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LEFT TO RIGHT: San Diego Padres pitcher Nick Vincent, who will enter his fifth season in the Major Leagues in 2016 -- Photo by Tom Saxe; Darren Balsley, who will be in his 14th season as the Padres' pitching coach -- San Diego Padres photo; Chris Cash, who helped lead Palomar to the 1998 National Community College football championship, started in the secondary for USC and the Detroit Lions and is currently safeties coach for the Seattle Seahawks -- Courtesy photo. BELOW: Legendary Palomar wrestling coach John Woods

PC Hall of Fame class to be inducted on Jan. 30

SAN MARCOS (12-16-2015) (REVISED 1-20-2016) -- The Palomar Athletic Hall of Fame's Class of 2015, which includes an impressive collection of baseball, football, softball, wrestling, basketball, cross country / track & field and aquatics athletes, plus two former Comet coaches, will be inducted on Saturday evening, Jan. 30, 2016 at Twin Oaks Golf Club.

The 15 inductees will include San Diego Padres relief pitcher Nick Vincent; longtime Padres pitching coach Darren Balsley; Chris Cash, Seattle Seahawks safeties coach and ex-USC and Detroit Lions cornerback; April Austin Pugh, All-tournament softball shortstop who helped Oklahoma State to third in the College Women's World Series in 1994; and legendary wrestling coach and longtime Palomar Athletic Director John Woods.

The Palomar Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Banquet is slated for 5 p.m. on Jan. 30, with cocktails & social at 5 p.m., dinner served at 6 p.m. and the inductees program beginning at 6:30 p.m.

As of Jan. 20, 2016, the event is a sellout.

For the first three years, the Hall of Fame induction banquet took place in August. This is the first time the event is scheduled for January.

The Hall of Fame class:

Tamasi Amituani, football player (1991): Amituani, a first-team USA Today High School All-American at Vista High School, transferred to Palomar prior to his sophomore season from the University of Colorado and was a first-team J.C. Grid-Wire All-American for the Comets on coach Tom Craft's 1991 national championship team. After dominating as a sophomore, he originally signed with the University of Arizona but instead went straight into pro football with the expansion Sacramento Goldminers, the first American team in the Canadian Football League.

April Austin Pugh, softball player (1991-9292: April Austin was an all-state first-team selection playing shortstop for coach Mark Eldridge's 1992 team that went 42-9 and finished second in the state community college tournament. The San Marcos High School product earned a scholarship to Oklahoma State and was one of three former Comets that helped lead the Cowgirls' 1994 team to a third-place finish in the College Women's World Series at Oklahoma City. Austin was named to the all-tournament team at shortstop.

Darren Balsley, baseball pitcher (1983-84): After two strong seasons for coach Bob Vetter's Comets, Balsley signed with the Oakland A's after they selected him in the third round of the 1984 draft. He was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays and advanced to the Double-A level in that organization before an arm injury ended his career. He spent more than a decade as a coach and manager in the Blue Jays' and Padres' minor league systems before being named by the Padres' as their Major League pitching coach on May 17, 2003. He has served in that role since, under five managers, Jim Riggleman, Bruce Bochy (the father of former Palomar pitcher Greg Bochy), Bud Black, current Dodgers manager Dave Roberts (for one game), Pat Murphy. Beginning in the 2016 season, that number will grow to six as Andy Green begins his managerial career with the Padres. Balsley is considered one of the best pitching coaches in the game, turning the careers of numerous pitchers around, and his staff has led the Major Leagues in lowest earned run average twice. He came to Palomar after an All-CIF San Diego Section career at Mt. Carmel High School, where he pitched under former Comet outfielder Sam Blalock.

Denise Borden-Woodhams, softball player (1983-1984): Denise Borden, a product of Orange Glen High School, set what were at the time Palomar records for career home runs (11), triples (10) and RBIs (60) for coach Mark Eldridge's 1983 and 1984 teams that won a combined 57 games. Borden went on to play for UCLA.

Ray Bosch, basketball player (1957-59): Bosch helped lead coach Joe Brennan's 1958-59 Palomar team to the Comets' best state community college tournament finish ever as the Comets placed third. (The third-place game was eliminated from the state tournament in the mid-1960s). An All-South Central Conference selection, Bosch earned a scholarship to UC Santa Barbara, which at the time was an NCAA Division II national power. There, he started and was an all-conference pick during the 1960-61 and 1961-62 seasons, the latter when he also was an All-West Coast Selection. The Gauchos' 1960-61 team went 20-8 and defeated Oregon State, Arizona, University of San Francisco, Long Beach State and Nevada, advancing to the NCAA Tournament. Bosch was cut from the Escondido High School JV team as a 5-foot-6 freshman and didn't play varsity basketball until his all-league senior season when he had grown to 6-foot-4.

Chris Cash, football cornerback (1998-99): Cash helped lead Palomar to its third national community college championship as a freshman in 1998, when the Comets upset heavily-favored Long Beach City College 34-6 in the Southern California championship game, then defeated City College of San Francisco 30-21 for the state title the following week in Sacramento. Cash still has the second-longest kickoff return in Palomar history, 99 yards against Pasadena City College in 1999. He earned a scholarship to USC, where he was a second-team All-Pac-10 selection as a senior, and was selected by the Detroit Lions in the sixth round of the 2002 National Football League draft. He immediately cracked the starting lineup for the Lions as a rookie and was the NFL's second-leading tackler in his first season. The remainder of Cash's pro career was marred by a series of injuries. He played with the Lions for two more seasons, and ended his NFL career with the Atlanta Falcons. Cash was inducted into the California Community College Hall of Fame in 2014. He was an assistant coach at his old high school (Franklin High School in Stockton), was an assistant at Riverside City College and Florida A&M University and is now coaching the safeties for his old USC coach, Pete Carroll, with the Seattle Seahawks.

Dick Christman, baseball player (1975-76): An All-CIF football player and star baseball player at Vista High School, where he at one time held the school's single-season batting average record, Christman was an outstanding middle infielder and center fielder for coach Jim Clayton at Palomar in 1975 and 1976. His 32 career stolen bases is still fourth on the Comets' all-time list. Christman went on to star for two seasons at United States International University for Bob Vetter, then the Gulls' head coach. As a senior, he was a key member of a USIU team that defeated both San Diego State (with Tony Gwynn) and a University of Arizona team that went on to win the College World Series. Christman was Assistant Sports Editor of the now-defunct Vista Press/San Marcos Courier for seven years and was Sports Information Director at both USIU (under Athletic Director Sid Gillman, the legendary former Chargers coach) and Saddleback College. Moving on, he was Director of Public Relations for the San Diego Clippers in the NBA and was Vice-President for the San Diego Sockers and the Phoenix Pride, both in the Major Indoor Soccer League. He shifted gears and had a hugely successfull run in private business.

Jerry Garrett, football player (1990-1991): Garrett, a former Oceanside High School standout, is considered by many, including former Palomar coach Tom Craft, as one of the most talented, if not the most talented, player in the Comets' football history. Playing both ways as Palomar's all-time leading receiver and in the secondary on defense, and also returning punts, he was the biggest star on Craft's 1991 Palomar national championship team. He led the Comets to a 37-24 victory over previously No. 1-ranked and undefeated Chabot in the state title game in Merced, catching 13 passes for 204 yards. He set Palomar single-season records that still stand for receptions (95), touchdown catches (18), receiving yards (1,507 yards) and all-purpose yards (2,145). Garrett signed with the University of Houston and was a Division II All-American for Wayne State of Nebraska. He was an assistant coach at Carlsbad High School. Garrett was inducted into the California Community College Football Hall of Fame in 2014.

Randy Hartman, cross country runner, track & field distance runner (1966-68): Hartman, coming out of Orange Glen High School, was the No. 1 runner for Palomar's best cross country team in history in 1967, under coach Larry Knuth, and won the 1968 community college state championship in the 2-mile run, under coach Doc Marrin. He went on to an outstanding career at UCLA, where he won the cross country dual meet against USC as a senior in 1970 in leading the Bruins to a victory over the Trojans. Hartman's and UCLA's run ended when they ran into Oregon's legendary Steve Prefontaine and Washington State's Gerry Lindgren in the Pac-8 Championships.

Don Hubbard, swimming and water polo coach (1971-82): Hubbard, who played junior college football in Compton College's legendary program in the 1940s and a 1950 graduate of UCLA where he was a boxer for the Bruins in the days it was an intercollegiate sport, left Vista High School where he was head swimming, water polo and wrestling coach with multiple CIF San Diego Section titles in the first two sports to start Palomar's aquatics sports program in 1971. Bringing many of Vista's outstanding players from two CIF championship water polo teams and two section runner-up teams with him, including his two sons, Hubbard brought the Comets immediate success. That included a series of All-Americans in both sports, immediately competitive teams on the state level and two early water polo titles in the rugged (now defunct) Mission Conference. He retired as a Palomar Associate Professor and coach in 1982, but has not left swimming. Hubbard has been swimming competitively in the U.S. Masters Swimming Association for 28 years. He was part of relay teams that set two world Masters records, 1 FINA world record and 2 national records. The highlight of his Masters careere has been  winning three individual gold medals and three relay golds that helped his team, the San Diego Swim Masters, capture the United States Master Swimming championship by upsetting the host and favored Mission Viejo team. After losing his wife, Julie, to complications from dimentia in 2007, Hubbard has taken on another new challenge, competiting ballroom dancing. In the last four years he has won four golds in the entry and senior level of competition.

Don Johnson, baseball player (1973-74): Johnson, older brother of former Atlanta Braves third baseman, longtime Major League scout and 2012 Inagural Palomar Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Randy Johnson, was supposed to be the Major League player in the family until he blew out his arm in his first minor league pitching appearance. Don Johnson was Most Valuable Player on coach Jim Clayton's 1974 Palomar team, probably the best in the Comets' first 30 years of baseball, after switching from a slugging first baseman to pitcher following his freshman season. Johnson went 9-2 as a sophomore with a 2.30 earned run average, a mark still on the all-time Palomar list. The Comets lost in the playoffs to San Diego City College, at the time the power program south of Orange County. The Knights then advanced to the state community college championship game where they were defeated by a Cerritos team that had a dynasty going under the legendary late coach Wally Kincaid. Don Johnson was drafted out of Palomar in the 18th round by the Angels after his first-ever season as a pitcher but suffered the career-ending injury in his first appearance for their Idaho Falls farm club. Johnson went on to become somewhat of a legend in slow-pitch softball, then was a dangerous fast-pitch softball hitter for the national-class Vista Bombers in the Western Softball Congress. He also bowled a 288 game. Johnson more recently was an assistant coach for Mark Eldridge for the Palomar softball team.

Kathy McAleer-McKnerney, softball pitcher (1978-79: Vista High School product Kathy McAleer was the ace pitcher for Palomar's first-ever softball team that coach Mark Eldridge guided to the championship of the old Mission Conference in 1978. McAleer helped lead the Comets to a 14-4 record in conference play, and as a ground-breaker set the tone for Palomar's legacy of pitching dominance that still continues today.

Bonnie Plein, contributor, athletic secretary (1983-2012: Plein spent decades helping run Palomar's highly-successful athletic program under Athletic Director John Woods and current A.D. Scott Cathcart. Plein, a native of Eugene, Oregon, is credit by both Woods and Cathcart with playing a vital role in the success the Comets' athletic program has enjoyed on both the state and national levels.

Nick Vincent, baseball pitcher (2005-2007): Vincent arrived at Palomar from Ramona High School as a freshman right-handed pitcher under coach Bob Vetter in 2005 and hit the ground running. He was 5-1 with an earned run average of 0.81 when an arm injury ended his season less than a month into the season. He had to watch in street clothes in Fresno over Memorial Day Weekend as the Comets ran out of pitching on the third day of the State Final Four and, after entering the day as the lone unbeaten team in the double-elimination format, lost twice to Santa Rosa to finish second in the state tournament. Vincent received an injury redshirt after the season, giving him an additional season of eligibiliy, and dominated during the 2006 and 2007 seasons for the Comets under new head coach Buck Taylor, who was elevated to the head job after Vetter's retirement after serving as Vetter's Assistant Head Coach. Vincent finished his Palomar career with a 20-6 win-loss record and a 2.11 career ERA, then accepted a scholarship offer from Long Beach State where he moved from a starter's job to the bullpen and was drafted in the 18th round by the San Diego Padres after the season. In four Major League seasons with the Padres, he has been one of the most consistent short relievers and set-up men in baseball, compiling a 2.63 ERA with 161 strikeouts for 150 2/3 innings pitched. He led the National League in allowing the least inherited runs during the 2014 season. During the 2015 season, he compiled a 2.35 ERA and, in September, appeared in 18 games, allowing zero earned runs for the month with one unearned run. Including five games in June before being temporarily optioned back to Triple-A San Antonio, Vincent made 22 consecutive Major League pitching appearances without giving up an earned run. He finally surrendered an earned run to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the final game of the season for the Padres -- in October. He'll be entering his fifth season in the Major Leagues in 2016.

John Woods, wrestling coach, assistant football coach, Director of Athletics (1973-1997): Woods was an All-American in Cal Poly San Luis Obispo's iconic wrestling program, wrestling for the Mustangs from 1964-69 and winning All-American honors three times. After graduating from Cal Poly with a Bachelor degree in 1969 and a Master's degree in education in 1970, he spent two seasons as head coach at Orange Glen High School, guiding the Patriots to a 45-9-2 record. He was named the Comets' head coach in 1973 and, in a dominant coaching career that lasted until 1988, compiled a 179-19-3 overall record. The Comets won four community college state championships in his coaching tenure and also captured the state duals title three times. Woods was chosen as California Community College Coach of the Year in 1978, 1983, 1985 and 1988 and was NCAA Community College Coach of the Year four times. He produced 11 individual state champions and coached 51 All-American wrestlers. He was Palomar's Athletic Director from 1986 until his retirement in 1997, presiding over a program that expanded to more than 20 sports. Woods was honored as State Athletic Director of the Year in 2004, served on the CCCAA (then COA) stte management council from 1998 through 2003 and was president of the state athletic directors association in 2003. After placing second in the NCAA Division II National Tournament as a junior, the highlight of Woods' wrestling career at Cal Poly came in his senior season when he won the Division II 167-pound national title, which earned him a spot in the Division I tournament where he dropped  a 5-4 decision in the finals to two-time NCAA champion Jason Smith of Iowa State. His Division II gold medal and Division I silver medal earned him D-I and D-II All-America honors in the same season. He compiled a 34-6-4 dual match record with the Mustangs. 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. He was Athletic Director/Dean at Pasadena City College after his retirement from Palomar and currently serves as Commissioner of the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference and Commissioner of the Southern California Community College Wrestling Alliance. Woods also worked on the floor during wrestling compeition at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics.

There were 16 new members inducted into the Palomar Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday evening 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 are 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.

The Class of 2014:

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.

 

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: 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, was one of three softball players inducted.

2013: PC Hall of Fame inducts 14 new members

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 Palomr 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; Former 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

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