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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Cobra Volleyball Takes Down Lincoln in First Home Contest

August 30th, 2017

Parkland hosted M-WAC foe Lincoln College this evening. The Cobras brought a 4-0 record and Lynx 4-1 overall record into the contest, and PC prevailed in four sets. After breezing through the first set 25-13, some unforced errors and inspired play from Lincoln gave the Lynx the set and tied the match at 1-1 with a 27-29 second set. But Parkland regrouped well and played clean yet aggressive the rest of the way with 25-6 and 25-11 wins in sets 3 and 4.

The pin hitters for Parkland made the offensive damage tonight with Fia Willis (22 kills), Eloise van Velthooven (21 digs) and Alivia Dew (10 kills) consistently keeping the Lincoln defense off-balance. Leah Anderson notched a career high 54 assists, and Gillian Jones had her own career high with 8 blocks. Willis also notched 19 digs, Bailee Dunne had 18 and van Velthooven had 12. Maggie Sorenson served 3 aces while Anita Jenkins, van Velthooven and Willis had 2 apiece.

Parkland improves to 5-0 overall and 1-0 in M-WAC play. PC travels to Toledo, Ohio for six matches Friday-Sunday including three against 2016 National tournament teams in #4 Catawba Valley (NC), #13 Grand Rapids (MI) and D-1 #25 Wallace State (AL). First match is 10am EST Friday morning vs. Catawba Valley.

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Extra Innings Needed But Parkland Completes Sweep

April 22nd, 2017

Game 2: Parkland 7 Illinois Central 6 8 innings

Haley Ginger roped a one out double off the left field wall in the bottom of the 8th to drive home the game winner and give the Cobras the sweep. The game started out poorly for PC as ICC scored a pair of runs in the top of the 1st to grab the early lead. Brigette Belt’s sacrifice fly scored Ginger in the bottom of the 1st to cut the margin to one. The Cobras would grab the lead by scoring three times in the 2nd as they used three straight walks before a Maddy Shoemaker double drove in a pair and the third run came home on an Amber Tabeling walk. Parkland had just the one hit in the inning but walked six times off three different Cougar pitchers.

The game remained 4-2 PC until the top of the 6th when ICC scored a run to cut the lead to just one. Parkland would answer back as Ginger and Shoemaker both singled, moved into scoring position on a ground ball, and scored on a two run single by Catlin. ICC would not be denied however as they used three straight hits to start the inning to make the score 6-4 and plated two more runs via sacrifice flies to tie the contest. The Cobras did not score in the bottom of the 7th to send the game to extra innings.

With the international tie-breaker in place, ICC started the inning with a runner at 2nd and she moved to 3rd on an infield ground out. Relieve Lexie Black got a big strike out and then ended the inning with a another ground ball. PC would also start the inning with a runner on second but after a strikeout, Ginger roped a 1-2 pitch over the left fielders head for a game winning double. Ginger had three more hits in the finale as she went 6-7 on the afternoon with 3 runs scored. Maddy Shoemaker had two hits for PC who won despite getting out hit 12-6. Black (8-2) earned the win by working a perfect inning in relief of Catlin.

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Cobras Hold Off ICC for Game 1 Win

April 22nd, 2017

Game 1: Parkland 1 Illinois Central 0

The Cobras tossed their third straight shutout in the opener as Jaclyn Thompson pitcher her second gem in as many days to earn the win. Thompson (11-1) gave up just four hits while walking three and striking out three. Parkland would score the only run of the contest in the 6th as Haley Ginger led off the inning with a single but was still at 2nd with two outs after a strikeout and ground out. Sophie Catlin hit the first pitch up the middle for a single to score Ginger for the game winner. Thompson battled out of a jam in the 7th as the Cougars had runners on the corners with two out but she got the ICC lead-off hitter to fly out to center to end the game. Ginger paced the Cobra attack as she was a perfect 3-3.

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Parkland Run Rules Snappers for Sweep

April 10th, 2017

 Game 2    PC 8     SRC  0   (5 innings)

 Sophie Catlin now 7-4, threw a masterful 1 hitter, striking out 6 and walking 1.  PC opened the scoring up in the 2nd when Amber Tabeling singled and scored on Lauren Spelich's deep sacrifice fly to right center. The Cobras put four more runs on the board in the 3rd.  Maddy Shoemaker opened the inning with a walk and then with two outs, Brigette Belt got hit by a pitch.  Kyliegh Basham doubled driving in Belt and Shoemaker, Tabeling followed with a single, and Shelby Youngblood doubled driving in Basham and Tabeling. The Cobras closed the game out in the bottom of the 5th with three runs, as Shelby Youngblood, Spelich, and Ginger all drove in a run. Youngblood led the offense with three hits, 3 RBI, and Ginger, Basham, and Tabeling all collected two hits.  

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PC     014  03     8  10  1

 

 WP   Catlin      LP   Elizondo

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Cobra Softball Strikes Early Take Down Spoon River in Game 1

April 10th, 2017

Game 1    PC  6        SRC   1

 

The Cobras started game one off with two home runs in the first inning, one by Maddie Shoemaker and the other by Sophie Catlin, as  PC jumped out to an early lead. Three runs came in on the first inning home runs while the other scored on a Makenna Butcher double. In the 4th, Parkland added another run on Butcher’s second double of the day and she scored on Haley Ginger's single. The  final run was posted when Elissa Stewart reached on an error and scored on Ginger’s double.   SRC scored their lone run in the 6th on a double, wild pitch and an infield out.  Haley Ginger and Maddy Shoemaker both finished with  2 hits and 2 RBI, while  MaKenna Butcher had two hits and drove in one.  Jaclyn Thompson improved to 8-1 as she scattered 7 hits, while walking one and striking out 8.

 

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PC    400  101  X    6 11 0

 

WP  Thompson      LP   Papenhause

HR---Shoemaker     Catlin  (PC)

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