Athletics Department News
PORT ANGELES - The nationally-ranked Peninsula College Pirate soccer teams will take to the pitch one time this year at the annual Rumble in the Rainforest, sponsored by High Energy Metals, coming up Saturday at Sigmar Field.
The Pirates will host men’s and women’s teams representing the Olympic Force and the Seattle Stars, for a full slate of matches, beginning at 10 a.m. and concluding at 5:30 p.m. Admission for a day of soccer is $5.
Although the matches are all exhibition, it will mark the collegiate head coaching debut of Jake Hughes, who was recently hired to take the helm of the Pirate men’s team.
“The rumble is a great way for our program to prepare our sophomore players to move on, and our incoming players to regain some sharpness for the upcoming season,” Hughes said. “It will be an exciting and challenging event against two good teams.”
Saturday’s Rumble will also be the first action for veteran coach Kanyon Anderson since winning his third Northwest Athletic Conference women’s soccer title in November.
“We are excited to continue this cool tradition against two really good teams,” Anderson said. “ I am also happy to be able to highlight the awesome facilities at Peninsula and have a soccer celebration for our fans each spring.”
The Olympic Force Soccer Club, based in Bremerton, represents players from the Kitsap Peninsula and surrounding areas. It’s roster includes players who are preparing to start college, players who are in college, and players who have completed their collegiate playing careers and are looking to play at a high level. The women’s team, coached by Jason Jarrett, plays in the Northwest Premier League and the men’s team, under the direction of coach Steve Cashmore, plays in the Evergreen Premier League.
The Seattle Stars, based in King County, were founded in 2011 and have a similar make-up of players as the Olympic Force. The women’s team, coached by Chris Wells, and men’s team, coached by Omar Lara, also play in the same leagues as the Force.
The Rumble in the Rainforest game schedule has the 2016 NWAC champion Pirates, winners of six straight league championships, tackling the Olympic Force at 10 a.m. The Pirate men, who won their eighth straight league title this year, follow with a match against the Force at 11:15.
The two mid-day matches pit the Force against the Stars, with the women at 12:30 and the men at 1:45 p.m.
The day then wraps up with the Pirate women hosting the Stars at 3 p.m. and the men closing out the show at 4:15.
PORT ANGELES – The Pirate women responded to a drop from No. 1 to No. 4 in the Alaska Airlines Northwest Athletic Conference Coaches Poll by defeating the new top-ranked team Saturday, while the second-ranked men rallied in the second half to complete a home sweep over Everett.
Both teams now sit atop the North Division with eight matches remaining. The PC women are 6-1-0 in conference play and 11-1-0 overall, tied with Everett (6-1-0, 8-2-1). The Pirate men, meanwhile, improved to 6-0-1 and 8-1-2, and five points ahead of second place Whatcom (4-1-2, 5-2-2).
The Pirates travel to Skagit Valley on Wednesday and then turn right around for an even longer road trip to Bellingham on Saturday to face Whatcom.
Men: Pirates 7, Trojans 3
On paper, the conference-leading Pirates were supposed to be able to phone this one in against winless Everett, but soccer matches aren’t played on paper.
Peninsula, playing without several starters, took a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute on a goal by Keo Ponce, but that was all they could muster in the first half against a determined and underrated Everett club, which used a PC own goal to make it 1-1 at the break.
The Pirates then made it 2-0 on a goal by Johnny Martinez five minutes into the second half, but Everett countered seven minutes later on a goal by Brendan Aune.
The Pirates finally shook Everett down the stretch, as Ponce scored the go-ahead goal, and then it was the Martinez show, as the freshman finished the match with four goals. Joe Sorenson also got in on the scoring act on a very nice header in the box to win going away.
Contributing assists for Peninsula were Eddie Benito with three, Jonathan Vasquez with two, and Jared Ortiz and Martinez with one each.
Nick Johnson finished with three saves.
Women: Pirates 2, Trojans 1
It’s a little early to talk about a conference championship, but Saturday’s home match against Everett certainly figures prominently in that race. The Trojans beat the Pirates back on Sept. 16 at Everett and Peninsula was looking to even the score at home, where they have never lost to Everett.
This match attracted media from the Peninsula Daily News, the Sequim Gazette and Radio KONP, as well as a the normal Pirate fan base – and the turned out to be a good one.
Peninsula scored first, just 26 minutes in, on a put-back from Hoku Afong when a shot by Lexi Krieger was blocked by Trojan keeper Emily Sorenson and Afong was there to drill it into the back of the net.
Everett, however, struck right back, capitalizing on a defensive error and some nice foot work by Ava Mana’o, who scored just a minute later.
That score stood through halftime, and then it was Afong again coming up big just eight minutes into the second half, beating Everett defenders through the box and curling the ball around Sorenson for what proved to be the game-winner.
Sorenson had another outstanding match in goal for Everett, swatting away eight Pirate shots in all, including a rocket by Ellie Small, but not to be outdone, PC keeper Manaia Siania-Unutoa recorded six saves, several of those with very athletic moves in traffic, and one at point-blank range, to preserve the victory.
When the final whistle sounded, the Pirates mobbed Siania-Unutoa, celebrating a win that puts them back in the driver’s seat in their quest for the North Division championship.
Johnny Martinez winds up for one of his four goals against Everett. Photo by Jay Cline
Miranda Schmillen, Ryley Callaghan, Kasie Lough, Micah Weller, Cherish Moss and Karen Corral were honored at Peninsula College’s annual awards ceremony Thursday at the Cornaby Center.
Schmillen and Callaghan received the Art Feiro Award for women’s and men’s basketball in recognition of outstanding contribution to leadership, athleticism, academics and citizenship.
Lough and Weller were named the Wally Sigmar Award for women’s and men’s soccer, also for outstanding leadership, athleticism, academics and citizenship.
Moss and Corral were the 2014-15 William and Annie McMullen Award winners, an award specifically for freshmen female athletes who were inspirational, dedicated, accomplished and were outstanding ambassadors to their respective sports.
“It will be an honor to etch these six names onto trophies that will become part of Pirate sports history,” said Rick Ross, Associate Dean for Athletics and Student Life. “Our coaches had so many choices for these awards, and these six athletes represent all of the outstanding and dedicated athletes who, year in and year out, continue to put Peninsula College and this community on the map.”
Come join the Peninsula College Pirates for our annual spring basketball camp! Friday we will be focusing on the fundamentals, and we will improve our skills through a variety of drills and competitive games. After we work hard and improve on Friday, we will make teams based on skill levels and come back Saturday for our camp tournament! Saturday will consist of live 5-on-5 games that will be both coached and officiated by our college athletes, and they are open to spectators so that everyone can come see you play! So if you want to have fun playing hoops, and improve your skills in the process, then sign up for our spring basketball camp today! Go Pirates!
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March 13-14, 2015
Peninsula College Gym
Camp fee is $75
Register online at www.brownpapertickets.com and search "pirate spring basketball camp"
Register at the door Friday, March 13th. Doors open at 7:45am.
Campers must bring their own gym shoes, water bottle, basketball, and a lunch for Friday.
for more information, please contact Jon Ing at Jing@pencol.edu
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.”
A talented athlete from his youth, Art played both basketball and baseball, setting a Port Angeles Little League record for home runs in a single season.
He went on to play through college and into adult basketball and softball leagues, as well as coaching youth teams.
Art was a lifelong and active member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church where he co-taught Sunday school and served as an usher. In the church, he married Kathy in 1972 and together they raised four children. He was a devoted and caring father.
After a short time teaching at Port Angeles High School, he became an electrician. In 1980 he and his brother, Rob, formed an electrical contracting company which would become Electric Service, Inc.
Art is survived by Kathy, by four children: Melissa (Angel), Heidi Barabe (Ryan), Jessica, and Joel; three grandchildren: Carson, Hunter, and Kiera; his brothers: Rob (Margaret), and Dan (Arlene); and four nieces and their children.
Instead of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Scholarship Fund. Donations made in Art’s name can be sent to 301 Lopez Ave. Port Angeles, WA 98362.
Peninsula College’s Pirate Women Basketball players are stars on and off the court, and in the eyes of several young women from the community they are also something much more─they are heroes and mentors and friends.
Community residents who attended Pirate home games last year probably wondered about the younger basketball players who lined up with the Pirate women players during the playing of the national anthem. What they didn’t know is that the young women were part of an important outreach effort by the Pirate women, and that several of the Pirate team members were spending their weekends and nights working with the younger players and watching them play in their own games and tournaments.
Today the college players are known as the Pirate Pals, and Pirate Coach Alison Crumb couldn’t be prouder. The PC program has its genesis in a similar program that Crumb was involved in when she played for the Roughriders at Port Angeles High School (PAHS) under then coach Mike Knowles, who today is an assistant Pirate basketball coach. Knowles began a “Rider Pal” mentoring program that placed player mentors with younger aspiring PAHS basketball players, and the program was very successful. Today, both Crumb and Knowles are proud to see the Pirate Pals program reaching new heights.
According to Crumb, this year the Pirate women’s team is taking the Pirate Pals program to a whole new level. Just after the Pirate women had their first preseason meeting─and after being on campus for only 24 hours─the Pirates put on a free basketball camp for their Pirate Pals. The players ran the entire camp and worked with the girls on skill building as well as coaching them in a 3-on-3 tournament. After the camp, both teams ate pizza together and got to know each other a little better. And this is just the beginning, Crumb says!
“Every week during the coming year, the Pirates will be working with their pals after practice and on weekends to give back to the community and to inspire young basketball players that are like themselves when they were younger.
“This is an incredible opportunity for our athletes to mentor young players who idolize them. Our pirate women step on the floor, and these young girls follow everything they do. With that comes great responsibility, and it helps our players become better leaders, better citizens, and better basketball players,” Crumb says.
And Crumb has made sure that the parents of the Pirate Pals know the Pirate players are truly committed. “When I was introducing the PC players to the Pirate Pals and their parents, I told them we are here for them and support our team in putting in all this extra time to help the Pals better their craft. Afterwards, a parent came up to me and said how much it means to these girls that we are doing this, and that they, too, are here for us and whatever we need. That is what’s it’s all about. It’s about a partnership, and our program believes it’s important,” Crumb says.
Crumb adds that throughout the preseason when the Pirates are training, often twice a day, “three days a week the Pirate Pals will be on campus working with our student-athletes. Thanks to assistant Pirate coaches Mike Knowles and Danika Johnson, Olympic Avalanche coach Joe Marvelle, and the Pirate program, our team has expanded, and we’re excited for our Pirate Pals and their families to be a part of our Pirate Family.”
Pirate Pals In Action!
PORT ANGELES – Six Peninsula College athletes received awards at Tuesday’s annual awards event at the Board of Trustees June meeting Tuesday afternoon.
Alison Knowles of Port Angeles and Geno Horsley of Tacoma won the 2013-14 Art Feiro Awards for basketball, Briana Estrellado of Cheney, and Corbyn May, of Vancouver, B.C., were the 2013-14 Wally Sigmar Award winners for soccer, and Brooke Yoshimura of Mililani, HI, and Madison Pilster, of Blackfoot, ID, received the Annie McMullen Award for soccer and basketball respectively.
The Art Feiro and Wally Sigmar awards go to students representing each team who best exemplified leadership, sportsmanship, citizenship, academic achievement and athletic ability. The McMullen family award is specifically for freshmen women athletes who have overcome challenges through hard work and dedication to be successful in their sport.
“These six athletes represent a class of student athletes who were truly outstanding,” said Director of Athletics Rick Ross. “Sadly, Alison, Bri and Corbyn have completed their playing careers at Peninsula College and we’re going to miss them enormously. They have set a very high bar for their respective teams to follow next year.”
“Geno, Brooke and Madison, however, will be back next year to establish high standards of leadership, citizenship, sportsmanship, and academic success to go along with their competitive drive as athletes,” Ross said.
Estrellado, May and Yoshimura played a role in Peninsula’s unprecedented success in soccer, leading the Pirate women and men to back-to-back NWAACC championships this year. The women’s basketball team qualified for the NWAACC Championship Tournament and the men’s team missed going by one place in the North Division standings.
“We won two more NWAACC championships this year and three of our four teams reached the post season,” Ross said. “It’s a credit to all of our student athletes, and to our coaches who work so hard to recruit talented kids with high character and citizenship skills. I was very proud to introduce our six award winners to the Board today. They represent this institution at a very high level.”
PORT ANGELES -The 1970 Peninsula College men’s basketball team, which was led by Bernie Fryer, who had a successful career as an official and a player in the NBA, headlined the first inductees into the newly formed Peninsula College Athletics Hall of Fame at a ceremony held January17, at the Bushwhacker Restaurant.
In addition to the Washington Athletic Association of Community Colleges championship team, the first inductees also included the late Arthur Feiro, the late Dr. Wally Sigmar, Kathy Murphy-Carey and Jerry Allen.
“This is something we’ve been talking about for some time,” said Director of Athletics Rick Ross. “We haven’t had a facility before where we could properly house a Hall of Fame, but our new gymnasium foyer lends itself perfectly to that. I’m honored and thrilled that this is finally happening.”
Peninsula College also collaborated with the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges to dually induct the 1970 basketball team. Fryer was inducted into the NWAACC Hall of Fame as an individual in 1992, but the entire team went in at the ceremony on Friday. Feiro was previously inducted into the NWAACC Hall of Fame in 1989, and Dr. Sigmar in 1995.
“This was a unique opportunity to start our own Hall of Fame and also to work with the NWAACC to bring in the 1970 team at the same time,” Ross said. “There are many deserving candidates to go into our Hall, but we’re starting with five and will build that over the coming years.”
1970 Men’s Basketball Team
While the college has been on a championship run of late, with five NWAACC soccer championships and one basketball title in just the last four years, for its first 50 years the buzz in the sports community was all about the 1970 team.
Jerry Allen, CEO of Seven Cedars Casino who is part of the organizing committee for the Hall of Fame event, called that team’s state championship the first such major accomplishment in Port Angeles’ sports history.
“That was a big deal,” Allen said. “We had the 1966 Port Angeles team place second and some minor sports championships, but that was the first major championship in this community’s history.”
Fryer, who stepped down from his position as Vice President and Director of Officials for the NBA two years ago, continues to work for the NBA as an advisor and video specialist for its officials. He said he is looking forward to the event.
“It is very rewarding to have our team be remembered for the success we had,” Fryer said. “For me personally, my experience at Peninsula was, and still is, one of the best of my basketball career.”
Fryer scored 57 points in Peninsula’s come-from-behind, double-overtime 132-130 win over Lower Columbia in the championship game. That still stands as the single game scoring record for an NWAACC playoff game.
However, what made the win so memorable was that it was a Cinderella story and a team effort that won them the championship, according to head coach Jack Estes, who now resides in Manhattan, NY.
“Bernie was clearly the star, but he wasn't alone,” Estes said. “This was really a team, a group of young men who worked together. They passed, and they pressed, and they shared the victory.”
“I had a dream mid-season that we won the championship,” Estes said. “This was a magical season. A small-sized team from a small town representing the smallest college in the state went up against big budgets and big players from big schools. I still can't believe it. When we were down by a score of 100-81 with only six minutes remaining, playing at our opponent's home court and having been beaten badly by that same team only two weeks earlier, 129-91, how did we pull it out? Unbelievable still, all these years later.”
According to Peninsula College records, members of that team included Larry Baker, Mitch Blore, Rocky Brecht, Bernie Fryer, Bob Jones, Keith Lingvall, Brad Maier, Bud O’Meara, Harley Robinson, Art Ruud, Dan Ruud, Darrl Sanford, Dan Schleiffers, Jack Werkau and manager Mark Bowes.
In addition to the ceremony on Friday, the college honored the inductees in front of the home fans and officially retired Fryer’s jersey No. 32 during halftime of the men’s game.
The late Art Feiro was a member of Peninsula College’s faculty when the institution opened its doors in 1961. In addition to teaching and paving the way for the establishment of a marine laboratory, later named for him, Feiro served the college as Athletic Director, Director of Intramurals and Dean of Students.
He was instrumental in the success of the 1970 championship basketball team, and he helped found the NWAACC in the early 1970s, transitioning from the WAACC. He also hired Kathy Murphy-Carey in 1975 to coach the first NWAACC women’s sports teams. He passed away the same year Peninsula College dropped its athletic program in 1982.
“Art was such a big part of Peninsula’s history, it was a slam dunk that he would be among the first wave of inductees into our Hall of Fame,” Ross said. “He was everybody’s favorite teacher, he was a ferocious competitor, he was an innovator, and he was an outstanding leader. No one talks about our history without sharing stories about Art.”
Dr. Wally Sigmar
The late Dr. Sigmar became President of Peninsula College in 1995 and was instrumental in bringing athletics back to Peninsula College in 1997 and improving the college’s athletic facility with new bleachers, a new gym floor surface, scoreboards and a field reconstruction to support soccer and softball. The college fielded men’s and women’s basketball teams starting in the fall of 1997 and added men’s soccer and women’s softball in the fall of 2000.
Sigmar was inducted into the NWAACC Hall of Fame in 1995 for winning five NWAACC championships during an 11-year coaching career at Skagit Valley College (1974-1982).
Peninsula’s fourth President passed away in 2000, just two months before the first Pirate soccer team took the field.
“Wally was the people’s President,” Ross said. “He made every employee, every community member, and I’m sure his colleagues across the region, all feel like close personal friends.
“His passion for athletics and his leadership with our committee changed the face of our college,” said Ross, who served with Dr. Sigmar, Jim Lunt, the late Roger Reidel, who was Board of Trustees Chair, and several community members during the 1996-97 academic year when the NWAACC approved Peninsula’s request to join the conference. “Athletics is one small piece of what makes this College a destination college, but Sigmar set the bar pretty high and we’ve strived all these years to run the kind of program he would have been proud of.”
Kathy Murphy-Carey, who retired in December, was hired by Art Feiro in 1975 as a counselor, volleyball coach and tennis coach. She was also named Peninsula Women's Athletic Commissioner and served in that role from 1975-1982. She continued in her role as a faculty member and counselor during the period Peninsula was without athletics and returned to her commissioner role when the college re-launched men's and women's basketball in 1997. Since that date, Kathy has served as North Region Chair Women's Basketball Chair and the NWAACC Executive Board. She has also played a significant role in Peninsula College athletics, serving on hiring committees for coaches; counseling, advising and inspiring student athletes; and helping the program win six NWAACC championships in the last four years.
"Kathy's contribution to our success is immeasurable," said Ross. "She has worked very hard for this college in a career that spanned almost 40 years. She has positively impacted thousands of student athletes in that time and has been a great friend and mentor to me, as well as our coaches. I am very happy for her that she is represented in our first Hall of Fame. She is very deserving of this honor."
Jerry Allen's relationship with Peninsula College began as a basketball player in the mid-1970s, but it was his impact as CEO of Seven Cedar's Casino that changed the course of Peninsula College athletics in 1997 when the institution brought back men's and women's basketball. The Casino, in cooperation with the Jamestown Tribe, as been the largest contributor of scholarship donations and general support of the athletic program for the last 16 years. Seven Cedars has sponsored leagues, tournaments, events, as well as sponsorships and donations.
"Jerry is a pretty humble guy and was quick to credit the Casino and the Jamestown Tribe for that support," Ross said. "We are very blessed to have their support. There are many deserving organizations out there, but Jerry and Ron understand the value of an athletic program in the development of young people, as well as its value to a college and a community. We wouldn't be where we are as a program without Seven Cedar's Casino and Jerry's leadership."
PORT ANGELES - Peninsula College supporters came out in force to support Pirate Casino Night, one of Peninsula College's signature athletic fund raising events, Feb. 21 at Seven Cedars Casino.
Headlining the evening was a comedy show featuring national touring comedian Sammy Obeid. The evening also featured a presentation by former Pirate soccer standout Miguel Gonzalez, who is completing his senior year at Seattle University and looking ahead to a professional soccer career, as well as an introduction to Pirate coaches, a very successful silent auction, and some friendly gaming.
"Mitch Freeman and his staff, in conjunction with the Peninsula College Foundation, did an outstanding job with this event," Director of Athletics Rick Ross said. "It all started with a very generous offer from Jerry Allen and Seven Cedars Casino to host the event - and they really rolled out the red carpet. It was first class. We were able to double or triple the revenue from the first Pirate Casino Night. This event can only grow and help us raise even more scholarship money in the future."