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Players return for first-ever Sunnyside alumni games

Returning to the Sunnyside High School gym for the first game were front left to right, Anthony Hernandez, Zack Marquez, Jesse Montelongo, Gibby Briones, Matt Jongsma and Gustavo Davila; middle left to right, Tony Montes, Aaron Ramos, Adam Ramos, Nathan Cornelius and Diego Burgueno; back left to right, Alex Gomez, Josh Visser, Darrell Palomo and Justin Bos.

Photo by Jennie McGhan.
Returning to the Sunnyside High School gym for the first game were front left to right, Anthony Hernandez, Zack Marquez, Jesse Montelongo, Gibby Briones, Matt Jongsma and Gustavo Davila; middle left to right, Tony Montes, Aaron Ramos, Adam Ramos, Nathan Cornelius and Diego Burgueno; back left to right, Alex Gomez, Josh Visser, Darrell Palomo and Justin Bos.

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Returning to the Sunnyside High School gym for the second game were front left to right, Mason Kupp, Ray Sotelo, Ryan Leija, Taran Perez and Layne Linder; back left to right, Enrique Salmeron, Marcus Sanchez, Timmy Martinez, Ryan Pike, Estevan Salmeron, Joel Ortega, J.C. Chavez, Jesse Leija, Pedro Vargas and Israel Manzo.

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J.C. Chavez, class of 2010, moves the ball toward the key for team black, while Enrique Salmeron, class of 2015, defends the play for team red in game 2.

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Gibby Briones of the class of 2008 hits a trey in the first game of Friday’s alumni fundraising event.

— A fundraiser for the Grizzlies basketball program provided alumni a chance to show they still have skills Friday.

Four teams of alumni players took part in the first-ever Sunnyside Alumni Basketball Game.

The oldest among the former players was 2001 graduate Josh Visser and the youngest was class of 2017 graduate Taran Perez.

The first game pitted graduates from the class of 2001-2007 (Red) against a full team from the class of 2008 (Black). The younger guys won the closely contested game, 67-61.

Former players from 2014 and 2015 made up the Red team in the second game, and Black consisted of players from 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2016 and 2017.

Black won, 79-52.

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