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Four local notes on the national pastime ahead of Independence Day

Independence Day and baseball go well together. It's the national pastime, after all. Before you fire up the grills and watch the sky light up on Wednesday night, sports editor Matt Daniels takes you around the horn with four items:

Go, Cubs, go

Ex-Centennial star Stampley commits to Illinois football

Dominic Stampley is returning home.

The former Centennial football athlete on Friday announced via Twitter that he'd be joining Lovie Smith's Illinois program. Stampley, a wide receiver, graduated high school in 2015.

Cobras end season in walk-off fashion

ENID, Okla. — Parkland baseball nearly found a way to keep its title hopes alive and extend its stay in Oklahoma.

LSU-Eunice just had other plans.

Cobras drop opener of World Series title series

ENID, Okla. — Against the nation's best, Parkland baseball understandably had some nerves Thursday night.

The Cobras committed four errors, netting three unearned runs, and fell 9-5 to top-seeded LSU-Eunice in the opener of the NJCAA Division II World Series championship series at David Allen Ballpark.

Cobras to play for World Series title

ENID, Okla. — Dave Garcia thought having his Parkland baseball players take batting practice in the open field might help loosen them up more than in the cages.

He wasn't wrong.

Cobras one win away from chance at title

ENID, Okla. — Parkland received six quality innings from starter Colton Thompson in its 6-5 win to open the NJCAA Division II World Series on Sunday against CCBC Essex (Md.) before the bullpen took over and Sean Ferguson got the win in relief.

On campus: May 29, 2018

Senior Karly Goodman, from Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond, earned All-American honors at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships held in LaCrosse, Wis. Goodman set Illinois Wesleyan program records with a second-place finish in the javelin at 144 feet, 1 / 2 inch and an eighth-place finish in the shot put at 45-1.

Let's play ball: Parkland back in the NJCAA World Series

Parkland is back in the NJCAA Division II World Series for the third straight season. Staff writer SCOTT RICHEY caught up with the Cobras before they play their tournament opener Sunday in Enid, Okla., to find out more about another stellar season:

Peaking at the right time

Centennial grad Smith finds his comfort zone with Cobras

CHAMPAIGN — Eastern Illinois was Luke Smith's only Division I offer coming out of Centennial, with multiple junior colleges interested in the 6-foot-4 righthander.

He opted for Parkland, where he's 18-2 in two seasons as a starter with 155 strikeouts compared to just 47 walks in 138 total innings pitched.

Cobras golf seizes lead at NJCAA championship

FOLEY, Ala. — Parkland College is right where it wants to be heading into the final round of the NJCAA Division II Men's Golf Championships.

Right at the top.

The Cobras can thank freshman Kristian Kristensen for the third-round surge, which saw Parkland fire a school-record 277 on Wednesday, turning a nine-shot deficit into a two-shot lead after three rounds.