"Another Blog on the Fire" Michael Dashiell
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Michael Dashiell (that's me) is editor of the Sequim Gazette. He has a Bachelor's Degree from Western Washington University, has worked at the Sequim Gazette for about 10 years and enjoys writing — occasionally. He and his wife Patsene live in Sequim; their two daughters are in college. He will write about anything, but particularly enjoys sports, arts, breaking news and news-of-the-weird. He also enjoys writing about himself in the third person.
Even though I could care less (or is it couldn’t care less?) about the non-existent NBA season, I do enjoy hoops.
Other hardcourt fans can get their basketball “jones” fulfilled starting Saturday when the Peninsula College men — yes, the NWAACC defending champions — kick off their exhibition schedule at 5 p.m. against the Blue Angel All Stars.
Peninsula sees a bunch of returning players from that champion squad, plus five interesting adds to the squad. See a brief description below, provided by the P.C. staff.
P.C. coach Lance Von Vogt says he’s pretty tired of just practicing.
"I'm excited to see our guys play against someone in a jersey that doesn't say Peninsula across the chest,” Von Vogt said.
"We only have our base offense and defense in at this point, but it will give us the opportunity to see where we stand before we begin adding new components to what we do."
As for prospects for the year, the Peninsula coach is understatedly optimistic.
"I believe the fans will really enjoy watching this team play because of its quickness and athleticism,” Von Vogt said.
Pirate fans will recognize these returning Pirates:
#0 — DeShaun Freeman, forward, 6-7 and 215, runner-up for MVP as a
freshman, 16 points per game, 10 rebounds, 2.5 blocks — a “freak” athlete, skilled
#22 — Sam Waller, point guard, 5-10 and 180, second team all-league as
a freshman, 13.5 ppg, four assists and two per game — tough and clutch
#1 — Djuan Smith, guard, 6-2 and 195, averaging 15 ppg, four ppg as freshman before tearing his ACL after just three games, returns on medical hardship as freshman— an excellent athlete, driver
#5 — Daniel Sims, point guard, 5-11 and 175, greyshirted — very good
athlete, good vision, looking for breakout freshman campaign
#3 — Dudley Ewell, guard/forward, 6-4 and 185, redshirt transfer last year — good point forward who is an all-around player, strong athlete
#14 — Tim Friday, guard, 6-4 and 180, reserve on last year's squad — solid all-around “glue” player, will help this year's team
#15 — Chris Buchanan, guard, 6-2 and 185, reserve on last year's squad — a good three-point shooter
#2 — Antonio Stevenson, guard, 6-1 and 180, redshirt in 2010-11, Port Angeles High product — tough, defensive-minded guard who can score in spots, looking for a solid freshman campaign
#33 — Anthony Crouts, guard, 5-11, a walk-on who was team manager last season — good athlete and perimeter defender
Here are the newcomers:
#20 — J.T. Terrell, guard, 6-3 and 175, transfer from Wake Forest who averaged 11 ppg as freshman — explosive scorer from the basket all the way to three-point line
#12 — Tyler Funk, point guard, 6-1 and 190 — great court vision and feel for the game, can shoot, a floor general
#10 — Curtis Stewart, small forward, 6-4 and 175, freshman from El Dorado High in Las Vegas — a super athlete, energy, defender
#23 — Corey Clement, small forward, 6-4 and 200, attended Spring Valley High in Las Vegas — a very good glue player, tough, can shoot a little, rebounds well, finishes well around goal,
#32 — Phillip Jackson, center, 6-9 and 215 — a very good athlete that can run and finish around basket, can hit jumper to 17 feet, a natural shot blocker
Check out a story about Terrell in the coming weeks in the Gazette as I look at both P.C. hoops programs, plus (of course) the Sequim High winter sports programs.
Alas, I will have to miss Saturday’s extravaganza as I’m covering the SHS football playoff game that night in Poulsbo.
For those who aren’t interested in leaving the Peninsula for the Wolves’ playoff run, the P.C. gym isn’t a bad option. Check out the defending champs.