East Valley gamers advance to Pokemon Nationals

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Josh and Carlos Bujanda with their mother
Josh and Carlos Bujanda with their mother

This past weekend more than 1,500 people attended the Pokémon Video Game Regional Championships at the Phoenix Convention Center — and East Valley gamers did rather well.

22-year-old Queen Creek resident Josh Bujanda — whose younger brother Carlos was last year’s junior champ — was senior division champ this year, and advances to the nationals in Indianapolis in late June. Along with him are 22-year-old Michael Saravia of San Bernardino, Calif.; 21-year-old Travis Evans of Surprise; and 19-year-old Josh Mendia of Tucson.

Advancing in the junior division this year are 11-year-old Wade Stanley of San Diego; 12-year-old AZ Martinez of Marana; 10-year-old Kyle Gonzalez of Gilbert; and 11-year-old Connor Johnson of Phoenix.

Their ultimate goal: to compete in the Pokémon Video Game World Championships in Hawaii.

Josh Bujanda celebrates his win
Josh Bujanda celebrates his win

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