Two Cobra Women Named First Team All-American

March 31st, 2015
Sophomores Hannah Wascher (Rantoul) and Laura Litchfield (Champaign Central) have been selected 1st Team All-American's by the National Junior College Athletic Association. 
The pair led the Cobras to a record setting (35-2) season and a National Runner-Up finish at the NJCAA D-2 Women's Basketball Tournament. Both players were selected to the All-Tournament team at Nationals, with Wascher being recognized for the second straight season. 
Wascher, who was earlier named the M-WAC and Region 24 Player of the Year, averaged a double-double this season scoring at a 17.7 points per game clip and pulling down 10.3 rebounds a game. She shot 60.4% from the field which was the second highest field goal percentage in the NJCAA D-2.  She also blocked nearly two shots per contest. 
Litchfield, who transferred to Parkland after one year at Southwestern Illinois, was the glue for the Cobras as she averaged 13.0 points and 5. 2 rebounds per game for Parkland. She also dished out 4.9 assists and had 2.1 steals per game. Laura was a First Team All-MWAC and All-Region performer as well.
The two are the first pair of 1st Team All-Americans in Cobra Women's Basketball history. Hannah Ohl was the last Cobra First Team Basketball All-American back in 2010-11. 

Lewis and Clark Takes Game 2 Holding Off Parkland Late

March 31st, 2015

It would be a similar story in Game 2 as early Cobra errors gave the Trailblazers opportunities, but this time a late comeback attempt by the Cobras would come up short in a 6-5 final.  

The Trailblazers would take advantage of two Parkland errors in the first to take an early 3-0 lead, but the Cobras wouldn't go away.  Allie Ostermeyer and Alix Ezell would both drive home runs in the second to cut the lead to 4-2.  Lewis and Clark would respond with 2 more in the fourth, with the second becoming the winning run.  Parkland would threaten in both the sixth and seventh but were unable to get the big hit to drop the finale of the series.  The teams split the four game set with each team winning a road game.  The loss puts the Cobra record at (11-11) as they travel to Olney on Wednesday.

Parkland Comes Back to Steal Game 1

March 31st, 2015

The Cobra Softball team would find themselves trailing early only to complete the comeback and take down Lewis and Clark 4-3 in Game 1 of the day.

Lewis and Clark would strike early with a run in the top of the first, only to add two more in the third to make it 3-0.  The Cobras would remain scoreless until the sixth when Morgan Harper would come in to make it 3-1.  Parkland would load the bases in the seventh and get an RBI from Monica Monroe, Morgan Harper, and Alexis Royer to finish it off.

Cobra Women Advance to Final Four!

March 19th, 2015
The Parkland Women's Basketball team played a nearly perfect second half as they broke away from a one point half time lead to defeat Chesapeake College of Maryland 99-71. A balanced attack was the key as all five starters finished in double figures. The Cobras (34-1) will advance to the Final Four with an 8:00 game on Friday night against the winner of tonight's Kirkwood and Monroe College contest.

The opening half was a tightly played match with both teams shooting well and PC taking a one point lead in to the break. The Cobras shot 51.7% in the opening half but 14 turnovers kept PC from having a bigger lead.  The Cobras shot even better in the second half as they were a sizzling 59% to finish at 56% for the game. Leading 50-44, PC used a 7-0 run to give them the separation they needed.  Laura Litchfield hit a pair of free throws and Josie Zerrusen made back to back shots, one of them a three, to push the lead to 57-44 with 16:24 to play.  The SkipJacks would close to within 9 but another Cobra run extended the lead to 74-53 with just under 10 minutes to play. Chesapeake would make one more run, scoring the next six points to cut the margin to 15, but PC would use an 8-0 run of their own and the rout was on. 

Hannah Wascher had a double-double for the 2nd straight game as she finished with 26 points on 11-13 shooting and 10 rebounds.  Laura Litchfield also had a double-double with 15 points and 11 assists. Chelsea Cross had a big game with 17 points and 7 boards while Nadine Vaughn added 11 points and 6 rebounds and Josie Zerrusen 11 points and 5 carroms.  Chesapeake was led by Daria Simmons who finished with 15 points. 

Parkland Takes Second Straight from Prairie State

March 19th, 2015

Game 2:  Parkland 7 Prairie State 1

Timely hitting and strong starting pitching was the story again in Game 2 for the Cobras as they completed the sweep of the Pioneers. Zach Borsa worked 5 innings and allowed just two hits and one walk as he earned his second win of the year. Borsa (2-0) had command of both sides of the plate all night to keep the PSC hitters off-stride. Tyler Burcham and Caleb Leach worked in relied for the Cobras, as they made it six straight wins and  improved to (10-3) overall.  
Parkland heads into MWAC Conference play this weekend as the play host to Lewis and Clark at 1:00 Saturday and will travel to Godfrey on Sunday for a 1:00 start as well.
Parkland scored right away as Donovan Chandler doubled to lead off the game and later scored on Glenn Reeves 3rd hit on the afternoon.  Curtiss Johnson and Austin Smith added RBI singles for the Cobras as they pulled away in the 4th inning. Sam Geraci started the 4th inning with his first triple of the season. He later scored on Johnson's RBI single to left field. Parkland would add three more runs in the 4th to extend the lead to 6-0. The Cobras would tack on one more run in the 6th to make it 7-0. Parkland only had 6 hits in Game 2, but it was all the pitching staff needed, as they held PSC to one lone run. That run came on Pioneer DH Ryan Spienieack's first home run of the year in the 7th inning off Caleb Leach. 
PSC         0    0    0    0    0    0    1            1    3    2
Parkland    1    1    0    4    0    1    -            7    6    1
WP Borsa (5 IP 5 K 2 hits 1BB) and Hayes
       Burcham (1 IP 0hits 0 BB 0 Runs) and Mikesell
       Leach (1 IP 1 K  1 Hit 1 Run 0 BB) and Mikesell
    Curtiss Johnson 1-1 RBI Single
    Donovan Chandler ( DOUBLE 2 Runs)
    Sam Geraci (Triple Run)
    Glenn Reeves (RBI SINGLE)

Cobras Dominate 2015 Home Opener

March 19th, 2015

Game 1:  Parkland 7 Prairie State 0

Ross Learnard was dominate in his second start of the Spring going 5 innings and striking out 12 while yielding only one hit to the  Pioneers. Learnard (2-0) earned his second win of the year in as many starts. The lone hit off Learnard was a 4th inning single by Ramon Santiago.  Kody Silverthorn and Pat Kenny each threw one inning in relief to hold the shutout in tact. 
Glenn Reeves got the scoring going early with an RBI double in the 2nd inning. Jeff Wetzler, Connor Currier, Cully Day, and Austin Smith followed with consecutive RBI singles to open up the scoring as the Cobras totaled 6 runs on 5 hits in second inning. The Cobras capitalized on timely hitting and shaky PSC defense to put the game out of reach. The Pioneers held Parkland scoreless from the 3rd inning until the 5th, when Xavier Warren scored on a sacrifice fly by Austin Schultz. Parkland played flawless defense for the third straight game, not committing an error. 
Prairie State        0    0    0    0    0    0    0        0    1    5
Parkland             0    6    0    0    1    0    -        7    10    0
WP Learnard (5 IP 12 K 0 BB 1 Hit) and Schultz
        Silverthorn (1IP 1 BB 0 hits) and Schultz
        Kenny     (1 IP 2 BB 1 K 0 Hits) and Schultz
    Smith (1-2 Double/RBI)
    Currier (1-2 Double RBI)
    Reeves (2-2 Double/Single 2 RBI)
    Day (1-1 Single/RBI 2 Stolen Bases)

Bulldogs Finish Sweep of Parkland

March 18th, 2015

Game 2:

A similar theme to game one of the day as the Cobras would find themselves with a lead, only to see South Suburban come back to win again 7-3.
This time the Parkland lead would be 3-0 through 4 innings before the bats went cold and the Bulldogs heated up as the would score all 7 of their runs in the fifth and sixth.  Monica Monroe would again get the Cobras going with a base hit and run scored in the first, as Morgan Harper and Alix Ezell would cross the plate in the second to end the Parkland scoring. 
The Cobras tried to mount a couple of rallies but couldn't get the big hit to capitalize.  Parkland (7-5) travel to #16 Kankakee Friday before returning home for two on Sunday.

South Suburban Comes Back Late To Take Cobras

March 18th, 2015
Game 1:

After holding the Bulldogs scoreless for the first five frames, South Suburban would blow up for 8 runs over the final 3 innings for an 8-4 win over Parkland in the Cobras 2015 home opener.  

Parkland would get started in the first as Monica Monroe would draw a leadoff walk, steal a couple of bases, then score on a Makayla Walsh sac fly.  Hannah Pruden would follow that with a line drive solo home run in the second.  Two more Cobra runs came in the fourth on RBI singles from Monroe and Alexis Royer, but it would be all Bulldogs from there as the tied it in the seventh the won it in extras.  The loss moves the Cobras to (7-4).  

Parkland Women Off to Nationals

March 8th, 2015
In a match-up worthy of an NJCAA Final Four, the #1 ranked Parkland Women's Basketball team beat #3 Illinois Central 59-53 to advance to Nationals for the second consecutive year.  The Cobras now (32-1) will find out on Tuesday who their opening round opponent will be at the National Tournament which kicks off March 17 at Johnson County CC in Overland Park, Kansas.  ICC's season ends at (29-4) with two of their four losses coming at the hands of Parkland. 
The first half was part defensive battle and part offensive struggle as the Cougars took a 25-21 lead into halftime. The game was a see-saw affair before ICC grabbed the four point lead to end the half.  PC was happy to be down just four after shooting 21% over the opening 20 minutes but ICC shot just 34% themselves and PC limited ICC's second chance opportunities by controlling the boards. Kassidy Alderman's two three-pointers off the bench were key in keeping the Cobras within striking distance. 
The two teams traded baskets for the first 10 minutes of the second half before PC made a key switch, using a 2-3 zone for the first team all year. The zone kept the Cougars shooting from outside and also resulted in transition points for PC which grabbed their first lead of the second half with 9:30 to go. Parkland would extend that lead to as many as 11, at 52-41 with 5:38 left, before ICC mounted a furious comeback. 
The Cougars closed to within 3 with 1:05 remaining on the clock but Nadine Vaughn made a pair of free throws to make it a two possession game and ICC would not score again as the Cobras held on for their 32nd straight win. 
Laura Litchfield led all scorers with 24 points while Hannah Wascher scored 12 points and hauled down 15 boards. Nadine Vaughn also finished in double figures with 11 points, including 7-7 from the free throw line. PC outscored ICC 16-10 at the line while also winning the battle of the boards 54-43.  Jemia Carpenter and Shaakera Jones each had 11 for ICC but their leading scorer on the season Destiny Ramsey was held scoreless on the afternoon.

#1Cobras to Play for Regional Title

March 7th, 2015

The #1 Cobra Women would take the floor in the Region 24 Semi-final to face Lake Land, a rematch from last years title game.  The results were the same as the Cobras put the brakes on a late Laker comeback attempt to win the game 73-66.

Parkland would come out blazing as they ran out to a 18-4 run to start the game, only to see Lake Land close the half on a run of their own to cut the lead to 32-23 at the half.  Both Nadine Vaughn and Hannah Wascher would battle foul trouble throughout, but would get some key buckets late to pace the win.
Four Cobras would register double figures in points with Chelsea Cross leading the way with 14.  Wascher would finish with another double double at 13 points and 11 rebounds.  Point guard Laura Litchfield had a double double of her own with 12 points and 10 assists, as Vaughn rounded out the Parkland double digit scorers with 10.  The win puts the Cobras in the Region 24 championship game on Sunday at Lewis and Clark agianst the winner of DACC and ICC at 2:00.

Cobra Men Take Regional Opener

March 6th, 2015
Parkland used a 9-1 run midway through the second half to pull away from Lincoln Land 75-65 in a Region 24 quarterfinal game in Springfield. The Cobras (26-5) will take on Danville at 3:00 on Saturday in the Region 24 Semi-final. The Jaguars held on for a 63-61 win over Illinois Central in the final game of the day on Friday.  John Wood and Lincoln will take on each other in the 1:00 semi. 

The first half was a back and forth affair that saw the Loggers take a 30-25 half before the Cobras ended the half on an 8-0 run to take a 33-30 lead into intermission. The Cobras would push the lead to nine but LLLC would not go away and the PC lead was just three at 42-39 with 14:44 to play. >From there PC used a 9-1 to extend the lead to 51-40 with 12:02 remaining. The Cobras would extend the lead to as many as 21 and although the Loggers would close the gap, could get no closer then 10 for the remainder of the contest. 

The Cobras shot 47% from the field and 78% from the line in the win and also controlled the boards 41-27.  Corvon Butler led the Cobras with 13 points and 9 rebounds while Charles Sweatt-Washington also tossed in 13. Eddie Longmeyer led all scorers with 25 points for LLCC while Edin Mehmodovic came off the bench to score 18. 

Cobras Cruise in Regional Opener

March 4th, 2015
The #1 Parkland Women's Basketball team scored the first ten points of the game and never looked back as they rolled over Lincoln 85-25 in the first round of the Region 24 tournament. The win moved the Cobras to (30-1) and they will face Lake Land (21-10) in Saturday's 2:00 semi-final at Lewis and Clark. The Lakers knocked off John Wood 57-52 in their quarterfinal game.  ICC (28-3) and Danville (24-7) advanced to the other semi-final which will tip-off at 4:00 on Saturday. 
On Wednesday night it was all Cobras as Hannah Wascher scored 8 of Parkland's first 10 points. PC would extend the lead to 23-4 at the midway point of the half and held a 44-8 lead at intermission. PC shot 56% in the opening half to just 15% for Lincoln. 
Coach Mike Lindemann played the starters for just a few minutes to start the second half as the reserves got most of the minutes and actually outscored the Lynx starters 48-25 for the game.  PC shot 52% on the night while winning the battle of the boards 41-25. The Cobras has 20 assists while also picking up 17 steals in the victory.  Wascher led PC with 18 points while Kassidy Alderman came off the bench to hit four three-pointers to finish with 12.  Ashley Mitton led the team with 9 rebounds while Chelsea Cross and Morgan Zindars each handed out 4 assists.