Olney Earns Split With Game Two Win

March 23rd, 2016

Game 2

For the second straight doubleheader, the Cobra bats went ice cold in game two, getting only 3 hits and losing to OCC 5-1.  Parkland lone run came in the 7th when Monica Monroe lifted a towering drive over the left field fence.  Erin Walker took the loss on the mound for Parkland, with Morgan Harper coming in relieving in the 5th. She retired all nine hitters she faced over the final three innings. 


Parkland now stands at (14-2 3-1) on the season while Olney is (20-10). The Cobras will return to action on Friday with a 1:00 DH at Lewis and Clark. The Blazers and Cobras will play games three and four of their series at 1:00 on Saturday at Parkland.


OC 004  100  0    5  8  1

PC 000   000  1    1  3  0


Chambers and Perkins

Walker, Harper (5) and Tool



L-Walker  6-1


HR  Monroe (1) Parkland 


Power Bats Lead Win Over Olney Central

March 23rd, 2016

Game 1: 

Parkland received another strong pitching performance by Jaclyn Thompson  (5-0) as she allowed just one run on four hits while striking out 11 in a 8-1 Parkland victory.  Alix Ezell lead off the bottom of the first with her first college HR to right center.  Olney tied the game in the 2nd with a home run of their own. 


The Cobras took the lead for good with an RBI single from Megan Magsamen scoring Megan Tool after she  had walked and stole 2nd base.  PC added 4 more runs in the 3rd on an RBI single from Tool and a 3 run blast to dead center off the bat of Sophie Catlin.  All of this damage was done with 2 outs. Cobras added their last two runs in the 5th on a single by Monica Monroe, a walk to Tool, an RBIi single from Catlin and Carson Church, running for Catlin, scored on a wild pitch.  The PC offense was led by Ezell, Monroe, and Catlin who each had two hits each.



OC  010   000  0      1   4   0

PC  114   020   X     8   11  1


Bruce, Daily (3) and young

Thompson  and Tool, Butcher   (5)


W-Thompson  5-0



HR   Young  OCC        Ezell, Catlin   PC


Parkland Baseball Takes 2016 Home Opener

March 22nd, 2016

Prairie State   2

Parkland         9


Cobras Drop Game Two to Jaguars

March 22nd, 2016

Game 2

DACC  scored five runs in the first  three inning and that was all it took to give Parkland their first loss of the year.  Morgan Harper (2-1) took the loss giving up 6 hits and 5 runs.  Jaclyn Thompson came in relief in the 3rd inning and totally shut down DACC over the final five innings, allowing just one hit, but the Cobras were only able to scratch out one run despite collecting nine hits.   

PC lone run was tallied on a RBI single by Sophie Catlin who drove in Haley Ginger who had doubled and stolen third.  Parkland will return to action this Wednesday when they host Olney Central College in a non-conference doubleheader. 


DACC     014  000  0            5  7  2

PC           000  000  0            1  9  1


Laws and McFadden

Monroe, Thompson  (3) and tool



L-Harper   2-1 


Parkland Softball Takes Game One of Home Opener

March 22nd, 2016

Game 1

Parkland, behind another strong outing by Erin Walker (6-0), shut down DACC 5-0.  Walker went the distance allowing no runs on four hits while striking out five. 

The Cobras scored two runs in the first with a single by Makayla Walsh,who stole 2nd and scored on a single by Haley Ginger.  Ginger also stole 2nd and scored on an infield out by Sophie Catlin.  PC added another run in the 2nd with Megan Magsamen scoring on a single to right by Elissa Stewart.  In the 3rd Hannah Pruden with 2 outs doubled and scored when Monica Monroe singled to right.  Parkland’s last run was scored by Stewart on Megan Magsamen's triple.   Walsh, Monroe, and Ginger all had 2 hits n the win.


DACC   000 000 0      0  4   2

PC         211 100  X     5  8  0



Shepard and McFadden


Walker and Tool


W-Walker  6-0



Men’s Basketball Ends Stellar Year 6th Place at Nationals

March 19th, 2016

The Parkland Men's Basketball team wrapped up the 2015-16 season on Saturday as they fell to #2 Lansing CC 75-60 in the 5th/6th place game at the NJCAA D-II National Tournament in Danville. The Cobras 6th place finish is the programs highest since placing 4th in 1989. PC, which entered the tournament unranked, finishes (2-2) defeating the #5 and #8 ranked teams and falling to teams ranked #1 and #2. Parkland ends the season at (24-13) while Lansing moves to (31-5) with the win.


The opening ten minutes was a back and forth affair before the Stars used solid shooting from behind the arc to build a 39-30 lead. Lansing made 6 first half threes to just one for PC. The Stars shot 46% from the field while the Cobras struggled at 30%, including 1-10 from three-point land.


Lansing would push the lead up to 15 only to see the Cobras reduce the lead to single digits but Curtis Davidson and Jimmy Koder hit back to back three's midway through the 2nd half to push the lead to back to double digits and PC could get no closer than 12 the rest of the contest.


Sophomores Jessy Cantinol (12 points 6 rebounds) and Austin Howard (11 points 8 rebounds 4 assists) paced the Cobras who shot just 36% on the night including just 2-17 from three. Four players ended in double figures for Lansing with Javon Haines getting a double-double with 19 points and 10 boards. Curtis Davidson added 17, Jimmy Kodet 15, and Isaiah Green 14 for the victorious Stars. Lansing shot 47% for the day, 10-25 from three-point range.


Congratulations to Coach Figueroa, staff, and all of the players on an outstanding season!!!


Parkland Drops #5 Schoolcraft at Nationals

March 18th, 2016

Austin Howard scored a career high 31 points and Terrion Howard made six straight free throws in the final minute, to help lead the Parkland Men's Basketball team to an exciting 87-85 victory over #5 Schoolcraft CC of Michigan. The win moves the Cobras (24-12) into the 5th place game at 2:00 Saturday where they will take on #2 Lansing CC (30-5). 


After slow starts in their first two games at Nationals, the Cobras came out on fire Friday afternoon as they ran out to a 18-5 lead after eight minutes as Howard scored ten of those points.  Parkland would stay hot and eventually increase the lead to 15 at 31-16 on a Quadre Lollis basket with 4:30 til half.  Unfortunately the Ocelots would start to crawl back into the game and Ja'Christian Biles three at the buzzer cut the lead to single digits at 38-29. PC shot 50% for the opening half and was 6-8 at the line. 


After intermission Schoolcraft would catch fire, especially behind the arc, as they hit five straight three's over the first eight minutes and eventually took their only lead of the game on another Biles three with 12:08 remaining.  PC answered quickly as Jessy Cantinol converted a three-point play and Luke Beesley hit a fade away to push the lead back to four.  The game would be back and forth but a key turning point may have come with 8:30 minutes to play.  With the game tied at 57, Schoolcraft coach Abe Mashour was whistled for a technical for arguing a no-foul call. Howard hit both free throws and Cantinol scored in the paint to give PC the lead. PC would never trail again but that didnt mean there wouldn't be plenty of tense moments. 


De'Quaniis Jackson's steal and lay-up made it 79-72 Cobras with just 1:08 to go before the Ocelots rallied again. Biles scored off an in bounds pass and after a Cobra turnover, Deshawndre Black scored a basket and made the free throw to make it 79-77 with 45.2 left.  Terrion Howard made a pair of free throws to make it a two possession game but Tyler Johnson answered with a three to cut the lead to 81-80 with 30.3 remaining. Howard again made a pair of free throws and after an SC missed shot, Austin Howard was fouled and made 1 of 2 from the line to push the lead to 84-80 with 15.2 to go.  Black connected on two SC free throws and Terrion Howard made two of his own to keep the lead at four with only 8.1 left.  Black banked in a three from about 28 feet out to again cut the margin to one with 3.1 left but Cournelius McIntosh made 1 of 2 free throws and a last second heave by Schoolcraft was well of the mark as the Cobras hung on for the two point win. 


In addition to Howard's career game, Joe Larry came off the bench to score 12, and Jackson and Cantinol both added 11.  Quadre Lollis led the team with 7 rebounds as PC won the battle of the boards 32-30.  Black scored 21, 20 in the second half, to pace Schoolcraft. Biles added 18, while Davon Taylor had 14 and Juwan Clark 10.   Parkland hung on for the win despite Schoolcraft shooting a sizzling 68% after halftime including 8-12 from behind the arc. SC shot 53% for the game to 47% for PC. A day after making just 6-16 from the line, PC shot 77% on Friday, making 26-34 including 20-26 over the final 20 minutes.  


Cobras Struggle From Field and Fall To #1 Triton

March 17th, 2016

The top-ranked Triton Trojans raced out to a 7-0 lead and never looked back as they ran away from Parkland 66-48 in a NJCAA D-2 Quarterfinal. The win moves Triton (33-2) into a semi-final showdown Friday night with Region 4 rival South Suburban (33-2).  The Bulldogs hung on for a three point win over Schoolcraft in Thursday nights other contest.  Parkland (23-12) and the Ocelots (23-11) will play at 3:00 on Friday in the consolation bracket. 


Cold shooting plagued the Cobras all night as did Triton's domination on the boards.  After falling behind seven early, PC cut the margin to two only to see the Trojans push their lead up to 20-10. Another Cobra run cut the margin to six at 26-20 with only 3:35 til half but Triton finished  on a 7-2 run to take a 33-22 lead into halftime. Parkland shot just 31% from the field and were equally bad from the free throw line making just 3-10 over the first 20 minutes. 


Both teams came out slowly to start the second half but Triton would use a 9-2 run as the lead grew to 44-27.  Parkland made one last run to get back in the ball game as Austin Howard hit back to back three's and De'Quaniis Jackson made 2 of 4 free throws to get the lead back to single digits at 44-35 with just under 10 minutes to play. Eddie Miles answered with a basket and Percell Washington converted a three point play as the lead grew back to 14 and the Cobras would get no closer than 12 over the final seven minutes of the game.


Austin Howard led Parkland with 15 points and Courtez Dixon finished with 11 as he hit 3-6 from three-point range. Miles led the Trojans with 16 points and Dante Thorpe added 12.  Nick Norton had a double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds.  Triton dominated the glass finishing with a 46-28 edge on the boards including 23-12 in the second half.  The Trojans shot 44% for the game (50% after the break) to just 33% for Parkland. PC made just 6-20 from behind the arc and 6-16 from the line for the game. 


Cobras Win Thriller to Kick off National Tournament

March 15th, 2016

Parkland takes down #8 Monroe 61-59 in first round of the National Tournament.


Cobra Men Off to Nationals!!

March 6th, 2016

Corneilus McIntosh scored 9 straight points and 13 out of 16 for Parkland midway through the second half to help build an 11 point lead and the Cobras held on to beat Rend Lake 82-78 to win their first Region 24 title since 2011. Parkland (22-11) will head to Danville March 15-19 and will find out their opponent later this week.

The Cobras got out of the gate quickly grabbing an early 11-4 lead only to see the Warriors score seven straight to tie the contest. PC would lead by as many as eight in the half and took a 35-31 lead into the break. Parkland led just 44-42 with 16:29 left when McIntosh took over. Three straight baskets sandwiched around a Rend Lake score gave PC a 50-44 lead before he drained a three to push the lead to nine. After the Warriors scored four straight, McIntosh hit two free throws and tipped in a rebound to make it 59-48 with 10:04 to go. The lead would reach 14 before Rend Lake got within four during the final seconds but could not get any closer.


Rend Lake out shot PC 50% to 43% on the afternoon and out rebounded the Cobras 30-27. However PC turned the ball over just 7 times and Austin Howard made 12-14 free throws, including 8-8 in the second half, while the Warriors struggled at the line all game making just 10-22.

McIntosh led PC with a career high 18 while Austin Howard added 17 points and also handed out five assists. . Quadre Lollis had a huge game with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Parkland starting center Luke Beesley missed the game due to a sprained ankle suffered in the final minute in the Cobras semi-final win over Danville. Rend Lake had three players in double figures with Randy Thomas scoring 19, Centennial graduate Dedric Bryd with 18, and Ivy with 14.


Parkland on to Regional Final With Win over Danville

March 5th, 2016

 Spark plug Terrion Howard had a game high 22 points on Saturday to lead the Parkland Men’s Basketball team to a 78-70 win over rival  #15 Danville Area CC. The Cobras (21-11) will take on Rend Lake (17-14) with a trip to Nationals on the line. The Warriors beat ICC 84-75 in the earlier semi-final. Parkland and Rend Lake split their two games in the regular season.  


Playing in front of a large and spirited crowd, the first half was a back and forth affair with the Cobras grabbing a 32-29 lead at intermission. PC pushed the lead to nine at 45-36 with 15:33 to go but Cayman Meier made a three-pointer and was fouled to complete a four point play. After a PC basket, the Jaguars went on an 8-0 run sparked by a technical on the Cobras Jessy Cantinol.  DACC grabbed their only lead of the half at 48-47 with 12:03 remaining but a technical on Davion Watson of DACC helped PC to go an 8-0 run of their own, with six of the points scored by Howard, to push the lead to 55-48 with 8:35 left.  DACC would not go away quietly and they rallied to tie the contest at 59 with 3:59 to go. After the two teams traded baskets, Jessy Cantinol made 1 of 2 free throws to make it 62-61 PC and after a pair of missed chances by DACC, Howard drained a huge three-pointer to push the lead to four.  DACC missed a three and the Cobras Grant Gibson answered with a  three of his own to make it 68-61 PC with 1:48 left and DACC would get no closer.


Joe Larry once again came off the bench and scored 13 points while Jessy Cantinol added 12 points and 6 rebounds.  Two other DACC players  had big games as Deionte Simmons had 11 points and 13 rebounds while Lucky Ogobomo scored 8 points and grabbed 10 boards.  The Jaguars, who lost all three games to the Cobras this season, bow out at (24-8).


Parkland Men Advance in Region 24 Tournament

March 4th, 2016

The Parkland Men’s Basketball picked up their 20th win of the season and moved into the Region 24 semi-finals with an impressive 73-45 win over Lincoln.  The victory means  the Cobras (20-11) will take on DACC (24-7) at 3:00 in the second semi-final on Saturday.  The Jaguars rallied from a halftime deficit to beat Lincoln Land 80-63.  In the first game on Saturday, Rend Lake (16-14) will face off against Illinois Central. ICC beat John wood 79-72 in overtime in Friday’s first game while Rend Lake had an opening round bye.


Leading just 19-17 with 5:18 to go in the half, PC went on a 12-0 run to end the half to push the lead to 31-17.  Lincoln would not score for the first three minutes of the second half as the Cobras would extend the lead to twenty at 37-17. The Lynx would get no closer than 15 points the remainder of the contest.   Parkland shot 50% on the day to just 36% for Lincoln.  The Cobras were especially effective inside the arc, shooting 58% on the game.  Joe Larry came off the bench to pace a balanced attack finishing with 15 points.  Terrion Howard added 13 points while Jessy Cantinol had 10.  Quadre Lollis and Grant Gibson both added 9 points in the contest.  Luke Beesley grabbed 9 rebounds for the Cobras while Howard dished out 6 assists.  Cantinol added 4 big steals which were converted into fast break points for the Cobras.


Lincoln No Match for Cobra Women in Region 24 Opener

March 4th, 2016

The Parkland Women’s Basketball team made 10-13 shots from behind the arc in the first half as they cruised to a 97-45 rout of Lincoln College in the opening round of the Region 24 Tournament.  The victory earned the Cobras a semi-final match at 2:00 Saturday against Lincoln Land (18-10). The Loggers edged John Wood 48-46 in their game this afternoon. 


On the afternoon, the Cobras made a season high 15-29 from three-point range as they outscored the Lynx 45-0 from behind the arc.  Kassidy Alderman and Kerstyn Lowery were both a perfect 4-4 from three while Charity Godbold made 4 of 6.  Alderman led the attack with 19 points while Godbold came off the bench to score 18. Lowery had 15 points in just 15 minutes of action. Payton Bieber added 12 points while Josie Zerrusen tossed in 11.  Lauren Moses pulled down 12 board as the Cobras won the battle of the glass 51-28.  Parkland also handed out 28 assists on the afternoon as Taylor Jordan and Layne Buzan each handed out 6.  PC also forced 32 Lincoln turnovers.