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OLYMPIA – It was a good weekend for Peninsula College head men’s basketball coach Mitch Freeman and his two families.

Coach Freeman was at his wife Nicole’s side for the birth of their second child last week as baby Gavin was welcomed into the family - and then he bolted to Olympia where his basketball family won the Northwest Athletic Conference West Division Crossover Tournament, held at South Puget Sound Community College.

It was Peninsula College’s first Crossover Tournament win since the 2011 Pirate men won the South Division Crossover in Salem, Oregon.

The Pirates defeated Edmonds 66-56 in Sunday’s championship, following wins over Walla Walla and Grays Harbor to claim the first-place trophy.

Freshman Deonte Dixon put up good numbers in all three games to win a spot on the All-Tournament Team, but it was a team effort on both sides of the ball, and outstanding team rebounding, that lifted the Pirates to three straight victories.

Peninsula improved to 6-5 in non-conference play with one game remaining, at home against Pierce (4-7) at 5:00 on Dec. 30. The Pirates will then prepare for their conference opener, Jan. 10 at home against Edmonds.

MOSES LAKE – The Peninsula men made the long trip to Eastern Washington last weekend to take on the Big Bend Vikings in a pair of back-to-back non-conference games.

The host Vikes proved too much for Peninsula, winning 81-67 Friday and then stopping the PC men again on Saturday, 86-58.

Next up for the Pirates is the West Region Crossover Tournament, set for Friday through Sunday at South Puget Sound in Olympia. The PC men (3-5) take on Walla Walla (3-4) at 5:00. 

PORT ANGELES – Home court advantage is something you can bank on.

Pirate fans enjoyed a pair of wins at the third annual First Federal Pirate Classic where the Peninsula men made their 2014-15 home debut with a thrilling 61-60 win over Centralia on Saturday, before returning to the home court Sunday where they sank the Clippers of South Puget Sound 70-59.

Peninsula 61, Centralia 60

A large crowd filed into the Pirate gym for the home opener Saturday when fans were treated to a hard-fought battle that saw the lead go back and forth all night.

Peninsula led 31-28 at halftime, but suffered some chilly shooting in the second half and could not shake the Trailblazers. The game came down to the wire. Centralia converted on a pair of free throws with eight seconds remaining to lead 60-59. The PC men inbounded to Ryley Callaghan, who sped up the court, drove through a pack of Blazer defenders and put up a running jump shot in the lane. The shot did not go down, but Deonte Dixon, in his first game as a Pirate, followed with a buzzer-beating tip-in to win the game and electrify the crowd.

Centralia held Peninsula’s leading scorer Ryley Callaghan to a season low 14 points, Dixon overcome some nerves and rust, hitting only 4/15 from the field and 2/9 from beyond the arc to also put up 14 points, Malik Mayeux hit for 12 points, including a 6/7 free throw effort, and Domach Domach added nine.

MOUNT VERNON – With four road games now under their belt, the Pirates are ready to make their home debut this weekend at the Pirate Classic, sponsored by First Federal.

“This will be a great opportunity for the home fans to come see this great college basketball team,” Director of Athletics Rick Ross said. “Coach Mitch Freeman and his staff have put together a team that this community will really enjoy watching.”

The Pirates (1-3) will open the annual four-team event at 7 p.m. Saturday against Centralia (1-2), following a 5 p.m. game between Skagit Valley (2-1) and South Puget Sound (0-2). Sunday’s schedule has Centralia vs. Skagit at 1:00 and Peninsula vs. South Puget Sound at 3:00.

Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors (55), veterans and college students. Youth 17-under will be admitted free.

DES MOINES – The freshmen-dominated Peninsula Pirates got an eye-opening introduction to the Northwest Athletic Conference Friday, falling to the Thunderbirds at Highline 81-54.

The hosts built a seven-point halftime lead, 32-25, as both teams struggled offensively in the first half, but the Pirates could not stay with the T-birds in the second half, as Highline outscored Peninsula 49-29 in the final 20 minutes to win going away.

Ryley Callaghan, a 6-1 freshman guard from South Kitsap, led the Pirates with 17 points and six rebounds, Jonah Cook, Peninsula’s 6-9 red-shirt freshman post from Mount Vernon, added 11 points and a team-high eight boards, and Jeremiah Hobbs, a 6-4 freshman forward from Seattle, hit for 10 off the bench, adding six rebounds and four assists. Chris Reis, of Spokane, and Alex Ironside, of Pu’unui, Hawaii, both freshmen, each hit for seven.

PORT ANGELES – Peninsula College launched its Athletics Hall of Fame last year and celebrated the 1970 State Champion basketball team.

The North Olympic Peninsula has had a love affair with the Pirates ever since – and second year head coach Mitch Freeman says his 2014-15 team is one this community will embrace.

“We have a team that the community would love to support,” Freeman said. “I hope you can come out and watch Pirate Basketball.”

The Peninsula men went 12-11 and narrowly missed the playoffs in Freeman’s first season at the Pirate helm. This year’s team has more height, more depth and strong chemistry.

“We are young team with only five guys who have played in a college game, but we have size and depth at each position that will allow us to be a competitive basketball team,” Freeman said. “We are very excited and anxious to get the season started.”

The Pirates open their non-conference schedule Friday, Nov. 21, at Highline, a team that went 23-8 last year, good for third place in the West Division.

Come support your local high schools as they gear up for their upcoming seasons. Admission is FREE!

Peninsula College will be hosting a fall basketball league for the local high schools in the area. Fall leagues are a great tool that a lot of high school programs use to get their teams prepared for the season ahead. We’re excited to connect with the local area teams to kick off another exciting basketball season here on the Olympic Peninsula.

Saturdays, Oct 25th & Nov 1st

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PORT ANGELES - Basketball fever is already reaching a high pitch at Peninsula College as the men’s and women’s teams look forward to another great season. 

All local residents are invited to join in saluting the players and their coaches in a special preseason celebration on Friday, October 24, at 6:00 pm in the Peninsula College Gymnasium. Appetizers and drinks will be provided.

Come and be part of the fun and excitement!

The celebration will open with a salute and thank you to Pirate Athletic Association members and supporters. Community members will then have an opportunity to meet the 2014-15 basketball coaches and players and watch them in action in the Annual Pirate Tip Off and a Slam Dunk Contest three-point shootout and scrimmage.

For more information, please contact Mitch Freeman at mfreeman@pencol.edu or call (360) 756-6467.

PORT ANGELES - Members of the Peninsula College men's basketball team participated in a fun run at Franklin Elementary School on Oct. 9.

The event was hosted by physical education instructor Campbell Kirkman as part of a program Supporting Active Kids.

The Pirates begin their 2014-15 season in mid-November. Under the leadership of head coach Mitch Freeman, and assistant coaches Jon Ing and Brian Shirley, the Pirates are active in the community.

Organizations who would like to be involved in our Pirate outreach may contact coach Freeman at mfreeman@pencol.edu.

PORT ANGELES - The Pirate roster includes student athletes from California to Alaska, but most of them had never cleaned a Dungeness crab before Saturday.

The Pirates participated in the Dungeness Crab Festival, the largest festival held annually in Port Angeles, which drew upward of 10,000-20,000 people this year.

Under the direction of head coach Mitch Freeman, and assistant coaches Jon Ing and Brian Shirley, the PC men helped with the crab fishing and crab cleaning event on a very rainy weekend at the City Pier.

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