For the second straight season the Parkland College Volleyball season ended in heartbreak as the Cobras fell to upstart Glendale 3-2 in the NJCAA D-2 Finals. Parkland roared out of the gate on Saturday night putting on a volleyball clinic with strong play from both the offense and the defense in taking the first two sets 25-13 and 25-14. Set three was a much tighter affair and as the Gauchos started to play better, the hundred of fans who had made the short trip from Glendale to Phoenix came alive helping them to a hard fought 25-23 win. Set four was all Glendale as they broke away early and cruised to a 25-10 win forcing the fifth and final set.
Parkland would gain a slight edge early, taking an 8-6 lead into the switching of ends during the final set, but from that point things seemed to unravel. The two teams trades points before Glendale outscored Parkland 5-1 to grab a 12-10 lead. The Cobras would get no closer than two as the Gauchos won their first national title with a 15-12 final set win.
Lizzy Barnard again had a strong match with 19 kills and 13 digs. Madison Weldon (28 assists and 11 digs) and Morgan Hickman (25 assists and 16 digs) joined Barnard with double-doubles. Teigan Flaws had 11 kills and 4 blocks while Lori VanBeek had 10 kills and 6 blocks on the match. Alayna Jackson hit .400 and notched 7 kills while Elise Dahlke had 6. Kaitlyn Hunt had another outstanding game with 25 digs in the match. Both VanBeek and Hunt were named to the All-Tournament team.
Parkland finishes the season second in the nation with a final record of 54-3 and an amazing two year record of 106-6 including two National runner-up finishes, to go along with two district and conference titles. Congratulations to the team and staff on another amazing season.
The #10 Women's Basketball team jumped out to a quick lead in the first half breaking out of a 6-6 tie to take a 44-21 halftime lead. Laura Litchfield scored 14 of her game high 18 points in the opening half. The sophomore transfer also had 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals in the win. Hannah Wascher added 14 points and 12 boards to earn the double-double. Josie Zerrusen added 11 points and Chelsea Cross had 8 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 steals for the Cobras who won 70-58 in a game that was not nearly as close as the final score indicated.
Parkland shot 49% on the evening but struggled from the line making just 5 of 13. The Cobras pulled down 40 rebounds and handed out 18 assists to improve to (7-1) on the season. The Cobras are off until next Saturday when they host Olney Central starting at 6:00.
The #1 Cobras had a tough battlein the NJCAA National Semifinal match vs #5 Columbus State. The Cougars brought in a 34-2 record in the match, and the two teams hadn't faced each other yet this year. CSU features the nation's highest team hitting percentage and led the nation in kills/set.
True to form, it was an offensive battle featuring lots of kills. The difference, however, was big Cobra blocks and blue-collar defense coupled with team confidence, effort and excitement as the Cobras swept the Cougars 25-23, 26-24, 25-16.
Lizzy Barnard had the match of her season with 11 kills, only 1 error, on 23 swings. She also collected 7 digs. Lori VanBeek continued her fine play with 8 kills and 7 blocks, and Elise Dahlke and Alayna Jackson collected 7 kills apiece. Madison Weldon (20 assists) and Morgan Hickman (16 assists and 9 digs) did another outstanding job distributing the offense, and Kaitlyn Hunt had another monster match in the back row with phenomenal serve receive and 13 huge digs. Kait's counterpart in the back row, Madison Harpest, dug 9 hard-hit balls and had a few service runs that helped push the Cobras to victory.
The win improved the Cobra record to 54-2 overall and more importantly propelled them to the National Championship match tomorrow against #10 Glendale (Arizona). #10 Glendale defeated defending national champion Cowley (Kansas) in the other semifinal match 28-30, 24-26, 25-19, 25-23, 20-18.
n match 1, the #1 ranked Cobras faced off with #16 MCC-Longview (Missouri). As one of the best #16 ranked teams in recent memory, MCC pushed the Cobras hard, but PC prevailed 3-1 in scores of 25-23, 20-25, 25-10, 25-20. A quartet of Cobras had double-digit kills in the match as Lori VanBeek (12), Lizzy Barnard (11) and Teigan Flaws and Elise Dahlke (10 each) paced the Cobras to a .333 hitting percentage in the match. The team had 13 blocks with Flaws collecting a match-high 5. Kaitlyn Hunt led the defense with a terrific 20 digs and also had 2 service aces. Barnard had a double-double as she also collected 10 digs. Madison Weldon had 26 assists and 3 service aces while Morgan Hickman had 18 assists.
In one of the winner bracket quarterfinal matches, the Cobras faced off with #8 Des Moines Area CC (Iowa). PC defeated DMACC earlier in the season 3-1, and the Cobras matched it again tonight with another 3-1 victory in scores of 25-18, 25-21, 26-28, 25-20. VanBeek and Flaws each racked up 13 kills while Dahlke, Barnard and Jackson had 7 each. The block was huge this match as VanBeek had 13, Jackson had 7, and Barnard and Rowan Crozier had 6 each. Four Cobras had double-digit digs with Hunt (17), Barnard (15), Hickman (14) and Madison Harpest notched 11. Hickman had 26 assists and Weldon 18.
7:30 Match 21 Cowley County vs Glendale Match 22 Parkland vs Columbus State
11;00 Match 13 Sauk Valley vs North Virginia Match 14 Kansas City KS vs Genessee NY
1:00 Match 15 MCC-Longview vs Grand Rapids Match 16 Iowa Central vs Waubonsee
5:30 Match 19 Winner Match 13 vs Winner Match 14 Match 20 Winner Match 15 vs Winner Match 16
3:30 Match 17 Illinois Central vs Central Nebraska Match 18 Des Moines Area CC vs Pasco-Hernando
Both teams had little trouble as they rolled over visiting Illinois Valley CC on Wednesday night. The Women blitzed IVCC 90-20 while the Men were equally impressive in a 94-51 victory.
After an early 6-6 tie, the women went on a 41-5 run for the remainder of the half to open up a 47-11 halftime lead. Twelve of the Cobras 13 players scored with Hannah Wascher leading the way with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Chelsea Cross added 14 points while Laura Litchfield added 13 points and 6 assists. Bailey Trimble scored a season high 10 points while Kassidy Alderman added 9 points and 8 rebounds to go along with 8 points and 9 rebounds from Lauren Moses. Parkland shot 53% for the game and came up with an impressive 26 steals and 24 assists to improve to (6-1) on the season ahead of a key Region 24 showdown at Lake Land on Saturday night.
The men came up with a big win in the first game of a six game home stand as the raced past the Apache. After getting down early 7-2, Parkland took control by causing 10 first half turnovers and never looked back on the way to building a 20 point halftime lead. Every Parkland player scored, led by Corvon Butler and JaQuan Bryant with 13 points apiece. Cody Russell came off the bench to chip in 12 and Will Gary added 10 off the pine. IVCC was led in scoring by Harold Fay with 13 points off the bench. The Cobras improve to (4-3) while IVCC drops to (2-2). The Cobras will host Black East College on Saturday at 4 PM at the Dodds Athletic Center.
Our #1 ranked Volleyball team is off to Nationals in Phoenix!
Tyler Alexander scored 20 of his game high 22 points after halftime and Lincoln Trail took advantage of a big discrepancy at the free throw line, as they beat Parkland 78-73 on Saturday night in Robinson. The win avenged a 21 point loss to the Cobras in Champaign just a week ago.
Parkland took a 31-30 lead into the break as JaQuan Bryant scored 8 first half points to lead the Cobras. The second half was a different story as the Statesmen outscored the Cobras 48-42 making 25 free throws to just 6 for the Cobras. Lincoln Trail finished the game 31-44 from the line while Parkland went to the line just 14 times making 9. Alexander was the difference as he made 12-13 free throws in the second half en route to his game high 22.
Parkland was able to stay in the game by knocking down 14 three-pointers including 9 in the second half. Cody Russell paced the attack with 16 points draining four three pointers while Corvon Butler finished with 15 points.
Less than 12 hours after a hard fought victory over #3 Kirkwood, the #10 Parkland Women's Basketball team was back on the court for a noon tip-off against Sauk Valley on Saturday. The Cobras struggled early falling behind 18-9, but used three-pointers from Nadine Vaughn, Kassidy Alderman, and Haley Toohill to cut the margin to two at 28-26. From there Hannah Wascher took over as she scored the Cobras next 12 points and gave Parkland a 41-38 lead at the break.
Despite numerous lead changes, the Cobras would push the lead to as many as 11 before settling for the nine point win. Sophomore Hannah Wascher had her best game of the season as she scored 28 points on 14-24 shooting from the field while also grabbing 13 rebounds. Laura Litchfield added 15 points, 5 assists, and 5 rebounds while Kassidy Alderman stayed hot from behind the three-point arc as she knocked down four more three's finishing with 14 points. Nadine Vaughn added 7 assists to go along with her 8 points. Parkland shot 48% on the game including 8-15 from behind the arc. The Cobras also controlled the glass 45-34.
The #10 Parkland Women's Basketball team jumped out to an early lead and held on late to upend #3 Kirkwood 62-59 in the opening round of the Illinois Central College Classic in East Peoria. Parkland raced out to a 28-17 lead with 6 minutes to go in the first half as Kassidy Alderman scored 11 points during that span, including 3-3 from behind the arc. The Eagles would hold Parkland to just two more points the rest of the half as the Cobras took a 30-23 lead into the break.
The Cobras would control and lead the entire second as Kirkwood would get to within one but could never grab the lead. Alderman led the attack for Parkland with 19 points while Hannah Wascher tossed in 14 points and grabbed 10 boards. Laura Litchfield had another solid game with 9 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 assists.
It wasnt a thing of beauty but the Parkland Men's Basketball team moved over the .500 mark and picked up an important Region 24 win as they won at Rend Lake 61-50. The Cobras raced out to an early 35-21 lead at the half as they forced the Warriors into several first half turnovers.
Rend Lake made it a game to start the second half as they went on a 16-3 run to cut the Cobra lead to just one at 38-37. Parkland would not surrender the lead however as Corvon Butler came up big off the bench for Parkland with 18 points. Kamal Shasi added 10 points for the victorious Cobras who improved to (3-2) with the win. Rend Lake was led by Robert Sawyer who had 14 points. Parkland will be back in action this Saturday when they play at Lincoln Trail College in Robinson starting at 7:30.
Hannah Wascher finished with a game 25 points on 12-15 shooting from the field as the #10 Parkland Women's Basketball team cruised to a 75-54 win over Kaskaskia on Wednesday night in Centralia. Wascher had 13 points in the opening half as the Cobras made 18 baskets on 16 assists in building a 43-23 halftime lead. Wascher finished the night with 25 points and 11 rebounds to pace a balanced attack. Parkland shot a sizzling 55% from the field including 41% from behind the arc.
Laura Litchfield had her best over-all game as she scored 12 points, grabbed 9 boards, and handed out 5 assists. Josie Zerrusen added 11 points while Nadine Vaughn and Chelsea Cross had 10 apiece. Kassiday Alderman did not score but had a game high 6 assists for the Cobras who improved to
(3-1) on the season. Parkland will face their biggest challenge so far this season on Friday night when they take on #5 Kirkwood (3-1) in the opening round of the ICC Classic in East Peoria.
Parkland sophomore middle-hitter Lori VanBeek (Paw Paw), who helped lead the Cobra Volleyball team to a (51-2) record and a top-seed at the National Tournament, has been named the Player of the Year in Region 24 and the Midwest Athletic Conference. VanBeek currently leads NJCAA D-2 in hitting percentage at .494 and block assists with 245, and is second in total blocks. She is joined on the first team of both groups by fellow sophomores Teigan Flaws, a right side hitter from (Glenbrook South), and libero Kaitlyn Hunt from (Monticello). A pair of former Centennial Chargers, sophomore setter Madison Weldon and middle hitter Alayna Jackson also were honored. Weldon was named 2nd Team All-Region and Jackson was an Honorable Mention selection.
Parkland head coach Cliff Hastings was named the M-WAC Coach of the Year honors and shared Region COY recognition with ICC coach Sue Sinclair. Hastings has led the Cobras to six M-WAC title and is making his sixth straight trip to Nationals. His teams have compiled a stunning 270-39 record as they head into the NJCAA tournament.
The top ranked Cobras earned the #1 seed for the National NJCAA D-2 Volleyball Tournament.
The (51-2) Cobras will open up against Metropolitan CC-Longview at 1:00 in Phoenix on November 20th. The Cobras faced MCC-Longview on October 11 at the DMACC Invite and beat the Lancers in straight sets 25-18, 25-20, and 25-20. Parkland's second match will be at 7:30 on Thursday, with a win in the 1:00 match, or at 12:00 on Friday with a defeat.
Thursday November 20 at 1:00 pm:
#1 Parkland (51-2) vs #16 MCC-Longview (13-18)
#8 Des Moines Area CC (31-7) vs #9 Grand Rapids (26-4)
The #1 ranked Cobras traveled to Belleville, Illinois Saturday afternoon to compete in the District K championship match against Lincoln Land CC. The Cobras had defeated the Loggers in three-set sweeps in two matches earlier in the season, but LLCC is a freshman-heavy team that has improved immensely during the season.
The Cobras came out quickly in the first two sets winning by 25-19 and 25-16. In the third set the Loggers took the lead and traded side outs to win set three 23-25. Parkland took charge in set four taking a commanding 20-10 lead, but, with nothing to lose, the Loggers closed it to 20-15, then 22-18 and 24-23 before Region 24 Player-of-the-Year Lori VanBeek pounded home the final point to provide the 3-1 win: 25-19, 25-16, 23-25, 25-23.
Teigan Flaws had her season best match with 15 kills, only 1 error on 23 swings. She led a quartet of Cobras with double-digit kills as middles VanBeek and Alayna Jackson and outside Elise Dahlke all had 10 kills each. Jackson had a team high 7 blocks while VanBeek had 6. Morgan Hickman had 25 assists and Madison Weldon had 24. Kaitlyn Hunt had a team-high 24 digs while Lizzy Barnard continued her fine play of late with 7 kills, 16 digs and 2 service aces.
The win sends the Cobras to Nationals for the seventh straight year and likely gives the 51-2 Cobras the #1 seed at the National tournament in Phoenix, Arizona November 20-22. Seeds and match-ups will be released on Tuesday. Congratulations to these 15 young women and all the families, friends, alums and Cobra fans.
Our Cobras out scored Lincoln Trail 50-30 after the break as they pulled away for a 77-56 win over the visiting Statesmen. Parkland shot 56% after intermission to turn a 27-26 halftime lead into a 21 point victory.
Both teams struggled to score in the first half as Parkland shot just 37% to 34% for Trail. The visitors opened up a 24-16 lead but the Cobras closed the half on an 11-2 run to grab the lead at the break. Washawn Watson hit three straight shots during the run and finished with 12 points in the opening twenty minutes.
The second half was a different story as the Cobras heated up from the field and dominated the glass to earn the win. Parkland biggest lead was 68-43 with just over four minutes to go. Watson finished with a game high 19 points as he made 6-9 shot from the field and was a perfect 6-6 at the line. Will Gary added 12 points off the bench while Kevin Phillips had 8 points and 8 rebounds and Jessy Cantinol 7 points and 7 boards. Five different players scored 8 points apiece for Lincoln Trail.
With the win the Cobras even their record at (2-2) ahead of a key Region 24 showdown at Rend Lake on Wednesday night at 7:00 in Ina. The Statesmen drop to (1-1) and will get a rematch with Parkland next Saturday night in Robinson.
Freshman Catherine McHale (Mahomet-Seymour) heads a strong contingent of Parkland Women's Soccer players who have earned post-season recognition. McHale was named the Co-Player and Freshman of the Year in the Mid-West Athletic Conference as she helped lead the Cobras to a tie atop the conference with Heartland. McHale lead Parkland in scoring with 17 goals on the season. She shares Player and Freshman of the Year honors with the Hawks Karley Draheim. McHale was also a First Team All-Region choice.
Joining her on the All-Region team are sophomore defender Emily Bushue (Reed-Custer HS), sophomore midfielder Ginyce Haywood (Indianapolis Pike), and freshman midfielder Monica Armendariz (Loves Park-Harlem). Lewis and Clark's Miriam Taylor, the NJCAA's leading scorer, was named Player of the Year, while SWIC's Holly Bluemner earned Goalkeeper of the Year recognition and the Blue Storms Juergen Huettner earned Coach of the Year honors. SWIC won the Region 24 title last Saturday by knocking off Lewis & Clark 6-5 on penalty kicks and will face St. Charles this Saturday with a trip to Nationals at stake.
Both Armendariz and Bushue join McHale on the All-Conference First team and are joined by forward Kaljit Atwal (United Kingdom) and keeper Nathalya Martins (Brazil) . Parkland Head Coach Josh Alford was named the M-WAC Coach of the year and sophomore defender Jacie Spate (Belvidere North) earned Honorable Mention recognition for the Cobras who finished the season at (14-4).
All-Conference First Team:
Catherine McHale Co-Player and Freshman of the Year
Josh Alford-Coach of the Year
Women's Basketball hit the century mark for the first time on the young season as they ran away from Olney Central 105-56. Parkland led just 35-30 with 5:30 to go in the half but closed on a 12-5 run to take a 47-35 lead into the break. The Cobras made sure the Blue Knights would get no closer, as they started the 2nd half with a 10-0 run to push the lead to 22 and Parkland cruised from there.
Six Parkland players finished in double figures with Chelsey Cross leading the way with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Laura Litchfield added 17 points and dished out 7 assists while Hannah Wascher had 14 points and 7 boards. Nadine Vaughn scored 13 points, while Bailey Trimble and Kassidy Alederman each had 11. Lauren Moses just missed a double-double with 8 points and 8 boards. Parkland shot a sizzling 55% including 9-16 from behind the arc. The Cobras were also a perfect 10-10 at the line.
After 3 games in 5 days to start the season, Parkland (2-1) will take a week off before return to action next Wednesday night when they travel to play at Kaskaskia.
Mid-West Athletic Conference Honors
Congratulations to men’s soccer sophomore defender Claudio Galbraith (UK) along with freshman Daniel Kadima (Central) and Jonathan Lukusa (Urbana) were honored as All-Region and All-Conference while sophomore Andres Chalbaud was named first team All-Conference for the Cobras who wrapped up their season with a final record of (13-4).
It is with heavy hearts that we must inform you that Zach McNabney has resigned his position as Parkland Men's Golf coach effective October 31, 2014. McNabney has been the golf coach at Parkland for the past six and a half seasons, leading the Cobras to four Mid-West Athletic Conference championships and two Region 24 titles. Parkland advanced to the NJCAA D-2 National Golf Tournament twice under his direction, finishing 9th and 10th in the nation. The highlight of his coaching career was in 2013 when David Keenan was the individual champion at the national finals. In addition to coaching at Parkland, McNabney played for two seasons at Parkland for coach Greg Thom.
Assistant coach Corbin Sebens will take over as the interim head coach for the remainder of the 2014-15 school year. Sebens joined the coaching staff during the 2013-14 season after playing for two years at Parkland and two at Eastern Illinois University.
" I know all of us want Zach to concentrate on getting his health back in line so he can spend more time with his family as he continues his battle against cancer," said Parkland Athletic Director Rod Lovett. "Zach did an amazing job at Parkland and was a true ambassador for the program, department, and the college." "Corbin is more than capable stepping in and I have no doubt he will continue to build on the solid foundation Zach has put in place for the golf program."
Mineral Area broke away from a 37-34 halftime lead scoring the first seven points of the second half to pull away for a 87-69 win. Laura Litchfield led Parkland with 21 points while Hannah Wascher added 18 points and 6 rebounds. The Cobras committed 25 turnovers in the defeat. Parkland will face John A Logan at 3pm on Sunday in Carterville.
The men played an improved game from their opener but fell to Southeastern Iowa 69-65. SE raced out to an early 14 point lead only to see a JaQuan Brewer three pointer cut the margin to 30-22 at half. Brewer had 12 points in the opening half to give the Cobras a chance. Parkland would cut the margin to two on a couple of occasions after intermission but unforced turnovers leading to empty possessions doomed the comeback. Parkland will have their home opener this Tuesday night when they take on Robert Morris-Peoria starting at 6:00.
The #1 ranked Cobras wrapped up their final regular season matches today at home vs Lincoln Trail and South Suburban.
In the opening match, Parkland swept Lincoln Trail 25-7, 25-8, and 25-18. Miaya Peacock led the offense with 7 kills while Madison Weldon notched 6. Ayla Dew had an outstanding 10 service aces in the match.
In the final match for the Cobras, Parkland defeated South Suburban in three sets 25-20, 25-20, and 25-16. Lori VanBeek (10 kills), Elise Dahlke (9 kills) and Teigan Flaws (7 kills) paced the Cobras' attack to an impressive .432 team hitting percentage. Morgan Hickman had 16 assists while Madison Weldon posted 13. Lizzy Barnard had 5 kills and 5 service aces in the match.
Parkland improves to 49-2 on the season and looks for lucky number #50 in the first round of post season play at home Wednesday night at 6pm vs Rend Lake. The winner of that match will take on the winner of the Lincoln Land vs Lewis & Clark match next Saturday with a trip to Nationals on the line.
A solid first half turned into a disastrous second, as the men's dropped a 78-62 decision to Kirkwood CC of Iowa in the season opener for both teams. The Cobras lead by as many as five in the first half, but a late run gave the Eagles a 38-32 advantage at the break.
The opening 10 minutes of the second half was all Kirkwood as they expanded their lead to 16 points. The Cobras would cut the margin to six with 6 minutes remaining but could get no closer as the Eagles sealed the victory at the free throw line. Kirkwood made 22 of 28 shots from the line while Parkland made just 8-17. The Eagles also shot 51% from the field to just 41% for the Cobras.
Joseph Tagarelli was a beast for KCC as he scored a game high 26 points on 10-13 shooting and 6-6 from the line while also pulling down 13 rebonds. Parkland was led by Corvon Butler and William Gary who had 12 points apiece.
Parkland (0-1) will be right back at it on Saturday night as they take on D-1 SE Iowa (1-0) on day two of the Fun City Classic in Burlington, Iowa. /2014
A day after the Men's Soccer team was eliminated in a heartbreaking 1-0 defeat, the Women suffered the same fate as they too dropped a 1-0 decision, falling to #9 Lewis and Clark.
The first half was controlled by the Blazers and they got on the board midway through the first half as Miriam Taylor, the top goal scorer in the NJCAA, made her 37th goal of the season when her shot got just past the hands of the Cobra keeper. Cobra defense was able to keep Lewis and Clark, one of the top offensive teams in the nation, off the board for the remainder of the half and went to intermission down by just a goal.
The second half was a much more competitive half controlled by the Cobras. Parkland had their first chance to tie things up when they were awarded a penalty kick midway through the second half. Ginyce Haywood was selected to take the shot but her attempt was knocked down by Blazer goal keeper Rachel Widdicks to keep L&C on top.
Parkland would continue to fight and appeared to tie the match as Monica Armendariz drilled her shot passed by Widdicks but the goal was waived off after a highly disputed offside call on Parkland. Both teams had chances over the final 15 minutes, but the defense prevailed as the Blazers advanced with the victory.
Soccer can be a cruel game and Wednesday afternoons Region 24 Semi-final between Parkland and SWIC served as a disappointing reminder to the Cobras as they dropped a 1-0 decision to the visiting Blue Storm.
Just 90 seconds into the match, the Cobras attempted to kick a loose ball to the opposite end only to see the ball deflect off SWIC's Danny Hughley. The ball went high in the air landing about 5 feet from the Parkland goal. At that point a combination of the wind and the spin on the ball sent the ball into the top part of the net just past Harrison Rook, the stunned Cobra goalkeeper.
Down 1-0, Parkland would control much of the remainder of the half but could not get on the board. The Cobras appeared to tie the contest on a shot with 23:18 left in regulation but Feli Keti's shot hit the top of the goal post, deflected straight down and then back up again, somehow not crossing the goal line. Parkland would have one more golden opportunity to tie the match but Zach Allevi's shot sailed just over the top of the SWIC goal.
Parkland finished the match with 18 shots, 11 on goal, while SWIC had just 7 shots, 5 on goal.
The #1 Parkland Cobras celebrated sophomore night with a home match vs #20 Kankakee CC. The Cobras swept the Cavaliers 25-20, 25-16, and 25-7, defeating the Cavaliers for the second time this season. Sophomores Teigan Flaws led the front row with 11 kills and 4 blocks, Lori VanBeek had 10 kills and 5 blocks while Elise Dahlke had 5 kills and 3 blocks. Classmate Kaitlyn Hunt led the back row effort with 11 digs, and Morgan Hickman had 20 assists while Madison Weldon had 11 and 1 service ace.
Parkland improves to 46-2 overall ahead of a three-match series this weekend at home with a 6:45pm match against D1 Lake Land on Friday night and then two matches Saturday morning at 9:00am vs Lincoln Trail and 10:45am vs South Suburban.
The #1 ranked Parkland Cobras traveled to Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, today to get a different look of opponents in a couple of four-year university JV teams.
Parkland first met up with McKendree University. The Cobras swept the Bearcats 25-16, 25-12, 25-19. Teigan Flaws led Parkland with 8 kills and 5 blocks, Lori VanBeek had 7 kills and 3 blocks while Kailey Kleinert had 6 kills and 7 blocks. Morgan Hickman had 15 assists, and Madison Weldon and Kelly Lean had 10 each. Madison Harpest had a career high 5 service aces to go along with 8 digs. Kaitlyn Hunt had 10 digs to lead the defensive effort.
In the afternoon match, Parkland squared off with Illinois Wesleyan University and swept the Titans 25-21, 25-17, 25-19 behind 11 kills from Elise Dahlke, 10 kills and 4 blocks from VanBeek, and 7 kills from Flaws. Hunt had 22 digs, Hickman had 18 assists and 4 kills while Weldon had 16 assists and 5 service aces.
The Parkland Cobras improve to 45-2 overall and next face the #20 ranked and 28-13 Kankakee Cavaliers on Wednesday night at 6pm at Parkland. The Cobras will also be celebrating the six sophomores at the match as part of sophomore night.
The #17 ranked Parkland Women's Soccer team did what was expected on Sunday as they rolled over winless Lincoln College 9-0 in opening round play of the Region 24 tournament. Played under clear skies, no wind, and 70 degree temperatures, the Cobras raced out to a quick lead and never looked back in improving to (14-3) on the season.
After a scoreless opening 10 minutes, Parkland got on the board at the 11 minute mark as Anna Krehbiel connected off a pass from Davia Morrison. Just two minutes later Maria Lukusa was tackled in the box and Emily Bushue blasted the penalty kick by the Lincoln goalie to make it 2-0. Catherine McHale would scored the final two Cobra goals of the half, the first on a pass from Heather Muno while the second was unassisted.
Leading 4-0 at the break, Parkland mixed things up but continued the scoring onslaught. Just six minutes in, defender Jacie Spate placed the ball perfectly around the goalie on a McHale assist to get the second half scoring started. McHale would get her third and final goal of the afternoon as Taylor Poiry earned the assist as Parkland went up 6-0. Despite numerous substitutions and position changes, Parkland would score three more goals over the final 15 minutes. Davia Morrison scored to make it 7-0 while Sarah Kresca and Taylor Poiry would score rare goals to give the Cobras the final nine goal margin.
Post-season run with 4-1 win over Lincoln Land
After a scoreless first half, the Parkland Men's Soccer team exploded for four second half goals, as they pulled away from visiting Lincoln Land in the opening round of the Region 24 tournament.
After failing to connect on several scoring opportunities in the opening half, including a penalty kick saved by the Loggers goalie, the Cobras didnt take long to get on the board after intermission. Feli Keti curled his shot around the keeper off a pass from Manny Rios to give Parkland a 1-0 lead. Less than a minute later Zach Allevi put a perfect ball to Andreas Chalbaud and he found the back of the next for the Cobras second goal. With Parkland now in a good flow on offense, Allevi and Chalbaud would connect again at the 60 minute mark to put the #23 Cobras up by three. That goal gave the Cobras some breathing room but LLCC was able to get on the board with just under 21 minutes on the clock. Lincoln Land looked like they might cut the margin back to a goal but could not covert and just a minute later Allevi found Brennen Kraft who calmly bent the ball around the keeper for the final 4-1 margin.
Soccer Playoffs get underway this weekend!
Come out and support your nationally ranked soccer teams as they begin Region 24 play this weekend. The #23 ranked Men get things underway on Saturday when they host rival Lincoln Land starting at 12:00. The Cobras swept the Loggers during the regular season, winning by the scores of 1-0 and 5-0. A victory would most likely send the Cobras into a semi-final match on Wednesday at Lewis and Clark.
The #17 Women will get their post-season march started on Sunday at Noon with a match against Lincoln College. The Cobras blanked the Lynx 8-0 and 6-0. A win would set up a Thursday afternoon showdown in Champaign against #8 ranked Lewis and Clark. PC handed the Blazers one of their two losses on the season, in a 1-0 Cobra win back in September.
Their is no admission charge so come out and enjoy the soccer and cheer on your Cobras!
Cobras breeze to Region 24
The #1 Cobras returned home on Thursday night to host two class-act guests in the Dodds Athletic Center. First, the Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation group joined the Cobras for a scrimmage highlighting the successes of the Mustangs (one of two CUSR teams). PC partnered with the Cobras' opponent for the evening, Lincoln Trail, in celebrating the Mustangs ahead of their State of Illinois Special Olympic matches this coming weekend.
The Statesman, a first year program, traveled to Champaign for PC's final region match of the season. The Cobras swept LT 25-3, 25-11, and 25-8. Teigan Flaws led the offense hitting .727 with 8 kills, and Kailey Kleinert had 6 kills and 5 blocks while Rowan Crozier also had 6 kills and 3 blocks. Madison Weldon delivered 12 assists while Kelly Lean and Morgan Hickman had 7 each. Miaya Peacock led the defense with 6 digs while also scoring with 3 kills and 2 service aces.
The women wrapped up the regular season on Tuesday night with a 3-0 victory over the McKendree JV. The Cobras used a balanced attack to pick up their 13th win of the year against just three losses.
The Cobras would score all three goals in the opening half as Maddie Martin got PC on the board first as she scored at the 12 minute mark on a feed from Ginyce Haywood. Just 11 minutes later Catherine McHale made it 2-0 with an assist to Davia Morrison. Marie Lakusa scored the final goal off a free kick. McKendree actually out shot the Cobras 15-8, including 9-4 on shots on goal, but Monica Armendariz made three outstanding saves in her first start of the season.
Parkland (13-3) will host Lincoln College starting at Noon on Sunday in the opening round of the Region 24 playoffs. The Cobras have already beaten the Lynx twice this season.
Cobras finish 2nd in final fall tourney
The Golf team improved their team score by two strokes on Tuesday but still could not overtake first round leader Lindenwood University-Belleville and finished 2nd at the Bulldog Classic at Panther Creek in Springfield.
The Cobras fired a second round 302 but the Knights also improved by two strokes to win the 36-hole event 604 to 608. Benedictine University finished 3rd while Illinois College took home 4th. Dom Knight once again paced the team as he finished in 2nd place over-all four strokes behind the medalist Brian Murtaugh of Lindenwood. Knight shot (77-73 150) while Murtaugh carded 73's both days to finish at 146. Nick Berger moved up to finish in a tie for 3rd place (77-74 151).
Joe Powell fired a 75 to lead a balanced group as the Cobra Golf team shot a 306 and stand second in the four team Benedictine University Bulldog Invitational at Panther Creek Country Club in Springfield. Lindenwood University leads by just two strokes after shooting 304 as a team. The host school and Illinois College are over 20 strokes behind the two at the top.
Powell's 75 puts him in a three-way tie for 2nd, two strokes behind the leader Pat Murtaugh of Lindenwood who carded a 73. The Parkland trio of Dom Knight, Thomas Webster, and Nick Berger all shot 77 and are four strokes off the lead.
The four teams and four unattached players will tee off at 9 am on Tuesday for the final 18 holes of the 36 hole tourney, the final event of the fall season.
Cobra Men rally for win in regular season finale
Manny Rios scored the game winning goal with just under 15 minutes remaining as the Cobra Men's Soccer team rallied for a 3-2 win over the UI Club Team in their regular season finale.
Parkland found themselves behind 2-0 but Zach Allevi's header with just 42 seconds left in the opening half, off a ball from Jacob Sanders, sent the Cobras into the break down just a goal and with some much needed momentum.
Scoring chances were few and far between for much of the second half and it looked like the Cobras had missed on their chance to tie the match when Rios shot was saved by the UI goal keeper with just under twenty minutes left. Instead the Cobras kept up the pressure and Gesi Muharremi tied the match just three minutes later as he connected after a perfect pass from Caine Huart. Rios then broke the tie only two minutes later and the Cobra defense would step up for the rest of the match to preserve the win.
The Cobras (12-3) had 18 shots on the afternoon, 9 on goal, while the UI Club team had 9 shots, 6 on goal. Parkland will be off until Saturday October 25 when they will host Lincoln Land in the opening round of the Region 24 tournament. Game time is set for noon in Champaign.
The #1 Cobras traveled to Springfield on Saturday for the Midwest Athletic Conference tournament with a trio of matches against Lewis & Clark, Lincoln, and Lincoln Land.
In the opening match, PC swept the Trailblazers of Lewis & Clark 25-15, 25-14 and, 25-14. Alayna Jackson led the offense hitting .875 with 7 kills and had 3 service aces while Kailey Kleinert and Teigan Flaws had 6 apiece. The Cobras hit a sizzling .370 as a team. Madison Weldon (12), Morgan Hickman (10) and Kelly Lean (8) combined for 30 assists in the match.
In the second match, PC swept past Lincoln College 25-9, 25-16, and 25-17. The Cobras again hit well as a team at a .355 clip with Lizzy Barnard and Jackson scoring on 6 kills apiece and Lori VanBeek, Hayley Gray and Flaws had 5 each. Kaitlyn Hunt had 14 digs, and Hickman had 13 assists while Lean had 10. Jackson also had a match high 6 blocks.
In the match to decide the conference championship, the Cobras fell behind early in the first set 8-3 before storming back behind 8 team blocks to win the first set 25-18. PC also took the next two 25-22 and 25-16 to win their 19th consecutive conference title. VanBeek had 9 kills, Jackson and Flaws had 8 each and Barnard had 7. VanBeek also had 7 monster blocks which greatly changed the aggressiveness of the Logger attack. Hunt had 10 digs, and Weldon (16) and Hickman (14) delivered 30 assists.
The top-ranked Cobras win the MidWest Athletic Conference championship with a perfect 6-0 record and push their overall record to an impressive 42-2 overall. PC next plays at home against Lincoln Trail on Thursday evening at 6pm. This match will also feature the Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation group playing between sets 2 and 3 and is Parkland Clubs and Organizations night at the match.
Due to the recent weather, CLC was required to make up a conference game and cannot make the trip. Attempts to find a replacement match were unsuccessful. Parkland will now play their final regular season game next Tuesday at the McKendree JV and will open the playoffs at home on Sunday October 26.
Volleyball celebrates return to #1 with pair of wins
The Parkland Cobra Volleyball team kicked off regaining the #1 ranking in the country with a pair of home matches against two area four-year college JV teams.
In the afternoon match, the Cobras swept Olivet Nazarene 25-16, 25-12, and 25-11. Alayna Jackson led the offense with a perfect 6 kills on 6 swings along with 4 blocks, and Kailey Kleinert and Teigan Flaws had 5 kills apiece with Kleinert also rejecting 3 balls. As a team, the Cobras hit a blistering .500. Kaitlyn Hunt had 10 digs, and the trio of Madison Weldon (12), Kelly Lean (12) and Morgan Hickman (10) combined for 34 assists.
In the evening match, PC downed Millikin 25-13, 25-19, 25-16. Flaws and Lori VanBeek had 10 kills apiece with the two combining for 9 blocks (Flaws, 5 and VanBeek, 4). Hunt notched 12 digs, and Weldon had 3 service aces while Lizzy Barnard and Miaya Peacock had 2 each.
PC improves to 39-2 overall and looks for its 40th win on Saturday as the Cobras travel to Springfield for the M-WAC tournament PC will play a trio of matches starting at 9am vs Lewis & Clark, followed by matches against Lincoln College and Lincoln Land.
McHale's hat-trick leads Cobras to M-WAC title
Freshman Catherine McHale scored three times on Tuesday afternoon to help lead the Parkland Women's Soccer team to a 4-0 win over Heartland CC earning the Cobras a tie with the Hawks for the conference title. Heartland had beaten PC 1-0 earlier this season in Normal.
On a cool and damp afternoon it was all Parkland as McHale got on the board just four minutes into the match as Marie Lukusa earned the assist. The score remained 1-0 until McHale was fouled in the box with just five minutes left in the half. Emily Bushue drilled her penalty kick by the Hawks goalie to make it 2-0 Cobras at the break.
Any chance of a Heartland rally was shutdown quickly as McHale scored again in the opening 10 minutes of the half with Bushue earning the assist. McHale would score her final goal of the match in the final minute on a pass from Ginyce Haywood to make the final score 4-0. The Cobras controlled the match from beginning to end, out shooting the visitors 20-5 on the day.
Parkland (12-3 5-1) will play their final regular season game of the year this Friday when they host the College of Lake County (8-5-1). Heartland who is also (8-5-1 5-1) will host Lake County on Saturday.
The #6 Southwestern Illinois Blue Storm blanked the #18 Parkland Cobras on Saturday with less than two weeks to go in the season.
SWIC's Meredith Wendt got the hosts on the board earlier as she scored just 20 minutes into the match. It was the lone goal of the half and gave the Blue Storm a 1-0 cushion at the break. It wouldn't take long for them to score again in the second half as Alyssa Houck connected to make it 2-0. That would be all the scoring for the day as neither team could score for the remainder of the match. SWIC controlled the match, out-shooting PC 16-9 on the day, allowing just three shots on goal.
The loss drops Parkland to 11-3 and 4-1 in the Region while SWIC is now 11-0-2, 3-0-1. The Cobras can wrap up at least the second seed in the Region tournament and a co-M-WAC title when they host Heartland at 4:00 on Tuesday.
Illinois Central's Carson Gray scored three times on Saturday to lead the #5 Cougars over the #24 Cobras in a key Region 24 and M-WAC match.
On Saturday the game started well but the Cougars caught Parkland on a counter just six minutes in as Lucas Cordini scored to make it 1-0. The margin would stay at one until ICC's Gray would score twice in the final 16 minutes of the half, one at the 29 minute mark and the other with just under 4 minutes left, to help the Cougars take a commanding 3-0 lead into the break.
Parkland would not give up however and Andres Chalbaud got the Cobras on the board as he bent in a kick from the edge of the box to make it 3-1. Chalbaud had a golden opportunity to cut the deficit to just one but his shot from just a few feet away was stopped by the ICC keeper.
Gray took away any hopes of a Cobra rally as he beat three Parkland defenders down the left side and drilled his shot by the Cobra goalie for his third goal of the afternoon and his 18th goal of the season. Parkland actually out shot ICC 18-11 for the match but ICC connected on 50% of their shots on goal.
Parkland (10-3) will travel to Lincoln Land on Wednesday for their M-WAC finale while ICC (12-1) will travel to Lincoln that same day.
The #3 Cobras wrapped up the Des Moines Area CC Invite with matches vs #24 Waubonsee and MCC-Longview.
In the opening match of the day, PC faced Waubonsee who was coming off a 3-set sweep off the new #1 Kirkwood last evening. But the Cobras came out and overpowered the northern Illinois team in a 3-set sweep 25-21, 25-15, 25-21. Lori VanBeek led the offensive production with 13 kills while Elise Dahlke had 8 kills, and Alayna Jackson also had 8 while hitting .800 on the match. VanBeek also had 8 blocks while Hayley Gray had 6. Kaitlyn Hunt had 12 digs and Morgan Hickman and Madison Weldon each had 17 assists.
In the final match of the weekend, PC had an offensive explosion with 45 kills with another sweep over MCC-Longview out of Kansas City 25-18, 25-20, 25-20. Dahlke had a career high 18 kills in just three sets. VanBeek, Flaws and Lizzy Barnard had 7 kills apiece while Barnard also had a team-high 11 digs. VanBeek notched another 6 blocks.
Parkland improves to 37-2 ahead of a triangular at home on Wednesday with Olivet Nazarene and Millikin JV starting at 3:30pm.
The #3 Cobras made their final long-distance regular season tournament start Friday at the DMACC Invite in Boone, Iowa. The Cobras had two matches vs D1 Marshalltown (Iowa) and the #8 Bears in the afternoon match.
In the first match, PC swept Marshalltown 25-13, 25-21, 25-17. The tempo of the match was an odd one as both teams bombed serves back-and-forth never really allowing either team to get into much of a rhythm. Lizzy Barnard had a career high 8 service aces on her own. Lori VanBeek led the offense with 8 kills and 5 blocks. Teigan Flaws had 6 kills and 4 blocks, Elise Dahlke had 5 kills while Alayna Jackson led the blocking effort with 10. Morgan Hickman led the defensive effort with 15 digs, and Hickman and Madison Weldon combined for 18 assists.
In the second match vs #8 DMACC, the Bears brought in a 15-6 record with some impressive top 10 wins. DMACC came out quickly in the first set leading the Cobras 14-7 before PC pushed the set to extra points before falling 24-26. However, the Cobras found their flow throughout the rest of the match taking the next three sets 25-14, 25-20, 25-19. VanBeek impressed again with 13 kills and 10 blocks while Dahlke and Jackson had 9 apiece, and Flaws had 8. Barnard had 6 blocks and 10 digs, and Kaitlyn Hunt led the defense with 19 digs and another aggressive serving match for the team with 5 aces on her own. Weldon notched 22 assists and Hickman had 17.
Parkland improves to 35-2 overall with two more matches tomorrow vs #24 Waubonsee (IL) and MCC-Longview (MO).