WEEKEND: Peninsula College Hall of Fame to install first inductees tonight

Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — The 1970 Peninsula College men’s basketball team, which was led by Bernie Fryer, who had a successful career as an official and a player in the NBA, will headline the first inductees into the newly formed Peninsula College Athletics Hall of Fame.

The induction will take place at the college’s Hall of Fame ceremony, set for 6 p.m. today, Friday, at the Bushwhacker Restaurant in Port Angeles.

The school also will retire Bernie Fryer’s jersey number at halftime of Saturday’s game between the Peninsula College Pirates and the Olympic College Rangers.

In addition to the Washington Athletic Association of Community Colleges championship team, the first inductees also include the late Arthur Feiro, the late Dr. Wally Sigmar and two surprise guests to be announced.

“This is something we’ve been talking about for some time,” said athletic director Rick Ross.

“We haven’t had a facility before where we could properly house a Hall of Fame, but our new gymnasium foyer lends itself perfectly to that. I’m honored and thrilled that this is finally happening.”

Peninsula College also is collaborating with the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges to dually induct the 1970 basketball team.

Fryer was inducted into the NWAACC Hall of Fame as an individual in 1992, but the entire team will join him today.

Feiro was previously inducted into the NWAACC Hall of Fame in 1989, and Sigmar in 1995.

Rob Sorensen, former owner of Sorensen’s Sports and long-time Port Angeles sports advocate and historian, will serve as master of ceremonies for the event, which begins with a social hour at 6 p.m.

The induction ceremony will follow at 7 p.m. at the Bushwhacker.

Tickets for the event are $20 and will include appetizers and an open beer and wine bar.

Tickets are available by contacting Peninsula College athletic development coordinator and men’s head basketball coach Mitch Freeman at mfreeman@pencol.edu, or by phone at 360-417-6467.

The event will carry over to Saturday, where the college’s first Athletics Hall of Fame inductees will be recognized in front of the home fans and where Fryer’s jersey will be retired during halftime of the men’s game.

The Pirate women play Olympic at 5 p.m. and the men tip off at 7 p.m.

Port Angeles’ radio announcer Scooter Chapman will serve as master of ceremonies for that event.

Last modified: January 17. 2014 10:37AM
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