2016 Parkland College Softball Preview

February 29th, 2016

Nolan Harmon and Brian Schutte bring you the 2016 Parkland College Softball Preview only on CobraSports.Net.  This years preview features interviews with Head Coach Chuck Clutts, as well as players Hannah Pruden, Sophie Catlin, Katie Kuska, and Makayla Walsh.  Click below and enjoy the show!


Late Run Seals M-WAC Championship for Parkland Men

February 28th, 2016

The Parkland Men went on a 24-6 run over the final seven minutes of the first half to build a twenty point halftime lead and then held off a furious Danville rally before pulling away for an 86-70 victory. The win earns the Cobras their second straight conference title and is the first time they have won back to back M-WAC titles.  


The Cobras shot 51% in the opening half and committed just four turnovers as they grabbed a 45-25 lead at the break, keyed by 10 points off the bench by Courtez Dixon. PC led 56-37 with 13:03 to go before the Jaguars went on a 14-0 run to cut the lead to 56-51 with just 8:55 remaining.  Luke Beesley ended the run with a short jumper and PC answered with a 10-1 run of their own to build the lead back to double-digits at 66-52 with 5:49 to go.  The final five minutes was a foul plagued affair with DACC getting no closer than 10 the rest of the way. The Jaguars ended up shooting 47 free throws in the contest to 35 for the Cobras.


Balance was again the key for PC as six players finished in double figures.  Jessy Cantintol led the way with a double-double scoring 13 points and muscling his way to 10 rebounds.   Austin Howard and De’Quaniis Jackson each had 11 while Terrion Howard, Beesley, and Dixon all scored 10.   The Cobras shot 46% for the game to just 37% for DACC.  PC also dominated the boards winning the battle on the glass 41-31.


Parkland (19-11) will be the #2 seed for the upcoming Region 24 Tourney, hosted by the Cobras.  PC will play at 4:00 Friday against Lincoln College (11-18). The two teams split their games earlier this season. The Lynx won 58-55 in Lincoln and the Cobras won 79-72 in Champaign.


Region 24 Schedule:


Friday March 4

2:00    #4 ICC (18-11) vs #5 John wood (10-20)

4:00    #2 Parkland (19-11) vs #7 Lincoln (11-18)

6:00    #3 Danville (23-7) vs #6 Lincoln Land (16-14)


Saturday March 5

1:00    #1 Rend Lake (16-14) vs #4/5 winner

3:00    #2/7 winner vs #3/6 winner.


Sunday March 6

2:00    Championship Game


Cobra Women Win Sixth Straight Conference Title

February 28th, 2016

Just one blemish marred the Parkland Women’s Basketball Region and M-WAC record going into their final game of the regular season. On Saturday, PC made sure it wouldn’t happen again as the Cobras raced past rival Danville 94-61 to earn their 6th straight M-WAC title. The victory avenged an earlier 73-65 loss to DACC in Danville.  The win also secured PC the #1 seed in the upcoming Region Tournament. The Cobras will open with host Lincoln at 12:00 on Friday.


After PC jumped out to a 5-0 lead, DACC hit three consecutive shots to go ahead 8-5.  The two teams would battle it out the entire quarter with each team finding their range from behind the arc as PC led 27-22 after the first 10 minutes.  The second quarter was all Parkland as they outscored the visitors 26-8.  DACC shot just 4-17 in the quarter compared to 9-19 for PC. Second chance points were key as PC dominated the glass 27-10 in the opening half including 12 offensive boards.


The Jaguars actually won the third quarter 19-17 but PC doubled up the Jaguars 24-12 over the final 10 minutes to secure the win.  Five Parkland players finished in double figures with Kassidy Alderman leading all scorers with 18 points while also chasing down 8 rebounds.  Fellow sophomore Josie Zerrusen added 14 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists while Lauren Moses just missed a double-double with 8 points and 14 rebounds.  A trio of players came off the bench to score 35 total points. Kerstyn Lowery finished with 15, Charity Godbold added 11 and Peyton Bieber tossed in 10. 


Parkland shot 48% for the contest while making 18-19 from the free throw line. PC won the rebounding battle 51-22 and committed just 10 turnovers for the game. DACC shot 38% on the night and made just 5-12 from the line. After making 3 of their first 4 from behind the arc, they made only 3 of their last 25 from three-point range.


Parkland has now won all six M-WAC titles so far in the 2015-16 school year. In the fall the Volleyball, Men’s and Women’s Soccer teams as well as the Golf team won M-WAC titles.  With both Basketball teams winning their respective titles, the Baseball and Softball teams will go for the clean sweep this Spring.


Region 24 Schedule:


Friday March 4 @ Lincoln College


12:00 #1 Parkland (22-8) vs #8 Lincoln (7-21)

2:00 #4 Lincoln Land (17-10) vs #5 John Wood (13-16)

4:00 #2 Illinois Central (26-4) vs #7 Lewis and Clark (7-21)

6:00 #3 Danville Area (22-7) vs #6 Lake Land (14-16)


Saturday March 5


2:00   Semi-Final #1

4:00   Semi-Final #2


Sunday March 6




Cobras Hold on to Defeat Lincoln

February 20th, 2016

On a night where 6 former Cobra athletes were honored at the annual Hall of Fame ceremonies, the Parkland Men put up an award winning effort of their own as they pulled away from Lincoln 79-72. The win keeps the Cobras in a first place tie with Danville with just two games left in the regular season. <?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />


Both teams came out hot during the first half and the Cobras held on to a 40-39 lead at the break.  The Cobras grabbed control of the contest midway thru the second half, pushing their lead to 60-52 with 9:15 to go only to see the Lynx rally to cut the margin to one at 60-59 with just 7:23 left.  Leading 64-60, PC went on a 9-0 run to push the lead to double digits and then held on for the victory making 8-10 free throws down the stretch.


Austin Howard led the way with 20 points while Jackson came off the bench to score 16.  Quadre Lollis had a big game with 11 points and 9 boards while Terrion Howard added 10.  Luke Beesley just missed a double-double as well scoring 8 points and grabbing 11 boards.   PC won the battle of the boards 36-26 including some key offensive boards down the stretch. The Cobras shot 47% from the field and 80% from the line compared to 43% and 69% for the Lynx.


Parkland now stands (17-11 5-3) on the season while Lincoln drops to (10-18 3-5).  The Cobras play their final road game of the season this Wednesday with a 7:30 game against Lincoln Land.


Hot Shooting Propels Cobra Rout of Lincoln

February 20th, 2016

The Parkland Women raced out to a 29-9 lead after only one quarter and they cruised to a 110-50 rout of visiting Lincoln. The win keeps the Cobras one game ahead of rival  Danville Area CC with two games to play. <?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

The Cobras knocked down four three’s and went a perfect 10-10 at the line in the opening ten minutes to grab a 20 point lead. It was more of the same in quafter two as Payton Bieber and Taylor Jordan both came off the bench to score 7 points each in the quarter and give PC a 57-19 advantage at the half. After two teams played an even third quarter, PC exploded for 33 points in the final quarter as Charity Godbold had 7 and Kerystn Lowery 6 as the Cobras extended their lead to the final 60 point margin. 

All 10 players scored, with eight finding their way into double figures.  Bieber led the way with a career high 21 on 8-9 shooting from the field and 5-7 at the line. She also grabbed 6 boards and had 3 steals.  Godbold came off the bench to add 15 while Kassidy Alderman added 14.  A trio of players, Josie Zerrusen, Haley Toohill, and Taylor Jordan each scored 11 with Zerrusen also handing out 6 assists and getting 4 steals.  Layne Buzan added 10 points and Lauren Moses had 10 points and 8 boards for the victorious Cobras.

PC shot a sizzling 60% from the floor, knocking down 10-22 from behind the arc, while making 32-38 at the free throw line. The win moves Cobras to (20-8 7-1) ahead of a Wednesday night 5:30 contest in Springfield against Lincoln Land.


Cobras Drop Tough Home Contest

February 20th, 2016

The Parkland Men’s Basketball team roared back from a 16 point second half deficit but fell short by a point as they dropped a 63-62 decision to visiting Illinois Central.  The Cobras has the ball with a chance for the win in the final 28 seconds  but Grant Gibson’s shot was blocked with 2.5 left and Austin Howard’s desperation heave from the corner was off mark as time expired.


PC found themselves down 43-27 with 16:30 to go and used four three-pointers (three by Howard) to get back within two but the Cobras missed four and-one’s in the second half as well as the front end of a one and bonus.  PC made just 12-21 from the line on the evening to 14-18 by ICC.  The Cougars looked like they had sealed the victory leading 63-58 with 46.4 to play but Jessy Cantinol’s basket cut the lead to three. Cantinol was fouled on the play but missed the free throw only to see the Cobras Grant Gibson grab the rebound and convert the put back to make it 63-62 with 36.9 to go. ICC’s Jamani Pierce missed both free throws with 28.7 left giving the Cobras a final shot but PC was unable to convert in the final seconds.


Austin Howard led Parkland with 21 points while Jessy Cantinol had 13.  ICC was led by Brian Conway who also had 21 points and Kendall Davis who chipped in 14.

The loss drops Parkland to (16-11 4-3) and into a three-way tie for first in the M-WAC with three games remaining.   The Cougars are now (16-10 3-4). All six teams in the M-WAC are within one game of each other. The Cobra loss also clinched the top-seed for Rend Lake in the upcoming Region 24 tournament.


Cobras Hold on to Shock #3 ICC

February 10th, 2016

The Parkland Women’s Basketball team came up with a top-notch team effort on Wednesday night as they stunned #3 Illinois Central College 61-59 to end the Cougars 17 game winning streak.  After a rough first quarter that saw PC turn the ball over 10 times and trail 15-10, PC completely dominated the second ten minutes outscoring ICC 21-10 to grab a 31-25 lead at intermission.


PC increased their lead to 11 at 38-27 with 6:45 to go in the 3rd but scored just four points during the remainder of the quarter and the Cougars cut the deficit to 42-39 after three.  The game remained tight and ICC took their first lead of the second half at 50-49 with 3:15 to go.  After the Cobras regained the lead, ICC’s Emma Heisler drained a three to give the Cougars a 53-51 lead with just 2:19 left on the clock.  Parkland’s Kassidy Alderman answered back with a three of her own to give PC a 54-53 lead and the Cobras still led by one entering the final minute.  The Cobras appeared to push their lead to three on a bucket with 25.3 to go but were called for traveling giving ICC a chance for the win but they did not convert and Parkland’s  Kerstyn Lowery was fouled with 15. 1 to go. Lowery sank both free throws to make it 60-57 but ICC quickly scored with only 7.5 remaining.  Parkland was again fouled and Josie Zerrusen made the second of two free throws to give PC a two-point lead and ICC had a chance to win or tie it, but their last second shot bounded off the rim and the Cobras came away with the upset win.


Alderman led the Cobras with 18 points on the night as she made 8-14 shots from the field. Lowery also finished in double figures with 11 and the trio of Lauren Moses, Layne Buzan, and Josie Zerrusen each finished with 9 points apiece. Moses, Buzan, and Payton Bieber each had 6 boards for PC as they outrebounded ICC 41-36.  ICC was led by Jemia Carpenter who came away with a double-double scoring 20 points and grabbing 10 boards. Emma Heisler added 19 points for the Cougars who shot just 37% on the night to 44% for Parkland. 


The win improves Parkland to (17-8) and moves the Cobras in to the top seed for the Region 24 tournament with 5 games left to play.  PC travels to John Wood on Saturday for a 2:00 contest in Quincy.  ICC drops to (21-4) with the loss and will play at Kishwaukee on Saturday.


Cobras Dominate Rose Hulman in Break from Conference Schedule

February 10th, 2016

The Cobras raced out to a 12-2 lead and were never challenged as they knocked off the visiting Rose-Hulman JV 77-54. PC led 52-26 at the half, shooting 54% over the first twenty minutes to just 32% for RH. 


Austin Howard paced the Cobras in the first  half with 11 points while Terrion Howard and Luke Beesley added 8 apiece.  Cornelius McIntosh scored 12 of his game high 16 points in the second half while Courtez Dixon chipped in 12.  Mindika Wijenayake led the Fightin’Engineers with 14 points.


Parkland (15-10) will start the second half of the M-WAC season this Saturday when they travel to John Wood CC in Quincy. The Cobras and Blazers are tied for second in the league, one game behind league-leading Lincoln Land. 


Late Run Dooms Cobras Against Lincoln Land

February 3rd, 2016

A 9-0 run during a two minute stretch late in the game doomed the Cobras as they dropped a 65-61 decision to visiting Lincoln Land. Parkland led 55-51 with 4:24 to go after a Quadre Lollis bucket, but the Loggers run would help them steal the victory.  Alex Portwood hit a pair of free throws to cut the margin to two and Marshall Corbin added a pair of his own to tie the game at 55 with 3:36 left.  A steal by Harold Robertson and a feed to Edward Longmeyer ended in a three-point play for Lincoln Land and a Portwood rebound basket ended the run.  Parkland would get to within two on a Terrion Howard three with 1:08 left but the Loggers made 5-6 free throws in the final minute to seal the win.   Lincoln Land was 18-20 at the line on the night to just 4-5 for the Cobras.


Terrion Howard led PC with 19 points as he knocked down five shots from behind the arc.  Quadre Lollis was the only other Cobra in double figures with 11. Lincoln Land had three players in double digits as Harold Robertson led the way with 15 points and 10 rebounds.  Longmeyer finished with 12 while Marshall Corbin chipped in 10.   The win moves Lincoln Land into first place in the M-WAC at (15-8 3-1) while Parkland drops their second straight and fall to (13-10 2-2). The Cobras will play at Danville Area this Saturday starting at 4:00.


Cobras Handle Lincoln Land for M-WAC Win

February 3rd, 2016

The Parkland Women led from beginning to end Wednesday as they defeated rival Lincoln Land 73-61 in M-WAC action.  The win, the Cobras fourth straight, improves them to (16-7 4-0) while the Lady Loggers drop to (14-7 2-2).


A cold shooting first quarter saw both teams start slowly before PC pulled away for an 18-10 lead after the first ten minutes.  The Cobras would get hot in the second quarter, eventually pushing their lead to 21 as they led 39-18 at the break.  PC cooled off in the third quarter making just 6-20 shots while LLCC hit 8-16 including 3 three-pointers to cut the lead to 49-41 before PC answered, scoring the last five points of the quarter.


Leading 54-41 going into the final stanza, PC would once again see their lead cut to single digits at 56-49 with 7:05 to play but the Cobras would go on a 13-0 run as Kassidy Alderman hit a couple of big shots and Josie Zerrusen knocked down a three to give the Cobras a 69-49 lead with 4:11 left.  The Loggers would not go away, getting the margin back down to 12 but could get no closer.


Alderman paced PC with 20 points on 7 of 12 shooting while also grabbing 7 rebounds.  Zerrusen added 11 points, 8 rebounds, and dished out 5 assists. Lauren Moses also pulled down boards in the winning effort.  Megan Jackson came off the bench to score 6 big points as all 10 Cobra scored.  Kylie Crouse had 13 for the Loggers while Rachel Alde added 11 and Chloe Spragg had 10.


Next up for the Cobras is a 2:00 showdown this Saturday at rival Danville Area CC.