CCCAA State Championship Final Four
at John Euless Ballpark
Fresno City College
Championship Semifinals
Orange Coast 3, Palomar 0
Elimination Game
San Joaquin Delta 14, Palomar 7

CCCAA State Championship Final Four
at John Euless Ballpark
Fresno City College
Round 1
Palomar 7, Fresno City College 3


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

             Ian Kelly


PUEBLO, Colorado (6-04-2015) -- Palomar's Ian Kelly, a 6-foot-3, 240-pound defensive end from Chaparral High School in Temecula, will join his teammate, corner Bryan Jones who signed previously, at Colorado State-Pueblo, the 2014 NCAA Division II national champion Colorado State-Pueblo.

The Thunder-Wolves went 14-1 in 2014 and defeated Minnesota State-Mankato 13-0 in the Division II national championship game at Kansas City, Kansas.

Kelly had 36 tackles (23 solo), 5.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 1 broken-up pass, 1 quarterback hurry and one forced fumble, for the 2014 Comets.

Jones, a 6-foot-0, 180-pound sophomore from Temecula's Great Oak High School, recorded 41 tackles for the '14 Comets and had an interception he returned 29 yards for a touchdown. He also recorded 15 pass break-ups and 0.5 tackles for loss. He missed one game due to an injury.

Other previous scholarship recipients were:

End Dylan Donahue, the Southern California Defensive Player of the Year, accepted a scholarship to the University of West Georgia (NCAA Division II, 12-3 record in 2014, national semifinalist. Donahue's high school: Billings West (Billings, MT)

Cornerback Javante O'Roy committed to Texas State (NCAA Division I FBS, 7-5 record in 2014). O'Roy's High School: Antelope (Antelope, CA)

Defensive tackle Joe Naotala committed to Montana State (NCAA Division I FCS, 8-5 record in 2014). Naotala's High School: Army-Navy Academy

Linebacker Austin Wolff committed to Portland State (NCAA Division I FCS). Wolff's High School: Fallbrook

Receiver M.J. Bailey committed to Idaho State (NCAA Division II FCS, 8-4 record in 2014). Bailey's High School: San Marcos

Deep Snapper Jared Sargent from the 2013 team committed to Azusa Pacific (NCAA Division II, 10-1 record in 2014). High School: Temecula Valley

Slot Receiver / Punt Returner Damon Nolan committed to Baker University (NAIA, 8-3 record in 2014). High School: Murrieta Valley

          Keisha Cox


SAN MARCOS (5-30-2015) -- Palomar women's basketball players Keisha Cox and Tessa Balcom both have signed with four-year colleges.

Cox, the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year and a first-team all-state community college selection who led the Comets to a 26-4 record, the PCAC title and to within one game of the CCCAA State Championship Final Four, signed with Brandon University of Brandon, Manitoba, Canada.

Cox couldn't sign with an Division I program because of Division I clock issues.

Balcom, a first-team All-PCAC selection, signed with the NAIA's Bacone College of Muskogee, Oklahoma.

Cox, a 5-foot-8 sophomore guard from Mission Hills High School, led Palomar scorers with an 18.5 season on her way to her all-state honors.

She'll join former Comet Mikaela Stanton, the Bobcats' second-leading scorer as a junior this past season, at Brandon.

Balcom, a 5-foot-5 sophomore guard from Ramona High School, averaged 8.6 points per game.

Cox and Balcom are the third and fourth players from Palomar's 2014-15 team to sign with four-year colleges.

Lee Lee Tomlinson signed with Presentation College of Aburdeen, South Dakota and Daijon Sumpter signed with Bethel College of Newton, Kansas. Both schools are members of the NAIA.

          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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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 duals meets scheduled    VOLLEYBALL (M)  8-9  6-8  SAND VOLLEYBALL (W)  5-7  2-4



Hatley pitches scoreless inning in MLB debut

ST. LOUIS, Missouri (7-01-2015) -- Palomar alum Marcus Hatley, who was called up from Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday, made a successul Major League debut for the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday.

The 6-foot-5, 220-pound right-hander stopped the bleeding for the Cards in the top of the ninth inning in a 7-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox before a crowd of 41,696 at Busch Stadium.

After giving up a single to Jose Abreau, Hatley retired Melky Cabrera and Avisail Garcia on back-to-back  ground outs, then struck out Gordon Beckham swinging for the third out. The White Sox had scored five times to break open a 2-1 game before Hatley got the Cards out of the inning.


Cardinals call up former Comet Marcus Hatley

ST. LOUIS, Missouri (6-30-2015) -- The St. Louis Cardinals, who lead the National League Central Division by nine games and have the best record in baseball, called up  Marcus Hatley, one of four former Palomar players currently playing on the Triple-A level, from the Pacific Coast League Memphis Redbirds on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-5 right-handed pitcher has been playing in the minor leagues for eight years, most of them in the Chicago Cubs system, after being drafted in the 39th round by the Cubs following the Comets' 2007 season.

Hatley had a 4-2 record with three saves and a 1.69 earned run average at Memphis so far in the 2015 season. His career minor league numbers: a 28-26 win-loss record, 22 saves, 4.05 ERA.

Hatley was an outfielder-relief pitcher as a freshman for coach Buck Taylor's 2007 Palomar club after arriving from Mission Hills High School. He was a teammate of future Major League pitcher Nick Vincent and current Houston Astros Triple-A pitcher James Hoyt on the 2007 team.

Hatley made the All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference first team in his only season as a Comet after batting .290 (.304 in conference) with 17 doubles, 3 home runs and 31 RBIs. He also threw two scoreless relief innings as a pitcher. 

Taylor was going to move him into the starting pitching rotation as a sophomore for the 2008 season before the Cubs selected him as a pitcher in the June 2007 draft.

Palomar's all-time list of regular-season Major Leaguers:

RANDY JOHNSON, third baseman, Atlanta Braves 1982, 1983, 1984 (drafted in the 11th round and signed by the New York Mets out of San Jose State in 1978)

GEORGE HINSHAW, third baseman/outfielder, San Diego Padres 1982, 1983 (drafted in the 11th round and signed by the Padres out of the University of La Verne in 1980. He played his junior season at Arizona State before transferring to La Verne)

JIM SCRANTON, shortstop, Kansas City Royals 1984, 1985 (signed by the Royals as a free agent out of the University of Arizona in 1980 after originally being drafted by the Oakland A's in 1978)

TROY AFENIR, catcher, Houston Astros 1987; Oakland A's 1990, 1991; Cincinnati Reds 1992 (drafted in the 3rd round and signed by the Oakland A's out of Palomar in 1983; was previously drafted in the 1st round by the Chicago Cubs and in the first round by the Astros)

CARL GROVOM, right-handed pitcher, Cincinnati Reds 1989 - called up in September but did not appear in any games (drafted in the 20th round and signed by the Houston Astros out of United States International University in 1986; signed by the Minnesota Twins as a strike replacement player in 1995 but did not appear in any games)

NICK VINCENT, right-handed pitcher, San Diego Padres 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 (drafted in the 18th round and signed by the Padres out of Long Beach State in 2008)

MARCUS HATLEY, right-handed pitcher, St. Louis Cardinals 2015 (drafted in the 39th round and signed in 2007 by the Chicago Cubs)

FOOTBALL: Signings, Transfers

Palomar tight end Sam Browning (also pictured below) hauls in a pass during the Comets' game at Saddleback on Nov. 2, 2013. Browning took the ball to the end zone for a 27-yard touchdown, the first of his two TD catches against the Gauchos. He's accepted a scholarship to Eastern Michigan University and leaves for Ypsilanti, Michigan on Saturday. -- Photo by Hugh Cox.

Browning lands scholarship to E. Michigan

SAN MARCOS (6-26-2015 / REVISED 7-01-2015) -- Palomar's 6-foot-5, 245-pound tight end Sam Browning, who had a big sophomore season for the Comets in 2013 and sat out 2014 to finish his A.A. degree, has accepted a scholarship to Eastern Michigan University of the Mid-American Conference.

Browning, who has run a 4.6 in the 40 and has added 25 pounds since his sophomore season, leaves for Yipsilanti, Michigan on Saturday.

Browning 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.

The Comets' Codey Wuthrich is back on the market after Colorado restructered its backup punting situation on Wednesday and decided not the bring him on board. He's finishing his A.A. degree this summer.

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)
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)

CCCAA: State Athlete of Month

Palomar's Summer Evans has been named California Community College Female Athlete of the Month for May for all sports after pitching the Comets to their fifth CCCAA State Championship. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Evans is California Athlete of Month for May

SACRAMENTO (6-18-2015) -- Palomar right-hander Summer Evans, a freshman from Escondido High School, has been selected as California Community College Athletic Associatin Female Athlete of the Month for May for all sports after pitching the Comets to their fifth CCCAA State fast-pitch chamionship.

Evans started eight of nine postseason games played by Palomar in May, compliling a 7-1 postseason record for the month with a 1.14 earned-run average over 49 innings. She was honored as Most Valuable Pitcher in the State Championship Final Four at Bakersfield College.

The Comets went 41-4-1 for the season in winning the state title.

PCAC: All-Conference Academic Team

Vince Mori was the Pacific Coast Athletic College's 2014-15 Male Scholar Athlete of the Year for all sports. He compiled a 3.92 grade-point average for 80 units in two years at Palomar.

59 spring athletes Academic All-Conference

SAN MARCOS (6-18-2015) -- For all their on-the-field successes, Palomar spring sports athletes also excelled in the classroom.

A total of 58 Comets qualified for the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference's All-Academic team, an honor that requires a minimum 3.0 grade-point average for at least 12 successfully-completed semester units.

The honorees include 15 members of the the Comets PCAC champion baseball team that finished third in the state tournament, 9 members of the conference chamion men's swimming team, 7 members of the state-championship softball team, 6 members of the women's swim team, 5 members each of the conference champion men's golf team and sand volleyball teams, 4 each from the women's track & field and men's tennis teams, and 2 each from the men's volleyball and women's tennis teams.

Seven in-season athletes achieved 4.0 (straight-A) grade-point averages: baseball players Josh Bravin and Joel Mitchell, men's golfer Torrey Munoz, sand volleyball player Kelly Iverson, men's swimmer Corey Meyers and women's swimmers Emilee Foltz and Lucy Gates.

Three Palomar spring sport teams reached the CCCAA's standard for State Scholar Team of the Year nomination -- women's swimming (3.25 team combined grade-point average), men's golf (3.15) and softball (3.05).

Palomar's 2015 spring sport All-PCAC Scholar Athletes:

BASEBALL (15) -- Colton Aaro, Dominic Anguiano, Bryan Boomhower, Josh Bravin, Sam Casinelli, Matt Flake, Graham Gomez, Chase Grant, Nico Holm, Troy Lamparello, Joel Mitchell, Vincent Mori, Carl Schwettmann, Chris Stratton, Taylor Turski

MEN'S SWIMMING (9) -- Jonathan Baker, Rich Farley, Nicholas Hendricks, Hayden McCauley, Ryan McCauley, Corey Meyers, Derek Roy, Ryan Smethurst, Ryan Sur

SOFTBALL (7) -- Summer Evans, K.K. Fronda, Leah Gordon, Kealani Leonui, Maci Lerno, Kali Pugh, Anjelea Stewart

 WOMEN'S SWIMMING (6) -- Morgan Brown, Andrea Fairbanks, Emily Foltz, Lucy Gates, Kelly Harris, Natalie Viescas

MEN'S GOLF (5) -- Nick Bellstrom, Brian Helmuth, Mitchell Kwee, Torrey Munoz, Connor Sims

SAND VOLLEYBALL (5) -- Gabrielle Hutzler, Kelly Iverson, Aspen Luektke, Rachel McFarland, Hannah Seits

WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD (4) -- Maria Linares, Brittany Logan, Sarah Martinez, Deondra Young

MEN'S TENNIS (4) -- Christian Corse, Evan Davis, Christopher Orbe, Jonathan Rodriguez

MEN'S VOLLEYBALL (2) -- Justin Ramos, Jacob Stokes

WOMEN'S TENNIS (2) -- Teresa DeAnda, Christina Nguyen

BASEBALL: 4-Yr. Signees, Commits, Transfers

      TOP PHOTO: Palomar sophomore reliever Graham Gomez has accepted a scholarship to San Diego State. BELOW, L to R: Josh Bravin (Eastern Michigan), Rusty Huber (Rogers State, Oklahoma) and Alec Salcedo: Lindsay-Wilson University, Kentucky), all of whom also received scholarships to four-year colleges

Four more Comets commit; Gomez to SDSU 

SAN MARCOS (6-15-2015) -- Four more Palomar baseball sophomores have committed to four-year colleges, bringing the Comets' total for its 2015 season to eight and counting.

Reliever Graham Gomez (4-2, 1 save, 1.53 ERA for 35 1/3 innings) accepted a scholarship to San Diego State.

Reliever Rusty Huber (4-0, 5 saves, 2.45 ERA for 33 innings) accepted a scholarship to Rogers State University (Oklahoma).

Reliever Josh Braven (0-1, 1 save, 0.00 ERA for 10 2/3 innings) accepted a scholarship to Eastern Michigan University.

And outfielder Alec Salcedo (.278, 23 RBIs) accepted a scholarship to Lindsay-Wilson University (Kentucky).

Gomez prepped at Santa Fe Christian High School, Braven at Silverado (Las Vegas), Huber at Mira Mesa and Salcedo at Murrieta Mesa.

NCAA Division I 
C Francis Christy, University of Washington (drafted and signed by Arizona Diamondbacks) 
RHP Tyler Russell, Oral Roberts University
LHP Graham Gomez, San Diego State University
RHP Josh Bravin, Eastern Michigan University
NCAA Division II 
RHP Rusty Huber, Rogers State University (Oklahoma) 
LHP Jake Barnett, 2015 NAIA World Series champion Lewis-Clark State 
RHP/1B Anthony Balderas, 2015 NAIA World Series champion Lewis-Clark State 
OF Alec Salcedo, Lindsay-Wilson University (Kentucky) 

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