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Basketball reunion brings joy

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Mr. Brandon Torrez walks the ball back up court during the alumni basketball game.

Mr. Brandon Torrez walks the ball back up court during the alumni basketball game.

Mr. Brandon Torrez walks the ball back up court during the alumni basketball game.

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On Saturday January 13, the annual alumni basketball tournament was held at Greeley West. The tournament is held to bring back graduates of Greeley West so they get a chance to play basketball with their old teammates. Teams from Pre-1995 all the way to 2016 participated in the tournament.

The teams that lost were put into the consolation bracket, while the winners kept playing to win. To win the whole tournament, the championship team had to win a total of three games. The first game started at 9 and the championship game was at 3:45.The champion of the tournament was the 2006-2008 team with the back to back titles. They beat the 2009-2011 team by more than 15 points.

The most known and most popular alumni that played in the tournament, is Brandon Torrez who plays on the Old School Pre-1995 team. Despite not winning, the Pre-1995 has an Ex-NBA player on the team and is led by Torrez at point guard. “It’s an awesome event, it’s like a mini class reunion, but with basketball teams,” Torrez said. “We come together play basketball, laugh, and compete. It is a great way of showing the rich history of GWHS basketball with NBA players and D1 basketball players.

Another member that was added to the team was Greeley West Principal Jeff Cranson, who is actually not a Greeley West alumni. Cranson was invited to play with the Pre-1995 team since they did not have enough players. Cranson enjoyed playing with the West alumni. “This is a great event and a great time. It was also really cool to see great alumni like Neal Kingman and Mike Higgins. Coach Cloepfil does a great job teaching the current players so much about how important playing for West is,” Cranson said.

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Basketball reunion brings joy