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Donald Rollman

   PORT ANGELES – Peninsula College head men’s basketball coach Mitch Freeman announced today that he will continue his collegiate coaching career at Corban University, a private NAIA Division II Christian college of about 1,200 students in Salem, Oregon. Assistant coach Donald Rollman accepted the position as interim head coach for the Pirates for the 2018-19 season.

   Freeman completed his fifth year at Peninsula with a runner-up finish at the 2018 Northwest Athletic Conference Championship Tournament in March. He posted 88 wins against 55 losses in five years, reaching the playoffs four straight years and winning the North Region title in 2015-16.

   “We’re sad to see Mitch go. He’s been a model head coach,” said Rick Ross, Associate Dean for Athletics and Student Life, “but we also support our coaches with their careers and I know he’ll be successful as a head coach at the four-year level. Corban is a great fit for Mitch and his family. The Warriors will definitely benefit from all he brings to the table.”

   In the meantime, Peninsula’s assistant coach Donald Rollman has been preparing for this opportunity for six years.

   “Our normal process is to conduct an immediate national search for a new head coach and Athletic Development Coordinator, but we felt it was in the best interest of our players, our recruits, and the program to give Donald an opportunity,” Ross said. The former Bremerton High School three-sport athlete will serve both the coaching and fund-raising roles as an interim.

   Rollman was on the coaching staff at Olympic College in Bremerton from 2013 to 2016. He joined Coach Freeman’s staff in the fall of 2016 where he’s had a very positive impact on the program, working alongside Port Angeles native Brian Shirley, Peninsula’s other assistant. The Pirates had two straight runner-up finishes in the North Region and this year, the third best finish in Pirate basketball history, a second-place showing at the NWAC Tournament. Rollman has a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Central Washington University and a Master's Degree in Athletic Administration and Coaching from Concordia University. In addition to coaching, he will serve as Athletic Development Coordinator, overseeing athletic scholarship fund raising efforts.

   “I am very excited to have the chance to lead this program,” Rollman said. “The opportunity to lead, coach, and help these young men succeed is one that I am very grateful for and to be able to do it at a place like Peninsula College and Port Angeles is special. My two years as an assistant here with Coach Freeman have been an unbelievable time of learning and growing that I will always keep with me and for that I am thankful. I can’t wait to get start this new adventure as head coach at Peninsula College. Go Pirates!”

   Meanwhile, Coach Freeman is excited about his new opportunity.

   “I want to thank Dr. Robins, Vice President Jack Huls, Athletic Director Rick Ross, and the entire Peninsula College community for supporting my family and I over the past five years,” Freeman said. “To all the players who have put on a PC Jersey, thank you for making Peninsula College a high caliber program that has competed at the top of the conference year in and year out. Lastly, to all the community businesses and families who helped me create additional resources for our student athletes, you are amazing.”

EVERETT - The Pirates won back-to-back games at the 2018 Northwest Athletic Conference Basketball Championships last weekend to punch their ticket to the Final Four where they tip off at 2 p.m. March 17 against Linn-Benton in the first of two Saturday semifinals.

The Final Four trip is the second for Peninsula under head coach Mitch Freeman, who took his team there in 2014-15 in his second year at the helm of the Pirates. That team placed third, but this year's PC men have their sites set on the NWAC championship. Standing in the way are the Linn-Benton Road Runners.

The two teams have a lot in common. Peninsula is ranked No. 8 in the latest NWAC Under Armour Coaches' Poll, just behind seventh-ranked Linn-Benton. The Pirates finished second in the North Region with a 9-5 record, 21-10 overall. The Road Runners placed second in the South Region at 10-6 and 22-9.

In their only meeting of the year, back on Dec. 30, the Pirates defeated the Albany, Oregon men 77-72 at the Clackamas Holiday Tournament.

The Pirates advanced to the Final Four with an 87-74 opening round victory over Clackamas and then a 69-59 win over fifth-ranked South Puget Sound in the Elite 8. The Road Runners, meanwhile, knocked off a strong Edmonds team, 81-72, and followed that up with an 84-75 Elite 8 victory over the defending NWAC champion and third-ranked Walla Walla Warriors.

The winner of Saturday's 2 p.m. semifinal match will take on the winner of the 4 p.m. semi, pitting second-ranked Portland against North Idaho, ranked in a tie for fifth in the latest poll, in the 2018 NWAC Championship, set for 2:30 p.m. Sunday. All games are at Everett Community College.

EVERETT – The Pirates open Northwest Athletic Conference post season play this week, the women tipping off at 10 a.m. Thursday against the NWAC’s top-ranked Umpqua and the men opening at 8 a.m. Saturday against Clackamas.

This year marks the seventh straight year head coach Alison Crumb has qualified for the NWAC Basketball Championship Tournament. Her Pirates placed fourth in the North Region with a 6-6 conference record and an 8-16 overall mark. They will tackle Umpqua (15-1, 28-1) in the second game of the tournament Thursday at the Everett Community College gym.

The Pirate men qualified for the fourth straight year under head coach Mitch Freeman, who is wrapping up his fifth year at Peninsula. The PC men (9-5, 19-10) placed second in the North Region and will play the first game of the men’s opening round at 8 a.m. Saturday against the South Region’s third-place finisher Clackamas (9-7, 17-12).

See the complete tournament bracket on the NWAC web site.

All games will be live streamed on NWAC Sports Network.

Jan. 4 PC vs. Highline men

PORT ANGELES – The Peninsula College Pirates wrap up non-conference play this week with home games Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The PC men boast a 9-5 record and are coming off strong showings at the Clackamas Holiday Tournament and the West Region Crossover Tournament. They host Highline (5-7) at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Pirate gym in a game that will feature the Hamilton Elementary Hot Wheels unicycle club at halftime.

The Pirates are led by sophomore Colby Jackson, who is averaging 16 points and five assists per game, Kaelin Crane, who is scoring 14 points per game, and Trent Warren, who is averaging 12.5 ppg and leading the team in rebounds at 6.5 per game. Also coming up big in the preseason has been Forks’ freshman Marky Adams, who is averaging nine points and five rebounds per game.

The Peninsula women, meanwhile, have yet to find their stride. Beset by injuries, the Pirates are looking for two new winter quarter recruits to help them right a ship that has taken on a bit of water, going 1-9 in non-conference play with two games remaining. The PC women host Lower Columbia and Port Angeles graduate Nizhoni Wheeler at 4 p.m. Friday, and then finish out their preseason against South Puget Sound College and Neah Bay graduate Tristin Johnson at 5 p.m. Saturday.

The Pirate women are led by Ashlynn Sharp’s 15 points per game, 14 from Jamellia Clark, and 10 from Tiffani Smith. They have been playing with a seven and eight-player rotation, partly due to injuries, but will have some relief when Mikayla Kirby and Payton Caci, both of Las Vegas, join them on the floor this week.

The Peninsula women and men open North Region play during Pirate Pete’s Week, the College’s annual spirit week, next week. The PC men will host Shoreline at 7 p.m. Jan. 10 and then the women and men host Everett at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Jan. 13. Shoreline recently suspended its’ women’s team for the season due to a late coaching change and a small roster.

PORT ANGELES – The annual First Federal Pirate Classic brings five colleges to the Pirate gym for three days of basketball this weekend.

Peninsula Pirate fans will see their home teams each play a pair of games. The Peninsula women host Centralia at 7 p.m. Friday and Yakima at 1 p.m. Sunday, while the Pirate men entertain Green River at 7 p.m. Saturday and Tacoma at 3 p.m. Sunday.

The other games feature Yakima vs. Centralia in a women’s game at 3 p.m. Saturday, Skagit Valley vs. Tacoma in a men’s game at 5 p.m. Saturday, and Skagit Valley vs. Green River in a men’s game at 11 a.m. Sunday.

“Coach Freeman and Coach Crumb put together a great event,” said Rick Ross, Associate Dean for Athletics and Student Life. “Fans will get to see some outstanding college basketball all weekend, and special thanks to First Federal for coming through every year to make this happen. The five college basketball teams will be staying in our community, dining in local restaurants and shopping in our stores. It’s a fun weekend.”

PORT ANGELES – Head coach Mitch Freeman enters his fifth year with a Peninsula College men’s basketball team that has talent, shooters, height – and some local faces. The Pirates tip off their 2017-18 season at 4 p.m. Saturday at home against Mt. Hood.

“This team has a little bit of everything with size and strength inside, quality shooters at the guard and wing positions, and a point guard in Colby Jackson who knows how to bring everyone together,” Freeman said. “We should be a fun team to watch when we are able to put everything together.”

Peninsula went 19-9 last year and 9-5 in North Region play, good for second place behind Shoreline. The Pirates qualified for the 2017 NWAC Basketball Tournament where they beat Portland 70-62 in the first round and then bowed out in a 75-64 loss to Tacoma.

Mt. Hood went 16-12 and 9-7 last year, tying for third place in the South Region. The Saints also went two rounds, upsetting Shoreline 74-71 in the first round and then falling to Lower Columbia 85-78 in the quarterfinals.

In last year’s season opener at Gresham, Oregon, Peninsula outscored Mt. Hood 83-76, but both teams will look very different this year.

“We return five players from last year’s team, and of those five, two of them red-shirted,” Freeman said. “We recruited nine new players to this year’s team, including five freshmen and four transfers.”

Returning from last year’s team are Trent Warren, a 6-6 guard from Melbourne, Australia; Zach Day, a 6-4 wing from Las Vegas; and Blake Cosgrove, a 6-5 wing from Portland. All three saw playing time last year.

The Pirates also return red-shirts Colby Jackson, a 5-10 point guard from Las Vegas who transferred to Peninsula from the University of Alberta; and Elijah Williams, a 6-2 guard from Seattle.

Transferring to Peninsula this year are Cole Huish, a 6-3 wing from Salt Lake City, who played his freshman year at Western Wyoming Community College; Kaelin Crane, a 6-6 wing from Las Vegas who played for Green River last year; Cameron Burton, a 6-2 guard from Las Vegas who played at Central Washington University last year; and Emanuele Maneffa, a 6-1 guard from Milan, Italy, who red-shirted at Marshalltown College last year.

Joining the Pirates fresh out of high school are Marky Adams, a 6-10 post from Forks; Luke Angevine, a 6-4 wing from Port Angeles; Parker Browning, a 6-3 guard from Forks; Eli’sha Sheppard, a 6-5 wing from Kent; James Buckley, a 6-2 guard from Port Orchard; and Andrew Thomas a 5-6 guard from Dallas, Texas.

“This year’s roster has more local players than we’ve had in the last four years,” Freeman said. “We are very excited to have been able to have three quality individuals, and players, in Parker, Luke and Marky to be part of our PC Basketball family.”

Coach Freeman isn’t making predictions about how the Pirates will do.

Darrion Daniels

PORT ANGELES – The Pirates reached the playoffs for the third straight year, finishing the 2016-17 season with a 19-9 record, the most wins to date under fourth-year head coach Mitch Freeman.

The PC men placed second in the North Region, one game behind Shoreline, and then went two rounds into the 2017 Northwest Athletic Conference Basketball Championship Tournament, beating Portland 70-62 in the first round before bowing out to an athletic and talented Tacoma Titans team 75-64 in the Elite 8.

“This team came together quickly, with nine new players and four sophomores and one redshirt freshman,” head coach Mitch Freeman said. “With little playing experience together as a team, they were able to compile 19 Wins, a second-place finish in the Division, and a trip to the Elite 8 at the NWAC championships.”

The Pirates will graduate sophomores Alex Baham, Darrion Daniels, Alex Losee, and Omar Lo in June, but return a very strong core of players, who will be hungry to compete for an NWAC championship in 2017-18.

“We had great leadership in Darrion Daniels, Alex Losee, and Jalon McCullough to help lead their teammates through the challenges of a basketball season,” Freeman said. “We will miss all of our sophomores: Darrion Daniels, Alex Losee, Alex Baham, Omar Lo, and redshirt Freshman Jalon McCullough as all will be graduating this spring and summer and moving on to the four-year level.”

Freeman will have a talented and deep team back next year, ready to take the Pirates even further into the post season. Back will be freshmen Kevin Baker, Blake Cosgrove, Zach Day, Cole Rabedeaux, Sam Velez, and Trent Warren, as well as red-shirts Jarrod Felix, Colby Jackson, and Elijah Williams.

2017 Mens All-Region

PORT ANGELES – Pirates Jenise McKnight, Alicia Dugan, and Tai Thomas received Northwest Athletic Conference All Region women’s honors, Darrion Daniels and Jalon McCullough earned All Region recognition for the men, and four Pirates, Dugan, Thomas, Cami Butler and Alex Baham, were named to the NWAC’s All-Academic Team, as announced Monday.

McKnight, a sophomore from Las Vegas, Nevada, who averaged 12.93 points and 8.04 rebounds per game, was named to the North Region’s First Team. Dugan, a sophomore from Renton who led the Pirates in scoring with 13.96 points per game and in steals with 2.33 per game, was named to the North Second Team. Tai Thomas, a sophomore from Honolulu, Hawaii, was named to the North Region All-Defensive Team.

Dugan, Thomas and Cami Butler, a sophomore from Sandy, Utah, all earned NWAC All-Academic honors.

“Jenise, Alicia, and Tai have worked hard all year and have been our team captains throughout the season as well,” Crumb said. “Alicia has really come alive offensively in the second half of the season and is such a motor player. She just goes, goes, goes, and eventually she will get something for us, whether it be a three, a steal and a lay-up, or a couple shots at the free throw line. “Jenise is probably the most versatile and athletic forward/post in the league. She moves well and can beat people from beyond the arc, in the paint, or in the open floor. She has a great jumper and a very quick first step. There have been very few teams that have a defender that can handle the workload of Jenise. Tai is our most consistent player. She takes shots when she is open, and is always a factor on the boards. She moves well defensively for her size, and is usually tasked with guarding the best player on the other team. She has been very stable for our team and we hope she continues to be that constant force at the NWAC tournament.”

Coach Crumb also praised their work in the classroom.

“Our team works hard in the classroom and Alicia, Tai, and Cami are a prime example of what a student first athlete should be,” she said. “I can’t wait to see where their academic futures take them.”

For the men, Jalon McCullough, a red-shirt freshman from Fairbanks, Alaska, was named NWAC North Region Freshman of the Year and also a spot on the First Team. He was the second leading scorer for the Pirates, averaging 11.85 points per game, and also second in assists with 3.69 per game.

Darrion Daniels, a sophomore from Las Vegas, was also named to the North Region First Team. He led Peninsula in scoring with 16.84 points per game, assists with 3.88 and was second in rebounds with 5.32.

“Both Darrion and Jalon are big reason that our team has been able win 18+ games for the past 2 years,” Freeman said. “They have bright futures at the next level and we are excited they have been a part of the PC Family.”

Freeman went on to say that Daniels made an immediate impact on the program.

NWAC Playoffs 2017 men

EVERETT - The Pirates (9-5, 18-8), the No. 2 seed from the North, will open the 2017 NWAC Basketball Championship Tournament at 8 a.m. Thursday against Portland (9-7, 12-14), the No. 3 seed from the South.

The game will be live streamed by NWAC Sports Network and also shown live in the Pirate Union Building on the PC campus.

The winner of Thursday's game in the 16-team, single-elimination tournament will play the winner of the North Idaho vs. Tacoma game at 2 p.m. Friday.

The two teams met back on Nov. 26 at the Skagit Valley Turkey Tournament where the Pirates defeated the Panthers 78-65.

The Pirates are led by Darrion Daniels, who is averaging 17 points and four assists per game, as well as Jalon McCullough, a red-shirt freshman (12 ppg), Cole Rabedeaux (11 ppg) and Alex Baham (10 ppg).

Portland's key players include Andre McCowan, who is averaging 21 points a game, as well as Gabe Garrett (17 ppg), Katahdin Bosco (15 ppg, 9 rebounds), and Cameron Retherford (13 ppg).

NWAC championships

BELLINGHAM – The Peninsula College men and women will both go into the 2017 NWAC Basketball Championships as the second-place seed from the North Region following the final night of league play Wednesday where the Pirates fell to the Orcas at Whatcom.

The tournament bracket will be announced Sunday at a first-ever NWAC Basketball Tournament Selection Show, streamed from the NWAC Sports YouTube channel.  The women’s show begins at 2 p.m. and the men’s will follow at 3 p.m.

The Pirate women finished in a three-way tie for second place with Bellevue and Everett, all at 10-4 in league play, but will go as the No. 2 seed by virtue of North Region tiebreaker rules. Bellevue will be the No. 3 seed and Everett No. 4. The first round of the 16-team, single-elimination women’s tournament is March 11 at Everett Community College.

The PC men finished all alone in second place with a 9-5 record, one game behind 10-4 Shoreline. The Pirates open play in the 16-team single-elimination men’s tournament March 9 at Everett.

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