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The Cobras swept NJCAA D-I foe Olney CC on Wednesday in Champaign, winning by the scores of 6-3 and 11-5

Game 1 PC 6 OCC 3
The Cobras jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the 1st on a towering 3 run HR over the left center field fence by Jordan Wheeler. PC scored two more times in the 2nd on a 2 run double from Shelby Franzen. In the 3rd, Erin Hettinger doubled and scored on Harley Tompkins double. PC added their final run in the 4th on Wheeler's sac fly scoring Marlee Sulsberger. Sulsberger and Franzen led the attack with 2 hits apiece. OCC used the long ball to put all their runs on the board hitting 3 solo home runs, but that was all they could manage off Jordan Wheeler (14-7) as she scattered 4 other hits while striking out 6.

Game 2 PC 11 OCC 5
The bats stayed hot for PC in the second game with 15 hits, 3 of which were HR and along with a pair of doubles. After OCC scored a run in the top of the 1st, PC came right back with a run of their own on a double by Jordan Wheeler scoring Carly Sarff who had singled. PC put the game away in the 3rd with 6 runs With 2 outs and no one on, Wheeler walked, and Erin Hettinger followed with a line drive home run over the center field fence. Kristine Herdegen walked, Alex Jacobs singled, and Harley Tompkins followed with a run scoring single. Taylor Spivey then stepped to the plate and drove a towering home run over left field fence, driving in Jacobs and Tompkins. The Cobras added 3 more in the 4th on an Alex Jacobs three-run homer. PC's final run came in the 6th as Hettinger singled and was driven in by a Tompkins single. Hitting stars were Alex Jacobs 3-3 1 HR, 3 RBI, and 2 runs scored, Taylor Spivey 3-4, HR and 3 RBI, Harley Tompkins 3-3, 2 RBI, and Erin Hettinger a HR, 3 runs scored, and two RBI. Leah Kays (8-2) got the win on the mound for PC.


Cobras dropped a pair of games at Lincoln Land CC on Wednesday, falling by the scores of 2-0 and 5-3. Missed opportunities was the name of the game for Parkland on Wednesday afternoon as Alex Lesiak and Kyle Weller were the tough luck losers on the mound. Parkland has solid defense all day only committing one error on the afternoon. Throughout the day, Parkland was aggressive on the bases, however could not get the big hit when it was needed and stranded 18 runners in the two games.. The losses drop the Cobras to (21-18 11-9) on the year while LLCC improves to (33-10 15-5). Isaac and Sam Sampen stayed hot at the plate as they combined for 4 hits on the day. Parkland is back in action in a crucial series this weekend vs John Wood CC in Quincy on Saturday and in Champaign on Sunday.


Clutts earns 600th win as PC splits with ICC

PC battled Region 24 leader ICC on Monday night in East Peoria and split their doubleheader. The victory was Coach Clutts 600th at the helm of the Cobras. Clutts is now 600-214-2 in 14 years at PC.

Game 1
The Cougars got an unearned run the 1st inning and that was all they needed in shutting out the Cobras 5-0. ICC added 4 more runs in the 6th on 2 doubles a single and a HR. Parkland had plenty of opportunities to score, leaving 6 runners in scoring position. Erin Hettinger lead the offense going 3-3 with a double and Alex Jacobs had 2 hits. Jordan Wheeler (13-7) took the loss on the mound for PC.

Game 2 
The Cobras came out strong in game 2 with five runs in the 1st inning. An RBI single by Kristine Herdegen and a grand slam HR over the left center field fence by Harley Tompkins were the big blows in the inning PC added 2 more runs in the 3rd on an RBI double from Hunter Marsh and RBI single by Carly Sarff. Erin Hettinger doubled in the 4th and scored on Alex Jacobs single.

Elizabeth Walker (7-5) held ICC in check till the 7th when they mounted a mini rally and scored 2 more runs. Parkland was lead by Harley Tompkins with 2 hits, a HR and 4 rbi, Hunter Marsh had 2 hits, and RBI, and Shelby Franzen had 2 hits.

A day after losing a pair of tight contests to #6 Heartland, the Cobras turned the tables on Saturday as they swept the visiting Hawks 6-4 and 8-5 on a picture perfect afternoon in Champaign.

Game 1:
Sam Sampen got the Cobras on the board early as his bases loaded triple in the first gave PC a 3-0 lead. Sampen would later score on a wild pitch to make it 4-0, a lead the Cobras would hold until the 5th. Parkland starter Tyler Anderson was perfect over the first four innings as he retired the first 12 hitters, striking out five. The Hawks finally got to Anderson in the 5th as they put together four hits to score three times to cut the lead to one. Parkland tacked on two important insurance runs in the 6th on RBI by Brett Chappell and Glen Reeves.

Down 6-3, the Hawks again got to Anderson with a walk and a single to start the 7th before Cobra skipper Dave Garcia summoned Alex Lesiak from the pen. After being greeted with a single to cut the lead to two, Lesiak retired the final three hitters to earn the save and secure the win for Anderson.

Game 2:
Again it was the Cobra who jumped on top early scoring four times in the 2nd and two more in the 3rd. Glenn Reeves two-run double followed by a Bryce Pennington single got the Cobras on the board. PC tacked on single runs in the 4th and 5th to make it 8-0 before a late Hawk rally made in interesting. Pennington tossed six scoreless innings before being roughed up in the 7th but Nick Coudret three of the four hitters he face to preserve the win. Reeves, Pennington, John Udina, and David Hayes all had two hits in the game as PC had 12 total in the contest.

Logger Softball sweep past defenseless Cobras
The #9 Lincoln Land and the #10 Parkland softball teams took the field on a perfect day in Champaign Saturday with the M-WAC title up for grabs. When the day ended, it was LLCC who had grabbed control of their own destiny by sweeping the Cobras 2-1 and 13-4 as the Cobras committed 10 errors on the afternoon resulting in 10 unearned runs.

Game 1:
The Loggers got on the board in the 3rd with an unearned run as they used a one-out single and stolen base and a two-out dropped fly ball by the Cobras to grab a 1-0 lead. LLCC extended their lead to 2-0 in the 5th on a triple and another Cobra misplay. PC would cut the lead in half in the 6th as Alex Jacobs and Jordan Wheeler started the inning with back to back singles. After a strikeout and ground out, Harley Tompkins delivered a run-scoring single to make it 2-1 but Shelby Franzen lined out to second to end the rally. PC threatened in the 7th putting two runners on with two outs but Jordan Wheeler grounded out to third to end the game. Wheeler Jacobs, and Tompkins each had 2 hits in the game, accounting for six of the seven Cobra base hits.

Game 2:
It was all Loggers in game two as they took advantage of 7 Cobra errors, three on one play in the 2nd inning to pound the Cobras 12-4. After retiring the first four hitters of the game, PC starter Leah Keys gave up a double and hit a batter before the Cobra defense fell apart. Errors on the next three plays resulted in six unearned runs. After LLCC would push the lead to 7-0 on a solo home run, Parkland answered back in the third with a three-run homer off the bat of Shelby Franzen. Unfortunately that rally was short lived as LLCC put up four runs in the 4th and 2 more in the 5th to end the game by the run rule. Franzen and Tompkins each collected two hits in the defeat.

#6 Hawks take two from Cobras
The Cobras were swept at #6 Heartland CC on Friday afternoon by the score of 7-6 and 4-1. Kyle Weller and Tyler Burcham took the losses on the mound for the Cobras. Parkland top hitters were for the day were Brett Chappell, Glenn Reeves and Isaac Sampen. All three had RBI doubles on the day. Parkland is back in action on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 at home vs Heartland CC.

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

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

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

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

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

Big Blue JV no match for Cobra Baseball

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

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


Cobra Golf team 2014 M-WAC Champions!

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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