Sequim’s Glasser, PA’s Johnson among Pirates earning honors

Former Sequim High hoops star Hope Glasser and former Port Angeles High standout Gary Johnson were among the eight Peninsula College athletes who received Pirate athletic awards this year, as announced at the college’s Board of Trustees meeting on June 7.

Glasser, a sophomore with PC’s women’s basketball team that placed second at the NWACC tourney, won the Art Feiro Award, which goes to the player who best exemplifies leadership, character, academics and athleticism. The men’s Art Feiro winner was Isaiah Sampson of Camas.

Johnson, a freshman, won the Inspirational Award for men’s basketball, and the women’s inspirational winner was Ituau Tuisaula of Soldotna, Alaska. The award is named after the William and Annie McMullan family.

In soccer, the Leadership Award honors the late PC president, Dr. Wally Sigmar; this year’s award went to Kascia Muscutt of Leavenworth, PC’s Student Body President and NWAC champion defender. The men’s winner was Jeong Hyun Kang, from Seoul, South Korea. The inspirational awards went to Chiaki Takase, of Toyonaka, Japan, and Nico Hernandez of Yakima.

For esports, the Leadership Award went to Malleck Braun of Port Angeles, and the Inspirational Award went to Connor West, also of Port Angeles.

“We had so many high character and high achieving athletes this year, and so many high energy, hard-working, and inspirational kids, these winners really represent a great group,” said Rick Ross, Associate Dean for Athletics and Student Life.

“That group achieved success in sports, academics and in our community. On the athletic front, all five of our teams made the playoffs, three of them won league championships, and we even had an esports athlete finish third in the nation in his sport.

“It’s always very bittersweet to see these young men and women graduate and move on, but that’s a big part of what we do and what they’re striving for.”