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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.

PORT ANGELES – The 2014-15 Peninsula College men’s basketball team just keeps getting better and better.

Head coach Mitch Freeman recently signed two more players in Jonah Cook and Dimitri Amos.

Cook, a 6-9 post from Anacortes, will add some height to the 2013-14 Pirate roster. He played for LaConner High School where he averaged just under 10 points per game. He graduated in 2012 and attended Skagit Valley College last year, but did not play basketball.

PORT ANGELES - The 2014 Pirate Basketball Clinic drew 40 young ball players from across the North Olympic Peninsula.

"Camp is a great way to learn the fundementals of the game from PC coaches and players, interact with current college players, and to have lots of fun," Pirate head coach Mitch Freeman said. "We give away a lot of prizes that include Peninsula Basketball jerseys, shorts, Gatoraide and candy."

Next up on the summer camp schedule is a Sports Sampler Camp, set for July 14-17 where the basketball coaches team up with the soccer coaches for a week of fun. Contact Freeman at mfreeman@pencol.edu for more information.

PORT ANGELES – Head coach Mitch freeman signed two more outstanding Western Washington high school basketball players to his 2014-15 Pirate men’s roster in Deonte Dixon of Bremerton and Malik Mayeux of Tacoma.

Dixon’s high school resume is very impressive. The 6-2 guard led Bremerton High School to a 2A Olympic League championship. As the Knights’ leading scorer, averaging almost 20 points per game, he earned the Olympic League Most Valuable Player Award. He was also honored with sportsmanship awards at both the District Tournament and Regional Playoffs.

Following his season, the accolades continued. Dixon was one of five players named to the Washington 2A All-State Team, he was selected to play in the Washington State All-Star Game and he was also selected to play in the West Sound All-Star Game.

PORT ANGELES – Head coach Mitch Freeman, in his second year with the Peninsula College men’s basketball program, has signed three outstanding recruits from Western Washington.

Jeremiah Hobbs, a 6-5 forward from Seattle Academy, Ryley Callaghan, a 6-1 point guard from South Kitsap and Kareem Babbs, a 6-3 guard/forward from Spanaway Lake in Tacoma, signed NWAACC Letters of Intent to play for the Pirates in 2014-15.

Hobbs was a two-time Emerald City First Team All-Conference player who helped Seattle Academy to back-to-back state tournament appearances. He averaged nine points and nine rebounds per game.

Peninsula College Pirate Basketball would like to thank everyone that came to our Spring Basketball Camp this week! We hope you had fun working with the players and coaches, learning some new skills & drills, playing games, and winning all those cool prizes! We would also like to thank the City of Port Angeles for helping us put on such a great camp. We had over 20 campers throughout the week, and we're looking forward to having even more campers in the future. We believe that basketball camp is a great way to improve your game, but it's also a great opportunity to exercise, have some fun, and meet some new friends. In fact, we like camp so much that we have two more scheduled for this summer! We have our Summer Basketball Camp that will run June 17-20, 9am-Noon each day, and we will also be offering a brand new Total Kids Camp July 14-18! The Total Kids Camp will be more than just basketball, there will be soccer, tennis, camp games & challenges, and even an opportunity to learn how to create and edit movies! So mark your calendars for those dates and be on the lookout for more information about camp registration. Again, one last big THANK YOU! to all those who were at spring basketball camp. Hope to see you again soon!

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.

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