Women clinch top seed in Region Tournament, earn at least share of M-WAC title
Feb. 25, 2015
The #1 ranked Parkland Women's Basketball team celebrated sophomore night and their final regular season home game with an impressive 84-32 rout of Lincoln Land on Wednesday night. The victory wrapped up the #1 seed for the upcoming Region 24 tournament and also clinched at least a tie for the Midwest Athletic Conference title. The Cobras have now earned a share or tie of five consecutive M-WAC titles. They can wrap up an undefeated and undisputed title, with a win at rival Danville Area on Saturday.
Wednesday's game was never in doubt as the Cobras raced out to an 20-8 lead and never looked back. Hannah Wascher scored 15 of her game high 23 points in the opening half and PC also got a big performance off the bench from Bailey Trimble who knocked down a pair of three-pointers and two free throws to score 8 points in the opening 20 minutes to help PC to a 47-14 halftime lead.
The second half was more of the same as PC shot 52% for the game and dominated the boards 55-21. Unselfishness was once again the key as the Cobras had 29 assists on 36 made baskets. Wascher led all scorers with 23 while Trimble finished with a career high 13. All twelve players scored for PC as Coach Mike Lindemann substituted freely throughout the contest. Chelsea Cross just missed a double-double with 8 points and 10 boards while also handing out 5 assists. Ashley Mitton grabbed 10 boards while Laura Litchfield and Haley Toohill each had 5 assists.
The win, the Cobras 28th straight, moves them to (28-1 9-0) on the season while the Loggers drop to (12-15 4-5). Parkland will travel to DACC (23-6 8-1) for a 2:00 game this Saturday.
Men stay tied for M-WAC lead
The #9 ranked Parkland Men's Basketball team kept their M-WAC title hopes alive as they beat Lincoln Land 61-50 night to remain in a tie for the lead of the conference with one game to play. A Parkland win on Saturday at Danville would give them at least a share of the M-WAC title.
The Cobras rode the hot hand of JaQuan Bryant in the second half to pull away from the Loggers for the eleven point win. After going scoreless in the first half, Bryant hit three consecutive shots to push a three point Cobra lead up to 36-28. Bryant's bucket with 8:18 gave PC their biggest lead at 15, 49-34, and LLCC could get no closer than seven for the remainder of the game.
The Cobras overcame an off night at the line (11-25 44%) by featuring a balanced attack that saw all 10 players who saw action score. Bryant led the way with 12 while Corvon Butler added 11 points and 5 rebounds. Capreace Salinas added 9 points off the bench while Cody Russell had 8. Kevin Phillips added 7 rebounds and Kamal Shasi 4 assists to help the Cobras to their third straight win. Eddie Longmeyer was nearly a one-man show for the Loggers as he scored 19 points on the night while no other Logger scored more than six.
Parkland improves to (24-5 7-2) while Lincoln Land drops to (14-15 0-9). Parkland will wrap up the regular season this Saturday with a 4:00 game at Danville Area (20-9 6-3).
Men down Lincoln 76-66
Feb. 22, 2015
The #10 Parkland Men's Basketball team finished a perfect 2-0 on their two-game road trip as they knocked off Lincoln 76-66 in a key M-WAC showdown. The victory leaves the Cobras tied with John Wood for first place in the conference with two games remaining.
Just four days after their best over-all win, a 27-point victory over ICC, the Cobras put together another strong first half at Lincoln. A balanced and sharing attack on offense combined with a strong defensive effort, pushed to Cobras to a 21 point lead at 45-24 late in the first half. The Lynx closed the half on a 7-2 run and PC would take a 47-31 lead into intermission.
Lincoln picked up the pressure in the second half forcing the Cobras into 11 second half turnovers and the Lynx would climb all the way back to within two of the Cobras with just over 3 minutes remaining. Leading by four with just over a minute to play. Washawn Watson delivered the dagger, as he nailed a three-pointer as the shot clock expired, to push the lead to seven and the Cobras would hang on for the ten point road victory.
The trio of Watson, Capreace Salinas, and Corvon Butler came up big off the bench for the Cobras as they scored 28 points. Charles Sweatt-Washington led the PC attack with 15 points while Butler had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Capreace Salinas added 10 points as 10 different players scored. After shooting 52% in the opening half the Cobras shot 48% from the field for the game to just 33% for the Lynx.
The win improves Parkland to (23-5 6-2) with two games remaining. The Cobras will play their final home game of the season on Wednesday night when they host Lincoln Land starting at 7:30 before traveling to Danville for the regular season finale next Saturday.
Wascher scores 1000th point, in Cobras rout of Lynx
Feb. 22, 2015
Hannah Wascher hit two free throws for the first points of the game, giving her 1000 for her career, as she helped the #1 ranked PC Women's Basketball team to an easy 107-44 rout of Lincoln College on Sunday afternoon in Lincoln. Wascher finished the game with 24 points and 7 rebounds as the Cobras won for the 27th straight time.
Parkland raced out to a 55-19 lead at the half over the Lynx and never looked back in cruising to the 63 point win. PC had beaten Lincoln by 59 at home just three weeks ago in Champaign. In addition to Wascher's 24 point outburst, the Cobras were paced by Chelsea Cross who had 16 points, 6 rebounds, 5 steals, and 4 assists. Haley Toohill came off the bench to add 12 points and also dished out 4 assists. Parkland had a season high 36 assists on 42 made baskets in the game. Kassidy Alderman and Lauren Moses each added 11 points while Laura Litchfield had an outstanding floor game with 13 assists to go along with 6 points and 4 steals.
Parkland (27-1 8-0) can wrap up the #1 seed for the upcoming Region 24 tournament and also clinch at least a tie for the M-WAC title when they host Lincoln Land starting at 5:30 on Wednesday night. The Cobras will wrap up the regular season at Danville next Saturday. The Jaguars are just one game behind PC in the M-WAC standings.
PC Women survive John Wood upset bid
The #1 Parkland Women's Basketball survived a huge scare on Saturday as they hung on for a 54-53 win over visiting John Wood. The game was not decided until the final possession as the Blazers had a chance to win it but Mattie Whitaker's shot was off the mark and the Cobras grabbed the rebound to close out the win.
Sophomore Hanna Wascher was the difference in the game as she dominated the inside finishing with 24 points and 17 rebounds on the afternoon. The Rantoul graduate made 10-15 shots and also had 3 steals and 3 blocks in the win. Josie Zerrusen was the only other PC player in double figures with 10. Parkland won despite a dismal shooting night from the other three starters who shot just 8 of 31 from the field. The PC subs also struggled as the Blazer bench outscored Parkland's 16-3.
For the fourth straight game the Cobras started slowly, this time falling behind 14-6 before eventually taking their first lead of the game at 19-18 with 5:24 to go. Parkland would lead by just one at 29-28 at halftime. JWCC would grab the lead early in the second half and had control of the contest until PC eventually tied the game at 47 with 5:12 to go on a Wascher bucket. After a couple of Blazers turnovers, Wascher converted a pair of free throws and Chelsea Cross had a steal and a lay up as the Cobras took their biggest lead at 52-47 with 3:15 left.
John Wood would not go away however as Shea O'Brien drilled a three to cut the Cobra lead back to two. Zerrusen made two free throws to push the lead back to four but O'Brien hit another three to make it 54-53 PC with 33.4 left. The Cobras did not score on the next possession and the Blazers regained possession with 8.8 left. Following a timeout. John Wood would go the length of the court and the Cobra defensive would step up, forcing John Wood to take a bad shot with just 1.4 left and PC chased down the rebound to seal the win.
Parkland moves to (25-1 6-0) on the year while John Wood drops to (19-7 3-3). The Cobras travel to Lewis and Clark for a 5:30 game on Wednesday night.
Men's rally falls short, fall to John Wood
The # 7 Parkland Men's Basketball roared all the way back from an 18 point second half deficit but could not finish the game down the stretch as they fell to John Wood 76-71 in M-WAC play Saturday afternoon in Champaign. The Cobras trailed 61-43 with 10:08 to go but clawed back into the contest, eventually tying the game at 67 with 1:32 to go on a pair of Charles Sweatt-Washington free throws. From that point, the Blazers outscored PC 9-4 down the stretch to pull out the road win.
PC found itself down only 30-28 at the break but had to be disappointed as they made just 7 of 15 free throws in the opening half and didnt take advantage of 12 offensive rebounds. John Wood put on a shooting clinic to start the second half as they made their first 8 shots and 12 of their first 13 to push the lead to as many as 18 before the Cobra comeback.
The charity stripe proved to be the difference as John Wood outscored PC 28-18 from the line. The Blazers shot 78% to just 58% for the Cobras. John Wood also shot 50% from the field for the game to only 38% for Parkland off-setting a 38-25 dominance by the Cobras on the glass.
Charles Sweatt-Washington paced the PC attack scoring 19 of his game high 22 points after the break while also grabbing 11 rebounds. The sophomore shot 9-13 from the field but made just 4 of 10 from the line. JaQuan Bryant was the only other PC player in double figures as he finished with 10. Brody Gronewold had a game high 17, scoring 6 of those points in the final minute of the game, knocking down a three and making three free throws. Andrew Howard scored 15 as he was a perfect 5-5 from both the field and the line. Jordan Johnson added 13 and Paxton Harmon 12 for John Wood.
The Blazers improve to (15-11 4-2) and move into a three-way tie for the M-WAC lead with both the Cobras and Danville. Parkland drops to (21-5 4-2). PC travels to East Peoria on Wednesday for a 7:30 contest against Illinois Central College.
#1 Parkland Women rally late to stun #3 ICC
In a game that was filled with big runs by both teams, it was the #1 ranked Parkland Women who had the last one, as they rallied for an impressive 66-62 win over #3 Illinois Central on the Cougars home court. The first run was by the Cobras in the first half, as they built the lead to twelve at 31-19 with 8 minutes to go in the opening 20 minutes. However ICC ended the half on a 10-3 run to close the lead to just five at the break.
The second half appeared to be going ICC's way as they would grab the lead and push the margin to as many as 14, at 57-43, with only 7:40 to go in the game. It was then the Cobras turn to dominate, as they finished the contest on a 23-5 run to pull out the four point victory. Defensive stops and steals by the Cobras played a big part in the Parkland comeback. Laura Litchfield and Nadine Vaughn came up with steals which helped PC narrow the margin and Josie Zerrusen would then hit a game-tying three with just 2:08 to go and Chelsea Cross followed up with an old-fashioned three-point play to put PC ahead to stay.
Laura Litchefield had an outstanding game with 16 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists while Chelsea Cross added 14 points and 8 boards. Zerrusen had 10 points while Hannah Wascher chipped in 8. Kennedy Hartman came up big on defense and also grabbed 6 rebounds in the victory.
The win moves the Cobras to (24-1) and they are now in control of the top spot for the upcoming Region 24 tournament. Parkland has now won 24 straight games since a season opening loss. ICC, saw their 11 game winning streak come to an end, as they fell to (23-3) on the year. The Cobras return to action this Saturday with an important M-WAC contest against John Wood (19-6). The Blazers received votes in the NJCAA D-2 Poll this week.
Cobras roll over Rose-Hulman JV
The Parkland Men's Basketball team used a 17-0 first half run, keeping the visitors scoreless for over 11 minutes, as they cruised to a 71-33 rout of the Rose Hulman University JV. The Cobras got off to a sluggish start, falling behind 14-9 with 14:35 to go in the half, but went on the 17-0 run to grab a 26-14 lead. A RHIT free throw broke the scoring drought which lasted just over 11 minutes. Parkland would take a 33-17 lead into intermission.
The second half was more of the same as Parkland would dominate as they cruised to the 38 point win. The Cobras won the battle of the boards 50-27 including grabbing 18 offensive boards. Balance was the norm for Parkland as only one player reached double figures but 7 players finished with between 7 and 10 points. Jesse Cantinol led the Cobras with 10 points while also grabbing 6 rebounds and blocking four shots. Cody Russell had 9 points, 5 assists, and 5 rebounds while Charles Sweatt-Washington just missed a double-double with 8 points and 12 boards. Corvon Butler added 7 points and 6 boards while William Gary and Kamal Shashi also finished with 7 points apiece. Rose Hulman was led by Joshua Richey who ended the game with 11 points.
Parkland improves to (21-4) with the win and will return to M-WAC action this Saturday at 4:00 with a Valentine's Day game against John Wood. The Blazers handed the Cobras their lone conference loss so far this season.
Cobras sweep Jaguars to take lead in M-WAC
On a huge Saturday of basketball at Parkland, both the Cobra Men's and Women's teams came away with victories over rival Danville Area. The #1 Women broke away in the second half for a convincing 89-64 win over the #18 Jaguars, while the Men pulled away over the final 10 minutes to beat DACC 69-60. The wins give both Parkland teams a one game lead in the conference at the half way point of M-WAC play.
In the opener, it was DACC who would jump out early, grabbing an 18-9 lead. Kassidy Alderman came off the bench to spark the Cobras as she drained a pair of three's to tie the game at 19 with 8:28 left in the half. The Cobras used a 17-1 run to take a five point lead and went in to intermission with a 38-28 advantage.
DACC would crawl back to within six at 41-35 and the lead would stay between 6-12 points until Alderman again sparked the Cobras. Leading 61-50, Alderman drained two more three's to push the lead to 17 and the Cobras would surge to the 25 point win.
In addition to Alderman's strong 17 point effort off the bench, Chelsea Cross had a huge game as she scored a game high 21 points while also grabbing 9 boards. Laura Litchfield also came up big as she had 17 points and 8 boards to go along with 4 assists. Hannah Wascher was held to just four points but snared 11 rebounds and Nadine Vaughn had a team high 9 assists and 4 steals.
Parkland shot 49% for the contest including 9-14 from behind the arc, while DACC shot just 36%. Parkland also controlled the boards 47-30 and had 24 assists to just 8 for the Jaguars. Parkland improves to (23-1 5-0) while DACC drops to (19-6 4-1). Parkland will travel to #4 Illinois Central on Wednesday night for a Region 24 showdown against the (23-2) Cougars.
The #7 Men took on DACC in the second game of the doubleheader, and like their female counterpart, they did not disappointed. The first half was like a boxing match as each team had mini runs and saw the Cobras grab a 25-23 halftime lead. Neither team had a player with more than 5 points and both teams shot under 40% for the half.
The second half was a much more up-tempo affair that saw the teams trade leads and were still deadlocked at 32 with 13 minutes to go. Back to back buckets by Corvon Butler gave Parkland a 36-32 lead and the Cobras would never trail again in the contest. Parkland would lead by as many as 13 and DACC would get no closer than six at 48-42 with 8:28 to go. Free throw shooting proved costly for the Jaguars as they made just 6 of 13 in the second half and 12 of 25 for the game while Parkland went 12 for 15 after the break and 16 of 22 for the game.
The Cobras also won the battle of the boards 38-29 and forced 19 DACC turnovers. Balance was the key on offense as four players hit double figures. Butler had a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds while JaQuan Bryant led the way with 13 points and 7 boards. Capreace Salinas finished with 10 points going a perfect 8-8 at the line while Charles Sweatt-Washington also had 10 points.
The win moves Parkland into sole possession of first place in the M-WAC at (20-4 4-1) while DACC falls to (16-8 3-2). Parkland steps out of conference for the final time this season when they host the Rose-Hulman JV starting at 7:00 on Monday night at the Dodds Athletic Center.
Go Cobras this Saturday at Dodds Athletic Center
Parkland Basketball teams are ranked in the top ten in the latest NJCAA Polls. The Women are #1 and riding a 22 game winning streak while the Men are #7 and have won 16 of 17. This has been an incredible year for Cobra Sports as all six teams that have played so far, have been ranked in the top 20.
On Saturday February 7, the Cobras will take on rival Danville Area College in a basketball doubleheader. The #1 Women (22-1) will take on #18 Danville (19-5) starting at 2 while the #7 Men (19-4) take on the Jaguars (16-7) starting at 4. The two programs are tied for first in the conference in both sports and the outcome will go a long way towards deciding both the conference title and seeding for the Region 24 tournament.
Come to the games and support the Cobras. Every student who comes to the game will be given a ticket and prizes will be awarded throughout both the Men's and Women's games including Parkland gear and bookstore gift cards. We will also have $2 nachos and $1 pizza slices for purchase at the concession stand.
Women survive in first game as #1
The top-ranked Cobra women overcame a late arrival and a slow start to drop Lincoln Land 62-54 on Wednesday night in Springfield. Parkland arrived late due to poor road conditions and didn't have their normal warm up time. The Cobras started as cold as the weather outside and ended the first half with a 23-22 lead over the Loggers.
Parkland came to life in the second half and pushed the lead to double figures before settling for the eight point win. Nadine Vaughn took over down the stretch as the Pana sophomore finished the contest with 18 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 assists. Laura Litchfield chipped in 13 points while grabbing 6 boards and dishing out 4 assists. Josie Zerrusen added 9 points for the winning Cobras.
Parkland (22-1 4-0) will take on rival Danville Area College at 2:00 on Saturday in Champaign. The #18 Jaguars are (19-5 4-0) and tied with the Cobras for the Midwest Athletic Conference lead. Lincoln Land falls to (10-12 2-2) with the loss.
Men win, stay tied for top of M-WAC standings
The #7 ranked Parkland men took care of business as they came away with a 70-59 win over host Lincoln Land. The Cobras played well at both ends of the court in the opening half as they played great defensive on the way to a 36-24 halftime lead as JaQuan Bryant led the way with 11.
The Loggers would change the pace for the early part of the second half and were able to find the range from behind the three-point line, cutting the Cobra lead to just three. From that point, Parkland would again pick up the defensive intensity forcing a trio of turnovers resulting in transition points to push the lead back to double figures. The Cobras sealed the game at the line making 14-16 in the second half and 20-24 for the game. Bryant paced Parkland with 20 points while Capreace Salinas came off the bench to score 13. Austin Howard added 12 while Kevin Phillips added 10 points and 5 rebounds. Cody Russell also grabbed 5 boards for the Cobras.
The win keeps Parkland tied for the M-WAC lead as they improve to (19-4 3-1). They are tied with their next opponent, rival Danville Area who nipped Lincoln 63-60 on Wednesday night. The Jaguars are (16-7 3-1) and will visit Parkland on Saturday for a 4:00 tip-off.
Parkland Women now #1, Men move up to #7
A combination of 21 straight wins and a loss by previous #1 Johnson County, has propelled the Parkland Women's Basketball team into the #1 ranking in the NJCAA D-2 Basketball Poll released today. The Cobras (21-1) have not lost since a season opening defeat to D-1 Mineral Area in November. The Cobras have victories over current #3 Kirkwood and #13 South Suburban. After a road game tonight at Lincoln Land, Parkland will face back-to-back nationally ranked foes when they host #18 Danville Area on Saturday and travel to #4 Illinois Central on February 11.
The Parkland Men jump to #7, their highest ranking of the season, after a pair of narrow home wins over ICC and Lincoln last week. The (18-4) Cobras have won 15 of 16 headed into tonight's contest in Springfield vs the Loggers. There was significant shake-up in the new rankings after the top two teams in last weeks poll both lost. The new #1 team is Triton College (22-2). Parkland handed the Trojans one of their two defeats, 70-65 back in December.
Hall of Fame Induction on Saturday Jan. 31.
Everyone is welcome to come out to the induction ceremonies for the 2014 Parkland College Athletic Department Hall of Fame this Saturday afternoon in the Dodds Athletic Complex. Four individuals and a championship team will be inducted at halftime of the Men's Basketball game.
Individuals: Tom Bigler (contributor), Zachary McNabney (coach), Sima Shah (VB player), Korie Shawver (SB player) and the 2009 National Champion Baseball team. Current major league players Kevin Kiermaier (Tampa Bay) and Daniel Winkler (Atlanta Braves) will be in attendance.
The action gets underway at 2:00 when the #2 Parkland Women (20-1) host Lincoln College. The #10 Men (17-4) also take on league leading Lincoln, with tip-off slated for 4:00. The induction will take place at halftime of the men's game, starting at 4:30.
Admission is FREE for everyone on Saturday so come out and enjoy the action.
Blazers no match, as Parkland women roll to 20th straight win
Despite a cold shooting night, the #2 ranked Cobras still cruised to their 20th straight win as they pounded Lewis and Clark 67-36 in a M-WAC contest. The Cobras shot an ice cold 34% on the night but the Blazers were even more anemic shooting just 22%. Parkland won the game by outscoring the visitors 18-6 at the line, winning the battle of the boards 53-40, and forcing 24 turnovers.
Parkland led 31-15 at the break and would lead by as many as 33 in the second half. Hannah Wascher had another double-double to pace Parkland. The Rantoul sophomore had 19 points and 14 boards in the game. Chelsea Cross added 14 while Laura Litchfield had 10 for the victorious Cobras.
The victory moves Parkland to (20-1 2-0) while Lewis and Clark drops to (6-13 0-2). Parkland hosts Lincoln College at 2:00 on Saturday as part of Parkland Hall of Fame Saturday.
Bryant helps Cobras close out ICC
JaQuan Bryant scored the final six points of the game on Wednesday to help the Cobras rally for a 70-66 win over M-WAC rival Illinois Central. The Cobras found themselves down 66-64 after the Cougars Callen Boddie hit a pair of free throws with 1:11 to go. Bryant knocked down his third three of the contest with 58.1 seconds left to give Parkland the one point lead and hit 3 of 4 free throws in the final 6.6 seconds to seal the victory.
Bryant led a balanced attack with 16 points as five Cobras finished in double figures. The trio of Cody Russell, Washwan Watson, and Corvon Butler all finished with 11 points while Kevin Phillips came off the bench to score 10 points, grab 7 boards, and block 4 shots. Watson just missed a double-double as he dished out a career high 9 assists.
The Cobras raced out to an early 20-10 lead on Wednesday and took a 28-22 lead into the break. ICC went on an 9-0 run after intermission and took their first lead of the game on Isaiah Yanni's three with 10:54 left. The Cougars would lead by as many as five in the second half but the Cobras rallied to pick up their first conference win. ICC had three players in double figures as Boddie scored 16, Jared Johnson had 14, and Justin Taylor had 13.
The #10 Cobras improve to (17-4 1-1) while ICC drops to (13-7 0-2). Parkland hosts league leading Lincoln College (13-8 2-0) at 4:00 on Saturday.
Swarm announce Parkland College Appreciation Night for Jan. 29
Free admission for Parkland students and staff
The Champaign Swarm want to show some gratitude to their hosts.
The Swarm’s Jan. 29 game against the Bloomington Flex at Parkland College will be Parkland Appreciation Night. All current Parkland students, staff and faculty with a Parkland ID will receive free admission to the game as a thank you to Parkland College. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m.
“Parkland College has been a great partner to us, from the administration, to the athletic department, to the support staff,” Swarm general manager Jim Sheppard said. “They've been welcoming and have provided a great venue to watch pro basketball. We're glad to offer this as a token of appreciation.”
The Parkland College Chamber Singers will perform the National Anthem.
Tickets to the game are $8 for general admission and $12 for VIP seats. Kids and non-Parkland students are $5.
Parkland Women open M-WAC play with big road win at John Wood
The #2 Women's Basketball team kicked off conference play on Saturday afternoon with an impressive 80-63 road victory at #18 John Wood. The victory is the Cobras 19th straight against only one defeat.
The two teams battled for much of the opening half before Parkland closed the half with a late run to take a 41-29 lead into intermission. The Cobras continued their strong play by starting the second half with a 13-3 run to stretch the lead to 54-32 with 14 minutes left and never looked back bringing home the 17 point victory.
Laura Litchfield paced the attack with 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists for the sophomore from Champaign. Hannah Wascher had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out late. Chelsea Cross tossed in 14 points while Kassidy Alderman came off the bench to add 13. Kennedy Hartman and Lauren Moses also had big points off the bench with 6 points apiece.
Parkland (19-1 1-0) will return to action on Wednesday night when they host M-WAC foe Lewis and Clark starting at 5:30. John Wood (15-5 0-1) will travel to Lincoln on Wednesday night.
Cobra Men drop M-WAC opener to Blazers
The Cobras found about the difficulty of winning on the road in the M-WAC as they dropped their conference opener 91-78 at John Wood.
Parkland trailed just 40-36 at the half despite a foul plagued first 20 minutes that saw the hosts make 15-19 free throws to just 5-8 for Parkland. Cody Russell and Charles Sweatt-Washington kept Parkland close in the first half as Russell had 16 points knocking down 4 three-pointers, while Sweatt-Washington had 6 points and 5 boards.
The second half was all John Wood as they drained seven three-pointers to build their lead to as many as 20 points after intermission. Jordan Johnson paced the way for JW with 22 points while Paxton Harmon had 19 and Brody Gronewold 17 for the Blazers. Austin Howard led Parkland with 17 points (14 in the second half), Russell with 16, and Washawn Watson with 11.
Parkland, saw their 13 game winning streak come to an end falling to (16-4 0-1) while John Wood improves to (12-9 1-0). Parkland will return to action this Wednesday when they host Illinois Central College at 7:30. ICC lost their M-WAC opener to DACC today and now stands (13-6 0-1).
Women keep rolling to 18th straight win, M-WAC play up next
The Parkland Women wrapped up the non-conference portion of the 2014-15 season on Wednesday night as they defeated the University of Illinois Club Team 60-40 in Champaign. Coach Mike Lindeman substituted throughout the contest as the Cobras jumped to a 35-15 lead and cruised to the win. The victory was #2 Parkland's 18th straight of the season.
Laura Litchfield continued her strong over-all play pacing the Cobras with 15 points. The Champaign sophomore was 7-11 from the field and also had 5 assists, 4 rebounds, and 3 steals. Hannah Wacher added 13 points and 8 rebounds as she made 6 of her 10 shots. Chelsea Cross just missed double figures as she finished with 9 points and 7 boards.
The Cobras final 11 games of the season will all determine their final seeding as they will play 10 Midwest Athletic Conference games as well as a Region 24 showdown with Illinois Central. Parkland (18-1) will face one of their biggest challenges of the season this Saturday as they take on #17 John Wood (16-4) at 2:00 in Quincy. The Blazers have won 9 of their last 10 games.
Men keep streak alive with win over RMU-Peoria
The #10 men's team took care of business on Wednesday night as they knocked off Robert Morris-Peoria 79-59 to earn their 13th straight win. The Cobras jumped out to a 43-27 halftime lead but a sluggish second half allowed the Eagles to stay within 10 points for most of the half. Parkland finally opened the lead up over the final four minutes to secure the 20 point win.
Corvon Butler led Parkland with 18 points while Charles Sweatt-Washington was a perfect 5-5 from the field and 3-3 from the line to pick up 13 points. Austin Howard and Capreace Salinas each scored 8 apiece as 11 of the 12 Cobra players found their way into the scorebook.
Parkland now stands (16-3) on the season as they head into M-WAC play. First up is a 4:00 game this Saturday in Quincy against an always dangerous John Wood (11-9) squad that already has wins over #9 Kirkwood and #19 North Central Missouri. Parkland to host Saturday night high school hoops doubleheader
Parkland College will host the Saturday night showdown with a pair of high-level high school games Saturday, Jan. 24.
- 5:30pm: Don Bosco Prep will take on Serious Threat Prep.
Former Champaign resident Jaycee Hillsman is on the Don Bosco roster.
- 7:30pm: La Lumiere School will take on St. Louis Christian Academy.
Don't miss the chance to see Illini signee Jalen Coleman in action.
The doors will open at 4:30pm. Tickets: $10 for adults and $6 for students K-12. Seating is limited and tickets will only be available at the door on the night of the game.
Men keep own streak alive, end Kankakee's home streak
The #18 men held on Saturday for an 89-87 overtime win over NJCAA D-1 Kankakee, picking up their 12th straight win while ending the Cavaliers home winning streak at 23.
The two teams battled for the opening 20 minutes with the Cobras grabbing a 37-35 lead at halftime. Parkland would push the lead to double digits and led by 10 with just five minutes remaining, but the home standing Cavaliers would rally to tie the game late. Parkland's Kevin Phillips appeared to give the Cobras the win in regulation as he made a pair of free throws with just 4 seconds left, but KCC would drive the length of the court and score just before the buzzer to tie the game at 80, sending the game to overtime. In overtime the two teams would trade baskets before the Cobras scored on a pair of layups and got a couple of key defensive stops to secure the win.
Balance was once again the key for Parkland as four players finished with 12-13 points each. JaQuan Bryant scored 13 while Corvon Butler Capreace Salinas, and Charles Sweatt-Washington all had 12 for the victorious Cobras. KCC was led by Kevin Daniels who had a game and season high 21 points.
Parkland improves to (15-3) with the win and will play again Wednesday night at 7:30 in Peoria against Robert Morris. Kankakee drops to (14-5) with the loss, falling at home for the first time since 2013.
Cobras fall behind early, then rout Kankakee
The #2 Cobras fell behind 16-6 on Saturday but went on a 21-0 run, as they ran past the Cavaliers 96-51 for their 17th straight win. The visitors hit their first six shots to grab the early 10 point lead but a Laura Litchfield basket and subsequent steal and lay-up got the Cobras going. Litchfield scored 17 of her game high 24 points to help Parkland take control of the game. After being red-hot early, KCC went just 2-23 for the remainder of the half as the Cobras built a 38-21 lead at intermission.
The second half was more of the same as Parkland outscored KCC 30-10 over the first 10 minutes of the half, limiting the Cavs to just two made baskets. Parkland shot 58% on the afternoon while Kankakee hit just 27% of their baskets. Laura Litchfield lead the way with 24 points and also had 4 assists and 4 steals. Hannah Wascher had another double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds and a career high 7 blocked shots. Chelsea Cross finished with 14 points and 5 steals while Lauren Moses came off the bench to score 10 points and grab 5 rebounds. The Cobras out rebounded KCC 45-33 and forced 22 Cavalier turnovers.
Parkland improves to (17-1) and will host the UI Club Team on Wednesday night starting at 6:00. Kankakee drops to (12-7) with the loss.
It is with great sadness we inform you that former Parkland Golf athlete and coach Zachary McNabney passed away on Monday January 12 after a 3 plus year battle with cancer. Zach was a true inspiration to many of us and I hope that you can keep his wife, two children, and many friends in your thoughts and prayers. Zach was one of the most positive people I have ever met and I know he would want each of us to spend this time to celebrating his life and not dwelling on his death. I will pass on more information on the arrangements when they become available. - Rod Lovett, Athletic Director.
Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at Morgan Memorial Homes in Savoy. A funeral mass will be at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 405 W. Clark Street, Champaign, IL. Burial will follow in Drummer Township Cemetery in Gibson City and a luncheon will be held at Holy Cross Church. All are welcome.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, Zach would want donations in his name to be made to The Crisis Nursery, 1309 W. Hill Street, Urbana, IL 61801.
Cobras keep winning ways going with victory over Wesleyan
Charles Sweatt-Washington scored a game-high 17 points while also grabbing 5 rebounds to help the #18 Parkland Men's Basketball team to a 76-68 win over the Illinois Wesleyan JV Monday night in Bloomington. Sweat-Washington scored 9 of his 17 in the opening half as he helped PC grab a 35-23 lead at the break.
Employing a 5 player rotation throughout the contest, the Cobras pushed their lead to as many as 20 before the Titans mounted a huge comeback. Combining hot shooting with Parkland turnovers, IWU would cut the margin to just four but Parkland held on by converting their free throws down the stretch. The Cobras finished the contest 17 of 21 from the free throw line as they held on for the win. Sweatt-Washington was a perfect 7-7 at the line as part of his 17 points. Kevin Phillips came off the bench to add 13 points and Washawn Watson 10 for the victorious Cobras, who ran their winning streak to 11 games and improved to (14-3) on the year.
PC will travel to Kankakee to play the NJCAA D-1 Cavaliers (12-4) at 3:00 on Saturday afternoon.
#18 Cobras win 10th straight with easy win over Prairie State
The #18 Cobras raced out to an early 19-5 lead and never looked back as they defeated visiting Prairie State College 78-49, the Cobras 10th straight win.
Parkland's JaQuant Bryant scored the first seven Parkland points and scored 14 of his game high 18 in the opening half. The Cobras shot 54% for the first 20 minutes and took a 45-27 lead into intermission. Parkland would build the lead to as many as 33 in the second stanza despite Coach Anthony Figueroa substituting liberally throughout the half.
In addition to Bryant, three other Parkland players finished in double figures. Corvon Butler had 14 points and 7 rebounds while Cody Russell added 12, and William Gary came off the bench to score 10. Corey Rucker led Prairie State with 11 points but also committed 9 turnovers.
Parkland (13-3) will return to action on Monday night when they travel to Bloomington to take on the Illinois Wesleyan JV in the first of four straight road games. The Cobras will not return to the Dodds Athletic Center at Parkland until January 28.
Watson hits game winner as Cobras top Bulldogs
Washawn Watson hit the game-winning shot with just four seconds left on Thursday, as the #18 Parkland Men survived for a 63-61 win at South Suburban. Watson's game winner with just over four seconds left and the Bulldogs last chance heave from near mid-court was off the mark as the Cobras won for the night straight time.
Kevin Phillips came off the bench to score 15 points while Kamal Shasi finished with 10 for Parkland helping them improve to (12-3) on the season. The Cobras will host Prairie State College at 4:00 on Saturday at the Dodds Athletic Center in Champaign.
#2 Cobras take down #16 South Suburban
The Cobras celebrated the New Year and their move up the NJCAA D-2 rankings, with a 77-71 win over #16 South Suburban. The Cobras, who moved up two spots to #2, were playing for the first time in 2015 and battled tough road conditions to face an experienced and skilled Bulldog team on their home court.
Parkland grabbed the earlier lead and took a 37-31 lead into the break. The two teams battled back and forth in the second half with seven lead changes. The Cobras found themselves trailing 69-68 with 3:15 left before freshman Kassidy Alderman drained a three to give Parkland a lead they would never give up. Despite having an off night shooting, Parkland was able to hang on for the six point win.
Hannah Wascher led the way for the Cobras with 17 points and 10 rebounds in limited action to foul trouble. Wascher earned the double-double even though she fouled out with nearly 5 minutes left in the game. Chelsea Cross added 14 points and 9 rebounds while Laura Litchfield scored 12 points and grabbed 7 boards while also handing out six assists and picking up three steals. Kassidy Alderman was the only other player in double figures, coming off the bench to score 11 points.
Parkland improved to 16-1 and will be off again until January 17 when they host #25 Kankakee starting at 1:00. South Suburban drops to (15-6) with the loss.