Four Cobras earn All-American honors from National Soccer Coaches Association of America
A day after eight Cobra soccer players were selected for All-Regional honors by the NSCAA, today four of them were chosen as NSCAA All-American’s. Sophomore forward Ellie McKenzie was named a First Team NSCAA D-1 Women’s All-American while midfielder Alex Zarco earned 1st team All-American recognition on the Men’s side. Midfielder Brittany Johnson and defender Michaela Ward earned 2nd Team All-American honors as well for the women.
Yazeed Matthews (South Africa) of Tyler Junior College and Eleni Markou (Greece) of Monroe Community College were named the 2016 Player’s of the Year. This year’s All-American teams featured a total of 45 players, who will be formally acknowledged for their accomplishments at the NSCAA All-American luncheon on January 14, 2017 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in conjunction with the 2017 NSCAA Convention.
Congratulation to these individuals on their awards and recognition.Busy day of basketball at Parkland on Saturday
The Dodds Athletic Center gymnasium will be busy this Saturday as the Cobras will host two local high school girl’s teams and host a doubleheader of their own. At 10:00 the Fisher and Cissna Park High School girls JV teams will face off with the varsity game set to tip-off about 20 minutes after the completion of that game. At 2:00 the #13 Parkland Women’s team (5-2) will host Trition (7-5) followed by the #17 Men (7-3) taking on the Triton Men (11-0) who are ranked #1 in the NJCAA D-II poll. The Trojans finished 2nd last year at Nationals beating the Cobras in the quarterfinals. PC went on to take 6th in last year’s tournament. Admissions is just $5 for the entire day for adults and $3.00 for children and students. As always, Parkland faculty, staff, and students are free with a Parkland ID.Mens Soccer
Four members of the Region 24 and District Champion Men’s Soccer team have been chosen by the National Soccer Coaches Association as All-North Region honorees. Freshman Johnny Pugh and fellow middle Alex Zarco were First team selections while keeper Matt Sharman and forward Gesi Muharremi were 2nd team selections. These awards are determined by the coaches who are part of the NSCAA organization.Parkland Women's Soccer places four on NSCAA team
Parkland Women placed four players on the NSCAA All-Central Region team. The players, all sophomores, who earned recognition are defender Michaela Ward, middle Brittany Johnson, and forwards Alyssa Jones and Ellie McKenzie.Women's Soccer
Balanced atttack leads Cobra Women to 5th straight win
Four players finished in double figures Wednesday as the Parkland Women's Basketball team beat Olney Central 81-71 in a non-conference tilt in Olney.
After finding themselves behind 25-22 after one quarter of play, the Cobras used a 1-2-2 press to cause several Blue Knight turnovers and turn the three point deficit into a six point lead at the half. The press remained effective in the 3rd quarter as well as PC stretched their lead to double figures and eventually hanging on for the ten point victory.
The Cobras knocked down 11 of 24 three pointers to improve to (5-2) on the season. Ryan Dooley led the way with 14 points. Kyra Washington added 13 points and 10 rebounds while Charity Godbold finished with 11 points and Kerstyn Lowery added 11 points, 6 assists, and four steals. Heather DeLuca and Avery Hamm also tossed in 8 points apiece, with Hamm draining two big three's in the final quarter to keep OCC at bay.
Parkland will return to action this Saturday when they host Triton starting at 2:00 in Champaign. Men's Soccer
Men get back on track with road win at Kankakee, host #1 Triton on Saturday
The Parkland Men rebounded from a disappointing home loss on Saturday to defeat Kankakee CC 74-60 on the road Wednesday night.
The Cobras got off to a fast start in this one as they raced to an early 20-2 lead on the Cavaliers. However KCC would recover and Parkland would cool off as the home team got the lead down to single digits. The Cavs would close the gap even more as they started the second half on a 10-2 run but PC would catch fire after a time out and build the lead back to 21 at 62-41 with just over five minutes remaining. The Cobras got sloppy down the stretch as KCC got as close as seven points, but PC made their free throws down the stretch to secure the win. Solid shooting from the line and behind the arc, while holding Kankakee to 39% shooting and forcing 18 turnovers, helped the Cobras improve to (7-3) on the season.
Terrion Howard led the way with 15 points as he knocked down 3-4 from three-point range. Courtez Dixon added 14 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists while Joe Larry came off the bench to add 12 points, 5 boards, and 3 steals. Cornelius McIntosh also came off the bench to add 10 points and 9 rebounds.
Parkland will have a huge opportunity this Saturday as they host #1 ranked Triton (11-0) starting at 4:00 at the Dodds Athletic Center.
McKenzie earns 2nd Team NJCAA Women's Soccer All-American Team Honors
Parkland sophomore forward Ellie McKenzie, of Hull England, has been named a 2nd Team NJCAA D-1 Women’s Soccer All-American. McKenzie helped lead the 18-2 Cobras to their first trip to Nationals and a 5th place finish, including a hard fought 2-1 loss to Paradise Valley, the eventual National Champions. Parkland also won their first ever Regional and District crowns, as well as the M-WAC title, on the way to advancing to the finals. McKenzie led the Cobras with 35 goals in 20 contests while also adding 10 assists for a total of 80 points. She is the Parkland all-time single season and career scoring leader after scoring 23 goals and 8 assists for a total of 54 points as a freshman. McKenzie finished with 58 goals scored in 28 matches while at Parkland. Earlier this fall, McKenzie had been named the Region 24 and M-WAC Player of the Year and was an NJCAA Athlete of the Week.
Three Parkland Volleyball Players Named NJCAA All-American's
Three members of the back-to-back National Champion Parkland Volleyball team have been named NJCAA D-II All-American’s. Sophomore right side hitter Laura Gross (Danville Schlarman) and sophomore middle blocker Sofi Kelemete (Pocatello, Idaho) were both named 1st Team All-American’s while setter Jaime Johnson (Champaign Centennial) was a 2nd team selection. Gross and Kelemete were both named First Team honorees in 2015 while this is Johnson’s first selection. The three sophomores helped lead the Cobras to a 52-2 record this season and their 2nd straight title. The Cobras were an amazing 109-2 during the trios tenure at Parkland.
Gross was named the Player of the Year in the Region and the Conference this season. She led the team in kills with 493 and hit .404 on the season. She was second on the team in digs (448) and blocks (143) and 3rd in aces with 45. Kelemete was a First Team All-Region selection after being the National Player of the Year in 2015. She led the team and nation in hitting percentage .554, while tying for the national lead in blocks per set with 1.78. She was a two time MVP of the National Tournament. Johnson was the Cobras consistent leader as the team’s setter as she was named First Team All-Region and Conference, and was named to the All-Tournament team at Nationals. After splitting time as a freshman, Johnson became the Cobras primary setter this year and finished 4th in the Nation in total assists (1506), 7th in assists per set (10.68) and 15th in service aces with 66. All three players earned NJCAA Player of the Week honors this season. This marks the second consecutive season Parkland has had three All-American’s. Parkland's Sharman Named 1st Team All-American
Parkland College sophomore Matt Sharman, has been named to the NJCAA D-1 First Team All-American Team. Sharman, from Ramsgate, England, helped lead the Cobras to their first ever trip to Nationals where the Cobras went 1-1 and finished in 6th place over-all. Sharman was the keeper for 20 of the Cobras record breaking 21 wins this season, ranking him first in the NJCAA in wins. He led the NJCAA in games played and started, was 5th in saves %, 6th in saves, 7th in shutouts, and 10th in goals per game average. His outstanding play in goal, especially during the Cobras play-off run, was instrumental in the Cobras winning their first ever Regional and District titles. It marks the first, 1st Team All-American Men’s Soccer selection, in school history. He was joined on the first team by fellow All-Region selection Lochlan Reus of Lewis and Clark.Women use strong play off bench to pull away from Waubonsee
The Parkland Women’s Basketball team used outstanding play off their bench as the subs outscored Waubonsee 41-5 to help the Cobras pull away for an 82-51 victory. The game started slowly for the Cobras as the visitors hit their first six shots to build an early 12-5 lead but PC would end the quarter tied at 16. The second quarter was all Cobras as they shot 62% and won the quarter 19-7 to take a 35-23 lead into halftime. It was more of the same in the third quarter as PC shot an even better 64% and scored 28 points over the 10 minutes to build the lead up to 63-38 as they cruised to the victory.
Ashley Hamm came up big for PC as she scored 15 points off the bench, including 3-4 from behind the arc. Karlee Ziliak had an outstanding over-all game as she also had 15 points while adding 6 assists and 4 steals. Kyra Washinton scored all 11 of her points in the first half while Charity Godbold added 11 points and 6 rebounds. Kerstyn Lowery added 9 points, 5 boards, and 5 assists and Payton Bieber pulled down 11 rebounds as the Cobras won the battle of the glass 45-35. PC shot 48% for the game to just 32% for Waubonsee and had 24 assists and 12 steals. Mozelle Kempiak led the visitors with 18 points and 8 rebounds while Taseandra Parker had 9 points and 10 boards.
Parkland (4-2) will play again on Wednesday night when they travel to play Olney Central starting at 6:00. Waubonsee drops to (3-7) with the loss.Men can’t overcome ice cold shooting in loss to IVCC
The Parkland Men’s Basketball team shot a season low 31% Saturday as Illinois Valley pulled away in the second half for an 80-57 win over the Cobras. PC shot just 22% in the opening half but found themselves down only five at intermission as IVCC didn’t shoot much better at only 34%. After the break PC would take their only lead of the contest at 37-36 on Cortez Dixon’s three with 14:24 left. That would be the Cobras last lead as the visitors would go on a 13-2 run to push the lead to ten at 49-39 with 10:55 left. Luike Beesley’s bucket got the lead back to single digits but a lay-up and back-to-back three’s pushed IVCC’s lead up to 57-41 with 7:34 left and the rout was on. The Cobras would get no closer than 14 the rest of the way as IVCC secured the victory.
Just two Cobras finished in double figures as Dixon finished with 17 points and Cornelius McIntosh added 10. Five IVCC players finished in double digits as Brady Huebbe led the way with 15 points. Alec Veverka added 14 points, Ricky Calvin and DeMonte Sims tossed in 11 each, and Keymonta just missed a double-double with 10 points and 9 rebounds while also blocking 5 shots.
Parkland drops to (6-3) on the season and will play again Wednesday night at 7:30 in Kankakee. IVCC improves to (9-3) with the win.Quick strike Cobras roll over Millikin JV
The Parkland Women’s Basketball team used a 26-2 first quarter advantage Wednesday as they rolled over the visiting Millikin JV 87-54. Parkland scored the first 13 points of the game before the Big Blue finally scored with 4:22 left in the quarter. PC closed with another 13-0 run to give them the 24 point lead after the opening ten minutes. Millikin made a game of it in the second quarter as they outscored PC 22-13 to cut the half time margin to 39-24 and actually got the lead down to as few as 11 early in the second half before the Cobras went on a 14-0 run to put the game out of reach. Parkland made 10-17 shots in the opening quarter (58.9) to just 1-13 (7.7%) for Millikin and also forced eight first quarter turnovers.
Five different Cobra players finished in double figures as Kyra Washington came off the bench to lead all scorers with 18 points as she went 7-11 from the field including four three pointers. Kerstytn Lowery added 16 points and Layne Buzan added 13 for the victorious Cobras. Megan Jackson hit a late bucket to earn a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds while Charity Godbold also finished with 10 points and 4 assists. Payton Bieber added 10 rebounds for PC as they outrebounded MU 48-28 in the contest. Morgan Vogels paced Millikin with 14 points and Aysia Jacobs added 13. PC out shot Millikin 45% to 32% on the evening and had just 13 turnovers to 23 for the visitors.
Parkland (3-2) will return to action this Saturday when they host Waubonsee CC (3-6) starting at 2:00. The Parkland Men (6-2) will play immediately after against Illinois Valley CC (8-2).
Cobra men race by Olivet Nazarene JV
The Cobras used a combination of solid three point shooting and breakaway’s off steals, to pull away from the Olivet Nazarene JV 90-68 on Monday night in Champaign. The win improves the Cobras to (6-2) while Olivet falls to (2-6).
The Tigers jumped out early as they grabbed a 6-0 lead before the Cobras went on a 10-0 run to take control. Courtez Dixon hit back to back three’s as PC pushed the lead to 14 at 27-13 with 7:26 left in the half only to see the visitors score eight straight to cut the margin to six. Jarrett Olson would get hot behind the arc over the final seven minutes as he and Dixon each scored 13 in the opening 20 minutes to give the Cobras a 41-30 halftime lead.
The two teams traded baskets for much of the first ten minutes of the second half as PC maintained their lead at 64-53 with just over 10 minutes to go. Olson would score nine more in the second half to finish with a game high 22 points while Cornelius McIntosh and Abdul Ogunnaike each scored eight after intermission as Parkland used a 19-9 run to put the game away. Dixon ended the game with 20 points and was joined in double figures by McIntosh and Ogunnaike who both had 10 points each. Luke Beesley grabbed 9 boards while Ogunnaike pulled down 8, including 5 on the offensive end. Terrion Howard had 7 points to go along with 6 steals and Marcus Latham came off the bench to score 8 points and hand out 5 assists. Parkland shot 48% for the game including 11-13 from behind the arc.
Olivet was led by Brett Cramer who had a double-double with 19 points and 11 boards. Zac Craig and Solomon Barwegen also finished in double figures with 10 points each. Kensen Vaughan chipped in 9 boards and Zack Pruim had 4 assists in the defeat. Olivet shot 46% on the night but turned the ball over 21 times to just 6 for the Cobras.
Parkland will be off until Saturday when they host Illinois Valley CC starting at 4:00.Hastings wins American Volleyball Coaches Association Midwest Coach of the Year for 4th straight year!
Cliff Hastings, Parkland College
2016 Record: 52-2
Eighth season leading the Cobras…Back-to-back NJCAA Division II National Champions…Finished the season winning their last 17 matches, and not dropping a single set…District J (Region 24a) Champions…Earned the top seed in the NJCAA National Championship Tournament…Defeated No. 16 Rhode Island, No. 9 Scottsdale, No. 4 Catawba Valley, and No. 3 Lincoln Land for the title…Ranked first in the nation in hitting percentage (.370), assists per set (12.81), kills per set (14.04), and third in blocks per set (3.17)…This is his fourth consecutive AVCA Region Coach of the Year honor. Hastings has led the team to four consecutive championship game appearances, winning two titles and finishing as runner-up twice. Parkland has gone 109-2 the past two seasons and 215-8 over the past four seasons.Women rally for road win at Rend Lake
The Parkland Women rallied from a ten point deficit after three quarters Tuesday, as they came from behind for an 87-82 win over Rend Lake. The Cobras used a 31-17 run in the 4th quarter to earn the win and even their record at (2-2).
Kerstyn Lowery had one of the best games of her PC career as she scored a game high 29 points while dishing out 6 assist and having no turnovers. Layne Buzan had a big double-double with 13 point and 13 rebounds. Payton Bieber added 10 points and 7 rebounds while Charity Godbold added 10 points and Karlee Ziliak added 9 points and 3 steals.
Men drop overtime thriller
Marcus Latham's 15 footer was just off the mark Tuesday as the Rend Lake Warriors held on for a wild 96-95 overtime win over Parkland in Region 24 action from Ina. Parkland looked like it would win the game in regulation after a wild second half rally but the Warriors hit a three-pointer as time expired to send the game to overtime.
It was all Warriors in the first half as they pushed their lead to as many as 21 as they took a 44-23 lead into intermission. The Cobras were ice cold hitting just 29% from the field and 33% from the line and were out rebounded 28-17 in the opening 20 minutes.
The Cobras came out more aggressive in the 2nd half and a combination of hot shooting and forcing turnovers got PC back into the contest. Grant Gibson got hot behind the arc to get Parkland back on track as PC made up all of the deficit and eventually led by as many as four. The Cobras could not hold on however as the Warriors rallied in the final minute to force the overtime.
PC would once again push their lead to as many as four in the extra period but a driving lay up gave Rend Lake the lead with less than 5 seconds to play. PC was able to get the ball to Latham who had a chance to win it but the ball came up just short. Despite the cold start, PC would eventually shoot 51% from the field and 71% from the line while forcing Rend Lake into 24 turnovers.
Grant Gibson led the Cobra attack with a strong over-all effort including 22 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals. Cornelius McIntosh tossed in 16 while Luke Beesley also scored 16 to go along with 6 boards and 3 assists. Latham came off the bench to add 12 points. PC (5-2) is off until Monday night when they will host the Olivet Nazarene JV starting at 7:00
Parkland Cobras Shine at NJCAA Nationals!
The Parkland Cobras' stellar play throughout the season moved them to the NJCAA national championships last week, where they placed high for women's volleyball and men's and women's soccer.
- The Cobras Volleyball team, ranked No. 1 all season, finished the season 52-2 and most importantly as the NJCAA Division II National Champions! Read more about their outstanding accomplishment here.
- The Women's Soccer and Men's Soccer teams finished just shy of a Final Four berth at Nationals. The women placed 5th, while Men's Soccer finished in 6th place.
Congratulations to all the 2016 Parkland College Cobras for an exciting season!
Volleyball back to Final Four for 4th straight year
Parkland knocked off Scottsdale Thursday night 25 12 25 12 25 23 to advance to the NJCAA D2 semi-finals. The Cobras earned their 50th win against just two losses and will play either #4 Catawba Valley or #5 Coffeyville KS. #2 Owens will play #3 Lincoln Land in the other semi.
Parkland Men roll over Wabash College JV
The Parkland Men ran out to a 39-24 halftime lead and cruised to an 82 54 win over the visiting Wabash College JV.
Coach Figueroa gave five players the night off to rest nagging injuries and several players took advantage of the additional playing time. Marcus Latham came off the bench to score 25 points while Dirk Jordan added 13 and Joe Larry 11. Devonte Daniels grabbed a team high 11 rebounds.
Parkland (4-1) will host Lake Land at 3:00 on Saturday at the Dodds Athletic Center at Parkland.
Cobra Men's Soccer fall 2-0, record breaking season comes to an end
Cobra Men's Soccer dropped a 2-0 decision to Cloud County and were eliminated from the NJCAA National Tournament. All three teams tied at 1-1 in pool play but San Jacinto advances based on a +2 goal differential to -1 for both Cloud and PC.
The game was scoreless until Cloud scored with 26 remaining and wrapped up the victory with a second goal with less than 3 to play. Parkland ends their record breaking season at 21-2 and a 9th place finish while Cloud's season is over at 19-1-2.
Cobra Men one win away from Soccer Final Four
The Parkland Men's Soccer team will put it all on the line Wednesday as the Cobras, like their female counterparts, are one win away from reaching the NJCAA Soccer Final Four. The #4 Men (21-1) need a victory against #5 Cloud County KS (18-1-2) to earn one of the coveted four spots. Game time is set for 1000 am on Wednesday at Tyler JC in Texas.
Cobra Women blank Moraine Valley in first game at Soccer Nationals
The #8 seed Parkland Women's Soccer team took care of business Tuesday as they blanked Moraine Valley 4-0 in the programs first ever National tournament game. In addition to earning the Cobras the mythical Illinois state title, it more importantly set up a Wednesday afternoon match against #1 Paradise Valley. PV (23-0) and PC (18-1) will square off at 200 cst with the winner advancing to the Soccer Final Four.
After both teams missed an early chance, it was Parkland who got on the board as Anna McHatton placed the ball perfectly into the right corner of the goal off a ball from Alyssa Jones. Just three minutes later Shania Maddux connected and Brittany Johnson earned the assist.
PC took their 2-0 lead to the break but it wouldn't take long for the Cobras to score again as Ellie McKenzie connected with McHatton picking up the assist. The Cobras would score their final goal of the afternoon when Hannah Martinez found the back of the net with Jones getting the assist. Keeper Jenna Ashley had 5 saves in goal to earn the shutout.
Cobra Women pick up first win
The Parkland Women's basketball team jumped out to a quick 28 - 6 1st quarter lead, and cruised to a 91 - 66 win over Sauk Valley.. Ryan Dooley lead the Cobras with a great all around game with 24 points ( 10 - 15) , 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. Layne Buzan added 22 points and 8 rebounds, 3 assists. Kerstyn Lowery added 17 points and 4 assists, and Karlee Ziliak added 11 points. Parkland is now (1-2) and will host Harper College on Tuesday at 5:00.
Congratulations to the following current Parkland Athletes on their future college plans. More to come as we move forward.
Michael Failoni:Baseball at Central Missouri
Conner Gremer: Baseball at Central Missouri
Laura Gross: Volleyball at Indiana State
Daniel Lloyd: Baseball at SE Missouri State
Keegan McHooc:Baseballat Indiana State
Jordyn Muffley: Baseball at Central Michigan
Nick Patton: Golf at Illinois-Springfield
Corey Wright: Baseball at Mercer
Men knock off Lake Land in Lakers home opener
The Parkland Men's Basketball team stayed perfect on the new season as they beat Lake Land 80-75 in the Lakers opener. PC led 35-33 at the break but pulled away building a double digit lead in the second half. The Cobras won the game by shooting 50% from the field and making 19-26 (73%) from the line. Lake Land shot 48% from the field but made just 9-14 (64%) from the charity stripe.
Terrion Howard led the Cobra attack with 18 points as all 11 players who got in the contest scored. Rholy Mouliom came off the bench to spark the Cobras as he scored 12 points on 5-8 shooting. Courtez Dixon came up big in the second half finishing with 10 points while Chelby Frazier delivered a strong defensive effort and also scored 9 points and grabbed 5 boards off the bench. Lake Land was led by freshman Josh Robinson with 16 points.
Parkland (3-0) will travel to Robinson, Illinois on Saturday for a 3:00 game against Lincoln Trail. Lake Land (0-1) travels to Iowa to play in the Dale Howard Classic and will take on Ellsworth and North Iowa Area CC on Friday and Saturday.
National Tournament Seeding
The #1 ranked Cobra Volleyball team will hope to repeat their title from last year and open as the top seed in this year’s tournament. Parkland College will play the Community College of Rhode Island (22-5) in the opening round at 1:00 EST on Thursday November 19, with a victory the Cobras would advance to a semi-final match-up against either #8 Central College of Nebraska (29-9) or #9 Scottsdale CC (17-11) at 730 EST that same night. Finals are set for 430 ET on Saturday.
Men’s Soccer (20-1) will begin their journey as the #4 seed and will take on #9 San Jacinto South TX. (16-4-1) on Monday November 14 in Tyler, Texas. Match times will be announced on Wednesday. The Cobras will then have Tuesday off before facing off against #5 Cloud County KS (18-0-2). The winners of the four pools will advance to the semi-finals on Friday and the finals on Saturday.
Women’s Soccer is seeded 8th in the upcoming NJCAA D-1 National Soccer Tournament. The Cobras (17-1) will take on #12 seed Moraine Valley (13-2) on Tuesday and top-seed Paradise Valley Az (22-0) on Wednesday.
Cobra Women drop season opener 82-81 to Wabash Valley
Charity Godbold missed a 12 footer with just one second to go, as visiting Wabash Valley held on for an 82-81 win over Parkland in the Cobras season opener. PC stole the inbounds pass with 4.2 seconds remaining and after a time out, Godbolt was open for the winner but her shot hit off the rim as the Warriors picked up the victory.
Wabash Valley (3-0) looked like they might blow the game open early as they raced to a 22-12 lead after just one quarter as the Cobras turned the ball over 10 times in the opening 10 minutes. The second quarter was all PC as they outscored WV 22-10 to take a 34-32 lead into intermission. After the break, Wabash would again gain control, pushing the lead up to as many as six and they grabbed 57-53 lead with just one quarter remaining.
Shala Dobbins then took over as she scored seven of her game high 30 over a two minute stretch to give the Warriors a 76-69 lead with only 2:55 to go. Wabash would still lead by 9 with 1:56 left before the Cobras put on an impressive late run. Kyra Washington drained a three pointer and Godbold hit a bucket to make it 80-76 with 1:25 to go. After a Warrior make, Kersytn Lowery scored and after a WV miss, Ryan Dooley made 1-2 free throws to cut the lead to three with 58.1 left. After a Wabash turnover, Lowery made a pair of free throws with 19 seconds remaining. PC put up a great defensive stand and stole the ball back with just over 5 seconds left but promptly threw it right back to the Warriors. With the ball being inbounded at midcourt, Godbold picked off the inbounds pass as the Cobras called time out to set up the chance at a last second win but it was not to be.
Dobbins led all scorers with 30 points on 11-13 shooting to go along with 4 rebounds and 4 steals. Troyian Brooks had a double-double with 14 points and 14 boards while Alexis Vieck had 10 points and 6 boards and DeAsia Outlaw just missed a double-double with 9 points and 10 rebounds. Wabash Valley won the battle of the boards 43-32 including 17 offensive boards. Parkland (0-1) was led by Kerstyn Lowery who had 19 points to lead a balanced Cobra attack. Ryan Dooley came off the bench to score 15, and Layne Buzan added 13 points and 6 rebounds. Kyra Washington came off the bench and picked up a double-double with 13 points and 11 boards. Wabash shot 46.4% for the contest to 43.3% for PC. The Cobras were able to keep it close by making 17-23 at the line while the Warriors made just 14-28.
The #8 Cobras will travel to East Peoria to play in the ICC Cougar Classic. Parkland will take on #7 Kirkwood at 6:00 Friday and Sauk Valley at Noon on Saturday.
Several members of the #1 ranked Parkland Volleyball team have earned honors on both the Midwest Athletic Conference and Region 24 teams. The big winner was sophomore Laura Gross who pulled in Player of the Year honors for both the conference and the region. Gross leads the team with 466 kills which is the highest total in the NJCAA and hit .415 good enough for 6th over-all. She is second on the Cobras in service aces (42) and digs (423). The Schlarman graduate has signed to play at Indiana State next season.
Joining Gross on the 1st Team All-Region team are fellow sophomores Sofi Kelemete and Jaime Johnson. Kelemete who was the Region 24 Player of the Year last season, leads the NJCAA in hitting percentage at .550 and led PC in blocks with 185, the 2nd highest amount in the NJCAA. Johnson, who was outstanding leading the diverse offense this season, is 7th in the NJCAA in assists with 1387 and 12 th in service aces with 66. Earning 2nd team All-Region honors was Fia Willis. Willis was second on the team with 417 kills, placing her in the top 20 in the country in that category.
Willis was named the Co-freshman of the Year in the M-WAC conference and was joined as a First Team All-Conference selection by Gross and Johnson. Parkland Head Coach Cliff Hastings earned Coach of the Year honors for both as he led the Cobras to a 48-2 regular season, the team’s 9th straight trip to Nationals as well as the teams 21st consecutive conference title.
Parkland will find out on Tuesday where they are seeded for the upcoming NJCAA D-II National Tournament to be held at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston, West Virginia November 17-19.
Both the Parkland Men’s and Women’s Soccer teams are going to Nationals for the first time. The #12 ranked Cobra Women beat St. Charles 2-1 in double overtime and the #4 Men beat previously unbeaten #7 St. Louis 3-1 as both qualified for their respective National Tournaments.
In the opener, the two teams squared off in an intensive defensive struggle with neither team wanting to give an inch. Shonte Tremblett snuck the ball past the St. Charles goalie with just 5 minute before half to give the Cobras a 1-0 lead. Alyssa Jones and Brittany Johnson were both credited with an assist on the goal. It appeared the Cobras would take a 2-0 lead into half as PC scored just 2 minutes later but the goal was disallowed by a flag from the side judge.
St. Charles took advantage of the change in momentum and tied the match just four minutes into the second half. Both teams had chances over the final 40 minutes of regulation but neither could take advantage of their opportunities. In the first overtime, PC had a pair of chances but the first ball sailed just high ticking off the cross bar while another deflected off the right post. The second overtime saw very few opportunities until Hannah Martinez converted with just 1:33 left for the game winner sending the Cobras to Nationals. The goal came off a perfect setup from Johnson who earned her second save of the match. PC outshot the visitors 16-12 as keeper Jenna Ashley had 7 saves on the afternoon.
In game two at the Parkland Athletic Complex, it was the #4 Men’s turn as they took on #7 St. Louis. The Archers entered the match with no losses and only two ties on the season. Both teams came ready to go as the play and athleticism by both teams was outstanding. The Cobras would get on the board first as leading scorer Johnny Pugh drilled home a goal off an Alex Zarco assist with just minutes remaining in the half. PC would take that 1-0 lead to intermission but lost Pugh in the final minutes of the half to an ankle injury and he would not return.
PC still led by one until an Archer foul in the box resulted in a penalty kick for the Cobras and Carlos Martinez calmly got his shot past the keeper for a 2-0 Cobra lead at the 79 minute mark. Just two minutes later PC added an important insurance goal as Patrick Kuanda connected off a Martinez assist to push the margin to three. St. Louis would take less than a minute to score their first goal of the match as Chidera Ude got them on the board with 14 minutes left on the clock. St. Louis would continue to press the action but were forced to play a man down for much of the final 20 minutes due to a red card and could get no closer. Each team had just 6 shots in the match as keeper Matt Sharman picked up 5 saves on the afternoon.
Parkland (20-1) will find out their seed for the National Tournament sometime Tuesday afternoon.
The #7 Parkland Men’s Basketball team used outstanding three point shooting Saturday as they shot by North Arkansas 96-86 to win the Greyhound Classic in West Memphis, Arkansas. The Cobras built a 48-37 halftime lead knocking down 7-16 from behind the arc over the first 20 minutes. PC was even better in the 2nd half making 8-12 to finish (15-28 54% for the game). PC led by as many as 20 in the contest but could not put them away.
Joe Larry led the way with 22 points as he made 5-6 from three-point range. Luke Beesley added 15 points and had 5 rebounds and 4 assists on 7 of 9 shooting from the field. Terrion Howard added 14 points and Chelby Frazier came off the bench to add 13. Jarrett Olson added 8 points and Cornelius McIntosh finished with 8 points and 6 rebounds for the Cobras who shot 53% for the game.
Parkland (2-0) will return to action on November 9th with a 7:00 game at Lake Land College in Mattoon.
Volleyball sweeps by Lewis and Clark to earn 9th straight trip to Nationals!
The #1 Cobras completed regional play today sweeping Lewis & Clark CC 26-24, 25-13, 25-12.
Alayna Jackson had the match of her career notching 11 kills, 6 blocks and hitting .786 (11 kills, 0 errors on 14 attempts).
Laura Gross also shared offensive honors with 11 kills and notched 6 blocks of her own along with 7 digs. Taylor Bauer had 8 kills and 10 digs, and Fia Willis and Sofi Kelemete had 5 kills each while Kelemete also notched 5 blocks. Jaime Johnson had another great setting night with 37 assists, and Bailee Dunne had an excellent defensive output with a career high 23 digs.
Parkland improves to 48-2 overall, but more importantly, advances to the NJCAA D2 National Championships in Charleston, WV. Seedings, times and match-ups will be announced early this week.
Championship Saturday could not have gone any better for Parkland as the Cobras had three teams playing for a trip to Nationals and all three came away victorious. The day started with the #12 Women’s Soccer (17-1) team winning 2-1 in double overtime over St. Charles as Hannah Martinez scored with just 1:33 left to play. The #1 ranked Volleyball (48-2) team then had their turn and they swept past Lewis and Clark 3-0. After winning a hard fought 26-24 opening set, PC cruised to 25-13 and 25-12 wins to finish out the match and earn their 9th straight trip to Nationals. And in the final game of the day, the #4 Parkland Men (20-1) pulled away in the second half for a 3-1 win over #7 and previously unbeaten St. Louis CC. Johnny Pugh put the Cobras up 1-0 before leaving with an injury and Carlos Martinez converted a second half PK and Patrick Kuanda knocked one home from deep as the Men earned their trip to Nationals. Women’s Soccer will be played November 14-19 in Melbourne Florida, and Men’s Soccer will be in Tyler Texas on those same days. Volleyball is set for November 17-19 in Charleston, WV.
Congratulations to all three Cobra coaches and players on this outstanding achievement!
For the first time in school history, three Parkland sports teams will compete on the same day in games with trips to Nationals on the line. The #12 Women's Soccer team (16-1) gets things started at Noon today when they host St. Charles CC. The win advances to the NJCAA D-1 National Tournament in Melbourne, Florida November 14-19. At 2:00, the #4 ranked Men's Soccer team (19-1) will host #7 St. Louis CC with a berth in their National Tournament in Tyler, Texas also on November 14-19. Neither Cobra soccer team as ever advanced to Nationals.
Also at 2:00 the #1 ranked Parkland Volleyball team will face off against Lewis and Clark. The match will take place at Illinois Central College in East Peoria. The Cobras are (47-2) and hoping to make their 9th consecutive appearance at Nationals. This year's finals are being held for the first time at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston, West Virginia.
Good Luck Cobras!
The #7 Parkland Men's Basketball team got the season off to a good start as they beat host Arkansas State-Mid South 75-57 in the opening round of their Greyhound Classic. PC (1-0) will take on North Arkansas (1-0) in the title game at Noon on Saturday.
PC jumped out to a 45-22 halftime lead as ASU-MS was ice cold from the field including 0-13 from behind the arc. The Cobras would push the lead out to as many as 25 before the host's rallied to cut the lead to 10 but PC took advantage of numerous turnovers and converted their free throws (14-18) to secure the win. Cornelius McIntosh paced the Cobras with 18 points, 8 rebounds, and a pair of assists. Grant Gibson was also in double figures with 12 points and grabbed three boards. Joe Larry finished with 9 points Terrion Howard had 8 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists while Luke Beesley had 7 points and 5 rebounds.
Parkland shot 7-19 from three-point range while ASU-MS finished just 2-22 on the night. Volleyball
The #1 Cobras kicked off regionals vs Frontier CC, and earned another sweep 25-9, 25-8, 25-16. Taylor Bauer earned a double-double with 11 kills and 12 digs. Laura Gross and Fia Willis had 7 kills each, and Gross also scored on 3 service aces. Alayna Jackson had 6 kills and a new career high 11 blocks while Gabby Pearl also had 5 kills in the match. Jaime Johnson secured 27 assists for the Cobras in two sets of play.
With the win, PC improves to 47-2 overall. More importantly, the Cobras will play the District Championship on Saturday at 2:00pm at ICC against Lewis & Clark CC who won their match over SWIC tonight. With that win, the Cobras will earn their ninth consecutive National Championship berth, this time in Charleston, WV in mid-November.
The Cobra women defeated Lewis and Clark 3-0 earning the Region 24 title. The #13 ranked Cobras (16-1) will host Missouri winner St. Charles CC (9-4-4) at 12:00 on Saturday November 5th with a trip to Nationals in Melbourne, Florida, on the line. The two teams met earlier this season with the Cobras coming away with a 2-1 win in overtime.
The Blazers controlled the tempo for most of the first half but it would be Cobras who would strike first as Marissa Barria drilled home a goal with just 45 seconds left in the first half to give Parkland a 1-0 lead at the break. Parkland was much the aggressor in the second half and Champaign’s Hannah Martinez header off a perfect corner kick from Alyssa Jones pushed the lead to 2-0 with 31:05 remaining in the game. Parkland would score their final goal of the afternoon as Brittany Kohnson converted on a penalty kick after Jones was knocked down in the box with only 8:02 remaining. The Cobras also got strong defensive play from goalie Jenna Ashley who turned back 9 Blazer shots on goals in recording the shutout.
After the match, Parkland’s Ellie McKenzie was named Player of the Year, Jenna Ashley was named Keeper of the Year, and Chris Jackson was Region 24 Coach of the Year. Joining McKenzie and Ashley on the All-Region team were Alyssa Jones, Michaela Ward, and Shone Tremblett.
Johnny Pugh scored twice in the first half and Matt Sharman was outstanding in goal, to help the #4 Parkland Men’s Soccer team to a 3-0 over defending Region 24 champion Lewis and Clark, earning the Cobras their first ever Region 24 title. The Cobras (19-1) will host the Central District Championship game next Saturday against the Region 16/Missouri winner, #7 St. Louis CC (18-0-2). The winner of that game will advance to the NJCAA D-1 Men’s Soccer Finals in Tyler, Texas.
Lewis and Clark controlled the game early and missed on a couple of golden opportunities over the first 20 minutes but failed to convert. Meanwhile the Cobras were unable to get much going until Pugh calmly dribbled by a defender and knocked the ball past the Blazer goalie for a 1-0 lead. Less than ten minutes later it was Pugh again as he found a cap in front of a crowd in front of the goal to give Parkland the two goal lead. The two shots were the Cobras only two shots on goal in the entire half.
Once again Lewis and Clark had several chances during the second half but this time it was Sharman who came away with several outstanding plays in goal to keep Lewis and Clark off the board. Jeremie Mafumba picked up a loose ball and scored his first goal of the season to give Parkland a 3-0 lead and some breathing room over the final 18 minutes. Parkland was actually the aggressor as the game wound down and held on for the impressive victory.
After the game, Parkland Coach Mark Sikora was named Region 24 Men’s Coach of the Year, Matt Sharman was named Keeper of the Year and was a 1st Team All-Region selection as was Johnny Pugh.
The #1 Parkland Cobras volleyball kicked off the Parkland Halloween Invite with a trio of matches today.
In the first match, Parkland swept Illinois Valley CC 25-12, 25-7, 25-10. Paige Griffith ran a balanced offense with 27 assists and also had a career-high 11 digs. Gabby Pearl had a season high 11 kills, Taylor Bauer had 10 kills, Eloise van Velthooven notched 8 kills, and Gabby Morrow had 6. Bauer collected 13 digs while Virtuous Thomas had 11.
In the second match, Parkland defeated South Suburban 25-8, 25-11, 25-12. Griffith had 22 assists, and Jaime Johnson had 15. Fia Willis had 10 kills, Alivia Dew 8, Gabby Morrow 6 and Gillian Jones had 5. Jordan Deer had 11 digs, Bailee Dunne had 8, and Willis had 7.
In the final match, Parkland swept #21 East Central (MO) 25-10, 25-15, 25-11. Johnson had 37 assists and 5 digs. Laura Gross led the offensive effort with 14 kills. Willis had 7 kills, Bauer had 6 and Alayna Jackson had 5. Dunne collected 14 digs while Gross, Bauer and Willis each had 7 apiece.
The Cobras improve to 45-2 overall ahead of one more match of the regular season tomorrow morning at 9:00am vs Carl Sandburg College.
For the third time this season, a member of the #1 ranked Parkland Volleyball team has been named the NJCAA D-2 Player of the Week. Champaign Centennial graduate Jaime Johnson earned the award after racking up 160 assists in four matches as the Cobras defeated three more ranked foes and improved to 42-2 on the year with one week left in the regular season. Johnson ranks in the top 10 in the NJCAA is assists, assists per set, and aces. Fellow sophomores Sofi Kelemete (week 2) and Laura Gross (week 5) had previously been recognized and honored by the NJCAA.