Former PHS players return for basketball alumni game
by PI Staff
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It was turn-back-the-clocks weekend in town in a retrospective sense as former Patterson High basketball players suited up once again for the benefit of the present Tiger girls’ team.

The inaugural games on Saturday, Nov. 26, attracted more than 30 participants, who donned shirts provided by Thompson Chevrolet located at 701 South Second St.

Patterson girls’ basketball coach Elizabeth Reza, Class of 2002, helped coordinate the games with former longtime girls basketball coach Tony Lomeli Sr., a 1971 graduate.

“Tony and I had been brainstorming on how we could raise money for the girls program,” Reza said. “Tony thought of an alumni game, because we tell the (current athletes) that they play like girls from the past.

“This was a way to bring alumni back and allowed the team to watch the old-timers play.”

Reza took part as a player-coach for the women’s red team, which defeated the white team, 38-24.

Among Reza’s troupe of former hoops standouts were Marisa Lomeli, Teresa Rodriguez, Jessica Crockett, Sara Gomez, Angel Peebler, Rebekah Tago, Linsey Moeller and Courtney Mahaffey.

The white team’s contingent consisted of Gail Dennis, Jennifer Cozart, Toneshia Stewart, Tammy Borba, Sharrel Washington, Jennifer Hamm, Marisela Blakeley and Elisa Medina.

“The girls’ game was friendly-competitive,” Reza said. “Both teams wanted to win for bragging rights and the satisfaction of winning again, but it was a great time on and off the court.

“We were all joking around the whole game, because we knew it was for fun and it was for a good cause.”

Gomez paced the victors with a game-high 16 points.

“It's funny how everyone has gotten so much slower, but the fundamentals and great shooting form are still there,” Reza said.

In the men’s game, the red team earned a 51-45 decision over the white team.

The red team’s roster included former Patterson ballers Michael Castillo, Jason McWilliams, Willie Boschi, Andrew Ramirez, Zach Wheeland, Justin Yarbrough, E.J. Rodriguez, Derrick Durham and Robbie Samano.

The white team members were Birdie Rodriguez, John Chavez, David Chavez, Todd Craven, Javier Palafox, Ian Rivera, Max Hauter and Danny Boyd.

“The guys’ game was very intense,” Reza said. “Both teams really wanted to win, and you could tell by how physical and focused the players were.”

In total, the games raised more than $1,000, all to support Patterson High girls’ basketball.

“This was a huge opportunity for the alumni to reconnect with their alma mater,” Reza said. “Hopefully, after this event, we can get more of the alumni to come out to our games and to support our current Tigers.

“This will definitely become an annual thing. We had a pretty big turnout for the first year, and I’m excited to see what we have in store for the years to come.”

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