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PORT ANGELES – The Peninsula College soccer program made history in 2013, and they hope to write the next chapter of that Northwest Athletic Conference history book when the 2014 season opens Tuesday with two teams united under one concept - and one head coach.

The players wear practice gear with a motto on their shoulders that reads: “strength through unity.”

The 2014 Pirates will be unified in their goal to win another championship - and both teams will be playing under the direction of head coach Kanyon Anderson, following the departure of men’s head coach Andrew Chapman in July.

“I wouldn’t have taken the position if I didn’t have a lot of support from my coaching staff,” Anderson said. “They know the system and know what is needed to be successful.”

That coaching staff includes Tim Tucker, Omar Anderson and Amanda Anderson, Kanyon’s wife. All of them are veterans of the Pirate soccer program and all have contributed to five NWAC championships and seven West Division titles, between the men’s and women’s teams, in the last four years.

“Both teams have the NWAC title as their goal,” Anderson said. “That is never easy and I think both teams are doing a good job of approaching it day by day.”

The Pirates, who last fall became the first college in NWAC history to win men’s and women’s back-to-back soccer titles, open their season at The NWAC Friendlies, a 48-team tournament Tuesday and Wednesday at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila. The women open against perennial South Division power Clackamas at 10:30 on Tuesday and the men then play 2011 NWAC champion Chemeketa at 2:30. On Wednesday, the PC women and men play perennial playoff contender Spokane in both games, at 10:30 and 12:30.

PORT ANGELES – The 2014-15 Peninsula College men’s basketball team just keeps getting better and better.

Head coach Mitch Freeman recently signed two more players in Jonah Cook and Dimitri Amos.

Cook, a 6-9 post from Anacortes, will add some height to the 2013-14 Pirate roster. He played for LaConner High School where he averaged just under 10 points per game. He graduated in 2012 and attended Skagit Valley College last year, but did not play basketball.

If you think you are seeing Pirates on August 14, 21 and 23 you aren’t imaging things. They’re real, and they will be handing out Pirate booty and even doing some “positive picketing” at select sites in Port Angeles.

Peninsula College will celebrate the Grand Opening of its new Forks Extension Site at 481 S. Forks Avenue on Thursday, August 28, and everyone is invited!

The festivities will begin at 5:00 p.m. with a program and ribbon cutting.

Oceanography became a little less mysterious and a lot more fun for 32 Peninsula College Upward Bound students this summer, thanks to a “ROV (remotely operated vehicles) Project” sponsored by Peninsula College and the Feiro Marine

Fifty-seven scholarships awarded by the Peninsula College Foundation are giving 44 Peninsula College students a much welcomed and needed financial boost this summer and fall for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Thanks to a generous in-kind donation to the Peninsula College Foundation from Port Angeles-based Automotive Research and Design, LLC, the Peninsula College Automotive Department will soon be getting state-of-the-art equipment for its alternative fuels program.

Peninsula College Nursing Students shared Diabetes Awareness information at Olympic Medical Center on July 16. The students are all second-year nursing students.

The Peninsula College Foundation is the recipient of a gift of more than $17,000 from the Clallam Community Foundation administered by  United Way of Clallam County.

PORT ANGELES – Peninsula College Director of Soccer and Head Men’s Soccer Coach Andrew Chapman is stepping out of coaching for a year.

On the heels of back-to-back Northwest Athletic Conference championships, the NWAC’s senior men’s soccer coach, who started his career at Peninsula in 2003, is taking a year off to pursue a professional development opportunity at Custom College Recruiting in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

Peninsula has named Kanyon Anderson to serve as head coach for both teams this fall, said Director of Athletics Rick Ross. Anderson started his career as an assistant men’s coach in 2005 and was named women’s head coach in 2010.

From learning about mountain biking to kayaking to making simple outdoor repairs around the house, you can’t go wrong this summer with Peninsula College’s Community Education programs.

When Ervinjames Ashue of the Hoh River Chalaat Nation received a Peninsula College Longhouse Scholarship for the 2013-14 academic year, it meant he could better his future.

PORT ANGELES - The 2014 Pirate Basketball Clinic drew 40 young ball players from across the North Olympic Peninsula.

"Camp is a great way to learn the fundementals of the game from PC coaches and players, interact with current college players, and to have lots of fun," Pirate head coach Mitch Freeman said. "We give away a lot of prizes that include Peninsula Basketball jerseys, shorts, Gatoraide and candy."

Next up on the summer camp schedule is a Sports Sampler Camp, set for July 14-17 where the basketball coaches team up with the soccer coaches for a week of fun. Contact Freeman at mfreeman@pencol.edu for more information.

PORT ANGELES – Peninsula College’s Ash Apollon, arguably one of the most electrifying players in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges, is leaving the Pirates a year early to go professional.

The Portland athlete, who led the NWAACC in assists with 15, and was the NWAACC’s fourth leading scorer with 16 goals, has signed with Bangkok FC of the Thailand Premier League.

The Pirate freshman was training and playing with the Puget Sound Gunners this spring before making the decision to turn pro.

“Following some impressive displays for ISC’s U-23 PDL team, Ash Apollon has been asked to tryout at a professional club,” said head coach and ISC Gunners director of football Jimmy Ball. “We are proud to have been able to help Ash with this opportunity and we wish him all the very best of luck.”

Peninsula Director of Soccer and Head Men’s Coach Andrew Chapman has some big shoes to fill replacing Apollon, as an athlete and also as an outstanding student.

“Ash was a true pleasure to have around,” Chapman said. “He had a great fall season for us scoring the game winning goal in our college semifinal game. He is so strong in other avenues in his life we expect him to do really well.”

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