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Cobras strike first against Blue Storm, advance to semifinals

CHAMPAIGN — The sequel produced the same result as the original, and for the Parkland men's soccer team, that was just what the Cobras needed.

Parkland Soccer vs. Southwestern Illinois

Parkland men's soccer faces Southwestern Illinois during a Region 24 quarterfinal match Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, at Parkland College in Champaign.

Newcomers keep Cobras contending

CHAMPAIGN — What happened two years ago with Parkland men's soccer is a good memory.

But the trip to the NJCAA Division I national tournament is one the current Mark Sikora-coached Cobras have little recollection of.

"Every two year-cycle, you have new guys," said Sikora, in his 12th season leading Parkland. "It's old hat to us, but for these guys, it's brand new."

McHale chosen to lead program

CHAMPAIGN — Brendan McHale's nearly two decades supervising Carle Foundation Hospital's orthopedics and sports medicine department established contacts with dozens of athletic directors in the area.

He reached out to some of them when he was considering applying for the open Parkland College athletic director position.

Tim Mitchell's MLB Power Poll: Sept. 9, 2018

Staff writer Tim Mitchell loves the National Pastime. Here's this week's MLB power poll:


1. Red Sox (1)

They want to get Chris Sale and David Price healthy for the post-season.

2. Astros (3)

Hector Rondon took a line drive off his pitching hand.

3. Yankees (2)

Ex-Illini, ex-area players in pro baseball: July 31, 2018


OF Kevin Kiermaier, ex-Parkland, Rays

Goebel has sights set on full-time job at Parkland

CHAMPAIGN — Jon Goebel plans to apply for the permanent Parkland baseball coaching job.

It's in his competitive nature, after all.

The former Parkland pitching coach and recruiting coordinator was tabbed the Cobras' interim coach on Sunday, replacing Dave Garcia. At least temporarily.

Parkland names Goebel as new baseball coach

CHAMPAIGN — The Parkland Cobras have a new interim head baseball coach.

The college announced Sunday that pitching coach Jon Goebel will take over interim duties after former coach Dave Garcia accepted a position at Western Carolina University.

Summer lessons prime Dans' Dugas for LSU

DANVILLE — Gavin Dugas has spent the 2018 Prospect League season showing LSU baseball exactly what it's getting when Dugas reports to campus as a freshman later this year.

Tigers coach Paul Mainieri must like what he sees.

Salt Fork grad Taylor back in familiar confines

DANVILLE — There was an ironic element to Tuesday night's Prospect League showdown between the Danville Dans and Terre Haute Rex that may have gone overlooked by most in attendance at Danville Stadium.