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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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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.
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
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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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
October 28th, 2015
The undefeated and #1 ranked Cobras celebrated
sophomore night with a 3-set sweep this evening over Kankakee Community College
25-14, 25-14, 25-17.
Kailey Kleinert led the way tonight with an impressive
10 blocks marking a career high for her. Laura Gross and Miaya Peacock had 5
kills apiece while Rowan Crozier and Taylor Bauer had 4 kills apiece. Gross
also collected 5 blocks. Lizzy Barnard and Peacock collected 8 digs apiece.
Kell Lean had 3 aces and teamed up with her fellow setters for 30 team assists.
PC improves to 47-0 overall. The Cobras host a
10-team final regular season tournament this weekend. PC will play four matches
in the tournament ahead of starting regional play next week on Wednesday.
October 25th, 2015
The Parkland Women’s Soccer team (14-2-1) easily
handled winless Lincoln 10-0 on Sunday to advance to the Region 24 Semi-Finals.
The Cobras will play Heartland which tied Kaskaskia 2-2 but advanced 5-3 on
penalty kicks. SWIC, a 2-0 winner vs ICC, will travel to top-seed Lewis and
The outcome was never in doubt on Sunday as the
Cobras raced out to a 5-0 halftime lead in beating the Lynx for the third time
this season. An own goal by Lincoln got the Cobras on the board at the 6 minute
mark before Kat Atwal made it 2-0 off an Ellie McKenzie assist just 11 minutes
into the match. Shante Tremblett made it 3-0 as Dalia Santana earned the assist
and Alyssa Jones rounded out the first half scoring the final two goals, one
unassisted and the other off a ball from Atwal.
Ellie McKenzie would score her first goal of the
afternoon just two minutes into the second half and added a second just six
minutes later. Up 7-0 Tremblett scored her second goal of the match as Shania
Maddux picked up the assist. Olivia McAfferty would make it 9-0 with an assist
to Demetria Varygiannes and Atwal would wrap up the scoring as she also scored
her second goal of the afternoon as Bophia Travis was credited with the assist.
Parkland had 28 shots on goal in the match to just four for the Lynx.
October 25th, 2015
The undefeated and #1 Parkland Cobras concluded
region play today with a match vs Frontier CC. Consistent with many matches
this season, the Cobras swept Frontier 25-9, 25-17, 25-15.
Taylor Bauer led the way with 8 kills and 11 digs.
Ayla Dew notched 6 kills, and Gabby Pearl and Laura Gross had 5 apiece. Sofi
Kelemete had 5 service aces while Virtuous Thomas also collected 11 digs. Paige
Griffith dished 16 assists, and Courtney Moritz had 10.
Parkland concludes region play with an 8-0 mark
securing the #1 seed when regionals start Nov 4 and improve to 46-0 overall. PC
will celebrate sophomore night on Wednesday, Oct 28 as the Cobras will host
Kankakee CC at 6:00pm.
October 25th, 2015
Daniel Kadima scored on a penalty kick just one
minute before halftime Saturday as the #3 seeded Parkland Men’s Soccer team
knocked off #6 Lincoln Land 1-0 In opening round play of the Region 24
Tournament. Kadima confidently slotted home his kick after Alex Zarco
earned the PK. Matt Sherman had a strong game in goal with 9 saves on the
afternoon for the victorious Cobras. It was the third win of the year for
PC over LLCC, all coming by one just one goal.
Parkland (11-5-2) will move on to the semi-finals
and wait the results of tonight’s 6:00 game between #2 ICC and #7 Heartland.
Lincoln Land’s season ends at (5-10). If ICC wins, the Cobras will travel
to East Peoria for a Wednesday afternoon match and #5 SWIC will go to #1 Lewis
and Clark. If the Hawks pull of the upset, the Cobras would host SWIC on
Wednesday while Heartland would travel to L&C. SWIC advanced on
Saturday as well as they blanked Lincoln by a 1-0 score as well.
October 17th, 2015
In the final match of the M-WAC tournament, the
Cobras saved their best for last in sweeping #3 Lincoln Land in a hard-fought
battle 25-23, 25-22, and 25-21. Peacock (10 kills), Gross (9 kills), Barnard,
Kelemete and Hayley Gray (7 kills each) led the Cobras offensively in a very
well-balanced match delivered by Jaime Johnson with 22 assists and Kelli Lean
with 14. Kelemete again blocked well with 9 blocks while a trio of Cobras
collected double-digit digs (Harpest - 15, Gross - 12 and Peacock - 11).
The win secured the M-WAC championship for the
Cobras with a 6-0 record and improves PC's overall record to a perfect 45-0. PC
takes the floor at home again next Saturday for a pair of region matches
against Lincoln Trail and Frontier. A win in either match will secure the
Cobras the #1 seed in the upcoming Region 24 tournament.
October 17th, 2015
The Parkland Men’s Soccer team scored five
unanswered goals in a span of 13 minutes in the second half as they pulled away
for an impressive 7-2 win over visiting South Suburban.
The Cobras got off to a good start as Brennen Crose
converted 13 minutes into the match off a Salar Samimi pass. Aidan Reilly set
up Daniel Kadima for the Cobras second goal at the 25 minute mark to make it
2-0. So. Suburban had several chances early but hit the cross bar twice and
Cobras goalie Matt Sharman had a pair of outstanding saves. The Bulldogs
finally got on the board as they cut the lead in half with a goal with just
under 10 minutes left in the half.
Down 2-1 after the break, SSCC took little time to
tie the match as they evened things up with a goal just seven minutes into the
second half following a defensive breakdown by PC. From that point on it was
all Cobras as Kadima slotted home his second goal of the afternoon after a pass
from Feli Keti. Less than a minute later, Gustavo Giordani scored with Kadima
earning the assist. Up 4-2, PC kept up the attack as Daniel Musasa threaded the
ball though the Bulldog back line and Kadima calmly poked the ball pass the
keeper for the hat trick. Alex Zarco scored the game’s most impressive goal in
the 64th minute as he intercepted a ball and hit a volley from 25 yards out
that flew by the goalie into the top corner of the net. Kadima added his second
assist to go along with his three goals as Samimi’s header gave PC their final
Parkland improves to (9-5-2) and will wrap up the
regular season on Sunday with a 2:00 match against the UI Club Team on
International Student Day at the pitch. So.Suburban falls to (9-5-1) with the
October 14th, 2015
The Parkland College Men's Soccer team roared back
from a 3-0 deficit on Wednesday as they rallied for a 4-3 win over visiting
Lincoln Land, earning the Cobras an outright M-WAC title. The Cobras started
slowly for the second consecutive match, falling behind the Loggers 3-0 after
28 minutes of the contest. From that point the Cobras caught fire and came back
for the impressive win.
Down by three, Gustavo Giordani got PC back into
the game as she scored off a nice pass from Alex Zarco. Just five minutes
later, Daniel Kadima scored a spectacular volley off an equally impressive
cross from Dom Crawford. With just over two minutes left in the half,
Feli Keti tied the match off a corner kick from Daniel Kadima.
The Cobras controlled the second half and had
numerous chances to grab the lead but it took until the final 10 minutes for PC
to finally get their first lead. Giordani hit a clean strike off an
assist from Kadima for the game winner and a conference title.
The Cobras have two more regular season games left
as they will host South Suburban at Noon on Saturday and the UI Club Team at
2:00 on Sunday. Ironically, the Cobras (8-5-2) earned the #3 seed in
the upcoming Region 24 Tournament and will play Lincoln Land (4-9) in their
first game. Game time is set for Saturday October 24 at Noon.