Men’s Soccer Competes Hard But Drops Home Opener

August 27th, 2015

The Parkland Men’s Soccer team would start the home portion of their schedule with a difficult matchup with Region 24 foe Lewis and Clark in town to take on the Cobras.  The Trailblazers would come out physical and control play in the first half.  They would get on the board when Markell Saddler would beat the Cobra defense and curl a shot around Parkland keeper Matt Sharman to take a 1-0 lead.  Parkland would get some opportunities but would head to the half with nothing to show for it.

Parkland would come out much more aggressive in the second half but it would be Lewis and Clark putting another one in the net on a beautiful header by Blake Cearns to make it 2-0.  The Cobras thought they had brought themselves back within a goal as Dan Musasa came of the bench and beat the Blazer keeper, only to have the goal taken back after a very late off sides call following a discussion amongst the officials.  Parkland would run out of time, as they would be shut out the remainder of the match. 

The loss drops Parkland to (0-1-1) on the year ahead of a weekend road trip to Ohio to take on Owens CC.    

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Men’s Soccer Battle to Tie to Kick Off Season

August 24th, 2015


Parkland and Region 24 rival Southwestern Illinois College battled for 110 minutes on Sunday but the two teams had to settle for a 1-1 tie to start the 2015 season for both schools.<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

The Cobras jumped out to the early leas as freshman Dominik Crawford connected on a PK goal with an assist from Jonathan Lukusa at the 33rd minute of the first half.  The game would remain 1-0 Cobras until 21 minutes into the 2nd half when the Blue Storm scored to tie the contest.

Both teams had early chances as the Cobras were awarded a penalty kick just 12 minutes into the match but Daniel Kadima’s shot was denied and Salar Samimi’s rebound attempt sailed over the bar from just six yards away.  SWIC also would have a penalty kick chance of their own but Cobra goal keeper Matt Sharman mad an acrobatic leg kick save to keep the game scoreless.  After Crawford put PC up 1-0 later in the half, Kadima’s shot from 25 yards out blasted off the cross bar.

SWIC tied the match after the break and the Blue Storm had a great chance to grab the lead but again Sharman was outstanding in goal, denying another penalty kick with a great leg save.  This outstanding play woke up the Cobras who controlled the game for the final 10 minutes or regulation but could not connect on a goal.  Neither team was able to muster much offense in the two overtime periods and the match ended in a draw.

Parkland (0-0-1) will open their home season against Lewis and Clark at 4:00 this Thursday afternoon in Champaign.



Volleyball Finishes First Weekend with Two More Wins

August 24th, 2015

Parkland volleyball concluded the Battle of the Dells tournament today with matches against a duo of Michigan teams.

In the first match, the Cobras defeated the Jets of Jackson CC 25-11, 25-18, 25-10. Sophomores Miaya Peacock and Rowan Crozier (Monticello HS) led the offense with 12 and 6 kills, respectively, and Crozier and Sofi Kelemete had 3 blocks each. Freshman Paige Griffith (Putnam County HS) had 14 assists and Laura Gross had 8 digs. PC also turned around the serving problems from day 1 to finish with a team total of 15 aces.

The second match of the day went in similar fashion as the Cobras defeated Mott CC 25-13, 25-13, 25-19. Setters Jaime Johnson (14 assists) and Kell Lean (11 assists) ran a well-distributed offense where Lizzy Barnard, Gross, Kelemete and Peacock had 8, 7, 6 and 6 kills, respectively. Peacock notched 13 digs for the match, and Kelemete and Gabby Pearl (Blue Ridge HS) had 4 blocks each.

The Cobras improve to 4-0 overall and take the week to get back to practice before leaving Thursday for Owens CC in Perrysburg, Ohio. PC will play 6 matches Friday-Sunday with action kicking off versus #19 Catawba Valley of North Carolina.

#1 Cobra Volleyball Starts Seson Stong at the Dells

August 24th, 2015

The preseason #1 Cobras kicked off their season this morning at the Battle of the Dells Tournament in Wisconsin Dells.<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />


In the first match of the year, the Cobras had to battle nerves and a feeling of pressure to overcome 19 service errors in defeating D3 NJCAA

#7 ranked Harper CC (IL) 25-22, 18-25, 25-16, 25-18. Sophomores Lizzy Barnard (Unity HS) and Miaya Peacock (Centennial HS) led the offense with an impressive 17 kills each.  Freshman middle Sofi Kelemete (Highland HS, Pocatello Idaho) led the block with 6 blocks, and sophomore libero Madison Harpest (Tri-Valley) led the back row effort along with Peacock with 8 digs each.  Freshman setter Jaime Johnson (Centennial HS) had an impressive 26 assists in just three sets of play while sophomore setter Kelly Lean (Upwey HS, Victoria Australia) notched 15.  Peacock also turned in 4 service aces in the match.


In the second match, PC found an outstanding rhythm and overwhelmed the defending NJCAA Division 3 national champions Madison College (WI) 25-14, 25-18, 25-17.  Barnard led the offense again with 10 kills while sophomore Hayley Gray (Watseka HS) had 9.  Kelemete again had a good blocking effort with 4 while fellow freshman Laura Gross (Schlarman) led the charge with 6.  Johnson notched 20 assists and Lean had 9, and Harpest dug 14 balls in the back row while Barnard had 11.  Freshman Courtney Moritz (Fieldcrest) helped secure the win with 4 straight service points in the third set to break open the set for the Cobras.


PC improves to 2-0 and faces a pair of Michigan teams on Sunday morning with matches against Mott CC (9am) and Jackson (11am) to wrap up the tournament

Sebens Named Parkland Golf Coach

July 15th, 2015
The Parkland College Athletic Department is pleased to announce that Corbin Sebens will continue on as the Cobra Golf Coach. Sebens was named the interim coach in November 2014 after former coach Zachary McNabney resigned due to health reasons. Sebens coached the team this past spring after McNabney's passing in January.  Under Sebens, the Cobras won the Illinois College Blue Boy Invite and were the Region 24 Runner-Up, losing by just one stroke to ICC for a trip to Nationals.
"I am very happy that Corbin will return as our Head Coach" said Parkland Athletic Director Rod Lovett. "Corbin took over during a very difficult time and handled his responsibilities admirably."  "He is knowledgeable and enthusiastic and is determined to build on the success that Coach McNabney and his teams achieved."

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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