PC Spikers Pick Up Win In Home Debut

August 30th, 2011

In a match of nationally ranked opponents, the #10 Cobras were able to defeat the #12 ranked Kankakee Cavaliers by a 3-0 margin (25-19, 25-14, 26-24).  The win moves the Cobras to 5-0 on the early season as they look forward to a difficult schedule of games this weekend at the Owens CC tournament in Toledo, OH.  Cobrasports.net was on hand to give you the call of the game.


Parkland Women Open Soccer Schedule With Win

August 29th, 2011

The Cobras used a persistent and dangerous attack to get in the win column as the kicked off their season with an impressive 3-1 victory over the Archers of St. Louis Community College.  Parkland freshman Priscilla Azuaga got the scoring underway at the twenty minute mark of the first half to give the Cobras a 1-0 lead,  one they would never relinquish.  Sadie Somers and Kim Vega each tallied a goal as well, as the Cobras dominated the ball and spent a lot of the match on the Archer side of the field.  CobraSports.Net made its debut for the new academic year as Brian Schutte and Freddie Brown handled the play-by-play call.  Just click the button below for the podcast replay of this exciting win.


Get Your Cobra Gear On BAYBAY!

August 29th, 2011


Friday, September 2nd is "College Colors Day" throughout the United States. It would be great to see a large number of our Parkland College faculty, staff, and students wearing their Green & Gold to support the Cobras. If you don't have any Parkland wear, the bookstore is loaded with many great items, and we have a limited number of gold It's a Parkland Thing t-shirts and white Cobra DomiNATION shirts for just $10.

College Colors Day is an annual celebration dedicated to promoting the traditions and spirit that make the college experience great by encouraging people across America to wear apparel of their favorite college or university throughout the day.

Additionally, College Colors Day, which coincides with "back to school" and the kick-off of intercollegiate athletics, strives to advocate higher education through increased public awareness, and celebrates the achievements of colleges and universities, acknowledging their fundamental importance. Since its inception in 2005, College Colors Day has grown rapidly across the country. Thousands of organizations and millions of individuals participate annually by donning their team colors and sharing in the college spirit with friends and colleagues.

CobraSportNet staff will be flying the Parkland colors, will you join us?

Men’s Soccer: A Close (But Unhappy) Result - UPDATED

August 28th, 2011


The No. 17 NIACC Trojans got a lot of help from newcomers as they edged Parkland College 2-1 in the second match of the NIACC Kickoff Classic on Saturday.

Freshmen forward Dan Johns (Plymouth, England) and midfielder Ben Hutchings (Yateley, England) each scored a goal, while Stuart Mitchell (Fr., Waterford, Ireland) recorded an assist.  Goalkeeper Patrick Kinsella (So., Frimley, England) came up with five saves.

Johns converted the first goal on a penalty kick just a couple of minutes into the match to give NIACC a quick 1-0 lead. Haman Jaman (So., Roseville, MN) drew the penalty kick as he was dragged down in the goalie box while breaking away from a Parkland defender. The Cobras got on the board just before halftime when Aaron Gantt was able to get a shot by Kinsella in the 44th minute, leading to a 1-1 tie at the break.

Hutchings broke the tie with the game deciding goal in the 73rd minute while in the middle of a scrum in front of the net. Hutchings scored against goalkeeper Jason Saucedo after rebounding a shot by Mitchell.

UPDATE:  In Sunday's play - The Parkland Men's Soccer lost to nationally eighth ranked Iowa Western CC on Sunday afternoon. Parkland was the first to score, when Sophomore Jaron Olson (Marion) gobbled up a loose ball from the Iowa Western goalkeeper and slotted past him in the first minute of the match. The Cobras held a one goal lead for the next twenty minutes. However, it was all Iowa Western after that, as they scored three goals in the remaining 24 minutes of the first half, adding two more in the second to beat the Cobras 5-1 in the final match of NIACC Kickoff Classic. PC will return to action this Friday at 2:00 when they host So. Suburban College in the opening game of the Kick for the Cure Classic.  All games will be played at the Dodds Park Complex on the Southeast corner of campus.

Cobra Spikers Come Up Big On The Road

August 28th, 2011


The #10 Cobras volleyball team squared off against two D-1 junior college teams on day 2 of the SCC tournament in Burlington, Iowa and came away victorious in both to stat perfect on the young season. In the opener, Parkland defeated Lake Land College 3-1, winning by the scores of 25-19, 25-16, 19-25, 25-14 before sweeping by Indian Hills 25-21, 25-23, and 25-12.

Against the Lakers, PC dominated the match until a third set lull allowed LLCC to take game three.  Then, PC cruised to the win in the final set. Parkland was in control much of the match behind the setting leadership of Melanie Moore.  Moore recorded 39 assists, 11 digs, 4 service aces and had 6 kills on 13 attacks with no errors.  The middle hitters for Parkland led the offensive effort as Morgan Martells and Jessica Galotta each recorded 11 kills.  Nechelle Veal and Dana Belcher recorded season highs with 7 blocks and 23 digs respectively.

In match #2, Parkland faced off with Indian Hills CC and defeated them in 3 games winning two closely contested games to start the match. Down 11-20 in the second set, the Cobras again showed the tenacity they illustrated on day 1 by clawing back to win 25-23 and kept the momentum going, posting a big win in set 3.  The same four leaders from match 1 powered Parkland to the victory again with Moore's 26 assists, Martells' 9 kills, Veal's 4 blocks and Belcher's 12 digs.

Parkland improves to 4-0 on the season and meets #12 ranked Kankakee CC in the Cobras' first home match of the year Tuesday, August 30 at 6pm at the Dodds Athletic Center.

PC Golfers In Impressive Start

August 27th, 2011

Freshman David Keenan fired a 36 hole total of 148 (72-76), good enough for a 4th place finish, which helped pace the Parkland College Golf team to a 3rd place finish at the Rend Lake Invitational held at Franklin County Country Club on Friday.  Keenan finished just three strokes behind medalist Aaron Bravick (Lincoln) who finished at 145 (74-71).  Host Rend Lake (594) won the Invite by shooting a 296 on the final 18, the lowest team score on the day, edging John A. Logan (598) and the Cobras (601) for the title.

Parkland sophomores Lewis Martin (72-76 148) and Tyler Schmutz (79-73 152) finished 2-3 for the Cobras while freshman Brady Welsh (76-77 153) also played well.  PC will be off until traveling to Kentucky Sept 8-10 for the Transylvania University Invitational.

Cobra Softball Opens Practice

August 26th, 2011


The Parkland Cobras started fall practice on Friday for their 2011-2012 softball season.  This season figures to be another exceptional one for the Cobras.  CobraSportsNet was on hand to chat with Assistant Head Coach Heather Tarter.


Time Out With: Rod Lovett

August 26th, 2011

We're glad to be back! What better way to kick off another year of CobraSportsNet than to take time out for a chat with Parkland College Athletics Director Rod Lovett.


Parkland Sports Off And Running!

August 24th, 2011


The Golf Team will be the first team to get things going as they travel south on Thursday August 26 to compete in the Rend Lake Invitational.  Coach Zach McNabney's squad is led by sophomores Lewis Martin and Tyler Schmutz who should be pushed by a group of talented freshman. Although the bulk of their season is played in the Spring, the golfers will participate in five tournaments this fall.

The #10 ranked Volleyball team will jump into action this Friday and Saturday with four matches at the Southeastern Iowa Classic. Coach Cliff Hastings sports a very young team with just four sophomores on the roster. PC will face #16 Kansas City CC and Prairie State on Friday before squaring off against two NJCAA D-1 programs, Lake Land and Indian Hills IA. PC will play their first HOME match of the season next Tuesday night August 30 at 6:00 against #12 Kankakee in the newly named Donald C. Dodds Athletic Center (formerly the gym).

The Men's Soccer team travels west for the weekend to play a pair of matches in Iowa. The Cobras will be tested early as they face two Nationally ranked opponents. Saturday, Coach Mark Sikora's squad takes the pitch against #17 North Iowa Area CC and on Sunday face powerhouse #8 Iowa Western. Parkland will warm up for those games with a scrimmage TONIGHT @ 8:00 vs the UI Club Team @ Champaign Centennial High School. The Cobra Men battled to a 2-2 tie last Saturday against Valparaiso University in a "friendly".  PC will open their home season on Friday September 2nd @ 2:00 against South Suburban College in the opening match of the Kick for the Cure Classic.

And finally, the Women's Soccer team will get into action on Monday with the first home event of the school year when they host St. Louis CC starting at 5:00. Josh Alford's team has been hard at work and will play the second of two scrimmages this Friday when they travel to face the University of Illinois-Springfield. The Cobras first scrimmage resulted in a well played scoreless tie against St. Joseph College of Indiana. Good Luck to all Parkland Athletic Teams this year!

Parkland Volleyball Among Top-Ranked Teams Again

August 5th, 2011

vball2010.jpgThe Parkland College Volleyball team will start the season with a #10 ranking, according to the NJCAA pre-season poll released today. The Cobras, who have made three straight trips to the NJCAA D-2 National Tournament - and won 14 consecutive conference titles, will begin play on August 26th at the Southeastern Iowa CC Invitational. The Cobras will play #16 Kansas City CC in their first of four games at the tournament.

The match against KCCC will be the first of many contests against nationally ranked foes.  Coach Cliff Hastings crew will play at least 14 of the 20 teams ranked in the Top 20 poll.

Parkland will open the home portion of their season on Tuesday, August 30 against #12 Kankakee. The home season is once again highlighted by the Parkland-Eastland Suites Invitational on September 24-26.  Parkland will host an impressive group of teams during the three day event including #6 ICC, #7 Kirkwood, #9 Owens, and #13 Des Moines Area.  Remember, CobaSportsNet will again provide LIVE play-by-play coverage of all home games.

Students: Join The CobraSportsNet Team This Fall!

August 3rd, 2011

Become part of the CobraSportsNet play-by-play production team this fall. COM 150 (Sports Broadcasting) meets in the afternoons, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (3 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.) in both the Fall and Spring terms. Some of our class meeting times are shifted to accommodate the athletic schedules, and yes, we can work around the schedule conflicts that this may create. You'll do production, writing, editing, field work, interviews, and much more. It's great! You can repeat COM 150 for a max of six credit hours - covering all the sports that comprise the entire year's sports calendar. Parkland students, University of Illinois Students, and area high school AP (or equivalent) students are all welcomed join us at CobraSportsNet and get involved. For more information, call 351-2367.