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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.

BREMERTON – The Pirate women clinched a berth in the 2014 NWAACC Basketball Championship Tournament and sophomore Alison Knowles broke Peninsula’s career three-point shooting record in a 76-56 romp over Olympic, while the men also beat the Rangers, 84-67, behind a record-tying shooting performance by Tyler McKinney.

The Pirate women improved to 7-5 in conference play, 10-12 overall, and clinched the fourth place spot in the playoffs with two games to go. They will play the No. 1 team from the East, likely Columbia Basin, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 1, in the first round of the 2014 NWAACC Basketball Tournament at the Toyota Center in Kennewick. It will be the third straight tournament appearance for head coach Alison Knowles.

The Pirate men improved to 5-7 and 11-10, but are two games behind Edmonds (7-5) with two games to go. While the Pirates could still tie Edmonds, the Tritons would qualify for the tournament by virtue of head-to-head play. Peninsula, in a rebuilding year under first year head coach Mitch Freeman, will miss the tournament for the first time since the 2008-09 season.

EVERETT – The Pirate women took a giant leap toward the playoffs, moving into sole possession of fourth place in the NWAACC North Division with a 71-66 win over the Trojans, while the men took a small step in the opposite direction in a tough 80-72 setback.

The top four teams in the North will qualify to play in the 2014 NWAACC Basketball Championship Tournament, set for March 1-4 in Kennewick.

The Pirate women improved to 6-5 in conference play, one game ahead of Everett with three games remaining. The Pirates trail Bellevue (10-1), Whatcom (10-1) and Skagit Valley (8-3). They finish up at Olympic (3-8) Saturday, then home against Shoreline (2-9) Wednesday, before traveling to Bellevue on Feb. 23.

The Pirate men fell to 4-7 in conference, two games behind fourth-place Edmonds (6-5). The men travel to Olympic (1-10) Saturday, host Shoreline (1-10) on Sophomore Night and then close out their 2013-14 regular season campaign Sunday, Feb. 23, at Bellevue (8-3).

PORT ANGELES – Pirate sophomore Xavier Bazile broke Peninsula’s modern single game scoring record in a losing effort and the Pirate women also suffered a heartbreaking setback as Skagit Valley dimmed PC’s playoff hopes with a rare road sweep over the hosts.

The Pirate women still control their own destiny. They are 5-5 in conference play and tied for fourth place with Everett with four games remaining. A win Wednesday at Everett, would go a long way toward securing one of the top four playoff spots in the North Division. The Pirates handled the Trojans 92-69 at home.

The Pirate men, meanwhile, may need help. They are now 4-6 in conference play, sitting in sixth place, one game behind 5-5 Everett, their Wednesday opponent, and two games behind fourth-place Edmonds, 6-4. In addition to winning three or four of their remaining games, the Pirates will need Edmonds or Bellevue to drop some games down the stretch.

Both of Saturday’s games were heartbreakers for Pirate players and fans.

The PC women came out of the blocks firing on all cylinders, shooting 50 percent from the floor and building a 43-26 lead at halftime. Skagit Valley came out and immediately knocked that lead to 10, but the Pirates hung on until the final two minutes, when they eventually succumbed to a 70-67 setback. Alison Knowles’ three-point try at the buzzer fell short.

Gabi Fenumiai led the Pirates with 24 points, Madison Pilster recorded a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Knowles finished with eight.

The Pirates shot only 30 percent from the floor in the second half and could not stop Skagit’s inside attack, as well as the sharp long-range shooting by Sydney Brown, who led the Cards with five three-pointers and 19 total.

The men’s game featured eight lead changes and four ties, but Skagit Valley went up 36-32 at the half and held on for a 78-73 win, despite a record-breaking night for Bazile. The sophomore from Tacoma hit on 14 of 26 from the field, including 3/8 from three-point range and 12/16 from the free throw line to post a modern record 43 points. That effort included a running buzzer-beating bank-shot three-pointer, eclipsing the 41-point night posted by Sequim grad Ryan Rutherford against Olympic back in 2010. Bernie Fryer’s 57 points in a double-overtime championship win at Lower Columbia in 1970 stands as the all-time record and occurred prior to the institution of the three-point line.

EDMONDS – While 700,000 fans emerged on the Emerald City Wednesday to celebrate the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks, a slightly smaller crowd gathered just north in the Edmonds Community College gym where the Pirate women got past the Tritons 65-52,  while the men fell to the hosts 68-48.

Both Pirate teams are alive in the race for a top-four finish in the North Region – and with it, a trip to Kennewick later this month to the 2014 NWAACC Basketball Championships. The women improved to 5-4 in conference play, tied with Everett for fourth place and one game behind Skagit Valley, 6-3. The Pirate men have a tougher road to Kennewick. At 4-5, Peninsula is tied with Everett for fifth place. Edmonds sits alone in fourth at 6-3, while Whatcom, Skagit Valley and Bellevue are all 7-2. There are five games remaining in conference play.

PORT ANGELES - The Pirate men played arguably their best game of the season in a 76-59 upset over the North Division's second-place Whatcom Orcas, while the PC women had an off night in a 69-53 setback to their conference-leading Bellingham counterparts.

The Pirate men improved to 4-4 in league play and 10-7 overall. They are in fifth place, a game behind 5-3 Edmonds following the Tritons' upset over previously 7-0 Skagit Valley. The top four teams from the North qualify for the NWAACC Championships in March.

PORT ANGELES – The Pirate women lost a thriller and the men also fell to two talented Bellevue teams in a rare home doubleheader loss for Peninsula College.

Those games marked the end of the first round of conference play with both teams battling for the fourth playoff spot and a trip to the NWAACC Basketball Championships, March 1-4 at the Toyota Center in Kennewick. The PC women are 4-3 and tied for fourth with Everett, while the men are 3-4 and sitting in fifth place, one game behind Edmonds.