Mens Soccer Dominate SWIC in Season Opener

August 24th, 2016

The ParklandMen's Soccer team got the 2016-17 school year off to an impressive start asthey routed Region 24 rival Southwestern Illinois College 9-0 in the seasonopener for both teams. PC jumped out to a 2-0 lead at half, and scored seventimes after intermission to blow open the match.  Seven differentCobras scored as PC had 15 shots on goal to just 4 for the Blue Storm.  Matt Sharman picked up the shutout in goal for the victorious Cobras.

FreshmanTanner Kidwell got PC on the board early as he connected for the Cobras firstgoal of the season on a pass from Patrick Kuanda just 7 minutes into the match.Kuanda would score a goal of his own at the 22 minute mark to give PC a 2-0lead. The Cobras substituted freely for the remainder of the half and settledfor the two goal lead at the break.

Parklandended any hopes of a SWIC rally as Kuanda connected with Johnny Pugh for a goaljust 35 seconds into the second half. Alex Zarco scored an unassisted goal justminutes later and Zarco fed Niles Smith, who found the back of the net to makeit 5-0 PC, with still over 30 minutes to play.

GesiMuharremi would celebrate his return to the Cobra Soccer program after missingthe 15-16 season by scoring Parkland's next two goals. The first unassisted andthe second on an assist from Henrique Santiago.  The Cobra were creditedwith a "team" goal for their 8th score and Carlos Martinez wrapped upthe scoring with his unassisted goal with just seven minutes left.   

The competition will get muchtougher for the Men this weekend when they host #13 Jefferson College at 4:00on Saturday. The Vikings (0-0) will open their season on Friday afternoon atSouth Suburban.  On Sunday the Cobfras will host MCC-Maple Woods. TheMonarchs (0-1) lost their season opener 2-0 to Coffeyville KS and will playHeartland at 2:00 on Saturday at Parkland. 



2016 Parkland College Women’s Soccer Preview

August 8th, 2016

WELCOME BACK COBRASPORTS FANS!!  In our first podcast for the 2016-2017 academic year, we feature the 2016 Parkland College Women's Soccer team.  They welcome in a new head coach, with Chris Jackson taking over for the departed Josh Alford.  Brian Schutte sits down with Coach Jackson to look back at the 2015 Cobras, as well as ahead to the 2016 squad.  Also on the program you will hear from Jenna Ashley, Hannah Martinez, and Marissa Barria.


Shanuel Named DII All American

June 9th, 2016

Parkland freshman pitcher Brady Schanuel (Edwardsville HS) has been named a 2nd team All-American today by the NJCAA. Schanuel, has signed with Ole Miss, and will have the option to go there next year, return to Parkland, or sign a professional contract; depending on the results of this week’s Major League Baseball draft. 


Schanuel finished the season with a 10-3 record and a school record 131 strikeouts in just 83.2 innings of work.  He compiled an earned run average of just 1.82 allowing only 17 earned runs and 52 hits in 14 starts for the Cobras. He threw 4 complete games and had 7 games with over 10 strikeouts including a career high 16 against Spoon River and 14 against both Illinois Central and John Wood. He led all of NJCAA D-2 in strikeouts and strikeouts per innings pitched, was 6th in lowest earned run average and tied for 10th in victories.


Schanuel becomes the Cobras 10th NJCAA All-American since 2009 and the first since 2014 when Isaac Sampen was also named a 2nd Team selection. 


May 23rd, 2016

The field is set for the 2016 NJCAA D-II World Series to be held May 28-June 4 at David Allen Ballpark in Enid, Ok.  Top-seed and returning National Champion LSU-Eunice did not make the field but last year’s runner-up Western Oklahoma returns as does 8 nationally ranked teams. Only two teams return from last year’s field (Western Okla. And North Iowa, the biggest turnover in Series history.  Just two programs Parkland (2) and Western Oklahoma (1) have ever won a WS title and two teams, McHenry and Sinclair will be making their first trip to the D-II World Series.<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />



Qualifying Teams:


#2 Mercer County NJ (48-8)  Last trip to WS  2014

#3 Jones County MS. (49-8)  Last trip to WS 2011

#4 No. Iowa Area CC  (47-14) Last trip to WS 2015

#5 Sinclair CC  OH (49-10) First trip to WS

#6 McHenry CC IL. (48-10) First trip to WS

#9 Parkland (45-14)  Last trip to WS 2010

#11 Western Oklahoma (46-16) Last trip to WS 2015

#14 Monroe CC NY (33-14) Last trip to WS 2009

NR  Brunswick NC (40-16) Last trip to WS 2013

NR  Gateway AZ. (40-20) Last trip to WS 2011


Notes: McHenry ended Madison Area College’s streak of 6 straight World Series

              Defending Champion LSU-E who has won 5 World Series titles, three in Enid, will have to wait anoter year to try and break the record for most titles. They are    currently tied with Grand Rapids with 5 each.  Parkland and Lincoln Land are the only other programs to win multiple titles with two each.


Opening Round Schedule:

Saturday May 28


10:00   Gateway  vs No. Iowa Area CC

1:00      Jones County vs McHenry

4:00      Parkland vs Western Oklahoma State

7:15      Brunswick vs Mercer


Sunday May 29

12:00    Monroe vs Sinclair

3:30      Loser Game 1 vs Loser Game 2

7:00      Loser Game 3 vs Loser Game 4


Monday May 30 (Memorial Day)

12:00   Winner Game 3 vs Winner Game 4

3:30     Winner Game 6 vs Winner Game 7

7:00     Winner Game 1 vs Winner Game 2


May 23rd, 2016

The #9 Parkland College Baseball team defied the odds on Sunday as they swept favored #7  Heartland 15-5 and 3-2 to earn their first trip to the NJCAA D-II World Series since 2010.  The Cobras will meet Western Oklahoma State (46-16) at 4:00 on Saturday May 28 in Enid, Oklahoma.   The sweep moves Parkland, winners of 20 of their last 21 games, to (45-14) while Heartland ends their season at (44-15). <?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />


Game 1:

The Cobras left no doubt they meant business on Sunday as they scored nine time in the top of the first inning to grab a 9-0 lead. The first nine hitters in the Cobra line-up all reached base as they used three hits, three walks, three hit batsmen, and a pair of Hawk errors to grab the big early lead. Nick Stokowski had the big blow in the inning as he had a two run double into the gap in right. In the 3rd, PC increased their lead to 10-0 as Cully Day walked and later scored on a Jordyn Muffley single. Heartland got back into the contest in the bottom of the frame as they scored four times to cut the margin to just 10-4. PC once again took advantage of wildness on the part of the Heartland pitching staff as they scored three times in the 4th with the aid of two more walks, a pair of hit batsmen, and a wild pitch.   The Cobras made it 15-4 in the 7th as Bobby Wenthe crushed his 14th home run of the year over the wall in center. HCC scored a meaningless run in the bottom of the 9th to make the final margin 15-5. Although PC was out hit 11-9, the Cobras benefited from 11 walks and 8 hit batters.


Daniel Lloyd (6-0) battled all afternoon to pick up the win. The freshman went 7 innings, giving up four runs on ten hits while walking six and striking out five. Noah Lamboley worked the final two innings allowing a run on one hit while striking out a pair.  Curtiss Johnson had 2 hits and 2 RBI, Nick Stokowski and Bobby Wenthe each drove in three runs and scored twice. Cully Day scored three times while Joe Boyle and Chris Whelan both crossed the plate twice.


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HCC     004  000 001         5  11  4


Game 2:

PC showed they could win a pitcher’s duel as well as Matt Jenkins threw a gem to earn the win and Kody Silverthorn worked out of a bases loaded no-out jam in the 9th to secure the win.  Parkland jumped on top in the 2nd as Cole Taylor walked, was sacrificed to second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a hard hit ground ball to third by Joe Boyle that he could not be fielded by the HCC third baseman.  PC added another run in the 4th as Curtiss Johnson walked, stole 2nd, moved to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a Boyle ground out to short. PC added a huge insurance run in the bottom of the 8th as Stokowksi singled, and Donovan Chandler who ran for him,  promptly stole 2nd.  After a pop-out, Cole Taylor singled sharply to center to give the Cobras a 3-0 lead.


Jenkins went back out in the 9th to try and earn the complete game shutout but back to back singles brought the tying run to the plate with nobody out.  Cobra closer Kody Silverthorn was brought into the game and he walked the first hitter he faced to load the bases.  Conner Sorge grounded out to 2nd to score the first run and move the tying runs into scoring position. Michael Bainbridge followed with a sacrifice fly to right to make it 3-2 and the tying run moved up to 3rd just 90 feet away. Silverthorn got Myles Hahn to pop up in the infield and the celebration was on as the Cobras dogpiled in the middle of the field to celebrate their first Region 24 title since 2010.  Jenkins was outstanding going 8 plus innings allowing just two runs on five hits walking two and striking out four. Silverthorn recorded his 5th save of the season.


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PC        010 100 01X      3  4 2

Home Runs Pace Another Cobra Victory

May 5th, 2016

Game 1:

Nick Stokowski got the Cobras off to a quick start as he belted a three home run to center field to give PC a 3-0 lead after only four hitters had come to the plate. Catcher Luke Beesley added a sacrifice fly later in the inning to make it 4-0 PC after just one inning.  That would be more than enough for Cobra hurler Ryan Fox (5-1) who worked five shutout innings allowing just three hits while walking one and striking out seven.  Stokowski went deep again with a solo shot in the 5th, his 6th home run of the year, to give PC a 5-0 lead. The sophomore from Monticello was 2-3 in the game with four RBI and two runs scored. 



The Cobras went to the bullpen and Michael Failoni was touched for a two-run home run in his one inning of relief but Kody Silverthorn worked a perfect 7th, striking out two of the three hitters he faced to wrap up the win. 


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PC       400 010  X           5   7  2


Another Dominant Outing from Shanuel Leads Cobras to Split

May 5th, 2016

Game 2:


Schanuel improved to (7-1) as he kept John Wood in check for the six innings he worked to help PC salvage the split. Once again PC got on top in the first again as Chandler reached on an error and came home on Jordyn Muffley's second triple of the afternoon.  Chandler scored again in the 3rd as  Nick Stokowski reached on an error. Stokowski raced home to make it 3-0 on a Cole Taylor two-out single and Bobby Wenthe delivered a run scoring double.  John Wood scored their only run in the 4th as a run crossed the plate  on a wild pitch.


Up 4-1, PC added on a pair of insurance runs in both the 5th and 6th innings which was all the support Schanuel would need.  Cole Taylor and Bobby Wenthe each had a pair of hits to pace the offense and Kody Silverthorn worked a scoreless 7th to wrap up the victory. Parkland stands (26-13 12-6) on the season while John Wood is (18-21 11-11).  The two teams will meet again on Sunday with a 1:00 doubleheader in Quincy. 


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PC     103  220 X          8  9  1



Cobra Bats Go Quiet in Loss to JWCC

May 5th, 2016

Game 1:


PC came out fast as Donovan Chandler scored in thebottom of the 1st on a Chris Whelan sacrifice fly. Unfortunately that would bethe last time PC would score as the Blazers used seven walks, three hitbatsmen, three Parkland errors, and six hits to score seven times.  Thegame was just 2-1 heading to the 7th but JW would add single runs in the 7thand 8th and three more in the 9th to put the game away.  The Blazers usedfive different pitchers to keep PC off the board over the final 8 innings.The Cobras had their chances as they stranded eight runners and had four ballscaught on the warning track. Jordyn Muffley was the only Cobra with multiplehits. 


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PC    100 000 000     1 6 3


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. 


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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:

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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:

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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.


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