A Look Back, A Look Forward

June 30th, 2010

Cobrasports.net producer Brian Schutte had the chance to spend some time with Parkland Head Baseball Coach Matt Kennedy between recruiting trips. Coach reflects on the season that was, as well as a look at the team he will be putting on the field next year.


Baseball Players Sign Pro Contracts

June 14th, 2010

CobraSportsNet congratulates former Cobra Kevin Kiermaier who signed over the weekend with the Tampa Bay Rays. Kiermaier, who had committed to play at Purdue next season, will be assigned to the Princeton Rays of the Appalachian League.  After a quick trip to Florida, it will be off to West Virginia where the Rays begin play on June 22nd in the 10 team league.  He joins left handed pitcher Tyler Cox who is currently playing for the Bradenton Marauders a minor league affiliate of the Pirates.  Former Cobra Nate Roberts is expected to sign with the Twins sometime this summer, while Danny Winkler will likely not sign and play instead at the University of Central Florida.

NJCAA Photos - Link Here

June 10th, 2010

We've posted some nice snaps from the NJCAA College World Series held last week in Enid, Oklahoma.  Play-by-play producer Brian Schutte was able to take some photos in the rare few seconds he wasn't otherwise occupied.   The photos are on our Facebook page, and here's the link:


Cobra Baseball Players Drafted by MLB

June 9th, 2010

Parkland hurler Danny Winkler, a University of Central Florida recruit, was selected today in the 43rd Round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Chicago Cubs. Winkler was 9-4 for the Cobras this year with a 3.11 earned run average. He struck out 81 hitters in 81 innings of work and was a First Team All-Region and All-MWAC selection. He joins Nate Roberts (5th Minnesota) and Kevin Kiermaier (31st Tampa Bay) as current or former Cobras selected in the 2010 MLB Draft.

Softball All-Americans and Team Awards

June 7th, 2010

Freshmen Sarah Gray and Sam Inman have earned All-American recognition from the National Junior College Athletic Association. Gray, the Cobras shortstop, was named a 1st Team All-American after leading the Cobras (47-18) to a 9th Place finish in this year's D-II National Tournament. The Decatur Eisenhower graduate has earlier been named the Region 24 Player of the Year, M-WAC Freshman of the Year, the Cobras Most Valuable Player, as well as being a First Team All-Conference and All-Tournament team selection. Gray led PC with a .477 batting average while also leading in hits, runs, triples, and stolen bases. Her 50 stolen bases is a school record and placed her in the top 5 in the NJCAA this season.

Inman, a Okaw Valley HS graduate, was outstanding patrolling center field for the Cobras while putting some impressive numbers at the plate.  Inman hit .386 this season while hitting 13 home runs and driving in 64.  She was a perfect 23-23 in stolen bases.  Inman was also a First Team All-Region and 2nd Team All-MWAC selection for the Cobras who won their first Region 24 tournament since 2007.

National Award Winners:

All-American:  Sarah Gray (1st) and Sam Inman (2nd)


Sarah Gray- Player of the Year

Samantha Inman

Megan Jones

Chuck Clutts-Coach of the Year


First Team: Jenna Harshbarger (P), Sarah Gray (INF.), Megan Jones (DH), Chuck Clutts (Coach)

Second Team: Megan Jones (P), Sam Inman (OF)

Honorable Mention: Jenna Lehr (INF.)

Sarah Gray-Freshman of the Year

Parkland Awards:

MVP: Sarah Gray Offensive Player of the Year:  Sarah Gray Golden Spike:  Sarah Gray Defensive Player of the Year: Rachel Perez Cobra Spirit Award:  Jordan Chapell Pitchers of the Year:  Jenna Harshbarger, Kesli Hoey, and Megan Jones

Baseball Honors Announced

June 7th, 2010

Sophomores TJ McManus and Kevin Kiermaier have been named NJCAA D-II Baseball All-Americans.  The pair led the Cobras to a 5th place finish at the recently complete World Series at David Allen Ballpark in Enid, Oklahoma. Parkland reached the 50 win plateau for the 5th time in the past 9 season finishing 50-13 this year.

McManus was a First Team All-American selection hitting .415 with 15 home runs and a school record 88 runs batted in. The Ohio State University transfer also broke the school record for doubles with 27 and is second all-time in home runs (15) and fifth in hits (90). In addition to his outstanding hitting, McManus was a standout on defense earning the NJCAA Rawlings Gold Glove award honoring the top fielding first baseman in all of NJCAA D-2 Baseball. He is only the second Cobra to earn a Gold Glove following  fellow first baseman Mike Hamby who was the NJCAA Defensive Player of the Year in 2000.

Kiermaier, the Cobras Most Valuable Player, is undoubtedly the best hitter in Cobra history. The center fielder, who will attend Purdue Univerity next fall, was a 3rd Team All-American selection for the second straight year while breaking numerous Parkland records this season. He hit .430 this year with 17 home runs and 71 runs batted in. He also led the team in runs scored, stolen bases, and triples.  The Ft. Wayne, In. native broke the season school record for home runs (17), runs (90) and walks (51). He already holds the school record for triples (13) from last season.

For his career, Kiermaier has the all-time best career batting average (.429), and is also the career leader in home runs, runs scored, triples, and walks. He is second in runs batted in and total hits, and third in stolen bases.  Kevin was the 2009 World Series MVP and was an All-Tournament selection again this year after breaking the NJCAA record for runs batted in for a World Series with 12.  He is a two-time All-Region and All-MWAC honoree.  He has been selected as an NJCAA All-Star and will compete for Team USA in the upcoming Honkbal Tourney in the Netherlands from July 9-18.

The Honkbal Tournament is one of the most prestigious international amateur baseball tournaments in the world. The event runs every other year and the 2010 tournament marks the 25th anniversary of the event. USA Baseball’s collegiate team won the 2008 tournament by defeating Cuba in the title game. Over 70,000 fans attended the 20 games back in 2008. The USA, Cuba, Netherlands, Japan, China, and Venezuela are all expected to compete in the event.

Parkland Award Winners:

All-American:  TJ McManus (1st) Kevin Kiermaier (3rd)

Gold Glove:  TJ McManus

All-Region:  Kevin Kiermaier, TJ McManus, Danny Winkler


First Team:  Danny Winkler, TJ McManus, Kevin Kiermaier Second Team:  Darin Worman and Brandon Stevens

All-World Series Team:

Kevin Kiermaier

This Summer on CobraSports.Net

June 3rd, 2010

With the close of team play for the spring term, we'd like to invite you to the CobraSportsNet version of "summer school." For the next several weeks, we'll be bringing you personality profiles, player and coach interviews, commentaries, and other features we hope you'll enjoy. Again, thank you to all of our producers, assistants, coaches, players, administrators, and ESPECIALLY to you our audience. Our first semester has exceeded expectations in all respects.

Sign Up For Basketball Camp!

June 2nd, 2010

It's not too late!!

The Parkland Basketball Academy hosted by the Champaign Park District will begin Monday, June 7th and run through Friday, June 11th and there is still time to register.

Below, you will find a camp description and the different sessions available.  Registration can be done through the Champaign Park District or forms will be available at the door.

The camp sessions and information are as follows:

Session 1:  9am-12pm Ages: 6-10 or 1st-5th grade

Session 2:  1pm-4pm Ages:  11-14 or 6th-8th grade

Cost: Resident - $125 (all champaign residents or parkland district residents) Non-Resident - $187.50 (based on Park District Residency)

Camp Highlights:

All times approximate and will include water breaks

9-9:30am:  Warm up - Stretch - Mass Drill (ballhandling, dribbling, passing, defense, agility footwork) 1-1:30pm

9:30-10am:  Stations in groups (shooting, layups, free throws, footwork, defensive slide) 1:30-2pm

10-10:30: All Camper Game (dribble tag, knock out, basketball simon says, money basket) 2-2:30pm

10:30-11am: Chat Session (recruiting, video, facility tour) 2:30-3pm

11-11:30am: Skill Building (getting open, screening and using screens, reading defenses) 3-3:30pm

11:30-12pm:  Individual and Team Competition 3:30-4pm

T-shirts provided to each camper.  Concessions available daily.  Prizes and Certificates for competitions.

Please contact Coach Nate Mast if you have any questions.  It all starts next week, so hurry!!

Nate Mast Head Men's Basketball Coach 217.373.3757 - office 217.373.3897 - fax

Baseball: Cobras Defeated; Tourney Run Ends

June 1st, 2010

Parkland fought back, but in the end fell to UCONN at Avery Point 10-9 today, and finished their season.  The Cobras showed a lot of heart as they continually battled back, but ultimately came up short to complete a very successful season.  Cobrasports.net would like to thank all who followed us this year and look forward to bringing you more exciting action from the Cobras next season.  Well done Cobras.