Rumble in the Rainforest Saturday April 22

PORT ANGELES - The nationally-ranked Peninsula College Pirate soccer teams will take to the pitch one time this year at the annual Rumble in the Rainforest, sponsored by High Energy Metals, coming up Saturday at Sigmar Field.

The Pirates will host men’s and women’s teams representing the Olympic Force and the Seattle Stars, for a full slate of matches, beginning at 10 a.m. and concluding at 5:30 p.m. Admission for a day of soccer is $5.

Although the matches are all exhibition, it will mark the collegiate head coaching debut of Jake Hughes, who was recently hired to take the helm of the Pirate men’s team.

“The rumble is a great way for our program to prepare our sophomore players to move on, and our incoming players to regain some sharpness for the upcoming season,” Hughes said. “It will be an exciting and challenging event against two good teams.”

Saturday’s Rumble will also be the first action for veteran coach Kanyon Anderson since winning his third Northwest Athletic Conference women’s soccer title in November.

“We are excited to continue this cool tradition against two really good teams,” Anderson said. “ I am also happy to be able to highlight the awesome facilities at Peninsula and have a soccer celebration for our fans each spring.”

The Olympic Force Soccer Club, based in Bremerton, represents players from the Kitsap Peninsula and surrounding areas. It’s roster includes players who are preparing to start college, players who are in college, and players who have completed their collegiate playing careers and are looking to play at a high level. The women’s team, coached by Jason Jarrett, plays in the Northwest Premier League and the men’s team, under the direction of coach Steve Cashmore, plays in the Evergreen Premier League.

The Seattle Stars, based in King County, were founded in 2011 and have a similar make-up of players as the Olympic Force. The women’s team, coached by Chris Wells, and men’s team, coached by Omar Lara, also play in the same leagues as the Force.

Peninsula Bottling donates $7,000 to Pirate Athletics

PORT ANGELES, Washington (February 11, 2017) - Peninsula Bottling Co.representatives Jim Gossard and Harrison Hinds presented Peninsula College a check for $5,000 as part of a $7,000 sponsorship package that enabled the College to purchase a new screen for its gym, as well as banners for the field, and support of Pirate Casino Night, a scholarship fund-raiser for the athletic program.

Accepting the donation for Peninsula College was Rick Ross, Associate Dean for Athletics and Student Life, as well as Pirate basketball players Cami Butler and Alicia Dugan. The event took place during halftime of Pepsi Throwback Night.

Pirate Casino Night a huge success

PORT ANGELES – Pirate Casino Night, the Peninsula College athletic department’s signature fund raising event, broke new records this year!

The sold-out event, which featured a live auction, a silent auction, a comedy show, casino games, dinner and dessert, and brief speeches from Peninsula College President Dr. Luke Robins, Associate Dean for Athletics Rick Ross, and former student Danika Johnson, smashed last year's record. The 2016 event raised more than $20,000 for athletic scholarships and this year’s Casino Night topped the $30,000 mark, according to Athletic Development Coordinator Mitch Freeman, who organizes the Pirate Casino Night event with the help of Athletic Development Specialist Tim Tucker and the Pirate Athletic Association Advisory Board.

Wilder Auto donates $5,000 for athletic scholarships

Wilder Auto

PORT ANGELES, Washington (January 3, 2017) –On Friday, December 30, Wilder Auto presented the Pirate Athletic Association at Peninsula College with a $5,000 donation to support athletic scholarships.

“This is a very significant gift and will greatly impact our ability to provide scholarships for student athletes,” said Rick Ross, Associate Dean for Athletics and Student Life. “The Wilder Auto family continues to be a huge supporter of this community.

We are very blessed that Dan Wilder Jr. and his team chose to provide such a high level of support. The success we’re having in soccer and basketball can directly be linked to the support we get from the businesses and fans in our community.”

Peninsula College is coming off a fall season that saw the men’s and women’s soccer teams both win league titles and the women’s team win the Northwest Athletic Conference championship. The men’s and women’s basketball teams are defending league champions and they are preparing to tip off league play on Jan. 11.

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