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Hoops for Hope raises money for student center

Ariana Ramos of Sunnyside’s Lady Grizzlies fifth-grade hoops team reaches for the ball as Niya Gutierrez of Grandview’s Sour Patch Ballers dribbles past her in Saturday’s Hoops for Hope fundraiser for Extra Mile Student Center.

Photo by Jennie McGhan.
Ariana Ramos of Sunnyside’s Lady Grizzlies fifth-grade hoops team reaches for the ball as Niya Gutierrez of Grandview’s Sour Patch Ballers dribbles past her in Saturday’s Hoops for Hope fundraiser for Extra Mile Student Center.

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The parking lot of Grandview High School was full of 3-on-3 basketball teams and spectators Saturday.

— More than 200 basketball competitors filled the parking lot at Grandview High School on Saturday.

The excited youngsters and adults were there for a fundraiser — Hoops for Hope 3-on-3 basketball tournament — to benefit Extra Mile Student Center.

“There are 168 children in the tournament,” Kathy Iwami, one of the center’s directors, said.

There were another 80 adult participants in the tournament. A total of 42 teams competed.

Approximately $3,000 was raised as a result of the event, which benefits students seeking tutoring and after-school activities at the center.

Winners include Bel Air Academy of Grandview — Ulyses Medina, Markos Mendoza, Alex Ledesma and Andrew Gutierrez — in the C division, the varsity team of Team Genaro of Grandview and Mabton — Steve-O Peralta, Martin Peralta, Rudy Herrera and Raf Martinez, and Squad Gang Gand Gang — Isaiah Ruiz, Tyler Herrera and Isaiah Harris of Grandview, Mabton and Tri-Cities.

There were eight junior divisions, Extra Mile’s Gene Iwami said.

The winning team of the first-grade boys was Prosser Raptors; second-grade boys was Hoop Mafia of Sunnyside; second-grade girls was 97 Ballaz of Wapato; fourth-grade boys was Young Guns of Grandview; fourth/fifth-grade girls was Prosser Flight; fifth/sixth-grade boys was 509 Insanity of Sunnyside; sixth/seventh-grade girls was Regulators of Sunnyside and Wapato; and seventh/eighth-grade boys was Trio of Troubles of Grandview.

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