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NJCAA men's basketball roundup: Kirkwood, Johnson County to meet in title game

DANVILLE — Top-seeded Kirkwood continued its march towards an NJCAA Division II men's basketball national title with an impressive 84-70 win against Erie (N.Y.) on Friday night.

Cobras survive, reach Region 24 title game

EAST PEORIA — A down-to-the-wire affair for the Parkland men's basketball team ended the way the Cobras wanted: with a ticket to the Region 24 Championship in hand.

Parkland coach's old-school standards whip team into winning shape

CHAMPAIGN — It may seem radical in a day and age when communication is more prevalent and all-consuming than ever, but Parkland men’s basketball coach Anthony Figueroa didn’t care.

This season, Figueroa decided to take cell phones away at team meals and at curfew in the team hotel. 

Parkland Men's Basketball

Parkland Men's Basketball vs. Illinois Wesleyan at Parkland in Champaign on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019.

Seven Cobras to be inducted to Parkland Hall of Fame

Seven former Parkland standouts will be recognized at halftime of today's men's basketball game between the host Cobras and Danville Area Community College that tips off at 3 p.m. to become part of Parkland's 2019 Hall of Fame class. Let's find out more about each honoree:

HEIDI McKEAN WLEZIEN

Looking back at the area's best sports moments of 2018

With 2018 coming to a close today, The News-Gazette sports staff spotlights the top 10 stories that defined the last 12 months of area athletics:

Prep pulse: Dec. 10, 2018

It can be challenging to keep track of local high-schoolers once they leave the prep realm.

But it's always nice when we can provide a positive update on the exploits of a former area athlete.

Ex-Champaign Central athletic director John Woods helped us out with that. His son Payton, another former Maroon, is a junior with the Michigan State men's swimming and diving program.

Cobras are ready for the rematch

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Parkland volleyball will have waited exactly 365 days for its chance to exact some revenge against Coffeyville.

The wait ends today.

Cobra's ready to take their best shot

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Parkland volleyball was well aware of which two opponents would likely be awaiting the Cobras in the business end of this weekend's national tournament.

Johnson County and defending champion Coffeyville, both from Kansas. But, first the Cobras had to win two matches.

Mission accomplished.

Cobras vie to make more noise on national level

CHAMPAIGN — Cliff Hastings knows he's competing against unlimited candy and costumes tonight.

"For all those people who don't want to give out candy and want an excuse to be elsewhere," the Parkland volleyball coach said, "here's an option."

Here is Dodds Athletic Center, the home venue for the Cobras as they host Frontier at 6 p.m. tonight in a Region 24 semifinal match.

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