Inside Cobra Baseball 2013: Episode 1

February 25th, 2013

Parkland College Head Baseball Coach Matt Kennedy sits down with Brian Schutte to discuss the opening weekend of game for the Cobras for the first installment of Inside Cobra Baseball for the 2013 season.

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Parkland College Inducts 6th Class of Athletic Hall of Fame

February 25th, 2013

The Parkland College Foundation and Athletic Department are pleased to announce the 6th class of the Parkland College Athletic Hall of Fame. Five individuals and two teams were inducted on Saturday February 16, 2013. They were formally introduced at halftime of the Men’s Basketball game versus John Wood CC of Quincy. The inductees were also recognized in a private reception at the Tony Noel Center on the Parkland campus immediately after the game. Those selected for the Hall of Fame were nominated by former Parkland coaches and administrators and were finalized by the Hall of Fame committee.

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Cobras Survive Wild Finish to Hold Off Kankakee

February 20th, 2013

In a game full of runs by both teams, Parkland made the final and most important one as they held on for a wild 82-81 win over D-1 Kankakee on Wednesday night in Champaign.  Four Cobras finished in double figures as the team shot 57% from the field and made 14-17 shots from the line. PC was a sizzling 10-21 from behind the arc.

The Cobras looked like they were going to blow the game open early as they built an early 24-12 lead with 9:03 remaining in the half.  The Cavs would use a 23-10 run over the next seven minutes as they grabbed the lead at 35-34 with 2:51 left until half and eventually stretched the lead to four at 43-39 at the break.

PC would trail by as many as seven in the second half before three straight three point baskets shot the Cobras into a 57-57 tie.  Once again KCC would build the margin back up to six with 10:30 left but another Anthony Woods three, his fourth of the half, cut the deficit to three before Nate Tidwell took over. The freshman scored 7 of the Cobras next 10 points as he helped PC go on a 14-2 run and grab a 71-65 lead with 7:29 to go.

KCC would claw back to within one with 4:35 remaining but Tidwell's rebound basket and Mark Gilchrese three, pushed the lead to 80-76.  After KCC cut it back to two, Dominque Walls made both free throws and the Cavs missed a three with 7.1 left. Although PC would miss the front end of a one a one with 5.3 left, KCC's desperation three at the buzzer left the visitors one point short of victory.

Walls led all scorers as he finished with 18 points going 6-7 from the field and a perfect 6-6 from the line.  Tidwell had a career high 15 points off the bench as he made all 6 of his field goals and hit 3-3 from the charity stripe.  Anthony Woods had 14 points, all in the second half and Mark Gilchrese finished with 13 points and 5 assists for the victorious Cobras.  KCC was led by Girban Smith with 17 points. PC had to shoot well to win as the Cavs shot 51% for the game and also were hot from behind the arc draining 10-22.

Parkland (17-9) will travel to Illinois Central this Saturday for a 4:00 contest against the Cougars. ICC beat PC in Champaign earlier this season.

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Solid Finish Sends Parkland Men to Win

February 17th, 2013

The Parkland Men's Basketball team held the visiting John Wood CC Blazers to just six points over the final 10:32 second of the game as they pulled away late for a 61-55 win.  The victory avenged an earlier four point loss to JWCC in Quincy.

The first 30 minutes was a tightly played battle as both teams would grab momentum only to see the other answer back.  John Wood's Brad Hamilton drained a long three to take back the lead at 49-47 with just over 10 minutes left but that would be the final time the Blazers would lead in the ball game.
Dominque Walls jumper tied it at 49 and a Walls rebound bucket put the Cobras ahead.  Parkland would finally take control of the game with the score tied at 51, A Dalten Temples basket put the Cobras ahead and Walls made a pair of free throws to push the lead to four. Leading by thee with 1:50 left, Temples had a huge tip in to go up by five and Jake Thomas's steal and lay-up with 36.9 left would seal the win.
Walls had a huge night for PC finishing with a double-double scoring a game high 24 points while pulling down 13 boards. He also finished with 5 blocked shots for the game.  Temples added 8 points while Lance Magee game off the bench to get 8 points and 7 rebounds.  The Blazers were led by Hamilton who had 12 points on the night.
Parkland improved to (16-9 2-5) on the season while John Wood drops to (18-7 5-2). Next up for the Cobras will be another home game this Wednesday night when they host Kankakee CC starting at 6:00.
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Cobra Women Avenge Lone M-Wac Defeat

February 17th, 2013

The Parkland Women's Basketball team overcame a slow start, which saw them trail by two at the half, and raced past John Wood CC 80-70 in Champaign Saturday afternoon. Fourteen first half turnovers by the Cobras allowed John Wood to grab an early nine point lead and the visitors still maintained a two-point lead at the break.  The second half saw the Cobra cut down on their mistakes and shoot 52% from the field as they used a 23-8 run to start the half and push out to a 61-48 lead.  John Wood would keep it close, cutting the margin to seven at 65-58 with 4:34 left but PC would get strong play from their sophomores to hang on for the win.

Lindsay Lenon had game high honors with 23 points as she went 8-15 from the field.  Ebany Brumfield continued her strong play as of late as she had 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds.  Uzuri Williams came off the bench to score 14 points and chase down 7 boards while Lexie Taylor had 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winning Cobras.  PC shot 51% on the night and out rebounded the Blazers 41-30.
John Wood had two players in double figures as Cheynne Hedrington and Marshaya Sangster each scored 19 points in the losing effort.
The win gives PC their sixth consecutive 20 win season as they are now (20-7 6-1) on the year and keep a one game lead over Danville Area CC for the M-WAC lead with three conference games to play. John Wood drops to (14-12 4-3) with the loss.  PC will be off again until Saturday February 23rd when they travel to Lewis and Clark for a 2:00 contest.
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Parkland Men Hold Off Comeback Attempt to Hold on for Win

February 13th, 2013

The Parkland Men's Basketball team got back on the winning side of things Wednesday night as they held off the hot shooting Illinois Wesleyan JV by the score of 79-75.  The victory moved the Cobras to (15-9) on the season ahead of an M-WAC showdown this Saturday against #21 John Wood starting at 4:00.

The two teams came out on fire in the first half in a fast paced affair with the Cobras hanging on to a 50-46 lead at intermission. PC shot a scorching 62% in the opening half and committed just two turnovers while IWU shot 54% including 6 three-pointers.

Both teams concentrated on going inside in the second half as the visitors kept going to big man Mike Marietti who finished the contest 12-17 from the field and ended the game with 24 points.  The Titans grabbed their lone lead of the second half when Bryce Dolan knocked home a three to make it 60-58 with 9:38 remaining. Tied at 66 with 4:33 to go, Parkland's Beau Swinford was fouled on a three-point attempt and the freshman converted 2 of the 3 free throws to give PC the lead. After a Wesleyan turnover, Jake Thomas drained a three to put the Cobras up 71-66 but IWU would answer with a pair of baskets to cut the margin to one with just 2:25 left.  Mark Gilcrhese would knife thru the Titan defense for a pair of buckets to put PC back up by five at 75-70 and he added a pair of free throws with 21.2 seconds left to seal the win.

Walls lead the Parkland attack with 18 points and 8 rebounds and was joined in double figures by Anthony Woods who had 14 points, all in the opening half.  Shane Seniour came off the bench to add 11 and Gilchrese finished with 10, six coming in the final minute and half of the contest.  Dalten  Temples also played well scoring 8 points and chasing down 6 rebounds for the victorious Cobras.
Wesleyan was led by Marietti's 24 points, 13 from Bryce Dolan, and 10 points and 8 assists from Rob Mahlke.
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Parkland Finishes Strong to Knock Off Loggers

February 6th, 2013

The Parkland Men's Basketball controlled the final five minutes and held on for a 68-63 win over Lincoln Land to earn their first M-WAC victory of the season.  PC trailed 33-32 at the half but back to back three's by Dalten Temples and Cedric Smith put PC ahead by 5 and although the Loggers would later tie the game, the Cobras never trailed again in the contest.

Leading 58-56 with 5:21 left, Beau Swinford nailed a pair of free throws and Anthony Woods followed with a 10 footer to push the lead out to six. LLCC would counter with a three but a Lance Magee steal and layup and free throws by Dalten Temples and Smith sealed the victory.

Both teams shot 51% on the night but the Cobras would make 11-15 free throws while LLCC made just 6-11.  Jake Thomas came off the bench to score 11 for PC knocking down 3-4 from behind the arc while Smith added 11 points and 8 boards and Anthony Woods had 10 points.  Reed Willenborg was the lone Logger in double figures with 12.

Parkland, which ended a four game skid with the loss, is now (14-8 1-4) and travels to face DACC on Saturday at 4:00. The Jaguars beat PC in overtime just a week ago. Lincoln Land drops to (13-10 0-5) with the loss.
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Women Move Back Into Tie for Conference Lead With Win

February 6th, 2013

The #21 ranked Parkland Women's Basketball team completed the first half of the M-WAC season on Wednesday with a convincing win over Lincoln Land 65-49.  The victory moves the Cobras to (18-6 4-1) and puts them back in a tie with Danville Area. The two teams will square off in Danville at 2:00 this Saturday.

Sophomore Lindsay Lenon made sure the Cobras would not be an upset victim on Wednesday night as she carried PC early, scoring the first seven points of the game to build an early lead.  The Cobras would push the lead out to 18 at 31-13 but LLCC would finish the half on a 11-2 run to close the margin to just 9 at the break.  Parkland would quickly show their dominance in the second half as the lead grew to 24 midway thru the half before Coach Karrie Redeker cleared the bench and subbed heavily over the final 8 minutes of the game.

Parkland shot a sizzling 54% on  the night had 19 assists on their 29 made baskets.  Lenon paced the attack with 18 points, Lexi Taylor added 12 points while also handing out 4 assists, and Jocie Klocke came off the bench to add 10 points.  Lauren Grubb added 8 points and Taylor Redeker had 6 points and 5 assists. Ebany Brumfield also played well off the bench as she had 5 points, 5 boards, and 3 assists. Shelby Smith had 13 points for LLCC who saw their leading scorer Jessica Armour held to just 7 points on the night as they fall to (8-15 1-4).

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