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Los Angeles Pierce College
Woodland Hills
at Kickoff Classic (Day 1), TBA

at South Gym
Los Angeles Pierce College
Woodland Hills
at Kickoff Classic (Day 2), TBA

at Olivas Links Golf Course
at South Coast Classic
hosted by Santa Barbara City College

First Round, 2 p.m.

at Buenaventura Golf Course
at South Coast Classic
hosted by Santa Barbara City College

Second Round, 8:30 a.m.

at Irvine Valley College soccer field
vs. Irvine Valley, 3 p.m.

at Minkoff Field
vs. Moorpark, 4 p.m.

Orange Empire Conference
at the Country Club at Saboba Springs
San Jacinto
9-team OEC match, 10 a.m.

at Wallace Memorial Pool
vs. San Diego Miramar, 2 p.m.

at Wallace Memorial Pool
vs. San Diego Miramar, 3:30 p.m.

at Hart Gymnasium
Irvine Valley College
vs. Irvcne Valley, 5 p.m.

at Indian Canyons Golf Resort
Palm Springs
Desert Classic
hosted by Santa Barbara City College
First Round, 7:30 a.m.

at Minkoff Field
vs. Fullerton, 4 p.m.

Norco College Soccer Field
vs. Norco, 4 p.m.

at The Dome
vs. San Bernardino Valley, 5 p.m.

at Indian Canyons Golf Resort
Palm Springs
Desert Classic
hosted by Santa Barbara City College
Second Round, 7:30 a.m.

at Citrus College Stadium
vs. Citrus, 6 p.m.


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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (6-19-2015) -- Palomar (37-8), which sailed into the California State Championship Final Four ranked No. 2 in the National Community College baseball rankings, finished the 2015 season at No. 9 in the country.

The Comets wound up third in the Calfornia State Tournament.

The national rankings are compiled by Perfect Game USA of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Northwest Florida State (41-13), the NJCAA World Series champion, finished the year ranked No. 1.

Previously nationally top-ranked San Joaquin Delta College of Stockton (41-6), which eliminated the Comets in the California Final Four at Fresno, finished second in the California tournament  and wound up ranked No. 3 in the country

Orange Coast, the defending national champion, defeated Delta in the state championship game and wound up No. 11. The 2015 Pirates finished the year 30-17.

Perfect Game USA
1. Northwest Florida State, 42-13
2. LSU-Eunice (Louisiana), 49-10
3. San Joaquin Delta (Northern California), 41-6
4. Walters State College (Tennessee), 57-12
5. Iowa Western, 54-7
6. Cowley County (Kansas), 54-5
7. St. Johns River (Florida), 57-10
8. McLennan (Texas), 41-20
9. Palomar, 37-8
10. Lower Columbia (Washington), 41-10

          Aspen Luedtke 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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Please click on sport to take you to its pages on the site. 2014-15 Overall and conference win-loss records are listed for each sport:
FOOTBALL  7-4  3-3   WRESTLING  10-4  2-2   GOLF (W)  Conf:  68-43   VOLLEYBALL (W) 19-5 13-3    WATER POLO (M) 18-9 7-3   WATER POLO (W) 12-13 3-6  SOCCER (M)  6-11-4  3-7-2   SOCCER (W)   9-9-2  2-6-0    CROSS COUNTRY (M/W)  no duals    BASKETBALL (M) 15-12  6-2    BASKETBALL (W)  26-4  13-1     BASEBALL 37-8  21-3    SOFTBALL  41-4-1   17-1  GOLF (M)   60-25-1  46-4    TENNIS (M)   6-12  6-8   TENNIS (W)   6-10  6-6  SWIM & DIVE (M)  2-1  2-1  SWIM & DIVE (W) 2-1  2-1     TRACK & FIELD (W)  no dual meets scheduled    VOLLEYBALL (M)  8-9  6-8  SAND VOLLEYBALL (W)  5-7  2-4


BASEBALL: Coaching Hire

New Palomar pitching coach Bobby Shore is shown when he pitched the University of Oklahoma into the 2010 College World Series by winning championship games in both the Regionals and Super Regionals. An All-State first-team selection at Palomar, going 15-3 during the 2008 and 2009 seasons, Shore is third on the Comets' all-time career strikeout list behind only Mark Ringkamp and future Major Leaguer Nick Vincent. -- University of Oklahoma photo

Bobby Shore is Comets' new pitching coach

SAN MARCOS (7-29-2015) -- Bobby Shore, one of the best pitchers in Palomar history who spent the 2015 season on coach Buck Taylor's staff as volunteer bullpen coach, has been named the Comets' new pitching coach.

He replaces Jared Suwyn, who is leaving Palomar after three seasons to become the new Cal State San Marcos pitching coach.

Shore came out of Oceanside High School, where he was Avocado League Player of the Year and first-team All-CIF San Diego Section, to compile a 15-3 win-loss record for the Comets (4-2 as a freshman in 2008 and 11-1 with a 2.40 earned run average during a breakout 2009 season as a sophomore). He went 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA, 14 strikeouts and two walks in 14 innings in the post-season in 2009 with pitching wins in both the Regionals and Super Regionals.

Shore was a first-team All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference selection (teammate Tyler Saladino, who is now the Chicago White Sox' starting third baseman, was the Player of the Year) after the 2009 Comets won 36 games and the PCAC championship -- and advanced to the finals of the Super Regionals. The Comets were ranked as high as sixth in the nation and finished the year ranked No. 11 nationally.

Shore was drafted in the 40th round by the Baltimore Orioles out of Palomar but chose to accept a Division I scholarship to the University of Oklahoma, where he was 10-5 as a junior in 2010. He was the winning pitcher in the championship games of both the Norman Regional and Charlottesville Super Regional, beating North Carolina and Virginia, respectively. He started against Clemson in a winners' bracket game in the College World Series and shut out the Tigers on one hit over the first three innings before Clemson came back to beat the Sooners.

He missed part of his senior season at Oklahoma with injuries but still was selected in the 41st round of the 2011 draft by the Seattle Mariners. He spent parts of three seasons pitching in the Mariners' farm system. He also pitched Independent pro baseball.

Shore is the only player in Palomar history ever to appear in both the Little League World Series (for Oceanside American in 2001) and the College World Series.

FOOTBALL: Signings, Transfers

ABOVE: Palomar outside linebacker Toeafua Amu (No. 41) takes part in a gang-tackle of Orange Coast receiver Mark Munson during the Comets' 20-10 victory last season. Amu left this week to play for Florida Tech. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW: Tight end Sam Browning, who was offered by Colorado after his sophomore season in 2013 season but remained at Palomar to finish his A.A. degree. He's accepted a scholarship to Eastern Michigan University and left in late June.

Amu, Browning accept scholarships, move on

SAN MARCOS (7-01-2015) / REVISED 7-29-2015 -- Palomar outside linebacker Toeafua Amu has accepted a football scholarship to Florida Tech, a third-year NCAA program which has its sights on moving up to  Division I FCS.

He's the second late-summer scholarship recipient for the Comets.

Palomar's 6-foot-5, 245-pound tight end Sam Browning, who sat out 2014 to finish his A.A. degree after a big sophomore season, has accepted a scholarship to Eastern Michigan University of the Mid-American Conference.

Amu is a 6-foot-0, 227-pounder who can run. He played the last two seasons for the Comets after an outstanding prep career at El Camino High School.

Amu recorded 34 tackles (22 solo), had five tackles for loss and tacked on an interception return for a touchdown last fall as the Comets went 7-4. His 42-yard interception and touchdown against Orange Coast was the turning point as Palomar, trailing 10-0 at the time, roared back to beat the Pirates 20-10.

Browning, who has run a 4.6 in the 40, has added 25 pounds since his sophomore season. He had been offered a full-ride scholarship by Colorado a year ago when the Buffaloes needed a community college tight end to come in immediately. But Browning remained at Palomar through the 2015 spring semester to finish academic requirements for his A.A. degree.

Browning, an Escondido High School product, caught 27 passes for 335 yards as a sophomore for the Comets while playing in only seven of 10 games due to an injury.

He had 21 catches in the last four games -- six receptions against Cerritos, three catches for 44 yards and two touchdowns vs. Saddleback, four receptions vs. Santa Ana and eight catches for 101 yards in the season finale vs. Grossmont.

Eastern Michigan's biggest game of 2015 will find the Eagles playing LSU in Baton Rouge on Oct. 3.

Player (High School) 4-Year College
TE Sam Browning (2013) (Escondido) Eastern Michigan (D I FCS)
LB Dylan Donahue (Billings West, MT) West Georgia (NCAA Div. II semifinalists)
CB Bryan Jones (Great Oak) Colorado State-Pueblo (D II national champions)
DE Ian Kelly (Temecula Chaparral) Colorado State-Pueblo (D II national champions)
CB Javante O'Roy (Antelope, CA) Texas State (D I FBS)
DT Joe Naotala (Army-Navy Academy) Montana State (D I FCS)
LB Austin Wolff (Fallbrook) Portland State (D I FCS)
WR M.J. Bailey (San Marcos) Idaho State (D I FCS)
OLB Toeafua Amu (El Camino) Florida Atlantic (D II)
LS Jared Sargent (2013) (Temecula Valley) Azusa Pacific (D II)
SL/PR Damon Nolan (Murrieta Valley) Baker University, Kansas  (NAIA)
DT Dominic Darby (Mission Hills) Midland College, Nebraska (NAIA)

SOFTBALL: Commits, Signings, Transfers

ABOVE: Palomar centerfielder K.K. Fronda has received a scholarship to play in the Pac-12 for the University of Utah. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW: Shortstop Kali Pugh, who received a scholarship to Oklahoma City University, the No. 1-ranked team in the NAIA during the regular season -- Photo by Melinda Finn

Fronda to Utah; Pugh to Oklahoma City

SAN MARCOS (7-23-2015) -- All five Palomar softball sophomores have received scholarships, including centerfielder K.K. Fronda who is headed to the Pac-12 and the University of Utah.

Fronda is one of two first-team all-state selections who landed scholarships. Kali Pugh, the other all-state pick, will play for Oklahoma City University, which was 55-6 in 2015 and was ranked No. 1 in the nation in the NAIA before being upset in its National Tournament regional championship game.

Pugh, a Rancho Buena Vista High product, hit .517 to lead the Comets with 12 doubles, 7 triples, 15 home runs and 65 RBIs. Fronda, who came to Palomar from Rancho Cotate High School in Rohnert Park, CA, hit .451 with 12 doubles, 6 triples, 4 homers and 36 RBIs.

All five sophomores on coach Lacey Craft's team, which went 41-4-1 and won Palomar's fifth California state softball championship, landed scholarships.

The other sophomore transfers are leftfielder Stephanie Koishor to Oklahoma City, first baseman/pitcher Kristina Carbajal to D-II Holy Names University of Oakland and rightfielder/pitcher Maci Lerno who received a volleyball to the NAIA's Cumberland University of Tennessee.

Player (High School) 4-Year College
SS Kali Pugh (Rancho Buena Vista) Oklahoma City University (NAIA)
CF K.K. Fronda (Rancho Cotate) University of Utah (NCAA D 1 / Pac-12)
LF Stephanie Koishor (Valley Center)  Oklahoma City University (NAIA)
1B/P Kristina Carbajal (Mission Hills) Holy Names University (D II)
RF/P Maci Lerno (El Centro Southwest) Cumberland University (NAIA) -- volleyball


Saladino goes 3-for-5, homers again, is at .355

CHICAGO (7-19-2015) / (7-21-2015) -- Palomar's Tyler Saladino homered for the second straight game on Tuesday night as he went 3-for-5 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBIs against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Saladino, the Chicago White Sox' starting third baseman who turned 26 on Sunday, slugged a two-run shot that landed deep in the stands behind the leftfield fence in the fifth inning.

He'd singled for the Sox' first hit of the night in the fourth and came around to score as he ran his consecutive-game hit streak to seven games. He also singled in the bottom of the ninth after an "out" call was reviewed on video.

With Tuesday night's performance, Saladino raised his Major League batting average to .355. He has a .613 slugging percentage.

Saladino's homer highlighted a three-run inning as the White Sox pulled to within 8-5 after trailing the Cardinals 7-0 earlier in the game. St. Louis won 8-5.

Saladino, the 2009 PCAC Player of the Year for the Comets, slugged his first Major League home run on Sunday, depositing the ball over the leftfield wall at U.S. Cellular Field for the Sox' only run in a 4-1 loss to the American League Central-leading Kansas City Royals.

The Sox had an off-day on Monday, Saladino's birthday.

Saladino has started at third for the White Sox since being called up from Triple-A on July 10, playing almost flawless and often spectacularly defensively. His offense has also been a big plus in a batting order that sorely needs as much offense as it can get. Manager Robin Ventura officially confirmed Saladino as the Sox' everyday third baseman before Sunday's game.


FOOTBALL: 2015 Schedule

Palomar will visit Citrus College to kick off the 2015 football season on Saturday, Sept. 5 at 6 p.m. Charlie Long (above), the 2014 team's starting center who came to Palomar as a transfer from Purdue prior to last season and returns this fall, is about to snap the ball in last season's 47-20 victory over Santa Ana College. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Comets to open season at Citrus on Sept. 5

SAN MARCOS (7-18-2015) -- Palomar, coming off a 7-4 season and expeced to be improved this fall, will kick off its 2015 football season on Saturday, Sept. 5 on the road against Citrus College in Glendora.

Kickoff will be at 6 p.m. at Citrus College Stadium. The Comets defeated the Owls 35-28 in last year's season opener at Wilson Stadium in Escondido.

Coach Joe Early's team will play home games against Long Beach City College, San Diego Mesa, Grossmont, Golden West and Fullerton. The Comets' other away games will be against Saddleback, Moorpark, Orange Coast and Santa Ana.

Sat Sep 5 Citrus at Citrus College Stadium, Glendora 6 PM
Sat Sep 12 Long Beach City College at Wilson Stadium, Escondido 6 PM
Sat Sep 19 San Diego Mesa at Wilson Stadium, Escondido 6 PM
Sat Sep 26 Saddleback at Saddleback Stadium, Mission Viejo - x 6 PM
Sat Oct 3 Grossmont at Wilson Stadium, Escondido - x 6 PM
Sat Oct 10 Moorpark at Griffin Stadium, Moorpark College, Moorpark 6 PM
Sat Oct 17 Orange Coast at LeBard Stadium, Orange Coast, Costa Mesa - x 6 PM
Sat Oct 31 Golden West at Wilson Stadium, Escondido - x 6 PM
Sat Nov 7 Fullerton at Wilson Stadium, Escondido - x 1 PM
Sat Nov 14 Santa Ana College at Eddie West Field, Santa Ana Stadium - x 1 PM
x -- SCFA National Division Southern Conference game

Saladino slugs first Major League home run

CHICAGO (7-19-2015) -- A matter of hours after manager Robin Ventura confirmed Tyler Saladino as the Chicago White Sox' regular third baseman, Palomar's 2009 PCAC Player of the Year slugged his first Major League home run.

Saladino rocketed a shot over the leftfield wall at U.S. Cellular Field for the Sox' only run in a 4-1 loss to the American League Central-leading Kansas City Royals.

Demonstrating the same philosophy he had as the Comets' starting shortstop in 2008 and 2009, Saladino said he would rather have had a win.

“The home run’s nice, especially the first one, but at the end of the day, if we don’t win, that’s all that matters. The home run is just a moment,” Saladino told CSNCHICAGO.com. “The win, at the end of the day, we didn’t get it, so come back Tuesday.

“It’s a huge accomplishment to trot around those bases at a big league field, a major league home run. But I can’t help it. It doesn’t do it (for me). If we won, it would’ve been the greatest thing to happen. But we didn’t. I don’t know, it just doesn’t quite do it.”

Saladino has started at third for the White Sox since being called up from Triple-A on July 10, playing almost flawless and often spectacularly defensively. His offense has also been a big plus in a batting order that sorely needs as much offense as it can get.

Saladino has a .308 big-league batting average, .328 during his current six-game hitting streak.

“It's always special when a guy hits his first home run or first hit,” Ventura said. “He just continues to play. As far as that stuff, he's going to check that off the list. But he's just playing to win games. He's not into the meaning of all that. He thinks it's cool and everything, but he's trying as hard as he can to help us win games. He's just a good player.”

The White Sox get Monday off and host the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday.

LINK to CSNCHICAGO.com coverage


Saladino: .304 after 3-for-6 in split, 2-for-7 game

CHICAGO (7-17-2015 / 7-18-2015) -- Former Palomar standout Tyler Saladino went 3-for-6 on Friday as the Chicago White Sox split a day-night doubleheader with the Kansas City Royals.

On Saturday, he was 2-for-7 in an 13-inning loss to the American League Central leaders and will enter Sunday's finale of the teams' three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field hitting .304 in six games since being called up from Triple A on July 10. 

Saladino, the 2009 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year for the Comets, went 2-for-4 in his national TV debut on MLB Network in Friday's afternoon game, won by Kansas City 4-2.

Saladino used his bat control and speed to leave the American League Central leaders standing flat-footed with a bunt single between pitcher and third in the bottom of the third inning. He added an opposite-field single to right in the sixth. In the night game, Saladino was 1-for-2 with another infield single and a sacrifice bunt as Chicago won 2-0.

On Saturday, he had base hits in in first two at-bats. Saladino continues to play spectacular defensively as the White Sox' starter at third base.

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