PORT ANGELES – Coach Mitch Freeman’s first season as a head men’s basketball coach was very successful.
Freeman, who boasts a very impressive collegiate basketball resume, was hired to take over the Pirate basketball program following a national search last summer and he managed to recruit a team that did a lot of good things. They were the only team in the NWAACC to beat top-ranked Clark; despite a lack of height, they competed well against nearly every team they played; and they represented the college well on and off the court.
“I am proud of this year's team and all the challenges that they overcame throughout the season,” Freeman said. "I am excited for the sophomores and what the future has in store for them. We have a number of returners who will be key contributors to the team next year. The future of Peninsula College men’s basketball is bright!"
Freeman is Peninsula’s fifth head coach since the program was resurrected in 1997, following Mark Amaral, Pat Foley, Peter Stewart and Lance Von Vogt.
“Coach Freeman follows a line of great coaches,” Director of Athletics Rick Ross said. “He did a great job putting together a competitive group of athletes, he assembled a coaching staff that is outstanding in Jon Ing and Fred Harrison, and he established the foundation for a program that aligns with our values of recruiting and shaping student athletes who are good citizens, good students, and athletes driven to win championships.”
PORT ANGELES – Three Peninsula College women and two men were named to their respective Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges All-Conference Teams, as announced Tuesday.
Freshman Gabi Fenumiai and sophomore Xavier Bazile earned North Division First Team honors, while freshman Madison Pilster was named to the Second Team and the All-Defensive Team, and sophomore Daren Hechanova also earned a spot on the All-Defensive Team. Sophomore Alison Knowles was selected to play in the Sophomore All-Star Game.
“Gabi has incredible balance and strength around the rim, with a knack for picking the ball up on rebounds,” coach Crumb said of her first-year post player from Juneau, Alaska. “She is a tough competitor and a force out on the floor.”
Bazile, a sophomore from Tacoma, earned North Division First Team honors for the second straight year.
PORT ANGELES – Peninsula College’s Sophomore Night was a tale of nine sophomores, a tale of two teams headed in different directions, and a tale of two very different basketball games, both resulting in Pirate victories.
The coaches, teammates and fans said goodbye to nine sophomores, Pherrari Brumbaugh, Brandi Hale, Olivia Henderson, Alison Knowles and Candi Roland from the women’s team, and Xavier Bazile, Daren Hechanova, Tyler McKinney and Erron Shamlin from the men’s team, playing their final games on Pirate maple.
The women and men wrap up conference play Sunday afternoon at Bellevue. The women (8-5, 11-12), placed fourth in the North Division and will play in the NWAACC Basketball Championships, starting with an 8 p.m. game on March 1 against Columbia Basin at the Toyota Center. The men (6-7, 12-10) just missed qualifying for the tournament, placing fifth in the North.
Women: Peninsula 79, Shoreline 52
The Pirate women, without injured players Alison Knowles and Marissa Schwimmer, bolted out to a 45-27 halftime lead over the Dolphins and never looked back. Madison Pilster poured in 24 points and pulled down nine rebounds to lead the way, Miranda Schmillen came up big with 16 points and six boards, Henderson played well in her final home game with 13 points and 10 rebounds from her point guard position, Gabi Fenumiai scored 11 points and pulled down 15 rebounds, breaking Peninsula’s single-season rebounding record, previously held by Marsha (Umbehocker) Shamp with 259 boards in 2000-2001.
Also getting quality minutes for the Pirates were Brumbaugh with nine points, four assists and four steals, as well as Jonelle Staveland, Emily Flinn, Roland and Hale.