Cobras Hold On for Overtime Win

December 17th, 2014

The Parkland Men's Basketball team overcame a horrific night at the foul line but held on for a 63-62 win over visiting Kennedy-King in overtime. Parkland made just 14 of 32 free throws in the contest but came away with the win in the extra period.The victory, the Cobras 6th straight, improves their over-all record to 9-3 with two more games remaining in the fall semester.

The first half was an ugly foul plagued affair which saw PC jump out to an early eight point lead only to see the Statesmen rally to grab the lead. PC closed the half on a run and Charles Sweatt-Washington's short jumper as time expired gave the Cobras a 29-25 halftime lead.

Parkland would grab control of the game early in the second half as a 15-6 run after intermission pushed the Cobra lead to 44-31. Unfortunately the troubles at the foul line helped Kennedy-King get back in the game and the contest was a back and forth affair over the final ten minutes. PC had a chance to win the game in regulation but Corvon Butler's fade-away jumper fell short to sent it to overtime. 

PC jumped out quickly in the extra five minutes, grabbing a 6 point lead, but Kennedy-King converted four free throws and knocked down a wide-open three to regain the lead. With the game tied, PC made 1 of 2 free throws with 15 seconds remaining and held on for the win after they blocked a Statesmen shot and the visitors desperation three missed at the buzzer.

Kamal Shashi paced the Cobras with 14 points who will return to action this Saturday when they play Carl Sandburg at 5:00 in the Lincoln Land Holiday Classic in Springfield.

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Cobra Women Extend Streak With Win Over John A Logan

December 16th, 2014
The #4 Parkland College Women built an early lead on Tuesday night and never looked back as the ran past John A Logan 85-57 in Champaign. The Cobras took a 44-28 lead into intermission and scored the first 10 points of the second half to put the game out of reach.  Logan managed to cut the lead to 15 in the second half but Hannah Wascher made back to back shots to extend the lead and PC would push the lead to as many as 30 down the stretch.
 
Wascher had another double-double as she made 9-13 shots to finish with 18 points and 11 boards. Kassidy Alderman was red-hot coming off the bench as she knocked down 5 three-pointers to finish with a team high 19. Laura Litchfield had a strong over-all game with 15 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals while Chelsea Cross had 10 points and 5 assists. The freshman duo of Lauren Moses and Ashley Mitton played well inside with Moses scoring 6 points and chasing down 9 boards while Mitton had 5 points and 8 rebounds.  Parkland out rebounded the Volunteers 50-38 and out shot them 46% to 32% while forcing 23 turnovers. Logan (5-6) was paced by Alison Webb who led all scorers with 21 points and 13 rebounds. 
 
Parkland will return to action this Saturday when they face Carl Sandburg at 7:00 at the Lincoln Land Holiday Classic in Springfield.  
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Parkland Runs Away From Harper With Balanced Scoring Attack

December 13th, 2014
The #21 Parkland Men's Basketball team came out red-hot on Saturday as they shot past visiting Harper College 100-66. The Cobras shot 58% from the field for the contest, making 63% of their shots from inside the arc (31-49) and knocking down 10-23 from three-point range. The Cobras also won the battle of the boards 43-24 and committed a season-low 8 turnovers. 
 
Balance was the key in the opening half as all 11 players who saw action scored. JaQuan Bryant scored all 9 of his points in the opening half as the Cobras took a 48-31 lead into the break. Kamal Shasi would make sure Harper would not get back into the contest as he drained three consecutive 3-pointers early in the second half to push the PC lead to 61-37 with 16:55 remaining. Harper would get no closer than 17 the rest of the way as Parkland pushed their biggest lead to 34, the final margin of victory. 
 
Shasi paced the PC attack with 17 points on the afternoon while Will Gary came off the bench to add 14 points and hand out 4 assists. Corvon Butler added 12 points and grabbed 7 boards while Charles Sweatt-Washington added 11 points and 7 boards. Washawn Watson scored just four points but dished out 7 assists and chased down 6 rebounds for the victorious Cobras. Jesse Cantinol also added 9 points off the bench while Cody Russell tossed in 8. 
 
Parkland (8-3) has now won five straight game and will wrap up the home portion of their fall schedule when they host Kennedy-King starting at 6:00 on Wednesday night.
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#4 Women Run Win Streak to Eleven

December 13th, 2014
The #4 Parkland Women's Basketball team made it 11 straight wins on Saturday as they pulled away from Kaskaskia 74-61 in a non-conference game in Champaign. Ashley Mitton was the difference late, as she scored all 8 of her points in the final 5:37 of the contest, to keep the Blue Angels at bay.
 
The Cobras took a 32-22 lead into halftime and stretched the lead to 18 at 48-30 with 13:09 remaining only to see KC go on a 10-0 run to cut the margin to 48-40 with 10:27 left.  The Blue Angels would get as close as 5 at 56-51 but Mitton and Laura Litchfield both sank a pair of free throws to push the lead back to nine. After KC cut the margin to 7, Mitton and Hannah Washcher made baskets to take the lead back to double-digits and the visitors would get no closer.
 
Wascher lead the way for PC scoring 20 points on 9-12 shooting from the field while also grabbing 9 boards, picking up 4 steals and blocking 3 shots.  Nadine Vaughn had her best over-all game of the season as she finished with  16 points, 6 boards, 5 assists, and 3 steals.  Josie Zerrusen was the only Cobras in double digits as she scored 10. Chelsea Cross just missed, adding 9 points and grabbing 6 offensive boards while Laura Litchfield had 8 of Parkland's 21 assists on the afternoon. 
 
Parkland (11-1) will host John A Logan College at 5:30 on Tuesday at the Dodds Athletic Complex.
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Men’s Basketball Gets Huge Home Win Over Triton

December 6th, 2014
The #24 Parkland Men's Basketball team finished the game on an 8-2 run as they held on for a foul-plagued 70-65 win over #7 Triton on Saturday in Champaign. The two teams were whistled for 59 fouls and shot 72 free throws while combining for 50 turnovers. 
 
It was all Parkland in the first half as the Cobras led by as many as 12 points and took a 34-25 lead into the break. Triton picked up the pressure in the second half forcing four quick turnovers and tied the game at 37 only to see the Cobras answer with a 9-0 run to push the lead back to 47-38.
 
The game would go back and forth before Triton took their first lead of the game at 53-52 with 7:35 remaining. The Trojans would push their lead to 63-60 with 2:44 left but Corvon Butler and Capreace Salinas would each make a pair of free throws to put PC back on top. Kevin Phillips and Butler followed with dunks to push the lead to five and the Cobras held on for the win. 
 
The victory improves the Cobras to (7-3) while Triton falls to (7-2). Parkland is off until next Saturday when they host Harper College starting at 4:00.
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Cobra Women Dominate Missouri Baptist

December 6th, 2014
The #4 Cobras hit 7 of their first 8 shots to race out to an early 14-0 lead as they cruised to a 87-34 win over the Missouri Baptist JV. The Spartans were coached by former Cobra Lauren Taylor.
 
All twelve Cobras scored as Coach Mike Lindemann substituted frequently throughout the contest. Four players finished in double figures for PC with Laura Litchfield leading the attack with 13 points on 5-5 shooting from the field. Chelsea Cross added 12 points and came up with 6 assists while Hannah Wascher had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Kassidy Alderman came off the bench to add 11 points while Ashley Minton grabbed a career high 12 boards. 
 
Parkland (10-1) will return to action next Saturday afternoon at 2:00 when they host Kaskaskia. The Cobras beat the Blue Devils 75-54 earlier this season.  
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Parkland Holds Off Millikin for Win

December 2nd, 2014

PC raced out to a big first half lead as they came out on fire hitting their first six shots en route to an early 18-6 lead. The Cobras would shoot a sizzling 60% in the first half as they took a 55-34 lead into the break. The lead would grow to as many as 24 until the Big Blue used their own hot shooting to climb back into the contest. 

 
MU made 17 of 24 shots after the break and closed the margin to as few as seven but PC was able to put the game away at the line over the final three minutes, leading to the 90-81 final. Millikin's Tommy Pilackas was a one-man show for the Big Blue as he scored 25 of his game high 30 points after intermission. He was an impressive 10-12 from the field and 8-11 from the line while also grabbing 9 rebounds. 
 
Five Cobras finished in double figures with Kevin Phillips leading the attack with 14 points and 6 boards. Corvon Butler added 12 while the trio of JaQuan Bryant, Kamal Shasi, and Will Gary each had 10. Washawn Watson added 7 points and 6 assists for the victorious Cobras who improved to (6-3) with the win.
 
PC will get a huge test this Saturday when they host #7 Triton starting at 4:00.
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Parkland Runs By Olney Central for Second Time This Season

November 29th, 2014

The Cobras had already traveled to Olney Central College and collected a big road win, and the end result was much the same on the home floor as Parkland would cruise by the Blue Knights 78-44.  Sophomore Hannah Wascher would pace the Cobra attack with 19 points, the majority of which in the first half.  Parkland would play good defense and get out in transition as they move their season record to (8-1).  Next up for the Cobras is a trip to Moraine Valley on 12/2.

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Parkland Volleyball Finishes National Runner-Up

November 22nd, 2014

The Cobras would run out to a 2-0 lead over the surprise team of the tournament, the #10 seed Glendale CC, only to see the Gauchos fight back and win three straight sets to win their first national title.  Parkland would record their second consecutive National Runner-Up finish with an amazing two year record of 106-6.  This team was a blast to cover and a very talented group of student athletes.  Congratulations on another stellar season and although they couldn't bring home the title, its a great day to be a Cobra!

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Cobras Advance To National Title Match for Second Straight Year

November 22nd, 2014

The #1 Cobras had a tough battle tonight in the NJCAA National Semifinal match vs #5 Columbus State. The Cougars brought in a 34-2 record in the match, and the two teams hadn't faced each other yet this year. CSU features the nation's highest team hitting percentage and led the nation in kills/set.

True to form, it was an offensive battle featuring lots of kills. The difference, however, was big Cobra blocks and blue-collar defense coupled with team confidence, effort and excitement as the Cobras swept the Cougars 25-23, 26-24, 25-16.

Lizzy Barnard had the match of her season with 11 kills, only 1 error, on 23 swings. She also collected 7 digs. Lori VanBeek continued her fine play with 8 kills and 7 blocks, and Elise Dahlke and Alayna Jackson collected 7 kills apiece. Madison Weldon (20 assists) and Morgan Hickman (16 assists and 9 digs) did another outstanding job distributing the offense, and Kaitlyn Hunt had another monster match in the back row with phenomenal serve receive and 13 huge digs. Kait's counterpart in the back row, Madison Harpest, dug 9 hard-hit balls and had a few service runs that helped push the Cobras to victory.

The win improved the Cobra record to 54-2 overall and more importantly propelled them to the National Championship match tomorrow against #10 Glendale (Arizona). #10 Glendale defeated defending national champion Cowley (Kansas) in the other semifinal match 28-30, 24-26, 25-19, 25-23, 20-18.

Tomorrow's match will be broadcast live on njcaatv.com as well as CobraSports.Net starting at 5:30pm Illinois time.

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#1 Parkland Volleyball Back in Final Four

November 21st, 2014

The #1 Cobras would continue their winning ways as the would win their second match of the day at the NJCAA D-II National Tournament.. This time is was the DMACC Bears on the other side of the net, as Parkland would take it 3-1 (25-18, 25-21, 26-28, 25-20). The win propels the Cobras into the final four for the fourth straight year as they will take on Columbus State for a chance to play for the title Saturday..

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Parkland Volleyball Wins First Match at Nationals

November 20th, 2014

The Cobra Volleyball team would finally start the action in the 2014 NJCAA D-II National Tournament with a 3-1 (25-23, 20-25, 25-10, 25-20) win over Metropolitan CC-Longview.  The #16 Lakers gave the Cobras a fight but Parkland would eventually pull away to advance to the quarter-finals.  M-WAC and Region 24 Player of the Year Lori Van Beek would lead the way with 12 kills.  Lizzy Barnard, Teigan Flaws, and Elise Dahlke would contribute 11,10, and 10 kills respectively in a balanced Cobra attack.  Sophomore libero Kaitlyn Hunt would lead the defensive effort with 20 digs, as Parkland will now face the #8 seed DMACC Bears.

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Parkland Dominates Region 24 Opener

November 5th, 2014

The #1 Parkland Cobras started off the postseason tonight hosting the District K semifinal match vs Rend Lake College.

PC swept Rend Lake 25-11, 25-19,  and 25-17. Teigan Flaws led the offense with 9 kills and had 4 blocks. Lori VanBeek had 6 kills and 6 blocks while Kailey Kleinert had 6 kills and 5 blocks. Morgan Hickman had 15 assists and 4 digs while Madison Weldon had 8 assists and Kelly Lean had 6. Kaitlyn Hunt led the back row with 12 digs, and Alayna Jackson had 4 service aces.

Parkland picked up their 50th win of the season tonight ahead of the Cobras next match and finals of the District K on Saturday at 4pm in Belleville, Illinois where they will take on Lincoln Land CC. The Loggers swept Lewis and Clark this evening in Springfield. ICC and Lincoln College will meet in the other District Final at 2:00. The winner of that match punches their ticket to Nationals in Phoenix, Arizona November 20-22.

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Men’s Basketball Takes Home Opener for First Win of Season

November 4th, 2014
After a tough opening weekend to start the season, the Parkland Men's Basketball team got a much needed win on Tuesday night as they rolled past Robert Morris University of Peoria (1-2) 89-46. The Cobras raced out to a 23-2 lead and never looked back as they improved their record to (1-2) on the season. 
 
The Cobras shot a sizzling 62% for the first half as JaQuan Bryant hit 4-5 from the field and 4-4 from the line to rack up 14 of his game high 21 points in the opening half. William Gary came off the bench to go a perfect 5-5 and score 11 as the Cobras ran out to a 53-21 lead at the half. 
 
Ten players got in to the scoring column for PC with Bryant leading the way with 21, Gary had 13, Cody Russell tossed in 12, and Corvon Butler finished with 11 points and 9 boards. PC shot 52% on the evening and out rebounded the visitors 53-28.  RMU was led by Shamar Hill who had 19 points and Champaign native Malik Williams who finished with 10. 
 
Parkland will return to action this Saturday when they host Lincoln Trail College of Robinson starting at 4:00.
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Parkland Closes Regular Season With Sweep of South Suburban

November 1st, 2014

The #1 Parkland Volleyball team conclude their regular season with an impressive 3-0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-16) win over the Bulldogs.  The Cobras finish the season at (49-2) on the year as they will welcome the Rend Lake Warriors to Champaign on Wednesday night to kick off the Region 24 Tournament.  The remainder of Regionals will be played in Belleville,IL.

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