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Asmussen | Smith shines brightly on big-game stage

CHAMPAIGN — Try not to bother Jon Goebel at 11 a.m. Friday. The Parkland College baseball coach will be too busy watching TV.

Goebel plans to tune in the Louisville-East Carolina baseball game on ESPN2. It's the opener in the best-of-three super regional in Louisville, Ky. The winning team earns a spot in the College World Series, which starts June 15 in Omaha, Neb.

Asmussen | Clutts leaves indelible mark on Parkland softball program

CHAMPAIGN — Way back in 2001, Chuck Clutts heard about the softball opening at Parkland College.

Actually, his daughter Michelle told him about it.

Then the coach at Centennial, Clutts applied. And athletic director Rod Lovett said "You're the one."

Great move.

'World Series or bust' again for Parkland baseball

CHAMPAIGN — Jon Goebel glanced at the NJCAA Division II preseason rankings before his Parkland baseball team played its first games of the 2019 season in late February.

He couldn't help it, with the excitement of a new season just right around the corner.

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:


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.