Cobra Women Advance to Final Four!

March 19th, 2015
The Parkland Women's Basketball team played a nearly perfect second half as they broke away from a one point half time lead to defeat Chesapeake College of Maryland 99-71. A balanced attack was the key as all five starters finished in double figures. The Cobras (34-1) will advance to the Final Four with an 8:00 game on Friday night against the winner of tonight's Kirkwood and Monroe College contest.


The opening half was a tightly played match with both teams shooting well and PC taking a one point lead in to the break. The Cobras shot 51.7% in the opening half but 14 turnovers kept PC from having a bigger lead.  The Cobras shot even better in the second half as they were a sizzling 59% to finish at 56% for the game. Leading 50-44, PC used a 7-0 run to give them the separation they needed.  Laura Litchfield hit a pair of free throws and Josie Zerrusen made back to back shots, one of them a three, to push the lead to 57-44 with 16:24 to play.  The SkipJacks would close to within 9 but another Cobra run extended the lead to 74-53 with just under 10 minutes to play. Chesapeake would make one more run, scoring the next six points to cut the margin to 15, but PC would use an 8-0 run of their own and the rout was on. 


Hannah Wascher had a double-double for the 2nd straight game as she finished with 26 points on 11-13 shooting and 10 rebounds.  Laura Litchfield also had a double-double with 15 points and 11 assists. Chelsea Cross had a big game with 17 points and 7 boards while Nadine Vaughn added 11 points and 6 rebounds and Josie Zerrusen 11 points and 5 carroms.  Chesapeake was led by Daria Simmons who finished with 15 points. 

Parkland Takes Second Straight from Prairie State

March 19th, 2015

Game 2:  Parkland 7 Prairie State 1

Timely hitting and strong starting pitching was the story again in Game 2 for the Cobras as they completed the sweep of the Pioneers. Zach Borsa worked 5 innings and allowed just two hits and one walk as he earned his second win of the year. Borsa (2-0) had command of both sides of the plate all night to keep the PSC hitters off-stride. Tyler Burcham and Caleb Leach worked in relied for the Cobras, as they made it six straight wins and  improved to (10-3) overall.  
Parkland heads into MWAC Conference play this weekend as the play host to Lewis and Clark at 1:00 Saturday and will travel to Godfrey on Sunday for a 1:00 start as well.
Parkland scored right away as Donovan Chandler doubled to lead off the game and later scored on Glenn Reeves 3rd hit on the afternoon.  Curtiss Johnson and Austin Smith added RBI singles for the Cobras as they pulled away in the 4th inning. Sam Geraci started the 4th inning with his first triple of the season. He later scored on Johnson's RBI single to left field. Parkland would add three more runs in the 4th to extend the lead to 6-0. The Cobras would tack on one more run in the 6th to make it 7-0. Parkland only had 6 hits in Game 2, but it was all the pitching staff needed, as they held PSC to one lone run. That run came on Pioneer DH Ryan Spienieack's first home run of the year in the 7th inning off Caleb Leach. 
 
PSC         0    0    0    0    0    0    1            1    3    2
Parkland    1    1    0    4    0    1    -            7    6    1
WP Borsa (5 IP 5 K 2 hits 1BB) and Hayes
       Burcham (1 IP 0hits 0 BB 0 Runs) and Mikesell
       Leach (1 IP 1 K  1 Hit 1 Run 0 BB) and Mikesell
 
TOP PARKLAND HITTER
    Curtiss Johnson 1-1 RBI Single
    Donovan Chandler ( DOUBLE 2 Runs)
    Sam Geraci (Triple Run)
    Glenn Reeves (RBI SINGLE)
 
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Cobras Dominate 2015 Home Opener

March 19th, 2015

Game 1:  Parkland 7 Prairie State 0

Ross Learnard was dominate in his second start of the Spring going 5 innings and striking out 12 while yielding only one hit to the  Pioneers. Learnard (2-0) earned his second win of the year in as many starts. The lone hit off Learnard was a 4th inning single by Ramon Santiago.  Kody Silverthorn and Pat Kenny each threw one inning in relief to hold the shutout in tact. 
 
Glenn Reeves got the scoring going early with an RBI double in the 2nd inning. Jeff Wetzler, Connor Currier, Cully Day, and Austin Smith followed with consecutive RBI singles to open up the scoring as the Cobras totaled 6 runs on 5 hits in second inning. The Cobras capitalized on timely hitting and shaky PSC defense to put the game out of reach. The Pioneers held Parkland scoreless from the 3rd inning until the 5th, when Xavier Warren scored on a sacrifice fly by Austin Schultz. Parkland played flawless defense for the third straight game, not committing an error. 
Prairie State        0    0    0    0    0    0    0        0    1    5
Parkland             0    6    0    0    1    0    -        7    10    0
WP Learnard (5 IP 12 K 0 BB 1 Hit) and Schultz
        Silverthorn (1IP 1 BB 0 hits) and Schultz
        Kenny     (1 IP 2 BB 1 K 0 Hits) and Schultz
TOP PARKLAND HITTERS
    Smith (1-2 Double/RBI)
    Currier (1-2 Double RBI)
    Reeves (2-2 Double/Single 2 RBI)
    Day (1-1 Single/RBI 2 Stolen Bases)
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Bulldogs Finish Sweep of Parkland

March 18th, 2015

Game 2:

A similar theme to game one of the day as the Cobras would find themselves with a lead, only to see South Suburban come back to win again 7-3.
  
This time the Parkland lead would be 3-0 through 4 innings before the bats went cold and the Bulldogs heated up as the would score all 7 of their runs in the fifth and sixth.  Monica Monroe would again get the Cobras going with a base hit and run scored in the first, as Morgan Harper and Alix Ezell would cross the plate in the second to end the Parkland scoring. 
The Cobras tried to mount a couple of rallies but couldn't get the big hit to capitalize.  Parkland (7-5) travel to #16 Kankakee Friday before returning home for two on Sunday.
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South Suburban Comes Back Late To Take Cobras

March 18th, 2015
Game 1:

After holding the Bulldogs scoreless for the first five frames, South Suburban would blow up for 8 runs over the final 3 innings for an 8-4 win over Parkland in the Cobras 2015 home opener.  

Parkland would get started in the first as Monica Monroe would draw a leadoff walk, steal a couple of bases, then score on a Makayla Walsh sac fly.  Hannah Pruden would follow that with a line drive solo home run in the second.  Two more Cobra runs came in the fourth on RBI singles from Monroe and Alexis Royer, but it would be all Bulldogs from there as the tied it in the seventh the won it in extras.  The loss moves the Cobras to (7-4).  
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Parkland Women Off to Nationals

March 8th, 2015
In a match-up worthy of an NJCAA Final Four, the #1 ranked Parkland Women's Basketball team beat #3 Illinois Central 59-53 to advance to Nationals for the second consecutive year.  The Cobras now (32-1) will find out on Tuesday who their opening round opponent will be at the National Tournament which kicks off March 17 at Johnson County CC in Overland Park, Kansas.  ICC's season ends at (29-4) with two of their four losses coming at the hands of Parkland. 
 
The first half was part defensive battle and part offensive struggle as the Cougars took a 25-21 lead into halftime. The game was a see-saw affair before ICC grabbed the four point lead to end the half.  PC was happy to be down just four after shooting 21% over the opening 20 minutes but ICC shot just 34% themselves and PC limited ICC's second chance opportunities by controlling the boards. Kassidy Alderman's two three-pointers off the bench were key in keeping the Cobras within striking distance. 
 
The two teams traded baskets for the first 10 minutes of the second half before PC made a key switch, using a 2-3 zone for the first team all year. The zone kept the Cougars shooting from outside and also resulted in transition points for PC which grabbed their first lead of the second half with 9:30 to go. Parkland would extend that lead to as many as 11, at 52-41 with 5:38 left, before ICC mounted a furious comeback. 
 
The Cougars closed to within 3 with 1:05 remaining on the clock but Nadine Vaughn made a pair of free throws to make it a two possession game and ICC would not score again as the Cobras held on for their 32nd straight win. 
 
Laura Litchfield led all scorers with 24 points while Hannah Wascher scored 12 points and hauled down 15 boards. Nadine Vaughn also finished in double figures with 11 points, including 7-7 from the free throw line. PC outscored ICC 16-10 at the line while also winning the battle of the boards 54-43.  Jemia Carpenter and Shaakera Jones each had 11 for ICC but their leading scorer on the season Destiny Ramsey was held scoreless on the afternoon.
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#1Cobras to Play for Regional Title

March 7th, 2015

The #1 Cobra Women would take the floor in the Region 24 Semi-final to face Lake Land, a rematch from last years title game.  The results were the same as the Cobras put the brakes on a late Laker comeback attempt to win the game 73-66.

Parkland would come out blazing as they ran out to a 18-4 run to start the game, only to see Lake Land close the half on a run of their own to cut the lead to 32-23 at the half.  Both Nadine Vaughn and Hannah Wascher would battle foul trouble throughout, but would get some key buckets late to pace the win.
Four Cobras would register double figures in points with Chelsea Cross leading the way with 14.  Wascher would finish with another double double at 13 points and 11 rebounds.  Point guard Laura Litchfield had a double double of her own with 12 points and 10 assists, as Vaughn rounded out the Parkland double digit scorers with 10.  The win puts the Cobras in the Region 24 championship game on Sunday at Lewis and Clark agianst the winner of DACC and ICC at 2:00.
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Cobra Men Take Regional Opener

March 6th, 2015
Parkland used a 9-1 run midway through the second half to pull away from Lincoln Land 75-65 in a Region 24 quarterfinal game in Springfield. The Cobras (26-5) will take on Danville at 3:00 on Saturday in the Region 24 Semi-final. The Jaguars held on for a 63-61 win over Illinois Central in the final game of the day on Friday.  John Wood and Lincoln will take on each other in the 1:00 semi. 

The first half was a back and forth affair that saw the Loggers take a 30-25 half before the Cobras ended the half on an 8-0 run to take a 33-30 lead into intermission. The Cobras would push the lead to nine but LLLC would not go away and the PC lead was just three at 42-39 with 14:44 to play. >From there PC used a 9-1 to extend the lead to 51-40 with 12:02 remaining. The Cobras would extend the lead to as many as 21 and although the Loggers would close the gap, could get no closer then 10 for the remainder of the contest. 

The Cobras shot 47% from the field and 78% from the line in the win and also controlled the boards 41-27.  Corvon Butler led the Cobras with 13 points and 9 rebounds while Charles Sweatt-Washington also tossed in 13. Eddie Longmeyer led all scorers with 25 points for LLCC while Edin Mehmodovic came off the bench to score 18. 
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Cobras Cruise in Regional Opener

March 4th, 2015
The #1 Parkland Women's Basketball team scored the first ten points of the game and never looked back as they rolled over Lincoln 85-25 in the first round of the Region 24 tournament. The win moved the Cobras to (30-1) and they will face Lake Land (21-10) in Saturday's 2:00 semi-final at Lewis and Clark. The Lakers knocked off John Wood 57-52 in their quarterfinal game.  ICC (28-3) and Danville (24-7) advanced to the other semi-final which will tip-off at 4:00 on Saturday. 
 
On Wednesday night it was all Cobras as Hannah Wascher scored 8 of Parkland's first 10 points. PC would extend the lead to 23-4 at the midway point of the half and held a 44-8 lead at intermission. PC shot 56% in the opening half to just 15% for Lincoln. 
 
Coach Mike Lindemann played the starters for just a few minutes to start the second half as the reserves got most of the minutes and actually outscored the Lynx starters 48-25 for the game.  PC shot 52% on the night while winning the battle of the boards 41-25. The Cobras has 20 assists while also picking up 17 steals in the victory.  Wascher led PC with 18 points while Kassidy Alderman came off the bench to hit four three-pointers to finish with 12.  Ashley Mitton led the team with 9 rebounds while Chelsea Cross and Morgan Zindars each handed out 4 assists. 
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#9 Parkland Wins Again as Regular Season Winds Down

February 25th, 2015
The #9 ranked Parkland Men's Basketball team kept their M-WAC title hopes alive as they beat Lincoln Land 61-50 night to remain in a tie for the lead of the conference with one game to play.  A Parkland win on Saturday at Danville would give them at least a share of the M-WAC title. 
 
The Cobras rode the hot hand of JaQuan Bryant in the second half to pull away from the Loggers for the eleven point win. After going scoreless in the first half, Bryant hit three consecutive shots to push a three point Cobra lead up to 36-28. Bryant's bucket with 8:18 gave PC their biggest lead at 15, 49-34, and LLCC could get no closer than seven for the remainder of the game. 
 
The Cobras overcame an off night at the line (11-25 44%) by featuring a balanced attack that saw all 10 players who saw action score. Bryant led the way with 12 while Corvon Butler added 11 points and 5 rebounds. Capreace Salinas added 9 points off the bench while Cody Russell had 8.  Kevin Phillips added 7 rebounds and Kamal Shasi 4 assists to help the Cobras to their third straight win.  Eddie Longmeyer was nearly a one-man show for the Loggers as he scored 19 points on the night while no other Logger scored more than six.  
 
Parkland improves to (24-5 7-2) while Lincoln Land drops to (14-15 0-9).  Parkland will wrap up the regular season this Saturday with a 4:00 game at Danville Area (20-9 6-3).
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Cobra Women Continue to Roll

February 25th, 2015
The #1 ranked Parkland Women's Basketball team celebrated sophomore night and their final regular season home game with an impressive 84-32 rout of Lincoln Land on Wednesday night. The victory wrapped up the #1 seed for the upcoming Region 24 tournament and also clinched at least a tie for the Midwest Athletic Conference title. The Cobras have now earned a share or tie of five consecutive M-WAC titles. They can wrap up an undefeated and undisputed title, with a win at rival Danville Area on Saturday.
 
Wednesday's game was never in doubt as the Cobras raced out to an 20-8 lead and never looked back. Hannah Wascher scored 15 of her game high 23 points in the opening half and PC also got a big performance off the bench from Bailey Trimble who knocked down a pair of three-pointers and two free throws to score 8 points in the opening 20 minutes to help PC to a 47-14 halftime lead. 
 
The second half was more of the same as PC shot 52% for the game and dominated the boards 55-21. Unselfishness was once again the key as the Cobras had 29 assists on 36 made baskets. Wascher led all scorers with 23 while Trimble finished with a career high 13. All twelve players scored for PC as Coach Mike Lindemann substituted freely throughout the contest.  Chelsea Cross just missed a double-double with 8 points and 10 boards while also handing out 5 assists. Ashley Mitton grabbed 10 boards while Laura Litchfield and Haley Toohill each had 5 assists. 
 
The win, the Cobras 28th straight, moves them to (28-1 9-0) on the season while the Loggers drop to (12-15 4-5).  Parkland will travel to DACC (23-6 8-1) for a 2:00 game this Saturday.
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2015 Parkland College Baseball Preview

February 20th, 2015

A look at the upcoming 2015 Parkland College Baseball Season

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2015 Parkland College Softball Preview

February 20th, 2015

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After Big Comeback #7 Parkland Fall to Trailblazers

February 14th, 2015
The # 7 Parkland Men's Basketball roared all the way back from an 18 point second half deficit but could not finish the game down the stretch as they fell to John Wood 76-71 in M-WAC play Saturday afternoon in Champaign. The Cobras trailed 61-43 with 10:08 to go but clawed back into the contest, eventually tying the game at 67 with 1:32 to go on a pair of Charles Sweatt-Washington free throws. From that point, the Blazers outscored PC 9-4 down the stretch to pull out the road win.  
 
PC found itself down only 30-28 at the break but had to be disappointed as they made just 7 of 15 free throws in the opening half and didnt take advantage of 12 offensive rebounds.  John Wood put on a shooting clinic to start the second half as they made their first 8 shots and 12 of their first 13 to push the lead to as many as 18 before the Cobra comeback. 
 
The charity stripe proved to be the difference as John Wood outscored PC 28-18 from the line. The Blazers shot 78% to just 58% for the Cobras. John Wood also shot 50% from the field for the game to only 38% for Parkland off-setting a 38-25 dominance by the Cobras on the glass.
 
Charles Sweatt-Washington paced the PC attack scoring 19 of his game high 22 points after the break while also grabbing 11 rebounds. The sophomore shot 9-13 from the field but made just 4 of 10 from the line.  JaQuan Bryant was the only other PC player in double figures as he finished with 10. Brody Gronewold had a game high 17, scoring 6 of those points in the final minute of the game, knocking down a three and making three free throws. Andrew Howard scored 15 as he was a perfect 5-5 from both the field and the line. Jordan Johnson added 13 and Paxton Harmon 12 for John Wood.
 
The Blazers improve to (15-11 4-2) and move into a three-way tie for the M-WAC lead with both the Cobras and Danville. Parkland drops to (21-5 4-2). PC travels to East Peoria on Wednesday for a 7:30 contest against Illinois Central College.
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John Wood Misses Buzzer Beater to Extend Cobra Win Steak

February 14th, 2015
The #1 Parkland Women's Basketball survived a huge scare on Saturday as they hung on for a 54-53 win over visiting John Wood. The game was not decided until the final possession as the Blazers had a chance to win it but Mattie Whitaker's shot was off the mark and the Cobras grabbed the rebound to close out the win. 
 
Sophomore Hanna Wascher was the difference in the game as she dominated the inside finishing with 24 points and 17 rebounds on the afternoon. The Rantoul graduate made 10-15 shots and also had 3 steals and 3 blocks in the win.  Josie Zerrusen was the only other PC player in double figures with 10. Parkland won despite a dismal shooting night from the other three starters who shot just 8 of 31 from the field. The PC subs also struggled as the Blazer bench outscored Parkland's 16-3. 
 
For the fourth straight game the Cobras started slowly, this time falling behind 14-6 before eventually taking their first lead of the game at 19-18 with 5:24 to go.  Parkland would lead by just one at 29-28 at halftime.  JWCC would grab the lead early in the second half and had control of the contest until PC eventually tied the game at 47 with 5:12 to go on a Wascher bucket. After a couple of Blazers turnovers, Wascher converted a pair of free throws and Chelsea Cross had a steal and a lay up as the Cobras took their biggest lead at 52-47 with 3:15 left.
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