The Salem Lady Bobcats were lost to Centralia last night 46-37. Tristen Meadows led all scorers with 25 points but it wasn’t enough as the lady bobcats couldn’t pull off the victory. Their next game is December 5th at home against Rome.
The Salem Wildcats and Mascoutah Indians traded leads several times in the middle quarters after Salem held an 8 point advantage twice in the first half. Mascoutah got its first lead late in the half and also had 8 point leads. The Masouctah Indians held a 12 point lead and the wildcats could not get out of the deficit. Nick Conklin led Salem with 17 points while Joey Tolliver finished with 11. The Wildcats will open up conference play on Friday when they travel to Paris.
The Salem Wildcats fell behind to the Mascoutah Indians late in Tuesday's home opener at BE Gumm Gymnasium and were not able to complete the comeback, losing to the visitors 69-64.
The Wildcats and Indians traded leads several times in the middle quarters after Salem held an eight-point advantage twice in the first half. Mascoutah got its first lead late in the first half, and also held eight-point leads on two different occasions. Late in the contest, the Indians stretched the lead to twelve points, but the Wildcats chipped away before being down by three with 18.9 seconds left. That would be the closest the 'Cats would get, as Mascoutah hit a pair of free throws to secure its first win of the season.
Salem Head Coach Bob Frederick talked afterwards about the situational basketball that was played late in the game.
"When you get in that situation, all you can do is try to lengthen the game and stretch it out. I thought the kids did a good job. [We] had three or four kids come off the bench just to foul, and if that's what it takes for them, then that's where we go with it."
Nick Conklin paced Salem with seventeen points, while Joey Tolliver finished with eleven.
Frederick paraphrased the post-game words of Assistant Coach Clint Wolfe when he said this game would be a learning experience for the team.
"Coach Wolfe said in the locker room, 'If this helps down the road then this was all worth it.' And we talk about these regular season games being homework assignments and conference games and the post-season are the tests. So we're trying to do our homework now and hope we do well on the test."
The first Apollo test for the Wildcats is Friday night when Salem travels to Paris.
Shakespeare Oil Company - 3rd in League Denise Brendel, Melanie Tate, Tracy Hood, Brenda Deien, Abby Meyer, Karen Collier, Sarah Lange Not pictured: Jenny Charlton
Maximum Fitness - 2nd in League; 1st in Tournament Lora Lee Pearce, Paula Graham, Marcy Gibson, Megan Kessler, Jayme Bandy, Christy Gillett Not pictured: Jennifer Miller, Emily Harre
Max Dye, Inc. - 1st in League; 2nd in Tournament Cory Harris, Tara Wood, Stafcy Alberson, Danette Wolfe, Lindsay Detmer, Becky Wessel, Doris Stein Not pictured: Shelli Hubler
The City of Salem "A" League Women's Volleyball finished their 2013 season on Monday, November 25. Team registration for Coed Volleyball is being accepted at Salem City Hall through December 13. Here are photos of the competing teams.
Five Rings Mixed Martial Arts has once again proven to have what it takes to compete in top competition. After 4 years in a row of producing State Championship teams, this year became a challenge. A late venue change prevented participation by half of the team members. “We received late notice that the anticipated date of this years State Championships had postponed more than 60 days and this cost us 3 of our 6 team members due to predefined family and personal matters.” –Shihan Lyle
A State Championship team consist of placing in the top 3 in more events than the number of team members. Each of the 3 team members would have to place in every event in which they compete to hit the magic number of 7 and make up for the missing team members.
Facing the Odds team members Cristian Melton, Jackson Smith, and Kannon King blew away their competition bringing home 7 top 3 finishes in in the 7 events in which they competed. 9 year old Kannon King took 3Rd place in weapons, 2nd place in fighting and a flawless 1st place in Kata performance after tying with team mate Jackson Smith and winning a judges decision. 8 year old Jackson Smith took 2nd place in Kata and 3rd place in fighting giving Team 5 Rings 2 of the top 3 places in fighting in their age bracket. The Championship winnings was topped off with a 2nd place in kata performance followed by a 1st place in fighting for 12 year old Cristian Melton and crowning him a state champion for his second year.
“These kids stepped up to the plate and left a mark that will be set for a long time to come. Thanks to their hard work and determination the entire team will be wearing state championship rings for the fifth year in a row. I was quite proud of our first Championship and each to follow but right now I am the proudest Coach in the state!”