -- Melbourne lost only once in singles all season, won the Pacific Coast Conference singles title and teamed with Paige Ready as the No. 1 doubles team in leading the Comets to a 21-0 record and the state community college team championship under coach Nan Haugen in 1986. Melbourne Hayes graduated Magna Cum Laude from USC, where she was captain of the women's crew team and scholar Athlete of the Year, and received her M.D. Degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland in 1991. A former member of the All-Marine and All-Navy tennis teams, she retired as Captain in the U.S. Naval Reserves after 26 1/2 years of service in 2012, following a military career as a flight surgeon and physician. Dr. Melbourne Hays is currently a staff physician at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Northport, New York and at the Communituy Nased Outpatient Clinch at the Riverhead County Center in Riverhead, New York. Because of a conflict with her medical practice in New York, Dr. Melbourne Hays was unable to attend the dinner. (Her father, Bob Melbourne, accepted on her behalf)

JOHN TUSHAUS -- Tushaus had the best community college javelin throw in the nation in 1963 at 228 feet, 9 inches, at the time the Palomar record. His record throw came in the Pacific Southwest AAU Championships in San Diego when he finished second behind former world record holder Bud Held. Tushaus' Palomar mark was eventually surpassed by 1976 and 1977 state champion Luc LaPierre and by future world record holder Tom Petranoff, a charter member of the Palomar Hall of Fame last year. Tushaus became the University of Arizona's second-ever NCAA champion in any event on June 20,1965 with a throw of 250 feet, 5.5 inches at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley. He broke the American record with a 284-0 throw at the Coliseum Relays in 1966 in Los Angeles. Tushaus was ranked fourth in the world that year. He was inducted into the University of Arizona Hall of Fame in 1977. He competed under coach Joe Brennan at Palomar. Due to medical problems, Tushaus was unable to attend the dinner from his home in Libby, Montana. (Palomar Athletic Director Scott Cathcart accepted for him)

2012: Innaugural HOF class is inducted

MIKE BURGER: Wrestler -- Palomar / UCLA, 2-Time California State Community College Champion,  1978 Pac-10 158-pound Champion, NCAA Division I National Tournament Qualifier

TOM DEMPSEY, Football  Kicker -- Palomar / San Diego Chargers; New Orleans Saints; Philadelphia Eagles; Los Angeles Rams; Houston Oilers; Buffalo Bills; Football Tackle -- Palomar; Wrestler -- Palomar; Track & Field Weight Events -- Palomar

JOHN FAIRCHILD, Men’s Basketball Center -- Palomar / BYU / Los Angeles Lakers / NCAA Div. I Consensus First-Team All-American / WAC Player of the Year / Member of Lakers NBA Finalist Team 1964-65

RANDY JOHNSON, Football Kicker -- Palomar / San Jose State; Baseball Infielder -- Palomar / San Jose State, Atlanta Braves, Japanese Pacific League

THOM KAUMEYER, Football Safety -- Palomar / University of Oregon, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, New York Giants; Football Coach -- Palomar, San Diego State, Tulane, University of Kentucky, University of Hawaii, Atlanta Falcons, Jacksonville Jaguars

LIZ MUELLER, Women’s Track & Field Javelin Thrower -- Palomar / San Diego State,  U.S. Olympic Trials; Softball Infielder -- Palomar

TOM  PETRANOFF, Men’s Track & Field Javelin Thrower, Palomar / U.S. Junior National Team, U.S. National Team, U.S. Olympic Team 1984, 1988; Two-time World Record Holder

KARLYN PIPES-NIELSEN, Women’s Swimmer, Palomar / Cal State Bakersfield; Current National Community College Record Holder; NCAA Division II National Champion; Current NCAA Division II National Record Holder; National Open Qualifier; Masters World Record Holder; Age-Group World Record Holder

DR. J. THEDORE "TED" REPA, Men’s Basketball Forward, Palomar / PhD, Stanford University; Retired Professor and Department Chair, NYU

ANA MARIA SALAZAR, Women’s Swimmer, Palomar; J.D., Harvard Law School; Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense; Current Member of the Council on Foreign Relations

JON STANLEY, Men’s Basketball Forward, Palomar / BYU; Men's Volleyball Player, BYU, U.S. Olympic Team 1968, 1972; Men's Volleyball Coach, BYU, University of Hawaii

KEVIN SWAYNE, Football Receiver, Palomar / Wayne State; New York Jets; Washington Redskins

DANA TANAKA, Softball Pitcher, Palomar / Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

MARK WIEBE, Men’s Golfer, Palomar / San Jose State, State Community College Champion 1977; California State Amateur Champion 1977; NCAA Division I All-American; PGA Tour 22 Years; Masters Tour Golfer

KIM WARD, Softball Pitcher, Palomar / Oklahoma State University, U.S. National Team; California Community College Player of the Year, NCAA Division I All-American; Associate Head Softball Coach, Oklahoma State University

TOM SAXE, Contributor (SID)

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