More Honors For Parkland College Student-Athletes

June 30th, 2011

Both the Parkland Men's Golf and Women's Softball Team's along with 12 individual athletes have been recognized by the National Junior College Athletic Association for their high level of academic achievement.

Coach Zach McNabney's Golf team earned a 3.42 over-all team grade point average good enough for the 4th highest GPA of all NJCAA Golf teams in the NJCAA. Coach Chuck Clutts's Softball team earned a 3.19 GPA and was also recognized by the NJCAA as one of their Academic Teams of the Year.

Twelve individual athletes earned Academic All-American honors, highlighted by golfer Bryan Ideus and Soccer player Bosko Kovacevic who earned the Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence for achieving a perfect 4.0 grade point average. The pair were the only two male athletes in Region 24 to achieve such recognition. All twelve Parkland All-Americans are listed below.

NJCAA Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence (4.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale)

Bryan Ideus, Golf

Bosko Kovacevic, Soccer

NJCAA Award for Superior Academic Achievement (3.80 to 3.99 on a 4.00 scale)

Amanda Boyd, Basketball

Anastasia Deters, Basketball

Sarah Frerichs, Softball

Sam Inman, Softball

Sarah Moe, Soccer

Katrina Repass, Soccer

Alexis Sokol, Soccer

NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement (3.60 to 3.79 on a 4.00 scale)

Drake Everson, Baseball

Jenna Harshbarger, Softball

Alexander Ramsey, Soccer

Athletes Of The Year Named For 2010-2011

June 16th, 2011

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(left to right: Hoskins, Ohl, Ideus, Kovacevic, Minton)

Male Athlete of the Year:  DJ Hoskins (Men’s Basketball)

Hoskins was the Cobra leader for two years guiding Parkland to their first winning record since the 2006-2007 season and a trip to the National Tournament where the Cobras went 1-2, good for 11th place.  He earned All-Region and All-Conference honors as both a freshman and a sophomore and was the runner-up for Player of the year this season. Hoskins was a 3rd team All-American this year and eclipsed the 1,000 point mark for his career scoring (517-567 1,084). Hoskins has signed to play for former Cobra Matt Margenthaler at Minnesota State-Mankato.

Female Athlete of the Year:  Hannah Ohl (Women’s Basketball)

As a sophomore, Ohl earned 1st team All-American recognition, leading the Cobras to a 3rd place finish at the NJCAA D-2 National Tournament.  The Cobras were 61-13 and had back to back appearances at Nationas during Ohl’s two seasons with the Cobras helping her earn M-WAC Player of the Year, First Team All-Region, and All-MWAC honors. She was also named to the All-Tournament team at Nationals this year. Ohl has signed with the University of South Carolina-Upstate an NCAA D-1 school in Spartansburg, South Carolina.

Co-Student Athlete’s of the year:  Bryan Ideus (Golf) and Bosko Kovacevic (Soccer)

Bryan and Bosko earned perfect 4.0 grade point averages while at Parkland and will be named NJCAA Pinnacle Academic All-American’s later this month. Ideus is a two-time National qualifier for the golf team, placing 33rd this season while Kovacevic, a native of Serbia, was a two-year starter at goalkeeper for the Soccer team and was a featured speaker at the Parkland College Honors Banquet. Kovacek has signed to play at the University of Auburn-Montgomery while Ideus will attend the University of Illinois and may try to walk-on the golf team.

Freshman Athlete of the Year:  Wes Minton (Baseball)

Minton, was recently named a 1st Team NJCAA All-American after previously earning First Team All-Region and M-WAC recognition.  The slick fielding shortstop hit .420 this season and led the team in hits (76), runs (60), runs batted in (61), doubles (25), and being hit by pitch (17).  Minton will return to Parkland next year for his sophomore season.

More Softball Honors For Inman and Gray

June 13th, 2011

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Congratulations are in order for Sam Inman and Sarah Gray  both of whom recently received 2nd Team NFCA NJCAA Division II All-American recognition.  Inman was stellar for the Cobras in center field, while Gray anchored the infield at short stop.  Both players were outstanding at the plate and on the bases.  Each had a stolen base percentage over 95%, and both hit .300 or better.  CobraSports says "well done Sam and Sarah."

Cobra Baseball Players Selected In MLB Draft

June 8th, 2011

Former Parkland College and current University of Central Florida pitcher, Danny Winkler (Effingham St. Anthony HS) has been drafted in the 20th round by the Colorado Rockies. The junior right-handed hurler was 3-4 with a 4.70 earned run average for the Knights this season.  He led the team in appearances (18) and in strikeouts (92), and was tied for the team high with 14 starts.

UCF (39-23) earned a trip to the NCAA Regional defeating Bethune-Cookman and losing a pair of games to Alabama in the Tallahassee Region. Winkler started game #2 of the Regional against Bethune-Cookman, earning a no decision despite throwing 5.2 innings allowing 3 hits and no earned runs while striking out six.

Winkler was drafted after his sophomore season at Parkland in the 43rd round by the Chicago Cubs but chose not to sign.  While at PC, Winkler was a First-team All-Region and All-Conference selection going 12-4 with a 3.35 ERA.  The Cobras compiled a record of 99-20 during his two seasons, winning the NJCAA D-2 Series his freshman year and finishing 5th his sophomore year. Just four rounds after Winkler was selected in the Major League Baseball Draft, another former PC Baseball player Spencer Patton, was selected in the 24th round by the Kansas City Royals. Patton, a Farina South Central and SIU-Edwardsville graduate, played for Parkland in the 2007 and 2008 seasons.  He was 9-2 his sophomore year at PC and was 11-5 for his career battling for the top spot in the Cobra rotation.

After graduating from Parkland, Patton attended SIU-Edwardsville for the past three years. After an up-and-down junior season, Patton took a medical redshirt in 2010, before returning for his senior campaign. Patton did not disappoint, as he led the team with a 9-3 record and 2.55 earned run average this year. The hard throwing right also struck out 109 hitters in just 88.1 innings of work for SIU-E(28-24).

The pair will join three other former Parkland Baseball players currently still playing in the minor leagues. Lefty Tyler Cox (Pirates), Kevin Kiermaier (Rays), and Nate Roberts (Twins) are all still on Minor League rosters. Cox is on the disabled list for the Bradenton Marauders of the Florida State League, while Kiermaier (Bowling Green Hot Rods) and Roberts (Beloit Snappers) are both in the Midwest League.

A third former Cobra, pitcher Rich Ruff, and an incoming recruit, Cody Livesay were drafted late Wednesday to bring the total to four, as the number of players selected in the Major League Baseball draft with connections to the Parkland Baseball program.  Ruff was taken in the 46th round by the New York Mets while Livesay was selected in the 42nd round by the Atlanta Braves.

Ruff, who caught for the Cobras in 2008 and 2009, played at Eastern Illinois in 2010, and completed his eligibility this season at Quincy University.  For the Hawks, Ruff  was converted to a pitcher where he had 12 starts, compiling a record of 7-3 with a 3.86 earned run average.  The hard-throwing right handed hurler tossed 67.2 innings striking out 49 while teams hit just .274 against him.

Livesay is a left-handed hitting and throwing outfielder from Anna-Jonesboro High School. He signed with the Cobras earlier this year and is expected to battle for a starting spot in the outfield for Parkland next year.  Cody led the A-J Wildcats to a (23-11) record and a trip to the Class 2 A Super-Sectional where they lost to DuQuion 2-0.

Two current Cobras players, left-handed pitcher Jon Carlson and shortstop Wes Minton, both could be selected on Wednesday the final day of the draft. Rounds 31-50 will take place tomorrow after 1-30 were completed on Monday and Tuesday.

Softball Team Awards for 2011

June 8th, 2011

IMG_1027b.jpgParkland College softball team awards for 2011 season:

MVP: Kelsi Hoey

COBRA AWARD: Kaitlyn Winkler

GOLDEN SPIKE AWARD: Sarah Gray

PITCHER OF THE YEAR: Kelsi Hoey

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Sarah Gray

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Sam Inman

All-American Honors For Cobra Baseball Players!

June 8th, 2011

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Freshman shortstop Wes Minton and redshirt freshman Jon Carlson were selected today as NJCAA D-2 All-Americans. Minton is a First Team All-American selection while Carlson earned 3rd team honors.  It marks the third straight season the Cobras have had least two All-Americans.

Minton, who was a First Team All-Region and All-MWAC selection, hit .420 this season for the Cobras and led the team in several categories on offense.  He led the team in hits (76), runs scored (60), runs batted in (61), doubles (25), and being hit by pitch (17).  Despite his success at the plate, Minton was equally valuable at short earning the reputation as one of the best defensive players in the Region.

Carlson, who transferred to Parkland after redshirting at the University of Kentucky his freshman year, was the Cobra ace this season. The hard throwing lefty, who has signed to play at NCAA D-1 High Point University next year, finished with a 10-1 record.  He made 12 starts, throwing three complete games and one shutout while compiling a 2.00 earned run average and opponents hit just .193 against him on the season. Carlson was the Region 24 Pitcher of the Year and was a First Team All-MWAC honoree as well.

With Minton and Carlson's selections, the Cobras have now had seven All-American's over the past three seasons. The pair join the trio of Nate Roberts (2nd Team), Max Friedman (2nd Team), and Kevin Kiermaier (3rd Team) from the National Championship team of 2009, and TJ McManus (1st Team) and Kevin Kiermaier (3rd Team) from 2010.

In other baseball news: Incoming Parkland College recruit, Cody Livesay of Anna-Jonesboro HS, was selected today in the 42nd round by the Atlanta Braves. Livesay is a left-handed hitting outfielder.