Sebens Named Parkland Golf Coach

July 15th, 2015
The Parkland College Athletic Department is pleased to announce that Corbin Sebens will continue on as the Cobra Golf Coach. Sebens was named the interim coach in November 2014 after former coach Zachary McNabney resigned due to health reasons. Sebens coached the team this past spring after McNabney's passing in January.  Under Sebens, the Cobras won the Illinois College Blue Boy Invite and were the Region 24 Runner-Up, losing by just one stroke to ICC for a trip to Nationals.
"I am very happy that Corbin will return as our Head Coach" said Parkland Athletic Director Rod Lovett. "Corbin took over during a very difficult time and handled his responsibilities admirably."  "He is knowledgeable and enthusiastic and is determined to build on the success that Coach McNabney and his teams achieved."

Parkland Athletics Announce 2014-2015 Awards

June 5th, 2015
Co-Female Athlete's of the Year:  Lori VanBeek Volleyball and Hannah Wascher Basketball
Two of the best female athletes in Parkland history will share the award for top Parkland Female Athlete. VanBeek (Paw Paw HS) was the Region 24 and M-WAC Player of the Year and an NJCAA First Team All-American this year leading the Cobras to a second consecutive NJCAA Runner-Up finish. PC lost 3-2 to Glendale CC in the Championship match a year after falling 3-2 to Cowley in the title game.  The Cobras were an amazing 106-6 during her time at PC, winning two M-WAC and District titles. Van Beek led the NJCAA in hitting percentage and finished in the top five in kills. She will attend Youngstown State on a volleyball scholarship next fall.
Wascher (Rantoul HS) helped PC to a National Runner-Up finish as well, leading the Cobras to their best season in school history. PC finished a record breaking (35-2) losing a heartbreaking 66-64 decision in the title game. Wascher was named the NJCAA D-2 Women's Basketball Player of the Year to go along with her All-American, All-Region, and All-MWAC recognition. She also earned Player of the Year in the Conference and the Region as well as being named to the All-Tournament team for two consecutive seasons.  Wascher finished second in the nation in FG% and was sixth in rebounds per game. She will continue her playing career next year for former Cobra Rick Stein at Southern Indiana.
Male Athlete of the Year:  Nick Berger Golf
Berger (Judah Christian) wrapped up a successful two year career by earning All-Region and All-Conference recognition. Berger was a two-time NJCAA National Qualifier and he finished in 35th place out of 120 golfers at the recently completed NJCAA D-2 Golf Tournament in Scottsboro, Alabama.  Berger placed 49th as a freshman to help the Cobras to a 10th place finish. During his time at PC. Berger helped the Cobras to an M-WAC title and a Region 24 championship. This year's team finished as the runner-up in both, missing out on a trip to Nationals my just one stroke. He is currently undecided where he will attend college and play golf next year.
Freshman of the Year:   Catharine McHale  Women's Soccer
The Mahomet-Seymour graduate had a great first year on the Cobra Soccer Team as she was named the M-WAC Co-Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year, leading PC to a conference title. McHale also was named First Team All-Region helping PC to a (14-4) record this season. She led the team with 17 goals and 5 assists for a total of 39 points this season. She will return to Parkland for her sophomore season in 2015-16.
Student-Athlete of the Year:  Morgan Hickman Softball and Volleyball
Parkland's lone two sport athlete in 2014-15 was also was one of the best in the classroom. Hickman, a graduate of Clinton HS, earned a 3.82 grade point average at PC despite playing on both the Volleyball and Softball teams her sophomore year. On the VB team, she was part of a two-setter rotation that helped the Cobras to two trips to Nationals and a pair of M-WAC titles. She joined the Softball team this season and started in CF for the Cobras.  Hickman his .284, hitting a home run and driving in 14 runs while also stealing 12 bases. She will attend SIC-Carbondale next fall majoring in Pre-Medicine with the hope of one day being a chiropractor.

Parkland Earns Top Spot of Illinois JUCO Sports Teams

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.
Parkland 46
Black Hawk 32.5
Lincoln College 29
Kankakee 26.5
Illinois Central 26.5
Lincoln Land 25
Waubonsee 19
Lewis and Clark 19
College of Dupage 18
John A Logan 13
Kishwaukee 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!

Parkland Athletics Announces Awards

June 26th, 2014


The 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 next season.

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)

Sophomore 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.

Burns Strong Showing at Nationals Earns Recognition

June 26th, 2014
Sophomore Lyle Burns finished in a tie for 8th place today at the NJCAA D-2 Golf National Tournament, earning him First Team All-American and All-Tournament honors. The Mahomet-Seymour graduate and Bradley Univeristy signee, finished the four-day 72-hole tournament at 297 (73-73-73-78). The finish was a huge jump for the Cobra leader as he finished 52nd at Nationals as a freshman. As a team, PC placed 10th over-all after slipping to a 315 on Friday.

Walter State CC of Tennessee won the team title by a comfortable 11 strokes over runner-up Mesa. Mississippi Gulf Coast, Black Hawk, and Owens rounded out the top 5. Individual medalist was Levi Fink of North Iowa CC who fired a 287 (77-68-72-70) to win by just two strokes over Tyler McKinney (Mineral Area ) and Charlie Cameron of Tyler. Heath Weathersby of Miss. Gulf Coast finished 4th while Kyle Workman of Blackhawk and Brad Hawkins of Walters State tied for 5th.

In addition to Burns earning 1st Team All-American honors, two other Region 24 golfers, Connor Graves of Logan and Lewis Bain of Lewis and Clark both earned 2nd Team All-American recognition.

Final Parkland Scores:

Parkland (IL) College Cobras 300 298 320 315 1233 +81 10th
Burns, Lyle 73 73 73 78 297 +9 9th
Berger, Nick 77 77 80 78 312 +24 t-49th
Egbers, Austin 74 72 84 83 313 +25 t-51st
Niebrugge, Jack 76 76 87 81 320 +32 t-75th
Powell, Joe 79 83 83 78 323 +35 84th

All-Tournament Team

Levi Fink, North Iowa Area CC
Chalire Cameron, Tyler (TX) JC
Tanner McKinney, Mineral Area (MO) Area
Hayes Weathersby, Mississippi Gulf Coast CC
Brad Hawkins, Walters (TN) State CC
Ryan Witte, Mesa (AZ) CC
Cody Johnson, Walters (TN) State CC
Lyle Burns, Parkland (IL) College
Connor Graves, John A. Logan (IL) College
Jacob Montplaiser, Mesa (AZ) CC
Sebastian Otoya, Seminole (OK) State College
Mike Gaulin, Oakland (MI) CC
Lewis Bain, Lewis & Clark (IL) CC
Austin Sweeney, Iowa Lakes CC
Harrison Long, Owens (OH) CC
Phillippe Weppernig, Owens (OH) CC
Brandon Rougeau, Tyler (TX) JC

All-American Team
First Team

Levi Fink, North Iowa Area CC
Charlie Cameron, Tyler (TX) JC
Tanner McKinney, Mineral (MO) Area College
Kyle Workman, BlackHawk (IL) College
Hayes Weatherby, Mississippi Gulf Coast CC
Brad Hawkins, Walters (TN) State CC
Ryan Witte, Mesa (AZ) CC
Lyle Burns, Parkland (IL) College
Cody Johnson, Walters (TN) State CC

Second Team

Connor Graves, John A. Logan (IL) College
Jacob Montplaiser, Mesa (AZ) CC
Sebastian Otoya, Seminole (OK) State College
Mike Gaulin, Oakland CC
Lewis Bain, Lewis & Clark (IL) CC
Harrison Long, Owens (OH) CC
Austin Sweeney, Iowa Lakes CC
Phillippe Weppernig, Owens (OH) CC

Keenan and Geers Named Parkland College Athletes of the Year

June 18th, 2013


Golfer David Keenan (Salt Fork) and volleyball star Shelby Geers (Saint Joseph-Ogden) have been named the Parkland College Athletes of the Year for 2012-13.  The two sophomores both earned 1st Team All-American recognition in their respective sports as Keenan was the Medalist at the NJCAA D-2 Golf Nationals and Geers led the Volleyball team to a 3rd place finish at Nationals.
Keenan capped an outstanding season by winning the Cobra first individual title in school history in Golf. Earlier, Keenan had earned All-Conference and All-Region honors and will be named an NJCAA Academic All-American later this month after earning a perfect 4.0 this Spring.  The Salt Fork graduate will attend Chicago State University next season.
Geers burst on the scene this season to help PC to a 45-8 record, the M-WAC and Region 24 titles and a 3rd place finish.  She had the third highest hitting percentage (.451) in NJCAA D-2 Volleyball and was 10th in kills (505).  Geers was the M-WAC and Region 24 Player of the Year in 2012 and she and her sophomore teammates finished their careers with a record of 86-16, two conference and region titles, and two trips to the national tournament. The former SJO star will plat at the University of Illinois-Springfield next year.

Parkland College Athletes Recognized for Academic Sucess

June 18th, 2013
Eleven Parkland College athletes and four Parkland College teams have been recognized for their academic achievement for the 2012-13 school year.  Individuals must have at least a 3.60 cumulative grade point average and played for at least one year at the two-year college. Teams must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 with all remedial grades removed from the average. Congratulations to the student's, coaches, and teams for representing PC so well on and off the field/court.
Academic All-American's:
Priscilla Azuaga           Women's Soccer
Dana Belcher               Volleyball
Tabitha Davis              Softball
David Keenan              Golf
Alison Kimble              Softball
Lauren Klein                Softball
Mark Munizzi              Baseball
Taylor Redeker           Women's Basketball
Mason Silver              Golf
Sam Thoele                Baseball
Jason Ziegler              Baseball
Academic Team's of the Year:
Softball             3.44
Golf                  3.26
Baseball            3.18
Volleyball          3.15

Parkland Golfer David Keenan Wins NJCAA National Championship!

May 31st, 2013

Parkland College sophomore David Keenan fired a one-under par 71 on Friday and finished at -8 for the week, good enough to win the individual title at the NJCAA D-2 National Golf Tournament at Goose Pond Colony in Scottsboro, Alabama. Keenan won by a convincing 5 strokes over a group of four players who all finished tied at -3. The Salt Fork graduate led for the first 36 holes of the tournament but found himself trailing by a stroke after Thursday's round. Keenan's 71 on Friday was one on only seven scores under par on the cool, breezy day which saw 3rd round leader Steven Souchek struggle to an 81, just a day after firing a 66 to take the lead. Keenan's medalist title is the first for Parkland in golf and earns him All-American honors. It is the Cobras highest finish since Michael Davan earned All-American honors in 2009 with a 9th place finish. Cobra teammate Lyle Burns concluded a solid week of golf with a 75 on Friday to put him in a tie for 52nd place out of 122 golfers who were entered in the finals. Fellow Region 24 entries Jake Schneider (ICC) 11th, Steve Souchek (Logan) 12th and Rend Lake's Dayton Jones (19th), all finished in the top 20.

"Winning the individual title exceeds my wildest expectations," said Keenan. "I played well this year but for some reason struggled in the opening rounds of several tournaments. I knew after the 66 on Tuesday and the 70 on Wednesday that I had put myself in a position to win the title.  I want to thank my family, coaches, and teammates for their support, it's an amazing feeling to be Parkland's first National Champion in golf."

South Mountain College placed four players in the top 10 and ran away with the team title, out scoring 2nd place Walters State and 3rd Place John A Logan by a collective 19 and 31 strokes respectively

Parkland Award Winners Announced

June 19th, 2012
The following Parkland Athletes have been honored by the Athletic Department for their Athletic and Academic Achievement for the 2011-12 school year.
Female Athlete of the Year:       Melanie Moore          Volleyball                 Champaign
Male Athlete of the Year:          Bobby Burns              Baseball                   Las Vegas, NV.
Student Athlete of the Year:      Cody McCollum          Basketball                Effingham
Female Newcomer of the Year:  Kelsey Kniepman       Softball                    Greenville
Male Newcomer of the Year:     David Keenan            Golf                         Catlin
Female:  Melanie Moore 1st Team NJCAA All-American, 1st Team All-Region and All-MWAC
Male:     Bobby Burns 3rd Team NJCAA All-American, 1st Team All-Region and M-WAC
Student Athlete:  Cody McCollum 3.97 GPA earned NJCAA Academic honors, two year starter
Female:  Knipeman  2nd Team NJCAA All-American, 1st Team All-Region and All-MWAC
Male:     Keenan 1st Team All-MWAC  Gold and All-Academic

David Keenan Is Golf Medalist For Parkland; Cobras Finish Strongly In Tourney

April 30th, 2012

Parkland freshman David Keenan fired a two-day total of 145 (74-71) to win medalist honors and help the Cobra golf team to a second place finish in their own Invitational. Keenan started the final 18 holes in 4th place but carded the lowest round of the day to win the tournament, the first victory of his college career.  Played in an on-again off-again rain at  Stone Creek Golf Course, PC shot a season low 296 to pass up two teams and jump into 2nd place in the 36 hole event.  In addition to Keenan's strong play, the Cobras got a 72 from David Hermes, a 76 from Brady Welsh, and a 77 from Lewis Martin to round out their scoring.

The season low score of 296 was a big improvement from Sunday where the Cobras shot a disappointing 321 and found themselves in 4th place, 26 strokes off the pace.  PC shot the low team round of the day making up 13 strokes on tournament champion John A Logan who won with a (295-309  604) to the Cobras total of (321-296 617).  Lewis and Clark finished 3rd while Rend Lake came in 4th in the eight team event.

Parkland will hope to build on their strong final day as they head to the Region 24 Golf Tournament this Sunday and Monday with the winning team and top 5 individuals all advancing to the NJCAA National Tourney.

Parkland Is The Place To Be For Sports This Weekend

April 26th, 2012

Not running in the Marathon?  Dont have tickets to Ebertfest?  Need a cheap (OK, free) place to take the kids?  Then PC is the place to be as all three Spring teams will be in Champaign this weekend.

On Saturday, the #11 PC Softball Team will host #4 Heartland in an M-WAC showdown. The two teams are battling for the M-WAC title and the top seed in the upcoming Region 24 Tournament.  HCC has four games left to play while the Cobras have six and the Hawks lead the Cobras by just one loss in the standings. This will mark PC's final home appearance of the season.

Sunday, the PC Baseball team will host conference foe Lincoln College starting at 1:00. The two teams are hoping to stay in the M-WAC race with three weeks left in the season. The Cobras are coming off a sweep of DACC while Lincoln split a pair of games with #1 Heartland. Sunday is also STRIKE OUT CANCER DAY as the Cobras will don Pink and Black caps that will also be on sale at the game.

And finally, the Golf team will make their one and only home appearance of the year as they host the Cobra Invitational on Sunday and Monday. PC will welcome an eight-team field at Stone Creek Golf Course in Urbana teeing off at 1:00 on Sunday and starting up with 18 more holes on Monday morning. It will be the final home appearance for sophomores Lewis Martin and Jake Walters.

We hope you can come out and support the Cobras at one or more of these events but if not, the baseball and softball games can be heard live on CobraSports.Net.  Just click "GO GREEN" in the links shown to the right of this page.

Golfer Score 4th Place In Tourney

April 24th, 2012

The Parkland College Golf team shot 311 on Sunday, four strokes better than the 315 they fired on Saturday, allowing them to finish in 4th place at the Blueboy Invitational held at Piper Glen Golf Club in Jacksonville.  Monmouth University held off a hard-charging Millikin University squad for the title, edging out the Big Blue 607-614. Illinois Central, who led after day 1, dropped to 3rd place just 8 strokes ahead of Parkland.

Parkland freshman David Hermes carded the third lowest score of the day (73) to finish in 6th place with a two-day total of ( 79-73 152), four strokes behind medalist Wes Hillen of Monmouth. Lewis Martin finished in 15th place with a (78-79 157) while Brady Welsh (77-82 159) and David Keenan (83-77 160) were the next lowest Cobra scorers in the 14 team, 73 golfer event.

PC will play in their final regular season tournament of the season next Sunday and Monday when they host the Parkland Invitational at Stone Creek Golf Club in Urbana.

Top 5 teams: 1. Monmouth  306-301 607; 2. Millikin  316-298 614;  3. ICC  302-316 618  4. Parkland 315-311 626 5. North Park 320-311 631

Parkland scores:

David Hermes 79 73 152; Lewis Martin 78 79 157; Brady Welsh 77 82 159; David Keenan 83 77  160; Clint Luckett 79  85 164; Dan Patkunas 81 84 165

Golf Title To ICC

April 10th, 2012

The ICC Men's Golf team took advantage of playing on their home course and tough conditions due to strong winds to win the 2012 M-WAC Golf Tournament. The victory for the Cougars ends Parkland's run of four straight conference titles.  ICC led from start to finish in the 54 hole event played at Lick Green Golf Course in Pekin. ICC was tied for the lead after the first 18, stretched their margin to 9 strokes after 36 holes, and won going away by a 20 stroke margin of victory over runner-up Lewis and Clark.

Cooper Tarter of Danville Area was the medalist, shooting (78-76-78 232) winning by two strokes over Lincoln's Jeremy Rolf (74-78-82 234) and Lewis and Clark's Brendan Bargetzi (72-80-82 234).  Tarter and ICC's Collin Slattery, were the only two players to break 80 in all three rounds.  Those four along with Quenten Hooker of ICC earned First Team All-Conference Honors. Second team recognition goes to Parkland's David Keenan, ICC's Austin Werner and Andrew Wuethrich, Shane Bryant of DACC, and Jered Hogan of Lewis and Clark.

Cobras Trying To Climb Up Leader Board

April 9th, 2012

The Parkland College Golf team has some work to do if they want to win their 5th consecutive M-WAC Golf title. The Cobras find themselves in 3rd place after 36 holes, trailing leader ICC by 12 strokes and 2nd place Lewis and Clark by three going into the final 18 holes. A tough course resulted in just 18 of 58 rounds scoring in the 70's.

ICC's Quenten Hooker is the individual leader firing a (77-73 150) to lead by two strokes over Brendan Bargetzi (L&C) and Jeremy Rolf (Lincoln). PC has three golfers in the top 10 with Daniel Patkunas in 5th with a two-round total of (157), David Keenan stands tied for 6th with a (158) and Brady Welsh is tied for 10th at (159).  Lewis Martin and David Hermes both shot 164 on Sunday.

The tournament wraps up with 18 more holes starting at 9 am on Monday in Pekin.

Golfers Gain Solid Finish In Gorlock Invitational

April 2nd, 2012

A tight, hilly course, and unusually warm Spring temperatures helped cause scores to rise on Monday but the Cobras held their own and finished 3rd at the 14 team Gorlock Invitational in St. Louis.  PC shot a two day total of 603, finishing behind winner Central College of Iowa and only four strokes behind 2nd place Millikin University.

PC's David Keenan finished 2nd over-all firing a 144 (70-74) just one stroke behind medalist Wes Hillen 142 (71-72) of Millikin. Keenan bogeyed the final hole missing out on a chance to tie for top honors. Teammate Lewis Martin also played well over the two days, finishing in a three-way tie for third at 145 (70-75), just two strokes off the lead.  Freshmen Dan Patkunas (154) and David Hermes (160) rounded out the scoring for the Cobras.

PC returns to action this Sunday-Monday at the M-WAC Invitational in Pekin. The Cobras are the three-time defending champions for the event and expect to be challenged this year by Lewis and Clark and Illinois Central for the title.