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.

Get your Pirate Casino Night tickets before it sells out!

Pirate Casino Night 2017

PORT ANGELES - Tickets are on sale now for Pirate Casino Night, the Peninsula College athletic department's annual signature fund raiser.

The event, underwritten and hosted by 7 Cedars Casino, will feature a five-star meal, drinks, live and silent auctions, and one of the Northwest's funniest comedians, Susan Rice.

The annual event sold out in 2016, so Pirate supporters will want to reserve their seats now by contacting Mitch Freeman or Tim Tucker.

Proceeds go toward funding Pirate athletic scholarships.

Six Pirates receive outstanding achievement awards

Peninsula College Athletics awards

PORT ANGELES – Peninsula College announced its 2015-16 Athletic Department awards Tuesday, where six Pirates were honored at the annual Board of Trustees awards ceremony.

The College honors four athletes who best exemplify leadership, sportsmanship, citizenship, academic achievement and athletic ability.

Receiving the Wally Sigmar Award for soccer were Michele Whan and Manny Medina, and receiving the Art Feiro Award for basketball were Amanda Hutchins and Jeremiah Hobbs.

Whan, of Reno, Nevada, was part of a women’s soccer program that won two division championships and placed second and third in the Northwest Athletic Conference. She was an NWAC All-Academic Team selection and also served as Director of Records and Finance for the student government at Peninsula.

Medina, of Sparks, Nevada, overcame an injury and returned to the pitch very strong, helping the Pirates win an NWAC men’s soccer championship last fall. He was an NWAC All-Academic Team selection and an outstanding student.

Hutchins, of Wasilla, Alaska, helped the Pirate women’s basketball team to an NWAC Championship in 2015 and a runner-up finish this year, her team won back-to-back North Division titles, and she was an NWAC All-Academic Team selection.

Hobbs, of Seattle, started for the men’s basketball team and helped that team win a Division championship this year, and a trip to the post season both of his two years at Peninsula. He too made the NWAC All-Academic Team and he also served the student government as Director of Event Planning.

Peninsula’s other two award winners, Myu Ban of Kyoto, Japan, and Sephora Yayous, of Brussels, Belgium, received the Annie McMullen Award, which was established in 2011 to honor returning female athletes who have overcome challenges through hard work and dedication to be successful in their respective sport. Ban was an All-Star midfielder for the Pirate women’s soccer team and Yayous also is an outstanding athlete who came off the bench for the Pirate women’s basketball team. Both are freshmen.

Five new inductees enter Pirate Athletics Hall of Fame

Pirate Athletics Hall of Fame

PORT ANGELES – Peninsula College inducted five new members into its Pirate Athletics Hall of Fame Saturday night before a jam-packed crowd at the Peninsula Golf Clubhouse.

The newest addition to the Hall are the 2010 Peninsula College Men’s Soccer Team, Howard “Scooter” Chapman, Jim Clem, the late Jim Lunt and Rosemary Gala Moorhead.

The evening, presented by Windermere Real Estate, featured stories from the inductees, awarding of plaques and a union of athletes, coaches and supporters from Peninsula College’s early days, as well as its modern history with the NWAC champion Pirate soccer team.

Chapman, of Radio KONP, shared stories from when he first began reporting on Pirate sports in 1962 to the modern times; Moorhead spoke of the early days of women’s basketball and other pre-intercollegiate women’s sports at Peninsula; Jeff Lunt shared stories about his father Jim, who passed away in 2014 after a long and very influential career at Peninsula College; Paul Reed, Dan Estes and Les Hall represented former Pirate baseball and basketball standout Jim Clem, who was coaching the Bellingham Bells in Canada Saturday; and the 2010 soccer team was well-represented in its reunion, despite the absence of head coach Andrew Chapman, who suffered a recent injury and was unable to attend. Coaches Kanyon Anderson and Tim Tucker, along with player Yan Gioseffi, entertained the crowd with stories from their championship season.

Pirate Golf Tournament most successful in PC history

PORT ANGELES – The team of Ken Chase, Mike Harrington, Andy Cordero and Joe Luce teamed up for a 19-under par 53 to win the annual Pirate Golf Tournament Saturday at Cedars of Dungeness Golf Course.

The tournament, one of two signature fund raising events for Peninsula College athletic scholarships, drew 32 teams and more than 125 players. The four-person scramble format event raised more than $10,000, according to Tournament Director Mitch Freeman.

“The 2016 Pirate Golf Tournament was the most successful in our history,” said Rick Ross, Associate Dean For Athletics and Student Life. “We’ve had fund-raising golf tournaments almost every year since we re-started athletics here in 1997 and this one was drew the largest field and raised the most money. Mitch Freeman, Tim Tucker and the Pirate Golf Tournament Committee did a tremendous job, and 7 Cedars Casino and the Cedars of Dungeness Golf Course, along with the many tournament sponsors, raised a lot of money for athletic scholarships.”

Second place went to C.J. Freeman, Bryan Tupper, Drew Smith and Jake Wheeler, also with a 53.

Pirate family rallies to support former player injured in terrorist attack

Christian Manzanza

Peninsula College employees, athletes and students gathered to wish former basketball standout Christian Manzanza a speedy recovery for injuries he suffered in the March 22 terrorist attack in Brussels, Belgium. Manzanza, 30, who graduated from Peninsula College in 2010 and went on to play professional basketball in Belgium, was on the Metro train car that was bombed by terrorists.

Pirate Casino Night a resounding success!

Angel Guerra

PORT ANGELES, Washington (February 23, 2016) – Saturday’s Pirate Casino Night, one of two signature fundraising events for Peninsula College athletic scholarships, was the most successful in its four-year history.

A sold-out crowd of Pirate fans filled the Club Seven room at 7 Cedars Casino where a live auction, silent auction, ticket sales, and donations produced more than $25,000 for scholarships.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled,” said Rick Ross, Associate Dean for Athletics and Student Life. “Mitch Freeman, Tim Tucker, the Pirate Athletic Association Advisory Board, and Mitch’s father Terry, in conjunction with Jerry Allen and the staff at 7 Cedars, put together a first-class event. Not only did everyone have a great time, but we raised a pile of money for scholarships.”

Peninsula’s annual fund raising need for scholarships is $46,000. Casino Night, along with PAA memberships and sponsors, and the Pirate Golf Tournament scheduled for June 4, puts the athletic program in a great position to reach that goal, Ross said.

The keynote speaker for the event was former Pirate goal keeper Angel Guerra, of Wenatchee, who spoke of his struggle as a young man to find a pathway to higher education. Guerra landed at Peninsula College in 2012 where he was part of a team that won back-to-back Northwest Athletic Conference championships. He also excelled in the classroom, achieving NWAC All-Academic Honors and earning an AA degree with a 3.57 grade point average. He became the first member of his family to earn a college degree.

Guerra, who is now five months away from completing his Bachelor’s Degree at The Evergreen State College, where he was able to continue his intercollegiate soccer career, ended his speech by saying, “once a Pirate, always a Pirate.”

Peninsula College President Dr. Luke Robins, who opened the program with a welcome address that showcased the accomplishments of head coaches Alison Crumb, Freeman, Cale Rodriguez and Kanyon Anderson, and their respective teams, had high praise for Guerra’s talk.

“Angel told a powerful story about how Peninsula College provides great young people with an opportunity to thrive and excel, both on the field and in the classroom,” Robins said.

Pirates win thrilling NWAC Championship

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.

Six Pirates Honored at Annual PC Awards Ceremony

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.

Schmillen and Callaghan received the Art Feiro Award for women’s and men’s basketball in recognition of outstanding contribution to leadership, athleticism, academics and citizenship.

Lough and Weller were named the Wally Sigmar Award for women’s and men’s soccer, also for outstanding leadership, athleticism, academics and citizenship.

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