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Team Tryouts Announced
-07/08/2014

Volleyball Team Tryouts will be held on Friday, August 1, 2014 at 6 pm in the Parkland College Dodds Athletic Center. For additional information, please contact Coach Hastings at cliffh@wolfram.com

Women's Soccer Team Tryouts will be held on Monday, August 4 and Tuesday, August 19 at 3 pm on the Parkland College Soccer Field (north side of campus). For additional information, please contact Coach Alford at 217/649-4478.

Men's Soccer Team Tryouts will be held on Monday, August 11, 2014 at 3:30 pm at the Parkland College Soccer Field (north of the campus). For additional information, please contact Coach Sikora at 217/369-1171.

Golf Team Tryouts will be held on Thursday and Friday, August 14-15, 2014 at 8:00 am at the Urbana Country Club. For additional information, please contact Coach McNabney at zmcnabney@parkland.edu

Baseball Team Tryouts will be held on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 3 pm at the Parkland College Baseball Diamond (north side of campus). For additional information, please contact Coach Garcia at dgarcia@parkland.edu

Softball Team Tryouts will be held on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 3 pm at the Parkland College Softball Diamond. For additional information, please contact Coach Clutts at cclutts@parkland.edu

Women's Basketball Team Tryouts will be held on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 5 pm in the Parkland College Dodds Athletic Center. For additional information, please email bdobrik@parkland.edu


Parkland Places No. 1 in Illinois in NJCAA Athletic Rankings
-7/02/2014

Parkland College ranks as the top school in Illinois in the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Scholarship Division for 2013-14, the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators announced today.

Athletics Director Rod Lovett attributes the high state ranking to Parkland’s runner-up finish in Volleyball and solid appearances by the Women's Basketball and Men's Golf teams. Iowa Western Community College was this year’s overall winner for Scholarship Division schools, with Iowa Central CC and Tyler (Texas) Junior College ranking second and third.

The NATYCAA Cup rankings also form the basis for the prestigious Learfield Sports Director's Cup, Junior/Community College Division. The Learfield Sports Director's Cup, also divided into scholarship and non-scholarship divisions, has been awarded to community colleges for the past three years.

Parkland congratulates its athletic teams, coaches, and administrators for a job well done!



2013-2014 Student Athlete Awards

The Parkland College Athletic Department is pleased to announce their award winners for the 2013-14 school year. Awards are given each year to honor the Athletes of the Year, Freshman or Newcomer of the Year, and Academic Achievement Award.

Male Athletes of the Year: Co-Winners Lyle Burns (Golf) and Isaac Sampen (Baseball)
Lyle Burns and Isaac Sampen share the Male Athlete of the Year honors. Burns was a two-time NJCAA golf qualifier and led the Cobras to the M-WAC and Region 24 Golf titles and a 10th place finish at Nationals. Burns placed 8th at Nationals earning him 1st Team All-American recognition. The Mahomet-Seymour graduate was the Region 24 individual medalist and the runner-up at the M-WAC Tourney. He was a consistent top 5 finisher throughout his sophomore season. He will attend Bradley University on a golf scholarship next season.

Isaac Sampen enjoyed a breakout season for the PC Baseball team hitting .462 with 11 home runs and 45 RBI. He also paced the team in doubles (16) and stolen bases (22). His performance earned him Co-Player of the Year Honors in the Midwest Athletic Conference and a spot on the All-Region and All-Conference team. Earlier this week he was named a 2nd Team NJCAA All-American and the Midwest winner of the Marucci Elite Hitter Award. Sampen will play at Eastern Illinois University next season.

Female Athlete of the Year: Megan Casagrande (Volleyball)
Sophomore Megan Casagrande is this year’s Female Athlete of the Year honoree. Casagrande led the Cobras to an amazing 52-3 record and a National Runner-Up Finish this fall. The Cobras were also the M-WAC and Region 24 Champions. Casagrande was named the M-WAC and Region 24 Player of the Year as well as being chosen as a 1st Team NJCAA All-American and a 2nd Team American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American. She led the Cobras in both kills (424) and total blocks (229). Her block assists, total blocks, and hitting percentage (.444) placed her second in all three categories in the final NJCAA stats. The St. Thomas More graduate will play at Ashford University in Iowa.

Co-Freshman of the Year: Hannah Wascher (Women’s Basketball) and Nick Berger (Golf)
Rantoul graduate Hannah Wascher is the Parkland Female Freshman Athlete of the Year while Judah Christian graduate Nick Berger is the Male recipient.

Wascher was the key player this season as she helped the Women’s Basketball team to an M-WAC and Region 24 title and a 5th place finish at Nationals. Wascher was the M-WAC Player of the Year and also earned 1st Team All-Region recognition. She was also named to the All-Tournament team at Nationals where she averaged 21.1 points per game. For the season she averaged 15.1 points and 8.9 rebounds while shooting 59.6% from the field.

Berger came on strong for the Cobras this Spring emerging as the Cobras #2 player down the stretch. His play earned him 1st Team All-Region and 2nd Team All-Conference honors. His performance at Regionals played a big part in the Cobras winning the Region title and advancing to Nationals. Berger placed 49th over-all at the NJCAA D-2 finals.



Male Academic Achievement Award: Beau Swinford (Men’s Basketball)
Beau Swinford is the winner of the Male Academic Achievement award. The Morton HS graduate achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average in Business at Parkland while playing for two years on the Cobra Basketball team. Swinford is a two-time M-WAC All-Academic Team honoree, a member of the Parkland Dean’s List, and will be named a Distinguished NJCAA Academic All-American later this summer. On the basketball team he started 24 games this year averaging 3.8 points and handing out 2.1 assists per game. He will attend Illinois State University in the fall.

Female Academic Achievement Award: Erin Hettinger (Softball)
Erin Hettinger is the recipient of the Female Academic Achievement Award. The Decatur St. Theresa graduate also earned a perfect 4.0 GPA in Biological Science. She also is a two time M-WAC All-Academic team winner, is on the Dean’s List, and will be named a Distinguished NJCAA All-American. On the Softball team she hit .405 with 7 home runs and 40 RBI and was a 1st Team All-Region and 2nd Team All-Conference selection. She will attend Illinois State University next fall.





 

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