Cobras Split First Two Games Of Western Trip

December 30th, 2010

The Parkland women's basketball team traveled west for the Christmas break to test their skills against some of the best junior colleges in the nation in the Country Financial Classic in Tucson, Arizona.

#5 ranked Parkland found the going rough in their first game against the hosts Pima Community College, losing 72-61.  Pima, ranked 14th in the latest NJCAA poll, took a 33-21 due to Parkland's cold shooting.  The Cobras were 10-31 (32%) in the first half but were able to stay close in the game with solid defense, holding Pima to 35% shooting before the halftime buzzer.  The Pima lead grew to 18 points early in the second half before PC got back on track and cut the deficit down to 55-45 with 8:30 remaining in the game.  PC then turned the ball over on their next 4 consecutive possessions, and the Aztecs were able to keep PC at bay for the remainder of the game.  On a positive note, PC shot 53% in the 2nd half and also out-rebounded Pima 45-39 for the game.

Traci Osby was the only player in double figures for the Cobras, as she tallied 11 points and pulled down 5 rebounds.  Lauren Taylor added 9 points and 5 boards, and Ana Deters and Brittney Burgess each had 8 points.  Hannah Ohl dished out 8 assists.

On Wednesday, Parkland took on another Arizona team, Chandler Gilbert, and thumped them by a score of 76-43.  PC darted out to a 12-0 lead and never looked back, taking a 31-12 halftime lead.  Parkland played stellar defense and controlled the boards, holding CG to 23% shooting on the night and out-rebounding them 71-41.

Nichole Schabbing led PC with 13 points and 8 rebounds, and Osby scored 11 points and pulled down 8 boards.  Ohl just missed a double double, pulling down 10 rebounds and scoring 9 points.  Jeni Free also added 8 points and 9 rebounds.

PC, now 12-2 on the season, will take on Central Arizona at 12:00 pm today (Thursday) in their final contest of the tourney.

Pitching Coach Departs Cobras

December 28th, 2010

Parkland College pitching coach, DJ Throneburg, has accepted the same position at Butler University, effective at the start of the new year. Throneburg, was in his fourth year over-seeing the Cobra pitching staff, helping guide them to two trips to the NJCAA World Series, including the National title in 2009.

The graduate of Casey-Westfield HS, pitched for Parkland from 2002-2005, making trips to the World Series in 2003 and 2005, after sitting out the 2004 season following Tommy John surgery.  After graduating from Parkland, he pitched for two years at Charleston Southern University, an NCAA D-1 in South Carolina, before returning to head the Cobra pitching staff under both former coach Mitch Rosenthal and current head coach Matt Kennedy.

First year assistant Evan DePotter, who joined the staff this fall, will take over the pitching coach duties this spring. The Butler University graduate was a four-year letter winner for the Bulldogs and was a co-captain his senior year.  It is uncertain at this time if Coach Kennedy will add another coach to the staff for the Spring 2011 season.

Holiday Greetings From CobraSportsNet

December 23rd, 2010

Here's a warm wish for a best-ever holiday season for you and those you love. Thank you for pushing us to almost 11,000 hits in less than one full year of operations. Your support for our work here has been a generous and most welcomed gift for all of us. From the CSN team, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and Happy Holidays.

Parkland Falls in Tough Game Against Lewis and Clark

December 18th, 2010

Parkland was in the game from start to finish but some struggles at the free throw line eventually cost them in the hard fought 63-60 loss the the Trailblazers of Lewis and Clark.  Parkland kept it close on the defensive end but eventually fall to run there record to 8-6 on the year. was on hand to bring you the call.


Cobra Women Head Into Christmas With Another Win

December 18th, 2010

The Parkland Women's Basketball team registered their 11th win of the season as they knocked off Lincoln Trail College 75-52.  Ana Deters had her best game of the season recording a double-double with 24 points and over 10 rebounds.  Brian Schutte was on hand, along side Chris Hastings making his debut.  Click below for game audio.


Parkland Men Roll On in Exhibition Win

December 12th, 2010

The Cobra Men faced off against a Tasmanian team playing their 4th game in less than 48 hours after taking part in the Highland CC Invite on Friday-Saturday. The game was an exhibition affair as PC already has 30 games on their regular season schedule.

Australian Dean Neaville came out ready to play as he scored 9 of his 11 points in the first half to help spot PC to a 47-27 lead at the break.  Parkland was red hot in the second half as they made 10 of 18 three-point baskets, led by Tiger O'Neill who made all 5 of his attempts. 16 players saw action and all but one scored and four finished in double figures. DJ Hoskins had 16, Charles Glass and O'Neill 15 each, and Neville's 11 provided much of the Cobras scoring. For the game PC shot 53% including 15-33 from three-point range and forced 30 turnovers while committing only 13.

PC (8-5) returns to action on Saturday December 18 when they host former Illini Deon Thomas's Lewis and Clark squad.


Parkland Knocks Off Traveling Team From Tasmania

December 12th, 2010

On a windy, snowy, and cold day in Champaign, the Parkland College Basketball hosted a traveling Jr. Select team from Tasmania and the Cobras came away with a lopsided win. The women rallied from a 5 point halftime deficit to win 70-49.  The game, which counts on the team's regular season schedule, was a close contest before PC used a 16-3 run midway thru the second half to break a 35-all tie. PC also scored the final 8 points of the game to reach the final margin.

Amanda Boyd led PC with 11 points while also dishing out 6 assists and chasing down 5 rebounds. Nicole Schabbing had her second straight game in double figures scoring 10 points making all 5 shots she took from the field.  All 11 PC players scored in the contest as both teams substituted liberally. Josie Greenwood managed a double-double for Tasmania with 18 points and 10 rebounds. The victory, the Cobras sixth straight, improves their record to (10-1) ahead of a home game next Saturday against Lincoln Trail.

Click below for the call of the game won by your #5 seeded Cobras!


Cobra Men Topple Lancers

December 11th, 2010

Cody McCollum scored 17 points and dished out 5 assists while Jamel Johnson came off the bench to score 15 points and pull down 7 boards to help lead the Parkland Men's Basketball team to a 91-76 win over the College of Lake County.  PC used hot shooting to build a 49-34 lead at the break but the Lancers hit 7 of their first 9 shots in the second half to pull within six.  The Cobras led 62-56 with 10:00 remaining and used a 9-1 run fueled by McCollum and Johnson to seal the victory.

Charles Glass also came off the bench to add 14 points and 6 boards while DJ Hoskins  scored 11 points despite playing just the first half due to an injury.  Gilbert Sheehan led all scorers with 25 points making 11-12 shots from the floor.

The win moves the Cobras to (8-5) on the year and they will host the Tasmania Jr. Select team at 2:00 on Sunday. Brian Schutte has the play-by-play, and Steve Brown offers color commentary.  Enjoy the game!


Cobra Women Keep Joliet Winless on Season

December 11th, 2010

The #5 ranked Parkland Cobras overcame some turnovers early in the second half to defeat the Wolves of Joliet Junior College.  The Parkland women improved their record to (9-1) on the year with a convincing 79-48 rout of Joliet JC.  The Cobras build a 42-25 lead at the break only to see JJC close to within 10 midway thru the second half. From their the Cobras solved the Wolves full court pressure and converted numerous easy buckets down the stretch to cruise to the victory.

Nichole Schabbing had her best over-all game of the season scoring 15 points and pulling down 6 boards.  Traci Osby added 12 points making all 6 of her field goal attempts, Amanda Boyd added 11, and Ana Deters tossed in 10 points and snared 6 boards. Lauren Taylor just missed a double-double scoring 9 points and picking up 9 boards.

PC shot 57% for the contest, making 63% of their shots from inside the arc. The Cobras also made 14-20 free throws and had a season high 23 assists.  PC will try and keep their six game winning streak alive as they host the Tasmania Jr. Select team at Noon on Sunday. Steve Brown and Brian Schutte were on hand to bring you the call here on

Cobra Men Fall to Olney Central at Home

December 8th, 2010

The Olney Central Blue Knights used an 11-0 run half way into the second half to turn a five point deficit into a six point lead as they rallied for an 80-72 win over Parkland Wednesday night. The loss avenged an earlier 86-81 loss to the Cobras and ended the PC winning streak at five games.

PC controlled the tempo early building a 20-9 lead but OCC closed the gap and trailed by just two at intermission. Parkland would build their lead to 45-40 before the Knights went on their run. PC would close the margin to two at 57-55 with 9:31 remaining but would get no closer the rest of the contest. A trio of Olney players did most of the damage as Austin Akers led all scorers with 24 points (20 in the second half), Chase Brinkley added 17 (15 after the break), and PJ Alston came off the bench to score 10. PC was led by DJ Hoskins, who paced the Cobra attack with 23 points. He was joined in double-figures by Shaq Lowery who had 16 points, and Marcus Lewis who had 10. James Fleming dished out 6 assists and Jamel Johnson had eight rebounds in defeat. The Blue Knights earned the win shooting 50% from the field and making 21-24 shots at the free throw line in the second half.

The win moves OCC to (8-4) while PC falls to (7-5). The Cobras next play The College of Lake County at 4:00 on Saturday and play a touring team from Tasmania at 2:00 on Sunday. Click below for play-by-play call here on CobraSports.Net.


2002 Softball Team Into Hall Of Fame

December 6th, 2010

The 2002 Parkland Softball Team has been selected to join the Parkland College Athletic Hall of Fame, Class of 2010! The ceremonies will take place on Saturday, January 29, 2011.   They will be introduced at halftime of the men's basketball game (approximately 4:45 PM).  At the conclusion of the men's game (approx. 6 PM) there will be a reception for friends, fans, and family in the Tony Noel Building on campus, just west of the gym.

Parkland Men Win A Pair

December 6th, 2010

The Parkland Men's Basketball team (7-4) ran their winning streak to five games with a pair of wins at the Ken Williams Classic in East Peoria. On Saturday, the Cobras ran past Carl Sandburg 104-66 before overpowering the Eureka JV 79-31 on Sunday.   In Saturday's victory, all but one player would score for the Cobras, who shot 56% from the field and made 21-26 from the free throw line. PC led by just 11 at the break but extended the lead with red-hot shooting and converting defensive stops into points.  Peoria native DJ Hoskins made his return home a success, scoring 18 points to lead the attack.  Freshmen Anthony Lewis, James Fleming, and Cody McCollum would add 12, 11, and 10 respectively.   On Sunday, PC faced the Red Devils of Eureka who dressed only seven players due to injury. PC raced out to an early lead and took a 44-15 lead into the break. The game would once again allow all 16 players to see action as Hoskins once again led the way, this time scoring 13 points. Freshman Aaron Naper came off the bench to score 6 points and snag 9 rebounds in just 13 minutes of action.   PC will play three home games this week as they host Olney Central in a 7:00 game on Wednesday, the College of Lake County at 4:00 Saturday, and an exhibition against a traveling team from Tasmania at 2:00 on Sunday.

PC Women Dominate LLCC

December 6th, 2010

For the first month of the season, the Lake Land Women's Basketball team was perfect winning their first seven games, six over Region 24 foes. On Saturday, Parkland made sure the Lakers would not make it a clean sweep as the Cobras knocked off the Lakers 76-66 on Saturday afternoon in Mattoon.   The Cobras came ready to play as they raced out to a 9-0 lead. Lake Land would cut the margin to two before a late surge gave PC a six-point lead at the break.  Just five minutes into the second stanza, Lake Land tied it at 39, but a Nichole Schabbing lay-up and a three by Lauren Taylor put the lead back at five and the Cobras never looked back.   PC took control of the glass scoring their next 10 points in the paint to build their lead to 57-47 and took their biggest lead at 14 with just under 4 minutes remaining.   PC dominated Lake Land on the boards winning 48-31 and were nearly perfect at the free throw line making (29-33) 88%.   Ana Deters led a balanced attack with 18 points while Hannah Ohl had 14, Kristyne Smyth 11, and Lauren Taylor 10.  Parkland (7-1) returns to action on Wednesday night when they travel to Decatur to take on the Millikin JV. PC will return home for a pair of games this weekend. Lake Land drops to (7-1) with their first loss of the season.

Will CobraSports Reach 10,000 Hits in First Year?

December 3rd, 2010

Thanks for visiting this web site today.  We truly appreciate the support and encouragement of our patrons and friends.  As we approach the end of this semester and our first year of operations, we also approach the 10,000 mark for hits on this site.  Given the minimal external publicity we've had, this isn't too shabby.  Will you be the person who puts us over the top?  Tell your friends about us, and check back as often as you can for all the scores, updates, and games that make Parkland athletics fun.  Will we make 10,000 before January 6th?  That is -- as always --  up to you.  Again thanks for all you've done to support us this year, and stay tuned for some significant announcements about our plans for 2011!

Steve and Brian -- producers,


Help PC Baseball Help Others

December 3rd, 2010
The Parkland College Baseball Program is sponsoring a non-perishable food drive from now until December 14th. All proceeds will be distributed to local homeless shelters and food banks.  Parkland Faculty, Staff, and Students can drop off items to P-204 between 8-5 p.m. Monday through Friday starting on Friday December 3rd.  Any person who donates will receive two free tickets to an upcoming Parkland College Basketball game.  If not interested in the tickets (or already can get in free), we will send the tickets to the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club for them to distribute to youth who might not otherwise be able to attend.
On Sunday December 12th, you may gain admission to the Parkland College Basketball games versus the traveling teams from Australia-Tasmania by bringing at least two items to the game and you will be admitted free of charge! The PC Women play at 12:00 that day while the men follow at 2:00 p.m.
Happy Holidays from the PC Athletic Department and CobraSportsNet.  We urge you to please support the Cobra Baseball and Basketball teams with this fundraiser!