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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:


A first-team NJCAA All-American in 2009 for Parkland's women's basketball, the Cissna Park graduate helped the Cobras finish fourth in the country a decade ago. She went on to play at Upper Iowa University and graduated with a degree in athletic training. After continuing her education with a master's degree at Eastern Illinois University, Wlezien is currently an associate athletic trainer for the Texas women's basketball team.


A key part of Parkland volleyball's success in 2001 and 2002, McGrath was an NJCAA All-American and team captain with the Cobras. McGrath graduated from the University of Illinois once her time at Parkland ended, and she now resides in Bloomington, Ind., with her husband Brok and their three young children: Ava, Eli and Ian.


Bismarck-Henning graduate, Cronk played women's basketball with the Cobras from 2009-11, leading Parkland to a third-place national finish in 209. Cronk continued her college career at South Carolina Upstate and is currently an assistant women's basketball coach at Danville Area Community College. She lives in the Danville area with her husband, Logan.


The former Urbana multi-sport standout played baseball at Parkland in 1975 and 1976, winning team MVP honors before transferring to play at Illinois. A former Eastern Illinois Baseball League standout, Kirby also coached the Parkland baseball team from 1983-85 and served as the EI League's president from 1991-2000.


Parkland softball standout, Koets earned first team NJCAA All-American Honors with the Cobras in 2002 when she hit .423 with 58 RBI. She continued her softball career at Northland College in Ashland, Wis., before moving to California.


First-team NJCAA All-American pick in 2009 in volleyball with the Cobras, Perez went on to play volleyball at Pittsburgh as a defensive specialist once her time in Champaign ended. She is currently a paralegal at the law firm of Heyl Royster in Peoria.


An NJCAA All-American in 1989 for Parkland men's basketball, Forrester helped the Cobras to two top-five national finishes during his time in Champaign, with Parkland placing second in 1988 and fourth in 1989. Forrester went on to play two seasons at Evansville and then spent the next 25 years as a college basketball coach, including a stint as the head coach at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. He currently serves as the executive director at the downtown Belleville YMCA. He lives in Belleville with his wife, Racquel, and daughter, Calaya.

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