Cobras Sweep Rock Valley to End Day 2 of Parkland Invitational

September 20th, 2014

Although the Golden Eagles of Rock Valley had been playing well this weekend coming in, they were no match for the Cobras as Parkland would sweep 3-0 (25-11, 25-17, 25-15).  The Cobras will conclude their tournament with a couple of tough matches on Sunday as they will take on #4 Johnson County and Lake Land.

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Parkland Prevails in Tight Five Set Finish

September 20th, 2014

The #1 Cobras would start off Day 2 of the Parkland Volleyball Invitational with a tough match with #17 Muskegon, and the Jayhawks proved to be a formidable opponent.  After a close first set win for Parkland, Muskegon would charge right back and take the second to tie the match.  After a dominant third set put Parkland up 2-1, it would be the Jayhawks battling back again and forcing the decisive fifth set.  The Cobras would get out to a hot start in the set and withstood a Jayhawks run to hold on for the 3-2 win (25-23, 22-25, 25-9, 22-25, 15-12).

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Cobras Finish Day One of Invitational with Sweep

September 19th, 2014

Next up for the Cobra Volleyball team was a matchup with the Owens CC Express, and Parkland would continue to look impressive.  The Cobras would sweep Owens 3-0 (25-17, 28-26, 25-17) to wrap up day 1 of the Parkland College Invitational.  Parkland has two more matches on Saturday with a 1:15 match against Muskegon (MI) before playing the night cap versus Rock Valley.  

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Cobras Take Down Kirkwood to Open Parkland Invitational

September 19th, 2014

The #1 Parkland College Volleyball team would continue their trend of battling top ten NJCAA programs as this time it was the #7 Kirkwood Eagles on the other side of the net.  After dropping the first set, the Cobras remained calm and would cruise from there for the 3-1 (19-25, 27-25, 25-19, 25-23) final.    

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Two More Sweeps For Parkland Volleybal closes out Weekend

September 13th, 2014
The #1 Parkland Cobras volleyball team wrapped up the Cavalier Invite in Kankakee with two more 3-0 sweeps.
In the first match, the Cobras defeated Ancilla College of Indiana 25-13, 25-19, 25-9. Lizzy Barnard led the offense with 7 kills, Alayna Jackson had 6, and Teigan Flaws and Elise Dahlke had 5 apiece. Morgan Hickman and Madison Weldon had 12 assists apiece and Kelly Lean had 9. Madison Harpest scored 10 points on her serve while Hickman had 4 aces. Kaitlyn Hunt also had 11 digs for the Cobras.
In the second match, PC faced off with NAIA and four-year school Robert Morris University of Springfield. PC swept RMU 25-15, 25-10, 25-11. Lori VanBeek led the Cobras with 9 kills. Ayla Dew got her career high with 8 kills, and Maiya Peacock also had 5. Kelly Lean led the Cobras with 15 assists, and Madison Weldon had 14. Dew also had 10 service points and 3 aces while Weldon had 4 aces of her own. VanBeek had 5 blocks in the match.
Parkland improves to 18-1 and next face Lincoln College in Lincoln on Wednesday evening.

Parkland Upsets #11 Lewis and Clark in Region 24 Matchup

September 13th, 2014
Two days after an uninspired victory over ICC, the Parkland Women's Soccer team came up with their best effort of the young season as they stunned #11 and previously unbeaten Lewis and Clark 1-0 in Champaign on Saturday. The Blazers entered the contest a perfect 7-0 and had outscored their opponents 60-0 in those seven matches.
On Saturday it was the Cobras who were the aggressive team early and it finally paid off when Ginyce Haywood scored on an assist from Davia Morrison 29 minutes into the match, as PC converted after a pair of missed opportunities near the goal.  The two teams would play evenly for the remainder of the half as the Cobras would take that 1-0 lead into the break.
The first 15 minutes of the second half was all Lewis and Clark as they came out fired up and quickly put up three shots to start the half but could not connect. After holding off the Blazers attack. PC would regain control over the final 30 minutes and just missed on a pair of scoring opportunities by Catherine McHale. L&C goalie Rachel Widdick's save with just under 12 minutes left denied the first shot while McHale's second was just over the top of the goal.
The Blazers would have a couple of opportunities late but the Cobras used a strong defensive effort to hold on for the win.  PC finished with 12 shots on goal to just 8 for the visiting Blazers. The win moves PC to (5-0) while Lewis and Clark drops to (7-1).  Parkland returns to action this Tuesday when they travel to Heartland for an M-WAC contest against the Hawks.
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Home Opener Ends in Sweep for #1 Parkland Volleyball

September 10th, 2014

The #1 ranked Parkland Cobras volleyball team finally got a chance to play at home tonight after 14 matches on the road facing conference and region opponent Lewis & Clark CC. 

Unlike most opening home matches of a season, the Cobras came out confident and clean versus the Trailblazers taking an early 18-8 first set lead. The Blazers did a nice job fighting towards the end of set 1 to push the Cobra first set win to 25-16. But, Parkland came out with even more intensity in set 2 quickly winning the set 25-8. The third set saw L&C settle into a nice rhythm, forcing Parkland into some unnecessary errors, before PC rallied with a push at the end of the set to prevail in a 3-0 sweep with a score of 25-23 in the third.

All 15 Cobras got significant time tonight. Offensively, PC was led by Alayna Jackson's 8 kills hitting an impressive .636 while Lori VanBeek had 6 kills with an .857 hitting percentage. As a team, the Cobras hit an impressive .410 which was a season high. The trio of setters (Morgan Hickman, Madison Weldon and Kelly Lean) combined for 30 assists in the match while Madison Harpest had 3 aces and Weldon had 2. 

Parkland improves to 14-1 overall and now 1-0 in the M-WAC. A special thank you to an amazing crowd in which we celebrated both area high school volleyball programs as well as the Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation Group.  Next up for the Cobras is a pair of matches on Friday and Saturday at the Kankakee Invitational. The Cobras are in the five team field along with Kankakee, Sauk Valley, Ancilla, and Robert Morris. 

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Men’s Soccer Takes Down Lincoln to Remain Unbeaten

September 9th, 2014
The Parkland Men's Soccer team returned to action on Tuesday afternoon as they faced M-WAC rival Lincoln College.  The Cobras got on the board first as they scored just 9 minutes into the match. Daniel Kadima created space for a shot and the ball fell at the feet of Feli Keti who rounded the keeper and put the ball in from 7 yards away.
The Lynx would answer back quickly as they would score in the 19th minute as they converted off of a cross from a free kick tying the match at 1. PC would then control the rest of the half and the hard work paid off as PC would break the tie with just 8 minutes remaining before intermission.  Zach Allevi won the ball and slipped a perfect pass into the feet of a running Brennen Crose. The Lincoln back line could not catch Crose who knocked the ball over the hands of the rushing goal keeper to give the Cobras the lead.
The second half got under way with a clear change in pace. Both teams fought hard for the ball and did not give each other an inch. Lincoln had a couple of long range shots that were acrobatically saved by Harry Rook. Zach Allevi's hard work earned him a few half chances but it was Feli Keti again who settled it. Keti managed to pick up a sloppy clearance from the Lincoln back line, beat one defender, and hit the ball from just outside the box with only 22 seconds remaining to seal the win.    
The win keeps the Cobras undefeated at (6-0 2-0 in the M-WAC) while Lincoln drops to (0-3-1 0-1). Next up for PC will be a Sunday afternoon showdown at Region 24 rival Lewis and Clark. 
 Goals/Assists time:
Feli Keti ( Daniel Kadima) 9:00
Lincoln goal 19:00
Brennen Crose ( Zach Allevi) 37:00
Feli Keti (ua) 89:00
Harry Rook 4 saves, 1 goal against
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Cobras Blank Lincoln For Second Win of Year

September 3rd, 2014

The Cobra women would put the pressure on the Lynx of Lincoln College early and often in what turned out to be a 8-0 rout of the M-WAC foe.  Kaljit Atwal would register the hat trick as she would tally one in the first half and two more in the second to pace the Cobras.  The win makes the Cobras (2-0) on the early season.

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Parkland Ends Kick for Hunger Tourney With Win Over Kankakee

August 31st, 2014

The Cobra Men would play in the final match at the 2014 Kick for Hunger tournament at Parkland College and end with a bang as they were able to shutout Kankakee and win 2-0.  Jonathan Lukusa would tally both goals for the Cobras in the first half as they continued to threaten in the second but were unable to put another one in the net.  The defense played well however to pace the win as Parkland improves to (4-0) on the season.

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Parkland Women Open Season With Shutout Win

August 31st, 2014

The Parkland College Women would start their season at home as a part of the Kick for Hunger tournament and look impressive coming out with a 3-0 win over Jackson College.  The Cobras would lean heavily on two Freshman as Catherine McHale would score twice in the win, and Kaljit Atwal would pick up a goal as well.  

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Men’s Soccer Wins Home Debut Over SWIC

August 26th, 2014

The Parkland College Men's Soccer team would take on Region 24 opponent  SWIC in the first home contest of the year for the Cobras.  They wouldn't wait long to get their first goal on the new home field as Manny Rios would start the scoring with an impressive goal, and Gesi Muharremi following soon after with a penalty kick goal to give Parkland a 2-0 lead going into the half.  The Cobras would go on another run where they would net another two goals, one each from Jonathan Lukusa and Andres Chalbaud.  The last two goals would be sandwiched around the lone SWIC tally by Trent Kendrick to make the 4-1 final.  The win puts the Cobras at (2-0) on the year as they prepare for the upcoming Kick Out Hunger Tournament hosted by Parkland College.

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#1 Cobras start VB season (4-0) at Wisconsin Dells Invite

August 26th, 2014
The #1 Parkland Cobras volleyball team concluded day 2 of the Wisconsin Dells Invitational with two more victories, pushing their over-all record to 4-0 to start the season. In the first match on Saturday, PC defeated a much improved Mott team from Michigan. Mott had notched a couple of upset wins on day one so the Cobras had to fight hard to sweep them 3-0 by the scores of 25-18, 25-20, and 25-20. Lori VanBeek continued her strong offensive play leading the Cobras with 11 kills with Elise Dahlke and Teigan Flaws contributing 6 each. Setters Madison Weldon and Morgan Hickman ran the offense and provided 15 and 14 assists, respectively. Sophomore libero, Kaitlin Hunt had 20 digs for the Cobras and Weldon and Miaya Peacock each had 2 aces.
In match two, the Cobras faced #13 Muskegon of Michigan. All 15 players for Parkland helped push the Cobras to a 3-1 victory with scores of 25-13, 25-21, 25-27, 25-18. Vanbeek had 16 kills while Flaws and Lizzy Barnard pounded 9 each. Setters Weldon and Hickman ran the offense with 26 and 21 assists, respectively. Hunt once again led the defensive effort with 23 digs. Peacock again performed well at the service line with 5 aces.
The Cobras next travel to Toledo, Ohio for the Owens Labor Day Invitational from August 29-31. PC will p[ay six times over the three days including matches against #6 Oakland, #10 Grand Rapids, #18 Catawba Valley as well as perennial power Monroe College of NY.

Parkland Volleyball team ranked #1 in the NJCAA Pre-Season Poll

August 26th, 2014
The Parkland College Volleyball team will open the 2014 season with the #1 ranking in the NJCAA D-2 Volleyball Poll after it was released today. The Cobras, who finished 2nd in 2013, open their season this Friday and Saturday at the South Suburban Classic in the Wisconsin Dells. PC will face Carl Sandburg and #12 Kansas City KS Community College on Friday before facing off against a pair of Michigan schools, Mott and #13 Muskegon on Saturday.
As always, the Cobras will be tested early as they face nine other teams ranked in the top 20 during the first three weeks of the season. After seeing two ranked squads in Wisconsin, PC will play three of six matches at the Owens Invitational against ranked foes (#6 Oakland, #10 Grand Rapids, and #18 Catawba Valley). The Kirkwood Invitational, a week later, is loaded with talent as PC will take on defending National Champion and #2 Cowley, #3 Johnson County, #5 Central Nebraska, and #7 Iowa Central.
Parkland is scheduled to go up against 13 of the top 20 teams at some point in time during the upcoming season. The Cobras will play their first three tournaments and 14 matches on the road before playing for the first time at home on September 10 against M-WAC rival Lewis and Clark.

Former Cobra Receives Tampa Bay Rays Heart and Hustle Award

July 23rd, 2014

Former Parkland standout Kevin Kiermaier continues his outstanding rookie year by earning the nomination as the Tampa Bay Rays Heart and Hustle Award winner. Kiermaier, who is hitting the .315 with 8 home runs and 24 RBI is in St. Louis to face the Cardinals on Tuesday and Wednesday night.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) is pleased to announce the 30 preliminary winners of the 2014 Heart & Hustle Award. This esteemed award honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and tradition of the game. The Heart & Hustle Award is also the only award in Major League Baseball that is voted on by former players.

The MLBPAA formed 30 committees, comprised of Alumni players with established relationships to each team. One player from each Major League team is chosen by the committees based on the passion, desire, and work ethic demonstrated both on and off the field. These players will be recognized prior to an upcoming home game. As the season draws to a close, fans, all Alumni and active players will vote to select the final winner from the 30 team winners. The previous overall winners are David Eckstein (2005), Craig Biggio (2006, 2007), Grady Sizemore (2008), Albert Pujols (2009), Roy Halladay (2010), Torii Hunter (2011), Mike Trout (2012) and Dustin Pedroia (2013).

The final winner will be announced Nov. 18, 2014, at the 15th Annual Legends for Youth Dinner in New York City. This event is the primary fund raiser for the series of free Legends for Youth baseball clinics. These clinics impact more than 15,000 children each year at 110 clinics, allowing them the unique opportunity to interact with and learn from players who have left a lasting impact on the game of baseball.

The 30 individual team winners are as follows:

American League
Baltimore Orioles: Adam Jones
Boston Red Sox: Dustin Pedroia
Chicago White Sox: Adam Eaton
Cleveland Indians: Michael Brantley
Detroit Tigers: Don Kelly
Houston Astros: Jose Altuve
Kansas City Royals: Alex Gordon
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: Mike Trout
Minnesota Twins: Brian Dozier
New York Yankees: Brett Gardner
Oakland Athletics: Josh Donaldson
Seattle Mariners: Kyle Seager
Tampa Bay Rays: Kevin Kiermaier
Texas Rangers: Adrian Beltre
Toronto Blue Jays: Mark Buehrle

National League
Arizona Diamondbacks: Paul Goldschmidt
Atlanta Braves: Jason Heyward
Chicago Cubs: Nate Schierholtz
Cincinnati Reds: Skip Schumaker
Colorado Rockies: Corey Dickerson
Los Angeles Dodgers: Dee Gordon
Miami Marlins: Christian Yelich
Milwaukee Brewers: Jonathan Lucroy
New York Mets: Daniel Murphy
Philadelphia Phillies: Chase Utley
Pittsburgh Pirates: Josh Harrison
San Diego Padres: Tyson Ross
San Francisco Giants: Hunter Pence
St. Louis Cardinals: Matt Carpenter
Washington Nationals: Ian Desmond