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G'view hoops it up with 3-on-3 tourney

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Elias Sanchez (L) tries to hang on to the basketball as Adrian Reyes goes in for a steal during action in the Grand Hoops Fiesta tourney held in Grandview this past Saturday.

GRANDVIEW - The numbers were down, but spirits remained high during the 13th annual Grand Hoops Fiesta 3-on-3 tourney held in Grandview last Saturday.

The tourney has seen as many as 50 teams turn out in past years, but the 2006 Hoops Fiesta saw just 17 teams compete, said organizer Gretchen Chronis of Grandview.

Chronis said the low turnout was likely the result of other basketball tournaments that have taken place in the past few weeks.

"We might move it up earlier to June 16 next year just because of all the other tournaments in the valley," she added.

Champs in the nine and 10-year-old girls bracket-teams had four players to allow for substitutions-were the Hot Shots, with Veronica Lopez, Taylor Hall, Aaliyah Fonseca and Jamila Shafer.

The 11 and 12-year-old girls' champ was Valley Girls, with Maria Campuzano, Karissa Trinidad, Ashlyn Van Pelt and Rikki Verduzco. Runner-ups were the Valley Girls II.

The 13 and 14-year-old girls were paced by the champion G-Town Ballerz, featuring Gladys Lupercio, Gabby Montelongo, Kaietee Eucker and Jessica Lopez. Runners up were the Stormin' Ballerz.

Winning the seven and eight-year-old boys' competition was the Chain Gang Soldiers team of Maurice Prieto, Luis Valdez, Genaro Garza and Gunner Chronis. The Grandview Mini Ballerz earned second-place honors.

Champions in the nine and 10-year-old boys' competition were the G-N-Z Ballers, featuring Isaiah Ruiz, Isaac Gonzales, Isaac Lopez and Luis Delgado. Runners-up were the Runnin' Rebels.

Taking first-place honors in 11 and 12-year-old boys' play was the team known as Lower Valley, with Manny Rivera, Roman Chavez, Julian Rivera and Rubisel Amezcua. Finishing in second place was Rumblefish.

Pacing the 13 and 14-year-old boys' competition was the championship team of East Meets West, featuring Tevin Collins, Jordan Flowers, Buddah Palomarez and James Sanchez. Earning second-place honors were the G-Town Dawgs.

Chronis said most of the participants were from the Grandview and Sunnyside areas, though some came from as far away as Seattle.

"We'd love to see more teams, but even though it was a low turnout it was still a great tourney," she said. "Every team still got to play three games."

In other competition, following are the results of the three-point shot contest by age group:

- 9-10 girls, Jamila Shafer.

- 9-10 boys, Joey Saenz.

- 11-12 girls, Taylor Hall.

- 11-12 boys, Aaron Goedhart.

- 13-14 girls, Jessica Lopez.

- 13-14 boys, Carlos Garcia.

- 15-18 girls, Marissa Gomez.

- 15-18 boys, Vi Perez.

- Adult/Female, Gretchen Chronis.

- Adult/Male, Johnny Rodriguez.

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