SALEM – The Salem 4th Grade Bobcats picked up where they left off last season. After a 30+ win campaign a year ago, the Bobcats won the Selmaville Tournament to open the season, beating Centralia in the championship 24-15. Caiden Miraglia had 9 and Landon Maxey added 7 to lead Salem. Payton Gullion finished with 4, Trey Clark added 3 and Avery Gullion 2.
Salem opened the tournament with a 46-21 win over Kell led by Miraglia’s 14 and Trey Clark finished with 10. Landen Maxey added 6, 4 each from Jarrett Gibson and Landon Tennyson, Avery and Payton Gullion had 2 along with Max Vincent and Evan Barnes.
In the semifinal, Salem beat Raccoon 32-21. 9 Bobcats scored led by Avery Gullion with 6. Clark added 5, Keytin Grawe had 4 along with Miraglia, Maxey and Brylee Pennypacker had 3, gibson had 2 and Vincent scored a point but was great distributing the ball and playing lock down defense.
Salem then traveled to Carlyle St Mary yesterday and came away with 2 wins opening the day with a 27-18 win. Brylee Pennypacker and Trey Clark led Salem with 8 points each. Salem got 3 each from Tennyson and Alex Spencer. Barnes and Vincent had 2 with a point coming from Kane Ubelhart.
In the 2nd game, Salem knocked off unbeaten Carlyle Blue 29-21. Miraglia had 11 to lead the Bobcats who are 5-0 to open the year and will head to the Central City Tournament this weekend. Clark added 6, Avery Gullion 4, Gibson 3, Maxey and Grawe added 2 and Payton Gullion hit a free throw.
Head coach Toby Gullion was very happy with his teams overall performance.
“Our defense for this age group is really solid. We can do a lot of different things and this group of kids pick up on everything we throw at them very quickly which allows us to adjust on the fly. We played some very good teams and had some success, now we need to continue to get better and see how well we can play as the season goes along.”
The Salem 5th grade teams also played St Mary in Carlyle yesterday as part of a full day of basketball with the Purtinun team playing solid second half defense but fell 17-8. The Malan 5th grade team fell 34-19.