Kelsi and Jenna: “A Pair Of Aces”

February 28th, 2011

Here's a feature interview that we originally produced as a halftime feature for our basketball webcast.  We spent a few minutes last week with Kelsi Hoey and Jenna Harshbarger of the Parkland College softball team, and we decided to also present it to you here as a feature on the web site.

The season starts Wednesday night when the team departs for Florida to face off against some extremely formidable competition.  These two hurlers form the backbone of the pitching staff, and perhaps the team.  We think you'll quickly come to know and respect our PC "pair of aces."

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Hoskins Power Parkland Men Past ICC

February 26th, 2011

DJ Hoskins scored a career high 34 points on Saturday to help lead the Cobras to a 94-83 win over M-WAC foe Illinois Central College in the teams final home game of the season. Hoskins, whose previous high was 31 last season against Lewis and Clark, scored 18 in the opening half to help push PC to a 43-26 lead at the break. The Peoria sophomore, ended 9-20 from the floor while making 12-13 shots from the free throw line.

PC pushed the lead out to as many as 23 points in the foul-marred second half before the Cougars cut the margin down to 11 at the end of the contest. The two teams committed 52 fouls resulting in 59 free throw attempts in the game. Parkland knocked down 25-33 attempts for (75.8%) while the Cougars made just 16-26 (61.5%). PC also made 9-25 shots from behind the arc.

Three other Cobras made it into double figures as Cody McCollum scored 11 points and picked up 6 caroms while Dean Neville added 10 points, 5 boards, and 4 blocked shots and Brandon Hayes came off the bench to finish with 10 points and 3 assists. ICC was led by the two man duo of Tyler Bell and Michael Chandler-Dorsey. Bell led all scorers with 36 points as the freshman made 14-19 shots from the field, chased down 6 rebounds, and added 4 steals. Chandler-Dorsey was equally impressive as he had a double-double with 26 points and 13 rebounds in a losing effort.

The two teams will get to see each other for a third time as they will open Region 24 play against each other next Saturday night at 6:00 at Danville. The Cobras (19-11 7-3) will be the #3 seed in the Region 24 tourney while ICC (12-15 2-8) are the #6 seed. To listen to the play-by-play, just click on the icon below. Due to a technical error, part of the second half play-by-play is absent.

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Cobra Women Win Vs. LCCC, Look Ahead To Regionals

February 26th, 2011

The #3 Parkland College Women's Basketball team wrapped up a perfect M-WAC season and in the process won their 17th straight game as they coasted to a 89-69 win over Lewis and Clark Saturday afternoon. Parkland finished a perfect 10-0 in the conference and are 14-0 at home so far this season. The victory moves the top-seeded Cobras to (28-2 10-0) as PC will open Region 24 play at home on Wednesday night at 6:00 against the winner of Monday nights game between #8 seed Shawnee and #9 seed Danville Area.

On Saturday, the Cobras used a late first half run to take control of the contest and put away the visiting Blazers. Leading just 33-31 with 4:02 until half, PC went on a 10-0 run sparked by 5 points by Ana Deters and a three-point bucket by Carly Norton. The Cobras extended their lead out to 43-26 at the break and after L&C closed to within 8 at 48-40, PC answered with another 11-0 run to take a 59-40 lead with 14:00 remaining and L&C would never threaten again.

All twelve Cobras scored in the contest lead by Brittney Burgess who finished with 16 points. Ana Deters had a double-double in her regular season home finale scoring 15 points and adding 10 boards. Hannah Ohl had a strong over-all game adding 10 points, chasing down 6 rebounds and handing out 6 assists. Carly Norton hit three 3's to finish with 9 points for the Cobras who shot 47.3% for the game and made 16-20 free throws. PC also won the battle of the boards 44-39 and forced the Blazers (15-13 6-4) into 24 turnovers. Christina Hardin paced L&C with 15 points while Brascia Audain hauled down 18 rebounds. Steve Brown and Ray Guttendorf have the call for you.

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2011 Parkland College Baseball Preview!

February 23rd, 2011

Cobrasports.net producer Brian Schutte was able to spend some time with Head Coach Matt Kennedy and some of the players as they get set to head to Tennessee to kick off the 2011 campaign. Cobrasports.net will be covering all home games this season, with the majority of the games available as a live stream. Click below for the audio of the 2011 Parkland College Baseball Preview and check back right here all season long for in depth coverage of the Cobras!

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Golfers Offer “Party Time” Fund-Raiser

February 22nd, 2011

The Parkland College Golf team is excited to announce that they have teamed up with Jupiter's Pizzeria and Billiards with a great offer. From now until March 13, you can get 2 Large Pizzas (specialty or up to 4 toppings), 8 Soft Drinks, and 2 hours of free pool for just $40. This is a savings of over $22 off the normal cost of the package. In addition, the Golf team gets to keep 50% of all of the money they make off this outstanding promotion!

Although the certificates will only be offered by PC until March 13, there is no expiration date for their use.

If interested, please contact either PC Golf Coach Zach McNabney (zmcnabney@parkland.edu) or drop by Room P-204 of the gym to purchase your certificate. Cash and checks made out to Parkland College Golf will be accepted.  Hurry over as this is a limited time offer!

Parkland Men Knock Off Vincennes

February 19th, 2011

The Parkland College Men outscored Vincennes 16-6 over the final 6:07 of the game to outlast the Blazers 69-59, giving the Cobras a sweep of the season series.  PC overcame a cold shooting night from the field by making 19-24 free throws in the second half and forcing 20 VU turnovers.

The Cobras built a 14 point first half lead behind DJ Hoskins 9 points and Tiger O'Neil coming off the bench to add 9 of his own.  A late VU run made it 36-27 PC at the break and the Blazers would take advantage of a cold start in the second half by the Cobras to grab a 48-47 lead with 9:20 to go.  PC made just 2 of 15 shots to start the half, allowing VU to climb back into the contest.  But a strong defensive effort kept PC close.  The game would go back and forth until Cody McCollum made both ends of a 1-1 to give PC a 55-53 lead with 5:19 left.  A put back by D.J. Hoskins and two free throws by Brandon Hayes sandwiched around a VU bucket extended the lead to 6 and the Cobras would make 8-10 from the charity stripe down the stretch to seal the win.

Hoskins led the way for PC with 21 points while Lowery added 15 and O'Neil 11 to pace the Cobra attack. Jamel Johnson also had a big game with 8 points and 8 rebounds. Lieon Tillman led the Blazers with 15 points and 11 rebounds, Nick Wiggins added 11, and Jan Petrovcic had 9 points and 10 boards.

The win moves the Cobras to (17-11 5-3) while the Blazers drops to (17-12). Parkland will travel to rival Danville Area CC on Wednesday for a 7:30 M-WAC showdown with the Jaguars.The Parkland College Men's basketball team registered an impressive 69-59 victory over Division I opponent Vincennes University.  Cobrasports.Net was on hand to bring you the thrills -- click below for complete game broadcast.

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Parkland Women Dominate Start to Finish Against U of I Club Team

February 19th, 2011

The PC Women's winning streak hit 15 on Saturday as they overwhelmed the University of Illinois Club Team 72-29 on Saturday afternoon.  The Cobras raced out to the early lead behind a hot shooting performance by Lauren Taylor and Brittney Burgess who each scored 8 points in the opening half.  Balance was the key to the early run as Amanda Boyd, Ana Deters, and Nicole Schabbing each added 6 for the Cobras before intermission.

The second half was much the same as PC shot 55% for the game and out rebounded the UI Club 45-20 while holding the visitors to just 24% shooting. UI Club especially struggled from behind the arc making just 1 of 20 attempts.

Burgess led all scorers with 14 points making 7-8 shots while April Barnett came off the bench to add 13 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 steals.  Amanda Boyd continued her scrappy play as she had 7 points and 9 rebounds on the defensive end.  Lauren Taylor finished with 8 points and 4 assists while Schabbing scored 8 points and added 4 rebounds.

PC (26-2 8-0) will try to wrap up the Midwest Athletic title on Wednesday at Danville starting at 5:30. PC clinched at least a share of the title when Lewis and Clark lost to John Wood on Saturday.  The win moves the #3 Cobras to 26-2 on the season, with only two regular season games remaining.  Brian Schutte and Chris Hastings were on hand to bring you the call for Cobrasports.net

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Parkland Women’s Hoopsters Approaching Title!

February 17th, 2011

The #3 Parkland Women's Basketball team showed no letdown after their huge OT win over Kankakee Monday night as they handily dispatched M-WAC foe Lincoln College 86-42 on Wednesday night. Brittney Burgess buried a three on the Cobras first possession to set the tone and PC raced out to a 25-12 lead early in the game. After the Lynx drew to within 7, Parkland closed the half on a 17-3 run to take a commanding 42-21 lead at the midway point. Ana Deters 14 points in the opening 20 minutes paced the Cobras attack.

The Cobras continued to roll in the second half using a combination of points in transition as well as the half court, and never gave Lincoln a chance to get back in the contest.  Deters finished with a team high 18 points while April Barnett and Traci Osby came off the bench to score 10 points each. Lauren Taylor and Burgess each scored 9 while Carly Norton handed out 6 assists.

PC improves to (25-2 8-0) and will host the UI Club Team at 12:00 on Saturday afternoon. That's a game you can hear LIVE here on CobraSportsNet.  Lincoln falls to (13-14 2-6) after the defeat.

PC Men Top Lincoln

February 17th, 2011

The Parkland Men's Basketball team picked up one of their most impressive wins of the year and secured their first winning season since the 2006-2007 season campaign, with an impressive 69-59 win at Lincoln College.

The Cobras, according to Lincoln Coach Kirk Whiteman "Parkland just flat out, out toughed us", won the physical contest by converting 15 free throws and using a smothering defense that held the Lynx to just 33% shooting and to almost 15 points less in the game then their season average.

Shaq Lowery turned in another fine performance with a team high 25 points, DJ Hoskins added 16 while Cody McCollum tossed in 12.   Dean Neaville continued to show his improvement adding 10 boards and blocking 5 shots.  Florida State signee Kiel Turpin led the Lynx with 21 points and 14 rebounds.

Parkland (16-11 5-3) stays alive in the M-WAC race as both co-leaders Lincoln and John Wood both lost on Wednesday night leaving the Cobras just a game back with two to play.  Lincoln, the defending D-2 National Champions, fall to (19-6 6-2). Next up for the Cobras is  a 2:00 Saturday home game against red-hot Vincennes University (17-11) winner's of 5 straight games, and you can hear it LIVE here on CobraSports.Net, with Brian Schutte and Chris Hastings calling the action.  The live link is located in the right lower margin of this page under "links."

PC Men Grab Important BB Win

February 14th, 2011

The PC Men's Basketball team bounced back from a tough home loss on Wednesday night with an important 73-51 defeat of Region 24 foe Shawnee CC giving the Cobras a sweep of the season series.

Winning after the four hour bus trip to Ullin, Illinois is never easy but the Cobras jumped out early and would never look back.  PC was aggressive and active on both ends of the court forcing several first half turnovers leading to easy baskets in transition. PC led 37-19 at the break, keeping the Saints to a season low point total in a half.

The second half would be much the same as PC continued to execute their game plan and seal the win. Shaq Lowery continued his excellent play knocking down 5 three's on the way to a 24 point outburst.  DJ Hoskins made 4 three's to finish with 17 points and always steady Cody McCollum scored 10 for the winning Cobras.  Chris Price was the lone Shawnee to break into double digits with 12 points.

PC moves to (15-11 4-3) while Shawnee drops to (13-7).  PC needs just one more victory to post their first winning season since the 2006-2007 season when the Cobras finished 17-15.  Next up will be an M-WAC showdown with co-leader and defending National Champs Lincoln (18-5 5-1) at 7:30 on Wednesday night in the Lynx Gym.

Cobra Women Tangle With KCC; Win In OT!

February 13th, 2011

The #4 ranked Parkland Cobras picked up their biggest win of the season as they handed #1 Kankakee Community College loss number one on the season. It took an extra 5 minutes as the two teams were tied at 81 at the end of regulation.  Parkland received a total team effort Monday night as the Cobras shocked previously undefeated Kankakee

90-85 in overtime. After KCC sent the game to overtime with a three late in regulation, PC outscored the visitors 9-4 in the extra period to send the Cavaliers to their first loss of the season.

After rallying from an 11 point second half deficit, the Cobras rode the strong performance of Brittney Burgess to grab a 60-54 lead going to the final 10 minutes only to see the Cavs make three consecutive shots from behind the arc to give the visitors the lead once again.  The teams traded buckets the rest of regulation and it appeared PC may escape with the win but Lexi Carson's three with 30.7 second left tied the game. After Burgess had a shot spin out, KCC committed a shot clock violation with 1.9 seconds left and the Cobras regained possession only to see Hannah Ohl's three-point attempt hit off the backboard sending the game to overtime.

Both teams showed their exhaustion from the highly contested game as they struggled to make shots in the extra period until Ohl broke the drought with a bucket two minutes in.  Tied at 85, it was Kristyne Smyth's turn to come up big as the freshman hit back to back buckets to give the Cobras a lead they would never relinquish.

The key to the win for PC was a solid over-all effort from the entire team as the Cobra bench outscored the visitors 34-6. PC also hustled their way to a 51-38 advantage on the boards to offset KCC making 24-30 shots from the free throw line and making 7-16 three's in the second half.

Burgess led all scorers with 24 points, scoring 17 in the second half.  Amanda Boyd had a double double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, Hannah Ohl added 12 points, and Traci Osby tossed in 10.  All 11 PC players who saw action scored at least 3 points.  For KCC, all five starters finished in double figures with Lexi Carson pacing the attack with 20 points while Demtria Ward had a huge game scoring 17 points, pulling down 18 boards and blocking 4 shots.

The win moves PC to (24-2) and runs their winning streak to 13 games while Kankakee drops to (26-1) on the season. Click below for the entire thrilling game call with Ryan Ifft and Brian Schutte.  Wow, what a game!

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Men Fall To TrailBlazers In Final Ten Minutes

February 9th, 2011

It was 57-55 at the 11:39 mark of the second half.  From there, the JWCC Blazers went on a 19-11 run, and put the feisty Cobras away.  In a game that was eerily similar to the game between the two teams earlier in the season, the John Wood Trail Blazers used a fast start and strong finish to defeat the Parkland men's basketball team 92-77.

The Trail Blazers raced out to an early 21-6 lead as the Cobras had no answer for the inside out duo of Ryan Stuckman (17 first half points) and Will Carr (8 points).  Jurgen Lico also chipped in 8 in the opening period.  PC used a strong effort from behind the arc, making 8-15 shots in the first half, and trailed 46-37 at intermission.

PC took control early in the half as JWCC got in early foul trouble sending the Cobras into the 1-1 just three minutes into the half. The Cobras knocked down 10-12 free throws and closed the margin to 51-47 despite not making a single basket from the field during that stretch. DJ Hoskins single handedly kept the Cobras in the game as he scored 24 of his game high 27 points in the second half as PC trailed by just two points at 57-55 with 11:39 remaining.

From there Lico took over scoring seven consecutive points to give the Blazers a 65-56 lead and the Cobras could never get closer than 5 the rest of the way as JW made 15-16 free throws down the stretch.  JW shot a blazing 56% for the game and converted 81% of their shots from the line. They also out rebounded PC by a 43-28 margin.

Hoskins led PC and all scorers with 27 while Cody McCollum added 13 and Shaq Lowery tossed in 12. Jamel Johnson chased down 12 boards for the Cobras. Ryan Stuckman led JWCC with 24 points, Lico added 19, and Carr had 12 for the winners.  PC drops to (14-11 4-3) with the loss while John Wood stays perfect in the M-WAC at (17-7 5-0). The Cobras travel to Shawnee on Saturday for an afternoon contest against the Saints.  Our game play-by-play account is joined in progress.

Brian Schutte and Steve Brown have the call.

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Cobras Hang On for Tough Win Over JWCC

February 9th, 2011

Playing their third game in five days may have taken their toll on the #4 ranked Cobras as they struggled to a 59-52 win over John Wood, running their winning streak to 12 games.  Parkland was led by the hot shooting of Hannah Ohl, who finished with a game-high 16 points, and Amanda Boyd who also got into double figures with 12 points.  The win moves the #4 ranked Cobras to a 23-2 record on the season as they look forward to a Valentine's Day showdown with undefeated and #1 ranked Kankakee Community College.

The usually hot shooting Cobras trailed most of the first half before a late run tied the game at 27 going into the break.  Amanda Boyd's rebound bucket with 9:55 game PC the lead for good at 43-42 but PC could not shake the pesky visitors as the Cobras could never extend their lead past five points until Kristyne Smyth and Lauren Taylor made 4 consecutive free throws in the final 30 seconds to give them their final margin of victory.

Hannah Ohl and Amanda Boyd once again led the offense.  Ana Deters added 8 points and also had 8 tough boards while Brittney Burgess picked up 9 caroms in a game that could generously be termed "very physical." PC shot just 38% from the field but JWCC had even more trouble, making just 30% of their attempts.   Jessica Walker led the Blazers with 15 points and 8 boards while Ashley Coffey had a double-double scoring 10 points and picking up 12 boards.

As noted, after a much deserved weekend off, PC (23-2 7-0) will host the #1 team in the NJCAA, the undefeated Kankakee Cavaliers on Monday night, a contest you can hear live here on CobraSportsNet.  With a win on Saturday versus ICC, the Cavs will enter the contest with a perfect record of 26-0.

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Cobras LIVE Tonight on CSN vs. John Wood

February 9th, 2011

Tune in on the web to catch our live game broadcast starting this afternoon at 5:25.  Just follow the link to "Shoutcast" in the column in the right margin of this page.  Steve Brown and Brian Schutte will call the action as the Cobra men and women tangle in a pair of contests with the Trailblazers of John Wood CC.  We hope you enjoy our increased efforts to cover Cobra sports like nobody else! Thanks for your support and GO COBRAS!

Parkland Men Limit Loggers

February 7th, 2011
The PC Men won their third straight game and picked up their second win over the Lincoln land Loggers with an impressive 71-60 victory. PC played well at both ends of the court limiting LLCC to just 35% shooting from the field while making 58% of their own shots in the second half and 46% for the game.  PC was especially impressive from behind the arc draining 11 of 21 attempts.
DJ Hoskins finished with a game high 19 points draining 4 of 6 three's while Shaquille Lowery added 16 points, making 6-9 free throws and knocking down 2 of 4 from three point range.  Dean Neville also came up big for PC pulling down 10 boards and blocking or altering numerous Lincoln Land shots.   Mason Alwan led the Loggers with 31 points on 10-18 shooting.
Parkland (13-10 3-2) will try to keep their streak alive tonight with a 7:30 contest at ICC (10-11 0-5). Despite having lost seven straight, the Cougars have played two of their better games of late losing in double over time to Lincoln Land and losing a tough battle at Lincoln.