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Cobras earn academic honors
NJCAA announces student-athlete awards

The NJCAA recognized a record number 4,587 student-athletes for their success in the classroom with the presentation of the 2015-16 NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards.  Of the 57,472 student-athletes that participated in the NJCAA during the year, 7.98% earned national academic honors-nearly double the number of the previous year.
Award Breakdown:
  • Pinnace Award of Academic Excellence   4.00 GPA        663 students
  • Superior Academic Achievement Award:  3.80-3.99      1,610 students
  • Exemplary Academic Achievement Award  3.60-3.79    2,314 students
Itawamba CC of  Mississippi had the most honorees with 60,  while Region 6 (Kansas) has the most awards followed by Region 23 (Mississippi/Louisiana) and Region 24 (Central and Southern Illinois).  In Region 24, Kaskaskia led the way with 41 while Parkland was second with 34.
Of the 34 Parkland honorees,  7 earned Pinnacle, 10  earned Superior, and 17 earned Exemplary.  22.4% of Parkland Athletes earned Academic recognition, nearly three times higher than the national average.   Baseball had 7 honorees followed closely by Women’s Basketball with 6 and Volleyball, Softball, and Women’s Soccer each with 5.
  • Ellie McKenzie:  Soccer
  • Katie Kuska:  Softball
  • Laura Gross:  Volleyball
  • Lauren Moses:  Basketball
  • Megan Jackson:  Basketball
  • Payton Bieber:  Basketball
  • Taylor Jordan:  Basketball/Softball
  • Anna McHatton:  Soccer
  • Garrett Hixenbaugh:  Golf
  • Jaime Johnson:  Volleyball
  • Jessica Hammack:  Softball
  • Kelly Lean:  Volleyball
  • Lexi Deer:  Volleyball
  • Luke Beesley:  Baseball/Basketball
  • Ross Learnard:  Baseball
  • Sam Geraci:  Baseball
  • Sophie Catlin:  Softball
  • Aidan Reilly:  Soccer
  • Layne Buzan:  Basketball
  • Caine Huart:  Soccer
  • Christian Khachaturian:  Golf
  • Cole Taylor:  Baseball
  • Daniel Lloyd:  Baseball
  • Daniel White:  Soccer
  • Dom Knight:  Golf
  • Kaitlin Keller:  Soccer
  • Kassidy Alderman:  Basketball
  • Megan Magsamen:  Softball
  • Nicholas Patton:  Golf
  • Olivia McCafferty:  Soccer
  • Ryan Fox:  Baseball
  • Taylor Bauer :  Volleyball
  • Terri Wendle:  Soccer
  • Thomas Weber:  Baseball


                     Brady Schanuel and Laura Gross

  • Male Athlete and Male Newcomer of the Year:
    Brady Schanuel, Baseball
  • Female Athlete and Co-Female Newcomer of the Year: 
    Laura Gross, Volleyball
  • Co-Female Newcomer of the Year:
    Jenna Ashley, Soccer
  • Male Student-Athlete of the Year:
    Ross Learnard, Baseball
  • Female Student-Athlete of the Year:
    Lauren Moses, Basketball

The 2016 Parkland College Baseball season will be remembered as one where the Cobras won their first M-WAC and Regional title and returned to the NJCAA D-2 World Series for the first time since 2010. It will also unfortunately be remembered for a  pair of World Series games they would just soon as forget. For the second straight day defensive error led to early runs as the Brunswick Dolphins beat Parkland 6-3 to eliminate the Cobras from the World Series. The (0-2) record marked the first time in seven World Series appearances that PC failed to win at  game.

Much like Saturday's opening game loss, the game started well for PC as starter Brady Schanuel retired the first batter on a fly ball to left.  The Cobra ace went 0-2 on the next hitter but threw four straight balls for a one out walk. He once again went 0-2 on the next hitter but an off speed pitch got away, leading to a hit batsmen and two men on base.  A wild pitch moved the runners up to 2nd and 3rd and a infield ground out got the Dolphins on the board. Brunswick added a second run as their sixth hitter of the inning flared a ball down the left field line that just dropped in fair territory.

PC got on the board in the bottom of the inning but outstanding defensive plays kept PC away from a big inning. Donovan Chandler led off with a single and Fahd Shakeel followed with a smash down the first base line that appeared headed for extra bases but the ball was snared by the Dolphins first basemen for the first out of the inning.  Bobby Wenthe followed with a walk and Nick Stokowski was robbed on a solid line drive to center. Cole Taylor got PC on the board with a sharp single to left. 

After neither team scored in the 2nd, the 3rd inning proved to be a disaster for the Cobras. Markel Jones led off the inning with a triple and Marshall Smith followed with a hard hit ball back to the mound that Schanuel threw past the first baseman for a two-base error.  After two infield ground outs. Schanuel walked the next hitter to put runners at 1st and 3rd with two outs.  The Cobras appeared to escape any further damage as Schanuel struck out Nick Yarborough to end the inning but  the throw to first sailed over the first baseman's head and the ball ended up in the right field corner. The ball was unable to be retreived before all three runs scored to give Brunswick a 6-1 lead. Schanuel did get into a groove over the next three innings as he finished the game allowing just one earned run on four hits while walking two and striking out four in six innings of work. Ryan Fox was outstanding in relief as he blanked the Dolphins in the 7th and 8th and Kody Silverthorn did the same in the 9th.

Unforntantely Brunswick starter Nolan Clenney also got things going and dominated the Cobras until the 8th when PC got back on the board as Nick Stokwoski hit a two run blast to deep center to cut the margin to 6-3. Jonathan Carpenter retired the Cobras in order in the 9th to wrap up the Dolphins win.  Stokowski and Donovan Chandler each had two hits for the Cobras.  Parkland ends the season with a record of (45-16). Brunswick (41-17) moves on to a 3:30 contest on Monday against McHenry CC (50-11). The Scots eliminated North Iowa Area CC 8-7 earlier on Sunday.


The defending National Runner-Up Western Oklahoma Pioneers are on a mission to earn the title they felt slipped away last year when they were swept by LSU-Eunice on the final Saturday last June.  On Saturday, they showed Parkland they mean business. The Pioneers took advantage of three Cobra errors in the first two innings to build an early 5-1 lead and then poured it on in a 20-2 rout of the Cobras in the opening round of the NJCAA D-II World Series. The win moves Western Oklahoma St into a 12:00 game on Monday with the winner of Saturday nights Mercer County NJ vs Brunswick NC.  The Cobras will play at 7:00 on Sunday night against the loser of the Mercer-Brunswick contest.

After Cobra starter Ross Learnard struck out the first two hitters of the game, Western put back to back singles together before an errant throw by the Cobra catcher allowed two runs to score and another single made it 3-0 after 1 inning.  A walk, two hit batsmen, and another PC error allowed the Pioneers to take a 5-0 lead in the 2nd before PC finally got on the board in their half of the inning.   With one out Cole Taylor walked and Curtiss Johnson followed with a single to put runners at first and third. Joe Boyle drove in the first Cobra run as he reached on a fielders choice.  
The Pioneers used a squeeze bunt and a three run homer by Wanderson Pinales to push the lead to 9-1 and they would score 11 more runs off four PC relievers.  Parkland scored their other run in the 4th as Joe Boyle singled with one out, Chris Whelan walked, and pinch-hitter Donovan Chandler drove in a run with an opposite field single.
Chris Jones led WOS going 3-4 with 4 runs scored and 3 RBI.  Blake Clanton went 2-4 with 5 RBI as well. Western out hit PC 17-6 on the game and took advantage of 3 errors and 5 Cobra walks.  No PC player had more than one hit in the contest.


After struggling through the front nine, Parkland's Christian Khachaturian birdied four of the final nine holes, including three of the final four, to shoot a 79 on the final day of the NJCAA D-II Golf Tournament in Plymouth, Indiana.  Khachaturian shot (71-79-84-79) for a four round total of 313 and 72nd place out of 120 golfers.


6:30pm update
Christian Khachaturian shot an 84 on Thursday as the Cobra freshman finished with 9 pars, 6 bogeys, and 3 double-bogeys over the 18 holes.  His three day total of (71-80-84 235) leaves him in a tie for 63rd place in the 120 golfer field. 
Khachaturian will tee off at 9:15 Friday morning and will play in a trio along with Dennis Reedy of Black Hawk and Devin Capron of Grand Rapids.
Athletes of the Year
Freshman Christian Khachaturian couldn't repeat his opening round magic and slipped back a bit after shooting a 79 on Wednesday.  He now stands at (150 71-79) and in a tie for 31st place at the halfway point of the four day event. He is right in the thick of things to finish in the top 25 at the NJCAA Nationals. Khachaturian will tee off at 11:03 on Thursday and is paired in a group with Trevor Lay of Carl Sandburg and Devon Woody of Des Moines Area CC.

Cobras headed to NJCAA DII Baseball World Series
Parkland will take on Western OK State this Saturday, May 28th at 4pm.
Good luck Cobras!!!


5:25pm update:
Khachaturian is tied for 7th place after the opening round of the NJCAA D-II Golf Tournament. He is one of only twelve golfers in the 120 man field to break par over the first 18 holes. Second round play is scheduled for tomorrow with Christian set to tee off around 12:06 pm.

11:55am update:
Parkland freshman golfer Christian Khachaturian fired a -1 under par 71 today at the NJCAA D-2 National Tournament at Swan Lake Resort in Indiana.

Parkland Freshman golfer Christian Khachaturian will tee off in Group #6  at 7:45am on Tuesday as the NJCAA D-II National Golf Tournament gets underway at Swan Lake Resort in Indiana.  K There are 20 teams and 25 individuals who are competing in the four-day 72-hole event that is scheduled to run from Tuesday to Friday.

PING All-America and All-Region teams for NJCAA Division II were announced today by the Golf Coaches Association of America.
Connor Klein and Justin Warren of South Mountain, Tyler’s Marco Maldonado, Mississippi Gulf Coast’s Grant Motter and Meridian’s Lance Strickland were named PING First-Team All-America selections.

Second-team honorees included South Mountain’s Ryan Douglass, Philip Heine of Copiah-Lin­coln, Meridian’s Grant Renegar, Colin Trixler of Mississippi Gulf Coast and Tyler’s Oliver White.
Jordan Harre of Rend Lake, Mississippi Gulf Coast’s Phillip Hickam, Clayton Keck of Tyler, Park­land’s Dom Knight and Walters State’s Tanner Nelson received honorable mention accolades.
Knight was also named to the 10-man All-Central Region team.  Knight had a two-year stellar career for the Cobras but missed out on qualifying for nationals by just one stroke.


On the heels of M-WAC and Region 24 Championships and the Cobra baseball teams first trip to the World Series since 2010, several Parkland players have earned post-season recognition.  Freshman Brady Schanuel and sophomore Nick Stokowksi were named 1st Team All-Region and Coach Dave Garcia was named Region 24 Coach of the Year. Catcher Jordyn Muffley earned MVP awards for his play at the Region 24 tournament. Schanuel is currently (10-2) with a 1.85 ERA and an NJCAA D-II leading 127 strikeouts. Stokowski is hitting .387 with 7 HR and 50 RBI.
On the conference side, Schanuel was named both the Pitcher of the Year and the Freshman of the Year in the M-WAC. Schanuel went 7-0 in conference play with 1.80 ERA, striking out 91 in 50 innings of work. He was joined on the 1st Team by Stokowski who hit .404 in conference with 5 HR and 32 RBI. He also led the team with 40 hits and 30 runs scored in M-WAC action.  Second team selections include outfielder Fahd Shakeel who hit a team high .448 with 5 HR and 21 RBI in conference games and pitcher Ryan Fox who was 6-0 with a 2.00 ERA against conference foes. Three players earned Honorable Mention recognition as catcher Jordyn Muffley, utility player Bobby Wenthe, and starting pitcher Ross Learnard were all honored.  Muffley hit .394 in the M-WAC while Wenthe led the team with 7 home runs and was second on the team in RBI with 28. Learnard finished strong for the Cobras going 4-0 with an 0.45 ERA while walking only two and striking out 28. Coach Dave Garcia also earned M-WAC Coach of the Year recognition.
Softball Team Awards:
  • Offensive Player of the Year:  
    Haley Ginger, .437 Batting Average
  • Defensive Player of the Year: 
    Megan Tool,  .993%
  • Golden Spikes Award:
    Elise Stewart,  13 Stolen Bases
  • Pitcher(s) of the Year:
    Jaclyn Thompson, 18-5 2.65 ERA
    Erin Walker, 17-5 3.29 ERA
  • Most Valuable Player: 
    Jaclyn Thompson
  • Cobra Award: 
    Special team award recognizing contribution to the program: Amber Tabeling and Monica Monroe
2016 NJCAA D-2 World Series Set for May 28-June 4 in Enid, Oklahoma!
The field is set for the 2016 NJCAA D-II World Series to be held May 28-June 4 at David Allen Ballpark in Enid, Ok.  Top-seed and returning National Champion LSU-Eunice did not make the field but last year’s runner-up Western Oklahoma returns as does 8 nationally ranked teams. Only two teams return from last year’s field (Western Okla. And North Iowa, the biggest turnover in Series history.  Just two programs Parkland (2) and Western Oklahoma (1) have ever won a WS title and two teams, McHenry and Sinclair will be making their first trip to the D-II World Series.
Opening Round Schedule:

Saturday May 28
10:00   Gateway  vs No. Iowa Area CC
1:00      Jones County vs McHenry
4:00      Parkland vs Western Oklahoma State
7:15      Brunswick vs Mercer
Sunday May 29
12:00    Monroe vs Sinclair
3:30      Loser Game 1 vs Loser Game 2
7:00      Loser Game 3 vs Loser Game 4
Monday May 30 (Memorial Day)
12:00   Winner Game 3 vs Winner Game 4
3:30     Winner Game 6 vs Winner Game 7
7:00     Winner Game 1 vs Winner Game 2


Baseball team defied the odds on Sunday as they swept favored #7  Heartland 15-5 and 3-2 to earn their first trip to the NJCAA D-II World Series since 2010.  The Cobras will meet Western Oklahoma State (46-16) at 4:00 on Saturday May 28 in Enid, Oklahoma.   The sweep moves Parkland, winners of 20 of their last 21 games, to (45-14) while Heartland ends their season at (44-15).
Game 1:
The Cobras left no doubt they meant business on Sunday as they scored nine time in the top of the first inning to grab a 9-0 lead. The first nine hitters in the Cobra line-up all reached base as they used three hits, three walks, three hit batsmen, and a pair of Hawk errors to grab the big early lead. Nick Stokowski had the big blow in the inning as he had a two run double into the gap in right. In the 3rd, PC increased their lead to 10-0 as Cully Day walked and later scored on a Jordyn Muffley single. Heartland got back into the contest in the bottom of the frame as they scored four times to cut the margin to just 10-4. PC once again took advantage of wildness on the part of the Heartland pitching staff as they scored three times in the 4th with the aid of two more walks, a pair of hit batsmen, and a wild pitch.   The Cobras made it 15-4 in the 7th as Bobby Wenthe crushed his 14th home run of the year over the wall in center. HCC scored a meaningless run in the bottom of the 9th to make the final margin 15-5. Although PC was out hit 11-9, the Cobras benefited from 11 walks and 8 hit batters.
Daniel Lloyd (6-0) battled all afternoon to pick up the win. The freshman went 7 innings, giving up four runs on ten hits while walking six and striking out five. Noah Lamboley worked the final two innings allowing a run on one hit while striking out a pair.  Curtiss Johnson had 2 hits and 2 RBI, Nick Stokowski and Bobby Wenthe each drove in three runs and scored twice. Cully Day scored three times while Joe Boyle and Chris Whelan both crossed the plate twice.
PC       901  300  200        15  8   0
HCC     004  000 001         5  11  4
Game 2:
The Cobras showed they could win a pitcher’s duel as well as Matt Jenkins threw a gem to earn the win and Kody Silverthorn worked out of a bases loaded no-out jam in the 9th to secure the win.  Parkland jumped on top in the 2nd as Cole Taylor walked, was sacrificed to second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a hard hit ground ball to third by Joe Boyle that he could not be fielded by the HCC third baseman.  PC added another run in the 4th as Curtiss Johnson walked, stole 2nd, moved to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a Boyle ground out to short. PC added a huge insurance run in the bottom of the 8th as Stokowksi singled, and Donovan Chandler who ran for him,  promptly stole 2nd.  After a pop-out, Cole Taylor singled sharply to center to give the Cobras a 3-0 lead.
Jenkins went back out in the 9th to try and earn the complete game shutout but back to back singles brought the tying run to the plate with nobody out.  Cobra closer Kody Silverthorn was brought into the game and he walked the first hitter he faced to load the bases.  Conner Sorge grounded out to 2nd to score the first run and move the tying runs into scoring position. Michael Bainbridge followed with a sacrifice fly to right to make it 3-2 and the tying run moved up to 3rd just 90 feet away. Silverthorn got Myles Hahn to pop up in the infield and the celebration was on as the Cobras dogpiled in the middle of the field to celebrate their first Region 24 title since 2010.  Jenkins was outstanding going 8 plus innings allowing just two runs on five hits walking two and striking out four. Silverthorn recorded his 5th save of the season.
HCC     000 000 002      2  5  1
PC        010 100 01X      3  4 2
Parkland wins opening round thriller!

Grant Gibson hit the game winning basket off a perfect pass from
Terrion Howard with 17.9 seconds left and Jessy Cantinol blocked two Tribune
shots in the final five seconds as the underdog Parkland Men's Basketball team
upset #8 Monroe CC 61-59 in the opening round of the NJCAA D-II Basketball
Tournament.  The win sets up a showdown for the Cobras (23-11) against #1
Triton (32-2) at 6:30 on Thursday night at the Mary Miller Gym on the Danville
Area CC campus.  The two teams played during the regular season with
Triton coming away with a 71-65 win back on December 5th in River Grove. 

Tuesday's contest could not have started any worse for PC as they
missed their first seven shots and found themselves down 10-2 after the first
five minutes.  The Tribunes led by nine at 19-10 with 11:10 left in the
half before the Cobras went on a 12-0 run to give them a 22-19 lead at the 7:43
mark.  Neither team would lead by more than three for the remainder of the
half and Monroe would take a two point lead into the break. The Cobras stayed
in the game by making 14-19 free throws while shooting just 28% from the field
to 50% for Monroe.

The Cobras still found themselves down two at 46-44 with 9:05 to
play before Cournelius McIntosh scored five straight points on an old fashioned
three point play and another field goal and Jessy Cantinol made 1-2 from the
line to give PC a four point lead with 7:02 to go. Monroe would seemingly take
control of the contest as they went on an 11-0 run fueled by three consecutive
three pointers to turn a four point deficit into a seven point lead, 57-50,
with only 5:29 left on the clock.

The final minutes were all Cobras however as they would rally for
the win.  Cantinol made a bucket and Austin Howard hit a pair of free
throws to close the lead to 57-54 at the 3:44 mark. Both teams would fail to
score over the next two mintues and another Cantinol basket cut the margin to
one with exactly 2:00 left.  Monroe's Isaiah Davis lay-up with 1:14 to
play made it 59-56 Monroe before McIntosh drained a game tying three with only
55.5 showing on the clock. The Tribunes turned the ball over with 28.7 to play
before Howard and Gibson connected for the game winning shot. With the large
pro-Parkland crowd cheering on the Cobras, the defense would rise to the
occasion in the final seconds, as  Monroe got off three shots with a
chance to send the game to overtime but Cantinol swatted away Dykweil Bryans
final attempt to seal the win. 

The victory was a total team effort with McIntosh leading the way
with 13 points and Austin Howard and Cantinol each scoring 10.  Cantinol
also grabbed 10 rebounds to help give PC a 36-33 edge on the glass. Monroe was
paced by 21 points from Davis while no other Tribune would make it to double
figures. Monroe shot 42% to just 37% for the Cobras on the night but
PC forced 17 turnovers and outscored them 16-9 at the line.

Parkland will get a well deserved day off before returning to
action Thursday night while Monroe (24-5) will take on MCC-Penn Valley at 11:00
am that same day in the consolation bracket. 

Tuesday Results:

Game 1: #2 Lansing (27-4) 91 Dakota County 78
Game 2: #7 Essex (27-4) 92 Columbus State 69
Game 3: #3 Kirkwood (28-4) 86 Frederick 61
Game 4: #6 Louisburg (28-5) 105 South Mountain 91
Game 5: #1 Triton (32-2) 79 MCC-Penn Valley 70
Game 6: Parkland (23-11) 61 #8 Monroe 59

Wednesday Schedule:
Game 7 11:00:  #4 South Suburban (31-2) vs Kansas City
Game 8 1:00:  #5 Schoolcraft (22-10) vs Cecil (20-9)
Game 9 3:00: Dakota County (20-11) vs Columbus St (24-7)
Game 10 6:00: Lansing (27-4) vs Essex (27-4)
Game 11 8:00: Kirkwood (28-4) vs Louisburg (28-5)

Thursday Schedule:
Game 12 9:00 Frederick (13-17) vs South Mountain (20-13)
Game 13 11:00 MCC Penn Valley (16-16) vs Monroe (24-5)
Game 14 1:00 Loser Game 7 vs Loser Game 8
Game 15 3:00 Loser  Game 10 vs Loser Game 11
Game 16 6:30 Triton (34-2) vs Parkland (23-11)
Game 17 8:30 Winner Game 10 vs Winner Game 11

Parkland open Nationals on March 15 with Monroe CC

The Parkland Men’s Basketball team will open with Monroe CC
of New York (24-4) at 8:30 on Tuesday night March 15 at the Mary Miller Gym on
the campus of Danville Area CC. A win would send the Cobras (22-11) into a
Thursday night 6:30 game against the winner of Triton/MCC Penn Valley.  A
loss would mean an 11:00 am game against the loser of that contest. The
tournament is set to run from March 15-19.

Opening round games:

Tuesday March 15:

Game 1:  9:00 Lansing MI. (28-4) vs Dakota County Tech
MN. (20-10)

Game 2:  11:00 Essex NJ. (26-4) vs Columbus State OH.
Game 3:  1:00 Kirkwood IA. (27-4) vs Frederick MD.
Game 4:  3:00 Louisburg NC (27-5) vs South Mountain AZ.
Game 5:  6:30 Triton Il. (31-2) vs MCC-Penn Valley
Game 6:  8:30  Monroe CC
NY (24-4) vs Parkland College (22-11)

Wednesday March 16:

Game 7: 11:00 South Suburban IL. (31-2) vs Kansas City KS.
Game 8:  1:00  Schoolcraft MI. (22-10) vs Cecil MD
Game 9:  3:00   Loser Game 1 vs Loser Game 2
Game 10:  6:00  Winner Game 1 vs Winner Game 2
Game 11:  8:00 Winner Game 3 vs Winner Game 4

Thursday March 17:

Game 12:  9:00  Loser Game 3 vs Loser Game 4

Game 13: 11:00 Loser Game 5 vs Loser
Game 6

Game 14:  1:00 Loser Game 7 vs Loser Game 8
Game 15:  3:00  Winner Game 10 vs Winner Game 11
Game 16:  6:30  
Winner Game 5 vs Winner Game 6

Game 17:  8:30   Winner Game 7 vs Winner Game
Friday and Saturday Schedule TBA
Women sweep M-WAC awards, pair named All-Region
The Midwest Athletic Conference champion Parkland Women’s
Basketball team swept the top awards on the All-Conference team released
today. Sophomore Kassidy Alderman was
named the M-WAC Player of the Year, Kerstyn Lowery earned Freshman of the Year,
and Coach Mike Lindemann was selected as the Coach of the Year for the Cobras
who won their 6th straight M-WAC title.  Alderman and fellow sophomore Josie Zerrusen
were First Team selections while Lowery was a 2nd team choice. Alderman and Zerrusen were also named First
Team All-Region 24.

Alderman and Zerrusen tied for the team lead in points per
game averaging 13.0 per contest. 
Alderman shot 44.6% from the field, a team-high 39.4% from three-point
rage and 76.5 from the line. She also averaged 4.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists per
game. Zerrusen shot 41.8% on the season and 30.0 from three point range, and a
team best 87.7 from the charity stripe. Zerrusen also grabbed 5.8 rebounds and
averaged 2.8 assists per contest. The pair helped PC to a two-year record of 59
wins and only 11 defeats.  Lowery was
third on the team in scoring averaging 11.2 points a game. She shot 39.2% from
the field and 35.8% from behind the arc while leading the team in steals.

Lindemann enjoyed another outstanding season,winning his third straight M-WAC title and appeared in the Region 24 title game for the third consecutive time. In three seasons as the Cobras head coach, Lindemann now stands at 86-21 a winning percentage of .804

National bound PC Men earn honors
Region 24 and Midwest Athletic Conference champions Parkland
College placed a pair of players on the All-Region Team and one on the
All-Conference Team

Guard Austin Howard earned 1st Team All-Region
and All-Conference honors for leading the Cobras to their second straight M-WAC
title. Through hard work and daily dedication, Howard improved his team leading
scoring average to 13.9 points per game after averaging just 4.3 as a freshman.
Howard shot 44.8% from the field for the year including 42.7% from three-point
range.  He also shot 72.9% from the free throw line. Austin’s season high
was 22 points against both Lincoln Trail and Danville.

Fellow sophomore Jessy Cantinol was also a 1st
Team All-Region selection. Cantinol averaged 10.1 points and 6.3 rebounds for
the 22-11 Cobras. Last year as a freshman Jessy averaged just 4.9 ppg and 4.1
rpg. He scored a season high 22 points.  against nationally-ranked
Kirkwood and finished in double figures in over half of the Cobras games this
season. He reached double digits in rebounds five times this year with a high
of 14 at Lincoln College.

Fourth year Cobra Head Coach Anthony Figueroa was named the
M-WAC Coach of the Year for guiding his team to an undisputed conference title
as the Cobras earned the title for the second straight season. Under Figueroa’s
guidance, Parkland has had four straight winning seasons and his record is
(83-42) during that span. Just as impressive is the Cobras improvement in the
classroom as the team earned an over-all grade point average over 3.0 this past

Parkland Men headed to Nationals!!!

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

The Cobras got out of the gate quickly grabbing an early
11-4 lead only to see the Warriors score seven straight to tie the
contest.  PC would lead by as many as eight in the half and took a 35-31
lead into the break.   Parkland led just 44-42 with 16:29 left when
McIntosh took over. Three straight baskets sandwiched around a Rend Lake score
gave PC a 50-44 lead before he drained a three to push the lead to nine. After
the Warriors scored four straight, McIntosh hit two free throws and tipped in a
rebound to make it 59-48 with 10:04 to go.  The lead would reach 14 before
Rend Lake got within four during the final seconds but could not get any
Rend Lake out shot PC 50% to 43% on the afternoon and out
rebounded the Cobras 30-27. However PC turned the ball over just 7 times and
Austin Howard made 12-14 free throws, including 8-8 in the second half,
while the Warriors struggled at the line all game making just 10-22.

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

Men advance to title game
Spark plug Terrion Howard had a game high 22 points on Saturday
to lead the Parkland Men’s Basketball team to a 78-70 win over rival  #15
Danville Area CC. The Cobras (21-11) will take on Rend Lake (17-14) with a trip
to Nationals on the line. The Warriors beat ICC 84-75 in the earlier
semi-final. Parkland and Rend Lake split their two games in the regular season.
Playing in front of a large and spirited crowd, the first
half was a back and forth affair with the Cobras grabbing a 32-29 lead at
intermission. PC pushed the lead to nine at 45-36 with 15:33 to go but Cayman
Meier made a three-pointer and was fouled to complete a four point play. After
a PC basket, the Jaguars went on an 8-0 run sparked by a technical on the
Cobras Jessy Cantinol.  DACC grabbed their only lead of the half at 48-47
with 12:03 remaining but a technical on Davion Watson of DACC helped PC to go
an 8-0 run of their own, with six of the points scored by Howard, to push the
lead to 55-48 with 8:35 left. 
DACC would not go away quietly and they
rallied to tie the contest at 59 with 3:59 to go. After the two teams traded
baskets, Jessy Cantinol made 1 of 2 free throws to make it 62-61 PC and after a
pair of missed chances by DACC, Howard drained a huge three-pointer to push the
lead to four.  DACC missed a three and the Cobras Grant Gibson answered
with a  three of his own to make it 68-61 PC with 1:48 left and DACC would
get no closer.

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

Men win 20th, rout Lincoln in Region 24 opener

The Parkland Men’s Basketball picked up their 20th
win of the season and moved into the Region 24 semi-finals with an impressive
73-45 win over Lincoln.  The victory means  the Cobras (20-11) will
take on DACC (24-7) at 3:00 in the second semi-final on Saturday.  The
Jaguars rallied from a halftime deficit to beat Lincoln Land 80-63.  In
the first game on Saturday, Rend Lake (16-14) will face off against Illinois
Central. ICC beat John wood 79-72 in overtime in Friday’s first game while Rend
Lake had an opening round bye.
Leading just 19-17 with 5:18 to go in the half, PC went on a
12-0 run to end the half to push the lead to 31-17.  Lincoln would not
score for the first three minutes of the second half as the Cobras would extend
the lead to twenty at 37-17. The Lynx would get no closer than 15 points the
remainder of the contest.   Parkland shot 50% on the day to just 36%
for Lincoln.  The Cobras were especially effective inside the arc,
shooting 58% on the game.  Joe Larry came off the bench to pace a balanced
attack finishing with 15 points.  Terrion Howard added 13 points while
Jessy Cantinol had 10.  Quadre Lollis and Grant Gibson both added 9 points
in the contest.  Luke Beesley grabbed 9 rebounds for the Cobras while
Howard dished out 6 assists.  Cantinol added 4 big steals which were
converted into fast break points for the Cobras.

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

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

On the other side of the bracket, ICC pounded Lewis and
Clark 97-54 while Lake Land pulled away for an 87-62 win over Danville Area.

Women outlast Lincoln Land, advance to Region 24 title game
The #17th ranked Parkland Basketball team used a 16-2 run to
close out the first half as they pulled away from pesky Lincoln Land 64-47 to
earn a spot in the Region 24 Championship game. PC will play #4 Illinois
Central (28-4). The Cougars overcame a double-digit first half deficit to rally
past  Lake Land 74-65 to earn the other spot.

Parkland used solid defense and a strong bench
to up end the Loggers. A strong second quarter was the key as PC turned a 19-17
lead into a 35-19 halftime lead with the run. Parkland led by between 15-25
points for the entire second half as they rested players in anticipation of
playing three games in three days. The Cobras were paced by Kassidy Alderman
who had 12 points while Josie Zerrusen added 11, Kerstyn Lowery chipped in 9,
Layne Buzan had 8, and Megan Jackson came off the bench to add 8 as well.
Lauren Moses grabbed a team high 9 rebounds while Buzan and Payton Bieber each
had 7 for PC. The Cobras won the battle of the boards 50-35 on the afternoon

ICC ends Women's season in title game 

A third straight trip to Nationals was not in the making
Sunday as the Illinois Central College Cougars ended the Cobras two-year run
with an 85-70 win over Parkland in the Region 24 Final in Lincoln.  The #4
Cougars (29-4) advance to Nationals while the Cobras see their season come to
an end at (24-9).
The Cobras picked the wrong day to have an off shooting
night as PC could never get untracked from the field. ICC shot 54% in both
halves while PC shot just 31%. Parkland was especially ineffective from three
where they made just 4-29 from behind the three-point line.  ICC built a
47-28 halftime lead and eventually pushed the lead to 32 before the never say
die Cobras put up a fierce rally. PC outscored ICC 42-25 the rest of the way
and actually go the deficit down to as few as 12 with 2:22 left in the game but
could get no closer.
Sophomore Josie Zerrusen ends her Parkland career with 17
points and 5 assists. Kassidy Alderman and Layne Buzan added 9 points while
Kerstyn Lowery added 8. Fellow sophomore Lauren Moses just missed another
double-double with 8 points and 13 rebounds. Despite the loss, congratulations
go out to this group that compiled a two-year record of 59-11, finishing as
NJCAA Runner-Up in 2015 while also earning two M-WAC titles. Congratulations to
Coach Mike Lindemann and his staff as well as all of the players on another
exciting and successful season.

Cobra Hall of Fame Induction

The Parkland College Foundation and Athletic Department are proud to announce the 2015 Hall of Fame class. This is the ninth class since the start of the Hall of Fame in 2007.  This year’s induction ceremony will take place on Saturday February 20th at halftime of the Parkland Men’s Basketball game vs Lincoln.  There will be a reception after the game in the Parkland Student Union.

This year’s inductees:
  • Mark Carlson (Baseball): 
    Former Cobra catcher and current Major League Baseball umpire is in his 17th season and worked his first MLB World Series this past November after working the Cubs-Cardinals National League Division Series.

  • Troy Douglas (Track and Field): 
    NJCAA All-American, holds school record in four events and two relays. Went on to compete in 1988, 1992, and 1996 Olympics for Bermuda and 2004 for the Netherlands. Currently the Head Coach for the Bermuda Track and Field Association.

  • Antiwan Easley (Men’s Basketball): 
    2nd Team NJCAA All-American in 1992-93 for (19-15) Men’s team.  Career high 27 vs Lake County.  Averaged 16.5 points per game, leading the team in scoring and assists, earning Region 24 Player of the Year honors.

  • Mike Hamby (Baseball):
    2001 NJCAA Defensive Player of the Year.  Is the all time Cobra career hits leader (182) and second in career batting average (.419). Hit 425 as a freshman and .413 as a sophomore.

  • Mike Hatfield (Track and Field):
    Was NJCAA Track and Field All-State performer 6 times,  NCAA All-American in the 3000 Steeplechase at Eastern Illinois. Member of the EIU National Champion Cross-Country team.  Member of the EIU and Hoopeston Hall of Fame’s. Also wrestled while at Parkland.

  • Holly Nichols (Softball): 
    1st Team All-American in 2007.  Hit .389 with 4 home runs and 52 RBI her sophomore season and led the team in runs scored with 81.  Helped team to two-year record of 95-25.
  • Kim Roberts (Women’s Basketball): 
    2nd Team NJCAA All-American in 1992-93, averaged 18.5 points per game for (23-9) Cobras. Led nation in three-pointers made (107) shooting 51% (107-210) on the year. Career high 33 vs Rend Lake.  Also an NJCAA Academic All-American.



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