#4 Parkland Drops Regular Season Finale

March 3rd, 2018

The #4 Parkland Men’s Basketball team was outscored 19-11 over the final seven minutes Saturday as they dropped a disappointing 71-62 decision to Lincoln Land.  The Cobras loss, couple with John Wood’s 81-76 overtime win at Lincoln, gives the Blazers the M-WAC title and the #1 seed in the Region 24 tournament. The defeat dropped the Cobras into the #3 seed where they will once again take on Lincoln Land this Friday night at 6:00 at Danville Area CC. Parkland must win three games in three days to earn their third consecutive trip to Nationals.

The visiting Loggers gained confidence early as they jumped out to a 16-8 lead. PC would claw back and take their first lead of the game at 20-19 on a Jordache Mavunga three with 8:46 before half.  The two teams would exchange baskets for the remainder of the half as Lincoln Land took a 31-29 lead into intermission. LLCC would again start quickly as Trace Gentry drained three 3’s to push the lead to 44-35 with 15:02 remaining. PC would answer back and go on an 11-0 run to Myles Simmons would score 7 of the 11 points and give the Cobras the lead at 46-44 with 10:45 to go. The Cobras trailed just 56-54 with 5:29 left on the clock but Lincoln Land would score the next 10 points, giving them a double digit lead with just 2:09 to go in the game, and PC would get no closer than the final margin of defeat.

Lincoln Land won the contest by outshooting the Cobras 45% to 36%. The Loggers were especially effective from behind the arc where they hit 10-21 to just 2-15 for the Cobras.  Lincoln Land had 14 assists on the afternoon to just 6 for Parkland. Gentry was the star for the Loggers as he scored 21 points, as he went 7 of 11 from behind the three-point line. D’Arron Owens had a big second half as he finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds.  Jerrid Cosby added 13 points while DJ Doolin had 11 boards.  Three players finished in double figures for Parkland as Marcus Latham had 15 points and 8 rebounds. Myles Simmons added 14 points and Quin Nottingham tossed in 10.

Final M-WAC Standings:

John Wood       8-2

Danville              7-3

Parkland            7-3

Lincoln                5-5

Illinois Central 2-8

Lincoln Land     1-9

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Cobra Women Take M-WAC Crown

March 3rd, 2018

The #16 Parkland Women’s Basketball team led from start to finish Saturday as they defeated visiting Lincoln Land 64-52.  The victory earned the Cobras their 8th straight conference title as well as the #1 seed in the Region 24 Tournament. The Cobras (22-6) will take on #8 seed Danville at Noon Friday at Lincoln Land. PC swept the Jaguars in their two meetings this season. 

Both teams struggled with their shooting out of the gate but PC was able to take a 15-8 lead after the opening quarter as Ryan Dooley led the way with 9 points.  PC would extend their lead to 32-21 at the half as Micah Tapscott would score 6 points in the second quarter.  The shooting warmed up in the 3rd period as the Cobras outscored the Loggers 21-20 to take a 53-41 lead into the final 10 minutes. PC would push the lead to as many as 16 points before settling for the 12 point victory. PC shot 38% on the night to 31% for LLCC.  The Cobras made three more 3’s and three more free throws then the Loggers and won despite being outrebounded 40-33. Both teams were careless with the ball as LLCC committed 25 turnovers to 20 for PC.  Ryan Dooley paced the Cobras with 17 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 steals while Micah Tapscott finished with 14 points. LLCC was led by Madison Jones who had a game high 20 points. 

Final M-WAC Standings: 

Parkland 8-2

John Wood 7-3

Lincoln 6-4

Lewis and Clark 6-4

Lincoln Land 3-7

Danville 0-10

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2018 Parkland College Softball Preview

March 2nd, 2018

This is the 2018 Parkland College Preview.  Brian Schutte hosts the show and is joined by Head Coach Chuck Clutts, Sophomore Infielder Lauren Spelich, and Fresman Pitcher Tori Witruk.  Click below to hear from the Cobras as they prepare to embark on the 2018 season!

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Cobras Avenge Earlier Loss by Knocking Off John Wood

February 24th, 2018

The #4 Parkland Men used a strong team effort Saturday afternoon as they pulled away from #20 John Wood 72-57 in an important M-WAC and Region 24 showdown.  The win, coupled with Danville’s win at Lincoln Land, leaves the Cobras, Jaguars, and John Wood in a three-way tie with two games to play.

Playing in front of a big Hall of Fame Day crowd, PC jumped out quickly as they took an early 15-7 lead and extended it to 23-11 at the 10:45 mark. John Wood would claw back to within four at 29-25 with 1:15 til half but the Cobras would score the final four points to take an eight point lead into intermission.  The Cobra lead would stay between 7 and 12 points for most of the half until the Blazers would close to just five at 53-48 with just 6:24 to go.  From there Isaiah Curry made an old-fashioned three-point play and Jalen Addison knocked down a three to extend the lead to 59-48 and PC would pull away down the stretch.

Parkland shot 46% on the day to just 38% for John Wood. The Cobras were particularly effective at the line as they made 15-17 to just 11-22 for JWCC.  Four players finished in double figures for PC with Marcus Latham leading the way with 17 points.  Isaiah Curry added 15 points and 8 rebounds, DeVonte’ Daniels added 11 points and 6 boards, while Jalen Addison came off the bench to score 10.  

Parkland is now (21-5 6-2) while John Wood drops to (18-10 6-2).  The Cobras will travel to Danville (22-5 6-2) on Wednesday night for a 7:30 showdown with the rival Jaguars.Parkland will close out the regular season with a  home game against Lincoln Land. The Blazers will be at home on Wednesday night against ICC before finishing at Lincoln.

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John Wood Takes Down Parkland in OT

February 24th, 2018

The #16 Parkland Women could not hold on to a 4th quarter lead Saturday as they dropped a 56-53 overtime decision to John Wood. Parkland however got some help as Lewis and Clark upended Lincoln, allowing the Cobras to stay on top of both the M-WAC and Region standings with two games to play.

On Saturday, the Cobras lead 46-34 with 1:20 left in the 3rd quarter and still led by nine headed to the final 10 minutes. The Cobras would then go ice cold as they made just 3-18 in the 4th quarter allowing the Blazers back in to the game. PC was ahead 53-50 on a Madelyn Brouwer lay-up with 2:35 to go in regulation, but John Wood would tie the game with a three-pointer with 51.5 seconds remaining.  The Cobras would miss their next shot and John Wood attempted to hold for the last shot but turned the ball over with 5.9 seconds to go. The Cobras could not connect however, sending the game to overtime.

The overtime was a defensive battle with neither team making a field goal. The Cobras turned even colder as they missed all seven of their shots. The Blazers went 0-3 but did go to the foul line six times, making three.  Down 56-53 with 1.2 seconds to go, the Cobra three-pointer was off line and John Wood held on for the upset win.  Ryan Dooley finished with 14 points and also grabbed 5 boards and handed out 5 assists.  Micah Tapsoctt added 12 points and Janiece Thomas came off the bench to also score 12.  

Parkland shot just 34% on the evening, including a 25% rate in the second half. John Wood made just 35% of their shots but won the game at the free throw despite shooting under 50%. The Blazers made 14 of 29 while the Cobras attempted just 5 free throws in the game, making 3.  John Wood also dominated the glass, winning the battle of the boards 44-32.

Parkland drops to (20-6 6-2) on the season while John Wood improves to (13-15 5-3).  Parkland will travel to Danville to take on the Jaguars at 5:30 before hosting Lincoln Land at 1:00 a week from today.  Parkland is currently one game ahead of Lewis and Clark, Lincoln, and John Wood in M-WAC play.   

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Parkland Takes Down ICC in Big Region 24 Contest

February 21st, 2018

The Parkland Men celebrated a six spot move up the rankings Wednesday, as they pulled away for an 82-70 win over a scrappy Illinois Central squad. PC was ranked #4 this week after coming in at #10 in the previous NJCAA D-II poll. The victory sets up a Saturday afternoon showdown with league leading John Wood. The Blazers currently have a one game lead over both Parkland and Danville with three games to play. 

The game was a back and forth affair early, as PC would break from a 23-23 tie to take a 30-23 lead with 5:45 remaining. The Cobras would push the lead to as many as twelve at 41-29, but ICC closed out the half scoring the final five points and PC took a 41-34 lead into halftime.  ICC would start the 2nd like they finished the first and eventually cut the PC lead to 48-46 with 14:35 to go before the Cobras would go on an impressive 16-2 run to take control of the game. Quin Nottingham came off the bench and drained three 3’s during the stretch to push the lead to 64-48 with 11:33 remaining.  The Cougars would close the gap to just six at 73-67 with 3:45 left in the game but Jordache Mavunga and Marcus Latham would hit 4 consecutive free throws to seal the win.

Nottingham paced the Cobras with 20 points while Marcus Latham added 18 points, 7 board, and 3 assists. Mavunga also finished in double figures with 16 points. Isaiah Curry grabbed 11 boards while Darin Bellinger (8 points 6 rebounds) and Dirk Jordan (5 points 7 rebounds) both gave the Cobras some key minutes off the bench.  The Cobras shot 45% on the night from the field and made 21-27 from the line. PC also outrebounded the Cougars 42-35. PC had to overcome a career night from ICC’s Ian Milstadt who had 33 points and chased down 9 rebounds. 

Parkland earned their 20th win of the season to improve to (20-4 6-2) and take on John Wood (18-9 8-1) at 3:00 on Saturday in Champaign as part of Hall of Fame Saturday. Induction ceremonies will take place at halftime of the Men’s game.

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Cobra Women Win Seventh Straight

February 21st, 2018

The #16 Parkland Women wasted little time Wednesday night showing Lewis and Clark that they were ready to play as they raced out to a 20-6 lead after one quarter and cruised to a 71-46 victory.  The win, the Cobras 7th straight, improved the team to (20-5 and 6-1) while Lewis and Clark dropped to (16-6 4-3).

The Cobras shot a blistering 62% in the opening quarter while the Trailblazers were ice cold making just 2-17 from the field.  Madelyn Brouwer and Crystal Mathis each had 6 points in the first 10 minutes. PC would go cold in the second quarter making just 3 of 14 but still took a 33-20 lead into intermission. The Cobras came out clicking on all cylinders after half, as they quickly pushed the lead to 40-20 and led 54-31 after three periods.  Both teams substituted freely over the final 10 minutes as PC rode out the victory.

Brouwer had a huge game for PC scoring 22 points while also grabbing 9 rebounds.  Mathis added 16 points and 5 boards while Ryan Dooley had 14 points, 7 rebounds, 5 steals, and 4 assists. The Cobras shot 42% for the game compared to just 23% for Lewis and Clark. 

Parkland will return to action on Hall of Fame Day this Saturday as they host John Wood (12-15 4-3) starting at 1:00.

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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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