Parkland College Athletes Receive Academic Honors

June 26th, 2014
Three teams and 15 individuals have been recognized for their outstanding academic achievement for the 2013-14 school year. The Cobra Softball, Volleyball, and Golf teams were all honored as NJCAA Academic Teams of the Year for compiling an over-all grade point average of 3.0 or higher for the school year.
During the 2013-14 academic year, the NJCAA saw 58,446 student-athletes compete on 3,705 teams in 28 different sports. Of those competitors, 3.1% or 1, 799 student-athletes, were recognized with academic awards for their achievement in the classroom. Receiving the highest honor with a perfect 4.0 grade point average, 171 athletes received the NJCAA Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence.
Parkland had 15 honorees this year, easily outdistancing John A Logan and Kaskaskia College which had 10 Academic All-Americans each. Congratulations to the following Cobra Athletes:
4.0 NJCAA Pinnacle Award:
Erin Hettinger Softball
Beau Swinford Men's Basketball
Elizabeth Walker Softball
NJCAA Award for Superior Academic Achievement (3.80-3.99):
Sam Kohlbecker Women's Basketball
Lynette Ramsey Women's Soccer
Carly Sarff Softball
Harley Tompkins Softball
Ashley Walker Women's Basketball
Jordan Wheeler Softball
Emily Wilson Volleyball
NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement (3.60-3.79):
Matt Deal Baseball
Dan Leake Baseball
Jake Sale Baseball
Isaac Sampen Baseball
Julie Sciole Volleyball
Congratulations to the athletes and their coaches on this outstanding achievement.

Bad News for Former Cobra Winkler

June 26th, 2014

The Rockies organization has been hit with more bad news. According to a major-league source, prized right-handed prospect Daniel Winkler will have to undergo Tommy John (reconstructive elbow) surgery.

Winkler, pitching like an ace for Double-A Tulsa, injured his right elbow last Saturday pitching against the Springfield (Mo.) Cardinals. He threw 3 2/3 hitless innings before he left the mound in the fourth inning.

Winkler told the team that something felt wrong in his elbow. An MRI this week confirmed that he tore his ulnar collateral ligament and he will have to have surgery to repair his elbow.

Fellow Double-A right-handers Eddie Butler and Jon Gray have received more publicity than Winkler, who has drafted out of Central Florida in the 20th round in 2011. Butler, in fact, made his big-league debut last Friday.

But Winkler was having a terrific season with the Oilers until his injury. He was 5-2 with a 1.41 ERA while striking out 71 and walking only 17. He was certainly on the Rockies' radar. Now he'll be out of action for at least a year.

Parkland Athletics Announces Awards

June 26th, 2014

 

The Parkland College Athletic Department is pleased to announce their award winners for the 2013-14 school year. Awards are given each year to honor the Athletes of the Year, Freshman or Newcomer of the Year, and Academic Achievement Award.

Male Athletes of the Year:  Co-Winners Lyle Burns (Golf) and Isaac Sampen (Baseball)

Lyle Burns and Isaac Sampen share the Male Athlete of the Year honors. Burns was a two-time NJCAA golf qualifier and led the Cobras to the M-WAC and Region 24 Golf titles and a 10th place finish at Nationals. Burns placed 8th  at Nationals earning him 1st Team All-American recognition. The Mahomet-Seymour graduate was the Region 24 individual medalist and the runner-up at the M-WAC Tourney.  He was a consistent top 5 finisher throughout his sophomore season. He will attend Bradley University on a golf scholarship next season.

Isaac Sampen enjoyed a breakout season for the PC Baseball team hitting .462 with 11 home runs and 45 RBI. He also paced the team in doubles (16) and stolen bases (22).  His performance earned him Co-Player of the Year Honors in the Midwest Athletic Conference and a spot on the All-Region and All-Conference team. Earlier this week he was named a 2nd Team NJCAA All-American and the Midwest winner of the Marucci Elite Hitter Award. Sampen will play at Eastern Illinois University next season.

Female Athlete of the Year: Megan Casagrande (Volleyball)

Sophomore Megan Casagrande is this year’s Female Athlete of the Year honoree. Casagrande led the Cobras to an amazing 52-3 record and a National Runner-Up Finish this fall. The Cobras were also the M-WAC and Region 24 Champions. Casagrande was named the M-WAC and Region 24 Player of the Year as well as being chosen as a 1st Team NJCAA All-American and a 2nd Team American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American.  She led the Cobras in both kills (424) and total blocks (229). Her block assists, total blocks, and hitting percentage (.444) placed her second in all three categories in the final NJCAA stats. The St. Thomas More graduate will play at Ashford University in Iowa.

Parkland Baseball Players Professional Update

June 26th, 2014
Four former Cobra Baseball players are enjoying a great amount of success in professional baseball so far this Spring. Leading the list is Tampa Bay outfielder Kevin Kiermaier. After being called up for a pair of games at the end of last season, Kiermaier started this season with the AAA Durham Bulls but has been called up on three occasions. Since his most recent call-up on May 18, he has started 5 of 8 games in right field for the Rays. He is currently hitting .357 with 3 home runs and 4 RBI. He also has collected a pair of doubles and a triple while scoring four times. With injuries mounting, Kiermaier expects to be up with the Rays for several more weeks if he continues to perform.
Three other Cobras are also excelling at the AA and AAA levels. Working as the closer for the AAA Omaha Storm Chaser (Kansas City), hurler Spencer Patton continues to build on his success from last season as he is 2-0 with 11 saves while appearing in 20 games. He has thrown 28.1 innings allowing just 4 runs on 12 hits, walking 10 and striking out 31. Opponents are hitting a low .128 against him this season.
Danny Winkler is having similar success for the AA Tulsa Drillers (Colorado) in a starters role. Winkler has compiled a 5-2 record with a 1.49 ERA in 66 innings of work. He has allowed just 11 earned runs in starts this season, walking 16 while striking out 68. Teams are hitting just .146 against him so far this year. He hopes to be moved up to the AAA Colorado Springs Sky Sox in the near future.
And finally, reliever Nick Wittgren is throwing well for the AA Jacksonville Suns (Florida) franchise. A year after being selected Minor League Baseball Reliever of the Year, Wittgren stands at 1-3 with 8 saves to go along with a 4.39 ERA in 20 games. After some early seasons struggles, Wittgren has righted the ship and has earned saves in 4 of his last 6 appearances and given up just 1 run during those six games.
Parkland has three others still playing in the minors. Nate Roberts is on the disabled list for the Ft. Myers Miracle (Minnesota), Justin Parr is playing for the Clearwater Threshers (Philadelphia) Class A, while brother Jordan Parr plays for the Hillsboro Hops (Arizona) Class A team.

Issac Sampen Honored by NJCAA

June 26th, 2014

Parkland outfielder Isaac Sampen has been named a 2nd Team All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association. The sophomore outfielder from Brownsburg HS in Indiana led the Cobras with a .459 batting average to go along with 11 home runs and 43 runs batted in. He also led the team with 21 stolen bases,16 doubles, and was second in runs scored with 46. Previously, Sampen had been named 1st Team All-Region and was Co-MVP of the Midwest Athletic Conference. He was one of four M-WAC players to earn All-American recognition. Lincoln Land hurler Ridge Ackerman was a First team selection while infielders Nolan Lodden of Heartland and Mason McCoy of Illinois Central College were 3rd team honorees. Sampen has signed to play at Eastern Illinois University next year.

Burns Strong Showing at Nationals Earns Recognition

June 26th, 2014
Sophomore Lyle Burns finished in a tie for 8th place today at the NJCAA D-2 Golf National Tournament, earning him First Team All-American and All-Tournament honors. The Mahomet-Seymour graduate and Bradley Univeristy signee, finished the four-day 72-hole tournament at 297 (73-73-73-78). The finish was a huge jump for the Cobra leader as he finished 52nd at Nationals as a freshman. As a team, PC placed 10th over-all after slipping to a 315 on Friday.

Walter State CC of Tennessee won the team title by a comfortable 11 strokes over runner-up Mesa. Mississippi Gulf Coast, Black Hawk, and Owens rounded out the top 5. Individual medalist was Levi Fink of North Iowa CC who fired a 287 (77-68-72-70) to win by just two strokes over Tyler McKinney (Mineral Area ) and Charlie Cameron of Tyler. Heath Weathersby of Miss. Gulf Coast finished 4th while Kyle Workman of Blackhawk and Brad Hawkins of Walters State tied for 5th.

In addition to Burns earning 1st Team All-American honors, two other Region 24 golfers, Connor Graves of Logan and Lewis Bain of Lewis and Clark both earned 2nd Team All-American recognition.

Final Parkland Scores:

Parkland (IL) College Cobras 300 298 320 315 1233 +81 10th
Burns, Lyle 73 73 73 78 297 +9 9th
Berger, Nick 77 77 80 78 312 +24 t-49th
Egbers, Austin 74 72 84 83 313 +25 t-51st
Niebrugge, Jack 76 76 87 81 320 +32 t-75th
Powell, Joe 79 83 83 78 323 +35 84th

All-Tournament Team

Levi Fink, North Iowa Area CC
Chalire Cameron, Tyler (TX) JC
Tanner McKinney, Mineral Area (MO) Area
Hayes Weathersby, Mississippi Gulf Coast CC
Brad Hawkins, Walters (TN) State CC
Ryan Witte, Mesa (AZ) CC
Cody Johnson, Walters (TN) State CC
Lyle Burns, Parkland (IL) College
Connor Graves, John A. Logan (IL) College
Jacob Montplaiser, Mesa (AZ) CC
Sebastian Otoya, Seminole (OK) State College
Mike Gaulin, Oakland (MI) CC
Lewis Bain, Lewis & Clark (IL) CC
Austin Sweeney, Iowa Lakes CC
Harrison Long, Owens (OH) CC
Phillippe Weppernig, Owens (OH) CC
Brandon Rougeau, Tyler (TX) JC

All-American Team
First Team

Levi Fink, North Iowa Area CC
Charlie Cameron, Tyler (TX) JC
Tanner McKinney, Mineral (MO) Area College
Kyle Workman, BlackHawk (IL) College
Hayes Weatherby, Mississippi Gulf Coast CC
Brad Hawkins, Walters (TN) State CC
Ryan Witte, Mesa (AZ) CC
Lyle Burns, Parkland (IL) College
Cody Johnson, Walters (TN) State CC

Second Team

Connor Graves, John A. Logan (IL) College
Jacob Montplaiser, Mesa (AZ) CC
Sebastian Otoya, Seminole (OK) State College
Mike Gaulin, Oakland CC
Lewis Bain, Lewis & Clark (IL) CC
Harrison Long, Owens (OH) CC
Austin Sweeney, Iowa Lakes CC
Phillippe Weppernig, Owens (OH) CC

Jacobs Named All-American

June 26th, 2014
Parkland Softball first baseman Alex Jacobs has been named a 3rd Team All-American by the NJCAA this afternoon. Jacobs hit .471 for the 37-16 Cobras who earned a share of the M-WAC title. Jacobs had a .526 on-base percentage and a slugging percentage of .671. She tied for the team high with 66 hits and had 6 HR and 35 RBI. She had a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage at first not making an error in 235 chances. The Pontiac graduate had early been named First Team All-Region 24 and All-Conference.