Parkland Run Rules John Wood to take Weekend Series

April 17th, 2016

Game 2:


Parkland made sure they would not fall victim to another John Wood upset as the Cobras scored six times in the first to grab a quick 6-0 lead. The first six batters all reached based and three came home on a towering blast by Megan Tool. John Wood came back with two runs off the Cobras in the 2nd but PC would tack on four in the 3rd as Megan Magsamen crushed a grand slam homer. John Wood scored an unearned run in the 4th to make it 10-3 but PC scored twice in the bottom of the inning as Monica Monroe drove in a pair with a single. Winning pitcher Erin Walker worked a 1-2-3 5th  to earn her second win in as many days over the Blazers as the game ended by the run rule. Walker improved to (12-3) allowing just two earned runs on five hits. She did not walk a batter for the second straight day.   Ginger capped an outstanding day as she went 2-3 with three runs scored. The Cobra lead-off hitter finished the day 5-7 with six runs scored and four RBI.  Hannah Pruden went 3-4 as she finished the afternoon 6-7 with 2 RBI.  Magsamen, Catlin, and Tool all had two hits in the game as PC had 13 total in the contest.


JW   020   10        3  5  3

PC   604   2X       12 13 1



Cobra Fall to John Wood in Slugfest

April 17th, 2016

Game 1:


The Blazers cracked four home runs  but had to hang on late for the one run win.  PC broke on top in the first as Haley Ginger homered to give PC the early 1-0 lead.  John Wood answered back with four runs in the second and PC would get one of those back In the bottom of the inning on a Monica Monroe RBI single.  PC had a chance for a bigger inning but left the bags loaded.  John Wood would add three more runs in the 3rd as  Haleigh Hammel and Lindsey VanTress hit back to back home runs.  Taylor Jordan’s sacrifice fly in the 3rd cut the lead to 7-3 but PC left two more runners on base.


John Wood would push their lead to 10-5 in the 5th as Van Tress and Hanna Runner both homered for the Blazers setting up the Cobras comeback effort.  PC scored four times in the fifth with three coming on Ginger’s second home run of the game.  PC had runners at first and second with two outs but a ground out to 3rd ended the threat. After Sophi Catlin shut down JW in the top of the 6th, PC would threaten in the bottom of the inning, again putting runners at 1st and 2nd but the Cobras lone strike out of the game ended the inning.  John Wood failed to score in the top of the 7th and again Parkland would try and rally. Catlin started the inning with a line drive off the fence in right that just missed being a game tying home run.  After a sacrifice bunt, Megan Tool lined out to the short stop who had the ball bounce off her glove and she recovered to catch the ball just before it hit the ground.  Katie Kuska popped out to shallow left to end the ball game. The Cobras banged out 15 hits but left 13 runners on base. Ginger was 3-4 with 4 RBI, while Hannah Pruden was 3-4, and Tool and Jordan each had two hits.


JW     043   120  0         10  12 3

PC     111   240   0          9   15  3


Heartland Avoids Sweep With Extra Inning Win

April 17th, 2016

Game 2:


Nick Stokowski got the Cobras on the board in the 1st with a solo blast to right and after HCC tied the game in the 2nd, PC would add an unearned run in the bottom of the frame and Chris Whelan would score on a Muffley single in the 3rd to give PC a 3-1 lead.  That lead would stay in place until the 6th when Heartland would score twice to tie the game off PC starter Ryan Fox. Meanwhile HCC starter Tyler Hasper was mowing down the PC line-up after allowing three runs over the first three innings as he shut down the Parkland hitters to force extra innings. Neither team scored in the first extra inning but HCC took advantage of a costly error in the 9th inning to take the lead and earn the win.  With two outs and nobody on base, the Hawks reached on an error and followed that with an RBI single. Matt Bainbridge followed with an RBI single of his own and the Hawks scored another unearned run to take a 5-3 lead.  The Cobras would get the tying run on base in their half of the 9th but Hasper ended the threat to earn the complete game win. Failoni was the tough luck loser as he was outstanding in relied going 3.3 innings allowing no earned run on two hits, walking one and striking out five. 


HCC    010  002 002    5   7  3

PC       111 000  000    3  5   3


Parkland will be off until Friday afternoon when they will host John Wood starting at 2:00. The two teams will wrap up the series with a pair of games on Sunday in Quincy



Brady Shanuel Tosses Cobras to Game One Win over Heartland

April 17th, 2016

Game 1:


Schanuel dominated Heartland for the first five innings allowing no runs on one hit while his Cobra teammates built an 8-0 lead. Donovan Chandler scored the Cobras first run as he came home on a first inning single by Jordyn Muffley.  PC made it 3-0 in the 2nd as Cully Day and Chandler each had an RBI.  Parkland scored four more times in the 3rd as Tanner Russell and Joe Boyle each walked to force in a run and two more scored on a Curtiss Johnson single.  The lead went to 8-0 on a Boyle single which scored Muffley before the Hawks would finally get to Schanuel in the 6th.  Two runs score on a single and Alex Ridout homered to right to make it 8-4. HCC would load the bases but Schanuel would record his 12th strikeout to get out of the inning. Tanner Russell drove in an insurance run in the bottom of the inning and Kody Silverthorn shutout HCC in the 7th to secure the win.  Muffley  went 3-3 with two runs scored while Joe Boyle, Cully Day, and Curtiss Johnson each had two RBI. 


HCC        000 004 0        4   7  1

PC          124  011 X        9   8  0



Catlin Long Ball Propels Cobra Comeback

April 14th, 2016

After going 2-3 with a two-run home run in an 8-4 Cobra loss in the opener, game two did not start well for Parkland's Sophi Catlin. The Monticello freshman struck out in each of her first two at bats, stranding a runner in the first and two more in the third.  When Catlin stepped to the plate in the 5th, PC trailed 5-1 and it appeared the #16 Cobras were on their way to being swept by #9 Kankakee. Catlin connected on a solo home run to cut the Cavalier lead to three, but it was her at bat in the 6th that deserved the curtain call. 


Down 5-2, PC put two runners on with one out and tied the game as Haley Ginger, Monica Monroe, and Megan Magsamen all delivered run scoring hits. Tied at 5, Catlin roped a three-run homer, her third round tripper of the day, to give the Cobras an 8-5 lead and they hung on for the win and a split for the day and in the four game season series.  


Jaclyn Thompson (12-3) earned the win despite allowing five runs on ten hits. Thompson however was at her best over the final two innings as she got out of a jam in the 6th and retired KCC in order in the 7th to pick up the win.  Catlin was 2-4 with two runs scored and four RBI while Magsamen added three hits and Monroe and Katie Kuska each had two. 


Game 2:

KCC         000  230 0        5  10  2

PC           000  116 X        8 11   2


Kankakee Strikes Early to take Down Cobras

April 14th, 2016

In the opener, PC gave up eight runs in the first two innings as KCC jumped out an 8-1 lead. PC scored three times in the 5th as Megan Magsamen doubled in Haley Ginger and Catlin hit her first home run of the day, a two-run blast to make it 8-4.  PC would threaten in both the 6th and 7th innings but could get no closer.  Morgan Harper was a bright spot in relief as she worked 5.2 innings and did not allow a run.  Megan Tool along with Magsamen and Ginger all has two hits in the game. 


Game 1:

KCC        350 000 0         8  10  3

PC          100 030 0         4   8    2


Golden Eagles Finish Off Sweep of Cobras

April 14th, 2016

Game 2:


Unfortunately for the Cobras it was more of the same in game two as Rock Valley jumped out early and cruised to the sweep.  The Eagles got things started with a lead-off single, followed by a two-run home run to grab an early 2-0 lead off PC starter Morgan Harper. Harper would settle down after that and blank RVCC on just two hits over the next four innings. Rock Valley's hurler was in complete control from the start as she retired the first nine hitters of the game before Ginger lead off the 4th with a single. PC would get two runners on base in both the 4th and 5th innings but could not get on the board. The Eagles added two more runs in the 6th to make it 4-0 before PC's Sophi Caitlin hit a solo home run in the bottom of the frame.  Rock Valley would score two more in the 7th and the Cobras would go quietly in the last half of the inning as Rock Valley swept PC for the second straight year.


RV          200  002 2        6   10  0

PC           000 001 0        1    5    2


Cobras Drop Game One to DIII #1 Rock Valley

April 14th, 2016

Game 1:


The Eagles jumped on top in the 2nd as the RVCC #9 hitter stroked a double into the gap with two outs to score a pair of runs.  Rock Valley added a couple more runs in the 6th before PC finally got on the board in the bottom of the inning. Elise Stewart and Haley Ginger started things off with back to back singles but the next two PC hitters both flew out. Parkland starting pitcher Sophi Catlin helped her own cause with an RBI single but Hannah Pruden grounded back to the pitcher to end the inning.  After the Eagles added an insurance run in the 7th, PC would score a run of their own as Makena Butcher crushed a ball over the center field fence. Stewart just missed a home run of her own as she doubled off the fence but Ginger grounded out to short to end the ball game.  


RV            020  002 1       5  8  0

PC            000  001  1      2   7  1


Olney Earns Split With Game Two Win

March 23rd, 2016

Game 2

For the second straight doubleheader, the Cobra bats went ice cold in game two, getting only 3 hits and losing to OCC 5-1.  Parkland lone run came in the 7th when Monica Monroe lifted a towering drive over the left field fence.  Erin Walker took the loss on the mound for Parkland, with Morgan Harper coming in relieving in the 5th. She retired all nine hitters she faced over the final three innings. 


Parkland now stands at (14-2 3-1) on the season while Olney is (20-10). The Cobras will return to action on Friday with a 1:00 DH at Lewis and Clark. The Blazers and Cobras will play games three and four of their series at 1:00 on Saturday at Parkland.


OC 004  100  0    5  8  1

PC 000   000  1    1  3  0


Chambers and Perkins

Walker, Harper (5) and Tool



L-Walker  6-1


HR  Monroe (1) Parkland 


Power Bats Lead Win Over Olney Central

March 23rd, 2016

Game 1: 

Parkland received another strong pitching performance by Jaclyn Thompson  (5-0) as she allowed just one run on four hits while striking out 11 in a 8-1 Parkland victory.  Alix Ezell lead off the bottom of the first with her first college HR to right center.  Olney tied the game in the 2nd with a home run of their own. 


The Cobras took the lead for good with an RBI single from Megan Magsamen scoring Megan Tool after she  had walked and stole 2nd base.  PC added 4 more runs in the 3rd on an RBI single from Tool and a 3 run blast to dead center off the bat of Sophie Catlin.  All of this damage was done with 2 outs. Cobras added their last two runs in the 5th on a single by Monica Monroe, a walk to Tool, an RBIi single from Catlin and Carson Church, running for Catlin, scored on a wild pitch.  The PC offense was led by Ezell, Monroe, and Catlin who each had two hits each.



OC  010   000  0      1   4   0

PC  114   020   X     8   11  1


Bruce, Daily (3) and young

Thompson  and Tool, Butcher   (5)


W-Thompson  5-0



HR   Young  OCC        Ezell, Catlin   PC


Parkland Baseball Takes 2016 Home Opener

March 22nd, 2016

Prairie State   2

Parkland         9


Cobras Drop Game Two to Jaguars

March 22nd, 2016

Game 2

DACC  scored five runs in the first  three inning and that was all it took to give Parkland their first loss of the year.  Morgan Harper (2-1) took the loss giving up 6 hits and 5 runs.  Jaclyn Thompson came in relief in the 3rd inning and totally shut down DACC over the final five innings, allowing just one hit, but the Cobras were only able to scratch out one run despite collecting nine hits.   

PC lone run was tallied on a RBI single by Sophie Catlin who drove in Haley Ginger who had doubled and stolen third.  Parkland will return to action this Wednesday when they host Olney Central College in a non-conference doubleheader. 


DACC     014  000  0            5  7  2

PC           000  000  0            1  9  1


Laws and McFadden

Monroe, Thompson  (3) and tool



L-Harper   2-1 


Parkland Softball Takes Game One of Home Opener

March 22nd, 2016

Game 1

Parkland, behind another strong outing by Erin Walker (6-0), shut down DACC 5-0.  Walker went the distance allowing no runs on four hits while striking out five. 

The Cobras scored two runs in the first with a single by Makayla Walsh,who stole 2nd and scored on a single by Haley Ginger.  Ginger also stole 2nd and scored on an infield out by Sophie Catlin.  PC added another run in the 2nd with Megan Magsamen scoring on a single to right by Elissa Stewart.  In the 3rd Hannah Pruden with 2 outs doubled and scored when Monica Monroe singled to right.  Parkland’s last run was scored by Stewart on Megan Magsamen's triple.   Walsh, Monroe, and Ginger all had 2 hits n the win.


DACC   000 000 0      0  4   2

PC         211 100  X     5  8  0



Shepard and McFadden


Walker and Tool


W-Walker  6-0



Men’s Basketball Ends Stellar Year 6th Place at Nationals

March 19th, 2016

The Parkland Men's Basketball team wrapped up the 2015-16 season on Saturday as they fell to #2 Lansing CC 75-60 in the 5th/6th place game at the NJCAA D-II National Tournament in Danville. The Cobras 6th place finish is the programs highest since placing 4th in 1989. PC, which entered the tournament unranked, finishes (2-2) defeating the #5 and #8 ranked teams and falling to teams ranked #1 and #2. Parkland ends the season at (24-13) while Lansing moves to (31-5) with the win.


The opening ten minutes was a back and forth affair before the Stars used solid shooting from behind the arc to build a 39-30 lead. Lansing made 6 first half threes to just one for PC. The Stars shot 46% from the field while the Cobras struggled at 30%, including 1-10 from three-point land.


Lansing would push the lead up to 15 only to see the Cobras reduce the lead to single digits but Curtis Davidson and Jimmy Koder hit back to back three's midway through the 2nd half to push the lead to back to double digits and PC could get no closer than 12 the rest of the contest.


Sophomores Jessy Cantinol (12 points 6 rebounds) and Austin Howard (11 points 8 rebounds 4 assists) paced the Cobras who shot just 36% on the night including just 2-17 from three. Four players ended in double figures for Lansing with Javon Haines getting a double-double with 19 points and 10 boards. Curtis Davidson added 17, Jimmy Kodet 15, and Isaiah Green 14 for the victorious Stars. Lansing shot 47% for the day, 10-25 from three-point range.


Congratulations to Coach Figueroa, staff, and all of the players on an outstanding season!!!


Parkland Drops #5 Schoolcraft at Nationals

March 18th, 2016

Austin Howard scored a career high 31 points and Terrion Howard made six straight free throws in the final minute, to help lead the Parkland Men's Basketball team to an exciting 87-85 victory over #5 Schoolcraft CC of Michigan. The win moves the Cobras (24-12) into the 5th place game at 2:00 Saturday where they will take on #2 Lansing CC (30-5). 


After slow starts in their first two games at Nationals, the Cobras came out on fire Friday afternoon as they ran out to a 18-5 lead after eight minutes as Howard scored ten of those points.  Parkland would stay hot and eventually increase the lead to 15 at 31-16 on a Quadre Lollis basket with 4:30 til half.  Unfortunately the Ocelots would start to crawl back into the game and Ja'Christian Biles three at the buzzer cut the lead to single digits at 38-29. PC shot 50% for the opening half and was 6-8 at the line. 


After intermission Schoolcraft would catch fire, especially behind the arc, as they hit five straight three's over the first eight minutes and eventually took their only lead of the game on another Biles three with 12:08 remaining.  PC answered quickly as Jessy Cantinol converted a three-point play and Luke Beesley hit a fade away to push the lead back to four.  The game would be back and forth but a key turning point may have come with 8:30 minutes to play.  With the game tied at 57, Schoolcraft coach Abe Mashour was whistled for a technical for arguing a no-foul call. Howard hit both free throws and Cantinol scored in the paint to give PC the lead. PC would never trail again but that didnt mean there wouldn't be plenty of tense moments. 


De'Quaniis Jackson's steal and lay-up made it 79-72 Cobras with just 1:08 to go before the Ocelots rallied again. Biles scored off an in bounds pass and after a Cobra turnover, Deshawndre Black scored a basket and made the free throw to make it 79-77 with 45.2 left.  Terrion Howard made a pair of free throws to make it a two possession game but Tyler Johnson answered with a three to cut the lead to 81-80 with 30.3 remaining. Howard again made a pair of free throws and after an SC missed shot, Austin Howard was fouled and made 1 of 2 from the line to push the lead to 84-80 with 15.2 to go.  Black connected on two SC free throws and Terrion Howard made two of his own to keep the lead at four with only 8.1 left.  Black banked in a three from about 28 feet out to again cut the margin to one with 3.1 left but Cournelius McIntosh made 1 of 2 free throws and a last second heave by Schoolcraft was well of the mark as the Cobras hung on for the two point win. 


In addition to Howard's career game, Joe Larry came off the bench to score 12, and Jackson and Cantinol both added 11.  Quadre Lollis led the team with 7 rebounds as PC won the battle of the boards 32-30.  Black scored 21, 20 in the second half, to pace Schoolcraft. Biles added 18, while Davon Taylor had 14 and Juwan Clark 10.   Parkland hung on for the win despite Schoolcraft shooting a sizzling 68% after halftime including 8-12 from behind the arc. SC shot 53% for the game to 47% for PC. A day after making just 6-16 from the line, PC shot 77% on Friday, making 26-34 including 20-26 over the final 20 minutes.