National Tournament Play - Overland Park, Kansas March 18-23
The Cobras took the field for three games on Monday in Pensacola Beach Florida and after dropping a pair of close decisions to red-hot Pensacola, came back to beat St. Louis CC.
- Game 1: Pensacola 4 Parkland 0
Jordan Wheeler (1-1) gave up 8 hits striking out 4 and walking 2 in the loss. Pensacola scored 2 runs in the 4 and 5th innings. For Parkland Carly Sarff and Shelby Franzen had 2 hits each.
- Game 2: Pensacola 5 Parkland 3 8 innings
The Cobras lost a heart breaker in game two as with the score tied at 3-3 in the 8th inning with 2 outs, Pensacola hit a two-run game winning walk-off home run. Parkland had jumped out to a 1-0 lead after 1 inning before Pensacola tied it in the 3rd. The Cobras retook the lead in the 4th on RBI singles by Carly Sarff and Hunter Marsh. The Pirates tied it back up in the 5th with 2 runs of their own setting up the extra inning heroics. Parkland's Harley Tompkins
had 3 hits and Alexis Royer collected 2 hits. The win was Pensacola's 17th straight win after losing their season opener.
- Game 3: Parkland 6 St. Louis CC 3
Leah Kays got her 1st college start and allowed SLCC 5 hits and 3 runs. The Cobras scored one run in the 3rd on a double by Jordan Wheeler and an RBI single from Taylor Spivey. STLCC came right back in the top of the 4th with 3 runs but Parkland answered back in their half of the 4th with 4 runs of their own.
Carly Sarff singled, Shelby Franzen doubled and Taylor Spivey doubled in the inning. Parkland's final run came on Erin Hettinger's RBI single, driving in Jordan Wheeler in the 6th inning. Carly Sarff capped off an outstanding day at the plate going 4-4 with a pair of stolen bases. Sarff finished the day going 7-11. The win improved PC to (3-2) on the year while St. Louis drops to (0-3). The Cobras will play both Black Hawk and St. Louis CC on Tuesday.
Baseball scores a season high 15 runs on Monday as they pounded Erie CC 15-3 in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The Cobras scored eight runs over the first three innings while starter Alex Lesiak was shutting their bats down to grab an 8-0 lead. PC jumped on top with two in the first inning as Sam Sampen had a sacrifice fly and Glenn Reeves an RBI triple. The Cobras tacked on three more in the 2nd used 2 hits and 3 walks to score. Parkland put together 11 hits, 10 walks, and 5 hit batsmen on the day to push across the 15 runs.
Four players collected two hits on the day as Johnny Herrera had 2 hits and scored 3 runs while Tyler Burchum added 2 hits, 2 runs, and 2 RBI. Sam Sampen had two hits and drove in three runs, Austin Schultz went 2-2, and Brady Burns scored three times. Alex Lesiak (1-1) earned the win working 6 solid innings allowing 2 runs (1 earned) and just three hits. Connor Gunneman and Ryan Nickolich worked the final three innings striking out 5 and allowing just one run.
Parkland (2-5) will return to action at 5:00 on Tuesday night against Kishwaukee. Women’s Baskatball
Congratulations go out to the Parkland women as they defeated Lake Land College 76-66 on the Lakers home court to win the Region 24 title. The victory, sends the Cobras to the NJCAA D-2 National Tournament in Overland Park, Kansas March 18-23. It is Parkland's first trip to Nationals since 2011 when the Cobras placed 3rd. The victory capped an outstanding late season run as the Cobras won 9 of their last 10 en route to winning the M-WAC and the Region 24 title. All of this seemed highly unlikely last May when PC had no coach and was down to just six players. Behind a great coaching effort by Coach Mike Lindemann and his staff, as well as a mix of strong play from both the sophomores and freshman, the team jelled and are headed back to Nationals.
On Sunday, the Cobras surprised the Lakers by coming out in a 3-2 zone defense which confused LLCC for much of the half. PC led by as many as 10 in the opening half but a late Laker run cut the margin to just five at 36-31 at intermission. Lake Land would stay hot to start the 2nd half as they went on a 9-0 run to grab a 40-36 lead. PC would eventually rally and regained the lead at 50-48 with 9:34 remaining and would never trail again. As it has been almost all season, balance was the key for the Cobras as Hannah Wascher paced the attack with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Chelsea Cross added 13 and Jocie Klocke 12. A trio of players, Erin Kelley, Jerica Hawkins, and Aimee Iverson all scored 9 points with Hawkins also grabbing 10 boards.
Parkland (24-9) will await word Monday afternoon on their seed and eventual first round opponent. Parkland projects to be seeded in the 7-12 range in the 16 team event held at Johnson County CC.
The Cobras sweep Black Hawk to open their spring season in Pensacola, Florida.
Game 1 Cobras 10 Blackhawk 1
The Cobras scored eight runs in the 2nd inning, capped by a three-run line drive home run off the center field score board by Jordan Wheeler (1). The inning started with 2 walks and an error, then Alexis Royer singled driving in two, Alex Jacobs singled scoring Hunter Marsh and Marlee Sulsberger singled driving in another run, Carly Sarff walked scoring Royer and then Wheeler hit her shot to center field. In the bottom of the 5th with 2 outs, Jacobs walked and Sulsberger hit a line drive over the right center field fence to give the Cobras the win on the run rule. Wheeler(1-0) threw a 3 hitter, striking out 1 and walking 2. Black Hawk's lone run was unearned.
Game 2 Cobras 3 Blackhawk 2
Elizabeth Walker kept the Braves in check allowing 4 hits,striking out two and walking none. Both of the Braves runs were unearned. Parkland collected 6 hits in the contest, led by Kristine Herdegen who had 2. Both Hettinger and Herdegen had an RBI. Black Hawk got their 2 runs on 3 errors and 2 hits in the 7th.
Parkland (2-0) plays Monday at Pensacola State College. The Cobras play at, 1 & 3 vs Pensacola State College and at 5 pm vs St. Louis CCWomen’s Basketball
The Women advanced into the Region 24 title game on Saturday as they outlasted DACC 86-75 in semi-final play at Lake Land College. The Cobras took a 46-43 lead into intermission on the strength of play from Hannah Wascher. The Rantoul freshman had 20 points and 10 rebounds in the first half to help PC to that 3 point advance.
The Cobras pushed the lead to 57-50 before DACC went on a run and grabbed a 65-63 lead with just 8 minutes remaining. From that point. PC picked up their intensity, especially on the defensive end of the court and finished the game on a 23-10 run to seal the victory. Wascher scored just two points in the second half but still led the Cobras with 22 points and 13 boards. Jerica Hawkins added 17 points and 6 boards while Jocie Klocke was huge off the bench with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Erin Kelley also scored 11 points and handed out 8 assists.
Parkland (22-9) will play for the Regional title on Sunday at 2:00 against the winner of the semi-final between ICC and Lake Land. The winner of the Region 24 finale will advance to Nationals at Johnson County CC in Overland Park, Kansas.
Tyler Anderson tossed a three-hit shutout, walking three and striking out nine, as he helped lead the Parkland Baseball team to a 2-0 win over Monroe CC of New York. The victory was the first of the year for the Cobras who lost the opener to Gloucester CC 7-6 in 11 innings.
Anderson dominated from start to finish, recording at least one strike out in every inning. He limited Monroe to just three singles and only two base runners advanced as far as second base. The Cobras also played flawless defense behind the lefty, making several nice plays and did not commit an error. The Cobras scored the only runs they would need in the first as Johnny Herrera walked and Brett Chappell followed with a double into the left field corner. Herrera scored on a Sam Sampen sacrifice fly and Chappell came to the plate on a Isaac Sampen single. Brody Andrews had a pair of hits to lead the offense.
In the opener, PC fell behind 1-0 but rallied with a pair of unearned runs in the second. Gloucester would tie the game in the 2nd only to see the Cobras answer back with single runs in the 4th and 6th, and a pair of runs to grab a 6-2 lead. After giving up the two runs in the first two innings, Cobra hurler Kyle Weller cruised over the next four innings retiring all 12 hitters he faced. Unfortunately, Gloucester greeted Weller with four consecutive hits to start the 7th and would eventually tie the contest at six. Relievers Dan Leake and Connor Gunneman would work 2.1 scoreless innings and Jake Sale would work a perfect 10th before giving up a lead-off triple and eventual game winning single in the bottom of the 11. The loss was the Cobras fourth by one-run this season.Golf
Playing outside for the first time this spring, the Cobra golf team shot a 317 in the opening round of the 18 team Tusculum Invite. The Invitational, featuring NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA teams, will conclude with 18 more holes on Sunday. Lee University and Lincoln Memorial are tied for the lead, six strokes better than the host school. George Duncan of Lincoln Memorial fired a 68 and is the early leader, but 11 players are within three strokes of the lead. That pack includes Parkland's Lyle Burns who shot an even par 71 to find himself just three strokes off the lead. Nick Berger also played well for the Cobras with an opening round 77.
A season and a game that had often held promise, ended on a disappointing note, as the men lost to ICC 81-70 in the quarterfinals of the Region 24 tournament. The loss ended the Cobras season at (17-13) while ICC (22-8) advances on to the semi-finals where they will meet #1 seed Rend Lake at 1:00 at Lincoln College.
After a slow start that saw ICC grab an early 20-12 lead, PC was able to get back in the contest and forced a 29-29 tie at intermission. The Cobras then came out on fire in the second half, building their lead to as many as 15 at 54-39 with 12:08 to go. From that point, ICC would put on the full court pressure, resulting in Cobra turnovers and easy ICC points as the Cougars went on a 13-2 run to cut the lead to 56-53 with 7:13 left. A Kevin Phillips dunk with 5:10 to go pushed the Cobra lead back to 6 but ICC would score the next six points to tie the game at 61 with 3:33 left.
Shane Seniour's hook shot in the lane put PC back ahead and the Cobras still led by 1 at 68-67 with 55.5 remaining. The Cobras had a chance to give themselves some breathing room as Seniour was sent to the line with 30.6 to go but he made only one of the two free throws and the lead remained at two. ICC tied the game on a Jordan Seele put back with 15.9 left and the Cobras had a chance to win it in regulation but Lance Magee's shot was blocked as time expired.
The overtime was all ICC as they dominated from start to finish out scoring PC 13-1. After shooting 52% in the second half, the Cobras missed all 10 of their shots from the field in the extra period. PC had their chances but missed 3 of 8 free throws at the end of regulation and in overtime and allowed ICC to grab 22 offensive rebounds, resulting in 18 second chance points.
Lance Magee and Shane Seniour finished with 15 points while Nate Tidwell had 11 ICC was led by Godson Eneogwe who had 19 points and 15 rebounds.
VICTORY! The Cobra women took care of business as they cruised by Lewis and Clark 77-47 in the opening round of the Region 24 tournament. Parkland raced out to an 18-4 lead and never looked back, building a 41-19 lead at intermission and building it to as many as 35 in the second half.
Coach Mike Lindemann substituted freely throughout the contest as 11 of the 12 Parkland players scored in the contest. The Cobras shot 50% in the first half and 47% for the game to just 22% for the Blazers. PC also dominated the glass, out rebounding Lewis and Clark 52-34.
PC had seven players who scored between 8 and 12 points with Hannah Wascher leading the way with 12 points and 8 boards. Chelsea Cross had a strong game off the bench with 11 points, 6 boards, 3 assists, and 3 blocked shots. The trio of Jocie Klocke Aimee Iverson, and Nadine Vaughn all had 9 points with Iverson also dishing out 5 assists and Vaughn and Klocke each grabbing 7 boards. Erin Kelley had 8 points and 5 boards and Samantha Kohlbecker had a solid over-all game with 8 points, 5 assists, and 5 rebounds.
L&C was led by Akaylah Mitchell who had 15 points, and double-doubles by Alarra Gill (10 points 11 rebounds) and Benesha Childress (11 points 11 boards).
The victory sets up a semi-final showdown on Saturday between Parkland and rival Danville Area CC at Lake Land College in Mattoon. The two teams are both (22-9) on the year and split their two games during the regular season. DACC advanced by defeating Lincoln Land 69-51 tonight. The other semi-final will pit top-seed Illinois Central (27-3) against #4 seed Lake Land (22-9). ICC demolished Lincoln 105-35 while the Lakers nipped John Wood 55-54. Those two will square off at 4 on Saturday.
Illinois Central College 105- Lincoln 35
Parkland 77- Lewis & Clark 47
Danville 69- Lincoln Land 51
Lake Land 55- John Wood 54
2:00 #2 Parkland (22-9) vs #3 Danville (22-9)
4:00 #1 ICC (27-3) vs #4 Lake Land (22-9)
For the fourth consecutive year, the Parkland College Women's Basketball team earned at least a share of the Midwest Athletic Conference title as they pounded Lincoln College 94-48. The win, coupled with Danville Area CC win over John Wood, earned the Cobras and Jaguars the co-championship. The two teams finished the regular season with identical 21-9 records and 9-1 in the M-WAC. PC will be the #2 seed in the upcoming Region 24 Tourney while DACC will be the #3 by virtue of Parkland's win over Lake Land earlier this season.
On Saturday it was all Cobras as PC jumped out to an 11-2 lead behind 7 points from Hannah Wascher and never looked back. PC built the lead to twenty at 42-22 at the break and doubled up the Lynx 52-26 again in the second half, as they cruised to the 46 point win.
All twelve Cobras played and scored as Coach Mike Lindemann substituted freely throughout the contest. Erin Kelley paced the Cobra attack as she scored 17 points on 6-7 shooting from the field. Jocie Klocke came off the bench to add 16 points while also grabbing 6 rebounds and dishing out 5 assists. Hannah Wascher scored 14 points and blocked three shots as three PC players finished in double figures. Aimee Iverson played well scoring 9 points, handing out 5 assists, and picking up 4 steals. Chelsea Cross added 7 points and 6 rebounds, Ashley Walker chased down 7 boards while Jerica Hawkins and Nadine Vaughn also added 7 points apiece.
Parkland moves on to Region 24 play and will host Lewis and Clark on Wednesday night at 6:00 in Champaign in quarterfinal play. PC has defeated the (8-21) Blazers twice this season. The Cobras won 79-53 @ L&C and 85-45 in Champaign on February 22. A win would set up a likely semi-final showdown with DACC on Saturday in Mattoon.
Wednesday March 5 Quarter finals @ Highest Seed
#8 Lincoln College (2-25) @ #1 Illinois Central (26-3)
#5 John Wood (14-15) @ #4 Lake Land (21-9)
#7 Lewis and Clark (8-21) @ #2 Parkland (21-9)
#6 Lincoln Land (13-13) @ #3 Danville Area (21-9
Semi-Finals Saturday March 8 @ Lake Land College Game times 2 & 4
Finals Sunday March 9 @ Lake Land 2:00Men’s Basketball
It didnt seem to matter where the shots came from on Saturday, they were not going in for the Cobras in their final regular season game at Lincoln. PC shot an icy 25% on the night making just 19 of 76 shots from the field as they fell 67-57 to the Lynx. The loss drops the Cobras to the #5 seed in the upcoming Region 24 tourney while Lincoln secured the #3 seed.
Despite their poor shooting, the Cobras took a 29-28 lead into intermission. The Lynx would take control early in the second half and pushed the lead to eight at 48-40 with 10 remaining and kept the margin in the 5-8 point range for much of the second half. Parkland made one final surge cutting the Lincoln lead to 62-57 lead with 1:46 left but the Lynx scored the final 5 points of the game to seal the win.
Nate Tidwell had 11 points and 9 rebounds while Taylen Alexander added 11 points and 4 boards. Kevin Phillips came off the bench to score 9 points hitting all 4 of his shots and blocking a pair of Lynx attempts.
Aaron Simpson scored 18 to pace Lincoln while Chris Davis tossed in 12.
Lincoln (17-13) earns the #3 seed win the win and will face Danville at 6:00 on Friday evening. PC (17-12) tumbles to the #5 seed and faces Illinois Central College at 2:00 in Lincoln. On a positive note, the Cobras beat ICC in two hard fought battles this season, knocking off the Cougars 77-71 in Peoria and 74-65 in Champaign.
Friday March 7 @ Lincoln College
2:00 #4 Illinois Central (21-7) vs #5 Parkland (17-12)
4:00 #2 John Wood (21-9) vs #7 Lincoln Land (15-15)
6:00 #3 Lincoln College (17-13) vs #6 Danville Area (14-14)
The bats came around, but the pitching and defense did not, as the Cobras dropped a pair of one run games at the Juco Classic in Millington, TN. Parkland fell to Lackawanna 10-9 and Century 8-7. The Cobras went (0-4) in the event, losing three of the four games by one run.
On Saturday it was much the same story as the day before as PC hurlers struggled to throw strikes. A day after walking 20 hitters, PC handed out 16 more free passes on the afternoon. Parkland actually out hit their two opponents 22-14, but could not overcome the walks and errors.
In the opener vs #11 Lackawanna, starter Kyle Weller (0-1) struggled giving up 7 runs (4 earned) in three innings of work. PC fell behind 10-5 in the contest but scored 4 times in the 7th but could not push the tying run across the plate. Johnny Herrera paced the offense going 2-5 driving in 4 runs. Brett Chappell, Sam Sampen, Bryce Pennington, and Brady Burns all collected 2 hits as PC banged out 12 in the contest.
In the second game of the day, PC jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead only to see starter Mark Meyer struggle with his control throwing 21 of his first 25 pitches for balls allowing the Ducks to tie the score at 3 after just one inning. PC regained the lead with two runs in the 2nd and held that lead until Century tied it with two in the 4th and then scored three runs off reliever Zach Borsa (0-1) in the 5th, to grab an 8-5 lead. PC once again rallied, scoring single runs in the 6th and 7th, but came up a run short, Isaac Sampen had a home run and 3 RBI while brother Sam had 2 hits and an RBI in the loss.
Parkland will head back to Champaign with plenty to work on before they head south to Florida for a nine game series at the Russ Matt Invitational. PC will open play against two more nationally ranked opponents as they face D-3 #1 ranked and defending National Champions Gloucester County and then D-2 #20 Monroe College of NY.
Game 1 Line:
Parkland 021 011 4 9 12 7
Lackawanna241 003 X 10 9 4
Game 2 Line:
Parkland 320 001 1 7 10 0
Century 300 230 X 8 5 3
"This was certainly not the start we were hoping for to begin the season" said Cobra Head Coach Dave Garcia. You are not going to beat quality competition giving teams extra outs and handing out free passes via the walk. On the bright side, we walked 36 hitters and made 13 errors in four game against three nationally ranked opponents and lost three of the games by a single run." "I know we are better than we played and hope we show it down in Florida."
1:00 #1 Rend Lake (20-10) vs #4/5 winner
3:00 #2/7 winner vs #3/6 winner
2:00 Region 24 Championship Game
Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees - Class of 2013
Sat, Feb 22, 2014 starting at 4 - 5:30 PM
Four student-athletes, one coach, one supporter to receive honors
The Parkland College Foundation and the Parkland Athletics Department announce the 2013 class for the Parkland Athletic Hall of Fame. This will be the seventh class to be inducted since the Hall of Fame was established in 2007. This year’s induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, February 22 at halftime during the Men’s Basketball game against Illinois Central College, starting at 4 p.m. The inductees are:
Michael Coles – Baseball (2001-2003)
Shane Heams – Baseball (1995)
Shelly Kraeger – Volleyball (1997-99)
Dave Stein – Men’s Basketball (1984-86)
Greg Thom – Men’s Golf Coach (1985-2003)
Martina Underwood – Women’s Basketball (1991-93)