Sports briefs — Aug. 14, 2019

  • Wednesday, August 14, 2019 1:30am
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Nally gets ace No. 3

John Nally of Sequim sank his third lifetime hole-in-one on Aug. 12 at The Cedars at Dungeness.

Nally used an 8-iron to ace the 154-yard hole No. 8 at The Cedars.

Learn about shrimping, crabbing

The next monthly meeting of Puget Sound Anglers-North Olympic Peninsula Chapter is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 S. Blake Ave.

Guest presenter is state biologist Don Velasquez, who will speak on shrimping and crabbing in the Strait of Juan de Fuca and in Puget Sound.

Velasquez holds a biology degree from Oregon State University and fisheries degree from the University of Washington. His graduate work involved optimizing aquaculture conditions for juvenile geoduck clams.

Velasquez has worked with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife since 1993. His early work with the inter-tidal clam/oyster enhancement team and since 1995 he has been working primarily with crab and shrimp fisheries in Puget Sound.

The evening begins with viewing the raffle prizes and fish stories. The main speaker starts shortly after 7 p.m., followed by a short break and a short club business meeting. Dan Witczak will make a short presentation on an effective coho fishing technique, followed by raffles. Also on tap are refreshments and a $75 membership drawing (must be present to win). The public is welcome.

GOAT races set Sept. 7

The Great Olympic Adventure Trail (GOAT) Run is set for Saturday, Sept. 7, with three course options for runners: a half-marathon, full marathon and 50-kilometer race.

Races start and end at the Crescent Grange. The 50k starts at 7:30 a.m., the full marathon at 8:30 a.m. and two waves of the half-marathon start at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Cost is $85 for the 50k, $75 for the full marathon and $55 for the half-marathon; youths are $35 for all distances.

Registration closes Sept. 6 and the last day for a refund is Aug. 24.

There are no T-shirts or medals for the event; runners get a GOAT Run pint glass and contents. T-shirts are available for an extra fee.

GOAT Run donates funds to the Peninsula Trails Coalition for the construction and maintenance of the Olympic Discovery Trail and the Olympic Adventure Trail.

See to register or for more information.

Drive for the Cure set

The Sunland Golf & Country Club hosts its 2019 Drive for the Cure golf tournament on Saturday, Sept. 21.

The tourney benefits the Olympic Medical Center Foundation’s effort to provide breast screening and diagnostic services or men and women on the Olympic Peninsula.

For non-Sunland members tourney nine-hole cost is $50, or $65 for 18 holes. Fee pays for green fees, luncheon, on-course prizes, a raffle and more. Carts are $10 per set for nine holes, $16 per seat for 18 holes. Luncheon tickets for those not golfing are $20.

Tourney format is a modified scramble.

For more information, call Cheryl Coulter at 360-681-2796.

Esports teams forming

Peninsula College is launching an esports program for 2019-20 under head coach Charlie Morrow. The esports athletes will compete in “League of Legends,” “Overwatch, “Super Smash Bros” and possibly one or two other games in 2019-20.

The newest Pirate Athletics program will feature a dedicated high-speed fiber line, high-speed gaming computers, uniforms, a training facility and the Pirate athletes will compete against other college esports teams from fall through spring quarters.

To learn more about the program, or to try out for the program, contact Morrow at While our web site is under construction, go to the Student Government webpage at to download the recruiting questionnaire.

PC soccer teams gear up for seasons

The Peninsula College men and women’s soccer teams began their season with scrimmages last weekend in Canada.

The defending NWAC champion Peninsula women travel to Vancouver Island to play VIU and Victoria from Aug. 18-20 for scrimmages. The PC women open the season with non-conference games beginning at noon Aug. 22 versus Clark College at the Starfire Soccer Complex in Tukwila and against Spokane at Starfire at noon Aug. 23. The women also host a pair of non-conference games on Aug. 25 and 26. They play the University of Northern British Columbia at 2 p.m. Aug. 25 and against the University of Mary at 11 a.m. Aug. 26.

The P.C. men host Fraser Valley in a scrimmage at Wally Sigmar Field at 2 p.m. Aug. 16, before opening their season against Highline at Starfire at 2 p.m. on Aug. 22, and against Spokane at Starfire at 2 p.m. Aug. 23.

PC soccer alum wins NPSL title with Miami FC

A star for the Peninsula men’s soccer team from 2010-11 helped set up a goal to lead his team to the National Premier Soccer League championship on Aug. 4.

Miguel Gonzalez, who scored 34 goals for the Pirates in 2011, helped set up the first goal and picked up an assist in Miami FC’s win over the New York Cosmos in the NPSL championship game Saturday. Miami FC won the game 3-1.

Gonzalez had 15 goals and four assists for the Pirates in 2010 and followed up that season with 34 goals and 10 assists in 2011, leading the Northwest Athletic Conference in points and goals.

Gonzalez, from Yelm, went to play at Seattle University after he was done at Peninsula. He has played professionally for the Seattle Sounders 2, the Kitsap Pumas, the Colorado Springs Switchbacks and the Oklahoma City Energy FC.

Gonzalez had 13 goals and 10 assists in the regular season for Miami FC this season.

The NPSL is a fourth-tier league and a part of the United States Adult Soccer Association.

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