Parkland Women Fall To Blackhawk

November 29th, 2011

The Parkland Women got off to a slow start but tried to make a late comeback before falling to Blackhawk College 69-60.  A barrage of 3's were the Cobras undoing as the Lady Braves knocked down twelve from downtown as the Cobras were shut out behind the arc.  It was an uptempo game and the Cobra defensive effort made it close late in the ball game but some clutch shooting sealed the deal for Blackhawk.  Cobrasports.net was on hand to bring you the coverage live from Parkland College.

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Light Schedule This Week For Cobras

November 28th, 2011

After taking time off for the Thanksgiving break, both PC Basketball teams will get back into action on Tuesday.  The Cobra Women (6-1) will host Blackhawk on Tuesday (hear it LIVE here on CobraSportsNet) while the Men are on the road at IWU.  Both teams are at home on Saturday with the women's game at 2 p.m. and the men's tipoff at 4.  These games will also be carried LIVE here at CobraSportsNet.  These are the only events scheduled through Saturday.

Men Drop Tough Contest In Chicago

November 24th, 2011

The Parkland Men's Basketball team was back on the road on Tuesday and fell to a red-hot Moraine Valley team 76-62 in West Chicago. The Cobras had all the momentum in the first half, but would see a shift in the second half that would allow the home team to run away with the game. The Cyclones came out with plenty of pressure to start the contest, but Parkland was able to stay poised and find the open man connecting five times from behind the 3-point line. The Cobras would go into halftime with a 38-33 lead, even building the lead to 10 points late in the first half.

The second half would be a much different story as the Cyclones would come out and connected on five second half 3-pointers and backed their pressure down into a half court zone. The Cobras struggled to get the ball in the basket against the zone, which led to some quick shots and fast break opportunities for Moraine Valley. Three Cyclones would reach double figures including Mike O'Donnell with a game high 21, followed by Richaun Holmes with 19 and Mo Masiulionis with 11.

Sophomores Jamel Johnson and Tiger ONeil both finished with 16 points and were the only two Cobras in double figures. The Cobras (4-5) will take a break for Thanksgiving and then resume action next Tuesday at the Shirk Center in Bloomington, IL against Illinois Wesleyan JV at 7:30pm.

Baseball Trio Announce Future Plans

November 22nd, 2011

Three more Parkland College baseball players announced where they will be attending school in the fall of 2012 on Tuesday afternoon.

Jake Pewitt (Cape Girardeau, MO) will be attending King College in Bristol, TN next season. Pewitt played in 47 games (40 starts) for the Cobras last season. Pewitt finished the season with a .331 average with 5 doubles, 3 triples, 35 runs scored, 27 RBI's and was 10-12 in stolen bases.

Mark Hode (Crystal Lake, IL) will also be attending King College next season. Hode, a 6'4 190lb right-handed pitcher, saw limited action last spring, but had a very successful fall season for the Cobras. Hode is expected to be a big contributor during the 2012 season.

Joel Stucker (Brownsburg, IN) will be attending the University of Indianapolis next fall and will be playing for the Greyhounds. Stucker played in 19 games for the Cobras last season hitting at a .268 clip with a triple. Stucker is a top level defensive player that will compete for the starting job at second base this spring.

Geers Honored For Volleyball Excellence

November 21st, 2011

Freshman MH Shelby Geers (Saint Joe-Ogden) was named to the All-Tournament team at the recently completed NJCAA D-2 National Tournament for her solid all-around play.  Geers recorded 58 kills for the Cobras who went 3-1 and finished in 9th place.

All-Tournament Team

Shelby Geers-Parkland College; Hannah Geelhoed, Grand Rapids; Xiao Liang, Iowa Lakes; Mackenzie Johnson, Kishwaukee College; Mel Church, MCC Longview; Katie Beiermann, Central, Neb.; Malorie Kelley, Phoenix College; Lauren Maxwell, Oakland; Ashley Fields, Oakland; Danika Maggard, Cowley College; Martyna Gluchowicz, Cowley College

Tournament MVP Molley Scanlon, Cowley College

Coach of the Tournament Jenifer Bahner, Cowley College

Smyth Helps Cobras “Steal” Another Win

November 20th, 2011

Kristyne Smyth's career high 18 points and 5 steals led Parkland to a 62-45 win over Millikin's JV team on Sunday in Decatur. The sophomore hit 7-12 shots on the day and helped the #10 ranked Cobras extend their winning streak to six  after an opening game loss to start the season.

Millikin opened the game in strong fashion to take an early 6-2 lead, but the Cobras clawed back and the two teams battled evenly most of the way. Parkland went on a 6-0 run on baskets by Caitlin Cody, Lauren Grubb, and Ebany Brumfield to end the half to take a 31-25 lead.

PC opened the second half with a Smyth three pointer, but the Big Blue continued to battle.  With PC clinging to a 43-38 lead, Smyth then completed an old fashioned three point play on an assist from Tenia Singleton to give the Cobras some breathing room at 46-38, before PC finished the contest on a 16-7 run.

Cody finished with 10 points and 7 boards, while Grubb chipped in 10 points. Brumfield and Uzuri Williams came off the bench to each pull down 9 rebounds.

The Cobras, now 6-1, will break for Thanksgiving and return to action next Tuesday, November 29, as they host Blackhawk at 6 pm. The Braves were one of only three teams to beat PC last year, handing them a 64-56 defeat in Moline last November.

Hear the game LIVE here on CobraSportsNet.

Cobra Men Drop Tough Contest

November 19th, 2011

TeNale Roland scored a game-high 31 points (25 in the 2nd half) and teammate Kevon Fortney added 23 to lead the Rend Lake Warriors to a 76-66 win over Parkland in a Men's Basketball game Saturday night in Champaign.

The Cobras trailed by only two at the break despite shooting just 33% before intermission while the guests were at even 50.  PC would actually grab their first lead of the game on a Cody McCollum three and were still tied at 36, before Rend Lake made the first of two runs to put the game away. Roland scored three straight buckets as the Warriors build 52-42 lead with 12:08 left and used a 13-2 run to go up by as many as 21 before the Cobras would climb back to within 9 in the final minute.

Cody McCollum led the Cobras with 13 points and 8 rebounds while Geordy Mulumba just missed a double-double with 10 points and 9 boards.   The loss drops PC to (4-4) and 0-1 in Region 24 while the Warriors improve to (4-1) and 2-0 in Region play. PC will return to action on Tuesday night at Moraine Valley.

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Parkland Spikers Finish Strongly At Nationals

November 19th, 2011

In the end, it wasn't the result they had hoped for, but the Parkland Volleyball team ended on a high note rebounding from a disappointing opening round loss to win their final three matches and come home with the consolation title and a 9th place finish at the NJCAA D-2 National Tournament.

One day after knocking off defending National Champion Pasco-Hernando, Fl, and the team with the most wins (45) Iowa Central, the Cobras avenged an early season loss and beat last year's runner-up and pre-season #1 Johnson County 3-1 (25-17, 16-25, 25-21, and 25-16.)

Playing with a sense of determination, focus, and confidence PC controlled the match, especially dominating the Cavaliers at the net.  PC was led offensively by freshmen Shelby Geers (St. Joseph-Ogden) and Morgan Martells (Sterling) who each had 15 kills. Setter Melanie Moore (Centennial) had a double-double with 40 assists and 11 kills, and Megan Scharnett (Centennial) had 22 digs. Along with Moore, sophomores Devin Houser (Blue Ridge) with 13 digs and Nechelle Veal (Thornton Fractional North) with 4 blocks finished their Parkland career in style with a 9th place finish and a final record of 41-8.

Special congratulations go out to the three sophomores (Moore, Houser, and Schnarnett) have amassed a two-year record of 80-20, two undefeated conference championships, two regional championships and two national tournament places.  In other matches on Saturday, #1 Cowley County won their first NJCAA title beating Oakland CC 3-1. Kishwaukee knocked off Phoenix 3-1 for 3rd place, Iowa Lakes blanked Central CC of Nebraska 3-0 for 5th, and Grand Rapids beat MCC-Longview 3-1 to take 7th.

Women’s Hoops: PC Notches Another Win!

November 18th, 2011

The #10 Parkland Women's basketball team used balanced scoring and strong bench play to defeat Lincoln Trail 76-53 in Robinson on Friday night. Things did not start out well for Parkland as they faced an early 7-0 deficit against the winless Blazers. However, the Cobras then went on a 14-0 run, sparked by Taylor Redeker's three pointer to grab an early 14-7 lead. The teams played mostly even the rest of the half until PC closed  on a 13-2 run to go up 37-22 at intermission.

Parkland increased their lead in the second half behind solid team defense, transition offense, and unselfish play as all ten Cobras scored.  Parkland's bench was a key factor in the win, as they outscored LTC's bench 41-11.

The Cobras were led by the inside-outside attack of Lauren Grubb and Caitlin Cody, who each tallied 15 points. Jeni Free added 9 points, while Uzuri Williams and Redeker each added 8 points. Tenia Singleton and Kristyne Smyth each tallied 6 points for the Cobras, who also got 5 assists from Lexie Taylor.

Parkland, now 5-1, travels to Millikin on Sunday to play the Big Blue at 1 pm in Decatur before returning home next Tuesday to face Blackhawk.   That home contest, like all Cobra home games, will be carried LIVE here on CobraSportsNet.

Volleyball Fights Back, Knocks Out Two Wins

November 18th, 2011

In a lose-and-done situation for the rest of the tournament, the Parkland Cobras volleyball team needed to start the day with a fresh perspective to take on defending national champion Pasco-Hernando College (Florida). The hard-hitting Conquistadores looked tough in warm-ups, but the Cobras did indeed return to their winning ways defeating PHCC 3-1; 25-21, 25-18, 13-25, 25-18. Shelby Geers led the offensive effort with 15 kills and 9 big blocks. Nechelle Veal partnered up with Geers at the net and had 8 blocks of her own. Melanie Moore had 33 assists, and Megan Scharnett had 19 digs and Devin Houser 15.

In the next match, Parkland took on (45-7) Iowa Central. The Tritons and Cobras faced off earlier this season when Parkland defeated them in 5 tough sets. Parkland knew the Iowa Central game plan and despite tough opposition, the Cobras executed and won 3-0; 26-24, 28-26, 25-18. The middles for Parkland led the offense with Morgan Martells pounding 12 kills and Geers notching 11. Martells, Geers and Veal again led the blocking effort with 9, 7 and 6 blocks, respectively. Moore had 30 assists, and three Cobras had big numbers defensively with Scharnett getting 20 digs, Dana Belcher digging 19 and Jessica Galotta with 18 digs.

The Cobras (40-8) play Johnson County CC (Kansas) in their final match tomorrow. JCCC knocked out region colleague ICC in their final match today. PC lost a heart breaking match to JCCC 23-25, 23-25, 24-26 back in early September.   You can catch the action live or on delay at ihigh.com.

Cobras Fall In First Match At Nationals

November 18th, 2011

The Parkland Cobras volleyball team took on Missouri winner MCC-Longview in the first round of the NJCAA tournament in Toledo, Ohio. After a quick start in set 1, the hard-hitting Shannon Boone went down with an ankle injury which set the tone for an up-and-down match in which the Cobras fell short in 5 tough sets - 25-18, 20-25, 25-15, 22-25, 13-15. Boone is doubtful for Friday's match.

Freshman Shelby Geers turned in an outstanding individual performance leading the team with 17 kills. Melanie Moore tied her season high with 54 assists and Megan Scharnett turned in another solid defensive effort with 28 digs.

The defending champion Pasco-Hernando College (Florida) also fell victim to the upset bug, and PSCC and Parkland will face off in a difficult consolation bracket match tomorrow at noon. Parkland would play again at 4:30 on Friday with a win at noon or would be eliminated with a loss.

Thursday Results:

Match 1:  Iowa Lakes 3  Hagerstown 0   25-11, 25-15, 25-12 Match 2:  Kishwaukee 3 Johnson County 16-25, 25-21, 25-12, 25-19 Match 3:  Grand Rapids 3  Illinois Central 2   27-25, 22-25, 25-15, 16-25, 15-12 Match 4:  Oakland 3  Prairie State 0   25-16, 25-12, 25-19 Match 5:  Cowley 3  Genesee 0  25-12, 25-12, 25-10 Match 6:  Central Nebraska 3  Iowa Central 1  25-22, 27-25, 21-25, 25-9 Match 7:  Phoenix College 3  Pasco-Hernando 1  28-26, 25-22, 21-25, 25-18 Match 8:  MCC-Longview 3  Parkland 2   18-25, 25-20.15-25, 25-22, 15-13

Cobra Men Race To First Home Win of Season

November 16th, 2011

The Parkland Men's Basketball team got back over the .500 mark on the season in an uptempo contest in which they knocked off Lewis and Clark 75-66.  Parkland was led by a trio of sophomores as Cody McCollum, Charles Glass, and Jamel Johnson all made a huge impact on the game.  The #25 Cobras were back in action with their first home game of the season and knocked off a talented D-1 Trailblazer squad Wednesday night in the Dodds Athletic Center. It was the Cobras fourth game of the season against a D-1 program. On this night, Parkland came out ready to play and attacked the Trailblazers on both ends of the court.  Lewis & Clark played an up-tempo game, but the Cobras were able to handle the pressure, which lead to Trailblazer foul trouble.  Parkland finished 25-38 from the free throw line and were also able to out rebound their taller opponents 35-25.  The Cobras went into halftime with a 7 point lead, 34-27.

A strong start in the second would see theCobra lead expand to as many 13 before the visitors applied the pressure and cut into the lead.  Just when it seemed the momentum had changed in favor of the guests, freshman Dalten Temples made a big 3-pointer and then followed up with 3 free throws after getting fouled on another three-point attempt.  From there, the Cobras would not relinquish the lead and held on for the win.

For Parkland, sophomore Cody McCollum finished with a game high 18 points and some clutch free throws in the second half.  Also reaching double figures for the Cobras were freshman Geordy Mulumba with 12 and Charles Glass with 10.  Jamel Johnson added 10 rebounds and provided a strong presence on the court.

An excellent crowd showed up for the Cobras first home game after six road contests as former Illini Nate Mast and Deon Thomas squared off in Champaign. The two teams will meet again in December at Lewis and Clark. Up next for Parkland (4-3) is their first Region 24 match up of the year against Rend Lake at 7 pm on Saturday at Parkland.

The Trailblazers made a late run that cut it to four but Parkland stayed consistent and held on for the win.

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Parkland Women Pick Up Home Win Over U of I Club

November 16th, 2011

The #10 Parkland Women's Basketball team battled the University of Illinois Club team on Wednesday and came away with a hard fought 61-50 victory.  The Illini were scrappy and intense, and the Cobras seemed to have a little rust after a seven day layoff.  PC took a 23-21 lead at half behind Lindsay Lenon and Caitlin Cody's five points apiece.

Parkland came out with more intensity in the second half and pushed their lead to 8 most of the time, but could not shake the Illini.  However with under 5:00 minutes remaining and the Cobras leading 48-45, Lauren Grubb hit a three-pointer to spark the Cobras to go on a 13-2 run to close out the victory.

The Cobras had a balanced attack with all ten players scoring, led by Jeni Free who had 10 points and 4 rebounds.  Grubb, Uzuri Williams, and Lenon all finished with 8 points while Kristyne Smyth and Ebany Brumfield each pulled down 7 rebounds.

Parkland moves to 4-1 and will play at Lincoln Trail on Friday at 6:00 pm in Robinson, and then travel to Millikin on Sunday to play the Big Blue JV at 1:00 pm in Decatur.

CobraSports.Net was on hand to bring you the call in the Cobras second home game of the young season.

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Parkland Cobras Gear Up For A Big Week

November 15th, 2011

After six road games, the Parkland men's basketball team will finally play at home this week with a pair of contests. The Cobras (3-3) host Deon Thomas's Lewis and Clark Trailblazers (2-2) at 7:00 on Wednesday night before hosting the Rend Lake Warriors (3-1) on Saturday at 7 p.m.  As part of the Baseball team Food Drive, anyone bringing at least 2 items of food will be given free admission to the contest and will help feed hungry people here in the CU area.

The PC women's basketball team (3-1) also will be at home on Wednesday when they host the UI Club Team starting at 5:00.  PC has been off for 8 days after their home opening victory against IVCC. PC will be on the road this weekend with games at Lincoln Trail (Robinson) and Millikin JV (Decatur).

Both the men's and women's games on Wednesday can be heard LIVE here on CobraSportsNet, starting with pre-game at 4:50 p.m.

And finally, the Parkland College volleyball Cobras (38-7) will get back in action  at 3:00 on Thursday when they face MCC-Longview (20-13) in their opening round match of the NJCAA D-2 Volleyball Nationals in Toledo, Ohio.  With a win, the Cobras will play again at 7:30 on Thursday. A defeat would PC in a 12:00 match on Friday.  All matches at the volleyball nationals will be streamed live on the ihigh.com web site.  To avoid duplication of effort and cost, these games will not be carried on CobraSportsNet.

Basketball Back On Track With Win

November 14th, 2011

The Cobras finished in 7th place at the Quality Inn - Laker classic winning their final game of the three day event, with a final   84-68 triumph over Oakton CC.  This game was good for Parkland as they were able to focus on their defense, which lead to offensive opportunities.  The Cobras, now 3-3 on the year, have held their opponents to 70 points or less in the three games they have won.  Everyone who dressed for Parkland saw action today, which kept the lineup fresh and the pressure on defensively, with all but 1 Cobra putting points on the board.  Parkland led by 12 at half and would see that lead jump to over 20 midway through the second half before a few late possessions for Oakton would close the gap to the final 16 point margin.

Leading the way for Parkland was freshman guard Anthony Woods who finished with a career high 15 points.  Also reaching double figures for the Cobras were sophomore leaders, Jamel Johnson and Cody McCollum who finished with 14 and 11 points respectively.  Freshman forward Geordy Mulumba contributed a solid post presence throughout the game and finished with 13 points.  The game high scorer was Oakton's Najee Bailee who finished with 21 points including 7-10 from the free throw line.

Parkland will return home for their first home game of the season at the Dodds Athletic Center this Wednesday"at 7:00 against Deon Thomas and the Lewis and Clark Trailblazers.   You'll hear it LIVE right here on CobraSportsNet, with pregame at 6:50 p.m.