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EX-RBV COACH WHIDDON JOINS STAFF IN SOCCER

SAN MARCOS (7-17-2014) -- David Whiddon, the long-time successful boys soccer coach at Rancho Buena Vista High School, joins Carlos Hernandez' staff this season as assistant coach.

Whiddon, originally from London, England, was a two-sport athlete (soccer and track) in high school and played college soccer at Foothill Community College in Los Altos Hills and at Eastern Washington University. He played two seasons for the San Jose Earthquakes reserve team.

He's spent the past 29 years as a high school varsity and club soccer coach in San Diego County. He's traveled to soccer clinics in England, The Netherlands, Germany and Brazil to continue his coachig educastion and holds an NSCAA Premier Coaching License.

His Rancho Buena Vista teams won multiple league championships and advanced to the CIF San Diego Section playoffs 20 out of 22 years.

Whiddon regularly sent players from his RBV program into college and pro ranks, including sons Trevor and William.

Trevor Whiddon received a soccer scholarship to NCAA Division I Cal State Fullerton and later played professionally with the Los Angeles Blues in the USL Pro League. William Whiddon played on U.S. National Youth teams through the U18 level and earned a scholarship to Concordia University of Irvine.

Both were All-CIF San Diego Section selections for the Longhorns

In 1995, Whiddon was recipient of the CIF Model Coach of the Year award and was North County Conference Coach of the Year in 2008.

Whiddon taught for 17 years and also was the athletic director at Rancho Buena Vista High for seven years. When the new Vista Mission High School opened in the Vista Unified School District, he was an assistant principal and the Timberwolves' athletic director for three years until his retirement from the Vista district in 2013.

 

INJURY KEEPS SALADINO OUT OF ALL-STAR GAME

DURHAM, North Carolina (7-16-2014) -- Palomar alum Tyler Saladino, voted as the International League's starting shortstop for Wednesday night's Triple-A All-Star Game, sustained a strained muscle in his throwing arm on Saturday vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and opted to skip the game as a precaution.

"It is what it is, you know," said Saladino, who leads International League shortstops in average (.310), hits (91) and slugging percentage (.483) playing for the Chicago White Sox' Charlotte, North Carolina affiliate.

"I'm not able to throw as well, and it's not worth going out there and making it worse," Saladino told the Charlotte Observer newspaper.

He hit safely in the Knights' following two games after the injury, playing designated hitter. But, with a possible shot at being called up to the Major Leagues by the White Sox later in the season, attempting to throw on Wednesday seemed like a bad bet for Saladino.

The International League defeated the Pacific Coast League 7-3 in a game that was aired nationally by MLB Network.

HILL STAYS HOT AFTER MOVE FROM ROOKIE BALL TO CLASS A

LEXINGTON,  Kentucky (7-13-2014) -- Palomar alum Tim Hill has remained on fire in the Kansas City Royals' farm system after the left-handed pitcher's quick promotion from Idaho Falls of the Rookie Classification Pioneer League to Lexington of the Class A South Atlantic League.

Hill, drafted in the 32nd round by the Royals last month after making the NAIA All-American third team at his senior season at Bacone College of Muskogee, Oklahoma, has turned in two impressive scoreless relief appearances for the Lexington Legends.

On Friday, he pitched a scoreless, hitless relief inning against the Washington Nationals' Hagarstown Suns farm club, striking out three batters  and walking none. Then, on Sunday, he came in with two out in the ninth inning, also  against the Suns, to notch his first pro save in by getting a groundball out.

Hill was drafted by the Royals on June 7, signed on June 12 and made his professional debut for Idaho Falls on June 21. He appeared in five games for the Chukars before being promoted Lexington. He then made his Class A debut for the Legends on July 11.

Hill has a 2.00 overall ERA in his first pro season, allowing 3 hits in 9 innings pitched and striking out 15 batters while walking 2. He's 1-1 with the 1 save.

 DUFFY JOINS GORMAN AT NAIA CHAMP VANGUARD

COSTA MESA  (7-16-2014) -- Former Palomar standout Jake Duffy, a 6-foot-3 guard who hasn't played since he was a sophomore for the Comets in 2011-12, will return to the court during the upcoming season at 2013-14 NAIA Division I national champion Vanguard University.

There, he'll play with former Palomar teammate Chris Gorman, the star of the Lions' 70-65 victory over Emmanuel College of Franklin Springs, Georgia in last season's national championship game at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City. Gorman had 18 points and five rebounds in the game and was selected to the all-tournament team.

Gorman, who played opposite Duffy as a guard for the Comets, averaged 15.6 points as Vanguard's second-leading scorer, 3.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists as the Lions went 32-6.

Duffy came out of Murrieta Valley High School to enjoy back-to-back outstanding seasons at Palomar.

(UPDATED AT 10:30 P.M. ON TUE., 7/22/2014)

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HALL OF FAME: Class of 2014

ABOVE: Andy Loveland, who quarterbacked Palomar to its first of three national football titles during the 2001 season, keeps ball in Oklahoma State's game at Michigan on Sept. 19, 2002, which was played before 104,253 fans. LOWER LEFT: Steve Kovensky, who won 18 games and struck out 129 batters in two baseball seasons for the Comets, then went on to pitch in the College World Series for Florida State in 1986 and 1987. LOWER RIGHT: Alicia Marrone, the California Community College Player of the Year in softball as a sophomore during the Comets' 50-3 state championship season in 1993. She went on to star for two seasons at Long Beach State. -- Courtesy photos

16 will enter Palomar Hall of Fame on Aug. 16

LAKE SAN MARCOS  (7-22-2014) -- Palomar will induct 16 members of the Class of 2014, including legendary basketball coach Dr. Joe Brennan, three football players and athletes from nine different sports, at its Third Annual Athletic Hall of  Fame Banquet on Saturday evening, Aug. 16.

Tickets are on sale and sponsorship opportunities are available for an event that has been sold out in both of its first two years. Cost is $55 per person with special rates for tables as the banquet returns to St. Mark Golf Club (formerly Lake San Marcos Country Club) for the second year in a row.

To order tickets with a credit card on line go to www.palomar.edu/foundation, or checks payable to "Palomar College Foundation" can be mailed to Palomar College Athletic Hall of Fame, 1140 West Mission Road, San Marcos,  CA 92069. RSVP is required by Wednesday, Aug. 13 and more information is available by phoning (760) 744-1150, ext. 2460, or by sending an e-mail to aslivick@palomar.edu. There will be a cocktail & social hour at 5 p.m., with dinner served at 6 p.m. and the inductee program beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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 coach Virgil Watson (in 1999-2000) and coach John O'Neill (in 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, 1957-1965) -- 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. 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 in 1992 when the Comets went 10-1 and defeated Mt. SAC in the Simple Green Bowl in Costa Mesa, then rushed  for 1,263 yards in 1993 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 wrestler in the state high school tournament at 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, 1972-86) -- Karen Floyd, a La Jolla 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. He's 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 the championship game, in which the Wildcats won a battle of one-loss teams to capture the national championship. He 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, 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 on the NCAA Division I level 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 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 Division I 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 theree doubles against Cal State Fullerton on March 7, 1995. Marrone lives in El Cajon.

MONTSERRAT NOBOA (Women's Tennis, 1987-88) -- An Ecuadorian national and graduate of San Marcos High School, Monse  Noboa was  one of 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 the conference's Player of the Year. As a sophomore,  she led the Comets to a 17-3 dual match record and a second-place finish in the 1988 state team tournament. She was also a singles and doubles semifinalist in both the state community college tournament and the Ojai Tournament. Noboa received a scholarship to Cal State Bakersfield, where she was an NCAA Division II All-American in 1990. She went on to play on the ITA Pro circuit, returning as an assistant coach for Haugen for five years and serving as pro at the prestigious Rancho Valencia Resort. Noboa lives in San Diego.

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 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 School in Los Angeles, transferred from UTEP and lead coach Teri Bamford's 1984-85 Comets to the Pacific Coast Conference championship and the program's first-ever undefeated conference season. Her averages of 19 points and 15 rebounds helped the Comets to the best one-year turn-around in the college's history. She scored 20 or more points in 10 games, including 32 in a 52-51 win over San Diego Mesa, 28 against Grossmont and 25 vs. both Santa Monica and College  of the Desert. Wooten was selected to an all-star team that played a series 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 played on a New Zealand team that played a series of games against Division I teams while touring the United States. She later became a popular rapper in Augland.

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 the Comets go 40-9 in her freshman season and 35-8-1 as a sophomore, when they 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.

BASEBALL: 4-Year Signings, Commits

Palomar left fielder Matt Matlock, who has committed to NCAA Division I Grand Canyon, helped spark the Comets to their fourth straight Pacific Coast Athletic Conference championship during the recent season, especially with his defense in left field. Matlock is the 19th player from the Comets' 2014 team to move on to the four-year level, and the 10th to D-I. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Matlock to Grand Canyon; 19th Comet to sign

SAN MARCOS (7-14-2014) -- Left fielder Matt Matlock has become the 19th member of Palomar's 2014 baseball team to move on to the four-year college level, committing to Grand Canyon University of the Western Athletic Conference.

He's the 10th Comet from the 2014 team to accept an offer from an NCAA Division I program. Palomar also is sending four players on to Division II and five players to NAIA programs.

Matlock, a Murrieta Valley High School product, helped the Comets go 57-25 during the 2013 and 2014 seasons as they won their third and fourth consecutive Pacific Coast Athletic Conference championships. He switched from the middle infield to leftfield between seasons and sparked the 2014 team, especially with his defense.

In his two Palomar seasons, Matlock played in 69 games, starting 59 of them. He batted .272 with 27 RBIs and had a .404 on-base percentage, reaching base 30 times on walks and 18 times as a hit batter. He stole 14 bases on 18 attempts and also contributed 15 sacrifice hits and 4 sacrifice flies.

Grand Canyon, located in Phoenix, went 30-23 in their first Division I season in 2014 and placed second in the WAC behind conference champion Sacramento State.

Palomar has a long history of sending players on to Grand Canyon. Pete Bethea, the fourth-leading career hitter in Grand Canyon history, was the starting catcher on the Antelopes' back-to-back NAIA World Series championship teams in 1981 and 1982. Randy Davila was the leading hitter for the Antelopes' 1986 NAIA World Series champions. Outfielder Kevin Snider, the son of Hall of Famer Duke Snider, and pitcher Dennis Melton helped Grand Canyon reach the 1971 NAIA World Series. Melton pitched a no-hitter for the Antelopes against Cal Lutheran that season.

PALOMAR'S DIVISION I COMMITS, SIGNINGS (10) -- CF Dillan Smith (San Jose State), RHP Zach Wilkins (Nevada), 1B Eric Sapp (University of Portland), C Zach Bonneau (University of Washington), RHP Vaughn Berberet (Long Beach State), RHP Gary Cornish (University of San Diego), OF Matt Matlock (Grand Canyon), OF Anthony Fernandez (Prarie View A&M), RHP Taylor Miller (Nevada), LHP Robert Woodcock (Purdue)

DIVISION II (4) -- RHP Cody Ells (Hawaii Pacific), RHP Troy Forester (UC San Diego), RHP Kamden Haglund (Cal State San Bernardino), C Bubba Craig (Hawaii Pacific)

NAIA (5) -- SS Dennis Morton (2013 national champion Faulkner University), RHP Emilio Esquibel (Cal State San Marcos), RHP Zach Wickham (Cal State San Marcos), RHP Michael Jordan (Vanguard University), RHP Matt Silberman (Vanguard University)

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