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PORT ANGELES - Cierra and Cherish Moss know how to win.

The Neah Bay sisters, who helped the Red Devils to North Olympic League championships and state tournament trophies, will be looking to help the Pirates add to their trophy case next season after signing NWAACC Letters of Intent to play for Peninsula.

PORT ANGELES – Alison Knowles, Pherrari Brumbaugh, Brandi Hale and Candi Roland were named to the 2013-14 NWAACC All-Academic Women’s Basketball Team, as announced this week by the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges.

Only sophomore athletes are eligible for the academic honor and head coach Alison Crumb says she’s pleased to have four of her five sophs qualify this year.

KENNEWICK – With two playing hurt and two others out for the season, the cards were stacked against the hobbled Pirates in their third straight trip to the NWAACC Championship Basketball Tournament.

Peninsula fell to top-ranked Columbia Basin in the first round and then suffered a heartbreaking 53-51 setback to Chemeketa in the second round to finish 11-15 on the season, after going 8-6 in North Division play.

“This team, and its’ coaching staff, have a lot of grit,” Director of Athletics Rick Ross said. “They fought hard, they played with class, and they never gave up.”

Coach Alison Crumb will graduate some outstanding sophomores, but she also has a very strong core of freshmen coming back – and you can bet they’ll be focused on not only returning to the tournament, but playing in the trophy round in 2015.

PORT ANGELES – Three Peninsula College women and two men were named to their respective Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges All-Conference Teams, as announced Tuesday.

Freshman Gabi Fenumiai and sophomore Xavier Bazile earned North Division First Team honors, while freshman Madison Pilster was named to the Second Team and the All-Defensive Team, and sophomore Daren Hechanova also earned a spot on the All-Defensive Team. Sophomore Alison Knowles was selected to play in the Sophomore All-Star Game.

“Gabi has incredible balance and strength around the rim, with a knack for picking the ball up on rebounds,” coach Crumb said of her first-year post player from Juneau, Alaska. “She is a tough competitor and a force out on the floor.”

BELLEVUE – The Pirates are ready to go bracket busting.

Coach Alison Crumb’s freshmen-dominated team qualified for the NWAACC Basketball Championship Tournament for the third straight year and finished regular season play with an 8-6 North Division record and an 11-13 overall mark following a 67-62 setback to North champion Bellevue Sunday.

The Pirates will open NWAACC Tournament play at 8 p.m. Saturday against the NWAACC’s top-ranked Columbia Basin Hawks, who went 13-1 to win the East Division and 23-4 overall.

PORT ANGELES – Peninsula College’s Sophomore Night was a tale of nine sophomores, a tale of two teams headed in different directions and a tale of two very different basketball games, both resulting in Pirate victories.

The coaches, teammates and fans said goodbye to nine sophomores, Pherrari Brumbaugh, Brandi Hale, Olivia Henderson, Alison Knowles and Candi Roland from the women’s team, and Xavier Bazile, Daren Hechanova, Tyler McKinney and Erron Shamlin from the men’s team, playing their final games on Pirate maple.

The women and men wrap up conference play Sunday afternoon at Bellevue. The women (8-5, 11-12), placed fourth in the North Division and will play in the NWAACC Basketball Championships, starting with an 8 p.m. game on March 1 against Columbia Basin at the Toyota Center. The men (6-7, 12-10) just missed qualifying for the tournament, placing fifth in the North.

Women: Peninsula 79, Shoreline 52

The Pirate women, without injured players Alison Knowles and Marissa Schwimmer, bolted out to a 45-27 halftime lead over the Dolphins and never looked back. Madison Pilster poured in 24 points and pulled down nine rebounds to lead the way, Miranda Schmillen came up big with 16 points and six boards, Henderson played well in her final home game with 13 points and 10 rebounds from her point guard position, Gabi Fenumiai scored 11 points and pulled down 15 rebounds, breaking Peninsula’s single-season rebounding record, previously held by Marsha (Umbehocker) Shamp with 259 boards in 2000-2001.

Also getting quality minutes for the Pirates were Brumbaugh with nine points, four assists and four steals, as well as Jonelle Staveland, Emily Flinn, Roland and Hale.

BREMERTON – The Pirate women clinched a berth in the 2014 NWAACC Basketball Championship Tournament and sophomore Alison Knowles broke Peninsula’s career three-point shooting record in a 76-56 romp over Olympic, while the men also beat the Rangers, 84-67, behind a record-tying shooting performance by Tyler McKinney.

The Pirate women improved to 7-5 in conference play, 10-12 overall, and clinched the fourth place spot in the playoffs with two games to go. They will play the No. 1 team from the East, likely Columbia Basin, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 1, in the first round of the 2014 NWAACC Basketball Tournament at the Toyota Center in Kennewick. It will be the third straight tournament appearance for head coach Alison Crumb.

The Pirate men improved to 5-7 and 11-10, but are two games behind Edmonds (7-5) with two games to go. While the Pirates could still tie Edmonds, the Tritons would qualify for the tournament by virtue of head-to-head play. Peninsula, in a rebuilding year under first year head coach Mitch Freeman, will miss the tournament for the first time since the 2008-09 season.

EVERETT – The Pirate women took a giant leap toward the playoffs, moving into sole possession of fourth place in the NWAACC North Division with a 71-66 win over the Trojans, while the men took a small step in the opposite direction in a tough 80-72 setback.

The top four teams in the North will qualify to play in the 2014 NWAACC Basketball Championship Tournament, set for March 1-4 in Kennewick.

The Pirate women improved to 6-5 in conference play, one game ahead of Everett with three games remaining. The Pirates trail Bellevue (10-1), Whatcom (10-1) and Skagit Valley (8-3). They finish up at Olympic (3-8) Saturday, then home against Shoreline (2-9) Wednesday, before traveling to Bellevue on Feb. 23.

PORT ANGELES – Pirate sophomore Xavier Bazile broke Peninsula’s modern single game scoring record in a losing effort and the Pirate women also suffered a heartbreaking setback as Skagit Valley dimmed PC’s playoff hopes with a rare road sweep over the hosts.

The Pirate women still control their own destiny. They are 5-5 in conference play and tied for fourth place with Everett with four games remaining. A win Wednesday at Everett, would go a long way toward securing one of the top four playoff spots in the North Division. The Pirates handled the Trojans 92-69 at home.

The Pirate men, meanwhile, may need help. They are now 4-6 in conference play, sitting in sixth place, one game behind 5-5 Everett, their Wednesday opponent, and two games behind fourth-place Edmonds, 6-4. In addition to winning three or four of their remaining games, the Pirates will need Edmonds or Bellevue to drop some games down the stretch.

Both of Saturday’s games were heartbreakers for Pirate players and fans.

The PC women came out of the blocks firing on all cylinders, shooting 50 percent from the floor and building a 43-26 lead at halftime. Skagit Valley came out and immediately knocked that lead to 10, but the Pirates hung on until the final two minutes, when they eventually succumbed to a 70-67 setback. Alison Knowles’ three-point try at the buzzer fell short.

Gabi Fenumiai led the Pirates with 24 points, Madison Pilster recorded a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Knowles finished with eight.

EDMONDS – While 700,000 fans emerged on the Emerald City Wednesday to celebrate the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks, a slightly smaller crowd gathered just north in the Edmonds Community College gym where the Pirate women got past the Tritons 65-52,  while the men fell to the hosts 68-48.

Both Pirate teams are alive in the race for a top-four finish in the North Region – and with it, a trip to Kennewick later this month to the 2014 NWAACC Basketball Championships. The women improved to 5-4 in conference play, tied with Everett for fourth place and one game behind Skagit Valley, 6-3. The Pirate men have a tougher road to Kennewick. At 4-5, Peninsula is tied with Everett for fifth place. Edmonds sits alone in fourth at 6-3, while Whatcom, Skagit Valley and Bellevue are all 7-2. There are five games remaining in conference play.