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SATURDAY, AUG. 27
WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL
2nd Pierce Kickoff Classic, Day 1
at L.A. Pierce College gym
Woodland Hills
Rio Hondo def. Palomar 3-2 (25-18, 17-25, 25-22, 24-22, 15-11)

Palomar def. Chaffey 3-0 (25-13, 25-18, 25-19)

FRIDAY, AUG. 26
MEN'S SOCCER
Non-Conference
at Moorpark College field
Palomar 0, Moorpark 0

WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL
2nd Pierce Kickoff Classic, Day 1
at L.A. Pierce College gym
Woodland Hills
Santa Barbara CC def. Palomar 3-0 (25-17, 25-23, 25-9)

MiraCosta def. Palomar 3-2 (25-13, 13-25, 25-22, 24-26, 15-13)

WOMEN'S SOCCER
Non-Conference
at Minkoff Field
vs. Norco, cancelled


SCHEDULE
SATURDAY, SEPT. 3
FOOTBALL
Non-Conference
at Chick Embrey Field
Wilson Stadium
Escondido High School
vs. Southwestern, 6 p.m.


BRIEFLY

SALADINO GOES 3-FOR-4 WITH 2-RUN HR, 3 RBI'S AS SOX ROLL 9-3

CHICAGO (8-27-2016) -- Palomar's Tyler Saladino had another big day for the Chicago White Sox on Saturday as he went 3-for-4 with a home run and drove in three runs in a 9-3 win over the Seattle Mariners.

Saladino's homer, a two-run shot, came in the bottom of the seventh inning. The regular starting second baseman for the Sox also had a series of big plays defensively.

COMETS OPEN MEN'S SOCCER SEASON WITH 0-0 TIE VS. MOORPARK

MOORPARK (8/26/2016) -- Palomar's men's soccer team kicked off its 2016 season Friday by battling to a 0-0 non-conference tie at Moorpark.

"We had a good performance for the first game," coach Dave Whiddon said. "I'm pleased with the effort."

Goalkeeper Chuy Resendiz recorded eight saves and the shutout with what Whiddon described as "the top performance of the day."

Whiddon also singled out strong play by midfielder Chris Kusunoki and forward Josh Clay.

VINCENT GETS WIN VS. YANKS WITH ANOTHER SCORELESS INNING IN RELIEF

SEATTLE (8/22/2016) -- Former Comet Nick Vincent pitched his second scoreless, hitless relief inning in two days on Monday night to pick up the win in relief as the Seattle Mariners downed the New York Yankees 7-5.

Vincent struck out one and walked none in advancing to 3-3 on the season with a 3.92 ERA, compared to his career Major League ERA of 2.92 over five seasons.

On the season, Vincent has struck out 51 and walked 10 over 43 2/3 innings. For his career, he's struck out 212 and walked 49 in 194 1/3 innings.

He also pitched a scoreless, hitless inning in relief with a strkeout and zero walks vs. the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.

SALADINO, VINCENT AND HOYT KEEP GETTING THE JOB DONE

MIAMI, Florida / 2 OTHER CITIES (8/14/2016) -- Palomar's  three current Major League players, Tyler Saladino, Nick Vincent and James Hoyt, continue to perform at high levels.

On Friday, Saladino doubled in a run and singled off Andrew Cashner as the White Sox won 5-2.

On Saturday, his two-out double in the top of the second inning drove in two runs, giving Chicago a 4-0 lead in a game the White Sox eventually won 8-7. He also contributed a sacrifice bunt in the game.

The Marlins won game 3 on Sunday, but Saladino went 2-for-5 with a stolen base.

Saladino played second base and batted second for the Sox in all three games.

On Sunday, ex-Comets Nick Vincent of the Seattle Mariners and James Hoyt of the Astros each had scoreless relief appearances.

Vincent notched his fourth straight scoreless appearance since coming off the disabled list as the Mariners won on the road over Oakland.

Vincent lowered his season ERA to 3.15.

In Toronto, ex-Comet James Hoyt lowered his ERA to 2.70 since being called up from Triple-A with a scoreless appearance against the Blue Jays.

VIDEO: Saladino's 2-run double Saturday 

VIDEO: Saladino's over the shoulder basket catch Sunday

PALOMAR'S STARK, FLORES & PROCHNOW LAND V'BALL SCHOLARSHIPS

SAN MARCOS (6-14-2016) - Three sophomores from coach Karl Seiler's 2015 Palomar women's indoor volleyball team have landed scholarships to NCAA Division II colleges.

Madi Stark, an outside hitter/opposite who was a two-time first-team All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference selection, is transferring to Holy Names University in Oakland.

Bethany Prochnow, a middle blocker who won second-team All-PCAC honors last fall, received her scholarship to Coker University in Hartsville, South Carolina.

And Vanessa Flores, a defensive specialist who was an All-PCAC honorable mention selection, also is transferring to Holy Names.

Four members of the 2015 Palomar indoor team have now moved on the the Division I or Division II levels on scholarships.

Kelli Iverson, an outside hitter from Christian Life Academy in Escondido and a two-time All-PCAC selection, accepted a scholarship  to Division I Grand Canyon University at the semester in January. Iverson played beach volleyball for the the Antelopes in the spring and will play two seasons of indoor volleyball beginning this fall.

Stark and Prochnow are both Elsinore High School products. Flores prepped at Whittier High School.

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FAX (760) 761-3512

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BASEBALL: Obituary

Longtime coach Crouch passes away at 76

VISTA (8-26-2016) -- Stan Crouch, longtime Palomar assistant head baseball coach for Jim Clayton from 1972-1981 and Bob Vetter from 1982-1997, died on Wednesday after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

 Crouch, who also was a football assistant coach for the Comets from 1972-74, came to Palomar from Imperial Valley College, where he had been head football coach from 1968-72. He began his coaching career in Sacramento as a high school head baseball and football coach from 1964-68.

He played both sports at Coalinga High School and also played both baseball and football at San Francisco State University, where he earned both his B.A. and M.A. degrees.

Crouch was a fulltime instructor in what is now the kinesiology department from 1972 until his retirement from Palomar in 2002. He's survived by his wife Jeanne, the couple's son Andy, a former University of Arizona quarterback who teaches and formerly coached at Vista High School, and by daughter Amanda who teaches in the San Diego Unified School District.

FOOTBALL: Scrimmage vs. Riverside CC

TOP PHOTO: LaMont Chaney beats an RCC defender to catch a 38-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Matt Romero for the Comets' first touchdown. The TD came after the Tigers scored the first two TDs of the day. A 24-yard Romero-to-Robert Ursua completion on the previous play ignited a Palomar surge. MIDDLE PHOTO: Antonio Davidson (93) recovers a fumble to set up the second Palomar touchdown. DIRECTLY ABOVE: Justin Sturm (48) intercepts a Riverside pass. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

Comets, Tigers trade big plays in scrimmage

ESCONDIDO (8-27-2016) -- Palomar's young football team, scrimmaging against another college for the first time since 2008, hosted one of the top community college teams in the nation on Saturday at Wilson Stadium's Chick Embrey Field and held its own.

Coach Joe Early's Comets and Riverside City College, under by former Palomar coach Tom Craft, traded big plays throughout a 20-minute live game-condition quarter to begin the afternoon. The teams then broke up into two back-to-back controlled scrimmages from the 40-yard lines as Palomar's offense faced RCC's defense going toward the North end zone and the Tigers' offense went against the Comets' defense facing the South end zone.

In the live quarter, Palomar scored three touchdowns, on a 38-yard pass from quarterback Matt Romero to LaMont Chaney, a 9-yard pass from Romero to Nate Johnson and an 11-yard pass from Romero to tight end Robert Ursua.

Each of the Comet TDs was set up by a big play. Romero connected on a 24-yard play to Ursua to set up the scoring pass to Chaney. Antonio Davidson pounced on an RCC fumble at the Tigers' 38 two plays before the Romero-to-Johnson touchdown. And a 50-yard pass play from Romero to Terrell Arnold down to the 11 set up the Romero-to-Ursua TD.

Sam Tapia converted after all three touchdowns and also boomed a 59-yard punt. Some other notable plays during the live quarter were a kickoff return into the open by Nate Kelly, Hunter Turner's fumble recovery at the Riverside 28-yard line, two big tackles by Brad Dozier and what would have been a violent sack by Roger Mann who had a clear shot at Riverside's quarterback from the blind side. The officials whistled what were about to be sacks and hits on the quarterbacks dead to protect the yellow-jersied quarterbacks from both teams.

In the twin controlled scrimmages that followed, second-string quarterback Connor Wynn threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Wyatt Paterson and Justin Sturm intercepted a Riverside pass.

"(Riverside) threw a lot at us. They blitzed us a lot," Early said. "We didn't use much of our offense, stayed in our base defense and didn't blitz. Our main objective was to find out who can play. We have so many young guys."

The final verdict: "As inexperienced as we are, we showed a lot of resilence," Early added. "I think our younger guys started the scrimmage slightly tentative after (RCC's) pre-game warm-up, but then we settled down. Riverside is very fast and talented."

In the live scrimmage portion, with no score being kept, the Tigers and Comets combined to score seven touchdowns.

"We also avoided injuries. We wanted to get out of this thing healthy and for the most part we accomplished that," Early said. After a series of injuries by this time a year ago, the Comets have avoided serious injuries throughout Fall camp.

From 2009 through last season, California community college teams were not allowed to scrimmage other colleges due to cost containment, but that restriction was removed prior to the current season.

The Comets will play their opener next Saturday at 6 p.m. at Wilson Stadium with a non-conference game against Southwestern.

Cycling: Rio Olympics

A fourth silver medal for PC alum Hammer

RIO DE JANERO, Brazil (8-18-2016) -- Track cyclist Sarah Hammer (Palomar '13) won her fourth Olympics silver medal on Tuesday in the women's omnium at the Rio Olympic Velodrome.

It was the second silver medal in the Rio De Janero Olympics and her fourth Olympics silver for Hammer. She finished second in the six-race event behind world record holder Laura Trott of Great Britain who took the gold with 230 points in successfully defending her 2012 London Olympics gold medal.

Hammer finished with 206 points, seven points ahead of bronze medal winner Jolien D'Hoore of Belgium.

After winning silvers in team pursuit and the omnium in the 2012 London Olympics, Hammer had added a third silver to her collection on Saturday as part of the four-woman USA team that finished behind Great Britain in the team pursuit finals.

The omnium debuted at the 2012 Olympics, replacing individual pursuit which had been contested in the Olympics previously. The switch came at Hammer's expense. Hammer is a five-time world champion in individual pursuit and, although she is also a two-time world champion in the omnium, definitely has settled in as "only" No. 2 in the world behind the 24-year-old Trott in the event.

This was the third Olympics for Temecula's Hammer, who made her debut at the Games by finishing fifth in individual pursuit in 2008 in Bejing at 24.  

Hammer now is 32, and a veteran of almost two decades in the sport, which is dominated by younger riders. Although she won't retire yet, she told TeamUSA.org it's doubtful she will try to make the 2016 Olympic team at age 36.

"I still absolutely love racing my bike," Hammer said. "Am I going to go another four years? Probably not."

She added: It was so hard-fought the last for years for me. I am getting older. I have more injuries than when I was 20 or 21 years old. It has been a true fight for me to try to keep up with the new generation. ... I am so honored to be on the tail end of this."

In Saturday's team pursuit finals, Britain broke its own world record, set earlier in the day, with a 4:10.23 time. Earlier in the day, Hammer and the USA team broke the world record in winning the first semifinal race over New Zealand in 4:12.454. Britain then came back to break the Americans' new world mark in the second semifinal race as it defeated Canada with a 4:12.152 time.

Hammer, a Chaparral High School graduate who majored in liberal studies at Palomar, has been married to her coach and USA Cycling's director, Andy Sparks, since 2009. She is an eight-time gold medal winner in the World Championships.

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