September 13th, 2014
The #1 Parkland Cobras volleyball team wrapped up the Cavalier Invite in Kankakee with two more 3-0 sweeps.
In the first match, the Cobras defeated Ancilla College of Indiana 25-13, 25-19, 25-9. Lizzy Barnard led the offense with 7 kills, Alayna Jackson had 6, and Teigan Flaws and Elise Dahlke had 5 apiece. Morgan Hickman and Madison Weldon had 12 assists apiece and Kelly Lean had 9. Madison Harpest scored 10 points on her serve while Hickman had 4 aces. Kaitlyn Hunt also had 11 digs for the Cobras.
In the second match, PC faced off with NAIA and four-year school Robert Morris University of Springfield. PC swept RMU 25-15, 25-10, 25-11. Lori VanBeek led the Cobras with 9 kills. Ayla Dew got her career high with 8 kills, and Maiya Peacock also had 5. Kelly Lean led the Cobras with 15 assists, and Madison Weldon had 14. Dew also had 10 service points and 3 aces while Weldon had 4 aces of her own. VanBeek had 5 blocks in the match.
Parkland improves to 18-1 and next face Lincoln College in Lincoln on Wednesday evening.
September 13th, 2014
Two days after an uninspired victory over ICC, the Parkland Women's Soccer team came up with their best effort of the young season as they stunned #11 and previously unbeaten Lewis and Clark 1-0 in Champaign on Saturday. The Blazers entered the contest a perfect 7-0 and had outscored their opponents 60-0 in those seven matches.
On Saturday it was the Cobras who were the aggressive team early and it finally paid off when Ginyce Haywood scored on an assist from Davia Morrison 29 minutes into the match, as PC converted after a pair of missed opportunities near the goal. The two teams would play evenly for the remainder of the half as the Cobras would take that 1-0 lead into the break.
The first 15 minutes of the second half was all Lewis and Clark as they came out fired up and quickly put up three shots to start the half but could not connect. After holding off the Blazers attack. PC would regain control over the final 30 minutes and just missed on a pair of scoring opportunities by Catherine McHale. L&C goalie Rachel Widdick's save with just under 12 minutes left denied the first shot while McHale's second was just over the top of the goal.
The Blazers would have a couple of opportunities late but the Cobras used a strong defensive effort to hold on for the win. PC finished with 12 shots on goal to just 8 for the visiting Blazers. The win moves PC to (5-0) while Lewis and Clark drops to (7-1). Parkland returns to action this Tuesday when they travel to Heartland for an M-WAC contest against the Hawks.
September 10th, 2014
The #1 ranked Parkland Cobras volleyball team finally got a chance to play at home tonight after 14 matches on the road facing conference and region opponent Lewis & Clark CC.
Unlike most opening home matches of a season, the Cobras came out confident and clean versus the Trailblazers taking an early 18-8 first set lead. The Blazers did a nice job fighting towards the end of set 1 to push the Cobra first set win to 25-16. But, Parkland came out with even more intensity in set 2 quickly winning the set 25-8. The third set saw L&C settle into a nice rhythm, forcing Parkland into some unnecessary errors, before PC rallied with a push at the end of the set to prevail in a 3-0 sweep with a score of 25-23 in the third.
All 15 Cobras got significant time tonight. Offensively, PC was led by Alayna Jackson's 8 kills hitting an impressive .636 while Lori VanBeek had 6 kills with an .857 hitting percentage. As a team, the Cobras hit an impressive .410 which was a season high. The trio of setters (Morgan Hickman, Madison Weldon and Kelly Lean) combined for 30 assists in the match while Madison Harpest had 3 aces and Weldon had 2.
Parkland improves to 14-1 overall and now 1-0 in the M-WAC. A special thank you to an amazing crowd in which we celebrated both area high school volleyball programs as well as the Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation Group. Next up for the Cobras is a pair of matches on Friday and Saturday at the Kankakee Invitational. The Cobras are in the five team field along with Kankakee, Sauk Valley, Ancilla, and Robert Morris.
September 9th, 2014
The Parkland Men's Soccer team returned to action on Tuesday afternoon as they faced M-WAC rival Lincoln College. The Cobras got on the board first as they scored just 9 minutes into the match. Daniel Kadima created space for a shot and the ball fell at the feet of Feli Keti who rounded the keeper and put the ball in from 7 yards away.
The Lynx would answer back quickly as they would score in the 19th minute as they converted off of a cross from a free kick tying the match at 1. PC would then control the rest of the half and the hard work paid off as PC would break the tie with just 8 minutes remaining before intermission. Zach Allevi won the ball and slipped a perfect pass into the feet of a running Brennen Crose. The Lincoln back line could not catch Crose who knocked the ball over the hands of the rushing goal keeper to give the Cobras the lead.
The second half got under way with a clear change in pace. Both teams fought hard for the ball and did not give each other an inch. Lincoln had a couple of long range shots that were acrobatically saved by Harry Rook. Zach Allevi's hard work earned him a few half chances but it was Feli Keti again who settled it. Keti managed to pick up a sloppy clearance from the Lincoln back line, beat one defender, and hit the ball from just outside the box with only 22 seconds remaining to seal the win.
The win keeps the Cobras undefeated at (6-0 2-0 in the M-WAC) while Lincoln drops to (0-3-1 0-1). Next up for PC will be a Sunday afternoon showdown at Region 24 rival Lewis and Clark.
Feli Keti ( Daniel Kadima) 9:00
Lincoln goal 19:00
Brennen Crose ( Zach Allevi) 37:00
Feli Keti (ua) 89:00
Harry Rook 4 saves, 1 goal against
September 3rd, 2014
The Cobra women would put the pressure on the Lynx of Lincoln College early and often in what turned out to be a 8-0 rout of the M-WAC foe. Kaljit Atwal would register the hat trick as she would tally one in the first half and two more in the second to pace the Cobras. The win makes the Cobras (2-0) on the early season.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July 23rd, 2014
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.
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.
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).
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.
30 individual team winners are as follows:
Baltimore Orioles: Adam Jones
Chicago White Sox: Adam Eaton
Detroit Tigers: Don Kelly
Kansas City Royals: Alex Gordon
Los Angeles Angels of
Minnesota Twins: Brian Dozier
Oakland Athletics: Josh Donaldson
Mariners: Kyle Seager
Tampa Bay Rays: Kevin
Texas Rangers: Adrian Beltre
Jays: Mark Buehrle
Arizona Diamondbacks: Paul Goldschmidt
Chicago Cubs: Nate Schierholtz
Colorado Rockies: Corey Dickerson
Miami Marlins: Christian Yelich
New York Mets: Daniel Murphy
Pittsburgh Pirates: Josh Harrison
San Francisco Giants: Hunter Pence
Washington Nationals: Ian Desmond
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.
Black Hawk 32.5
Lincoln College 29
Illinois Central 26.5
Lincoln Land 25
Lewis and Clark 19
College of Dupage 18
John A Logan 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!
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
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
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
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
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
June 26th, 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 26th, 2014
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
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)
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.