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Port Angeles’ own Tess Gallagher and her friend and writing partner Lawrence (Larry) Matsuda will give a reading from their recent collaboration, Boogie Woogie Crisscross, on Thursday, January 26 at Peninsula College’s Little Theater at 12:30 p.m.

Sephora Yayouss

SHORELINE – The Peninsula College women’s and men’s basketball teams began the defense of their 2016 Northwest Athletic Conference North Division championships with a sweep at Shoreline Wednesday. The Pirate women rolled to an 80-61 win over the Dolphins and the men followed with a thrilling 116-108 double overtime victory.

The Peninsula women improved to 1-0 in league and 9-5 overall, while the men, who moved into No. 7 on the latest Under Armour NWAC Coaches’ Poll, are 1-0 and 10-3. Both teams travel to Everett Saturday where their games will be featured as “NWAC Games of the Week,” to be live streamed from a link on the NWAC web site. Tip-off for the women is at 4 p.m. and the men at 6 p.m.

Women: Peninsula 80, Shoreline 61
The Pirates overcame a sluggish start, falling behind Shoreline 11-7 in the first quarter, to outscore the hosts 25-15 in the second for a 32-26 lead at halftime. It was some sharp three-point shooting that helped Peninsula separate in the second half, as the Pirates hit on eight of 11 from beyond the arc for 73 percent for the night, while Shoreline was one of six for 17 percent from long range.

Sephora Yayouss had her shot falling Wednesday, hitting on four of five threes to finish with 20 points to lead the Pirates. Alicia Dugan was three-for-three from three-point range and also had a good night with 16 points, Yamilei Rodriguez came off the bench to score 13 points and pull down six rebounds, Anaya Rodisha had 12 and Tai Thomas contributed six points and a game-high nine rebounds.

Enjunay Jones-Lee led all scorers with 29 points for Shoreline and Danielle Hayes added 13.

Kevin Baker

SHORELINE – The Peninsula College women’s and men’s basketball teams began the defense of their 2016 Northwest Athletic Conference North Division championships with a sweep at Shoreline Wednesday. The Pirate women rolled to an 80-61 win over the Dolphins and the men followed with a thrilling 116-108 double overtime victory.

The Peninsula women improved to 1-0 in league and 9-5 overall, while the men, who moved into No. 7 on the latest Under Armour NWAC Coaches’ Poll, are 1-0 and 10-3. Both teams travel to Everett Saturday where their games will be featured as “NWAC Games of the Week,” to be live streamed from a link on the NWAC web site. Tip-off for the women is at 4 p.m. and the men at 6 p.m.

Men: Peninsula 116, Shoreline 108 2OT
The Pirates looked like they might dominate, bolting out to double-digit leads throughout the first half, but Shoreline responded, closing the gap to 39-34 at halftime and then outscoring the Pirates 49-44 in the second half to send the game into overtime. The PC men had a chance to win it in regulation, as Darrion Daniels made great play, driving to the hoop in traffic, but his layup didn’t go down.

The Pirates also had a chance to win at the end of the first overtime when Omar Lo tipped the ball in off an inbounds play with four seconds remaining, but Shoreline went the length of the floor, a foul was called, and Derrik Dean hit both free throws to force a second OT.

Peninsula poured in 33 points to outscore the Dolphins in what proved to be two wild five-minute overtime periods to win by eight, despite fouling out four players.

The PC men finished with five players in double figures, led by Darrion Daniels’ 31 points and seven assists, 20 points and eight rebounds from Kevin Baker, 17 from Omar Lo, 16 from Jalon McCullough and 13 from Sam Velez.

Dana Abe led Shoreline with 35 points, while Anddrew Hawkins and Derrik Dean each had 17.

The Pirates shot an impressive 51.9 percent from the floor, while Shoreline also had a good night at 49.3 percent, but it was the three-point shooting that kept the Dolphins in the game. Shoreline connected on 16 of 29 from three-point range, while Peninsula could hit on only seven of 25. The Pirates, however, dominated the boards with 53 rebounds to the Dolphins’ 30.

TACOMA - The Pirates wrapped up the non-conference portion of their 2016-17 season 9-3 Saturday with a commanding 103-75 win over the Titans.

The Peninsula men open North Division play Wednesday at 7:30 at Shoreline.

In Saturday's impressive road win, the Pirates rolled out to a 48-34 halftime lead and never slowed down, beating a talented Titan team by 28.

The Peninsula College Drama Department is now accepting submissions for the 2017 Find Your Voice Play Festival, I’ve Never Told Anyone (But I’m Going to Tell You).

This year’s festival will include monologues based on any of the following prompts:

Wilder Auto

PORT ANGELES, Washington (January 3, 2017) –On Friday, December 30, Wilder Auto presented the Pirate Athletic Association at Peninsula College with a $5,000 donation to support athletic scholarships.

“This is a very significant gift and will greatly impact our ability to provide scholarships for student athletes,” said Rick Ross, Associate Dean for Athletics and Student Life. “The Wilder Auto family continues to be a huge supporter of this community.

We are very blessed that Dan Wilder Jr. and his team chose to provide such a high level of support. The success we’re having in soccer and basketball can directly be linked to the support we get from the businesses and fans in our community.”

Peninsula College is coming off a fall season that saw the men’s and women’s soccer teams both win league titles and the women’s team win the Northwest Athletic Conference championship. The men’s and women’s basketball teams are defending league champions and they are preparing to tip off league play on Jan. 11.

Trent Warren

PORT ANGELES – The Peninsula College men’s basketball team improved to 8-3 in non-conference play Tuesday night with an 86-80 win over Elite Prep.

The Pirates wrap up their preseason at Tacoma at 6 p.m. Saturday and then open Northwest Athletic Conference North Division play Jan. 11 at Shoreline.

In Tuesday’s win over Elite Prep, the Pirates avenged a 68-64 loss to the Bellevue men back on Nov. 27 at the Skagit Valley Turkey Tournament.

Peninsula raced out to an early lead behind some red-hot perimeter shooting and led 40-29 at halftime. Elite Prep made several runs in the second half, but each time the Pirates answered, hanging on to win by six.

The PC men had five players in double figures, led by Alex Baham, who hit on seven of 13 from the field, including four three-pointers, to finish with 21. Kevin Baker benefited from some crafty interior passing to score 19 points. He also pulled down seven rebounds. Trent Warren was six for nine from the floor, also with four treys, to finish with 17 points. He added seven rebounds to a good night. Darrion Daniels had 11 points, seven hustle rebounds and six assists, Omar Lo finished with 10 points and Jalon McCullough had a strong night running the offense, finishing with six assists.

VANCOUVER - The Pirates wrapped up the non-conference portion of their schedule winning five out of their last six games, including a 74-69 win at Clark on Dec. 30 on the Penguins' home floor.

Peninsula, 8-5 overall, will begin the defense of two straight North Region championships on Sept. 11 at Shoreline.

In their win over Clark, Anaya Rodisha led the way with 27 points and 10 rebounds, Alicia Dugan hit for 17 points and 11 boards, Sephora Yayouss chipped in nine points and five rebounds and Jenise McKnight also had nine points.

In December, Peninsula College (PC) mathematics instructor Eve Wallis received a grant for professional educators from Beta Nu, a local chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma.

Peninsula College welcomes Bob Steelquist as the first Studium Generale presenter of 2017. He will read from his bestselling book, The Northwest Coastal Explorer, which examines the flora, fauna and hidden places of the Pacific coast, on January 5, at 12:35 p.m. in the college’s Little Theater.

PORT ANGELES – The Peninsula College Pirates wrap up the home portion of their non-conference schedule at 6 p.m. Tuesday against Elite Prep Academy.

The Bellevue team features a talent-laden roster that includes three high school athletes and five college-age players.

Michael Carter, a 6-5 shooter who hit four treys and led EP with 18 points in a 68-64 win over Peninsula back on Nov. 27 at the Skagit Valley Turkey Tournament, recently committed to the University of San Francisco.

“We’ve got three other DI guys who haven’t committed yet,” said coach Tayon Ary-Turner, who’s son Trevon, a point guard, is among those who is on the radar of college scouts from Washington, Washington State, Idaho and other universities in the Northwest.

Elite Prep has a 14-5 record this season, a number of those wins over Northwest Athletic Conference teams.

Peninsula, meanwhile, is 7-3 in non-conference play and preparing to defend its 2015 North Division championship.

The Pirates have four players averaging double figures, led by Darrion Daniels, who is averaging 16 points and 4.2 assists per game. Cole Rabedeaux sports a 13.3 average, Omar Lo 10.4 and Kevin Baker 10.2.

AUBURN – Like a shot fired across the bow, the Pirates sent a message to the rest of the NWAC at the West Region Crossover Tournament last weekend.

That message read: “You can take the Pirates out of the fight, but you can’t take the fight out of the Pirates!”

Head coach Alison Crumb graduated all of the players who played in both NWAC championship games, winning in 2015 and placing second last year, but her 2016-17 Pirates, unranked in the first NWAC Under Armour Coaches Poll, showed they are capable of being every bit as good.

Both of those NWAC finals were played against Lane, Peninsula’s date in the first round of the Crossover Tournament. Lane was ranked No. 1, unbeaten, and defending the NWAC title. The Pirates were unranked, 5-4 in non-conference play, and still smarting from a 76-59 loss in the 2016 championship.

Sophomore Alicia Dugan was one of the players who’s memories were clouded by that final, so she went to work Thursday, putting up 21 points, five assists and some tenacious defense, leading the Pirates to a 74-64 upset over the Titans that sent shock waves through the NWAC women’s basketball community.

Sephora Yayouss also had a tremendous night with 11 points, nine assists and six rebounds, Anaya Rodisha had nine points and six boards, Yamilei Rodriguez added nine points and Cami Butler chipped in with six points and six boards.

The Titans turned the ball over 25 times, compared to just 16 from the Pirates, and the Eugene Oregon women also struggled from three-point range, hitting only two of 21 from beyond the arc.

Lane led 34-32 at halftime, but Peninsula outscored the Titans 42-30 in the second half.

DES MOINES – The Pirates improved to 7-3 in non-conference play with a pair of wins at the NWAC West Region Crossover Tournament last weekend at Highline College.

Peninsula will close out non-conference play with two more games before opening North Region action Jan. 11 at Shoreline. The PC men host Elite Prep on Jan. 3 at 6 p.m. and then travel to Tacoma on Jan. 7, also a 6 p.m. tip-off.

Peninsula 71, Highline 48
The Pirates battled their way to a 36-25 halftime lead and then rolled to a 23-point victory over the hosts.

Darrion Daniels led the way with 17 points, Cole Rabedeaux had 12 points and 10 rebounds from his guard position, Jalon McCullough contributed 11 points, and Kevin Baker also hit double figures with 10.

EDMONDS – The Pirates, not ranked in the first NWAC Under Armour Coaches Poll, are quietly assembling a very respectable non-conference record – and they added a win over the weekend.

Peninsula improved to 5-2 with a commanding 88-65 win over Wenatchee Valley Saturday at Edmonds in the first game of a four-game Triton Pirate Classic. The Pirates’ second game against Blue Mountain, scheduled for Sunday, was cancelled due to bad weather in Eastern Oregon that prevented the Timberwolves from traveling.

In Saturday’s win, four Pirates scored in double figures, led by Kevin Baker with 21 points, Alex Baham with 15, Darrion Daniels with 15, and Trent Warren and Cole Rabedeaux with 12 each.

FORT STEILACOOM – The Pirates improved to 6-4 over the weekend after going 2-1 at the Pierce Holiday Tournament.

Peninsula rebounded from a 63-51 loss to Clackamas in the tournament-opener to beat Pierce 64-41 Saturday and then Columbia Basin 84-73 on Sunday.

In Sunday’s win over the NWAC's third-ranked Hawks, the Pirates overcame a 41-31 halftime deficit to ourscore the Tri-Cities women 22-12 in the third quarter and 31-20 in the fourth to win going away. Anaya Rosisha poured in a career-high 35 points, Alicia Dugan had 12 and Jenise McKnight and Tai Thomas each had 10. Sephora Yayouss added nine points and 12 rebounds from her guard position and fellow guard Yamilei Rodriguez also had 10 boards.

In Saturday’s 64-41 romp over the host Raiders, Tiffani Smith led the way with 15 points, Dugan scored 12, and Thomas had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

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