- Men's Basketball
Friday, August 26
Dodds Athletic Center
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- Women's Basketball
Thursday, Sept. 8
Dodds Athletic Center
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The defending National Champion Parkland College Volleyball team will start the season where they left off, as they are the #1 ranked team in the first NJCAA VB Poll. The Cobras, who went a perfect (57-0), on the way to their 2nd National Title, will host a pair of scrimmages this week before opening their season at the Wisconsin Dells.
The regular season will get underway on Saturday August 26 with a trio of matches, including the season-opener against #8 Kirkwood. Parkland will play two more matches on Sunday with the highlight facing #8 NJCAA D-1 power Indian Hills. The Cobras will once again play one of the most competitive schedules in the country as they will face off against the #2, #3, #5, #7, #8, #9, #11, #12, #13, #14, #16, #18, and #20 ranked D-II programs as well as teams ranked in D-1 and D-III.
Parkland will open their home season on September 7 at 6:00 against Region 24 and M-WAC foe Lewis and Clark. All PC Athletic events are free for students, faculty, and staff with a PC ID.
Cobras Women's Soccer Welcomes New Recruits for 2016
Parkland College Women's Soccer has announced the new recruits who will make up its freshman class for the 2016 season.
These seven Illinois residents will join 13 returning players to start the preseason Aug. 1 and defend the Cobras' 2015 Mid-West Athletic Conference title. Recently appointed Head Coach Chris Jackson expressed excitement about this incoming group.
"It's a fairly small class but filled with proven players who can step right into key roles on this team," he said. "Having such a large and successful sophomore class returning next season will help our recruits settle in quickly and hit the ground running in August."
Brooke Tozer joins the Cobras from nearby Charleston. Primarily a defender, Tozer is a versatile player capable of slotting into a number of roles on the team. "I wanted to be challenged, and I know that Parkland is a great program and will help me to continue to get better," Tozer stated.
Brianna Merchant comes to Parkland from Troy in southern Illinois. An avid fan of the US Women's National Team, Merchant is an experienced and imposing defender. She suffered a serious setback prior to signing with the Cobras but has recovered quickly and will be fit for the start of preseason training, Jackson said. "I chose Parkland because I loved the atmosphere of the college," explained Merchant, who will be part of the Parkland Pathway to Illinois program. "I've been looking forward to starting ever since I visited."
Destiny Hudspeth joins Parkland from Springfield. An attack-minded player, she will be a strong addition to the Cobras' offense, which has bested opposing teams for the past few seasons. Describing Parkland as "a good school, with good soccer," Hudspeth looks forward to contributing to the team's success.
Claire Younker, a native of Morton, joins the Cobras as a versatile winger. A strong and athletic player, Younker will be an asset to the team both defending and going forward. She explained her decision to sign with Parkland: "I like that it is a winning program and I get the chance to be part of that tradition. I felt that Parkland was the place for me as soon as I visited the campus."
Marissa Barria, also from Springfield, is a true box-to-box center midfielder who is expected to have a major impact in an already strong center of the park for the Cobras. She is a longtime fan of the Catalan Giants and last year's UEFA Champions League winner, FC Barcelona.
Sydney Mossman joins the Cobras from Alton. A technical player, Mossman will make big contributions on the offensive side for the Cobras and play both as a center forward and an attacking winger. She had club success with St. Louis Scott Gallagher and will push for a key role behind the Cobras' already established attackers.
Hannah Martinez, from Centennial High School in Champaign, was a key player in a successful campaign for Centennial this past year. An athletic player, Martinez will play primarily in the holding midfield role but will be expected to fit into a number of positions on the park.
Parkland College Women's Soccer opens its defense of the M-WAC title Aug. 28 at home vs. Maple Woods Community College of Kansas City, Mo.
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.
- 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. PARKLAND HONOREES: Pinnacle:
- 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