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PORT ANGELES - Basketball fever is already reaching a high pitch at Peninsula College as the men’s and women’s teams look forward to another great season. 

All local residents are invited to join in saluting the players and their coaches in a special preseason celebration on Friday, October 24, at 6:00 pm in the Peninsula College Gymnasium. Appetizers and drinks will be provided.

Come and be part of the fun and excitement!

The celebration will open with a salute and thank you to Pirate Athletic Association members and supporters. Community members will then have an opportunity to meet the 2014-15 basketball coaches and players and watch them in action in the Annual Pirate Tip Off and a Slam Dunk Contest three-point shootout and scrimmage.

For more information, please contact Mitch Freeman at mfreeman@pencol.edu or call (360) 756-6467.

Peninsula College’s Pirate Women Basketball players are stars on and off the court, and in the eyes of several young women from the community they are also something much more─they are heroes and mentors and friends.

PORT ANGELES – Peninsula College’s Olivia Henderson will continue her basketball career just 120 miles down Highway 101 in Olympia. The sophomore guard recently signed her letter of intent to play at Evergreen State College. Henderson, originally of Juneau, Alaska, played point guard for the Pirates for two years, and started in that position as a sophomore.

She represents a pipeline of Alaska athletes who have played for Coach Alison Crumb at Peninsula, including a number of outstanding players from Juneau-Douglas High School. Henderson averaged six points, four rebounds, three assists, two steals, and 30 minutes per game. She will be graduating with her Associate of Arts Degree with a 3.22 grade point average.

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.