Parkland Women Pick Up Big Road Win at Ranked Foe

November 28th, 2012

Stellar free throw shooting and solid bench play helped the Parkland Women's basketball team upset #7 ranked Illinois Valley 81-75 in Oglesby on Tuesday night. The Cobras, led by Lindsay Lenon's 20 points, nailed 22 of 23 free throws on the evening, and outscored Illinois Valley's bench 30-12 to help secure the win.

The first half was a see-saw affair, as both teams came out scoring quickly. PC held a narrow 11-10 lead on a three pointer by Lenon at the 15:00 mark, and the two teams were knotted at 18-all with just under 10 minutes to play in the opening half.  PC took a narrow 34-32 lead into the break.

The second half was more of the same, as the score was knotted 44-all at the 14 minute mark. PC then went on 12-1 run, sparked by freshman point guard Aimee Iverson's hustling defensive plays. Her pass to Uzuri Williams for a lay up gave the Cobras their biggest lead at 56-45 lead with 11:00 remaining.

IVCC did not back down as they then went on a 21-6 run of their own to take a 66-62 lead. It was time for the Cobras to respond as Parkland fired back with a 17-2 run, powered by six different players scoring to give PC that 11 point margin again at 79-68 with just under two minutes remaining. Lexie Taylor and Lenon finished the game with free throws to close out the victory.

All the Cobras had a hand in the victory, with Lenon a perfect 10-10 from the free throw line to earn her a game high 20 points. Williams turned in her best effort of the season with 11 points, 7 boards, and 4 steals. Lexie Taylor had 10 points and a career high 7 assists. Erin Kelley and Taylor Redeker had 8 points apiece, while Ebany Brumfield had 6 boards and 4 points and Iverson dished out 4 assists. PC shared the ball nicely as they had a season high 20 assists which led to 28 baskets.

The #20 ranked Cobras, now 7-1, come back home for a pair of home games this weekend as they host the Millikin JV on Saturday at 2:00 pm and then the Elmhurst JV on Sunday at 1:00 pm.

Men’s Basketball Blitzes Prairie State

November 20th, 2012

The Parkland Men came up big on Tuesday night as they drilled previously unbeaten and #21 Prairie State 74-42. Both teams were missing starters due to injuries but it was the Cobras who overcame their adversity with a balanced attack and a deep bench. PC's bench outscored the Pioneers 41-0 for the contest.

The Cobras shot 47% on the evening and converted 17-20 free throw attempts while committing just 13 turnovers and forcing 24. Ten players made it into the scorebook with Cedric Smith leading the way with 13 points and 8 rebounds.  Lance Magee added 12 points and 3 steals while the Cobras also received strong performances from Phil Miller who had 9 points, 4 assists, and 4 steals and Ian Randolph with 6 points and 4 boards.  Joe Hughes lead all scorers with 17 points.

Parkland improves to (5-2) on the season and will take the weekend off before getting back to practice on Sunday. They will be off until November 29 when they travel to Decatur to take on the Millikin University JV. Pr. State drops to (4-1) with the loss.

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Parkland Women Head to Break With Big Home Win

November 20th, 2012

Lindsay Lenon scored 15 of her game high 20 points in the second half to help lead the Parkland Women's Basketball team to a convincing 71-49 rout of Prairie State. The Cobras entered the contest ranked #20 while the visiting Pioneers were one spot above at #19. On this night, it would be all Cobras however, as PC ran out to a 9-0 lead and were never really challenged.

PC built a 31-13 lead in the first half but the Pioneers would chip away and cut the margin to nine at 36-27 at the break.  The game would stay in that 8-12 point range for much of the early part of the second half before Lenon and Jocie Klocke would take over and put the game away.  Lenon finished 8-16 from the field for her 20 points and Klocke knocked down 5 of 7 to finish with 14. Erin Kelley was the only other player in double figures with 10.  Just missing double digits was Uzuri Williams who had 9 points and 5 rebounds and Lexi Taylor who played an outstanding over-all game with 8 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists. She may have been her best on the defensive end where she helped harass the Pioneers into 31 turnovers on the night.

Parkland improves to (6-1) on the year and will be off until next Tuesday when they travel to Illinois Valley CC.  The Pioneers fall to (3-2) with the loss.

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Cobras Season Ends With Third Place Finish at Nationals

November 19th, 2012

It wasn't the prize they had hoped for but the Cobra Volleyball team turned in a gutsy performance on Saturday as they knocked off Owens CC to take home 3rd place at the NJCAA D-2 Volleyball Tournament. The Cobras beat the Express 3-0, winning by the scores of 25-20, 25-21, and 25-18.  The victory concludes the PC season at 45-8 and marks the third time in five years that the Cobras will come home with the 3rd place trophy.

Congrats to Coach Cliff Hastings and his staff on another amazing season. Special congratulations to the Cobra sophomores who guided PC to two Conference and Regional titles, two trips to Nationals where they finished 3rd and 9th. PC went 3-1 each year at Nationals with the two losses being 15-13 and 16-14 in the deciding 5th games.

The foursome of Shelby Geers, Dana Belcher, Megan Scharnett, and Jessica Galotta complied a two-year record of 86-16 and have left a lasting legacy for the program. You will truly be missed!

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PC Volleyball Comes Up Just Short in National Semis

November 16th, 2012

The Parkland College Volleyball team put forth a complete team effort on Friday night but came up just short of their goal of playing for the National Championship, falling to Grand Rapids CC 3-2. The Cobras grabbed an early 2-0 lead, winning the first two sets 27-25 and 25-20 only to see Grand Rapids win the next two 25-21 and 25-17 to force the 5th and deciding game. PC would lead 8-7 as the teams switched ends and actually increased their lead to 12-9 but GR would rally to tie the match at 12. PC would again retake the lead and served for the win at 14-13 but could not score.  Grand Rapids (38-1) would then score the final two points to win 16-14 and send them into their first National Championship game.  They will face defending National Champs Cowley County KS who overcame a loud and enthusiastic home crowd to beat Owens CC 3-1, winning 28-26, 25-27, 25-22, and 25-19. Cowley (38-0) will carry a 61 match winning streak into the match while Grand Rapids has won 29 straight.

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Cobra Volleyball on to Final Four!

November 15th, 2012

The Parkland College Volleyball team rallied from a 2-1 deficit on Thursday night as they stunned Central Nebraska 3-2 to move into the Final Four for the first time since 2009.  Parkland (44-7) will take on Grand Rapids (37-1) in one of the semi-finals starting at 5:30 CST on Friday.

PC fought off match point in the first set to win 27-25 but dropped the next two 22-25 and 16-25 to set up the rally. PC took control of the match winning set four 25-16 and then raced out an 8-2 lead in the 5th and deciding set and cruised to a 15-6 victory.  PC had advanced earlier in the day beating Catawba Valley 3-1. The rest of the Final Four will be decided later on Thursday as #1 Cowley (36-0) takes on Kansas City CC (31-6) and Iowa Central (35-10) faces the host school Owens CC (36-9).

Friday games:

Consolation Bracket Game 13:  Catawba Valley (34-1) vs Moraine Valley (35-1) Game 14:  Phoenix College (19-11) vs Hagerstown (24-4) Game 15:   NE Oklahoma (17-8) vs Lincoln Land (31-8) Game 16:   Kirkwood (37-9) vs Monroe NY (35-6) Game 17:   Central NE. (31-11) vs Kishwaukee (31-14) Game 18:    Cowley/Kansas City loser vs Owens/Iowa Central loser

Game 19:   Winner of  13 vs Winner of 14 Game 20:   Winner of 15 vs Winner of 16

Championship Bracket: Game 21:   Parkland (44-7) vs Grand Rapids (37-1) Game 22;   Cowley/Kansas City Winner vs Owens/Iowa Central winner

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Parkland VB Wins First Match of Nationals

November 15th, 2012

The Parkland Volleyball team rallied from a sluggish start to beat previously unbeaten Catawba Valley 3-1 to advance in the D-2 NJCAA Volleyball Tournament. The Cobras beat the Buccaneers 23-25, 25-18, 25-18, and 25-22 to set up a 4:30 (CST) match with #11 seed Central Nebraska. They upended #6 Moraine Valley 3-2 this morning.

Morning Results:

Game 1: PC 3  Catawba Valley 1 Game 2:  Central Nebraska 3  Moraine Valley 2 Game 3: Grand Rapids 3  Hagerstown 0 Game 4:  Kishwaukee 3   Phoenix College 0

Game 5:  Lincoln Land vs Kansas City CC Game 6:  Cowley Vs NE Oklahoma Game 7:  Jowa Central vs Monroe Game 8:  Kirkwood vs Owens

Game 9:  Parkland vs Central Nebraska Game 10: Grand Rapids vs Kishwaukee Game 11  Winner 5 vs Winner 6 Game 12:  Winner Game 7 vs Winner Game 8

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LIVE VOLLEYBALL TODAY

November 15th, 2012

Remember if having problems accessing our live feed via the links on the right then go to www.shoutcast.com and search for cobrasportsnet (all one word) and enjoy the action of the NJCAA D-II Volleyball National Tournament!

#3 Seeded Cobra Volleyball Set to Kick Off National Tournament Thursday

November 14th, 2012

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Cobra Volleyball kicks off their fifth straight trip to the NJCAA DII National Volleyball Tournament tomorrow morning with a 8:00 am Central Time start vs Catawba Valley Community College from the state of North Carolina.  Be sure to click the GO GREEN link on the right side of the page to hear the action LIVE as Cobrasports.net has joined the team in Toledo, OH for the action.  Also be sure to check our Facebook page which also has a link on the right for updates and photos throughout the tournament.  Congrats to Region 24 Coach of the Year Cliff Hastings as he prepares his team to make some noise at Nationals.  Should the Cobras win their first match Parkland will take the floor again at 4:30 pm Central Time.  LETS GO COBRAS!!!

Parkland Women Remain Unbeaten Knock Off Lincoln Trail

November 11th, 2012
The Parkland Women's Basketball team raced out to an 11-0 lead and never looked back as they cruised to an 84-60 win over visiting Lincoln Trail on Friday evening.  The lopsided victory allowed the Cobras to substitute freely as bench players racked up 37 points to just 6 from the Statesmen.
Parkland came out on fire in the first half shooting a sizzling 71% in the opening 20 minutes making 22 of 31 shots.  The Cobras cooled in the 2nd half but still shot 61% for the game. In an amazing stat from the first half, PC out rebounded LT 19-1 before the break and finished with a 33-13 advantage on the boards.  Heather Baker paced the attack with a team high 14 points and 6 rebounds. Lauren Grubb added 12 points and Erin Kelley tossed in 11.  Ebany Brumfield finished with 8 points and 9 boards while Cheyenne Piper also had 8.  Andrea Rivera was the leading scorer with 17 points for Lincoln Trail.
Parkland (4-0) will take the weekend off before hosting the UI Club Team at 6:00 on Wednesday night.
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Women’s Basketball Wins Home Debut

November 7th, 2012
It wasn't always pretty but the Parkland Women's Basketball team pulled away late for a 66-57 win over Olney Central College in their home opener.  The win, coming after a pair of road victories over the weekend, improves the Cobras to (3-0) on the young season.
Tonight, PC jumped out to an early lead, taking the margin up to as many as 14 at 26-12 with just 6:30 remaining before the break.  A late surge by the Blue Knights would cut the margin to 35-24 at half.  The second half featured runs by both teams with PC holding to a 61-49 lead with 3:28 left.  Six straight points by Olney's Leah Myers cut the lead to six with 1:34 to go but PC make 7-8 free throws down the stretch to come away with the victory.
Lexi Taylor led a balanced attack with 18 points, including 5-6 from the field and 8-12 from the line. She also chased down 7 rebounds, handed out 3 assists, and picked up 3 steals.  Lindsay Lenon added 10 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 steals while Taylor Redeker came off the bench to score 10 points and grab 6 boards.   Linsday Grubbed added 9 points, Jocie Klocke scored 8, and Ebany Brumfield had 6 points and 9 rebounds helping the Cobras win the battle of the boards 38-29.  Myers was the lone Olney player in double figures tying for game high honors with 18 points.
Parkland will return to action this Friday night when they host Lincoln Trail College starting at 6:00.
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Parkland Volleyball Earns Berth In Nationals for Fifth Straight Year

November 3rd, 2012

The #6 Parkland College Volleyball team capped off a perfect Saturday as they swept #7 Lincoln Land (3-0) to earn their fifth consecutive trip to the NJCAA D-2 Volleyball National Tournament. The Cobras beat the top-seeded Loggers 25-21, 25-23, and 25-13 after defeating #16 Illinois Central (3-0) 25-17, 25-20, 25-20 earlier in the day.

In the championship match, the Cobras swept the Loggers of Lincoln Land in a hard fought contest. PC used the emotion of a large and vocal crowd to gut out wins in the first two sets after trailing late in both. In set 1, PC found themselves down 20-17 before outscoring the guests 8-1 to close out the win. Set 2 played out much the same as neither team could take control but LLCC led 23-22 before PC scored the final three points to escape with the win. Set 3 was all Cobras as they raced out to a 13-3 lead and never looked back.

Shelby Geers had 10 kills, Ally Krenz had 9 and Megan Casagrande had 8. Geers and Alexis Clemons each had 5 blocks for the front row effort. Defensively, Megan Scharnett had 20 digs, Jessica Galotta had 17 and Dana Belcher had 10.

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Cobras Sweep Nemisis ICC in Three

November 3rd, 2012
Parkland sweeps past ICC in Region 24 Volleyball Semi-Finals.
The Cobras (41-7) knocked off ICC (3-0) Saturday afternoon to move within one game of their 5th consecutive trip to Nationals. PC won by the scores of 25-17, 25-20, and 25-20 to move into the Region 24/District J Finals tonight at 5:00 against Lincoln Land. The top-seeded Loggers beat Lincoln (3-1) earlier in the day.   A win, and Parkland would be headed to Nationals, with a loss, PC would play again Sunday at 3:00 against the ICC-Lincoln winner with a second bid to Nationals on the line.
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CobraSports Will Stream Entire Region 24 Volleyball Tournament Live!

November 3rd, 2012

Cobrasports.net will be streaming the entire Region 24 Volleyball tournament live, as this year the tournament will be held at Parkland College.

*IF THE LIVE LINKS AT THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE PAGE ARE NOT WORKING, THEN JUST GO TO WWW.SHOUTCAST.COM AND SEARCH FOR COBRASPORTSNET, AND ENJOY ALL THE REGION 24 VOLLEYBALL ACTION!

Saturday:
12:00 Game 1:  Lincoln Land vs Lincoln
2:00  Game 2:   Parkland vs Illinois Central
5:00  Game 3:   Game 1 winner vs Game 2 (winner advances to Nationals)
Sunday:
12:00 Game 4:    Game 1 Loser vs Game 2 Loser
3:00   Game 5:     Game 4 winner vs Game 3 Loser (winner advances to Nationals)

Basketball Kicks Off With Close Loss for Men

November 1st, 2012
Daryll Walker's steal and lay-up with 2.2 seconds to go helped lead the visiting Statesmen of Lincoln Trail to a 74-72 come from behind victory over Parkland College in the opener for both teams.  Parkland built a 71-64 lead with 2:51 left after Cedric Smith's three-point play but three turnovers in the final three minutes doomed the Cobras.
Both teams struggled in the opening half as Lincoln Trail built a 34-30 lead at intermission. PC stepped up the defensive pressure to start the second half and quickly built the lead to 45-40 with 13:00 minutes left.  From there both teams found their mark from behind the arc as Trail drained four consecutive three's to tie the game at 56 only to see Jake Thomas come off the bench for PC and drain a three of his own. Trail would regain the lead at 60-59 but the host Cobras would then go on a 12-4 to take their biggest lead of the contest at seven.
Trailing 71-64, LT would get a field goal by Walker with 2:08 left to make it 71-66 and following a PC turnover, Nick Painter's bucket cut the margin to three.  After another Cobra turnover, the Statesmen called time out and the resulting in bounds pass went to Caleb Begle who drained a three from the right side and was also fouled on the play.  With the game tied, Begle made the free three to give LT the one point lead with 1:09 remaining.  Parkland's Cedric Smith was fouled on a rebound and sank 1 of two free throws with 31.7 seconds left and it appeared PC might get the victory when they regained possession following a LT turnover with 14.1 to go.  Unfortunately for PC it wasn't to be as an errant pass was stolen at the top of the key by Walker and he went the distance for the game winning basket. PC got the ball to halfcourt and called time out with 1.3 left but the resulting in bounds pass was knocked out of bounds as time expired.
Walker led Lincoln Trail (1-0) with 16 points and 8 rebounds, Dennis Hightower added 15, and Jesse Tesmer had 11 points and 9 boards. For Parkland (0-1), four players finished in double figures with guard Mark Gilchrese leading the way with 16 points, 4 steals, and 4 assists.  Dominque Walls had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Smith and Shane Seniour each finished with 12. The Cobras return to action on Monday when they play at Kaskaskia.
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