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PORT ANGELES – The Pirates, ranked fifth in the Alaska Airlines Northwest Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Poll, held off Highline 79-75 Tuesday in front of a big home crowd to improve to 6-2 in non-conference play.

Peninsula will see its next action at the NWAC West Division Crossover Tournament against second-ranked Lane at 5:00 Thursday at Green River Community College in Auburn.

The Pirates swapped the lead with Highline seven times through the early going and then went out in front for good midway through the first half. Peninsula led 43-36 at halftime and opened that lead to 12 in the second half, but couldn’t shake the Thunderbirds, who closed it to four points with about 12 minutes to go, and then to three in the final minute, as the Pirate faithful held their collective breath.

Note: For questions, please contact Rick Ross at (360) 417-6533 or rross@pencol.edu.

STEILACOOM – The Pirates are off to their best start in the young career of head coach Alison Crumb.

Ranked fifth in the first Alaska Airlines Northwest Athletic Association Women’s Basketball Poll, the 2014-15 Peninsula women have emerged as one of the strongest teams in the region.

They flexed their muscles again at the Raider Invitational last weekend, smashing the host Pierce women 85-47 in the opener and then taking down third-ranked Clackamas 83-75 in the semifinal before falling to second-ranked Lane 77-68 in a hard-fought championship.

PC fans will get to see this team one more time before their Jan. 10 North Division opener on Tuesday when the Pirates (5-2) host Highline (2-4) at 5:00.

MOSES LAKE – The Peninsula men made the long trip to Eastern Washington last weekend to take on the Big Bend Vikings in a pair of back-to-back non-conference games.

The host Vikes proved too much for Peninsula, winning 81-67 Friday and then stopping the PC men again on Saturday, 86-58.

Next up for the Pirates is the West Region Crossover Tournament, set for Friday through Sunday at South Puget Sound in Olympia. The PC men (3-5) take on Walla Walla (3-4) at 5:00. 

PORT ANGELES – Home court advantage is something you can bank on.

Pirate fans enjoyed a pair of wins at the third annual First Federal Pirate Classic where the Peninsula men made their 2014-15 home debut with a thrilling 61-60 win over Centralia on Saturday, before returning to the home court Sunday where they sank the Clippers of South Puget Sound 70-59.

Peninsula 61, Centralia 60

A large crowd filed into the Pirate gym for the home opener Saturday when fans were treated to a hard-fought battle that saw the lead go back and forth all night.

Peninsula led 31-28 at halftime, but suffered some chilly shooting in the second half and could not shake the Trailblazers. The game came down to the wire. Centralia converted on a pair of free throws with eight seconds remaining to lead 60-59. The PC men inbounded to Ryley Callaghan, who sped up the court, drove through a pack of Blazer defenders and put up a running jump shot in the lane. The shot did not go down, but Deonte Dixon, in his first game as a Pirate, followed with a buzzer-beating tip-in to win the game and electrify the crowd.

Centralia held Peninsula’s leading scorer Ryley Callaghan to a season low 14 points, Dixon overcome some nerves and rust, hitting only 4/15 from the field and 2/9 from beyond the arc to also put up 14 points, Malik Mayeux hit for 12 points, including a 6/7 free throw effort, and Domach Domach added nine.

WENATCHEE – The Pirates won’t be sneaking up on anyone from here on out.

Peninsula concluded a three-game Eastern Washington road trip in Wenatchee Sunday with three quality wins that will be turning heads across the Northwest Athletic Conference.

The Pirates opened the weekend with a stunning 96-82 triumph over the defending NWAC champion Columbia Basin Hawks at Walla Walla. They then hung out in wine country overnight and went about defeating a very talented Walla Walla team 72-63. Finally, on their way home, the PC women stopped off in Wenatchee where they avenged a previous overtime loss to the Knights with a 58-50 win.

Peninsula improved to 3-1 on the young season and will see its next action Friday at 8 p.m. against Pierce College on the opening night of the three-day Raider Invitational.

PORT ANGELES, Washington (December 5, 2014)―The Peninsula College Press has just released the second volume of its digital journal, Discovery: A Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies. 

Building on its sell-out performance last year for its inaugural Jingle Jazz Holiday Concert, the Peninsula College Vocal Jazz Ensemble promises this year’s program will be even bigger and better. Slated for December 11 at 7:00 pm in the college’s Little Theater, the concert is a “must-see” for anyone who wants to open the holiday season with style, verve and song. And once again the concert will benefit a great cause—the Peninsula College Foundation. Olympic Cellars Winery is the presenting sponsor.

MOUNT VERNON – With four road games now under their belt, the Pirates are ready to make their home debut this weekend at the Pirate Classic, sponsored by First Federal.

“This will be a great opportunity for the home fans to come see this great college basketball team,” Director of Athletics Rick Ross said. “Coach Mitch Freeman and his staff have put together a team that this community will really enjoy watching.”

The Pirates (1-3) will open the annual four-team event at 7 p.m. Saturday against Centralia (1-2), following a 5 p.m. game between Skagit Valley (2-1) and South Puget Sound (0-2). Sunday’s schedule has Centralia vs. Skagit at 1:00 and Peninsula vs. South Puget Sound at 3:00.

Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors (55), veterans and college students. Youth 17-under will be admitted free.

DES MOINES – The freshmen-dominated Peninsula Pirates got an eye-opening introduction to the Northwest Athletic Conference Friday, falling to the Thunderbirds at Highline 81-54.

The hosts built a seven-point halftime lead, 32-25, as both teams struggled offensively in the first half, but the Pirates could not stay with the T-birds in the second half, as Highline outscored Peninsula 49-29 in the final 20 minutes to win going away.

Ryley Callaghan, a 6-1 freshman guard from South Kitsap, led the Pirates with 17 points and six rebounds, Jonah Cook, Peninsula’s 6-9 red-shirt freshman post from Mount Vernon, added 11 points and a team-high eight boards, and Jeremiah Hobbs, a 6-4 freshman forward from Seattle, hit for 10 off the bench, adding six rebounds and four assists. Chris Reis, of Spokane, and Alex Ironside, of Pu’unui, Hawaii, both freshmen, each hit for seven.

PORT ANGELES – Peninsula Pirate fans are in for a treat this year.

Despite falling 66-65 in overtime in their season opener, the PC women showed a level of talent and depth that could pay big dividends in the post season.

The Peninsula women overcame a rocky start in their 2014-15 season opener against Wenatchee to take the lead late in the first half in a game that would see that lead go back-and-forth the rest of the way.

The Knights were up 29-28 at halftime, but the second half was very hotly contested. Wenatchee was up 58-56 with 10 seconds remaining when the Pirates inbounded the ball to freshman guard Imani Smith, who took it the length of the floor and put up a soft floater from the paint that fell through the net, sending the game into overtime.

In that extra period, the two teams matched baskets and it came down to the final possession. The Knights were up 66-65, when the Pirates inbounded the ball for their final possession in front of a very large opening night crowd. Smith drove across the top of the key, dished to Zhara Laster, who cut between a host of Knight defenders and put up a runner from 15 feet out, the ball bounced off the rim twice before landing in the hands of a Wenatchee rebounder as the final buzzer sounded.

PORT ANGELES – The Peninsula Pirates were dealt some adversity this year, but the national men’s soccer powerhouse still emerged with one of its greatest seasons on record.

Peninsula College Spanish Professor Dr. Reina Barreto is the author of an article that appeared in Women’s Gaze: Female Visual Narratives and Narrations of the Visual in the Luso-Hispanic World, a special issue of Letras Femeninas that was published this past summer.

PORT ANGELES – The National Soccer Coaches Association of America recognized the Peninsula College women as one of the most dominant teams in the country, ranking them No. 4 in Junior College Division I National Poll.

The Pirates finished the 2014 season ranked No. 1 in the NWAC, falling just one win short of a third straight NWAC crown.

The Peninsula women won their fourth straight West Division championship and battled their way into their fourth straight NWAC championship match before falling to Everett in a thrilling 1-0 final.

The Pirates, who won the NWAC title in 2012 and 2013, had to settle for second place in 2014, but their list of accomplishments remains astonishing.

“Congratulations to the players, coaches and fans for another unbelievable season,” said Director of Athletics Rick Ross. “Coach Anderson and his staff have established a program that is truly a national soccer powerhouse. It was heartbreaking for our sophomores that they weren’t able to add another championship trophy to the case, but I fully expect they’ll all be moving on to play at the next level, while our freshmen will go to work in the offseason, and our coaches will hit the recruiting trail, to win that trophy back.”

Peninsula’s No. 4 national ranking is the highest for any sports team in the College’s history. The four straight NWAC West Division titles and four straight championship appearances arguably qualifies the Pirates as an official women’s soccer dynasty.

Their record of 19-2-2 is only the third best in the program’s five-year history, but 19 shutouts was a Peninsula College soccer record, and the Pirates also allowed the fewest goals in school history, giving up only four in 23 matches, while scoring 80.

The Pirates landed six players on the NWAC All-Star Team and, for the third straight year, combined with the men’s team to lead the NWAC in All-Academic Award winners with 13.

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