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. 


SRC     000 005 0       5  8  0

PC       002 500 X       7  7   1

W-Smith  S-Ferguson

HR-Aube (PC)


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. 


SRC     003 000 0    3 4 0

PC       622 002 X   12 12 4

W-Olson S-Skibba

HR-Paulsen (PC)


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.  


LLCC       010 000 0     1   3   1

PC           012 101 X     5   7   3

W-Smith (2-1) S-Lambert (1)

HR-Wisz (PC) Paulsen (PC)


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.


LLCC       000 010 0      1   1  1

PC           041 103  X     9  8   0

W-Olson (4-0)


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!