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PORT ANGELES – The Peninsula College women and men traveled different roads this season, but both roads inevitably will lead to Kennewick – the site of the 2015 Northwest Athletic Conference Basketball Championships, coming up March 7-10 at the Toyota Center.

The Pirate women crushed a short-handed Shoreline team 87-20 in front of a packed-house in the Peninsula College gym Saturday to clinch their first North Division championship since 2005, and only the second in PC women’s basketball history. The Pirates (19-5, 13-1) will play the No. 4 seed from the South Division, Portland or Clackamas, at 8 p.m. Saturday in the first round of the 16-team tournament.

The Peninsula men, meanwhile, needed a win over the Dolphins to clinch their spot in the tournament, but they fell 83-69 leaving them at 7-7 in conference play and 14-12 overall and facing a possible tie with Skagit Valley for the fourth berth to the NWAC Tournament. Skagit, however, fell to Edmonds 79-75 Saturday, dropping into a fifth place tie with Shoreline and leaving the Pirates in sole possession of fourth place – and a spot in the tournament. The PC men will play Mt. Hood (9-5, 12-13) in the opening round at 10 p.m. Saturday, immediately following the Pirate women’s game – just like home, but on an adjacent court.

Both the women and men will board the Black Pearl on Thursday en route to the 2015 NWAC Championships. It will be the third straight trip for fifth-year head coach Alison Crumb, who led Peninsula to the tournament in 2005 as a player, and the first trip to the “Show” for second-year head coach Mitch Freeman.

While the playoff picture was the main attraction, it was also Sophomore Night, where fans from all over the West Coast jammed into the Pirate gym to see the final home games for Gabi Fenumiai, Whitney Nemelka, Madison Pilster, Miranda Schmillen and Jonelle Staveland from the women’s team, as well as Jal Deng and Domach Domach from the men’s team.

The Pirate fans also paid respect to Art Ruud, a player from the 1970 men’s championship team, who passed away recently from cancer at the age of 64. A large contingent of his family and friends were on hand to honor the long-time Port Angeles resident who was a big part of Peninsula College basketball history and who’s name is part of that Pirate team that was inducted into the NWAC Hall of Fame and the Peninsula College Hall of Fame.

PORT ANGELES – The Peninsula College women and men traveled different roads this season, but both roads inevitably will lead to Kennewick – the site of the 2015 Northwest Athletic Conference Basketball Championships, coming up March 7-10 at the Toyota Center.

The Pirate women crushed a short-handed Shoreline team 87-20 in front of a packed-house in the Peninsula College gym Saturday to clinch their first North Division championship since 2005, and only the second in PC women’s basketball history. The Pirates (19-5, 13-1) will play the No. 4 seed from the South Division, Portland or Clackamas, at 8 p.m. Saturday in the first round of the 16-team tournament.

The Peninsula men, meanwhile, needed a win over the Dolphins to clinch their spot in the tournament, but they fell 83-69 leaving them at 7-7 in conference play and 14-12 overall and facing a possible tie with Skagit Valley for the fourth berth to the NWAC Tournament. Skagit, however, fell to Edmonds 79-75 Saturday, dropping into a fifth place tie with Shoreline and leaving the Pirates in sole possession of fourth place – and a spot in the tournament. The PC men will play Mt. Hood (9-5, 12-13) in the opening round at 10 p.m. Saturday, immediately following the Pirate women’s game – just like home, but on an adjacent court.

Both the women and men will board the Black Pearl on Thursday en route to the 2015 NWAC Championships. It will be the third straight trip for fifth-year head coach Alison Crumb, who led Peninsula to the tournament in 2005 as a player, and the first trip to the “Show” for second-year head coach Mitch Freeman.

While the playoff picture was the main attraction, it was also Sophomore Night, where fans from all over the West Coast jammed into the Pirate gym to see the final home games for Gabi Fenumiai, Whitney Nemelka, Madison Pilster, Miranda Schmillen and Jonelle Staveland from the women’s team, as well as Jal Deng and Domach Domach from the men’s team.

The Pirate fans also paid respect to Art Ruud, a player from the 1970 men’s championship team, who passed away recently from cancer at the age of 64. A large contingent of his family and friends were on hand to honor the long-time Port Angeles resident who was a big part of Peninsula College basketball history and who’s name is part of that Pirate team that was inducted into the NWAC Hall of Fame and the Peninsula College Hall of Fame.

PORT ANGELES – The number 68 turned out to be magical for the Pirates Wednesday night.

The Pirate women pulled away in the final minutes to beat Skagit Valley 68-58 to set themselves up for a chance to win the North Division championship on Saturday, and two hours later, Ryley Callaghan hit a running three-point bomb at the buzzer to lift the Pirate men to a 68-67 victory over the Cardinals, setting them up for a chance to secure third place and a trip to the playoffs Saturday.

The Pirate women’s victory, combined with a Bellevue loss to Whatcom, puts Peninsula (18-5, 12-1) in a position to win the North title outright in Saturday’s final home game of the regular season against winless Shoreline.

The PC men’s victory leaves the Pirates (7-6, 14-11) in third place. A win in Saturday’s regular season finale against Shoreline (5-8, 10-16) would propel Peninsula to the 2015 NWAC Basketball Championships, set for March 7-10 in Kennewick.

“This is a night Pirate fans are going to be talking about for a while,” Athletic Director Rick Ross said. “Neither game was how we would have scripted it, but we somehow came away with two huge wins against two very talented Skagit Valley teams.”

Saturday night is Sophomore Night for the Pirates, who will say goodbye to five women and three men, all playing their last regular season game in the Pirate gym. A ceremony to honor the eight players will take place prior to the start of the men’s game at approximately 6:45 p.m.

PORT ANGELES – The number 68 turned out to be magical for the Pirates Wednesday night.

The Pirate women pulled away in the final minutes to beat Skagit Valley 68-58 to set themselves up for a chance to win the North Division championship on Saturday, and two hours later, Ryley Callaghan hit a running three-point bomb at the buzzer to lift the Pirate men to a 68-67 victory over the Cardinals, setting them up for a chance to secure third place and a trip to the playoffs Saturday.

The Pirate women’s victory, combined with a Bellevue loss to Whatcom, puts Peninsula (18-5, 12-1) in a position to win the North title outright in Saturday’s final home game of the regular season against winless Shoreline.

The PC men’s victory leaves the Pirates (7-6, 14-11) in third place. A win in Saturday’s regular season finale against Shoreline (5-8, 10-16) would propel Peninsula to the 2015 NWAC Basketball Championships, set for March 7-10 in Kennewick.

“This is a night Pirate fans are going to be talking about for a while,” Athletic Director Rick Ross said. “Neither game was how we would have scripted it, but we somehow came away with two huge wins against two very talented Skagit Valley teams.”

Saturday night is Sophomore Night for the Pirates, who will say goodbye to five women and three men, all playing their last regular season game in the Pirate gym. A ceremony to honor the eight players will take place prior to the start of the men’s game at approximately 6:45 p.m.

Peninsula College journalism professor Rich Riski and multimedia professor Marina Shipova have been selected as 2015 recipients of John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Awards. These awards are presented annually to outstanding community college instructors from across the county by the League for Innovation in the Community College at its spring Innovations conference, which the recipients are invited to attend. These awards celebrate outstanding contributions and leadership by community college faculty and staff. Recipients are recognized in a series of activities and promotions, and honored at special events at the League's Innovations conference each spring. This year’s Innovations Conference will be in Boston March 8 - 11.

For all of you who are looking forward to an adventurous start of spring, Peninsula College has an opportunity for you!

On February 11, 2015, five Peninsula College students from the Chemistry Club visited the Washington State Department of Health Laboratories in Shoreline, WA.

Peninsula College basketball teams, in partnership with Port Angeles School District participated in “Hoops for Heart” last week, a fun event where students play basketball and learn about their heart and how to keep it healthy, all while raising money for the American Heart Association. 

Miguel Gonzalez and his brother Daniel Gonzalez, both record-setting players who helped Peninsula win Northwest Athletic Conference championships, recently signed contracts to play in the United Soccer League’s professional division.

Students who are attending or will be attending Peninsula College are encouraged to apply for scholarships for the 2015-2016 academic year. All applications are due by April 21, 2015. 

Ten Peninsula College soccer players signed letters of intent Wednesday on National Signing Day.

SHORELINE – The sixth-ranked Pirate women breezed to a 70-42 win and the men eked out a 58-56 nod over the Dolphins for another NWAC North Division sweep Saturday.

The PC women improved to 6-1 in conference play, 12-5 overall, and remained a game behind Bellevue in the chase for the North championship.

The Pirate men improved to 3-4 in conference, 10-9 overall, moving into a three-way tie with Shoreline and Skagit Valley for fourth place in the North. The top four teams advance to the playoffs with one more round of league play remaining.

The Pirate women and men are idle Wednesday and travel to Edmonds on Saturday.

PORT ANGELES – Art Ruud, who helped Peninsula College win the Washington Athletic Association of Community Colleges state basketball championship in 1970, passed away Saturday with his family at his side. He was 64.

Art and his teammates from that 1970 Pirate team, were inducted into the Northwest Athletic Conference Hall of Fame and the Peninsula College Hall of Fame in January of 2014.

“I’m so thrilled for Art and his family that we were able to induct them into both Halls of Fame last year,” said Peninsula College Athletic Director Rick Ross. “He played such a big role in that team’s success and consequently played a big role in Peninsula College sports history.

“Art was not a fan of the spotlight, but he was a great athlete, a great family man, a great coach, and a great member of this community,” Ross said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

Art’s accomplishments will be recognized during halftime of the Peninsula College men’s game on Saturday. Game time is 7 p.m.

His Pirate head coach Jack Estes said he was shocked to hear the news.

“Art Ruud had that solid jump shot from the corner, that soaring long ball into right field, and the driest sense of humor of anyone I’ve known,” Estes said. “His humor was the definition of dry. His athletic ability impressed me and his humor absolutely cracked me up.”

MOUNT VERNON – The Skagit Valley College gym is not an easy place to get a road win and the Pirates managed to escape with one in a North Division basketball doubleheader Wednesday.

The Peninsula women improved to 5-1 in conference play, 11-5 overall, and moved into sole possession of second place in the North with a thrilling 63-59 win over the Cardinals, while the Pirate men slipped to 2-4 and 9-9 following a 63-56 loss to the hosts. That setback leaves the Pirates in fifth place in the North with eight games remaining.

The PC women and men travel to Shoreline for a matinee doubleheader starting at 2:00 on Saturday. The Dolphin women currently sit in the North Division cellar at 0-6 and 0-14, while the men are tied for fourth place at 3-3 and 8-11.

PORT ANGELES – Basketball fans filled the Peninsula College gymnasium Saturday night to cheer on their Pirates in a match-up against Bellevue that saw the PC women and men play their hearts out in a pair of NWAC North Division setbacks.

The sixth-ranked Pirate women fell to the eighth-ranked Bulldogs 67-62, while the PC men, unranked in 2014-15, struggled against the NWAC’s top-ranked Bellevue men, falling 75-62.

The PC women fell to 4-1 in conference play and 10-5 overall. They travel to Skagit Valley Wednesday to tackle the 4-1 and 14-7 Cardinals.

The PC men dropped to 2-3 in league and 9-8 overall. They will take on the 2-3, 10-7 Cards in the nightcap Wednesday.

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