Cobra Volleyball Individual Honors Announced

October 27th, 2010

Despite being shutout on the major awards, the #6 Parkland College Volleyball team had 7 players earn All M-WAC recognition including three players who earned First team All-Conference honors.

The Cobras, who won their 14th straight M-WAC title, were represented by Alexis Braghini, Molly Goodrich, and Susie Jean on the first team. Braghini was the runner-up to Beka Pruemer of Lincoln Land who was selected Player of the Year.

Jenna Einck earned Second Team recognition while Melissa McCain, Emily Rose, and Brittany Monken all were named Honorable Mention.

The Cobras have two more regular season games before heading to the post season where they will face Lincoln College on November 3rd at 6:00 at Parkland.

Player of the Year:  Beka Pruemer - Lincoln LandCC

Co-Freshman of the Year:  Brooklyn Hlafka - Lewis and Clark CC

and Alexis Nelson - Lincoln College

Coach of the Year:  Jim Dietz - Lincoln Land CC

First Team:

Beka Pruemer - Lincoln Land CC

Alexis Braghini - Parkland College

Brooklyn Hlafka - Lewis and Clark CC

Alexis Nelson - Lincoln College

Molly Goodrich - Parkland College

Terra Ramsey - Danville Area CC

Susie Jean - Parkland College

Second Team: Jenna Einck

Honorable Mention: Melissa McClain, Emily Rose, Brittany Monken

Volleyball Team Splits In Tough Test

October 26th, 2010

The #6 Parkland College Volleyball team went 2-2 over the weekend at the Illinois Central College against some of the top teams in the NJCAA.

Friday, Parkland lost a five set thriller to #8 Illinois Central by the scores of 24-26, 25-18, 14-25, 25-17, and 13-15. The loss may have cost the Cobras the top seed in the upcoming Region 24 Tournament as ICC grabbed the top spot and PC is seeded #2. The Cobras rallied from a slow start in their second match of the evening as they beat Lake Land 15-25, 27-25, 25-22, and 25-19.

On Saturday, Parkland lost to #10 East Central 23-25, 25-27, and 19-25 and defeated #7 Kishwaukee 16-25, 27-25, 25-18, and 25-23.   PC moves to 35-9 on the year and will play two final matches on Saturday October 30th at the Halloween Tri-Match at McHenry. PC will play the host school as well as Kishwaukee once again.

Parkland will return home on Wednesday November 3rd when they will face Lincoln College in the opening round of the Region 24 Tournament. PC beat Lincoln earlier this year 3-1. The winner of that match will move on to the Region 24 Final Four at Lincoln on November 6-7.  Follow all the action with CobraSportsNet Play-by-play.

Time Out With: Kristyne Smyth

October 25th, 2010

Kristyne Smyth is a 5'5" freshman guard for the 2010-2011 Parkland Cobras basketball team.  She paused for a moment to chat with Dean Georgoulis of CobraSportsNet in another of our popular "Time Out" features.


Men’s Soccer in Stunner!

October 25th, 2010

Former News-Gazette Player of the Year Richard Kayede scored just two minutes into the second overtime period to lead the sixth-seed Parkland Men's Soccer team to a 2-1 2 OT upset of third-seeded Southwestern Illinois.  Kayede's golden goal came from 40 yards out came on a pass from Victor Martinez.  On the shot, the SWIC goakeeper had difficulty while attempting to catch the ball, catching but then fumbling the ball as it dropped over the goal line for the winning score.

Playing in gusty winds all match, PC took a 1-0 lead with just 8 minutes left in regulation on an unassisted goal by Kwesi Williams.  SWIC would not be denied however and scored less than a minute later on a goal from Zach Oppland. Neither team could find the back of the net in the first overtime setting up game winner. Freshman Jason Saucedo played a strong 102 minutes allowing just the one goal. The win moves PC (9-8) into the Region 24 Semi-finals where they will now take on #1 seed Lincoln College (13-1-4) at 2:00 on Wednesday in Lincoln. The winner will advance to the title game at Noon on Saturday.  Parkland lost to Lincoln 2-1 in Champaign earlier this season.

Women’s Soccer Season Ends

October 25th, 2010

The Parkland Women's Soccer team saw their season come to a disappointing end as they lost 4-3 to Heartland on penalty kicks at the Region 24 Quarterfinals in Bloomington.  The match was tight throughout as the teams traded goals in the first two halves. HCC jumped out on top 1-0 but Kara Breedlove tied the game on an assist from Kelsie Donley.  The Hawks regained the lead halfway thru the second period but Camille Repass scored on a penalty kick to send the match to overtime. Neither team could score in either of the 10 minute overtime periods sending the match to penalty kicks where the Hawks outscored the Cobras 4-3 to advance to the semi-finals. HCC (7-5-2) will play #1 seed Lewis and Clark (16-1) on Thursday while the Cobras see their season end at (11-6-1).

Despite the heartbreaking match in the Region 24 tournament, the future looks bright for the Parkland Women's Soccer team. Four players, including three freshman, have earned All-Region recognition.

Freshman Sadie Somers (Normal U-High) and Kim Vega (Champaign Central) were named First Team All-Region while fellow freshman Kelsie Donley (Mahomet-Seymour earned Honorable Mention recognition.  Sophomore Alexis Sokol (Bloomington Central Catholic) also was named Honorable Mention Recognition.

Cobra Volleyball Upends Prarie State

October 20th, 2010

Parkland played a very efficient three games to take a match from the Pioneers of Prarie State College.  The #6 rannked Cobras improve their record to 33-7 on the season as they prepare for the home stretch of their schedule.  Brian Schutte brings you the call here on


Parkland Spikers Rock!

October 19th, 2010

The #6 Parkland College Volleyball team went a perfect 4-0 over the weekend sweeping all three opponents 3-0.  PC opened play with a win over D-III #3 Rock Valley, beating the Rocks 25-20, 25-21, 25-19. A balanced attack with Alexis Braghini (17), Brittany Monken (13), and Jenna Einck (12) racking up the kills while Molly Goodrich had 32 assists. In the second match, the Cobras raced past Blackhawk College 25-17, 25-11, and 25-22, using stellar serving and an aggressive offense as the trio of Monken, Einck, and Braghini once again led the attack.

Saturday, the Cobras edged out #10 Moraine Valley 25-20, 25-22, 25-19 behind Monken's 17 kills and 12 digs. Molly Goodrich added 31 assists and Susie Jean had 19 digs.  In the second match, PC overpowered Carl Sandburg 25-13, 25-14, and 25-20.  Monken led the way with 15 kills and Braghini added 14.  Jean and Devin Houser powered the defense with 12 digs each.  The team continued their recent strong serving with 12 team aces with Braghini, Einck, and Emily Rose each serving three.

The win moves PC to (32-7) ahead of their final regular season home match of the year. The Cobras host Prairie State College  (14-15) at 6:00 on Wednesday and the sophomores will be honored before the match.

CobraSports Roundtable

October 18th, 2010

Views on the sports frontiers by faculty and staff of COM 150, Sports Broadcasting.  Views expressed are solely those of the individual speaker.  Disagree or agree with us?  Drop by our Facebook page and let us know.  That link is found on the right side margin.


Time Out With: Mark Sikora

October 15th, 2010

Hector Morales caught up with Parkland soccer coach Mark Sikora on a breezy afternoon at the soccer field.  Enjoy!


Award To CobraSportsNet !

October 14th, 2010

The annual Medallion awards for the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations for 2-year colleges recently recognized this website with a significant award. CobraSportsNet received the Silver Award in the category "Innovation in Technology."

The CobraSportsNet website went public in early January, 2010. In that short time, we have produced over 130 sports events, which is more than the total produced perviously in the entire life of Parkland College. The purpose of this project was and is to give Parkland College students a method for instruction in sports (and special events) production that will facilitate their employment in media arts, and either traditional mass media or“new” media. As one of the top two-year colleges in Mass Communication, Parkland is dedicated to quality instruction in digital media, and we continually seek to give our graduates an advantage in the job market place.

This fall, COM 150 “Sports Broadcasting” was offered for the first time. It is a brand new, three credit course that is a key element of the CobraSports project. This is a lab-focused course that can be part of a two-year degree major, or can be taken as an elective course along with anyother major. The main “lab” referred to is the on-site sports event location where we will produce our play-by-play audio productions.

Parkland Spikers Overcome DACC Upset Bid

October 13th, 2010

Parkland got caught cold in game one against perennial rival DACC.  Then they got back in the saddle and rode away to a 3-1 games victory over the flustered Jaguars.  Brittany Monken and Nechelle Veal were but two of many standouts for coach Cliff Hastings.  Steve Brown and Brian Schutte have the call.


Fall Softball Ends With A Sweep!

October 12th, 2010

The Parkland Cobras swept two final home games from St. Ambrose Sunday by the scores of 3-0 and 11-2.

First Game: Cobras 3,   St. Ambrose University  0

Behind the strong pitching of Kelsi Hoey (4-3) that gave up only 5 hits, walked one and fanned five, the Cobras had timely hitting to score all the runs they needed.  The offense was lead by Sam Inman's 3 for 3 with 3 runs scored and 4 stolen bases.  Brittany Einck contributed 2 hits, including a double and 2 RBI and Erika Fitzgerald drove in the other Cobra run.

Second Game: Cobras 11,  St. Ambrose University 2

The bats came alive for PC, collecting 11 runs on 14 hits in game two.  That was all Jenna Harshbarger (4-1) needed in shutting down SAU on 7 hits and 2 runs, with one walk and four strike outs.  Sarah Frerichs lead the way with 2 doubles and 2 RBI.  Also collecting two hits each were Sarah Gray, Shelby Lust and Sierra Redmon.  The Cobras had seven doubles in the game.

Parkland ended the fall season with a 12-7 record.  Hitting .322, .960 fielding % and stealing 46 out of 52 bases for the fall season.

The Cobras begin the defense of their region 24 Championship in the spring, beginning with the NFCA Lead OFF Classic March 4-6 in Panama Beach Florida and then heading over to Pensacola Beach March 7-11 for eight more games.

Parkland Men Boot The Blues, 4-1

October 11th, 2010

The Parkland men's soccer team played strong and got two late goals to pull away from South Suburban by a final count of 4-1.  Hector Morales has the call.


Time Out With: Kara Breedlove

October 11th, 2010

Ryan Ifft interviews Cobra soccer ace Kara Breedlove about her game and her future in her sport.


Golfers End Solid Season

October 11th, 2010

The Parkland College Golf team wrapped up their fall season with a second place finish at the Danville Invitational held Saturday and Sunday at Turtle Run Golf Course.  The Parkland "Green" Team carded a 36 hole total of 589 to finish 10 strokes behind champion Rend Lake.  Joe Scholl (70-68 138) birdied the final five holes to earn medalist honors pulling away from Parkland's Bryan Ideus (70-73 143) who finished 2nd.  Chris Spitzmiller (75-72 147), Ross Leary (76-71 147), and Lewis Martin (80-72 152) rounded out the scoring. The Cobras also entered a "Gold" team in the event with Matt Schopp (77-75 152) scoring the lowest total.  PC will be off from competition until they resume play in the Spring

Final Team Scores:

Rend Lake              292-287-579

Parkland Green       301-288-589

Vincennes              303-293-596

Benedictine            299-300-599

ICC                       305-309-614

Kaskaskia               317-301-618

Parkland Gold         309-310-619

DACC                    315-318-633

Lincoln                   324-321-645

Spoon River            342-351-693

Top Four Individuals:

J Scholl (RL)                     70-68-138

B Ideus (Parkland Green)   70-73-143

T Whitehaus (Vincennes)   73-71-144

Matt Waldon (RL)              73-71-144