Sophomore Luke Smith Dominant As Cobras Remain Unbeaten in M-WAC

March 22nd, 2018

Game 2:

The Cobras held of a late SRC rally to complete the sweep.  After a scoreless first two innings, PC scored twice in the 3rd as Connor Aube hit a two-run homer. PC would score five times in the 4th to give the Cobras a 7-0 lead. Tyler Paulsen singled to make it 3-0 and Brendan Joyce executed a perfect squeeze bunt to push the lead to four. Trevor Minder drove in the next two runs with a single and the final run came home on a passed ball.

Luke Smith was outstanding on the hill as he worked the first five innings allowing just one hit while striking out 12. Jack Lambert came on in the 6th and was roughed up by Spoon River as they would score five runs, four earned, on six hits.  Up 7-5, PC called on Sean  Ferguson to close the game out and he delivered, shutting down SRC on just a hit and two punch outs. 

Trevor Minder and Tyler Paulsen each had two hits in the game for PC. 


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Cobras Bats on Fire in Game 1 Win Over Spoon River

March 22nd, 2018

Game 1:

The Cobras struck early and often as they rolled to a 12-3 win. PC broke the game open in the 1st scoring six times. Brendan Joyce walked, Trevor Minder singled, and Trystin Raikes followed with a 2 run triple. Damian Pierce and Max Downs  also delivered RBI singles in the inning.  Pierce added a two-run single in the 2nd as PC pushed their lead to 8-0.  Spoon River would score three unearned runs in the 3rd but Tyler Paulsen would get two of them back with a two-run round tripper in the bottom of the inning.  Raikes, Pierce and Christian Sanchez all had two hits in the win to back the solid pitching of Jaret Olson and Alex Skibba. Olson earned the victory working four innings allowing no earned runs on three hits while striking out eight. Skibba picked up the save working the final three innings allowing only a hit and striking out five. 


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Parkland Sweeps DH In Home Opener

March 16th, 2018

Game 2: 

The Loggers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 2nd but with one out  in the bottom of the inning, Nick Wisz tied it with a solo shot down the right field line. It was Wisz’s second home run of the season. PC would break the tie in the third as Damian Pierce delivered a clutch two-run single to put the Cobras up 3-1. Tyler Paulsen’s solo home run in the 4thmade it 4-1 and Paulsen would triple in the fifth and score on a Brendan Joyce single in the 5th. Luke Smith picked up the win as he allowed just one run on three hits in 5 innings of work.  Smith (2-1) battled the cold temperatures and tight zone to walk five and strike out eight on the afternoon. Jack Lambert picked up the save as he tossed two scoreless innings of relief, not allowing a hit while walking one and striking out one.  


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Olson Sharp as Cobras Win M-WAC Opener

March 16th, 2018

Game 1:

Jarret Olson and Garrett Acton combined to allow just one run on one hit while striking out 11.  Olson survived a lack of control early, as he stranded three baserunners in the opening inning. Parkland would give him all the run support he would need in the 2nd, scoring four times.  Trevor Minder and Damian Pierce started the inning with singles and Minder came home on a Max Downs double. Tyler Paulsen followed with a run scoring single and Connor Aube drove home a run as he reached on a fielders choice.  Aube promptly stole 2nd and 3rd and he scored on a Trystin Raikes single. PC added an unearned run in the 3rd, scored on a wild pitch in the 4th, and scored three more times in the 6th as Logger pitchers issued three walks and hit two batters in the inning. Olson worked the first 6 innings allowing one run on no hits, he struck out nine but walked six before giving way to Acton in the 7th.  Acton gave up a base hit but struck out a pair to wrap up the win. Raikes and Pierce each had two hits and Downs two RBI to pace the offense.


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Cobras Fall to ICC in Semi-Final to end Season

March 16th, 2018

In the Women’s semi-final, the Cobras could not overcome cold shooting and total domination by ICC on the glass as the Cougars avenged their loss from last years’ tournament.  The first quarter was well played with ICC holding a 19-16 lead after the first ten minutes. The Cougars used a combination of three pointers and put backs to build a 39-31 lead at the break.  Unfortunately PC would shoot an ice cold 24% in the second half, including 1-12 from behind the three-point arc, handcuffing their efforts to cut into the Cougar lead. ICC meanwhile converted their 21 offensive rebounds into 23 points as they controlled the boards 52-29 on the afternoon.

Jasmine Levy paced ICC with a double-double as she scored 17 points and grabbed 12 boards. Sia Williams added 12 points and Bailey Larsen had 11.  Abby Coates finished with 8 points and 10 rebounds for the victorious Cougars.  Parkland had three players with 11 points as Heather DeLuca, Janiece Thomas, and Micah Tapscott all tied for the team lead while Crystal Mathis finished with 10.

Parkland wraps up their season with a  final record of 23-7 and a #16 national ranking while the #14 ranked Cougars improve to (25-7). They will take on #22 Lake Land (22-10) in the title game at 2:00 Sunday at Lincoln Land CC in Springfield. The Lakers defeated John Wood 61-59 in overtime to advance to the finals. ICC defeated Lake Land less than two weeks ago in their only match up of the season.


#4 Parkland Drops Regular Season Finale

March 3rd, 2018

The #4 Parkland Men’s Basketball team was outscored 19-11 over the final seven minutes Saturday as they dropped a disappointing 71-62 decision to Lincoln Land.  The Cobras loss, couple with John Wood’s 81-76 overtime win at Lincoln, gives the Blazers the M-WAC title and the #1 seed in the Region 24 tournament. The defeat dropped the Cobras into the #3 seed where they will once again take on Lincoln Land this Friday night at 6:00 at Danville Area CC. Parkland must win three games in three days to earn their third consecutive trip to Nationals.

The visiting Loggers gained confidence early as they jumped out to a 16-8 lead. PC would claw back and take their first lead of the game at 20-19 on a Jordache Mavunga three with 8:46 before half.  The two teams would exchange baskets for the remainder of the half as Lincoln Land took a 31-29 lead into intermission. LLCC would again start quickly as Trace Gentry drained three 3’s to push the lead to 44-35 with 15:02 remaining. PC would answer back and go on an 11-0 run to Myles Simmons would score 7 of the 11 points and give the Cobras the lead at 46-44 with 10:45 to go. The Cobras trailed just 56-54 with 5:29 left on the clock but Lincoln Land would score the next 10 points, giving them a double digit lead with just 2:09 to go in the game, and PC would get no closer than the final margin of defeat.

Lincoln Land won the contest by outshooting the Cobras 45% to 36%. The Loggers were especially effective from behind the arc where they hit 10-21 to just 2-15 for the Cobras.  Lincoln Land had 14 assists on the afternoon to just 6 for Parkland. Gentry was the star for the Loggers as he scored 21 points, as he went 7 of 11 from behind the three-point line. D’Arron Owens had a big second half as he finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds.  Jerrid Cosby added 13 points while DJ Doolin had 11 boards.  Three players finished in double figures for Parkland as Marcus Latham had 15 points and 8 rebounds. Myles Simmons added 14 points and Quin Nottingham tossed in 10.

Final M-WAC Standings:

John Wood       8-2

Danville              7-3

Parkland            7-3

Lincoln                5-5

Illinois Central 2-8

Lincoln Land     1-9


Cobra Women Take M-WAC Crown

March 3rd, 2018

The #16 Parkland Women’s Basketball team led from start to finish Saturday as they defeated visiting Lincoln Land 64-52.  The victory earned the Cobras their 8th straight conference title as well as the #1 seed in the Region 24 Tournament. The Cobras (22-6) will take on #8 seed Danville at Noon Friday at Lincoln Land. PC swept the Jaguars in their two meetings this season. 

Both teams struggled with their shooting out of the gate but PC was able to take a 15-8 lead after the opening quarter as Ryan Dooley led the way with 9 points.  PC would extend their lead to 32-21 at the half as Micah Tapscott would score 6 points in the second quarter.  The shooting warmed up in the 3rd period as the Cobras outscored the Loggers 21-20 to take a 53-41 lead into the final 10 minutes. PC would push the lead to as many as 16 points before settling for the 12 point victory. PC shot 38% on the night to 31% for LLCC.  The Cobras made three more 3’s and three more free throws then the Loggers and won despite being outrebounded 40-33. Both teams were careless with the ball as LLCC committed 25 turnovers to 20 for PC.  Ryan Dooley paced the Cobras with 17 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 steals while Micah Tapscott finished with 14 points. LLCC was led by Madison Jones who had a game high 20 points. 

Final M-WAC Standings: 

Parkland 8-2

John Wood 7-3

Lincoln 6-4

Lewis and Clark 6-4

Lincoln Land 3-7

Danville 0-10


2018 Parkland College Softball Preview

March 2nd, 2018

This is the 2018 Parkland College Preview.  Brian Schutte hosts the show and is joined by Head Coach Chuck Clutts, Sophomore Infielder Lauren Spelich, and Fresman Pitcher Tori Witruk.  Click below to hear from the Cobras as they prepare to embark on the 2018 season!


Cobras Avenge Earlier Loss by Knocking Off John Wood

February 24th, 2018

The #4 Parkland Men used a strong team effort Saturday afternoon as they pulled away from #20 John Wood 72-57 in an important M-WAC and Region 24 showdown.  The win, coupled with Danville’s win at Lincoln Land, leaves the Cobras, Jaguars, and John Wood in a three-way tie with two games to play.

Playing in front of a big Hall of Fame Day crowd, PC jumped out quickly as they took an early 15-7 lead and extended it to 23-11 at the 10:45 mark. John Wood would claw back to within four at 29-25 with 1:15 til half but the Cobras would score the final four points to take an eight point lead into intermission.  The Cobra lead would stay between 7 and 12 points for most of the half until the Blazers would close to just five at 53-48 with just 6:24 to go.  From there Isaiah Curry made an old-fashioned three-point play and Jalen Addison knocked down a three to extend the lead to 59-48 and PC would pull away down the stretch.

Parkland shot 46% on the day to just 38% for John Wood. The Cobras were particularly effective at the line as they made 15-17 to just 11-22 for JWCC.  Four players finished in double figures for PC with Marcus Latham leading the way with 17 points.  Isaiah Curry added 15 points and 8 rebounds, DeVonte’ Daniels added 11 points and 6 boards, while Jalen Addison came off the bench to score 10.  

Parkland is now (21-5 6-2) while John Wood drops to (18-10 6-2).  The Cobras will travel to Danville (22-5 6-2) on Wednesday night for a 7:30 showdown with the rival Jaguars.Parkland will close out the regular season with a  home game against Lincoln Land. The Blazers will be at home on Wednesday night against ICC before finishing at Lincoln.


John Wood Takes Down Parkland in OT

February 24th, 2018

The #16 Parkland Women could not hold on to a 4th quarter lead Saturday as they dropped a 56-53 overtime decision to John Wood. Parkland however got some help as Lewis and Clark upended Lincoln, allowing the Cobras to stay on top of both the M-WAC and Region standings with two games to play.

On Saturday, the Cobras lead 46-34 with 1:20 left in the 3rd quarter and still led by nine headed to the final 10 minutes. The Cobras would then go ice cold as they made just 3-18 in the 4th quarter allowing the Blazers back in to the game. PC was ahead 53-50 on a Madelyn Brouwer lay-up with 2:35 to go in regulation, but John Wood would tie the game with a three-pointer with 51.5 seconds remaining.  The Cobras would miss their next shot and John Wood attempted to hold for the last shot but turned the ball over with 5.9 seconds to go. The Cobras could not connect however, sending the game to overtime.

The overtime was a defensive battle with neither team making a field goal. The Cobras turned even colder as they missed all seven of their shots. The Blazers went 0-3 but did go to the foul line six times, making three.  Down 56-53 with 1.2 seconds to go, the Cobra three-pointer was off line and John Wood held on for the upset win.  Ryan Dooley finished with 14 points and also grabbed 5 boards and handed out 5 assists.  Micah Tapsoctt added 12 points and Janiece Thomas came off the bench to also score 12.  

Parkland shot just 34% on the evening, including a 25% rate in the second half. John Wood made just 35% of their shots but won the game at the free throw despite shooting under 50%. The Blazers made 14 of 29 while the Cobras attempted just 5 free throws in the game, making 3.  John Wood also dominated the glass, winning the battle of the boards 44-32.

Parkland drops to (20-6 6-2) on the season while John Wood improves to (13-15 5-3).  Parkland will travel to Danville to take on the Jaguars at 5:30 before hosting Lincoln Land at 1:00 a week from today.  Parkland is currently one game ahead of Lewis and Clark, Lincoln, and John Wood in M-WAC play.   


Parkland Takes Down ICC in Big Region 24 Contest

February 21st, 2018

The Parkland Men celebrated a six spot move up the rankings Wednesday, as they pulled away for an 82-70 win over a scrappy Illinois Central squad. PC was ranked #4 this week after coming in at #10 in the previous NJCAA D-II poll. The victory sets up a Saturday afternoon showdown with league leading John Wood. The Blazers currently have a one game lead over both Parkland and Danville with three games to play. 

The game was a back and forth affair early, as PC would break from a 23-23 tie to take a 30-23 lead with 5:45 remaining. The Cobras would push the lead to as many as twelve at 41-29, but ICC closed out the half scoring the final five points and PC took a 41-34 lead into halftime.  ICC would start the 2nd like they finished the first and eventually cut the PC lead to 48-46 with 14:35 to go before the Cobras would go on an impressive 16-2 run to take control of the game. Quin Nottingham came off the bench and drained three 3’s during the stretch to push the lead to 64-48 with 11:33 remaining.  The Cougars would close the gap to just six at 73-67 with 3:45 left in the game but Jordache Mavunga and Marcus Latham would hit 4 consecutive free throws to seal the win.

Nottingham paced the Cobras with 20 points while Marcus Latham added 18 points, 7 board, and 3 assists. Mavunga also finished in double figures with 16 points. Isaiah Curry grabbed 11 boards while Darin Bellinger (8 points 6 rebounds) and Dirk Jordan (5 points 7 rebounds) both gave the Cobras some key minutes off the bench.  The Cobras shot 45% on the night from the field and made 21-27 from the line. PC also outrebounded the Cougars 42-35. PC had to overcome a career night from ICC’s Ian Milstadt who had 33 points and chased down 9 rebounds. 

Parkland earned their 20th win of the season to improve to (20-4 6-2) and take on John Wood (18-9 8-1) at 3:00 on Saturday in Champaign as part of Hall of Fame Saturday. Induction ceremonies will take place at halftime of the Men’s game.


Cobra Women Win Seventh Straight

February 21st, 2018

The #16 Parkland Women wasted little time Wednesday night showing Lewis and Clark that they were ready to play as they raced out to a 20-6 lead after one quarter and cruised to a 71-46 victory.  The win, the Cobras 7th straight, improved the team to (20-5 and 6-1) while Lewis and Clark dropped to (16-6 4-3).

The Cobras shot a blistering 62% in the opening quarter while the Trailblazers were ice cold making just 2-17 from the field.  Madelyn Brouwer and Crystal Mathis each had 6 points in the first 10 minutes. PC would go cold in the second quarter making just 3 of 14 but still took a 33-20 lead into intermission. The Cobras came out clicking on all cylinders after half, as they quickly pushed the lead to 40-20 and led 54-31 after three periods.  Both teams substituted freely over the final 10 minutes as PC rode out the victory.

Brouwer had a huge game for PC scoring 22 points while also grabbing 9 rebounds.  Mathis added 16 points and 5 boards while Ryan Dooley had 14 points, 7 rebounds, 5 steals, and 4 assists. The Cobras shot 42% for the game compared to just 23% for Lewis and Clark. 

Parkland will return to action on Hall of Fame Day this Saturday as they host John Wood (12-15 4-3) starting at 1:00.


2018 Parkland College Baseball Preview

February 17th, 2018

Welcome to the 2018 Parkland College Baseball Preview!  On the show we are joined by Coach Dave Garcia, Coach Jon Goebel, Luke Smith, Trystin Raikes, and Jarett Olson as we preview the 2018 season.


Parkland Women Hold On To Big Win Over ICC

February 14th, 2018

The #25 Parkland Women’s Basketball  shot 82% from the line and had four players finish with between 14 and 16 points, as the Cobras defeated #10 Illinois Central 74-68 in a Region 24 showdown.  The victory moves the Cobras to (18-5 and 5-2 in the Region) while ICC drops to (19-7 and 3-3). With just two weeks to go in the regular season, the Cobras now stand 2nd in the 8 team field.

Parkland jumped out to an early 20-10 lead on Wednesday as the Cobras were a perfect 10-10 at the line in the quarter. The Cougars however finished the quarter on an 8-0 run to cut the lead to two after the opening 10 minutes. PC still led 32-28 with 4:04 until halftime but ICC went on a 8-2 run to end the quarter and led 36-34 at the break.

The third quarter saw the teams trade buckets before the Cougars took their biggest lead of the game at 51-46 with 2:35 remaining in the 3rd quarter. This time it was the Cobras turn to finish a quarter strong as they cut the margin to one at 53-52 with 10 to play. The Cobras led 58-57 with 7:03 to go and went on an 8-0 run to push the lead to 66-57 with 4:07  remaining. ICC would crawl back to within three at 69-66 with 1:08 to go but  Michah Tapscot and Crystal Mathis each made a pair of free throws  to extend the lead back to 73-66 and the Cobras held on for the victory.

Balance was the key for PC as Tapscott led the way with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Ryan Dooley had 15 points and 6 boards while Madelyn Brouwer made 6 of 9 shots and finished with 15 points as well. Mathis also was in double figures with 14 points and Heather DeLuca just missed joining them as she ended the game with 9 points and 5 assists.  Parkland shot 47% for the game and made 23-28 free throws including a perfect 8-8 by Dooley. ICC was led by Madison Faulkner with 14 points and Bailey Larsen with 12. The Cougars shot just 39% from the field and made just 30% of their shots in the second half.

The road doesn’t get any easier for Parkland as they travel to Lincoln on Saturday to take on the #15 Lynx (22-2). Lincoln pounded the Cobras by 24 points earlier this season.  PC has won five straight since that defeat while the Lynx are coming off only their 2nd defeat of the season last Saturday at John Wood. The two teams are tied for the M-WAC lead at 4-1 with 5 games to play.


#8 DACC Holds On To Win over #6 Parkland

February 7th, 2018

The Parkland Men’s Basketball team had three shots at a win in the final seconds Wednesday, but could not get the shot to go down, as they lost to rival Danville 67-66 in Champaign.  The Cobras trailed 67-63 with less than a minute to go but Quin Nottingham was fouled on a three-point attempt with 39.1 remaining. The Centennial grad sank all three shots to cut the Jaguar lead to one and after a DACC missed shot, PC had the ball with a chance to win but for the second straight game lost by a single tally.

Nottingham led the Cobras with 17 points off the bench while Isaiah Curry had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds and Devonte Daniels also had 11 in the loss.  Jordan Gary led DACC with 16 points while Antoine Devine added 14 and Lavelle Smith added 11.  The Jaguars shot 49% for the game to just 38% for PC. The Cobras controlled the boards 39-28 and were able to stay close due to DACC making just 11 of 22 free throws. 

Danville improves to (19-3 4-0) with the win while the Cobras drop to (16-4 2-2). PC will return to action on Saturday night with a 7:30 game at Rend Lake.