Parkland Earns Top Spot of Illinois JUCO Sports Teams

July 1st, 2014
On the strength of a runner-up finish in Volleyball and solid appearances by the Women's Basketball and Men's Golf teams, the Parkland College Athletic Department finished as the top school in Illinois in rankings released by the National Alliance for Two-Year Colleges (NATYCA) and National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). The Learfield Sports Director's Cup is divided into scholarship and non-scholarship divisions and has been awarded for the past three years. Iowa Western was the over-all winner with Iowa Central and Tyler TX. finishing 2nd and 3rd.
In looking only at Illinois two-year colleges, Parkland scored a total of 46 points, easily out pointing Black Hawk 32.5 and Lincoln College 29. Below is a listing of the Illinois schools.
Parkland 46
Black Hawk 32.5
Lincoln College 29
Kankakee 26.5
Illinois Central 26.5
Lincoln Land 25
Waubonsee 19
Lewis and Clark 19
College of Dupage 18
John A Logan 13
Kishwaukee 13
Moraine Valley 13
Carl Sandburg 10.5
College of Lake Co. 10.5
John Wood 6.5
Lake Land 6.5
Prairie State 2.5
Congratulations to all of the athletes and coaches at Parkland that helped make this happen in 13-14. Here's to more success in 14-15!

Parkland College Athletes Receive Academic Honors

June 26th, 2014
Three teams and 15 individuals have been recognized for their outstanding academic achievement for the 2013-14 school year. The Cobra Softball, Volleyball, and Golf teams were all honored as NJCAA Academic Teams of the Year for compiling an over-all grade point average of 3.0 or higher for the school year.
During the 2013-14 academic year, the NJCAA saw 58,446 student-athletes compete on 3,705 teams in 28 different sports. Of those competitors, 3.1% or 1, 799 student-athletes, were recognized with academic awards for their achievement in the classroom. Receiving the highest honor with a perfect 4.0 grade point average, 171 athletes received the NJCAA Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence.
Parkland had 15 honorees this year, easily outdistancing John A Logan and Kaskaskia College which had 10 Academic All-Americans each. Congratulations to the following Cobra Athletes:
4.0 NJCAA Pinnacle Award:
Erin Hettinger Softball
Beau Swinford Men's Basketball
Elizabeth Walker Softball
NJCAA Award for Superior Academic Achievement (3.80-3.99):
Sam Kohlbecker Women's Basketball
Lynette Ramsey Women's Soccer
Carly Sarff Softball
Harley Tompkins Softball
Ashley Walker Women's Basketball
Jordan Wheeler Softball
Emily Wilson Volleyball
NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement (3.60-3.79):
Matt Deal Baseball
Dan Leake Baseball
Jake Sale Baseball
Isaac Sampen Baseball
Julie Sciole Volleyball
Congratulations to the athletes and their coaches on this outstanding achievement.

Bad News for Former Cobra Winkler

June 26th, 2014

The Rockies organization has been hit with more bad news. According to a major-league source, prized right-handed prospect Daniel Winkler will have to undergo Tommy John (reconstructive elbow) surgery.

Winkler, pitching like an ace for Double-A Tulsa, injured his right elbow last Saturday pitching against the Springfield (Mo.) Cardinals. He threw 3 2/3 hitless innings before he left the mound in the fourth inning.

Winkler told the team that something felt wrong in his elbow. An MRI this week confirmed that he tore his ulnar collateral ligament and he will have to have surgery to repair his elbow.

Fellow Double-A right-handers Eddie Butler and Jon Gray have received more publicity than Winkler, who has drafted out of Central Florida in the 20th round in 2011. Butler, in fact, made his big-league debut last Friday.

But Winkler was having a terrific season with the Oilers until his injury. He was 5-2 with a 1.41 ERA while striking out 71 and walking only 17. He was certainly on the Rockies' radar. Now he'll be out of action for at least a year.

Parkland Athletics Announces Awards

June 26th, 2014


The Parkland College Athletic Department is pleased to announce their award winners for the 2013-14 school year. Awards are given each year to honor the Athletes of the Year, Freshman or Newcomer of the Year, and Academic Achievement Award.

Male Athletes of the Year:  Co-Winners Lyle Burns (Golf) and Isaac Sampen (Baseball)

Lyle Burns and Isaac Sampen share the Male Athlete of the Year honors. Burns was a two-time NJCAA golf qualifier and led the Cobras to the M-WAC and Region 24 Golf titles and a 10th place finish at Nationals. Burns placed 8th  at Nationals earning him 1st Team All-American recognition. The Mahomet-Seymour graduate was the Region 24 individual medalist and the runner-up at the M-WAC Tourney.  He was a consistent top 5 finisher throughout his sophomore season. He will attend Bradley University on a golf scholarship next season.

Isaac Sampen enjoyed a breakout season for the PC Baseball team hitting .462 with 11 home runs and 45 RBI. He also paced the team in doubles (16) and stolen bases (22).  His performance earned him Co-Player of the Year Honors in the Midwest Athletic Conference and a spot on the All-Region and All-Conference team. Earlier this week he was named a 2nd Team NJCAA All-American and the Midwest winner of the Marucci Elite Hitter Award. Sampen will play at Eastern Illinois University next season.

Female Athlete of the Year: Megan Casagrande (Volleyball)

Sophomore Megan Casagrande is this year’s Female Athlete of the Year honoree. Casagrande led the Cobras to an amazing 52-3 record and a National Runner-Up Finish this fall. The Cobras were also the M-WAC and Region 24 Champions. Casagrande was named the M-WAC and Region 24 Player of the Year as well as being chosen as a 1st Team NJCAA All-American and a 2nd Team American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American.  She led the Cobras in both kills (424) and total blocks (229). Her block assists, total blocks, and hitting percentage (.444) placed her second in all three categories in the final NJCAA stats. The St. Thomas More graduate will play at Ashford University in Iowa.

Parkland Baseball Players Professional Update

June 26th, 2014
Four former Cobra Baseball players are enjoying a great amount of success in professional baseball so far this Spring. Leading the list is Tampa Bay outfielder Kevin Kiermaier. After being called up for a pair of games at the end of last season, Kiermaier started this season with the AAA Durham Bulls but has been called up on three occasions. Since his most recent call-up on May 18, he has started 5 of 8 games in right field for the Rays. He is currently hitting .357 with 3 home runs and 4 RBI. He also has collected a pair of doubles and a triple while scoring four times. With injuries mounting, Kiermaier expects to be up with the Rays for several more weeks if he continues to perform.
Three other Cobras are also excelling at the AA and AAA levels. Working as the closer for the AAA Omaha Storm Chaser (Kansas City), hurler Spencer Patton continues to build on his success from last season as he is 2-0 with 11 saves while appearing in 20 games. He has thrown 28.1 innings allowing just 4 runs on 12 hits, walking 10 and striking out 31. Opponents are hitting a low .128 against him this season.
Danny Winkler is having similar success for the AA Tulsa Drillers (Colorado) in a starters role. Winkler has compiled a 5-2 record with a 1.49 ERA in 66 innings of work. He has allowed just 11 earned runs in starts this season, walking 16 while striking out 68. Teams are hitting just .146 against him so far this year. He hopes to be moved up to the AAA Colorado Springs Sky Sox in the near future.
And finally, reliever Nick Wittgren is throwing well for the AA Jacksonville Suns (Florida) franchise. A year after being selected Minor League Baseball Reliever of the Year, Wittgren stands at 1-3 with 8 saves to go along with a 4.39 ERA in 20 games. After some early seasons struggles, Wittgren has righted the ship and has earned saves in 4 of his last 6 appearances and given up just 1 run during those six games.
Parkland has three others still playing in the minors. Nate Roberts is on the disabled list for the Ft. Myers Miracle (Minnesota), Justin Parr is playing for the Clearwater Threshers (Philadelphia) Class A, while brother Jordan Parr plays for the Hillsboro Hops (Arizona) Class A team.

Issac Sampen Honored by NJCAA

June 26th, 2014

Parkland outfielder Isaac Sampen has been named a 2nd Team All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association. The sophomore outfielder from Brownsburg HS in Indiana led the Cobras with a .459 batting average to go along with 11 home runs and 43 runs batted in. He also led the team with 21 stolen bases,16 doubles, and was second in runs scored with 46. Previously, Sampen had been named 1st Team All-Region and was Co-MVP of the Midwest Athletic Conference. He was one of four M-WAC players to earn All-American recognition. Lincoln Land hurler Ridge Ackerman was a First team selection while infielders Nolan Lodden of Heartland and Mason McCoy of Illinois Central College were 3rd team honorees. Sampen has signed to play at Eastern Illinois University next year.

Burns Strong Showing at Nationals Earns Recognition

June 26th, 2014
Sophomore Lyle Burns finished in a tie for 8th place today at the NJCAA D-2 Golf National Tournament, earning him First Team All-American and All-Tournament honors. The Mahomet-Seymour graduate and Bradley Univeristy signee, finished the four-day 72-hole tournament at 297 (73-73-73-78). The finish was a huge jump for the Cobra leader as he finished 52nd at Nationals as a freshman. As a team, PC placed 10th over-all after slipping to a 315 on Friday.

Walter State CC of Tennessee won the team title by a comfortable 11 strokes over runner-up Mesa. Mississippi Gulf Coast, Black Hawk, and Owens rounded out the top 5. Individual medalist was Levi Fink of North Iowa CC who fired a 287 (77-68-72-70) to win by just two strokes over Tyler McKinney (Mineral Area ) and Charlie Cameron of Tyler. Heath Weathersby of Miss. Gulf Coast finished 4th while Kyle Workman of Blackhawk and Brad Hawkins of Walters State tied for 5th.

In addition to Burns earning 1st Team All-American honors, two other Region 24 golfers, Connor Graves of Logan and Lewis Bain of Lewis and Clark both earned 2nd Team All-American recognition.

Final Parkland Scores:

Parkland (IL) College Cobras 300 298 320 315 1233 +81 10th
Burns, Lyle 73 73 73 78 297 +9 9th
Berger, Nick 77 77 80 78 312 +24 t-49th
Egbers, Austin 74 72 84 83 313 +25 t-51st
Niebrugge, Jack 76 76 87 81 320 +32 t-75th
Powell, Joe 79 83 83 78 323 +35 84th

All-Tournament Team

Levi Fink, North Iowa Area CC
Chalire Cameron, Tyler (TX) JC
Tanner McKinney, Mineral Area (MO) Area
Hayes Weathersby, Mississippi Gulf Coast CC
Brad Hawkins, Walters (TN) State CC
Ryan Witte, Mesa (AZ) CC
Cody Johnson, Walters (TN) State CC
Lyle Burns, Parkland (IL) College
Connor Graves, John A. Logan (IL) College
Jacob Montplaiser, Mesa (AZ) CC
Sebastian Otoya, Seminole (OK) State College
Mike Gaulin, Oakland (MI) CC
Lewis Bain, Lewis & Clark (IL) CC
Austin Sweeney, Iowa Lakes CC
Harrison Long, Owens (OH) CC
Phillippe Weppernig, Owens (OH) CC
Brandon Rougeau, Tyler (TX) JC

All-American Team
First Team

Levi Fink, North Iowa Area CC
Charlie Cameron, Tyler (TX) JC
Tanner McKinney, Mineral (MO) Area College
Kyle Workman, BlackHawk (IL) College
Hayes Weatherby, Mississippi Gulf Coast CC
Brad Hawkins, Walters (TN) State CC
Ryan Witte, Mesa (AZ) CC
Lyle Burns, Parkland (IL) College
Cody Johnson, Walters (TN) State CC

Second Team

Connor Graves, John A. Logan (IL) College
Jacob Montplaiser, Mesa (AZ) CC
Sebastian Otoya, Seminole (OK) State College
Mike Gaulin, Oakland CC
Lewis Bain, Lewis & Clark (IL) CC
Harrison Long, Owens (OH) CC
Austin Sweeney, Iowa Lakes CC
Phillippe Weppernig, Owens (OH) CC

Jacobs Named All-American

June 26th, 2014
Parkland Softball first baseman Alex Jacobs has been named a 3rd Team All-American by the NJCAA this afternoon. Jacobs hit .471 for the 37-16 Cobras who earned a share of the M-WAC title. Jacobs had a .526 on-base percentage and a slugging percentage of .671. She tied for the team high with 66 hits and had 6 HR and 35 RBI. She had a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage at first not making an error in 235 chances. The Pontiac graduate had early been named First Team All-Region 24 and All-Conference.

Cobra Baseball Ends Season at Region 24 Tournament

May 21st, 2014
An up and down Cobra Baseball season ended on Sunday as they fell to Illinois Central College 12-9 at the Region 24 Tournament in Springfield. The Cobras scored five times in the opening inning and led 6-0 after two but as has often been the problem this season, the Cobras were not able to sustain early leads. Starter Bryce Pennington gave the Cobras five strong innings allowing just 3 runs (2 earned) and striking out 7. ICC tied the contest at 7 in the 6th only to see the Cobras regain the lead one final time at 9-7 on a two run single by Brett Chappell in the top of the 7th. Leading by two going into the bottom of the 8th. PC allowed ICC to score 5 times as the Cougars rallied for the win. Costly errors, a struggling bullpen, and stranding runners on base was once again a problem for the Cobras who end their season at 32-24.

Chappell paced the PC attack going 3-4 with a home run and 3 RBI. Isaac Sampen and John each had two hits for PC which finished with 15 on the day.

Parkland 5 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 9 15 3
ICC 0 0 3 0 0 4 0 5 X 12 15 0

Anderson Gem Propels Cobras to Tourney Victory

May 21st, 2014
Tyler Anderson threw a complete game, 9-inning performance, against the John Wood Trailblazers on Saturday to advance Parkland in the Region 24, double-elimination tournament. Anderson was in command all day, striking out 10 and only walking 3. It was the first 9-inning complete game for Anderson on the season. Parkland blew it open in the 4th inning, scoring 3 runs to extend the lead to 6-1 and they never looked back. Brett Chappell, Glenn Reeves and Isaac Sampen provided most of the Cobras offense all day, combining for 9 of the 11 Cobra hits. Parkland moves on to play Sunday at noon against either ICC or DACC. Bryce Pennington will have the ball to start for the Cobras on Sunday afternoon.

Parkland 0 1 2 3 0 0 0 1 1 8 11 1

John Wood 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 2

Tyler Anderson 9 IP 6 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned run, 3 walks, 10 k's and David Hayes

Top Parkland Hitters
Brett Chappell (3-5) 2 doubles, 2 runs, 1 rbi
Glenn Reeves (4-4) 1 double, 1 run, 1 rbi
Isaac Sampen (2-4) 1 double, 3 rbi

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Parkland Baseball Drops Region 24 Opener

May 15th, 2014

It was all Jaguars all day as the #4 Cobras were upended by the #5 Jaguars of Danville by the score of 9-0.  The Jaguars were able to get to Parkland starter Kyle Weller early, and the offense struggled with Danville starter Curtis Wilson.  Parkland wouldn't pick up their first hit until the 5th but they never really threatened to mount a comeback.  The loss puts the Cobras in a 6pm matchup with the loser of #3 Lincoln Land and #6 John Wood.  Another loss would end the season for the Cobras so we will see how they respond.  

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Parkland Wraps Up Regular Season with Sweep of Lincoln

May 11th, 2014
Game 2:   Parkland 5 Lincoln 0
Three PC hurlers combined to shutout the Lynx on just four hits. Starter Bryce Pennington threw the first five innings allowing just three hits while walking one and striking out 4.  Dan Leake gave up a lead-off single to start the 6th but struck out the next three hitters and Kyle Weller struck out three in the 7th to wrap up the win.
The Cobras would score all five of their runs in the first two innings, plating four runs in the 1st.  John Udina walked and Isaac Sampen was hit by a pitch before Sam Sampen followed with an RBI single.  Austin Schultz followed with an RBI single and David Hayes also drove in a run.  Isaac Sampen drove in Parkland's final run with a two-out double in the 2nd.  Austin Schultz was a perfect 3-3 while Sam Sampen and David Hayes each finished with two hits to lead the way for the victorious Cobras.
Lincoln     000  000  0      0 4  1
PC           410  000  X      5 11 0
W-Pennington (5-0) 
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Cobra Baseball Cruises to Game One Win Over Lincoln

May 11th, 2014
The Parkland College Baseball team wrapped up their home and regular portions of their season on Mother's Day, as they swept visiting Lincoln out of the playoffs with a 7-1 and 5-0 sweep. Lincoln entered the game needing to win just one game to make the Region 24 playoffs, two losses moved John Wood into the final spot. Parkland wrapped up the #4 seed and will open with #5 DACC at Noon on Thursday in Springfield.
Game 1:  Parkland 7 Lincoln 1
PC jumped on top early as Brett Chappell started the game with a single and John Udina followed with an RBI triple. Udina would later score when Isaac Sampen,who had been hit by a pitch, was caught in a rundown between first and second. Lincoln scored their lone run of the game in the second and the score remained 2-1 until the 4th when PC scored three times. Glenn Reeves started the inning with a single and moved to 2nd on a sacrifice bunt by Currier. Chappell singled home Reeves to make it 3-1 and after Udina singled, Isaac Sampen doubled home a pair of runs to make it 5-1.
PC tacked on solo runs in the 5th in the 6th innings to back the two-hit pitching of three Cobra hurlers. Tyler Burcham (3-1) earned the win working 5 strong innings allowing just one unearned run on two hits and striking out seven. Mark Meyer and Jake Sale each worked a scoreless inning striking out a pair of hitters each. Four Cobras had two hits in the contest with Isaac Sampen 2-3 2 RBI, Brett Chappel and John Udina 2-4 2 runs scored, and Glenn Reeves 2-2 2 runs scored pacing the attack.
Lincoln  010  000  0      1  2   3
PC        200  311  X      7  9   2
W-Burcham (3-1)
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Cobra Complete Weekend Sweep of Lewis and Clark

May 4th, 2014

Game two would go the way of the Cobras as well with Bryce Pennington getting the start for Parkland and keeping the Trail Blazers under control.  The Cobras would take a 5-3 lead into the seventh but Lewis and Clark would rally to tie the game.  But Parkland would answer right back as Sam Sampen would hit a fly ball to the outfield and get the sacrifice fly as Brett Chappell would come in to score the winning run.  The win pushes their season record to (28-20) as the regular season dwindles down.

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Parkland Takes Third Straight From Trail Blazers

May 4th, 2014

Tyler Burcham would get the start for the Cobras and would provide an impressive performance on the mound as the Cobras would take game one of the day 5-2.  Connor Courier and Brady Burns both drove in runs for Parkland and Issac Sampen would finish the scoring with a fifth inning home run to make the final.

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