Taylor Berg

SPRINGFIELD, OR – The nation’s eighth-ranked Peninsula Pirates racked up 16 goals and allowed none, opening 2015 with three wins at the NWAC Friendlies Saturday and Sunday.

The 3-0 start sets the table for Saturday’s home opener against the North Idaho Cardinals, who split with Clark and Tacoma at the two-day, 50-team soccer tournament at the Willamalane Sports Center. Kickoff for Saturday’s match at Sigmar Field is at noon.

Jonathan Vasquez

SPRINGFIELD, OR – If there was any question about the future of the Pirate men’s program under new head coach Cale Rodriguez, it appears to be bright.

The Peninsula men went toe-to-toe against two powerhouse programs at the NWAC Friendlies Saturday and Sunday, tying Walla Walla 0-0 and falling to defending NWAC champion Highline 3-2.

The Pirates open their home schedule Saturday against NWAC runner-up North Idaho at 2 p.m. at Sigmar Field.

Cale Rodriguez, Kanyon Anderson

PORT ANGELES – The Northwest Athletic Conference championship soccer traveling trophies are hauntingly absent from the Peninsula College trophy case this fall – and that’s not sitting well with Peninsula Pirate players, coaches and fans.

The Pirate men and women, who combined to win five NWAC soccer titles from 2010-2013, will begin their quest to return those trophies to the PC campus when they take the field at the 2015 NWAC Friendlies Saturday in Springfield, Oregon.

The PC women, ranked No. 8 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division I Junior College Soccer Poll, opens its 2015 campaign against Treasure Valley, a team Peninsula defeated in a thrilling NWAC First Round playoff match last November. That game kicks off at 3 p.m. Saturday on Field 4 of the Willamalane Center for Sports and Recreation in Springfield. The Pirates then play Columbia Basin at 8 a.m. Sunday on Field 3, and close out the weekend against Grays Harbor at 4 p.m. Sunday on Field 2.

The Pirate men, meanwhile, open a new era in men’s soccer under new head coach Cale Rodriguez, who comes to Peninsula College after serving as an assistant coach at the University of Redlands and at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. The Pirates are unranked in the NSCAA preseason poll, but hope to jump back into the National rankings with a strong start in 2015 – and they’ll be tested early. It all begins Saturday when the PC men take on Walla Walla, the 2014 East Division runner-up, at 11 a.m. on Field 2. Then on Sunday, the Pirate men take on defending NWAC champion Highline at noon on Field 4.

The justices of Washington’s State Supreme Court will hold a Panel Discussion at Peninsula College at Forks on Wednesday, Sept. 9, from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm. A reception will immediately follow from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm. 

The results are in for’s “Top Ten Online Colleges in Washington State” and Peninsula College is ranked at number seven.  According to the website, “Best School methodology” was used to evaluate the performance of 14 state schools by examining numbers and statistics.

A few years ago over dinner, Peninsula College alumni Jeannie Hedberg and Ed Thompson came up with the idea of creating an endowed fund for PC in the name of their beloved science instructor, Art Feiro. Graduates of PC’s class of 1963, the two had a long history with the man for whom Port Angeles’s Feiro Marine Life Center is named.

PORT ANGELES – The first recruiting class for new head coach Cale Rodriguez looks to be a strong one with athletes coming from all over the West Coast in hopes of landing starting roles with the Peninsula College Pirates.

“I’m extremely excited about the incoming recruiting class,” Rodriguez said. “We have players coming from California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Oregon. I believe there is a lot of talent in this group that will complement our returning players very well.”

The first-year head coach from the University of Redlands was not only recruiting talent, but also young men he’s looking forward to coaching.

“I wanted to make sure that not only did we bring in good soccer players, but that we bring in good character guys as well,” Rodriguez said, adding that he was looking for players who “have a strong desire to further their educations and play at four year programs.”

After a weekend of tryouts, Rodriguez is excited about his team.

“I strongly believe we now have a good amount of depth on our roster that will be important as we face a challenging NWAC schedule,” he said. “Expectations are high so it’s imperative that we bring along the new guys quickly. With that being said, it is going to be a lot of fun working with this group and seeing what they can achieve.”

Community members are invited to join in the groundbreaking for the new Allied Health and Early Childhood Development Center building on August 18, 2015 at 4:00pm.

A Seattle Times reporter once remarked that jazz singer Greta Matassa “can give (Barbara) Streisand a run for it!” On Wednesday, August 5, peninsula residents will get the chance to make that determination themselves when Matassa hosts a Vocal Jazz Improv Clinic from 11:00 am-12:30 pm in Maier Ha

Twenty-one Native American graduates were recognized at a special celebration June 19 at the House of Learning Longhouse on the Peninsula College campus

In an effort to meet community demand and future economic needs, Peninsula College is releasing a spate of new programs for the Fall 2015 quarter. 

With summer in full swing, students enrolled in Peninsula College’s Upward Bound summer program are set to take their schooling off-campus.

Upward Bound (UB) is a federally funded college preparatory program that offers assistance to low-income and first-generation, college-bound high school students. The focus of Upward Bound is to develop skills needed for postsecondary education and to help its graduates enter and stay in college working toward a four-year degree.

Peninsula College will observe its 53rd Commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 20, when it awards more than 500 degrees and certificates to graduates. Commencement exercises will be held in the college gymnasium on the main campus in Port Angeles, beginning at 2:00 p.m. A reception will immediately follow. The commencement keynote speaker will be National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics hall of famer, Andy Geiger. The student speaker will be Nicole Perez of Port Angeles.

Miranda Schmillen, Ryley Callaghan, Kasie Lough, Micah Weller, Cherish Moss and Karen Corral were honored at Peninsula College’s annual awards ceremony Thursday at the Cornaby Center.