StoneBakers Spotlight: Marengo Basketball


Summertime is usually the sporting season, glorified by baseball, softball, swimming, and the lure of the green pastures of golf. That won’t be the case this June in the basketball-crazy town of Marengo.

Exciting hoop action will dethrone conventional summer activities as play on the court reigns supreme. The big event is, of course, the Gus Macker 3-on-3 Tournament being held June 25th & 26th at Marengo Community High School. The tournament should bring in a huge crowd of people from the surrounding regions. In the shadow of Gus Macker, another very worthy and entertaining basketball tournament is also being held at the same location two weeks prior.

The Marengo Shootout, set for June 11th, is the date several area high school teams will come to visit and participate in an explosive one-day hoop extravaganza. David Pettit, Marengo Community High School Basketball Coach, has organized a shootout that will have each team playing at least five games. Pettit confirmed six squads are involved and says they include, “Big Northern East Champ Hampshire; the Nic-10’s Rockford Guilford, last year’s most improved team in the Big Northern East North Boone; a very dangerous Wauconda team; a young-but-talented Rock County Christian team from Beloit, Wisconsin; and, finally, your Marengo Indians.”

According to Coach Pettit, the shootout format will consist of pool play for the first three games, and then the teams will be bracketed in relation to their seeding to complete the tournament. Besides being a great roundball showcase for fans and players alike, the Marengo Shootout has been created as a fundraiser to assist in deferring the costs of the Marengo Indian basketball program, which will be competing in several other tournaments throughout the summer. These include: the Justin Sharp Memorial Shootout, hosted by the 3A champions Rock Island Rocks; The Pepsi/Passavant Shootout at Illinois College; and the Harper College Summer League, in which Marengo is likely to match up against Mid-Suburban conference schools, such as Barrington, Schaumburg, and Hoffman Estates. Coach Pettit hopes the Marengo Shootout will continue to grow and expand into a renown regional tournament in its own right. With the perseverance and commitment of individuals like David Pettit, along with a tradition-rich and supportive community like Marengo, our current and future Indian players may never have to hear the whistle for traveling.