The Marengo boys basketball team (16-5 Overall, 4-1 Kishwaukee River Conference) showered the Harvard Hornets with a dozen three-pointers at home, en route to a 65-40 win. The Jan. 28 tilt had the three-point basket parade led by Michael Volkening (23 points) collecting four, Connor Wascher (10) picking up two, and Blaine Borhart (11) with three.
The team also held their own, and staved off an attempt by the Burlington Rockets in the fourth quarter of a Jan. 19 tilt, landing a 50-46 win. The effort put the team in sole ownership of first place in the conference, behind the shooting of Mike Volkening (25 points), and Blaine Borhart (10.)
A Carter Olson block led to a foul call on the Rockets, where Borhart (10) stepped up, hitting both foul shots and collecting 8 points in the final frame.Volkening had a run of 18 points, from the first through third quarters and added some insurance points with 2-free throw points at the final 15-second mark, and hitting 9-13 overall.
The Indians had dropped a Jan. 16 game to the Rockets, 64-57.
The Indians (8-13, 3-6) suffered a third-quarter collapse, scoring only 3 points, and allowed the Richmond- Burton Rockets to pull away with a 54-31 win. The Jan. 23 game saw Rockets senior, Brooke Legnaioli (24), nailed 8 three-pointers, behind KC Davids’ (20) shooting. Marengo was behind 27-22 at the half, with Marissa Knoblach (5), hitting a three-pointer, and Jordan Parker (9) and Erin Haeflinger (6), adding to the scoring.
Marengo’s squad beat Burlington Central 55-21, and Woodstock North 48-18, to sweep the KRC Triangular on the Indians’ senior night, and the Jan. 24 meet also left them unbeaten in duals competition. Michael Vega-Perez, Aaron Recendiz, James Mier, and Cameron Miller walked away with wins with the BC tilt.
The Woodstock North dual had Joe Resendez, Peter Martynowicz, James Mier, and Landon Pfeiffer coming through with victories. A meet against Harvard Jan. 28 will close out the duals schedule for the squad’s regular season.
Joe Mier has been wrestling for 14 years, four of them on Marengo’s varsity team, two of them as a captain of that team. Aaron Recendiz has been wrestling for three years with the Indians, and for Michael Vega-Perez this is only his second year in the sport.
The boys bowling team lost to Belvidere North High School Jan. 5, by a score of 3072-3236, at the Cherry Bowl in Cherry Valley. A Dec. 15 contest against Mendota High School was cancelled.
The Marengo girls bowling team fashioned a winning stretch with its 2839-2467 win against Rockford Christian Jan. 23 at the Cherry Bowl. They beat Woodstock High School at Wayne’s Lanes Jan. 21, with a 2237- 1756 pin advantage. Belvidere High School managed to top the Indians Jan. 17 at the Glo Bowl, 3059-2669.
The Indians participated in the Jan. 14 Jacobs High School Invite, at Carpentersville’s Liberty Lanes, and finished in 7th place, out of 20 teams. INDIANS NOTES…A tribute to the life of former Marengo athlete, Derek Caskey, was held Jan. 29 in the Bill Barry Gym. Caskey, 20, succumbed to cancer Jan. 27 in Madison, WI. He last played in 2015, for Central College in Pella, IA, an NCAA Division III Central school, as a freshman. He was a member of the Marengo football team, and remembered within the community…Indians wrestler Joe Mier has amassed 113 career wins, following the Jan. 24 KRC Dual Meet… In a Jan. 13 BB contest vs. Mc Henry, Michael Volkening scored 29 points, putting him over 1,000 points for his prep career.