Cobra Men Hold Off Illinois Wesleyan Late for Win

November 23rd, 2015

The Parkland Men’s Basketball team built a 15 point half time lead and held off the Wesleyan JV in the second half for a 75-65 win.  The victory pulls the Cobras back to the .500 mark on the season at (4-4).  PC jumped out to an early 22-10 lead after the opening 10 minutes behind a quick start by Austin Howard who had 9 first half points and Luke Beesley who added 8. The Cobras would push that lead out to 15 points at intermission by making 12-14 at the line and turning the ball over just three times.


Parkland held their largest lead of the game at 16 early in the second half before the Titans would rally late.  Trailing 64-51 with just over 6 minutes left, Wesleyan would finally get a run going and after back to back 3’s, cut the Cobra lead to just six at 69-63 with only 1:56 to go in the contest.  PC would score the next six points however, as Austin Howard hit a jumper, Grant Gibson made a lay-up, and Courtez Dixton made a pair of free throws to push the lead back to 12 with 1:07 remaining.


Dixon came off the bench to lead the Cobras with 14 points and 7 boards.  Howard had 12 points while Quadre Lollis also chipped in a dozen.  Jessy Cantinol had 10 rebounds while Beesley finished with 9 as PC had a 41-31 edge on the boards. Jason Gregoire led all scorers with 16, while Mark Falotico and Derrick Streety each had 13.   Neither team shot particularly well as PC made just 40% of their shots to 38% for Wesleyan. Parkland did make 17-23 at the line to help seal the win.  PC is off until December 2nd when they travel to Chicago to take on Kennedy-King.


Cobras Hand Rend Lake Their First Loss of Season

November 12th, 2015

The Parkland College Men used a 24-3 run midway through the second half as they pulled away from Rend Lake 88-78 in a key Region 24 showdown. The win improves PC to (2-3 over-all and 1-0 in the Region) while Rend Lake loses for the first time this season and is now (3-1 and 3-1). 

The first half was a back and forth affair with neither team able to take control of the contest. Austin Howard scored 14 points in the opening twenty minutes to help lead PC to a 44-41 halftime lead. Rend Lake would use a 9-2 run to start the second half to grab a 50-46 lead with 17:29 remaining before the Cobras went on their run to build a 70-53 margin with just under 8 minutes remaining. Rend Lake would take advantage of Cobra turnovers and missed free throws to cut the lead to nine at 74-65 with 4:45 left, but could get no closer. Despite making just 18-34 from the line in the second half, PC held a 32-19 advantage at the charity stripe to hold on for the win. The key for the Cobras was on the glass, as Parkland dominated the Warriors 51-27 including 31-10 margin after intermission. 

Jessy Cantinol led Parkland win 19 points and 9 rebounds while Austin Howard finished with 16 points and 3 assists. Luke Beesley controlled the boards with a career high 13 to go along with 6 points and 4 assists. Eleven of the twelve PC players who got into the game found their way into the scoring column. 

Parkland will be on the road again this Saturday when they travel to Robinson to take on Lincoln Trail.


Cobra Volleyball Back to National Tournament

November 7th, 2015

The #1 Cobras faced the 22-15 Lewis & Clark Trail Blazers today for a bid to Nationals, and the Cobras won in convincing fashion 25-15, 25-17, and 25-19 to earn their 8th consecutive trip to the NJCAA D-2 National Tournament.  The offense was well-distributed with Laura Gross (9 kills), Lizzy Barnard and Miaya Peacock (7 kills each), and Hayley Gray and Sofi Kelemete (6 kills each) leading the way. Jaime Johnson collected 25 assists and Kell Lean had 10. Kailey Kleinert led the block with 8 while Peacock led the back row with 19 digs, and Madison Harpest and Barnard had 11 apiece.


The Cobras improve to 53-0 overall but more importantly punch their Nationals ticket to Phoenix, Arizona November 18-21. Parkland will find out their seed and future opponent later this week.


Cobras Advance to Regional Final With Win Over Rend Lake

November 4th, 2015

The Parkland Cobras kicked off Regionals tonight with a 3-1 win over Rend Lake 25-9, 25-16, 17-25, 25-17. Miaya Peacock, Lizzy Barnard and Rowan Crozier led the attack with 8 kills apiece. Madison Harpest collected 23 digs while Barnard (15 digs) and Peacock (12 digs) joined Harpest to make a strong defensive effort. Jaime Johnson and Courtney Moritz each had 20 assists while Kailey Kleinert had 6 blocks in the match.<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

PC improves to 52-0 ahead of the final regional match on Saturday vs Lewis & Clark at 2:00pm at Lincoln Land CC in Springfield, IL. With a win in that match, Parkland will advance to Nationals for the eighth consecutive year. The NJCAA National Tournament will be held in Phoenix, AZ, November 19-21.


Cobra Women Win First Game of Year in Home Opener

November 3rd, 2015

Josie Zerrusen scored 13 of her game high 21 points in the 4th quarter Tuesday, to lead the Parkland Women’s Basketball team to a 67-60 win over visiting Rend Lake. The victory was the Cobras first of the young season after losing a pair of games last weekend.   Zerrusen went 3-5 from the field and made 6-7 from the line in the final period as PC broke away from a 54-54 tie to earn the win. Down 54-51, Zerrusen converted an old fashioned three-point play with 5:12 to go, then drilled a three from behind the arc to give PC a 57-54 lead. After a pair of missed shots by the Warriors, Zerrusen was fouled and sank a pair of free throws to extend the lead to five and Rend Lake would get no closer than four for the remainder of the game.  PC made 11-14 free throws in the final quarter to just 3-6 for Rend Lake to help seal the win.<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />


The Cobras jumped out to an 18-15 first quarter lead knocking down 5-12 shots and sinking 7-8 from the line. The second quarter was a different story as PC was held to just 10 points making just 3-15 shots and going 3-8 from the charity stripe. Luckily for the Cobras, Rend Lake was just as cold, shooting just 22% in the first half as PC took a one-point lead into intermission. The third quarter was evenly played with PC holding on to a 3-5 point lead for much of the period, taking a 48-45 into the final ten minutes. Rend Lake would grab their first lead of the half at 49-48 and would push the lead to three with just over five minutes to play before the Cobras rallied for the win.


Zerrusen led all scorers with 21 points while also grabbing 8 rebounds and handing out 3 assists. She was the lone PC player in double figures but Lauren Moses and Ashley Mitton both finished in double digits in rebounds with 11 apiece. The Cobras outrebound Rend Lake 54-47 on the night and came away with the win despite shooting just 29.5% and committing 27 turnovers.   Rend Lake (0-1), which shot just 27.8% from the field and 54.1% from the line, had four players in double figures as Cali Carney came off the bench to score 12.  Jada Jackson had 10 points and 4 assists, Jada Belew 10 points and 4 steals, and Jasmine Washington had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.


Parkland (1-2) will hit the road again this Saturday when they will play at Waubonsee CC in Sugar Grove starting at 1:00.  The game will start a six-game road trip for the Cobras who will not return home again until December 5.



#1 Parkland Finishes Regular Season Unbeaten

November 3rd, 2015

PC hit the half-century mark in wins for the third season in a row with the victory. After hitting #50, the Cobras hoped to maintain focus to achieve #51 and finish the regular season with a perfect mark. And PC did just that in the final match of the tournament, sweeping Illinois Valley CC 25-8, 25-11, 25-17. 


Ayla Dew and Taylor Bauer finished with 7 kills each while Gabby Pearl, Rowan Crozier, Barnard and Peacock all notched 4 apiece. Bauer scored on 3 service aces, and Virtuous Thomas led the defensive play with 11 digs. Pearl, Kelemete and  Jacey Lewis each had 4 blocks in the match. 


Parkland finishes their regular season at 51-0; PC plays the District semifinals on Wednesday night vs the winner of Rend Lake and Lincoln Trail. That match will be at Parkland at 6pm. With a win, the Cobras will play for the title on Saturday at 2pm at Lincoln Land (Springfield). That match will decide the team that advances to Nationals in Phoenix, AZ in mid-November.


Dangerous Sauk Valley Squad No Match for Cobras

November 3rd, 2015

The Cobras kicked off day #2 of the Halloween tournament against another Top 20 foe in #14 ranked Sauk Valley. Sauk is an athletic team, but PC overwhelmed the 29-5 team right from the beginning with Laura Gross slamming some of the most ferocious kills of the season. Gross finished with 14 kills and just 1 error on 21 attempts for an outstanding .619 hitting percentage in the 25-12, 25-19, 25-14 sweep. 


Lizzy Barnard had 10 kills, and Sofi Kelemete had 6 kills, 7 blocks and 3 service aces. Kailey Kleinert notched 5 blocks as well. Miaya Peacock led defensively with 17 digs, and libero Madison Harpest had an outstanding match with 16 digs and 2 service aces. Setters Jaime Johnson and Kelly Lean excelled in the match with Johnson dishing 26 assists and serving 3 aces while Lean had 12 assists as well.


Parkland Takes Down Kishwaukee in Opener of Tournament

November 3rd, 2015

The #1 Cobras kicked off the Halloween Tournament with a three-set sweep over Kishwaukee 25-17, 25-14, 25-16. Lizzy Barnard, Miaya Peacock and Sofi Kelemete had 7 kills each. Peacock notched 12 digs and Kelemete 5 blocks. Kell Lean and Jaime Johnson had a dozen assists each leading the Cobras to a .432 hitting percentage in the match.