Parkland Men Finish Classic With Dominant Win

December 8th, 2012

Jake Thomas had a career high 16 points, 14 in the opening 20 minutes, to lead the #23 Parkland Men to a 83-39 rout of struggling Lake County.  Thomas knocked down a pair of threes and hit all three of his two point field goals to help the Cobras build a huge 48-19 lead at the break.  Parkland shot 62% in the opening half including knocking down 7-11 three point shots.  PC would substitute liberally throughout the second half as 11 players made the scoring column. Joining Thomas in double figures was Anthony Woods who had another strong contest with 16 points of his own. Phillip Miller added 11 points and had 5 steals while Dominique Walls came up with 10 points and 6 rebounds. Dalten Temples had a solid second half for PC with 7 points and 7 boards.  Jerry Gaylor finished with 14 points for the Lancers who finished the game with just 6 healthy players.

Parkland (8-3) will return to action next Saturday when they play their final game of the first semester as they host Morton College starting at 2:00.


Cobra Handle Joliet in Lopsided Victory

December 8th, 2012

The Parkland College Women's Basketball team wasted little time on Saturday afternoon as they raced out to an early lead and ran away from visiting Joliet Junior College 92-47.  PC led 42-20 at the break and steadily increased the lead throughout the second half. Four players finished in double-figures with Lindsay Lenon once again leading the way with 19 points. The sophomore was 7-12 from the field including 3-5 from behind the arc.   Erin Kelley came off the bench to spark the Cobras with 18 points, 16 in the first half as she made 7 of her 8 shots.  Heather Baker picked up 13 points and 5 rebounds while Uzuri Williams was just a rebound shy of a double-double as she finished with 10 points and 9 boards.

The Cobras shot a sizzling 62% from the field and dominated the glass 42-22.  Ebany Brumfield tied Williams for the team lead with 9 caroms of her own.  Lexi Taylor added 7 points and handed out six assists while Taylor Redeker also had 5 assists. The #19 ranked Cobras improved to (9-1) and will take finals week off before facing defending Region 24 Champions Lake Land (5-3) next Saturday in Mattoon. Parkland also announced that they have added a women's game on Tuesday, December 18 when they will host Robert Morris College starting at 6:30. The game will replace the Elmhurst game that was canceled earlier this season.


Cobras Pick Up Win in First Game of Parkland Classic

December 7th, 2012

The Parkland College Men's Basketball team used a strong performance off the bench, outscoring the visiting Olivet Nazarene JV 59-19, en route to an 80-60 win in the opening game of the Parkland Classic. After Olivet raced out to an early 11-4 lead, PC turned up the pressure and forced the Tigers in to several turnovers resulting in lay-ups and dunks as the Cobras would grab the lead and take a 37-27 lead into the break.  PC would build the lead up to 20 points at 61-41 on Jake Thomas's three with 12:02 remaining but ONU would close the margin to within 11 before Shane Seniour converted an old-fashioned three point play and the Cobras would never look back in cruising to the win.

Dominque Walls once again was the high scorer for PC with 19 points while also grabbing 8 rebounds. Cedric Smith added 16 points and Anthony Woods tossed in 10 points while chasing down 8 boards. Phillip Miller had a strong over-all game with 8 points, 7 assists, and 5 steals while Jake Thomas knocked down three 3's to finish with 9. Olivet, featured a host of local players, including Mahomet's Reid Farchmin who finished with 8 points and 9 rebounds. Centennial product Hunter Jacobs also scored 8 points while Unity's Alex Thorson had 7 points and 4 assists. Leroy's Seth Ward finished with 8 points before fouling out.

Parkland (7-3) will take on the College of Lake County (3-7) tomorrow at 4:00 while Olivet (2-6) will play Illinois Central (6-5) at 2:00. The Parkland Women will get the action going at Noon when they face Joliet.


Pair of Cobras Earn All-American Honors

December 3rd, 2012


A pair of Cobra middle hitters, sophomore Shelby Geers (St. Joe-Ogden) and freshman Megan Casagrande (St. Thomas More), have earned All-American honors from the National Junior College Athletic Association. Geers earned 1st Team All-American while Casagrande was named Honorable Mention. The awards recognize the top 30 players at the NJCAA D-2 level. Geers, who had earlier this fall been named the Region 24 and Mid-West Athletic Conference Player of the Year, followed up a solid freshman year with a breakout sophomore campaign. In addition to leading the team to a 45-8 record and 3rd place finish, Geers finished with the third highest NJCAA D-2 hitting percentage at .450, and was 12th in the country in total kills (495) and blocks (266). Casagrande picked up Honorable Mention honors after being a First Team All-Region and All-Conference honoree and was also the M-WAC Freshman of the Year. She finished second on the team in kills with 388 and blocks with 179. She also ended the season with a .399 hitting percentage. She will be counted on next season to anchor an experienced squad which will try and win another M-WAC and Regional title along with making a sixth consecutive trip to Nationals.

Parkland Runs to Victory over Milikin JV

December 1st, 2012

Lindsay Lenon knocked down 5 of 7 shots from behind the arc in route to a season high 26 points as the Cobras pulled away from the Millikin University JV for an 83-50 win. Lenon, followed up a 20 point performance earlier in the week with 26 more on Saturday as the sophomore made 8-13 shots and hit 5-6 free throws. She also had 3 assists and 3 steals in the win.

Eleven Cobras played in the game and every player scored at least 4 points.  Although Lenon was the only player in double figures, Heather Baker just missed joining her with 9 points and 5 rebounds.  Uzuri Williams added 8 points and 4 boards and Taylor Redeker had 8 points and dished out 7 assists.  Lexi Taylor scored 9 points and handed out 5 assists, mainly in the first half as she helped PC build a 46-26 lead at intermission.

The Big Blue would close to within 13 early in the second half but a basket by Baker and a steal and subsequent lay-up by Lenon started the Cobras on a run where they eventually took the lead up to 33, the final margin of victory. The win was  a total team effort as PC 45% from the field, 78% from the line, handed out 21 assists and came up with 14 steals. The lone negative on the afternoon was Millikin out rebounded PC 46-29 and picked up 20 offensive rebounds. Parkland improved to (8-1) on the year and will be off until next Saturday when they host Joliet Junior College starting at noon.