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Four Cobras Programs Earn Academic Recognition From NJCAA

Thirty-eight student-athletes earn individual recognition

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Parkland College Athletics and Parkland College are proud to announce the academic success of Cobras student-athletes for the 2020-21 academic year. The National Junior College Athletic Association recognizes teams as well as individual student-athletes for their success in the classroom. 

 

Cobras Athletics had four programs receive NJCAA All-Academic Team recognition for having achieved a combined team GPA of 3.00 or higher for both semesters. Those programs were softball (3.40), women’s soccer (3.30), volleyball (3.28), and baseball (3.24).  

 

Individual student-athletes are recognized in three different categories: NJCAA All-Academic First Team (4.00), Second Team (3.80-3.99), and Third Team (3.60-3.79). A total of 38 Parkland student-athletes received All-Academic recognition. (See full list below.) Twelve earned a spot on the First Team, earning a perfect 4.00 for both the fall and the spring semesters. Twelve more were named to the Second Team, and fourteen were named to the Third Team. 

 

Parkland teams receiving NJCAA All-Academic Team recognition 

Parkland College Softball                               3.40 

Parkland College Women’s Soccer                3.30 

Parkland College Volleyball                          3.28 

Parkland College Baseball                             3.24 

 

2020-21 NJCAA All-Academic First Team (4.00) 

David Ascencio Jr. – Baseball 

Kyle Brown – Baseball 

Lizzy Davis – Softball 

Ella Godsell – Volleyball 

Linda Jancola – Women’s Soccer 

Hogan McIntosh – Baseball 

Michelle Miller – Women’s Soccer 

Matt Parenteau – Baseball 

Summerlyn Smith – Volleyball 

Kaylee Warren – Softball 

Noah Weiman – Baseball 

Sophie Young – Volleyball 

 

2020-21 NJCAA All-Academic Second Team (3.80-3.99) 

Matheus Araujo – Men’s Soccer 

Kanay Benschneider – Volleyball 

Reagan Cheely – Softball 

Aynsleigh DeFries – Softball 

Sydney Eichelberger – Softball 

Summer Johnson – Softball 

Cole Jones – Baseball 

Johnny Lambert – Baseball 

Parker Mathieson – Baseball 

Brendan Tupper – Baseball 

Maddy Wade – Women’s Soccer 

Jack Young – Baseball 

 

2020-21 NJCAA All-Academic Third Team (3.60-3.79) 

Sam Beesley – Men’s Basketball 

Josh Candler – Men’s Basketball 

Tristan Cazel – Baseball 

Brennan Dolwick – Baseball 

Nicholas Fazzari – Baseball 

Victor Fujiu – Baseball 

Mady Harper – Women’s Basketball 

Brittney Litton – Volleyball 

Jeff Madden – Baseball 

Allie Scally – Women’s Soccer 

Emily Senjan – Softball 

Kelvin Swims – Men’s Basketball 

Anna Walker – Softball 

Claire Wilhour – Women’s Basketball 

 

[Article by Joey Gruner]

Parkland Cobras Sports Journalist Wins National Award

Parkland Sports Information Director Joey Gruner Awarded by CoSIDA

Parkland College's sports information director Joey Gruner was recently recognized as a 2021 National Champion Sports Information Director in NJCAA Division II Men's Golf by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Gruner was awarded for his work following the Cobras Golf team throughout its championship-winning 2021 season. The combined success of all Cobras teams this spring, with four qualifying for national championship tournaments, required the Athletics department to coordinate 146 media releases over 130 days, covering about 225 separate events.

"I consider it a privilege to report on and promote the athletic programs at Parkland College," Gruner said about the honor. "This institution has an incredible staff to work alongside, and the student athletes and coaches have had an awesome spring. It was thrilling for me personally to attend the final round of the Men's Golf championship and report on the accomplishment of winning a national title. I really enjoy my role in such a successful department and institution."

Samples of Gruner's award-winning work are available at athletics.parkland.edu.

Parkland Cobras Golf Crowned National Champion

Wins NJCAA DII Championship by two strokes

The Parkland College golf team has been crowned 2020-21 NJCAA DII National Champions after winning the NJCAA DII Men's Golf Championship. The 4-day event, which included four, 18-hole rounds, was held at Swan Lake Resort's par-72 Black Course.
 
The Cobras went into the fourth and final round with a slim, one-shot lead over the favorite, South Mountain CC. Parkland finished with a 294 for the final round, while South Mountain came in at 295. This is the first National Championship for the Cobras Golf program, with its best previous finish being third, in 2018.
 
"I'm at a loss for words," expressed an elated Corbin Sebens, the Cobras' head coach. "I mean, give all the credit to these guys! This was our goal from the beginning of the season. To come here and get it done is incredible."
 
Parkland four, low scores in round four included a 72 from Joel Petersson (T20th), a 73 from Jack Halstead (T15th), and a pair of 74s from Corey Neville (T7th) and Scott O'Brien (13th). Alex White (T11th) shot a 78.
 
"After round one, our goal was to chip away (at the deficit), day by day, added Sebens. "After round two, we got to within three, and after the third (round), we had a one-shot lead. We just kept the same mindset throughout- mentally locked in, stick to our game plan…control ourselves and not worry about them. We knew what we had to do."
 
After the completion of the tournament, officials announced the All-Tournament Team. The Cobras were represented by Neville, White, O'Brien, and Halstead. In addition, Sebens was recognized as Coach of the Tournament.
 
As he reflected on the accomplishment, Coach Sebens stated, "This is huge. Being a cold weather school, a national championship is such a big accomplishment. A lot of people don't expect us (being from the Midwest) to be successful. We've knocked on the door a couple of times, but to come out on top today is just incredibly rewarding and means so much to this program."
 
Team Leaderboard
Individual Leaderboard
 
 
Team Scores (Top 7):
1          Parkland College                    +16      293+283+298+294=1168
2          South Mountain CC                +18      287+286+302+295=1170
3          Glendale CC                           +32      300+289+296+299=1184
3          Iowa Central CC                     +41      288+295+300+309=1193
5          Kirkwood CC                         +56      293+294+315+306=1208
6          Tyler Junior College               +63      302+300+311+302=1215
7          Des Moines Area CC              +65      304+310+300+303=1217
           
 
Parkland Individual Scores:
T7th    Corey Neville              +3        72+75+70+74=291
T11th  Alex White                  +5        75+69+71+78=293    
13th     Scott O'Brien             +6        72+69+78+74=293    
T15th  Jack Halstead             +10      74+72+79+73=298
T20th   Joel Petersson            +11      75+73+79+72=299

 

[original article by Joey Gruner]

Seven Cobras Programs Earn Academic Honors From NJCAA

Thirty student-athletes earn individual recognition

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Parkland College Athletics and Parkland College are proud to announce the academic success of Cobras student-athletes for the 2019-20 academic year. The National Junior College Athletic Association recognizes teams as well as individual student-athletes for their success in the classroom. 

 

Cobras Athletics had seven programs receive the designation of “2019-20 Academic Team of the Year,” meaning the team’s average individual GPA was 3.00 or higher for both semesters. Those programs were volleyball (3.55), softball (3.48), golf (3.46), women’s basketball (3.41), women’s soccer (3.32), men’s basketball (3.18), and baseball (3.16). 

 

Individual student-athletes are recognized in three different categories: NJCAA All-Academic First Team (4.00), Second Team (3.80-3.99), and Third Team (3.60-3.79). (See full list below.) A total of 30 Cobras student-athletes received All-Academic recognition. Ten earned a spot on the First Team, earning a perfect 4.00 for both the fall and the spring semesters. Nine were named to the Second Team, and eleven were named to the Third Team. 

 

2019-20 NJCAA All-Academic Teams 

 

NJCAA All-Academic First Team (4.00) 

Samuel Beesley – Men’s Basketball 

Mallory Bergbower – Volleyball 

Sydney Eichelberger – Softball 

Emily Meinert – Women’s Basketball 

Michelle Miller – Women’s Soccer 

Briana Poehler – Softball 

Cassandra Russo – Women’s Basketball 

Summerlyn Smith – Volleyball 

Kelvin Swims – Men’s Basketball 

Madison Wade – Women’s Soccer 

 

NJCAA All-Academic Second Team (3.80-3.99) 

Matheus Araujo – Men’s Soccer 

William Barnak – Golf 

Halle Everett – Volleyball 

Chase Gockel – Baseball 

Charles Hodges – Baseball 

Brooke Norder – Volleyball 

Camryn Skundberg – Softball 

Cameron Wise – Men’s Basketball 

Paige Yoder – Volleyball 

 

NJCAA All-Academic Third Team (3.60-3.79) 

David Ascencio - Baseball 

Ariana Booker – Women’s Basketball 

Tristan Cazel – Baseball 

Shelby Frederick – Softball 

Amanda Greening – Volleyball 

Summer Johnson – Softball 

Evan MacLean – Golf 

Jeff Madden – Baseball 

Lotte Miller – Women’s Basketball 

Samantha Tamburo – Softball 

Madison Yocks - Volleyball 

 

[Article by Joey Gruner]

Mason Ghidina Chosen 2019-20 Male Athlete of the Year

All-American and conference champion

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Parkland College Athletics and Parkland Cobras Golf are pleased to announce that Mason Ghidina has been named the 2019-20 Parkland Male Athlete of the Year.
 
During the Fall 2019 golf season, Ghidina helped lead the Cobras to a 39-3 record, taking first-place in three of the five tournaments in which they participated. In addition to earning the Mid-West Athletic Conference title, Parkland won the IVCC Fall Invitational and the Wabash College Classic. The Cobras finished with a No. 4 national ranking in the final Bushnell Golfweek Coach's poll.
 
"Attending Parkland was great for me, academically and athletically," reflected Ghidina. Coach Sebens offered me a chance to come play golf at a high level and a phenomenal opportunity to get better and compete for a National Championship. While at Parkland, I was able to learn a lot about how I could become a better student-athlete and a better all-around person. I just want to give a huge thank you to my teammates and Coach Sebens for a great two years!"
 
Ghidina, a sophomore from Pekin, Illinois, was ranked as the 14th best player in the nation by the GCAA. He recorded a 72.8 stroke average over 9 rounds this season, winning the IVCC Fall Invitational and sharing medalist honors at the MWAC Championship.
 
In recognition of his success, Ghidina was selected to the GCAA Ping All-American Second Team, and he was also named the MWAC Male Athlete of the Year.
 
"Mason is a great choice for Parkland Male Athlete of the Year," expressed Cobras Head Coach Corbin Sebens. "He is a great example of a student-athlete. He finished the year ranked in the Top 15 in the country and had a 3.81 GPA. He works extremely hard and has improved on every aspect of his game since he arrived on campus as a freshman. He made a huge impact on our program from day one, and he will be greatly missed. The best golf is ahead of him at Houston Baptist University."
 
Ghidina is the son of Michael Ghidina and Julie Davison. His academic interests include Biology.

[Article by Joey Gruner]

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