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NJCAA DIVISION II PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Hannah Wascher
Parkland Forward / Sophomore

-04/03/205
Enjoying the most successful season in program history, Parkland boasted the nation's top DII player in sophomore forward Hannah Wascher.

After falling in the season opener, the Cobras claimed victory in 35 consecutive games - setting school records for longest win streak and most wins in a season. Despite losing to Johnson County (Kan.) on a buzzer beater in the NJCAA DII Women's Basketball Championship Game, Parkland's runner-up finish clinched the highest placing in the program's history.

Wascher was the driving force behind the Cobras' success in 2014-15. The second-year star averaged a double-double for the season with 17.7 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. Wascher led the team in both categories, as well as blocks where she compiled 1.9 per game during the campaign.

In Parkland's national quarterfinal victory over Chesapeake (Md.), Wascher played one of the best games of her collegiate career. Hitting 11-of-13 shots from the field, she totaled 26 points to go along with 10 rebounds in the win.

Named to the all-tournament team, Wascher averaged 21 points and 11.3 rebounds per game during the NJCAA championship. Wascher was not selected as an NJCAA All-American her freshman year despite leading the Cobras in scoring and rebounding. That changed this year when she received first team All-America honors.

A native of Rantoul, Illinois, Wascher decided to remain in the Land of Lincoln by attending Parkland for two years. She is now heading out of state to complete her collegiate career after signing with NCAA DII program Southern Indiana.

Softball splits with #9 ICC
April 16, 2015

The Parkland College Softball team received an outstanding pitching performance from sophomore Leah Kays on Wednesday as she helped the Cobras to a 2-1 upset win over the #9 ranked Illinois Central Cougars. ICC earned revenge in game two by blanking PC 10-0.
Game 1:  Parkland 2  Illinois Central 1

Kays tossed a complete game five hitter allowing just one walk while striking out two. ICC threatened in the 7th, putting two on with two out, but Kays got the final out on a pop-up to short.  The Cobras scored both of their runs in the 5th as Hannah Gawthorp and Morgan Harper started the inning with back to back singles and raced home on a two-run double by Morgan Hackman.  Hackman and Hannah Pruden each had two hits as the Cobras out hit ICC 7-5 in the contest.

PC    000 020 0      2   7  0
ICC   000 001 0     1   5   0

 
Game 2:  ICC 10 Parkland 0

PC   000 00           0  1   1
ICC  214 3X          10 11 0


ICC scored early and often as they cruised to the win. After PC threatened but failed to score in the top of the 1st, ICC used three straight hits to score a pair of runs. ICC tacked on a run in the 2nd and then scored four times in the 3rd and three more in the 4th to end the game by the run rule. Parkland's lone hit was a Hanna Pruden two out single in the 4th. 

Parkland (18-22) will continue their streak of playing 12 straight games against ranked foes as they travel to NJCAA D-3 #1 ranked Rock Valley at 3:00 on Friday. The Cobras have a four game series this weekend against #18 Heartland
 
Baseball falls to Big Blue
 
The Parkland Men's Baseball team failed to rise to the challenge on Wednesday afternoon as they lost to the Millikin JV 9-5. Lack of timely hitting, a rare collapse by the bullpen, and a costly error late in the ball game, led to the Cobras demise.

PC got off to a strong start behind a sold outing from Ross Learnard. The freshman worked 4 innings allowing just one hit and no runs. He left with a 3-0 lead as the Cobras jumped out on top early. Chase Armstrong put the Cobras on the board with a sacrifice fly and Jeff Wetzler added an RBI single to make it 2-0 after two. Millikin would tie the game in the 5th. scoring three times off reliever Zach Borsa. Sam Geraci would shut down the rally and PC would regain the lead in the 6th on a two-run triple by Donovan Chandler.

The Cobra headed to the 7th with a 5-3 lead but Millikin would score twice off of Caleb Leach to knot the game at 5. Tyler Burcham retired both of the hitters he faced to keep the contest tied.  Jeff Lavin took over in the 8th and gave up four unearned runs as the Big Blue took advantage of three hits, a pair of walks, and an error on a potential inning-ending double play ball. Staked to their first lead, MU retired the side in order in the 8th and got out of a 9th inning jam to preserve the win.

Parkland (26-8 12-4) will host the Rockford College JV on Thursday starting at 2:30.
 
Former Cobra pitcher called up to AAA New Orleans
April 14. 2015

Former Cobra hurler Nick Wittgren has been called up to the New Orleans Zephyrs, the AAA affiliate of the Miami Marlins. Wittgren, who was a 9th round draft pick by the Marlins in 2012, has made a steady climb through the Marlins organization.
 
The 6'3" 210 right-handed reliever, has compiled a career record of 7-8 with 60 saves and an earned run average of just 2.01.  In 156.2 innings of work. Wittgren has walked 34 and struck out 169. His fastball is clocked in the mid-90's and he is developing an improving curve ball and change-up. He is ranked as the 13th best prospect in the Marlins organization.
 
He joins Spencer Patton (Texas Ranger-Round Rock) on current MLB Triple A rosters. Daniel Winkler is on the 60-day disabled list for the Atlanta Braves and hopes to see action late in the 2015 season. Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier is off to a solid start hitting .333 so far this season. Kiermaier has started all seven games and has hit 2 HR while driving in 4 and scoring six for the (4-3) Rays.


Baseball pounds SRC, get Easter Sunday sweep
April 5, 2015


A day after being held to a season low two hits in a 3-1 loss, the Parkland offense pounded out 41 in a doubleheader sweep of Spoon River. The Cobras won 22-5 in game 1 before defeating the Snapper 10-2 in the finale. 

Game 1 Parkland 22  Spoon River 5

Cobra bats woke up from Saturday's doubleheader split in a big way Sunday, knocking out 29 hits in the Easter Sunday opener.   PC jumped on top on an RBI single by Glenn Reeves scoring Cully Day in the first inning.  The Cobras would score three more runs in the 2nd and 3rd innings on  RBI singles by Austin Smith and Donovan Chandler.  Mark Meyer cruised through the first couple innings before giving up a 3 run home run in the 4th to cut the Cobra lead to 8-4. Jeff Wetzler and Xavier Warren each had four hits in the game while Glenn Reeves, Austin Smith, and Donovan Chandler each had three. Chandler also drove in four runs on the afternoon.  Matt Jenkins, Nick Coudret, and Caleb Leach came in to work the final three innings, striking out six and yielding only one run.   
 
Parkland         1    1    2    4    5    0    9    0            22    29    2
Spoon             1    0    0    3    1    0    0    0            5        6    3

WP (Mark Meyer 4 IP 4 ER 4 H 4 Ks) and Schultz
        (Nick Coudret 1 IP 1 R 2 K 1 H 0 BB) and Hayes
        (Matt Jenkins 1IP 2 K 0 BB) and Hayes
        (Caleb Leach 1 IP 2 K 0 R 0 BB) and Hayes
 
 

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Game 2: Parkland 10  Spoon River 2

The bats stayed hot in game 2 scoring ten more runs on twelve hits.   Sophomore Bryce Pennington earned his 4th win of the year going five innings while striking out seven and allowing only two runs.  PC got on the board in the second innings on RBI singles by Xavier Warren and Austin Smith.  Tied at 2, the  Cobras would score three times in both the 4th and 5th innings to put the game away.   Chase Armstrong provided the knockout punch in the 4th inning with a two run RBI Triple to right center.  Glenn Reeves and Donovan Chandler added RBI singles in the 5th inning to push the lead to 8-2.  Curtiss Johnson added two more runs in the 6th with a 2 run HR, his first of the year.  Michael McCormick and Tyler Burcham would come in and hold Spoon scoreless in the 6th and 7th to secure the win for Pennington. Glenn Reeves had three more hits in game 2 while Armstrong also collected three of his own. Austin Schultz had a pair of hits and an RBI in the winning effort. 

The pair of wins improve Parkland to (21-6 9-3) while Spoon River drops to (3-15 1-7).  PC is scheduled to take on the Millikin JV at 5:00 Monday night in Decatur. 



Parkland         0    2    0    3    3    2    0            10    12    1
Spoon             0    2    0    0    0    0    0            2        4    4

WP  (Bryce Pennington 5 IP 2 ER 7 K 1 BB) and Schultz
        (McCormick 1 IP0 ER 1K ) and Zimske
        (Burcham 1 IP 0 ER 1K) and Zimske
 
Bats stay hot as Cobras knock off Big Blue
April 6, 2015

Curtiss Johnson hit in his second home run in as many games and the Cobra offense reached double figures for the 3rd straight game, and 11th time this season, as the Parkland Baseball team beat the Millikin JV 11-4 in Decatur on Monday night.  Johnson, the Cobra first baseman, hit a two-out two run home run in the 3rd to give PC a 2-0 lead. PC would build the lead to 5-1 only to see the Big Blue cut the deficit to just one at 5-4 after six innings. Glenn Reeves and Austin Schultz would get the Parkland offense going in the 7th inning with back to back singles.  Reeves would later score on a fielders choice off the bat of Chase Armstrong to make it 6-4.

The 8th inning started off with two consecutive walks to David Hayes and Glenn Reeves. Cully Day followed with an RBI single. to score Hayes and  Jeff Wetzler added another two-out two run single to help seal the victory over the Millikin JV.  Zach Borsa started on the mound for PC and looked strong going four innings giving up one earned run.  The bullpen of Kody Silverthorn, Connor Gross, Ryan Kenny, Shawn Tabeling, and Richard Yelnick, kept the Blue in check and allowed tne PC bats to warm up. Johnson paced the Cobra attack with a HR, 3 hits, and 2 RBI. David Hayes and Cully Day each had two hits to help PC 


Parkland.           002  300  141     11. 11. 1
Millikin.  JV.         010  021 000       4. 6.  3


WP Richard Yelnick (1 IP 2 H 1R) and Hayes
Zach Borsa (4 IP 4K 2 H 1 BB) and Hayes
Tabeling ( 1IP 2 H 2 R 1 BB) and Hayes
Kenny ( 1 IP 2 K 0R) and Zimske
Silverthorn ( 1 IP 2 K 0 R) and Hayes
Gross (1 IP 2 K 0R) and Hayes

 Wild rally gives Softball team sweep of John Wood
April 6, 2015
 
Two days after losing a pair of heart wrenching one run decisions to John Wood, it was the Cobras turn to break the Blazers hearts as they rallied for a wild 14-13 win in game two after winning the opener 9-5. The wins even the Cobras record at (15-15 5-7) while John Wood falls to (11-10 3-5).  Weather permitting, PC is scheduled to host the Lindenwood JV on Tuesday.


Game 1 Parkland 9   John Wood 5


The Cobras broke on top with a five run first inning and held off the Blazers for a 9-5 win. The first five PC hitters reached base in the bottom of the first with Mikayla Walsh and Kelsey Smith each delivering two-run doubles. After JWCC plated a single run in the top of the 3rd, PC answered back with two of their own on a sacrifice fly and a single. John Wood would score twice in both the 4th and 5th innings to cut the lead to 7-5 but Monica Munroe hit a solo home run and Smith stroked an RBI double to push the lead back to our. Allix Ostermeyer (5-5) retired the last six hitters in order to earn the win.  


Kelsey Smith had a big game at the plate, reaching base four times going 3-3 with three doubles and three runs batted in. Cara Edwards had two hits and two RBI while Alexis Royer had two hits and scored twice. 


JW      001  220 0     5   9  1
PC       502  011 X    9  14  2


W-Ostermeyer L-Motley
HR-Munroe (PC) Overton (JW)


Game 2:  Parkland 14  John Wood 13  8 innings


In one of the wildest games of the season, PC blew a big lead late, but rallied for a 14-13 win. The game started innocently enough as the Cobras built a 7-2 lead after four innings. Cara Edwards drove in three of those runs with a two-run single in the 2nd and an RBI single in the 3rd.  The Blazers would not be denied however and climbed back into the contest with three runs in the 5th to cut the margin to 7-5. Things fell apart for PC in the top of the 6th, as John Wood scored six times using five hits, including a home run, and a pair of walks to grab an 11-7 lead. The Blazers would tack on another run in the 7th to take a five run lead into the Cobras final at bat.


PC used two singles and a Blazer error to load the bases with nobody out before Hannah Gawthorp delivered a two-run single to make it 12-9. an infield ground out scored another run and Morgan Hickman singled to cut the lead to one at 12-11.  Alexis Royer reached on a fielders choice and with PC down to their final out, Makayla Walsh was hit by a pitch. Kelsey Smith delivered her 7th hit of the afternoon, five of them doubles, chasing home Royer with the tying run. Hannah Pruden grounded out to third to end the uprising but the game headed to extra innings.


Using the international tie-breaker, John Wood would regain the lead without the benefit of a hit. With a runner at second, the Blazer hitter flew out to right field but the runner tagged and raced to third and scored when the the errant throw got by the Cobra third baseman. Down by one, it was the Cobras turn to rally again. With runners at first and second and nobody out, the first PC hitter failed to move the runners over as she flew out to center. Gawthorp's sacrifice bunt put the tying and winning runs in scoring position with two outs.  The game appeared to be over as Parkland hit what looked to be a game ending ground ball to third but the Blazer first baseman dropped the throw, allowing the tying run to score and Monica Monroe hustled home all the way from second with the winning run.  


Parkland banged out 18 hits in the contest as Kelsey Smith led the attack going 4-5.  Pruden had three hits and scored four times while Edwards had three hits and three RBI.  Royer, Gawthorp, and Monroe all had two hits apiece in the winning effort. 


JW     002 036 11         13   19  4
PC     024  100 52         14   18  1


W-Harper L-Overton
HR-Motley (JW)

 

Cobras split with Snappers
April 4, 2015

The Parkland Baseball team saw their seven game winning streak come to a surprising end on Saturday as the Snappers won game 2 of the doubleheader 3-1 after the Cobras had blanked Spoon River 8-0 in the finale. The two teams will wrap up their four game series with a pair of games on Easter Sunday in Canton. 

Parkland 8 Spoon River 0

Tyler Anderson threw 6 innings of one hit ball for the Cobras as they defeated Spoon River CC in 8 innings Saturday at Parkland College.The Cobras scored six runs in the first three innings to grab a 6-0 lead.  Donovan Chandler got the ball rolling in the first inning with a single to right field.  He would score on a fielders choice and Xavier Warren would score on a SAC Fly by Cully Day. RBI singles by Warren and Chandler in the 2nd and third innings would expand PC's lead to 6-0. Anderson settled in for six innings of solid work and gave way to his bullpen. Kody Silverthorn and Connor Gross would work perfect 7th and 8th innings to secure the one-hit shutout. The three pitchers allowed just one hit and one walk while striking out 9.  A bases loaded walk would bring in the 8th and deciding run in the bottom of the 8th to end the game by the run rule. Xavier Warren and Lloyd Johnson each had two hits in the win. 


 
SRCC            0    0    0    0    0    0    0        0    1    3
Parkland       2    3    1    0    0    1    2        8    9    0
 

WP Anderson (6 IP 1 Hit 6 K 1 BB) and Schultz
       Silverthorn (1 IP 2 K 0 H 0 BB) and Zimske
       Gross (1 IP 1 K 0 H) and Zimske

 
 
Spoon River 3  Parkland 1

SRCC        0    0    2    0    1    0    0            3    3    3
Parkland    0    1    0    0    0    0    0            1    2    2

The Parkland bats went silent in Game 2 and had a season low two hits total in game 2 and pushed across their lone run on a suicide squeeze by Sam Geraci
 in the second inning.  Ross Learnard battled and gave up 2 unearned runs against the Snappers.   SRCC scored on a pass ball in the third inning
and another on an error.  They tacked on another unearned in the 5th. Jeff Lavin came in and threw 2 scoreless innings for the Cobras to keep the game close but the Cobras missed a golden opportunity to score in the 6th and went quietly in the 7th as the Snappers held on for the win.   Parkland came up with only 2 hits, Tanner Russell and Cully Day had the lone hits, singles, for the Cobras in the loss.  Parkland stands at (19-6 7-3) going in to Sunday's games. 

 
 LP    Ross Learnard     (5 IP 5 K 3 BB 3 UR 3 hits) and Hayes
        Jeff Lavin (2 IP 2 K 0 R) and Schultz
 
Golf 7th at IWU Invite
April 5. 2015

 The Parkland Golf team wrapped up play on Saturday shooting 312, good enough for a two day total of 616 and 7th place out of 20 teams at the Illinois Wesleyan Invitational.
The host Titans won the team title by 10 strokes over Central College of Iowa while Wesleyan's Tony Alabano fired a 6-under par 138 to win by 6 strokes over teammate Kevin Wienchowski.  Parkland had two players finish in the top 20 as Dom Knight and Nick Berger tied for 18th place. Knight had a two-round total of 151 (76-75) while Berger came shot (74-77). Parkland is off until April 17-18 when they will play in the Illinois College Blue Boy Invite in Springfield. 

Top 10 Teams:

Wesleyan         285   295           580
Central            297   293           590
Wesleyan JV    300    304           604
Millikin           296    311           607
Wisc-EClaire     303   304           607
Neb Wesleyan   305   310          615
Parkland          304   312           616
DePauw           307   310           617
Augsburg         305    315           619
Carthage          315    305           620


Parkland Scores:

Knight   151
Berger   151
Gerig     156
Powell    158
Niebrugge 161
 
Softball drops two one-run decisions to John Wood
April 5, 2015

The inability to shut the opponent down once again plagued the Cobras as they dropped a pair of one run decisions to the Blazers. John Wood rallied for a 7-6 win in the opener and held on for an 11-10 victory in game two.  The losses drop PC to (13-15 3-7) while John Wood stands at (11-8 3-3). The two will play another doubleheader at 3:00 on Monday in Champaign. 


Game 1: JW 7 PC 6     
 
Cobras jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the 1st on Alexis Royer 10th home run of the year.  JW evened the score in their half with a single tally.  In the 3rd PC scored three runs on a triple from Monica Monroe and RBI singles from Morgan Hickman, Kelsey Smith and Hannah Pruden.The Cobras extended their lead to 6-2 with a pair of runs in the 5th on a double by Hickman, a single from Royer and RBI singles from Makayla Walsh and Smith. Down four going into the bottom of the 5th, JW scored three times  and then won the game with 2 more runs in the 6th. Royer and Pruden had 3 hits apiece for PC while Morgan Hickman, Makayla  Walsh, and Kelsey Smith each had two. 
 
PC  103 020 0   6  13 0
JW  101 032 X  7  10 1
 
LP  Ostermeyer 4-4     Spivey
WP Motley     Wehar
 
Game 2: John Wood 11  PC 10
 
 
The Cobras found themselves trailing 8-2 after 5 innings before exploding for eight runs in the top of the 6th to grab the lead.  Makayla Walsh, Kelsey Smith, Hannah Pruden, Allix Ostermeyer, and Cara Edwards all had consecutive singles. Taylor Spivey followed with a  walk to force in a run and Monica Monroe and Morgan Hickman each singled driving in a run. Kelsey smith then singled driving in 2 runs, but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double.  cobras again could not hold the lead with JW scoring twice in the 6th and once in the 7th.
 
PC  020 008 0  10  16  1
JW 142 012 1  11  17   0
 
LP  Ostermeyer  (4-5)  Spivey
WP Jacques   Wellman

Baseball
The Parkland College Baseball team picked up a pair of wins on Monday afternoon as they defeated Lincoln College 11-1 and 12-8 in a doubleheader played at Illinois Field. 

The bats came alive in both games Monday as the Cobras took the first two games of the four game series against the Lynx.   In Game 1, Tyler Anderson controlled the Lynx for four innings and let the offense put the game away, in a game called after 5 innings due to the run rule.  Donovan Chandler and Glenn Reeves got the Cobras going in the first inning, scoring three runs on four hits.  Cully Day and Xavier Warren each had RBI doubles in the 2nd and 3rd innings to extend the PC lead to 7-0.  Curtiss Johnson also had a pair of hits and hIs double off the center field wall helped extend the lead to 11-0.  Jeff Lavin looked strong in his inning of work allowing just one run.  The game ended on a diving catch in right field by Xavier Warren.  

Game two got off to a shaky start as the Lynx jumped out on top off Parkland starter Mike McCormick. Bryce Pennington would come in out of the pen and hold the Lynx to two runs over four innings to earn his 3rd victory in the past two weeks.  The Cobras would trail 6-4 after three innings but would explode for eight runs over the next three innings. PC  got on the board early by a towering home run to left field by Glenn Reeves.  After the Lynx regained the lead, Parkland would answer back with back to back RBI hits by Cole Taylor and Sam Geraci.  Reeves had a big day with 4 RBI and Curtiss Johnson had three more hits to give him five on the afternoon.  The Cobras would tack on three more runs on Austin Schultz RBI single and Cully Day's triple in the 6th.  Ross Learnard and Tyler Burcham were strong out of the pen working the final two innings in relief of Pennington.  Parkland now improves to (16-5 4-2 MWAC)  as they travel to Lincoln Tuesday for a 2:00 DH.

Game 1

Lincoln         0    0    0    0    1                1      4    2
Parkland       3    4    3    1    -               11    14    0        Final 5

WP Tyler Anderson (3-0)  (4 IP 5 K 2 BB 0 Runs) and Schultz
       Jeff Lavin                 (1 IP 1 Run 1 Hit) and Schultz

Top Parkland Hitters

Warren 2-4 (Double Single)
Schultz 3-4 (3 Singles)
Chandler 2-3 (Double/Single)
Day (Single/Triple) 



Game 2

Lincoln     1    4    1    0    1    1    0            8        8    2
Parkland   3    1    3    2    3    0    -            12     15    2

WP Bryce Pennington (4 IP 2 Runs 3 Hits 2 BB 3K ) and Schultz
       Michael McCormick (1 IP 4 Runs 3 Hits 3 BB 1 HBP) and Schultz
       Ross Learnard (1 IP 1 Run 3 Hits 0 BB 1 K ) and Schultz
       Tyler Burcham  (1 IP 0 Runs 2 K) and Hayes

Top Parkland Hitters

        Reeves 3-5 (Homerun and 2 Singles)
        Schultz 2-3 (2 Singles)
        Russell 2-3 (2 Doubles)
        Johnson 3-5 (2 Doubles 3 RBI)
        Chandler 2-4 ( Double 2 Runs)
        Day 2-3 (2 Singles SB Run)


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.”

Baseball
-03/23/2015
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.  

Parkland.  2000010.    3. 7 4
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.

Game 2
Parkland 0000001.        1 4 3
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 )
Johnson (Double)
Chandler (RBI Single)
Russell ( Single)

Softball
-03/23/2015
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.
Parkland  000 101 0     2  6  1
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
WP Bargel
Parkland hitters
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
  
Women’s Basketball
-03/21/2015
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.

Golf
-03/21/2015
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
-03/21/2015
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)
 
Game 2
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.
 
LC        1    0    0    0    1    0    0                2    6    4
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
-03/21/2015
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.  
 
LC   102 210 0    4  7  0
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.
LC  001 100 43    9  9  2
Parkland 300 002  1 1   7 13 3
WP  Crivkapich     Lee
LP   Ostermeyer   Kays 7th   Ostermeyer 8th      Spivey
 
Softball
-03/20/2015
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.
 
Parkland   003 000 0   3  6  0
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.
 
Parkland     003 110 0    4  5  0
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

Womens Basketball
-03/20/2015
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’s Basketball
-03/19/2015
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.

Baseball
-03/19/2015
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
-03/19/2015
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

Women’s Basketball
-3/7/2015
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
-3/17/2015
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.

Rend Lake      000  000 0    0   2   1
Parkland         100  041 X   6  10  0

Pennington and Schultz

W-Pennington (1-0)

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)

W-Gross

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. 
 
Chesapeake  200 000 0   2   4  0
Parkland       000 100 0   1   6  1
 
HR  Willey  Chesapeake
 
WP   Poore  
LP    Harper  2 k     1 BB   2 R    2 ER     Smith
 
Hitters Parkland
 
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 
 March 14,2015
 
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.
 
All-Region Team:
 
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:
 
First Team;
Hannah Wascher                Parkland
Laura Litchfield                  Parkland
Bryanna Jones                     Danville
Shea O'Brien                       John Wood
Asia Green                          Danville
 
Second Team:
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.
 
All-Region Team:
 
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
 
All-MWAC:
 
First Team:
Jordan Johnson           John Wood             Player of the Year
Najeal Young              Lincoln
Brody Gronewold        John Wood
Corvon Butler              Parkland
Joseph English            Danville
 
Second Team:
 
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)
 

 

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