Wascher Named M-WAC Female Athlete of the Year

June 25th, 2015
The awards keep rolling in for former Parkland Women's Basketball player Hannah Wascher.  Wascher was selected this week as the Mid-West Athletic Conference Female Athlete of the Year while John Wood Men's Basketball player Jordan Johnson was chosen as the Men's Athlete of the Year.
 
Wascher, who will continue her career at the University of Southern Indiana, had previously been named the M-WAC Player of the Year, the Region 24 Player of the Year, the Division II Women's Basketball Player of the Year, and the Parkland College Co-Female Athlete of the Year.  Wascher helped lead the Cobras to two M-WAC titles and two trips to Nationals, highlighted by a runner-up finish this season. 
 
This is the first year the M-WAC has recognized the top Male and Female Athlete in the Conference.

Two Former Cobras Selected in MLB Draft

June 10th, 2015
Two former Parkland College hurlers have been selected in the Major League Baseball Amateur draft.  Sam Thoele (Dietrich HS) was drafted in the 14th round by the Colorado Rockies and James Naile (Charleston MO HS) was selected in the 20th round by the Oakland A's.  Thoele, who graduate from PC in 2012, played the last two seasons at the University of Arklansas Little-Rock while Naile, who attended Parkland in 2013, was the ace of the staff this past season at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.
 
Parkland currently has two players playing in the Major's Kevin Kiermaier (Tampa Bay) and Spencer Patton (Texas). Two other former players, Nick Wittgren (Miami) and Danny Winkler (Atlanta), are in AAA.
 
Congratulations to all of the former Cobra players on their outstanding achievements. Parkland Proud-Go Cobras!

Parkland Athletics Announce 2014-2015 Awards

June 5th, 2015
Co-Female Athlete's of the Year:  Lori VanBeek Volleyball and Hannah Wascher Basketball
 
Two of the best female athletes in Parkland history will share the award for top Parkland Female Athlete. VanBeek (Paw Paw HS) was the Region 24 and M-WAC Player of the Year and an NJCAA First Team All-American this year leading the Cobras to a second consecutive NJCAA Runner-Up finish. PC lost 3-2 to Glendale CC in the Championship match a year after falling 3-2 to Cowley in the title game.  The Cobras were an amazing 106-6 during her time at PC, winning two M-WAC and District titles. Van Beek led the NJCAA in hitting percentage and finished in the top five in kills. She will attend Youngstown State on a volleyball scholarship next fall.
 
Wascher (Rantoul HS) helped PC to a National Runner-Up finish as well, leading the Cobras to their best season in school history. PC finished a record breaking (35-2) losing a heartbreaking 66-64 decision in the title game. Wascher was named the NJCAA D-2 Women's Basketball Player of the Year to go along with her All-American, All-Region, and All-MWAC recognition. She also earned Player of the Year in the Conference and the Region as well as being named to the All-Tournament team for two consecutive seasons.  Wascher finished second in the nation in FG% and was sixth in rebounds per game. She will continue her playing career next year for former Cobra Rick Stein at Southern Indiana.
 
Male Athlete of the Year:  Nick Berger Golf
 
Berger (Judah Christian) wrapped up a successful two year career by earning All-Region and All-Conference recognition. Berger was a two-time NJCAA National Qualifier and he finished in 35th place out of 120 golfers at the recently completed NJCAA D-2 Golf Tournament in Scottsboro, Alabama.  Berger placed 49th as a freshman to help the Cobras to a 10th place finish. During his time at PC. Berger helped the Cobras to an M-WAC title and a Region 24 championship. This year's team finished as the runner-up in both, missing out on a trip to Nationals my just one stroke. He is currently undecided where he will attend college and play golf next year.
 
Freshman of the Year:   Catharine McHale  Women's Soccer
 
The Mahomet-Seymour graduate had a great first year on the Cobra Soccer Team as she was named the M-WAC Co-Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year, leading PC to a conference title. McHale also was named First Team All-Region helping PC to a (14-4) record this season. She led the team with 17 goals and 5 assists for a total of 39 points this season. She will return to Parkland for her sophomore season in 2015-16.
 
Student-Athlete of the Year:  Morgan Hickman Softball and Volleyball
 
Parkland's lone two sport athlete in 2014-15 was also was one of the best in the classroom. Hickman, a graduate of Clinton HS, earned a 3.82 grade point average at PC despite playing on both the Volleyball and Softball teams her sophomore year. On the VB team, she was part of a two-setter rotation that helped the Cobras to two trips to Nationals and a pair of M-WAC titles. She joined the Softball team this season and started in CF for the Cobras.  Hickman his .284, hitting a home run and driving in 14 runs while also stealing 12 bases. She will attend SIC-Carbondale next fall majoring in Pre-Medicine with the hope of one day being a chiropractor.