Latham’s Three Stuns John Wood

February 25th, 2017

Marcus Latham hit an off-balance three with just over a second to go Saturday, to help the Parkland Men’s Basketball team steal a 71-70 victory at John Wood on Saturday in Quincy.  The win earns the Cobras their third consecutive M-WAC title and clinches them the #1 seed in the Region 24 Tournament in March.  The Cobras have won 17 straight games and have two regular season contests remaining.


John Wood led the game 36-34 at the half as they hit 5-8 shots from behind the arc to grab the lead just before intermission. The contest was a back and forth affair throughout as there were 15 lead changes and 14 ties. Parkland’s Terrion Howard would hit a pair of free throws after a technical on Wood’s Gabe McKenzie to tie the contest but Wood would regain the lead at 68-66 on two Danilo Ranger free throws with 24.8 left. PC would tie the contest again as Latham his two free throws of his own with 18.5 remaining but PC would foul again and McKenzie hit both of his shots to give the Blazers the lead.  After a time out, PC pushed the ball down court and Latham knocked down the shot from near the top of the arc to send the Cobras on to victory.


Latham came off the bench to lead a trio of players with 14 points.  He was joined by Terrion Howard and Courtez Dixon as the three accounted for 42 of Parklands’s 71 points on the afternoon.   Larry Plummer had 18 points to lead John Wood while McKenzie added 14 and Ranger 12.   The Cobras were outshot 48.1% to 40.0% and were out rebounded 39-30. They won the game by making 11-12 free throws and committing just 7 turnovers compared to 15 for John Wood.


Parkland improves to (23-3 8-0) with the win and will wrap up the home portion of their season on Wednesday night when they host Danville Area (13-11 3-5).  John Wood drops to (16-11 4-4) with the loss. 



Cobras Overcome Sloppy Play And Secure Win

February 25th, 2017

The #12 Parkland Women overcame a cold shooting day and 20 turnovers as they rallied to upend John Wood 57-54 Saturday afternoon in Quincy.  The victory keeps the Cobras in first place in the M-WAC with a record of (20-6 7-1) while John Wood drops to (12-14 5-3).  Parkland can wrap up at least a tie for the M-WAC title with a win in their regular season home finale on Wednesday night.


Another slow start saw the Cobras down 20-12 after one quarter as Micahela Gronewold dominated the Cobras scoring 12 points in the quarter. PC would chip away at the lead and found themselves down six, 32-26 at the break. The third quarter was more of the same as PC struggled to scored and were still down 42-37 with 10 minutes to play. Much like in the Cobras home win over the Blazers, the 4th quarter was the difference as PC outscored the host school 20-12 to win by three.


The two teams were tied at 53 before Kyra Washington was fouled and made a pair of free throws with 23.9 left to give PC a two-point lead.  The Cobras fouled Gronewold with 11.1 seconds remaining but her first shot rimmed out before making the second to cut the deficit to one.  Kerstyn Lowery went to the line with 2.9 to go and made both free throws to push the lead to three, and Gronewold’s desperation three was partially blocked by Washington as the Cobras held on for the win.


Parkland finished the game with four players in double figures, led by Washington who came off the bench to score 12 points and grab 4 rebounds.  Layne Buzan added 10 points and 6 boards, Karlee Ziliak had 10 points and 3 assists, while Kerstyn Lowery had 10 points and 3 steals.   PC shot just 37.% on the afternoon and just 60% from the line.   John Wood was led by Michaela Gronewold who had 25 points on 10-16 shooting from the field. Autumn Voigt was the only other player in double digits with 10.   PC won the game by converting 19 points off 24 JWCC turnovers and by outscoring the John Wood bench 22-14.  Those numbers off set dominance by the Blazers in the paint where they outrebounded PC 36-31 and outscored them 32-18.


2017 Parkland College Softball Preview

February 18th, 2017

Nolan Harmon brings you the 2017 Parkland College Softball Preview, with interviews by Chuck Clutts, Jaclyn Thompson, Amber Tabeling, Katie Kuska, and Maddy Shoemaker. 


Fifteen Wins in a row As Parkland Outlasts Lincoln

February 18th, 2017

The #7 Parkland Men’s Basketball team was pushed to the limit on Saturday as visiting Lincoln put up a valiant effort, but the Cobras prevailed with an 87-79 win. The victory was the Cobras 15th straight as they improve to (21-3 and 6-0). Lincoln dropped to (14-11 2-4) with the loss. The Lynx have now lost


The game could not have gotten off to a faster start as the Cobras came out on fire hitting 11 of their first 12 shots. Lincoln was just as hot, draining eight three pointers in the opening ten minutes, to grab a 26-23 lead.  With the game tied at 39, Jarret Olson came off the bench to hit back to back three’s of his own and PC would take a 45-41 lead into intermission. 


PC still led 57-55 with 11:47 remaining but two straight buckets by the Lynx game them a 60-57 lead with 11:11 left.  Olson would respond with another three to tie the contest only to see the Lynx drill a three of their own. The game would go back and forth and was tied at 67 with 7:52 left before Luke Beesley hit a pair of free throws, Marcus Latham hit a runner down the lane, and Beesley converted a lay-up to give the Cobras a six point lead. Lincoln, who the Cobras rallied to beat in overtime earlier this season, would not go away and used two more three’s to knot the contest at 73 with 3:58 to go.  From that point on, Terrion Howard made 3 of 4 free throws and Grant Gibson scored to give the Cobras a 78-73 lead and PC made 7 of 8 from the line down the stretch to capture the win.


Olson had his best game as a Cobra as he came off the bench to score a game high 23 points as he drained 6 of 8 three’s and grabbed five boards. Luke Beesley had his best game of the season as well as the Central graduate scored 15 points on 6 of 8 shooting while chasing down 12 boards and blocking three shots.  Terrion Howard finished with 11 points as he made 9-10 from the line in the second half. Corneilus McIntosh and Marcus Latham both added 8 points as the Cobras shot 56.8 from the field for the game. PC shot 59% from the field in the second half and won the battle of the boards 33-30.  Lincoln had three players in double figures as Isaiah Nelson finished with 21 points, 18 in the second half, to lead the Lynx.  Justin Parker scored 19, but only 5 after the break before fouling out and Trayvon Tyler scored 13, all in the first half.


Parkland will hit the road this week for two tough contests as they travel to ICC on Wednesday night and to John Wood on Saturday afternoon.


Cobras Get Back on Track Taking Down Lincoln

February 18th, 2017

Three days after a slow start doomed the #11 Parkland Women’s team in a road loss to ICC, the Cobras used a quick start on Saturday to build an early and cruise to an 83-39 win over Lincoln.   The Cobras led 20-6 after the first quarter and 33-14 at half before a 28-3 run in the third quarter put the contest away.


Parkland won despite not shooting well, just 39.7 on the afternoon, but held the Lynx to an ice cold 24.5% while also dominating the glass 46-31 and forcing 28 turnovers.   Kerstyn Lowery paced the Cobra attack as she scored 11 in the first half and ended with a game high 24. Lowery also had 7 rebounds and 4 assists.  Payton Bieber had a strong game as she scored 12 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to earn the double-double.  Kyra Washington came off the bench to add 12 points and chase down five rebounds. Ryan Dooley handed out 5 of the Cobras 20 assists while Layne Buzan and Reaghan Vaugn each had 3.   Erynn Young paced Lincoln with 16 points but 9 came in the 4th quarter with the game well out of reach. 


Parkland (19-6 6-0) will be on the road this week as they travel to Lewis and Clark on Wednesday night before going across the state again next Saturday with a game at John Wood in Quincy. Lincoln is now (11-15 2-4) on the season.


Cobras on Fire as They Roll Illinois Wesleyan JV

February 14th, 2017

The #7 Parkland Men were firing on all cylinders Tuesday night as they shot past the Illinois Wesleyan JV 108-58 to win their 20th game of the season and their 14th straight.  The Cobras shot a sizzling 59.4% from the field including 12-18 from three-point land.  PC also made 14-15 from the free throw line and committed just three turnovers while handing out 17 assists.


Nobody was hotter that Centennial graduate Terrion Howard who scored 26 points on the night as he made 10 of 11 shots. Howard was especially effective in the first half as he scored 19 points nailing all seven of his shots. Joining him in double figures was Grant Gibson who had 15 points while Rholy Mouliom and Joe Larry came off the bench to add 14 and 13 points respectively.  Courtez Dixon and Luke Beesley just missed scoring in double digits with 9 points apiece and Jarret Olson finished with 8.  Mark Flaotico led Wesleyan with 13 points.


The game was never in doubt as PC hit their first six shots and raced out to a 17-8 lead and took a 51-33 lead into intermission. The Cobras led 80-50 with 8:55 remaining before going on a 20-2 run to hit the century mark with 4:51 remaining.


Parkland (20-3 5-0) will return to action this Saturday when they host Lincoln College (13-10 2-3) starting at 3:00.  The Cobras rallied to beat the Lynx 62-60 in overtime earlier this season.


Parkland Cruises By Loggers For 13th Straight Win

February 11th, 2017

The #9 Parkland Men’s Basketball team used a 22-2 run to start the second half Saturday to help the Cobras run by visiting Lincoln Land 75-55 on Hall of Fame Day at Parkland.  The Cobras led just 31-27 at half, but the run pushed the lead to 53-29 with 11:45 remaining and the Loggers would get no closer than 18 the rest of the way.


The game certainly didn’t start out like a Parkland runaway as the Cobras were ice cold making just 2 of their first 14 shots to fall behind 14-5.  The Cobras still trailed 21-12 with 6:28 to go before half, but finished on a 19-6 run to grab the lead at intermission.  Terrion Howard sparked the Cobras second half run as he scored nine straight points to push a seven point Cobra lead to sixteen at 45-29.  Howard knocked down a pair of three’s, drove in for a short basket, and made 1 of 2 free throws to put PC in control.


As is often the case with the Cobras, balance was the key as 12 of the 13 players who played in the contest scored.  Cornelius McIntosh was a perfect 5-5 from the field and 4-4 from the line to lead the way with 16 points.  Howard was the only other Cobra in double figures with 12.  Luke Beesley had another solid performance with 8 points, 8 boards, and 3 blocked shots.  Devonte Daniels came off the bench to score 8 points and chase down 5 rebounds and Marcus Latham added 7 points.  The Cobras shot 49% for the contest, including 58% from inside the arc. Parkland also cleaned up on the glass winning the battle of the boards 33-20 allowing the Loggers just two offensive rebounds.  Lincoln Land was led by D’Aaron Owens who had 16 points and Jerrid Cosby who added 10. 


The victory, the Cobras 13th straight, improves their record to (19-3 5-0) and gives the Cobras a two game lead in the M-WAC at the midway point.  Parkland will try and earn their 20th victory of the season on Valentine’s Day night as they host the Illinois Wesleyan JV starting at 6:00.  The Loggers drop to (14-8 1-4) on the season.


Cobras Trail Late but Come Back for Win

February 11th, 2017

The #11 Parkland College Women’s Basketball team was not at their best Saturday, but like all good teams they finally found a way to pull out a victory, as they rallied to beat Lincoln Land 70-66.  The Cobras trailed by as many as eight in the third quarter and still trailed 61-55 with 8:58 to go before a 7-0 Cobra run put PC ahead 62-61. The Loggers would answer back to retake the lead but Ryan Dooley knocked down a three with 4:15 remaining and the Cobras would never trail again.


PC lead 18-14 after the opening quarter despite turning the ball over ten times in the opening ten minutes.  The second quarter was all offense for both teams as PC won the quarter 26-25 and took a 44-39 lead into halftime.  It was all Lincoln Land in the third quarter as they outscore the Cobras 18-9 as Parkland committee nine more turnovers and shot just 3-13 in the quarter.  PC would turn the tables however and win the 4th quarter 17-9 as they held on for the win.


After Dooley’s three gave PC a 65-63 lead, Avery Hamm made a pair of free throws and Kersytyn Lowery drove in for a lay-up to make it 69-63 with 2:37 left.  The Loggers would cut the lead to four on a put back and after a PC miss, made 1 of 2 free throws to cut the margin to 69-66 with 27.2 left.  A jump ball gave LLCC possession with a chance to tie, but a Logger turnover and foul led to a Ryan Dooley free throw for the final four point margin.


Charity Godbolt led PC with 14 points while also grabbing six rebounds. Avery Hamm added 13 and Lowery tossed in 12 points while also dishing out 5 assists. Molly Smith led Lincoln Land and all scorers with 21 points .  Sydney LaGrande had a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds.


The Cobras won despite a season high 26 turnovers and were beaten 40-31 on the glass. PC shot 42% for the game making 9 three’s to just three for LLCC.  The win, the Cobras 10th straight improves them to (18-4 4-0) while Lincoln Land drops to (12-10 1-4).  The contest moved put the M-WAC season at the halfway point with PC on top by a game over John Wood. The Cobras find themselves tied for the top of the Region 24 standings with their next opponent, Illinois Central College. The #10 Cougars are 19-6 on the season. Game time is 6:00 Wednesday night in East Peoria.


All Around Effort Propels Cobras to Eleventh Straight Win

February 4th, 2017

The #11 Parkland Men’s Basketball team played one of their most well rounded games of the 2016-17 campaign Saturday as they knocked off rival John Wood 75-62 in an important M-WAC contest in Champaign. The Cobras won for the 11th straight time while the Blazers saw their winning streak stopped at four.


After several slow starts recently, the Cobras came out on fire early as they jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead. JW would cut the margin to as few as two but PC would push the lead to as many as 12 and took a 43-36 lead into halftime. Courtez Dixon paced the PC attack in the first half as he drilled four three’s to finish with 12 points in the half.  The Cobras also got six big points off the bench from Devonte Daniels as PC shot 52% in the half.


Most of the second half the Cobras led by between six and twelve points as neither team could put together a run.  John Wood would close to within five at 67-62 with 2:15 left but Luke Beesley would score inside and Joe Larry knocked  down a three to move the lead back to double digits at 72-62  with only 41.1 seconds remaining.  Terrion Howard had a big second half as he finished with 12 points, nine coming after the break.  Cornelius McIntosh added 11 and Marcus Latham was big off the bench with 10.   The Cobras shot 45% for the contest to 37% for John Wood and committed just seven turnovers while forcing 19.  Larry Plummer led John Wood with 17 points and 6 rebounds while Gabe McKenzie had a double-double with 13 points and 12 boards.


Parkland stands at (17-3 3-0) with the win while John Wood falls to (13-9 2-1). The Cobras travel to Danville on Wednesday night for a 730 game against the host Jaguars.


Parkland Remains Unbeaten in Conference

February 4th, 2017

The Parkland College Women’s Basketball team rallied from an early 13-2 deficit Saturday as they beat John Wood 81-68 in M-WAC action from Champaign.  The victory was the Cobras eighth straight victory as they remained perfect in the conference.   The key to the win on Saturday was the PC bench which outscored John Wood 43-5 in the contest. 25 of those points came from Kyra Washington who was 8-13 from the field including 5-8 from behind the arc and was 4-4 from the line.  Ryan Dooley also came off the bench to add 10 points and 4 rebounds.


Down 13-2 early, PC closed the first quarter on an 8-0 run and trailed just 13-10 after the opening period.  Layne Buzan scored 11 of her 13 points in the opening half as the Cobras would take a 36-30 lead at the break.  The third quarter was controlled by John Wood and the Parkland lead was just one at 54-53 headed to the final quarter.  Another Cobra sub would spark PC in the final quarter as Heather DeLuca had 4 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, and an assist in the final ten minutes. Washington knocked down a pair of three’s and Kerstyn Lowery was able to drive past the Blazer defenders for a pair of lay-ups as PC pulled away for the win.  Lowery finished with 16 points on 7-12 shooting and also had 4 assists and a pair of steals.


John Wood was led by Lexus Fox who had 22 points as she made 10-13 shots from the field.  Michaela Gronewald and Autumn Voight each added 15 for John Wood. The Blazers shot 51% in the game to 46% for the Cobras but PC made 12-15 from the line and forced JW into 23 turnovers.


Parkland improves to (16-4 3-0) with the win and will travel to Danville for a 5:30 contest against the Jaguars on Wednesday night.  John Wood drops to (9-12 and 2-1 in the M-WAC).  The Blazers host Lewis and Clark on Wednesday night in Quincy.


Parkland Overcomes ICC in Physical Contest

February 1st, 2017

The #11 Parkland Men’s Basketball team used a 13-2 run midway through the first half and never looked back as they pulled away from Illinois Central College 65-47 in a M-WAC and Region 24 contest in Champaign.  After taking a 33-24 lead into the break, ICC would never get closer than eight as PC cruised to the win.  The victory, the Cobras 10th straight, moves them to (16-3 2-0) while the Cougars drop to (10-9 1-1).


Cornelius McIntosh sparked the first half run as he scored 13 of his game high 18 points in the opening twenty minutes. The Cobras led by as many as 17, at 33-16, but ICC finished the half on an 8-0 run to cut the deficit to single digits.  PC controlled the half by knocking down 6-12 from behind the arc and forcing ICC into 14 turnovers.


The Cobras maintained a consistent lead of 10-16 points for most of the second half before finishing with the 18 point win.  McIntosh led the way with 18 points while Terrion Howard added 10. Howard hit back to back three’s in the second half to push the lead from 12 to 18 with just 7:20 remaining.  Luke Beesley just missed a double-double with 9 points and 13 rebounds.  Courtez Dixon added 8 points and 4 steals while Chelby Frazier came off the bench to add 6 points and 7 boards.   The Cobras won the battle of the glass 39-31 and held ICC to just 32.6% shooting on the night.   ICC was led by Christopher Dixon-Williams who had 17 points.


Parkland will host John Wood in a key M-WAC showdown on Saturday at 3:00. The Blazers pounded Lincoln Land 70-44 tonight and are currently (13-8 2-0) and undefeated in Region 24 play.


Cobras Come Back to take Down Lewis and Clark

February 1st, 2017

The #11 Parkland Women’s Basketball team finished the game on a 21-3 run over the final five minutes as they rallied to stun Lewis and Clark 66-58 in M-WAC action in Champaign.  The victory, the Cobras 7th straight, improves their record to (15-4 2-0) while Lewis and Clark drops to (14-5 1-1).


It appeared the Cobras win streak would come to an end on Wednesday as PC could not find their shooting touch all night long and found themselves trailing 55-45 with 5:02 remaining. PC would then go on a 15-0 run that would turn a ten point deficit into a five point lead.  Heather DeLuca started the rally with a three and Karlee Ziliak’s eight footer in the lane cut the lead to 55-50 with 4:18 to go.  Kyra Washington drilled a three pointer to cut the lead to two and Payton Bieber’s lay-up with 3:03 remaining tied the contest.  Avery Hamm would then knock down a three and added another two-point field goal to give PC a 60-55 lead with 2:02 left.  Lewis and Clark would not go away as they would get a three from Danielle Conley to make it 6058 with 1:07 left.  Hamm would convert again to push the lead back to four and Kerstyn Lowery and Ziliak would make four free throws in the final 10 seconds to secure the victory.


Lowery led the scoring for PC with 17 points while also handing out 5 assists. Layne Buzan added 15 points and 9 rebounds, scoring 7 in the opening quarter and 8 more in the third. Hamm finished with 12 points. Payton Bieber grabbed 8 boards and dished out 5 assists in the victory.  Conley led Lewis and Clark and all scorers with 18 points.  The Cobras won despite shooting a dismal 31% on the night including just 11 of 40 from three point range.  The Cobras actually shot five more three’s in the contest than two’s.  Parkland did make 9-11 from the line to just 2 of 9 for L&C. 


Parkland will take on John Wood at 1:00 Saturday with the M-WAC lead on the line. The Blazers are just (9-11 over-all but 2-0 in conference play).