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BELLINGHAM – Both Pirate teams put together second-half runs to sweep the Orcas at Whatcom Wednesday, leaving the men in sole possession of first place in the NWAC North, while the PC women remain in a three-way tie for first.

The Peninsula men, who trailed 37-23 at halftime, outscored the hosts 52-34 in the second half to win 75-71. That win, along with Edmonds’ loss to Everett, leaves Peninsula all alone in first place in the North with a 7-2 record, 14-9 overall.

The Peninsula women, who trailed 27-24 at halftime, turned up the jets to outscore Whatcom 32-13 in the second half to win 56-39. The Pirates improved to 8-1 in conference play and 17-5 overall. They share the North lead with Bellevue and Skagit Valley, who play each other on Saturday.

Next up for the Pirates is a trip to Everett for games at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday. The Trojan gym was not available on Saturday, so the games were moved to Sunday.

The Pirates will be home next on Wednesday, Feb. 17, on Throwback Night. Former PC varsity athletes will be admitted free.

PORT ANGELES – The Pirate men won in dramatic fashion Saturday night to join the women in a tie for first place in the NWAC North, going into a two-game road swing this week.
Sophomore Chris Reis banked home a left-handed scoop shot in traffic, at the buzzer, to lift the Pirates over Edmonds 73-72 Saturday, following a blow-out women’s game that saw the Pirates dismantle the Tritons 87-35.

The men moved into a first-place tie with Edmonds, both at 6-2, while the PC women remained in a three-way tie with Skagit Valley and Bellevue, all at 5-1.

The Pirates travel to Whatcom on Wednesday and then to Everett on Saturday, before returning home Feb. 17 against Skagit Valley.

PORT ANGELES – The Pirates are right where they want to be after the first of two rounds of North Division play.
The Peninsula women are 6-1 in conference, 15-5 overall, and tied for first place with Skagit Valley and Bellevue. Everett (4-3) trails in fourth place. The top four teams from the North will advance to the NWAC playoffs.
The Peninsula men are 5-2 in conference, 12-9 overall, and all alone in second place in the North. Edmonds leads the division at 6-1 and Everett and Olympic are tied for third at 4-3.

BREMERTON – The Peninsula College women improved to 4-0 in conference play with a 68-57 win over Olympic Wednesday night, but the Rangers defeated the Pirate men for the first time in six years, dropping Peninsula from a six-team first-place tie in the Northwest Athletic Conference North Division.

The NWAC’s fourth-ranked Pirate women (4-0, 13-4) remain in a first-place tie with Skagit Valley (4-0, 14-6) and will face their toughest conference test to date when they travel to Bellevue (3-1, 13-4) on Saturday afternoon.

Parity is the word in the NWAC North, where Edmonds, Everett and Olympic improved to 3-1 with wins last night, while the Pirates (2-2, 9-9) fell into a tie with Skagit Valley and Shoreline, all at 2-2. The NWAC’s second-ranked Orcas of Whatcom are 1-3 and perennial North power Bellevue remains winless in conference play. The Pirates play at Bellevue on Saturday night.

Daijhan Cooks

PORT ANGELES – It’s too bad every week can’t be Pirate Pete’s Week.

The Pirates swept all four home games during Peninsula College’s annual spirit week event, concluding with the men’s thrilling 99-90 win over Everett Saturday night.

In Saturday’s other Pete’s Week game, the PC women overwhelmed Everett 77-55.

The Peninsula women improved to 3-0 in conference play and 12-4 overall and are in a two-way tie with Skagit Valley atop the North Division.

The PC men are now 2-1 in the North, 9-8 overall, and are now in a six-way tie for first place.

The Pirates are on the road this week, traveling to Olympic College in Bremerton on Wednesday night and then to Bellevue on Saturday afternoon.

Imani Smith

PORT ANGELES – Some Pirate Pete’s Week mojo may have carried onto the basketball court Wednesday as the Peninsula College men’s basketball team upset second-ranked Whatcom 70-68 and the defending Northwest Athletic Conference champion Pirate women rolled over the Orca women 83-60 in the first of two home games during Peninsula’s annual spirit week.

It was “White Out Night” where many fans were dressed in white “PC Proud” T-shirts - and they had a lot to be proud of.

The Peninsula men, after opening North Division play with a loss against fourth-ranked Edmonds on the Tritons’ court Saturday, overcame an early 12-3 deficit and battled all the way to the final buzzer to improve to 1-1 in early conference play and 8-8 overall. They wrap up Pirate Pete’s Week activities at home Saturday against Everett (2-0, 11-6) at 6 p.m.

The Pirate women, meanwhile, ranked fifth in the latest NWAC Alaska Airlines Coaches Poll, improved to 2-0 and 11-4 and will face 2-0 and 9-7 Everett Saturday at 4 p.m.

EDMONDS – It’s Pirate Pete’s Week at Peninsula College – and that means lots of school spirit around two home basketball games.

The Pirates host Whatcom for their Northwest Athletic Conference North Division home opener Wednesday and then remain home Saturday against Everett.

Wednesday’s conference opener is “White Out Night” where Pirate fans were have the opportunity to wear white “Pirate Proud” T-shirts. The doubleheader pits the NWAC’s fifth-ranked Peninsula women (1-0, 10-4) against unranked Whatcom (0-1, 0-12) at 5 p.m., followed by the Pirate men (0-1, 7-8) taking on the NWAC’s second-ranked Whatcom men (0-1, 13-4) at 7 p.m.

In Saturday’s conference opening weekend, the Pirates split with the Tritons at Edmonds, the women winning 82-33 and the men falling to fourth-ranked Edmonds 66-59.

PORT ANGELES – And now it matters.

The non-conference schedule is now in the rear view mirror as the Pirates open Northwest Athletic Conference North Division play Saturday at Edmonds.

The defending NWAC champion Pirate women, ranked No. 5 in the latest NWAC Alaska Airlines Coaches Poll, went 9-4 in non-conference play and will tip off North Division play against the 1-11 Tritons at Edmonds at 2 p.m. Saturday.

The Pirate men, who placed third in the NWAC in 2014-15 season, went 7-7 in non-conference action. They will take on 2014-15 NWAC runner-up Triton men, 11-2, at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Jenise McKnight

PORT ANGELES – The 2015 Battle in the Olympics title went to Lane, but the Pirates will go into the Christmas break with visions of a repeat NWAC championship still dancing in their heads.

The Peninsula women, ranked No. 4, fell to top-ranked Lane in Saturday’s eight-team NWAC North Region Women’s Crossover Tournament championship, but PC fans can look for that setback to further motivate the defending NWAC champs to get another crack at the unbeaten Titans at the NWAC Tournament in March.

Lane took home the first-place trophy in their first trip to Peninsula under 17-year head coach Greg Sheley, the Pirates placed second, Centralia was third and Spokane fourth.

The Battle in the Olympics All-Tournament Team included MVP Shelby Snook of Lane, Gabby Heehn of Lane, Cierra Moss of Peninsula, Susan Kenney of Centralia, Khadija Neumeyer of Spokane, and Max Shelley of Big Bend. The Most Inspirational Award went to Krista Johnson of South Puget Sound.

Championship: Lane 84, Peninsula 53

The Pirates needed their “A Game” for all four quarters in order to beat the Titans in the second rematch since Peninsula defeated Lane in the NWAC title game last March, but they managed only one quarter Saturday.

Peninsula bolted out to a 24-16 lead at the end of one, but Lane rallied to outscore the hosts 19-9 in the second to lead 35-33 at the break. The Titans then poured it on in the second half, capitalizing on a cold-shooting Pirate team to win going away.

The PC women shot 23 percent from the floor, only 3/25 for 12 percent from beyond the arc, and only 64 percent from the free throw line. Lane, meanwhile, hit on 42 percent from the field, was 10/29 from three-point range for 34 percent and hit 71 percent from the line.

Peninsula was led by Cierra Moss, who finished with 17 points, 11 of those coming from the free throw line. Lane held Peninsula’s leading scorer to only three field goals on 26 attempts. Zhara Laster had 11 points and 11 rebounds and Jenise McKnight added eight off the bench.

Lane’s Snook poured in 32, hitting 4/9 from three-point range, 16 from Heehn, 12 from Bre DuBois and 10 from Jordan Kimbrough.

Cierra Moss

PORT ANGELES – The Pirates, who fell from No. 1 to No. 4 in the latest Alaska Airlines Northwest Athletic Conference Coaches’ Poll, advanced to Saturday’s championship game at the Battle in the Olympics, North Region Women’s Crossover Tournament, against unbeaten and now top-ranked Lane.

The Peninsula women rolled to a 60-47 win over North Bend in Friday’s eight-team tournament semifinal round at the Pirate gym.

Lane pulled away from Centralia in the second half to win its semifinal 92-64.

The tournament championship tips off at 4 p.m. Today’s other games feature Spokane vs. South Puget Sound at noon for fourth and sixth places and Centralia vs. Big Bend for third and fifth.