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MOUNT VERNON – For the first time in history, the four sports teams at Peninsula College all won region championships.

The Peninsula College women’s basketball team completed the sweep Wednesday night in a hard-fought 80-68 win at Skagit Valley, and by doing so clinched the No. 1 seed from the Northwest Athletic Conference’s North Region, a first-round home playoff game, and no less than a share of the region championship.

The Pirate men, who claimed the North Region championship on Saturday, also prevailed Wednesday, outscoring the Cardinals 78-73.

Following the Pirate soccer teams’ North Region titles in the fall, Peninsula College made it a sweep for the first time in the College’s 54-year sports history.

The NWAC First Round Playoff picture is now coming into focus with one game remaining on the regular season schedule. It will feature a women’s and men’s doubleheader on March 5 in the Pirate gym. The PC women will host the fourth-place finisher from the East Region, most likely Treasure Valley, at 3 p.m., followed by a second playoff game matching the Pirate men against the fourth-place finisher from the South Region, which appears to be Chemeketa, at 5 p.m.

Pirate womens basketball celebration

PORT ANGELES – Sophomore Night 2016 will long be remembered by Pirate basketball fans.

A standing-room-only crowd not only enjoyed the recognition ceremony for 16 sophomores for their outstanding contribution to Pirate basketball, but they got to see those same sophs contribute that very night to two thrilling wins over Bellevue – one of those resulting in a North Division championship.

The Pirate women overcame a 20-point deficit to edge the Bulldogs 62-60, while the men also went down to the wire, coming back in the final minutes to defeat Bellevue 68-64 and securing their first North Division championship since 2008.

With their eighth-straight win, the PC men improved to 10-2 in conference play and 17-9 overall, while Whatcom and Everett are tied for second at 7-5 with just two games remaining. The Pirates, who previously won division titles in 2007-08 and 1999-2000, will host a first-round Northwest Athletic Conference Regional Playoff at 5 p.m. on March 5 against the fourth-place team from the South Division, most likely Chemeketa or Umpqua.

The PC women, who extended their win streak to seven games

Imani Smith

PORT ANGELES – The Pirate men avenged one of only two North Division losses by beating Olympic 72-58 to push their win streak to seven games, while the PC women overcame a sloppy first half to stop the Rangers 81-59, pushing their win streak to six.

Both Peninsula teams have clinched playoff spots and both control their destiny on the path toward a conference championship.

The men are 9-2, 16-9 overall, and now three games ahead of Edmonds, Whatcom and Everett, all tied for second place in the North standings at 6-5. The Pirates host a red-hot Bellevue team (5-6, 14-12) at 6 p.m. Saturday for Peninsula’s “Sophomore Night.”

The women are 10-1 in conference and 19-5 overall and tied for first with Bellevue (10-1, 20-4). Saturday’s “Sophomore Night” showdown against Bellevue will have a lot to say about who might win the North. Skagit Valley is 9-2, 19-8, and currently in second place. The Pirates close out their regular season schedule at Skagit Valley next Wednesday and then at Shoreline on Feb. 27.

The “Sophomore Night” celebration for Peninsula’s women and men is scheduled to start following the women’s game at approximately 5:40 p.m. Saturday.

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.