Parkland Wins Tough One Over Robert Morris

December 17th, 2015

The Parkland Men used  a 17-7 run over the final five minutes on Thursday as they outlasted Robert Morris-Peoria 81-70 in a non-conference game in Champaign.  PC led just 64-63 before finishing out the victory.  


The game was a constant game of runs as PC busted out on top 13-3 only to see the Eagles rally to cut the halftime lead to just one at 38-37. PC once again came out strong, starting the second half on a 14-2 run to give the Cobras a 52-39 lead. The Eagles would not go away however and eventually took their only lead of the contest when Myles Coleman drained a three to give RMU a 60-58 lead with 6:56 to play. Parkland’s Joe Larry answered right back with a three pointer of his own and after an Eagle turnover, De’Quaniis Jackson converted a lay-up and free throw to push the lead back to 64-60 with 5:17 left.  RMU would cut the margin to one again before the Cobras would end the game on the ten point run.


Grant Gibson paced the PC attack with 17 points going 7-10 from the field. Jessy Cantinol added 16 points, 11 in the second hal, and also finished with 6 rebounds and 4 assists.  Quadre Lollis just missed a double-double finishing with 12 points and 9 rebounds while Luke Beesley also pulled down 9 boards for the victorious Cobras.  The Eagles were led by Myles Coleman with 15 and Jamor Stewart with 14.


Parkland improves to (8-5) with the win while Robert Morris-Peoria drops to (3-6). The two teams will play again next Tuesday night in Peoria.


Cobras Hit Century Mark in Rout of Kishwaukee

December 17th, 2015

The Parkland Women’s Basketball team scored at least 24 points in each of the four quarters Thursday as they ran away from Kishwaukee 108-55 in a Region 24 vs Region 4 match-up in Champaign.  The Cobras came out on fire in the first quarter, shooting their way to a 30-18 lead after the first 10 minutes. Nobody was hotter than Kassidy Alderman who hit 7-8 shots to score 16 points in the opening period. The sophomore had 23 points at the half and tied for game high honors with 26 points on the night. 


Parkland was even better in the 2nd quarter, outscoring the Kougars 29-10 and pushing their lead to 59-28 at intermission. It was all Cobras in the second half as well as they used a combination of fast break lay-ups and strong outside shooting to push the lead to as many as 55 points.  Kersytn Lowery drained 3, three-pointers after the break, as she scored 18 points in the second half and tied Alderman with 26 points for the game. Also in double figures were Charity Godbold who came off the bench to score 13 points and get 5 steals. Layne Buzan  who added 11 points, and Josie Zerrusen who had a double-double with 10  points and 11 rebounds. PC shot 52% from the field for the night including 10-21 from behind the arc.  Kishwaukee shot just 27% and committed 31 turnovers.


Parkland (8-4) will return to action this Saturday when they host Region 24 rival Lake Land College starting at 2:00. It will be the final home game of the fall semester for the Cobras. The Kougars, who were led by ne’Kya Reaves 20 points, drop below .500 to (6-7) with the loss.


Cobras Win Second Straight by Dominating Olivet JV

December 10th, 2015

The Parkland Men’s Basketball team raced out to a 12-0 lead on Thursday night and never looked back as they rolled to an 85-56 win over the Olivet Nazarene JV.  The Cobras Grant Gibson hit a pair of three’s to stake PC to a quick 6-0 lead and Parkland would push it to 12 by the 15:45 mark. The Tigers would scratch back into the contest, closing the margin to five at 24-19, but PC used a 6-0 run to push the lead back to double digits. Joe Larry sparked the Cobras in the first half as he came off the bench to score eight points and help give PC a 35-25 lead at the half.


The second half was all Cobras as they wore down ONU, outscoring them 50-31 after the break.  Larry continued his solid play finishing with a game high 17 points. Courtez Dixon added 12 points while Cornelius McIntosh came off the bench to add 11 points while Quadre Lollis added 10 points and 8 rebounds. Luke Beesley had a team high 10 boards while Randy Jernidier added 8 for PC, who doubled up the Tigers 50-25 on the glass.  Neither team shot particularly well as the Cobras made just 38% of their shots to 34% for ONU. PC did make 21-29 at the line to just 9-17 for the Tigers.


Olivet (5-3) was led by Mitch Schwarzkopf who hit four three’s and finished with 13 points to go along with 10 points each from Jake Tuttle and Ryan Carl.


Parkland (7-5) will take a few days off for finals before hosting Robert Morris-Peoria next Thursday at 7:30 in the Cobras final home game of 2015.   


Parkland Has Amazing Honor With National Player and Coach of the Year from AVCA

December 10th, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky. (December 10, 2015) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association is pleased to announce Parkland College freshman middle blocker Sofi Kelemete as its 2015 AVCA Two Year College National Player of the Year and her head coach Cliff Hastings as the National Coach of the Year.  


The formal presentation of the AVCA Two Year College National Player of the Year will be made Dec. 18th in Omaha, Nebraska at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet held in conjunction with the 2015 AVCA Convention and NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball National Championships. Hastings will also be honored at the AVCA Convention at the Jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon on December 17th.

 This is the first time ever that a Parkland player or coach has been named the top person in their respective category. The AVCA, unlike the NJCAA, covers all three divisions of the NJCAA as well as the California Division of two-year programs.

 Sofi Kelemete Fast Facts

Led the nation in blocks per set (2.02)
One of four freshmen in this year’s class to be selected an AVCA First-Team All-American
Helped the Cobras to an undefeated season (57-0)
Won their first NJCAA Volleyball Championship since 1999
In the NJCAA Division II Championship, she had eight kills, hit .615 and recorded seven blocks
NJCAA Tournament MVP
The first AVCA Two-Year College Player of the Year for Parkland College
Highland High School Female Athlete of the Year
Also ran track in high school for one season, and finished first in Districts and fourth in state for long jump





From Kelemete on the team struggling early in the tournament, as told to theProspectus Staff Writer Jacob Kenter…



“Once we got that mindset that we can’t just go through the motions it was easier for us to win.”




Cliff Hastings Fast Facts


Season No. 7 leading the Cobras, career record of (330-40)
NJCAA Division II National Champions
Their second NJCAA National Championship in program history (1999)
Finished the season a perfect 57-0
NJCAA Division II Coach of the Tournament
Dropped just nine sets all season
161-5 overall record over the last three seasons
Ranked third nationally in hitting percentage (.299) and first in assists (2,117), kills (2,310) and blocks (666)
Freshman middle Sofi Kelemete is the AVCA Two Year College National Player of the Year
Kelemente led NJCAA Division II in blocks per set (2.02)


Congratulations to both well deserving honorees!

Cobras Avenge Earlier Loss to Lincoln Trail

December 8th, 2015

Terrion Howard might have been the smallest guy on the court at 5’4” but he came up big as his 16 points and 3 steals helped the Parkland Men’s Basketball team to a 77-54 win over visiting Lincoln Trail.  The win avenged an early 88-80 overtime loss to the Statesmen in Robinson. 


Both teams struggled to find their shooting touch in the opening half as PC shot just 28% to Lincoln Trail’s 24%.  The Cobras did make 11 first half free throws as they took a 34-25 lead into intermission. Lincoln Trail quickly climbed to within four at 35-31 but Howard and Courtez Dixon scored the next six points to push the lead back to double figures and the Cobras never looked back. PC would eventually build the lead to as many as 23 at 55-32 before LT would get the margin down to 13 at 65-52 with 5:18 left before the Cobras finished the game on a 12-2 run to close out the victory.


Howard led PC with 16 points on 5-11 shooting from the field to go along with a perfect 5-5 at the line. Quadre Lollis added 11 points (11-12 at the line) and also grabbed 7 boards. Luke Beesley had a hard earned double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds while Courtez Dixon also finished with 10 points. Jessy Cantinol pulled down 10 rebounds despite fouling out with over 8 minutes to go.   PC won, despite just shooting 37% on the evening, by shooting 76% at the line and winning the battle of the boards 50-40. Lincoln Trail shot just 27% for the game from the field and only 53% from the line.


Parkland improves to (6-5) with the win while Lincoln Trail drops to (9-4). The Cobras host the Olivet Nazarene JV starting at 6:00 on Thursday.


Parkland Overcomes Slow Start to Take Down Olney Central

December 8th, 2015

The Parkland Women’s Basketball team overcame an ice cold start to rally from a 16 point first quarter deficit, to beat Olney Central College 60-54 on Tuesday night. The win was payback for an earlier 68-63 loss in Olney.


The game could not have started any worse for PC as Olney hit their first four shots, three from behind the arc, to quickly grab an 11-2 lead. The Cobras shot 1-14 from the field in the opening quarter and did not make a basket until less than a minute remained as they trailed 20-6 after the first 10 minutes.  The Cobras shot better from the field in the second quarter but could not get the lead below double digits thanks to dismal shooting at the line going 0-7 in the quarter.


The second half was all Cobras as they outscored the visitors 41-24 after intermission. Layne Buzan scored 10 of her game 15 in the final quarter a she went 3-3 from the field and 4-4 from the line in the deciding quarter. Josie Zerrusen added 13 points while Kerstyn Lowery came off the bench to score 12 points, including two big three pointers, and dished out four assists.  Lauren Moses just missed a double-double with 9 points and a career high 16 rebounds.


Parkland (7-4), winners of five straight, are off until December 17th when they host Kishwaukee starting


Cobras Cruise by U of I Club

December 8th, 2015

The PC Women’s Basketball team outscored the UI Club team 47-20 in the second half, as they ran away for an 87-47 win at the Dodds Athletic Complex at Parkland.  PC led 40-27 at the break but used 55% shooting over the final 20 minutes to ease to the victory. 


The Cobras raced out to a 24-11 on Saturday behind 7 points from Josie Zerrusen and 5 off the bench from Taylor Jordan.   The UI Club kept within striking distance most of the second quarter as the two teams each scored 16 points in the second period and PC took a 40-27 lead to halftime.   However in the second half it was all Cobras as Peyton Bieber scored 10 of PC’s 21 points in the third quarter as Parkland pushed the lead to as many as 25.  The final 10 minutes was all PC as they outscored the visitors 26-7 and pulled away for the 40 point win. 


Parkland got outstanding play from the trio  of Zerrusen, Bieber, and Layne Buzan.  The three shot a combined 18-23 from the field to help PC shoot 50% on the afternoon.  Zerrusen led the way with 15 points, going 3-3 from behind the arc while also grabbing 7 boards.  Bieber was 6-8 from the field and 2-2 from the line and finished with 14 points and 7 rebounds while Buzan was 6-7 and 2-2 while grabbing 5 boards and picking up 3 steals. Kerstyn Lowery had a solid all-around game with 7 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists.   All 11 Parkland players scored at least four points in the contest. 


The win, Parkland’s fourth straight, improves their over-all record to (6-4) ahead of a Tuesday night home contest with Olney Central. The Blue Knights (4-5) beat PC 67-60 in Olney earlier this season.  Tip-off is set for 5:30 followed by a Men’s game against Lincoln Trail scheduled for 7:30.