Nolan Harmon brings you the 2017 Parkland College Softball Preview, with interviews by Chuck Clutts, Jaclyn Thompson, Amber Tabeling, Katie Kuska, and Maddy Shoemaker.
The #7 Parkland Men’s Basketball team was pushed to the limit on Saturday as visiting Lincoln put up a valiant effort, but the Cobras prevailed with an 87-79 win. The victory was the Cobras 15th straight as they improve to (21-3 and 6-0). Lincoln dropped to (14-11 2-4) with the loss. The Lynx have now lost
The game could not have gotten off to a faster start as the Cobras came out on fire hitting 11 of their first 12 shots. Lincoln was just as hot, draining eight three pointers in the opening ten minutes, to grab a 26-23 lead. With the game tied at 39, Jarret Olson came off the bench to hit back to back three’s of his own and PC would take a 45-41 lead into intermission.
PC still led 57-55 with 11:47 remaining but two straight buckets by the Lynx game them a 60-57 lead with 11:11 left. Olson would respond with another three to tie the contest only to see the Lynx drill a three of their own. The game would go back and forth and was tied at 67 with 7:52 left before Luke Beesley hit a pair of free throws, Marcus Latham hit a runner down the lane, and Beesley converted a lay-up to give the Cobras a six point lead. Lincoln, who the Cobras rallied to beat in overtime earlier this season, would not go away and used two more three’s to knot the contest at 73 with 3:58 to go. From that point on, Terrion Howard made 3 of 4 free throws and Grant Gibson scored to give the Cobras a 78-73 lead and PC made 7 of 8 from the line down the stretch to capture the win.
Olson had his best game as a Cobra as he came off the bench to score a game high 23 points as he drained 6 of 8 three’s and grabbed five boards. Luke Beesley had his best game of the season as well as the Central graduate scored 15 points on 6 of 8 shooting while chasing down 12 boards and blocking three shots. Terrion Howard finished with 11 points as he made 9-10 from the line in the second half. Corneilus McIntosh and Marcus Latham both added 8 points as the Cobras shot 56.8 from the field for the game. PC shot 59% from the field in the second half and won the battle of the boards 33-30. Lincoln had three players in double figures as Isaiah Nelson finished with 21 points, 18 in the second half, to lead the Lynx. Justin Parker scored 19, but only 5 after the break before fouling out and Trayvon Tyler scored 13, all in the first half.
Parkland will hit the road this week for two tough contests as they travel to ICC on Wednesday night and to John Wood on Saturday afternoon.
Three days after a slow start doomed the #11 Parkland Women’s team in a road loss to ICC, the Cobras used a quick start on Saturday to build an early and cruise to an 83-39 win over Lincoln. The Cobras led 20-6 after the first quarter and 33-14 at half before a 28-3 run in the third quarter put the contest away.
Parkland won despite not shooting well, just 39.7 on the afternoon, but held the Lynx to an ice cold 24.5% while also dominating the glass 46-31 and forcing 28 turnovers. Kerstyn Lowery paced the Cobra attack as she scored 11 in the first half and ended with a game high 24. Lowery also had 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Payton Bieber had a strong game as she scored 12 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to earn the double-double. Kyra Washington came off the bench to add 12 points and chase down five rebounds. Ryan Dooley handed out 5 of the Cobras 20 assists while Layne Buzan and Reaghan Vaugn each had 3. Erynn Young paced Lincoln with 16 points but 9 came in the 4th quarter with the game well out of reach.
Parkland (19-6 6-0) will be on the road this week as they travel to Lewis and Clark on Wednesday night before going across the state again next Saturday with a game at John Wood in Quincy. Lincoln is now (11-15 2-4) on the season.
The #7 Parkland Men were firing on all cylinders Tuesday night as they shot past the Illinois Wesleyan JV 108-58 to win their 20th game of the season and their 14th straight. The Cobras shot a sizzling 59.4% from the field including 12-18 from three-point land. PC also made 14-15 from the free throw line and committed just three turnovers while handing out 17 assists.
Nobody was hotter that Centennial graduate Terrion Howard who scored 26 points on the night as he made 10 of 11 shots. Howard was especially effective in the first half as he scored 19 points nailing all seven of his shots. Joining him in double figures was Grant Gibson who had 15 points while Rholy Mouliom and Joe Larry came off the bench to add 14 and 13 points respectively. Courtez Dixon and Luke Beesley just missed scoring in double digits with 9 points apiece and Jarret Olson finished with 8. Mark Flaotico led Wesleyan with 13 points.
The game was never in doubt as PC hit their first six shots and raced out to a 17-8 lead and took a 51-33 lead into intermission. The Cobras led 80-50 with 8:55 remaining before going on a 20-2 run to hit the century mark with 4:51 remaining.
Parkland (20-3 5-0) will return to action this Saturday when they host Lincoln College (13-10 2-3) starting at 3:00. The Cobras rallied to beat the Lynx 62-60 in overtime earlier this season.
The #9 Parkland Men’s Basketball team used a 22-2 run to start the second half Saturday to help the Cobras run by visiting Lincoln Land 75-55 on Hall of Fame Day at Parkland. The Cobras led just 31-27 at half, but the run pushed the lead to 53-29 with 11:45 remaining and the Loggers would get no closer than 18 the rest of the way.
The game certainly didn’t start out like a Parkland runaway as the Cobras were ice cold making just 2 of their first 14 shots to fall behind 14-5. The Cobras still trailed 21-12 with 6:28 to go before half, but finished on a 19-6 run to grab the lead at intermission. Terrion Howard sparked the Cobras second half run as he scored nine straight points to push a seven point Cobra lead to sixteen at 45-29. Howard knocked down a pair of three’s, drove in for a short basket, and made 1 of 2 free throws to put PC in control.
As is often the case with the Cobras, balance was the key as 12 of the 13 players who played in the contest scored. Cornelius McIntosh was a perfect 5-5 from the field and 4-4 from the line to lead the way with 16 points. Howard was the only other Cobra in double figures with 12. Luke Beesley had another solid performance with 8 points, 8 boards, and 3 blocked shots. Devonte Daniels came off the bench to score 8 points and chase down 5 rebounds and Marcus Latham added 7 points. The Cobras shot 49% for the contest, including 58% from inside the arc. Parkland also cleaned up on the glass winning the battle of the boards 33-20 allowing the Loggers just two offensive rebounds. Lincoln Land was led by D’Aaron Owens who had 16 points and Jerrid Cosby who added 10.
The victory, the Cobras 13th straight, improves their record to (19-3 5-0) and gives the Cobras a two game lead in the M-WAC at the midway point. Parkland will try and earn their 20th victory of the season on Valentine’s Day night as they host the Illinois Wesleyan JV starting at 6:00. The Loggers drop to (14-8 1-4) on the season.
The #11 Parkland College Women’s Basketball team was not at their best Saturday, but like all good teams they finally found a way to pull out a victory, as they rallied to beat Lincoln Land 70-66. The Cobras trailed by as many as eight in the third quarter and still trailed 61-55 with 8:58 to go before a 7-0 Cobra run put PC ahead 62-61. The Loggers would answer back to retake the lead but Ryan Dooley knocked down a three with 4:15 remaining and the Cobras would never trail again.
PC lead 18-14 after the opening quarter despite turning the ball over ten times in the opening ten minutes. The second quarter was all offense for both teams as PC won the quarter 26-25 and took a 44-39 lead into halftime. It was all Lincoln Land in the third quarter as they outscore the Cobras 18-9 as Parkland committee nine more turnovers and shot just 3-13 in the quarter. PC would turn the tables however and win the 4th quarter 17-9 as they held on for the win.
After Dooley’s three gave PC a 65-63 lead, Avery Hamm made a pair of free throws and Kersytyn Lowery drove in for a lay-up to make it 69-63 with 2:37 left. The Loggers would cut the lead to four on a put back and after a PC miss, made 1 of 2 free throws to cut the margin to 69-66 with 27.2 left. A jump ball gave LLCC possession with a chance to tie, but a Logger turnover and foul led to a Ryan Dooley free throw for the final four point margin.
Charity Godbolt led PC with 14 points while also grabbing six rebounds. Avery Hamm added 13 and Lowery tossed in 12 points while also dishing out 5 assists. Molly Smith led Lincoln Land and all scorers with 21 points . Sydney LaGrande had a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
The Cobras won despite a season high 26 turnovers and were beaten 40-31 on the glass. PC shot 42% for the game making 9 three’s to just three for LLCC. The win, the Cobras 10th straight improves them to (18-4 4-0) while Lincoln Land drops to (12-10 1-4). The contest moved put the M-WAC season at the halfway point with PC on top by a game over John Wood. The Cobras find themselves tied for the top of the Region 24 standings with their next opponent, Illinois Central College. The #10 Cougars are 19-6 on the season. Game time is 6:00 Wednesday night in East Peoria.
The #11 Parkland Men’s Basketball team played one of their most well rounded games of the 2016-17 campaign Saturday as they knocked off rival John Wood 75-62 in an important M-WAC contest in Champaign. The Cobras won for the 11th straight time while the Blazers saw their winning streak stopped at four.
After several slow starts recently, the Cobras came out on fire early as they jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead. JW would cut the margin to as few as two but PC would push the lead to as many as 12 and took a 43-36 lead into halftime. Courtez Dixon paced the PC attack in the first half as he drilled four three’s to finish with 12 points in the half. The Cobras also got six big points off the bench from Devonte Daniels as PC shot 52% in the half.
Most of the second half the Cobras led by between six and twelve points as neither team could put together a run. John Wood would close to within five at 67-62 with 2:15 left but Luke Beesley would score inside and Joe Larry knocked down a three to move the lead back to double digits at 72-62 with only 41.1 seconds remaining. Terrion Howard had a big second half as he finished with 12 points, nine coming after the break. Cornelius McIntosh added 11 and Marcus Latham was big off the bench with 10. The Cobras shot 45% for the contest to 37% for John Wood and committed just seven turnovers while forcing 19. Larry Plummer led John Wood with 17 points and 6 rebounds while Gabe McKenzie had a double-double with 13 points and 12 boards.
Parkland stands at (17-3 3-0) with the win while John Wood falls to (13-9 2-1). The Cobras travel to Danville on Wednesday night for a 730 game against the host Jaguars.
The Parkland College Women’s Basketball team rallied from an early 13-2 deficit Saturday as they beat John Wood 81-68 in M-WAC action from Champaign. The victory was the Cobras eighth straight victory as they remained perfect in the conference. The key to the win on Saturday was the PC bench which outscored John Wood 43-5 in the contest. 25 of those points came from Kyra Washington who was 8-13 from the field including 5-8 from behind the arc and was 4-4 from the line. Ryan Dooley also came off the bench to add 10 points and 4 rebounds.
Down 13-2 early, PC closed the first quarter on an 8-0 run and trailed just 13-10 after the opening period. Layne Buzan scored 11 of her 13 points in the opening half as the Cobras would take a 36-30 lead at the break. The third quarter was controlled by John Wood and the Parkland lead was just one at 54-53 headed to the final quarter. Another Cobra sub would spark PC in the final quarter as Heather DeLuca had 4 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, and an assist in the final ten minutes. Washington knocked down a pair of three’s and Kerstyn Lowery was able to drive past the Blazer defenders for a pair of lay-ups as PC pulled away for the win. Lowery finished with 16 points on 7-12 shooting and also had 4 assists and a pair of steals.
John Wood was led by Lexus Fox who had 22 points as she made 10-13 shots from the field. Michaela Gronewald and Autumn Voight each added 15 for John Wood. The Blazers shot 51% in the game to 46% for the Cobras but PC made 12-15 from the line and forced JW into 23 turnovers.
Parkland improves to (16-4 3-0) with the win and will travel to Danville for a 5:30 contest against the Jaguars on Wednesday night. John Wood drops to (9-12 and 2-1 in the M-WAC). The Blazers host Lewis and Clark on Wednesday night in Quincy.
The #11 Parkland Men’s Basketball team used a 13-2 run midway through the first half and never looked back as they pulled away from Illinois Central College 65-47 in a M-WAC and Region 24 contest in Champaign. After taking a 33-24 lead into the break, ICC would never get closer than eight as PC cruised to the win. The victory, the Cobras 10th straight, moves them to (16-3 2-0) while the Cougars drop to (10-9 1-1).
Cornelius McIntosh sparked the first half run as he scored 13 of his game high 18 points in the opening twenty minutes. The Cobras led by as many as 17, at 33-16, but ICC finished the half on an 8-0 run to cut the deficit to single digits. PC controlled the half by knocking down 6-12 from behind the arc and forcing ICC into 14 turnovers.
The Cobras maintained a consistent lead of 10-16 points for most of the second half before finishing with the 18 point win. McIntosh led the way with 18 points while Terrion Howard added 10. Howard hit back to back three’s in the second half to push the lead from 12 to 18 with just 7:20 remaining. Luke Beesley just missed a double-double with 9 points and 13 rebounds. Courtez Dixon added 8 points and 4 steals while Chelby Frazier came off the bench to add 6 points and 7 boards. The Cobras won the battle of the glass 39-31 and held ICC to just 32.6% shooting on the night. ICC was led by Christopher Dixon-Williams who had 17 points.
Parkland will host John Wood in a key M-WAC showdown on Saturday at 3:00. The Blazers pounded Lincoln Land 70-44 tonight and are currently (13-8 2-0) and undefeated in Region 24 play.
The #11 Parkland Women’s Basketball team finished the game on a 21-3 run over the final five minutes as they rallied to stun Lewis and Clark 66-58 in M-WAC action in Champaign. The victory, the Cobras 7th straight, improves their record to (15-4 2-0) while Lewis and Clark drops to (14-5 1-1).
It appeared the Cobras win streak would come to an end on Wednesday as PC could not find their shooting touch all night long and found themselves trailing 55-45 with 5:02 remaining. PC would then go on a 15-0 run that would turn a ten point deficit into a five point lead. Heather DeLuca started the rally with a three and Karlee Ziliak’s eight footer in the lane cut the lead to 55-50 with 4:18 to go. Kyra Washington drilled a three pointer to cut the lead to two and Payton Bieber’s lay-up with 3:03 remaining tied the contest. Avery Hamm would then knock down a three and added another two-point field goal to give PC a 60-55 lead with 2:02 left. Lewis and Clark would not go away as they would get a three from Danielle Conley to make it 6058 with 1:07 left. Hamm would convert again to push the lead back to four and Kerstyn Lowery and Ziliak would make four free throws in the final 10 seconds to secure the victory.
Lowery led the scoring for PC with 17 points while also handing out 5 assists. Layne Buzan added 15 points and 9 rebounds, scoring 7 in the opening quarter and 8 more in the third. Hamm finished with 12 points. Payton Bieber grabbed 8 boards and dished out 5 assists in the victory. Conley led Lewis and Clark and all scorers with 18 points. The Cobras won despite shooting a dismal 31% on the night including just 11 of 40 from three point range. The Cobras actually shot five more three’s in the contest than two’s. Parkland did make 9-11 from the line to just 2 of 9 for L&C.
Parkland will take on John Wood at 1:00 Saturday with the M-WAC lead on the line. The Blazers are just (9-11 over-all but 2-0 in conference play).
The Parkland College Men’s Basketball team raced out to a 10-2 lead Saturday and trailed just once all afternoon, as they stunned previously unbeaten and #1 Triton 80-70. The win moves the Cobras to (8-3) on the season while Trojans drop to (11-1). Triton finished 2nd in last year’s National Tournament and beat the Cobras 66-48 in the second round after beating them by six in the regular season.
The Cobras used hot shooting to jump out to the early lead and pushed the margin to as many as 11 at 25-14 with 8:04 until half. Triton would go on a 16-4 run and take their first and only lead of the game after Dante Thorpe drilled a three to give the visitors a 30-29 lead with 2:18 to go. PC would score the final four points of the half however and took a 33-30 lead into halftime.
Triton converted an old-fashioned three-point play to start the second half and tie the contest but Courtez Dixon answered with a three to put PC back on top. Parkland led 38-35 when they went on a 9-2 run fueled by three straight three’s, two by Jarret Olson and one by Terrion Howard to give the Cobras a 47-37 lead with 13:30 remaining. The Trojans would trail by just seven at 66-59 with 2:52 left but Olson drilled his 5th three of the game and Parkland would make 5 of 6 at the line to keep the Trojans at bay.
Olson came off the bench to lead the Cobras with 19 points as he was a perfect 5-5 from behind the arc and 4-4 at the line. Cornelius McIntosh had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds while Terrion Howard and Grant Gibson each tossed in 10. Chelby Frazier had a solid game with 7 points, 7 boards, and 5 assists. Luke Beesley was strong inside with 9 points and 7 rebounds. Thorpe led Triton and all scorers with 23 points while also grabbing 8 rebounds and producing 4 steals. Parkland shot 50.9% for the contest including 11-21 from three point range and shot 17-22 from the line. The Trojans shot just 39.7% from the field and 61.1% from the line.
Parkland will be off until Thursday night when they host a touring team from New Zealand/Tasmania starting at 7:30.
The #13 Parkland Women’s Basketball team pulled away from a six point half time lead, outscoring #25 Triton 49-29 in the second half, as they shot their way to a 97-71 win over the visiting Trojans. The win, the Cobras 6th straight after starting the season with a pair of defeats, improves them to (6-2) over-all.
Despite shooting 51% in the opening half, Parkland led just 48-42 at the break but used a 24-17 third quarter advantage to increase their lead. The Cobras shot 50% in the quarter and did not commit a single turnover. Layne Buzans came up big scoring 10 points during those 10 minutes and Kyra Washington hit a pair of three’s. The fourth quarter was a free throw contest but PC was perfect going 14-14 from the line while Triton made just 4-11. For the game Parkland made 20-21 from the charity stripe while the Trojans made just 11 of 22. Parkland was also red-hot from behind the arc, nailing 11-22. Washington was a perfect 6-6 from three-point range while Charity Godbold and Avery Hamm each hit a pair.
Washington came off the bench to lead PC with 22 points as she made 8 of her 9 shots. Godbold added 15 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals while Kerstyn Lowery also was in double figures with 14 points and 7 boards. Buzan scored 13 points, 10 after the half, and also had 4 assists. Ryan Dooley and Hamm each had 6 assists as the Cobras picked up 27 on the afternoon. 6’4” Triton center Taylor Pate had a double-double with 21 points and 15 rebounds while Alonda Chavarria led all scorers with 23 points, but just seven in the second half.
Parkland will host the New Zealand/Tasmania Traveling Team this Thursday starting at 5:30.
The Parkland Men’s Basketball team shot a season low 31% Saturday as Illinois Valley pulled away in the second half for an 80-57 win over the Cobras. PC shot just 22% in the opening half but found themselves down only five at intermission as IVCC didn’t shoot much better at only 34%. After the break PC would take their only lead of the contest at 37-36 on Cortez Dixon’s three with 14:24 left. That would be the Cobras last lead as the visitors would go on a 13-2 run to push the lead to ten at 49-39 with 10:55 left. Luike Beesley’s bucket got the lead back to single digits but a lay-up and back-to-back three’s pushed IVCC’s lead up to 57-41 with 7:34 left and the rout was on. The Cobras would get no closer than 14 the rest of the way as IVCC secured the victory.
Just two Cobras finished in double figures as Dixon finished with 17 points and Cornelius McIntosh added 10. Five IVCC players finished in double digits as Brady Huebbe led the way with 15 points. Alec Veverka added 14 points, Ricky Calvin and DeMonte Sims tossed in 11 each, and Keymonta just missed a double-double with 10 points and 9 rebounds while also blocking 5 shots.
Parkland drops to (6-3) on the season and will play again Wednesday night at 7:30 in Kankakee. IVCC improves to (9-3) with the win.
The Parkland Women’s Basketball team used outstanding play off their bench as the subs outscored Waubonsee 41-5 to help the Cobras pull away for an 82-51 victory. The game started slowly for the Cobras as the visitors hit their first six shots to build an early 12-5 lead but PC would end the quarter tied at 16. The second quarter was all Cobras as they shot 62% and won the quarter 19-7 to take a 35-23 lead into halftime. It was more of the same in the third quarter as PC shot an even better 64% and scored 28 points over the 10 minutes to build the lead up to 63-38 as they cruised to the victory.
Ashley Hamm came up big for PC as she scored 15 points off the bench, including 3-4 from behind the arc. Karlee Ziliak had an outstanding over-all game as she also had 15 points while adding 6 assists and 4 steals. Kyra Washinton scored all 11 of her points in the first half while Charity Godbold added 11 points and 6 rebounds. Kerstyn Lowery added 9 points, 5 boards, and 5 assists and Payton Bieber pulled down 11 rebounds as the Cobras won the battle of the glass 45-35. PC shot 48% for the game to just 32% for Waubonsee and had 24 assists and 12 steals. Mozelle Kempiak led the visitors with 18 points and 8 rebounds while Taseandra Parker had 9 points and 10 boards.
Parkland (4-2) will play again on Wednesday night when they travel to play Olney Central starting at 6:00. Waubonsee drops to (3-7) with the loss.
The Parkland Women’s Basketball team used a 26-2 first quarter advantage Wednesday as they rolled over the visiting Millikin JV 87-54. Parkland scored the first 13 points of the game before the Big Blue finally scored with 4:22 left in the quarter. PC closed with another 13-0 run to give them the 24 point lead after the opening ten minutes. Millikin made a game of it in the second quarter as they outscored PC 22-13 to cut the half time margin to 39-24 and actually got the lead down to as few as 11 early in the second half before the Cobras went on a 14-0 run to put the game out of reach. Parkland made 10-17 shots in the opening quarter (58.9) to just 1-13 (7.7%) for Millikin and also forced eight first quarter turnovers.
Five different Cobra players finished in double figures as Kyra Washington came off the bench to lead all scorers with 18 points as she went 7-11 from the field including four three pointers. Kerstytn Lowery added 16 points and Layne Buzan added 13 for the victorious Cobras. Megan Jackson hit a late bucket to earn a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds while Charity Godbold also finished with 10 points and 4 assists. Payton Bieber added 10 rebounds for PC as they outrebounded MU 48-28 in the contest. Morgan Vogels paced Millikin with 14 points and Aysia Jacobs added 13. PC out shot Millikin 45% to 32% on the evening and had just 13 turnovers to 23 for the visitors.
Parkland (3-2) will return to action this Saturday when they host Waubonsee CC (3-6) starting at 2:00. The Parkland Men (6-2) will play immediately after against Illinois Valley CC (8-2).