SUNNYSIDE Boys from throughout the region converged on the city for the 27th annual Amateur Athletic Union Sunnyside Sunshine Classic last weekend.
The youngsters ranged from first- to eighth-grade, traveling from as far as Cle Elum and Spokane.
In the first-grade classification, Legion of Zoom from Grandview won the tournament with a 4-0 record. Prosser Raptors claimed second, Pasco Big River Basketball was third, Sunnyside 509 Insanity Flames claimed fourth and the Cle Elum Junior Warriors were fifth.
The Legion of Zoom won, 50-10, against 509 Insanity Flames on Friday; defeated Cle Elum, 47-2, and Prosser Raptors, 27-20, on Saturday; and Sunday defeated Pasco, 48-13, before claiming first in the championship game against the Raptors, 34-8.
Second grade Sunnyside Lil 509 Ballerz were first in their age group with a 3-0 record. Prosser Stangs were second, Pasco PBC claimed third and Sunnyside Air Kids earned fourth.
The 509 Ballerz won, 16-11, Friday against the Prosser Stangs; defeated Pasco, 22-17, and Air Kids, 28-6, on Saturday; and Sunday defeated the Stangs, 20-11, for the title.
Sunnyside Hoopsters Elite were first in Pool A of the third grade age group with a 2-0 record, while Triple City Ballers were first in Pool B with the same record. The second place teams wre Mabton Gold and Sunnyside Sonics, and third place honors went to Granger Spartans and Mabton Purple.
Hoopsters Elite defeated the Spartans, 55-3, on Friday; Mabton Gold, 55-6, on Saturday; and the Sonics, 41-8, Triple City Ballers, 28-24, on Sunday to win the championship title.
There wasn’t any competition in the fourth grade level, but the 509 Insanity Flames were the first-place winners in the fifth-grade division with a 4-0 record. 509 Insanity Eberle was second and Zillah Leopards Black was the third-place team.
The Flames opened the tournament with a 61-25 win against the Leopards on Friday; defeated the same team, 56-17, as well as Eberle, 63-33, on Saturday; and Sunday defeated Eberle, 70-37, before winning the title game against the Leopards, 54-24.
Sixth-grade winners in Pool A were HD Basketball and Sunnyside Hoopsters were the Pool B winners, both teams with a 2-0 record in their pools. Claiming second in each of the respective pools were Zillah Leopards and Central WA Select. The third place teams were Grandview Hounds and Granger.
The Hoopsters defeated Granger, 54-15, on Friday; and won, 36-34, againt the Select team on Saturday. The team lost, 27-31, to the Leopards in the semi-final game, and was fourth overall after losing, 38-44, to the Select team on Sunday.
The Leopards won second-place overall after falling, 41-48, to HD Basketball in the title game.
With 2-0 records each, Sunnyside 509 Ballerz won seventh grade Pool A and Yakima Kings won Pool B. Spokane Valley Bears and 509 Insanity Flames earned second in each of the respective pools, while P.R.I.D.E. Nespleum and Mabton were third-place winners.
The Ballerz claimed the title after defeating Nespleum, 80-8, on Friday, winning, 72-27, against the Bears on Saturday morning, defeating Nespleum again Saturday afternoon, 58-15, defeating the Flames, 73-38, in Sunday’s semi-final game and winning the title game, 46-26, against the Kings.
With a 3-1 record in the tournament eighth-grade Grandview Hounds were second in their age category. Toppenish was third and Kennewick Rebels won the championship trophy.
The Hounds lost thier first game, 38-42, to Toppenish, and defeated the Rebels, 51-39, Friday; won, 33-32, against the Rebels on Saturday, and took revenge against Toppenish, 44-39; and lost, 27-41, in the title game against the Rebels.
The next Amateur Athletic Union tournament scheduled for the youngsters is the 39th annual boys and girls Inland Empire Championships the weekend of April 7-9 in Yakima.