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The #1 ranked Cobras traveled south to Robinson, IL for a pair of Region 24 matches vs Frontier CC and the host school Lincoln Trail.

In the first match, the Cobras swept Frontier 25-10, 25-15, 25-10. Sofi Kelemete led the offense with 11 kills while Gillian Jones had 6, and Laura Gross and Gabby Pearl had 5 kills each. Jaime Johnson had 11 assists while Courtney Moritz had 10 and Paige Griffith had 8. Virtuous Thomas had 9 digs, and Griffith (4 aces) and Jordan Deer (3 aces) led the serving effort.

In the final match, PC swept Lincoln Trail 25-7, 25-7, 25-13. Gross had 13 kills and 12 digs. Kelemete notched 9 kills and 5 blocks, and Fia Willis was a perfect 8 kills-for-8 swings as well. Johnson had 29 assists and 2 service aces, and Thomas and Bailee Dunne had 9 digs each.

The Cobras improve to 29-1 overall and 7-0 in region play. PC travels to East Peoria Wednesday for the Cobras' final region match of the year against Illinois Central College. ICC is currently 6-0 in the region so a Cobra win would secure PC the #1 overall seed in regional post-season play in early November.


The Parkland Men’s golf team wrapped up the fall portion of their schedule Saturday firing a 310, good enough for a 7th place finish at the inaugural Hopkins Collegiate Golf Classic hosted by Millikin University at the picturesque Decatur Country Club.  Parkland moved up one space after standing in 8th place after day one in the 15 team field.
Parkland’s Andreas Nielsen shot a 78 on Saturday to finish in a tie for 3rd place (73-78 151) three strokes behind the eventual co-champions Juan Hurtado (Hannibal-LaGrange) 72-76 148 and Zac Ciesla of Webster University 75-73 148.   Nielsen had a chance to be part of the medalist group but triple-bogeyed his final hole to slip back to the 3rd place tie.
Fellow Parkland freshman Tyler Woods moved up 26 places on Saturday to finish in 17th place after carding a 75 on Saturday. Unfortunately he too struggled on the final hole, as he played the first 17 holes at even par before hitting the ball in the water on the final hole also picking up a triple-bogey. 
Mt. St Joseph College earned the team title as they moved up from 3rd place to win by seven strokes (307-303  610) over first round leader Hannibal-LaGrange (302-315 617) and by eight strokes over Millikin (308-310 618).  Despite shooting +8 on the final hole as the team, PC still shot the 4th lowest team score in round two.

Women’s Soccer

The #9 PC Women’s Soccer team moved to a perfect (10-0 4-0)) Saturday as they blanked Heartland (4-4-2 1-2-1) 7-0 in the Cobras final regular season home game. The victory was the Cobras seventh straight shutout and eighth of the season.
Shante Tremblett kept up her outstanding play this season as she got the Cobras on the board early with a goal just six minutes into the match off an assist from Ellie McKenzie.  It would be Tremblett again at the 13:00 minute mark as she scored, this time with Destiny Hudspeth picking up the assist. Ellie McKenize scored an unassisted goal just five minutes before the half to give the Cobras a 3-0 lead at the break.
Marissa Barria got PC on the board shortly after intermission as she connected off a McKenzie assist just 8 minutes in to the half.  Three minutes later Tremblett would make it 5-0, and she would score her fourth goal off a Suzy Pelayo assist at the 64 minute mark.  Bopha Travis found the back of the net for her third goal of the season off Hudspeth’s second assist of the afternoon to wrap up the PC scoring.  McKenzie now leads the Cobras with 21 goals this season with Tremblett close behind with 18. PC outshot the Hawks 24-2 for the match as Jenna Ashley had two saves as she earned the shutout in goal.
Parkland returns to action on October 4 when they travel to Kaskaskia (8-1) for an important Region 24 showdown.


Parkland freshman Andreas Nielsen fired a one-over par 73 Friday and finds himself in 2nd place after the opening day of the Hopkins Golf Classic hosted by Millikin University at the Decatur Country Club.   Nielsen is one stroke back of leader Juan Hurtado of Hannibal-Lagrange.  There are 17 golfers within five shots of the lead headed to day two scheduled for an 8:30 am start on Saturday morning. 
Unfortunately the rest of the Cobras did not fare so well and struggled with no other player breaking 80.   Tyler Woods (80), Chris Tate (81), and Luke Baker (83) rounded out the PC scoring for a total of 317. The team sits in 8th place out of 15 teams and is 15 strokes behind leader Hannibal-Lagrange.  Parkland’s  Nick Patton fired a 79 competing as an individual in the event. 

Women’s Soccer

Shania Maddux scored the lone goal of the afternoon at the 63 minute mark in the second half, to help lead the #9 Parkland Women's Soccer team to a hard fought 1-0 victory over Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville.

Maddux's goal, just her 2nd of the season, came off an assist from Marissa Barria.  The Cobras had their chances to score more goals, but had three shots hits the crossbar. They out shot the Blue Storm 14-5 on the afternoon. Keeper Jenna Ashley had five saves as she recorded her 6th straight shutout, and 7th of the season.

The win improves PC to (10-0) while SWIC drops to (4-4-1) with three of the losses coming to teams ranked in the NJCAA top 15.  The Cobras will return to action on Saturday when they host Heartland (4-3-3) starting at 12:00 in Champaign.

Women's Soccer

Congrats to Cobra Sophomore Laura Gross on being named the NJCAA D-2 Volleyball Player of the Week. She helped lead the #1 ranked Cobras (27-1) to a perfect 7-0 record last week including wins over four nationally ranked opponents.  She is the second PC player to win the award as fellow sophomore Sofi Kelemete earned the honors earlier this season.

Men’s Soccer
On the heals of two shutout wins over Illinois Central 3-0 and Heartland 5-0 over, Matt Sharman earned NJCAA D-I Keeper of the Week honors. The sophomore had 11 saves as he recorded is 6th shutout of the season. In 11 games this season, the Cobra Men have given up just six goals all season.
Men’s Soccer

Johnny Pugh scored three times and added two assists as the #5 Parkland Men's Soccer team defeated Lincoln Land 7-0 in M-WAC and Region 24 action.  The win improves the Cobras to (12-0 6-0) while the Loggers fall to (2-8-1 0-6). Henrique Santiago also added two goals and an assist while Gesi Muharremi had a goal and an assist and Carlos Martinez's two assists.

Parkland got on the board early as Urbana's  Muharremi scored off an assist from Carlos Martinez. Still 1-0, PC picked up their second goal at the 30 minute mark as Patrick Kuanda found the back of the net on the first of Pugh's assist. The Loggers missed on their best scoring chance of the half with about a remaining and the Cobras capitalized on their missed chance as Henrique Santiago of Champaign scored with just 37 seconds before half with Muharremi getting the assist.

Pugh earned his first goal of the contest 13 minutes into the second half as Daniel Silva picked up the assist. Midway through the half Santiago added his second goal and Pugh his second assist to make it 5-0 Cobras. Pugh would score twice in the final four minutes as Santiago and Martinez each earned assists.

Parkland keeper Matt Sharman, this weeks NJCAA Men's Soccer Goalkeeper of the Week, picked up his 7th shutout of the season.

Parkland will take some much deserved time off before playing again at Lincoln College on October 4.


Congrats to Cobra Sophomore Laura Gross on being named the NJCAA D-2 Volleyball Player of the Week. She helped lead the #1 ranked Cobras (27-1) to a perfect 7-0 record last week including wins over four nationally ranked opponents.  She is the second PC player to win the award as fellow sophomore Sofi Kelemete earned the honors earlier this season.

Parkland Athletics

All three Parkland teams that were ranked in last week’s NJCAA polls either moved up or stayed the same in this week’s rankings.  After a one week absence, the Cobra Volleyball team jumps back in to the #1 spot after going a perfect 7-0 last week.  PC (27-1) beat then #3 Lincoln Land, #5 Owens,  #15 McHenry, and #23 Muskegon all by 3-0 margins. The Cobras are off until Saturday when they will play Region 24 foes Lincoln Trail and Frontier in a tri-match.
The Cobra Women’s Soccer team moved up three spots to #9 after beating Waubonsee and last week’s #9 Lewis and Clark. PC (8-0) travels to SWIC on Thursday and hosts Heartland on Saturday.   And the undefeated Parkland Men (11-0) held steady at #5 this week. They will host Lincoln Land at 4:00 on Wednesday.
Congratulations to all of the coaches and players on their accomplishments so far this fall!


Parkland freshman Andreas Nielsen (Denmark) fired a 67 on Sunday to win the individual title of the Midwest Athletic Conference Golf Tournament held at the Lincoln Elks Golf Course in Lincoln, Il.  Nielsen shot (32-35) to win by three strokes. Illinois Central pulled away over the final nine holes to defeat Parkland by four strokes to win the team title. Lincoln College finished in 3rd place while Lewis and Clark placed 4th.  Fellow freshman Tyler Woods shot a 72 good enough for a 3rd place tie and a spot on the five man All-Conference team.  Another PC freshman, Luke Baker,  just missed All-Conference  honors as he shot a 74 and finished in 6th place.

The 36 hole event has a unique format starting with a 9 hole scramble, followed by a 9 hole alternate shot competition. The final 18 holes is a 9 man best ball and 9 man individual event. Those final 18 holes are used to determine the individual winners while all four rounds are taken into account for the team competition.  ICC grabbed the early lead Sunday as they easily won the scramble grabbing a six-stroke lead. The Cobras chipped away at the ICC lead as they won the alternate shot competition, and reduced the deficit to four strokes at the halfway point.  PC played their best round of the event during the best ball portion as they had the lowest score in the round and wiped away the ICC lead.  The Cobras and Cougars entered the final nine holes tied and despite the strong effort by the Cobras freshman trio, ICC was able to eek out a four-stroke victory.


The #2 Cobras capped off the Parkland Invite today with two more matches in the morning.

In the first match, PC squared off with #5 Owens CC (OH), and the Cobras swept the Express 25-16, 25-8, 25-9. Laura Gross had 13 kills, 13 digs and 7 blocks. Fia Willis had 10 kills, 8 digs and 4 blocks. Sofi Kelemete had 7 kills and 7 blocks, and Alayna Jackson also had 7 blocks. Jaime Johnson dished out 32 assists and also had 5 digs.

In the second match, PC swept the Jackson Jets (MI) 25-9, 25-15, 25-8. Willis had 8 kills, Eloise van Velthooven had 7 kills, Gabby Pearl had 6, and Gabby Morrow and Alivia Dew had 5 each. Van Veelthoven also secured 7 blocks while Morrow and Gillian Jones had 5 blocks each. Jordan Deer had 15 digs in the match, and setters Courtney Moritz (16 assists) and Paige Griffith (10 assists) ran the offense for the Cobras.

Parkland improves to 27-1 overall and get a much-deserved week off before traveling to Robinson, IL on Saturday for two region matches vs Lincoln Trail and Frontier CC.


The #2 Parkland Volleyball team played a pair of games on day two of their three-day Parkland Invite.  The Cobras beat #15 McHenry for the second time this season and knocked off Rend Lake in the evening finale. 
In the first match, PC faced #15 McHenry County College, a team the Cobras defeated 3-1 a few weeks ago. An improved Cobra group swept the Scots today 25-20, 25-12, 25-17. Laura Gross had 12 kills and 17 digs, Taylor Bauer had 10 kills and 6 digs, and Fia Willis had 9 kills and 8 digs. Alayna Jackson recorded a season high 8 blocks while Sofi Kelemete had 6. Jaime Johnson recorded 35 assists to go along with 12 digs of her own.

In the evening match, PC swept region for Rend Lake College 25-7, 25-9, 25-16. Gabby Morrow led the offense with 8 kills and also notched 8 blocks. Eloise van Veelthooven registered 6 kills while Fia Willis and Alivia Dew had 5 apiece. Paige Griffith (12 assists), Courtney Moritz (11 assists) and Johnson (11 assists) split setting duties very well in the match. Jordan Deer notched 12 digs while Virtuous Thomas had 10.

The Cobras will play two more matches on Sunday. The biggest match of the tournament will see the Cobras take on #5 Owens starting at 9 am. Owens swept past #4 Kirkwood and #20 Des Moines Area on Saturday and stand 16-2 on the season having won 12 straight. The Cobras are 25-1 on the year and have now won 21 in a row.

Men’s Soccer

After Parkland and rival Heartland battled to a first half scoreless tie on Saturday, freshman Johnny Pugh made sure the Hawks hopes for an upset would not come true.  Instead Pugh scored three straight goals over a 15 minute stretch early in the second half to lead the #5 Cobras to a 5-0 win over Heartland on a hot and humid afternoon on the turf of the Corn Crib in Normal.

Pugh connected just five minutes in to the half off a feed from Emmanuel Komba. Ten minutes later Pugh once again found the back of the net as Patrick Kuanda earned the assist. Just five minutes later those two connected again for another Cobra goal and a 3-0 lead. 

The lead would stay at three until the ten minute mark when Daniel Silva got the ball by the Hawks goalie off a pass from Gesi Muharremi.  The final PC goal came off the foot of Carlos Martinez who scored an unassisted goal with just a minute remaining in the match.

Goalie Matt Sharman had seven saves on the afternoon as he recorded his 6th shutout of the fall.  The Cobras now stand (11-0 5-0) on the season and will host Lincoln Land at 4:00 on Wednesday.

Women’s Soccer

Sophomore Ellie McKenzie scored four of the Cobras five goals on Saturday as the #12 Parkland Women’s Soccer team upended #9 Lewis and Clark 5-0 in a key Region 24 contest.  The five goal outburst was a surprise as the Cobras were (0-2-1) in their last three matches with Lewis and Clark and had been shutout in all three of those games. In addition, Lewis and Clark (7-1-1)  entered the match having allowed just two goals in their first eight games this season.
Saturday’s result was never in doubt as McKenzie twice beat defenders in the opening half to give the Cobras a 2-0 lead. The first goal came just 11 minutes in to the match while the second came just three minutes later off an assist from Alyssa Jones.  Any chance of Blazers rally was ended quickly as McKenzie would score again just four minutes after  the half and Dalia Santana made it 4-0 just a minute later. McKenzie would score her final goal at the 84 mark to put a final punctuation on the Cobra victory.
Cobra goalie Jenna Ashley had seven saves on the afternoon as she secured her fifth straight shutout.  Parkland out shot Lewis and Clark 11-7 on the afternoon.  Next up for the Cobras (7-0)  will be a Thursday afternoon game at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville. The Blue Storm is (4-3-1) so far this season.


The #2 ranked Parkland Cobras volleyball team had two matches today at its own Parkland Invitational.
In the opening match, PC swept Rock Valley 25-13, 25-14, 25-13. Fia Willis recorded 13 kills, 5 digs and 4 blocks. Taylor Bauer had 10 kills and 11 digs, and Laura Gross had 8 kills and 6 digs. Jaime Johnson also got 6 digs along with 25 assists.
In the second match, the Cobras defeated #24 ranked Muskegon 25-12, 25-19, 25-19. Gross was the kill leader this time around with 14 while Willis had 10. Bauer and Sofi Kelemete each put away 7 kills as well. Kelemete had a team-high 10 blocks, while Gross and Bailee Dunne had 12 digs each in the match.
PC improves to 23-1 overall ahead of two more matches tomorrow at 5pm vs #15 McHenry County CC and 7pm vs region foe Rend Lake College.


In a battle of top 3 teams and a rematch of last years NJCAA D-II Title Game, the #2 Cobras traveled to #3 Lincoln Land tonight for an important region and conference match-up. Despite a slow start in each set, PC relied on their sophomore leadership and experience to battle back and push ahead each set for a 3-set sweep 25-18, 25-18, 30-28.

Laura Gross led the way with 17 kills, 5 blocks and 4 digs. Taylor Bauer notched 12 kills, 10 digs and 4 blocks. Sisters Fia Wills (8 kills and 10 digs) and Sofi Kelemete (5 kills and 5 blocks) but in great all-around games again. Setter Jaime Johnson notched 33 assists, 9 digs and 2 service aces.

Parkland improves to 21-1 (3-0) while Lincoln Land falls to 18-4 (2-1). The Cobras have six matches this weekend Friday-Sunday at home.

The Illini are off this weekend so this is the perfect time to come out and catch your Parkland Cobras in action.  The Volleyball team and two Soccer teams are off to an amazing start and as of today have a combined record of 36-1!
All three Parkland teams that are in season and have polls are ranked in their respective top 12.   The Volleyball team (20-1) slipped to #2 in the NJCAA polls by no fault of their own as Glendale AZ. jumped to the #1 spot after the stunned NJCAA D-1  #2 Southern Idaho 3-0 over  the weekend.  It is the first time since October 8, 2014 that the Cobras have not occupied the top spot.  They will have plenty of chances to show they deserve to be back on top as they face #3 Lincoln Land tonight in Springfield in a huge Region 24 and M-WAC showdown. They also host the Parkland Invitational this weekend and will face #23 Muskegon on Friday, #15 McHenry on Saturday, and #5 Owens on Sunday.
The Parkland Men’s Soccer team holds steady at #5 and picked up their biggest win of the season last night as they beat #14 ICC 3-0 in East Peoria. The (10-0 4-0) Cobras will travel to Bloomington-Normal this Saturday to take on Heartland (4-3 1-3) in a game that has both conference and seeding implications.
The Parkland Women’s Soccer team moved up two places to #12 this week as the Cobras stand a perfect (6-0) and have outscored their opponents 63-2 so far this season. They will take on their toughest opponent of the season on Saturday as they host #9 Lewis and Clark (6-0-1). The winner will take control of the Region and will be the likely top-seed in the Region 24 tournament that starts in late October.   The Blazers have allowed just one goal so far this season.  Game time is set for 1:00 at Parkland.
Weekend Home Schedule:
Friday Parkland Volleyball
  • 3:00 vs Rock Valley
  • 5:00 vs #23 Muskegon
Saturday Women’s Soccer
  • 1:00 vs #9 Lewis and Clark
  • 5:00 vs #15 McHenry
  • 7:00 vs Rend Lake
Sunday Cobra Volleyball
  • 9:00 am vs #5 Owens
  • 11:00 vs Jackson CC MI

Mens’ Soccer

The two nationally ranked rivals battled to a scoreless first half time before the Cobras scored three times in a twelve minute stretch of the second half and came away with an impressive 3-0 win over Illinois Central College. The victory moves the Cobras to (10-0 4-0) while the Cougars falls to (7-2 3-1).

After 70 minutes of no scoring, Parkland's Johnny Pugh got the Cobras on the board as he found the back of the net for a 1-0 lead. Fellow freshman Daniel Silva picked up the save. Just six minutes later the Cobras would score again as Niles Smith scored his first goal of the season off a pass from Keenan Meddings.  Up 2-0, PC would put the game away as Pugh once again got his shot by the ICC goalie with Henrique Santiago earning the save on Pugh's second goal.

Matt Sharman turned away six ICC shots while PC was able to convert on three of nine shots on goal.  It was Sharman's fifth shutout of the season.

Parkland will return to action this Saturday when they travel to Heartland for a 2:00 contest against the Hawks.

Women’s Soccer

The #14 ranked Parkland Women stayed perfect on the season Monday as they knocked off Waubonsee 10-0 in non-conference NJCAA action on Monday afternoon in Sugar Grove.   The win moves the Cobras to a perfect (6-0) while the Chiefs drop to (4-4-1).

As has been the trend this season, the Cobras jumped out early as Alyssa Jones scored off a feed from Ellie McKenzie just three minutes in to the match.  McKenzie would score the next two PC goals as she found the back of the net at the 15 and 24 minute mark with assists to Brittany Johnson and Anna McHatton. Destiny Hudspeth made it 4-0 just a few minutes later off a pass from Dalia Santana. Shonte Tremblett scored the final two goals of the first half as she scored an unassisted goal and the other came on a Marissa Barria assist.

Up 6-0 at halftime, PC would quickly add to their lead as Alyssa Jones scored her second goal of the afternoon at the 48 minute mark.  That would be the only goal for nearly twenty minutes until Dalia Santana connected to make it 8-0 off an assist from Tremblett.  Later in the half, Tremblett picked up her third goal of the match with Hudspeth earning an assist and Hudspeth wrapped up the scoring with her second goal and Santana picked up her second assist.

Jenna Ashley picked up eight saves in goal as she earned her 4th straight shutout. The Cobras out shot the Chiefs 18-8 on the day.   After winning the last four matches by an astounding 51-0 margin, the next match will be their toughest of the season as they will host #11 Lewis and Clark (7-0-1) at 1:00 this Saturday. The winner will take the upper hand at being the #1 seed in the Region 24 tournament.


he Parkland College Men’s Golf team tied for the lead at the 4th Annual Timber Creek Classic but lost on a scorecard playoff to finish in 2nd place behind host Black Hawk College. The Cobras and Braves both shot 315 but Black Hawk was declared the winner due to their 5th player scoring lower than the Cobras 5th score.
On the bright side, for the second straight tournament Parkland had the individual champion as Chris Tate fired a 74 to take home medalist honors.  Parkland’s Tyler Woods, competing as an individual shot 77 and came in 4th, while Garrett Hixenbaugh was 6th with a 79.  No other Cobra could break 80 in the tough conditions as Luke Baker and Connor Poffinbarger both shot 80, Nick Patton 82, Andreas Nielsen 84, and Christian Khachaturian 85.
The team will compete in the Ryder Cup style Midwest Athletic Conference tournament next Sunday hosted by Lincoln College at the Lincoln Elks course. Each team will field 6 competitors (3 teams of 2) in the four-event 72-hole tournament. Parkland won the M-WAC tournament last fall, the first for this format.

Women’s Soccer

The Parkland Women’s Soccer kept up their winning ways Saturday as they routed visiting M-WAC foe Illinois Central 14-0. The Cobras built a 8-0 halftime lead and cruised to the victory. Shante Tremblett scored four consecutive goals over a ten minute span in the first half to pace the win.
PC jumped on top at the five minute mark as Ellie McKenzie connected with Marissa Barria earning the assist. Barria would also assist on the Cobras second goal as Alyssa Jones connected three minutes later. From that point it was all Tremblett as she scored at the 20, 23, 24, and 30 minute mark of the half to build the lead to 6-0.  One of the goals was unassisted while Jones, Anna McHatton, and Brittany Johnson all earned assists on the other three scores. Ellie McKenzie scored her second goal of the afternoon a Dalia Santana pass and Santana would score a goal of her own late in the half with an assist to Sydney Mossman to push the lead to eight at intermission.
Mossman would open the scoring just two minutes into the second half as McKenzie earned the assist. Alyssa Jones would score her second and McKenzie her third as PC led 11-0 at the 57 minute mark.  Desitny Hudspeth would score the next two PC goals with Santana earning her 2nd and 3rd assists of the night. Bopha Travis scored an unassisted goal late to wrap up the scoring. The Cobras outshot the Cougars 39-4 on the afternoon.
Parkland (5-0 3-0) will step out of league play on Monday as they travel north to play Waubonsee CC (4-3-1) starting at 4:00 in Sugar Grove.

Men’s Soccer

The Parkland Men’s Soccer team scored three times in the opening 12 minutes Saturday as they defeated visiting St. Charles 5-1. Gesi Muharremi got the Cobras on the board just 5 minutes into the match as he scored off an assist from Josh Littlewood. Just two minutes later, Juan Garcia streaked by the Cougars defenders for an unassisted goal and a 2-0 lead.  At the 12 minute mark the Cobras made it 3-0 as Daniel Silva drove the ball past the goal keeper with Alex Zarco earning the assist. The Cobras would score one more time in the half as Johnny Pugh connected off a feed from Silva to make it 4-0 at the half.
Parkland would play a man down the entire second half after receiving a red card 12 seconds before the break.  Despite the disadvantage, Muharremi would score his second goal of the afternoon 79 minutes in to the match with Henrique Santiago picking up the assist.  St. Charles would score off a penalty kick with only one minute remaining to cut the final margin to 5-1 Cobras.
The victory moved #5 Parkland to a perfect (9-0) on the season ahead of a Tuesday night M-WAC showdown at Illinois Central in East Peoria. The #14 Cougars are (7-0) going into a Sunday match against #17 East Florida State College.


Nick Patton fired a 72 on Friday, to win medalist honors, and helped the Parkland Men's Golf team to the title of the Sauk Valley Skyhawk Classic. The Cobras shot 306 on the afternoon and won by five strokes over second place Black Hawk College. The two teams will face each other again on Saturday as the two schools compete at the Timber Creek Classic hosted by the Braves in Dixon, Il at Timber Creek Golf Course.

Chris Tate fired a 76 to finish in 4th place while Andreas Nielsen shot a 77 to tie for 6th with Christian Khachaturian who was competing as an individual in the 18 hole event.  Other Parkland scores include Tyler Woods 79, Garrett Hixenbaugh 81, Luke Baker 82, and Connor Poffinbarger 84.


The #1 Cobras kicked off the Southwestern Illinois College tournament with a Region 24 match against the hosts. PC swept SWIC in scores of 25-9, 25-11, 25-23. Taylor Bauer led the offensive effort with 16 kills while also notching 10 digs. Laura Gross had 11 kills, 0 errors on 15 attempts for a .733 hitting percentage. And, Jaime Johnson registered 27 assists and 6 digs on the match.

PC faced perennial powerhouse Iowa Central CC in the nightcap match and again swept the Tritons 25-22, 25-16, 25-17.

The sister act of Fia Willis and Sofi Kelemete had 10 and 9 kills, respectively. Bauer notched 8 kills and 8 digs, and Gross had 8 kills and 11 digs. Bailee Dunne had 12 digs while Virtuous Thomas had 10. And Jaime Johnson had 27 assists and 2 aces on the match.

Parkland improves to 18-1 overall ahead of two more matches tomorrow at 9am vs East Central (MO) and D1 John A Logan.


The #1 ranked Cobras celebrated the first home match of the year with a 3-0 sweep of M-WAC foe Lewis & Clark CC 25-9, 25-8, 25-15.
The Cobras hit a blistering .545 on the evening with 45 kills. The balanced attack was led by Laura Gross (9 kills), Taylor Bauer and Alivia Dew (8 kills apiece), and Eloise van Velthooven (7 kills). Dew had a perfect hitting scoring 8 kills on 8 attempts. Sofi Kelemete had 5 kills and 5 blocks. Libero Virtuous Thomas notched 10 digs, and Jaime Johnson scored 5 aces, had 18 assists and 9 digs.
The Cobras improve to 11-1 (1-0) ahead of traveling to Cedar Rapids, Iowa for the Kirkwood CC Invitational this weekend. PC will face a quarter of Top 20 teams in #5 Johnson County (KS), #7 Central Nebraska, #13 McHenry (IL) and #16 Cowley County (KS). All four teams advanced to the 16-team field at Nationals in 2015 so it's expected to be the Cobras' toughest tournament of the season.

he Cobras struggled to a 319 for the final round of the Lindenwood-Bellevile Invite on Wednesday as they slipped to a 5th place finish.  Southern Indiana shot a 305 and a 905 for the tourney to hang on for a two stroke win over McKendree  (305-907).   Lindenwood-Belleville finished 3rd while Columbia College of Missouri took home 4th.
USI’s Keenai Sampson was the medalist firing a 67 for the final round to finish at -2 for the tourney and 13 strokes ahead of his nearest competitor.  Parkland was led by Champaign’s Chris Tate who tied for 7th place with a 228 (74=76-78), Andreas Kibsgaard who finished 9th at 229 (73-77-79) and Garrett Hixenbaugh who placed 14th 230 (78-72-80).  Nick Patton 236 and Christian Khachaturian 241 rounded out the scoring for the Cobras.  Former Cobra Nick Berger, now playing for McKendree, finished in 6th place 227 (74-78-75).
Parkland will be in action again this Sunday and Monday when they travel to Indianapolis for the 6th Annual Dick Park Invite hosted by Franklin College. 
Men’s Soccer
Gesi Muharremi and Patrick Kuanda each finished with two goals and an assist, as the Parkland Men's Soccer team celebrated their jump into the NJCAA/ASCA rankings as the Cobras pulled away for a 5-1 road win over Lincoln Land.

The Cobras landed in the #10 spot in the national rankings earlier in the afternoon but quickly found themselves behind as the Loggers Brock Tober scored just 13 minutes into the match to give LLCC a 1-0 lead. Kuanda would answer back to tie the game at the 28 minute mark as Muharremi would earn the assist. The game went to half tied and remained that way until the midway point of the second half when the Cobras would strike for three goals in three minutes.

Muharremi gave PC the lead at 67:02 with Kuanda picking up the assist.  Just three minutes later the Cobras were credit with a "team goal" and Kuanda scored an unassisted goal less than a minute later to push the lead to three goals. Up 4-1, Muharremi would score his second goal of the afternoon as Bruno Omanga picked up the save. 

The Cobras (6-0 2-0) had twelve shots on goal while the Loggers (1-2 0-2) had just four. Matt Sharman went the distance in goal picking up three saves.  Parkland returns to action this Saturday when they host Lincoln College starting at 1:00.

The Parkland College Men's Golf team finds themselves in 2nd place after 36 holes of the Labor Day Invite hosted by Lindenwood-Belleville University at the Stonewolf Golf Club in Fairview Heights, Illinois.

Parkland fired a 602 (297-305) and are just two strokes behind the University of Southern Indiana 600 (310-290). Parkland, the only two-year school in the field, is tied with McKendree 602 (302-300) for 2nd place. Lindenwood is just three strokes behind in 4th 605 (304-301) and Columbia College of Missouri is in 5th at 608 (305-303). Evangel University, Crowley Ridge, and Fontbonne are all well back of the pack.

The Cobras actually found themselves ahead after the opening 18 holes as Nick Patton fired a 72, Andreas Kibsgaard shot 73, and Chris Tate 74 to help the Cobras to a five stroke lead over McKendree.  Unfortunately PC slipped back in the hot, humid, and windy conditions as they shot a 2nd round 305 while USI was red hot firing a 290 to grab the lead with just 18 holes to go.

Consistency was the key for the Cobras as they find themselves just two back despite no individual players in the top 5. Three players find themselves tied on top the leader board at +3 with two more just two back at +5.  Three Cobras are in a tie for 6th as they all shot 150. Kibsgaard (73-77), Garrett Hixenbaugh (78-72) and Chris Tate (74-76) all stand just three strokes off the lead with 18 holes to go.  Nick Patton (72-80 152) and Christian Khachaturian (79-80 159) rounded out the Cobra line-up.

The teams will tee off at 8:00 am tomorrow in the finale of the 54 hole event.

Women’s Soccer
Parkland scored seven times in the first half as they cruised to a 10-1 rout of visiting MCC-Maple Wood on a steamy afternoon at Parkland. The Cobras had 22 shots to just 4 for the Monarchs to help them start the season (1-0) while MCC-MW drops to (1-1).  Ellie McKenzie scored three times while Alyssa Jones, and Anna McHatton each scored twice to pace the attack.

Jones got Parkland on the board at the 18 minute mark, as the Cobra would score four times in a 10 minute span. McKenzie assisted on the opening goal and the two paired up again just 7 minutes later as this time McKenzie would score with Jones assisting.  Jones scored her second goal of the afternoon just two minutes later off a pass from Shania Maddux. Just two minutes later McHatton would score an unassisted goal to make it 4-0.

The Cobras would score three more times before the half was over as McKenzie scored again, this time with an assist from Brooke Tozer. After the Monarchs would score their lone goal of the afternoon to cut the lead to 5-1, Dalia Santana scored an unassisted goal and Shonte Tremblett scored just before half off a pass from Hannah Martinez to give a 7-1 lead at the break.

McKenzie would score her third goal of the afternoon off a McHatton assist just six minutes in to the second half before McHatton scored her second goal of the match with Tremblett earning the assist. Tremblett would again get the assist as Destiny Hudspeth rounded out the scoring.

Parkland (1-0) is off until September 7 when they will travel to Heartland for a 5:00 game against the Hawks.  That match will start a run of five games in ten days for the Cobras.

Men’s Soccer
The Parkland Men scored a pair of first half goals and made them stand up as they held off MCC-Maple Woods for a 2-1 victory. The win moves the Cobras to (3-0) while the Monarchs fall to (0-3).

The Cobras controlled the first half and got on the board early as Tanner Kidwell scored on an assist from Daniel Silva.  Carlos Martinez put Parkland up 2-0 as his shot from over 20 feet out, found the back of the net with Silva once again earning the assist.  The game would go to intermission 2-0 but the visitors Muhammed Sanuang connected on an unassisted goal with just over 10 minutes left.  MCC-MW would keep up the pressure over the final 10 minutes but the Cobra defense, led by goalie Matt Sharman withstood the test.

Parkland will open up M-WAC play this Wednesday when they host Heartland starting at 4:00 in Champaign.

Cobra volleyball concluded play in the Battle of the Dells today with two matches in the morning session.
In the first match, the Cobras swept College of DuPage 25-10, 25-9, 25-7. Fia Willis had 7 kills while Shelby Nunamaker notched 5. Paige Griffith had 12 assists, and Courtney Moritz and Jaime Johnson had 11 apiece. Jordan Deer recorded 11 digs, and Gillian Jones had 6 blocks.
In the second match, Parkland saw their 61-match win streak come to conclusion in a see-saw 5-set thriller against D-1 #8 Indian Hills. Despite leading each of the first two sets late into the set, the Cobras couldn't shake off untimely errors dropping each set 27-25 and 25-22. In the third set, Parkland had set point at 24-22 only to have Indian Hills storm back again to have their own match point at 25-24. But this time, the Cobras found the other gear that was lacking in the first two sets to take the win 28-26.  The fourth set was comfortably Parkland's start-to-finish with a 25-21 win. In the fifth, the Cobras had leads of 8-6 and 10-9, but the clean play of Indian Hills again took advantage of a few late set errors to finish the match the victors at 15-12.
Parkland amassed an impressive 76 kills in the match with several career highs (Laura Gross - 23, Fia Willis - 15, Taylor Bauer - 12, Sofi Kelemete - 12 and Alivia Dew - 8). Jaime Johnson recorded 34 assists, and Paige Griffith had 26. Virtuous Thomas recorded 27 digs while Bauer had 19 and Willis had 18. Kelemete recorded 8 blocks, and Gross and Gabby Morrow had 6 apiece.
The Cobras finish the weekend at 4-1 overall ahead of 6 matches this coming weekend at the Owens Invitational in Perrysburg, OH Friday-Sunday.

The preseason #1 ranked Parkland Cobras kicked off the 2016 season today with a trio of sweeps at the Battle of the Dells tournament in Wisconsin Dells.

In the first match, the Cobras faced off with #8 ranked Kirkwood CC of Iowa. Parkland defeated the Eagles 25-19, 25-15, 25-10 behind sophomores Laura Gross and Taylor Bauer knocking down 10 kills each, and freshman Fia Willis had 8. Middles Gabby Morrow and Sofi Kelemete had 7 and 6 blocks respectively. Willis had 10 digs in the match while Virtuous Thomas and Jaime Johnson had 8 apiece. Johnson also recorded 16 assists while Paige Griffith and Courtney Moritz had 6 apiece.

In the second match, all healthy Cobras got into the action with a decisive 25-11, 25-8, 25-15 win over Macomb CC of Michigan. Gross and Willis each had 10 kills. Jordan Deer led the defensive effort with 8 digs, and Johnson (12), Griffith (10) and Moritz (9) split setting duties with 31 assists between them. Eloise van Velthooven and Moritz each recorded a match-high 3 aces.

In the final match of the day, Parkland faced off with D1 power Monroe College of New York. Monroe was one of only three teams to defeat the Cobras in the 2014 season, but Parkland had the answer this year in a 25-16, 25-12, 25-21 victory. Bauer recorded a match high 11 kills while Willis (8), Kelemete (6), Morrow (5) and Alivia Dew (4) completed a balanced offense on the match. Griffith (15 assists) and Johnson (14 assists) led the setting duties. Thomas had 10 digs and 2 service aces while Bauer and Morrow recorded 5 blocks each.

The Cobras' record is now 3-0 with two more matches tomorrow vs College of DuPage (IL), and the headline match of the tournament will be in the final match vs D1 #8 ranked Indian Hills (IA).

Men’s Soccer
The Parkland College Men's Soccer team turned in a quality team performance Saturday afternoon, scoring once in the first half and twice in the second to defeat the #12 nationally ranked Jefferson County (MO) College 3-1.

In an even first half, Parkland Johnny Pugh was able to break on to  the score sheet  in the 35th minute with goal from the top right side of the box off an assist from Alex Zarco (Champaign Central).  The match remained that way until the 53rd minute when Jefferson's Luke Schlichting headed home a corner kick to beat Parkland's goalkeeper Matt Sharman.  Sharman was able to make a handful of saves to keep the game even from that point on as Parkland pressed and finally broke the tie with a goal by Gesi Muharremi (Urbana) in the 62nd minute with a calm finish from a Carlos Martinez assist.

Parkland closed the door in the 72nd minute when Parkland's right fullback, Josh Littlewood hit a 40 yard shot past the outstretched Jefferson keeper.

Parkland out shoots Jefferson 15-9 shots on goal and looks to improve on their 2-0 record when they host MCC-Maple Woods on Sunday August 28th at 2 pm.


The defending National Champion Parkland College Volleyball team will start the season where they left off, as they are the #1 ranked team in the first NJCAA VB Poll. The Cobras, who went a perfect (57-0), on the way to their 2nd National Title, will host a pair of scrimmages this week before opening their season at the Wisconsin Dells. 
The regular season will get underway on Saturday August 26 with a trio of matches, including the season-opener against #8 Kirkwood.  Parkland will play two more matches on Sunday with the highlight facing #8 NJCAA D-1 power Indian Hills.  The Cobras will once again play one of the most competitive schedules in the country as they will face off against the #2, #3, #5, #7, #8, #9, #11, #12, #13, #14, #16, #18, and #20 ranked D-II programs as well as teams ranked in D-1 and D-III.
Parkland will open their home season on September 7 at 6:00 against Region 24 and M-WAC foe Lewis and Clark. All PC Athletic events are free for students, faculty, and staff with a PC ID.

Cobras Women's Soccer Welcomes New Recruits for 2016

Parkland College Women's Soccer has announced the new recruits who will make up its freshman class for the 2016 season.

These seven Illinois residents will join 13 returning players to start the preseason Aug. 1 and defend the Cobras' 2015 Mid-West Athletic Conference title. Recently appointed Head Coach Chris Jackson expressed excitement about this incoming group.

"It's a fairly small class but filled with proven players who can step right into key roles on this team," he said. "Having such a large and successful sophomore class returning next season will help our recruits settle in quickly and hit the ground running in August."  

Brooke Tozer joins the Cobras from nearby Charleston. Primarily a defender, Tozer is a versatile player capable of slotting into a number of roles on the team. "I wanted to be challenged, and I know that Parkland is a great program and will help me to continue to get better," Tozer stated.

Brianna Merchant comes to Parkland from Troy in southern Illinois. An avid fan of the US Women's National Team, Merchant is an experienced and imposing defender. She suffered a serious setback prior to signing with the Cobras but has recovered quickly and will be fit for the start of preseason training, Jackson said. "I chose Parkland because I loved the atmosphere of the college," explained Merchant, who will be part of the Parkland Pathway to Illinois program. "I've been looking forward to starting ever since I visited."

Destiny Hudspeth joins Parkland from Springfield. An attack-minded player, she will be a strong addition to the Cobras' offense, which has bested opposing teams for the past few seasons. Describing Parkland as "a good school, with good soccer," Hudspeth looks forward to contributing to the team's success.

Claire Younker, a native of Morton, joins the Cobras as a versatile winger. A strong and athletic player, Younker will be an asset to the team both defending and going forward. She explained her decision to sign with Parkland: "I like that it is a winning program and I get the chance to be part of that tradition. I felt that Parkland was the place for me as soon as I visited the campus."

Marissa Barria, also from Springfield, is a true box-to-box center midfielder who is expected to have a major impact in an already strong center of the park for the Cobras. She is a longtime fan of the Catalan Giants and last year's UEFA Champions League winner, FC Barcelona.  

Sydney Mossman joins the Cobras from Alton. A technical player, Mossman will make big contributions on the offensive side for the Cobras and play both as a center forward and an attacking winger. She had club success with St. Louis Scott Gallagher and will push for a key role behind the Cobras' already established attackers.  

Hannah Martinez, from Centennial High School in Champaign, was a key player in a successful campaign for Centennial this past year. An athletic player, Martinez will play primarily in the holding midfield role but will be expected to fit into a number of positions on the park.

Parkland College Women's Soccer opens its defense of the M-WAC title Aug. 28 at home vs. Maple Woods Community College of Kansas City, Mo. 

Cobras earn academic honors
NJCAA announces student-athlete awards

The NJCAA recognized a record number 4,587 student-athletes for their success in the classroom with the presentation of the 2015-16 NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards.  Of the 57,472 student-athletes that participated in the NJCAA during the year, 7.98% earned national academic honors-nearly double the number of the previous year.
Award Breakdown:
  • Pinnace Award of Academic Excellence   4.00 GPA        663 students
  • Superior Academic Achievement Award:  3.80-3.99      1,610 students
  • Exemplary Academic Achievement Award  3.60-3.79    2,314 students
Itawamba CC of  Mississippi had the most honorees with 60,  while Region 6 (Kansas) has the most awards followed by Region 23 (Mississippi/Louisiana) and Region 24 (Central and Southern Illinois).  In Region 24, Kaskaskia led the way with 41 while Parkland was second with 34.
Of the 34 Parkland honorees,  7 earned Pinnacle, 10  earned Superior, and 17 earned Exemplary.  22.4% of Parkland Athletes earned Academic recognition, nearly three times higher than the national average.   Baseball had 7 honorees followed closely by Women’s Basketball with 6 and Volleyball, Softball, and Women’s Soccer each with 5.
  • Ellie McKenzie:  Soccer
  • Katie Kuska:  Softball
  • Laura Gross:  Volleyball
  • Lauren Moses:  Basketball
  • Megan Jackson:  Basketball
  • Payton Bieber:  Basketball
  • Taylor Jordan:  Basketball/Softball
  • Anna McHatton:  Soccer
  • Garrett Hixenbaugh:  Golf
  • Jaime Johnson:  Volleyball
  • Jessica Hammack:  Softball
  • Kelly Lean:  Volleyball
  • Lexi Deer:  Volleyball
  • Luke Beesley:  Baseball/Basketball
  • Ross Learnard:  Baseball
  • Sam Geraci:  Baseball
  • Sophie Catlin:  Softball
  • Aidan Reilly:  Soccer
  • Layne Buzan:  Basketball
  • Caine Huart:  Soccer
  • Christian Khachaturian:  Golf
  • Cole Taylor:  Baseball
  • Daniel Lloyd:  Baseball
  • Daniel White:  Soccer
  • Dom Knight:  Golf
  • Kaitlin Keller:  Soccer
  • Kassidy Alderman:  Basketball
  • Megan Magsamen:  Softball
  • Nicholas Patton:  Golf
  • Olivia McCafferty:  Soccer
  • Ryan Fox:  Baseball
  • Taylor Bauer :  Volleyball
  • Terri Wendle:  Soccer
  • Thomas Weber:  Baseball

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