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Women’s Basketball
Women keep rolling to 18th straight win, M-WAC play up next

The Parkland Women wrapped up the non-conference portion of the 2014-15 season on Wednesday night as they defeated the University of Illinois Club Team 60-40 in Champaign. Coach Mike Lindeman substituted throughout the contest as the Cobras jumped to a 35-15 lead and cruised to the win. The victory was #2 Parkland's 18th straight of the season.

Laura Litchfield continued her strong over-all play pacing the Cobras with 15 points. The Champaign sophomore was 7-11 from the field and also had 5 assists, 4 rebounds, and 3 steals. Hannah Wacher added 13 points and 8 rebounds as she made 6 of her 10 shots. Chelsea Cross just missed double figures as she finished with 9 points and 7 boards.

The Cobras final 11 games of the season will all determine their final seeding as they will play 10 Midwest Athletic Conference games as well as a Region 24 showdown with Illinois Central. Parkland (18-1) will face one of their biggest challenges of the season this Saturday as they take on #17 John Wood (16-4) at 2:00 in Quincy.  The Blazers have won 9 of their last 10 games.

Men’s Basketball
Men keep streak alive with win over RMU-Peoria

The #10 men's  team took care of business on Wednesday night as they knocked off Robert Morris-Peoria 79-59 to earn their 13th straight win. The Cobras jumped out to a 43-27 halftime lead but a sluggish second half allowed the Eagles to stay within 10 points for most of the half. Parkland finally opened the lead up over the final four minutes to secure the 20 point win.

Corvon Butler led Parkland with 18 points while Charles Sweatt-Washington was a perfect 5-5 from the field and 3-3 from the line to pick up 13 points. Austin Howard and Capreace Salinas each scored 8 apiece as 11 of the 12 Cobra players found their way into the scorebook.

Parkland now stands (16-3) on the season as they head into M-WAC play. First up is a 4:00 game this Saturday in Quincy against an always dangerous John Wood (11-9) squad that already has wins over #9 Kirkwood and #19 North Central Missouri.

Parkland to host Saturday night high school hoops doubleheader

Parkland College will host the Saturday night showdown with a pair of high-level high school games Saturday, Jan. 24.
  • 5:30pm:  Don Bosco Prep will take on Serious Threat Prep.
    Former Champaign resident Jaycee Hillsman is on the Don Bosco roster. 
  • 7:30pm: La Lumiere School will take on St. Louis Christian Academy.
    Don't miss the chance to see Illini signee Jalen Coleman in action.
The doors will open at 4:30pm. Tickets: $10 for adults and $6 for students K-12. Seating is limited and tickets will only be available at the door on the night of the game. 

Men’s Basketball
Men keep own streak alive, end Kankakee's home streak
The #18 men held on Saturday for an 89-87 overtime win over NJCAA D-1 Kankakee, picking up their 12th straight win while ending the Cavaliers home winning streak at 23.

The two teams battled for the opening 20 minutes with the Cobras grabbing a 37-35 lead at halftime. Parkland would push the lead to double digits and led by 10 with just five minutes remaining, but the home standing Cavaliers would rally to tie the game late. Parkland's Kevin Phillips appeared to give the Cobras the win in regulation as he made a pair of free throws with just 4 seconds left, but KCC would drive the length of the court and score just before the buzzer to tie the game at 80, sending the game to overtime. In overtime the two teams would trade baskets before the Cobras scored on a pair of layups and got a couple of key defensive stops to secure the win.

Balance was once again the key for Parkland as four players finished with 12-13 points each.  JaQuan Bryant scored 13 while Corvon Butler Capreace Salinas, and Charles Sweatt-Washington all had 12 for the victorious Cobras. KCC was led by Kevin Daniels who had a game and season high 21 points.

Parkland improves to (15-3) with the win and will play again Wednesday night at 7:30 in Peoria against Robert Morris.  Kankakee drops to (14-5) with the loss, falling at home for the first time since 2013.

Women’s Basketball
Cobras fall behind early, then rout Kankakee
The #2 Cobras  fell behind 16-6 on Saturday but went on a 21-0 run, as they ran past the Cavaliers 96-51 for their 17th straight win. The visitors hit their first six shots to grab the early 10 point lead but a Laura Litchfield basket and subsequent steal and lay-up got the Cobras going. Litchfield scored 17 of her game high 24 points to help Parkland take control of the game. After being red-hot early, KCC went just 2-23 for the remainder of the half as the Cobras built a 38-21 lead at intermission.
The second half was more of the same as Parkland outscored KCC 30-10 over the first 10 minutes of the half, limiting the Cavs to just two made baskets. Parkland shot 58% on the afternoon while Kankakee hit just 27% of their baskets. Laura Litchfield lead the way with 24 points and also had 4 assists and 4 steals. Hannah Wascher had another double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds and a career high 7 blocked shots. Chelsea Cross finished with 14 points and 5 steals while Lauren Moses came off the bench to score 10 points and grab 5 rebounds.  The Cobras out rebounded KCC 45-33 and forced 22 Cavalier turnovers.
Parkland improves to (17-1) and will host the UI Club Team on Wednesday night starting at 6:00. Kankakee drops to (12-7) with the loss.

Zach McNabney

It is with great sadness we inform you that former Parkland Golf athlete and coach Zachary McNabney passed away on Monday January 12 after a 3 plus year battle with cancer. Zach was a true inspiration to many of us and I hope that you can keep his wife, two children, and many friends in your thoughts and prayers. Zach was one of the most positive people I have ever met and I know he would want each of us to spend this time to celebrating his life and not dwelling on his death. I will pass on more information on the arrangements when they become available. - Rod Lovett, Athletic Director.

Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at Morgan Memorial Homes in Savoy.  A funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 405 W. Clark Street, Champaign, IL.  Burial will follow in Drummer Township Cemetery in Gibson City and a luncheon will be held at Holy Cross Church.  All are welcome.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, Zach would want donations in his name to be made to The Crisis Nursery, 1309 W. Hill Street, Urbana, IL  61801.


Men’s Basketball
Cobras keep winning ways going with victory over Wesleyan
Charles Sweatt-Washington scored a game-high 17 points while also grabbing 5 rebounds to help the #18 Parkland Men's Basketball team to a 76-68 win over the Illinois Wesleyan JV Monday night in Bloomington. Sweat-Washington scored 9 of his 17 in the opening half as he helped PC grab a 35-23 lead at the break. 

Employing a 5 player rotation throughout the contest, the Cobras pushed their lead to as many as 20 before the Titans mounted a huge comeback. Combining hot shooting with Parkland turnovers, IWU would cut the margin to just four but Parkland held on by converting their free throws down the stretch. The Cobras finished the contest 17 of 21 from the free throw line as they held on for the win. Sweatt-Washington was a perfect 7-7 at the line as part of his 17 points. Kevin Phillips came off the bench to add 13 points and Washawn Watson 10 for the victorious Cobras, who ran their winning streak to 11 games and improved to (14-3) on the year.

PC will travel to Kankakee to play the NJCAA D-1 Cavaliers (12-4) at 3:00 on Saturday afternoon.

Men’s Basketball
 #18 Cobras win 10th straight with easy win over Prairie State
The #18 Cobras raced out to an early 19-5 lead and never looked back as they defeated visiting Prairie State College 78-49, the Cobras 10th straight win.
Parkland's JaQuant Bryant scored the first seven Parkland points and scored 14 of his game high 18 in the opening half. The Cobras shot 54% for the first 20 minutes and took a 45-27 lead into intermission. Parkland would build the lead to as many as 33 in the second stanza despite Coach Anthony Figueroa substituting liberally throughout the half.
In addition to Bryant, three other Parkland players finished in double figures. Corvon Butler had 14 points and 7 rebounds while Cody Russell added 12, and William Gary came off the bench to score 10.  Corey Rucker led Prairie State with 11 points but also committed 9 turnovers.
Parkland (13-3) will return to action on Monday night when they travel to Bloomington to take on the Illinois Wesleyan JV in the first of four straight road games. The Cobras will not return to the Dodds Athletic Center at Parkland until January 28.

Men’s Basketball
Watson hits game winner as Cobras top Bulldogs
Washawn Watson hit the game-winning shot with just four seconds left on Thursday, as the #18 Parkland Men survived for a 63-61 win at South Suburban. Watson's game winner with just over four seconds left and the Bulldogs last chance heave from near mid-court was off the mark as the Cobras won for the night straight time.

Kevin Phillips came off the bench to score 15 points while Kamal Shasi finished with 10 for Parkland helping them improve to (12-3) on the season. The Cobras will host Prairie State College at 4:00 on Saturday at the Dodds Athletic Center in Champaign.

Women’s Basketball
#2 Cobras take down #16 South Suburban
The Cobras celebrated the New Year and their move up the NJCAA D-2 rankings, with a 77-71 win over #16 South Suburban. The Cobras, who moved up two spots to #2, were playing for the first time in 2015 and battled tough road conditions to face an experienced and skilled Bulldog team on their home court.

Parkland grabbed the earlier lead and took a 37-31 lead into the break. The two teams battled back and forth in the second half with seven lead changes. The Cobras found themselves trailing 69-68 with 3:15 left before freshman Kassidy Alderman drained a three to give Parkland a lead they would never give up. Despite having an off night shooting, Parkland was able to hang on for the six point win.

Hannah Wascher led the way for the Cobras with 17 points and 10 rebounds in limited action to foul trouble. Wascher earned the double-double even though she fouled out with nearly 5 minutes left in the game. Chelsea Cross added 14 points and 9 rebounds while Laura Litchfield scored 12 points and grabbed 7 boards  while also handing out six assists and picking up three steals. Kassidy Alderman was the only other player in double figures, coming off the bench to score 11 points.

Parkland improved to 16-1 and will be off again until January 17 when they host #25 Kankakee starting at 1:00.  South Suburban drops to (15-6) with the loss.


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