It was a night of planned “insanity” as the Peninsula College Pirates inaugurated the 2012-2013 basketball season with Pirate Madness on their newly redesigned basketball court.
The men’s team, coached by Lance Von Vogt, introduced 12 new players to the crowd after the team stormed the court through spotlights, a fog machine and music. With only three players and just 6 percent of their scoring returning from last season’s 25-6 Final Four team, the new guys have their work cut out for them, P.C. coaches said.
The women’s team, coached by Alison Crumb, returns all five starters from last year’s squad that qualified for the NWAACC Championship tournament finishing with a 17–11 record. Crumb introduced five new players that look to augment the returnees and hope to put this year’s women’s team into championship contention.
Redshirt T.J. McKinney won a highly competitive 3-pointer competition. McKinney, a transfer from Centralia College who will be sitting out the season in accordance to NWAACC transfer regulations, hit 13 3-pointers in 45 seconds including a buzzer beater to top freshman teammate Salim Gloyd; Gloyd netted 12 makes after his final made shot was ruled no good because it had not left his hand before the buzzer rang.
Brandi Hale dominated the womenÂs 3-point competition, cruising to victory by hitting 10 threes in consecutive rounds en route to the championship.
In a head-to-head matchup with the menÂ's team winner McKinney, Hale kept it close for the first 15 seconds before McKinney got hot finishing with 14 made threeÂs versus her six makes.
The dunk competition was the highlight of the night, as 5-foot 11-inch sophomore Daniel Sims of Australia pulled off a ridiculous off-the-wall/reverse/360/left-handed windmill jam. That move brought the night'Âs only perfect score, securing him the victory over the other finalists — G.P. Panoam and E.J. Johnson.
Fans were treated by the women'Âs team to a dance routine that showed they have more skills than just hoops. A surprise appearance by Von Vogt and the menÂ's team at the end of the performance livened up the atmosphere and set the tone for a great night of fun and basketball.
Â"This was a terrific night for our student athletes,” Von Vogt said. “Everybody had a lot of fun and I imagine that everyone would agree that these two teams will be worth watching this season.”
Both P.C. soccer squads were honored for their regular season accomplishments and No. 1 rankings heading into the NWAACC playoffs during the festivities.
The men’s hoops team looks to start its season against a Peninsula College Alumni team at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16. The women’s team opens up on the road at the Clark Invitational this weekend before returning home on Wednesday, Nov. 21, against Wenatchee Valley.