P.C. picks star scholar-athletes

Port Angeles High School graduate Danika Goodwin was among four Peninsula College athletes who were honored for outstanding achievement at the college’s Board of Trustees meeting and awards ceremony on June 14.


Goodwin led the Pirate women’s basketball team last year in scoring (12 points), assists (3.4) and free-throw shooting (72 percent) and was a leader on the court as well as off the court as a member of the college’s student government.


In addition to winning the Art Feiro Award, she also earned NWAACC All-Academic honors before completing her studies at Peninsula and transferring to BYU-Idaho.


Goodwin returned to Port Angeles to play for the Pirates, where her mother, Tami Goodwin, who was battling cancer, could have an opportunity see her play. Tami succumbed to cancer on March 14, 2010, shortly after the end of Danika’s first season with Peninsula.


“Basketball helped Danika get through something no college student should have to go through and, in return, her strength and her character helped all of us become better people,” Peninsula College Athletic Director Rick Ross said. “She had the love and support of friends and family at home and she had basketball and classmates to get her through tough times at school.”


Goodwin joined Jeremiah Johnson (men’s basketball), Jessica Farrell (women’s soccer) and Miguel Gonzalez (men’s soccer) as top college athletes for 2010-2011. The athletes were selected for exemplifying leadership, sportsmanship, citizenship, academic achievement and athletic ability, Ross said.


Johnson, a sophomore from Huntsville, Utah, earned the Art Feiro Award for men’s basketball.


“His service to his teammates, classmates and this community are unequaled in our athletic department,” Ross said.


Johnson, who also served as student body president, was honored for his tremendous work ethic. He too was an NWAACC All-Academic winner, instrumental in Peninsula’s journey to an NWAACC basketball championship.


Johnson will continue his basketball career next fall at New England College in New Hampshire.


The two Wally Sigmar Award winners for men’s and women’s soccer are both freshmen.


Gonzalez, of Yelm, was honored for his leadership and athletic ability (15 goals, West Region MVP). He led the Pirates to their first NWAACC soccer championship.


Ross said that Gonzalez is an excellent student (with a 3.97 grade-point average) in addition to being an exciting and unselfish soccer player who is dedicated to his team.


Farrell, of Palmer, Alaska, took a leadership role in Peninsula’s first women’s soccer team. The all-freshman team came out of the blocks strong, placing second in the West Division and earning a trip to the playoffs. She led the team in goals (five).


Ross said that, like Gonzalez, Farrell is an unselfish player, works hard on and off the field, is an excellent student (3.65 GPA) and even helped her coaching staff recruit players for the 2011 squad.


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