Parkland Softball Weekly 2013: Episode 2

March 28th, 2013 sat down with Head Softball Coach Chuck Clutts to discuss the team and their sucess early in the season.  Throughout the season we will try to catch up with a variety of players in our Feature Athlete of the Week segment, with the first nod of the 2013 season going to Taylor Hull, a sophomore pitcher for the team.


Inside Cobra Baseball 2013: Episode 5

March 28th, 2013

Coach Kennedy joins us following the weekend sweep of Spoon River College to kick of the Cobra's M-WAC schedule.


Parkland Baseball Wins Home Opener in Dominant Fashion

March 24th, 2013


The Parkland Baseball team capped a successful opening weekend of the M-WAC season as they swept their home opener from Spoon River 13-1 and 8-0 on Saturday afternoon. The two wins come on the heels of the Cobras taking a pair from the Mudcats on Friday, PC now has won seven straight and have moved over the .500 mark for the first time this season at (10-9 4-0).

Game 1:  PC 13   SRC 1
Strong pitching and an early explosion on offense paced the Cobras to the five inning win. Freshman Kyle Weller picked up his second straight win working four innings of shutout ball allowing just one hit while striking out three. He got all the support he would need in the 2nd inning as PC irrupted for 10 runs in the inning. After leaving the bases loaded in the first. Parkland would not be denied the following inning as they used 10 hits and a pair of walks to blow the game wide open. Adam Casson and Frankie Picchiotti delivered the big blows, both driving in two runs.  The pair, drove in three runs in the game and were aided by teammates Brady Burns who went 3-3 with 3 runs scored and Sam Sampen who was 2-2 with a walk and 3 runs scored as well.
SRC     000 01    1 3  1
PC     0(10)3 0X  13 12 0
Danielson, Nichols (3) and Mayall
Weller, Blaha (5) and Valdez
W-Weller (2-2) L-Danielson (0-2)

Parkland Finishes Off Weekend Sweep of SRC

March 24th, 2013

Game 2:   PC 8  SRC 0 The Cobras scored three times in both the 1st and 2nd innings giving starter Taylor Krugh all the runs he would need to earn the win as he and Alex Lesiak combined to shutout SRC on just three hits. Lesiak picked up the save working three impressive innings in relief allowing one hit while striking out 5.

Ramon Valdez got PC on the board in the bottom of the first with a sacrifice fly, Nolan Wilson added an RBI single, and Brady Burns drove in a run with a triple.  Valdez drove in another run in the 2nd as he drew a bases loaded walk and Joe Trennepohl made it 6-0 with a bloop two-run single. Trennepohl was a perfect 3-3 in the game with a sac. fly and 3 runs batted in. Valdez reached base all four times as he capped an outstanding weekend.

Parkland will hope to get back in action this Wednesday afternoon when they travel to Wabash College in Crawfordsville, IN for a single non-conference contest.
SRC    000   000 0     0  3  1
PC      331   100 X     8  9  0
Krugh, Lesiak and Wilson
W-Krugh (1-1) S-Lesiak (1)

Cobra Softball Continues Hot Hitting, Sweep Lewis and Clark

March 24th, 2013

Parkland Softball opened their conference season with a sweep of Lewis & Clark 16-1 & 13-5 Saturday at Godfrey, IL. On the day, the Cobras scored 29 runs on 29 hits in winning both games by the run rule.  The two games could not have been any different however as the Cobras put up 15 runs in the first two innings of game 1 to blow out the Blazers and rallied from down 5-3 to win the finale.

Game 1   PC  16   L& C  1

PC started the game strong with a lead off single from Kelsey Kniepmann and a two run homer run from Paige Roytek.  With a 4-0 lead after one inning, the Cobras blew the game open in the 2nd sending 15 batters to the plate scoring 11 runs on 8 hits 3 walks and 1 error.  Alison Kimble (3-1) controlled L & C allowing them only 4 hits and striking out 5 with no walks.  Erin Hettinger led the offense with 3 hits, 1 double, and 3 RBI.  Alex Jacobs added 2 hits and 2 RBI, Roytek had 2 hits and 3 rbi, while Jordan Wheeler finished with 2 hits and drove in three runs.

PC       4 (11) 0  0 1   16 16  1 L & C   0  0  1  0 0     1    4   3

HR  PC  Roytek  (4th)

WP    PC   Kimble  3-1 LP     L & C  Heigert Game  2    PC  13   L & C  5

Trailing 5-3 going into the top of the 6th, PC sent 14 batters to the plate scoring 10 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks to steal the victory.  The Cobras grabbed the lead in the 6th when Jordan Wheeler stepped to the plate with Carly Sarff and Paige Roytek on base and launched a ball over the left field scoreboard to break a 5-5 tie. In the deciding inning, Carly Sarff had 2 hits and 3 RBIi and Erin Hettinger collected 2 doubles and drove in two.  Roytek, Wheeler and Kelsy Kniepmmann each added 2 hits apiece in the game.  Jordan Wheeler (3-1) got the win on the mound, allowing 7 hits, 3 walks and striking out 6.

PC            1 0 1  1 0 (10)     13  13 1 L & C        3 0 0  0 2  0         5   7  4

HR  PC  Wheeler  (4)

WP     PC  Wheeler  (3-1) LP      L & C  Denny

Parkland, which has won 11 straight since opening the game with three consecutive losses, now stands at (11-3 2-0). They will have to wait a while to improve that record as Sunday's contest at John Wood was snowed out.

Inside Cobra Baseball 2013: Episode 4

March 19th, 2013

The Cobras just returned from a weekend trip to the state of Ohio to battle two capable opponents, in Sinclair CC and #19 Kellogg CC.  The Cobras went 3-1 on the weekend and Coach Kennedy breaks down the action for us in the latest installment of Inside Cobra Baseball on your home for Parkland College Athletics,


Parkland Softball Weekly 2013: Episode 1

March 19th, 2013

Parkland College Head Softball Coach Chuck Clutts, as well as some of his players, join us for the debut of Parkland Softball Weekly on  The Cobras joined us ahead of their Florida swing in which the eventually finished 7-3.  Be sure to check this site all season long as we will track the Cobra's progress as they look to make a return trip to Clinton, Mississippi for the National Tournament!


Inside Cobra Baseball 2013: Episode 3

March 12th, 2013

The Cobras challenged another tough opponent, this time DI power Jefferson College, but came up win less in the three game set.  Coach Kennedy joins us as we discuss the weekend and the upcoming trip to Ohio.


Lenon M-Wac Player of the Year; Taylor and Redeker Also Honored

March 12th, 2013


Sophomore Lindsay Lenon has been named the Midwest Athletic Conference Player of the Year and  coach Karrie Redeker Coach of the Year after leading the Cobras to the M-WAC title. Lenon averaged 16.6 points per game this year in helping PC to a (24-8) record. Parkland finished 9-1 in the conference, edging out Danville and John Wood by two games for the conference title. Lenon was also a First Team All-Region selection and will be one of three Region 24 players forwarded on for All-American consideration. Lenon was one of the top shooters in the country shooting 40.4% from three-point range, knocking down 78 three's on the season, placing her in the top 10 in that category. She also was one of the top free throw shooters in the NJCAA D-2 rankings.
Joining her on the first team M-WAC and All-Region teams is point guard Lexie Taylor.  Taylor averaged 8.9 points, 4.8 assists, and 2.2 steals directing the PC offense. She also starred on defense for PC forcing opposing guards into numerous turnovers.  A third sophomore, Taylor Redeker, earned Honorable Mention honors.  Averaging 5.6 points and 2.4 assists per game, Redeker's biggest contribution came as the Cobra leader on and off the court and she will be an Academic All-American nominee later this spring.
And finally Parkland Coach Karrie Redeker earned Coach of the Year honors as her team won the title for the third time in her six year coaching stint at PC. She is now 158-45 as the Cobra head coach and her teams have won more than 20 games. all six seasons.
Congratulations to Karrie, Linsay, Lexie, and Taylor on another fine season.
Region 24 1st Team:
Lindsay Lenon      Parkland
Chanta Wright      Illinois Central
Lauren Bogle        Lake Land
Cheyenne Hedrington  John Wood
Hillary Lively         Danville Area
Robneisha Wood  Lewis and Clark
Lexie Taylor          Parkland
Ally Friday             Lincoln College
Shelby Kohrman    Lake Land
Helena Rodriguez  ICC
Demeisha Morris   ICC
Emily Montgomery Danville Area
Player of the Year  Chanta Wright Illinois Central
Coach of the Year  Cindy Stein   Illinois Central

Walls and Smith Earn Post Season Honors

March 12th, 2013


Sophomore transfers Dominique Walls and Cedric Smith have both been recognized by the Midwest Athletic Conference and Region 24 for their accomplishments this season.   Walls, a transfer from Lewis and Clark, led the Cobras in scoring and rebounding this year averaging 13.4 points and 8.0 rebounds. He shot 57.5% from the field and also lead the team in blocked shots. He scored a season high 24 points in a win over John Wood this spring.   He was one of 5 players chosen First Team All-Conference and will be one of five players whose name will be moved forward for All-American recognition.

Smith, a transfer from Kaskaskia, was an Honorable Mention selection on both teams. He averaged 8.4 points and 4.7 rebounds for the (18-12) Cobras.  He had a season high 16 points against Danville on January 30.
First Team All-Region 24:
Chris Whitehead               Danville Area
Cortez Macklin                 Rend Lake
Derek Shouse                  Danville Area
Brad Hamilton                 John Wood
Dominque Walls              Parkland
Aaron Simpson                Lincoln College
Ronnie White                   Danville Area
Sam Feehan                     Illinois Central
Bronson Verhines             Rend Lake
A'Darius Porter                 John Wood
Marcus Graham                Lincoln Land
James Lane                      John Wood
Player of the Year              Chris Whitehead    DACC
Coach of the Year              Mike Carpeneter    DACC
First Team All-MWAC:
Chris Whitehead               Danville Area
Derek Shouse                   Danville Area
Brad Hamilton                   John Wood
Aaron Simpson                 Lincoln College
Dominique Walls               Parkland
Player of the Year              Chris Whitehead
Freshman of the Year        Ronnie White-Danville and Aaron Simpson  Lincoln
Coach of the Year             Mike Carpenter       DACC

Parkland Battles Lake Land but Come Up A Little Short

March 10th, 2013
The #2 seeded Parkland women's basketball team battled for forty minutes but came up just short, suffering a season-ending 68-64 loss to #3 seed Lake Land College in the Region 24 semi-finals at Illinois Central College in Peoria on Saturday evening.
Lake Land started the game on fire, bolting out to an 8-1 lead in the opening minutes.  PC struggled on the offensive end, making only two baskets in their first 17 possessions.  Meanwhile, the Lakers were hitting on all cylinders, opening up an 18-5 advantage at the 12:05 mark and increasing their lead to 24-9 in the early going.  Parkland finally started getting stops defensively, and settled down on the offensive end, scoring on 8 of their next 10 possessions, capped by a three by Lindsay Lenon to erase the deficit and actually take a 25-24 lead with 5:43 in the half.  The teams battled back and forth, and halftime saw the Cobras down 35-34, thanks to another three by Lenon in the closing seconds.
Unfortunately, Parkland started the second half the same way they started the first, as did Lake Land, with the Lakers shooting out to a 44-37 lead at the 17:00 mark.  The Laker lead harbored around 9 most of the second half, until the Cobras whittled the lead down to 53-50 thanks to a runner by Lenon with 5:35 to play.  Lake Land then went on a 10-0 surge to take a 63-52 lead with 2:15 remaining and it looked like the Lakers had the game in hand.   However, PC battled back one last time as Lauren Grubb hit a three pointer, and Lenon swished a three and two free throws to cut the Laker lead to 64-60.  Parkland fouled, and Lake Land made 1 of 2 free throws, and on the next possession, Lenon banked in a three from the right wing to make the score 66-64.  Lake Land then missed their next free throw with :12 seconds to go, and PC came down with a chance to tie, but missed a layup that would have forced overtime.  PC then fouled and Lake Land hit their remaining two free throws for the final margin.
Lenon led the Cobras with 24 points, including a 5-8 effort from three-point range, and also pulled down 5 boards and dished out 3 assists.  Lexie Taylor added 10 points, while Ebany Brumfield snagged 14 boards and added 8 points.  Grubb added 7 points and 2 assists, and Taylor Redeker dished out a game high 4 assists.  The Cobras shot only 35% from the field and only converted on 10-18 chances from the free throw line compared to 17-30 free throws for Lake Land.
Parkland closes out their season with a 24-8 record, their sixth consecutive 20-win season.  Lake Land moves on to the Region 24 championship game, where they will face Illinois Central College in a 2:00 pm game on Sunday, with the winner getting the automatic bid to the NJCAA Division II National Tourney on March 19-23.

Cobra Season Comes to End at Regionals

March 8th, 2013

A season that started with such promise ended on a disappointing note as the Parkland Men's Basketball team was beaten 55-41 by John Wood to end the Cobra season at (18-12).  A Parkland team that won the Lake Land Invitational to begin the season and found themselves at 13-4 and nationally ranked, finished the season winning just five of their last thirteen games. With two regulars sitting on the bench to start the game due to disciplinary reasons, PC once again started slow falling behind 11-4 after the first 10 minutes. PC would rally to tie the game but the Blazers closed on a late first half run to take a 23-15 lead into intermission. The second half also started slowly and PC could only close to within six before the host Blazers went on another run to push the lead to 43-29 on a Brad Hamilton three with 6:27 left and the Cobras would get no closer then 11 the rest of the way. Cold shooting, a problem for the Cobras during their second semester struggles, was once again an issue as PC shot just 29% (17-55) for the game. John Wood was led by James Lane who had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Hamilton who finished with 13. Parkland was led by Anthony Woods with 12 and Dominque Walls with 10 but the pair were just 8-25 from the field.


Cobras Head to Regional Semis, Knock Off Licoln for Third Time

March 6th, 2013

After a sluggish opening 10 minutes on Wednesday, the Cobras Women's Basketball team kicked into high gear and cruised to an 82-56 win over Lincoln College, in the Region 24 quarterfinals.   The victory sends the #20 Cobras (24-7) into a semi-final showdown on Saturday at 4:00 at Illinois Central College against rival Lake Land (24-7). The Lakers beat PC 69-64 back in December in Mattoon. Illinois Central (27-3) and Danville Area (22-9) will face-off in the first semi-final starting at 2:00.

In this contest, PC found itself in a 20-all tie 11 minutes into the game before a 13-0 Cobra pushed the hosts out to 35-22 halftime lead.  Lindsay Lenon was the spark for PC as she had 16 points in the opening half on 7-10 shooting from the field.

After the break PC would quickly extend the lead to 17 at 45-28 before the Lynx made one final run and cut the margin to just 10 at 51-41 with 11:27 remaining. From there it was pretty much all Cobras as they outscored Lincoln 31-15 the rest of the way and cruised to the 26 point win.  Parkland shot a sizzling 53% in the second half as a combination of fast break points and points in the paint, resulted in some easier baskets for PC.

Balance was the key as it has often been in Parkland's most impressive victories as four players finished in double figures. Lenon finished with a game high 20 points and Jocie Klocke added 12. Two players had double-doubles as Lexi Taylor finished with 12 points and 11 assists while Ebany Brumfield came up big, starting for injured center Heather Baker, with 13 points and 15 boards.
Lincoln, which saw their season come to an end at (14-16) was paced by Ally Friday who had 18 points.

Inside Cobra Baseball 2013: Episode 2

March 4th, 2013

The Parkland College Baseball team finished (2-3) over the weekend at The USA JUCO Classic in Millington, TN.  The Cobras found themselves in another round of tight finishes as this young team continues to garner experience early in the season.  Head Coach Matt Kennedy joins us to discuss the trip and also look forward to next weekends trip down to Jefferson College.  Click below for audio of the latest installment of Inside Cobra Baseball!


Cobra Men Get Win on Sophomore Day

March 2nd, 2013

The Parkland College Men's basketball team overcame a sluggish first half before turning up the pressure to knock off Lincoln 61-59 in the regular season finale for both teams.  The Cobras got off to a rough start as they made just 2 of 12 from the field and turned the ball over six times in the opening 9 minutes, finding themselves down 17-6.  A late run in the half cut the margin to just three at 31-28 despite the Cobras shooting just 34% to 50% for the Lynx.

PC finally grabbed their first lead of the game as Mark Gilchrese knocked down back to back three's to break a 38-all tie as PC went ahead by 6 with 13:54 to go.  Parkland would eventually stretch their lead out to as many as 10 at 52-42 with 6:06 left but turnovers once again would allow the Lynx to make a run at the lead. After the Cobras Lance Magee made a pair of free throws to to push the lead to 57-51 with 1:36 remaing, Andrew Jordan would answer with a putback to cut the lead to four. Magee and Mark Gilcrhese each made 1 of 2 from the line sandwiched around a pair of free throw for Lincoln to take a 59-55 lead into the final seconds. Jalen McCaskill made 1 of 2 for the Lynx to cut the lead to three by Dalten Temples made both of his attempts and a late three by Lincoln with 0.5 to go wasn't enough as the Cobras hung on for the two point lead.

Dominque Walls paced the way with a double-double scoring 19 points and grabbing 10 rebounds while Mark Gilchrese added 14, and Cedric Smith had 12.  Dalten Temples just missed a double as he had 8 points and 9 boards in the victory. Lincoln was led by Jordan who had 15 points and Jovaugh Gaines who added 13.

PC won the game despite shooting just 39% from the field and committing 23 turnovers. The Cobras won the battle of the boards 41-30 however and limited Lincoln to 22% shooting in the second half after they shot 50% in the opening twenty minutes.

Parkland (18-11) will open Region 24 play this Friday night when they face host John Wood (20-9)starting at 6:00. The two teams split a pair of games this season as the Blazers won 74-70 in Quincy while the Cobras turned the tables with a 61-55 win in Champaign.  The game should be an intense match as the two will be meeting for the third consecutive year in the post season with the Cobras ending John Wood's season each of the last two seasons.