Fighting Illini to Play November Games at Parkland
State Farm Center construction forces relocated home slate
Due to the timeline of the State Farm Center construction project, the Illinois women's basketball team is pleased to announce a partnership with the Parkland College Athletic Department for next fall. During the final weeks of Phase IV of the Illinois Renaissance in November, 2015, Illinois will play five home games at the Donald Dodds Athletic Center on the campus of Parkland College. Seating capacity at the arena is 1,500. Ticket information will be released at a later date.
“We are very excited to play at Parkland,” said head coach Matt Bollant. “It is an opportunity to stay in town and have our fans come out and support us. It should be a great atmosphere for all those home games in November.”
Cobra Baseball Swept, settle for series split with Lewis and Clark
The Parkland Baseball team missed out on a golden opportunity for a fast start in the M-WAC portion of their season as they dropped a pair of one run decisions to Lewis and Clark on Sunday in Godfrey, Lewis and Clark scored twice in the 7th to win game one 4-3 and held on for a 2-1 victory in the night cap. The defeats drop Parkland to (12-5 2-2) after the opening weekend.
The Cobras jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning off the Lewis and Clark starter. Missed opportunities plagued the Cobras the remainder of the day as they stranded six runners in scoring position over the last 4 innings. Curtiss Johnson, Zavier Warren and Cully Day all had extra base hits for Parkland but the Cobras were unable to get the big hit with runners on base. Mark Meyer pitched well for the Cobras, going 5 strong innings before leaving in the 6th with a 3-2 lead. Tyler Burcham came in and kept the Trailblazers scoreless in the 6th with a perfect 1-2-3 inning. Caleb Leach came in to close for Parkland in the 7th and the Parkland defense fell apart allowing 2 runs to score one only hit and three costly errors.
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LC. 0010102. 4 7 0
LP Coudret (0IP 1 Hit 2 Runs 0 BB) and Schultz
Meyer (5 IP 6 K 0 BB) and Hayes
Burcham (1 IP 2 K ) and Hayes
Leach (1/3 IP 1 Run 1 BB) and Schultz
Parkland Top Hitters
Warren (2-3 RBI Double/Run)
Johnson (3-4 Double RBI)
Strong pitching and defense was the name of the game for both teams in game two as the game was scoreless thru 5.5 innings. In the bottom of the 6th, the first two hitter were retired before the Blazers got an infield single and a walk. The next L&C hitter hit a routine ground ball that took a bad hop that bounced over second baseman Glenn Reeves head, allowing the Blazers to score their first run. A Parkland error would follow, allowing another L&C runner to score to make it 2-0 headed to the Cobras final at bat. Parkland would rally in the 7th with 4 hits of their own but could not tie the contest. Donovan Chandler had a 2 out RBI single to score Jeff Wetlzer to make it 2-1 but Xavier Warren's bouncer up the middle was fielded cleanly and L&C won Game two 2-1. Michael McCormick was the hard luck loser on the mound. The sophomore was strong throwing 6 innings and only allowing 2 hits on 1 earned run on the day. Parkland is off until Thursday when they will travel to Quincy to take on Quincy JV in a pair of games before returning to conference play next weekend against Lincoln.
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Lewis Clark 000002- 2 2 1
LP McCormick (6 IP 7 K 2 BB 2 Hits 2 Runs) and Schultz
Top Parkland Hitters
Day (2-4 Triple )
Chandler (RBI Single)
Russell ( Single)
Softball struggles continue as Lynx sweep Cobras
The Parkland College Softball team finished up a disappointing weekend as they were swept by Lincoln College 5-2 and 11-10, as the Lynx took 3 of the 4 games in the series.
Game 1 Parkland 2 LC 5
With the score tied 2-2 going into Lincoln's half of the 6th, the Lynx exploded for three runs on three doubles, a sacrifice, and a single. Up to that point, Parkland pitcher Leah Kays (2-4) had allowed only 3 hits. Hannah Gawthorp accounted for both Parkland runs with an RBI walk and a run scoring single.
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LC 101 003 X 5 7 0
LP Kays Parkland Royer
WP Hawkins Lee
Game 2 Parkland 10 LC 11
In a slugfest with a combined 21 runs and 30 hits between the two teams, Lincoln completed the sweep out with an 11-10 victory. Alexis Royer
hit a change up for a 2 run HR in the 3rd her 8th home run of the season and the Cobras took a 7-5 lead into the bottom half of the fourth before the big inning once again did in the Cobras. Lincoln pushed across four runs in their half of the frame to grab a 9-7 lead and tacked on another run in the 5th to take a three run lead to the 6th. The Cobras were not done scoring however and they struck for three runs to tie up the game. Allix Ostermeyer and Morgan Hickman were on 2nd and 3rd and Lincoln intentionally walked Royer to load the bases. Up stepped Makayla Walsh, who on the first pitch, hit a high drive to the right center field fence driving in all three runners. Lincoln came back with a single run in the 6th for the win. The combination of 15 hits and 5 Cobra errors spelled trouble for Parkland as the Lynx had just four earned runs in the contest. Due to errors, Lincoln had only 4 earned runs of the 11 they scored. The loss moves Lincoln to (9-5 3-1) while the Cobras fall to (9-9 1-3). Parkland will travel to Illinois Central on Wednesday for an important Region 24 doubleheader.
Parkland 202 303 0 10 15 5
LC 302 411 X 11 15 1
LP Ostermeyer 5th Harper Spivey
Monica Monroe 3 hits
Alexis Royer 3 hits 2 runs 1 HR 4 rbi
Makayla Walsh 2 hits 1 triple 3 rbi
Hannah Gawthorp 2 hits
Allix Ostermeyer 2 hits 2 runs
Parkland 9-9 1-3 Lincoln 9-5 3-1
Johnson County hits shot with 0.1 left to stun Cobras 66-64
Johnson County's Alexis Brown hit a 15 footer with 0.1 seconds left in the game Saturday, as the Cavaliers stunned Parkland 66-64 to win the NJCAA D-2 Women's Basketball title. Brown, who hit the Cavs final seven points of the game, was heavily guarded, but hit nothing but net for the game winner. Johnson County wins their 2nd National Championship with their previous title coming in 2000. It was Coach Conrad's second title and his 300th career win. Playing on their home court, JCCC were the giant killers as they ended Owens CC 33 game winning streak on Friday night and stopped the Cobras 35 game streak in the championship tilt.
JCCC started out hot, hitting 5-6 from three point range in the opening half to build a 23-12 lead with 9:50 remaining in the first half. Parkland would rally however and close the gap to just three at 34-31 headed to half.
Hannah Wascher's old-fashioned three-point play gave Parkland a 39-37 lead early in the second half and the Cobras would push that lead to as many as five. After the Cavaliers went on an 8-0 run to grab a 50-46 lead with 907 left, Parkland would score four straight to tie it at 50 and neither team would lead by more than three over the final 8:30 minutes of the game.
The Cobras grabbed a 59-56 lead with 3:27 left on Josie Zerrusen's 10 footer but once again the Cavs would rally to take a 61-59 lead. Tied at 61, Brown hit a huge 3-point shot with 1:36 on the clock but the Cobras Laura Litchfield answered with a three of her own to tie the game at 64 with 1:26 left. After JCCC missed a three-point attempt, the Cobras had a chance to take the lead but Wascher was called for an illegal screen with 43.4 to go. That would turn out to be the Cobras last possession on the night however as the Cavaliers would miss their next shot but the ball bounced long and they grabbed their 12th offensive board of the night with 16.7 left setting up the game winning shot.
Hannah Wascher finished with her fourth straight double-double as she had 14 points and 10 rebounds on the night. Fellow All-Tournament recipient laura Litchfield added 16 points and 8 boards. Nadine Vaughn had the game of her career in the Championship game as she came up big time after time to finish with 20 points on the evening to lead all scorers. Chelsea Cross also had an outstanding game as she had 10 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists. The Cobras out shot the Cavaliers 46.2% to 37.1% and out-rebounded the hosts 38-33. Parkland had their best night of the year at the free throw line making 13-14 from the charity stripe. The Cobras were hurt however by the 12 offensive rebounds which led to several second chance points and Parkland had 18 turnovers on the night, 5 in a key stretch midway in to the second half, to just 8 for the Cavaliers.
The Cobras finish with a final record of (35-2) finishing with their highest finish and most wins in school history. The National Runner-Up finish is the second for a Parkland team this year as the Volleyball team fell in the Championship match 3-2 to Glendale in November. Johnson County finishes the season with a final record of (34-2).
Congratulations to Coach Mike Lindemann, his staff, and all of the players on a season to remember.
Cobra Golf Team places 4th at Millikin Invite
The Millikin University varsity fired a 295 on Saturday to win by two strokes over DePauw and the Millkin JV. Parkland shot a 304 to finish a distant 4th.
Anthony Lechman of the Millikin "White" team was the medalist shooting a two-under par 70 (35-35. He won by a stroke over Millikin Varsity golfer Blaine Buett (37-34 71). Parkland's David Gerig had the best round of his Cobra career as he carded a 73 (37-36) to finish in a three-way tie for 3rd. The Cobras Dom Knight ended in 10th place with a 75 (38-37). Nick Berger was the only other Cobra player under 80 as he fired a 76.
Parkland will return to action next weekend at the Indiana Wesleyan Invite in Marion, Indiana.
Baseball sweeps Lewis and Clark to open M-WAC campaign
Parkland Baseball (12-3 2-0) swept the Lewis and Clark Trailblazers (2-6 0-2) Saturday afternoon at Parkland College, winning by the scores of 7-6 and 6-2. Timely hitting was the name of the game for the Cobras in the opener. Tyler Anderson fell behind hitters in the early frames, allowing six runs through the first 4 innings. Parkland got on the board early with an RBI triple by Connor Currier.
Later, with Parkland trailing 6-3 in the bottom of the 5th, Curtiss Johnson hit a 2 run 2 out triple into the RF corner scoring Glenn Reeves and Donovan Chandler to cut the Trailblazer lead to 6-5. Bryce Pennington was strong out of the pen and held Lewis and Clark scoreless over the final 5 innings to give Parkland a chance at the rally. In the bottom of the 8th, Austin Smith hit a Sac fly to score Austin Schultz from third to tie the game at 6-6. After L&C failed to score in the top of the 9th, Donovan Chandler led off the bottom of the frame with a single and Xavier Warren followed with his second infield single of the game. Glenn Reeves hit a shot down the RF line short hopping the fence and scoring Donovan Chandler with the winning run.
LC 2 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 6 10 3
Parkland 0 2 1 0 2 0 0 1 1 7 13 1
WP-Bryce Pennington (5 IP 5 Hits 0BB 4 K 0 Runs) and Schultz
Tyler Anderson (4 IP 5 Hits 2 BB 4 K's 6 Runs 4 ER) and Schultz
Top Parkland Hitters
Glenn Reeves (Triple/2 RBI )
Warren (2-4 1 Run)
Chandler (2-4 2 Runs)
Smith (1-3 2 RBI)
Schultz (2-3 Double)
Johnson (Triple 2 RBI)
Parkland Freshman Noah Lamboley got his first MWAC start today and made an impressive debut. Lamboley threw a strong 5.2 innings allowing only 6 hits and 2 runs. He gave way to Nick Coudret in the 6th with 2 outs and Coudret was able to get out of the jam. Coudret worked a perfect 7th inning for his first save of the year. Parkland got the scoring going early on an RBI double by Glenn Reeves .They tacked on two more runs in the 3rd inning on Jeff Wetzler's first triple of the season, scoring Austin Smith and David Hayes. Solid defense all day kept the Cobras out of jams. Austin Smith had 2 diving plays on the infield and the Cobra outfield took away 4 extra base hits from the Trailblazers. Lewis and Clark errors cost them late giving up 2 extra runs to the Cobras in the 5th and 6th. Parkland travels to Godfrey on Sunday for a 1:00 p.m. DH @ Lewis and Clark. Mark Meyer will start Game 1 and Michael McCormick will get the nod in Game 2.
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Parkland 1 1 2 0 1 1 - 6 9 0
WP-Noah Lamboley (5.2 IP 6 Hits 3 BB 2 Runs 6 K) and Hayes
Nick Coudret (Save 1) 1.1 IP 0 Hits 1 BB 0 K 0 Runs) and Schultz
Top Parkland Hitter
Jeff Wetzler (2-3 Triple 2 RBI)
Donovan Chandler (2-3 Double/2 Runs)
Austin Smith (1-3 Single/Run)
Softball splits with Lincoln in M-WAC opener
The Parkland Cobras and Lincoln Lynx traded late inning rallies on Saturday, as the Cobras scored four runs in the 7th inning of game 1 to win 5-4 before the Lynx scored four times in the 7th and three more in extra innings to win the finale 9-7 in 8 innings. The split leaves Parkland at (9-7 1-1) while Lincoln is (7-5 1-1). The two teams will complete the four game series with two games at Lincoln starting at 1;00.
In game 1, trailing 4-1 going into the bottom of the 7th, the Cobras rallied with four runs to win the game. Monica Monroe opened the inning with a single, followed by Morgan Harper's single, A walk to Alexis Royer loaded the bases, before a 2 run single from Makayla Walsh made it 4-3. An RBI single by Kelsey Smith tied the game and a walk to Hannah Pruden loaded the bases. Pitcher Morgan Harper then drove a single to left center to drive in Smith with the game winning run. Alexis Royer continued her early season power, hitting her 7th home run of the season in the 4th inning. Morgan Harper (4-2) got the win on the mound.
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Parkland 000 100 4 5 11 0
WP Harper Parkland Smith
LP Hawkins Lee
HR Royer (7) Parkland
In game 2, the Cobras struck first with three runs in the 1st inning with Alexis Royer, Makayla Walsh and Morgan Harper each getting an RBI. Parkland did not score again until the 6th, scoring a pair of runs to make it 5-1. From there the Cobras pitching and defense let down, allowing the Lynx to use a combination of walks, hits, and errors to score four runs in the top of the 7th inning to grab a 6-5 lead. Down a run, Parkland would score in the bottom of the 7th to send the game to extra innings. Morgan Harper singled, went to second on a fielders choice, and scored the tying run on Hannah Gawthorp's double down the left field line. Lincoln put three more runs on the board in the top of the 8th on just two hits but three walks and hit batsmen.
The Cobras tried to rally one more time in their half of the 8th. Monica Monroe singled Royer walked, and Walsh singled to load the bases. Pruden walked to force in a run but a fielders choice ended the rally and the game. Allix Ostermeyer (3-2) took the loss on the mound for Parkland. Morgan Hickman and Morgan Harper each had 3 hits while Royer had 2 hits and 3 RBI and Walsh had 2 hits and drove in a pair of runs.
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Parkland 300 002 1 1 7 13 3
WP Crivkapich Lee
LP Ostermeyer Kays 7th Ostermeyer 8th Spivey
Cobras split with rival Kankakee CC
Parkland won game one behind the master full pitching of Allix Ostermeyer and a solid defense on the field. Ostermeyer threw a 4 hitter, striking out 3 and walking 2 while the defense also had a solid game, not committing an error. The Cobras three runs came in the 3rd with 2 out and no one on, Monica Monroe walked, Morgan Hickman singled to right and Alexis Royer hit a towering drive over the left field fence for all the runs Ostermeyer would need.
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KCC 000 000 0 0 4 1
WP Ostermeyer 3-1 Smith
LP Ablen Plimmer
HR Royer Parkland
Hitters for Parkland:
Morgan Hickman 2 hits
Game 2 KCC 11 Parkland 5
The KCC bats came alive, hitting 5 HR which accounted for all their 11 runs.
Once again Alexis Royer in the 3rd inning stroked a change up over the center field fence for a 3 run HR, her 6th HR of the year to give Parkland a 3-1 lead. Parkland scored a single run In the 4th as Kelsey Smith drove a ball over the right field fence for her 1st college HR. Down 7-5, KCC put the game away by scoring three times in the bottom of the 5th. Leah Kays took the loss on the mound for the Cobras.
Parkland (8-6) will open the M-WAC portion of their schedule on Saturday when they host Lincoln College at 1:00. The game was scheduled for Lincoln but has been moved to Champaign due to wet grounds. Parkland will now travel to Lincoln for the Sunday portion of the four game series.
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KCC 015 131 X 11 11 1
LP Kays Harper 3rd Smith
WP Walker Plimer
HR Parkland Royer Smith
KCC Sanderson Hay Plimmer Snyder Porter
The Parkland WBB team finished the game on a 24-11 run as they upended five-time National Champion Monroe CC of New York to advance to the NJCAA D-2 WBB Final. The Cobras will play Johnson County CC in the title game on the Vikings home court. JCCC beat Owens 74-64 in the first semi-final.
The Cobras again used balance and solid shooting to overcome foul trouble to pull away for the win. Parkland shot 50% for the game to just 33% for Monroe. Hannah Wascher recorded her third straight double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Laura Litchfield finished with 17 points and 7 assists. Her back to back three pointers helped push a six point Cobra lead to 10 with just under 5 minutes to play. Josie Zerrusen had 11 points and Nadine Vaughn 10 to pace the Cobra attack. Kennedy Hartman had a huge game off the bench with 9 points.
Parkland (35-1) will play for their first National Championship in Womens Basketball on Saturday night at 730. Johnson County (33-2) will play for their first title since winning it all in 2000.
Women win, earn trip to Final Four!
The Cobra played a nearly perfect second half as they broke away from a one point half time lead to defeat Chesapeake College of Maryland 99-71. A balanced attack was the key as all five starters finished in double figures. The Cobras (34-1) will advance to the Final Four with an 8:00 game on Friday night against the winner of tonight's Kirkwood and Monroe College contest.
The opening half was a tightly played match with both teams shooting well and Parkland taking a one point lead in to the break. The Cobras shot 51.7% in the opening half but 14 turnovers kept Parkland from having a bigger lead. The Cobras shot even better in the second half as they were a sizzling 59% to finish at 56% for the game. Leading 50-44, Parkland used a 7-0 run to give them the separation they needed. Laura Litchfield hit a pair of free throws and Josie Zerrusen made back to back shots, one of them a three, to push the lead to 57-44 with 16:24 to play. The SkipJacks would close to within 9 but another Cobra run extended the lead to 74-53 with just under 10 minutes to play. Chesapeake would make one more run, scoring the next six points to cut the margin to 15, but Parkland would use an 8-0 run of their own and the rout was on.
Hannah Wascher had a double-double for the 2nd straight game as she finished with 26 points on 11-13 shooting and 10 rebounds. Laura Litchfield also had a double-double with 15 points and 11 assists. Chelsea Cross had a big game with 17 points and 7 boards while Nadine Vaughn added 11 points and 6 rebounds and Josie Zerrusen 11 points and 5 rebonds Chesapeake was led by Daria Simmons who finished with 15 points.
The Parkland Baseball team received excellent pitching and timely hitting as they took a pair of games from visiting Prairie State in the Cobras opener. Three pitchers combined to toss a one-hit, 7-0 shutout in the opener, and won game two by a 7-1 score.
Ross Learnard was dominate in his second start of the Spring going 5 innings and striking out 12 while yielding only one hit to the Pioneers. Learnard (2-0) earned his second win of the year in as many starts. The lone hit off Learnard was a 4th inning single by Ramon Santiago. Kody Silverthorn and Pat Kenny each threw one inning in relief to hold the shutout in tact.
Glenn Reeves got the scoring going early with an RBI double in the 2nd inning. Jeff Wetzler, Connor Currier, Cully Day, and Austin Smith followed with consecutive RBI singles to open up the scoring as the Cobras totaled 6 runs on 5 hits in second inning. The Cobras capitalized on timely hitting and shaky PSC defense to put the game out of reach. The Pioneers held Parkland scoreless from the 3rd inning until the 5th, when Xavier Warren scored on a sacrifice fly by Austin Schultz. Parkland played flawless defense for the third straight game, not committing an error.
Prairie State 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5
Parkland 0 6 0 0 1 0 - 7 10 0
WP Learnard (5 IP 12 K 0 BB 1 Hit) and Schultz
Silverthorn (1IP 1 BB 0 hits) and Schultz
Kenny (1 IP 2 BB 1 K 0 Hits) and Schultz
TOP PARKLAND HITTERS
Smith (1-2 Double/RBI)
Currier (1-2 Double RBI)
Reeves (2-2 Double/Single 2 RBI)
Day (1-1 Single/RBI 2 Stolen Bases)
Timely hitting and strong starting pitching was the story again in Game 2 for the Cobras as they completed the sweep of the Pioneers. Zach Borsa worked 5 innings and allowed just two hits and one walk as he earned his second win of the year. Borsa (2-0) had command of both sides of the plate all night to keep the PSC hitters off-stride. Tyler Burcham and Caleb Leach worked in relied for the Cobras, as they made it six straight wins and improved to (10-3) overall.
Parkland heads into MWAC Conference play this weekend as the play host to Lewis and Clark at 1:00 Saturday and will travel to Godfrey on Sunday for a 1:00 start as well.
Parkland scored right away as Donovan Chandler doubled to lead off the game and later scored on Glenn Reeves 3rd hit on the afternoon. Curtiss Johnson and Austin Smith added RBI singles for the Cobras as they pulled away in the 4th inning. Sam Geraci started the 4th inning with his first triple of the season. He later scored on Johnson's RBI single to left field. Parkland would add three more runs in the 4th to extend the lead to 6-0. The Cobras would tack on one more run in the 6th to make it 7-0. Parkland only had 6 hits in Game 2, but it was all the pitching staff needed, as they held PSC to one lone run. That run came on Pioneer DH Ryan Spienieack's first home run of the year in the 7th inning off Caleb Leach.
PSC 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 2
Parkland 1 1 0 4 0 1 - 7 6 1
WP Borsa (5 IP 5 K 2 hits 1BB) and Hayes
Burcham (1 IP 0hits 0 BB 0 Runs) and Mikesell
Leach (1 IP 1 K 1 Hit 1 Run 0 BB) and Mikesell
TOP PARKLAND HITTER
Curtiss Johnson 1-1 RBI Single
Donovan Chandler ( DOUBLE 2 Runs)
Sam Geraci (Triple Run)
Glenn Reeves (RBI SINGLE)
Softball and Baseball home openers, WBB continues play at Nationals
There are plenty of chances to see Cobra Sports teams in action either in person or on the computer as the Women's Basketball team continues play at the National Tournament and the Baseball and Softball teams play their first home games.
The (7-3) Softball team kicks off their home season today at 3:00 when they host South Suburban College in a non-conference doubleheader. After a pair of road dates Friday and Saturday, they will also be at home this Sunday when they face M-WAC opponent Lincoln College starting at 1:00.
The (8-3) Baseball team will play their first home games on Thursday when they go against Region 4 foe Prairie State College in a pair of games starting at 2:00. The Cobras will also be a home on Saturday when they kick off the conference season with a 1:00 doubleheader against Lewis and Clark.
The Golf team will also be back in action when they travel to the Millikin Invitational. The all-day event will be held at Red Tail Run Golf Course in Decatur.
And last, but certainly not least, the Women's Basketball team will continue play at the NJCAA D-2 National Tournament. The Cobras are in the Elite Eight for the second straight year and will take on Chesapeake College of Maryland at 6:00 on Thursday night. PC has played Chesapeake just once before, beating them in last year's 5th place game. All games at Nationals can be seen on the web by going to njcaa.org and following the prompts for the D-2 Women's Basketball Championship. A win on Thursday night would propel the team into the Final Four where they would play again on Friday at 8:00 pm. A loss on Friday would put them in the Championship consolation bracket and they would play at 3:00 on Friday afternoon.The Week Ahead in Cobra Sports:
Thursday March 19:
Baseball (H) 2:00 vs Prairie State
WBB (A) 6:00 vs Chesapeake College
Friday March 20:
SB (A) 3:00 @ Kankakee
WBB (A) 3:00 or 8:00 vs TBA
Saturday March 21:
Golf (A) All Day at Millikin Invite
BSBL (H) 1:00 vs Lewis and Clark
SB (A) 1:00 @ Lincoln College
WBB (A) TBA @ National Tournament (must qualify)
Sunday March 22:
SB (H) 1:00 vs Lincoln College
BSBL (A) 1:00 at Lewis and Clark
Cobras survive, advance to Elite 8
On paper, the #1 seeded Parkland Women's Basketball team was excepted to easily defeat #16 seed Phoenix College who entered the opening round match-up of the NJCAA D-2 Tournament with a losing record. In reality, Cobra coach Mike Lindemann knew that the Bears were not your typical low-seed, having knocked off defending National Champion Mesa to reach the National Tournament, and playing in a Region where much of their competition came against NJCAA D-1 programs. A fired up Phoenix team gave the Cobras all they could handle and more on Tuesday, but Parkland held on for a hard earned 57-52 win, to advance to the Elite 8 for the second straight year. Parkland will await the winner of tonight's Lake Michigan-Chesapeake College game as their second round opponent. Game time is set for 6:00 Thursday night at the Johnson County CC gym.
The game could not have started any worse for Parkland as they were held scoreless for the first 6:37 falling behind 9-0. Parkland missed their first 12 shots and committed four turnovers during that span. Hannah Wascher finally got the Cobras on the board at the 13:23 mark but the Bears would push their lead up to as many as thirteen at 24-11 with 6:15 remaining in the half. Parkland still trailed by 11 at 29-18 with 3:14 to go, but Wascher made a basket, Laura Litchfield hit a pair of free throws, Nadine Vaughn made two from the charity stripe, and Josie Zerrusen drained a huge three-pointer at the buzzer to make it 29-27 at intermission. The Cobras were down just two despite hitting just 20.5% of their shots while the Bears hit 6-12 from behind the arc. Parkland was able to keep it close by making 9-10 from the line in the half.
After closing the half on a 16-5 run, Parkland would start the second half on an 8-0 run as Wascher scored 8 of the Cobras first 10 points and Parkland built a 39-31 lead with 15:41 to go in the contest. Unfortunately the Cobras would again go cold, missing their next nine shots, allowing Phoenix to rally and tie the game at 41 at the 10:21 mark. Wascher then made a free throw and Zerrusen hit a 10-footer to give Parkland a three-point lead that they would never relinquish.
It appeared that the Cobras would pull away as they stretched the lead to 52-45, but a pair of three-pointers and five Cobra turnovers left Parkland with just a 53-51 lead with under a minute to go. From there, Kennedy Hartman made a five-footer and a free throw to push the lead back to five with 34.7 remaining. Hartman however fouled the Bears on a three-point shot attempt with just 17.8 to go but Kadeidra Hamilton made just 1 of 3 shots and the Cobras were able to make a free throw and take enough time off the clock to secure the win.
Parkland won the opening round game despite shooting a season low 26.5% on the afternoon. Hannah Wascher paced the attack as she scored 22 points and grabbed 15 boards. Laura Litchfield also had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Josie Zerrusen had 11 points and Chelsey Cross 11 boards to lead the way for the (33-1) Cobras. Hamilton led Phoenix with 18 points including 5-10 from behind the arc.
Baseball sweeps Rend Lake
The Parkland Baseball team improved to (8-3) on the season Tuesday as they swept D-1 Rend Lake 6-0 and 14-4 at Lenz Field in Jacksonville. Bryce Pennington made his 2015 debut a success as he tossed a complete game 2-hit shutout over the Warriors. Pennington walked two and struck out eight in earning the win. He was the beneficiary of a solid Cobra defense that did not make an error in the game for the first time this season.
Glenn Reeves got the offense going for Parkland as he drove in a run with a two-out base hit in the first. Donovan Chandler paced the attack going 3-4 with 2 RBI and a run scored while Xavier Warren had a pair of hits. The Cobras played small ball in the game, swiping a season high six bases and then broke the game open with a four run in 5th inning.
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Parkland 100 041 X 6 10 0
Pennington and Schultz
In game two, Parkland bats came to life scoring 14 runs on 13 hits to earn the sweep. Parkland scored three in the first as Reeves once again got the Cobras on the board with a 1st inning triple. The offense was led by Cobra captain Curtiss Johnson (3-4 4 RBI) and Tanner Russell (2-4 2 RBI). Parkland scored in every inning and put the game away in the 5th scoring five times to end the game by the run rule. Connor Gross earned his first collegiate win, working 3.1 innings in relief. Once again the Cobra defense was a key as they played error less ball for the second straight game.
Rend Lake 110 20 4 9 2
Parkland 321 35 14 13 0
Jenkins, Gross (2), and Hayes, Zimske (4)
McNabney honored at 2015 Spring Fling
March 15, 2015
Late Parkland College Golf Coach Zach McNabney was recognized this week, becoming the 5th recipient of the Ron Marshall Award for Meritorious Service. The award, in memory of Illinois Central College Golf Coach Ron Marshall, founder of the Goose Pond Spring Fling, is given each year at the Spring Fling banquet. The award is presented to an individual who distinguishes himself in the performance of outstanding service and contributions to collegiate golf.
Parkland Golf Coach Corbin Sebens and the 2015 team accepted the award last Wednesday night in Scottsboro, Alabama.
Softball earn split on final day of trip to Florida
March 14, 2015
Morgan Harper (3-1) threw a four hitter against Chesapeake, unfortunately one of those hits was a two run HR in the 1st inning and the SkipJacks made it stand up for a 2-1 win. PC scored their lone run in the 4th, when Makayla Walsh doubled, moved to third, and scored on a wild pitch.
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Parkland 000 100 0 1 6 1
HR Willey Chesapeake
LP Harper 2 k 1 BB 2 R 2 ER Smith
Makayla Walsh 2 hits 1 double 1 run scored
Hannah Pruden 2 hits
PC came back in the night cap with a 9-8 win over Pasco-Hernando. Parkland scored three runs in the 2nd to take a 3-2 lead, with Monica Monroe driving in all three runs with a double. In the 3rd, Makayla Walsh drove a high and long drive over the left field fence for her 3rd HR of the week to increase the lead to 4-2.
Parkland added five more runs in the 4th on singles by Alix Ezell, Morgan Harper, an RBI double from Monica Monroe, a squeeze bunt from Morgan Hickman, an RBI double from Alexis Royer and an run scoring single single by Kelsey Smith. PHC score single runs in the 5th & 6th and the Cobras took a 9-4 lead into the bottom of the 7th. PHC plated four runs and had the tying run at 2nd when Allix Ostermeyer struck out their DP for the final out of the game. All nine players for Parkland scored a run as the Cobras won for the 7th time in 10 games on the trip.
PC 031 500 0 9 16 3
PHC 110 011 4 8 8 0
HR Walsh (3) PC
WP Ostermeyer (2-1) Smith
Hitters for Parkland:
Monica Monroe 3 hits 3 doubles 4 RBI 1 run
Kelsey smith 3 hits 1 run
Morgan Harper 3 hits 1 run
Hannah Pruden 2 hits 1 run
Golf team finishes tied for 16th at 2015 Spring Fling in Alabama
Mesa CC won the 2015 Scottsboro Spring Fling on Saturday, defeating second place Tyler TX by 9 strokes to secure the title. Darton St College GA and Mississippi Gulf Coast tied for 4th while Rend Lake came in 5th. The Cobras ended in a tie for 16th place with Mineral Area in the 21 team field. Andrews College golfer Andreas Tancred fired a 67 on Saturday to come from behind to win the individual title by three strokes over Zach Bialik of Grand Rapids and Matt Greenfield of Rend Lake. Parkland was led by Dom Knight and Jack Niebrugge who both shot 234 and Thomas Webster who fired a 238. Next up for the Cobras will be the one-day Millikin Invitational on Saturday March 21 in Decatur.
Anderson one-hitter paces Cobras to 9-0 win over Kirkwood
March 14, 2015
A one-hit complete game shutout by Tyler Anderson helped the PC Baseball team to a 9-0 win over Kirkwood and wrap up a (6-3) trip to Florida.
Anderson baffled Kirkwood all day and limited the Eagles to just three base runners. The sophomore did not allow a single hitter to reach second base. The Cobra offense was led by Austin Smith's 4 hits and sophomore Glenn Reeves who had three hits on the day.
The Cobras got on the board in the first inning on an RBI double by a Reeves. The bats stayed alive adding two more runs on an RBI single by Conner Currier in the 4th. Parkland topped off their day with a three run 7th inning. Chase Armstrong blasted his first home run of the season to extend the lead to 9-0.
Anderson finished off is impressive outing with a perfect bottom of the seventh. Anderson now moves to 2-0 on the season and will start game 1 of M-WAC Conference play next Saturday versus Lewis and Clark.
Parkland 1020330 9. 11. 0
Kirkwood 0000000 0. 1. 1
WP Anderson (7 IP 1 Hit 3 BB 9K) and Schultz
Top Parkland Hitters:
Chase Armstrong (HR/Double) 2-3
Austin Smith (4-4 2 RBI)
Austin Schultz (2-3 Double RBI)
Softball beats Pasco 15-13 earns split
March 13, 2015
The Parkland Softball team continued their trip to Florida with two games against Florida community colleges. PC dropped the opener to D-1 Eastern Florida State College before outscoring D-2 Pasco-Hernando in game two.
PC battled Eastern Florida for six innings before the hosts exploded for seven runs in the 7th inning to put the game away. Down 4-0 headed to the 6th, Hannah Pruden's 2 run single brought the Cobras back to within two at 4-2 going to the final inning. In the 7th, EFS broke the game open with seven unearned runs as the Cobras committed four errors on the day.
EFS 000 211 7 11 15 1
PC 000 002 0 2 4 4
WP Byers Napwarth
LP Ostermeyer Smith
In the second game of the afternoon, PC played D-2 Pasco-Hernando. It was the first match-up between the two teams since meeting in the District finals four years ago in Champaign. In this one, the Cobras jumped out to a 5-0 lead after 2 innings, with the big hit coming from Alexis Royer, who hit a 3-run line drive home run over the left center field fence. It was Royer's 4th home run of the season in just eight games. Pasco came back with seven runs the next two innings to take a 7-5 lead after just 3 innings. Parkland answered with ten runs in the 5th, as Hannah Pruden and Makayla Walsh both hit 3 run home runs. Pasco was not to be denied however, now down 15-7, they added five runs themselves in the 5th cutting the Cobra lead to 15-12. Pasco added one more run in the 7th but the Cobras held on to win 15-13 in a game that featured 28 runs and 45 hits.
Makalya Wa[sh 3 hits and 5 RBI, Hannah Pruden 2 hits and 3 RBI, Alexis Royer 3 hits and 2 RBI, Morgan Hickman 2 hits and 3 RBI, and Taylor Spivey 4 hits, all had big games at the plate for the Cobras who are now (6-2) on the season. PC will wrap up their trip with a 1:00 game against Chesapeake CC and a 3:00 rematch with Pasco-Hernando on Saturday in Coco Beach.
PC 230 0100 0 15 21 3
PHC 034 050 1 13 24 2
WP Kays 2-1 Spivey
LP Gontoe Shoulder
HR PC Royer (4) Walsh (2) Pruden (1)
Softball rally stuns Kirkwood
The Parkland Softball team spotted Kellogg CC of Michigan a 7-0 lead before scoring nine runs over the final four innings to rally for an exciting 9-8 win. PC would score the winning two runs in the bottom of the 7th after being down to their final out. The Cobras fell behind due to three miscues on defensive allowing the Bruins to score seven unearned runs. The PC defense would tighten up however and hurler Morgan Harper (3-0) would settle down to allow just one run for the remainder of the contest.
The Cobra rally started in the 4th as PC scored three times. Monica Monroe singled, Morgan Hickman walked, and Makayla Walsh followed with a 3-run homer to make it 7-3. Kellogg would get one of those runs back in the top of the 5th but down 8-3. PC would score four times in the bottom of the 6th. Monroe walked to get things started and Hickman followed with her first career home run, a blast over the right field wall. Alexis Royer and Walsh followed with singles and Taylor Spivey drove both of them in with an RBI single of her own.
In their final at bat, the Cobra first two hitters were retired before the Bruins pitcher lost her control and walked Royer, Walsh, and Kelsey Smith to load the bases. Heather Pruden stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs and delivered the game winning double into the gap in right center to complete the comeback. Walsh with 3 RBI, and Pruden and Hickman with a pair of runs batted in paced the Cobra attack.
Parkland improves to (5-1) and will face a pair of Florida schools on Friday. PC takes on D-1 Eastern Florida State College (6-12) before taking on D-2 Pasco-Hernando (11-17) in the afternoon.
Baseball tops Kish, falls to UC-AP
The Parkland Baseball team continued their southern trip in Florida today rallying to beat Kishwaukee 9-5 before falling to nationally ranked UConn-Avery Point 3-2.
PC was down 5-2 going to the bottom of the 6th against the Kougars before the Cobras struck for seven runs in the bottom of the frame. Xavier Warren's RBI double plated Curtiss Johnson and Austin Schultz and tacked on insurance runs on a sacrifice fly by Glenn Reeves and an RBI single by Jeff Wetlzer. Schultz paced the offense going a perfect 3-3 with 2 RBI while Warren, Johnson, and Donovan Chandler each collected two hits. The rally made a winner out of Zach Borsa (1-0) who worked 6 innings striking out 9. Tyler Burcham secured the win working a perfect 9th inning.
Kishwaukee 1 0 3 1 0 0 0 5 10 1
Parkland 0 1 1 0 0 7 - 9 11 1
WP-Zach Borsa (6 IP 10 Hits 9 K 1 BB) and Schultz
Tyler Burcham (1 IP 0 Hits 0 BB ) and Schultz
TOP PC Hitters: Xavier Warren (2-4) Triple 2 RBI,Donovan Chandler (2-4) Double RBI,Curtiss Johnson (2-3) Triple,Austin Schultz (3-3) 2 RBI
In the finale, Parkland fell short of another comeback win falling 3-2 to #9 UConn-Avery Point. PC lost despite outhitting the Pointers eight to four. Starter Mark Meyer baffled UCAP allowing just one earned run on four hits with 2 walks and 6 strikeouts over 6 innings of work but the Cobra offense could not push across the winning run. Down 3-0, PC tallied single runs in the 3rd and 4th to cut the margin to one, but hitters came up short with runners in scoring position over the final three innings.
Curtiss Johnson had 3 of the Cobras 8 hits while Xavier Warren and Jeff Wetzler had two apiece. Parkland is now (4-3) on the season and will play Massasoit CC at 10:00 am on Friday. PC will conclude their 10 game trip with a pair of games on Saturday. PC will take on Kirkwood CC of Iowa and the Canadian Baseball Academy on Saturday before returning to Champaign.
UCAP 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 3 4 1
Park 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 8 2
LP (Mark Meyer 6 IP 6 K 2 BB and 4 Hits) and Hayes
(Nick Coudret 1 IP 1 K 1HBP) and Hayes
Top PC Hitters
Xavier Warren (2-3) Double
Jeff Wetzler (2-3)
Austin Smith (1-3 Double)
Curtiss Johnson (3-4) Triple
Wascher and Lindemann sweep Player and Coach of the Year honors
March 11, 2015
Rantoul sophomore Hannah Wascher earned Region 24 and M-WAC Player of the Year honors and second year coach Mike Lindemann was named the Coach of the Year, as PC swept the top honors. Fellow sophomore Laura Litchfield was also selected to the 1st Team All-Region and Conference teams while Chelsea Cross was 1st Team All-Region and 2nd Team All-Conference. A fourth sophomore, Nadine Vaughn earned Honorable Mention recognition on both teams.
In just two seasons, Coach Mike Lindemann has led the Cobra to two conference and Regional titles as well as to consecutive trips to the NJCAA D-2 Nationals. PC has gone (59-11) so far and placed 5th at Nationals in 2014. PC is the #1 seed for the upcoming tournament March 17-20 in Overland Park, Kansas.
Wascher led the #1 ranked Cobras to their 5th consecutive conference title and their second straight Region 24 championship and trip to Nationals. The Southern Indiana signee averaged 17.3 points and 10.1 rebounds per game with season high's of 28 points against Sauk Valley and 17 boards against John Wood. She shot 60.4% from the field for the season and scored in double figures in 30 of 33 games.
Guard Laura Litchfield was a huge reason PC was able to return to Nationals this season as the Central graduate and SWIC transfer was the Cobra leader on the court. She averaged 12.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and 2.2 steals for the season. She had a career high 15 assists against Lincoln College and 24 against both Kankakee and the Cobras championship win over ICC.
The ever steady Cross was the third Cobra to average in double figures this season at 10.5 points per game. She also grabbed 5.6 rebounds per contest, 2.8 assists and a team high 2.3 steals. She reached double figures 18 times this season with a season high of 21 against Danville. Cross shot 48.7@ from the field for the season, second among regulars.
Despite not having the gaudy numbers of the other three, Vaughn was equally valuable as her versatility was a key to the Cobra success. Playing different roles from game to game, Vaughn was also assigned key defensive assignments. She averaged 6.3 points and 4.2 rebounds per game, while also dishing out 3.2 assists.
Chelsea Cross Parkland
April Gebke Illinois Central
Asia Green Danville
Bryanna Jones Danville
Laura Litchfield Parkland
Candice Niemerg Lake Land
Shea O'Brien John Wood
Destiny Ramsey Illinois Central
Kelsey Ratliff Danville
Amanda Scott John Wood
Brionna Taylor John Wood
Hannah Wascher Parkland
Player of the Year: Hannah Wascher Parkland
Coach of the Year: Mike Lindemann Parkland
Freshman of the Year: Destiny Ramsey ICC
M-WAC All-Conference Teams:
Hannah Wascher Parkland
Laura Litchfield Parkland
Bryanna Jones Danville
Shea O'Brien John Wood
Asia Green Danville
Chelsea Cross Parkland
Amanda Scott John Wood
Kelsie Ratliff Danville
Kelsey Forsythe Lincoln Land
Daniella Pisano Lewis and Clark
Player of the Year Hannah Wascher Parkland
Coach of the Year Mike Lindemann Parkland
Freshman of the Year Asia Green Danville
Parkland Women headed back to NJCAA D-2 National Tournament
March 9, 2015
In a match-up worthy of an NJCAA Final Four, the #1 ranked Parkland Women's Basketball team beat #3 Illinois Central 59-53 to advance to Nationals for the second consecutive year. The Cobras now (32-1) will find out on Tuesday who their opening round opponent will be at the National Tournament which kicks off March 17 at Johnson County CC in Overland Park, Kansas. ICC's season ends at (29-4) with two of their four losses coming at the hands of Parkland.
The first half was part defensive battle and part offensive struggle as the Cougars took a 25-21 lead into halftime. The game was a see-saw affair before ICC grabbed the four point lead to end the half. PC was happy to be down just four after shooting 21% over the opening 20 minutes but ICC shot just 34% themselves and PC limited ICC's second chance opportunities by controlling the boards. Kassidy Alderman's two three-pointers off the bench were key in keeping the Cobras within striking distance.
The two teams traded baskets for the first 10 minutes of the second half before PC made a key switch, using a 2-3 zone for the first team all year. The zone kept the Cougars shooting from outside and also resulted in transition points for PC which grabbed their first lead of the second half with 9:30 to go. Parkland would extend that lead to as many as 11, at 52-41 with 5:38 left, before ICC mounted a furious comeback.
The Cougars closed to within 3 with 1:05 remaining on the clock but Nadine Vaughn made a pair of free throws to make it a two possession game and ICC would not score again as the Cobras held on for their 32nd straight win.
Laura Litchfield led all scorers with 24 points while Hannah Wascher scored 12 points and hauled down 15 boards. Nadine Vaughn also finished in double figures with 11 points, including 7-7 from the free throw line. PC outscored ICC 16-10 at the line while also winning the battle of the boards 54-43. Jemia Carpenter and Shaakera Jones each had 11 for ICC but their leading scorer on the season Destiny Ramsey was held scoreless on the afternoon.
Figueroa, trio of Cobras, earn post-season recognition
March 11, 2015
Third year Parkland Men's Basketball Coach Anthony Figueroa was named the Region 24 Coach of the Year, and three of his players were named All-Region, in recognition of the Cobras outstanding 26-6 campaign. In three years at the helm of the Cobras, Figueroa has compiled an over-all record of 61-31 and led PC to a share of their first M-WAC title in 20 years.
Corvon Butler, JaQuan Bryant, and Charles Sweatt-Washington were all recognized as 1st Team All-Region players. All three sophomores transferred to Parkland with just one year of eligibility remaining and made the best of their playing time in Champaign.
Butler led the Cobras in scoring averaging 10.5 points per game, shooting 54.1% from the field and 70.5 % from the line. He also led the team in rebounds, averaging 6.6 per contest. Butler was also named to the first team five-man all conference team. Sweatt-Washington joins Butler on the 1st Team All-Region squad and was also a 2nd Team All-Conference performer. He averaged 7.9 points per game and 5.1 rebounds on the season and saved his best play for conference games where he led the team in scoring, including a season high 22 points against M-WAC co-champion John Wood JaQuan Bryant is the final member of the Cobras on the All-Region team. Bryant was second on the team in scoring, averaging 10.3 points per game and led the team with 53 made three-point shots.
Jordan Johnson John Wood Player of the Year
Najeal Young Lincoln
Brody Gronewold John Wood
Corvon Butler Parkland College
Justin Taylor ICC
Eddie Longmeyer Lincoln Land
Adam Hendrix Danville Area
JaQuan Bryant Parkland College
Paxton Harmon John Wood
Charles Sweatt-Washington Parkland College
Dedric Byrd Rend Lake
Cayman Meier Danville Area
Anthony Figueroa Parkland Coach of the Year
Jordan Johnson John Wood Player of the Year
Najeal Young Lincoln
Brody Gronewold John Wood
Corvon Butler Parkland
Joseph English Danville
Eddie Longmeyer Lincoln Land
Justin Taylor ICC
Charles Sweatt-Washington Parkland
Paxton Harmon John Wood
Darren Davidson Lincoln
MWAC Co-Freshman of the Year: Justin Taylor (ICC) and Cayman Meier (DACC)
Coach of the Year: Brad Hoyt John Wood
Softball splits with St. Cloud
March 9, 2015
After suffering a loss in their opener, the PC Softball team bounced back to win the night cap to even their record at (1-1).
Game 1: St. Cloud 11 PC 5
Despite two towering home runs off the bat of Alexis Royer, the Cobras dropped an 11-5 decision to St. Cloud CC of Minnesota. Royer had 2 homers and 3 RBI in the loss while Makayla Walsh had two hits, including a double, and a pair of runs scored. Leah Kays (0-1) took the loss allowing 9 hits and walking six while striking out eight.
Game 2: Parkland 12 St. Cloud 6
The Cobra bats came to life in game two as they pounded out 17 hits in the win. Royer continued her hot start with 3 more hits with 2 doubles and 3 RBI. Hannah Pruden also collected three hits and 3 RBI while Walsh had 3 hits and drove in a run. Monica Monroe, Kelsey Smith, and Cara each had two hits in the victory. Morgan Harper (1-0) was the beneficiary of the offensive output as she earned her first win walking three and striking out four.
The late Ernie Banks would be proud as the Cobras will play a triple header on Tuesday. PC will take on Itasca CC in a double header starting at 9 am before returning to the field at 5:00 for a single game against Rainy River.
Baseball drops 8-7 decision
March 9, 2015
One bad inning was all it took on Monday as the Parkland Baseball team fell to Penn State-Allegheny 8-7 in Vero Beach, Florida. Four Cobra hurlers gave up eight runs in the 5th inning as a 1-0 PC lead turned into an 8-1 deficit. The Cobras clawed back with three runs in both the 5th and 6th frames but could not rally for the win.
PC battled back behind three hits from Xavier Warren and a pair of hits by Cully Day. The two combined for five of the Cobras six hits on the night. Noah Lamboley (0-1) threw well giving up just two runs and three hits in 4 innings of work but was tagged with the loss when the bullpen could not shut PSU-A down in the 5th.
Parkland (1-2) will return to action with a pair of games on Tuesday taking on St. Lawrence at 4:00 and Rochester at 7:00.
PSU-A 000 080 0 8 6 3
PC 010 330 0 7 6 3
Lamboley, Gross (5), Silverthorn (5), Leach (5), Coudret (7) and Hayes
Klena, Padezan (5), McGee (6) and Del Rio
W-Klena (1-0) L-Lamboley (0-1) S-McGee (1)