2016 Parkland College Women’s Soccer Preview

August 8th, 2016

WELCOME BACK COBRASPORTS FANS!!  In our first podcast for the 2016-2017 academic year, we feature the 2016 Parkland College Women's Soccer team.  They welcome in a new head coach, with Chris Jackson taking over for the departed Josh Alford.  Brian Schutte sits down with Coach Jackson to look back at the 2015 Cobras, as well as ahead to the 2016 squad.  Also on the program you will hear from Jenna Ashley, Hannah Martinez, and Marissa Barria.

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2016 Parkland College Softball Preview

February 29th, 2016

Nolan Harmon and Brian Schutte bring you the 2016 Parkland College Softball Preview only on CobraSports.Net.  This years preview features interviews with Head Coach Chuck Clutts, as well as players Hannah Pruden, Sophie Catlin, Katie Kuska, and Makayla Walsh.  Click below and enjoy the show!

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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

A look at the upcoming 2015 Parkland College Softball Season

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Parkland Softball Weekly Presents: Fall Wrap Up 2013

October 9th, 2013

The Parkland College Softball team recently completed their Fall schedule, competing in 23 contests throughout the state of Illinois.  Head Coach Chuck Clutts, entering his 14th year at Parkland, joins us to discuss the impact of the Fall schedule and how it puts the Cobras in a position to succeed when we get to the Spring.  Featured guests include returning Sophomores Erin Hettinger and Jordan Wheeler, as well as Freshman hurler Elizabeth Walker.

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Inside Cobra Baseball 2013: Episode 2

March 4th, 2013

The Parkland College Baseball team finished (2-3) over the weekend at The USA JUCO Classic in Millington, TN.  The Cobras found themselves in another round of tight finishes as this young team continues to garner experience early in the season.  Head Coach Matt Kennedy joins us to discuss the trip and also look forward to next weekends trip down to Jefferson College.  Click below for audio of the latest installment of Inside Cobra Baseball!

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Inside Cobra Baseball 2013: Episode 1

February 25th, 2013

Parkland College Head Baseball Coach Matt Kennedy sits down with Brian Schutte to discuss the opening weekend of game for the Cobras for the first installment of Inside Cobra Baseball for the 2013 season.

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Seven Parkland Baseball Players earn All-Region and/or All-M-WAC honors

May 24th, 2012

Seven members of the Parkland College Baseball team have been honored as All-Region or All-Midwest Athletic Conference for their performances this season.  Pitcher Josh Witt, catcher Bobby Burns, and shortstop Wes Minton were each named 1st Team All-Region and All-MWAC while pitcher Bo Weir was a 1st Team All-Region and 2nd Team All-Conference selection. Pitcher Zach Hall and first baseman Adam Casson were named 2nd Team All-Conference and pitcher Clay Manering was an Honorable Mention choice.

Witt emerged as one the Cobras most consistent starters going 7-1 this season with a 1.83 earned run average. He walked only 7 hitters and struck out 55 in 64.0 innings of work.  He has signed with NCAA D-2 University of Indianapolis for next season. The Greyhounds are one of eight teams who have qualified for the D-2 World Series which starts this weekend.  Bobby Burns was the team's leader on the field holding down the top catching spot and excelling both defensively and at the plate. Burns handled 286 chances without an error and had 21 assists. At the plate he hit a team high .377 with 5 HR and 38 RBI.  He has signed with Morehead State of the Ohio Valley Conference. Wes Minton was a two year starter at shortstop for the Cobras he hit .340 this season and .378 for his career. He had 12 HR and 98 RBI during his career and his 41 doubles ties him for first in career doubles, a record held by Shane Smith since 1995. He will continue his career at Central Missouri State.

Despite battling injuries during the season, fellow Central Missouri signee Bo Weir put up some of the Cobras most dominating performances. His 14 strikeout no-hitter against ICC in March was undoubtedly the best performance by an M-WAC pitcher this season. His 1.06 earned run average is a new school record breaking the previous mark set by Kevin Leahey in 1995. His 153 career strikeouts places him 4th all-time in that category.

Fellow sophomore left-handed hurlers Zach Hall (Austin Peay) and Clay Manering (Ball State) completed an outstanding foursome of starters for the Cobras this year. Hall was 7-3 with a 3.65 ERA striking out 64 hitters in 66.2 innings. Manering was the PC workhorse pitching a team high 81.0 innings and striking out a team leading 88 men while going 7-4 on the season.

Freshman first baseman Adam Casson also earned post-season honors. The Pontiac freshman saw playing time early on as the designated hitter but became the Cobras starting first baseman when Jeff Limbaugh saw his season come to an end with a broken hand. Casson filled in admirably for PC hitting .338 with 2 HR and 26 RBI while making only 1 error at first.

The Cobras ended the season (40-20) after falling to Heartland in the Region 24 Championship game. They finished just a game back of the Hawks in the M-WAC standings as well, missing out on a co-championship with a loss on the final day of the regular season.

Trouble Connecting To Our LIVE Programming? Here Are Some Tips To Help

March 1st, 2012

Recently, we've been made aware that some of our audience may be having difficulties connecting to our LIVE streaming broadcasts of Parkland sports.  Well, that will never do.  So here are some hints and info to help.

First, the usual way to access the live stream is to click the "go green" link in the links column shown in the right-hand margin of this page.  But in order to do that, you first have to get to this page, and sometimes that is the problem.  When you see a message such as "Podbean is experiencing heavy traffic, please try again later,"  it means that the web page servers are being asked to do more work than they are capable of doing OR that Podbean is doing system maintence.  In this case, you'll need another route to our audio play-by-play stream.  Fortunately, there is another route.

You might wish to copy or paste this link:

http://www.shoutcast.com/shoutcast_popup_player?station_id=217479&play_status=1&stn=SpacialNet:%20CobraSportsNet

Is there an easier way?  Sure. Right now, you can access the "go green" link.  Once the player opens (you'll hear either live or recorded programming) bookmark the URL.  All browsers have this bookmarking function.  Once you have this URL recorded in your browser bookmarks, you'll be good to go; just go to the bookmark and open it as you would any other.

Why this works: Podbean is the company that hosts the main web site for CobraSportsNet (you're reading it now).  But it is another company, called Shoutcast that actually supplies our audio to the Internet.  If Podbean is giving you the "busy signal" and you follow the steps shown above, you are sidestepping the busy server and cutting out the "middleman."  You're then going directly to the audio stream.

A final option:  Although we are going to leave this posting on our home page for your future reference, there is still another option.  You can just go to the Shoutcast.com home page and do a search for Cobra Sports.  Our station should appear as a search result; click it, and you're once again good to go.

And did you know that there are free aps for smart phones that will also give you access to Shoutcast?  Search your ap store for details.

One final thought: there is a finite number of listener "slots" available on CobraSportsNet.   Though we typically don't reach this limit, it can happen.  This means tuning in a little bit early isn't a bad idea.  Once you're in, you're in.  We have to set it up this way to control costs.

Don't miss any of the action here at CobraSportsNet.   Thanks for supporting us with your site visits, comments, and friendship.  GO COBRAS!

Time Out With: Rod Lovett

February 8th, 2012

snake.jpgOn a busy Wednesday afternoon, CobraSportsNet Producer Steve Brown sat down for an update chat with the Director of Athletics, Rod Lovett.  The discussion ranged widely - from facilities to philosophy and team success to academics.  It even concludes with the two offering some thoughts about their own academic experiences.  We hope you find it interesting.

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Time Out With: Coach Heather Tarter

February 2nd, 2012

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"Time Out With" is our feature magazine that takes you inside the world of Parkland College Athletics, and the efforts required to keep the Cobras at the top of the national junior college sports picture.  Steve Brown spent a few minutes this week with Heather Tarter, Assistant Head Softball Coach.  This interview ranges from recruiting to pitching to rule changes and more.  Enjoy!

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Academic Performance of Parkland Athletes: Outstanding!

December 28th, 2011

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For the first time, Parkland College athletes earned a combined grade point average (for all sports) that was over 3.0, finishing at 3.033 for the fall semester.  Congratulations are in order for the women's basketball team for earning the over-all best team GPA with a sparkling 3.325.  They edged out the softball (3.273) and volleyball (3.229) teams by less then one-tenth of a point.  The biggest improvement this fall came among the men's sports, where the guys finished with their highest ever grade point average of 2.986!  Overall, 7 of the 10 Cobra sports teams finished with Fall GPA's over 3.0.

Strong academic achievement is nothing new to Parkland College Athletics.  But the past fall was outstanding.  Golf was once again the top academic team on the men's side.  Other teams made strong gains in academic GPA.  Especially exciting were the significant improvements made in team GPA by the volleyball (+.391), men's basketball (+.315), and baseball (+.243) teams.

It was a great job by our Parkland athletes, faculty and coaches who contributed to this outstanding semester in the classroom.  Special props are in order for Coach Nate Mast for supporting and monitoring this improvement.

We at CobraSportsNet make no secret of the fact that we started this project to honor the achievements of our student athletes and all who support them.  With their classroom successes again this fall, they again have proven to be more than deserving.  Well done!

Congratulations from all of us at CobraSportsNet!

Time Out With: Rod Lovett

August 26th, 2011

We're glad to be back! What better way to kick off another year of CobraSportsNet than to take time out for a chat with Parkland College Athletics Director Rod Lovett.

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Cobras Academic Excellence Accompanies Their Athletic Honors

May 25th, 2011

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At CobraSportsNet, we've long bragged on the Parkland student athletes as being highly successful in their course work as well as in their sports.  Maybe you say you'd like some evidence?  OK, read on.

For the second straight semester, the dance team is the winner of the team grade competition.  The Charmers came in with a team GPA of 3.316, slightly above their fall GPA of 3.233. This raised their overall GPA for the school year to a snappy 3.269. With that showing, they just edged out the golf team which took home honors on the men's side with a 3.257 GPA this spring. Interestingly, our teams' GPA's are nearly identical to last spring at 2.891, up slightly from 2.858. However, the biggest change was in the grade point average of the male athletes.  The men jumped from a 2.671 in the Spring of 2010 to 2.841 this spring. The womens' teams dropped very slightly from 3.059 to 2.953.  Nine out of ten teams had a B- average or better.  As always, their courses are comparable to those offered to other freshmen and sophomores at the four-year or university level.

2010-11 School Year Composite Team Grade Point Averages (full year):

1.  Dance                 3.269

2.  Golf                    3.241

3.  Softball               3.112

4.  Women's Soccer  3.071

5.  Women's BB        2. 932

6.  Baseball              2.924

7.  Volleyball            2.895

8.  Cheerleading       2.880

9.  Men's Soccer       2.837

10. Men's BB            2.365

Did you know that when Parkland students transfer to four-year schools, long-term data show that they perform (grade-wise) at a level equal to or better than those students who started as freshmen at those four-year institutions?  It's a fact.

Well done Cobras!  Well done!

The 8th Annual David Jones Persuasive Speech Contest

April 28th, 2011

More than thirty students competed for cash prizes and an additional award for the charity of their choice.  A VIP panel of judges rated the competitors in the final round.  The scoring was close, as it usually is, but the results represented Parkland College with style.  This presentation is another first for CobraSportsNet.  We hope you enjoy it and will let us know what you think.

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