The AVCA honors the top NJCAA D-1, D-2. and D-3 players as well as players from the states of California and Washington which are not part of the NJCAA. Casagrande was one of just four NJCAA D-2 players to make the list. Eighteen players are selected for both the 1st and 2nd team.
For the second straight game the PC Women dominated from beginning to end as they crushed the Millikin University JV 89-46 in Champaign Saturday night.
The Cobras came out red hot racing to a 53-23 lead at the half as Erin Kelley had 15 points and Jocie Klocke 14 in the opening 20 minutes. PC built the lead up to as many as 44 in the second half as Coach Mike Lindeman substituted freely as the Cobras cruised to the 43 point win.
Kelley led in double figures as she finished with 18 points and 4 assists. Klocke came off the bench to score 16, while Hannah Walker had another double-double with 14 points and 11 boards. Jerica Hawkins just missed a double-double of her own as she had 14 points and 9 boards. Kewanee Garrett also had a solid game with 6 points, 6 assists, and 3 steals.
Parkland, winner's of four straight, improve to (6-3) in their home finale for 2012. They will play their last six games in December on the road starting this Friday night when they face off against Wabash Valley at 5:00 in the first game of the Olney Central Classic.
The Cobras had the rare opportunity to knock off a #1 team in the NJCAA D-2 poll for the second time this season but unlike their first chance, this time the Cobras fell short dropping an 83-71 contest to South Suburban. The Bulldogs placed all 5 players in double figures as they used a 10-0 second half run to put the game out of reach.
Parkland was paced by Shane Seniour who came up with a gutty 23 point and 7 rebound contest while Lance Magee finished with 17, 15 in the second half. Capreace Salinas was once again solid off the bench with 9 points and a pair of assists.
Balance was the key for South Suburban as their top five players all scored between 13 and 18 points. Antonio Levy had 18 points to go along with 4 assists, Anthony Strickland 17, Marius Hopkins 15, Korbin McClain finished with 14 points and 9 rebounds while Jalen Brown had 13 points and grabbed 7 boards. The five starters scored 77 of the Bulldogs 83 points in the game.
Parkland (6-4) is off until next Saturday when they host Lincoln Trail starting at 4:00. The Cobras edged the Statesman 51-49 on a shot at the buzzer by Shane Seniour back in November in Robinson. South Suburban now stands at (10-2) on the year.
Cobra Volleyball NJCAA All-Americans named!
Congratulation to 1st Team All-American sophomore Megan Casagrande (St. Thomas More) and 2nd Team freshman Lori VanBeek (Paw Paw).
Casagrande's award caps an amazing season where she previously had been named the Midwest-Athletic Conference and Region 24 Player of the Year. She saved her best performance for last as she had a season high 17 kills in the title match vs Cowley and 16 the night before against Johnson County. Casagrande had 12 matches this season where she finished in double digits in kills averaging 2.32 kills per set. She also finished with 219 blocks (1.25 per set). Megan was an Honorable Mention All-American choice as a freshman.
VanBeek had an equally impressive year for the (52-3) Cobras capped off by her 2nd team recognition. Earlier she has been named the M-WAC Freshman of the Year and was an All-Region selection. She led Parkland. the top hitting percentage team in the NJCAA, with a .459 attack percentage and had 381 kills (2.09 per set). Lori also averaged 1.75 blocks per set which placed her 3rd among all NJCAA D-2 players. The Cobras as a team were 2nd in the NJCAA in total blocks.
The PC Women scored early and often on Wednesday night as they crushed visiting Black Hawk College of Moline 99-41. PC had six players in double figures as they built a 57-16 lead at the break and cruised to their third straight win.
Hannah Wascher had a game high 18 points and 10 rebounds as she scored 10 of the Cobras first 12 points of the game. Kewanee Garrett added 17 points, Erin Kelley had 14 points and 5 steals, and Jerica Hawkins added 10 points and 5 rebounds for the victorious Cobras. Chelsea Cross came off the bench to score 11 points as did Jocie Klocke who had 11 points, 6 steals, and 5 boards.
The Cobras out shot the Braves 56% to 27% while out rebounding their guests 47-27. The Cobras had a season high 30 steals as the Braves turned the ball over 37 times in the contest. The win moves PC to (5-3) while BHC drops to (1-5). Next up for the Cobras is a 7:00 home game on Saturday night against the Millikin University JV.
The Cobras pulled away late as they knocked off Prairie State 88-78 to win their sixth straight game of the season. The Cobras pounded the ball inside, resulting in 28 second half free throw attempts, to finally take control and win the contest. Torian Pearson hit six of those free throws down the stretch to help keep the Pioneers at bay. Shane Seniour led the way for PC with a double-double scoring 20 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Fellow sophomore Nate Tidwell added 18, while Pearson finished with 12 for the winning Cobras. Pr. State was led by the impressive duo of Joe Hughes and Sherman Carter. Hughes had a double-double of his own with 27 points and 13 boards while Carter tossed in 24.
The victory moves PC, which received votes in this week's poll, to (6-3) ahead of a Saturday evening showdown with the new #1 team in the land, South Suburban (8-1). Parkland defeated previous #1 Rend Lake earlier this season and will get the rare chance to knock a new top-ranked team on Saturday. The game is part of the four-team NJCAA Bracketbuster doubleheader between Region 4 and Region 24. John Wood (5-5) will take on #12 Triton (8-1) at 3:00 at Parkland with the PC-So. Sub game to follow at 5. The Cobra Women will round out the triple header with a 7:00 game against the Millikin JV.
Cobra sophomore Shane Seniour was named the NJCAA D-2 Men's Basketball Player of the Week (November 18-24) for his outstanding performance against pre-season #1 and defending National Champion Rend Lake. The 6'7" forward/center from Castle HS in Newburgh Indiana dropped 23 points on the Warriors while also grabbing 20 rebounds. Seniour knocked down 10-15 shots including 2 of 4 from three-point range in leading the Cobras to a 67-65 win. The previous week, Seniour drained a fade away shot at the buzzer to beat Lincoln Trail 51-49.
For the season, he is leading the team averaging 14.1 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. PC (5-3) is off until December 3 when they travel to Prairie State.