Tai Thomas

PORT ANGELES – The Pirates improved to 4-3 in non-conference play following Wednesday’s 72-53 home win over Highline.

Sophomore Alicia Dugan scored a career-high 23 points and had seven steals to lead the Pirates, Jenise McKnight had a double-double with 17 points, 10 rebounds, and four assists, Tai Thomas also had a career-high 15 points, and Anaya Rodisha contributed nine points and six boards.

The Pirates outrebounded Highline 50-40, they connected on interior passing throughout the game to produce easy baskets, and they scored 27 points off T-bird turnovers. Despite those highlights and a 19-point margin of victory, the game got a bit ragged in the second half, when Peninsula committed many of its 29 turnovers.

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Mention the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) – an athletic, parent organization for 36 community colleges located in Idaho, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia - around the Peninsula College campus and most people know what you are talking about. They may also tell you that the PC women’s soccer team won the NWAC conference in Tukwila last month.

Jalon McCullough

PORT ANGELES – The Pirates impressed home fans in their 2016-17 home debut over the weekend, sweeping Grays Harbor and Green River at the annual First Federal Pirate Classic.

The Peninsula men improved to 4-2 in non-conference play, rolling past Grays Harbor 92-76 on Sunday, on the heels of an 82-76 come-from-behind win over Green River Saturday night.

Next up for the Pirates is a trip to Edmonds this weekend where they’ll take on Wenatchee Valley at 4 p.m. Saturday and Blue Mountain at noon on Sunday.

The seven-game Pirate Classic, which featured men's and women's teams from Skagit Valley, Grays Harbor, Green River, Wenatchee Valley, Centralia and the host Pirate teams, was sponsored by First Federal.

Peninsula 92, Grays Harbor 76
A choker is a logging term – and also the nickname of Grays Harbor. In Sunday’s game, the Chokers could have used some logging techniques to cut down the taller Pirates, who outrebounded the visitors 50-32 and dominated play from the opening tip.

The Pirates, led by Darrion Daniels, bolted out to a 22-6 lead with 12 minutes remaining in the half – and kept it rolling for a 47-34 advantage at the break.

Omar Lo had a good day with 23 points, 10 rebounds and an electrifying dunk, Daniels finished with 22 points, six steals and six assists, Jalon McCullough had 10, Cole Rabedeaux had nine, and Trent Warren contributed eight points and seven boards.

Anaya Rodisha

PORT ANGELES – The Pirates, who return only one starter from 2015-16, are still finding their way in non-conference play and that inexperience revealed itself once again on Sunday in Game 6 of the First Federal Pirate Classic.

Peninsula bolted out to an 18-5 first-quarter lead and a comfortable 31-17 margin at halftime, only to be overwhelmed by Centralia in the second half. The Trailblazers outscored Peninsula 27-14 in the third quarter and 18-12 in the fourth to pull off the 62-57 upset.

The defending North Region champions, and 2016 NWAC runner-ups, slipped to 3-3 in non-conference play. Next up for Peninsula is a 5:30 Wednesday home date against Highline (1-4).

With a bright and cheery attitude Michelle Slavin greets patients at the OMP Walk-in Clinic in Sequim, and accompanies them to the examination room.

Alicia Dugan

PORT ANGELES – The first game of the 2016 First Federal Pirate Classic matched the Pirates, who placed second in the Northwest Athletic Conference, against the Wenatchee Valley Knights, who took home a third-place NWAC trophy last March – and this one was all Peninsula.

In their 2016-17 home debut, the Pirates, behind a swarming and stifling defense, roared out to a 23-7 first-quarter lead and never let off the gas, rolling to a surprising 40-9 advantage at halftime.

Head coach Alison Crumb played her bench liberally throughout the contest, but her Pirates were just too much for the Knights, who came into the game with a 2-1 record. The Pirates were 1-2.

Peninsula continued to dominate at both ends of the floor, outscoring the Knights 25-4 in the third - and it was over early as fans begin exiting.

Community members will dance their way into the hearts of local children for a good cause, at the 14th annual Dancing for Toys event, on December 2, at 6 p.m. in the Pirate Union Building at Peninsula College (PC).

Writer in Residence Alice Derry and Professor Kate Reavey will team-up to help new writers generate new work and share with each other at a writer’s workshop on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the Peninsula College campus.

Omar Lo

MT. VERNON – The Pirates, coming off a split at the Skagit Valley Turkey Tournament, make their home debut Saturday evening at the 2016 First Federal Pirate Classic.

PC fans will get their first look at this year’s team at 7 p.m. Saturday when the Pirates open the two-day “classic” against Green River. Peninsula will then take on Grays Harbor at 3 p.m. Sunday.

The defending North Region champions are 2-2 in non-conference play.

In Saturday’s 78-65 win over Portland, the Pirates bolted out to a 28-8 lead in the first half and rolled on to victory.

Trent Warren lead four players in double figures with 18 points, Cale Rabedeaux hit for 14, Omar Lo added 13 points and seven rebounds and Darrion Daniels chipped in 12 points and four assists. Sam Velez led PC rebounders with eight.

OLYMPIA - The Pirates picked up their first win of the 2016-17 season Tuesday evening at South Puget Sound where the defending North Division champions shut down the Clippers 55-44.

The Peninsula women bolted out to a 23-7 first-quarter lead and then held on to win by 11.

Tai Thomas led the Pirates with 14 points and 7 rebounds, Yamilei Rodriguez added 13 points and 6 boards, and Alicia Dugan also had a strong night, chasing down 11 rebounds from her guard position and leading the team in assists with 5.

Kanyon Anderson

PORT ANGELES – For the second time in his seven-year career as head women’s soccer coach, Peninsula College’s Kanyon Anderson was named Northwest Athletic Conference Coach of the Year Wednesday.

Anderson, who’s 2016 Pirates won the NWAC championship for the third time, also won that award in 2011. He will be presented with the award at the NWAC’s annual awards banquet in June.

The coach who was hired when Peninsula started a women’s soccer program in 2010, has won Region Coach of the Year awards in 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2016, as well as 2014 when he won the men’s soccer region coach of the year honor.
He credits his team for this year’s NWAC-wide recognition.

“First of all, it’s not too hard to win with this much talent,” he said. “We were loaded this year and literally had all-star caliber players coming off the bench at nearly every position. On top of the talent, this year’s team was so quick to pick up concepts that I found myself having to work hard just to stay ahead of them.”

And while Anderson downplays his success as a coach, it’s his hard work as a coach, and as a recruiter, that has led to his success.

“Kanyon is the premier women’s soccer coach in the NWAC and I’d put his credentials up against any junior college soccer coach in the country,” said Rick Ross, Associate Dean for Athletics and Student Life. “Because we play in the NWAC, he doesn’t get to compete for a national title, but the success he’s had over the last six years is unprecedented and ranks right up there with the best programs in the country. He’s very deserving of this honor.”

His 2016 Pirates finished with 19 wins, one loss and one tie. That record is the second best in the nation behind 25-0-1 Paradise Valley, the National Junior College Athletic Association national champions. Ironically, the Paradise Valley women’s only tie came to the NWAC’s third-place finisher Spokane in non-conference play.

Peninsula also ran off a streak of 18 straight wins in which they allowed only two goals. They finished the season scoring 93 goals and allowing six in 21 matches. It was also a team effort, as 21 of the 25 players who aren’t goal keepers scored goals.

The Pirates opened their 2016-17 season on a road trip to Gresham, Oregon, and Longview, Washington over the weekend where they split a pair of non-conference games.

Peninsula outscored Mount Hood on the Saints’ floor 83-76 Saturday evening, before falling to the Lower Columbia Red Devils 71-70 in overtime on Sunday afternoon.

In Friday’s season opener, the Pirates overcame a 36-28 deficit at halftime, outscoring the Saints 55-40 in the second half to win going away.

Peninsula had five players in double figures, led by Cole Rabedeaux with 17, Omar Lo 14, Darrion Daniels 12, Jalon McCullough 11 and Trent Warren 10. Kevin Baker added nine points and a team-high 11 rebounds. Lo and McCullough dished out six assists and Rabedeaux added five.

The road wasn’t kind to the Pirates, who tipped off their 2016-17 season with a pair of non-conference losses at Mt. Hood and Lower Columbia over the weekend.

The defending North Region champions fell to the Saints in a nail-biter on Saturday, 62-61. The Pirates went up 21-10 in the first quarter and led 36-29 at halftime, but gave up a 23-6 run by Mt. Hood in the third and couldn’t quite recover.

Alicia Dugan led the Pirates with 18 points, seven rebounds and two steals, Jenise McKnight added 16 points and seven boards and Tai Thomas contributed eight points and eight rebounds.