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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 Pirate fans are in for a treat this year.

Despite falling 66-65 in overtime in their season opener, the PC women showed a level of talent and depth that could pay big dividends in the post season.

The Peninsula women overcame a rocky start in their 2014-15 season opener against Wenatchee to take the lead late in the first half in a game that would see that lead go back-and-forth the rest of the way.

The Knights were up 29-28 at halftime, but the second half was very hotly contested. Wenatchee was up 58-56 with 10 seconds remaining when the Pirates inbounded the ball to freshman guard Imani Smith, who took it the length of the floor and put up a soft floater from the paint that fell through the net, sending the game into overtime.

In that extra period, the two teams matched baskets and it came down to the final possession. The Knights were up 66-65, when the Pirates inbounded the ball for their final possession in front of a very large opening night crowd. Smith drove across the top of the key, dished to Zhara Laster, who cut between a host of Knight defenders and put up a runner from 15 feet out, the ball bounced off the rim twice before landing in the hands of a Wenatchee rebounder as the final buzzer sounded.

PORT ANGELES – The Peninsula Pirates were dealt some adversity this year, but the national men’s soccer powerhouse still emerged with one of its greatest seasons on record.

Peninsula College Spanish Professor Dr. Reina Barreto is the author of an article that appeared in Women’s Gaze: Female Visual Narratives and Narrations of the Visual in the Luso-Hispanic World, a special issue of Letras Femeninas that was published this past summer.

PORT ANGELES – The Peninsula College soccer teams are not only talented, but they’re smart.

For the third straight year, the Pirates have led all of the colleges in the Northwest Athletic Conference in the number of All-Academic Award winners.

Seven women and six men were named to the 2014 NWAC All-Academic Team for excellent academic performance. The award is limited to qualifying sophomore athletes.

Earning that honor this fall for the women’s team were Solana Ashe, Alyssa Bertuleit, Kasie Lough, Larkyn Nelson, Mary Pierce, Paxton Rodocker and Brooke Yoshimura.

All-Academic winners for the men were Dylan Clark, Kassio Monteiro, Daniel Moss, Victor Sanchez, Keevan Webb, and Aaron Zovolokin.

“The success of the soccer program over the years has allowed us to be selective in our recruiting,” said Kanyon Anderson, who served as head coach for both the women’s and men’s teams this year. “The whole experience is better when we bring in players who excel on the field, in the classroom and in the community.  And again this year, we were fortunate enough to bring in high character student athletes.”

“I am very proud of their success in the classroom,” he added. “I am looking forward to the offseason when we’ll be able to share these great people with the community.”

PORT ANGELES – The National Soccer Coaches Association of America recognized the Peninsula College women as one of the most dominant teams in the country, ranking them No. 4 in Junior College Division I National Poll.

The Pirates finished the 2014 season ranked No. 1 in the NWAC, falling just one win short of a third straight NWAC crown.

The Peninsula women won their fourth straight West Division championship and battled their way into their fourth straight NWAC championship match before falling to Everett in a thrilling 1-0 final.

The Pirates, who won the NWAC title in 2012 and 2013, had to settle for second place in 2014, but their list of accomplishments remains astonishing.

“Congratulations to the players, coaches and fans for another unbelievable season,” said Director of Athletics Rick Ross. “Coach Anderson and his staff have established a program that is truly a national soccer powerhouse. It was heartbreaking for our sophomores that they weren’t able to add another championship trophy to the case, but I fully expect they’ll all be moving on to play at the next level, while our freshmen will go to work in the offseason, and our coaches will hit the recruiting trail, to win that trophy back.”

Peninsula’s No. 4 national ranking is the highest for any sports team in the College’s history. The four straight NWAC West Division titles and four straight championship appearances arguably qualifies the Pirates as an official women’s soccer dynasty.

Their record of 19-2-2 is only the third best in the program’s five-year history, but 19 shutouts was a Peninsula College soccer record, and the Pirates also allowed the fewest goals in school history, giving up only four in 23 matches, while scoring 80.

The Pirates landed six players on the NWAC All-Star Team and, for the third straight year, combined with the men’s team to lead the NWAC in All-Academic Award winners with 13.

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.

PORT ANGELES – Alison Crumb enters her fifth year as head coach of the Peninsula College women’s basketball with a roster that might be her strongest.

The Pirates went 11-15 overall last year, but 8-6 in conference play, placing fourth in the North Division and advancing to the Northwest Athletics Conference Basketball Tournament for the third straight year.

They’ll open their 2014-15 campaign at home Saturday, Nov. 22, against Wenatchee, a team that went 14-15 last year.

“This year, we have a lot of new faces,” Crumb said, noting she’ll have only four returners on the roster. “However, with the strength of those returners, and our freshmen recruits, we feel like we have one of our best teams yet.”

PORT ANGELES – The Northwest Athletic Conference’s top-ranked and two-time defending NWAC champion Peninsula College Pirates tackle the fifth-ranked Lane Titans at 1:00 Saturday in the first of two NWAC Semifinal women’s soccer matches at Starfire Sports in Tukwia.

The match features two teams that are no stranger to the NWAC playoffs.

Peninsula College launched women’s soccer in 2010 and found immediate success. Head coach Kanyon Anderson guided that first-year team to the NWAC playoffs with a second-place finish in the West Division. In 2011, the Pirates went all the way to the NWAC championship before settling for second place. Then, in 2012 the Pirates won the first-ever women’s NWAC championship for Peninsula College. They repeated with a thrilling win in the title match in 2013.

This year, the Pirates are ranked No. 4 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division I Junior Soccer Poll, their highest national ranking in the five-year history of the program. They are ranked No. 1 in the NWAC, they are four-time defending West Division champions, they are sporting an 18-1-2 record, and perhaps the most remarkable statistic is that they have scored 78 goals and given up only two in 21 matches.

Lane Community College, located in Eugene, Oregon, launched women’s soccer in 2005. The Titans just missed the playoffs that year, but have qualified every year since, placing second in the South Division six times and third twice.

Peninsula College placed six women and five men on their respective West Division All-Star Teams, and Pirate head coach Kanyon Anderson was named West Division Co-Coach of the Year, as announced Tuesday by the Northwest Athletic Conference.

PORT ANGELES – Peninsula College placed six women and five men on their respective West Division All-Star Teams, and Pirate head coach Kanyon Anderson was named West Division Co-Coach of the Year, as announced Tuesday by the Northwest Athletic Conference.

Winning All-Star spots for the West Division champion Peninsula women are Alyssa Bertuleit (sophomore, Sparks, NV) at forward; Paxton Rodocker (sophomore, Port Angeles), and Brittney Yoshimura (sophomore, Mililani, HI) at midfield; Kamryn Barney (sophomore, Snohomish, WA) at defender; and a sweep of the two keeper positions with Emily Flinn (sophomore, Forest Grove, OR) and Kasie Lough (sophomore, Roy, WA) both earning honors.

For the co-West Division champion men, All-Star winners included forwards Eddie Benito (freshman, Vista, CA) and Caio Maciel (sophomore, Salvador, Brazil); midfielders Kassio Monteiro (sophomore, Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Keevan Webb (sophomore, Victoria, B.C.); and defender Brodi Keefe (sophomore, Victoria, B.C.).

Anderson, who coached both the women and the men this year, was named West Division Men’s Coach of the Year, along with Jason Gjertsen of Tacoma.

PORT ANGELES – Peninsula College placed six women and five men on their respective West Division All-Star Teams, and Pirate head coach Kanyon Anderson was named West Division Co-Coach of the Year, as announced Tuesday by the Northwest Athletic Conference.

Winning All-Star spots for the West Division champion Peninsula women are Alyssa Bertuleit (sophomore, Sparks, NV) at forward; Paxton Rodocker (sophomore, Port Angeles), and Brittney Yoshimura (sophomore, Mililani, HI) at midfield; Kamryn Barney (sophomore, Snohomish, WA) at defender; and a sweep of the two keeper positions with Emily Flinn (sophomore, Forest Grove, OR) and Kasie Lough (sophomore, Roy, WA) both earning honors.

For the co-West Division champion men, All-Star winners included forwards Eddie Benito (freshman, Vista, CA) and Caio Maciel (sophomore, Salvador, Brazil); midfielders Kassio Monteiro (sophomore, Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Keevan Webb (sophomore, Victoria, B.C.); and defender Brodi Keefe (sophomore, Victoria, B.C.).

Anderson, who coached both the women and the men this year, was named West Division Men’s Coach of the Year, along with Jason Gjertsen of Tacoma.

PORT ANGELES – The top-ranked and defending Northwest Athletic Conference champion Peninsula College women’s soccer team is going back to the NWAC Final Four.

The Pirates defeated Treasure Valley1-0 in a Quarterfinal Playoff thriller before a big crowd at Sigmar Field Sunday to punch their ticket to the NWAC Finals.

The four-time West Division champion Peninsula women, who improved to 15-1-2 on the season, will board the Black Pearl Friday to travel to Tukwila where they will tackle fifth-ranked Lane, 15-2-2, at 1:00 on Saturday in the NWAC Women’s Semifinal Playoff at the Starfire Sports Complex. The South Division champion Titans advanced with a 2-1 win over Shoreline Saturday in their Quarterfinal.

Sunday’s victory for the Pirates marks the fourth straight year in the five-year history of the program that the Pirates have qualified for the NWAC Final Four. They placed second in 2011 and then won the Washington-Oregon community college soccer championship in 2012 and 2013.

PORT ANGELES – The Peninsula College men’s soccer team is a dynasty.

The Northwest Athletic Conference championship cup will be in another trophy case this year, but that doesn’t change how the Pirates have been the dominant force in the NWAC for the last five years.

In that five-year period, the Peninsula men have amassed an 88-7-13 record, they have won five West Division championships, three NWAC championships and have been both regionally and nationally ranked.

Their 2014 season ended in the NWAC quarterfinals in a heartbreaking 2-0 loss to top-ranked North Idaho College on a small, muddy field in Coeur d’Alene, but it wasn’t without the normal Pirate accolades. The Peninsula men went 10 straight games without a loss or tie, eventually finishing 13-2-4. They were ranked No. 1 for most of the year and had slipped to No. 4 following their only regular season loss and a couple of ties. They were also ranked in the top 10 nationally for most of the year.

“It was a fantastic group of players this year,” head coach Kanyon Anderson said. “The sophomores were good to each other and did a nice job of taking the freshmen under their wings. That bodes well for next year.”

The Pirates will graduate a very talented group of sophomores.

“Every single player in this group has the talent to move on to play at the next level,” Anderson said. “I hope they do. It’s a special thing to get to be a college athlete and to be part of a team.”
That list of sophomores includes Dylan Clark, Sam Gaisford, Chris Galea, Brodi Keefe, Caio Maciel, Hugo Marques, Kassio Monteiro, Steve Rodriguez, Victor Sanchez, Julio Soto, Keevan Webb and Aaron Zavolokin.

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