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Parkland Volleyball Headed to National Tournament

Cobras sweep two in Central A district tournament

No. 1 Parkland College Volleyball advanced to the 2019 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II National Tournament with consecutive sweeps over Southwestern Illinois College (25-12, 25-16, 25-15) and then, John Wood (25-10, 25-9, 25-6), in the Central A District Championship match. NJCAA DII Nationals will be held in Charleston, West Virginia, November 21-23, at the Charleston Civic Center.
 
Following the championship match, sophomore outside hitter Ryleigh Warfel was named Region 24 Player of the Year, and Head Coach Cliff Hastings was named Coach of the Year. Teammates of Warfel who were also named First Team All-Region 24 were: sophomore outside hitter Abigail Burnett, sophomore middle hitter Paige Yoder, sophomore defensive specialist Brooke Norder, and sophomore setter Rachel Verdun. Sophomore outside hitter Amanda Greening was named to Second Team All-Region.
 
"I'm really proud of the progress these girls have made on the year, Hastings said. "They have continuously worked hard at practice which translates to fun and success in the matches. They have trusted the process, and I think we are peaking at the right time heading into Nationals. We are excited about the opportunity to go to Nationals for the 12th straight year. It takes a little luck to win it all, but the girls and coaches have done the right things to give us the chance to do it."
 
Now 54-2 on the season, Parkland will be making its 12th consecutive trip to the National tournament, a streak that dates back to 2008. The Cobras have won three national titles (1999, 2015, 2016) and have not missed the tournament since Hastings took over in 2009. Last season, Parkland finished as National Runner-up.
 
In match 1 (SWIC), Summerlyn Smith (24 assists) and Rachel Verdun (11 assists) set up Mallory Bergbower (10 kills) and Paige Yoder (9 kills, 3 blocks) who led the team to 43 team kills. Defensively, Brooke Norder (13 digs) and Ryleigh Warfel (11 digs) helped to stifle the Blue Storm attack with assistance from Yoder and Dakota Harmon (3 blocks) at the net.
 
In the championship match, (John Wood), Parkland started of slowly and found themselves down 4-5. At that point, however, the team rattled off 14 straight points and never looked back. The offense blitzed the Blazers with a .485 hitting percentage behind 14 assists each from Rachel Verdun (14 assists) and Summerlyn Smith (14 assists). The Cobras hitting attack was led by Amanda Greening (10 kills) and Abigail Burnett (8 kills). The team produced 9 service aces led by Paige Yoder (3 aces). Defensively, three Cobras: Ellie Stone (9 digs), Brooke Norder (9 digs), and Ryleigh Warfel (9 digs), recorded 27 of the team's 50 digs, while the leader at the net was Hannah Benson (4 blocks).
 
A 16-team field, the NJCAA DII National Tournament is a double-elimination format with the final two teams facing off in the DII National Championship match at 4:30 p.m. central time on Saturday, November 23rd. For more information on the tournament and how to purchase tickets, click here.

[article by Joey Gruner]

Parkland Jazz Combo to Perform Nov. 25

Hear tunes by Frank Foster, Pat Metheny, others in free concert

The Parkland Jazz Combo will be performing Monday, Nov. 25, at 7 p.m. at Parkland College Theatre's Second Stage.

Led by Kevin Hart, the ensemble will perform selections from artists such as Frank Foster, Pat Metheny, Charlie Christian, Paul Desmond, and Jeff Lorber. 

This concert is free and open to the public. For more information on Parkland College music performances, visit parkland.edu/music.

Parkland to Honor Veterans with Ceremony

Ceremony Nov. 11, 11 a.m., student union

Parkland College honors the men and women who serve in the US military. The college will hold a 2019 Veterans Day ceremony Monday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. in the stage area of the Student Union (U building). The public is invited to attend.

Parkland's brief ceremony includes the posting of colors by the University of Illinois ROTC; singing of the National Anthem by Air Force Lt. Madison Johnston; a welcome by Parkland College President Dr. Thomas Ramage, an Army National Guard veteran; and the presentation of campus veterans/order of service by Tim Wendt, Parkland's director of enrollment services and an Army veteran.

Featured speakers for the event will be Lt. Col. Joseph Timberlake, an Air Force veteran, and Col. Eric Ashworth, Army, retired. Audience members will observe a moment of silence, with the playing of Taps by Parkland student and Army veteran Thomas Briggs, before the retiring of the colors.

The 2019 Veterans Day observance is sponsored by the Student Veterans Association at Parkland (SVAP).

Parkland Jazz Combo Concert Nov. 25

Hear tunes by Frank Foster, Pat Metheny, Charlie Christian, more

The Parkland Jazz Combo will be performing Monday, Nov. 25, at 7 p.m. at Parkland College Theatre's Second Stage.

Led by Kevin Hart, the ensemble will perform selections from artists such as Frank Foster, Pat Metheny, Charlie Christian, Paul Desmond, and Jeff Lorber. 

This concert is free and open to the public. For more information on Parkland College music performances, visit parkland.edu/music.

"Peter and the Starcatcher" at Parkland Theatre Nov. 14–24

Family-friendly introduction to young orphan who would become Peter Pan

The family-friendly show "Peter and the Starcatcher" comes to Parkland College's Harold and Jean Miner Theatre Nov. 14–24.  
 
Adapted by Rick Elice from the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson,"Peter and the Starcatcher" introduces audiences to the young orphan who would become Peter Pan as well as to some dastardly pirates, some lost boys, and a  brave girl named Molly.

A small group of actors will portray a hundred characters in sea battles, jungle adventures, and other exciting escapades. It's a wildly theatrical journey into the imagination for kids, grownups, and those who will never grow up. Mathew Green directs a cast that includes, Jace Jamison, Emaline Johnson, Jess Schlipf, Rachel Hejmanowski, Lincoln Machula, Zoë Dunn, Tommy Howie, Parker Evans, Thom Billam, Laura Alcantara, Stephanie Swearingen, Sam Gegg, and Wesley Bennett.
 
The Parkland Theatre will hold a talkback immediately following the Nov. 14 show; Green and members of the cast and crew will be on hand to discuss the show and answer audience questions.  
 
Performances take place in the Harold and Jean Miner Theatre Nov. 14, 15, 16, 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 17 and 24 at 3 p.m. **The Nov. 17 show will be a sensory-safe performance.**

Tickets are $20 for Adult, $18 for Student/Youth/Senior/Veteran and $16 each for reserved groups of 10 or more. Opening night is half-price night. To make reservations, visit parkland.edu/theatre or call the show hotline at 217/351-2528.  
 
To request accessibility-related accommodations, please contact Accessibility Services at 217/353-2338 or email accessibilityservices@parkland.eduPlease submit all requests two weeks in advance of your participation or visit.

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