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The men could not defend their M-WAC title as Illinois Central College won the 2014 championship by 10 strokes over the Cobras and Lewis and Clark. The one-day 36-hole event was hosted by ICC at Lick Creek Golf Course in Pekin.  The Cougars rode a 2-under par 142 from freshman Ethan Brue to win the title for the third time in four years.  ICC fired a 303 in the opening round to lead PC by six strokes and followed that up with a 306 to win comfortably. 

Parkland Scores:
Dom Knight                      75-78           153
Nick Berger                       79-77           156
Joe Powell                         81-77           158
Jack Niebrugge                  82-76           158
David  Gerig                      75-87           162

Next up for the Cobras will be the Butler University Invitational October 6-7 at Highland Country Club in Indianapolis.

The #1 ranked team traveled to southern Illinois for a series of matches on Saturday. The Cobras started their day with a pair of games in Belleville and wrapped up the day with a match in Ina against Rend Lake.

In the 11 am match the Cobras faced off against the McKendree JV winning by the scores of 25-14, 27-25, and 25-16. The PC offense was balanced with birthday girl Lizzy Barnard notching 7 kills, Lori VanBeek 6, and the group of Alayna Jackson, Kailey Kleinert, Teigan Flaws, Hayley Gra, and Elise Dahlke each finishing with 4. VanBeek and Kleinert added 6 blocks while Flaws and Rowan Crozier each tallied 5. Madison Weldon had 15 assists and Kelly Lean 14 while Miaya Peacock had a career high 17 digs.

In the 1 pm Region 24 match against Southwestern Illinois College, PC cruised to another 3-0 win by the scores of 25-16, 25-15, and 25-13. VanBeek caught fire with 12 kills and 0 errors on 15 attempts to go along with 7 blocks. Flaws had 8 kills and Dahlke 7 with no errors on 15 attempts as well. Weldon finished with 18 assists while Morgan Hickman had 14.  Barnard led the way with 15 digs and Peacock added 10.

Following the two matches the Cobras drove back to the middle part of southern Illinois to take on another Region 24 foe, Rend Lake College. Once again PC was ready, taking control early in a 25-7, 25-16, and 25-17 sweep of the Warriors. Jackson paced the offense with 8 kills, Ayla Dew and Crozier 6 apiece. Hickman came up with 17 assists while VanBeek had 5 blocks and Madison Harpest and Dew each finished with 10 digs.

The wins improve PC to 29-1 ahead of a Wednesday night Region 24 showdown at #8 Illinois Central in East Peoria. The winner of that match will virtually assure themselves the top seed in the Region 24 Tournament to be held the first weekend of November at SWIC.


Both the men's and momen's soccer teams came away with victories on Saturday as the #20 Men beat M-WAC rival Heartland 3-1 while the Women won at St. Louis CC 2-0.

The men’s team improved to (8-2 4-1) today with an impressive win over conference rivals Heartland. Parkland opened the scoring midway through the first half when Daniel Kadima found Jonathan Lukusa in the box and he calmly slotted the ball home to give the Cobras a 1-0 lead. Parkland controlled much of the half but the Hawks goal keeper denied Lukusa on his second chance and PC took their 1-0 lead into the break.

Parkland increased their lead just 12 minutes into the second half, as Daniel Kadima showed some electrifying speed to break through the Heartland back line and his shot hit the inside of the post before going into the back of the net. The Cobras third goal came in the 68th minute, this time Zach Allevi got in behind the back line and he fired a ball across the face of the goal and it was met by Brennan Crose who tucked the ball home to give the Cobra's a 3-0.  Heartland did grab themselves a consolation goal with 4 minutes left following a quick break from a Parkland corner. Parkland outshot the visitors 28-9 on the afternoon, including a 14-6 margin on shots on goal.  The win gives PC a regular season sweep of the Hawks having beat them 3-2 in Normal earlier in the fall.  The Cobras will continue M-WAC and Region 24 action on Wednesday when they travel to Lincoln College for another important match.

The women stepped out of conference and region play on Saturday for a non-conference tilt at St. Louis CC.  The two teams battled to a scoreless first half time despite the Cobras controlling the tempo. It didn't take long in the second half however as the Cobras took advantage of an Archer's penalty to put the first goal on the board. Davia Morrison was fouled and Emily Bushue converted the penalty kick for the 1-0 lead. 28 minutes in, PC would score their second goal of the afternoon as Monica Armendariz found the back of the net on an assist from Morrison.  Parkland had 24 shots during the match but were limited to just the two goals. The Cobras (8-1 2-1) return to action on Tuesday afternoon with a 4:00 match versus Lincoln College in Lincoln.

The #1 Cobras traveled to Springfield to face region and conference foe Lincoln Land CC. Lincoln Land is a fast improving team that had won 8 of its last 10 matches.

LLCC matched the Cobras early in the first set, but Parkland pushed ahead and didn't look back for the 3-set sweep in scores of 25-20, 25-15,and 25-16. Alayna Jackson had the best match of her freshman season with 8 kills and a season high record of 14 blocks. Teigan Flaws paired up with Jackson several times for 10 blocks if her own to go along with 5 kills. Lizzy Barnard and Lori VanBeek each had 7 kills. Kaitlyn Hunt did an excellent job in the back row for the Cobras with a team-high 16 digs, and Madison Harpest (16) and Madison Weldon (14) led an aggressive serving attack scoring 30 points in total on their serve. Weldon also did a nice job running the offense with 17 assists and Morgan Hickman had 10.

The Cobras helped celebrate Coach Cliff Hastings birthday with the win and improved to 26-1 overall and 3-0 in the M-WAC. PC travels down to Belleville on Saturday for 11am and 1pm matches vs McKendree JV and Southwestern Illinois before then traveling over to Ina that evening for a 6pm match vs Rend Lake.

Women’s Soccer
Mahomet Seymour graduate Catherine McHale scored two first half goals to help lead the Parkland Women to a 3-1 win over Kaskaskia in a Region 24 match-up in Centralia. McHale got the Cobras on the board early as she scored 14 minutes in off a pass from Maddie Martin. Just two minutes before half, McHale connected again, this time on a Kaljit Atwal assist.

Kaskaskia would make a match of it in the second half as they scored just seven minutes into the half to cut the Cobra lead to 2-1 but 12 minutes later Ginyce Haywood hit the back of the net off a feed from Marie Lukusa to put PC back on top by a pair. The Cobras would have several more scoring opportunities but could not take advantage but still held on for the important Region 24 win.

The victory move the Cobras to (7-1 2-0 in the Region) while KC drops to (7-2 and 2-2). Parkland will hit the road again on Saturday when they travel to play St. Louis CC.

Men’s Soccer
The Cobra men's soccer team got back to their winning ways defeating conference rivals Lincoln Land Community College. The match started with Gracson Torres coming close to scoring after great work down the left side by Zach Allevi. It was Allevi who created the games only goal as he cut into the box and was foulded for a penalty kick. Andreas Chalbaud stepped up and slotted the ball home. Parkland had several other chances to score as Jonathon Lukusa and Feli Keti caused problems for the Loggers defense, but were unable to find the back of the net.

The win moves PC to (7-2 3-1) ahead of a M-WAC and Region 24 showdown this Saturday with Heartland starting at 1:00 in Champaign.

The Golf team placed 5th in the  Cougar Classic held at Harborside International Golf Course in Chicago. The Cobras shot (310-311 621) for the 36 holes. Valparaiso won the event (293-291 584) by four strokes over Wisconsin-Green Bay (297-291 588).  Parkland's low score was carded by Dom Knight with a 150.  Nick Berger and David Gerig both shot 75 on Tuesday for the low scores of the day for PC. Next up for the Cobras in the M-WAC Tourney on Sunday at Lick Creek Golf Course in Pekin. Parkland is the defending champions.

Parkland Scores:
Dom Knight            72-78     150
Joe Powell              74-79     153
Nick Berger            81-75      156
David Gerig            85-75      160
Jack Niebrugge      83-82       165
Sam Cash              84-83       167

Freshman Dom Knight fired an opening round even-par 72 and is tied   with Valparaiso's Nick Seitz for the first round lead of the Chicago State Cougar Classic held at Harborside International Golf Course in Chicago. The Cobras are the lone two-year college in the field which features 7, 5 man teams as well as 10 more individuals.  Cobra sophomore Joe Powell shot a 74 on Monday and finds himself just two strokes off the lead.  The team will tee off again at 8 am on Tuesday for the final 18 holes of the 36 hole event.

Parkland Scores:
Knight          72
Powell          74
Nick Berger   81
Jack Niebrugge 83
Sam Cash     84
David Gerig   85

Women’s Soccer
The Cobra Women's Soccer team scored early and often as they blanked the Trinity University JV 7-0.   Three different players each scored two goals apiece as Parkland improved to 6-1 on the year.

Marie Lukusa scored the first goal of the afternoon just one minute in as she found the back of the net with an assist to Kaljit Atwal. Just two minutes later Ginyce Haywood made it 2-0 off a Maddie Martin assist. Davia Morrison would score an unassisted goal to give PC a 3-0 lead just 5 minutes into the match. Haywood would score again midway into the half as Atwal assisted and Catherine McHale would score her first goal of the day on another Atwal assist as PC grabbed a 5-0 lead at the half.

The Cobras had several golden opportunities to score in the second half but it would be McHale scoring her second goal of the day at the 63 minute mark as Anna Krabiehl assisted. Marie Lukusa picked up her second goal and Atwal her fourth assist with just over 10 minutes left to round out the scoring. The Cobras out shot the visiting Trolls 30-0 on the day in earning the win.

Parkland will return to Region 24 action on Wednesday when they travel to Centralia to take on Kaskaskia College.

The #1 Parkland College volleyball team faced two more difficult opponents today in #18 Muskegon CC and Rock Valley College.

In PC's first match, the Cobras faced a rematch with #18 Muskegon. PC defeated Muskegon 3-1 in the first tournament of the season, and the rematch proved even more difficult in a fun 3-2 victory 25-23, 22-25, 25-9, 22-25, 15-12. Lori VanBeek had a career high 20 kills and notched 7 blocks. Teigan Flaws joined VanBeek in double-digit kills with 13. Ayla Dew and Alayna Jackson both had 7 kills in the match. Kaitlyn Hunt led the defense with 24 digs, and Lizzy Barnard had 17 to go along with 4 service aces. Madison Weldon notched 25 assists while Morgan Hickman had 18.

In the nightcap, PC swept Rock Valley 25-11, 25-17, 25-15. VanBeek had 10 kills and 5 blocks, Miaya Peacock had 6 kills and Kailey Kleinert had 5 kills and 5 blocks. Weldon had 10 assists, Kelly Lean had 9 and Hickman 8. Madison Harpest had 7 digs in the match.

Three Cobra teams in the top 20 in latest NJCAA polls. The Volleyball team remains #1 for the third straight poll after a 5-0 week saw them improve to (18-1) on the season. Women's Soccer (5-1) enters the poll at #15 while the Men (6-1) drop a spot to #20. The Men face off against #6 Illinois Central Wednesday afternoon in East Peoria while the Women are off until Monday.

The Volleyball team will host their annual Invitational this Friday-Sunday and as usual the tourney is loaded with top NJCAA programs. In addition to the #1 Cobras, the field includes #4 Johnson County KS, #6 Illinois Central, #7 Kirkwood, #13 Iowa Central, #16 Des Moines Area CC, #17 Muskegon, and #23 Owens CC as well as a very tough Lake Land College team.

Parkland match schedule for Invite:
Friday September 19
4:15 #1 Parkland vs #7 Kirkwood
7:45 vs #23 Owens

Saturday September 20:
1:15 vs #17 Muskegon
6:30 vs Rock Valley

Sunday September 21:
10:45 vs #4 Johnson County
12:30 vs Lake Land

The #1 Cobras traveled to Lincoln Illinois for a conference match on Wednesday night vs the 6-3 Lincoln College Lynx. PC controlled the tempo in the first two sets, had a minor stumble in the third, and then regained their composure in the fourth to take the match 25-8, 25-15, 19-25, 25-15. Credit to Lincoln for playing loose, confident volleyball in set 3 to push the match to a fourth.

Lori VanBeek led the offense with 10 kills, and Lizzy Barnard and Elise Dahlke both registered 7 apiece. Morgan Hickman had 20 assists while Madison Weldon had 15 assists and 8 digs. Kaitlyn Hunt led the defense with 14 digs in the contest.

The Cobras improve to 19-1 overall and 2-0 in the M-WAC. Lincoln drops to 6-4 overall and 0-2 in the conference. Parkland has six matches this weekend in the always difficult Parkland Invite. PC kicks off with #7 Kirkwood on Friday at 4:15pm. The Eagles are an impressive 13-1 on the season.

Men’s Soccer
In a battle of ranked M-WAC foes, #6 ICC knocked off #20 Parkland 3-1 in East Peoria. The win moved ICC to (8-0 3-0) while PC drops to (6-2 2-1).

Parkland started the match well but it was ICC who scored first as they were awarded a controversial penalty kick just 8 minutes into the match and converted the opportunity into a 1-0 lead. The score would remain the same until it was PC's turn to get a penalty when Jonathan Lukusa was brought down in the box. Andreas Chalbuad stepped up calmly and tucked the ball into the back of the net to tie the match at 1.

The second half ICC stepped up their attack and scored just seven minutes in as a cross from a free kick was headed in, to give the Cougars the lead. Just four minutes later ICC would hang tough and converted after a loose ball was picked up after Cobra goal keeper Harry Rook had denied two previous shots. Parkland had two great chances to score in the final minutes but the ICC defense rose to the occasion and kept the Cobras off the board.

Parkland will be off until next Tuesday when they will host Lincoln Land starting at 4:00 in another key M-WAC showdown.

Women's Soccer
The  women's soccer team outshot Heartland 15-2 but the Hawks scored the only goal of the afternoon as they upended the Cobras 1-0 in Normal. Hailee Whitmire scored on a breakaway 9 minutes into the second half and Heartland made it stand up as they grab the lead in the M-WAC with the win. Parkland drops to (5-1 2-1) while Heartland is now (3-1-1 2-0). The women are off until Monday when they host the Trinity University JV starting at 4:00.

Men’s Soccer
The #19 men's soccer saw their winning streak come to an end as they were shutout by Lewis and Clark 1-0 on Sunday afternoon. The two teams were evenly matched and scoring opportunities were hard to come by. The Blazers had the first real chance midway through the opening half but Cobra goalie Harry Rook made an impressive save. PC had a couple of chances late in the half but were unable to connect.

The second half was a more wide open affair as the Cobras came out fired up and had three shots on goal in the opening five minutes. Zach Allevi and Jonathan Lukusa had the best opportunities but were turned away. Lewis and Clark held firm and finally managed to break the deadlock in the 70th minute on a counter attack. A long ball beat the PC defenders and the Blazers drilled home a shot from just inside the box. Parkland would not go quietly but could not score as L&C held on for the win.

PC now stands (6-1) on the season and will travel to #10 Illinois Central (7-0) on Wednesday night in a key M-WAC showdown.

The #1 Parkland Cobras volleyball team wrapped up the Cavalier Invite in Kankakee with two more 3-0 sweeps.

In the first match, the Cobras defeated Ancilla College of Indiana 25-13, 25-19, 25-9. Lizzy Barnard led the offense with 7 kills, Alayna Jackson had 6, and Teigan Flaws and Elise Dahlke had 5 apiece. Morgan Hickman and Madison Weldon had 12 assists apiece and Kelly Lean had 9. Madison Harpest scored 10 points on her serve while Hickman had 4 aces. Kaitlyn Hunt also had 11 digs for the Cobras.

In the second match, PC faced off with NAIA and four-year school Robert Morris University of Springfield. PC swept RMU 25-15, 25-10, 25-11. Lori VanBeek led the Cobras with 9 kills. Ayla Dew got her career high with 8 kills, and Maiya Peacock also had 5. Kelly Lean led the Cobras with 15 assists, and Madison Weldon had 14. Dew also had 10 service points and 3 aces while Weldon had 4 aces of her own. VanBeek had 5 blocks in the match.

Parkland improves to 18-1 and next face Lincoln College in Lincoln on Wednesday evening.

Women’s Soccer
The Cobra women's soccer team came up with their best effort of the young season as they stunned #11 and previously unbeaten Lewis and Clark 1-0 in Champaign on Saturday. The Blazers entered the contest a perfect 7-0 and had outscored their opponents 60-0 in those seven matches.

On Saturday it was the Cobras who were the aggressive team early and it paid off when Ginyce Haywood scored on an assist from Davia Morrison 29 minutes into the match, as Parkland converted after a pair of missed opportunities near the goal. The two teams would play evenly for the remainder of the half as the Cobras would take that 1-0 lead into the break.

The first 15 minutes of the second half was all Lewis and Clark as they came out fired up and quickly put up three shots to start the half but could not connect. After holding off the Blazers attack the Cobras regained control over the final 30 minutes and just missed on a pair of scoring opportunities by Catherine McHale. L&C goalie Rachel Widdick's save with just under 12 minutes left denied the first shot while McHale's second was just over the top of the goal.

The Blazers would have a couple of opportunities late but the Cobras used a strong defensive effort to hold on for the win. PC finished with 12 shots on goal to just 8 for the visiting Blazers. The win moves PC to (5-0) while Lewis and Clark drops to (7-1). Parkland returns to action this Tuesday when they travel to Heartland for an M-WAC contest against the Hawks.

The #1 Parkland Cobras traveled to Kankakee for the Cavalier Invite for a series of matches this weekend. A primary key to this year's Cobra team is that all 15 players are high-level players that brought great play in the two 3-0 sweeps on the evening.

In match 1, the Cobras faced the host team Kankakee. PC came out fast sweeping the Cavaliers 25-12, 25-19, 25-16. Teigan Flaws and Lizzy Barnard led the Cobra attack with 8 kills each while Lori VanBeek, Alayna Jackson and Kailey Kleinert each had 5 kills. Kleinert had her best match of the season leading the Cobras with 8 blocks as well. Madison Weldon (13), Morgan Hickman (10) and Kelly Lean (9) combined for 32 assists, and Kaitlyn Hunt had 10 digs.

In the second match, the Cobras defeated Sauk Valley 25-15, 25-20, 25-21. Flaws again led the offense with 6 kills while Jackson, VanBeek, Elise Dahlke and Miaya Peacock each had 5. Hickman and Weldon notched 17 and 14 assists, respectively. Lizzy Barnard had 3 aces, and Kleinert once again led the block with 5 and Flaws had 4. Hunt played one of her best matches of the season notching 19 digs in only 2 sets of play.

The Cobras are now 16-1 and will take on Ancilla College and Robert Morris on Saturday in Kankakee.

Sophomore Joe Powell fired a 69 on Thursday to lead the Parkland Men's Golf team to the win at the Carl Sandburg Invitational in Galesburg. Powell edged Evan Bean of Monmouth College by two strokes to take top honors. Chad Nitz of Blackhawk finished 3rd with a 72, while Parkland's Nick Berger and Monmouth's Luke Kriter tied for 4th with 73's.

After Powell and Berger, PC received scores of 76 by Dom Knight and 77 from Dave Gerig for a team total of 295. The Cobras topped Monmouth (302) by 7 strokes to win the team title. Blackhawk (313) was a distant 3rd in the nine team tourney.

The Cobras are off again until September 22-23 when they will compete in the Chicago State Invitational at the Harborside International Golf Course. PC will be go up against several NCAA D-1 and D-2 teams in the event including the host school Chicago State. The Cougars are led by a trio of former Cobras, David Keenan, Dan Patkunas, and Austin Egbers.

Kaljit Atwal scored a pair of goals on Thursday to help the Parkland Women's Soccer team overcome a sluggish effort against a fired-up Illinois Central College team and lead the Cobras to a come-from-behind 2-1 win in East Peoria.

Playing a day after the regularly scheduled match was postponed due to inclement weather, it was ICC who came out ready to play. The winless Cougars would get on the board first as Savanna Rhodes scored off a corner kick 27 minutes into the match to give ICC a 1-0 lead. It looked like that lead would hold up going to the half but Atwal would score off a Cobra free kick with just 2 minutes remaining in the half to tie the match at 1.

Neither team could break the tie for the better part of the second half until Atwal once again found the back of the net with an assist from Catherine McHale to put PC on top. From there, the Cobras would hang on for the important road win. PC finished the afternoon with 13 shots to 7 from ICC. The win improves PC to (4-0 2-0) while the Cougars fall to (0-5 0-2).

Parkland will face their most difficult competition of the young season on Saturday when they host #11 Lewis and Clark starting at 1:00. The Blazers are (7-0) on the year and have yet to allow a goal this season, outscoring their competition 60-0 in those seven wins.

Big crowd spurs #1 Cobras to M-WAC win! The #1 ranked Cobras volleyball team finally got a chance to play at home after 14 matches on the road facing conference and region opponent Lewis & Clark CC.

The Cobras came out confident and clean versus the Trailblazers taking an early 18-8 first set lead. The Blazers did a nice job at the end of set 1 to push the Cobra to a set win to 25-16. Parkland came out with even more intensity in set 2 quickly winning the set 25-8. The third set saw L&C settle into a nice rhythm, forcing Parkland into some unnecessary errors, before the Parkland rallied with a push at the end of the set for a 3-0 sweep with a score of 25-23 in the third.

All 15 Cobras got significant time tonight. Offensively, Parkland was led by Alayna Jackson's 8 kills hitting an impressive .636 while Lori VanBeek had 6 kills with an .857 hitting percentage. As a team, the Cobras hit an impressive .410 which was a season high. The trio of setters (Morgan Hickman, Madison Weldon and Kelly Lean) combined for 30 assists in the match while Madison Harpest had 3 aces and Weldon had 2.

Parkland improves to 14-1 overall and now 1-0 in the M-WAC. A special thank you to an amazing crowd in which we celebrated both area high school volleyball programs as well as the Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation Group. Next up for the Cobras is a pair of matches on Friday and Saturday at the Kankakee Invitational. The Cobras are in the five team field along with Kankakee, Sauk Valley, Ancilla, and Robert Morris.

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Men’s Soccer
On the strength of a 6-0 start, the Men's Soccer team enters the NJCAA D-1 Soccer Poll at #19 this week. The Cobras were ranked as high as #10 last season when they were ranked for three weeks during the regular season. Parkland will return to action this Sunday when they travel to Lewis and Clark for a 1:00 match against the defending Region 24 champions.

Men’s Soccer

The Parkland Men's Soccer team returned to action on Tuesday afternoon as they faced M-WAC rival Lincoln College. The Cobras got on the board first as they scored just 9 minutes into the match. Daniel Kadima created space for a shot and the ball fell at the feet of Feli Keti who rounded the keeper and put the ball in from 7 yards away.

The Lynx would answer back quickly as they would score in the 19th minute as they converted off of a cross from a free kick tying the match at 1. PC would then control the rest of the half and the hard work paid off as PC would break the tie with just 8 minutes remaining before intermission. Zach Allevi won the ball and slipped a perfect pass into the feet of a running Brennen Crose. The Lincoln back line could not catch Crose who knocked the ball over the hands of the rushing goal keeper to give the Cobras the lead.

The second half got under way with a clear change in pace. Both teams fought hard for the ball and did not give each other an inch. Lincoln had a couple of long range shots that were acrobatically saved by Harry Rook. Zach Allevi's hard work earned him a few half chances but it was Feli Keti again who settled it. Keti managed to pick up a sloppy clearance from the Lincoln back line, beat one defender, and hit the ball from just outside the box with only 22 seconds remaining to seal the win.

The win keeps the Cobras undefeated at (6-0 2-0 in the M-WAC) while Lincoln drops to (0-3-1 0-1). Next up for PC will be a Sunday afternoon showdown at Region 24 rival Lewis and Clark.


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