Cobra Men Hold Off Illinois Wesleyan Late for Win

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 times.


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.

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Cobras Hand Rend Lake Their First Loss of Season

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 and 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.

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Cobra Volleyball Back to National Tournament

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.

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Cobras Advance to Regional Final With Win Over Rend Lake

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 20 assists while Kailey Kleinert had 6 blocks in the match.<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

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.

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Cobra Women Win First Game of Year in Home Opener

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 11-14 free throws in the final quarter to just 3-6 for Rend Lake to help seal the win.<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />


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 the win.


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.


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#1 Parkland Finishes Regular Season Unbeaten

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 the match. 


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.

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Dangerous Sauk Valley Squad No Match for Cobras

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.

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Parkland Takes Down Kishwaukee in Opener of Tournament

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.

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#1 Cobras Celebrate Sophomore Night With Sweep

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.

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Cobras Cruise in Postseason Opener

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 Clark.

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.

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Parkland Finishes Region Play With Sweep of Frontier

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.

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Cobras Advance in Close Quaterfinal

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.

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#1 Parkland handles #3 Lincoln Land for Second Time This Season

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.

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Scoring Spree Propels Cobras to Win

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 7-2 margin.

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 loss.

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Cobras Clinch M-WAC with Comeback Win

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.   

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