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.

Students interested or enrolled in multimedia or journalism courses at Peninsula College are encouraged to apply now for the College’s Webster Scholarship. Funding for the Webster Scholarship comes from an endowment established by the late Charles N. Webster, whose family founded local radio station KONP and the newspaper that is now known as the Peninsula Daily News.  

The Peninsula College Drama Department is now accepting submissions for the 2017 Find Your Voice Play Festival, I’ve Never Told Anyone (But I’m Going to Tell You).

This year’s festival will include monologues based on any of the following prompts:

PC welding program graduate Reggie Burke was caught up in the New Zealand earthquake earlier this week. He shares his account with the Peninsula Daily News below:

Due to the success of The Sea is a Restless Whore at the Metta Room, the PC Drama Department has added another performance, and is moving it to the College campus. 

Peninsula College NWAC champions

TUKWILA – The Peninsula College Pirates, who won their third Northwest Athletic Conference championship Sunday, joined four other colleges as the winningest women’s soccer program in NWAC history.
The 2016 Pirates opened their season going 1-1-1 in non-conference play against the NWAC’s top three teams, giving up four goals. Peninsula then steamrolled the North Division, winning 15 straight matches to capture their sixth straight region title, before winning three straight playoff matches to claim the NWAC title. During that 18-game winning streak, the Pirates gave up a remarkable two goals.
“This is mentally the toughest team I have ever coached and this is the most enjoyable victory of my career,” said head coach Kanyon Anderson, adding that, as a relatively new head coach who won NWAC titles in 2012 and 2013, he was less able to relax and enjoy the moment.
Anderson was at the helm when Peninsula College launched the sport of women’s soccer in 2010. He took a team of 17 women, soccer players, basketball players and softball players, and managed a 6-7-6 season – and a second-place finish in the West Division.
Since that year, his Pirates have won 117 matches, lost 11 and tied seven, winning every league title (four in the West and two in the North where they moved in 2015), qualifying for the Final Four every year, and emerging as the strongest women’s community college soccer program in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. They are ranked No. 12 in the nation and almost guaranteed to move into the top 10 this week.
Peninsula’s three championships ties Columbia Basin, Tacoma, Clackamas and Walla Walla for the most in NWAC history.
“This team did everything we asked of them this year,” Anderson said. “They met every goal they set for themselves, so even when the game was tense, there was a sense that we would win.”
To say Sunday’s championship was tense might be an understatement – at least to the big crowd of Pirate fans who came from all over the West Coast, and Hawaii, to watch the icing applied to Peninsula’s championship cake.
Peninsula fans, who included a very vocal and supportive men’s soccer team, as well as members of the basketball program, outnumbered Highline fans who play their home matches at Starfire Stadium.
Those fans watched, on the edge of their seats, for two scoreless 45-minue halves, one scoreless overtime period, and five minutes into a second OT before the goal of the season ended the match and sent the Pirates into a celebration in front of the Highline goal.
That goal came when Ellie Small intercepted a Highline goal kick near midfield, heading the ball into the middle, where Bri Vallente sent a through ball to teammate Maddy Parton, creating a foot race between the freshman speedster and Highline's Tea Lopes. Parton won that race to the baseline, passed the ball back into the box through Lopes’s legs where Vallente was on a dead run toward the goal. The sophomore striker from Waikoloa, Hawaii slotted her shot between the near post and a diving Thunderbird keeper Rachel Thompson for the Pirates’ 93 goal of the season, setting off a celebration that lasted long into the damp Tukwila night.

Pirate women's soccer team

PORT ANGELES – “Strength Through Unity” is the battle cry of the 2016 Peninsula College women’s soccer team, a team that departs Thursday for the Northwest Athletic Conference Final Four.

A good argument could also be made for “strength in numbers.”

Head coach Kanyon Anderson carries 29 players on his active roster – and all 29 have not only played significant minutes, but 21 of them have scored goals.

“Depth allows us to protect bodies,” Anderson said. “Playing two games a week, without a bye for eight weeks is a brutal schedule.”

The Pirates use their depth to overcome injuries, which can be significant in collegiate soccer, as demonstrated by their counterparts, the NWAC’s top-ranked Peninsula men, who fell to Tacoma in a quarterfinal playoff Saturday in a match that saw five starters miss action due to injuries.

The Pirate women have had their share of injuries over the season as well, but are healthier now than they’ve been since August.

Coach Anderson hopes to harness the strength of his roster, that is not only united and deep, but also very talented, to bring home a championship trophy this weekend.

Peninsula opens the NWAC championship finals with a 12:30 semifinal match Friday against North Idaho. Pirate fans are expected to gather on campus for a send-off at 8 a.m on Thursday morning.

The Peninsula Pirates were well-represented in Northwest Athletic Conference post-season honors this year with 14 women and 11 men earning awards, while head coaches Kanyon Anderson and Cale Rodriguez were each named North Region Coach of the Year.