The Peninsula College basketball teams have reloaded and are ready to launch.
The Pirate women, featuring a handful of Olympic Peninsula high school products, opened the 2021-2022 season at the Wenatchee Tip-off Tournament Friday with a 66-41 rout of Walla Walla, while the PC men will welcome fans back to the Pirate gym with a home game at 6 p.m. Saturday against BC Prep out of Langley, B.C. (results of the men’s game were unavailable because of early press deadlines.)
The Pirate men, under fourth-year head coach Donald Rollman, look to put an exciting, talented and experienced team on the floor this season, with only six true freshman on their 16-man roster. Because of the NCAA’s ruling on a free season in 2020-21, most sophomores are in their third year of college basketball and the Pirates have five “three-year” sophs giving the Pirates arguably the most experienced group they’ve ever had.
PC’s roster also includes former Port Angeles Roughriders Gary Johnson and Dru Clark.
The men, who went 10-7 in the spring season in 2020-21 and 20-7 in their last full season in 2019-20, have a robust pre-season with 13 games, including a home game against Northwest Indian College on Dec. 1 and against Lane and Tacoma at the Pirate Classic on Dec. 4-5.
The Pirate women, under head coach Ali Crumb who enters her 12th year as head coach, boasts one of the more talented rosters in recent history, one that is heavy on local talent — including Hope Glasser of Sequim, Ruth Moss of Neah Bay, Gina Brown of Quilcene, and Millie Long, Madison Cooke and Cheyenne Wheeler of Port Angeles.
The Pirate women went 9-7 last spring and 18-7 in 2019-20. They are geared up to take a run at the North Division, but not before playing most of their non-conference season on the road with tournaments in Wenatchee, Puyallup and Olympia.
Their only home games, prior to league play in January, will come at the Pirate Classic set for Dec. 3-5.
Note: Because of the state’s mask mandate for indoor public spaces, fans will be asked to wear masks to Pirate games.
PC women wipe out Walla Walla
Peninsula women opened the 2021-2022 season with a 66-41 win over Walla Walla at the Wenatchee Tip-Off Tournament on Nov. 19, behind the 19 points of Kelli-Jade Smith.
PC trailed 2-0 early on but went on an 11-0 run and never trailed after that. Pirate Ituau Tuisaula had nine of her 13 points in the first quarter as Peninsula built a 23-13 advantage.
Sequim High grad Hope Glasser didn’t take a shot from the field but had a solid overall game, collecting three points, four rebounds, three steals and two assists in 27 minutes.
Winter sports preview: Peninsula College basketball
• Men’s team
Head coach: Donald Rollman (fourth season)
Dru Clark (5-10 G, Port Angeles)
D’Ante Dean (6-6 F, fr., Nassau (B.C.))
Isaac Garcia (6-0 G, so., Fairbanks (Alaksa))
Rayshawn Harris (5-10 G, fr., Seattle)
KeAndre Hunter-Holiday (6-5 F, so., Battle Ground)
Gary Johnson (5-10 G, fr., Port Angeles)
Jase McCullough (5-10 G, fr., North Pole (Alaska))
Mikey Medlock (6-4 G/F, fr., Las Vegas (Nev.))
Christian Moore (6-0 G, fr., Wadley (Ga.))
Jey Ohonma (6-4 G, fr., Mukilteo)
Jaylin Reed (6-4 G/F, so., Lodi (Calif.))
Marcus Rodgers (6-5 F, fr., Denver)
Isaiah Sampson (6-6 F, so., Camas)
Andre Sepeda (5-9 G, so., Greeley (Colo.))
Lewis Welsh (6-1 G, fr., Seattle)
Roosevelt Williams Jr. (6-3 G, fr., Perth (Aust.))
• Women’s team
Head coach: Ali Crumb (12th season)
Amari Brown (5-7 G, so., Anchorage)
Gina Brown (6-0 C, fr., Quilcene)
Tayvia Cabatbat (5-5 G, fr., Hilo (HI))
Ariyanna Camacho-Villafuerte (5-3 G, fr., Anchorage)
Madison Cooke (5-11 G/F, fr., Port Angeles)
Hope Glasser (5-11 G/F, fr., Sequim)
Kelli-Jade Smith (5-9 G/F, fr., Hilo (HI))
Sophie Jensen (5-4 G, fr., Washington (Utah))
Adam Kaganak (5-9 G, fr., Scammon Bay (Alaksa))
Tatiana Kamae (5-7 G, fr., Laie (HI))
Tasiah Little (5-8 G, fr., Balnding (Utah))
Emilia Long (5-9 G, fr., Port Angeles)
Ruth Moss (5-7 G, fr., Neah Bay)
Ituau Tuisaula (6-1 C, fr., Soldotna (Alaska))
Kayla Villamor (5-7 G, fr., Unalaska (Alaska))
Cheyenne Wheeler (5-8 G/F, so., Port Angeles)