PORT ANGELES — Neah Bay guard Gina McCaulley and Port Angeles post Devin Edwards signed letters of intent to play for the Peninsula College Pirates women’s basketball team at a signing ceremony at the school Thursday.
Peninsula women’s coach Alison Crumb was pleased to get two North Olympic Peninsula recruits on the team.
“First of all, I am so excited to have two local girls on our roster this year,” Crumb said. “It’s something we have been missing for a couple years, and I can’t be more proud of them and the work they have put into their careers thus far. I think it is good for our school, our community, and our program to get the Peninsula’s elite players.”
McCaulley, a member of the Red Devils’ varsity since she was in eighth grade, led a freshman-dominated Neah Bay squad to a 23-4 record, including a North Olympic League title, a Tri-District championship and a fifth-place finish at the Class 1B State Basketball Tournament in March.
“Gina leads by example,” Crumb said. “She understands the game very well and compliments other players as she is very unselfish.”
Crumb said she had her sights on McCaulley for some time.
“We wanted to get Gina a long time ago and I am happy that she has made the choice to come play for me, as I think she can get a lot better as well,” Crumb said.
The 6-foot-Edwards started in the middle for the Olympic League 2A Division champion Roughriders (20-6), providing solid interior defense, rebounding and shooting as Port Angeles returned to the Class 2A state tournament this past season for the first time since 2014.
“Devin brings a lot of potential to our program,” Crumb said. “She has size and athleticism and works extremely hard. I feel as though her improvement from her junior to senior year is something to be excited about because I believe she is just getting going. She understands the work and the strength that is needed at this level and I have no doubt that she will work to get where she needs to be.”
Crumb also complimented the character of the new signees.
“Both of these players are excellent human beings,” she said. “They are interesting, intelligent, strong young women and those are the type of people we want to represent this program. I am very excited and can’t wait to get to work.”