Morgan Carl and Stephen DeVoe have been named to the 2015 All-Washington Academic Team from Peninsula College. They will be honored in a special ceremony March 26 at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia.

Peninsula College is pleased to offer a brand new class, Creative Abstract Art (item #N145), to its spring quarter roster. Students will explore abstract art following a step-by-step process to build paintings that are expressive and creative. Classes will feature demonstrations, lectures, and hands-on painting, using acrylics. Students will have some homework in preparation for each session. Some experience in painting, in any genre, will be useful. Artists who have taken Terry Grasteit’s previous classes will find this a new, expressive approach to abstraction!

Winners have been named for the 2015 edition of Tidepools, Peninsula College’s art, music, and literary magazine.

Cale Rodriguez of Redlands, California this week became the fourth head coach in the storied history of Peninsula College soccer. The Pirates, winners of three Northwest Athletic Conference championships and six West Division titles, will now be guided by Rodriguez, who brings significant soccer experience to the program.

PORT ANGELES – Cale Rodriguez of Redlands, California this week became the fourth head coach in the storied history of Peninsula College men's soccer.

The Pirates, winners of three Northwest Athletic Conference championships and six West Division titles, will now be guided by Rodriguez, who brings significant soccer experience to the program.

“We are very pleased to have Cale in our Pirate family,” said Athletic Director Rick Ross. “We had a lot of interest in this position, 35 applicants from eight countries, and we liked Cale’s experience, his passion for soccer, and his fit for our college and for this community.”

KENNEWICK – The Peninsula Pirates rode a wave of determination, talent, and unselfish team play through four rounds of a heavyweight fight at the Toyota Center, knocking out all four opponents by double figures, to win the first Northwest Athletic Conference championship in Peninsula College women’s basketball history.

Head coach Alison Crumb quietly wept as her players celebrated near center court Tuesday following their 85-75 win over heavily-favored Lane.

“The girls played tough the entire season,” Crumb said. “I think our toughness and depth showed during the end of games when we needed it. We hung around until we could find an opportunity to take over – and that is a winning quality.”

The NWAC North Division Coach of the Year also talked about the chemistry this team has.

“The girls believe in each other and will be connected forever,” she said. “I’m so proud of this team and the coaching staff. We may have been the only ones back in September who knew we would be in that moment, but that’s all that matters.”

Peninsula College will celebrate “that moment” at 2 p.m. Friday in the Pirate Union Building where President Dr. Luke Robins will host a ceremony that will feature both the NWAC champion women’s team and the third-place men’s team.

The championship victory was the 17th straight for the Pirates, who became the first North Division women’s team to win the NWAC championship since it came to the Toyota Center in Kennewick 14 years ago.

Sophomore Madison Pilster was named the Tournament Most Valuable Player, freshman Zhara Laster made the All-Tournament First Team and Gabi Fenumiai was All-Tournament Second Team.

Peninsula finished 23-5 overall and 13-1 in North Division play, and became the seventh Pirate team in five years to win an NWAC championship. Since the 2010-11 year, the College has captured three men’s soccer titles, two women’s soccer titles, a men’s basketball title, and now its first women’s basketball championship award to add to the trophy case. The NWAC is comprised of 35 community colleges from Washington and Oregon.

KENNEWICK – The Pirates went 3-1 to capture third place at the 2015 Northwest Athletic Conference Basketball Championships, Peninsula College’s third-best finish in school history.

The PC men, the fourth seed from the North Division, opened the tournament by upsetting top-seeded Clackamas, and proceeded to dispatch Highline in the second round before falling to tournament runner-up Edmonds, the NWAC’s No. 1-ranked team, in the semifinals.

Peninsula then rallied with a pair of free throws from sophomore Jal Deng with three seconds remaining to beat Green River in the game for third and fourth place on Tuesday afternoon.

“Words cannot express how proud I am of our players, managers, coaches and our athletic support staff for the commitment they have made to the countless hours of practice, video, scouting, and the community events that go into preparing to have success on the basketball court,” second-year head coach Mitch Freeman said. “That started in September and is just now coming to an end.” 

“Our guys made a great run that started with thrilling victory over Skagit Valley to put us into the NWAC Tournament,” he said. “Once we got to the tourney we focused on that one game that was in front of us and nothing else. Coach Jon Ing and coach Brian Shirley were instrumental in all aspects of scouting that allowed our guys to prepared for all 4 games in the tourney.”

Come by Peninsula College’s Advanced Manufacturing – Composites Technology and Green Building booth at the Clallam County Home & Lifestyle Show, scheduled for this Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15 from 9:30am – 4:00pm in the Port Angeles High School Gym. 

PORT ANGELES – Head coach Alison Crumb has come full circle.

Her Pirates captured the 2015 North Division championship last week, marking the first time a Peninsula College women’s basketball team has done that since she donned a Pirate jersey herself back in 2005.

This year’s team, however, won the title with a 13-1 conference record, the best ever in the 17-year history of the program. The Pirates also rose to No. 4 in the final Alaska Airlines Coaches Poll, the highest ranking ever for a PC women’s basketball team.

“To win the North as a player and coach just shows how much of an impact Peninsula College has had on my collegiate, and now coaching, career,” Crumb said. “I’m very thankful to have had the opportunity to play here and extremely thankful to begin my coaching career here. It’s very humbling to look back and think of all the memories that I have been a part of at Peninsula College. It’s had a profound impact on my life and I’m just very grateful.”

Her players too are grateful.

They take a 19-5 overall record into the NWAC Tournament as the No. 1 seed from the North, meeting first-time NWAC Tournament-qualifier Portland (6-6, 13-13) at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Toyota Center in Kennewick.

PORT ANGELES – It didn’t take long for head coach Mitch Freeman and his staff to reach the postseason.

In just his second year as the skipper of the Pirate ship, Freeman recruited a team that not only posted an unprecedented 3.5 team grade point average fall quarter, but a team that became the 11th since Peninsula College resurrected men’s basketball in 1996 to qualify for the Northwest Athletic Conference Basketball Championships.

“Our guys are very excited about the trip to Tri-Cities and we will be sure to embrace this experience,” Freeman said.

His Pirates  (7-7, 14-12) placed fourth in the North Division and will tackle the No. 1 seed out of the South, Clackamas (11-3, 19-10) at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Toyota Center in Kennewick in the first round of the 16-team men’s tournament.

“They are a well-coached team with depth and experience at almost every position,” Freeman said of the NWAC’s fifth-ranked Cougars. “They have post players who are strong and change shots near the basket. They have a dynamic backcourt with Jaylen Edwards, who knows how to run a team, and the south region MVP Brandon Halter, who is one of the best shooters we will have faced this year. I think we match up well against them, but we will have to know where Brandon Halter is at all times and attempt to keep their post players from getting easy looks inside.”

PORT ANGELES – Peninsula College’s Alison Crumb was named North Division Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year, Madison Pilster was named Most Valuable Player and eight other Pirates were honored as All-Conference selections were announced Monday by the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges.

Crumb, in her fifth year as head coach for Peninsula, was named North Division Coach of the Year following her teams’ first conference championship since Crumb was a Pirate herself in 2005.

“In just five years, Ali has established herself as one of the top women’s basketball coaches in the NWAC,” said Athletic Director Rick Ross. “She has worked very hard and she didn’t cut any corners. She is a tremendous coach, her players love and respect her, and we couldn’t be more proud of her achievement.”

The Port Angeles product admitted that the award is special to her.

“This award means a lot,” Crumb said, “because it shows growth in a program that I care a lot about.”

Following her graduation from Western Oregon University, she spent one year as an assistant coach and then was promoted to head coach in 2009.

“I had no idea what I was doing, and over the years, and with a lot of help, the program has become a championship contending program and that is important to me,” she said. “What is most important to me, however, is the ability to achieve this award with this group of women. We all care a lot for each other and they are as happy for me as I am for them.”

Come join the Peninsula College Pirates for our annual spring basketball camp! Friday we will be focusing on the fundamentals, and we will improve our skills through a variety of drills and competitive games. After we work hard and improve on Friday, we will make teams based on skill levels and come back Saturday for our camp tournament! Saturday will consist of live 5-on-5 games that will be both coached and officiated by our college athletes, and they are open to spectators so that everyone can come see you play! So if you want to have fun playing hoops, and improve your skills in the process, then sign up for our spring basketball camp today! Go Pirates!

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Friends of Brubeck will perform a special tribute to Dave Brubeck’s classic works later this month. The quartet will perform Friday, March 27 at 7:00pm in Peninsula College’s Maier Performance Hall. Dave Brubeck is a household name in much of the world.

PORT ANGELES – The Peninsula College women and men traveled different roads this season, but both roads inevitably will lead to Kennewick – the site of the 2015 Northwest Athletic Conference Basketball Championships, coming up March 7-10 at the Toyota Center.

The Pirate women crushed a short-handed Shoreline team 87-20 in front of a packed-house in the Peninsula College gym Saturday to clinch their first North Division championship since 2005, and only the second in PC women’s basketball history. The Pirates (19-5, 13-1) will play the No. 4 seed from the South Division, Portland or Clackamas, at 8 p.m. Saturday in the first round of the 16-team tournament.

The Peninsula men, meanwhile, needed a win over the Dolphins to clinch their spot in the tournament, but they fell 83-69 leaving them at 7-7 in conference play and 14-12 overall and facing a possible tie with Skagit Valley for the fourth berth to the NWAC Tournament. Skagit, however, fell to Edmonds 79-75 Saturday, dropping into a fifth place tie with Shoreline and leaving the Pirates in sole possession of fourth place – and a spot in the tournament. The PC men will play Mt. Hood (9-5, 12-13) in the opening round at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Both the women and men will board the Black Pearl on Thursday en route to the 2015 NWAC Championships. It will be the third straight trip for fifth-year head coach Alison Crumb, who led Peninsula to the tournament in 2005 as a player, and the first trip to the “Show” for second-year head coach Mitch Freeman.

While the playoff picture was the main attraction, it was also Sophomore Night, where fans from all over the West Coast jammed into the Pirate gym to see the final home games for Gabi Fenumiai, Whitney Nemelka, Madison Pilster, Miranda Schmillen and Jonelle Staveland from the women’s team, as well as Jal Deng and Domach Domach from the men’s team.

The Pirate fans also paid respect to Art Ruud, a player from the 1970 men’s championship team, who passed away recently from cancer at the age of 64. A large contingent of his family and friends were on hand to honor the long-time Port Angeles resident who was a big part of Peninsula College basketball history and who’s name is part of that Pirate team that was inducted into the NWAC Hall of Fame and the Peninsula College Hall of Fame.