Making a name for himself

Glenburn’s Trent Marquart eyes a big senior year

MDN File Photo Glenburn’s Trent Marquart drives to the basket in a game against Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood during a game earlier in his high school career.

No matter the sport, Glenburn soon-to-be senior Trent Marquart has made a name for himself.

Throughout the course of his high school career, the four-sport athlete has found success in football, basketball, track and field and golf.

And as Marquart prepares to enter his final year of high school eligibility, he is eyeing a big year in all four sports.

It will all start up for Marquart in about six weeks as he will don the Westhope-Newburg-Glenburn football gear for the final time.

As an eighth-grader, Marquart was part of the W-N-G team that advanced to the 9-man state championship game, losing to Cavalier 54-6.

Despite the loss, playing in 2013 state championship game is a moment that Marquart hasn’t let go of. It’s also a moment he hopes to be able to relive as a senior.

“It was amazing,” he said. “It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

Throughout his time on the gridiron for the Sioux, Marquart has hauled in 83 receptions for 1,756 yards. As a junior, he was moved to quarterback and passed for 996 yards and rushed for an additional 600.

“We have gotten a front row seat to watch Trent grow as a player,” W-N-G football coach Layne Fluhrer said. “Trent would be the first to tell you, with him being on some really competitive teams when he was younger, he got to watch some of the best leaders that our schools have ever had.”

Among those that Marquart played with is Dustin Weeks, who is a current member of the University of Wyoming football team, and a 2015 graduate of Glenburn.

“He was a good lineman and a good friend,” Marquart said of Weeks.

And as Marquart enters his final school year, he plans to apply some advice Weeks told him.

“He told me just to take it all in,” Marquart said. “Because your senior year flies by.”

Marquart scored 23 touchdowns last season for the Sioux, and he also got it done on the defensive side of the ball. He finished with 59 tackles, including seven for a loss. He also had four forced fumbles and six interceptions.

“He had always been a playmaker for us since he started playing,” Fluhrer said. “But last year he took everything he learned and became our leader.”

Marquart has also excelled in basketball. During his junior season on the hardwood, Marquart averaged 23 points a game on 43 percent shooting.

He scored the 1,000th career point in the early part of last season. His season, however, was cut short due to an ankle injury he suffered late in the regular season against Des Lacs-Burlington.

“He has meant a great deal to our program,” Glenburn boys basketball coach Larry Derr said. “When he was an eighth grader he would lead by example and hard work. Now as one of the seasoned veterans he is leading more with his words. He is the hardest worker on the team and one of the toughest kids.”

Playing in the same district as Our Redeemer’s Christian School, Des Lacs-Burlington and Bishop Ryan, Marquart acknowledges the basketball season will be difficult.

“Basketball is tough,” he said. “We don’t have a lot of size and some young kids with one year of experience.”

For his career, Marquart had scored 1,338 points and is shooting 45 percent from the floor.

“He is usually asked to guard the other team’s best guard and is guarded by the other team’s best player or players,” Derr said. “He still manages to score and create opportunities for his teammates.”

And after the basketball season, Marquart splits time between golf and track and field.

Marquart qualified for state in both sports this past spring. He finished seventh in the long jump at the state track and field meet.

The state golf meet, on the other hand, didn’t go as well for the Glenburn standout.

“There are good days and bad days,” Marquart said of his golf game. “State was probably my worst two rounds.”

When Marquart isn’t involved in athletics, he can usually be found helping out on the family farm, hanging out with friends and hunting.

While Marquart doesn’t have a particular school in mind that he would like to attend, he knows exactly what he wants to do.

“I want to play college football,” he said. “I don’t want to stop playing sports.”

Marquart says he has received interest from a couple of schools already. And with another year to play, he is sure to get even more interest.

Only fitting for someone who has made a name for himself in high school athletics.

Mark Jones covers high school sports and general assignments. Follow him on Twitter @MarkJones27_MDN.