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EVERETT – The Pirates open Northwest Athletic Conference post season play this week, the women tipping off at 10 a.m. Thursday against the NWAC’s top-ranked Umpqua and the men opening at 8 a.m. Saturday against Clackamas.

This year marks the seventh straight year head coach Alison Crumb has qualified for the NWAC Basketball Championship Tournament. Her Pirates placed fourth in the North Region with a 6-6 conference record and an 8-16 overall mark. They will tackle Umpqua (15-1, 28-1) in the second game of the tournament Thursday at the Everett Community College gym.

The Pirate men qualified for the fourth straight year under head coach Mitch Freeman, who is wrapping up his fifth year at Peninsula. The PC men (9-5, 19-10) placed second in the North Region and will play the first game of the men’s opening round at 8 a.m. Saturday against the South Region’s third-place finisher Clackamas (9-7, 17-12).

See the complete tournament bracket on the NWAC web site.

All games will be live streamed on NWAC Sports Network.

Jan. 5 PC vs LCC women

PORT ANGELES – The Peninsula College Pirates wrap up non-conference play this week with home games Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The PC men boast a 9-5 record and are coming off strong showings at the Clackamas Holiday Tournament and the West Region Crossover Tournament. They host Highline (5-7) at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Pirate gym in a game that will feature the Hamilton Elementary Hot Wheels unicycle club at halftime.

The Pirates are led by sophomore Colby Jackson, who is averaging 16 points and five assists per game, Kaelin Crane, who is scoring 14 points per game, and Trent Warren, who is averaging 12.5 ppg and leading the team in rebounds at 6.5 per game. Also coming up big in the preseason has been Forks’ freshman Marky Adams, who is averaging nine points and five rebounds per game.

The Peninsula women, meanwhile, have yet to find their stride. Beset by injuries, the Pirates are looking for two new winter quarter recruits to help them right a ship that has taken on a bit of water, going 1-9 in non-conference play with two games remaining. The PC women host Lower Columbia and Port Angeles graduate Nizhoni Wheeler at 4 p.m. Friday, and then finish out their preseason against South Puget Sound College and Neah Bay graduate Tristin Johnson at 5 p.m. Saturday.

The Pirate women are led by Ashlynn Sharp’s 15 points per game, 14 from Jamellia Clark, and 10 from Tiffani Smith. They have been playing with a seven and eight-player rotation, partly due to injuries, but will have some relief when Mikayla Kirby and Payton Caci, both of Las Vegas, join them on the floor this week.

The Peninsula women and men open North Region play during Pirate Pete’s Week, the College’s annual spirit week, next week. The PC men will host Shoreline at 7 p.m. Jan. 10 and then the women and men host Everett at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Jan. 13. Shoreline recently suspended its’ women’s team for the season due to a late coaching change and a small roster.

Ali Crumb coaching

PORT ANGELES – Peninsula College head coach Alison Crumb and her staff will open their 2017-18 women’s basketball season Friday night with a small but talented roster.

The Pirates, who placed second in the North last year and qualified for the Northwest Athletic Conference championship tournament for the sixth straight year, open at 7 p.m. Friday at home against Centralia in the first game of the annual First Federal Pirate Classic.

Coach Crumb’s 2017-18 team features four returners from last year, a red-shirt sophomore who practiced with the team last year, a transfer sophomore from Bremerton, and six freshmen. Only seven players off that 12-player roster, however, will be on the floor this weekend.

“We have been bludgeoned with injuries, and have therefore done some extra recruiting to get two new faces here in December once they finish their current quarters,” coach Crumb said.

Back from last year are Kayla Alvarez, a 5-2 guard from Salt Lake City, Utah; Hannah Geberyesus, a 5-4 guard from Las Vegas, Nevada; Yamilei Rodriguez, a 5-9 guard from Las Vegas; and Tiffani Smith, a 5-6 guard, also from Las Vegas. Also returning is red-shirt sophomore Jamellia Clark, a 5-11 post from Las Vegas.

Joining the Pirates this year are Olivia Williams, a 5-9 sophomore transfer from Umpqua Community College who played her high school basketball at Olympic in Silverdale; Ashly Fernandez, a 5-7 freshman from Las Vegas; Jocelyn Moore, a 5-10 post from Coulee Dam, Washington; Ashlynn Sharp, a 5-8 guard from Las Vegas; and Cassandra White, a 5-9 guard from Modesto, California.

“The returners have stepped in a done a wonderful job leading this group of new faces,” Crumb said. “They really care about one another and are committed to this program and their new teammates. I’m very fortunate to be able to lean on this group moving forward.”

Coach Crumb is also pretty excited about her freshman class.

“I’m excited about the new faces that we have,” she said. “They have come in and created a big presence on the court and we hope to develop and push those players to be the best they can possibly be.”

The Pirates will have two other players joining them winter quarter in Caci Payton, a 5-7 guard, and Kirby Mikayla, also a 5-7 guard. Both are from Las Vegas.

Injuries have created some early challenges for the Pirates. Moore is sidelined with a concussion, White injured her knee earlier this fall and will miss the 2017-18 season, and a few other players are banged up.

“Because of our injuries, I did some extra recruiting to get two new faces here in December, once they finish their current quarters,” Crumb said. “Mikayla Kirby and Payton Caci will be an added boost to our backcourt, where we desperately need depth after losing our star recruit, Casandra White, to a season ending knee injury. We hope to get them ready to go as fast as possible for league play.

“Injuries are an unfortunate thing, and something we have been quite lucky with over the years, but when it rains it pours,” she added. “We just need to stay focused with the group that we have and hope that our incoming December players can help with our depth. It hasn’t been pretty this off-season, but we need to be resilient. There is no excuses around here, so we will compete to the best of our ability.”

It all starts Friday night against Centralia, and the Pirates return to their home court Sunday against Yakima at 1 p.m. in Game 6 of the First Federal Pirate Classic.