PORT ANGELES – The defending Northwest Athletic Conference women’s basketball champions started the 2015-16 season almost exactly the way they finished the last one.

Winning four straight games in four straight days – on the road.

The Peninsula College women’s basketball team rolled through the weekend with four non-conference victories, three of those against the top three finishers from the West Division in 2014-15.

The Pirates tipped off the defense of their NWAC title with a 68-47 romp over Highline at Tacoma on Friday and then returned to the Titon gym Saturday where they crushed the home team, 81-59. They then traveled south to Longview where they surprised the defending West champion Lower Columbia Red Devils 72-51 on Sunday before rolling back up Interstate-5 on Monday for a 69-55 win over last year’s West runner-up, Centralia.

That season-opening road trip extended Peninsula’s winning streak to 17 games.

Next up for the Pirates is a road trip across the mountains where coach Ali Crumb and her team will take on three very strong teams from the NWAC’s East Division. The PC women play Columbia Basin and Walla Walla, at Walla Walla, Dec. 4 and 5, and then make a stop in Wenatchee on the way home on Dec. 6.

Milak Mayeux

PORT ANGELES – Pirate fans got a glimpse of what is possible for the 2015-16 Peninsula College men’s basketball team – namely a Northwest Athletic Conference championship – following a brilliant performance in its 95-86 season-opening victory over defending East Division champion Big Bend Friday night.

Those fans also witnessed the dark side – namely a low-scoring struggle against Highline on Saturday that resulted in a 60-55 setback for the Pirates.

However, the positive from Saturday’s loss was a team that overcame poor shooting, from the floor and the free throw line, and uncharacteristic turnovers, to come back and put themselves in a position to win against a very big and talented Highline team.

Next up for Peninsula is the Skagit Valley Turkey Tournament. The Pirates play Northwest Indian College in the tournament opener Friday at 2 p.m. Saturday’s game will be at 2 p.m. or 6 p.m. The tournament championship is set for 3 p.m. Sunday.

Seattle’s Bollywood Performance Team will be the featured act at the 13th annual Dancing for Toys event, set for 7:00 pm, December 5, at Peninsula College in the Pirate Union Building.

Awaken the holiday spirit within, and put some jingle in your jazz this year while helping a great cause, at the third annual Jingle Jazz concert on Wednesday, December 9 at 7:30 pm in Peninsula College’s Little Theater, presented by Irwin Dental Center and the Peninsula College Foundation.

Peninsula College’s Studium Generale is proud to present “A Celebration of Study Abroad” with International Studies Advisor Val Conroy and PC Student John Pritchard, III, Thursday December 3, from 12:35 – 1:25 pm in Peninsula College’s Little Theater.

PORT ANGELES – The Peninsula College men’s basketball team opens its 2015-16 season with a pair of home games this weekend, while the Pirate women will begin the defense of their Northwest Athletic Conference title with a four-day, four-game road trip.

College basketball fans will get to see the Pirate men tip-off the new year at home against Big Bend at 7 p.m. Friday in a game that will have all the feel of the NWAC post season.

The Vikings went 23-9 last year to win the NWAC East Division, but were surprisingly two-and-out at the 2015 NWAC Basketball Championships. The Pirates, meanwhile, went 7-7 in conference play, narrowly qualifying for the tournament, but then surprised the field, winning three of four games to bring home a third-place NWAC trophy. They went 17-13 overall.

The Peninsula College men’s basketball team opens its 2015-16 season with a pair of home games this weekend, while the Pirate women will begin the defense of their Northwest Athletic Conference title with a four-day, four-game road trip.

While the Pirates were celebrating in the middle of the field following their thrilling victory in the 2015 Northwest Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer Championship Sunday, head coach Cale Rodriguez was 30 yards away, tears in his eyes, staring up at the Starfire scoreboard that read: “Peninsula 4, Spokane 3 with 0:00 showing on the clock.”

The first-year head coach from Redlands, California, had successfully completed what head coaches often spend careers trying to accomplish. He had just guided the Peninsula College men to a championship. It was the Pirates’ fourth NWAC title in six years – and it was a battle.

TUKWILA – The Northwest Athletic Conference’s top-ranked Pirates had to settle for a third-place trophy this year, following a thrilling 2-1 Semifinal loss to Highline in a driving rainstorm at the Starfire Sports Complex Saturday afternoon.

The Peninsula College women’s soccer program, only six years old, was in its fifth straight NWAC Final Four Tournament. The Pirates won NWAC titles in 2012 and 2013, they placed second in 2011 and 2014, and this year tied for third.

The North Division champion Pirates were expecting a battle from West Division champion Highline – and they got one.

The Thunderbirds broke out of a scoreless match in the 54th minute when Analise Miller-Wells knocked a Pirate defender off the ball on a breakaway and scored. Pirate fans went crazy when no foul was called, but the play stood.

Myu Ban save

Just three minutes later, Highline crossed a ball into the middle, drawing keeper Mania Siania-Unutoa out, and she got pinned in a pile of players leaving the goal vulnerable – and Thunderbird Dulce Armas chipped one over the crowd and into the empty net for a shocking 2-0 T-bird lead.

The Pirates closed the gap on a brilliant strike by freshman Myu Ban from long range in the 83rd minute, and they had two other opportunities to score in the final seven minutes, but could not find the equalizer.

Peninsula College is once again privileged to welcome The Oregon Shakespeare Festival actors to our stage.

After an extensive national search, Dr. Sharon Buck has been chosen as Peninsula College’s Vice President of Instruction. She fills the position left vacant by Dr. Mary O’Neil Garrett’s retirement in December of 2014.

Pirate soccer fans can watch the NWAC Final Four and All-Star Games live. Click here for details about the championship weekend!

PORT ANGELES – Peninsula College placed 11 soccer players on the North Division women’s and men’s all-star teams, freshman Johnny Martinez was named Most Valuable Player, and women’s head coach Kanyon Anderson received Coach of the Year honors, as announced this week by the Northwest Athletic Conference.

Myu Ban, Karen Corral, Lexi Krieger, Kai Mahuka and Ellie Small were named to the North Division Women’s Soccer All-Star Team, while MVP Martinez was joined by Eddie Benito, Trevan Estrellado, Santiago Sierra, Jose Soto and Jonathan Vasquez on the North Men’s All-Star Team.

The annual NWAC All-Star Games are one of the feature attractions of the Final Four weekend at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila. The women’s match will feature the North/South All-Stars taking on the West/East All-Stars at 10:30, while the men’s match follows at 12:30. Should the Pirate women and men win semifinal matches on Saturday, their players will be recognized, but will not participate in the All-Star Games. The Final Four championship matches are played on Sunday with the women kicking off at 3 p.m. and the men at 5:30.

Peninsula Men's All-Stars