Parkland Ends Kick for Hunger Tourney With Win Over Kankakee

August 31st, 2014

The Cobra Men would play in the final match at the 2014 Kick for Hunger tournament at Parkland College and end with a bang as they were able to shutout Kankakee and win 2-0.  Jonathan Lukusa would tally both goals for the Cobras in the first half as they continued to threaten in the second but were unable to put another one in the net.  The defense played well however to pace the win as Parkland improves to (4-0) on the season.

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Parkland Women Open Season With Shutout Win

August 31st, 2014

The Parkland College Women would start their season at home as a part of the Kick for Hunger tournament and look impressive coming out with a 3-0 win over Jackson College.  The Cobras would lean heavily on two Freshman as Catherine McHale would score twice in the win, and Kaljit Atwal would pick up a goal as well.  

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Men’s Soccer Wins Home Debut Over SWIC

August 26th, 2014

The Parkland College Men's Soccer team would take on Region 24 opponent  SWIC in the first home contest of the year for the Cobras.  They wouldn't wait long to get their first goal on the new home field as Manny Rios would start the scoring with an impressive goal, and Gesi Muharremi following soon after with a penalty kick goal to give Parkland a 2-0 lead going into the half.  The Cobras would go on another run where they would net another two goals, one each from Jonathan Lukusa and Andres Chalbaud.  The last two goals would be sandwiched around the lone SWIC tally by Trent Kendrick to make the 4-1 final.  The win puts the Cobras at (2-0) on the year as they prepare for the upcoming Kick Out Hunger Tournament hosted by Parkland College.

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#1 Cobras start VB season (4-0) at Wisconsin Dells Invite

August 26th, 2014
The #1 Parkland Cobras volleyball team concluded day 2 of the Wisconsin Dells Invitational with two more victories, pushing their over-all record to 4-0 to start the season. In the first match on Saturday, PC defeated a much improved Mott team from Michigan. Mott had notched a couple of upset wins on day one so the Cobras had to fight hard to sweep them 3-0 by the scores of 25-18, 25-20, and 25-20. Lori VanBeek continued her strong offensive play leading the Cobras with 11 kills with Elise Dahlke and Teigan Flaws contributing 6 each. Setters Madison Weldon and Morgan Hickman ran the offense and provided 15 and 14 assists, respectively. Sophomore libero, Kaitlin Hunt had 20 digs for the Cobras and Weldon and Miaya Peacock each had 2 aces.
In match two, the Cobras faced #13 Muskegon of Michigan. All 15 players for Parkland helped push the Cobras to a 3-1 victory with scores of 25-13, 25-21, 25-27, 25-18. Vanbeek had 16 kills while Flaws and Lizzy Barnard pounded 9 each. Setters Weldon and Hickman ran the offense with 26 and 21 assists, respectively. Hunt once again led the defensive effort with 23 digs. Peacock again performed well at the service line with 5 aces.
The Cobras next travel to Toledo, Ohio for the Owens Labor Day Invitational from August 29-31. PC will p[ay six times over the three days including matches against #6 Oakland, #10 Grand Rapids, #18 Catawba Valley as well as perennial power Monroe College of NY.

Parkland Volleyball team ranked #1 in the NJCAA Pre-Season Poll

August 26th, 2014
The Parkland College Volleyball team will open the 2014 season with the #1 ranking in the NJCAA D-2 Volleyball Poll after it was released today. The Cobras, who finished 2nd in 2013, open their season this Friday and Saturday at the South Suburban Classic in the Wisconsin Dells. PC will face Carl Sandburg and #12 Kansas City KS Community College on Friday before facing off against a pair of Michigan schools, Mott and #13 Muskegon on Saturday.
As always, the Cobras will be tested early as they face nine other teams ranked in the top 20 during the first three weeks of the season. After seeing two ranked squads in Wisconsin, PC will play three of six matches at the Owens Invitational against ranked foes (#6 Oakland, #10 Grand Rapids, and #18 Catawba Valley). The Kirkwood Invitational, a week later, is loaded with talent as PC will take on defending National Champion and #2 Cowley, #3 Johnson County, #5 Central Nebraska, and #7 Iowa Central.
Parkland is scheduled to go up against 13 of the top 20 teams at some point in time during the upcoming season. The Cobras will play their first three tournaments and 14 matches on the road before playing for the first time at home on September 10 against M-WAC rival Lewis and Clark.

Former Cobra Receives Tampa Bay Rays Heart and Hustle Award

July 23rd, 2014

Former Parkland standout Kevin Kiermaier continues his outstanding rookie year by earning the nomination as the Tampa Bay Rays Heart and Hustle Award winner. Kiermaier, who is hitting the .315 with 8 home runs and 24 RBI is in St. Louis to face the Cardinals on Tuesday and Wednesday night.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) is pleased to announce the 30 preliminary winners of the 2014 Heart & Hustle Award. This esteemed award honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and tradition of the game. The Heart & Hustle Award is also the only award in Major League Baseball that is voted on by former players.

The MLBPAA formed 30 committees, comprised of Alumni players with established relationships to each team. One player from each Major League team is chosen by the committees based on the passion, desire, and work ethic demonstrated both on and off the field. These players will be recognized prior to an upcoming home game. As the season draws to a close, fans, all Alumni and active players will vote to select the final winner from the 30 team winners. The previous overall winners are David Eckstein (2005), Craig Biggio (2006, 2007), Grady Sizemore (2008), Albert Pujols (2009), Roy Halladay (2010), Torii Hunter (2011), Mike Trout (2012) and Dustin Pedroia (2013).

The final winner will be announced Nov. 18, 2014, at the 15th Annual Legends for Youth Dinner in New York City. This event is the primary fund raiser for the series of free Legends for Youth baseball clinics. These clinics impact more than 15,000 children each year at 110 clinics, allowing them the unique opportunity to interact with and learn from players who have left a lasting impact on the game of baseball.

The 30 individual team winners are as follows:

American League
Baltimore Orioles: Adam Jones
Boston Red Sox: Dustin Pedroia
Chicago White Sox: Adam Eaton
Cleveland Indians: Michael Brantley
Detroit Tigers: Don Kelly
Houston Astros: Jose Altuve
Kansas City Royals: Alex Gordon
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: Mike Trout
Minnesota Twins: Brian Dozier
New York Yankees: Brett Gardner
Oakland Athletics: Josh Donaldson
Seattle Mariners: Kyle Seager
Tampa Bay Rays: Kevin Kiermaier
Texas Rangers: Adrian Beltre
Toronto Blue Jays: Mark Buehrle

National League
Arizona Diamondbacks: Paul Goldschmidt
Atlanta Braves: Jason Heyward
Chicago Cubs: Nate Schierholtz
Cincinnati Reds: Skip Schumaker
Colorado Rockies: Corey Dickerson
Los Angeles Dodgers: Dee Gordon
Miami Marlins: Christian Yelich
Milwaukee Brewers: Jonathan Lucroy
New York Mets: Daniel Murphy
Philadelphia Phillies: Chase Utley
Pittsburgh Pirates: Josh Harrison
San Diego Padres: Tyson Ross
San Francisco Giants: Hunter Pence
St. Louis Cardinals: Matt Carpenter
Washington Nationals: Ian Desmond

Parkland Earns Top Spot of Illinois JUCO Sports Teams

July 1st, 2014
On the strength of a runner-up finish in Volleyball and solid appearances by the Women's Basketball and Men's Golf teams, the Parkland College Athletic Department finished as the top school in Illinois in rankings released by the National Alliance for Two-Year Colleges (NATYCA) and National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). The Learfield Sports Director's Cup is divided into scholarship and non-scholarship divisions and has been awarded for the past three years. Iowa Western was the over-all winner with Iowa Central and Tyler TX. finishing 2nd and 3rd.
In looking only at Illinois two-year colleges, Parkland scored a total of 46 points, easily out pointing Black Hawk 32.5 and Lincoln College 29. Below is a listing of the Illinois schools.
Parkland 46
Black Hawk 32.5
Lincoln College 29
Kankakee 26.5
Illinois Central 26.5
Lincoln Land 25
Waubonsee 19
Lewis and Clark 19
College of Dupage 18
John A Logan 13
Kishwaukee 13
Moraine Valley 13
Carl Sandburg 10.5
College of Lake Co. 10.5
John Wood 6.5
Lake Land 6.5
Prairie State 2.5
Congratulations to all of the athletes and coaches at Parkland that helped make this happen in 13-14. Here's to more success in 14-15!

Parkland College Athletes Receive Academic Honors

June 26th, 2014
Three teams and 15 individuals have been recognized for their outstanding academic achievement for the 2013-14 school year. The Cobra Softball, Volleyball, and Golf teams were all honored as NJCAA Academic Teams of the Year for compiling an over-all grade point average of 3.0 or higher for the school year.
During the 2013-14 academic year, the NJCAA saw 58,446 student-athletes compete on 3,705 teams in 28 different sports. Of those competitors, 3.1% or 1, 799 student-athletes, were recognized with academic awards for their achievement in the classroom. Receiving the highest honor with a perfect 4.0 grade point average, 171 athletes received the NJCAA Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence.
Parkland had 15 honorees this year, easily outdistancing John A Logan and Kaskaskia College which had 10 Academic All-Americans each. Congratulations to the following Cobra Athletes:
4.0 NJCAA Pinnacle Award:
Erin Hettinger Softball
Beau Swinford Men's Basketball
Elizabeth Walker Softball
NJCAA Award for Superior Academic Achievement (3.80-3.99):
Sam Kohlbecker Women's Basketball
Lynette Ramsey Women's Soccer
Carly Sarff Softball
Harley Tompkins Softball
Ashley Walker Women's Basketball
Jordan Wheeler Softball
Emily Wilson Volleyball
NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement (3.60-3.79):
Matt Deal Baseball
Dan Leake Baseball
Jake Sale Baseball
Isaac Sampen Baseball
Julie Sciole Volleyball
Congratulations to the athletes and their coaches on this outstanding achievement.

Bad News for Former Cobra Winkler

June 26th, 2014

The Rockies organization has been hit with more bad news. According to a major-league source, prized right-handed prospect Daniel Winkler will have to undergo Tommy John (reconstructive elbow) surgery.

Winkler, pitching like an ace for Double-A Tulsa, injured his right elbow last Saturday pitching against the Springfield (Mo.) Cardinals. He threw 3 2/3 hitless innings before he left the mound in the fourth inning.

Winkler told the team that something felt wrong in his elbow. An MRI this week confirmed that he tore his ulnar collateral ligament and he will have to have surgery to repair his elbow.

Fellow Double-A right-handers Eddie Butler and Jon Gray have received more publicity than Winkler, who has drafted out of Central Florida in the 20th round in 2011. Butler, in fact, made his big-league debut last Friday.

But Winkler was having a terrific season with the Oilers until his injury. He was 5-2 with a 1.41 ERA while striking out 71 and walking only 17. He was certainly on the Rockies' radar. Now he'll be out of action for at least a year.

Parkland Athletics Announces Awards

June 26th, 2014


The Parkland College Athletic Department is pleased to announce their award winners for the 2013-14 school year. Awards are given each year to honor the Athletes of the Year, Freshman or Newcomer of the Year, and Academic Achievement Award.

Male Athletes of the Year:  Co-Winners Lyle Burns (Golf) and Isaac Sampen (Baseball)

Lyle Burns and Isaac Sampen share the Male Athlete of the Year honors. Burns was a two-time NJCAA golf qualifier and led the Cobras to the M-WAC and Region 24 Golf titles and a 10th place finish at Nationals. Burns placed 8th  at Nationals earning him 1st Team All-American recognition. The Mahomet-Seymour graduate was the Region 24 individual medalist and the runner-up at the M-WAC Tourney.  He was a consistent top 5 finisher throughout his sophomore season. He will attend Bradley University on a golf scholarship next season.

Isaac Sampen enjoyed a breakout season for the PC Baseball team hitting .462 with 11 home runs and 45 RBI. He also paced the team in doubles (16) and stolen bases (22).  His performance earned him Co-Player of the Year Honors in the Midwest Athletic Conference and a spot on the All-Region and All-Conference team. Earlier this week he was named a 2nd Team NJCAA All-American and the Midwest winner of the Marucci Elite Hitter Award. Sampen will play at Eastern Illinois University next season.

Female Athlete of the Year: Megan Casagrande (Volleyball)

Sophomore Megan Casagrande is this year’s Female Athlete of the Year honoree. Casagrande led the Cobras to an amazing 52-3 record and a National Runner-Up Finish this fall. The Cobras were also the M-WAC and Region 24 Champions. Casagrande was named the M-WAC and Region 24 Player of the Year as well as being chosen as a 1st Team NJCAA All-American and a 2nd Team American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American.  She led the Cobras in both kills (424) and total blocks (229). Her block assists, total blocks, and hitting percentage (.444) placed her second in all three categories in the final NJCAA stats. The St. Thomas More graduate will play at Ashford University in Iowa.

Parkland Baseball Players Professional Update

June 26th, 2014
Four former Cobra Baseball players are enjoying a great amount of success in professional baseball so far this Spring. Leading the list is Tampa Bay outfielder Kevin Kiermaier. After being called up for a pair of games at the end of last season, Kiermaier started this season with the AAA Durham Bulls but has been called up on three occasions. Since his most recent call-up on May 18, he has started 5 of 8 games in right field for the Rays. He is currently hitting .357 with 3 home runs and 4 RBI. He also has collected a pair of doubles and a triple while scoring four times. With injuries mounting, Kiermaier expects to be up with the Rays for several more weeks if he continues to perform.
Three other Cobras are also excelling at the AA and AAA levels. Working as the closer for the AAA Omaha Storm Chaser (Kansas City), hurler Spencer Patton continues to build on his success from last season as he is 2-0 with 11 saves while appearing in 20 games. He has thrown 28.1 innings allowing just 4 runs on 12 hits, walking 10 and striking out 31. Opponents are hitting a low .128 against him this season.
Danny Winkler is having similar success for the AA Tulsa Drillers (Colorado) in a starters role. Winkler has compiled a 5-2 record with a 1.49 ERA in 66 innings of work. He has allowed just 11 earned runs in starts this season, walking 16 while striking out 68. Teams are hitting just .146 against him so far this year. He hopes to be moved up to the AAA Colorado Springs Sky Sox in the near future.
And finally, reliever Nick Wittgren is throwing well for the AA Jacksonville Suns (Florida) franchise. A year after being selected Minor League Baseball Reliever of the Year, Wittgren stands at 1-3 with 8 saves to go along with a 4.39 ERA in 20 games. After some early seasons struggles, Wittgren has righted the ship and has earned saves in 4 of his last 6 appearances and given up just 1 run during those six games.
Parkland has three others still playing in the minors. Nate Roberts is on the disabled list for the Ft. Myers Miracle (Minnesota), Justin Parr is playing for the Clearwater Threshers (Philadelphia) Class A, while brother Jordan Parr plays for the Hillsboro Hops (Arizona) Class A team.

Issac Sampen Honored by NJCAA

June 26th, 2014

Parkland outfielder Isaac Sampen has been named a 2nd Team All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association. The sophomore outfielder from Brownsburg HS in Indiana led the Cobras with a .459 batting average to go along with 11 home runs and 43 runs batted in. He also led the team with 21 stolen bases,16 doubles, and was second in runs scored with 46. Previously, Sampen had been named 1st Team All-Region and was Co-MVP of the Midwest Athletic Conference. He was one of four M-WAC players to earn All-American recognition. Lincoln Land hurler Ridge Ackerman was a First team selection while infielders Nolan Lodden of Heartland and Mason McCoy of Illinois Central College were 3rd team honorees. Sampen has signed to play at Eastern Illinois University next year.

Burns Strong Showing at Nationals Earns Recognition

June 26th, 2014
Sophomore Lyle Burns finished in a tie for 8th place today at the NJCAA D-2 Golf National Tournament, earning him First Team All-American and All-Tournament honors. The Mahomet-Seymour graduate and Bradley Univeristy signee, finished the four-day 72-hole tournament at 297 (73-73-73-78). The finish was a huge jump for the Cobra leader as he finished 52nd at Nationals as a freshman. As a team, PC placed 10th over-all after slipping to a 315 on Friday.

Walter State CC of Tennessee won the team title by a comfortable 11 strokes over runner-up Mesa. Mississippi Gulf Coast, Black Hawk, and Owens rounded out the top 5. Individual medalist was Levi Fink of North Iowa CC who fired a 287 (77-68-72-70) to win by just two strokes over Tyler McKinney (Mineral Area ) and Charlie Cameron of Tyler. Heath Weathersby of Miss. Gulf Coast finished 4th while Kyle Workman of Blackhawk and Brad Hawkins of Walters State tied for 5th.

In addition to Burns earning 1st Team All-American honors, two other Region 24 golfers, Connor Graves of Logan and Lewis Bain of Lewis and Clark both earned 2nd Team All-American recognition.

Final Parkland Scores:

Parkland (IL) College Cobras 300 298 320 315 1233 +81 10th
Burns, Lyle 73 73 73 78 297 +9 9th
Berger, Nick 77 77 80 78 312 +24 t-49th
Egbers, Austin 74 72 84 83 313 +25 t-51st
Niebrugge, Jack 76 76 87 81 320 +32 t-75th
Powell, Joe 79 83 83 78 323 +35 84th

All-Tournament Team

Levi Fink, North Iowa Area CC
Chalire Cameron, Tyler (TX) JC
Tanner McKinney, Mineral Area (MO) Area
Hayes Weathersby, Mississippi Gulf Coast CC
Brad Hawkins, Walters (TN) State CC
Ryan Witte, Mesa (AZ) CC
Cody Johnson, Walters (TN) State CC
Lyle Burns, Parkland (IL) College
Connor Graves, John A. Logan (IL) College
Jacob Montplaiser, Mesa (AZ) CC
Sebastian Otoya, Seminole (OK) State College
Mike Gaulin, Oakland (MI) CC
Lewis Bain, Lewis & Clark (IL) CC
Austin Sweeney, Iowa Lakes CC
Harrison Long, Owens (OH) CC
Phillippe Weppernig, Owens (OH) CC
Brandon Rougeau, Tyler (TX) JC

All-American Team
First Team

Levi Fink, North Iowa Area CC
Charlie Cameron, Tyler (TX) JC
Tanner McKinney, Mineral (MO) Area College
Kyle Workman, BlackHawk (IL) College
Hayes Weatherby, Mississippi Gulf Coast CC
Brad Hawkins, Walters (TN) State CC
Ryan Witte, Mesa (AZ) CC
Lyle Burns, Parkland (IL) College
Cody Johnson, Walters (TN) State CC

Second Team

Connor Graves, John A. Logan (IL) College
Jacob Montplaiser, Mesa (AZ) CC
Sebastian Otoya, Seminole (OK) State College
Mike Gaulin, Oakland CC
Lewis Bain, Lewis & Clark (IL) CC
Harrison Long, Owens (OH) CC
Austin Sweeney, Iowa Lakes CC
Phillippe Weppernig, Owens (OH) CC

Jacobs Named All-American

June 26th, 2014
Parkland Softball first baseman Alex Jacobs has been named a 3rd Team All-American by the NJCAA this afternoon. Jacobs hit .471 for the 37-16 Cobras who earned a share of the M-WAC title. Jacobs had a .526 on-base percentage and a slugging percentage of .671. She tied for the team high with 66 hits and had 6 HR and 35 RBI. She had a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage at first not making an error in 235 chances. The Pontiac graduate had early been named First Team All-Region 24 and All-Conference.

Cobra Baseball Ends Season at Region 24 Tournament

May 21st, 2014
An up and down Cobra Baseball season ended on Sunday as they fell to Illinois Central College 12-9 at the Region 24 Tournament in Springfield. The Cobras scored five times in the opening inning and led 6-0 after two but as has often been the problem this season, the Cobras were not able to sustain early leads. Starter Bryce Pennington gave the Cobras five strong innings allowing just 3 runs (2 earned) and striking out 7. ICC tied the contest at 7 in the 6th only to see the Cobras regain the lead one final time at 9-7 on a two run single by Brett Chappell in the top of the 7th. Leading by two going into the bottom of the 8th. PC allowed ICC to score 5 times as the Cougars rallied for the win. Costly errors, a struggling bullpen, and stranding runners on base was once again a problem for the Cobras who end their season at 32-24.

Chappell paced the PC attack going 3-4 with a home run and 3 RBI. Isaac Sampen and John each had two hits for PC which finished with 15 on the day.

Parkland 5 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 9 15 3
ICC 0 0 3 0 0 4 0 5 X 12 15 0