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NIU

Area Roundup: Kolberg named athlete of week; NIU falls at Bowling Green

Megan Kolberg
Megan Kolberg

Megan Kolberg made some history at Mardi Gras Lanes.

Kolberg rolled a tournament record 1,396 to win the Matt Clark Invitational last week. Her performance earned her the Daily Chronicle’s Athlete of the Week award.

Her series also helped the Sycamore girls bowling team win the tournament for the second year in a row.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

NIU comeback falls short: The Huskies trailed by as many as 17 points before storming back to pull within one, but were unable to pull off the comeback as they lost, 66-57, at Bowling Green

The Huskies used a 14-0 run to get within one with only six minutes left and stayed within a possession until the closing moments when the Falcons pulled away for the nine-point victory.

Sophomore Eugene German scored a game-high 19 points – 17 of which came after halftime – junior Levi Bradley scored 13 points despite being limited to 20 minutes because of foul trouble, and sophomore Noah McCarty added a career-high 10 points and tied a career-high with six rebounds.

“It was disappointing, you have to play two halves,” NIU coach Mark Montgomery said. “I thought we played hard, but we have to play a little smarter. … We started getting consecutive stops, and when you get consecutive stops you can get out in transition and get something easy. Then we got the ball inside like we wanted to do in the first half. We missed a lot of chippies in the first half, and we made them in the second half.”

Bowling Green (11-5, 2-1 MAC) led 52-37 just past the midway point of the second half when a 7-0 run from the Huskies (8-8, 1-2) cut the gap nearly in half. Bradley opened the burst with a free throw, German added a free throw and a layup before finding Bradley on a drop-off as the Huskies cut the Falcons lead to 52-44 with 7:41 to play.

After a Bowling Green timeout, the NIU run reached 14-0 as German knocked in a 3 and added a pair from the line before junior Dante Thorpe closed the run with a bucket to bring NIU within one, 52-51, with just less than six minutes left.

BOYS BASKETBALL

G-K falls to Marengo: Nate Nesler had 20 points and Griffin Hansen scored nine, but the Cogs lost, 51-40.

“When it comes down to it, we just couldn’t get the ball through the hoop down the stretch,” G-K coach Corey Jenkins said of the loss, which knocks his team to 6-10. “I like the way the offense has moved the ball the last couple weeks. We’re just struggling with shooting.”

Barbs lose to Hinsdale South: DeKalb lost, 63-39.

No stats were available from the game.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

G-K beats Rockford Christian: Taylor Gilbert scored 22 points as the Cogs won, 53-40.

Veronica Cieslica added 12 for the Cogs (10-6, 2-1), who host Woodstock on Friday.

IC beats Putnam County: The Timberwolves held on for a 37-32 win.

Madison Twitty and Sarah Diehl made key free throws down the stretch – Diehl also finished with 13 rebounds. Olivia Turner led the way with eight points.

GIRLS BOWLING

Sycamore cruises past Ottawa: The Spartans won, 3,496-2,389.

Heather Carlson rolled a career-best 710, with all three games over 226. It was her third 700 series of the year. Megan Kolberg opened with a 250 and finished with a 670.

“When you have anchors like Heather and Megan, all that they are going to do is make the athletes around them better,” coach Andy Hampton said. “They push each other, and that competition rubs off on their teammates.”

LATE MONDAY

Barbs girls bowling fall on road: DeKalb lost to LaSalle-Peru, 2,641-2,494.

Reagan Harold rolled a 632 series for the Barbs and Taylor Dunaway added a 530.

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