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Bats come alive as #10 Cobra Softball beats #19 Bulldogs

The #10 Cobras bats come to life on Wednesday as they scored 21 runs on 25 hits, including six home runs, as they swept #19 South Suburban 14-6 and 7-4. The victories move PC to (26-9) while So. Sub falls to (25-9).

Game 1:
The Cobras fell behind 2-0 in the top of the first but quickly rallied, scoring four times in the bottom of the frame. Alex Jacobs and Harley Tompkins provide the key hits, each driving in a pair of runs. PC tacked on single runs in the 2nd and 3rd as Jordan Wheeler had an RBI single and Jacobs hit a solo home run. South Suburban scored four runs via four consecutive two out hits in the top of the fourth to tie the game at 6 only to see PC break the tie on a three-run blast by Kristine Herdegen. The Cobras would blow the game open in the 5th scoring five times on three home runs. Erin Hettinger hit a towering two-run blast and following a Herdegen single, Jacobs hit her 2nd home run of the contest. Harley Tompkins made it back to back round trippers as her home run ended the game by the run rule. Jacobs had a huge game at the plate with 3 hits including 2 home runs and 5 RBI, Herdegen and Tompkins each had two hits and drove in three runs apiece while Hettinger added 2 hits and 2 RBI. Jordan Wheeler (13-4) went the distance to earn the win.

Game 2:
What started out as a pitching duel into the fourth, once again ended with an offensive outburst by the Cobras as they scored late to earn the sweep. Scoreless after three innings, the Bulldogs used a walk and a Cobra error to put runners at 2nd and 3rd with two outs before Andrea Deluca delivered a two-run single to put the Bulldogs on the board. The lead would be short lived as Alexis Royer walked with one out and Taylor Spivey followed with her first home run of the season on a ball that hit the top of the left center field and bounced over to tie the game at 2. PC would threaten in the 5th but for the second time in three innings left the bases loaded, failing to score.

That would not be the case in the 6th as PC would once again load the bases with one out before Shelby Franzen drove a ball over the center fielder's head for a three-run triple. After Franzen was thrown out on a failed suicide squeeze attempt, PC would pick up two important insurance runs as Wheeler and Hettinger singled and Jacobs followed with a two-run double to make it 7-2. The Bulldogs would not go quietly in the 7th as they used four consecutive hits to score a pair of runs. With the bases loaded and one out, the South Suburban lead-off hitter hit a soft-liner to third, resulting in an inning ending double play. Elizabeth Walker (5-3) earned the win giving up just two earned runs on five hits.

Parkland will continue their busy week against ranked foes as they take on #14 Kankakee starting at 3:00 on Thursday. The two teams split a doubleheader in Kankakee earlier this season.

Big Blue JV no match for Cobra Baseball

Ryan Nickolich earned his first career win and the Cobra offense scored 13 runs on 17 hits as Parkland cruised to 13-3 win over the Millikin University JV in Decatur. The Cobras 17 hits included 2 home runs off the bat of sophomore Sam Sampen. Sam, and brother Isaac, combined for 6 hits and 4 RBI on the day. In addition to the Sampen's hitting well, Bryce Pennington was 2-4 with 3 RBI and Brett Chappell had 2 hits and also drove in a pair of runs.

Ryan Nikolich set the tone for the Cobras on the mound striking out six over 3 innings pitched as Parkland sent six hurlers to the mound in the nine-inning contest. The Cobras move to 19-13 on the year with the win ahead of a huge weekend series against rival Heartland. PC travels to Heartland on Friday to face off against the Hawks in a 2:00 doubleheader at the Corn Crib. The Cobras return home on Saturday to host HCC with first pitch scheduled for 1:00.


Cobra Golf team 2014 M-WAC Champions!

The Cobras won the rain shortened title rallying from 3rd place and a four stroke deficit after the opening day, to edge out runner-up Lewis and Clark by two strokes and defending champion Illinois Central by six.

The tournament was originally scheduled for 36 holes on Sunday and 18 more on Monday at Lick Creek Golf Course in Pekin, but two rain delays cut the Sunday total to 27 and the coaches agreed to wrap up the Monday round with just 9 more holes due to the cold and windy conditions which saw the wind chill hovering near 30 degrees.

The Cobras posted a (313-155-159 627) to edge Lewis and Clark (312-152-165 629) for the title. The Blazers, who have never won the M-WAC golf title, lead after the first round by 1 over PC, and by two over ICC after the 2nd round. ICC (316-150-1567 633) slipped back to 3rd after winning the title the past two seasons.

Parkland's rally was paced by sophomore Lyle Burns who shot 37 on Monday, good enough to earn him 2nd place. Burns 37 was the only score to break 40 on the final day. He fell just two shots short of winning medalist honors as Lewis and Clark's Lewis Bain carded a 148 to Burns 150. Rounding out the top 5 were Jake Schneider of ICC and Cam Crouthers of Lewis and Clark (152), and Reid Cagle of Lincoln (154). Those five earned 1st Team All-Conference recognition. A pair of Cobras earned 2nd team honors as Austin Egbers (156) and Nick Berger (158) finished 6th and 7th respectively. Jack Niebrugge (165) and Joe Powell (171) rounded out the Cobra scoring.

The golf title is the 4th M-WAC title won by a Parkland team so far in the 2013-14 school year following on the heals of titles won by Men's Soccer and Volleyball in the Fall and Women's Basketball in the Winter. It is also Coach Zach McNabney's third conference championship in his six years at the helm of the Cobras.


The Golf team fines itself in 3rd place after the opening day of the rain-shortened M-WAC Tournament. Sunday's 36 holes was reduced to 27 due to two rain delays. The tournament will conclude on Monday with the format yet to be determined. Despite being in 3rd, the Cobras are just four strokes behind Lewis and Clark, and two behind 2nd place ICC. Sophomore Lyle Burns is in 4th place, just five strokes off the lead.

First day results from Mid-West Athletic Conference Golf Championships held at Lick Creek Golf Course in Pekin, Il. First day was reduced to 27 holes due to rain. Finals will take place on Monday, weather permitting.

A day after the two teams battled to a split in Champaign, the Parkland College and Danville Area CC baseball teams split another close doubleheader today at Danville Stadium. Bryce Pennington picked up his first collegiate win going 4 2/3 innings for PC, yielding only 3 hits. Pennington was in charge all day before Tyler Burcham came in and held DACC for 2 2/3 innings striking out 5 Jaguars and not allowing a run. Alex Lesiak retired the final two batters to earn his first save. David Hayes and Brett Chappell led PC in hitting knocking in 3 of the 5 runs. Hayes hit his second home run of the year to extend PC's lead in the 5th inning.

Game 1:
Parkland fell in a very tight game 2 by a final score of 4-1. PC starter Jordan Deal battled but allowed 3 runs in the 5th inning to take the loss. PC bats failed to give Deal early run support. David Hayes knocked in the first and only run for the Cobras in the 4th inning. Parkland moves to 18-13 on the year and 9-5 in conference. PC is back in action on Tuesday as the host South Suburban College at home starting at 3:30.

Game 2
Parkland 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 6 0
DACC 0 0 1 0 3 0 - 4 5 0
LP-Jordan Deal (1-3) 4 1/3 3 K 2 BB 4 H 4 Runs 4 Earned and Schutlz
Top Parkland Hitter's
David Hayes 1-3 RBI
Connor Currier 1-3
Sam Sampen 1-3

On a warm and windy day in Champaign, the Cobras and Jaguars square off in a key M-WAC doubleheader and each team came away with a win. PC rode the strong pitching of Kyle Weller to win the opener 6-2 while DACC took advantage of a bases loaded walk in the top of the 7th to snag the night cap 3-2.

The Cobras were led in game 1 by sophomore Kyle Weller who threw his fourth complete game of the season, scattering seven hits over nine innings. The two teams battled a thirty-five mile an hour wind blowing in from center field but pushed across seven runs on twelve hits to lead them to a 6-2 victory over DACC. The Cobras were led at the plate by freshman Austin Schultz who was 3-5 with two RBI and sophomore Connor Currier who was 2-4 with an run driven in.

Game 1
Parkland fell in a very tight game 2 by a final score of 3-2. PC starter Tyler Anderson struggled with command, but limited DACC to just two runs in the first three innings. Nick Coudret came in relief and held DACC in check over the next three innings. Parkland scattered five hits at the plate and tied the score in the bottom of the sixth on a pair of hits and a wild pitch. Tied going to the 7th, DACC scored the eventual game winning run taking advantage of a catcher's interference call, a single, and a pair of disputed walks that resulted in the ejection of Coach Garcia. The Cobras were unable to score in the bottom of the seventh and ended the day with a split of the doubleheader. Austin Schultz (3-3) was once again the leader at the plate for the Cobras were missing the entire starting outfield due to injuries. Parkland is back in action Sunday with a double header at Danville as the Cobras try to take the series from the rival Jaguars.

On a warm, sunny but windy day at the Snake Pit, the Cobras took 2 from Spoon River College 14-1 and 15-2.

Game 1 PC 14 SRC 1 5 innings
Elizabeth Walker (5-4) allowed only 2 hits, striking out 5, and walking 1 in the five inning game. One of the two hits Walker gave up was a solo home run in the 1st inning. The Cobra offense got 14 runs on 16 hits. It was led by Erin Hettinger who went 3-3, with 2 runs scored., Carly Sarff had 2 hits and 3 RBI, Jordan Wheeler 2 hits, Marlee Sulsberger 2 hits and 2 runs scored, and Hunter Marsh finished with 2 hits, 2 runs, and 3 RBI.

Game 2 PC 15 SRC 2
The bats stayed hot for Parkland with 15 runs on 14 hits. Three of those hits were home runs, hit by Jordan Wheeler her (6th), Erin Hettinger her (4th), and Kourtnee Thompson her first of the year. The Cobras scored 5 runs in each of the 1st, 3rd and 4th innings. Wheeler had 3 hits, scored 3 runs, and had a home with 5 RBI. Erin Hettinger collected 2 hits including a HR and a pair of RBI while Abby Immke had 2 hits,and 3 RBI. Kourtnee Thompson had 2 hits including a HR and 2 RBI. Leah Kays improved to (7-1) on the mound, picking up the victory allowing 7 hits and walking just one to go along with 3 strikeouts.


The Cobras went to Lincoln College and took both ends of the doubleheader 6-0 & 13-1. Pitching was the story of the day as Jordan Wheeler and Leah Kays limited the Lynx to just one run on the afternoon.

Game 1 PC 6 LC 0
Jordan Wheeler (12-4) shutout the Links on 6 hits, 4 k, and 1 walk. Wheeler also delivered the key blow at the plate as she gave the Cobras all the runs they would need in the 1st inning with a double off the center field wall scoring Carly Sarff and Shelby Franzen. Later in the 4th with Sarff and Franzen on base again, Wheeler lifted a towering fly ball over the left field fence for a three-run homer. The Cobras last run came on an RBI single by Franzen in the 5th scoring Abby Immke who had singled earlier in the inning. Wheeler finished the game with 2 hits and 5 RBI. Sarff and Erin Hettinger each contributed 2 hits as well.

Game 2 PC 13 LC 1
Much like the first game, the Parkland pitching was also outstanding in game 2. Leah Kays (6-1) tossed a 3 hitter, striking out 2, walking none, and giving up only 1 unearned run. Cobra bats were alive in the game with 17 hits. Several Cobras had big days at the plate. Kourtnee Thompson had 3 hits and 3 RBI, Taylor Spivey 3 hits and an RBI, and Erin Hettinger 2 hits including a double, home run. Also hitting well were Alex Jacobs, Shelby Franzen, and Harley Tompkins who each had two hits, while Hunter Marsh had 2 RBI. The Hettinger solo home run came in the 4th, a line drive shot over the left center field fence. In the 1st inning, PC tallied 7 runs with the help of three successful suicide squeeze plays by Wheeler, Jacobs and Hunter Marsh.

The wins improve the Cobras to (22-9 14-4). After an off-day on Friday Parkland will host Spoon River starting at 1:00 on Saturday.


Parkland rode a strong performance by Mark Meyer and plenty of offense, as the Cobras pounded the Millikin JV 18-5 on Thursday night in Decatur. Cobra freshman Mark Meyer earned the win while his Cobra teammates pounded out 20 hits for the game. Parkland jumped on the board early off the bat of Brett Chappell belting his 2nd home run of the year to put the Cobras up 1-0. The bats stayed alive adding 2 more in the first and 3 more in the second on a 3 run blast by Isaac Sampen. Mark Meyer was strong on the mound for the green and gold as he struck out six over 3 innings of work walking only one and allowing only one run on two hits. Dan Leake worked a perfect 7th inning and Bryce Pennington worked a perfect 9th for the Cobras to help seal the win. Connor Currier had a strong day at the play going 4-5 with 3 RBI. Brady Burns added 3 hits and a pair of RBI, Chappell also had 3 hits, and Sampen drove in three runs.

Parkland (16-11 7-3) is back in action at 1:00 p.m. Saturday as they host #19 Danville Area CC in an important M-WAC series.

The Cobras salvaged the second game of a doubleheader as they split with #19 Lincoln Land. The Loggers scored 10 consecutive runs in the 6th and 7th innings of game 1 to beat the Cobras 13-5 while PC scored 7 times in the 5th inning of game two to pull away for a 12-5 win. Parkland stands (15-11 7-3) after the split while Lincoln Land falls to (21-10 9-5).

After spotting the Loggers three in the top of the first, PC quickly tied the game with three runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. Bryce Pennington and Austin Schultz drove in runs in the inning while the other scored via a pair of Logger errors. LLCC regained the lead in the second and it stayed that way until PC grabbed the lead in the 4th using three hits, a walk, and another LLCC error. After LLCC tied the game in the top of the 5th, PC came up with seven runs in the bottom half of the frame to put the game away. Tyler Burcham earned the win working 5.1 innings of solid relief work. The freshman lefty gave up just one hit and no runs while striking out four. Brett Chappell had 3 hits and scored twice, while Brady Burns, David Hayes, Johnny Herrera, and Pennington all had two hits in the game as the Cobras pounded out 14 in the win.

The Cobras looked like they would take the opener after rallying from an early deficit. Down 2-0, cut the margin in half with a single tally in the 2nd before Sam Sampen hit a bases loaded triple in the third to give PC a 4-2 lead. Trailing 5-3 in the 7th, LLCC roughed up 5 different Cobra pitchers over the final three innings to score 10 times. The Loggers collected 20 hits in the win compared to just 7 for PC. Sam Sampen and Tyler Burcham had two hits.

Athletic Director Receives Award
Our teams aren't the only ones in the athletic department bringing national honors home. Congratulations to Parkland Athletic Director Rod Lovett: 2014 George E. Killian Award of Excellence - Awarded annually by the NJCAA national office staff to individuals dedicated to the organization’s ideals of volunteerism, achievement, service, leadership and excellence.
Click for more on the Killian Award of Excellence.

Softball drops pair to ICC.

Game 1 PC 2 ICC 5
ICC jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the 1st, with 2 outs and no one on, 2 singles and home run got the Cougars going. Parkland got 1 run back in their half of the 1st on Erin Hettinger's RBI single driving in Carly Sarff. The Cobras however missed a chance to score more as back to back hitters were called out looking at strike three with runners on 2nd and 3rd. PC brought it back to a 1 run disadvantage in the 4th on a double by Alex Jacobs and an RBI single from Harley Tompkins. After the 1st inning Jordan Wheeler (11-4) held ICC scoreless until the 7th inning when they scored 4 unearned runs on 3 errors and 1 walk. Wheeler lead the Cobra offense with 2 hits.

Game 2 PC 6 ICC 8
ICC got a run in the 2nd inning and Parkland evened the score with a solo home run by Kristine Herdegen. The Cougars then added 3 more runs in their half of the 5th, with PC getting two more back on a 2 run home run off the bat of Hunter Marsh. With the score 4-3 going into the 6th, ICC tallied 2 more runs and added 2 more in the 7th. Parkland rallied back with 3 runs in the 6th on an RB Idouble from Herdegen,and a run scoring single by Marsh. Shelby Franzen tied the game after getting hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. That was all the scoring the Cobras did for the game however and ICC would score twice in the to of the 8th to earn the sweep. Kristine Herdegen had 2 hits, a HR and a double to go along with 2 RBI. Hunter Marsh had a HR 3 and 3 RBI in the defeat.


With bad weather heading to Champaign, the Parkland and Lincoln Land games moved to Springfield. The #3 Loggers won game 1 8-0 (5 innings) and the Cobras took game 2 5-2.

Game 1: PC 0 LLCC 8
LLCC jumped out to a 5-0 lead after 1 inning and never looked back. The Cobras could not put together a solid attack, hitting the ball hard but always right at someone. Alex Jacobs was 2-2 in the game with Carly Sarff and Shelby Franzen getting a hit a piece. Jordan Wheeler (11-3) took the loss on the mound for PC.

Game 2 PC 5 LLCC 2
Strong pitching by Elizabeth Walker (4-3) scattering 8 hits with no walks kept the Loggers in check. The Cobras put 2 runs on the board in the 2nd with back to back doubles by Alex Jacobs and Harley Tompkins with Tompkins being driven in on Abby Immke's single. The Cobras plated 2 more runs in their half of the 4th on a two run single by Jordan Wheeler. LLCC answered back in their 4th with a 2 run home run by Sorenson. PC got a run in the 5th on aggressive base running by Erin Hettinger who reached on a single, went to 2nd on a tag up after a foul ball, and to 3rd when the ball was missed handled by the short stop trying to get Hettinger at 2nd. Jacobs then drove in Hettinger with a single. Alex Jacobs had 4 hits in the game while Hettinger had 2 hits and Wheeler 2 RBI.

Alex Jacobs finished 6 for 6 on the day for the Cobras. The big defensive play of the game came in the bottom of the 4th, LLCC had runners on 1st & 2nd and hit a hard ground ball down the 3rd base line, Wheeler dove, got the ball, tagged 3rd and threw to 1st from her knees to get a big double play.

Game 1
Parkland split with #16 Vincennes University Sunday afternoon at Parkland College Baseball Field. Parkland was led on the mound by sophomore Kyle Weller. Weller (4-1) went the distance scattering 6 hits, allowing one earned run while walking one batter and striking out 10. The Parkland offense was led by Bryce Pennington and Isaac Sampen. Sampen delivered a solo home run in the 6th inning to help put the game out of reach. Later that inning, Connor Currier delivered a 2 out, 2 strike, 2 run double into right center field sealing the victory for Weller and the Cobras.

Game 2
Hurler Jordan Deal struggled early, allowing 6 earned runs in the first two innings and the Trailblazers never looked back. The Cobras could only add 2 hits off the bat of Bryce Pennington. Vincennes held the Cobra bats in check all of game 2. Parkland moves to 14-10 on the year and they will host Lincoln Land on Wednesday at Parkland College.

#5 ranked Parkland hosted #18 ranked Heartland on Sunday, splitting the double header. Parkland won game 1 3-1 and lost game 2 18-10.

Game 1 PC 3 Heartland 1
The Hawks jumped out to a 1-0 lead in top half of the 1st inning on a double and a single. The Cobras struck back in the bottom of the 1st with a single from Carly Sarff, sacrifice bunt by Alex Jacobs, a single by Jordan Wheeler, and a line drive home run to left center off the bat of Erin Hettinger, her 2nd of the year. This was all the scoring in the game as Jordan Wheeler (11-2) shut down Heartland scattering 7 hits while striking out 2.

Game 2 HCC 18 PC 10
Game 2 was a complete turn around from the pitching duel in game 1, as the two teams combined for 28 runs and 37 hits . The Hawks jumped out to a 6-0 lead before PC put 4 runs on the board. The Hawks then added another 6 runs and the Cobras answered with 4 of their own. Parkland could never catch up, but constantly had runners in scoring position giving themselves opportunities. Alex Jacobs lead the PC attack with 3 hits and an RBI. Shelby Franzen, Kristine Herdegen, and Jordan Wheeler each added 2 hits and 2 RBI apiece while Harley Tompkins drove in a pair of runs. The Hawks knocked out a season high 5 home runs in the contest. Elizabeth Walker (3-3) took the loss on the mound.

The Parkland College Golf team wrapped up their best tournament of the spring as they held on to 5th place at the Illinois Wesleyan Invitational. Competing as the only two-year school in the 21 team event, the Cobras held their own finishing with two players in the top 10. Sophomore Lyle Burns finished just four strokes off the lead as he fired a (75-73 148) good enough for 5th place. Freshman Nick Berger shot his best round of the season as he carded a 71 to give him a two day total of 149 to place 8th.

Illinois Wesleyan rallied to earn the team title as they shot 289 on the day to defeat Nebraska Wesleyan and first round leader the University of Dubuque. Millikin placed 4th just ahead of the 5th place Cobras. Wesleyan also had the individual medalist as Tony Albano (74-70 144) edged out two golfers by just one stroke for the title. Parkland which shot 310 and 301 over the 36 holes, received scores by Austin Egbers (77-79 156) and Joe Powell (80-78 158) to wrap up their scoring.

After a busy start to the Spring season, Parkland will be off until April 13-14 at the Midwest Athletic Conference tournament at Lick Creek in Pekin, Illinois.
The #5 ranked Cobras took two games from DACC Saturday, winning at Danville by the scores of 8-3 & 10-6.

Game 1: PC 8 DACC 3
In the first game win, the Cobras had a 12 hit attack to defeat DACC. The offense was lead by Kristine Herdegen who went 4 for 4, double with a pair of RBI. Alex Jacobs had 2 hits including a double and 2 RBI. Trailing 2-1 in the top of the 4th inning, Herdegen singled, Taylor Spivey walked, Alexis Royer singled and Harley Tompkins drove in Herdgen and pinch runner Kelsey Smith for PC to take the lead. In the 6th inning Parkland scored 4 more runs on doubles by Jacobs and Herdegen both driving in 2 runs each. Jordan Wheeler (10-2) got the win on the mound, striking out 7 walking 1.

Game 2 PC 10 DACC 6
DACC lead 4-2 after 4 innings before Parkland exploded for seven runs in the 5th. The inning started with singles from Carly Sarff and Shelby Franzen, followed by an RBI double from Jordan Wheeler. The scoring was rounded out by an RBI single off the bat of Erin Hettinger,an RBI single from Alexis Royer ,a double from Kelsey Smith and a 2 run double from Hunter Marsh. DACC threatened in the 7th with 2 runs off reliever Elizabeth Walker but was able to work out of the uprising. Leah Kays (5-1) got the win and Walker who came in relief in the 5th, earned the save.

Baseball Fundamentals Camp Rescheduled to May 10.
The Kid's Fundamental camp has been rescheduled. Click for more.

For the second time in 48 hours, the Parkland Baseball found itself splitting a DH with the ICC Cougars today in Champaign. Parkland (13-9 6-2) will host Rend Lake at Parkland College on Wednesday afternoon at 2:00pm.

In the opener, Parkland's offense battled before finally pulling away for a 8-4 vicotry. Isaac Sampen and Brett Chappell started 3 rallies for the Cobras. Sam Sampen delivered a clutch 2 out, 2 run double, in the 4th inning to put Parkland on top for good. Alex Lesiak earned the win as he pitched 6 strong innings to lead PC out of some tough jams early in the game. Lesiak and the Cobra defense committed 3 errors to allow 3 unearned runs to score for ICC. Sam and Isaac Sampen along with Brett Chappell each had two hits apiece.
8-4 victory for the Cobras
WP Alex Lesiak 6 IP 4 Runs 1 Earned 9 Hits

In the finale Zach Borsa took the hill for the Cobras. Borsa walked 3 in the first inning and gave up 2 hits to the ICC Cougars who scored four times in the opening frame. Blake Uhlman held the Cobras at bay behind a solid defense and no walks. Mark Meyer came in for five strong innings in relief allowing only one run but the Cobra offense could not generate the big blow despite out hitting the Cougars 9-5. The split drops the Cobras into a 3-way tie for first in the M-WAC with Danville and Lincoln Land after two weeks of play.
5-1 loss to the Cougars
LP Zach Borsa

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