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.09/22/2016
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
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. Golf
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. Volleyball
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.
The 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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
- 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. PARKLAND HONOREES: Pinnacle:
- 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