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Solana Beach Cats – 5th Grade Winter League Champs

Back row: Cats Director Dave Corsi; Middle row: Mark Prince, Zander Samarasinghe, Conner Hollenbeck, Jackson Dalu, Alex Jenkins, Head Coach Anthony Bradley; Front row: Seam Murray, Johnny Gonzales, Tyler Fernandez; Not pictured: Luke Halpern.
Back row: Cats Director Dave Corsi; Middle row: Mark Prince, Zander Samarasinghe, Conner Hollenbeck, Jackson Dalu, Alex Jenkins, Head Coach Anthony Bradley; Front row: Seam Murray, Johnny Gonzales, Tyler Fernandez; Not pictured: Luke Halpern.

The Cats White Team started the season with a 1-3 record, struggling as they played for the first time in the Top Gun Bball League.  They have a lot of new players so it was taking a little time to develop and start playing well together.  They entered the playoffs, held this past weekend at Canyon Crest Academy, with a 4-3 record and a 4th seed in the tournament.  They played in the quarter-finals against the #5 seed – La Jolla Riptide – and won, 29-12.   Next, they played in the semi-finals against the #1 seed  – 1 on 1 – and beat them 36-18.   In the finals, the Cats played against the #2 seed – Top Gun Central – and beat them 44-23.

The Cats Team played relentless defense and opportunistic offense to win the tournament.  The Cats motto that defense wins championships proved true.  They have one of the best programs in the County for training and developing young players to one day play high school basketball.  In the meantime, they continue to play well and have a great time.  The Cats White Team ended the season on a roll – with a 6-game winning streak, and a final record of 7-3.  Coach Anthony Bradley has done an amazing job of developing the players into a championship team while keeping it fun and exciting.  He is able to get each one of them to play their best when it really counts.  The players and parents really love him as their coach.  What a great season for all — congratulations to the entire team.