2018 Parkland College Baseball Preview

February 17th, 2018

Welcome to the 2018 Parkland College Baseball Preview!  On the show we are joined by Coach Dave Garcia, Coach Jon Goebel, Luke Smith, Trystin Raikes, and Jarett Olson as we preview the 2018 season.

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Parkland Women Hold On To Big Win Over ICC

February 14th, 2018

The #25 Parkland Women’s Basketball  shot 82% from the line and had four players finish with between 14 and 16 points, as the Cobras defeated #10 Illinois Central 74-68 in a Region 24 showdown.  The victory moves the Cobras to (18-5 and 5-2 in the Region) while ICC drops to (19-7 and 3-3). With just two weeks to go in the regular season, the Cobras now stand 2nd in the 8 team field.

Parkland jumped out to an early 20-10 lead on Wednesday as the Cobras were a perfect 10-10 at the line in the quarter. The Cougars however finished the quarter on an 8-0 run to cut the lead to two after the opening 10 minutes. PC still led 32-28 with 4:04 until halftime but ICC went on a 8-2 run to end the quarter and led 36-34 at the break.

The third quarter saw the teams trade buckets before the Cougars took their biggest lead of the game at 51-46 with 2:35 remaining in the 3rd quarter. This time it was the Cobras turn to finish a quarter strong as they cut the margin to one at 53-52 with 10 to play. The Cobras led 58-57 with 7:03 to go and went on an 8-0 run to push the lead to 66-57 with 4:07  remaining. ICC would crawl back to within three at 69-66 with 1:08 to go but  Michah Tapscot and Crystal Mathis each made a pair of free throws  to extend the lead back to 73-66 and the Cobras held on for the victory.

Balance was the key for PC as Tapscott led the way with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Ryan Dooley had 15 points and 6 boards while Madelyn Brouwer made 6 of 9 shots and finished with 15 points as well. Mathis also was in double figures with 14 points and Heather DeLuca just missed joining them as she ended the game with 9 points and 5 assists.  Parkland shot 47% for the game and made 23-28 free throws including a perfect 8-8 by Dooley. ICC was led by Madison Faulkner with 14 points and Bailey Larsen with 12. The Cougars shot just 39% from the field and made just 30% of their shots in the second half.

The road doesn’t get any easier for Parkland as they travel to Lincoln on Saturday to take on the #15 Lynx (22-2). Lincoln pounded the Cobras by 24 points earlier this season.  PC has won five straight since that defeat while the Lynx are coming off only their 2nd defeat of the season last Saturday at John Wood. The two teams are tied for the M-WAC lead at 4-1 with 5 games to play.

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#8 DACC Holds On To Win over #6 Parkland

February 7th, 2018

The Parkland Men’s Basketball team had three shots at a win in the final seconds Wednesday, but could not get the shot to go down, as they lost to rival Danville 67-66 in Champaign.  The Cobras trailed 67-63 with less than a minute to go but Quin Nottingham was fouled on a three-point attempt with 39.1 remaining. The Centennial grad sank all three shots to cut the Jaguar lead to one and after a DACC missed shot, PC had the ball with a chance to win but for the second straight game lost by a single tally.

Nottingham led the Cobras with 17 points off the bench while Isaiah Curry had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds and Devonte Daniels also had 11 in the loss.  Jordan Gary led DACC with 16 points while Antoine Devine added 14 and Lavelle Smith added 11.  The Jaguars shot 49% for the game to just 38% for PC. The Cobras controlled the boards 39-28 and were able to stay close due to DACC making just 11 of 22 free throws. 

Danville improves to (19-3 4-0) with the win while the Cobras drop to (16-4 2-2). PC will return to action on Saturday night with a 7:30 game at Rend Lake.

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Cobra Women Win Big Over Danville

February 7th, 2018

The Parkland College Women’s Basketball team raced out to a 22-9 lead after one quarter Wednesday and then cruised to a 68-37 victory over visiting Danville. The win improves the Cobras to (16-5 3-1) while Danville falls to (3-18 0-4). The game was never in doubt as PC shot 50% in the opening quarter and forced 11 Jaguar turnovers.

Parkland extended their lead to 38-18 at the half,  with sophomore Ryan Dooley scoring 15 points in the opening twenty minutes. Both teams struggled to score in the third quarter but PC pulled away with 18-8 margin over the final period.  The Cobras shot 52% on the evening while DACC made just 35% of their shots and committed 27 turnovers.  Dooley paced the PC attack with 19 points and also had six steals. Janiece Thomas came off the bench to add 13 points and grab 9 rebounds.  Heather DeLuca and Madelyn Brouwer each scored 10 points while Crystal Mathis had 8 points and 6 assists for the victorious Cobras.  DACC was led by Amari Brodie who had a double-double with 11 points and 10 boards.

Parkland will be on the road this Saturday as they take on Lincoln Land in an important M-WAC and Region 24 contest. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:00 in Springfield.

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Cobras Trail at half but Rally to take down Cavaliers

November 30th, 2017

Devonte’ Daniels hit back to back three’s and Marcus Latham made 8 of 10 free throws down the stretch, to help the Parkland Men’s Basketball team pull away for an 84-77 win over visiting Kankakee.  The win moves the Cobras to (7-1) while NJCAA D-1 Kankakee drops to (2-5).

The game did not start well for the Cobras as the Cavaliers hit 8 of their first 10 shots to grab an early 17-7 lead.  PC would scratch and claw back into the contest and trailed just 43-42 at the break despite KCC shooting 63% in the half.  PC would score the first points of the second half to grab their first lead but KCC would rally and led 66-62 with just 4:03 remaining.  From that point it was all Cobras as they outscored the Cavs 22-11 to close out the win. Marcus Latham cut the deficit to one with an old-fashioned three-point play and after a KCC turnover, Latham would make 1-2 at the line to tie the contest at 66. PC would force another turnover and Daniels drilled a three to put PC up by three with 2:30 to go.  After Daizon Scott knocked down a couple of free throws to cut the lead back to one. Daniels would hit another three and added a two-point field goal follwoing another KCC turnover. Leading 74-68 with 1:18 left on the clock, Latham would make 6-6 at the charity stripe in the final minute and Myles Simmons added a pair of free throws to seal the victory. 

Latham was one of five Cobras in double figures as he finished with 19 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists. Simmons tossed in 15 points while Dirk Jordan and Isaiah Curry each had 12.  Daniels finished with 10 points, eight  of them coming in a 1:21 stretch late in the contest.  KCC was led by Christian Jacob who had 17 points and Micah Rosser and Daizon Scott each with 16.  The game was won at the free throw line as the Cobras made 19-24 (79%) to just 11-21 (52%) for the Cavs. PC also won the battle of the boards 33-25 and forced 13 second half turnovers.

Parkland will return to action this Sunday at the St. Louis Shootout host at the Forest Park campus of St. Louis CC.  The Cobras will take on St. Louis starting at Noon.  

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Second Half Comeback Propels Parkland to Victory

November 19th, 2017

The Parkland Men's Basketball team, undefeated on the season, would host another unbeaten team in the Lake Land Lakers.  Although Lake Land would lead at the half, Parkland would lock down defensively and win the game 91-79.  Marcus Latham would lead the way for the Cobras with 23 points.

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Cobras Blow Past Rend Lake in Second Half to take Home Opener

November 8th, 2017

After a pair of nail biting victories, the Cobras were able to relax a little bit in this one. After leading by just two at the break, PC outscored visiting Rend Lake 45-23 in the second half as they pulled away for an impressive 83-59 victory over Rend Lake.  The win moves PC to (3-0 1-0) while Rend Lake drops to (1-2 1-2).

The Cobras jumped out to an early 28-13 lead but poor shooting by PC and some late three’s by Rend Lake cut the margin to just two at halftime.  After the Warriors tied the game with a pair of free throws early in the second half, the #10 Cobras went on a 11-0 run sparked by a pair of three’s by Jordache Mavunga to give PC a 49-38 lead with 16:41 remaining.  Rend Lake would score the next four points to cut the deficit to seven but PC would then go on a 13-0 run to push the lead to 62-42 with just over ten minutes remaining.  The Warriors would get no closer than 17 the rest of the way as PC cruised to the 24 point win.

Mavunga had a double-double with 21 points and 10 boards as he was 8-13 from the field including 5-10 from behind the arc.  Quin Nottingham came off the bench to add 14 as he was a perfect 6-6 from the line and also had 4 boards and 3 steals. Marcus Latham had 13 points and 4 assists while Isaiah Curry was big off the bench with 12 points and 5 rebounds.  PC shot 43% for the game but 52% (12-23) from three point range and also made 15-18 at the line.  Turnovers were a big part of the victory as they forced the Warriors into 25 while only having 12 of their own. PC also had 15 assists to just 7 for RLC.   Rend Lake was led by Ike Okwara who had 13 points and 5 rebounds.

Parkland will return to action this Saturday afternoon when they host Lincoln Trail (1-2) starting at 3:00.   

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Cobras Battle Through Semi-Final and Earn Birth in Region 24 Championship

October 27th, 2017

The Parkland College Men’s Soccer team outlasted visiting Lewis and Clark 2-1 on Wednesday afternoon to advance into the Region 24 finals. The Cobras (14-4) will take on the winner of tonight’s Illinois Central versus Lincoln game scheduled for 6:00 in East Peoria. If ICC wins, Parkland will travel to ICC for a 12:00 match on Saturday afternoon. If Lincoln wins, Parkland will host the Lynx on Saturday.

With the field extremely wet after the rains of the last three days, both teams struggled early on with their traction but it would be the Cobras who would strike first as Jesus Reina found the back of the net off a perfect pass from Zach Gowlett midway thru the first half.  Just over a minute later, PC committed a foul in the box and the Blazers were awarded a penalty kick.  L&C’s Rhys Saunders buried his kick into the bottom left corner to tie the match with 23 minutes left on the clock. Neither team could convert for the remainder of the half and the score remained 1-1 headed into the break.

Chances were few early in the second half until Chen Levine got around a defender and snuck the ball just past the Lewis and Clark keeper to give PC the lead again with 31:25 remaining. Parkland would control the action for much of the final 30 minutes as Lewis and Clark could not break free. PC finished the afternoon with twelve shots on goal to just four for the visitors.  Lewis and Clark ends their season at (11-5-1) suffering two 2-1 defeats at the hands of the Cobras. The loss also ended the Hall of Fame career of long time Lewis and Clark Men’s and Women’s Coach Tim Rooney who is retiring at the end of this season. Rooney ends his Men’s career after 31 years and a record of 409-225-34. His Women’s team is still alive however and will host ICC at 2:00 on Thursday. A win would put them in the Region 24 title game against the winner of tomorrow’s SWIC and Parkland match.  Rooney, who started the Blazer Women’s program in 1993, has a record of 419-100-22 over the last 24 seasons.  His combined record for the two teams is an impressive 828-325-56. 

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Pugh Give Cobras Late Push over ICC

October 9th, 2017

Johnny Pugh scored twice in the final minutes to help the Parkland Men’s Soccer team to an unlikely 3-2 rally over Illinois Central College. The win, along with Lincoln College’s loss to Heartland, earns the Cobras a 3rd straight Midwest Athletic Conference title. 

Playing in windy and wet conditions, the Cobras appeared destined to lose as they trailed 2-0 with just under 8 minutes remaining before Pugh got the Cobras on the board as he drilled a free kick into the back of the net with 7:31 left.  Chen Levien would tie the match just three minutes later as he picked up a loose ball in front of the Cougars net and got the ball by the keeper for a 2-2 tie. Just 26 seconds later, Pugh would take a feed from Henrique Santiago and pick up the game winner as his shot eluded the ICC goal keeper. The Cobras were able to hold on over the final four minutes that saw some rough play which resulted in a player being ejected from both teams.

The win moves Parkland to (11-3 6-1) with a game tentatively scheduled against the UI Club Team this Wednesday.  Illinois Central drops to (7-7 and 4-3).  The Cobras have three matches left in the regular season including two big Region 24 matches at Heartland on October 14 and Southwestern Illinois on October 17.   

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Cobras Cruise in Second Half as they Take down Cougars

October 9th, 2017

The Parkland Women’s Soccer team outlasted both Illinois Central and extremely windy conditions Saturday as they blanked the Cougars 5-0 in Region 24 play. The win moves PC to (6-5-1 2-1) while ICC falls to (6-7 1-3).

The Cobras spent the first half playing into a fierce 20-25 miles per hour wind with occasional gusts over 30 and found the ability to get off a shot very difficult. In fact ICC had 5 shots to just one for the Cobras until the final five minutes when the Cobra offense came alive.  Beatriz Pinheiro worked her way past the ICC defender off an Alexis Warren assist to score the first goal with just four minute 4:08 left until halftime. Just two minutes later PC would score against at Nomi Veldt connected off a Marissa Barria pass.

The Cobras were a confident group in the second half as they held a 2-0 lead and now had the wind at their backs. It didn’t take long as just eight minutes after the break. Breanna Merchant blasted a long free kick into the top of the net for a 3-0 lead.  Four minutes later, Pinheiro would score again with Barria picking up her second assist.  Barria would wrap up the scoring as she also sent a free kick into the back of the net at the 67 minute mark. Rachel Lee picked up the victory in goal as the Cobras recorded their fourth shutout victory of the season.

PC will be back in action on Tuesday when they host Indian Hills CC of Iowa (8-2-1) starting at 4:00.

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Big Region 24 Win for Cobras Over ICC

September 28th, 2017

The #2 ranked Parkland Cobras hosted #6 ICC tonight and the Cobras swept the Cougars 25-16, 25-19, and 27-25. Fia Willis notched 16 kills and 15 digs, Alivia Dew had 12 kills and 3 blocks, and Eloise van Velthooven had 11 kills and 9 digs. Bailee Dunne led the defense with 21 digs Middles Gabby Morrow (4 kills on 4 attempts and 2 blocks) and Gillian Jones (2 kills and 4 blocks) helped keep the ICC offense off-balance all night while setter Leah Anderson and her 40 assists did the same to the defense.

Parkland improves to 27-1 over-all while ICC falls to 14-4 on the season.  The Cobras travel south on Sunday for PC's final two Region matches vs Frontier and Lincoln Trail.With two wins, the Cobras wrap up the important 1 seed for the Region 24 tournament starting at the end of October.

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Cobras Win Sixth Straight after Blanking Heartland

September 24th, 2017

Outstanding goal keeper play from Elijah de los Santos and an opportunistic offense, helped lead the #16 ranked Cobras to a 5-0 win over rival Heartland. The win, Parkland’s 6th straight, moves the Cobras to (7-2 4-0) while the Hawks drop to (5-5 1-3).

The early part of the match was controlled by Heartland as they pounded the Cobra keeper with 4 shots that resulted in three outstanding saves and another off the right post. However it was the Cobras who would strike first as Jesus Reina calmly knocked his shot by the Hawk defender off an assist from Henrique Santiago. Just six minutes later Tanner Kidwell connected, with Daniel Silva earning the assist, as PC took a 2-0 lead. That would be the Parkland lead at the half despite being outshot 8-5. 

The Cobras kept their two goal margin for most of the half as the game became much more of a defensive struggle. After a scoreless first 30 minutes of the second half, PC would erupt for three goals in a six minute span to put the contest away. Zach Gowlett slipped one into the net off a pass from Chen Levien to get the run started and Levien would get a goal of his own as he perfectly placed the ball into the upper left corner of the net off a free kick. Just two minutes later, Kidwell would score his second goal of the afternoon as Gowlett earned the assist.

PC won despite being outshot 11-10 on the afternoon as de los Santos was the difference in goal as PC picked up their fourth shutout win of the season.  The team will be back in action this Monday afternoon when they host the JV from the University of Indianapolis starting at 4:00.

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Kidwell’s Overtime Goal Defeats Blazers

September 14th, 2017

Tanner Kidwell would bury the Blazers just 2:30 into overtime as Parkland takes down #17 Lewis and Clark 2-1.

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Rematch of Last Years National Final Goes Way of the Cobras

September 13th, 2017
The #1 ranked Parkland Cobras battled #7 Lincoln Land in a rematch of last season's national championship match, and while the first two sets were tight, PC earned the convincing sweep with an impressive 25-22, 26-24, 25-14 victory.
Fia Willis led the offensive effort with 18 kills. She also notched 10 digs and 2 blocks. Alivia Dew had another successful match with 11 kills and 2 blocks. Leah Anderson had 5 kills and 30 assists while Bailee Dunne led the defense with 19 digs. Eloise van Velthooven notched 4 kills, 10 digs and 2 service aces as well.

The Cobras improve to 16-0 overall and 2-0 in the M-WAC Conference. PC travels this weekend to Belleville, IL for four matches at the Southwestern Illinois College Invitational before heading to Godfrey, IL next Wednesday for another conference match-up with Lewis & Clark.

 

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Cobra Men Defeat Rival Lincoln

September 10th, 2017

The Parkland Men’s Soccer team scored two goals over a two minute stretch in the 2ndhalf Saturday, as they blanked rival Lincoln College 2-0 in a Midwest Athletic Conference showdown. The win improves Parkland to (4-2 2-0) while Lincoln drops to (3-2 1-1). PC is off until Thursday September 14 when they will host Lewis and Clark at 4:00. The #19 Blazers are currently (4-0) ahead of a Monday match against St. Louis CC and have outscored their opponents 20-2 so far this season.

On Saturday the two teams played an exciting first half despite neither team being able to score a goal. The Lynx had 7 shots on goal with two hitting the posts and two more being stopped by outstanding saves by the Cobra defense and keeper Lorenzo Giaretti.  The Cobras also had their chances but strong keeper player denied PC any scores.

The Cobras would begin to control the flow of the game in the second half and took advantage of A Lincoln foul in the box resulting in a penalty kick.  Chen Levien was awarded the shot and calmly got the ball into the corner of the net for a 1-0 lead.  Just two minutes later, PC would score again as the Cobras got behind the Lynx defense as Zachary Gowlett scored off an assist from Jesus Reina.  The Cobras would control the ball over the final 30 minutes to secure the win, Parkland’s third straight shutout this season.  Giaretti had 8 saves on the afternoon as PC out shot Lincoln 12-8 for the match.

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