East Valley gamers advance to Pokemon Nationals

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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.

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