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SCOREBOARD

SAT., FEB. 6
BASEBALL
Non-Conferrence
at Palomar College Ballpark
Palomar 7, Fullerton 5

SOFTBALL
Non-Conference
at Palomar Softball Field
Game 1
Palomar 9, COD 1
Game 2
Palomar 10, COD 2


FRI., FEB. 5
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
PCAC
at The Dome
Palomar 59, Mt. San Jacinto 48

MEN'S BASKETBALL
PCAC North Division
at The Dome
Palomar 86, MiraCosta 82

SOFTBALL
Non-Conference
at Palomar Softball Field
Game 1
Palomar 8, Citrus 0
Game 2
Palomar 8, Citrus 3

MEN'S TENNIS
Non-Conference
at Cerritos College courts
Norwalk
Cerritos 9, Palomar 0



SCHEDULE

MON., FEB. 8

MEN'S GOLF

Pnoomonia Open
hosted by Victor Valley College
Spring Valley Lakes GC
Victorville

10 a.m.


BRIEFLY

        Bailey Romano

PALOMAR SWEEPS COD IN SOFTBALL BY 9-1 & 10-2

SAN MARCOS (2-06-2016) -- Defending state champion Palomar swept its second straight nonconference doubleheader in two days on Saturday, run-ruling visiting College of the Desert 9-1 and 10-2, both in six innings.

Bailey Romano and Taylor Willis each had four hits in the two games, with Romano going 4-for-5 and Willis going 4-for-7.

In game 1, Trinity Fa'asua was the winning pitcher, getting multiple-hit support from Willis (2-for-3, home run, 4 RBIs), Romano (2-for-2, double, RBI), Iesha Hill (2-for-3, double), Katy McJunkin (2-for-3, RBI) and Hannah McDonald (2-for-2).

In game 2, Summer Evans went 3-for-3 and notched the pitching win in relief of Fa'asua. Brooke Huddleson was 3-for-4 wiht 2 doubles and 2 RBIs. Willis went 2-for-4. Romano was 2-for-3 wiht 2 RBIs. McDonald slugged a solo home run. Hill doubled and drove in 2 runs. Brienna Dunckel singled and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. McJunkin was 1-for-2 and walked twice.Tayler Moore singled and drove in a run.

Palomar advanced to 6-1 with its sixth straight win.

      Troy Lamparello

COMETS DROP 1-0 PITCHERS' DUEL, AWAIT REMATCH

FULLERTON (2-04-2016) -- Fullerton College's 6-foot-4, 240-pound right-hander Randall Ortiz won a pitchers' duel on Thursday as the Hornets, runners-up in the 2014 state community college tournament, edged Palomar, third-place finisher in the state in 2015, 1-0 at Hornet Field.

The two teams will face each other again in a rematch on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the new Palomar Baseball Complex.

Ortiz, who trimmed down 25 pounds from his 2015 playing weight for the Hornets during the off-season, struck out 11 Comets, 10 of them looking. Fullerton played spectacular defense in back of Ortiz.

Troy Lamparello, Carter Johnson and Marc Sauceda pitched for the Comets.

Lamparello threw the first five innings. Johnson came on to begin the sixth and Sauceda came in to begin the eighth. They combined to strike out six.

Fullerton scored the game's only run in the third inning on Austin O'Banion's two-out RBI single through in the hole between the shortstop and the second baseman.

Dylan Breault, Casey Henderson, Cole Brooks and Chase Grant singled for Palomar's hits in the game.

BOX

          Kelly Cannon

CANNON'S BURIES HOLE-IN-1 IN PC GOLF OPENER

CHINO HILLS (2-03-2016) -- Palomar's Kelly Cannon (left), a sophomore out of Escondido High School, shot a hole-in-one on the 207-yard, par-3 ninth hole at Los Serranos Golf Club's South Course on Wednesday morning on day 2 of the season-opening, 36-hole Tee-Off Classic.

The Comets finished third out of 14 teams with a 793 score. They trailed first-place Santa Barbara City College (766) and Orange Coast (789).

Cannon, Connor Sims and Christian Guerzon each carded second-day 76 scores on the par-74 South Course. Mitchell Kwee had an 80, Tyler Cress 82 and Trevor Parkford had the throw out score, 86.

On Monday, Cannon, carded a 79 in blusterly weather with wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour on the first day of the tournament. Kwee and Sims also shot 79s. Cress had an 80, Ian McKenzie an 86 and Graham Edwards 96 for the throw-out score.

            Peter Trhac

TRHAC WINS IN COLLEGE DEBUT BUT PC FALLS TO COAST 7-2

COSTA MESA (2-04-2016) -- Peter Trhac, a freshman who led Del Norte High's tennis team to the school's first-ever CIF San Diego Section championship in any sport, won in his collegiate debut on Thursday.

Trhac defeated Orange Coast's Tam Duong 6-3, 206 (10-1 tiebreaker) in No. 1 singles but Palomar dropped a 7-2 non-confererence decision to the Southern California No. 10-ranked Pirates in the the Comets' season opener.

Dorian Blanchard had Palomar's other victory in the match, defeating Phil Vu 6-3, 7-5 at No. 6 singles.

           Iesha Hill

HILL AND TEAMMATES POUND AVC PITCHING IN 14-0 WIN

LANCASTER (2-03-2016) -- Iesha Hill, the Most Valuable Player in last year's State Tournament when Palomar presented coach Lacey Craft with her second California title in three years, unloaded on Antelope Valley on Wednesday as Palomar won in non-conference softball 14-0.

Hill went 3-for-3 with a solo home run, three runs scored and a walk, while Purdue transfer Katy McJunkin and Taylor Willis also slugged  homers.

Willis went 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

Summer Evans pitched a five-inning two-hitter to advance to 2-1 on the season.

Taylour Fa'asua went 3-for-4 and drove in a run. Moriah Lopez was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.

Brooke Huddleson and Tayler Moore also hit safely, rounding out a 13-hit attack against two Antelope Valley pitchers.

 

           B.K. Santy 

B.K. SANTY HIRED AS ASSISTANT COACH BY CAL BEARS

BERKELEY (1-25-2016) -- B.K. Santy, who played four seasons as a starting catcher, as a freshman and sophomore at Palomar and as a junior and senior at the University of Washington, has been hired as an assistant baseball coach by the University of California-Berkeley.

After playing two seasons in the Pac-12 for the Washington Huskies, Santy spent part of two seasons in the Minnesota Twins farm system.

He was Palomar's catching coach during the 2015 season.

 

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Scott Cathcart
scathcart@palomar.edu(760) 744-1150 X 2460
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BASEBALL: Palomar 7, Fullerton 5

Comets' Chase Grant slides back into first base during Saturday's 7-5 victory over Fullerton at Palomar College Ballpark. Grant tripled to drive in a run in the Comets' two-run eighth inning which broke a 5-5 tie. -- Photo by Philip Farry

Comets rally from 5-2 deficit to down Hornets

SAN MARCOS (2-06-2016) -- Trailing by three runs through six innings, Palomar tied the game in the bottom of the seventh, then scored twice in the bottom of eighth on Saturday to down Fullerton 7-5 in a non-conference baseball game at the new Palomar College Ballpark.

The victory avenged a 1-0 loss to the Hornets on Thursday at Fullerton and gave Tyler Baca, a freshman right-hander from from Cimarron Memorial High School in Las Vegas and Palomar's fourth pitcher of the afternoon, his first community college win. Baca pitched 1 2/3 shutout innings in relief before Mitch Hayes, a freshman right-hander out of Temecula's Great Oak High, came on to notch the save with a scoreless ninth inning.

Mike Benson doubled to right-centerfield to lead off the bottom of the eighth for the Comets. Hayes, Palomar's designated hitter before moving to the mound for the ninth, advanced him to second with a sacrifice bunt. Eric Charles beat out an infield single, and a throwing error on the play allowed Benson to score what turned out to be the winning run.

Palomar added its second run of the inning when Charles went to third on a wild pitch and scored on Chase Grant's triple to right.

In the Comets' three-run seventh inning, Charles walked, Grant advanced him with a tapper back to the mound, Dylan Breault singled, pinch-hitter Effrin Medina singled to drive in a run, Casey Henderson singled to drive in a run and Shane Olson doubled to right-center to drive in the third run of the evening.

For the game, Olson (2-for-4 with the double and two RBIs), Casey Henderson (2-for 4 with an RBI) and Breault (2-for-5) had multiple hits for the Comets.

 "It was a great team win," coach Buck Taylor said.

Palomar will host two-time defending state champion Orange Coast on Tuesday at 2 p.m.

BOX | SEASON

W. BASKETBALL: PC 59, No. 1 Mt. San Jac 48

Palomar's Lynnzy Troxell tries to get a shot off against Mt. San Jacinto's Britney Thomas on Friday night. Thomas was able to block this one, but Troxell scored 14 points, 10 of them in the third quarter, as the Comets handed the Eagles their first loss of the season. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Comets hand Eagles 1st loss after 24-0 start

SAN MARCOS (2-05-2016) -- Coach Leigh Marshall's Palomar women's basketball team pulled off the biggest upset in the state all season long in the second half of a men's/womens doubleheader at the Dome on Friday night.

The fifth-ranked Comets, led by Chelse Ayala's 21 points and a big inside presence from 6-foot Lynnzy Troxell, moved into a tie for first place in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference with No. 1-ranked Mt. San Jacinto, winning 59-48 to hand the Eagles their first loss of 2015-2016 after 24 straight wins.

Mt. San Jacinto, which got 18 points from 6-foot-2 forward Britney Thomas, was the last community college team in California to fall.

Ayala buried five 3-pointers, three of them when she scored 10 second-quarter points after a first-quarter in which neither team could put down shots and she was shut out as the Comets fell behind 8-6.

Her big second period sparked Palomar's 21-11 second-quarter run which netted the Comets a 27-19 lead at intermission. Troxell scored 10 points in the third quarter on five inside buckets and Ayala added six points, putting Palomar in front 46-35 entering the final period.

Roshell Lamug had 15 points for Palomar, which is now 19-4 on the season and 9-1 to tie Mt. San Jacinto for the conference lead.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Comets 86, Spartans 82

Kevin Hardyway scores to put Palomar up on MiraCosta 62-58 with just over nine minutes to play in the Comets' victory on Friday night. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

PC sends MiraCosta packing to sweep series

SAN MARCOS (2-05-2016) -- Getting 22 points from Spencer Benson,  19 points each from Matt Duniphan and Deven Riley and 10 assists from Ryan Schaefer, Palomar swept its season series from rival MiraCosta on Friday night in The Dome, dispatching the Spartans 86-82.

In sweeping the Spartans for the third season in a row, the Comets (15-9, 3-2) took over undisputed second in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Northern Division behind first-place Mt. San Jacinto, which advanced to 23-4, 5-4 by holding off Grossmont 72-70 in overtime Friday.

MiraCosta (11-13, 1-4) falls into last place in the division despite a 27-point performance from Buddha Boyd, who had four fouls at halftime and fouled out with 2.5 seconds left in the game.

The Spartans scored 16 of the final 25 points in the first half to take a 39-35 lead in at intermission. But back came the Comets in the second half as Duniphan, who sat out most of the first half after getting in early foul trouble, scored 15 of his 19 points in the final 20 minutes.

Duniphan, who led the Comets with eight rebounds, picked up his fourth foul with 9:42 remaining but avoided picking up a fifth.

In the second half, Benson knocked down four of his six 3-pointers on the night and Schaefer buried two of his three treys. Riley added three 3-pointers during the evening as the Comets knocked down 12 threes.

Schaefer also finished in double figures in the scoring column with 14 points.

Palomar shot 67.9 percent from the field in the second half and 55.2 percent for the game. The Comets made 7-of-10 treys after intermission.

The game went down to the final 3 and 1/2 minutes. Schaefer scored a 2-pointer with 3:29 remaining to tie the game at 75 points apiece, and the Comts added a Benson 3-pointer, a Duniphan lay-up, a Schaefer 3-pointer, two free throws by Riley and a final free throw by Schaefer with 2.9 seconds left down the stretch.

SOFTBALL: PC 8-8, Cerritos 0-3

Summer Evans delivers a pitch during Palomar's 8-0 run-rule victory over visiting Citrus in the first game of a doubleheader on Friday. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Evans' two complete-game wins spark sweep

SAN MARCOS (2-05-2016) -- Playing its first of two softball doubleheaders on back-to-back days, Palomar had little difficulty sweeping visiting Citrus 8-0 and 8-3 behind two complete-game pitching wins by Summer Evans on Friday.

Evans threw a two-hitter in the five-inning, run-rule opener and came right back to strike out five batters and walk one as she scattered seven hits in the second game. Like the Comets' team, Evans is 4-1 on the season.

Moriah Lopez went 2-for-3 and drove in two runs for Palomar in the opener. Brienna Dunckel, Katy McJunkin, Brooke Huddleson, Iesha Hill, Tayler Moore and Briana Moreno each contributed a single and an RBI. Taylour Fa'asua and Briana Moreno also singled, rounding out a 10-hit attack off two Citrus pitchers.

Huddleson (3-for-4, double) and Hill (2-for-4, home run, 2 RBIs) sparked an 11-hit attack in the second game. Taylor Willis doubled and drove in two runs. Dunckel and Lopez also doubled. McJunkin, Moore and Moreno each singled in a run.

Coach Lacey Craft's Comets will be home for a doubleheader against College of the Desert on Saturday, starting at noon.

HALL OF FAME: Saturday's Inductions

ABOVE: Saturday night's Palomar Athletic Hall of Fame inductees, (L to R): Don Hubbard (aquatics coach), Randy Hartman (track, cross country), Bonnie Plein (contributor), John Woods (wrestling coach, athletic director), Denise Borden (softball), Dick Christman (baseball), Ray Bosch (basketball), Chris Cash (football), April Austin (softball), Kathy McAleer (softball), Jerry Garrett (football), Nick Vincent (baseball), Donny Johnson (baseball). BELOW: San Diego Padres pitcher Nick Vincent, who had 20 wins as a Comet -- Photos by Melinda Finn

Hall of Fame banquet is an overflow sellout

SAN MARCOS (1-30-2016) -- A record sellout crowd of more than 200 people packed the banquet room at Twin Oaks Golf Course on Saturday night for the induction of this year's Palomar College Athletic Hall of Fame class.

This year's 14 inductees included San Diego Padres relief pitcher Nick Vincent, former USC and Detroit Lions cornerback and current Seattle Seahawks assistant coach Chris Cash, two-time NCAA Women's World Series all-tournament shortstop April Austin, and legendary Palomar wrestling coach John Woods, the Comets' longtime athletic director.

1983 and 1984 Palomar pitcher Darren Balsley, a third-round draft selection (by the Oakland A's out of Palomar who saw his pro career short-circuited by an injury), and the Padres' Major League pitching coach under five managers from 2003 through the present, was unable to attend at the last minute and was moved to next year's induction class.

Nick Vincent (Baseball, Starting Pitcher, 2005, 2006, 2007). All-State and All-American at Palomar who compiled a 20-6 record and 2.11 ERA for the Comets. Prior to Palomar: Ramona High School. After Palomar: Drafted by the Padres after his junior season at Long Beach State in 2007. Currently: Beginning his fifth season as a Major League reliever for the Padres with a career ERA of 2.63 and 161 strikeouts in 150 2/3 innings pitched. One of the best short relievers in the Major Leagues. Led the National League in 2014 in allowing the least inherited runs and compiled an ERA of 2.35 in 2015. In his last 23 appearances for the Padres last season, Vincent made 22 straight appearances without giving up an earned run before the Dodgers finally scored an earned run off him in the final game of the regular season. Introduced by his first Palomar coach, Bob Vetter (Vincent later pitched for current coach Buck Taylor)

Chris Cash (Football, Cornerback, 1998, 1999). Led Comets to their third mythical national community college championship in 1998. Prior to Palomar: High school All-American at Franklin High School, Stockton. Originally signed with the University of Colorado but didn't qualify and transferred to Palomar. After Palomar: All-Pac 10 second-team selection at USC; Drafted by and immediately started at corner as a rookie for the Detroit Lions. Was second in the NFL in tackles his first season. Played three seasons for the Lions before finishing his NFL playing career with the Atlanta Falcons; Assistant Coach at Florida A&M. Currently: Cornerbacks coach for the Seattle Seahawks. Introduced by his Palomar coach, Tom Craft

John Woods (Wrestling Coach / Athletic Director, 1973-2007. In 15 seasons as the Comets' wrestling coach, his teams went 179-19-3, won four state team championships and three state dual titles, and produced 11 state weight-class champions and 51 community college All-Americans. He was California Wrestling Coach of the Year four times and also was National Community College Wrestling Coach of the Year four times. Hversaw Palomar's expansion to more than 20 sports from the time he became Athletic Director until his retirement in 2007. Prior to Palomar: Three-time All-American. National Champion at 167 pounds in NCAA Division II and national runner-up in Division I at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, both in the same season as a senior, losing to Iowa State's two-time NCAA champion Jason Smith in the finals. That season, he earned Division I and Division II All-American honors in the same season. Woods was a team captain in 1969, selected to the NCAA East/West All-Star Team in 1969 and led Cal Poly to NCAA Division II team championships in both 1968 and 1969. He arned Bachelor's and Masters' degrees from Cal Poly, and coached Orange Glen High to a 45-9-2 record before becomeing Palomar's head coach in 1973. After Palomar / Currently: Became Commissioner of the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference in 2007. Also is Commissioner of Southern California community college wrestling and served a two-year stint as a Dean and Athletic Director at Pasadena City College. Also: 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.Introduced by his former wrestler Joe Ismay, who followed him as Palomar's head coach.

April Austin Pugh (Softball, Shortstop, 1991, 1992). All-State selection. Prior to Palomar: San Marcos High School. After Palomar: 2-time Women's College World Series all-tournament selection at Oklahoma State. Helped lead Cowgirls to third in the 1994 College World Series. Introduced by her Palomar coach, Mark Eldridge.

Tamasi Amituani (Football, Defensive Tackle, 1991, 1992). JC Grid-Wire All-American who helped lead 1991 Comets to their first state and mythical national  titles. Prior to Palomar: Consensus high school All-American at Vista High School; No. 1-ranked member of Colorado's 1989 recruiting class (Prop 48 redshirt). After Palomar: Signed with University of Arizona; Sacramento Goldminers CFL). Currently: Heads a program for handicapped in the midwest. Introduced by his Palomar coach, Tom Craft. Daughter accepted induction award

Denise Borden-Woodhams (Softball, 1983, 1984). Helped establish coach Mark Eldridge's softball team as a perennial powerhouse. She led the Comets' 1983 and 1984 teams which won a combined 57 games, by setting career records for home runs (11), triples (10) and RBIs (60). Before Palomar: Orange Glen High School. After Palomar: Played for UCLA, accepting a scholarship with the Bruins after also taking recruiting trips to UCLA, Florida State and Louisiana Tech. Currently: Has had a 20-year career as a physical therapist. Introduced by: Mark Eldridge

Ray Bosch (Basketball Forward/Center, 1957-58, 1958-59). Bosh led coach Joe Brennan's 1958-59 Palomar team to a third-place finish in the state, when the state tournament still had a third-place game. The 6-foot-7 Bosch was the only South Central Conference player named to the Los Angeles Times' All-Southern California JC Team. Prior to Palomar: Played at Escondido High School, where he was cut from the team as a 5-foot-6 freshman but finally emerged as a star in his first varsity season as a senior, making first-team All-Avocado League after growing to 6-foot-7. After Palomar: Received a scholarship to UC Santa Barbara, then a Division II national power, where he was a two-time all-conference (CCAA) selection and was selected to the UPIAll-pacific Coast selection. When he was a junior, the Gauchos defeated Oregon State, Arizona, University of San Francisco, Long Beach State and Nevada, advancing to the Division II National Tournament. After graduating from UCSB, Bosch was an assistant for the Gauchos from 1963-1970, followed by two seasons as an assistant at University of the Pacific under coach Stan Morrison. Currently: Retired Introduced by former Escondido High and Palomar teammate Ray Ruggles.

Dick Christman (Baseball Centerfielder/Middle Infielder, 1975, 1976). Starred at Palomar as a centerfielder/middle infielder for 2 seasons under coach Jim Clayton and for 2 seasons at United States International University under coach Bob Vetter. Prior to Palomar: Baseball player and All-CIF football player at Vista High School. After Palomar: SID (USIU, Saddleback) / sportswriter (Vista Press / San Marcos Courier); Director of Public Relations for NBA's San Diego Clippers; Vice-President of San Diego Sockers and Phoenix Pride Major League Indoor Soccer teams; Very successful in private business, taking North County Vending, originally founded by his brother-in-law, national and transforming it from a tiny operation into a multi-million dollar national company, as a vice-president and later owner. Currently: Private business consultant. Introduced by his coach at USIU, Bob Vetter

 Jerry Garrett (Football Offense/Defense/Special Teams, 1990, 1991). JC Grid-Wire All-American at Palomar; Top player on Comets' 1991 state and mythical Naitonal Championship team as a two-way star at receiver and in the defensive backfield. Prior to Palomar: Oceanside High School; played in Italy. After Palomar: Signed with the University of Houston; NCAA Division II All-American at Wayne State (Nebraska). Currently: Carlsbad High School assistant coach; youth coach. Introduced by his Palomar coach, Tom Craft

Randy Hartman (Cross Country, Track & Field Distance Runner, 1967, 1968). No. 1 cross country runner on Palomar's best team ever under coach Larry Knuth; State 2-mile champion. Prior to Palomar: Orange Glen High School. After Palomar: Cross country and track runner for UCLA; Won the dual cross country meet against USC in leading the Bruins, who eventually were derailed when they ran into Oregon with Steve Prefontaine and Washington State with Gerry Lindgren in the Pac-8 finals. Introduced by Master of Ceremonies Mark Halda

 Don Hubbard (Men's Swimming & Water Polo Coach, 1971-1987). Founded Palomar's aquatics program, producing a string of community college All-Americans in both sports and coaching the water polo teams to four straight Mission Conference titles. Prior to Palomar: U.S. Navy veteran, played JC football with future NFL Hall of Famers Hugh McElhenny and Joe Perry in Compton College's legendary national championship program; Boxer for UCLA's varsity team when it was a collegiate sport. After graduating from UCLA was head swimming, water polo and wrestlng coach at Vista High School where his teams won multiple CIF San Diego Section titles; Honored as a San Diego County Coaching Legend by the Breitbard Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame. Currently: Holds national and world Master's Swimming records and competes as a ballroom dancer. Introduced by retired Palomar won's swiming and water polo coach Patti Waterman

Donnie Johnson (Baseball Pitcher, 1973-74). MVP on Palomar's 1974 team and likely the best pitcher in the program's first 30 years. Switching from first base to pitching between his freshman and sophomore seasons, Johnson went 9-2 with a 2.30 ERA in 1974, was drafted by the Angels but suffered a career-ending arm injury in his first pro appearance, for Idaho Falls, and never pitched again. Brother of former Palomar and San Jose State baseball infielder / football kicker Randy Johnson, who went on to start at third base in the Major Leagues for the Atlanta Braves, has been a Major League scout / field coordinator / assistant to the general manager since his retirement as a player, is currently a pro scout for the Detroit Tigers and was a charter Palomar Hall of Fame inductee. Prior Palomar: Donnie Johnson played at Escondido High School. Was also a bowler with a high game of 288 and played for the Vista Bombers national class men's fastpitch softball team. Was an assistant coach for Palomar's women's sofCurrently: Retired. Introduced by Hall of Fame softball coach Mark Eldridge.

Kathy McAleer McKnerney (Softball Pitcher, 1978, 1979) -- McAleer was the star pitcher for Palomar's first-ever intercollegiate softball team, leading the Comets to a 14-4 record in the highly-competitive Mission Conference and first-ever conference softball championship. She set the tone for a legacy of pitching dominance for the Comets that still exists today. Before Palomar: A dominating for Vista High School's fledgling softball program. After Palomar: Continued her playig career for the Madres traveling ASA team. Currently: Plays AA co-ed softball. Introduced by: Mark Eldridge

Bonnie Plein (Contributor, Athletic Secretary/Academic Department Assistant, 1983-2012) -- Plein servied the Palomar athletic department for more than a quarter century in one of the most difficult, complex and challenging positions on campus and along with her professional accomplishments established lifelong friendships with countless student athletes and coaches. She began her Palomar career as a receptionist for Dean of Instruction Dr. Ted Kilman. Until her retirement in 2008 and temporary return in 2011-12, she provided personal care and concern for Palomar's athletes and coaches under Athletic Directors Bob Lusky (deceased), Dr. Nan Haugen, John Woods and Scott Cathcart. Before Palomar: Plein is a graduate of Eugene High School in Eugene, Oregon. She joined the U.S. Navy WAVES in 1960. Currently: Retired and living with her husband Bob in Oceanside, she remains a big fan of the University of Oregon Ducks and the Palomar Comets. She can be seen at many Palomar athletic events. Introduced by Master of Ceremonies Mark Halda

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