Cobras Hold on to Shock #3 ICC

February 10th, 2016

The Parkland Women’s Basketball team came up with a top-notch team effort on Wednesday night as they stunned #3 Illinois Central College 61-59 to end the Cougars 17 game winning streak.  After a rough first quarter that saw PC turn the ball over 10 times and trail 15-10, PC completely dominated the second ten minutes outscoring ICC 21-10 to grab a 31-25 lead at intermission.


PC increased their lead to 11 at 38-27 with 6:45 to go in the 3rd but scored just four points during the remainder of the quarter and the Cougars cut the deficit to 42-39 after three.  The game remained tight and ICC took their first lead of the second half at 50-49 with 3:15 to go.  After the Cobras regained the lead, ICC’s Emma Heisler drained a three to give the Cougars a 53-51 lead with just 2:19 left on the clock.  Parkland’s Kassidy Alderman answered back with a three of her own to give PC a 54-53 lead and the Cobras still led by one entering the final minute.  The Cobras appeared to push their lead to three on a bucket with 25.3 to go but were called for traveling giving ICC a chance for the win but they did not convert and Parkland’s  Kerstyn Lowery was fouled with 15. 1 to go. Lowery sank both free throws to make it 60-57 but ICC quickly scored with only 7.5 remaining.  Parkland was again fouled and Josie Zerrusen made the second of two free throws to give PC a two-point lead and ICC had a chance to win or tie it, but their last second shot bounded off the rim and the Cobras came away with the upset win.


Alderman led the Cobras with 18 points on the night as she made 8-14 shots from the field. Lowery also finished in double figures with 11 and the trio of Lauren Moses, Layne Buzan, and Josie Zerrusen each finished with 9 points apiece. Moses, Buzan, and Payton Bieber each had 6 boards for PC as they outrebounded ICC 41-36.  ICC was led by Jemia Carpenter who came away with a double-double scoring 20 points and grabbing 10 boards. Emma Heisler added 19 points for the Cougars who shot just 37% on the night to 44% for Parkland. 


The win improves Parkland to (17-8) and moves the Cobras in to the top seed for the Region 24 tournament with 5 games left to play.  PC travels to John Wood on Saturday for a 2:00 contest in Quincy.  ICC drops to (21-4) with the loss and will play at Kishwaukee on Saturday.


Cobras Dominate Rose Hulman in Break from Conference Schedule

February 10th, 2016

The Cobras raced out to a 12-2 lead and were never challenged as they knocked off the visiting Rose-Hulman JV 77-54. PC led 52-26 at the half, shooting 54% over the first twenty minutes to just 32% for RH. 


Austin Howard paced the Cobras in the first  half with 11 points while Terrion Howard and Luke Beesley added 8 apiece.  Cornelius McIntosh scored 12 of his game high 16 points in the second half while Courtez Dixon chipped in 12.  Mindika Wijenayake led the Fightin’Engineers with 14 points.


Parkland (15-10) will start the second half of the M-WAC season this Saturday when they travel to John Wood CC in Quincy. The Cobras and Blazers are tied for second in the league, one game behind league-leading Lincoln Land. 


Late Run Dooms Cobras Against Lincoln Land

February 3rd, 2016

A 9-0 run during a two minute stretch late in the game doomed the Cobras as they dropped a 65-61 decision to visiting Lincoln Land. Parkland led 55-51 with 4:24 to go after a Quadre Lollis bucket, but the Loggers run would help them steal the victory.  Alex Portwood hit a pair of free throws to cut the margin to two and Marshall Corbin added a pair of his own to tie the game at 55 with 3:36 left.  A steal by Harold Robertson and a feed to Edward Longmeyer ended in a three-point play for Lincoln Land and a Portwood rebound basket ended the run.  Parkland would get to within two on a Terrion Howard three with 1:08 left but the Loggers made 5-6 free throws in the final minute to seal the win.   Lincoln Land was 18-20 at the line on the night to just 4-5 for the Cobras.


Terrion Howard led PC with 19 points as he knocked down five shots from behind the arc.  Quadre Lollis was the only other Cobra in double figures with 11. Lincoln Land had three players in double digits as Harold Robertson led the way with 15 points and 10 rebounds.  Longmeyer finished with 12 while Marshall Corbin chipped in 10.   The win moves Lincoln Land into first place in the M-WAC at (15-8 3-1) while Parkland drops their second straight and fall to (13-10 2-2). The Cobras will play at Danville Area this Saturday starting at 4:00.


Cobras Handle Lincoln Land for M-WAC Win

February 3rd, 2016

The Parkland Women led from beginning to end Wednesday as they defeated rival Lincoln Land 73-61 in M-WAC action.  The win, the Cobras fourth straight, improves them to (16-7 4-0) while the Lady Loggers drop to (14-7 2-2).


A cold shooting first quarter saw both teams start slowly before PC pulled away for an 18-10 lead after the first ten minutes.  The Cobras would get hot in the second quarter, eventually pushing their lead to 21 as they led 39-18 at the break.  PC cooled off in the third quarter making just 6-20 shots while LLCC hit 8-16 including 3 three-pointers to cut the lead to 49-41 before PC answered, scoring the last five points of the quarter.


Leading 54-41 going into the final stanza, PC would once again see their lead cut to single digits at 56-49 with 7:05 to play but the Cobras would go on a 13-0 run as Kassidy Alderman hit a couple of big shots and Josie Zerrusen knocked down a three to give the Cobras a 69-49 lead with 4:11 left.  The Loggers would not go away, getting the margin back down to 12 but could get no closer.


Alderman paced PC with 20 points on 7 of 12 shooting while also grabbing 7 rebounds.  Zerrusen added 11 points, 8 rebounds, and dished out 5 assists. Lauren Moses also pulled down boards in the winning effort.  Megan Jackson came off the bench to score 6 big points as all 10 Cobra scored.  Kylie Crouse had 13 for the Loggers while Rachel Alde added 11 and Chloe Spragg had 10.


Next up for the Cobras is a 2:00 showdown this Saturday at rival Danville Area CC.


Parkland Holds on to Defeat John Wood

January 23rd, 2016

The Parkland Men shot out to a 16-3 lead on Saturday and never trailed in the game as they earned a hard fought 68-56 over John Wood in the conference opener.  Luke Beesley scored six straight to start the game and Austin Howard drained a pair of 3’s to pace the attack.  Parkland led 30-23 at the break but the Blazers closed the margin to just two at 31-29 before PC caught fire. Cormelius McIntosh made a pair of free throws and a three to push the lead back to seven, and the Cobras would increase their lead to as many as 16 (55-39) with just 5:45 to go.  The Blazers could get no closer than nine the rest of the way.


Austin Howard knocked down 5 three-pointers to lead all scorers with 21 points. McIntosh added 16 points including 9-11 from the line.  Luke Beesley just missed a double-double with 12 points and 9 rebounds.  Larry Plummer led John Wood with 15 points while Andrew Howard had 11 points and 12 boards.


Parkland improves to (12-8 1-0) and John Wood, the National Runner-Up last year, drops to (5-15 0-1).   Next up for the Cobras is a Wednesday night game at ICC, the Cougars upset Danville in their M-WAC opener earlier today.


Cobras Women Cruise by John Wood

January 23rd, 2016

Parkland raced out to a 16-8 first quarter lead and never were challenged as they pulled away for a 67-43 win over visiting John Wood in the M-WAC opener for both teams.  The Cobras led 30-16 at the break and quickly pushed the lead to 24 early in the second half and cruised to the win.


Balance was once again the key as four different Cobras finished in double figures. Lauren Moses continued her strong play with another double-double as she scored 13 points and pulled down 15 rebounds in the win. Haley Toohill added 12 points while Charity Godbold added 11 and Josie Zerrusen had 10.  PC shot 42% for the game and dominated the glass 42-29.  Peyton Bieber also broke into double digits with 10 rebounds.  John Wood’s Ebony Bailey and Michaela Gronewold each had 10 points but the Blazers shot just 28% on the afternoon.


The win moves Parkland to (13-7 and 1-0 ) while John Wood drops to (7-13 0-1). The Cobras now hit the road for a pair of games Wednesday at Lewis and Clark and next Saturday at Lincoln. PC returns home on Feb. 3 to face Lincoln Land.


Parkland Holds on Late to Defeat Kankakee

January 17th, 2016

Grant Gibson drilled a three-pointer with 27.3 seconds left, to help carry the Cobras to a 66-63 win over visiting Kankakee on Saturday afternoon at the Dodds Athletic complex. Gibson had a game high 23 points as the Cobras picked up the win over their D-1 rival.

The two teams got off to a slow start with neither team making a bucket for the first 4:30 of the game until Gibson hit his first of four three’s on the afternoon. The Cobras extended their lead to 15-8 with 9:45 left in the half but a 10-0 Cavalier run gave KCC an 18-15 lead with 6:44 to play. PC cut the margin to 25-24 but the Cavs scored the final five points and took a 30-24 lead into intermission.

A three-point play to start the second half gave Kankakee their biggest lead of the game at nine but the Cobras roared back, eventually tying the game at 37. PC then went on a nice run, building their own nine point lead at 47-38 with 14:00 to go. It was time for another KCC run, as they scored seven straight points to cut the lead to 47-45 before PC scored six straight to give the Cobras a 53-45 with 9:11 remaining.

The Cavaliers followed with an 8-0 run to tie the game at 53-53 with 6:57 left and neither team would lead by more than three for the remainder of the contest. Tied at 58, KCC made 1 of 2 at the line to grab a 59-58 lead with 2:42 to go but Austin Howard hit his only basket of the game with 2:16 left to give PC a one point lead. Kevin Daniels hit a pair of free throws to put KCC back on top. Both teams missed chances and Quadre Lollis had a chance to give PC the lead again, but missed both free throws. Fortunately the missed shot was knocked out of bounds giving the Cobras another chance and Lollis redeemed himself with a rebound bucket with 48.4 to go. Daniels five-footer put the Cavs back in front with 41.2 left before Gibson hit the eventual game winner. KCC missed a shot and Joe Larry made 1-2 free throws to give PC a 66-63 with 12.2 left and Daniels three-pointer was off the mark as the Cobras hung on for the win.

Gibson led PC with 23 points while Cornelius McIntosh added 12. Larry added 9 points, Jessy Cantinol had 6 points and 8 boards, while Luke Beesley chased down 10 rebounds. Daizon Scott led KCC with 23 points. PC won despite shooting just 38% from the field and 39% from the line (9-23).

Parkland (11-7) travels to Region 24 foe Rend Lake for a Wednesday evening contest before starting M-WAC play next Saturday against John Wood. Kankakee falls to (12-6) with the loss.


Mineral Area Outruns Cobras to Get Win

January 13th, 2016

The Parkland Men welcomed DI #22 Mineral Area College, and the Cardinals held the Cobras in check for the 80-69 win.  Parkland would cut the lead down to four in the second half, but Mineral area would pull away and seal the win.  Montell Goodwin would pour in a game high 19 points for the Cardinals, as Jessy Cantinol would lead the Cobras with 18. 


Cobras Runs Past Milikin JV

January 11th, 2016

The Cobra Women would use a balanced scoring attack putting 5 in double figures, led by Charity Godbold with 18 in the 81-44 final. 


South Suburban Too Much For Cobras

January 7th, 2016

The #8 South Suburban Bulldogs rolled into Champaign on  Thursday night and pounded the host Cobras 83-67 in non-conference action.  The Dogs hit 6 of their first 8 shots to grab an early 13-7 lead and used a late first half run to push the lead to 41-22 before settling for a 43-28 halftime lead. The visitors shot a sizzling 62% over the first 20 minutes to just 33% for the home-standing Cobras.


The second half provided little relief as South Suburban extended their lead to as many as 29 points before the Cobras closed the game on a 20-7 run to get the final margin down to 16.  South Suburban shot 54% for the contest including 61% from inside the arc. PC ended the game at 39% and also struggled at the line making just 10-22.  The Bulldogs also dominated the glass 41-33 and had 15 assists to just 3 for the Cobras.


Austin Howard led Parkland with 19 points while Jessy Cantinol added 12. Joe Larry came off the bench to also score 12 for the Cobras.  South Suburban was led by Jovan Mooring who had 26 points, two above his 24.1 points per game average for the season.  Shakur Pinder added 15 while Anthony Harris tossed in 14 for the Bulldogs who improved to (15-2).


Parkland (9-6) will host Daley College at 4:00 this Saturday.


Parkland Women Pick Up Nice Home Win

January 7th, 2016

The Parkland Women raced out to a 17-6 lead after one quarter and never looked back as they cruised to a 73-50 win over visiting South Suburban.  Despite playing with just eight players, the Cobras pulled away for the 23 point win.  PC made 7-14 (50%) over the first 10 minutes to just 3-15 (20%) for the Bulldogs to gain the early advantage.


PC would push their lead to as many as 18 in the first half and went to the break with a 39-25 lead.  The Cobras saw So. Suburban get within 11 but closed the half on a 6-0 run to increase the lead to 57-36.  Josie Zerrusen paced Parkland earning a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds while also handing out 5 assists.  Charity Godbold came off the bench to add 14 points while Layne Buzan had 13 points and 5 rebounds. Lauren Moses just missed a double-double of her own as she scored 9 points and grabbed 11 boards.


The win improves Parkland to (11-6) ahead of a 5:30 game on Monday night against the Millikin JV.  The Cobras beat the Big Blue 86-56 in Decatur earlier this season.  South Suburban drops to (9-10) with the loss.


Parkland Wins Tough One Over Robert Morris

December 17th, 2015

The Parkland Men used  a 17-7 run over the final five minutes on Thursday as they outlasted Robert Morris-Peoria 81-70 in a non-conference game in Champaign.  PC led just 64-63 before finishing out the victory.  


The game was a constant game of runs as PC busted out on top 13-3 only to see the Eagles rally to cut the halftime lead to just one at 38-37. PC once again came out strong, starting the second half on a 14-2 run to give the Cobras a 52-39 lead. The Eagles would not go away however and eventually took their only lead of the contest when Myles Coleman drained a three to give RMU a 60-58 lead with 6:56 to play. Parkland’s Joe Larry answered right back with a three pointer of his own and after an Eagle turnover, De’Quaniis Jackson converted a lay-up and free throw to push the lead back to 64-60 with 5:17 left.  RMU would cut the margin to one again before the Cobras would end the game on the ten point run.


Grant Gibson paced the PC attack with 17 points going 7-10 from the field. Jessy Cantinol added 16 points, 11 in the second hal, and also finished with 6 rebounds and 4 assists.  Quadre Lollis just missed a double-double finishing with 12 points and 9 rebounds while Luke Beesley also pulled down 9 boards for the victorious Cobras.  The Eagles were led by Myles Coleman with 15 and Jamor Stewart with 14.


Parkland improves to (8-5) with the win while Robert Morris-Peoria drops to (3-6). The two teams will play again next Tuesday night in Peoria.


Cobras Hit Century Mark in Rout of Kishwaukee

December 17th, 2015

The Parkland Women’s Basketball team scored at least 24 points in each of the four quarters Thursday as they ran away from Kishwaukee 108-55 in a Region 24 vs Region 4 match-up in Champaign.  The Cobras came out on fire in the first quarter, shooting their way to a 30-18 lead after the first 10 minutes. Nobody was hotter than Kassidy Alderman who hit 7-8 shots to score 16 points in the opening period. The sophomore had 23 points at the half and tied for game high honors with 26 points on the night. 


Parkland was even better in the 2nd quarter, outscoring the Kougars 29-10 and pushing their lead to 59-28 at intermission. It was all Cobras in the second half as well as they used a combination of fast break lay-ups and strong outside shooting to push the lead to as many as 55 points.  Kersytn Lowery drained 3, three-pointers after the break, as she scored 18 points in the second half and tied Alderman with 26 points for the game. Also in double figures were Charity Godbold who came off the bench to score 13 points and get 5 steals. Layne Buzan  who added 11 points, and Josie Zerrusen who had a double-double with 10  points and 11 rebounds. PC shot 52% from the field for the night including 10-21 from behind the arc.  Kishwaukee shot just 27% and committed 31 turnovers.


Parkland (8-4) will return to action this Saturday when they host Region 24 rival Lake Land College starting at 2:00. It will be the final home game of the fall semester for the Cobras. The Kougars, who were led by ne’Kya Reaves 20 points, drop below .500 to (6-7) with the loss.


Cobras Win Second Straight by Dominating Olivet JV

December 10th, 2015

The Parkland Men’s Basketball team raced out to a 12-0 lead on Thursday night and never looked back as they rolled to an 85-56 win over the Olivet Nazarene JV.  The Cobras Grant Gibson hit a pair of three’s to stake PC to a quick 6-0 lead and Parkland would push it to 12 by the 15:45 mark. The Tigers would scratch back into the contest, closing the margin to five at 24-19, but PC used a 6-0 run to push the lead back to double digits. Joe Larry sparked the Cobras in the first half as he came off the bench to score eight points and help give PC a 35-25 lead at the half.


The second half was all Cobras as they wore down ONU, outscoring them 50-31 after the break.  Larry continued his solid play finishing with a game high 17 points. Courtez Dixon added 12 points while Cornelius McIntosh came off the bench to add 11 points while Quadre Lollis added 10 points and 8 rebounds. Luke Beesley had a team high 10 boards while Randy Jernidier added 8 for PC, who doubled up the Tigers 50-25 on the glass.  Neither team shot particularly well as the Cobras made just 38% of their shots to 34% for ONU. PC did make 21-29 at the line to just 9-17 for the Tigers.


Olivet (5-3) was led by Mitch Schwarzkopf who hit four three’s and finished with 13 points to go along with 10 points each from Jake Tuttle and Ryan Carl.


Parkland (7-5) will take a few days off for finals before hosting Robert Morris-Peoria next Thursday at 7:30 in the Cobras final home game of 2015.   


Parkland Has Amazing Honor With National Player and Coach of the Year from AVCA

December 10th, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky. (December 10, 2015) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association is pleased to announce Parkland College freshman middle blocker Sofi Kelemete as its 2015 AVCA Two Year College National Player of the Year and her head coach Cliff Hastings as the National Coach of the Year.  


The formal presentation of the AVCA Two Year College National Player of the Year will be made Dec. 18th in Omaha, Nebraska at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet held in conjunction with the 2015 AVCA Convention and NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball National Championships. Hastings will also be honored at the AVCA Convention at the Jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon on December 17th.

 This is the first time ever that a Parkland player or coach has been named the top person in their respective category. The AVCA, unlike the NJCAA, covers all three divisions of the NJCAA as well as the California Division of two-year programs.

 Sofi Kelemete Fast Facts

Led the nation in blocks per set (2.02)
One of four freshmen in this year’s class to be selected an AVCA First-Team All-American
Helped the Cobras to an undefeated season (57-0)
Won their first NJCAA Volleyball Championship since 1999
In the NJCAA Division II Championship, she had eight kills, hit .615 and recorded seven blocks
NJCAA Tournament MVP
The first AVCA Two-Year College Player of the Year for Parkland College
Highland High School Female Athlete of the Year
Also ran track in high school for one season, and finished first in Districts and fourth in state for long jump





From Kelemete on the team struggling early in the tournament, as told to theProspectus Staff Writer Jacob Kenter…



“Once we got that mindset that we can’t just go through the motions it was easier for us to win.”




Cliff Hastings Fast Facts


Season No. 7 leading the Cobras, career record of (330-40)
NJCAA Division II National Champions
Their second NJCAA National Championship in program history (1999)
Finished the season a perfect 57-0
NJCAA Division II Coach of the Tournament
Dropped just nine sets all season
161-5 overall record over the last three seasons
Ranked third nationally in hitting percentage (.299) and first in assists (2,117), kills (2,310) and blocks (666)
Freshman middle Sofi Kelemete is the AVCA Two Year College National Player of the Year
Kelemente led NJCAA Division II in blocks per set (2.02)


Congratulations to both well deserving honorees!