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EVERETT – The Pirates split a road trip to Everett Sunday, the women winning 69-62 and the men falling in a thriller 72-69.

Next up for Peninsula are two home games during the College’s annual spirit week celebration, Pirate Pete’s Week. The Pirates host Olympic Wednesday and Bellevue Saturday. Game times on both nights are 5:00 for the women and 7:00 for the men.

BELLINGHAM – Peninsula College has not swept Whatcom since 2009, but the Pirates made the long trip to Whatcom County Wednesday night and returned with a pair of North Division victories.

The Peninsula women improved to 2-0 in conference play with a 77-68 win over the Orcas, while the men evened their record at 1-1 with a 62-56 nod.

The games were played at Meridian High School while Whatcom’s new gymnasium is being constructed.

PORT ANGELES – The Pirates, who fell out of the Alaska Airlines Coaches Poll following the West Region Crossover Tournament, responded with a resounding victory in their North Division opener Saturday, sinking the Edmonds Tritons 108-45 in one of the most lopsided games in Peninsula College women’s basketball history.

In a game that saw all 13 players share time on the floor, the Peninsula women overwhelmed the visitors from the opening tip, when Miranda Schmillen floated a pass to Zhara Laster, who, for the first time in PC women’s history, opened the game with a crowd-pleasing alley-oop.

The Pirates bolted out to a 17-2 lead and never looked back, leading 32-5 just minutes later en route to a 54-22 halftime advantage.

PORT ANGELES – The Peninsula College women and men open North Division play Saturday on “Seahawks Family Day” at the Pirate gym.

Fans will enjoy a special matinee performance against Edmonds with the women tipping off at 1 p.m. and the men following at 3 p.m. Barring overtime, fans will be home in time for the 5:15 NFL kickoff. Parents are encouraged to bring their children and admission will be waived for those 17-under. All fans are encouraged to wear Seahawks gear and to participate in football-related halftime contests.

“This promises to be a great day for sports fans,” said Director of Athletics Rick Ross. “Our teams are playing very well and we’re hoping the community will come out to support them in their conference opener – and still be able to join the rest of the Northwest around their TVs to cheer on the Hawks on Saturday evening.”

AUBURN – The Pirates were smoking hot going into the Northwest Athletic Conference West Division Crossover Tournament. They were ranked No. 5 in the NWAC, they were sporting a 6-2 record, and they were coming off some very big wins over some of the NWAC’s finest, including defending champion Columbia Basin.

The PC women, however, ran into everyone’s nemesis, Lane, in the opening round of the Crossover and then couldn’t recover from that loss in a second-round defeat to Big Bend.

Peninsula wrapped up non-conference play 6-4 and will be idle until they open North Division play Jan. 10 at home against Edmonds.

PORT ANGELES – The Pirates, ranked fifth in the Alaska Airlines Northwest Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Poll, held off Highline 79-75 Tuesday in front of a big home crowd to improve to 6-2 in non-conference play.

Peninsula will see its next action at the NWAC West Division Crossover Tournament against second-ranked Lane at 5:00 Thursday at Green River Community College in Auburn.

The Pirates swapped the lead with Highline seven times through the early going and then went out in front for good midway through the first half. Peninsula led 43-36 at halftime and opened that lead to 12 in the second half, but couldn’t shake the Thunderbirds, who closed it to four points with about 12 minutes to go, and then to three in the final minute, as the Pirate faithful held their collective breath.

STEILACOOM – The Pirates are off to their best start in the young career of head coach Alison Crumb.

Ranked fifth in the first Alaska Airlines Northwest Athletic Association Women’s Basketball Poll, the 2014-15 Peninsula women have emerged as one of the strongest teams in the region.

They flexed their muscles again at the Raider Invitational last weekend, smashing the host Pierce women 85-47 in the opener and then taking down third-ranked Clackamas 83-75 in the semifinal before falling to second-ranked Lane 77-68 in a hard-fought championship.

PC fans will get to see this team one more time before their Jan. 10 North Division opener on Tuesday when the Pirates (5-2) host Highline (2-4) at 5:00.

WENATCHEE – The Pirates won’t be sneaking up on anyone from here on out.

Peninsula concluded a three-game Eastern Washington road trip in Wenatchee Sunday with three quality wins that will be turning heads across the Northwest Athletic Conference.

The Pirates opened the weekend with a stunning 96-82 triumph over the defending NWAC champion Columbia Basin Hawks at Walla Walla. They then hung out in wine country overnight and went about defeating a very talented Walla Walla team 72-63. Finally, on their way home, the PC women stopped off in Wenatchee where they avenged a previous overtime loss to the Knights with a 58-50 win.

Peninsula improved to 3-1 on the young season and will see its next action Friday at 8 p.m. against Pierce College on the opening night of the three-day Raider Invitational.

PORT ANGELES – Peninsula Pirate fans are in for a treat this year.

Despite falling 66-65 in overtime in their season opener, the PC women showed a level of talent and depth that could pay big dividends in the post season.

The Peninsula women overcame a rocky start in their 2014-15 season opener against Wenatchee to take the lead late in the first half in a game that would see that lead go back-and-forth the rest of the way.

The Knights were up 29-28 at halftime, but the second half was very hotly contested. Wenatchee was up 58-56 with 10 seconds remaining when the Pirates inbounded the ball to freshman guard Imani Smith, who took it the length of the floor and put up a soft floater from the paint that fell through the net, sending the game into overtime.

In that extra period, the two teams matched baskets and it came down to the final possession. The Knights were up 66-65, when the Pirates inbounded the ball for their final possession in front of a very large opening night crowd. Smith drove across the top of the key, dished to Zhara Laster, who cut between a host of Knight defenders and put up a runner from 15 feet out, the ball bounced off the rim twice before landing in the hands of a Wenatchee rebounder as the final buzzer sounded.

PORT ANGELES – Alison Crumb enters her fifth year as head coach of the Peninsula College women’s basketball with a roster that might be her strongest.

The Pirates went 11-15 overall last year, but 8-6 in conference play, placing fourth in the North Division and advancing to the Northwest Athletics Conference Basketball Tournament for the third straight year.

They’ll open their 2014-15 campaign at home Saturday, Nov. 22, against Wenatchee, a team that went 14-15 last year.

“This year, we have a lot of new faces,” Crumb said, noting she’ll have only four returners on the roster. “However, with the strength of those returners, and our freshmen recruits, we feel like we have one of our best teams yet.”