March 24th, 2017
The Parkland Men came out firing on Friday, knocking down nine treys in the opening half, as they built a 51-33 half time lead on the way to a 104-90 win over Pima CC of Arizona. The victory improves the Cobras to (29-3) and they will take on Grand Rapids CC at 2:00 Saturday in the 5th place game.
After a couple of poor shooting performances, PC came out hot as they shot 54% in the opening 20 minutes, building an early double digit lead. The lead would grow to as many as 25 in the second half as PC took advantage of a pair of technical fouls to grow the lead to 66-41 with 15 minutes remaining. The second half would be a foul plagued affair with the two teams combining to shoot 50 free throws. Fortunately, PC would make 26-33 in the second half as the Aztecs could get no closer than 14 the rest of the way.
Four Cobras finished in double figures as Cornelius McIntosh led the way with 17 points and 7 boards, as he went 8-10 at the line. Terrion Howard was 3-3 in the first half from behind the arc and finished with 11 while Courtez Dixon and Jarret Olson each had 10 points. Luke Beesley added 9 points, 7 boards, and 3 assists while the trio of Joe Larry, Rhony Mouliom, and March Latham all had 9 points as well. Pima had six guys in double figures with Alize Travis pacing the attack with 18.
March 23rd, 2017
On a night where the Parkland Men left it all out on the court, it was a run of missed opportunities that doomed the Cobras as they dropped a heartbreaking 71-65 game to Richard Bland CC of Virginia. The loss sends the Cobras into a 1:00 game on Friday against Pima CC of Arizona. The Aztecs lost an 81-75 decision to #1 SW Iowa earlier on Thursday.
After a quick start, that saw the Cobras take a 14-12 lead with 11:33 to go in the opening half, RB went on a 19-7 run to grab a 10 point lead at 31-21 with 5:09 remaining. PC would cut the margin to four only to see the Statesmen convert a three-point play with 0.1 left to push the lead to 39-32 at the break. The margin remained close due to outstanding free throw shooting that saw the Cobras make 17-20 in the half. Richard Bland dominated in every other aspect as they out shot PC 62% to 26% and controlled the boards 19-8.
The Cobras would come out with all of the energy in the second half as they grabbed the lead at 45-44 with 15:41 to go. Parkland would extend the lead to 54-50 with 10:46 but a a string of seven straight scoreless possessions (3 turnovers, 3 missed shots, and a missed 1-1) kept PC from extending their lead.
A Grant Gibson three and Luke Beesley lay-up gave the Cobras their biggest lead of the game at 59-53 at the 6:44 mark and PC still had a four point lead at 63-59 with 4:50 left after Chelby Frazier made a pair of free throws. From there, PC missed three golden opportunities to extend their lead but came up empty. The Statesmen would eventually take advantage, as they made 1 of 2 free throws and got a rebound bucket to cut the lead to 63-62 with 2:35 left.
After another Cobra miss, Bland followed with a Jaquan Mooten bucket to give them their first lead since the 13:50 mark. The Cobras missed a long three and Myles Markland made a shot to extend the lead to 66-63 with 1:05 remaining. Cornelius McIntosh's lay-up with 55.8 got the Cobras back within one but Wooten would score again and PC would turn the ball over forcing the Cobras to foul and send the Statesmen to the line. They were able to make 3-4 free throws in the final 30 seconds, while PC could not connect from the field, as RB secured the victory.
Luke Beesley continued his outstanding post-season play as he finished with 14 points, 6 boards, and 3 assists before fouling out with 1:50 to go. Cornelius McIntosh and Chelby Frazier both finished with 10 points apiece. Richard Bland was led by Deandre Clark with 17 and Gevon Arrington with 16. Bland shot 52% for the game to 38% for the Cobras and dominated the glass 35-21. PC stayed close by forcing 22 turnovers and making 23 of 29 free throws.
March 21st, 2017
The Parkland College Men overcame a dismal shooting night on Tuesday to rally for a 62-54 win over Johnson County CC of Kansas. The victory moves PC on to a 6:00 Thursday night game against the winner of Tuesday nights' last game between Richard Bland VA./Cincy State.
The Cobras over came 33% shooting by forcing 16 turnovers while committing just 5 of their own. PC also made 13-16 free throws in the second half and 19-23 for the game. The game was tied at 26-26 at the half as Luke Beesley carried the Cobras making 6 of 8 shots while the rest of the team made just 4 of 23.
The 2nd half could not have started any worse as PC was assessed a technical at the end of the first half and the Cavs scored the first seven points to take a 33-26 lead. JCJC led 45-38 with 8:37 to go before PC went on a 12-0 run to take a 50-45 lead. Marcus Latham and Cornelius McIntosh hit back to back three's to tie the contest and give the Cobras their first lead since 6-4. The Cobras would push the lead to eight with 1:11 left on a Terrion Howard lay-up. Johnson County would close the gap to four with 28.4 remaining buy McIntosh made four straight free throws to seal the win.
Luke Beesley had another double-double for PC with 16 points and 11 rebounds while McIntosh had 15 and Howard 13. David Turner led the Cavs with 15 points and 12 boards. The Cobras now stand (28-3) after their 22nd straight win and will get Wednesday off before making their 2nd straight appearance in the NJCAA D-II Elite Eight.
March 12th, 2017
The Parkland Women’s Basketball team raced out to a 10-2 lead and never looked back as they buried top-seed Illinois Central College 81-54 to win the Region 24 title. The victory send the Cobras to the NJCAA D-2 WBB National Tournament at North Arkansas CC March 21-25. The win avenges an 18 point regular season loss to the Cougars and sends PC to their third trip to Nationals in the last four years.
Layne Buzan got the Cobras off and running as she scored 11 points in the opening quarter as she made three 3’s and a pair of free throws to give PC a 21-8 lead after the first ten minutes. Parkland did not let up as they continued their hot shooting and extended their lead to 42-17 at the break. Parkland shot 50% in the opening half including 7-14 from behind the arc while ICC was an ice-cold 18% making just 5-28 shots.
The Cobras kept up their defensive intensity as well after the break as they would not let ICC get any closer than 22 points for the rest of the contest. Parkland shot 52% for the game while ICC finished at 32%. Parkland also made 19 of 25 free throws and out rebounded ICC 35-30. PC made 10-19 three’s in the contest while ICC connected on just 2-18.
Karlee Ziliak had one of her best games of the season as she led the way with 18 points on 7-10 shooting. Kerstyn Lowery was steady throughout adding 17 points, 6 assists, and 4 boards while Buzan finished with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Ryan Dooley came off the bench to add 10 points as well. ICC was led by Brianna Henson who who finished with 14 points.
Congratulations to Mike Lindemann, his staff, and players on advancing to Nationals!
March 11th, 2017
The Parkland Women’s Basketball team rallied from down four with 1:14 left to force overtime and then held on for a wild 70-67 double overtime win over rival Lake Land. The victory moves the Cobras (24-6) into the championship game where they will take on Illinois Central (25-6). The Cougars won a hard fought 70-65 game over Lewis and Clark in the afternoon’s first game.
The Lakers jumped out to a quick lead on Saturday as they knocked down six 3’s in the opening quarter to take a 21-14 lead. Both teams struggled to score in the second period but the Cobras did close the gap to just 27-24 at the break. Lake Land extended their lead to as many as eight in the 3rd quarter at 36-28 with 3:34 left but PC finished the quarter on a 10-2 run to cut the margin to 40-38.
Ryan Dooley’s lay-up with 6:40 to go gave the Cobras their first lead of the second half at 43-42 but PC struggled at the line in the quarter allowing the Lakers to hang with them. Tied at 48, Lake Land would get back to back baskets by Cayla Yates to give the Lakers a 52-48 lead. Lowery hit a runner with 1:02 to go and following a LLC turnover, Lowery scored on a drive with 27.2 left and had a chance to put PC ahead but missed the free throw. Both teams had a final possession but could not score sending the game to overtime.
In the first extra period, neither team would lead by more than two but missed chances in the final minute to pull out the win. The second overtime started quickly as Kyra Washington hit a shot and Lowery drained a three to put PC on top 66-63. Layne Buzan’s bucket kept the lead at three but Jay’La Davis lay-in made it 68-67 with 1:55 to go. Lowery was called for a charge with 1:37 left but Lake Land missed a three, Parkland missed a three, and the Lakers turned the ball over before Lowery was fouled with 24.2 left. She again made 1 of 2 free throws to make it 69-67 but Dymond Randle was fouled with 10.5 left on the clock. She missed both free throw attempts and Heather DeLuca was fouled with 9.1. After missing the first, she sank the second to push the lead to three and a Lake Land three fell short at the buzzer as PC secured the win.
Lowery led PC with 21 points as she made 7-16 from the field but struggled at the line making just 4-10. Layne Buzan added 19 points and 8 boards. Payton Bieber and Heather DeLuca both had 8 while Kyra Washington had 8 rebounds. PC shot 45% from the field but made just 13-22 at the line. Lake Land’s Randle paced a balanced attack as she had a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Davis and Yates finished with 12 while Kassidy Bonebrake had 10. After making the six three’s in the opening quarter, the Lakers missed their final 16 shots behind the arc, including the final shot of the ball game.
March 10th, 2017
The Parkland Women outscored Lincoln 43-30 in the second half on the way to a 76-58 win over the Lynx. The victory moves PC (23-6) into the semi-finals where they will take on the winner of the Lincoln Land-Lake Land contest.
After a slow start which saw the Cobras tied at 17 after the opening quarter, PC would grab a five point 33-28 lead at the break. The second half was all Parkland as they pulled away for the 18 point win.
Kyra Washington continued her strong play as she came off the bench to score 17 points knocking down 4-6 from behind the arc. Avery Hamm added 15 points as she made three 3's while Layne Buzan had 13 points, 4-6 from behind the arc, and 8 rebounds. The Cobras shot 48% from the field and made 11-23 from three-point land. Payton Bieber just missed a double-double with 8 points and 10 boards while Kerstyn Lowery had 8 points and dished out 5 assists.
March 1st, 2017
Chelby Frazier’s 5 footer with 1.4 seconds left on the clock, helped the #7 Parkland Basketball team to an exciting 63-61 win over rival Danville to keep their winning streak alive at 18 games. Danville was able to get off a last second three-point shot but Jordan Gray’s attempt fell short as PC held on for the win.
The game was a back and forth affair with neither team leading by more than six points during the contest. The Cobras led for most of the first half but DACC made a late run and took a 28-27 lead into intermission. After PC’s Terrion Howard hit a three to start the second half, DACC would score the next points to take a 34-30 lead. The Jaguars would take their biggest lead at 54-49 with 8:05 left before PC would regain the lead with a 7-0 run. Luke Beesley made his lone basket of the game to cut the lead to three before Cortez Dixon hit a three to tie the contest with 6:30 to go. Devonte Daniels would give PC their first lead since the opening seconds of the second half as he scored with 4:50 to go.
DACC would tie the game with a pair of free throws but Frazier and Jarret Olson would make 3 of 4 at the line to give Parkland a 59-56 lead. DACC would not go away as Vakemeyus Davis hit his only three point attempt of the game to tie the score at 59 with 2:20 left. Both teams would have their chances to score but it was Parkland’s Cornelius McIntosh who gave PC the lead again at 61-59 with 1:15 remaining. After both teams failed to score on their next possession, Danville’s DeShawn Wilson was fouled with 15.1 left and sank both free throws to tie the game again. After a timeout, PC held for the final shot and Frazier calmly drove in for the game winner. It was Frazier’s second game winner of the season as he did the same in an overtime win at Lincoln.
Courtez Dixon and Cornelius McIntosh each scored 13 points to pace PC while Frazier finished with 12. Davis led DACC and all scorers with 22 points and 10 boards. Jordan Gary finished with 15 for the Jaguars. PC won despite being outshot and outrebounded by DACC. The Jaguars shot 48% to just 39% for the Cobras, made 87% of their free throws to 55% for PC, and grabbed 34 boards to 26. The Cobras won the game by making 11 three’s to just two for DACC while turning the ball over just 8 times.
The Cobras (24-3 9-0) will try to wrap up an unblemished conference season when they travel to Lincoln Land for their regular season finale at 3:00 Saturday in Springfield. DACC drops to (14-12 3-6) and will host ICC in their last regular season game.
March 1st, 2017
The #16 Parkland College Women’s Basketball team beat Danville 84-60 on Wednesday night and clinched their 7th straight M-WAC title PC had earned a share of the title with the when but clinched the outright title when 2nd place Lewis and Clark dropped a 64-63 decision at home to John Wood. The Cobras (21-6 8-1) beat the Jaguars for the second time this season and will play at Lincoln Land in their regular season finale on Saturday.
The Cobras were methodical in the victory, outscoring the visitors by six points in every quarter. PC led 18-12 after the first 10 minutes and extended their lead to 37-25 at the half. The margin was 62-44 after three as Parkland cruised to the win. Three players finished in double figures as 11 of the 12 players scored. Kyra Washington led the way with 14 points as she hit 4-6 from three-point range and also grabbed 5 rebounds. Avery Hamm also hit four three’s as she finished with 12 points and Kerstyn Lowery added 11. Three players finished with 8 points as Layne Buzan had 8 points and 9 boards, Charity Godbold had 8 points and 4 assists, while Payton Bieber finished with 8 points and 6 boards. The Cobras shot 49% for the game and were a perfect 8-8 at the line. DACC got a huge game from Brelanair Cox who had 23 points and 11 rebounds. Ra’Shay Trentin came off the bench to score 15 as the pair had 38 of DACC’s 60 points.
February 25th, 2017
Marcus Latham hit an off-balance three with just over a second to go Saturday, to help the Parkland Men’s Basketball team steal a 71-70 victory at John Wood on Saturday in Quincy. The win earns the Cobras their third consecutive M-WAC title and clinches them the #1 seed in the Region 24 Tournament in March. The Cobras have won 17 straight games and have two regular season contests remaining.
John Wood led the game 36-34 at the half as they hit 5-8 shots from behind the arc to grab the lead just before intermission. The contest was a back and forth affair throughout as there were 15 lead changes and 14 ties. Parkland’s Terrion Howard would hit a pair of free throws after a technical on Wood’s Gabe McKenzie to tie the contest but Wood would regain the lead at 68-66 on two Danilo Ranger free throws with 24.8 left. PC would tie the contest again as Latham his two free throws of his own with 18.5 remaining but PC would foul again and McKenzie hit both of his shots to give the Blazers the lead. After a time out, PC pushed the ball down court and Latham knocked down the shot from near the top of the arc to send the Cobras on to victory.
Latham came off the bench to lead a trio of players with 14 points. He was joined by Terrion Howard and Courtez Dixon as the three accounted for 42 of Parklands’s 71 points on the afternoon. Larry Plummer had 18 points to lead John Wood while McKenzie added 14 and Ranger 12. The Cobras were outshot 48.1% to 40.0% and were out rebounded 39-30. They won the game by making 11-12 free throws and committing just 7 turnovers compared to 15 for John Wood.
Parkland improves to (23-3 8-0) with the win and will wrap up the home portion of their season on Wednesday night when they host Danville Area (13-11 3-5). John Wood drops to (16-11 4-4) with the loss.
February 25th, 2017
The #12 Parkland Women overcame a cold shooting day and 20 turnovers as they rallied to upend John Wood 57-54 Saturday afternoon in Quincy. The victory keeps the Cobras in first place in the M-WAC with a record of (20-6 7-1) while John Wood drops to (12-14 5-3). Parkland can wrap up at least a tie for the M-WAC title with a win in their regular season home finale on Wednesday night.
Another slow start saw the Cobras down 20-12 after one quarter as Micahela Gronewold dominated the Cobras scoring 12 points in the quarter. PC would chip away at the lead and found themselves down six, 32-26 at the break. The third quarter was more of the same as PC struggled to scored and were still down 42-37 with 10 minutes to play. Much like in the Cobras home win over the Blazers, the 4th quarter was the difference as PC outscored the host school 20-12 to win by three.
The two teams were tied at 53 before Kyra Washington was fouled and made a pair of free throws with 23.9 left to give PC a two-point lead. The Cobras fouled Gronewold with 11.1 seconds remaining but her first shot rimmed out before making the second to cut the deficit to one. Kerstyn Lowery went to the line with 2.9 to go and made both free throws to push the lead to three, and Gronewold’s desperation three was partially blocked by Washington as the Cobras held on for the win.
Parkland finished the game with four players in double figures, led by Washington who came off the bench to score 12 points and grab 4 rebounds. Layne Buzan added 10 points and 6 boards, Karlee Ziliak had 10 points and 3 assists, while Kerstyn Lowery had 10 points and 3 steals. PC shot just 37.% on the afternoon and just 60% from the line. John Wood was led by Michaela Gronewold who had 25 points on 10-16 shooting from the field. Autumn Voigt was the only other player in double digits with 10. PC won the game by converting 19 points off 24 JWCC turnovers and by outscoring the John Wood bench 22-14. Those numbers off set dominance by the Blazers in the paint where they outrebounded PC 36-31 and outscored them 32-18.
February 18th, 2017
Nolan Harmon brings you the 2017 Parkland College Softball Preview, with interviews by Chuck Clutts, Jaclyn Thompson, Amber Tabeling, Katie Kuska, and Maddy Shoemaker.
February 18th, 2017
The #7 Parkland Men’s Basketball team was pushed to the limit on Saturday as visiting Lincoln put up a valiant effort, but the Cobras prevailed with an 87-79 win. The victory was the Cobras 15th straight as they improve to (21-3 and 6-0). Lincoln dropped to (14-11 2-4) with the loss. The Lynx have now lost
The game could not have gotten off to a faster start as the Cobras came out on fire hitting 11 of their first 12 shots. Lincoln was just as hot, draining eight three pointers in the opening ten minutes, to grab a 26-23 lead. With the game tied at 39, Jarret Olson came off the bench to hit back to back three’s of his own and PC would take a 45-41 lead into intermission.
PC still led 57-55 with 11:47 remaining but two straight buckets by the Lynx game them a 60-57 lead with 11:11 left. Olson would respond with another three to tie the contest only to see the Lynx drill a three of their own. The game would go back and forth and was tied at 67 with 7:52 left before Luke Beesley hit a pair of free throws, Marcus Latham hit a runner down the lane, and Beesley converted a lay-up to give the Cobras a six point lead. Lincoln, who the Cobras rallied to beat in overtime earlier this season, would not go away and used two more three’s to knot the contest at 73 with 3:58 to go. From that point on, Terrion Howard made 3 of 4 free throws and Grant Gibson scored to give the Cobras a 78-73 lead and PC made 7 of 8 from the line down the stretch to capture the win.
Olson had his best game as a Cobra as he came off the bench to score a game high 23 points as he drained 6 of 8 three’s and grabbed five boards. Luke Beesley had his best game of the season as well as the Central graduate scored 15 points on 6 of 8 shooting while chasing down 12 boards and blocking three shots. Terrion Howard finished with 11 points as he made 9-10 from the line in the second half. Corneilus McIntosh and Marcus Latham both added 8 points as the Cobras shot 56.8 from the field for the game. PC shot 59% from the field in the second half and won the battle of the boards 33-30. Lincoln had three players in double figures as Isaiah Nelson finished with 21 points, 18 in the second half, to lead the Lynx. Justin Parker scored 19, but only 5 after the break before fouling out and Trayvon Tyler scored 13, all in the first half.
Parkland will hit the road this week for two tough contests as they travel to ICC on Wednesday night and to John Wood on Saturday afternoon.
February 18th, 2017
Three days after a slow start doomed the #11 Parkland Women’s team in a road loss to ICC, the Cobras used a quick start on Saturday to build an early and cruise to an 83-39 win over Lincoln. The Cobras led 20-6 after the first quarter and 33-14 at half before a 28-3 run in the third quarter put the contest away.
Parkland won despite not shooting well, just 39.7 on the afternoon, but held the Lynx to an ice cold 24.5% while also dominating the glass 46-31 and forcing 28 turnovers. Kerstyn Lowery paced the Cobra attack as she scored 11 in the first half and ended with a game high 24. Lowery also had 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Payton Bieber had a strong game as she scored 12 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to earn the double-double. Kyra Washington came off the bench to add 12 points and chase down five rebounds. Ryan Dooley handed out 5 of the Cobras 20 assists while Layne Buzan and Reaghan Vaugn each had 3. Erynn Young paced Lincoln with 16 points but 9 came in the 4th quarter with the game well out of reach.
Parkland (19-6 6-0) will be on the road this week as they travel to Lewis and Clark on Wednesday night before going across the state again next Saturday with a game at John Wood in Quincy. Lincoln is now (11-15 2-4) on the season.
February 14th, 2017
The #7 Parkland Men were firing on all cylinders Tuesday night as they shot past the Illinois Wesleyan JV 108-58 to win their 20th game of the season and their 14th straight. The Cobras shot a sizzling 59.4% from the field including 12-18 from three-point land. PC also made 14-15 from the free throw line and committed just three turnovers while handing out 17 assists.
Nobody was hotter that Centennial graduate Terrion Howard who scored 26 points on the night as he made 10 of 11 shots. Howard was especially effective in the first half as he scored 19 points nailing all seven of his shots. Joining him in double figures was Grant Gibson who had 15 points while Rholy Mouliom and Joe Larry came off the bench to add 14 and 13 points respectively. Courtez Dixon and Luke Beesley just missed scoring in double digits with 9 points apiece and Jarret Olson finished with 8. Mark Flaotico led Wesleyan with 13 points.
The game was never in doubt as PC hit their first six shots and raced out to a 17-8 lead and took a 51-33 lead into intermission. The Cobras led 80-50 with 8:55 remaining before going on a 20-2 run to hit the century mark with 4:51 remaining.
Parkland (20-3 5-0) will return to action this Saturday when they host Lincoln College (13-10 2-3) starting at 3:00. The Cobras rallied to beat the Lynx 62-60 in overtime earlier this season.
February 11th, 2017
The #9 Parkland Men’s Basketball team used a 22-2 run to start the second half Saturday to help the Cobras run by visiting Lincoln Land 75-55 on Hall of Fame Day at Parkland. The Cobras led just 31-27 at half, but the run pushed the lead to 53-29 with 11:45 remaining and the Loggers would get no closer than 18 the rest of the way.
The game certainly didn’t start out like a Parkland runaway as the Cobras were ice cold making just 2 of their first 14 shots to fall behind 14-5. The Cobras still trailed 21-12 with 6:28 to go before half, but finished on a 19-6 run to grab the lead at intermission. Terrion Howard sparked the Cobras second half run as he scored nine straight points to push a seven point Cobra lead to sixteen at 45-29. Howard knocked down a pair of three’s, drove in for a short basket, and made 1 of 2 free throws to put PC in control.
As is often the case with the Cobras, balance was the key as 12 of the 13 players who played in the contest scored. Cornelius McIntosh was a perfect 5-5 from the field and 4-4 from the line to lead the way with 16 points. Howard was the only other Cobra in double figures with 12. Luke Beesley had another solid performance with 8 points, 8 boards, and 3 blocked shots. Devonte Daniels came off the bench to score 8 points and chase down 5 rebounds and Marcus Latham added 7 points. The Cobras shot 49% for the contest, including 58% from inside the arc. Parkland also cleaned up on the glass winning the battle of the boards 33-20 allowing the Loggers just two offensive rebounds. Lincoln Land was led by D’Aaron Owens who had 16 points and Jerrid Cosby who added 10.
The victory, the Cobras 13th straight, improves their record to (19-3 5-0) and gives the Cobras a two game lead in the M-WAC at the midway point. Parkland will try and earn their 20th victory of the season on Valentine’s Day night as they host the Illinois Wesleyan JV starting at 6:00. The Loggers drop to (14-8 1-4) on the season.