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Cobra Golfer named Parkland Newcomer of the Year
Parkland freshman golfer Andreas Nielsen (Ikast, Denmark) has been chosen as the Parkland College Athletic Department Newcomer of the Year. Nielsen helped lead the Cobras to their first NJCAA D-2 Golf appearance since 2014. The Cobras ended up with a 10th place finish at Nationals out of 21 teams who qualified.

Nielsen earned both the M-WAC and Region 24 Player of the Year honors by winning their respective tournaments.  He was named the M-WAC POY after firing a 67 in the individual completion of the conference tournament, defeating ICC’s Jake Plummer by three strokes.  Nielsen carded a 223 (73-75-75) to edge out Tyler Rieser of Mineral Area to win the Region 24/Midwest District title at Illinois State in early May.  During the regular season, Nielsen tied for 1st at the Webster University Invite, placed 3rd at the Millikin Classic, and 4th at the Taylor University Invitational.

Freshman pitcher Luke Smith (10-0 1st Team all-Conference) and volleyball star Fia Willis (MWAC Freshman of the Year) were the other finalist for the Newcomer of the Year Award.

Champaign's Beesley earns Parkland Cobra "Spirit" Award
Parkland College Men’s Basketball and Baseball player Luke Beesley has been named the winner of the 2017 Cobra Spirit Award. This award is given annually to a Parkland Athlete who goes above and beyond expectations with regards to both academic and athletic achievement, dedication, commitment, attitude, and work ethic. Beesley becomes the first athlete in Parkland history to play on two teams and make it to Nationals in both sports, both seasons. In his four sport seasons, Beesley’s teams won four M-WAC and four Region 24 titles finished 5thand 6th  in Basketball and 3rd and 8th in Baseball.

The Champaign Central graduate was an All-Conference and Region honoree in Basketball, despite often playing the post position against much taller opponents. Beesley averaged 8.5 points and 7.3 rebounds per contest for the (30-4) Cobras. He saved his best performances for the post-season as Beesley averaged 12.7 points and 12.7 rebounds over the Cobras final 6 games, earning him a spot on the All-Tournament team at the NJCAA D-II Basketball Tournament and leading PC to a 5th place finish. He had double-doubles in five of those six games with a high of 16 points and 16 rebounds against Johnson County. Despite getting limited playing time in baseball where he hit .286 this season as a back-up catcher, Beesley was a valuable member of the squad with his strong leadership skills.  The Baseball team finished (52-9-1) earning 3rd place in the recently completed NJCAA D-II World Series.

In addition to his outstanding play on the court and field, Beesley excelled in the classroom too where he earned an Associate in Science degree in Kinesiology with a 3.77 grade point average. He is a two time NJCAA Academic All-American and M-WAC Academic honoree and will attend Southern Connecticut State on a Basketball scholarship.

Men’s Soccer star Johnny Pugh and Baseball standout Cory Wright were the other finalists for this award.

Sophomore duo take home Parkland College Athletic Department Academic Award


Parkland Volleyball setter Jaime Johnson (Champaign, IL.) and Men’s Soccer defender Daniel White (Sheffield, England) are the 2017 recipients of the Parkland Athletics Academic Achievement Award. This award, which recognizes each student’s accomplishments both in the classroom and on the field, is awarded each June by the Parkland Athletic Department.

Johnson was the starting setter this fall on the National Champion Cobra Volleyball team (54-2) where her play earned her 2nd Team NJCAA All-American honors. She was also a First team All-Conference and All-Region selection and was named to the All-Tournament team.  In addition to her outstanding play on the Volleyball court, Johnson will graduate from Parkland in Secondary Education with an over-all grade point average of 3.84.  She is a two-time NJCAA Academic All-American as well as an M-WAC All-Academic honoree. She will continue her play at Western Illinois next season.

White was the leader of the Cobra defense that helped the Men’s Soccer program to a final record of (21-2) and a first ever trip to the NJCAA D-1 Soccer Nationals where PC placed 6th. White also was a big part of the Cobras winning the M-WAC title and the Region 24 and District championships.  He was a 2nd Team Junior College NSCAA Scholar All-American and a two-time NJCAA and M-WAC Academic honoree.  He graduated from Parkland with a 3.75 GPA and an Associate in Science degree. White will continue his soccer career at NCAA D-II  West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas.

Congratulations to both recipients and to all of the Parkland student-athletes who achieved success in the classroom.

Muffley becomes 2nd Cobra to be taken in 2017 Major League Baseball Draft

Parkland catcher Jordyn Muffley has been selected in the 24th round by the Tampa Bay Rays. Muffley joins pitcher Brady Schanuel who was drafted just four rounds earlier by the Philadelphia Phillies.   Muffley was a two-year starter for the Cobras and was the Cobras catalyst on offense this year.  He helped lead the Cobras to a 52-9-1 record and a 3rd place finish at the NJCAA D-2 World Series.  Muffley hit .411 and led the team in hits (92), runs (70), runs batted in (80), and doubles (20). He was second on the team in home runs with 12 and struck out just 18 times in 260 at bats.  In addition to being a First Team All-Conference and All-Region selection, he was named to the 2017 World Series All-Tournament team and is expected to be named an NJCAA All-American later this month.  Muffley will either sign with the Rays or play at Central Michigan University next season.

Cobra's Schanuel drafted in 20th round by Phillies
Parkland ace hurler Brady Schanuel was taken today in the 20th round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Philadelphia Phillies.  Schanuel, the Region 24 and M-WAC Pitcher of the Year, was 10-1 this year with a 2.31 ERA. He struck out 130 batters in just 80.1 innings of work. Schanuel is the Cobras career leader in earned run average (1.54 based on 7 innings) and strikeouts (261), and is tied for most wins with (20).  Schanuel struck out a record breaking 21 hitters in a victory over Lincoln College this season and had four games of 15 strikeouts or more.   Schanuel will have this summer to decide whether he will sign with the Phillies or go to the University of Iowa where he signed late this spring.

Parkland Names Finalists for End of the Year Athletic Department Awards
The Parkland College Athletic Department will announce next week the recipients of their annual awards.  Listed below are the finalists for each of them. Congratulations to all of our athletes who made the 2016-17 season the best in Parkland history.   Seven National Championship appearances, a National title, 7 top 10 finishes, 7 Conference, Regional and District titles.  5 teams with 3.00 cumulative GPA’s and 34 Academic All-Americans.
  • Male Athlete of the Year:
    Jordyn Muffley:  Baseball
    Andreas Nielsen:  Golf
    Brady Schanuel:  Baseball
    Matt Sharman:  Soccer
  • Female Athlete of the Year:
    Hayley Ginger:  Softball
    Laura Gross:  Volleyball
    Jaime Johnson:  Volleyball
    Ellie McKenzie:  Soccer
  • Newcomer of the Year:
    Brigette Belt:  Softball
    Andreas Nielsen:  Golf
    Johnny Pugh:  Soccer
    Luke Smith:  Baseball
    Fia Willis::  Volleyball
    Cory Wright:  Baseball
  • Male Student-Athlete of the Year:
    Luke Beesley:  Baseball-Basketball
    Chris Tate::  Golf
    Dan White:  Soccer
  • Female Student-Athlete of the Year:
    Taylor Bauer:  Volleyball
    Sophie Catlin:  Softball
    Avery Hamm:  Basketball
    Jaime Johnson:  Volleyball
    Ellie McKenzie:  Soccer
    Jaclyn Thompson  Softball
    Demi Varygiannes  Soccer
    Michaela Ward:  Soccer
  • Cobra Spirit Award:
    Luke Beesley: Baseball-Basketball
    Layne Buzan:  Basketball
    Jaime Johnson:  Volleyball
    Hannah Martinez  Soccer
    Johnny Pugh:  Soccer
    Amber Tabeling  Softball
    Cory Wright:  Baseball
Five Parkland Athletic Teams nominated for NJCAA Academic Team Honors
In a year that saw seven of eight Parkland Athletic Teams advance to Nationals, five teams have been nominated for  NJCAA All-Academic Team recognition.  In order to be nominated, a team must have a cumulative GPA in college level course work (remedial grades are not counted) of at least 3.0 for the entire school year.  The NJCAA will honor the chosen teams later this month.   The nominated teams are:
  • Men’s Golf  3.58
  • Softball  3.39
  • Women’s BB  3.31
  • Women’s Soccer  3.17
  • Volleyball  3.12
Four Parkland teams had GPA over 3.0 this Spring with Women’s Basketball leading the way with a 3.373, just edging out Softball 3.348 and Golf 3.336.   Soccer was the fourth team with a 3.078.  The over-all team GPA for the semester was just under 3.0 at 2.995.   Female athletes were particularly impressive earning a GPA of 3.189. For the school year 2016-17, the over-all team GPA was 3.031, female athletes compiled a GPA of 3.219 and male athletes 2.898.

32 Cobra athletes have earned NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete recognition following the 2016-17 school year
In addition to a record breaking year on the field and court, thirty-two student-athletes have earned NJCAA Academic Student Athlete recognition following the 2016-17 school year. Seven students made All-Academic First Team, seven more earned Second Team, while an additional 18 were named to the Third Team.  First team honorees have a GPA of 4.00, second team 3.8-3.99, and third team 3.60-3.79.  Listed below are the Athletes, their GPA, and their sport.
All-Academic First Team
  • Brigette Belt: Softball
  • Avery Hamm:  Women’s Basketball
  • Hannah MartinezSoccer
  • Lauren SpelichSoftball
  • Demetria VarygiannesSoccer
  • Michaela WardSoccer
  • Karlee ZiliakWomen’s Basketball
All-Academic Second Team:
  • Taylor BauerVolleyball
  • Katie KuskaSoftball
  • Anna McHattonSoccer
  • Shelby NunamakerVolleyball
  • Chris TateGolf
  • Daniel WhiteSoccer
  • Nick WiszBaseball
All-Academic Third Team:
  • Luke BeesleyBaseball and Basketball
  • Braydon BoneBaseball
  • Sophie CatlinSoftball
  • Tom CheshareckBaseball
  • Ryan DooleyWomen’s Basketball
  • Megan JacksonWomen’s Basketball
  • Jaime JohnsonVolleyball
  • Gillian JonesVolleyball
  • Kaitlin KellerSoccer
  • Jack LambertBaseball
  • Ellie McKenzieSoccer
  • Nick PattonGolf
  • Connor PoffinbargerGolf
  • Elissa StewartSoftball
  • Jordan TaylorBasketball and Softball
  • Jaclyn ThompsonSoftball
  • Shelby YoungbloodSoftball
  • Eloise VanVelthoovenVolleyball

Red-hot Cavaliers end Cobras season

A World Series that started with so much promise, ended in disappointment Thursday as the Cobras dropped a 13-3 decision to Kankakee ending their season. Parkland finishes the year (52-9-1) and tied with Lansing CC for 3rd place.  The Cavaliers (53-11-1) will take on Mercer Co. NJ (48-13) for the NJCAA D-2 World Series title at 7:00 on Friday.  Neither school has ever played for the Baseball title.

Like the loss to KCC on Wednesday, the Cobras has their chances early. PC loaded the bases on a single and two Cav errors in the 1st but a strikeout and a fly out to center ended the threat. PC actually grabbed the lead in the top of the 2nd as a pair of singles put runners on the corners and Jordyn Muffley put PC on top with a sacrifice fly. In the bottom of the second, KCC would grab control of the game scoring six times. The Cavs used four walks, four hits, and three errors in the inning to score six times. 

Parkland would cut the margin in half in the 3rd as Trystin Raikes and Cole Hamilton started the inning with singles and after a strikeout, Fahd Shakeel drove home a run with a single of his own. Nick Wisz drove in the final run of the inning, and as it ended up the season, with an infield ground out.

KCC continued its red hot play by scoring three times in the 4th, another in the 5th, and ended the game with a three run 6th.  Chase Gadeau had four hits and 3 RBI to pace KCC who out hit the Cobras 14-6 in the contest.  No PC player had more than one hit. Devin Peters went the distance for Kankakee allowing three runs on six hits while Evan Snyder took the loss for the Cobras.

Kankakee walks past Cobras to set up Thursday night showdown
The Cobras knew headed into Wednesday nights game against Kankakee that they needed one more win to play for their 3rd National Championship.  They still need just one more win but it will now have to come on Thursday night as the Cobras dropped a hard fought 11-9 decision.  Parkland (52-8-1) and Kankakee (52-11-1) will face off again at 7:00 Thursday with the winner advancing to the title game. They will play the winner of Thursday's 3:30 contest between Mercer (47-13) and Lansing (42-16). Lansing knocked off Mercer 7-6 on Wednesday to force a winner take all game in that bracket as well.
After both teams threatened but did not score in the first, the Cavaliers took advantage of wildness by Cobra starter Jack Rettig to score six times.  Rettig walked three of the first four hitters in the inning and KCC got on the board with a two run double by Matt Littrell.  Bryce Butler followed with an RBI single to make it 3-0 and Rettig was removed after walking the next hitter.  PC reliever Jarrett Olson was promptly greeted with back to back singles to push the lead to 5-0 and the sixth run of the inning came home on a passed ball.   
Down 6-0, PC started their comeback in the 4th as Zach Pych singled and one out later Brendan Joyce hit his 3rd homer of the season to cut the margin to 6-2. After Olson shut down the Cavs again it the 5th, it was Parkland's turn for the big inning. Cole Hamilton led off with a walk and after a Cobra strikeout, Cory Wright singled and Jordyn Muffley walked to load the bases. Trystin Raikes singled to center to make it 6-3 and Matt Zielonko double into the corner to drive in three runs and tie the game at 6.  Fahd Shakeel singled to put runners at the corners and an errant pickoff throw allowed Zielonko to score and Nick Wisz drove in a run with a double. 
Unfortunately, the PC lead would be short lived as the Cavaliers would tie put two on with one out and get a double, wild pitch, and sacrifice fly to regain the lead at 9-8.  In the bottom of the inning, Jordyn Muffley's 12th homer of the season would tie the game at 9. 
Tied at 9, the Cavs would once again take advantage of wildness by PC pitchers and the second Cobra error of the game to score a pair of runs.  Jack Lambert hit the first hitter of the inning and he was promptly sacrificed over to 2nd. A ground out to the first baseman moved the runner over to third and another walk put runners at the corners with two out.  Cobra Coach Dave Garcia summoned Logan Spalt from the pen and the freshman got what appeared to be an ending ground ball but the throw was low and bounced wide of the bag and two runs scored giving KCC a 11-9 lead. From there, the KCC bullpen would dominate Cobra hitters blanking PC  as Ben Clevenger and Waylon Richardson would hold the Cobras hitless while walking none and striking out seven over the final four innings of play. 
Matt Zielonko had three RBI while Joyce had two for PC while he Cory Wright, Trystin Raikes, and Fahd Shakeel all had two hits.  The Cobras out hit KCC 12-7 but PC pitchers issued 12 walks and hit a pair to go along with the two PC miscues. 

NJCAA D-2 World Series down to six teams as tourney heads into Tuesday

Only six of the ten teams are still standing at the 2017 NJCAA D-II World Series with #2 Parkland and #4 Mercer still undefeated while #3 Pitt, #5 Phoenix, #7 Kankakee, and #8 Lansing all have one loss but are still in the running. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday are all TBA.

Results to Date:
  • Saturday:
    Game  1:   #8 Lansing 8  #9 Southeast Neb. 4
    Game  2:   #4 Mercer 8  #5 Phoenix 4
    Game  3:   #10 UConn-AP  11 #7 Kankakee 9
    Game  4:   #3 Pitt 8  #6 Hinds 6
  • Sunday:
    Game 5:    #5 Phoenix 13  #9 Southeast 11  (SE Eliminated)
    Game 6:    #8 Lansing 11 #1 Murray St. 9
    Game 7:    #7 Kankakee 8 #6 Hinds 7 (Hinds eliminated)
    Game 8:    #2 Parkland 8 #10 UConn-AP 5
  • Monday:
    Game 9:    #5 Phoenix 12  #1 Murray St. 7  (Murray St. eliminated)
    Game 10:  #7 Kankakee 12  #10 UConn-AP 2  (UConn-AP eliminated)
    Game 11:  #2 Parkland 16  #3 Pitt 12
    Game 12:  #4 Mercer 9  #8 Lansing 7
  • Tuesday:
    Game 13 3:30 CST   #5 Phoenix (43-21) vs #8 Lansing (40-16)
    Game 14 7:00 CST   #3 Pitt (42-8) vs #7 Kankakee (50-11-1)
  • Wednesday:
    Game 15  3:30 CST   #4 Mercer (47-12) vs Game 5 winner
    Game 16  7:00 CST   #2 Parkland (52-7-1) vs Game 6 winner

Cobra Baseball rallies in 8th for wild World Series win
The Parkland College Baseball team continues to find new and different ways to win. After giving away a 6-2 lead and falling behind 10-7 in the top of the 8th, the Cobras scored nine times in the bottom of the inning and came away with a wild 16-12 win over Pitt CC of North Carolina. The victory moves the (52-7-1) Cobras into the semi-finals at 7:00 Wednesday night, where they will take on the winner of Tuesday night's Kankakee vs Pitt game.  The loss ended Pitt's 17 game winning streak. 

Cobra hurler Luke Smith got the call for the Cobras and he was outstanding early as he worked five scoreless innings as the Cobras grabbed an early 4-0 lead. PC scored one in the first loading the bases on a single and three walks, scoring on a passed ball. Fahd Shakeel made it a four run lead as he hit a three run homer in the 3rd.   The Bulldogs would get two back in the 6th as Dominick Cammarata cracked a two run homer.  Zach Pych got one of those back in the bottom of the inning as he hit a solo home run, his first home run of the year and first since he was 12 years old!  Trystin Raikes added an RBI single in the inning to push the lead back to four at 6-2.

From that point on, the game got crazy. A two out Cobra error in the 7th led to three Pitt runs as they cut the lead to 7-5.  The Bulldogs would then take the lead in the 8th as they scored five runs to grab a 10-7 lead. In the bottom of the 8th. PC would rally as three Pitt relievers issued three walks and hit two as the Cobras cut the lead to one. Nick Wisz, who replaced Cobra shortstop Jonathan Brandt who was injured in the top of the inning, stroked a two run single to give PC the lead. Zach Pych followed with an RBI single, Cory Wright plated a run with a ground out, Brendan Joyce squeezed in a run, and Muffley drove in another to give PC a six run lead. Pitt's Patrick Wheeler hit a two-out two run homer to make the final score 16-12 buy winning pitcher Daniel Lloyd struck out the final hitter to end the contest.

Trystin Raikes had 3 hits and scored twice, Fahd Shakeel drove in four runs, and Brendan Joyce had 2 hits and scored four times.  Jordyn Muffley added 2 hits and scored twice while Pych and Wisz both drove in a pair.

Cobras outlast UConn-Avery Point for World Series victory!
The Parkland College Cobras took advantage of strong pitching from Brady Schanuel and Jarrett Olson, and an opportunistic offense, as they outlasted U Conn-Avery Point 8-5 at the NJCAA D-II World Series. It was the Cobras first win at the World Series since 2010 after losing both their games last season and being eliminated by UConn at the 2010 Series.  The victory moves the #2 Cobras (51-7-1) into a 4:00 Memorial Day contest against #3 seed Pitt CC of North Carolina. There are still eight teams left in the WS with four undefeated teams  and four teams who have suffered a loss.  

The Cobras were the final team in the 10 team championship to play their game at the Series and PC and UCAP had to wait until 9:05 for their first pitch of their contest.  The game got off to a great start as Brendan Joyce walked with one out and came home on a Jordyn Muffley double into the left centerfield gap.  After a strikeout, Matt Zielonko increased the PC lead to 2-0 as he doubled past the diving left fielder.  Up 2-0, Cobra hurler Brady Schanuel would struggle in the first as he hit the first batter before getting what appeared to be a routine double play ball but the Cobras were able to get just a force out at 2nd. On a 3-2 pitch, the Pointers Matt Chiovitti would hit an opposite field home run to tie the game at 2.

The game remained tied until the 4th when PC would score four times with the help of some sloppy play by UCAP.  Jonathan Brandt started the inning with a single, moved to second on a wild pitch, and advanced to third on an infield ground out.  With the infield back, Cole Hamilton hit a sharp ground ball to the Pointers shortstop who tried to throw Brandt out at the plate but the ball hit his helmet allowing him to score. Cory Wright singled and Joyce reached on a bunt single to load the bases with one out. Muffley was hit by a pitch to make it 4-2 and Trystin Raikes reached on an error to help plate another. The final run of the inning scored on Zielonko's sacrifice fly to center.

Up 6-2, Schanuel would find his groove as he struck out the side in the 4th and struck out the first two hitters in the 5th before UConn would rally.  With two outs Chiovitti would get his third hit of the game and came home as Vincent Pallisco smacked a two run opposite field dinger of his own to cut the lead to two. UCAP would add another run in the inning as they used a double and RBI single to make it 6-5 after 5.

Schanuel would keep the Pointers at bay thru 7 inning as he left the contest with 15 strikeouts just one off the World Series record of 16 set in 2013.  The Cobras would get Schanuel some insurance runs in the 8th as Cory Wright beat out a bunt to start the inning and moved to 2nd on a Joyce sacrifice. Muffley reached on an error to put runners at the corners before Trystin Raikes singled to make it 7-5.   Zielonko then brought home Muffley on a perfectly executed squeeze play.

Up 8-5, PC went to reliever Jarrett Olson. Olson would give up a pair of singles in the 8th but struck out the final two hitters to keep the lead at three. After PC failed to score in the top of the  9th. Olson gave up a one out single before recording a strike out and getting Pallisco to pop to short to end the game at almost 12:30 am. Schanuel and Olson combined to strike out 19 UConn hitters, just one off the record of 20 set by Bevil State Alabama in 2001.  Muffley had two hits, scored twice, and drove in a pair of runs while Zielonko drove in three and Raikes two. 

Cobras finish 10th at NJCAA D-2 Golf Nationals
For the third time in program history, the Parkland Golf team finished in 10th place at the NJCAA D-2 National Tournament in Mesa Arizona. The Cobras shot 309 on Friday and held on to 10th by just a stroke over Copiah Lincoln CC of Mississippi.  Host Mesa CC fired a 289 to capture the team championship by leap frogging 2nd and 3rd round leader Mississippi Gulf Coast.  Murray St Oklahoma took home the 3rd place trophy.

Colin Troxler of Miss. Gulf Coast earned medalist honors firing a -2 and was the only golfer in the 137 man field to break par. He won by four strokes over 2nd place Noah Hofman of Southeast CC in Nebraska.  Mesa won the tournament with incredible balance as they had four golfers finish in the top 10.

Parkland got solid play from a trio of golfers on Friday as Champaign sophomores Chris Tate and Christian Khachaturian along with freshman Tyler Woods all shot 75.  Khachaturian ended up the Cobras highest finisher at #39 and all three finished in the top 50. 

Parkland also finished in 10th place in their last appearance in 2014 and in 2003. The Cobras highest finishes were in 1991 when they placed 4th and 8th in 2009.  The Cobras finish was 3rd highest among the midwest and northern schools as Illinois Central finished 7th and Kirkwood IA. 8th.

Cobras Stand 10th at halfway point of NJCAA Golf Nationals

Sweltering heat, fast greens, and swirling winds made for a tough day of golf on day two of the NJCAA D-2 National Tournament in Mesa, Arizona.
The Cobras shot 305 on Wednesday after firing a 300 on Tuesday morning. 16 of the 20 teams in the tournament shot a higher school on day two and three of the four who shot better, did so in the morning round.
Parkland is just ten strokes out of 6th place and five out of 7th. Christian Khachaturian led the Cobras with a 74, Andreas Nielsen shot 76, and Garrett Hixenbaugh a 77.  Tyler Woods and Chris Tate finished at 78.
The Cobras are scheduled to tee off at 700 MT on Thursday and will be in a group with two Michigan schools, Oakland and Mott.

Cobra Golf tied for 8th after opening round
The Parkland Golf team fired an opening round 300 Tuesday and are tied with Kirkwood for 8th place out of 20 teams. Champaign natives Christian Khachaturian and Chris Tate both shot 74s while Andreas Nielsen and Tyler Woods each shot 76.  Mississippi Gulf Coast 277 Tyler Tx. 285 and host Mesa 287 and Murray St. Ok  are the leaders. Defending champs South Mountain are in 5th 293.
Jackson Wedgeworth of MGC shot a 66 to lead the individuals. Parkland will tee off at 1140 Mountain time Wednesday in the four day 72 hole event.

Cobra Baseball team places five on All-Region Team, Schanuel named Most Valuable

The Region 24 Champion Parkland College Baseball team has placed five players on the All-Region team including pitcher Brady Schanuel who was named Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year. In addition to the five players, Coach Dave Garcia was named Region 24 Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season leading to the Cobras to a Region 24 title and trip to the World Series.

Schanuel went 9-1 this season, appearing in 13 games and working 73.1 innings allowing just 20 runs on 37 hits while walking 33 and striking out 115.  He had four complete games and struck out double digit hitters on four occasions including 21 against Lincoln and 16 against Heartland. He compiled an earned run average of just 1.72 this season. Schanuel was an All-Region and Second Team All-American selection last year and is the Cobras game, single season, and career strike out leader.

Joining him on the All-Region team were fellow hurler Luke Smith, catcher Jordyn Muffley, first baseman Cory Wright, and Trystin Raikes who was elected as the designated hitter.  Smith was a perfect 10-0 this season tying for the team lead in wins. He appeared in 14 games working 67.1 innings and allowed just 23 runs on 46 while compiling an ERA of 1.87. He struck out 70 while walking just 16.

In addition to his outstanding play behind the dish this season, Muffley hit .410 leading the team in at bats (212), runs (64). hits (87), doubles (18), and RBI (75) while finishing 2nd in home runs with 11.  Wright led the team in hitting at .418, and tied for the team high in doubles, led in stolen bases (21), and was 2nd in runs scored and walks.  Raikes added power to the Cobra line up as he hit a record tying 17 home runs while driving in 61 and batting .373. 

Cobra Baseball team sweeps M-WAC Awards
A 30-2 conference record, a second consecutive M-WAC title, and back to back trips to the World Series, has helped the Cobras to a sweep of the Midwest Athletic Conference Baseball Awards.
Freshman Trystin Raikes was named Co-Player of the year along with Lincoln Land infielder Nick Maton, while also earning Freshman of the Year honors.  Brady Schanuel was M-WAC Pitcher of the Year and Dave Garcia Coach of the Year. Catcher Jordyn Muffley, first baseman Cory Wright, and pitcher Luke Smith were also named First Team All-Conference while pitcher Evan Snyder was an Honorable Mention selection.

Cobras World Series bound after win over Danville

he Parkland College Baseball team is headed back to the NJCAA D-2 World Series after they defeated Danville Area CC 15-3 to win the Region 24 Midwest District Finals. The Cobras (50-7-1) went undefeated in the tournament and will find out their seed for the World Series on Tuesday afternoon. The Cobras, who finished the regular season ranked #3, figure to be one of the top seeds as the #1, #2, and #4 ranked teams all were knocked out during regional play. Murray State OK, Mercer NJ, and Pitt CC NC are all expected to challenge for the top four seeds in the 10 team event which kicks off this Saturday in Enid, Oklahoma. The Cobras went home a disappointing (0-2) last season after winning the World Series in 2002 and 2009.

The Baseball team qualifying for the World Series means 7 of the 8 Parkland College Athletic teams have made it to Nationals during the 16-17 school year. The Cobra Golf team, will tee off at their National tournament, tomorrow in Mesa, Arizona. 

Region 24 Baseball Rained out on Friday, tournament location moved for weekend

Heavy rains overnight, with more expected today in the Springfield area, has forced postponement of the Region 24 Tournament.  The tournament location will be moved from Lincoln Land to SIU-Edwardsville for the weekend with the tournament returning to LLCC on Monday. SIU-E has an all-turf field which will hopefully allow the games to be played earlier if the weather clears.  The new schedule is listed below:

Saturday May 20 @ SIU-Edwardsville

Game 4 1:00  Parkland vs Heartland
Game 5 4:00  Lincoln Land vs Danville
Game 6 7:00  Illinois Central vs TBA

Sunday May 21 @ SIU-Edwardville
Game 7 12:00 Winner Game 4 vs Winner Game 5
Game 8 3:00   Winner Game 6 vs TBA
Game 9  6:00   Winner Game vs Loser Game 7

Monday May 22 @ Lincoln Land
Game 10 1:00   Championshhip game
Game 11  4:00   If necessary game

Cobra Softball Players earn post-season awards.

Four members of the Parkland College Softball team have earned post-season honors as recognized by the respective coaches.   Sophomore third baseman Haley Ginger earned All-Region, 1st Team All-Conference and All-Tournament honors. Sophomore pitcher Jaclyln Thompson was a First Team All-Region and All-Conference choice.  Freshman shortstop Maddy Shoemaker made All-Region and 2nd Team All-Conference as well as being named to the All-Tournament team while Sophie Catlin was a 2nd Team All-Conference selection.
Ginger, the Cobras spark plug on offense,  led the team with a .484 batting average and led the team in hits (93), runs scored (65), doubles (27), stolen bases (16), and finished with a team leading .512 on-base percentage while playing a strong third base. At the Region tournament she hit .500 (6-12) while scoring six runs.  She was joined on the first team of both Region and Conference by sophomore pitcher Jaclyn Thompson.  Thompson finished the year 15-4 with a 2.21 ERA, tossing 111.0 innings walking 34 and striking out 118.  Freshman shortstop Maddy Shoemaker wrapped up an outstanding season finishing the year hitting .407 with a team high 14 home runs and 57 runs batted in.  She was second on the team in runs (56), doubles (16), and stolen bases (12). She had four hits at the Region tournament with 2 home runs and 7 RBI.  Finally, Sophie Catlin earned 2nd Team All-Conference honors for her pitching where she went 13-5 with 2 saves this season. She tossed 119. 0 innings and struck out 90.  In addition to her success on the rubber, Catlin had a team high 62 RBI while hitting 12 round trippers.
Lincoln Land’s Katie McClean was the M-WAC and Region 24 Player and Freshman of the Year while Illinois Central Coach Heather Doty was the Region Coach of the Year and Danville’s Matt Cervantes the Conference Coach of the Year.  DACC’s Morgan Laws  is the 2017 Pitcher of the Year. Illinois Central won the Region 24 Tournament over Danville 6-5 to advance to Nationals. DACC will host Cottey College of Missouri in a best two of three playoff starting today in Danville. The winner will also advance to Nationals in Clinton, Mississippi.

Nationally ranked foes battle to tie
A battle of two nationally ranked foes went extra innings Wednesday but the two teams had to settle for a tie. The #3 Cobras traveled to #9 Kankakee Wednesday for a non-conference battle and the game ended due to lightening and rain in an 8-8 tie after 12 innings.
Parkland 8  Kankakee 8  12 innings
The Cobras jumped on top with a run in the third as Jonanthan Brandt walked and eventually scored on Brendan Joyce sacrifice fly.  PC built the lead to 6-0 in the 5th as they scored five times, three coming on a bases loaded double by Jordy Muffley.  The Cavaliers scored all eight of their runs in the bottom of the 5th inning as they took advantage of 6 hits, 2 walks, and a pair of Cobra errors.   Parkland cut the deficit to one in the 8th with a Will Troia bunt single and an RBI double by Joyce and tied the game in the 9th as Matt Zielonko singled and later came home on a KCC miscue.  The game went to extra innings but both teams missed their chances to win the game. The Cobras best opportunity was a lead-off triple in the 12th but a pop-up, strike out, and fly out failed to produce a run.  Jordyn Muffley had 3 hits and 3 RBI while Brendan Joyce drove in a pair of runs to lead the Cobra offense.
Parkland (44-6-1) will play their final regular season series this weekend when they take on rival Danville Area College (31-13).   The Cobras will play a 2:00 doubleheader at Danville on Friday before hosting the Jaguars in a pair of games at 1:00 on Saturday in Champaign.  Kankakee (41-9-1) will begin Sectional play in Region 4 this weekend.

Zielonko walk-off homer gives Cobra Baseball four game sweep of Illinois Central as Parkland wraps up M-WAC title

Matt Zielonko crushed a 1-0 pitch deep over the left field wall to give the #3 Cobra Baseball team a come-from-behind 9-8 walk-off win over M-WAC foe Illinois Central College. PC won the opener 10-4 as they used a Brenden Joyce homer to help beat the Cougars. The two wins give the Cobras a 13 game winning streak as they improve to (44-6 27-1). ICC drops to (20-28 10-18).   The weekend sweep wraps up back to back M-WAC titles for Parkland and assures the Cobras the #1 seed in the upcoming Region 24 Tournament to be held in Springfield May 18-21.
Game 1:   Parkland 10   ICC 4
After falling behind the Cougars 3-0 in the top of the 2nd, Brendan Joyce chose the right time to his first home run of the year, a two out grand slam, to give PC a 4-3 lead. Parkland would score four more times in the 5th as they took advantage of a walk, an error, two wild pitches, and three hit batsmen to take an 8-3 lead.  ICC cut the margin in half with a single tally in the 5th but PC added their two finals runs in the 6th on an RBI single by Trystin Raikes and a double by Matt Zielonko.  Joyce led the attack going 2-4 with 3 runs scored and 4 RBI.  Zach Pych scored twice and Jordyn Muffley, Fahd Shakeel, Raikes, and Zielonko all drove in a run. Luke Smith (8-0) overcame some early struggles to pick up his 8th win of the season with relief help from Jarrett OIson and Tyler McCulloch. The pair shutdown ICC over the final 2.1 innings striking out six of the seven outs.

Game 2:  Parkland 9   Illinois Central 8
Zielonko delivered the late game heroics but there were plenty of other heroes as PC overcame big early deficits.     Once again PC spotted the visitors an early lead as ICC took a 2-0 lead in the second inning. In the bottom of the inning Zielonko and Shakeel singled, Nick Wisz had and RBI single and Kyle Khoury tied the game with a sacrifice fly.   ICC would score five times in the 3rd to grab a 7-2 lead but once again the Cobras used the long ball to cut into the deficit.   Joyce hit his second home run of the day and season to lead off the 3rd inning and Raikes hit his team leading 16th, a two-run shot to cut the lead to 7-5.   After ICC got one of those back in the top of the 4th, PC got a single by Jonathan Brandt, and a pair of walks before Jordyn Muffley delivered a two-run single to make it 8-7.  The Cobras would tie the game in the 6th on a Wisz run scoring single.  Jack Lambert shut down the Cougars in the top of the 7th to earn his first career victory while allowing just one hit and striking out a pair. 
Jordyn Muffley went 3-4 with 2 RBI and Matt  Zielonko finished 2-3 with 3 runs scored including the game winning homer.  Nick Wisz went 2-3 and drove in a pair and Trystin Raikes also had two runs batted in.  Jack Retting lasted just 2.1 innings before being relieved by Daniel Lloyd who worked 2.2 solid innings of relief and Lambert was not scored upon in the final two innings.

ICC rallies late to win Region 24 Golf Title
The Parkland College Golf team didn’t come away with the Region 24 Title they had hoped for but still came away with the most important prize, a trip to Nationals.   Illinois Central used a late surge over the final 9 holes to fire a 301 Sunday to beat the Cobras by six strokes.  The win was ICC’s third straight Region 24 title and this is the Cobras first trip as a team to Nationals since winning the Region in 2014.  Parkland freshman Andreas Nielsen of Denmark was the over-all champion as he fired a 223 (73-75-75) to edge Mineral Area’s Tyler Fieser  224  (75-74-75) by just one stroke.  Jake Plummer of ICC finished 3rd at 227.
On Sunday the nine teams played under sunny skies, calm winds, and decent temperatures after battling strong winds all day Saturday.  The Cougars and Cobras took advantage of the conditions as they shot 301 and 307 respectively to easily pull away from the rest of the field. The results were never in doubt during round three as PC finished 23 strokes ahead of 3rd place Lewis and Clark and 26 strokes in front of Rend Lake.  In addition to Nielsen’s excellent play as medalist,  Parkland sophomore Garrett Hixenbaugh shot his best round of the tournament a 73 on Sunday, to finish in 5th place over-all, seven strokes off the lead. Christian Khachaturian placed 13th. Chris Tate 14th, and Tyler Woods 15th out of 44 golfers in the field.
In addition to the Illinois Central and Parkland teams qualifying for Nationals, five individuals also qualified for the May 23-26 event held at Longbow Golf Course in Mesa, Arizona.  Tyler Fieser of Mineral Area, Landon Vaughn Rend Lake, Brian Gebben and Joaquin Perez Lewis and Clark, and Hunter Bettis Lincoln College also all earned a spot at Nationals.
2017 All-Region 24/District I Team:
Andreas Nielsen     Parkland          Player of the Year
Tyler Fieser               Mineral Area
Jake Plummer         Illinois Central
Jordan Perry            Illinois Central
Garrett Hixenbaugh  Parkland College
Landon Vaughn     Rend Lake
Brian Gebben         Lewis and Clark
Chase Picken          Illinois Central
Joaquin Perez        Lewis and Clark
Seth Rebbe             Illinois Central

Lincoln Land stuns Parkland softball with 7th inning rally to end Cobras season
The top-seeded Parkland Softball team was just an out away from advancing in the Region 24 tournament but the second-seeded Lincoln Land Loggers mounted a furious rally,scoring five times in the top of the 7th, to upend the Cobras 7-6. Parkland's season comes to and end with a final record of 42-11. Parkland had advanced earlier in the day shutting out John Wood 3-0.

Game 1 Parkland 3  John Wood 0
Sophie Catlin tossed the complete game shutout as the Cobras blanked the Blazers. Catlin walked two and struck out three as she kept high scoring John Wood off the scoreboard.  Haley Ginger paced the offense with a pair of hits, a run scored and a stolen base. Shelby Youngblood and Amber Tabeling each had a hit and an RBI. 

Game 2  Lincoln Land 7  Parkland 6
The Cobras took a 6-2 lead into the 7th inning and appeared destined for an 11 am Sunday showdown with Danville but the Loggers had other plans and rallied for the win.  PC had the tying run on 2nd and winning run on first in the bottom of the frame but could not get the big hit. Jaclyn Thompson was the losing pitcher while Haley Ginger, Bridgett Belt, and Amber Tabeling each collected two hits in the loss.

Saturday Results:
Game 1:  Parkland 3 John Wood 0 (Wood eliminated)
Game 2:  Lincoln Land 9 Heartland 3 (Heartland eliminated)
Game 3:  Lincoln Land 7 Parkland 6 (PC eliminated)
Game 4:  Illinois Central 12 DAnville 3

Parkland and ICC tied for NJCAA Region 24/District I lead with 18 holes to go
Co-favorites Parkland and Illinois Central find themselves tied atop the leaderboard after the first 36 holes of the NJCAA D-2 Region 24 Golf Tournament held at the DA Weibring course at Illinois State University. Playing on a cool and windy day, the Cobras grabbed a three stroke lead after the first 18 holes but the Cougars were able to tie things up heading into Sunday's  final round. Tee time Sunday is a 9:00 shotgun start.

Parkland (305-312 617) and ICC (308-309 617) lead third place Lewis and Clark (319-310 629) by 12 strokes while Rend Lake (318-355 633) and Mineral Area (316-318 634) are still within striking distance.  The winner and runner-up of the nine team 54-hole event will advance to the National Tournament in Mesa, Arizona.

Parkland's Andreas Nielsen (148 73-75) is the individual leader with a one-stroke lead over Mineral Area's Tyler Fieser (149 75-74) and a two shot lead over Rend Lake's Landon Vaughn (150 73-77). Illinois Central has won the last two Regional titles with the Cobras last winning in 2014.

Round 1 Parkland Scores:
Nielsen 73
Christian Khachaturian 74
Garrett Hixenbaugh 78
Tyler Woods 80
Chris Tate 80

Round 2 Parkland Scores:
Nielsen 75
Tate 78
Hixenbaugh 79
Woods 80
Khachaturian 83

Baseball wins twice at ICC
The #3 Parkland Baseball team ran their winning streak to 11 games Friday as they swept Illinois Central College by the identical scores of 7-4. The Cobras are now (42-6) and would wrap up the M-WAC title and top seed in the Region with two more wins. PC and ICC(20-26) will play two more games starting at 1:00 Sunday in Champaign.

Game 1:  PC 7  ICC 4
After a scoreless first two innings, PC would score five times in the 2nd to take control of the contest. Cory Wright got PC on the board with an RBI single and the Cobras used five hits, two walks, and a Cougar error to plate five runs.  ICC tallied a single run in the 4th but Cole Hamilton extended the lead with a two run single in the 6th to make it 7-1. The Cougars took advantage of wildness on the part of reliever Jarrett Olson in the 7th to score three times and get back in the game but Tyler McCulloch and Braydon Bone shut down the rally over the final to innings. Hamilton. Will Troia, and Brendan Joyce each had two hits for PC.  Brady Schanuel worked 6 innings allowing just one run and striking out six to pick up the victory.

Game 2: PC 7  ICC 4
After falling behind 2-0 in the first, PC once again used the big inning to key the victory. The Cobras scored six times in the 2nd. Will Troia and Joyce both walked to force in runs, Jordyn Muffley added a sacrifice fly, a fourth run scored on a wild pitch, and Trystin Raikes wrapped up the scoring with a two run double. Matt Zielonko hit his 3rd homer of the year, a solo shot in the 4th, to extend the lead to 7-2. The Cougars got a two out hit in the 7th but reliever Conner Gremer retired the final ICC hitter to secure the sweep.  Raikes, Zielonki. Fahd Shakeel, and Nick Wisz each had two hits as PC out hit ICC 11-5 in the game and 21-10 on the afternoon.  Evan Snyder (5-1) picked up the win working the first five innings followed by Logan Spalt and Gremer.

Softball splits at Region 24 Tournament but remains alive
If the top-seeded Parkland College Softball team is going to reach their goal of getting to Nationals, they are going to have to do it the hard way. After knocking off Lincoln College 10-0 in the opening round, the Cobras dropped a 5-2 decision in round two. The loss drops PC into the loser bracket where they will take on John Wood,  the Blazers out slugged Spoon River 11-10 on Friday night.   The Cobras will need to win three straight games to keep their season alive and five in a row to win the Region 24 title.

Game 1: PC 10 Lincoln 0
The Cobras used three home runs, two off the bat of Maddy Shoemaker, and strong pitching from Lexie Black to take the opener.  PC also got outstanding defensive play from second baseman Elissa Stewart who gunned down a runner at the plate and made an outstanding play up the middle to save another run.

After Haley Ginger led off the game with a single, Shoemaker put the Cobras on the board with a two-run shot. Shoemaker hit a grand slam homer in the 2nd, giving her a team high 12 home runs on the season. Sophie Catlin hit her 11th home run of the year, a two-run blast, also in the 2nd inning. Elissa Stewart also drove in a pair of runs to go along with her outstanding defense.  Ginger finished 2-2 with a walk and scored three times while Shoemaker finished with 2 HR and 6 RBI. Black improved to (14-2) by allowing just four hits while walking only one in five innings of work.

Game 2  Illinois Central  5  Parkland 2
The Cougars used three solo home runs and ICC wiggled out of 1st and 7th inning jams to upset the Cobras.  Madisyn McCoy got ICC off to a quick start as she hit a lead-off home run to start the game. PC would use three walks and an RBI single by Bridgette Belt to tie the game in the bottom of the first, but struck out leaving the bags loaded. McCoy put ICC back on top in the 2nd with a two-out single.

The Cougars would get solo home runs from Cassy Shaw and Madyson Fox to push their lead to 4-1 and tacked on an insurance run in the top of the 7th. Down to their last out PC used an ICC error and a pair of singles, to cut the lead to 5-2, and had the tying run at the plate but again a strikeout ended the Cobras chances.

Softball Game Cancelled

Today’s Softball games scheduled for 3:00 vs Lincoln has been postponed due to the wet grounds. The games will be rescheduled for either Monday or Tuesday.

Weather wrecks havoc with Cobra Sports Schedule
Wet grounds and expected heavy rains over the next several days is playing havoc with the Cobra sports schedule.  The Parkland Softball  teams scheduled doubleheader today with Morthland College had been cancelled and will not be made up. Instead the Cobras will attempt to play today at 3:00 @ Lincoln College.   Parkland is scheduled to host Lincoln at 3:00 on Friday. The two teams have until Tuesday May 2 to play their four game series as this is the final weekend of the regular season.  Region 24 play is scheduled to begin Thursday May 4 at Eastside Center in East Peoria.
The Parkland College Baseball team also is set to play Lincoln College this weekend. PC will face Lincoln at 11:00 am at Illinois Field on Friday and is scheduled to play at Lincoln at 1:00 on Saturday. Like the women, Parkland and Lincoln have until next Tuesday to complete their series.
A decision on the Region 24 Golf Tournament set for April 30 and May 1 in Bloomington will be made later today. The B-N area is expected to get in  excess of 3-4 inches of rain this weekend.
Thursday  April 27
SB 3:00 @ Lincoln
Friday April 28
BSBL 11:00 vs Lincoln @ Illinois Field
SB (H) 3:00 vs Lincoln
Saturday April 29
BSBL 1:00 @ Lincoln College
Sunday April 30
Golf 8:00 @ Illinois State Region 24/District Tournament

#10 Cobra Softball clinch top seed for Region 24 Tournament
On a cold and damp afternoon, the #10 Parkland Softball team pulled out a pair of victories allowing them to clinch the top spot in the upcoming Region 24 Tournament. The 7-4 and 8-7 wins over Lincoln move the Cobras to 38-9 over-all and 21-7 in the Region. The Cobras and Lynx are scheduled to wrap up the regular season with a 3:00 doubleheader on Friday in Champaign.

Game 1:  PC 7  Lincoln 4
PC jumped out quickly in the opener scoring three times in the 1st. Maddy Shoemaker cracked a solo home run with one out to get PC on the board. After a single and a walk, Bridgette Belt delivered an RBI single and Shelby Youngblood plated arun with a ground out to second. The Lynx cut the lead to 3-1 in the 3rd but PC once again answered back with a three run inning. Shoemaker and Megan Magsamen had key RBI in the inning. PC tacked on another run and took a 7-1 lead into the bottom of the 7th where the Lynx would rally. Lincoln scored three times on four hits in their half of the inning and had the tying run at the plate but she popped up to short to end the contest.
Jacklyn Thompson picked up the win to improve to (15-2) as she went the distance. Shoemaker paced the offense going 3-4 with 2 runs and 2 RBI.  Magsamen and Youngblood each added 2 hits as PC out hit the Lynx 10-7

Game 2:  PC 8  Lincoln 7  8 innings
Once again PC grabbed the early lead as Haley Ginger started the game with single and Shoemaker followed with a double. Megan Magsamen's sacrifice fly got PC on the board and Belt followed with an RBI single. Lincoln would get one of the runs back in the bottom of the inning only to see the Cobras score four times in the 4th.

With one out MaKenna Butcher doubled and Ginger followed with a single. Shoemaker drove home a run with a single and after Magsamen singled, Sophie Catlin stroked  a two-run double. Down 6-1, the Lynx would score five times in the 5th as the put together five hits, including a homer, and three walks to tie the game at 6.

Neither team would score for the rest of regulation so the game headed to extra innings.  Playing the international tie-breaker, Shoemaker started the inning at 2nd and was still there after Magsamen struck out. On the first pitch of her at-bat, Sophie Catlin's two run blast put PC ahead 8-6 and although Catlin was touched for a run in the bottom of the inning, she retired the final two hitters with a ground out to first and a strikeout. Catlin improved to (11-6) as she went the distance striking out nine.

In addition to picking up the win, Catlin also was the key on offense as she was 3-4 with 4 RBI on the afternoon.  Belt added 3 hits while Ginger, Shoemaker, and Butcher each had a pair.

#4 Cobras sweep past Spoon River
The #4 Parkland College Baseball team completed a four game weekend sweep of Spoon River as they took a pair of games at Illinois Field.  The Cobras beat the Snappers 10-1 in the opener and took game two 12-2. PC outscored SRC 48-5 in the four games. Parkland (35-6 19-1) will host the Millikin JV in a single game on Tuesday at 3:00.

Game 1:  Parkland 10 Spoon River 1
Luke Smith (6-0) got the start and worked five strong innings allowing no runs on two hits while striking out eight. Tom Chesareck gave up a run on two hits in two innings of work in relief.
Trystin Raikes would give the Cobras all the offense they would need in the 1st as he followed a Cory Wright single with a two-run homer, his 11th of the season. The scored remained 1-0 until the 4th when Jonathan Brandt delivered a two-run triple and Will Troia brought Brandt home.  Raikes cracked his 12th round tripper, a solo shot, to give PC a 6-0 lead. Spoon would score a run in the 5th but Parkland would put the game away by scoring four times in the 7th. Raikes led the offense going 3-4 with 3 runs scored and 3 RBI to go along with the 2 home runs. 

Game 2  Parkland 12  Spoon River 2
After spotting the Snappers a 1-0 lead in the 1st, Cobra starter Jack Rettig settled down and did not allow another run over the final four innings while striking out 12 as he improved to (8-0).  Ty McCulloch gave up a single tally in the sixth as PC won by the run rule for the third time in four games.

Down a run, PC tied the game in the 2nd as Matt Zielonko scored on a Zach Pych sacrifice fly. The Cobras would break the tie in the 3rd as Cory Wright walked and scored on a Jordyn Muffley triple. Two more runs scored in the 4th on a Pych double and a perfectly executed squeeze bunt by Jonathan Brandt.

Up 4-1, PC would score eights runs over the final two innings. Muffley had a two-run homer, his 11th of the year, and Wright a bases clearing double to score three runs.  Muffley was 3-4 with 4 RBI, Wright 2-3 with 3 runs scored and 3 more batted in, and Pych a pair of RBI.

Softball rally stuns Lincoln Land as Cobras earn split of key M-WAC/Region 24 Doubleheader
Bridgette Belt cracked a two-out game tying home run in the bottom of the 7th inning and Lauren Spelich delivered a game winning single in the 8th, to help lead the Cobras to a wild 11-10 win over Lincoln Land. The rally gave the Cobras a much needed split after dropping the opener 10-3. With the win, PC retains a one game lead over Lincoln Land for the M-WAC title with one series remaining.  PC will take on Lincoln next weekend while the Loggers face Lewis and Clark. More importantly, PC stays atop the Region 24 standings with one week to play.  Parkland is now (36-9 17-7 ) while Lincoln Land is (27-19 16-8).
Game 2:  Parkland 11 Lincoln Land 10  8 innings
The wild comeback gave PC and Lincoln Land a split of their four-game series. It appeared the Loggers would get the Sunday sweep and take the series before the late game heroics.  Haley Ginger started the uprising with a lead-off single but Maddy Shoemaker popped out to short and Megan Magsamen lined back to the pitcher before Sophie Catlin walked to set up Belt’s heroics. The home run, her 6th of the season, just cleared the left field wall setting off a huge celebration in front of the Cobra dugout.  In extra innings, playing under the international tie-breaker rule, the Loggers started the 8th with a runner at second base but chose not to bunt her to 3rd. Instead reliever Jaclyn Thompson got a ground out to short for the first out of the inning. After hitting the next batter, Thompson got consecutive infield pop ups to shutdown LLCC. In the Cobra half of the 8th, Amber Tabeling started at second, went to 3rd on a perfect sacrifice bunt by Makenna Butcher and scored the winning run on Spelich’s single up the middle.  Not to be lost in the offensive heroics was the great job done by Thompson in relief. After getting knocked around in the opener, she tossed two scoreless innings in game two to earn the win and improve to (14-2) on the season.
Prior to the 7th inning rally, the game featured several swings in momentum. Lincoln Land grabbed an early 2-0 lead on a Heckman homer but PC would score six times in the 3rd as Shelby Youngblood hit a three-run blast and Maddy Shoemaker a two-run shot.  Down 7-2, Lincoln Land would score two in the 4th, three in the 5th, and three more in the 6th to regain the lead at 10-7.  Four Cobras finished the game with two hits as PC had 12 in the contest. Youngblood was 2-3 with 3 RBI, Haley Ginger 2-4 with 2 runs scored, Megan Magsamen had two hits and scored twice, and Spelich had two hits including the game winner. Belt drove in three runs while Shoemaker two in the victory.

#10 Parkland Softball splits with #18 Lincoln Land, sees winning streak end
he 10th ranked Parkland Softball extended their winning streak to 18 games with a 4-2 win over #18 Lincoln Land in the opener, but saw the streak come to an end with a 1-0 defeat in the second game. With the split, the Cobras keep their one game lead over the Loggers in the M-WAC and have a two game lead in Region 24 play. The two teams will play another doubleheader at 1:00 Sunday in Champaign.

Game 1:  Parkland 4 Lincoln Land 2
PC got on the board in the 1st as Haley Ginger started off the inning with a base hit, two outs later moved to second after Sophie Catlin walked, and scored on a Brigette Belt single. The Loggers would tie the game in the 2nd with a lead-off walk and a two out double. 

Tied at 1, PC would retake the lead by scoring three times in the 6th. Catlin singled to start the inning and Taylor Jordan came in to pinch run.  Back to back errors by the Loggers followed by consecutive singles by Amber Tabeling and Shelby Youngblood plated three Cobra runs. The Loggers would rally with two outs in the bottom of the 7th as they got a double and back to back to back singles to score a run and bring the winning run to the plate. However, winning pitcher Jaclyn Thompson got the final out on a pop up to short to end the threat.

Thompson improved to (13-1) by allowing two runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out six.  Haley Ginger and Amber Tabeling each had two hits as PC out hit the Loggers 10-7.

Game 2: Lincoln Land 1  Parkland 0
The Loggers scored the only run of a game, an unearned one, in the second inning on a sacrifice fly after the lead-off hitter had reached on an error.

PC threatened in both the 1st and 2nd innings putting runners at first and second with just one out but could not get the runners home. The Cobras were held hitless over the final five innings as the Loggers retired 16 of the last 17 hitters allowing only a lead-off walk in the 4th.

Sophie Catlin (10-5) was the tough luck loser as she allowed just three hits while walking none and striking out three.

Golf Takes 2nd at Weist Classic
The Parkland College Golf team battled cool and very windy conditions Saturday as they placed 2nd at the Weist Foundation Classic hosted by Millikin University. Competing as one of only two, two-year colleges in the event, the Cobras fired a 592 (288-304) to finish four strokes behind champion Carthage College 588 and four strokes ahead of 3rd place Millikin.  Scores soared under the windy conditions as all 17 teams shot higher on Saturday then they did on Friday.
Carthage’s Jordan Knutson walked away with the individual title as he shot -4 under par 140 (70-70) to edge Millikin’s Blaine Buente 141 (70-71) and Parkland’s Andreas Nielsen 142 (67-75).  The Cobras Tyler Woods also finished in the top 10 as he placed 8th with a two-round total of 148 (74-74).   Christian Khachaturian 151 (74-77), Garett Hixenbaugh 152 (73-79) and Nick Patton 162 (84-78) rounded out the Cobras scoring.  Cobra sophomore Chris Tate, competing as an individual at the event, shot the lowest around of any Cobra on Saturday firing an even par 72 to finish with a two-day total of 151 (79-72).
The tournament wraps up the regular season for the Cobras as they will head to the Region 24/Illinois-Missouri District tournament April 30-May 1 @ Illinois State University. Nine teams will compete with the top two teams qualifying for Nationals.  In addition to the two qualifiers, the next five highest individual finishers not on one of the top two teams will also qualify for Nationals in Mesa, Arizona later in May.

Big inning's lead Cobras to sweep of Spoon River
The #4 Parkland Baseball team used big first innings in both games Friday as they routed M-WAC foe Spoon River 14-2 and 12-0. The Cobras scored four times in the 1st inning of game 1 and five runs in the first of game 2 as they won both games by the run rule in five innings.

Game 1:  Parkland 14  Spoon River 2
The Cobras scored four runs in each of the first three innings as they cruised to the win.  After scoring four runs in the 1st, Jordyn Muffley blew the game wide open in the 2nd with a three-run home run, his 9th of the season. Mufffley would also hit his 10th homer, a towering solo shot in the 3rd, which tied him for the team lead with Trystin Raikes.

Cory Wright was also big at the plate as he went 3-4, scored three times and stole a pair of bases. Cole Hamilton had a pair of hits and scored twice.  Brady Schanuel (6-1) picked up the win as he worked five innings allowing two runs while walking two and striking out six.

Parkland 12  Spoon River 0
Kyle Khory hit a grand slam home run and drove in five runs to back the three hit pitching of Evan Snyder as the Cobras again won by the run rule.
Snyder improved to (4-1) as he tossed the complete game shutout, walking two and striking out eight. Khoury's first home run of the season came in the bottom of the 5th and ended the contest.
The game was never in doubt as PC scored five times in the first as Will Troia drove in a pair while Matt Zielonko, Cole Hamilton, and Fahd Shakeel each drove in a run.
Khoury paced the attack with the HR and 5 RBI, Trystin Raikes was 2-2 with two runs scored and two driven in, and Troia also had two hits and two RBI.

Parkland Golf stands 2nd after opening round of Weist Foundation Classic
The Parkland College Golf team fired an opening round 288 Friday and find themselves in 2nd place after the first 18 holes of the 5th annual Weist Foundation Classic hosted by Millikin University at the Red Tail Run GC in Decatur.  The Cobras trail Carthage College (287) by just one stroke and are six strokes ahead of third place Millikin (294) in the 17 team field.    Parkland’s Andreas Nielsen is the individual leader after 18 holes as he carded a -5 under par 67 to grab a three stroke lead over Blaine Buente of Millikin and a trio of Carthage golfers.  The Cobras Garrett Hixenbaugh is currently tied for 9th place with an opening round 73. Tyler Woods and Christian Khachaturian both shot 74 to round out the scoring for PC.

Softball takes two from Bulldogs to run winning streak to 17
he #10 Parkland Softball team brought out the bats on Friday as they pounded visiting South Suburban 10-2 and 11-6 to sweep a doubleheader and earn their 16th and 17th straight wins.  Parkland (34-7 15-5) now heads into a weekend showdown with Lincoln Land (25-17 14-6) with the lead in the M-WAC and Region 24 on the line.
Game 1:  Parkland 10   South Suburban 2
The Cobras scored four in the first and never looked back as they cruised to the five inning win.  PC opened the game with four straight hits as Haley Ginger and Maddy Shoemaker started the inning with back to back singles and Megan Magsamen followed with an RBI double.  Sophie Catlin just missed a home run but drove in a pair with a double and the final run scored one out later when Shelby Youngblood doubled.  PC would score two more times in the 2nd as Ginger and Shoemaker would single once again and score on a Magsamen single and a Catlin sacrifice fly.  Ginger doubled home two runs in the 3rd to make it 8-0 and Maddy Shoemaker and Brigette Belt both drove in runs in the 5th. Catlin also starred on the mound as she went the distance allowing just two runs while improving to (10-4) on the season.
Haley Ginger went 3-4 with 3 runs scored and 2 RBI while Maddy Sboemkaer also had three hits and scored twice.   Sophie Catlin drove in three runs and Megan Magsamen had two hits and two RBI while Elissa Stewart also had two hits as the Cobras pounded out 15 in the contest.
Game 2:  Parkland 11  South Suburban 6
The Cobras raced out to an early 9-0 lead and were only three outs away from winning game two by the run rule, but the Bulldogs made a game of it by scoring six times in the 5th to cut the lead to three. PC answered back with two runs of their own and held on for the 11-6 win.  Lexie Black (12-2) picked up the win as she blanked South Suburban for 4 innings until running into trouble in the 5th.  Sophie Catlin returned to the hill and worked the final 2.1 innings as she allowed no runs on one hit and earned her second save.
Like game 1 PC would use the big inning to grab the early lead.   Makenna Butcher was the catalyst for the offense as she got the Cobras on the board in the 2nd with a two run blast and added a three-run shot in the 3rd.  PC scored four times in the 2nd inning as Ginger and Shoemaker also doubled in runs while adding five runs in the 3rd as Ginger and Shoemaker once again drove in runs to go along with Butcher’s homer.   With two on in the 5th. Shoemaker drove in two more runs with a single giving her four in the contest.  In addition to Shoemaker’s two-hit 4 RBI performance, Butcher had three hits including the 2 home runs, her 5th and 6th of the season, to go along with 5 RBI. Haley Ginger had three hits, two runs scored and two runs driven in as the three drove in all 11 of the Cobra runs

Heavy rains forced the postponement of today’s Parkland vs Kankakee softball games.

The #10 Cobras (32-7) will now take on South Suburban at 3:00 on Friday at Parkland.

Defensive miscues help Quincy knock off Parkland

Four errors led to four unearned runs Wednesday to help the Quincy University JV to a 5-3 victory over the Parkland Baseball team. The loss ends the Cobras win streak at nine games and drops their record to (31-6).  The Cobras will host Spoon River starting at 2:00 on Friday afternoon in the start of a four game series against the Snappers.

The game started off well for PC as they got on the board first as Zach Pych doubled in the 2nd and later scored on a Cole Hamilton sacrifice fly. PC made it 2-0 in the fourth as Pych and Brendan Joyce both were hit by pitches and Will Duggins, running for Pych, would score on a Hamilton single.

Still up two runs, PC would commit a pair of errors in the 6th to help Quincy tie the contest off starter Jack Lambert. Lambert threw 6 solid innings allowing no earned runs on just five hits while striking out three. Despite giving up the lead, Lambert appeared to be in line for a well deserved win when the Cobras regained the lead in the bottom of the 6th as Will Troia walked and later scored on a Hawks error.

Conner Gremer came on in relief but was victimized by two more Cobra errors and a pair of his own walks to allow QU to score three times and take a 5-3 lead. Parkland would get the lead-off runner in the bottom of the 7th but he was wiped out on a double play ball to end the threat.

Softball keeps streak alive with win over UI Club Team
The #10 Cobra Softball team overcame a 1-0 deficit Wednesday as they rallied for a 4-1 win over the UI Club Team. The victory, the Cobras 15th straight, improves the team to (32-7) ahead of a 3:00 DH on Thursday at home against #13 Kankakee.

NJCAA D-II Pitcher of the Week Jaclyn Thomson got the start and she retired all six hitters she faced including four by strikeout. Unfortunately the Cobra offense also was equally ineffective as they also were retired in order in both the 1st and 2nd innings.

Lexie Black started the 3rd for PC and she had control problems, walking in a run with her third base on balls of the inning. With the bases loaded and two outs, she got the Club clean-up hitter to pop up to second to end the inning.  The Cobras would answer right back in the bottom of the 3rd as Lauren Spelich walked and later scored on a Haley Ginger single.

Still tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the 4th, PC would grab the lead for good as the Cobras took advantage of a pair of errors. PC would add an an insurance run in the 6th as Brigette Belt singled and later came home on a two-out single by Elissa Stewart.  The Cobras got outstanding relief pitching  from Sophie Catlin who retired all nine hitters she faced over the final three innings to earn the save and help Black get her 11th win of the season.

Parkland's Thompson Named NJCAA D-II Pitcher of the Week
Congratulations to Cobra Softball Pitcher Jaclyn Thompson (Serena HS) on earning the NJCAA D-II Pitcher of the Week honor.  The sophomore was a perfect 4-0 last week and did not allow a run in any of her four appearances. She started three games, tossing a shutout in each game, defeating Kankakee, Illinois Central and Lewis and Clark. She also picked up a win in relief against South Suburban. In 21.0 innings of work she allowed just 10 hits while walking four and striking out 25. For the season she is 12-1 with a 0.89 ERA. The Cobras went 10-0 last week, including 5 shutouts, and have now won 14 straight games.
In an interesting twist, Thompson and the #10 Cobras will take on Lincoln Land and the NJCAA D-II Player of the Week. Logger outfielder Morgan Heckman hit .517 last week with 6 home runs and 21 RBI to earn recognition as the top hitter.  The two teams are scheduled to square off this Saturday and Sunday with the M-WAC championship on the line.

Parkland Baseball Scheduling changes for this week and ICC Series
The Parkland College Baseball team has announced several scheduling changes for this week and for the ICC series in May.
Change 1: Wednesday April 19  Game 1 at 2:00  vs the Quincy University JV will be a varsity game and count towards the teams over-all record while Game 2 will be a JV game.
Change 2:  Friday April 21  Parkland will host Spoon River starting at 2:00 in the first two games of their four game series. There will be no games on Saturday April 22. Games 3 and 4 will be at 1:00 Sunday  April 23 at the University of Illinois Field.
Change 3:  Friday May 5 Parkland will play Illinois Central in East Peoria starting at 3:00. There will be no game on Saturday May 6. The series finale is still set for 1:00 Sunday May 7 in Champaign.

Cobra Spring sport teams continue to excel heading into final month of competition
All three Parkland Spring sports teams find themselves nationally ranked as they head into the final month of the season.   The Cobra Golf Team comes in at #11 as they have played in four of their five regular season spring tournaments, primarily against NCAA D-II, D-III, and NAIA competition. The highlight of the season has been the Cobras win at the Webster Invitational where Andreas Nielsen also earned medalist honors. The team has one more regular season tournament as they head to Decatur for the Weist Foundation Classic this Friday and Saturday.  Regionals are scheduled for April 30-May 1 with the top two teams and five best individuals advancing to Nationals at  Longview Golf Course in Mesa, Arizona May 23-26.
The Parkland Softball team is riding a 14 game winning streak and has moved up to #10 in the latest rankings released today.  The Cobras are 31-7 and lead the M-WAC race by a game over #18 Lincoln Land with eight conference games to play. Four of those games will be against the Loggers who they are scheduled to play this Saturday in Springfield and Sunday in Champaign.  Parkland also sits atop the Region 24 standings as we head into the final two weeks of competition. The Region 24 Tournament is set for May 4-6 @ the Eastside Center in East Peoria. The winning team will advance to Nationals May 17-20 in Clinton, Mississippi.  The runner-up will host a District Championship series May 11-12 against the Region 16 (Missouri winner) for a trip to Nationals.
The Parkland Baseball team has a nine-game winning streak of their own as they hold steady in the latest NJCAA D-2 Poll at #4.  They are 15-1 in M-WAC play with a two game lead over rival Danville with a month left in the regular season. Each team has either 3 or 4 four game series remaining. The Cobras and Jaguars are scheduled to play on the final weekend of the regular season on May 12-13.  The top six teams in the Region/M-WAC advance to Regional play with the top two earning a first-round bye. Regionals are scheduled for May 18-21 at Lincoln Land College in Springfield with the World Series set for Enid, Oklahoma May 27-june 3.
The three teams hope to continue the success of their fellow Cobra programs as five teams:  Volleyball, Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer, Men’s Basketball, and Women’s Basketball have all won M-WAC and Regional titles and advanced to nationals in their respective sports.  The Volleyball team won their 2nd straight National title while Women’s Soccer and Men’s Basketball finished 5th Nationally, Men’s Soccer 6th, and Women’s Basketball 8th.

Golf Team finishes 6th at Kampen Classic
The Parkland College Golf team fired a 592 (303-289) to finish 6th at the Kampen Classic held at the Allen-Ackerman Golf Course in West Lafayette, Indiana.  After finding themselves in 8th place after the opening round, the Cobras came back strong in round 2 finishing with the second lowest score of the round. 
Host Taylor University ran away with the title as they were -12 under par (290-276) to win by 10 strokes over 2nd place St. Francis.  Indiana Wesleyan was three more strokes back to finish in 3rd.
Taylor's Mitch Lamping won the individual title by shooting -5 (71-68 139) edging teammate Nick Waskorn by two strokes. 
Parkland's Garrett Hixenbaugh was the lowest Cobra shooting +2 (72-74 144) good enough for a tie for 11th place. Andreas Nielsen (75-73 148), Tyler Woods (76-72 148), and Christian Khachaturian (82-70 152) rounded out the Cobras top scores.  Other Cobra scores include Nick Patton (77-76 153), Connor Poffinbarger (78-77 155), Chris Tate (78-78 156), and Luke Baker (80-78 158).
Parkland will travel to Millikin this Friday and Saturday for the Weist Foundation Classic held at Red Tail Run GC in Decatur. PC will tee off at 1:00 Friday and Saturday at 9am. 

Rettig tosses 2nd no-hitter of year to help #4 Baseball sweep John Wood
Freshman hurler Jack Rettig tossed his second five inning no-hitter of the season in game 2 Saturday to help the #4 Parkland Baseball team to an 11-0 win over John Wood and a sweep of the four game series. PC won the opener 11-7 after taking both games yesterday 10-0 and 4-2. PC is now (31-5 15-1) and will host the Quincy University JV on Wednesday afternoon. 

Game 2:  Parkland 11 John Wood 0
Rettig improved to (7-0) with the win as he went five innings, walking three and striking out five. He tossed his first no-hitter in late February as the Cobras beat Schoolcraft MI. 10-0, also winning by the run rule after five innings.
PC struck quickly as Corey Wright led off the game with a double and Jordyn Muffley followed with a double of his own to make it 1-0. The Cobras blew the game open with a five run second inning. Kyle Khoury was hit by a pitch and Will Troia singled. Jonathan Brandt sacrificed the two runners over before Brendan Joyce doubled in a run, two runs came home on wild pitches while the final two runs of the inning scored on a Trysin Raikes two-run homer.  The Cobras would end the game by scoring five more times in the 5th. Raikes homered to start the inning and Troia and Brandt each drove home a pair. 

Game 1:  Parkland 11 John Wood 7
PC jumped out to an early 6-0 lead only to see the Blazers score five times in the 5th to cut the lead to one. The Cobra answered right back however with three runs in the 6th and two more in the 7th to take an 11-5 lead into the bottom of the inning. John Wood would hit a pair of solo home runs in their half but could get no closer.
Fahd Shakeel got PC on the board in the 1st with an RBI single. The Cobras tallied two more in the 2nd as Zach Pych doubled, Cole Hamilton tripled, and Corey Wright singled to make it 3-0. Raikes led off the 5th with a home run to push the lead to 4-0 and with two out Matt Zielonko was hit by a pitch, Brandt tripled in a run and he scored when Pych reached on an error. 
John Wood finally got to Cobra started Luke Smith in the 5th as Alejandro Garcia hit a two-run homer to start a five run uprising. Up by just a run, PC would score three times in the 6th.  Wright and Muffley both singled to start the inning and after a Raikes pop put, Fahd Shakeel hit a three-run home run to push the lead back to four.  Reliever Tyler McCulloch shut the Blazers down in the 6th and PC would score two more runs in the 7th as Muffley hit a two-run shot.  
Zak Whalin and Cornelius Lee would hit back to back home runs to start the 7th for John Wood. After a ground out, McCulloch would walk the next two hitters to keep the rally alive but he struck out the last two Blazer hitters to secure the victory.
Several Cobras has big days at the plate as Raikes hit 3 home runs giving him a team high 10 for the season. Muffley hit his 8th homer of the year while also scoring four runs and driving in three. Fahd Shakeel had three hits including his 3rd round tripper and also drove in four while Corey Wright also added three hits.

Winning streak hits 14 as Cobra sweep series versus Lewis and Clark
The #13 Parkland Softball wrapped up a perfect 10-0 week as they beat Lewis and Clark 13-4 and 8-0 Saturday to complete a four game sweep of the Blazers.  In their 10 victories this week, 5 were by shutout, including three by game two winner Jaclyn Thompson.  PC has now won 14 straight as they improve to (31-7 15-5) and will take some much deserved time off before getting back into action on Wednesday when they host the UI Club Team.

Game 1: PC 13 L&C 4
The Cobras collected 14 hits in the game with several players making big contributions.  Maddy Shoemaker had a HR as one of her three hits while scoring twice and driving in a pair.  Shelby Youngblood had four hits and scored two times, Amber Tabeling had 3 hits and 3 RBI, while Sophie Catlin had 2 hits, scored 3 times, and drove in three runs.  Lexi Black scattered eight hits and struck out two as she improved to (10-2) on the season. The Cobras scored four in the 1st and six more in the 2nd to race out to a 10-1 lead and never looked back as they won by the run rule.

Game 2:  PC 8 L&C 0
Jaclyn Thompson dominated once  again as she threw her third shutout in as many games. The sophomore allowed just three hits while walking two and striking out nine as she improved to (12-1) on the year.  Haley Ginger paced the offense with 3 hits, three runs scored, and a pair of RBI. Megan Magsamen added 2 hits and 2 runs batted in while Sophie Catlin and Makenna Butcher each had two hits and an RBI.

Baseball stays hot, take two from John Wood
The #4 Parkland College Baseball team kept their outstanding play going as they knocked off visiting John Wood 10-0 and 4-2.  The wins, the Cobras 6th and 7th straight, move them to (29-5 13-1) the two teams will finish up the four game series with a pair of games in Quincy.

Game 1:  Parkland 10 John Wood 0
Brady Schanuel tossed a one-hitter, walking two and striking out six in five innings of work.  The win moves Schanuel to (5-1) on the season.  The Blazers threatened in the 1st putting together a double and two walks to load the bases with only one out. But the sophomore right hander got a strikeout and a comebacker to end the threat.

Meanwhile the Cobra offense would score a run in the 1st on back to back doubles by Jordyn Muffley and Trystin Raikes. PC blew the game wide open by scoring seven times in the 3rd inning.  Fahd Shakeel's three run homer and Zach Pych's two run double were the big blows in the inning.  Raikes was the leader at the plate going 3-3 with 2 doubles and 2 runs scored.

Game 2:   Parkland 4  John Wood 2
The Cobras rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to pick up their 7th straight win. John Wood scored twice in the top half of the first as they put two men on and the first scored on a passed ball and the second on a wild pitch.   Down 2-0, the Cobras cut the margin in half in the bottom of the inning as Cory Wright manufactured a run by drawing a walk and stealing 2nd and 3rd, scoring on an errant throw by the catcher. The Cobras tied the game on an earned run as Jonathan Brandt walked and eventually came home on an error by the Blazer centerfielder.

PC would grab the lead in the 3rd as Raikes hit a solo home run over the left field wall to put the Cobras ahead. It was Raikes 7th HR of the year, tying him with Muffley for the team lead. The Cobras got a big insurance run in the 6th as Muffley doubled, Raikes walked, and Matt Zielonko doubled home Muffley.  After five solid innings by Cobra starter Evan Snyder, PC went to hurler Jaret Olson who retired six of the seven hitters he faced to pick up his second save. Snyder worked 5 solid innings allowing just 1 earned run on 2 hits while striking out 6 to improve to (3-1) on the year. 

Congratulations Coach Clutts on win #700
Long time Parkland College Softball Coach Chuck Clutts picked up win #700 today as his Cobras blanked Lewis and Clark 8-0 and 9-0. The 12 game winning streak gives Clutts a career record of 700-272-2 with 7 trips to Nationals including three National Runner-Up finishes.

His current team is now 29-7 and ranked #13 in the latest NJCAA D-2 Poll. The team is in first place in the Midwest-Athletic Conference and are on top of the Region 24 standings.

Softball blanks Lewis and Clark twice in M-WAC action
The #13 Parkland College Softball team ran their winning streak to 12 games Friday as they shutout M-WAC foe Lewis and Clark 8-0 and 9-0. The shutouts were the Cobras fifth of the week after also blanking Kankakee twice and Illinois Central once on Wednesday and Thursday.   Parkland now stands (29-7 13-5) while Lewis and Clark drops to (6-24 4-12). The two teams are scheduled to play another doubleheader on Saturday at 1:00 in Godfrey.
Game 1:  PC 8  Lewis and Clark 0
Sophie Catlin was the story as she tossed a four hit shutout, walking none and striking out five. The Monticello graduate also went 2-3 at the place including a two-run home run in the 1st to give the Cobras all the runs they would need. The homer was Catlin’s team high 8th of the season.  Catlin retired the first 10 hitters of the game before hitting a batter in the 4th. She put the Blazers down in order in four of the six inning allowing just two runners to reach 2nd base as she improved to (9-4).  Megan Magsamen’s two-run homer highlighted a four run 3rd inning and Maddy Shoemaker hit a solo shot in the 4th.  The homeruns were Magsamen’s 6th and Shoemaker’s 7th of the year. Shoemaker was  3-3 with three runs scored while Catlin and Kyliegh Basham each had two hits.
Game 2:  Parkland 9  Lewis and Clark 0
Shelby Youngblood crushed a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the 5th inning as PC won by the run rule.  Lexie Black (9-2) picked up the win as she did not allow a Blazer run, while giving up just  five hits and striking out six.  Megan Magsamen got PC on the board in the 1st with an RBI single and the Cobras plated three more in the 2nd as Taylor Jordan drove in a run with a single and Haley Ginger hit a two-run home run.  Leading 4-0, PC scored five times in the 5th to end the game early. PC pounded out 10 hits in the contest with Magsamen, Jordan, and Amber Tabeling each collecting two.

Muffley's three-run homer, leads Parkland to victory
The Parkland Baseball team got a big three-run homer from Jordyn Muffley in the bottom of the 7th inning to help rally the Cobras to a 14-10 win over the UI Club Team.  Muffley's round tripper, his team leading 7th of the season, helped give PC a 12-10 lead after falling behind 10-9 in the top of the inning.

Parkland raced out to a big early lead as they led 9-1 after just three innings.  Zach Pych delivered the big blow as he drove in three runs with a bases clearing double.  Unfortunately three Cobra relievers were roughed up by the Club as they allowed 9 runs on 9 hits and issued 7 free passes.
Down 10-9, Muffley's blast put PC back in front and the Cobras added two insurance runs  in the 8th to grab a four run lead.  After a rough 7th, Christian Sidoti worked a scoreless 8th and Corey Wright did the same in the 9th to secure the win.

Softball runs winning streak to 10 after sweep of Illinois Central
The #13 Parkland College Softball team ran their winning streak to 10 games Thursday as they swept Region 24 foe Illinois Central 1-0 and 7-6 in 8 innings.  The Cobras improved to (27-7) with the win and are in first place in the Region with a (13-5) record. PC will take on Lewis and Clark in a pair of M-WAC games starting at 2:00 Friday in Champaign. Parkland will go to Lewis and Clark for a 1:00 doubleheader on Saturday.

Game 1:  Parkland 1  Illinois Central  0
The Cobras tossed their third straight shutout in the opener as Jaclyn Thompson pitcher her second gem in as many days to earn the win.  Thompson (11-1) gave up just four hits while walking three and striking out three.  Parkland would score the only run of the contest in the 6th as Haley Ginger led off the inning with a single but was still at 2nd with two outs after a strikeout and ground out.  Sophie Catlin hit the first pitch up the middle for a single to score Ginger for the game winner. Thompson battled out of a jam in the 7th as the Cougars had runners on the corners with two out but she got the ICC lead-off hitter to fly out to center to end the game. Ginger paced the Cobra attack as she was a perfect 3-3.
Game 2:  Parkland 7  Illinois Central 6 8 innings
Haley Ginger roped a one out double off the left field wall in the bottom of the 8th to drive home the game winner and give the Cobras the sweep.  The game started out poorly for PC as ICC scored a pair of runs in the top of the 1st to grab the early lead.  Brigette Belt’s sacrifice fly scored Ginger in the bottom of the 1st to cut the margin to one.  The Cobras would grab the lead by scoring three times in the 2nd as they used three straight walks before a Maddy Shoemaker double drove in a pair and the third run came home on an Amber Tabeling walk.   Parkland had just the one hit in the inning but walked six times off three different Cougar pitchers.
The game remained 4-2 PC until the top of the 6th when ICC scored a run to cut the lead to just one.  Parkland would answer back as Ginger and Shoemaker both singled, moved into scoring position on a ground ball, and scored on a two run single by Catlin.   ICC would not be denied however as they used three straight hits to start the inning to make the score 6-4 and plated two more runs via sacrifice flies to tie the contest. The Cobras did not score in the bottom of the 7th to send the game to extra innings.
With the international tie-breaker in place, ICC started the inning with a runner at 2nd and she moved to 3rd on an infield ground out.  Relieve Lexie Black got a big strike out and then ended the inning with a another ground ball.  PC would also start the inning with a runner on second but after a strikeout, Ginger roped a 1-2 pitch over the left fielders head for a game winning double.   Ginger had three more hits in the finale as she went 6-7 on the afternoon with 3 runs scored. Maddy Shoemaker had two hits for PC who won despite getting out hit 12-6.  Black (8-2) earned the win by working a perfect inning in relief of Catlin.

Baseball goes extras to beat Millikin JV
The #4 Parkland Baseball team had to work overtime on Wednesday night but they came away with an 8-4 10 inning win over the Millikin JV in Decatur.

The Cobras controlled the game for the first seven innings as they grabbed a 4-0 lead and four different Parkland hurlers no-hit the Big Blue while striking out 13 during that time. Matt Zielonko got the Cobras on the board in the 2nd as he tripled and came home on a Millikin error.  PC would score two more times in the 5th as Matt Joyce walked stole 2nd and raced home on a Fahd Shakeel double.  Shakeel would also score as Mitch Matuszewski doubled.  Parkland would extend the lead to 4-0 as Nick Wisz and Zielonko singled and Wisz scored on a ground out. 

Up 4-0, Millikin would get to Cobra reliever Danny Caldwell for four runs, two earned, as they put together a rally with a hit, an error and three walks. Fellow reliever Logan Spalt would limit the damage however and the game would remain tied at 4 headed to extra innings. The Cobras would score four times in their half of the 10th as Luke Beesley delivered the big blow with a three-run double. Spalt worked 2.2 innings striking out four to pick up the win.

It was a mixed bag for Cobra pitchers as six pitchers combined to allow just two earned runs on two hits while striking out 18 but they did issue 8 walks on the afternoon. Zielonko and Cole Hamilton each had two hits while Beesley drove in three runs and Will Troia two.

#13 Softball gets double shutout in sweep of #12 Kankakee
Parkland pitchers Lexi Black and Jaclyn Thompson both went the distance Wednesday tossing complete game shutouts as the #13 Cobras stunned #12 Kankakee 5-0 and 4-0 in a non-conference doubleheader. The Cobras, winners of six straight improve to (23-7) while the Cavs drop to (25-9).

Game 1:  Parkland 5  Kankakee 0
Black scattered seven hits while striking out five to improve her record to (7-2). KCC did have several scoring opportunities but she and her teammates would leave 10 Cavalier runners on base. Black would get the only run she would need in the 2nd as MaKenna Butcher walked, Shelby Youngblood singled, and both runners moved up on an Elissa Stewart sacrifice bunt.  Haley Ginger followed with an RBI single to give PC a 1-0 lead. Sophi Catlin drove in the Cobras second run with a single in the 5th and Stewart doubled in a run in the 6th. Back to back RBI singles by Amber Tabeling and Butcher plated two insurance runs in the 7th. All nine Cobra hitters had a hit in the contest with Maddy Shoemaker, Brigette Belt, Catlin, Tabeling, and Youngblood each collecting two hits apiece.

Game 2:  Parkland 4  Kankakee 0
Sophomore Jaclyn Thompson earned her 10th win of the season as she dominated KCC by allowing just two hits while walking none and striking out eight.  She retired the last 11 hitters of the game as she improved to (10-1).  The game was a scoreless tie until the 5th when PC would grab the lead. Tabeling led off the inning with a single but the next two Cobra hitters flew out.  Haley Ginger kept the inning alive with a single and Shoemaker drove home Tabeling with a double. Up by just a run, PC would tack on three big runs in their final at bat.  The Cobras pounded out five hits in the inning with the big blows being Megan Magsamen's two run homer and Belt's RBI single.

#4 Cobra Baseball go on the road to sweep Heartland

The Cobras won a pair of games Sunday at Heartland as they took three of four in the series and remained in first place in the M-WAC. The Cobras are now (25-5 11-1) while the Hawks drop to (19-7 9-7). 

Game 1:  Parkland 6 Heartland 5
A day after the Cobras lost a game when HCC rallied in their final at-bat, this time the PC bullpen was able to work out of the jam and hang on for the win. The Hawks scored twice in the 7th to cut the PC lead to one but reliever Jarret Olson struck out the final two hitters with the tying and winning runs on base to preserve the win. Luke Smith picked up the victory as he allowed two earned runs on four hits while striking out six in six inning of work.

The Cobras scored twice in the 1st as Cory Wright singled and scored on Jordyn Muffley's double. Fahd Shakeel followed with an RBI single to score Muffley. Heartland got one run back in the bottom of the inning but PC would score two more in the 3rd. Muffley was hit by a pitch and Trystin Raikes ripped a two-run homer to increase the lead to 4-1. The Cobras added a single tally in the 4th when Matt Zielonko singled, stole 2nd, and moved to 3rd on a sacrifice before scoring on a suicide squeeze by Jonathan Brandt.  The Cobras added what ended up being a very important run in the 7th as PC loaded the bases by taking advantage of an error, a single, and a walk before Fahd Shakeel walked to force in a run. Raikes led the way with 2 hits and 2 RBI, Wright had two hits and Shakeel two runs batted in. Smith improved to (4-0) while Olson earned his first save.

Game 2:  Parkland 7  Heartland 2
Jack Retting and Evan Snyder combined to earn the victory while the Cobras broke away from a 2-2 tie by scoring twice in the 5th and three more times in the 7th.  PC scored single runs in both the 2nd and 3rd as Wright drove in a run with a single and Raikes hit his 6th home run of the season and second of the day in the 3rd. 

After HCC tied the game, Parkland would regain the lead by scoring twice in the 5th. Wright and Muffley led off the inning with back to back singles and Wright would later score on a wild pitch. Muffley would come home later in the inning on a Shakeel base hit. Up 4-2, the Cobras scored three times in the 7th to take control. Wright singled and stole second and later came home on another Shakeel single. Max Downs followed with a  single  of his own and Shakeel scored on a Hawk error. Jonathan Brandt drove home the final run of the day with a double.

Jack Rettig worked the first four innings allowing two runs on five hits as he improved to (6-0) with the win. Evan Snyder picked up his first save as he was outstanding in relief working three innings allowing no runs on just one hit while striking out five. Cory Wright led the offense going 3-3 with three runs scored and a pair of stolen bases. Raikes added two hits and two RBI while Muffley also had two hits. 

#12 Cobra Women ride strong pitching to sweep of Spoon River
The Parkland Softball team used two outstanding pitching performances Sunday to win both games of a doubleheader and sweep the four game series against Spoon River. The wins move PC into first place in the M-WAC as they are now (21-7 11-5) while the Snappers drop to (21-25 5-11).

Game 1    PC  6        SRC   1
The Cobras started game one off with two home runs in the first inning, one by Maddie Shoemaker and the other by Sophie Catlin, as  PC jumped out to an early lead. Three runs came in on the first inning home runs while the other scored on a Makenna Butcher double. In the 4th, Parkland added another run on Butcher’s second double of the day and she scored on Haley Ginger's single. The  final run was posted when Elissa Stewart reached on an error and scored on Ginger’s double.   SRC scored their lone run in the 6th on a double, wild pitch and an infield out.  Haley Ginger and Maddy Shoemaker both finished with  2 hits and 2 RBI, while  MaKenna Butcher had two hits and drove in one.  Jaclyn Thompson improved to 8-1 as she scattered 7 hits, while walking one and striking out 8.
Game 2    PC 8     SRC  0   (5 innings)
Sophie Catlin now 7-4, threw a masterful 1 hitter, striking out 6 and walking 1.  PC opened the scoring up in the 2nd when Amber Tabeling singled and scored on Lauren Spelich's deep sacrifice fly to right center. The Cobras put four more runs on the board in the 3rd.  Maddy Shoemaker opened the inning with a walk and then with two outs, Brigette Belt got hit by a pitch.  Kyliegh Basham doubled driving in Belt and Shoemaker, Tabeling followed with a single, and Shelby Youngblood doubled driving in Basham and Tabeling. The Cobras closed the game out in the bottom of the 5th with three runs, as Shelby Youngblood, Spelich, and Ginger all drove in a run. Youngblood led the offense with three hits, 3 RBI, and Ginger, Basham, and Tabeling all collected two hits.

#4 Cobras split with #25 Heartland
Tyler McCulloch tossed five shutout innings of relief Saturday to earn his first collegiate win, as he helped Parkland defeat rival Heartland 2-0 to give the Cobras a split of their M-WAC doubleheader. The Hawks used four walks and three hit batsmen to score four times in the 9th inning as they rallied to win game 1, by the score of 7-6.

Game 2: Parkland 2   Heartland 0
McCulloch was summoned from the pen in relief of Cobra starter in the 3rd inning and he was masterful allowing no runs on two hits to earn the win. Matt Zielonko drove in both Cobra runs as his infield ground out plated a run in the 4th and his 6th inning double scored the other. 

Game 1: Heartland 7 Parkland 6
The Cobras jumped out to an early 4-0 lead scoring four times in the 2nd and after the Hawks cut the lead to one, scored two ,more times in the 7th to grab a 6-3 lead.

In the 9th, PC would go to their pen and neither Cobra hurler could find the strike zone as the two walked four hitters and hit three, resulting in four Hawk runs. Parkland could not rally in the bottom of the 9th as they suffered their first conference loss of the season. Jordyn Muffley had two hits and drove in a pair while Max Downs also had two hits. Brady Schanuel tossed seven strong innings allowing two earned runs while striking out 7.

Cobra Softball gets back on track with sweep at Spoon River
The #12 Parkland College Softball got back to their winning ways Saturday as they went on the road to sweep Spoon River 7-2 and 12-1 in M-WAC action. The pair of wins moves the Cobras back into a first place tie with Danville in the conference, just a game ahead of Heartland and Lincoln Land.

Game 1:  Parkland 7  Spoon River 2
Lexie Black (6-2) shutdown the Snappers allowing one earned run while striking out six to earn the complete game win. PC jumped on top early as they scored a run in the 1st as Haley Ginger singled and came around on a Megan Magsamen single.  The Cobras tacked on two more in the 2nd as Shelby Youngblood singled and scored on Lauren Spelich's first collegiate home run.

After SRC cut the lead to 3-1 in the 5th, PC would put the game away with a four run 6th. Youngblood started the uprising with a single and she scored on a Ginger triple. Two more runs came home on a Brigette Belt single. Maddy Shoemaker had 3 hits while Ginger and Youngblood each had two.

Game 2: Parkland 12  Spoon River 1
The Cobras left little to doubt in game two as they scored seven times in the top of the 1st.  Maddy Shoemaker, Sophie Catlin, and MaKenna Butcher each hit two-run home runs to account for six of the seven runs.  The Cobras won the game in five innings as Haley Ginger cracked a two-run homer of her own. 

Ginger paced the attack with three hits, three runs scored and two RBI. Catlin drove in three and Shoemaker and Butcher each two.  The offensive outburst backed an outstanding pitching performance by Jaclyn Thompson (7-1) as she allowed just one run on five hits while striking out six.

Cobra Golfers move up, finish in tie for 8th at Wesleyan Invitational
The Parkland College Golf team fired a 304 Saturday and moved up five spots to finish in a tie for 8th place in the 21 team Illinois Wesleyan Invitational. The Cobras, who were the only two-year school in the field, had the third lowest team score for the final 18 holes.

Illinois Wesleyan easily won the team title with a (290-294 584), thirteen strokes better than runner-up Carthage College (293-304 597). Wesleyan's Daniel Cole was the individual medalist with a two-round total of (68-70 138).

Christian Khachaturian was Parkland's low man on day two as he shot a 73 for a 36-hole total of 152. He and teammate Andreas Nielsen (75-77 152) tied for 21st place out of 111 golfers. Garrett Hixenbaugh and Chris Tate both shot 77 to round out the scoring for PC.

Parkland is off until April 17 when they travel to West Lafayette, Indiana for the Taylor University Ackerman-Allen Invite.

Cobra Golf team struggles on opening day of Illinois Wesleyan Invite
A week after a strong performance resulting in a Co-Championship at the Webster University Invite, the Parkland Golf team struggled on the opening day of the Illinois Wesleyan Invitational.

Playing on the Ironwood Golf Course in Bloomington-Normal, PC shot a 308 on Friday, putting them in 13th place out of 21 teams after the opening 18 holes.  Host Wesleyan leads at the halfway point with a 290 while Carthage is in 2nd at 293 and Millikin in 3rd with a 296.  Wesleyan's Daniel Cole leads by two strokes after an opening round 68.

Parkland was led once again by Andreas Nielsen who carded a 75, good enough for a tie for 25th place. Tyler Woods scored a 76, Garret Hixenbaugh 78, and Christian Khachaturian a 79 to round out the Cobras scoring.

Cobra Softball drops pair to NJCAA D-3 #1 Rock Valley

The #12 ranked Parkland Softball team finally returned to the field Friday after a week full of rain and cancelled games.  The Cobras took on NJCAA D-3 #1 Rock Valley and PC dropped both games, losing 6-5 in 8 innings and 3-1.  The wins move RVC to (26-2) while Parkland drops to (17-7).

Game 1:  Rock Valley 6 PC 5  8 innings
The Cobras trailed 3-1 headed to the 7th but scored twice to send the game to extra innings. PC would score two more runs in the 8th to grab a 5-3 lead but the Golden Eagles would score three of their own to earn the win. Sophie Catlin took the loss allowing six runs on eight hits while also issuing six walks.  Maddy Shoemaker had two hits and Haley Ginger and Catlin each had two RBI.

Game 2:  Rock Valley 3  PC 1
Lexie Black threw a six hitter, allowing just three runs while striking out five, but the Cobra offense was silent as PC was swept.  RVC scored two in the 1st and one in the 3rd to grab an early lead and PC could only scratch across a single run, on a Maddy Shoemaker base hit in the 6th. 

More Softball Schedule Changes
  • April 6: Rock Valley has been moved to 3pm April 7 at Rockford.
  • April 11: 3pm at South Suburban
  • April 19 3:30 at Home vs UI Club Team

Changes in Schedule for Parkland-Heartland weekend series

Due to the anticipated cold and wet weather over the next 48 hours, the Parkland vs Heartland Series has been altered.
Friday @ Heartland postponed
Saturday (stays the same) Home at 1:00
Sunday 1:00 PC @ Heartland

Cobras tie for 1st at Gorlock Invite, Nielsen earns medalist honors
Rain shortened Day 2  of the Webster University Gorlock Invitational held at the Aberdeen Golf Club and the Sunset Country Club in St. Louis.

The Cobras, who led after the opening 36 holes, finished in a 1st place tie after the event was cancelled due to heavy rains.  Both PC and the Big Blue shot 439 to defeat 3rd place Webster by 6 strokes. Wisconsin Lutheran and Nebraska Wesleyan rounded out the top 5 in the 11 team field.

Parkland's Andreas Nielsen fired a 36 for his 9 holes on Monday, earning him Medalist honors by one stroke over a trio of golfers. First round leader Chris Tate struggled to a 41 on day two and finished in a tie for 7th place. Christian Khachaturian shot 39 to finish in a tie for 9th, to round out Cobra placers in the top 10.

Next up for the Cobras will be a trip to Bloomington on April 7-8 to take part in the Illinois Wesleyan Invite held at Ironwood GC

Parkland Golf fires 287 leads Gorelock after 18
The Parkland Golf team fired a season low 287 Saturday to grab a seven stroke lead over host Webster after the opening round of the Gorelock Invite.
Sophomore Chris Tate fired a 69 to grab the individual lead by a stroke. Teammate Andreas Nielsen is just two back in 4th at 71 and Christian Khachaturian one back at 72.  Garrett Hixenbaugh 75 and Tyler Woods 77 rounded out the scoring for PC.

Smith tosses no hitter to lead Cobras to four game sweep
Luke Smith tossed an opening game no hitter and the Cobras rallied late in game for a 3 2 extra inning win, giving them a four game sweep of rival Lincoln Land.

Game 1: PC 7 LLCC 0
Smith was masterful tossing the no hitter while walking 1 and striking out 12.  PC scored all their runs in the 2nd and 3rd innings to give Smith more than enough support.

Fahd Shakeel started the second by reaching on an error and scored on a Zach Pych single. Singles by Brandon Joyce and Jonathan Brandt loaded the bases.

Wright's grand slam gives #7 Cobras sweep of #8 Lincoln Land


Cory Wright hit a grand slam home run with two outs in the top of the 7th inning and Jarret Olson was nearly perfect in four innings of relief, as the pair helped guide the #7 Parkland Baseball team to an 8-5 win over #8 Lincoln Land in game two of the M-WAC doubleheader. PC won the opener 10-2 as the Cobras swept the Loggers in Springfield.  Parkland improves to (20-4 6-0) while LLCC drops to (16-6 6-4). The teams will play two more games on Sunday, starting at 1:00 in Champaign.

Game 2:  Parkland 8  Lincoln Land 5
Wright saved the day for the Cobras as he delivered the big hit as PC was down to their final out. After a strikeout to start the inning, Cole Hamilton followed with a pinch-hit single. After another strikeout, pinch hitter Matt Zielonko walked as did Brandon Joyce to load the bases. Wright's homer, his second of the season, came on a 1-0 pitch.

Cobra reliever Jarret Olson struck out the side in the bottom of the 7th to earn the victory. Olson worked four perfect innings allowing no runs on no hits while walking one and striking out eight. He struck out six of the final seven hitters he faced. It was Olson's first appearance of the season as he was a member of the Cobra Basketball team that did not finish their season until just one week ago today.

The Cobras jumped out to quick 2-0 lead after only three batters but gave the lead right back as PC starter Daniel Lloyd was wild allowing four runs in the bottom of the 1st as he walked four and hit two batters in the opening inning. PC would scored an unearned run in the 5th to cut the deficit to two and Jordyn Muffley hit his 6th homer of the season, a solo shot in the 6th, to get PC to within one run and set up the Cobra rally.

Wright was 2-4 in the game with two runs scored and four RBI while Muffley had two hits, scored twice, and drove in a pair.

Game 1:  Parkland 10   Lincoln Land 2
The Cobras broke open a close game by scoring three times in the 7th and four more in the 9th to pull away for the win. PC got on the board in the 1st as Cory Wright led off the game with a double and scored on a Trystin Raikes single.  Jordyn Muffley would drive in two runs in the 2nd to give PC an early 3-0 lead before Lincoln Land would chip away scoring a run in the 3rd and another in the 5th. 

Up just 3-2 in the 7th, Parkland would take advantage of a pair of Logger errors to score three times in the inning.   Two runs came home on a throwing error while Raikes droves in a run with a sacrifice fly.
In the 9th, PC would tack on more insurance runs as Muffley, Raikes,and Fahd Shakeel all had RBI singles and Zach Pych had a sac. Fly of his own.    Muffley continued his hot streak going 3-5 with three RBI and two runs scored.  Raikes had 2 hits and drove in three while Wright had two hits and scored four times.   Brady Schanuel worked six solid innings to pick up the win as he allowed one earned run on five hits while walking three and striking out seven as he improved to (4-1).  Ty McCulloch and Tom Chesarek were outstanding in relief as the pair worked three scoreless innings, giving up just two hits while striking out two.

Cobra Softball settles for split vs Danville Area
The Cobras came out swinging to beat rival Danville Area College 7-1 in the opener but the Cobra  bats were silent in game 2 as the Jaguars shutout PC 1-0 in the finale.  DACC moves to (16-6 7-3) with the split while Parkland falls to (16-4 6-4). The two teams will be right back at it on Sunday with a 1:00 doubleheader at Danville.
Game 1: Parkland 7  Danville 1
Parkland would jump out to a 1-0 lead in the first and never looked back as they pulled away for the victory.  Brigette Belt got the Cobras on the board as her two out single in the first drove home Maddy Shoemaker.  The Cobras struck for three in the 3rd as Shoemaker and Megan Magsamen walked and Sophie Catlin singled to load the bases.  Belt’s ground ball scored the first run and Amber Tabeling and Lauren Spelich followed with RBI singles. DACC tallied a single run in the 4th and PC would get that run back on a Tabeling single in the 5th.  Up 5-1, PC scored twice in the 6th as Haley Ginger singled, Shoemaker doubled and Magsamen and Catlin both drove home runs with sacrifice flies.   Tabeling and Belt each had two hits and two RBI in the win, while Shoemaker scored three times.  Lexie Black improved to (5-1) as she went the distance allowing one unearned run on six hits.

Game 2:   Danville 1 Parkland 0
The Jaguars got the only offense they would need to win the night cap as Hannah Sheppard hit a line drive solo shot in the 3rd inning, her third HR of the year, to pick  up the victory.   The Cobras Jaclyn Thompson and the Jaguars Morgan Laws were lock in a pitchers dual all afternoon with each hurler only allowing three hits.  Sheppard had all 3 of DACC’s hits while the rest of the team went 0-20 against Thompson.  Parkland had only four base runners in the game with only one, Sophie Catlin in the 4th, making it to 2nd base.   Catlin had two of the three PC hits while Tabeling picked up the other. Laws meanwhile was dominating PC tossing a three-hit shutout, walking none and striking out seven. She retired the final nine Cobra hitters in order. Laws improves to (8-0) with the win while Thompson drops to (5-1).

Parkland-Lincoln Land Baseball series to flip locations
The battle for the top of the M-WAC and Region 24 standings will now start in Springfield Saturday as Parkland and Lincoln Land flipped sights due to wet grounds.

The #7 Cobras (18-4 4-0) will now travel to the #8 Loggers (16-3 6-2) for a 1:00 Saturday DH with the two teams wrapping up the series with a pair of games in Champaign on Sunday at 1:00.

The Softball series between Parkland and Danville is currently still set for the #6 Cobras (15-3 5-3) to host the Jaguars (15-5 6-2) on Saturday at 1 before PC heads to DACC for a 1:00 DH the following day.

Muffley hits 3 home runs and Cobra hurlers dominate, as Baseball sweeps Lewis and Clark
Jordyn Muffley hit three home runs and drove in nine, while five Parkland pitchers combined to allow just one run on four hits on the afternoon, as the #7 Parkland Baseball team swept Lewis and Clark  by the scores of 12-1 and 10-0. The wins give PC a sweep of the four game series and improves the Cobras to (18-4 4-0). Muffley hit a pair of home runs in each game and now has 5 home runs and 32 runs batted in for the season.

The Cobras grabbed a quick 1-0 lead in the first as Cory Wright led the game off with a triple and Muffley followed with an RBI single. In the second PC would tack on two more as Wright and Muffley both drove in runs.  Leading 3-1 in the 4th, PC would score four times to break the game open. Jonathan Brandt tripled and came home on a Cole Hamilton double. Hamilton scored on a Wright single, Trystin Raikes drove home Wright with a base hit, and Fahd Shakeel had the final RBI in the inning with a sacrifice fly.  The Cobra added five more runs in the 7th with Muffley's first home run, a  three run blast being the big blow.

Luke Smith had his best start of the season as he earned the win going five innings allowing just one unearned run on one hit while walking none and striking out six. Daniel Lloyd struck out two in an inning  of relief while Conner Gremer struck out one as he worked the 7th.  Offensively, Cory Wright was 4-5 with four runs scored and two RBI while Muffley was 3-4 with a homer and five runs batted in.

Game 2:
It was more of the same in the series finale, as PC used the long ball and more solid pitching to get the sweep. Jack Rettig got the start and threw four shutout innings allowing just one hit walking walking none and striking out five. Ty McCulloch struck out the side in his only inning of relief work. 

At the plate, PC scored three times in the 1st as Muffley hit a two-run homer and Raikes followed with a solo shot. It was Raikes 4th home run of the season.  Muffley would hit his third home run in as many at-bats, a  solo shot in the 2nd, it was the catcher/DH's 5th homer of the season. Fahd Shakeel would drive home the final run in the inning with a triple. Leading 5-0, the Cobras scored five times in the 5th and ended the game by the run rule.

Muffley was 3-4 in the finale with 2 home runs and 4 RBI. Raikes also had three hits with a home run and two RBI and Cory Wright had two more hits and scored twice.  On the day, Wright was 6-9 with 6 runs scored while Muffley was 6-8 with 9 runs driven in.

#6 Cobra Softball rally to split with John Wood
Despite playing on their own diamond, the Cobras were the visitors Tuesday since the games were originally scheduled for John Wood but were moved due to wet grounds in Quincy.  After PC failed to score in the top of the first, the Blazers would score all of their runs in the bottom of the inning.   John Wood put together five hits and a walk and took advantage of two big errors to score six times, four of them unearned. The Cobras would cut the deficit in half in the second as they scored three runs of their own on five singles. PC would load the bases in the 3rd with nobody out but a strikeout and two pop ups ended the threat. The Cobras went down in order in the 4th but stranded five runners over the final three innings and left a total of 12 on for the game. Katie Kuska had went 3-3 while Amber Tabeling and Haley Ginger each added two hits.

Game 2:  Parkland 7  John Wood 5 8 innings
The Cobras fell behind early as the Blazers scored twice in the 1st to grab a 2-0 lead. That would remain the score until the 5th when the Cobras would strike for two of their own to tie the contest.  After a lead-off walk and a sacrifice, Maddy Shoemaker reached on an error to put runners at the corners with one out.  Lauren Spelich would come home on a wild pitch and Sophie Catlin delivered a sacrifice fly to center to tie the game at 2.   Parkland appeared to be in good shape to win the game as they scored three times in the top of the 7th.  With two outs and nobody on, the next two Cobra hitters reached on errors before Catlin stroked an RBI single to right. Briggette Belt followed with a double off the fence to drive in two more as the Cobras grabbed a 5-2 lead going to the bottom of the 7th.
John Wood would take little time to rally as the used a walk and back to back singles to load the bases. A sac. Fly made it 5-3 and back to back singles would tie the game. Parkland would intentionally walk the next hitter to load the bases with one out and it promptly paid off as the next Blazer hitter lined back to the pitcher and the runner was caught off first to end the inning. In the top of the 8th, the two teams went to international rules as Katie Kuska started the inning at 2nd base.  After a strike out, PC would load the bases with a single and walk but Maddy Shoemaker popped out to second to keep the bases loaded but now with two outs. Megan Magsamen drilled the first pitch she saw into right center driving in two runs to give the Cobras a 7-5 lead. In the bottom of the inning,  Lexie Black retired the side in order to earn her 4th win of the season, as she allowed three earned runs over eight innings of work.
Magsamen, Catlin, and Belt each drove in 2 runs while Tabeling and Spelich each had two hits for the victorious Cobras.

Softball Schedule Changes

  • The game scheduled for today (Friday March 31) has been postponed due to wet grounds. The game has been rescheduled for Tuesday April 4 @ So. Suburban.
  • The Cobras Softball game scheduled for Weds March 29 @ Olney Central has been moved to Tuesday April 25 at 3:00 in Olney.

Cobra Golf Team ties for 3rd at Purgatory Invitational
The Parkland College Golf team opened the season with a solid performance as they finished 3rd at the Purgatory Intercollegiate in Noblesville, Indiana.  After shooting a 310 on Friday, PC carded a 303 on Saturday to tie Wheaton College at 613.  The two teams finished just one stroke out of 2nd as Taylor University ran away with the team title by 23 strokes.

Alec Dutkowski of Taylor was the medalist as he shot an even par 144 (70-74) one stroke better then teammate Mitch Lamping. Parkland's Andreas Nielsen fired a 150 (76-74) and finished in 4th place. Fellow Cobra Garret Hixenbaugh tied for 8th place as he shot 152 (78-74).

Parkland is back in action next weekend at the Gorlock Invite hosted by Webster University in St. Louis.
Parkland Scores:
Nielsen      150          
Hixenbaugh 152
Khachaturian   155
Tate                156
Patton            156
Poffinbarger  156
Baker     158
Woods    160

Women drop final game at D-2 Nationals to place 8th
The Parkland Women's Basketball team came up with a valiant second half Saturday effort but it wasnt enough, as they dropped an 80-73 decision to Guilford Tech of North Carolina in the 7th and 8th place game.  The Cobras could never get their shooting untracked as they fell behind 48-32 at the half before rallying after intermission.

Avery Hamm kept PC in the game during the opening half as the sophomore hit 4 of 8 from behind the arc as she scored 14 points. Payton Bieber added 7 first half points but the rest of the team shot just 3 of 16.  Parkland came back strong in the third quarter out scoring Guilford 24-14 and actually tied the contest at 62 on two Layne Buzan free throws with 8:14 left.  From their the cold shooting returned as PC was outscored 18-11 down the stretch.

Hamm led the way with 18 points while Bieber added 11.  Kyra Washington came off the bench for a double-double as she scored 14 points and grabbed 11 boards. Kerstyn Lowery finished with 8 points, 5 assists, and 10 rebounds.  The Cobras  shot just 32% for the game and made only 11 of 19 free throws.

Parkland finishes the season in 8th place with a record of (27-8). Congratulations go out to the sophomores who went (51-17) with two M-WAC titles, a Region 24 title, and a trip to Nationals.

Late push sends Cobra Men to 5th Place @ NJCAA D-2 Nationals
The Parkland College Men's Basketball team was not going to be denied a 5th place finish or their 30th win Saturday as they pulled away late for an 81-70 victory over Grand Rapids. The win improved PC to 30-4 on the season and they improved by a place on their 6th place finish in 2016.

PC got out of the gates quickly as they raced out to a 21-9 lead after the opening 10 minutes. Grand Rapids would slowly chip away at the lead however and found themselves down 5 at 33-28 at the break. PC shot 52% to 37% for GR  but committed 11 first half turnovers.

The second half was a tightly contested affair with the Raiders finally tying the game at 43 with 14:31 left.  Grand Rapids would take their only lead of the game at 59-57 on an Arthur Pearson three with 7:47 left but the Cobras would then go on an 11-0 run to take control. Terrion Howard started the rally with a pair of free throws to tie the game and Grant Gibson drilled a three to make it 62-59. Luke Beesley made a pair of free throws , and Jarrett Olson and Beesley both made baskets to put the lead at 68-59 with 2:42 to go. The Cobras would make 11 of 13 free throws over the final 90 seconds to secure the win.

Beesley concluded an outstanding National tournament with another double-double scoring 16 points and grabbing 12 boards. The Champaign Central sophomore, averaged 14 points and 9 rebounds per game in the four games in Danville.  Grant Gibson came up big with 14 points. Chelby Frazier made 9-10 free throws to finish with 13 points and 7 boards, while Terrion Howard added 12 points and 3 assists.  The Cobras shot 47% for the game, made 21-26 free throws, and out rebounded the Raiders 40-27. Grand Rapids, who had four players in double figures, was led by Jeffrey Drake-Todd with 22 points.

Congratulations to the sophomores on a two-year record of (54-19), a 5th and 6th place finish at Nationals and two Region 24 and M-WAC titles!

Baseball rallies for sweep of Lewis and Clark
The #5 Parkland Baseball team snatched victory from the jaws of defeat Friday as they scored three times in the 8th and one in the 9th to rally to defeat Lewis and Clark 7-6 to complete a two game sweep of the Blazers. PC won the opener 9-4. The wins move PC to (16-4 2-0) while Lewis & Clark stands (4-11 3-3). The two teams will wrap up the series with two games Sunday in Godfrey starting at 2:00. 
Brady Schanuel worked seven solid innings and the Cobras scored five runs late to pull away for the win.  The Cobras jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the 2nd as Zach Pych reached on an error, Jonathan Brandt singled, and Cole Hamilton followed with an RBI single. Cory Wright followed with an RBI single and Hamilton raced home on an error by the right fielder. Lewis and Clark would score twice in the 4th to cut the lead to one but PC got one of those runs back in the 5th as Jordyn Muffley singled and came home on a Trystan Raikes double.
Up 4-2, in the 7th, PC broke the game open scoring three more runs as Raikes and Fahd Shakeel started the inning with singles and Mitch Matuszewski followed with an RBI single. Max Downs drove in a run with a sac fly while Pych grounded into a fielder’s choice to score another run.  Raikes was 4-5 with 2 runs scored in the game while Cory Wright had 3 hits and Hamilton a pair. Schanuel went 7 innings allowing just one earned run on one hit, while walking two and striking out five.

PC and L&C went to extra innings in game two and the Blazers scored three times in the top of the 8th and appeared to be headed for a split before the Cobras rallied. Raikes started the inning with a base hit, Downs was hit by a pitch, and Pych followed with a single to make it 6-4.  With runners at 1st and 2nd with nobody out, Brendan Joyce attempted a sacrifice bunt but the Blazer third baseman threw the ball away allowing the tying run to score. After Logan Spalt retired the side in order in the 9th, Cory Wright started the bottom of the inning by getting hit by a pitch and stealing second. After a strikeout, Jordyn Muffley singled to put runners at the corners before Raikes was walked intentionally to load the bases. Wright would race home on a wild pitch with the game winner.
Zach Pych and Jordyn Muffley both had two hits in the game while Wright reached base four times and stole four bases.  Spalt picked up his second win of the season as he worked 1.2 innings, allowing one run on two hits while striking out two.

Parkland Golf stands 3rd after opening day of Taylor University Open
Playing in warm but windy conditions, the PC Golf team shot a 310 on Friday, good enough for 3rd place after the opening day of the Purgatory Intercollegiate hosted by Taylor University at the Purgatory CC in Noblesville, Indiana.   The Cobras are third in the 15 team field with 18 more holes to play on Saturday.  Taylor’s A team has the lead at 297 while their “B” team is in second at 307, just three strokes ahead of the Cobras. Holy Cross and Wheaton College are in 4th and 5th with scores of 312 and 313 respectively. The Cobras are the only two-year college in the field.
Alec Dutkowski of Taylor is the individual leader with a score of 70, while Joey Medora is in 2nd three strokes back.  Parkland was paced by Andreas Nielsen who carded a 76. Two Cobras competing as individuals, Luke Baker and Nick Patton, fired 76 and 77 respectively. Consistency was evident for PC as seven of the eight players scored between 76-78.
Parkland Scores
Nielsen               76
Tyler Woods     78
Christian Khachaturian  78
Chris Tate          78
Garrett Hixenbaugh 78
Luke Baker         76
Nick Patton        77
Connor Poffinbarger 80

Parkland Women beat Mesa to advance to Consolation Title/7th place game
The Cobra Women put up another strong effort Friday as they outlasted #4 Mesa 66-57 to move into the Consolation Title game against Guillford Tech NC.   A win would earn the Cobras (26-7) a 7th place finish in the tournament.
After Mesa jumped out to a quick 8-2 lead, PC responded with a 26-6 run to take a 28-14 lead after just one quarter. PC could not find the basket in the 2nd half, as they scored just seven points in the second quarter, all at the free throw line as Mesa cut the lead to 35-33 at the half.  In the second half, both teams would grab the lead and with just 1:06 left, PC clung to a 58-57 lead. The Cobras perfectly executed an inbounds play with Kerstyn Lowery feeding Layne Buzan for a lay-up and free throw for a 61-57 lead. The Cobra made 5-6 free throws while Mesa missed all five of their shots as PC pulled away for the win.
Buzan led PC with a double-double as she scored 11 points and grabbed 11 boards. Kerstyn Lowery had 15 points, Karlee Ziliak 13, and Kyra Washington came off the bench to add 12. The Cobras bench outscored Mesa 23-12 to help secure the

Parkland Men shoot bye Pima, to play for 5th on Saturday
The Parkland Men came out firing on Friday, knocking down nine treys in the opening half, as they built a 51-33 half time lead on the way to a 104-90 win over Pima CC of Arizona. The victory improves the Cobras to (29-3) and they will take on Grand Rapids CC at 2:00 Saturday in the 5th place game.
After a couple of poor shooting performances, PC came out hot as they shot 54% in the opening 20 minutes, building an early double digit lead.  The lead would grow to as many as 25 in the second half as PC took advantage of a pair of technical fouls to grow the lead to 66-41 with 15 minutes remaining. The second half would be a foul plagued affair with the two teams combining to shoot 50 free throws. Fortunately, PC would make 26-33 in the second half as the Aztecs could get no closer than 14 the rest of the way.
Four Cobras finished in double figures as Cornelius McIntosh led the way with 17 points and 7 boards, as he went 8-10 at the line.  Terrion Howard was 3-3 in the first half from behind the arc and finished with 11 while Courtez Dixon and Jarret Olson each had 10 points. Luke Beesley added 9 points, 7 boards, and 3 assists while the trio of Joe Larry, Rhony Mouliom, and March Latham all had 9 points as well.  Pima had six guys in double figures with Alize Travis pacing the attack with 18.

Softball makes quick work of John Wood in M-WAC doubleheader
The #7 Parkland Softball team held John Wood to just one run on the afternoon as they swept the Blazers 3-1 and 10-0 in M-WAC action in Champaign.  The victories improve PC to (14-2 4-2) while the Blazers fall to (2-14 2-4).
The two teams are scheduled to play a 1:00 doubleheader in Quincy on Sunday.
After John Wood would grab an early 1-0 lead, PC would take the lead with a two-run homer off the bat of Brigette Belt in the 4th.  Maddy Shoemaker added an insurance run as she walked, stole 2nd and 3rd, and scored on a JW error. That would be all the runs Jaclyn Thompson (5-0) would need as she tossed a complete game win allowing one run on seven hits while striking out nine.  Belt had three of the Cobras seven hits in the win.
PC wasted little time in the night cap as they scored four times in both the first and second innings and cruised to the five inning win.  After starting the inning with two walks and a single. Sophie Catlin would clear the bases with a three run double. Leading 4-0 PC Catlin would drive in two more runs with a  home run.  Shoemaker added a two-run home run of her own in the 3rd.  Catlin was 3-3 with 2 runs scored and 5 RBI in the game. Catlin helper own cause as she also picked up the win, tossing a four-hit shutout striking out six to improve to (6-1).

NJCAA Basketball 03/24/2017 Schedule 

NJCAA D-2 Men's Basketball @ Danville:
  • Consolation Bracket:
    9:00   Waubonsee CC vs Johnson County
    11:00 Macomb vs Essex
  • Winner's Bracket:
    1:00   Parkland vs Pima
    3:00   Grand Rapids vs Niagra
  • Championship Bracket:
    6:30   #1 SW Iowa vs #5  Richard Bland VA
    8:30   #2 South Suburban vs #3 Louisburg NC
NJCAA D-2 Women's Basketball @ North Harrison, AR.
  • Consolation Bracket:
    11:00  Guillford Tech vs Moraine Valle
    1:00    Parkland vs Mesa
  • Winners Bracket:
    3:00    Cincinnati State vs Essex
  • Championship Bracket:
    6:00    #2 Johnson County vs  #3Monroe College NY
    8:00    #1 Kirkwood vs #5 Kankakee
NJCAA D-1 Men's Basketball @ Hutchinson, KS
  • Championship Bracket:
    6:00   #4 Hutchinson KS vs #8 NW Florida
    8:00   #2 South Plains TX vs #6 East Florida State
NJCAA D-2 Women's Basketball @ Lubbock TX
  • Championship Bracket:
    6:00   #1 Gulf Coast FL vs #5 Salt Lake City UT
    8:00   #6 Trinity Valley TX. vs #10 Shelton State AL

Parkland Women use 4th quarter run to stay alive at NJCAA D-II Women's Nationals
The Parkland Women used 12-0 run in 4th quarter to pull away from Dakota County 52-41 at the NJCAA National Tournament in Arkansas. They will take on #4 Mesa at 100 Friday in the consolation semi-finals.

Up 36-34, PC went to a zone press forcing Dakota Co. into turnovers, resulting in the twelve point run.Despite having an off day shooting, PC was able to pull away due to a strong defensive effort. Karlee Ziliak was the lone Cobra in double figures with 12 points. She also grabbed 8 rebounds and had 3 assists. Peyton Bieber added 9 points and 5 boards while Charity God bold came off the bench to add 9 points as well.

Missed chances doom Cobra Men in NJCAA Quarterfinal loss to Richard Bland
On a night where the Parkland Men left it all out on the court, it was a run of missed opportunities that doomed the Cobras as they dropped a heartbreaking 71-65 game to Richard Bland CC of Virginia. The loss sends the Cobras into a 1:00 game on Friday against Pima CC of Arizona. The Aztecs lost an 81-75 decision to #1 SW Iowa earlier on Thursday.

After a quick start, that saw the Cobras take a 14-12 lead with 11:33 to go in the opening half, RB went on a 19-7 run to grab a 10 point lead at 31-21 with 5:09 remaining. PC would cut the margin to four only to see the Statesmen convert a three-point play with 0.1 left to push the lead to 39-32 at the break. The margin remained close due to outstanding free throw shooting that saw the Cobras make 17-20 in the half.  Richard Bland dominated in every other aspect as they out shot PC 62% to 26% and controlled the boards 19-8.

The Cobras would come out with all of the energy in the second half as they grabbed the lead at 45-44 with 15:41 to go.  Parkland would extend the lead to 54-50 with 10:46 but a a string of seven straight scoreless possessions (3 turnovers, 3 missed shots, and a missed 1-1) kept PC from extending their lead.

A Grant Gibson three and Luke Beesley lay-up gave the Cobras their biggest lead of the game at 59-53 at the 6:44 mark and PC still had a four point lead at 63-59 with 4:50 left after Chelby Frazier made a pair of free throws. From there, PC missed three golden opportunities to extend their lead but came up empty.  The Statesmen would eventually take advantage, as they made 1 of 2 free throws and got a rebound bucket to cut the lead to 63-62 with 2:35 left.

After another Cobra miss, Bland followed with a Jaquan Mooten bucket to give them their first lead since the 13:50 mark.  The Cobras missed a long three and Myles Markland made a shot to extend the lead to 66-63 with 1:05 remaining.  Cornelius McIntosh's lay-up with 55.8 got the Cobras back within one but Wooten would score again and PC would turn the ball over forcing the Cobras to foul and send the Statesmen to the line. They were able to make 3-4 free throws  in the final 30 seconds, while PC could not connect from the field, as RB secured the victory.

Luke Beesley continued his outstanding post-season play as he finished with 14 points, 6 boards, and 3 assists before fouling out with 1:50 to go. Cornelius McIntosh and Chelby Frazier both finished with 10 points apiece.  Richard Bland was led by Deandre Clark with 17 and Gevon Arrington with 16. Bland shot 52% for the game to 38% for the Cobras and dominated the glass 35-21. PC stayed close by forcing 22 turnovers and making 23 of 29 free throws.

Parkland Women beat Dakota County at NJCAA D-2 Nationals
The Parkland College Women used a 15-7 advantage in the final quarter as they pulled away for a 52-41 win over Dakota County. The victory moves the Cobras into the consolation semi-finals on Friday at 1:00 against the winner of this afternoon’s game between Mesa CC and Chesapeake MD.   Leading by just two going into the final quarter, PC used a 12-0 spurt to start the quarter to secure the win. (More details to follow)

Changes to Parkland College Softball Schedule for Weekend

Due to the pending inclement weather over the weekend, the Parkland College Softball team has made the following changes:
  • Friday March 24, 1pm, John Wood @ Parkland
  • Saturday March 25 No Games
  • Sunday March 26, 1pm, Parkland @ John Wood

Baseball Schedule Changes for weekend series with Lewis and Clark
Due to expected heavy rain on Saturday, the following changes have been made to the Parkland College Baseball schedule for their weekend series with Lewis and Clark
  • Friday March 24 Parkland will host the Blazers in a 1pm doubleheader
  • Sunday March 26  Parkland will travel to L&C for a 2pm DH.

Basketball Schedule for D-2 Women

Wednesday March 22:
  • Game 7 11:00  Mesa vs Essex County
  • Game 8  1:00   Kankakee vs Chesapeake
  • Consolation Bracket:
    Game 9  3:00  Macomb vs Guilford Tech
  • Winner's Bracket:
    Game 10 6:00  Monroe CC NY vs St. Louis CC
    Game 11 8:00  Johnson County vs Kalamazoo Valley
Thursday March 23
  • Consolation Bracket
    Game 12 9:00  Moraine Valley vs Lackawanna
    Game 13 11:00 Parkland vs Dakota County
    Game 14  1:00  Loser Game 7 vs Loser Game 8
    Game 15  3:00  Loser 10 vs Loser 11
  • Winner's Bracket:
    Game 16: 6:00  Kirkwood vs Cincy State
    Game 17  8:00  Winner 7 vs Winner 8

Basketball Schedule for D-II Men
Wednesday March 22
  • Game 7 11:00  Louisburg NC vs St. Louis CC
  • Game 8  1:00   Essex County NJ vs Grand Rapids MI
  • Consolation Bracket
    Game 9  3:00   Waubonsee vs Southern Maryland
    Game 10:6:00  Johnson County vs Cincy State
    Game 11: 8:00  Dakota County vs Macomb MI
Thursday March 23
  • Consolation Bracket
    Game 12 11:00 Loser Game 7 vs Loser Game 8
  • Winner's Bracket
    Game 13: 1:00 Pima vs Southwestern Iowa
    Game 14: 3:00 Niagra Co. vs South Suburban
    Game 15  6:00 Parkland vs Richard Bland VA
    Game 16  8:00 Winner Game 7 vs Winner Game8
If Parkland wins Game 15 they will play at 6:30 Friday night. If they lose they will play at 1:00 Friday afternoon.

Surge rallies in 2nd half to defeat Parkland Women
The Parkland College Women's Basketball team committed 20 second half turnovers Tuesday as they dropped a 72-65 decision to Cincinnati State in the opening round of the NJCAA D-II Women's Basketball tournament at North Arkansas CC. The loss sends the Cobras into the consolation bracket where they will take on Dakota County at 11 on Thursday morning.

The game started well for PC as they used crisp passing and timely shooting to take a 24-17 lead after one quarter and increased their lead to 16, at 38-22 with 4:51 left in the second quarter. From that point the Surge chipped away and eventually cut the Cobra lead to only eight at 42-34 at the break.

The second half was all Cincy State however as they forced PC into numerous turnovers resulting in quick points and they pulled away for the victory.  Layne Buzan led the PC attack with 18 points and 5 boars while Kerstyn Lowery added 13. Kyra Washington added 9 points and Karee Zilliak lead the Cobras with 8 rebounds.

Late rally sends Cobra Men into Elite 8 for second straight year
The Parkland College Men overcame a dismal shooting night on Tuesday to rally for a 62-54 win over Johnson County CC of Kansas. The victory moves PC on to a 6:00 Thursday night game against the winner of Tuesday nights' last game between Richard Bland VA./Cincy State.

The Cobras over came 33% shooting by forcing 16 turnovers while committing just 5 of their own. PC also made 13-16 free throws in the second half and 19-23 for the game. The game was tied at 26-26 at the half as Luke Beesley carried the Cobras making 6 of 8 shots while the rest of the team made just 4 of 23.

The 2nd half could not have started any worse as PC was assessed a technical at the end of the first half and the Cavs scored the first seven points to take a 33-26 lead. JCJC led 45-38 with 8:37 to go before PC went on a 12-0 run to take a 50-45 lead. Marcus Latham and Cornelius McIntosh hit back to back three's to tie the contest and give the Cobras their first lead since 6-4. The Cobras would push the lead to eight with 1:11 left on a Terrion Howard lay-up.  Johnson County would close the gap to four with 28.4 remaining buy McIntosh made four straight free throws to seal the win.

Luke Beesley had another double-double for PC with 16 points and 11 rebounds while McIntosh had 15 and Howard 13.  David Turner led the Cavs with 15 points and 12 boards. The Cobras now stand (28-3) after their 22nd straight win and will get Wednesday off before making their 2nd straight appearance in the NJCAA D-II Elite Eight.

Cobra Softball gets back on track, sweeps home doubleheader versus Heartland
A day after dropping a pair of games to rival Heartland, the #5 Cobra Softball team got back on track as they returned the favor and beat the Hawks 8-6 and 9-1 to gain a split in the four game series. Parkland is now (12-2 2-2) while Heartland falls to (10-7 2-2).
The day did not start well for the Cobras as the Hawks used the long ball to jump out to a 6-1 lead after 2.5 innings.  PC would get back into the contest with a four run 3rd as Megan Magsamen delivered a big two-out two-run double. Down 6-5 in the 5th, Parkland would tie the game on a Maddy Shoemaker single, and Amber Tabeling would give PC the lead with an RBI single of her own.  The Cobras would tack on an insurance run in the 6th as Haley Ginger singled, stole 2nd, and came home on an Sophie Catlin single. Those would be all the runs PC would need as Catlin worked 4.0 shutout innings, allowing just two hits, in earning her 5th win of the season.  Haley Ginger, Megan Magsamen, Maddy Shoemaker, and Amber Tabeling all had two hits in the victory.

After the Hawks scored a run in the 1st, PC would take the lead for good with a four run 2nd inning.  All four runs scored with two outs as Lauren Spelich and Ginger both drove in a run and Brigette Belt came up with a big two-run single of her own.  PC tacked on another run in the 3rd as Shoemaker doubled and scored on Tabeling’s run scoring single.  The Cobras would score four more times in the 5th to end the game by the run rule.  MaKenna Butcher drove in a pair with a double to the fence an and Ginger ended the game with an RBI triple.  Tableing had another big game as she was 3-3 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored. For the day, she was 5-6 with 4 runs driven in.
Jaclyn Thompson earned the win working five strong innings as she improved to (4-0) allowing just one run on five hits while striking out a pair. Parkland is off until the weekend when they will play a four game M-WAC series
against John Wood.

Softball stumbles in M-WAC opener

Lack of timely hitting came back to haunt the #5 Cobra Softball team Sunday as they dropped a pair of games to MWAC rival Heartland, losing by the scores of 7-4 and 3-1. The Cobras left 20 runners on base in the two games. The losses drop PC to (10-2 0-2) while the Hawks are now (10-5 2-0). The two teams are scheduled to wrap up their four game series on Monday at 2:00 at Parkland.

The Cobras had their chances early as they left five runners on base in the first two innings. Heartland would take advantage of their opportunities however and built a 4-0 lead after 4 innings.  PC would strike twice in the 5th as Sophie Catlin delivered a run scoring double and Megan Magsamen had an RBI single. The Cobras woudl tie the game in the 6th as Haley Ginger singled in a run and Catlin tied it with a sacrifice fly.  Cobra reliever Lexie Black was roughed up for three runs on three hits in the bottom of the frame as HCC rallied for the win.  Ginger, Amber Tabeling, and MaKenna Butcher each had two hits in the defeat.

As was the case in the opener, PC once again struggled to get the timely hit.  The Cobras scored their lone run in the 3rd as Ginger singled, stole 2nd, and scored on a Magsamen double.  The Hawks answered right back with two in the bottom of the inning and scored their final run in the 6th on an infield ground out.  Ginger paced the Cobra attack with 3 hits and Magsamen and Tabeling collected two each. Sophie Catlin took the loss despite allowing just three runs on six hits while striking out three.

Parkland Baseball wins VU Classic
The #4 ranked Parkland Baseball team wrapped up the non-conference portion of their Spring 2017 schedule Sunday as they defeated Lake Land 10-8 and Vincennes 8-1 to win the Blazer Classic.  Parkland now stands (14-4) and will open MWAC play next Friday and Saturday with a four game series with Lewis and Clark. L&C was impressive this weekend as they took 3 of 4 from Heartland.

The Cobras knew they needed a win in Sunday's opener to advance to the title game and they jumped out quickly scoring five times in the 1st inning en route to the 10-8 win.  Cory Wright walked to lead off the game and he scored on Jordyn Muffley's triple. Muffley came home on a Trystin Raikes single and after a Max Downs single, both came home on a Zach Pych triple. Pych would score the final run of the inning on a double steal. After Lake Land tallied a single run in the bottom of the frame, PC extended their lead to 7-1 on Trystin Raikes two-run homer.

The Lakers would chip away scoring five times over the next four innings and trailed just 7-6 headed to the 6th. PC would pick up two big runs in the inning on an error and a wild pitch to push the lead back to three at 9-6. Lake Land tallied a single run in the 6th but PC got it right back in the 7th as Matt Zielonko singled and later scored on a wild pitch. Cory Wright worked out of a jam in the bottom of the 7th striking out two and earning the save. Jack Rettig picked up the win despite allowing five earned runs in four innings of work.

The two teams squared off for the third time this season with both teams claiming one run victories.  In this game it would be all Cobras as three Cobra hurlers combined to allow just one unearned on two hits while striking out 11.  Evan Snyder worked five strong innings allowing two hits and striking out five. Jack Lambert worked the 6th, striking out a pair, and Ty McCulloch pitched the 7th and struck out four, after the first man reached base on a dropped third strike.

After VU scored an unearned run in the first, PC would answer back with a run of their own in the 2nd on an RBI ground out off the bat of Jonathan Brandt.  PC would take the lead for good in the 3rd as Cory Wright and Jordyn Muffley both hit solo home runs. Wright would also drive in another run in the 4th on a sac. fly as the Cobras increased their lead to 4-1.  Parkland would blow the game open in the 6th as they scored four times. 

Muffley capped a solid day at the plate going 3-4 with three more 3 RBI, Wright was 1-3 with 3 runs batted in, and Brandt banged out a pair of hits.

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