AREA SPORTS BRIEFS: Peninsula College basketball camp and North Idaho faces ‘severe’ sanctions

Port Angeles pickleball player Steve Bennett, center, won the gold medal in the age 70-74 skill level 3.5 division at the Washington State Senior Games in Lacey. Bennett was among many North Olympic Peninsula pickleballers to medal at the competition. See results are on page B2.

Port Angeles pickleball player Steve Bennett, center, won the gold medal in the age 70-74 skill level 3.5 division at the Washington State Senior Games in Lacey. Bennett was among many North Olympic Peninsula pickleballers to medal at the competition. See results are on page B2.

Peninsula College basketball camp set for this week

PORT ANGELES — The Peninsula College Kids Basketball Camp will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday.

The camp is for players ages 7 through 16.

Players should bring gym shoes, a water bottle and a basketball.

College coaches and athletes will instruct the camp.

The cost is $95.49 with fees included and registration is available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4231321.

For more information, email Alison Crumb at [email protected] or phone 360-461-9230.

NWAC sanctions NIC

COEUR d’ALENE, Idaho —The Northwest Athletic Conference recently handed down sanctions to the North Idaho College men’s basketball program for a violation of the league’s bylaws.

NIC (31-2) cruised to a repeat NWAC Tournament championship last season, winning by an average of 32 points. The Cardinals also beat Peninsula College 90-83 in overtime in the 2018 championship game.

Conference executive director Marco Azurdia said NIC has appealed the punishment.

Azurdia didn’t specify the athletic program that was under investigation by the league or its alleged violations. But multiple sources close to the situation who asked to remain anonymous said the highly successful men’s basketball team used booster club funds to pay for student-athlete housing, a violation of NWAC rules.

The NWAC began its investigation of NIC in April, after receiving an anonymous complaint.

Because of the appeal, the NWAC cannot disclose details of the case until its absolute conclusion, per the league’s codebook, but sources said that the team faces potential forfeits of past wins and a future postseason ban.

In a staff memo sent to NIC faculty in June, NIC president Rick MacLennan called the NWAC’s sanctions “excessive” and said they “will have a negative impact on former, current and future NIC student-athletes.”

NIC boasts a record of 81-15 since joining the NWAC in 2016 after decades in the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Oyster races set

QUILCENE — The Quilcene Oyster Races are scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 15, with half-marathon, 10k and 5k run/walk options.

Cost is $60 for the half-marathon, $40 for the 10k and $30 for the 5k. Fees include a race finisher medal, one serving of local oysters after the race, one local craft beer (21 and older), a free open house event at Worthington Mansion.

T-shirts are $10; orders are due by Aug. 22.

Registration is open through Sept. 13; register at runsign up.com/Race/WA/Quilcene/QuilceneOyster Races.

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