Wascher Named M-WAC Female Athlete of the Year

June 25th, 2015
The awards keep rolling in for former Parkland Women's Basketball player Hannah Wascher.  Wascher was selected this week as the Mid-West Athletic Conference Female Athlete of the Year while John Wood Men's Basketball player Jordan Johnson was chosen as the Men's Athlete of the Year.
 
Wascher, who will continue her career at the University of Southern Indiana, had previously been named the M-WAC Player of the Year, the Region 24 Player of the Year, the Division II Women's Basketball Player of the Year, and the Parkland College Co-Female Athlete of the Year.  Wascher helped lead the Cobras to two M-WAC titles and two trips to Nationals, highlighted by a runner-up finish this season. 
 
This is the first year the M-WAC has recognized the top Male and Female Athlete in the Conference.

Two Former Cobras Selected in MLB Draft

June 10th, 2015
Two former Parkland College hurlers have been selected in the Major League Baseball Amateur draft.  Sam Thoele (Dietrich HS) was drafted in the 14th round by the Colorado Rockies and James Naile (Charleston MO HS) was selected in the 20th round by the Oakland A's.  Thoele, who graduate from PC in 2012, played the last two seasons at the University of Arklansas Little-Rock while Naile, who attended Parkland in 2013, was the ace of the staff this past season at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.
 
Parkland currently has two players playing in the Major's Kevin Kiermaier (Tampa Bay) and Spencer Patton (Texas). Two other former players, Nick Wittgren (Miami) and Danny Winkler (Atlanta), are in AAA.
 
Congratulations to all of the former Cobra players on their outstanding achievements. Parkland Proud-Go Cobras!

Parkland Athletics Announce 2014-2015 Awards

June 5th, 2015
Co-Female Athlete's of the Year:  Lori VanBeek Volleyball and Hannah Wascher Basketball
 
Two of the best female athletes in Parkland history will share the award for top Parkland Female Athlete. VanBeek (Paw Paw HS) was the Region 24 and M-WAC Player of the Year and an NJCAA First Team All-American this year leading the Cobras to a second consecutive NJCAA Runner-Up finish. PC lost 3-2 to Glendale CC in the Championship match a year after falling 3-2 to Cowley in the title game.  The Cobras were an amazing 106-6 during her time at PC, winning two M-WAC and District titles. Van Beek led the NJCAA in hitting percentage and finished in the top five in kills. She will attend Youngstown State on a volleyball scholarship next fall.
 
Wascher (Rantoul HS) helped PC to a National Runner-Up finish as well, leading the Cobras to their best season in school history. PC finished a record breaking (35-2) losing a heartbreaking 66-64 decision in the title game. Wascher was named the NJCAA D-2 Women's Basketball Player of the Year to go along with her All-American, All-Region, and All-MWAC recognition. She also earned Player of the Year in the Conference and the Region as well as being named to the All-Tournament team for two consecutive seasons.  Wascher finished second in the nation in FG% and was sixth in rebounds per game. She will continue her playing career next year for former Cobra Rick Stein at Southern Indiana.
 
Male Athlete of the Year:  Nick Berger Golf
 
Berger (Judah Christian) wrapped up a successful two year career by earning All-Region and All-Conference recognition. Berger was a two-time NJCAA National Qualifier and he finished in 35th place out of 120 golfers at the recently completed NJCAA D-2 Golf Tournament in Scottsboro, Alabama.  Berger placed 49th as a freshman to help the Cobras to a 10th place finish. During his time at PC. Berger helped the Cobras to an M-WAC title and a Region 24 championship. This year's team finished as the runner-up in both, missing out on a trip to Nationals my just one stroke. He is currently undecided where he will attend college and play golf next year.
 
Freshman of the Year:   Catharine McHale  Women's Soccer
 
The Mahomet-Seymour graduate had a great first year on the Cobra Soccer Team as she was named the M-WAC Co-Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year, leading PC to a conference title. McHale also was named First Team All-Region helping PC to a (14-4) record this season. She led the team with 17 goals and 5 assists for a total of 39 points this season. She will return to Parkland for her sophomore season in 2015-16.
 
Student-Athlete of the Year:  Morgan Hickman Softball and Volleyball
 
Parkland's lone two sport athlete in 2014-15 was also was one of the best in the classroom. Hickman, a graduate of Clinton HS, earned a 3.82 grade point average at PC despite playing on both the Volleyball and Softball teams her sophomore year. On the VB team, she was part of a two-setter rotation that helped the Cobras to two trips to Nationals and a pair of M-WAC titles. She joined the Softball team this season and started in CF for the Cobras.  Hickman his .284, hitting a home run and driving in 14 runs while also stealing 12 bases. She will attend SIC-Carbondale next fall majoring in Pre-Medicine with the hope of one day being a chiropractor.

Parkland Bounces Back With Game Two Win Over Hawks

May 2nd, 2015
Game 2:  Parkland 5  Heartland 1
Pennington went the distance scattering eight hits and allowing just one run over 7 innings.  It was the Cobras turn to take advantage of defensive miscues as four of the Cobras five runs were unearned. PC got on the board in the 3rd scoring on a wild pitch and added a run again in the 4th as Xavier Warren stole third and came on an errant throw by the catcher. Up 2-1, PC scored three times in the 5th as Glenn Reeves drove in a run and the other two runs came home on a bases loaded walk and another wild pitch. Pennington blanked the Hawks over the final two innings to earn his 6th win of the year. The win improves the Cobras to (31-17 15-11) while Heartland is (39-10 21-5). 
Heartland         0    0    0    1    0    0    0        1    8    3
Parkland           0    0    1    1    3    0    -         5    5    0
WP-Pennnington (6-2) LP-Hasper (5-1)
 
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Cobras Miss Chances and Fall to Heartland in 12 Innings

May 2nd, 2015
Game 1: Heartland 6  Parkland 4  12 innings
The Cobras jumped out early as the built an early 3-0 lead on the visitors. Tyler Anderson got the start and was strong through 7+ innings giving up just one earned run.  The Cobras got on the board in the 1st on back to back hits by Donovan Chandler and Curtiss Johnson. Chandler would come on home on a ground out by Glenn Reeves. PC would score two more times in the 3rd on a two out RBI single by Xavier Warren. Back to back errors by Anderson allowed a pair of HCC runs to score in the 4th. A throwing error allowed HCC to tie the game in the 7th and the Hawks scored the go ahead run on a wild pitch by reliever Tyler Burcham.  Burcham would hold HCC at bay allowing the Cobras to tie the game on another Warren RBI.  Nick Coudret was solid in relief in the 11th but got into trouble in the 12th when he first two batters of the inning. Jeff Lavin relieved and retired the first two hitters but Matt Byars two run single on a 1-2 pitch gave HCC the two run lead. PC could get nothing going over the final 4 innings, getting just three base runners on a hit and a pair of walks. The Cobras out hit HCC 13-10 in the game..  
 

 HCC     000 020 110  002         6   10   2

 PC       100  200 010 000         4    13   3


WP-Hitney (1-0) LP-Coudret (0-3)
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Loggers Finish Four Game Sweep of Cobras

April 21st, 2015
Game 2:  Lincoln Land 2  Parkland 1  9 innings. 
 
Michael Mcormick looked strong over 8 innings but the Cobras fell in Game 2, 2-1 in 9 innings.  McCormick held LL to just 3 hits over 8 innings and kept the Loggers potent offense to only one run. LLCC starter Konner Aherin was equally as dominant holding PC to a lone run.  PC scored on a Sac Fly in the first inning by Glenn Reeves as Donovan Chandler scored from 3B.  PC had the bases loaded with one out in the 7th inning but Jeff Wetzler grounded into an inning ending double play. The Cobras also put the tying run on 3rd with one out in the 9th but a strikeout and a ground out, ended the threat.  Chase Armstrong led the PC attack with 3 hits on the day but the Cobras left runners in scoring position in six different innings. Lincoln Land had a one out single in the top of the 8th by Connor Griggs. He would steal second and later score on a single by Nick Longeran.  

LL              0    1    0    0    0    0    0   0   1       2        5        3

Parkland    1    0    0    0    0    0    0    0   0      1        8        0         
 
WP-Aherin (8.1 8 H 1 R 5 K 2 BB) and Pranger
 S---Lonergan (2/3 1K 0 R) and Pranger
 
LP-Lavin (1 IP 2 H 1 R 1 ER) and Schultz
      McCormick (8 IP 3 H 1 R 1 ER) and Schultz
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Late Scoring Squashes Cobra Comeback Attempt

April 21st, 2015
 Game 1:  Lincoln Land 8  Parkland 2
 
 Tyler Anderson held the Loggers to three runs over the first 4 innings and pitched his way out of trouble in the third. PC's defense was overmatched on Tuesday as the Loggers took advantage of the windy conditions and stole six bases on the day. A couple costly errors led to a two run 4th inning and back to back errors in the 7th led to 5 unearned runs off Cobra reliever Sam Geraci.  PC only received hits from Glenn Reeves, Donovan Chandler, and Jeff Wetzler  in the game.   PC scored in the 7th on a leadoff double to Glenn Reeve who later score on a LLCC error.   
Game 1
LL                0    1    0    2    0    0    5        8    7    4
Parkland        0    0    0    0    0    0    2      2    3    4
WP Arnold (7 IP 3 H 2 R 9K 0BB) and Pranger
LP-Anderson (4IP 3R 4H 1BB  2K) and Schultz
     Geraci (3IP 3 H 5 R 0ER 0BB 1K) and Schultz
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Late Mistakes Cost Cobras

April 16th, 2015
The Parkland Men's Baseball team failed to rise to the challenge on Wednesday afternoon as they lost to the Millikin JV 9-5. Lack of timely hitting, a rare collapse by the bullpen, and a costly error late in the ball game, led to the Cobras demise. 
PC got off to a strong start behind a sold outing from Ross Learnard. The freshman worked 4 innings allowing just one hit and no runs. He left with a 3-0 lead as the Cobras jumped out on top early. Chase Armstrong put the Cobras on the board with a sacrifice fly and Jeff Wetzler added an RBI single to make it 2-0 after two. Millikin would tie the game in the 5th. scoring three times off reliever Zach Borsa. Sam Geraci would shut down the rally and PC would regain the lead in the 6th on a two-run triple by Donovan Chandler. 
The Cobra headed to the 7th with a 5-3 lead but Millikin would score twice off of Caleb Leach to knot the game at 5. Tyler Burcham retired both of the hitters he faced to keep the contest tied.  Jeff Lavin took over in the 8th and gave up four unearned runs as the Big Blue took advantage of three hits, a pair of walks, and an error on a potential inning-ending double play ball. Staked to their first lead, MU retired the side in order in the 8th and got out of a 9th inning jam to preserve the win. 
Parkland (26-8 12-4) will host the Rockford College JV on Thursday starting at 2:30. 
Milikin JV        0    0    0    0    3    0    2    4    0                9        6        1
Parkland         0    2    0    1    0    2    0    0    0                5        11       1
 
 
LP Lavin (2 IP 4 R 2 ER 2 BB 3 H) and Schultz
Learnard (4 IP 1 H 1 BB 8K) and Hayes
Geraci (1 1/3 IP 3 K 1 H 0 R) and Zimske
Leach (1/3 2 R 2 H 2 BB) and Zimske
Burcham (2/3 IP K ) and Schultz
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Parkland Baseball Completes Sweep at Home Over Danville

April 11th, 2015

Game Two:  Parkland 3       Danville 2

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Cobras Take Important Conference Win

April 11th, 2015

Game One:  Parkland 6    Danville 4

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Huge First Inning Seals Sweep for Cavaliers

April 10th, 2015
Game 2:  Kankakee 23  PC 3


Game two was over before it ever got started as the Cavaliers scored 18 times in the top of the 1st inning. Brittany Hay had a career day in just one inning as the KCC shortstop hit two home runs in the inning while driving in five. They were her 7th and 8th home runs of the season. Bailee Porter had three hits in the inning including her 9th home run of the year and Brittany Plimmer also homered, her 10th.  KCC scored 12 times before recording an out and sent 22 hitters to the plate in the opening inning. Porter 4-4 with three runs scored and 3 RBI and Hay 4-5 with three runs and seven RBI paced the 20 hit attack. Kelsey Smith was 2-2 and drove in all three of the Cobras runs.


KCC   (18) 14 0 0               23  20  0
PC       2    01 0 0                3    5  3


HR-Hay 2 (KCC), Porter (KCC), Plimmer (KCC)


Parkland must quickly put Friday's results behind them as they face #10 Lincoln Land in a four game series this weekend. PC hosts the Loggers at 1:00 on Saturday before travelling to Springfield on Sunday.


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#6 Kankakee Cruises to Win

April 10th, 2015
Game 1:  Kankakee 16 PC 1


KCC controlled the game from the start, building a 3-0 lead after four innings,and keeping the Cobras hitless at the plate. The Cavs would score three times in the 5th to push the lead to 6-0 and then blew the game wide open with a ten-run 6th inning.  Monica Monroe's two-out single in the bottom of the 6th plated the Cobras only run. KCC out hit PC 18-4 in the game and had four different players with three hits.



KCC      101 13(10)            16  18  0
PC        000 001                  1    4  3


HR-Payne (KCC), Sanderson (KCC)
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Power Surge Continues in Sweep of Jaguars

April 8th, 2015
Game 2:  Parkland 12  Danville 4



The Jaguars jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first on a three-run home run of their own, but PC would answer in their half of the inning with back to back solo shots by Royer (12th) and Walsh (6th). After DACC tacked on another run in the 2nd, PC tied the game with a two-run homer by Cara Edwards.  Allix Ostermeyer came in to pitch in the 3rd and shutout the Jaguars over the final four innings to earn the win while the Cobra offense would score eight more runs.


Monica Monroe's RBI single put PC ahead to stay as Monroe finished 4-4 for the game with two runs scored and a pair of runs batted in.  Six more Cobras had at least two hits each with Hannah Gawthorp, Cara Edwards, and Alix Ezell each driving in a pair of runs. PC banged out 19 hits in the game with seven of them being for extra bases.


DACC    310  000     4   5  2
PC        222   204    12 19 4


HR-Royer (PC), Walsh (PC), Edwards (PC), Clow (DACC)
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Cobras Slug Danville in Game One

April 8th, 2015
Game 1:  Parkland 10   Danville 2


Alexis Royer got PC on the board in the first as she swatted her 11th home run of the season to give the Cobras a 2-0 lead. Parkland would score another run in the 2nd and three more in the third to take a 6-0 lead. After the Jaguars scored a pair of runs in the top of the 4th, the Cobras would score four times in their half of the inning. Makayla Walsh hit a solo home run and Monica Monroe belted a three-run shot to give PC the eight run lead. Leah Kays kept DACC off the board in the 5th to seal the win. Kays (5-6) had her best outing of the season allowing no earned runs while walking one and striking out nine.  Kelsey Smith continued her red-hot hitting collecting three more hits while Walsh and Hannah Pruden each had two.


DACC      000 20   2  4   3
PC          213 4X  10 13  1


HR-Royer (PC), Walsh (PC), Monroe (PC)
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Snappers Shock Parkland Taking Game Two of the Day

April 6th, 2015

Game Two:

Spoon River 3  Parkland 1
SRCC        0    0    2    0    1    0    0            3    3    3
Parkland    0    1    0    0    0    0    0            1    2    2
The Parkland bats went silent in Game 2 and had a season low two hits total in game 2 and pushed across their lone run on a suicide squeeze by Sam Geraci
 in the second inning.  Ross Learnard battled and gave up 2 unearned runs against the Snappers.   SRCC scored on a pass ball in the third inning
and another on an error.  They tacked on another unearned in the 5th. Jeff Lavin came in and threw 2 scoreless innings for the Cobras to keep the game close but the Cobras missed a golden opportunity to score in the 6th and went quietly in the 7th as the Snappers held on for the win.   Parkland came up with only 2 hits, Tanner Russell and Cully Day had the lone hits, singles, for the Cobras in the loss.  Parkland stands at (19-6 7-3) going in to Sunday's games. 
 
 LP    Ross Learnard     (5 IP 5 K 3 BB 3 UR 3 hits) and Hayes
        Jeff Lavin (2 IP 2 K 0 R) and Schultz
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