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1140 W. Mission Rd.

San Marcos, CA 92069
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John Woods

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NO. 4

DEREK

SIMPER

SHORTSTOP

BATS: RIGHT; THROWS: RIGHT

5-11, 1765, Age 21, Sophomore

San Marcos HS, San Marcos, Calif.

University of San Diego

Hometown: Escondido, Calif.

 

SIGNED EARLY WITH SAN FRANCISCO STATE

2005 SEASON: The Comets' starting shortstop and an All-Pacific Coast Conference honorable mention selection. ... Selected as Palomar's Outstanding Defensive Player by his teammates. ... Finished the year with 35 hits, 24 walks to tei for second on the team and 17 times reached base as a hit batter to tie for the team lead. ... Made a spectacular defensive play vs. santa Ana on Feb. 4 when he fielded a groundball and, instead of going to first, threw to second baseman Joey Burke to catch the Dons' Corey Skaggs off the bag. ... Went 2-for-2 and walked twice in a 9-2 win over Cerritos on Feb. 5. ... His 2-run double highlighted a 3-run fifth inning that sparked the Comets to a 4-1 victory over San Diego Mesa on March 3. ... Had a double a 3 RBIs in a 22-4 win over Imperial Valley on March 8. ... Went 3-for-5 with a home run, a double and a stolen base March 24 in an 11-5 win over Mt. SAC, the first-place team in the South Coast Conference and No. 5-ranked in Southern Calfornia. ...Went 2-for-4 with a double, a sacrifice fly and 2 RBIs in the Comets' 16-1 win over second-place Southwestern on April 12. ... Went 3-for-5 wtih an BI in an 11-1 wn over San Diego Mesa on April 26. Southern California Regionals Round 1 — Went 2-for-4 and drove in a run in Palomar's 7-4, 11-inning Southern California Regional victory over Santa Barnara City College on March 15, a win that gave the Comets a 2-0 sweep of the Vaqueros in the teams' Round 1 series. Super Regionals — Gave Palomar an early 1-0 lead with a second-inning RBI single in an elimination game against Rio Hondo on May 21, a lead that held up as the Comets went on to win 5-0. ... Singled to drive in 2 runs on May 21 as the Comets scored three ninth-inning runs to come back from a 3-1 deficit when they faced elimination vs. Southwestern. Palomar went on to win the game 5-4 in 10 innings. Simper reached base twice as a hit batter later in the day in the championship game as the Comets beat the Jaguars again 6-2 to become the first San Diego County team in 31 years to advance to the State Final Four. State Final Four — Doubled to drive in a run, reached base as a hit batter and got down a sacrifice bunt as the Comets defeated Fresno City College 12-9 in the winners' bracket finals to become the first San Diego County team in 31 years to reach the State Championship Game. ... Went 1-for-4 as Santa Rosa beat Palomar for the State title. The Bear Cubs won the championship for the first time since 1952 as the Comets finished as State runners-up.

2004 SEASON: Began the season as the Comets' starting third baseman but aggravated an old shoulder injury and took a medical redshirt after starting the Comets' first two games at third base.

2003 SEASON: Played on the NCAA Division I level for the University of San Diego.

HIGH SCHOOL: Played for coach Eric Morton at San Marcos High School, where he batted .415 with 12 home runs as a senior in 2002. ... Set school records in home runs (season, career), doubles (season), runs scored (season and career) and hits (season). ... Was first-team All-CIF San Diego Section and Avocado League Player of the Year as a senior. ... Tied the CIF-San Diego Section record for consecutive hits with 11 during his senior season. ... Helped lead the Knights to the Avo League championship as a junior in 2001. ... Made the San Diego All-Academic Team. ... Was a two-time participant in the Duke Snider Home run Derby. ... Also playd freshman and JV basketball and was team Defensive Player of the Year.

PERSONAL: Born July 14, 1983 in Murray, Utah. ... Son of Deborah and Jay Simper. ... Has one brother, Brett, 13, and three adult sisters, Amy, Trisha and Lisa.

(Note: Updated on June 2, 2005. Player biographies are updated at least weekly during the season.)

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