Marlington Sets the Nets on Fire

On Friday, January 31, Marlington dominated on and off the court in a 94-79 win against Salem.

On the court, Andrew Pucci and Connor Evanich led the game with Pucci achieving 29 points and Evanich scoring 28. Pucci took control of the game fast, dunking in the first quarter and following with another dunk in the third.

Cameron Bennett scores on Salem. Pictures by Pilar Montelongo.

Marlington had a strong offensive game against Salem, outscoring them each quarter. The Dukes caused 15 turnovers for the Quakers. Cameron Bennett controlled the boards with 11 out of 32 rebounds for the night.

Salem tried to pressure Marlington, but guards, Ryan Cooley and Pucci, saw the court and found their posts and three-point shooters for quick shots. Cooley led the team with 7 assists and Pucci followed with 6.

Salem struggled with the intensity that Marlington brought to the floor throughout the first and second quarters. At half time, the score was 46-31 with Marlington in the lead.

As the second half commenced, Marlington brought even more energy to the game. The Dukes pushed a 22 point lead at the end of the third and did not stop there.

Fourth-quarter many of the younger players got in some playing time, pushing the score to 94-79.

The game also took place on Team Trevor Night, a charity event that was established by Trevor Weigand, a Marlington Alumni who was diagnosed with cancer while being a student in Marlington.

Connor Evanich shoots free throws for the Dukes. Pictures by Pilar Montelongo.

Off the court, Marlington clubs Character Counts, Interact, National Honors Society, and S.A.D.D. brought in over 2000 dollars for Trevor Weigand, Lucas Villilo, and Logan Drake, three kids that have been diagnosed with cancer and selected by Marlington to get half of the Team Trevor proceeds.

S.A.D.D. hosted a chili cookoff with first place going to the Russell family and second place to the Dine family.

Interact ran the half-court shot contest at halftime, National Honors Society ran a donation only dessert stand and Over The Top Popcorn sold popcorn for the night, contributing all proceeds to go towards the Team Trevor charity.


The Grand Duke is run by the Honors Newspaper and Journalism class at Marlington High School, and administered by Kaytlin McCoy. 


  • Savanah Angel

  • Daniel Greco

  • Nia Lambdin

  • Morgan McGill

  • Pilar Montelongo

  • Elizabeth Narris

  • Mikayla Robinson

  • Rachel Sivy